Lithuania: Lietuvos Telekomas Secure First Season Title


Lietuvos telekomas Vilnius picked up their first honours of the 2004-2005 season at the weekend, becoming Baltic Women's Basketball League (BWBL) champions for the sixth consecutive time.

Sandra Valuzyte (Lietuvos Telekomas)
Sandra Valuzyte (Lietuvos Telekomas)
Lietuvos telekomas were not seriously tested in the final four, overwhelming fellow Lithuanian sides Arvi Marijampole, 106-82, in the semi-finals, and Laisve Kaunas, 95-64, in the final.

The rules of the BWBL championship dictate that any team that wins the competition three times in a row gets to keep the cup. That gives Lietuvos a total of two BWBL cups that enjoy permanent status in their trophy cabinet.

Three Lietuvos telekomas players were chosen to all-tournament team, Katie Douglas, Sandra Valuzyte and Rima Valentiene.

While Lietuvos telekomas coach Algirdas Paulauskas expressed his pleasure in winning the competition, his satisfaction was tempered due to his side's status as overwhelming favourites.

The main focus remains the EuroLeague Women Final Four, before which Lietuvos face games 1 and 2 of their Lithuanian league finals series against Arvi. Marijampole. The third game will be played after the Final Four, which is on 22nd - 24th April in Samara, Russia.

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