What a tip that was! Legia Warszawa defeated Grupa Sierleccy Czarnych Słupsk 68:66 in their own hall. There was no end to nerves and emotions. Even after the final whistle!
PAP / Leszek Szymański / In the photo: Mantas Cesnauskis (in the center)
It could have been another unbelievable return of Blacks, who in the third quarter lost to Legia with a difference of up to 17 points (38:55).
However, it is not the first time this season that Mantas Cesnauskis’ players have proved that no loss is impossible to make up for. And it happened – less than two minutes before the end of the match, Marek Klassen tried on from behind the curve and the guests were leading by 63:62!
Emotions reached their zenith. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman put the hosts ahead 66:63 with two free throws. After a while, Lewis Beech was fouled at a distance – this one was also faultless on the free-throw line, there was a draw.
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Strahinja Jovanović started to win. Klassen took a risk, reached for the ball, the referees whistled the offense, and the Serb (this time) did not make a mistake on the line – at this point he already had 30 “points”.
The blacks had 4.5 seconds. William Garrett moved from basket to basket and when he passed his rivals and went up, Abdur-Rahkman closed his “journey” for extra time with a block, who after a while drowned in the arms of his colleagues.
Cesnauskis could not come to terms with what had happened, specifically with the decision to whistle Klassen’s offense. He walked towards the judges, and they heard theirs from him. This, however, could not change anything – Czarni lost the third match of the season.
Jovanović, who scored a point record for the season and added five rebounds and assists, might as well have been Legia’s anti-hero. In the end, he made bad decisions, forced his throws, but managed to put the most important ones in the basket.
Blacks lacked the effectiveness of leaders. Garrett was 5/14 in play and 4 losses, Klassen only used two out of 10 throws. But he had 15 assists – six more than the entire Legia …
Legia Warsaw – Sierleccy Czarni Słupsk Group 68:66 (22:20, 16: 9, 19:22, 11:15)
Legion: Strahinja Jovanović 30, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman 12, Jure Skifić 9, Grzegorz Kulka 8, Adam Kemp 4, Raymond Cowels 3, Łukasz Koszarek 2, Grzegorz Kamiński 0, Dariusz Wyka 0, Beniamin Didier-Urbaniak 0.
Blacks: Lewis Beech 19, Khalif Young 12, William Garrett 11, Mikołaj Witliński 8, Bartosz Jankowski 6, Jakub Musiał 5, Marek Klassen 5 (15 as), Dawid Słupiński 0, Błażej Kulikowski 0.
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