Benfica Recover Portuguese Title

25 May 2012

6. Sergio Ramos (Lisboa e Benfica)
Benfica captured the title without the help of captain Sergio Ramos, who was sidelined in the finals because of injury trouble

Benfica are the champions of Portugal after a thrilling Game 5 triumph in the domestic play-off finals over Porto Ferpinta, the team that denied them in title showdown last year.

Ted Scott led the charge in this season's decider with 14 points and Diogo Carreira weighed in with 12 as Benfica won, 56-53.

Carlos Lisboa, the Benfica coach, steered the team on a magnificent run in the post-season which also saw them overcome Academica in the quarter-finals and Lusitania in the semi-finals.

Both series were won by 3-1 margins.

Club president Luis Filipe Vieira hosted a reception for the team and Lisboa was offered the chance to speak.

"Since 22 August, we dreamed of being here," Lisboa said.

"What we wanted was to get here one day and I can tell you that we are national champions..

"It is important for everyone to know that the conditions put us in position to win.

"My players were tireless in their work."

Lisboa added: "To be champion is to know suffering...

"We were the best throughout the league, regardless of whether we had some injuries that didn't allowed us at certain times to be as strong."

Among those unable to help in the finals was Portugal international Sergio Ramos, the injured Benfica captain.

"It was not easy," he said.

"It's much worse to watch from the outside and away from the team.

"I was very nervous but I was extremely happy, I'm very happy with the achievement of our team."

Benfica lost the opening game in the finals, 77-71, but edged Games 2 and 3, 82-80 and 67-66.

Porto Ferpinta leveled the series with a 74-65 victory but Benfica had the last say.

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