Krisztina Papp starred as the Hungarian women’s team clinched their second Horvath Judit Memorial tournament triumph in Pecs with a final victory over Serbia & Montenegro.
The tournament, named after the young Pecsi VSK playmaker who tragically died in 1997, began with an 88-54 win for Hungary over Romania on Friday.
Laszlo Ratgeber’s side continued their good form into Saturday and triumphed 81-54 in their second match against Bosnia-Herzegovina, with Papp contributing 19 points in both games.
The two unbeaten sides, Hungary and Serbia & Montenegro, then met in the final, and the hosts managed a fine 69-57 win thanks to 25 points from Papp, who became the tournament’s top scorer with 63 points.
Ratgeber said: “We played with our strongest side. As a result of this we did things a bit quicker.
“That was good preparation for the (European Championship) qualifying games as Serbia & Montenegro are at a similar level to our opponents Lithuania and Italy.”
The only bad news for Hungary is that Edit Eordogh sustained a hamstring injury and will be sidelined for the next few months.
The next stage of preparations will be in Slovakia, where the Hungarians will play Finland, Slovenia and Slovakia in another warm-up competition.