Asseco Arka Gdynia took on GTK Gliwice in a EBL match at Gdynia Arena. Both teams were on the opposite side of the winning spectrum, with the yellow-and-blues having two victories and the guests - two losses. Despite being the sure victor, the hosts lost the game 87:78.
The beginning of the match did not set up what was to happen. The first point went to GTK, but quickly the best player of the match, Krzysztof Szubarga (23 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals) responded with two points of his own and Asseco took the lead (5:4).
Gdynia was ramping up minute by minute. Adam Hrycaniuk (6 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist), Bartłomiej Wołoszyn (6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist) and Devonte Upson (14 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal) found their way to the opponents basket. After 10 minutes, Arka was in the lead (23:14).
The court seemed to be under the hosts control. That turned out to be temporary. The guests tightened their defense and fixed their attack. In the second quarter scored only Josh Bostic (11 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal) and Leyton Hammonds (7 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists), which resulted in the overall loss on the part of the hosts for the second quarter (22:11). GTK was in the lead by the time of the break (36:34) and it seemed as if Gdynia's counterattack was right around the corner.
The opposite turned out to be true. Minutes passed and Asseco was still not able to get it together. Szubarga, Hrycaniuk and Upson were doing their best. Dariusz Wyka (7 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist) and Wojciech Czerlonko (2 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block) scored, but the atmosphere was nervous and unstable. The third quarter saw a 20:20 tie, and all was to be settled in the final 10 minutes.
The last quarter saw the guests dominate the court. After the first minutes, only Bostic and Hrycaniuk scored, but later the scoring was left only to the team captain Szubarga. Gdynia were doing their best to turn the match around, but the fiercer they were, the harder they were loosing. Chaos overtook, allowing the guests to take over. In the end, Asseco lost at the Gdynia Arena 78:87 against GTK Gliwice.
We won the hoop, we played with teamwork (21 assists) but the oponnet was approached with too much a cavalier attitude.
Four away matches is what the future holds. The first one, on October 16 at 18:45, will be against Budocnosti Podgorica in the 7DAYS EuroCup.
Asseco Arka Gdynia - GTK Gliwice 78:87 (23:14, 11:22, 20:20, 24:31)
Asseco Arka Gdynia: Szubarga 23, Upson 14, Bostic 11, Hammonds 7, Wyka 7, Hrycaniuk 6, Wołoszyn 6, Czerlonko 2, Malczyk 2, Emelogu 0, Kamiński 0, Kaszowski 0
GTK Gliwice: Henson 19, Słupiński 18, Tabb 14, Mijović 11, Mondy 9, Szlachetka 8, Furstinger 6, Diduszko 2, Hałas 0, Radoń 0, Radwański 0, Wąsik 0