After an exciting derby win against Trefl, a new series of away matches of the Energa Basket Liga is underway - the closest one being this Sunday, 26th of January, at 19:30 against GTK Gliwice.
The hosts are led by an ex-coach of Gdynia, Paweł Turkiewicz, and cannot count the current season as a successful one win only 6 wins out of 17 matches played. Occupying the 13th place in the table, Gliwice has recently defeated MKS Dąbrowa Górnicza 86:81, but lost to HydroTruck Radom 71:89 and King Szczecin 80:86.
Arka is in a much more comfortable position with their 11 wins and 5th place among the 16 PLK teams. Gdynia has recently defeated Trefl Sopot 86:79 and Polpharma Starogard Gdański 100:69, but unexpectedly lost to PGE Spójnia Stargard 97:82.
As most teams, Gliwice also sports foreign players as their offensive core. Three US players especially come to mind - Brandon Tabb (16.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.1 steals), playmaker Duke Mondy (12.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.6 steals) and forward Payton Henson (12.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.1 steals). Behind them, there is the Serb Millivoje Mijovic (11.5 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steal) and US center Joe Furstinger (11.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.1 steals). Two Polish players fill out the roster - young playmaker Mateusz Szlachetka (7.3 points, 1.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists) and defender Kacper Radwański (5.8 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 steals).
Gliwice have a balanced playstyle, a classical basketball with a strong emphasis on fighting in the front, teamwork and capable defense. What suprises is a large number of stolen balls (10.12), where the league average is 7.65.
In the first match, Asseco lost against GTK at Gdynia Arena 78:87. Time for a rematch. Let's keep our fingers crossed and believe in yet another away victory. We are Asseco!