Asseco Arka Gdynia was touched by some major changes in the recent times. Gdynia has finished its participation in the 7DAYS EuroCup (6th place in the table) and has not continued its contract with Armani Moore. The yellow-and-blues will now have to focus on the home turf and the Energa Basket Liga matches. This Sunday, 22nd of December at 17:30, Arka will take on Arena King Szczecin at Gdynia.
The guest are led by the Lithuanian coach Mindaugas Budzinauskas. In their 12 matches, Szczecin has won 6 of their 12 matches and are 8th in the League table. The Kings have recently lost to Anwil Włocławek 82:110, while at the same time winning against MKS Dąbrowa Górnicza 97:44 and loosing 77:78 against HydroTruck Radom.
Przemysław Frasunkiewicz and his team are 6th in the table and note 8 wins and 4 losses. Gdynia has defeated MKS 95:68 in December, as well as Hydro Truck (85:68), while loosing against Stelmet Enea BC in an away match at Zielona Góra.
The guests are somewhat uneven, but stability can be found in their offensive core. The best scorers are the US players, forward Cleveland Melvin (15.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.0 blocks) and center Ben McCauley (15.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists), as well as Polish thrower Paweł Kikowski (14.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists). Right behind them are: another US player, playmaker Dustin Ware (11.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, 6.3 assists), defender Thomas Davis (7.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.9 steals) and the well known in Gdynia "Monster of Jastarnia" - center Adam Łapeta (5.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.1 blocks).
Szczecin plays a very offensive basket (an average of 87.0 points) with a strong presence in the painted zone and close range pointing. They do not mishandle the defense as well and pass a lot (19.1 assists). King is a strong oponnent with a strong, balanced rotation.
It will certainly be an important meeting at Gdynia Arena, to which all are invited this Sunday, 22nd of December at 17:30. Proceeds from the entry tickets will be given to the Bursztynowa Przystań hospice. Be a star - cheer, help and be Asseco!