Roundup: Trophies For Wisla And Kosice

09.03.2014

EUROLEAGUE WOMEN

14. Jantel Lavender (Wisla Can-Pack)
Jantel Lavender led Wisla Can-Pack to victory in the Polish Cup Final

Wisla Can-Pack and Good Angels Kosice both received a confidence boost ahead of their respective EuroLeague Women play-off series after collecting silverware over the weekend.

WISLA TAKE POLISH CUP BACK

Having lost their Polish Cup Final Four title to the all-conquering CCC Polkowice last season, the silverware is now back safely in the trophy cabinet in Krakow as Wisla took an exciting 68-64 win against their rivals.

Jantel Lavender continued her incredible season by being crowned MVP with 21 points and eight rebounds, whilst Spanish guard Cristina Ouvina was hugely influential with an all-action contribution of 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

The damage was done by Wisla Can-Pack during the penultimate quarter, when they outscored their opponents 21-9 to get onto the front foot.

Magdalena Leciejewska claimed 22 points and 8 rebounds for the losing team.

 

GOOD ANGELS SECURE SUCCESSIVE MEL TITLES

15. Miljana Bojovic (Good Angels Kosice)
Miljana Bojovic had 16 points and six assists for Good Angels Kosice in the MEL final.

It hasn't been plain sailing in a decidedly turbulent campaign for Good Angels Kosice, but that that hasn't prevented them from retaining their Middle European League title.

Having breezed to the top of the podium last season unbeaten, it proved to be much harder work for head-coach Maros Kovacik and his players this time around, but they still delivered the goods.

They firstly had to squeeze past WBC Novi Zagreb in the semi-finals and having only just did so 66-62, before turning their attention to Uniqa EuroLeasing Sopron in the showpiece game after Igor Polenek and his team got past domestic rivals PEAC Pecs 59-52.

Good Angels were dominant in the final, much to the delight of the home fans and eased their way to a 70-63 success, which was arguably more comfortable than the margin suggested. Kosice led by as many as 17 points and were always on top throughout the contest.

Jia Perkins fired 23 points and playmaker Milana Bojovic added 16 points and six assists for the winners, with Tianna Hawkins registering 20 points and eight rebounds in defeat.

 

LEADERS SQUEEZE OUT PRECIOUS WIN IN TKBL

8. DeLisha Milton-Jones (Tarsus Belediye SK)
DeLisha Milton-Jones had 15 points and 14 rebounds as she nearly spearheaded the TKBL upset of the season

Galatasaray odeabank have only lost once all season in the Turkish League, but almost tasted defeat for a second time after only just edging to a 71-69 success at Tarsus Belediye.

Delisha Milton-Jones was a real thorn in the side of the visitors with 15 points and 14 rebounds, as was Natasha Lacy who grabbed a triple-double - and not for the first time this season, with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Sancho Lyttle had 15 points for a the relieved league leaders.

Fenerbahce cruised to a 97-54 triumph against Homend Antakaya, riding on a combined 35 points and 17 rebounds in the paint from center duo Isabelle Yacoubou and Quanitra Hollingsworth.

The big result of the round came as Kayseri Kaski spor beat Istanbul Universitesi 72-66 to draw level with the third-placed team on a 17-6 season record. Aysegul Gunay starred with 20 points and fellow Turkish national team player Tugba Palazoglu had 14 for Universitesi.

Elsewhere, Mersin Buyuksehir grabbed an impressive 66-59 victory at Adana Botas, riding on the back of 16 points and 13 rebounds from the irrepressible Courtney Paris.

Hungarian national team star Dora Horti produced one of the displays of the season with 26 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds as Canik Belediye took down Konak Belediyesi.

 

RADIVOJ KORAC WIN ADRIATIC LEAGUE THRILLER

14. Ivana Brajkovic (Serbia)
Serbian Ivana Brajkovic led Radivoj Korac to a thrilling triple-overtime win in the Adriatic League Final Four

Radivoj Korac clinched the Adriatic League Final Four title in thrilling circumstances with an epic triple-overtime success against fellow Serbian club Crvena Zvezda.

They prevailed 87-83 in a memorable conclusion to the competition, as 21-year-old Ivana Brajkovic led Korac with 14 points and seven rebounds - although it proved to be a real team effort.

It meant despair for two of Serbia's most talented teenagers in Aleksandra Crvendakic who produced 24 points and nine rebounds in the loss, whilst teammate Aleksandra Stanacev had 13 points and 11 assists.

 

SAMBURSKA CARRIES MONTANA 2003 TO CUP GLORY

Ukrainian guard Olena Samburksa carried Montana 2003 to a first Bulgarian Final Four Cup success since 2009, after posting 27 points in a 75-64 overtime win against Haskovo 2012.

Having narrowly beaten cup holder Dunav 8806 Ruse in the semi-finals thanks to 23 points and six rebounds from Montenegrin center Biljana Pavicevic, Montana took their opportunity to clinch silverware.

Bulgarian national team center Milena Tomova was also hugely influential alongside Samburksa, weighing in with a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, to show why she could be a factor in the EuroBasket Women 2015 2nd Qualification Round.

Veteran center Lidia Varbanova stood out for Haskovo with an eye-catching 20 points and 12 rebounds.


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