Last week's loss against Zielona Góra has definitely rustled our players. This Friday, coach Przemyslaw Frasunkiewicz and his team will have the opportunity to prove their worth, as PGE Spojnia Stargard is coming to Gdynia Arena.
The yellow-and-blues are on a bad streak with four losses out of five matches played since the 8th of October. Tomorrow will not be easy, as Spojnia is on a winning streak herself.
Our opponents have been considered as dissappointing since the beginning of the season. After winning against Pszczolki Start Lublin (70:65), Stargard has noted 5 losses. In the 7th round, they managed to win against MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (82:67), and the troubles seemed to be going away. As it turned out, organizational and health issues joined the fray. Changes to the rotation had to be made, as well as in the coaching staff. Players Wayne Blackshear and coach Jacek Winnicki left, with Maciej Raczynski overtaking the duties of the latter. The changes were positive, as the team took on HydroTruck Radom (84:71) and Anwil Wloclawek (96:84) and won.
Play makers may hold the key to Friday's match. Krzysztof Szubarga came back after an injury, but his counterpart on the opposite team, Ricky Tarrant (15.4 points, 3.1 assists, 1.4 steals). Another US player is making waves as well - Raymond Cowels (16 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 50% accuracy from long range), who has been contracted in September. The Polish are no slouches either: Filip Matczak (9.4 points, 4 assists, 1.5 steal), Kacper Mlynarski (8.8 points, 4.6 rebounds), Mateusz Kostrzewski (8.8 points, 4.5 rebounds) and Tomasz Snieg (8.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists). Frontcourt is handled by Baylee Steele (9.8 points, 7 rebounds) and Omari Gudul (6.7 points, 4.6 rebounds). Although the rotation seems rather narrow, all of the players are top notch.
Stargard gains a lot of points from "the coffin", half-distance as it is called. Spojnia is last in terms of throws from beyond the 6.75 line, while being the leader in the 2 pointer attempts (22 and 44 per match). The main task of the yellow-and-blues will be to limit the centers and not allowing the border players to attack the frountcourt.
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