Asseco Arka can be happy about their fifth win. Our team has defeated Polpharma Starogard Gdanski 92:90, even though up until the break the odds were not in our favor.
Polpharma did not have a good start in this season of the EBL. Between August and September the coronavirus has set in within the team, which made preparations difficult. Jacek Jarecki had to be hospitalised and many matches postponed. This took quite a toll. In their 8 matches, Marek Lukomski and his team have been defeated seven times.
In the first quarter, none of the teams have been able to gain a proper advantage. Wojciech Czerlonko was aiming well, while Grzegorz Surmacz and James Washington riposted. At the end of this part, it was 23:28 for the guests.
In the second quarter, the Kociewian Devils fought with tooth and nail. Long range throws took a toll (7/12, 58%), which saw them jump ahead by many points and keep that advantage. At the half point, the guests were winning 39:50.
The pep talk delivered by coach Przemyslaw Frasunkiewicz put some fire in our team. The hosts were steadily coming back. After three-pointers delivered by Krzysztof Szubarga, Wojciech Czerlonko and a 2+1 of Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz, the difference was no more than 3 points. After a short moment, "Soldier" put another one from far away, which took the advantage back to us. Before the final quarter, Gdynia was finally ahead 75:73.
The win was up for grabs up to the last seconds. A minute and 46 seconds before the end Zolnierewicz set the score to 88:87. More points were added in free throws by Peter Olisemek and Adam Hrycaniuk. The emotions at the empty Gdynia Arena were high, when Krzysztof Szubarga scored another two points. 92:89 at that moment, with 8 seconds to go. After a faul on Zolnierewicz, Steven Haney took the stage and there was not enough time to tie things up. Asseco Arka defeated Polpharma Starogard Gdanski 92:90 at Gdynia Arena. With a 5-4 balance, our team is 6th in the table currently.
Asseco Arka Gdynia - Polpharma Starogard Gd. 92:90 (23:28, 16:22, 36:23, 17:17)
Asseco Arka Gdynia: Żołnierewicz 24, Czerlonko 16, Dylewicz 10, Wadowski 10, Szubarga 9, Hrycaniuk 8, Witliński 8, Kaszowski 7, Malczyk 0, Marcinkowski 0, Pluta 0, Wołoszyn 0
Polpharma Starogard Gd.: Olisemeka 15, Allen 14, Furstinger 13, Washington 13, Haney 12, Surmacz 11, Kowalczyk 8, Jarecki 4, Chorab 0, Reszka 0, Urbański 0, Walda 0