Yesterday saw one of the strongest teams of the Energa Basket Liga visit Gdynia Arena - Polski Cukier Toruń. The team played an even match with the hosts, but in the end Gdynia prevailed and won at their own court against Polski Cukier Toruń 82:75.
The best thrower of the yellow-and-blues was Josh Bostic (21 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals), but worthy of note is also Kyndall DYkes (14 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, 1 block). The US defender was very active on both sides of the court and together with team captain Krzysztof Szubarga (8 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists), they injected a great deal of energy to the whole team.
The match was opened up with Szubarga's throw, but the guests quickly compensated and a deadly fight for every point was underway. None of the sides was able to create a big point difference. In the second minute, Bostic's throw put Arka ahead 6:5, but Toruń again compensated and quickly gained up. Two throws by Phil Greene IV (15 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals) from behind the bend made the score 12:12, but the guests jumped ahead once again. At the end of the quarter, 6 points in separate situations were gained by Dykes, and a well aimed throw by Bartlomiej Wołoszyn (2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steals) evened the score to 22:22.
The beginning of the second quarter did not change much. Three points were added by Dariusz Wyka (5 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal), but Arka blocked off the basket and a three pointer was scored by Bostic. The US player added another 3 pointer which allowed Arka to gain back some momentum and set the score to 30:31. After Bostics throw Dykes and Szubarga joined in, which allowed the team to leave for the break with 46:41 to their name.
Arka was gaining speed. The first two minutes of the third quarter saw a big offensive of the yellow-and-blues. Leyton Hammonds (7 points, 7 rebounds) scored, as did Bostic and Adam Hrycaniuk (4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block) and it was their points which lead Asseco to their biggest, 13 point lead (56:43). After a short time, Arka got tired. Dyke's free throw and a dunk by Mickell Gladness (6 points, 7 rebounds) broke through that spell. Gdynia lost the advantage howeer and were leading only 59:57.
The last 10 minutes saw Greene, Bostic and Dykes being the most active. It were their throws which allowed Asseco to gain an advantage and win the match against Polski Cukier Toruń 82:75.
The yellow-and-blues played a much better game then against Stal, whereas Toruń appears much weaker. Asseco had a great throw execution rate of 44%, but also commited 20 losses. It seems crucial for Arka to be able to fix those issues before the playoffs and to fix their weaker three-pointers form.
A week-long break is ahead of us and on Friday the 13th we are going to Warsaw to play against Legia Warszawa.
Asseco Arka Gdynia - Polski Cukier Toruń 82:75 (22:22, 24:19, 13:16, 23:18)
Asseco Arka Gdynia: Bostic 21, Greene 15, Dykes 14, Szubarga 8, Hammonds 7, Gladness 6, Wyka 5, Hrycaniuk 4, Wołoszyn 2, Czerlonko 0, Malczyk 0, Szelągowski 0
Polski Cukier Toruń: Kulig 16, Gruszecki 14, Schenk 11, Cel 10, Wright 8, Aminu 4, Hornsby 4, Perka 3, Weaver 3, Diduszko 2, Ratajczak 0