EKA Lemesos Triumph in Cup Final

08 March 2004

EKA AEL are the Cyprus Cup Champions after a triumphant win over Lemesos rivals Apollon. The final took place at the "Kition Arena" in Larnaka and was watched by a capacity crowd of 2500 spectators.

AEL begun the game with its trademark half court press defence, took the lead and never looked back.

MVP Konstatinos Perentos
The first quarter finished with a 11 point lead for AEL (12:23). Late in the second period Apollon tried to make a  come back but coach Dragan Raca and his players were determined to win the Cup after a long 19-year period.

AEL continued to play excellent defence and secured the victory with an impressive 53:71.

21-year-old forward Konstantinos Perentos was the MVP of the game.

An ecstatic Dragan Raca said after the game: "Tonight I feel very proud for me, for my players and for our incomparable and loyal fans. Without their support we wouldn't have achieved our goals in Europe and Cyprus over the last two years. I therefore thank them from the bottom of my heart. We shall celebrate for a couple of days and then we have to start preparing in order to defend the Championship."

EKA AEL chairman, Michael Loizidis, said: "In the beginning of the season we set four goals. The Championship, the Cup, the  Super-Cup and a progress to the Final-16 of the FIBA Europe League. So far we have achieved three out of three. The  Championship is our next and final goal for this season."

Greek Coach, Nikos Linardos, of Apollon said: "Congratulations to AEL for winning the trophy. I hope that we will do better in the Championship play-offs but nevertheless playing in the Cup Final can be considered a success."

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