For the second time since 2013, BC Vienna has conquered the Austrian men’s championship title. The Viennese won the fourth game in the “Best of Five” in the win2day Basketball Superliga (BSL) on Tuesday with 86:60 (45:38) at defending champion Swans Gmunden. BC Vienna thus won the series 3-1 and at the same time secured the double for the first time in the club’s history.
The Viennese, who started as the clear favorites in the championship, fully lived up to their role and lost only one game in the play-off. In general, there were only five defeats in 37 appearances in the league. In home games, the new master was an almost invincible force.
In 19 games in Vienna favorites, 18 wins were achieved. At the beginning of February, Bogic Vujosevic, Enis Murati and colleagues in Eisenstadt laid the foundation for the most successful season in the club’s history by winning the cup for the first time.
Teams openly exchange blows
Gmunden didn’t get going in front of their home crowd like they did last time in Vienna’s favorites. After a balanced first quarter, Adin Vrabac made it 23:18 from the visitors’ point of view with a “buzzer” threesome. The second section brought a brief interruption because it had rained in the hall. Vienna maintained the lead, but the Swans couldn’t be shaken off.
In an open exchange of blows, the Upper Austrians came back to two points after being 41:52 behind at the beginning of the third period, but then lost the ball a few times, allowing Vienna easy points and pulling away to 67:54 by the end of the quarter let. That was the preliminary decision. The last ten minutes of the season became a show run for the Viennese.
“A Worthy Champion”
Led by national team guard Vujosevic (25 points), who was named “MVP” in the final series, six of the seven players used by the new champions scored double digits. Vienna is “definitely a worthy champion,” congratulated Richard Poiger, sporting director of the Swans. The Viennese were “the best team over the season”.
“Defending champion” Murati, who moved from Traunsee to the Danube before the season, was “incredibly proud of the team”. It was “something special to win the title in my home arena,” he recalled of his long time with the Swans.