Bigby-Williams and Bell take over, Anwil go 2-0 in Valmiera
Anwil Włocławek (2-0) revealed new heroes and led from the first minutes to beat Tartu Ulikool Maks&Moorits 81-63 on Wednesday, October 20, at Vidzeme Olympic Center in Valmiera. The Estonian team dropped to 1-1.
Players of the game
Kavell Bigby-Williams dominated in the paint for the first 20 minutes. British center scored 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field to give his team a double-digit lead.
Bigby-Williams finished the game with 23 points and 11 rebounds. He set a new standard for the blocked shots, by denying four field goal attempts.
James Bell was equally hot. Villanova standout finished the first half with 12 points – he made four consecutive three point shots.
EuroCup champion and the Big East first team member had 19 points in total, including 5-of-6 shooting from the three point land.
Alex Olesinski alsi didn`t wasted his time from the deep. The Polish-American player from Roswell, New Mexico made 3-of-4 three pointers.
UCLA – a Los Angeles based program made world famous by the legendary coach John Wooden – graduate had 11 points.
Jonah Mathews also showed some impressive stats – six points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
Edmunds Elksnis had another field day for Tartu. Latvian point guard scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds.
Patrik Saal chipped in with 12 points. Power forward made two three point shots.
Anwil outrebounded Tartu 43-35 and beat the Estonians in the paint (36-22), especially in the first half (22-8).
Four Anwil players – Bell, Bigby-Williams, Olesinski and Luke Petrasek – finished in double figures.
Bell alone matched Tartu`s efforts from the three point line during the first half (4/4 vs 4/11).
The Rottweilers were more successful from the three point line (11/29 vs 7/26) as well as inside it (two point shots 20/39 vs 15/35).
Tartu played aggressive throughout the game and forced 20 fouls to shoot 20 free throws.
Anwil still was a little bit more efficient, connecting 61% of its attempts from the charity stripe (8/13 vs 12/20).
Tartu captain Adomas Drungilas missed another game – Elksnis was his substitute.
Anwil doubled the win count and will remain the single undefeated team from the “First Four”.
Kyndall Dykes had an off-night, to finish the game with two points, four rebounds and three assists.
Anwil has a 8-1 record so far, including Energa Basket liga.
Tweets of the game
Photos: Renārs Koris
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