Autumn is upon us. Asseco Arka Gdynia took on on their own court the 15th team of the EBL - BM Slam Stal Ostrów Wielkopolski. Gdynia was definitely the more likely to win, but it seems that they have underestimated their opponents. The yellow-and-blues, who were winning way into the second quarter, lost their touch in the second half and lost against Ostrowa (69:71).
The first whistle saw the guests attempting an assault. Pointing was begun by Josh Bostic (10 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists) and Ben Emelogu (6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block), who were joined by Devonte Upson (7 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block). Gdynia attacked, but lacked the energy which resulted in a 16:16 tie in the 10th minute.
The second quarter was somewhat more lively. Bartłomiej Wołoszyn was particularly active in that part (11 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists). Adam Hrycaniuk (8 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steal, 1 block) and Leyton Hammonds (8 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists) joined scoring, which led Arka to gaining the upper hand. Two minutes before the first half team captain Krzysztof Szubarga (2 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists) set the record to 45:29 with a well aimed lay-up. Arka was ahead 16 points when leaving for the break. The win seemed a mere formality.
The match slowed down somewhat in the third quarter for both teams. The hosts seemed in control. Hammonds and Hrycaniuk were fighting, 3 points were added by Dariusz Wyka (10 points, 2 rebounds, 2 block) and Armani Moore (7 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists). Time went on, but the guests seemed to be getting a point or two here and there, slowly closing on the yellow-and-blues. The fourth quarter begun with a 62:55 score, but 16 points of advantage were exchanged for 7.
The last 10 minutes saw Arka fail in the offensive. Bostic and Moore were the only ones scoring, and only 7 points at that. In the opposite corner Ostrowa were ramping up. Seven minutes before the end Stal was in the lead (64:63). Arka attempted to retaliate, but was not able to. 54 seconds before the end whistle Bostic managed a small advantage for Asseco (69:68). The game became quite nervous, but in the end, it was BM Slam Stal Ostrów Wielkopolski who came on top against Asseco Arka Gdynia (69:71).
The yellow-and-blues have two days to learn from this match since on the 5th of November at 20:00 Gdynia Arena will see the guests from the 7DAYS EuroCup - the German EWE Baskets Oldenburg.
Asseco Arka Gdynia - BM Slam Stal Ostrów Wlkp. 69:71 (16:16, 29:13, 17:26, 7:16)
Asseco Arka Gdynia: Wołoszyn 11, Bostic 10, Wyka 10, Hammonds 8, Hrycaniuk 8, Moore 7, Upson 7, Emelogu 6, Szubarga 2, Czerlonko 0, Kamiński 0, Malczyk 0
BM Slam Stal Ostrów Wlkp.: Threatt 18, Żołnierewicz 12, Garbacz 10, Szymkiewicz 9, Dambrauskas 8, Mcgill 8, Jevtović 6, Główka 0, Mokros 0, Rykowski 0, Ryżek 0