Round-up: Anwil off to a hot start, Brno and Borisfen go strong
Updated: Oct 19, 2021
The basketball season is in full swing. Teams from Central Europe – Poland and Czech Republic – have played six rounds of games in their national leagues. Lithuania and Belarus follow with four games, while Latvian and Estonian teams have two official games under their belts.
Anwil Włocławek has won all six games in Energa Basket Liga. The Rottweilers prevailed at Lublin (75-64), Ostrow Wielkopolski (79-66), Wroclaw (80-74) and Gdynia (83-78), to post a 4-0 record on the road.
Włocławek team added two home successes too. A 89-82 victory over Polish finalist and VTB league participant Zielona Gora was a statement win itself, followed by a convincing 77-58 win over Bydgoszcz.
The most impressive win? Well, it has to be a Round 3 victory at Ostrow Wielkopolski against a defending Polish champion. The Rottweilers held their opponents to 66 points, despite allowing 13 three pointers. The Stal players made just 10 shots inside the three point line!
Przemysław Frasunkiewicz should be happy about how his men rose to the challenge. Three players – Jonah Mathews, Kyndall Dykes and Luke Petrasek – average more than 13 points per game. Anwil scores just 80,5 points per game (10th place) but its defense has been outstanding.
Basket Brno has a good start too. The Moravians have won four of their last five games to accumulate a 4-2 record. Brno won at Kolin (89-80) and Dečin (79-63), while bettered Jindrichuv Hradec (110-83) and Ostrava (87-82) at home court.
Brno suffered two setbacks at the hands of USK Praha (90-99) and Opava (78-84). This week will be a challenging one as the team will travel to Pardubice (3-1) on Wednesday and will host the perennial favorite Nymburk (6-0) on Sunday.
Šiauliai-7bet splitted its games in the Lithuania Basketball league (LKL). Antanas Sireika`s team won the first home encounter on September 22 against Pasvalio Pieno Žvaigždes (84-62) and recently posted a 79-70 victory at Utena. The Sun City registered two losses at Alytus (66-75) and Vilnius (76-79).
Borisfen Mogylev posted three quick wins – first on the road at Lynx Gomel (74-59), followed by a two home stands against Rubon Vitebsk (91-88) and Victoria Brest (113-55). The fourth game wasn`t as good and ended with a 88-91 overtime loss at Grodno-93.
Latvia and Estonia league launched its fourth season on October 1. Liepāja won a two overtime battle against Rakvere Tarvas (105-100) and fell at Parnu Sadam (68-79) four days later.
Valmiera had a rough start on the road. Edmunds Valeiko men lost at TalTech (76:78) and Tallinna Kalev (69:89). The team was hit by injury wave before the season and isn`t at full strength yet.
There is one common feature for Latvian and Estonian teams so far. They haven`t won on the road yet. Tartu University traveled to Riga and lost to University of Latvia (77-80) nine days ago.