Zagreb Beat Zadar In Croatian Cup Final

11.02.2011

EuroChallenge

10. Mario Kasun (KK Zagreb)
KK Zagreb center Mario Kasun was dominant in the paint and walked away with both the Cup trophy and the MVP title
KK Zagreb didn't go out of the EuroChallenge in a blaze of glory but the players, coaches and fans know one thing.

They'll finish the 2010-11 campaign with at least one trophy after beating KK Zadar in the final of the Croatia Kresimir Cosic Cup.

Zadar, who are still competing in the Last 16 of the EuroChallenge, had a five-point advantage going into the last quarter but then fell apart defensively with Zagreb pouring in 28 points over the last 10 minutes for a 91-85 triumph.

Croatian big man Mario Kasun led the way with 27 points and nine rebounds and was named MVP of the event.

Kasun, who has played in the NBA and turned out for clubs like Regal Barcelona in Europe, was excited about the win and said it was best to share the credit.

"Everyone has given great contributions to win this title," he said.

Zagreb, Kasun believes, was underrated.

"No one wanted to talk about us," he said.

"But we've come together, practiced hard as a team and I hope that we won't just quit after claiming the Cup."

While the EuroChallenge didn't go according to plan - Zagreb didn't finish in the top two of their Qualifying Round Group and missed the Last 16 - Kasun says he has no regrets about choosing to play for Zagreb.

"When I came to Zagreb, I had faith in this team and still believe we can accomplish a lot," he said.

"But the easiest thing is to talk.

"We need to train, sit back and watch the video to see where we are making mistakes and go from game to game."

Zagreb are sixth in the 15-team Adriatic League with 11 wins and nine defeats.


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