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Group:  F | 14.07.2009, 17:30h
Group:  F | 14.07.2009, 17:30h
56-65
9 - 1911 - 1420 - 1016 - 22
9 - 1911 - 1420 - 1016 - 22
Venue: Gdynia (POL) |
Spectators: 500 |
Referees: Emilio Perez (ESP), Vladimir Tsekov (BUL), Roman Ponomarenko (UKR)

GAME REPORT


France Celebrate As Poland Fall Again

France celebrated Bastille Day by beating the hosts Poland by the score of 65-56 to go to 4-0 in the Qualifying Round of the U20 European Championship Women 2009.

Poland, it must be said, never gave up and was able to cut France's 17-point halftime lead down to just three in the opening minutes of the final period.

France then looked to their leaders, center, Marielle Amant, and point guard, Inis Arrondo, to get the win.

After Poland's Ewelina Gala stepped outside and drilled a three-pointer to bring the score to 45-42 with nine minutes to play, Amant hit a jumper seconds later to give her team some breathing room.

Arrondo would nail her own clutch three pointer with 2:12 to go to take the lead to nine points and put the game out of reach for the Poles.

Amant paced her team with a game-high 19 points to go with six boards, two blocks and two assists. She was seconded by Arrondo's 12 points and four boards.

Poland were led by Magda Kaczmarska who tallied 13 points and dished out four assists.

Klaudia Sosnowska contributed ten points to the Polish effort.

The first half featured some stifling team-defense by the French.

France came out swinging and an Amant lay-up capped a 12-0 run to begin the game.

Poland did not get on the board in the first seven minutes, but once they did get some shots to fall they were able to go into the second down ten at 19-9.

After a Paulina Antczak jumper pulled Poland to within six (19-13) with 7:30 to play in the second, Alain Jardel's team tightened the defensive screws and went on another run of 11-0 to go up 30-13 with five to play before halftime.

Poland (1-3) now face a must-win game against 0-4 Sweden while France take on the 3-1 Latvia.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

31.8%

21/66
FG
M/A

41.5%

22/53

38.3%

18/47
FG2P
M/A

45.0%

18/40

15.8%

3/19
FG3P
M/A

30.8%

4/13

84.6%

11/13
FT
M/A

81.0%

17/21

37

15/22
RT
RO/RD

41

11/30

10

AS

12

17

TO

19

9

ST

11

2

BS

4

23

PF

13

56

Pts

65

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