Arka is coming back from their Eurotrip and will face off against Astoria Bydgoszcz this Saturday, 23rd of November at 17:30 in a Energa Basket Liga match.
The hosts are led by coach Artur Gronek and have enjoyed mixed luck. They have defeated BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski in their initial match (94:88), as well as Legia Warszawa (71:69) and King Szczecin (87:85), while loosing to Polski Cukier Toruń (80:97), Anwil Włocławek (103:106), Stelmet Enea BC Zielona Góra (99:110), HydroTruck Radom (80:85) and MKS Dąbrowa Górnicza (89:93). With 3 vs 5 wins to losses, Astoria is 13th in the Legaue table.
Asseco Arka Gdynia, under coach Przemysław Frasunkiewicz, enjoy the opposite statistic - 5 wins, 3 losses and are 7th among the 16 PLK teams. In their last matches, the yellow-and-blues won against Legia (81:66) and lost against BM Slam Stal (69:71) and Polski Cukier (65:80).
The main offensive core of Bydgoszcz is a duo composed of Michał Chyliński (17.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists) and Kris Clyburn (16.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.4 steals), supported by A. J. Walton (12.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.6 steals), while the backcourty is handeled by Michał Nowakowski (11.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists) Mateusz Zębski (11.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.3 steals) and US center Adam Kempa (9.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.3 blocks).
Coach Gronek, just as coach Frasunkiewicz, is one of the younger Polish coaches. His teams play aggressively (too much so, at times), with teamwork and great defense. The strong suits of the hosts are their thee pointers and presence in the painted zone.
How will Asseco Arka fare against such an oponnent? We will find out this Saturday, 23rd of November. Let's cross our fingers and watch the match on Polsat Sport. We are Asseco!