Asseco Arka Gdynia is one of the most recognizable Polish brands in the basketball Euroleague. The seniors are taking part in the 7DAYS EuroCup, whereas the U-18 team, led by coach Milos Mitrovic, has been invited to Belgrad for one of the four qualifying tournaments of the Euroleague Basketball Adidas Next Generation Tournament.
From the 21st to 23rd of February, the yellow-and-blues have played four matches, loosing 90:107 to Mega Bemax Belgrade, 54:80 CFBB Paris and 83:88 Cedevicie Olimpija Ljubjana. In the match for the 7th place, the young players have defeated Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 94:75.
Gdynia's own have made a good impression with their logistics, attitude and skill, with the one visible issue laying in the lack of stature in the front/backcourt, which often decided on the fate of the match.
Big thanks to all the polish clubs, who have given support to our team, by injecting their talent for the tournament. From Trefl II Sopot we have Piotr Lis, from Poznań came Wojciech Tomaszewski (Biofarm Basket II Poznań), from Wrocław came Kacper Gordon (Exact Systems Śląsk II Wrocław) and from distant Italy came Nikodem Czoska (Stella Azzurra Roma). We hope that both the players and their organizations are happy with their participation and we hope for future cooperation.
A bit of trivia - the dunking contest was won by Olaf Perzanowski (Asseco Arka), measuring at 194 cm, whose skills made great impression on the present fans; during the previous tournament, our premier thrower, Adam Waczyński took part in the contest and is now the star of the Spanish league, and who is the cousin of Piotr Lis from Sopot. That is not the end to familial connections, as Asseco's defender, Marcin Kowalczyk is the brother of the well known Sebastian Kowalczyk from Legia Warszawa.
We thank the players and the coaching staff, as well as the cooperating teams.