Donar Groningen celebrate Dutch Basketball Cup triumph before decisive FIBA Europe Cup duel
GRONINGEN (Dutch Basketball Cup) - Before the return leg of the FIBA Europe Cup Quarter-Final against Mornar Bar, Donar Groningen got a morale boost on the home front by lifting the Dutch Basketball Cup on Sunday.
Having put together a supreme all-around performance against ZZ Leiden, Erik Braal's side cruised to an 87-71 victory in the title clash after breaking away with a 38-point opening quarter.
Brandyn Curry was the star of the show with a game-high 26 points, knocking down six triples, while Thomas Koenis posted a monster double-double of 13 points and 18 rebounds.
"It was very important. This was one of our goals that we set out to accomplish, so it felt really good to get it done," the game's leading scorer Curry told Donar TV with a big smile on his face and a medal around his neck.
"At the very beginning of the season, we said we wanted to win the cup, the championship and the FIBA Europe Cup. So that's one we can cross off our list and personally this is also my first one, so I'm glad to check that off my list as well."
However, there will little time for jubilation for Donar, as they host Mornar in the second leg of the FIBA Europe Cup Quarter-Finals already in a couple of days. They lost the first leg in Montenegro by six points, 73-67, and will hope to make up the difference in front of a sold-out MartiniPlaza on Wednesday.
"We are definitely going to celebrate this. I don't know about a big party, but we'll definitely celebrate," Curry said. "There's a sold out house on Wednesday and I can't wait to be here again. We have to get some rest and be ready for that."
Having also lifted the trophy in 2014, 2015 and 2017, it was the fourth Dutch Basketball Cup triumph for Donar in the past five years and the sixth in the history of the club.
They are now just one triumph away from tying Den Bosch, who lead all clubs with seven domestic cup titles.