Poland: Anwil Win Again By Thrashing

16 January 2005

Anwil continue to set the pace in the Polish top flight with bottom club Gipsar their latest victims.

The FIBA Europe League side took a comprehensive 88-68 win, but the leaders had to assert themselves after a sluggish opening quarter which saw them surprisingly fall behind by five points.

Thereafter, they led the way, inspired by top-scorer Gintaras Kadziulis' 19 points, plus Robert Witka's 16 points and four assists and 15 from Gatis Jahovics.

For the visitors, Nerijus Karlikanovas' 22 points were in vain as they slumped to an 11th defeat of the season.

Prokom kept up the pressure on the pacesetters with a 101-71 home thumping of Platinum Wisla.

Despite being outscored 25-21 in the second quarter, Prokom were never in trouble after racing into a 33-15 lead in the first 10 minutes.

Goran Jagodnik proved to be their main man with 23 points although Adam Wojcik was not far behind after hitting an additional 20.

Polpharma moved ahead of visitors Turow in the table thanks to an 83-65 triumph.

Both teams have 19 points and a 6-7 record but guard John Thomas' 20 points were the difference on the night.

Slask and Astoria join them on 19 points after the latter's 83-77 win on the road.

The game was 24-24 after the first quarter and remained tight for the remaining half-hour.

Astoria came through in the final quarter when they edged it 25-19 and their guard Greg Harrington, with 26 points, abetted by Aleksander Kudriawcew's 22 points, proved to be the decisive figure.

Former Anwil star Jeff Nordgaard is back in Polish basketball with Polonia Warbud after spending the first part of the season in Italy and Greece.

Nordgaard, a member of Anwil's 2003 title winning side, signed for Euro Roseto but got hurt in the pre-season and endured a slow start. He joined Olympiacos in November, who are in the midst of a very difficult season, and eventually parted with the Greek team to return to Poland.

He did not play on Saturday night for Polonia, who fell 74-64 at Czarni.

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