The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of MOSiR Krosno (0-1) in Ostrow Wlkp.. Visitors were defeated by Stal Ostrow (1-0) 80-66. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Stal Ostrow forced 29 MOSiR Krosno turnovers and outrebounded them 49-23 including a 19-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. Power forward Wojciech Zurawski (199-76) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and point guard Marek Szumelda-Krzycki (193-91, agency: Promotex) accounted for 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Piotr Pluta (192-81, agency: Court Side) came up with 23 points and 4 blocks and point guard Kamil Laczynski (180-89) added 19 points and 5 assists respectively for MOSiR Krosno in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Stal Ostrow will play against Spojnia in Stargard in the next round. MOSiR Krosno will play at home against WIKANA Start in Lublin and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Stal Ostrow: W.Zurawski 16+14reb, L.Olejnik 15+7reb+2ast, M.Szumelda-Krzycki 13+5reb+7ast, W.Szawarski 8+2reb, M.Kalowski 8+1reb, A.Kaczmarzyk 7+4reb MOSiR Krosno: P.Pluta 23+4reb, K.Laczynski 19+3reb+5ast, S.Nowak 9+5reb+1ast, M.Salamonik 5+3reb, D.Oczkowicz 4+1reb+3ast, W.Pisarczyk 4+3reb
Quite upsetting was Astoria Bydg.'s home defeat in a game versus Polonia68-60. The guests trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 23-5 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Polonia dominated on the defensive end, holding Astoria Bydg. to just 5 points in fourth quarter. They also forced 25 Astoria Bydg. turnovers and outrebounded them 46-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. Center Marcin Kolowca (209-87) fired 9 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Forward Tomasz Zablocki (202-78, agency: Promotex) chipped in 13 points. Guard Pawel Lewandowski (186-83) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 assists and guard Mateusz Bierwagen (194-88) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Astoria Bydg. players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Polonia will meet at home UMKS Kielce in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Astoria Bydg. will play against Slask Wroclaw. Top scorers: Polonia: T.Zablocki 13+4reb+2ast, B.Bal 11+1reb+2ast, G.Kukielka 9+2reb+2ast, M.Kolowca 9+12reb, M.Musijowski 9+4reb+6ast, D.Wyka 7+9reb Astoria Bydg.: M.Bierwagen 14+6reb+2ast, D.Szyttenholm 10+2reb+1ast, S.Laydych 10+2reb, P.Lewandowski 10+4reb+10ast, P.Czaplicki 4+7reb+1ast, P.Rapalski 4
Slask Wroclaw was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Stargard 80-75. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 27-20. But Slask Wroclaw won second period 24-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spojnia made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 25 Slask Wroclaw turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Tomasz Stepien (193-86) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Adam Parzych (190-86, college: Bryant, agency: Promotex) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Four Spojnia players scored in double figures. Forward Lukasz Diduszko (197-86) answered with 6 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Przemyslaw Hajnsz (203-82, agency: Promotex) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Slask Wroclaw. Slask Wroclaw's coach Jerzy Chudeusz let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Spojnia's next round opponent will be Stal Ostrow in Ostrow Wlkp. which should be theoretically an easy game. Slask Wroclaw will play on the road against Astoria Bydg. in Bydgoszcz and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Spojnia: T.Stepien 15+8reb+2ast, A.Parzych 14+2reb+2ast, A.Soczewski 11+2reb+1ast, H.Pabian 10+4reb, K.Szpyrka 9+1reb, W.Grudzinski 8+6reb+1ast Slask Wroclaw: A.Mroczek-Truskowski 12+2reb, T.Ochonko 12+1ast, K.Sulima 10+4reb+1ast, P.Hajnsz 8+7reb, R.Hyzy 8+2reb+1ast, N.Kulon 8+2reb+1ast
Sokol Lancut used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Pozoan 83-76. AZS PP was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 23-15 charge of Sokol Lancut, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 27 AZS PP turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Kacper Mlynarski (200-92) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 7 rebounds. Center Maciej Klima (205-82) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Four Sokol Lancut players scored in double figures. Center Adam Metelski (208-83, college: Cal-Irvine) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Pawel Hybiak (173-89) added 18 points and 4 assists in the effort for AZS PP. AZS PP's coach Waldemar Mendel let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.Sokol Lancut's next round opponent will be P.Cukier SIDEn in Torun and it will be for sure the game of the week. AZS PP will play at home against MKS DG in Dabrowa Gornicza. Top scorers: Sokol Lancut: K.Mlynarski 28+7reb+3ast, M.Klima 15+5reb+4ast, M.Baran 13+2reb+4ast, T.Fortuna 11+5reb+2ast, B.Dubiel 6+4reb+2ast, P.Halas 5+4reb+3ast AZS PP: A.Metelski 22+12reb+1ast, P.Hybiak 18+3reb+4ast, L.Ulchurski 12+5reb, P.Stankiewicz 8+6reb+1ast, P.Gacek 7+1ast, M.Rostalski 4+2reb
An interesting game took place in Szczecin where AZS Radex (0-1) was upset on its own court by WIKANA Start (1-0) 85-74. The game was mostly controlled by WIKANA Start. AZS Radex was better in third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding AZS Radex to just 0 points in second quarter. WIKANA Start forced 24 AZS Radex turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Lukasz Wilczek (189-86) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 6 assists. Forward Andrzej Misiewicz (201-84, college: Daytona Beach CC) contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four WIKANA Start players scored in double figures. point guard Lukasz Pacocha (182-82, agency: Promotex) answered with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and center Karol Pytys (202-85) added 7 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for AZS Radex. AZS Radex's coach Zbigniew Majcherek let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. WIKANA Start's next round opponent will be MOSiR Krosno on the road which should be an easy win for them. AZS Radex will play against SKK Siedlce. Top scorers: Start Lublin: L.Wilczek 24+3reb+6ast, P.Kowalski 16+1reb, P.Luszczewski 12+2reb, A.Misiewicz 10+7reb+1ast, L.Szczypka 8+4reb+1ast, M.Marciniak 7+4reb+1ast AZS Radex: L.Pacocha 18+5reb+6ast, L.Biela 10+3reb, M.Majcherek 9+2reb+3ast, A.Linowski 8+5reb+2ast, K.Pytys 7+8reb+1ast, J.Koszuta 7+3reb+2ast
But SKK Siedlce was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Torun 65-54. It looked good early as SKK Siedlce took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. Then P.Cukier SIDEn had a 19-10 second period charge getting the lead and SKK Siedlce was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 54-65. They outrebounded SKK Siedlce 36-25 including 16 on the offensive glass. P.Cukier SIDEn brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. It was a very good performance for power forward Adam Lisewski (206-80) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. The former international guard Lukasz Zytko (181-81) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Four P.Cukier SIDEn players scored in double figures. Swingman Adrian Czerwonka (196-81, agency: Promotex) answered with 15 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Radoslaw Basinski (188-78) added 5 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks in the effort for SKK Siedlce. SKK Siedlce's coach Tomasz Araszkiewicz gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. P.Cukier SIDEn's next round opponent will be Sokol Lancut at home. SKK Siedlce will play against AZS Radex in Szczecin. Top scorers: P.Cukier SIDEn: L.Zytko 14+3reb+3ast, J.Jarecki 11+4reb, P.Smigielski 10+5reb, A.Lisewski 10+10reb, M.Kowalewski 7+4reb, R.Plebanek 6+1reb SKK Siedlce: T.Deja 15+2reb+1ast, A.Czerwonka 15+5reb+2ast, K.Sulima 6+1reb+2ast, M.Rapucha 5, R.Basinski 5+9reb+4ast, M.Chodkiewicz 4+3reb
Znicz Basket used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Kielce 76-60. UMKS Kielce was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 40-18 second half run of Znicz Basket. They dominated on the defensive end, holding UMKS Kielce to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Znicz Basket forced 20 UMKS Kielce turnovers and outrebounded them 35-23 including 28 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. It was a very good performance for swingman Marcin Matuszewski (194-82) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Przemyslaw Szymanski (198-84) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Znicz Basket players scored in double figures. Znicz Basket's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Kamil Kamecki (198-87) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds and forward Lukasz Fafara (194-84) added 16 points in the effort for UMKS Kielce. Znicz Basket's next round opponent will be AZS Kutno on the road and are hoping to win another game. UMKS Kielce will play against Polonia in Przemysl. Top scorers: Znicz Basket: M.Matuszewski 18+7reb+2ast, P.Szymanski 16+5reb, A.Sulinski 15+2ast, M.Aleksandrowicz 10+5reb+1ast, L.Bonarek 7+5reb+1ast, T.Pisarczyk 4+10reb UMKS Kielce: W.Miernik 17+3reb, L.Fafara 16+3reb+2ast, K.Kamecki 16+9reb+1ast, A.Busz 5+3reb+2ast, M.Wrobel 4+3reb+1ast, H.Makuch 2+5ast
MKS DG edged AZS Kutno in Dabrowa Gornicza 80-77. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 3 points. MKS DG forced 31 AZS Kutno turnovers. Point guard Grzegorz Grochowski (178-93) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals for the winners and forward Michal Woloszyn (202-84) chipped in 21 points. Four MKS DG players scored in double figures. At the losing side point guard Dawid Brek (185-89, agency: Promotex) responded with 18 points and 6 assists and power forward Wojciech Glabas (207-90) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. AZS Kutno's coach Jaroslaw Krysiewicz rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. AZS Kutno will play next round against Znicz Basket trying to get back on the winning streak. MKS DG will try to continue on its current victory against AZS PP in Poznan. Top scorers: MKS DG: M.Woloszyn 21+2reb, L.Grzegorzewski 17+3reb, G.Grochowski 13+8reb+11ast, P.Zmarlak 10+7reb+1ast, J.Karolak 8+3reb, P.Zielinski 6+2reb AZS Kutno: D.Brek 18+3reb+6ast, W.Glabas 15+6reb, J.Dluski 15+4reb+1ast, L.Kwiatkowski 8+3reb, G.Malecki 7+2reb+1ast, H.Mazur 6+4reb+2ast
Source close to the players told eurobasket.com that vice-champion Rosa Radom (TBL) is in talks with experienced Lithuanian brothers Darjus Lavrinovic (212-106kg-79) of Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia and Ksistof Lavrinovic(209-C-79) from Lietuvas rytas. We recently informed that players were in talks with Neptunas, but both sides couldn't reach the agreement. If the deal works out, that would be first campaign in Polish league for the players who have polish citizenship. Rosa Radom roster for... [read more]
Source close to the players told eurobasket.com that vice-champion Rosa Radom (TBL) is in talks with experienced Lithuanian brothers Darjus Lavrinovic (212-106kg-79) of Grissin Bon Reggio Emiliaand Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-C-79) from Lietuvas rytas. We recently informed that players were in talks with Neptunas, but both sides couldn't reach the agreement. If the deal works out, that would be first campaign in Polish league for the players who have polish citizenship.
Vechta inks Frank Gaines, ex Wilki Morskie - 5 hours ago
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SC Rasta Vechta (BBL) agreed terms with 26-year old American shooting guard Frank Gaines (191-88kg-90, college: IPFW). He played last season at Wilki Morskie in Polish TBL league. In 36 games he had 12.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg. The previous (2015) summer Gaines played at Caciques in BSN where in 19 games he was the best scorer with impressive 25.1ppg and averaged 4.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.8spg (leader !!!) in 2015 season. Three years ago he was drafted by Maine Red Claws (D-League) in s... [read more]
SC Rasta Vechta (BBL) agreed terms with 26-year old American shooting guard Frank Gaines (191-88kg-90, college: IPFW). He played last season at Wilki Morskie in Polish TBL league. In 36 games he had 12.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg. The previous (2015) summer Gaines played at Caciques in BSN where in 19 games he was the best scorer with impressive 25.1ppg and averaged 4.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.8spg (leader !!!) in 2015 season. Three years ago he was drafted by Maine Red Claws (D-League) in second round (18th overall). The former Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ.-Ft.Wayne staris in his fourth season in pro basketball. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Gaines' team made it to the Summit League Tournament Semifinals in 2010 and 2013. He was also voted USBasket.com All-D-League Most Improved Player of the Year and USBasket.com D-League All-Rookie 1st Team in 2014. Gaines is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in four different countries. Gaines tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Italy (VL Pesaro), Puerto Rico, Venezuela (Gigantes) and D-League (Oklahoma City Blue).
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