Danish Delight For Champions Bakken

02 May 2012

Chris Christoffersen (Bakken Bears)
Bakken Bears big man Chris Christoffersen in action

Bakken Bears hardly put a foot wrong this year.

The club coached by Philip Dejworek captured the Danish Ligaen title for the 12th time and fifth in the last six years.

After rolling to 25 wins in their 27 regular-season clashes, Bakken claimed a 4-2 victory over Danish Cup winners Svendborg Rabbits in the play-off finals.

To reach the title series, Bakken swept Aalborg in three games in the quarter-finals and then overcame Horsens IC, 3-0, while Svendborg brushed aside first Vaerlose, 3-0, and then Naestved, 3-2.

Svendborg were a thorn in the side of Bakken all season long, beating them on 17 October and 23 February, and they continued to be with the championship on the line.


The Rabbits drew first blood in the finals, winning Game 1, 61-52, after Durrell Vinson scored 21 points and corralled 16 rebounds for Svendborg.

But Bakken hit back to win Games 2, 3 and 4.

Nicolai Iversen (Denmark)
Denmark international Nicolai Iversen played a deciding role in Game 3, which changed the course of the play-off finals

Game 3 was pivotal as the Bears scraped a 61-60 victory.

The contest was knotted at 59-59 with 2:19 remaining when Martin Mariegaard attempted a three-pointer for the Rabbits but missed.

Nicolai Iversen went to the other end and scored for a 61-59 Bakken advantage.

Chanan Colman had an opportunity to pull Svendborg level but made just one of two free-throws.

Still, Colman and Svendborg had a chance to go back in front.

However, Adama Darboe was off target from behind the arc with three seconds to play.

Joshua Alexander's 20 led the way for Bakken.

In Game 4, Chris Nielsen poured in 20 and Alexander 17 as Bakken won convincingly, 93-62, to move to within touching distance of the championship.

Svendborg made them hold off on their celebrations, however, by winning Game 5, 65-63.

Chanan Colman's 16 points and Adama Darboe's 15 were crucial for Svendborg in that contest.

Bakken missed a three-ball in the final seconds.

Looking to avoid going to a deciding Game 7, Bakken's Alexander made nine of his 12 shots from two-point range and Dejworek's team survived a blistering shooting display from Darboe to win, 79-76.

Darboe made four of his seven shots from three-point line and eight of 12 overall en route to 26 points.

Matthew Kingsley was also a handful inside for Svendborg, making 11 of 20 shots on his way to a game-high 20 points but it wasn't enough for Craig Pedersen's side as they slumped to a three-point defeat and watched as the championship went to Bakken.

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