An ambitious GTK's pursuit was not enough. BM Slam Stal takes third place

An ambitious GTK's pursuit was not enough. BM Slam Stal takes third place

The tournament in Arena Gliwice was won by MKS Dąbrowa Górnicza, who defeated the Miasto Szkła Krosno 70:66 in the final game. In 3rd place was BM Slam Stal Ostrów Wlkp. after winning with GTK Gliwice 86:80.
In the match for the third place in the Gliwice Arena, the hosts were able to fight against BM Slam Stal Ostrów Wlkp. Only at the beginning. From score 6:9, when the intension faul was committed by Myles Mack, the guests recorded an impressive 16:0 run. GTK did not have the answer to the quick and combining game of the rival, who had no problems with working out easy positions for throwing. And even if some of the attempts were inaccurate, Shawn King would collect most of the balls from the board and put the ball into basket. The American was also supported by Michał Chyliński, who was passing rivals and entering way to the basket, what cause enlarged the amount of points  of his team. The locals tried to break the dominance of the rival, but single successful actions did not make much impression on the team from Ostrów Wlkp. Led by Andrzej Urban, who in exchange for Wojciech Kamiński, played the role of the first coach, his basketball players scored 35 points in the first quarter. They were helped by the hosts, who committed seven losses in this part of the game.
After cameback to the game, BM Slam Stal continued to maintain high lead. Guests used their physical advantage and effectively scored from the closest distance. Michał Nowakowski became active, Blake Hamilton was also well presented. Gliwice, like the day before, had considerable efficiency problems. Riley LaChance and the other players of the perimeter missed another shots. In this situation, GTK tried to pass ball to the paint. Damonte Dodd and Szymon Kiwilsza performed well in it. Unfortunately, this did not prevent further increase of difference between teams  by guests who after 20 min. of game were already running with a difference of 29 points (27:56).
Fortunately, after a break GTK’s basketball players improved their performance. They began to play aggressively in defense. They forced some opponents turnovers, thanks to which they could get easy points from counterattacks. Woke up LaChance, who finally began to score. Piotr Robak tried on distance and twice on Brian Dawkins, and Kacper Radwański added points after drives. Thanks to this, the hosts won this quarter with a difference of 10 points and managed to slightly offset the very high lead of the rival (50:69).
The beginning of the fourth quarter did not foretell the fact that there might be some emotions in this match. Several successful King's actions meant that the guests could feel comfortable again. However, GTK did not intend to give up. Team from Gliwice driven by Mack began to score. The American point guard distributed 10 assists in this match, and subsequent shoots from LaChance and Radwański caused that the advantage of the guests began to melt quickly. After the 19:0 run, GTK led to result 75:79, but at the crucial moment the helplessness of the visitors was broken by Mike Scott and the chance to lead to extra time was significantly reduced. Finally, BM Slam Stal won by six points difference (80:86) and took the third place in the tournament in Arena Gliwice.
In the final match of tournament the MKS Dąbrowa Górnicza defeated the Miasto Szkła Krosno 70:66 after a fierce battle.

GTK Gliwice - BM Slam Stal Ostrów Wlkp. 80:86 (16:35, 11:21, 23:13, 30:17)

Mack 16 (2x3), Radwański 10 (2x3), Piechowicz, Dawkins 8 (2x3), Dodd 14 - LaChance 17 (3x3), Kiwilsza 7, Robak 6 (2x3), Słupiński 2. Trener Paweł TURKIEWICZ.

Stal: Scott 12 (2x3), Chyliński 13 (1x3), Majewski 5 (1x3), Nowakowski 12, King 26 - Hamilton 9 (2x3), Kowalenko 4, Szymkiewicz 3, Tasić 2. Trener Andrzej URBAN.

Results of friendlies games during the preparation period to the season 2018/2019:

GTK Gliwice - Górnik Trans.eu Wałbrzych 77:64
Polski Cukier Toruń - GTK Gliwice 89:66
Polski Cukier Toruń - GTK Gliwice 65:65
GTK Gliwice - BK Opawa 96:84
GTK Gliwice - Jamalex Polonia 1912 Leszno 91:72
BM Slam Stal Ostrów Wielkopolski - GTK Gliwice 80:71
GTK Gliwice - Dekstoni Turi Svitavy 104:89
BK NH Ostrawa - GTK Gliwice 85:86
GTK Gliwice - Miasto Szkła Krosno 82:84
GTK Gliwice - BM Slam Stal Ostrów Wlkp. 80:86

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