Kapfenberg Bulls repeat in Austria, capture first-ever triple crown
GMUNDEN (Austrian Basketball Bundesliga) - The defending Austrian champions and FIBA Europe Cup participants ece Kapfenberg Bulls have retained their domestic title, completing their first-ever domestic Triple Crown.
The Bogic Vujosevic-led Kapfenberg side came away with a 95-92 overtime victory against Swans Gmunden on Tuesday evening to finish off a challenging six-game series that required three consecutive wins to turn the tide around, after trailing 2-1.
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The title challengers from Gmunden were in control of the proceedings for most of the contest and looked to be on their way to extend the series, but the Bulls flipped a five-point deficit in the final minute of regulation to force extra time, where they got the job done.
25-year-old Serbian point guard Bogic Vujosivic received the Finals MVP honors for the second year in a row after netting 23 points and dishing out 9 assists in the decisive game of the series.
Kareem Jamar and Marck Coffin added 17 and 15 points, respectively, for Kapfenberg, while Enis Murati and Tilo Klette combined for 50 points for the Gmunden.
"It was a crazy game today. It might not have been the best game in terms of quality, but it had everything you would expect from a Final. Everyone battled hard, there were a lot of emotions and the intensity was running high on both sides," Vujosevic said after the game.
"In the closing stages, Gmunden already thought they had won, but we just did not give up. We fought back impressively and showed our advantage in overtime, but Gmunden also demonstrated a fighting spirit. I'm just happy that we won!"
Having claimed the Austrian Cup and Super Cup earlier in the season, the Bulls became the first team to ever win the Triple Crown in Austria.