Eurochallenge Qualifications Game #1 Roundup

The first time in History Spartak Primorie Vladivostok has a chance to compete in European competition. We faced BC Enisey in the first round of the Eurochallenge Qualification games.  In the first half Spartak-Primorie took command of the game particularly in the 2nd quarter in which the lead was 25 points 50-25 going into halftime.  It was a great team effort and the game paced suited Spartak-Primorie.

BC Enisey fought back strong in the 3rd quarter to cut the lead down to 9 points.  We then came back strong in the fourth with good outside shooting going 8 of 17 from 3-point range and shooting 50% overall for the game.  This ultimately led to a 75-58 victory for Spartak-Primorie.

BC Enisey was led by Lonny Baxter’s 20 Points and 7 rebounds and also Russian Andrey Trushkin 10 points and 3 rebounds.

Spartak Primorie was led by Konstantin Nesterov with 12 points, Evgeny Baburin with 12 points, Victor Cuthbert with 9 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals, Jeleel Akindele with 7 points 12 rebounds and 3 assists, and myself with 17 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists.

This mark the 12 year anniversary of Spartak-Primorie Vladivostok being founded in Russia so the Spartak fans created a great atmosphere!

Gameday Round up #15 – Poznan at Turow

The last game of our 3 game week ended with a home game vs. PBG Basket Poznan. This game was extremely intense that finished with 2 thrilling overtimes. This game had great significance for both teams because with a win for Turow we would clinch the 2nd seed in the playoffs and with a win for Poznan it would help their chances in making the playoffs. The emotions were riding high on this game and it showed early it was certainly a defensive affair. The first half both teams played almost an equal match a bit sloppy but we were able to take a 1-point lead into halftime 36-35.

In the second half the game really didn’t pick up it’s scoring from both teams but the energy in the arena was electric for us. Poznan really made some key plays down the stretch and we needed to respond. Down 2 points with 20 seconds left in a scrambled play the ball ends up in my hands at the top of the key with two options shoot the 3 for the win or drive and dish for the an easier lay-up? So I drove the lane and dished it off to David Jackson for a high-powered one-hand slam-dunk to tie the game and send it into overtime! In the first overtime we traded baskets but Poznan again took the lead on a big 3-point shot by Sasa Ocokolijic. Down 67-64 with about 20 seconds left I come down off a side line screen and roll and let it fly and it hits nothing but net to send the game into double overtime! No team wanted to lose this game! In the 2nd overtime we took a commanding lead thanks to finding our 3-point stroke the Silent Assassin Marko Brkic connected on two 3-points and I also connected on two 3-points to ice the game.

Poznan was led by Piotr Stelmach who finished with 20 points and 9 rebounds, Damian Kulig with 10 points, and Grzegorz Surmacz with 9 points and 7 rebounds.

Turow was led by Robert Tomaszek with 12 points and 7 rebounds, Michal Gabinski with 3 points and 13 rebounds, David Jackson 12 points and 5 rebounds, Michael Kuebler with 11 points of instant offense off the bench, and myself with 22 points 10 assists, 3 steals, and 3 rebounds.

The Arena was rocking from the tip off to the final Buzzers!! Everyone was on his or her feet and it was extremely loud! The crowd has been great all season and they really give us an extra boost when they are into the game like this. Thanks for helping us secure the 2nd seed going into playoffs that means we have home court advantage for the first round games! One big game left at Sopot next week then the playoffs! Lets go Turow!

Gameday Round up #14 – Turow at Prokom

The Clash for 1st place in the PLK was between Turow and Prokom. This was a huge game for both teams winning this game would mean 1st place position solely with only two games left in the regular season.

The atmosphere was like a playoff game both teams knew the significance of the game and both teams battled from the tip off to the final buzzer. The score was close throughout the entire game.

We jumped out to an early 1st quarter lead 20-11 but Prokom was able to close that gap 34-30 going into halftime. The first half was filled with defense and scrappy play. The second half was similar to the first half in which every basket was earned. The crowd was really into the game. At the end of the third quarter both teams were knotted at 52.

In the fourth quarter the scoring increased a little bit both teams were trading baskets this game went down to the wire! The last 15 seconds of the game is where the game was won 4 possessions 2 for each team. Filip Videnow scores a basket from the side out of bounds play that puts Prokom ahead 71-70. A nicely designed pick and roll play by our coach led to a drive by myself and a dish to Michal Gabinski for the 72-71 go ahead score with 8 seconds left. Prokom with the ball with another side out of bounds Tommy Adams drives right down the lane for a layup that hit the rim three times then falls in. Now its 4 seconds left and we have the ball side out of bounds with one last chance for the win down 73-72 and we could not capitalize and that’s how the game finished.

Prokom was led by Daniel Ewing 15 points, Ratko Varda 11 points and 7 rebounds, Robert Witka 11 points, Tommy Adams with 10 points including the game winning lay-up.

Konrad Wysoski with 15 points and 6 rebounds, Ivan Zigeranovic with 12 points, and myself with 10 points 5 rebounds, and 7 assists led Turow.

This was a tough loss but we fought all the way until the end and we can take many positives from this game. I would like to give a special shout out to the fans that attended the game and really cheered loudly we appreciate all the support. You guys have been great all year especially taking long trips from Zgorzelec to Gdynia it is greatly appreciate. Lets Go Turow!

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Gameday Round up #13 – Turow at Siarka

The first of 3 games in one week is definitely something different for the Polish League but it’s all about gearing up for the playoffs. A Tough Road Contest against Siarka on March 12th. Despite their record Siarka plays very hard and has some talented players. We took an early lead in the 1st quarter but Siarka closed the gap and were behind just 4 points going into halftime. They played a very scrappy and hardnosed game.

In the 2nd half we opened the game up in the 3rd quarter leading by as many as 20 points to eventually take a 83-70 road victory over Siarka.

Michael Deloach who finished with 25 points and 4 assists, Daniel Wall had 15 points, and Stanley Pringle with 13 points led Siarka.

Turow was led by Marko Brkic with 19 points and 6 rebounds, Michal Gabinski 12 points and 4 rebounds, Robert Tomaszek 11 points and 4 rebounds, and myself with 10 points and 8 assists.

This was a game we needed to win and we took care of business leading us to the big showdown Wednesday March 16th vs. Asseco Prokom Gdynia.


Gameday Round up #12 – Zastal at Turow

Zastal vs. Turow two teams fighting for different positions on the PLK ladder match up for an exciting game. In the 1st quarter we jumped out to an early 9-0 lead pushing Zastal back on their heels. Zastal answered minutes later to bring the lead back down and eventually caught up. We responded to their run with solid defense and rebounding and converted on transition baskets to take a 14-point lead into halftime 52-38.

In the 2nd half both teams exchanged baskets and the scoring picked up. The speed of the game picked up and we were able to take a nice 71-59 lead into the 4th quarter. In the 4th quarter we really turned the game up to another level. The energy in the building was excellent. Our defense was really hard-nosed and we limited their second chance opportunities, which gave us a big lead and secured the victory for us 99-73.

The Arena was electrifying because not only was our fans loud but Zastal brought a busload of their fans and they started out the game extremely loud and tried to keep it up throughout the game.

Walter Hodge 13 points and 5 assists, Tomasz Kesicki 13 points, and Jakub Dloniak led Zastal with 11 points.

Turow was led by Konrad Wysocki with a double-double 12 points and 10 rebounds, Daniel Kickert with 16 points, Bartosz Bochno with 13 points, David Jackson with 12 points, and myself with a double-double 18 points and 13 assists.

You can view the full game statistics here.

The Turow fans once again made the atmosphere in the Arena a great one to play in. We have 4 more games left before the playoffs we are fighting for the number one spot! Lets go Turow!!

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