Phard Napoli became the first winner of a FIBA Europe club competition in 2005 on Sunday night in Italy. Napoli defeated Fenerbahce 45-53 to win the FIBA Europe Cup Women in a game characterised by its defensive intensity.
While nerves also contributed to a poor shooting display from both sides, it was Napoli's ability to disrupt Fenerbahce's offense in the final quarter that saw them take a deserved victory.
A fired-up Phard Napoli ended Anda Ramat Hasharon's FIBA Europe Cup hopes on Saturday night. Playing in front of 2,500 home fans, Napoli produced an emotionally charged performance and swept to victory behind a strong second half showing.
While it was the visitors who had the better start to the game, Napoli always seemed to want the win a little bit more than their opponents.
Fenerbahce banished the last year’s final disappointment on Saturday evening in Napoli on Friday evening. The Turkish side hosted the 2004 FIBA Europe Cup Women Final Four, but fell at the semi-final stage of the competition.
Here in Napoli on Saturday evening, Fenerbahce edged ZKK Croatia Zagreb 61-62 in a tight fought contest to advance to Sunday’s final.