|Toni Bizaca was crucial to Södertälje's title defence, being named MVP of the finals|
Södertälje Kings completed at the weekend the successful defence of their Swedish Basketligan title, conquering the league trophy for a second consecutive year and the third time in their history.
The Kings, guided by newly-appointed Sweden head coach Vedran Bosnic, defeated Norrköping Dolphins 92-80 in the title-deciding Game 7 of the finals on Saturday night, in front of a capacity crowd at their home arena, Täljehallen.
The hosts chiselled out a 48-40 lead by the half-time interval and, uncharacteristically for this hotly-contested series, they stayed in the driver's seat and held on to their advantage until the final buzzer without excessive drama.
Interestingly, and despite having the home-court advantage in the play-offs, Saturday's win was only the second for Södertälje at home, in a title series that unfolded in unpredictable fashion.
Södertälje edged out the Dolphins 85-83 in Game 1 at home behind a 21-point, 7-rebound display by Bizaca, but lost Game 2 at the Täljehallen, 72-65.
The Kings however re-gained the home-court advantage by winning Game 3 in Södertälje, 82-69, on the back of 27 points from the sharp-shooting Roberson.
Norrköping tied the series at 2-2 with a comfortable 88-69 victory at home in the fourth game and then took a giant step towards the crown by upsetting the Kings once again in Södertälje and claiming a 79-75 triumph in Game 5.
With their backs to the wall, the Kings travelled to Norrköping for the decisive Game 6 in dire need of a big performance on the road to take the series back to Södertälje.
Bizaca provided just that, as he erupted for a game-high 31 points and added seven rebounds to propel his team to a 77-61 win which tied the series at 3-3 and enabled Södertälje to win the championship in front of their home crowd on Saturday.
The Kings competed in the EuroChallenge for a second time in a row this year and finished third in Group C of the regular season, missing out on a spot in the Last 16 to BK Ventspils and eventual quarter-finalists Tartu University Rock.