Poland - TBL Round 12

Coincidentally all hosts won their games. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Stelmet (11-2) in Radom on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by third ranked Rosa (9-3) in overtime 88-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Stelmet. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-18. But Stelmet won second period 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Stelmet used huge pressure winning it 23-20 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 11-13. Rosa made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Stelmet helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American C.J. Harris (191-91, college: Wake Forest) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists and international swingman Michal Sokolowski (196-92) who added 22 points and 8 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Dee Bost (188-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: Three Eye Sports) with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Rosa have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 9-3 record having just three points less than leader Stelmet ZG. Defending champion Stelmet still keeps top place with two games lost. Rosa are looking forward to face Trefl (#14) in Sopot in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Stelmet will play at home against Stal Ostrow Wlkp. (#11) and is hoping to win this game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 12: Slask Wroclaw lost to AZS Koszalin on the opponent's court 59-64. Asseco managed to outperform Wilki Morskie in a home game 71-65. Trefl Sopot recorded a loss to Anwil on the road 76-60. Stal Ostrow defeated Siarka on its own court 71-67. Bottom-ranked Polpharma was beaten by MKS DG in Dabrowa Gornicza 74-57. Polfarmex KT won against Start Lublin at home 67-58. Asseco was outscored by Stelmet ZG on the opponent's court 100-57.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists by Anthony Hickey of Asseco.

AZS Koszalin - Slask Wroclaw 64-59

Very expected game when 16th ranked Slask (2-11) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked AZS Koszalin (8-6) 64-59 on Monday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 64-59. AZS Koszalin outrebounded Slask 40-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Mikolaj Witlinski (207-95) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Ra'shad James (188-90, college: Kaiser) who added 11 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four AZS Koszalin players scored in double figures. AZS Koszalin's coach David Dedek used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was the former international power forward Mateusz Jarmakowicz (208-88) with 14 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Norbert Kulon (187-92) scored 8 points and 7 assists. AZS Koszalin maintains eighth position with 8-6 record. Slask lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth place with 11 games lost. AZS Koszalin will face Wilki Morskie (#9) in Szczecin in the next round.
Top scorers:
AZS Koszalin: M.Witlinski 14+5reb, S.Lukasiak 12+5reb, R.James 11+8reb, A.Mielczarek 10+5reb, P.Auda 10+4reb+3ast, I.Wadowski 4+1reb+3ast
Slask Wroclaw: M.Jarmakowicz 14+7reb+1ast, V.Kovalenko 13+4reb, N.Kulon 8+4reb+7ast, K.Chanas 8+3reb, W.Jakubiak 7+1ast, M.Jankowski 6+6reb+2ast

Asseco - Wilki Morskie 71-65

Rather predictable result in Gdynia where sixth ranked Asseco (9-4) defeated 9th ranked Wilki Morskie (6-7) 71-65 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 42-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Anthony Hickey (180-92, college: Oklahoma St.) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz (196-95) who added 14 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international swingman Pawel Kikowski (193-86) with 15 points and American Frank Gaines (191-90, college: IPFW, agency: Comsport) scored 10 points. Wilki Morskie's coach Marek Lukomski rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Asseco moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Anwil. Wilki Morskie at the other side keeps the ninth position with seven games lost. Asseco will face bottom-ranked Polpharma (#17) in Starogard in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Wilki Morskie will play on the road against AZS Koszalin (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Asseco: A.Hickey 23+6reb+4ast, P.Zolnierewicz 14+4reb+3ast, S.Kowalczyk 11+3reb+1ast, J.Parzenski 9+6reb, P.Frasunkiewicz 5+8reb+1ast, P.Szczotka 5+5reb+2ast
Wilki Morskie: P.Kikowski 15+3reb+1ast, P.Leonczyk 10+3reb+2ast, F.Gaines 10+4reb+1ast, K.Lucious 9+1reb+2ast, M.Nowakowski 8+4reb, U.Nikolic 7+8reb

Anwil - Trefl Sopot 76-60

Not a big story in a game in Wloclawek where 14th ranked Trefl (3-10) was defeated by fifth ranked Anwil (9-4) 76-60 on Sunday. The game without a history. Anwil led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Trefl to just 7 points in first quarter. Anwil forced 19 Trefl turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Anwil especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international swingman Bartosz Diduszko (198-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and Russian Fedor Dmitriev (204-84, agency: Alti Sport) who added 10 points during the contest. Four Anwil players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American point guard Tyreek Duren (183-91, college: La Salle) with 13 points and swingman Slawomir Sikora (193-86, agency: Promotex) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Anwil moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Asseco. Trefl at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with ten games lost. Anwil will face AZS Polfarmex (#7) in Kutno in the next round. Trefl will play at home against Rosa (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Anwil: B.Diduszko 13+12reb+1ast, C.Oguchi 12+1ast, F.Dmitriev 10+4reb+1ast, K.Laczynski 10+1reb+2ast, P.Stelmach 9+2reb+1ast, K.Bristol 7+6reb
Trefl Sopot: T.Duren 13+4reb+3ast, S.Sikora 12+7reb+1ast, J.Bilinovac 10+2reb+2ast, P.Dzierzak 8+1reb+3ast, G.Kulka 7+7reb+1ast, M.Dutkiewicz 6+1reb

Stal Ostrow - Siarka 71-67

Everything went according to plan when eleventh ranked Stal Ostrow Wlkp. (6-7) beat at home 13th ranked Stabill Jezioro (4-8) 71-67 on Sunday. Stabill Jezioro trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 27-14 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 67-71 at the end of the game. Stal Ostrow Wlkp. outrebounded Stabill Jezioro 40-27 including 25 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Cameroonian center Alexis Wangmene (205-89, college: Texas) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Curtis Millage (188-81, college: Arizona St.) who added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Jakub Zalewski (184-86) with 18 points and American center Zach Robbins (208-91, college: Dixie St.) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four Stabill Jezioro players scored in double figures. Stal Ostrow Wlkp. moved-up to ninth place, which they share with MKS DG and Wilki Morskie. Stabill Jezioro at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with eight games lost. Stal Ostrow Wlkp. will face league's leader Stelmet in Zielona Gora in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Stabill Jezioro will play at home against PGE Turow (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Stal Ostrow: A.Wangmene 18+12reb, C.Millage 17+7reb+4ast, T.Ochonko 8+1reb+2ast, A.Kaczmarzyk 7+1reb+1ast, D.Delaney 6+7reb, M.Sroka 6+7reb+1ast
Siarka: J.Zalewski 18+4reb+3ast, Z.Robbins 16+6reb+1ast, G.Bell 13+2reb+2ast, J.Patoka 12+9reb, E.Harris 3+2reb, K.Mlynarski 3+4reb+1ast

Rosa Radom - Stelmet ZG 88-86 OT

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Stelmet (11-2) in Radom on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by third ranked Rosa (9-3) in overtime 88-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Stelmet. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-18. But Stelmet won second period 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Stelmet used huge pressure winning it 23-20 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 11-13. Rosa made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Stelmet helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American C.J. Harris (191-91, college: Wake Forest) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists and international swingman Michal Sokolowski (196-92) who added 22 points and 8 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Dee Bost (188-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: Three Eye Sports) with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and international swingman Mateusz Ponitka (197-93) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Rosa have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 9-3 record having just three points less than leader Stelmet ZG. Defending champion Stelmet still keeps top place with two games lost. Rosa are looking forward to face Trefl (#14) in Sopot in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Stelmet will play at home against Stal Ostrow Wlkp. (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Rosa Radom: M.Sokolowski 22+8reb+2ast, C.Harris 19+8reb+8ast, R.Witka 12+1reb+2ast, T.Thomas 11+4reb+3ast, I.Zaytsev 8+3reb, L.Bonarek 8+1reb
Stelmet ZG: D.Bost 17+7reb+5ast, M.Ponitka 14+6reb+2ast, N.Djurisic 13+3reb, D.Borovnjak 12+5reb+1ast, L.Koszarek 9+1reb+3ast, V.Moldoveanu 9+9reb+4ast

MKS DG - Polpharma 74-57

There was no surprise when 17th ranked Polpharma (1-11) was defeated on the road by twelfth ranked MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (6-7) 74-57 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by MKS Dabrowa Gornicza. Polpharma was better in second period 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. MKS Dabrowa Gornicza looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Piotr Pamula (195-90) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and American power forward Sam Dower (206-90, college: Gonzaga) who added 8 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American center Damien Kinloch (203-80, college: Tenn Tech) with 12 points and 8 rebounds and forward Lukasz Diduszko (196-86) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. MKS Dabrowa Gornicza moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Stal Ostrow and Wilki Morskie. Polpharma lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. MKS Dabrowa Gornicza will face higher ranked Energa Czarni (#6) in Slupsk in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Polpharma will play at home against Asseco (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
MKS DG: P.Pamula 25+3reb+2ast, E.Williams 12+8reb+1ast, R.Broadus 11+2reb+5ast, P.Szymanski 9+2reb+5ast, S.Dower 8+11reb+3ast, M.Dziemba 4+1reb+4ast
Polpharma: U.Mirkovic 13+5reb+1ast, D.Kinloch 12+8reb+1ast, L.Diduszko 11+6reb+3ast, M.Flieger 8+3reb+7ast, M.Hicks 8+1reb, J.Dee 3+1reb

Polfarmex KT - Start Lublin 67-58

No shocking result in a game in Kutno where seventh ranked AZS Polfarmex (8-5) won against 15th ranked MKS Start (3-10) 67-58 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 20-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Adonte Parker (186-89, college: Dayton) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import power forward Kevin Johnson (201-84, college: Humboldt St.) who added 12 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was point guard Jan Grzelinski (180-94, college: Canisius) with 11 points and 4 assists and swingman Grzegorz Malecki (195-84) scored 11 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. AZS Polfarmex maintains seventh position with 8-5 record. MKS Start at the other side dropped to the fourteenth place with ten games lost. AZS Polfarmex will face higher ranked Anwil (#4) in Wloclawek in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. MKS Start will play on the road against the league's second-placed Twarde Pierniki (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Polfarmex KT: A.Parker 13+5reb+2ast, K.Johnson 12+8reb, M.Fraser 9+7reb, J.Zyskowski 8+1reb, B.Woloszyn 8+3reb+3ast, M.Bartosz 6+4reb
Start Lublin: R.Poole 12+1reb, G.Malecki 11+1reb+3ast, J.Grzelinski 11+4reb+4ast, I.Chumakov 9+4reb+2ast, J.Trojan 6+6reb+2ast, N.Kellogg 5+3reb+3ast