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All-Star Game – Linkage and Roundup

What a great week this has been my GoTorey followers. Around this time last week I was starting the All-Star game festivities along with all of the other guys selected to participate in this event. I have to say that It has been an incredible experience for me, I’ve met so many great players, fans and everyone who was working around the Game. Statistics were not most important on that day but my team (South) managed to pull the W in this one, which feels very good.

This post is to sum up all of the updates and everything that has happened in the week following my All-Star presence. And right here I have to say Thank You! This is destined for all of the people who visited my website.  I had so many views on the website and All-Star Game movies had almost 4,000 views in that time! I am very excited by this fact and I have to thank Szczepan Radzki (http://www.difens.pl) and Jakub Wojczynski (http://www.polskikosz.pl)  for features on the websites about my videos from the game. They gave a great boost to the number of people visiting my website and Vimeo accounts. I mostly appreciate my man Darnell Hinson speaking about the website in the Postgame Conference:

On top of it I would like to thank all of the fans coming from Czarni Slupsk, Zastal Zielona Gora boards and of course my constant followers from Zgorzelec.

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Polish League All-Star Game Selected!!

Hello to all my GoTorey.com followers I have a special announcement to make and I want to thank all of you for all the support and votes. I have been selected to the 2011 Polish All-star Game January 16th in Kalisz! I was voted in along side teammate Marko Brkic to play this coming Sunday at the Hala Sportowo-Widowiskowa Arena Kalisz! In addition to Marko and I being selected teammate Ivan Koljevic was selected to participate in the 3 point shooting contest!

All-Star game is a special time for a player no matter what country he is at. It’s a great opportunity to play and be around players that normally you have to compete with game by game. I am extremely excited to see how my game will look along side guys like Harding Nana, Walter Hodge, Tony Easley, Eddie Miller, Darnell Hinson and many other great athletes. It’s a time of the season when you can just kick back and enjoy the time with fans and get what’s most important in basketball – the great fun and excitement.

For me as a player this selection marks another point in this very good season. I feel appreciated about the effort I put up on the court and most of all the fans here in Zgorzelec recognize that. At the same time even despite this great selection I have to stay focused on the important goals this season for our Turow Team! I hope that my game will bring a lot of excitement to the fans around Poland and make my avid supporters in Zgorzelec feel proud that I’m one of their representatives.

And to all my Polish fans: Chciałbym podziekowac za wszystkie oddane na mnie głosy! Mam nadzieję, że nadal bedziecie we mnie wierzyli i zrobie co w mojej mocy aby przywiezc do Zgorzelca MVP!

Gameday Round Up #6 – Turow at Anwil

We were ready for a tough road game on satuday. We knew coming into this game it would be a hard-fought one. Anwil has a great fan base and it was deafening loud at times in the arena. The game was not a very pretty one to watch because many plays were not executed successfully but the energy and effort from both teams were at an extremely high level. In the first half Anwil started out strong and went on a run going up 8 points but we managed to close the gap and take a 2 point lead going into Halftime.

Our game plan was to limit turnovers and limit Anwil’s offensive rebounds and we had a good chance to win an important game for Turow. The second half was played similarly like the 1st half in which both teams could not find a solid rhythm but we were able to make defensive stops when we needed them. The pace at times was frantic both teams wanted to run the fast break but it was the execution down the stretch that allowed us to prevail with a 69-65 win.

Nikola Jovanovic led Anwil with 16 points and 8 rebounds, Paul Miller with 12 points and Eric Hicks with 9 points and 3 blocks.

David Jackson with 12 points, Marko Brkic with 9 points and 8 rebounds and myself with 23 points and 4 rebounds led Turow.

As soon as the buzzer sounded you can see the exhaustion on both teams’ faces because it was a hard fought battle. It is always great to get a win and even more important to get it when you’re not hitting shots that you usually make.

Right now after this important win we are heading to Olsztyn for a cup game and right after that we’ll hear the results for the All-Star game that is going be held next weekend in Kalisz. If I get selected then I will be part of the event on Sunday, if not that leaves us with a few free days to focus on the upcoming important battle against Polonia on the 22nd.

New Wallpaper Download – Conquer Your Fear

Conquer your Fear

Wallpaper by Dariusz Ejkiewicz of LowGravity.pl

Another busy day over here at GoTorey.com as you know I am trying to bring you some new things each day.  And today I have a special suprise for all of you fans out there in the States, Poland and around the world!

Once again the guys at LowGravity.pl hooked me up with some incredible content. This time I would like you to download the wallpaper created by my man Dariusz Ejkiewicz.  This wallpaper is graced with a great motivational quote that each true leader should think about when getting on the court. It’s in the colors of Turow that I am currently representing so each Zgorzelec fan can show the Green on their desktops right now!

Click here to download the wallpaper from Gallery Section

The creator Dariusz Ejkiewicz is a designer who also brought my website to life along with Kamil Grzegorczyk. You can check their webdesign work at www.lowgravity.pl and if you would like to see more design work by D you should see his Portfolio at www.ejkiewicz.com. As for the photography on this piece it was provided by Turow and done by Sadowski and Maz of Plugimages.com you should check them out and their great work!

Please leave comments here if you like this type of content and if you want to see more. And keep LowGravity in mind for any type of online work, they know their business!

Gameday Round up #5 Trefl and Czarni

The nature of the game is hard to swallow. Coming off a great win last week vs Poznan this week we held a 10 point lead throughout the game but lost by 2 points in overtime to Trefl. The game was filled with excitement. We started off very strong executing our offense and playing solid defense to open up the game taking a 36-27 lead into halftime. In the second half of the game Trefl cut into the lead and came back into the game. We exchanged basket throughout the rest of the game and went into overtime! They ended with an 83-81 win over us in a heartbreaking loss right before the New Year.

I got a chance to go home for a few days.  It was exciting to see my family and friends but in the process I had a bad cold virus and was sick my time there and coming back to Poland out for the rest of the week!  Ivan Koljevic did a great job stepping up for the team and helping to secure this victory!

Tonight’s game was versus the number one team in the Polish Basketball League, Energa Czarni Slupsk. This is the way to start off the New Year with a huge win! The energy in the arena was great. The fans were really ready to support and cheer on their team! The game started off very intense and the score was close in the first half in which we took a 7-point advantage into halftime 49-42.

We followed our game plan very well tonight. We had to limit their fast break points because this team really runs very well and they play penetration and kick out to their shooters for open 3-point shots. They thrive off of open court 1-on-1 and we limited that tonight. In the 3rd quarter we really opened up the game. We went on a nice run making plays on the fast break and playing very tough defense. We did not let up this game and when the buzzer sounded 95-78 was the final result!

Czarni Slupsk was lead by Jerel Blassigame with 22 points, Mantas Cesnauskis 15 points, and Bryan Davis with 13 points and 7 rebounds.

We were lead by 5 players in double figures. Ivan Koljevic had 21 points and 6 assists, David Jackson 12 points, Robert Tomaszek 12 points, and myself with 11 points and 8 assists. This was a great team effort we had outstanding rebounding by Ivan Zigeranovic, Michal Gabinski, and Marko Brkic.

I would like to thank the fans for really making it a fun place to play and always cheering and supporting us! I love the chant “Torey…Thomas” at the free-throw line! Go Turow!

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