After two matches at Gdynia Arena and a one nearby trip, time for Asseco Arka Gdynia to go off far into the Polish land. This Thursday, 24th of September at 19:30, the yellow-and-blues will face off against WKS Slask Wroclaw in an away match of the Energa Basket Liga.
The hosts are handled by coach Oliver Widna and have the same win-loss balance as team Asseco, whilst occupying the 9th position in the league table - one place above Gdynia.
The opposing team has won against Enea Astoria Bydgoszcz (90:66), followed up by a bad loss against Stelmet Enea BC Zielona Gora (58:78), which was followed up by a win against PGE Spojnia Stargard (74:73). Meanwhile, Asseco Arka Gdynia has so far won against Arged BMSlam Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski (74:64), lost against Pszczolka Start Lublin (68:79) and then won in the Tricity derby against Trefl Sopot (78:73).
Wroclaw's team is relying on the popular small ball system with a good initiation and well aiming throwers, without tall centers. The main power behind the team are the two playmakers - Serbian Strahinij Jovanovic (15.7 points, 2.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.7 steals) and US Garrett Nevels (14.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.7 steals). Closing in on them is the Polish 18 year old Kacper Gordon (7.0 points, 1.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists). The ball is delivered by Ivan Ramljaka (11.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 2.5 steals, 1.0 block) and Michal Gabinski (7.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists) and Hungarian Akos Keller (7.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 block) as well as Aleksander Dziewy (6.5 points, 5.5 rebounds).
The hosts enjoy a tall, balanced team with universal players, allowing them to switch positions on the fly and carry the game in a highly dynamic fashion. Both Arka and Slask are looking good in the statistics. The yellow-and-blues' teamwork and speed is a plus, combined with a strong frontcourt formation and a balanced rotation. It may be the case that the team will need to focus on limiting their losses. An interesting match is awaiting us, that is sure.