Cibona Capture Croatian Title

06.06.2012

DOMESTIC LEAGUES

Cibona Zagreb, Croatian Champions 2011/12
Cibona Zagreb, Croatian Champions 2011/12

Jasmin Repesa is rumored to be on his way to Spain as the new coach of Unicaja Malaga. 

If he does leave Croatia, he'll be able to depart on the back of a league title with Cibona Zagreb .

Cibona captured the championship after sweeping Zadar 2-0 and then beating Cedevita Zagreb 3-1 in the A1 play-off finals with a 77-64 on Tuesday night closing out the series.

Davor Kus had 18 points and Khalid El-Amin 16 for Cibona, who also got
13 points and nine rebounds from Goran Suton.

Kus and El-Amin made Cedevita pay for leaving them open on the perimeter.

Each drilled four three-pointers.

Repesa's men had opened the championship series with an 84-77 victory and then moved into a 2-0 lead with an 82-64 blowout triumph.

Cedevita stayed alive with a 79-70 overtime victory in Game 3.

Marino Bazdaric led the team with 18 points and nine boards but Cedevita failed to force a Game 5 decider.

Cedevita fell in last year's play-off finals as well, losing 3-0 to KK Zagreb.

Cibona have now won five of the last seven league titles.

For Repesa, the title was very important.

He will lead the national team this summer, but it's always a terrific feeling to capture a championship in his homeland.

"This is my favorite Croatian trophy in my career," he said.

"Emotionally, I could equate it with the trophy at (Fortitudo) Bologna," he said.

Repesa led Fortitudo to the Lega A title in 2005.

When asked about his future, the veteran tactician answered: "Surely I am much closer to leaving than staying. But I have not signed anything yet."


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