ELITZUR RAMLE forward Le’Coe Willingham 311.
(photo credit: FIBA website)
Elitzur Ramle will be looking to take a significant step towards an historic achievement on Thursday night when it hosts Arras of France in the first leg of the Eurocup final.
With a return leg in France to come next week, Ramle cannot afford to lose at home if it has any intention of lifting European women’s second most prestigious club title.
In the semifinals, Ramle lost the second leg away at Greece’s Sony
Athinaikos, but thanks to its double-digit home win it secured its
progress to the final, moving to within touching distance of becoming
the first Israeli women’s basketball team to win a continental title.
Ramle completed the first stage of what could be an unprecedented treble
on Sunday by claiming the State Cup with an 81- 68 win over Maccabi
Ramat Hen, which will also be its opponent in the league playoff
“We have taken one title, now we have two more to go,” Ramle guard
Tanasha Wright said. “We want to take all three titles and on Thursday
we have another chance to take a step in the right direction.”
Arras president Jean Louis Monneret is confident ahead of the first leg of the final.
“The pressure our players overcame during the last game will serve them
well in this encounter,” said Monneret, whose team battled back from a
21-point deficit to shock Chevakata 67-66 in the first leg of their
semis, before recording a dramatic 67-67 tie in the return leg.
Also Thursday, Maccabi Tel Aviv hosts Maccabi Rishon Lezion in BSL
action in a game brought forward from Sunday to give the yellow-and-blue
more time to prepare for the start of its Euroleague quarterfinal
playoff series against Caja Laboral Vitoria next Tuesday.