Asseco Arka Gdynia has visited Sopot to fight against Trefl in the 36th Derby at Tricity. The match began slow, but the fight became heated real quick. Coach Marcin Stefanski and his team held the advantage through the whole match, but at the end Gdynia took over and it was coach Przemyslaw Frasunkiewicz and his boys who went away with a 78:73 win.
In their third Energa Basket Liga match, Krzysztof Szubarga (22 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists) was the best thrower, with Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz (14 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals) right behind him and Adam Hrycaniuk (9 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists) delivering important points in the 4th quarter.
As mentioned before, the match had a slow start. Both teams tested each other's defenses. After 3 minutes of no points, the hosts opened up and were answered by Zolnierewicz and Mikolaj Witlinski (9 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal); however, Trefl dominated early on. Willy remained active, but that was not enough to stop Sopot and the yellow-and-blacks saw 14:8 to their name almost until the end of the quarter. Luckily, Marcin Malczyk (6 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block) aimed a well placed three pointer, followed up by Szubarga, which set the score for the first quarter 18:18.
The yellow-and-blues continued and pushed on. 8 points were delivered by Bartlomiej Woloszyn (10 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal) which set Arka 21:20, which soon turned to 26:22. Sopot, however, tightened its defenses and intensified the offensive. Asseco could not put a point in, with only free throws adding points. At the 18th minute, Trefl was ahead 41:30. Filip Dylewicz (3 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block) and a dunk by Witlinski made things somewhat better, and the team left for the break with only 4 points behind (37:41).
Sopot was invigorated by the break. Trefl continued with their successful attacks, and despite points added by Zolnierewicz, Szubarga's and Malczyk's three pointers and a very aggressive play by Mateusz Kaszowski (3 points, 2 assists, 1 steal), it was Sopot who managed a 14 point advantage (59:45) and won the third quarter.
The last 10 minutes was a war of nerves and Gdynia's attempts to change the score. The yellow-and-blues, step after step, were retaking points. Szubarga and Zolnierewicz gave their best, along with Wojciech Czerlonko (2 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal) and Hrycaniuk. "The Beast" put Arka ahead 72:71 1 minute before the end, only to confirm Gdynia's win seconds later with 74:73. The atmosphere became quite dense. The hosts could not keep up, with fauls to Szubarga and Woloszyn as proof. Both used that and Asseco Arka Gdynia won at Ergo Arena against Trefl Sopot 78:73.
It was a fierce, physical game. What is interesting, one of the five best of Asseco today was Michal Pluta (1 assist, 1 steal), the son of Andrzej Pluta, a legend in Polish basketball. It was on the 20th of September 2011 that Pluta Senior played his last match, as a player of Anwil Wloclawek in a match against Asseco Prokom Gdynia.
We invite you on 24th of September, Thursday, for an away match to Wroclaw and a fight against WKS Slask.
Trefl Sopot - Asseco Arka Gdynia 73:78 (18:18, 23:19, 23:20, 9:21)
Trefl Sopot: Kolenda 14, Gruszecki 12, Leończyk 10, Olejniczak 10, Moten 8, Jay 7, Kolenda 7, Kowalenko 3, Paliukenas 2, Klawa 0, Pułkotycki 0, Rompa 0
Asseco Arka Gdynia: Szubarga 22, Żołnierewicz 14, Wołoszyn 10, Hrycaniuk 9, Witliński 9, Malczyk 6, Dylewicz 3, Kaszowski 3, Czerlonko 2, Kowalczyk 0, Pluta 0