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Student cities crossing swords at Lublin, Newcastle to face Liège Basket




The fourth week of January starts with two games in Poland and the United Kingdom. Polski Cukier Start Lublin will face Tartu Ülikool Maks&Moorits on Monday night, while the Seriös Group Newcastle Eagles will host Royal Liège Basket a day later.



Polski Cukier Start Lublin vs Tartu Ülikool Maks&Moorits


Series history: Polski Cukier Start Lublin and Tartu Ülikool Maks&Moorits will face each other for the first time.



Key matchup: Liam O`Reilly averages 18.4 points and 4.8 assists in the ENBL for Start Lublin.


A former Gardner-Webb guard shoots 63.3% from the two point line and 34.4% from the three point line.


Mart Rosenthal averages 13.2 points and 6.6 assists in the ENBL for Tartu.



National championships: Polski Cukier Start Lublin are 10-7 in the PLK.


Anwil Wloclawek (16-2) is in the first place, followed by Trefl Sopot (12-5) and Ostrow Stal (11-7).


Polski Cukier Start Lublin are 2-2 in 2024, including 1-1 in the ENBL.


The Polish team played eight of its last nine games on the road.


Start lost both home games in the ENBL – first, against Uniclub Casino Juventus, 73-103, and then against the Bristol Flyers, 85-107.


Polski Cukier Start Lublin are 2-0 against the Estonian teams – TalTech Optibet, Kalev Cramo – in the ENBL.


Tartu Ülikool Maks&Moorits are 13-6 in the Pafbet Estonia and Latvia league.


Gundars Vētra men have won three consecutive games, including a 83-41 victory over the Svendborg Rabbits.


Tartu defeated Liepāja on the road, 84-78, and then trashed Viimsi at home, 76-24.


The Estonians are 1-0 in the ENBL road games.



Know your referees

Crew chief: Michal Chrakowiecki (Poland) – FIBA referee from 2019, PLK referee from 2012, has worked at many play-off games.


Umpire 1: Rainis Vārv (Estonia) – FIBA referee from 2023, Estonia KML and Pafbet Estonia-Latvia league referee from 2017, has worked at the 2023 Pafbet Final 4.


Umpire 2: Marcin Gawron (Poland) – a referee from 2008, PLK referee from 2022.


Observer: Oskars Lucis (Latvia).



ENBL access: follow the game on YouTube live stream





Seriös Group Newcastle Eagles vs Royal Liège Basket


Series history: Seriös Group Newcastle Eagles and Royal Liège Basket will face each other for the first time.


Key matchup: Jordan Johnson averages 19.5 points and 6.8 assists in the ENBL for the Newcastle Eagles.


A former UNLV Runnin Rebel shoots 65.5% from the two point line and 31.8% from the three point line.


Olivier Troisfontaines averages 12.8 points and 3.0 assists in the ENBL for Royal Liège Basket.


He shoots 39.3% from the three point line.



National championships: The Seriös Group Newcastle Eagles are 11-9 in the British Basketball league.


London Lions lead the table with a 22-3 record, followed by the Caledonia Gladiators (13-8) and Cheshire Phoenix (12-8).


Newcastle recently played four games at the BBL Trophy, finishing a 2024 campaign with a 2-2 record.


Marc Steutel`s men dropped out of competition after a 85-101 home loss against the Leicester Riders.


The Eagles are 1-0 in the ENBL home games.


Royal Liège Basket are 9-6 in the BNXT league.


The Belgian team has posted a 5-1 record in the last six games, including 2-0 in the ENBL.


Royal Liège Basket are 2-1 in the ENBL road games.





Know your referees

Crew chief: Iain Macdonald (United Kingdom) – FIBA referee from 2017, British Basketball league referee from 2014.


Umpire 1: Pierre Gillis (Belgium) – FIBA referee from 2021, Belgian top division from 2017.


Umpire 2: Kate Unsworth (United Kingdom) – FIBA referee from 2012, BBL referee from 2007; has worked at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women semifinal.


Observer: Oskars Lucis (Latvia).



ENBL access: follow the game on YouTube live stream



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