Bellona Agu and Yakin Dogu Universitesi punch precious EuroCup Women Final tickets
Holding a six-point advantage from the first leg of their Semi-Finals clash with with Hatay, it was a bumpy ride for Bellona Agu who eventually prevailed 64-58 in front of a passionate partisan crowd in Kayseri.
Gurur Gecesi!— Bellona AGÜ SPOR (@BellonaAGUspor) March 24, 2017
Bellona AGÜ Spor 64 - 58 Hatay BŞB. (Sonuç)
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Bellona Agu will continue pursuing their long-standing dream of lifting the silverware, having lost in their two previous Final appearances. Although after 20 minutes, it had looked like they might miss out when they were shutdown by their opponents.
Trailing 35-25 at the interval and head coach Ayhan Avci demanding a strong start to the second-half, it duly arrived with nine unanswered points putting them on the front foot.
The loss was tough on Hatay center Courtney Paris, who finished a fabulous individual season across EuroCup and EuroLeague Women with a customary and eye-catching double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds.
They had to resist a Galatasaray renaissance as the visitors, who had trailed by as many as 19 points on the night, worked back to make it a one-shot game early in the fourth quarter. But Yakin Dogu Universitesi kept their composure and finished strongly to cruise into their maiden Final.
The Final will be played across two legs on April 5 and 12.