Dutch Cup Champions

For the fifth time the ProBuild Lions have won the Cup Championship. Only the Blue Stars (8) and Den Helder (6) have won more Cup Championships than the Lions.

In the packed Topsport Centrum in Rotterdam Molly McDowell received the Carla de Liefde Trophy.

Cup championship games are often exciting and this one was no exception. The Lions won the final against Rotterdam 69-62 after trailing by as many as 11 points in the third quarter.

Katie Bussey led the Lions with 28 points and Molly McDowell had 16. Nadine Boesaart contributed 11 rebounds and Anete Horelika had 10 rebounds.

Rotterdam started the game well. After three pointers from Leonie Kooij and Rachel Roubehie Fissa the home team had a 10-4 lead. The Lions were able to take the lead 13-12 after Sanne van Dongen hit a contested three pointer.

Leonie Kooij was able to give the lead back to Rotterdam with and score plus bonus. Rotterdam led the Lions 13-15 after the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the teams traded three pointers. Bussey connected but on the other end Roubehie Fissa and Kooij as well.

Belinda Bos scored 2 times in a row but another score by Roubehie Fissa gave the home team a 6 point lead going into halftime (24-30).

In the locker room Coach Lakner put in a new play and the team was expected to run it in the second half. This play along with more defensive intensity were the key points to the halftime talk and the turn around for the Lions in the second half.

Zera Butter began the third quarter with a three pointer and a layup giving Rotterdam an their biggest lead of the game at 11 points.

Finally the Lions were woken up and began to play their style of basketball with the help of the enthusiastic Landsmeer crowd.

McDowell and Bussey led the way for the Lions and with three minutes to go in the third quarter the Lions took a one point lead and all of the momentum away from Rotterdam. Bussey scored to make it 42-37 and following a three by Rotterdams Linda Appers, Kim Hartman hit a three of her own to give the Lions a 45-40 lead. ProBuild won the third period 22-10 and took a 6 point lead into the fourth quarter.

Behind a strong start to the fourth quarter for Katie Bussey the Lions were able to extend their lead to 56-42.

This is when the game got exciting. The ProBuild supporters were loud and brought so much energy into the gym. Despite this the home team was not ready to give up and found new life thanks to the three pointer.

Lisa van den Adel hit a three from 5 feet beyond the arc to close the game to just four points, 63-59. The following possession for Rotterdam Roubehie Fissa hit another three to draw Rotterdam even closer. It was a one point lead for the Lions with one minute to play.

Bussey was able to score on a drive to give ProBuild some breathing room and then they finished the game from the three point line. McDowell hit 2 free throws as well as Bussey and the Lions secured their fifth Cup Championship.

The Lions play their last game of the competition on Saturday in Katwijk against De Wit-Grasshoppers. If the Lions win this game they are guaranteed the number one seed in the playoffs which start the following week.