The first men’s team in Sphinx, the Wageningen student basketball club, have already become the regional champions. On Saturday 2 April, the men won at home in De Bongerd by such a large margin that no one can catch up with them now. Two week earlier, the first women’s team at Sphinx won their championship too — unbeaten.
The men’s match began tense but captain Constantinos was confident. ‘It helped that we were playing at home; there were loads of supporters. I already knew we’d win after the second quarter.’
In the packed Bongerd, every good move was greeted with a cheer but the party only really started in the final seconds. Then the team went up to collect the cup accompanied by a standing ovation and the famous ‘We are the champions’. Constantinos is proud. ‘I’m so pleased all that hard work paid off. It was a difficult season, partly because we had to combine it with our studies.’
Next year, the Sphinx men will be promoted to the second division. However Constantinos says it is not likely that the team will stay the same. ‘Some of the lads have finished their degree.’ The Sphinx women will move up next season to the first division.