Success For Hungary

31 August 2004

Hungary men's basketball team had the perfect preparation for their upcoming European Cup qualifying matches by winning the 10th Pannon Cup at the weekend.

The team, coached by Andras Zsoldos, beat Austria 107-75 in the opening game of the three-match series last Friday.

The home side led 11-4 after only four minutes to halt the Austrians in their tracks.

The following day, Hungary played Poland in a much-closer affair.

The home side won 82-78 and, as the scoreline would suggest, they did not have things all their own way, as Poland showed the form that would eventually earn them the runners-up spot in the tournament.

At one stage the two evenly matched teams were tied at 58-58.

But Hungary gained a 12-point lead shortly after, with Debrecen's Ern Sitku on fire under the basket.

The third match on Sunday was a must-win game for the home side as Poland beat Austria in the day's other match.

Hungary started well and led 21-10 after only seven minutes.

Iceland showed their true colours in the third quarter, outscoring Hungary 25-13, but the home side bounced back in the last quarter to win 94-75.

"Our aim was to win this warm-up tournament and we did it," said Zsoldos.

"The results and standard we achieved were helpful, considering the challenges and the higher quality of the opposition that we will face in the near future."

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