Final Four: Sopron Aim To Leave Lasting Impression

06.03.2009

MKB Euroleasing Sopron coach Norbert Székely understands very well the meaning of the word underdog, but he also knows what it's like to spring an upset.

Heading into the EuroLeague Women Final Four, hosts Halcon Perfumerias Avenida certainly won't be taking Székely's "underdog" MKB team lightly after what they've achieved this season - especially in their Quarter-Final against Bourges Basket.

Sopron travelled to France and beat favourites Bourges 68-65 before completing a sweep of the former EuroLeague champions in Hungary with a 70-63 Game 2 triumph.

Norbert Székely
Norbert Székely is certain his team will not be afraid of the big names in Salamanca

"In Spain, Salamanca (Avenida) has more of a chance, but we aren't afraid of this big challenge," Székely said.

"We would like to be 100% prepared and we will see whether that's enough.

"Salamanca has a very strong team, a similar style to our team."

Székely concedes that in addition to playing at home, Avenida have other advantages.

"They have a deeper bench with a bigger rotation, but in the Final Four anything could happen and we'd like to show that we are worthy of being there," he said.

"I mean, we would like to play so that people remember us from these few days."

For now, Sopron are fully focused on matters in Hungary.

The regular season finishes on March 22 with a game against MiZo Pécs 2010 in Sopron.

Sopron won in Pécs in December by four points and will be fancying their chances of winning that game.

Victory could end up giving Székely's team the top seed for the play-offs.

As a tune-up for the EuroLeague Women Final Four, Sopron will host the Hungarian Cup Final Four March 28-29.

They will be aiming for a third successive Cup triumph.


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