Game with mixed success
By Ivan Rafalsky
The Final Four tournament, held in Lida, also included Belarusian team Minsk-2006, in addition to the 12-time League champion Lithuanian Vici Aistes Kaunas.
In the semi-finals, Horizont (headed by the former coach of the Belarusian national team, Anatoly Buyalsky) defeated Minsk-2006 in the last seconds. It met Vici Aistes in the finals and, sadly, lost to the Lithuanians. The match proved challenging, with the opponent playing slightly more precisely, being self-collected. They took their 13th title, leaving Horizont to claim second place. The Minsk-based team took some consolation in becoming national champion a week later at the same Olympia Sports Complex, in Lida.
Third place went to Grodno’s Olympia (coached by Alexander Shimkovyak) after losing to the Lithuanians in the semi-finals and beating Minsk-2006.