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DOMINATION: Stal Mielec – Vive Tauron Kielce 23:34

In the Thursday evening, Vive Tauron Kielce fulfilled their role as favourites and took victory over Stal Mielec 34:23. Having had regard to the last game of Stal against Orlen Wisła Płock and a surprising draw, the team were expected to stand up to Polish champions. What is more, Kielce arrived in Mielec without three players – Ivan Čupić, Grzegorz Tkaczyk, and Tomasz Rosiński.
Both teams began by making mistakes in attack but only Stal kept on playing this way. Kielce had a magnificent start as they did not let their opponents score for almost 10 minutes while scoring 5 times themselves. They were backed by outstanding Marin Šego who saved every ball which was thrown in his direction and played well until the end of the first half. After those awful 10 minutes, Stal pulled themselves together and started coming from behind. Better attack, better Nebojsa Nikolić in their goal, and a serie of mistakes made by Kielce changed the result from 0:5 to 4:5. A few minutes later there was even a chance for Stal to equalize at 7:7 but they wasted a fastbreak. Kielce did not lose the upper hand but Mielec team were just behind them. After 20. minute the advantage started growing and Kielce took to the dressing room 5-goal lead (17:12).
Kielce began the second half short-handed as Grabarczyk was given 2-minute suspension in the last seconds of the previous part. In the 34. minute the audience in Mielec had a chance to see a spectacular save by Nikolić who managed to save three shots in a row. His effort, however, went down to drain because his rivals found a way to the goal eventually, while his team mates stopped scoring. With a less than a quarter to go, Kielce reached 10-goal lead. It was not the only bad information for Stal, as in 50. minute their left winger Damian Kostrzewa had to left the court injured. The match was actually decided and in the end Kielce took 2 points home.
Top scorer for Kielce was Krzysztof Lijewski, who played a very good game again and scored 6 times. Top scorer for Mielec was Grzegorz Sobut with 5 goals.

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