Czech Republic will head into next summer's EuroBasket Division B campaign as the only unbeaten team in the competition and with the task of defending their perfect record after they quite literally worked overtime for a thrilling 99-92 victory in Switzerland.
Czech Republic are beginning to look the class act in Division B after they followed up their win against neighbours Slovak Republic with a 93-50 rout of Cyprus in Decin. The home team ran riot from tip to buzzer and leading the way was Pavel Slezak who buried four triples for 17 points.
Azerbaijan got the summers Division B action off to an historic start after the debutantes celebrated their arrival in the second tier with an impressive 81-63 win against Albania in Tirana.
It was a stunning 31-14 second quarter that made the difference in the game as the visitors announced their arrival from Division C in some style as they romped to victory.
If you think the recent decision to dispense with Division B for the Men renders the 2010 programme for ‘promotion' somewhat pointless - think again.
For those teams who will fight it out one last time in the second tier, the carrot of an expanded opportunity to make Eurobasket 2013 has made this summer more important than ever.
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