Bourges Win Cup, Lafargue Awarded

12.05.2014

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7. Endene Miyem (Tango Bourges)
Endene Miyem was the hero for Tango Bourges as the claimed back the French Cup after four years

French powerhouse Tango Bourges are celebrating snapping a four year drought in the French Cup, while Basket Landes play-caller Olivier Lafargue has been named LFB Coach of the Year.

 

TANGO BOURGES TAKE FRENCH CUP

While four seasons might not exactly seem an eternity for most clubs, it certainly felt like that for French juggernaut Tango Bourges who for the first time since 2010 have finally got their hands back on the French Cup.

French national team forward Endene Miyem was the hero in a hard fought 57-48 success against Villeneuve d'Ascq, as she plundered 20 points as well as grabbing five rebounds.

Her frontcourt partner Emmeline Ndongue is looking to end her illustrious career on a high and she finished her last major final with 14 points and six rebounds.

There was however a losing conclusion at Villeneuve for Belgian star Emma Meesseman who signed off her time with the club by adding 13 points in defeat, prior to heading to the Russian Premier League via the WNBA and Washington Mystics.

Bourges now face Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration in the Championship Finals.

 

Basket Landes head coach Olivier Lafargue
Basket Landes head coach Olivier Lafargue has been named 2014 LFB Coach of the Year

ACCOLADE FOR LAFARGUE

Olivier Lafargue is celebrating being handed the considerable distinction of LFB Coach of the Year for 2014, after leading Basket Landes to their best ever season.

He has gained widespread acclaim after taking the club to the quarter-finals of EuroCup Women and then posting a superb late run during the domestic LFB season.

Masterminding wins against leaders Bourges and also Montpellier, Lafargue was able to catapult his side into runners-up spot, moving above both BLMA and Villeneuve.

 

MEDVESCAK MAKE HISTORY AFTER STUNNING ZAGREB

There was a party long into the night in Medvescak as the club landed its first ever Croatian Championship by taking down EuroLeague Women competitors WBC Novi Zagreb to complete a 3-1 series success.

In a real team effort which had nine players making significant scoring contributions, Medvescak claimed a memorable 69-61 victory and the most important in their history.

Nina Premasunac led Medvescak with an impressive 11 points and six rebounds, while rising star Ivana Tikvic added 10 points for the youthful champions.

It had initially looked like the visitors would force a deciding fifth game after a bright start, but they were eventually left reeling from an upset, with only Eva Komplet rising to the occasion with 13 points.

 

RADIVOJ KORAC WRAP UP HISTORIC SUCCESS

Hot on the heels of their Adriatic League title and Serbian Cup success, Radivoj Korac can now add an inaugural Serbian Championship to their honours roll in what has been a terrific and landmark campaign.

They cruised past Crvena Zvezda 69-44 as they sealed a 3-1 series victory off the back of a scorching 22-8 start to the contest.

Kristina Topuzovic and Biljana Stankovic starred for the winning side after sharing 26 points.


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