Garbacz scores 33, Wolves add spice in Group B
Jakub Garbacz set a new ENBL scoring record but it wasn`t enough as BM Stal Ostrow fell at the hands of BC Wolves, 85-75, on Tuesday, January 31, at the Arena Ostrow in Poland.
Players of the game
The Wolves overturned the game at the junction of the third and fourth quarter.
Adas Juškevičius buzzer beater three pointer cut the gap to five points, 62-67.
Two minutes later he made another three for a 70-68 lead.
Juškevičius finished the game with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, including a 4-of-8 from the three point line.
Kristupas Žemaitis also had a hot hand from the deep.
He dropped 14 points and dished out four assists.
Ahmad Caver led the winners with 17 points, including a 8-of-12 salvo inside the three point line.
Old Dominion star filled the stat line with four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Jakub Garbacz made the day for himself.
He scored 33 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field and a fine 7-of-8 from the throw line.
Garbacz connected 6-of-12 three pointers enroute to a new ENBL scoring record.
Joshua Perkins and Mateusz Zebski added 13 points each.
BM Stal Ostrow led by 12 points midway the third quarter, 52-64.
The Polish club was outscored 33-11 the rest of the way.
Juškevičius, Žemaitis and Iron-man Mindaugas Lukauskis did the damage from downtown.
Wolves three point accuracy wasn`t the most impressive (13-of-33) but they made the shots when it mattered the most.
BC Wolves improved to 3-2 and kept their fate in their own hands.
Rimas Kurtinaitis men were playing with fire after suffering two consecutive losses but all is not lost yet.
Stal`s setback increased intrigue in Group B, as four teams are chasing the three remaining spots.
The winner of the game between BM Stal Ostrow and Trefl Sopot will book a direct trip to the playoffs.
ENBL records, as of January 2023
Jakub Garbacz 33 January 31, 2023, Wolves 87-75 Ostrow
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
Tuesday, January 31
King Szczecin 78–73 Tartu Ülikool Maks&Moorits
Ironi Ness Ziona 87–55 Valmiera Glass ViA
Trefl Sopot 93–77 Basket Brno
BC Wolves 85–75 BM Stal Ostrow
Wednesday, February 1
Tartu Ülikool Maks&Moorits – Ironi Ness Ziona
Valmiera Glass ViA – King Szczecin
Basket Brno – BC Wolves
BM Stal Ostrow – Trefl Sopot
STANDINGS, as of January 31, 2023
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 2-4 (-34)
Šiauliai 2-3 (-24)
TalTech Optibet 1-5 (-71)
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 31, 2023
King Szczecin 5-0 (+37) Qualified
Stal Ostrow 4-2 (+53)
Ironi Ness Ziona 4-2 (+41)
Trefl Sopot 4-2 (+41)
BC Wolves 3-2 (+32)
Tartu University 2-4 (+3)
Basket Brno 1-5 (-55)
Valmiera Glass VIA 0-6 (-152)
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.
Tie-breaker (3): BM Stal Ostrow 1-0, +16; Ironi Ness Ziona 1-1, -8; Trefl Sopot 0-1, -8.