Cedevita  FMP
1. kolo, ABA
Zadar  Cedevita
2. kolo, ABA.
Cedevita defended Croatian League title
14 06 2015 09:06:00

For the second year in a row Cedevita have won Croatian League Championship. After finishing the regular season at the first place, in the semifinal playoff series Cedevita outplayed Zagreb 2-0. Just like last year, their opponent in finals were Cibona.

Cedevita had the home court advantage again. In the first game of the finals defending champions easily outplayed Cibona at Dom sportova by 101:66.

In the second game, played at Basketball Center Dražen Petrović, Cedevita won again, this time by 79:70. However, Cedevita didn't finish the series in the third game, which they played at home in front of their fans.

Defending champions made a huge comeback in that game. Being 23 points behind with just nine minutes left in the game, Cedevita made a 24-4 run, but Cibona won that game 77:76.

In the fourth game, played at Basketball Center Dražen Petrović, Cedevita took the lead for good with a 16-2 run at the end of the first and at the start of the second quarter and never looked back again.

Boxscore game 1 Cedevita – Cibona 101:66

Boxscore game 2 Cibona – Cedevita 70:79

Boxscore game 3 Cedevita – Cibona 76:77

Boxscore game 4 Cibona – Cedevita 73:79


Coach Veljko Mršić (he is temporary replacing head coach Jasmin Repeša): "I think we deserved this title and I expected it. Cibona were a good opponent. I want to congratulate them for their play in the finals. We managed the get an 11-point lead in the first half. Cibona kept coming back thanks to their transition game, which we didn't defend very well. However, we played much better 5-on-5 defense and didn't allow them too many open shoots in half-court game."

Mladen Veber, president of KK Cedevita: "We have reached all of our goals for this season. We defended our Croatian League and Croatian Cup titles. In ABA League finals we lost to Crvena zvezda, but we secured our place in Euroleague. This was a successful season. I want to congratulate to our team, our coaching stuff and especially to Veljko Mrsic, who did a great job."

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