Norrkoping Win Swedish Title

03 May 2012

8. Edgars Jeromanovs (Norrköping Dolphins)
Latvia international Edgars Jeromanovs was one of the most consistent players on the Dolphins team this season, appearing in 49 domestic games

The Norrkoping Dolphins are the kings of Sweden for the fourth time in their history.

That was assured at the weekend as they overcame Sodertalje in the Basketligan play-off finals.

A side that has competed in the EuroChallenge the last two years, the Dolphins won their domestic title series, 4-2.

They clinched the championship with a 72-71 victory in Game 6 on Sunday.

"Norrkoping deserved to win," Sodertalje coach Vedran Bosnic said.

"They were good and we missed a lot in the first half.

"Zero of nine from three-point range is not so good.

"But it's a shame for the guys that there was not a seventh game in Norrkoping."

Both teams won 23 of their 36 games during the regular season and topped the standings, so the title showdown that many people expected materialized.

However, Sundsvall, Boras, Uppsala (all 21-15) and LF Basket (20-16) weren't far behind in the standings.

Norrkoping beat 08 Stockholm in the Quarter-Finals, 3-1, and then saw off the challenge of Boras, 3-2, to reach the finals.

Sodertalje, meanwhile, were 3-0 winners over Solna and then prevailed 3-2 over LF Basket.

Veteran shooting guard Andrew Mitchell, who averaged 9.9 points and three assists for the Dolphins in the EuroChallenge this season, had a game-high 20 points in the decisive Game 6 against Sodertalje for Norrkoping.

Paul Burke, the former Ireland international, coached the Dolphins this year for the first time and now has a league trophy.

Norrkoping also won the championships in 1980, 1998 and 2010.


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