Asseco Arka Gdynia faced off against WKS Slask Wroclaw in an away Energa Basket Liga match. Gdynia was unable to maintain a steady rhythm and was loosing quickly after the first quarter 10:24. The situation changed after the second quarte with 30:18 for Gdynia, but that proved to be a false hope as the guests maintained their advantage after coming back from the break. Even though the yellow-and-blues managed to get an additional round, they still lost 74:85.
Leading the Gdynia assault were Bartlomiej Woloszyn (17 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal) and Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz (17 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals), with most passes delivered by team captain Krzysztof Szubarga (13 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists), while the defense was handled by Mikolaj Witlinski (10 points, 6 rebounds).
The first 10 minutes was a definite takeover by Wroclaw. At the beginning, Szubarga,Adam Hrycaniuk (8 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal) and Mateusz Kaszowski (6 points, 1 assist, 1 steal) scored the most, but that soon took a pause with only a point being added by Marcin Malczyk (1 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals). The hosts dominated the match and were in the lead by the end of the quarter 24:10.
The second quarter saw Arka going in hard. Zolnierewicz, Woloszyn and Szubarga were scoring wonderfully. A moment later, Wolek got wind in his sails and scored 6 points between the 6th and 7th minute, regaining Asseco score to 26:29. The guests kept pushing and after points by Witlinski in the 26th minute Asseco managed to gain 36:34. Wroclaw attacked once again, however, and despite Szubarga's 4 points, it was the hosts who won 42:40 the first round.
After the break, the match evened out, although it was still Slask who remained in control. Zolnierewicz and Witlinski maitaned the attack, with help from Hrycaniuk, Kaszowski and Szubarga. 25 seconds before the end of the third quarter Filip Dylewicz (2 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block) aimed well and Gdynia was only 1 point behind the oponnent. In a matter of seconds, 4 points were added by Wroclaw, then 2 by Szubarga, and the quarter ended with 60:62 for Asseco.
The last quarter saw little difference to the one before. Both teams were somewhat even, with Slask leading in and Arka taking over near the end. Once again, offensive was handled by Witlinski, Woloszyn and Zolnierewicz, whose points allowed to tie the game 74:74 and extend the match by 5 minutes.
In the added time, the guests were struggling, and the hosts won that part of the game 11:0, making the total score 85:74 for Wroclaw.
A lot of losses and low accuracy in three-point throws were the bane of today's match. The opponent took advantage of that with 21 points gained against Gdynia's 11. Also suprising is Slask's success in rapid attacks (16 against 6).
Now the yellow-and-blues are coming home to face off against GTK Gliwice at the Gdynia Arena on the 29th of September.
WKS Śląsk Wrocław - Asseco Arka Gdynia 85:74 (24:10, 18:30, 20:20,12:14, 11:0)
WKS Śląsk Wrocław: Nevels 25, Ramljak 20, Jovanović 19, Stewart 6, Dziewa 5, Gabiński 5, Keller 3, Zagórski 2, Gordon 0, Musiał 0, Tomczak 0, Wójcik 0
Asseco Arka Gdynia: Wołoszyn 17, Żołnierewicz 17, Szubarga 13, Witliński 10, Hrycaniuk 8, Kaszowski 6, Dylewicz 2, Malczyk 1, Czerlonko 0, Kowalczyk 0, Pluta 0, Wadowski 0