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Cup Goes Back To Krakow

06 March 2012
EUROLEAGUE WOMEN

11. Ewelina Kobryn (Wisla Can-Pack)
Center Ewelina Kobryn led Wisla Can-Pack with 19 points in  the final and earned Polish Cup MVP honours

Wisla Can-Pack Krakow know they will have at least one major honour in the trophy cabinet by season's end after capturing the Polish Cup over the weekend.

The EuroLeague Women juggernauts, who will play at the Final Eight in Istanbul at the end of the month, beat rivals Lotos Gdynia, 81-76.

Holders Gdynia had trailed by seven points at the end of the opening quarter but fought back and led by one going into the final frame.

Wisla came good at the end, though, outscoring their opponents 24-18 over the final 10 minutes.

Ewelina Kobryn had 19 points and Nicole Powell 15 for Wisla.

Powell was the MVP of the title game while Kobryn, a Poland international, was named MVP of the tournament.

Jose Hernandez, the Wisla coach, breathed a sigh of relief after the contest.

"We started the game well, but due to our simple mistakes, we let the other team get close to us," he said.

"In the end, we decided to go to a zone defense and that allowed us to stop Lotos."

Gdynia have had some good games this season and seem to have grown under coach Javier Fort.

He was proud of his players.

"Wisla Can-Pack have shown that now they are the best team in Poland," he said.

"But we were able to play with them as equals.

"At the beginning of the contest, we played with a zone defense but Wisla Can-Pack gained a lot of points in this situation.

"Then we changed tactics and began to chase the team from Krakow.

"In the end, however, they hit two very important shots."

Gdynia's Magdalena Zietara tipped her hat to Wisla.

"Congratulations to Wisla Can-Pack for winning the Polish Cup," she said.

"Now we have to focus on the league and the play-offs. We want to finish second so we can meet with Wisla Can-Pack in the final."

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