Asseco Arka Gdynia has ended their participation in the Suzuki Polish Cup, loosing their first match to Polski Cukier Toruń 71:80. The match was heavy in physical fighting, and especially in the first half both teams were defending very well. The first thrower of the yellow-and-blues was Josh Bostic (22 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals, 1 block), whereas most rebounds was collected by Leyton Hammond (10 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals) and the best passer was team captain Krzysztof Szubarga (6 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals).
The first half of the match saw Gdynia dominating. Phil Greene IV (20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block), who together with Hammonds managed to give the Arka an advantage for the first 10 minutes. Hammonds, in the 6th minute, garnered 8 points which allowed Asseco to end the quarter with a 18:12 lead.
The next quarter saw the highest lead of the yellow-and-blues (10) in the 14th minute after a dunk from Devonte Upson (4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist) and a steady reclamation of points by the Gingerbreads. The break saw Toruń loosing minimally - 34:35.
After some rest Asseco attacked once again. Bostic scored 3 points, Greene and Hammonds added another 2 each. After three minutes, Gdynia was ahead 8 points once again. It turned out to be a mere swan song. Polski Cukier steadily increased their advantage, making it impossible for Gdynia to attack. Bostic scored a three pointer, but it was not enough and after 30 minutes Arka was loosing quite visibly 53:61.
The last 10 minutes saw 9 points from Bostic and the greates score advantage of Toruń - 13 points. Asseco tried to clear their record, with Greene, Szubarga, Bartłomiej Wołoszyn (2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal) and Adam Hrycaniuk (4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal) scoring, but Toruń is an experienced oponnent and did not allow itself to loose the ball, winning overall 71:80.
Asseco played fast and cooperated, but a lot of lost rebounds and a weaker scoring from behind the bend, along with a limited usage of the rotation did not allow the yellow-and-blues to win. Tomorrow at Warsaw are the half-finals, while Gdynia will see another matche in two weeks, on the 28th of February, in an away match to Ostrowo Wielkopolskie against BM Slam Stal.
Polski Cukier Toruń - Asseco Arka Gdynia 80:71 (12:18, 22:17, 27:18, 19:18)
Polski Cukier Toruń: Wright 19, Aminu 14, Kulig 14, Weaver 14, Perka 6, Gruszecki 4, Hornsby 4, Cel 3, Diduszko 2, Grochowski 0, Ratajczak 0, Schenk 0
Asseco Arka Gdynia: Bostic 22, Greene 20, Hammonds 10, Szubarga 6, Hrycaniuk 4, Upson 4, Malczyk 3, Wołoszyn 2, Czerlonko 0, Kamiński 0, Kaszowski 0, Wyka 0