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Alford and Hadžibegovič carry Zastal Zielona Gora into the playoffs


Zastal Zielona Gora became the third team which secured a ticket to the 2023 playoffs after a 78-73 rollercoaster win over Šiauliai on Wednesday, January 25, at the TalTech Spordihoone in Tallinn, Estonia.

Players of the game

There were play-off vibes at the TalTech Spordihoone on Wednesday afternoon.

Bryce Alford became the fourth player in the ENBL history to score 30 points in a single game.

Manchester, Indiana born guard finished his UCLA career as the fifth leading scorer in school history.

Now he is lighting it up in Europe.


Alford made 12-of-20 shots from the field, including a 4-of-11 from the three point line, and a 2-of-2 from the charity stripe.


He added five assists and two steals but never turned the ball over.


Alen Hadžibegovič contributed with 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field and 5-of-9 from the free throw line.


Montenegro star grabbed seven rebounds, dished out three assists and registered three steals.

Hadžibegovič blocked two shots and forced a team high six fouls.


Sebastian Kowalczyk scored all 11 points in the second half.


He made 3-of-7 shots from the three point line.

Szymon Wojcik had 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field.


Arminas Urbutis led Šiauliai with 16 points on 5-of-7 accuracy from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line.

Captain added eight rebounds, one steal and five forced fouls.


Jonas Zohore Bergstedt had 15 points and a game high 14 rebounds.


Danish center dished out three assists and blocked one shot.

Kyle Mangas registered a dirty dozen, as he finished with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field.


Indiana Wesleyan (2017-2021) star contributed with four rebounds.

Martynas Varnas checked out with 12 points.

Key stats

Šiauliai went on a 0-12 run early in the second quarter for a 23-32 lead.


Bryce Alford scored 19 points in the first half but Zastal Zielona Gora still trailed by six points, 35-41.


Alford received much needed help from Sebastian Kowalczyk.


His three three-pointers helped to turn the tide, as Zastal regained a 63-55 lead before the final frame.


Alford and Kowalczyk combined for seven three pointers but their team outscored Šiauliai from the deep, 8-of-25 against 4-of-23.


Zastal lost the battle of rebounds, 32-42 (offensive rebounds 6-15), however tied Šiauliai in second chance points, 10-10.

Thanks to Kowalczyk and Aleksandar Zečevič, Zielona Gora reserves outscored the Sun City, 20-11.

Hadžibegovič secured some important rebounds and scored four points in the fourth quarter to limit Šiauliai comeback attempts.

Game notes

Zastal Zielona Gora improved to 4-2 and booked a ticket to the playoffs.


Šiauliai dropped to 2-3 and may miss the playoffs if KB Sigal Prishtina beat TalTech later today.


The Sun City suffered a 67-91 defeat against the Kosovo team on Tuesday.

ENBL records, as of January 2023

Points

Jerai Grant 32 January 4, 2023, Budivelnyk 73-59 TalTech

Cleveland Melvin 30 December 21, 2022, Prishtina 69-89 Lublin

Kristupas Žemaitis 30 January 17, 2023, Sopot 89-86 Alytus

Bryce Alford 30 January 25, 2023, Zielona Gora 78-73 Šiauliai

SCHEDULE (local time only)

Monday, January 23, Tallinn, Kalevi Spordihall (GMT+3h)

BC Kalev/Cramo 73–80 Polski Cukier Start Lublin

https://fibalivestats.dcd.shared.geniussports.com/u/ENBL/2224037/

Tuesday, January 24, Tallinn, TalTech Spordihoone (GMT+3h)

Šiauliai 67–91 KB Sigal Prishtina

https://fibalivestats.dcd.shared.geniussports.com/u/ENBL/2224026/


TalTech Optibet 85–104 BC Zielona Gora

https://fibalivestats.dcd.shared.geniussports.com/u/ENBL/2224027/


Tuesday, January 24, Valmiera (GMT+3h)

Valmiera Glass ViA 83–90 Brno Basket

https://fibalivestats.dcd.shared.geniussports.com/u/ENBL/2227827/

Wednesday, January 25, Tallinn, TalTech Spordihoone (GMT+3h)

BC Zielona Gora 78–73 Šiauliai

https://fibalivestats.dcd.shared.geniussports.com/u/ENBL/2224025/


18:00 BK Sigal Prishtina – Tal Tech Optibet

https://fibalivestats.dcd.shared.geniussports.com/u/ENBL/2224024/


Wednesday, January 25, Ness Ziona (GMT+3h)

18:00 Ironi Ness Ziona – BC Wolves

https://fibalivestats.dcd.shared.geniussports.com/u/ENBL/2224028/

STANDINGS, as of January 25, 2023, CET 14:00

Group A

Budivelnyk Kyiv 4-0 (+56) Qualified

Polski Cukier Start Lublin 4-1 (+44) Qualified

Zastal Zielona Gora 4-2 (+10) Qualified

Kalev/Cramo 2-4 (+19)

KB Sigal Prishtina 2-3 (-16)

Šiauliai 2-3 (-24)

TalTech Optibet 0-5 (-89)


Tie-breaker (1): Kalev/Cramo 1-1, +6; Sigal Prishtina 1-1, +3; Zastal Zielona Gora 1-1, -9.

Tie-breaker (2): Sigal Prishtina 1-1, +13; Kalev/Cramo 1-1, +3; Šiauliai 1-1, -16.

Tie-breaker (3): Sigal Prishtina 2-0, +38; Zielona Gora 0-1, -14; Šiauliai 0-1, -24.

STANDINGS, as of January 25, 2023, CET 14:00

Group B

Stal Ostrow 4-1 (+63)

King Szczecin 4-0 (+32)

Tartu University 2-3 (+8)

Trefl Sopot 3-2 (+25)

Ironi Ness Ziona 2-2 (+3)

BC Wolves 2-1 (+28)

Basket Brno 1-4 (-39)

Valmiera Glass VIA 0-5 (-120)

Tie-breaker (1): Ironi Ness Ziona 1-0, +8; Trefl Sopot 0-1, -8.

Tie-breaker (2): Trefl Sopot 1-0, +4; Tartu 0-1, -4.

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