BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
|Emma Cannon was a commanding influence for TSV Wasserburg in their run to the German Championship|
TSV Wasserburg remain the dominant force in German women's basketball having secured their eighth title success since 2004, but now it's time to step up their impact in Europe.
Or at least that is the firm belief of head-coach Bastian Wernthaler.
Having masterminded a superb Cup and Championship double, the play-caller is demanding the ambitious club not only satisfies itself with success on the home front, but now looks to punch above its weight in European club competition.
He stated, "We have confirmed our dominant status domestically, but next year we need to make the next step in Europe."
Playing in EuroCup Women, the Germans finished with a 3-3 record during this past season and while it was their best record since 2006, it wasn't quite enough to progress to the second stage of the competition.
While Wernthaler is already plotting on how to keep the momentum rolling for the 2014-15 campaign, a couple of Wasserburg stars were trying to merely enjoy the moment.
Indeed both Svenja Brunckhorst and Anne Breitreiner can't look too far head since they are also likely to step out for their national team during the forthcoming Eurobasket Women 2015 2nd Qualifying Round.
Speaking after their comprehensive 83-55 win against New Basket Oberhausen which completed a convincing 3-0 series sweep, a delighted Brunckhorst claimed, "I am just very happy and every title is special.
"This is what we worked for so hard all year long."
Meanwhile Breitreiner proudly added, "It has been a great season for us.
"We were very dominant domestically and the few setbacks we had, came just at the right time like in game two of the semi-finals.
"This showed us that we had to play every game at 100% and I am proud that my team-mates all played at a higher level after that."
Emma Cannon once again lit it up for the champions with a superb 22 points and 18 rebounds, as Wasserburg iced the deal early with a blistering start that left Oberhausen trailing in their wake.