by Paul Nilsen
Thrilled Poland coach Jaroslav Pasieczny celebrated after the final buzzer by engaging in some Polish dancing with his players - perhaps not surprising after his team shrugged off a confidence raining battering by France with a hard fought 63-55 success against Lithuania.
Visibly delighted afterwards, Pasieczny explained that he was proud of his players at the way they bounced back from the mauling yesterday.
"I am very proud of my team as yesterday was not so good but it was at least against a team that will fight against the gold medal."
"We are not yet at the kind of level as we should be but every game we play is definitely a good experience for the girls."
"It is a lesson that will improve us for the rest of the tournament."
"Lithuania came back at us in the last quarter but you have to expect this type of thing at this level. Other teams will always come back."
"However we used the bad moments of Lithuania to get our second win."
Poland certainly found some nice looks in the first period and it was Beata Jaworska who showed several nice touches and stroked home 9 points in the quarter to keep her team in touch with Lithuania who led 19-17.
The Lithuanian team continued to show their relentless desire to get to the hoop as they did against Germany the day before while after the first quarter break, Poland gave them something to really think about after choosing to press more on defence.
With Litthuania suddenly turning the ball over more, this helped them complete a 7-1 run and open up a lead and change the momentum. They also then blocked the driving lanes with defensive bodies causing Lithuania some real difficulties in getting to the bucket.
That caused a Lithuanian drought and gave Poland an opportunity to open up a double figure lead of 38-28 by half time and looking good value for their advantage.
By the end of the third quarter at 52-39 it appeared that Poland would stroll to a comfortable victory but Lithuania showed their previous game against Germany that they were capable of storming back - and they did.
Poland got into foul trouble and lost the influential pairing of Magdalena Koperwas and Beata Jaworska who had shared 24 points which meant they struggled offensively. Lithuania responded and got back to make it a one shot game at 58-55 but Poland held their nerve to see out the game.
Both teams now progress to the Qualification round.