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Ostrów calling: know your Final 4 referees

Photo: BM Stal Ostrów

Experienced. Professional. Respected. Meet the referees of the European North Basketball league.

Bartlomiej Kucharski has been nominated for his second ENBL Final Four.

Bartlomiej Kucharski

  • Top division in Poland from 2016.

  • FIBA referee from 2021.

  • Has worked at the semifinals of the Polish league for Men and the finals for Women.

  • Has worked at the 2022 FIBA U18 European Championship for Men in Georgia, division B.

  • Has attended a FIBA clinic in Thessaloniki for the young referees together with Rafiks Misirovs and Elvis Binders-Čoders.

  • Has worked at the 2022 ENBL Final Four in Wloclawek.

Michał Chrakowiecki

  • FIBA referee from 2019.

  • Top division in Poland from 2012.

  • Has worked at the Polish Championship finals for Men and Women.

  • Has worked at the semifinal of the 2022 FIBA U20 European Championship for Men.

Marcin Kowalski

  • A top division in Poland from 1997.

  • FIBA referee from 2003.

  • Euroleague referee from 2005.

  • Has worked at the EuroBasket Women 2005 in Turkey and EuroBasket Women 2007 in Italy.

  • Has worked at the 2009 Universiade in Belgrade.

  • Has worked at the 2012 World U17 Championship for Women in the Netherlands.

  • Has worked at the EuroBasket 2015 (Germany, Latvia, Croatia and France).

Gabrielius Simonavičius

  • LKL referee from Lithuania.

  • Initially has worked at the NKL – second division in Lithuania.

  • FIBA new licencing period 2023-2025 referee.

  • Has worked at the Betsafe WBBL Final 4.

Mihkel Manniste

  • Estonian top division from 2011.

  • FIBA referee from 2017.

  • Basketball Champions league referee from 2020.

  • Has worked at the Women`s EuroBasket 2021, FIBA U19 Women`s World Cup 2021, FIBA U17 Men`s World Cup 2022, FIBA World Cup qualifiers, EuroBasket 2022 Final phase – Tbilisi and Berlin, VTB league 2018-2022.

Oskars Lucis

  • One of the top referees from Latvia.

  • FIBA referee instructor from Latvia.

  • Referee coordinator of the Latvian Youth Basketball league (LJBL).

  • FIBA referee from 2003.

  • Euroleague referee 2007-2016.

  • Basketball Champions league referee from 2016.

  • Has worked at many major international events, including the AfroBasket Women 2019 at Dakar Arena in Senegal and Tokyo Olympic games test event at Saitama Superdome.

  • Head referee of the European Women`s Basketball league (EWBL).

  • Has worked at EuroBasket 2022 in Tbilisi and Berlin.

  • Nominated to the 2023 FIBA U19 World Cup in Hungary.

Final Four nominations

Tuesday, April 11

16:00 King Szczecin – BC Wolves

Oskars Lucis, Michal Chrakowiecki, Gabrielius Simonavičius

19:00 BM Stal Ostrów – Polski Cukier Start Lublin

Marcin Kowalski, Mihkel Manniste, Bartlomiej Kucharski

Wednesday, April 12

16:00 Bronze medal game


19:00 Gold medal game



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