Roundup: Sopron champions as Iniguez extends, Schio one win away from title
MUNICH (EuroLeague Women) – It’s double delight for fans of Sopron Basket after they defended their Hungarian Championship and re-signed Roberto Iniguez for 2018-19.
Sopron celebrate more silverware as Iniguez stays
It has been an amazing few weeks for Sopron Basket after they followed up their first-ever appearance in a EuroLeague Women Final, by adding another Hungarian Championship to their lengthy list of honors.
Thank you @wbsopron for an amazing season! I know I showed up late to the party but I could not have asked for better teammates and coaches! This was a special one for me, not just because of all the hardware we collected! Many old friends and new ones made this such an amazing year! Thank you all!! 🥈🥈🥇 #FinallyGotANet #DontMessWithTheMojo #CoupleOfHuskers 🌽 #BunchOfSerbs 🇷🇸
They fended off nearest rivals KSC Szekszard and completed a series win with an exciting 69-66 victory that was facilitated by 19 points and 11 boards from Aleksandra Crvendakic.
Looked a great appointment in 2017 when @WBSopron got @Robertoih5— Paul Nilsen (@basketmedia365) May 6, 2018
Proved a great appointment after historic #EuroLeagueWomen & Hungarian 🏆 Great now officially confirmed continuing for 2018-19.
Other coaches might have walked after that high. But a great fit for both parties pic.twitter.com/p81S4oxJKm
Then, the club confirmed that Spanish play-caller Roberto Iniguez has now agreed to stay with them for another season and will be at the helm of the club in 2018-19.
Schio just one win away from glory
Beretta Famila Schio are rapidly bearing down on yet another Italian Championship after a hard-fought 63-58 Saturday night victory against Passalacqua Ragusa took them to 2-0 in the Finals series.
Cecilia Zandalasini chose the perfect time to put her foot on the gas as she netted a classy 19 points to take her team to the brink of glory.
Fenerbahce closer to Finals, while Yakin Dogu stumble
It's been a bumpy season for Fenerbahce, but it could yet end up on a real high after they moved towards a spot in the Turkish Championship Finals by going 2-0 up on Hatay.
After winning their opener, they completed another road win in Antakya, this time securing a 59-68 success behind 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists from Anastasiya Verameyenka.
However, assuming Fenerbahce can finish the job with home advantage to come, it remains to be seen if there will be a repeat of the 2017 Finals. That is because reigning champions Yakin Dogu Universitesi dropped a home game 55-59 to Cukurova, who levelled the series 1-1.
Tarbes continue to impress in the LFB
Tarbes know what it is like to finish as champions in France, but that was way back in 2010. Now the resurgent surprise package of the season, are 1-0 ahead in their Semi-Finals series against Carolo Basket.
Victoire des filles @TGBOfficielCom face @FlammesCarolo au match aller 1/2 Finale des play-offs. Il faut Garnier ce mercredi #palaisdessportsdetarbes se qualifier pour la finale. 💪🏀 Une @Aby_Gaye14 Exceptionnelle!! @MairieTarbes @TellementTarbes @Bleu_Bearn @kamelchibli pic.twitter.com/9LApiiZspH— TGB Officiel (@TGBOfficielCom) May 6, 2018
Tarbes stunned their hosts by picking up a fabulous 62-75 road victory as Michele Plouffe erupted for 22 points and 15 boards, with Aby Gaye playing the perfect cameo by adding 23 points.
Bourges Basket are also ahead in their series against Lyon, but had to work hard to take a 73-67 win at Le Prado.
Uniao Sportiva take top spot on Portuguese podium
União Sportiva, campeão nacional feminino 2017-2018! pic.twitter.com/AVERHLjWhs— FPBasquetebol (@fpbasquetebol) May 5, 2018
Finally, Uniao Sportiva are champions of Portugal as they beat arch rivals Lombos Quinta 69-67 in the deciding game of the Finals. Sara Djassi inspired the victory by scoring 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Brazilian power forward Leticia Rodrigues contributed 20 points and 6 boards.