BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
|Rebekkah Brunson played an integral role in leading ZVVZ USK Prague to domestic glory|
Both ZVVZ USK Prague and Good Angels Kosice have added to their lengthy honours list by landing their respective Championships after high drama.
BRUNSON DELIVERS OVERTIME SUCCESS
It was Rebekkah Brunson who handed ZVVZ USK Prague a thrilling 80-73 success at BK Imos Brno, to secure a 3-1 series win for her team after racking up a massive double-double of 25 points and 15 rebounds.
The hosts almost forced a deciding fifth game, but foul trouble proved costly, as former FIBA Europe Player of the Year, Hana Horakova, picked up her fifth foul for Brno which hindered the chance to get the job done safely in forty minutes.
Even though Brno were one point ahead in the dying seconds, they committed a costly turnover as Jelena Skerovic tied the game up from the free-throw line, although she could have won it for Prague had she made both.
Brno breathed a sigh of relief but couldn't take their second chance. Their foul woes continued as Anna Jurcenkova also had to sit down on the bench and whilst Nicole Ohlde amassed an efficient 17 points, it wasn't enough as Brunson continued to wreak havoc in the paint.
TEN IN A ROW FOR KOSICE
There was joy for Good Angels Kosice as they secured their tenth successive Slovakian Championship, but they didn't have it all their own way in an absorbing series against MBK Ruzomberok.
Their EuroCup Women opponent forced a game against the defending champions, but after dramatic twists and turns throughout a riveting series, Good Angels saved their best performance for last.
They raced out of the blocks to open up a 25-8 lead during game five, which settled the nerves and provided the foundation for a comfortable 80-63 win.
Allie Quigley and Miljana Bojovic combined for 46 points, whilst teenage forward Zsofia Hruscakova showed once again why she might be able to squeeze her way into the EuroBasket Women plans of Ivan Vojtko with a useful 12 points.
|Ann Wauters provdided a crucial 18 points for Galatasaray in game four of the Turkish Championship finals |
GALATASARAY FORCE DECIDER IN EPIC WITH FENERBAHCE
There's only one guarantee when the two heavyweights of Turkish basketball renew their intense rivalry and that is both fireworks and drama.
Holding up the tradition, there will be a fifth and final Championship game decider between both clubs, after Galatasaray squared the series 2-2 to set up a spine-tingling finale.
Nevriye Yilmaz showed she could be on her way back to full health after contributing 17 points against her former club to help them romp to a 72-56 home success as Fenerbahce laboured.
That should prove a big boost for Ceyhun Yildizoglu and the Turkish national team ahead of EuroBasket Women and her participation, or otherwise, is likely to be clarified next wek.
Ann Wauters also weighed in with 18 points to seal a vital win, with both teams doing battle for the coveted silverware on Sunday at the Fenerbahce Ulker Arena.
ANOTHER DECIDER IN CROATIA
Continuing the theme of deciding games and with drama never in short supply, Novi Zagreb clinched a 76-70 overtime win in game four of the Croatian League Finals against Gospic Croatia, to ensure the title goes down to the wire.
Latoya Williams harvested a game high 33 points to seal the win, whilst Matea Vrdoljak celebrated her call up into the Croatian national team preliminary roster with a cameo of 13 points.
National team boss Stipe Bralic probably had mixed emotions as a result, taking into account he is also the Gospic coach.
At least Monika Bosilj, another recently added name to the national team set-up, continued to push her case as a potential replacement for the retired Sandra Mandir, with 19 points for the losing team.