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Nemeth ready to Czech out?







England coach Laszlo Nemeth has hinted he might walk away from his job after Wednesday's 74-68 reverse to the Czech Republic in Birmingham.

Despite a game-best 25 points hail from Tony Dorsey, the hosts crashed to their fifth successive defeat and now face a battle to avoid the wooden spoon in their European Championship semi-finals group.

Following Saturday's 104-71 defeat in Slovenia, England sit at 2-6 but at least there was a competitive performance rather than yet another disastrous humbling before a respectable announced crowd of 1,824.

However Nemeth will rue how his side fell away in the final quarter, out-scored 25-14 down the stretch and undone by a miserly 3-14 return from three point range.

Eight missed free throws from Andy Betts did not help either but the boss again pointed the finger of blame at poor preparation for this round of games.

"In Slovenia, 19, 20 and 21-year-old guys were beating us," Nemeth said. "You have to come to the conclusion that the current team has some potential and some good moments but they do need to train and play more together."

After 11 unanswered points early on, the hosts led 21-18 after the opening period with the Czechs rallying back to level matters at half-time.

While England took a five point cushion into the fourth quarter, they watched it ebb away as Jiri Zidek sparked a storming finish, the former Zalgris star ending with 23 points.

Pavel Milos provided the killer blow ten seconds from the finish with the latters of his two late three-pointers to close the door.

With England Basketball still in the doldrums ahead of next weekend's potentially combustible AGM, Nemeth could hardly be blamed for throwing in the towel.

"I don't know what's going to happen," he said. "This is truly a crisis for England and I'm realistic. Of course, I have to consider my future."

In the same group, Italy guaranteed their safe passage to Sweden 2003 with a 103-68 hammering of Portugal while Slovenia may have ensured Russia's exit after a 82-76 win.
 


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