At the end of the holiday break, Asseco Arka Gdynia enjoyed a victory against the weakened Polpharma Starogard Gdański. In a match against Spójnia Stargard, the yellow-and-blues were suppose to follow through, but alas, that was not meant to be and Arka lost 97:82.
The best thrower of Asseco was defender Josh Bostic (28 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists), whereas Spójnia had two players who noted 20 points each, including Polish forward Mateusz Kostrzewski.
The first quarter was not a sign of things to come. Bostic started the scoring with a three point throw, and it was him along with Leyton Hammonds (10 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals) who were the most active in this part of the match. After five minutes and three points garnered by Hammonds, Arka was in a 14:5 lead, and it was Phil Green IV (14 points, 1 reb
ound, 2 assists, 1 steal) who set the score to 21:13 for Gdynia.
This easy start might have caused Arka to prematurely relax. Spójnia Attacked and minute by minute bridged the gap. Bostic and Ben Emelogu (8 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal) were causing damage long range, Hammonds and Devonte Upson (11 points, 4 rebounds) did their best under the scoreboards, but it was far too little. Stargard surprised with their well organized match and determination. In the 17th minute, the guests took the lead with 35:34 and began increasing the gap. They were so successful in that regard that the first half ended with 8 points of advantage, 49:41.
The third quarter saw some back and forth between the teams, but Spójnia kept to at least 5 points ahead. Bostic remained persistent, some points were added by Bartłomiej Wołoszyn (5 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists) and Krzysztof Szubarga (6 points, 6 assists, 1 steal), but Gdynia was very uneven. Arka could not threaten the guests, who tied the third quarter 19:19, but were still in the lead 68:60.
The last 10 minutes saw a very wise, mature game by Stargard and the yellow-and-blues couldn't do anything to change that. Bostic, Emelogu, Hammonds, Szubarga and Wołoszyn kept scoring, but Spójnia did well to riposte. In the middle of the 4th quarter, Asseco pretty much thre the towel, which resulted in the guests gaining 10 points of advantage - ultimately, they won 97:82.
A lot of losses by Arka (14) and lack of confidence saw Asseco looose today. Now, 9 days of break and on the 19th of January we go to Sopot for the derby!
Asseco Arka Gdynia - PGE Spójnia Stargard 82:97 (21:13, 20:36, 19:19, 22:29)
Asseco Arka Gdynia: Bostic 28, Greene 14, Upson 11, Hammonds 10, Emelogu 8, Szubarga 6, Wołoszyn 5, Czerlonko 0, Hrycaniuk 0, Kamiński 0, Malczyk 0, Wyka 0
PGE Spójnia Stargard: Cowels 25, Kostrzewski 21, De 16, Śnieg 12, Gintvainis 11, Młynarski 10, Brenk 2, Bochno 0, Huk 0, Korolczuk 0, Olisemeka 0