Hungary: Ivanyi Looking For EuroLeague Triumph

21.04.2005

Hungary international Dalma Ivanyi is bidding to earn her first EuroLeague Women title, in what will be her third Final four with MiZo Pecs.

Ivanyi and Pecs reached this stage of the competition in 2001 and 2004, falling short in the semi-finals on both occasions.

We have to box them (Brno) out, rebound and run with them
Dalma Ivanyi

In Samara, her attention is firmly focused on the Brno clash, which sees a repeat of last year's semi-final.

Pecs went on to emerge triumphant 69-65 on that day and a repeat of that result would suit Ivanyi fine.

"I actually think getting to the Final Four is a lot harder than getting a good result here," she said.

"We just want to go out there and have fun and play well. If that comes with a win, that's great, and of course the main goal is to win the Final Four.

"But I'm not going to be really sad if it doesn't happen because I think, if you love basketball you play to win, but at the same time, I play the game because I love the game.

"Maybe I'm thinking this way to not let the pressure get to me and the team. We were here last year, and Valenciennes is not here, so a new team will win and maybe Pecs has a good chance."

The 29-year-old insists that greater strength in depth, the benefits of an injury free squad and more consistency in their displays have served Pecs well this season and hopes that she will not be relied upon as the chief source of points, as was witnessed in last season's clash.

Ivanyi netted 22 points in Pecs victory but believes that if this is repeated it will be Brno who will emerge triumphant. This time she hopes that the load can be more evenly distributed.

She declared: "I think the point guard's job is to run the offense and run the team. Most of the time when the point guard has to score the most points, I don't think that team will win.

"Once in a while it can happen, but I'm really hoping we will have four or five players in double figures, and I think that's the key to our success."

Dalma Ivanyi (Mzizo-Pécsi VSK)
Dalma Ivanyi
The Pecs star believes stopping Brno's direct running style is key to victory.

"I think Brno's style is a running kind of game which they've been playing for the last 10 years," Ivanyi continued.

"I think the main point will be to stop their running, stop their fast breaks, stop their inside game because they have good pivots and even their forwards are tall, so we have to box them out, rebound and run with them.

"If we stop them and make them play five-on-five, I think we will have a chance to win."

Ivanyi is currently enjoying her best-ever season in the FIBA EuroLeague Women, leading the way in the assists rankings with an average of 7.1 per game.

Her rebounds record is also impressive with a club best 6.1 per game and she is of no doubt as to why she is enjoying such great form.

The Bekescsaba-born star admitted: "I think because it comes with experience. I think the point guard position is one of the toughest in basketball. You have to be really creative and you have to be good in all aspects of basketball.

"I don't practice more or harder, I don't think more, it all comes from experience. I'm 29 now, playing four to five years in the EuroLeague Women and it just comes with experience, all the games that I have played, that it comes naturally now to take the right decision.

"I see a lot of talented point guards who are 22, 23 years old, but they still miss that consistency, which is the main thing (in that position).

The other semi-final sees undefeated Samara take on Vilnius, and although the former  are undoubted favourites, Ivanyi doesn't see it that way and reckons they could have a tough task ahead of them.

"Samara has an excellent team, they play together, have really good individual players, they are at home so everything is on their side," she said.

"But life is life, and maybe this is the one time someone will beat them and I think they will have a tough time in the semi-final against Vilnius.

"Vilnius is a running kind of team and if they can hit their shots, they are almost unstoppable, so we'll see."


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