Bitter-Sweet For Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje?
This was no better demonstrated than in the case of Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje whom having claimed yet another narrow victory with a last gasp success at BLMA, set up what promises to be a particularly intense struggle against domestic rivals Nadezhda.
Had they lost in France, they might have faced Good Angels Kosice – a club they have already managed to beat twice this season in the competition.
Simone Augustus and her Sparta&K team-mates have lived dangerously but proved they can take care of business when it matters
Pokey Chatman and her team have posted an absolutely fascinating regular season campaign by the way. They deserve huge credit for finishing top of Group C and more than any other year I can remember, they have actually flown relatively low on the radar when it comes to making headlines. They have just taken care of business.
While I still feel they are one of the fringe teams in terms of Final Eight rather than An absolute favourite, I would not write them off because they seem to almost always find a way when they need to in some pretty tight situations. This is of course to be applauded.
The flip-side of course is that whenever a team is locked in close games on a regular basis, it’s inevitable one is going to get away and it could come back to haunt Sparta&K. They are incidentally 4-1 in close encounters with their only nail biting loss coming in Madrid against Rivas Ecopolis.
Generally reliant on big contributions from two key players in Seimone Augustus and Candice Dupree this year, I can’t wait to see if the former four-time champions can keep digging out the wins they need and repeat their hugely impressive run to another final just like last year.