BRATISLAVA, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- League runners-up Prievidza went off to a winning start to the new season when they beat the bronze medalists Levice 105-81 in the opening round of the Slovakia Basketball League, which has entered its 28th edition.
The rematch of last season's play-off semifinals saw Prievidza excelled most of all in the second quarter which they dominated 30-16. The hosts kept on building their buffer for the rest of the match, leading their opponents by 27 points at one instance and eventually surpassing the 100-point marker. Prievidza's point-guard Troran Brown from the USA led his team with 23 points.
The clash between Bratislava and Svit also presented a rematch from last season's semifinals. The team from the capital city of Slovakia is experiencing a turbulent period. In addition to their relegation by the Swiss team of Fribourg in the first round of the Champions League qualifiers, Bratislava made several changes to their roster just prior to the league start. But that did not stop the nine-time Slovak champions from earning two points for convincingly defeating Svit in front of their home crowd 84-64. Bratislava's center Lee Skinner finished the night with 23 points.
The return of Peter Jankovic as the head coach of Lucenec ended in celebrations. The 39-year-old led his team to a surprising 83-75 victory over Komarno. The derby between two teams from the south of Slovakia was dominated by the trio Mike Caffey, Jaroslav Musil and Melsahn Basabe, who combined for 60 points. Komarno's roster is composed of many experienced players, but they had 23 turnovers and trailed in rebounds as well.
A new logo, new team colors, and a new roster, topped with a successful entry into the new season, adorned Zilina in their match-up against Spisska Nova Ves. There is even talks about winning a medal this season in the team from the central region of Slovakia. The American point-guard Eric Nottage had a tremendous night, scoring 31 points for the visitors, but the first round of the Slovak Basketball League belonged to the home teams and Zilina triumphed 95-87.