Mathews, Laczynski and Bell save the day for Anwil
Tartu Ulikool players made 15 three pointers and stayed in the race until the last minute, however, Anwil Wloclawek emerged victorious and posted a 80-74 win on Wednesday, April 6, at the Hala Mistrzow. The Rottweilers will face Šiauliai-7bet in the first ENBL final.
Players of the game
Jonah Mathews made a game winning three pointer with 01:52 to go.
University of South California standout finished the game with 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field, including 3-of-7 from downtown.
A former Trojan grabbed five rebounds, stole the ball once and blocked one shot.
James Bell stole the ball in the last minute to set the final tally for the Rottweilers.
Villanova star had 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting.
Kamil Laczynski also hit important three pointer with 47 seconds left.
Anwil captain registered 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Žiga Dimec was highly effective.
Slovenian center scored 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field.
He also registered a game high +/- ratio 20.
Kyndall Dikes finished in double figures too.
New Orleans daredevil had 11 points, five rebounds and four assists to end the winter spell in Poland.
Big Easy guy blocked one shot as well.
Kudos to Tartu – five Estonians posted double figures.
Patrik Saal led his team with 14 points.
A 21 year old power forward added six rebounds.
Two Tartu veterans – Adomas Drungilas and Edmunds Elksnis – scored 12 points each.
Elksnis three pointer tied the game at 72.
Oliver Suurorg and Braxton Huggins followed with 11 points each.
Tartu combined effective defense and good three point shooting to achieve a 34-25 lead midway the second quarter.
Nikolajs Mazurs team made seven three pointers until then.
The Estonian team missed all seven shots from the three point line in the next five minutes.
Anwil used this opportunity for a 12-0 run to finish the first half victorious 37-34.
Jonah Mathews scored eight consecutive points, Žiga Dimec tied the game at 34 and Maciej Bojanowski had a go-ahead three pointer.
Estonian reserves outscored Rottweilers 10-24 in the first half.
Edmunds Elksnis had nine points, while Drungilas, Suurorg and Saal added five points each.
Laczynski and Mathews scored two quick three pointers to start the second half 43-34.
Tartu continued to rely on three pointers but 2-of-11 accuracy in the third quarter wasn`t too hopeful.
Wloclawek doubled its three pointer tally and connected 4-of-7 attempts in the third quarter, while maintaining advantage in the paint.
Dykes made his first three pointer for a 61-49 lead.
Eelmae and Drungilas were successful from the deep as Tartu erased half of the deficit 61-55.
Bell answered with a quick triple but the Estonians were hotter from the three point line again.
Braxton, Suurorg and...Suurorg hit three more shots for a 66-68 lead with 04:53 to go.
Dykes and Luke Petrasek registered two blocks, while their team went on a 6-0 run.
Tartu wasn`t dead yet – Edmunds Elksnis three pointer tied the game at 72.
Jonah Mathews and Kamil Laczynski made the next two pointers, while Huggins and Elksnis missed their opportunities 78-72.
Bell stole the ball after Tartu`s timeout and extended Anwil`s lead up to eight points 80-72.
Tartu played without point guard Mart Rosenthal and another leader – Emmanuel Wembi – struggled in the semifinal.
Both teams combined for 77 (!) three pointers.
Tartu made 15-of-45 attempts from downtown, Wloclawek 11-of-32.
Przemyslaw Frasunkiewicz and Anwil will play for gold against Antanas Sireika and Šiauliai-7bet.
Final Four 2022
Wednesday, April 6, semifinals
Šiauliai/7bet 84–73 Basket Brno
Anwil Wloclawek 80–74 Tartu Ulikool Maks&Moorits
Thursday, April 7
16:30 Bronze medal game
19:00 ENBL final
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