BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
|Croatian point guard Iva Ciglar led Uni Seat Györ to victory in the fifth game of the title series|
All eyes will be on Hungary the next few years as the country gears up to host EuroBasket Women 2015.
National team coach Stefan Svitek, who did a very good job at the helm of Good Angels Kosice the past several seasons before parting with the club in February, will have been encouraged by the play in Hungary's domestic league, the battling performances of Uni Seat Györ and the fan interest.
Ákos Füzy's Györ won a thrilling Hungarian play-off finals showdown with UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron, defeating the defending champions, 3-2.
Sopron looked to be headed for another title but Györ knocked them off the rails in the fourth quarter, outscoring Norbert Székely's side 18-5 over the last 10 minutes for a 61-55 victory.
Hungary international Nora Nagy-Bujdosó led Györ with 18 points.
Iva Ciglar, the Croatia national team point guard, poured in 13 points in Game 5.
"I felt like we could win it," she said, "that we believed in the victory over our opponents.
"We wanted more success."
Füzy, the coach of Györ, said he felt "boundless joy and pride" after the triumph.
The defeat was a bitter pill to swallow for Sopron.
Their Hungary national team point guard Zsófia Fegyverneky said: "Fifty-five points to win the championship isn't enough for the decisive fifth game.
"We have only ourselves to blame for the defeat."
Sopron's Australia international, Hanna Zavecz, added: "I am very disappointed because for three quarters, everything went smoothly and we played well.
"But in the end we made a lot of mistakes."
The night belonged to the triumphant players of Györ, who returned to the city and celebrated with their fans at the Széchenyi Square.