By Cindy Garcia-Bennett
Slovenia pulled away late in the third quarter to beat Poland 70-52 and clinch their second win of the EuroBasket.
Poland trailed 39-33 but Slovenia hit them with a 23-6 run that bridged the third and fourth quarter to take a commanding 62-39 lead with only five minutes remaining to put the game beyond Poland.
Slovenian center Erazem Lorbek had a game-high 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds
while team-mate Jaka Lakovic chipped in with 15 points.
|Andrzej Pluta led|
Poland with 12 points
"I have to congratulate my players," said Slovenia coach Ales Pipan. "We are in the position where we wanted to be, two wins after two games. I think the key to our victory today has been rebounding."
Looking to repeat Monday's impressive performance in their defeat to France, Poland started strong and took a 19-13 lead going into the second quarter.
However, Slovenia stepped up their defense and outscored their opponents 21-7 to take a 34-26 advantage at the break.
"I was really optismistic before the game," said Poland coach Andreej Urlep. "Things started well for us as we had a good first quarter and probably we could have taken a bigger lead had we not missed some easy layups.
"But we played a terrible second quarter, we had a chance to get back into the game in the third but we were unable to keep up with Slovenia. I have to congratulate Slovenia."
Filip Dylewicz's hot-hand allowed Poland to cut the deficit to six, 37-31, three minutes into the third quarter before Slovenia delivered the knock-out punch.
Dylewicz finished with nine points and nine rebounds while team-mate Andrzej Pluta led the Poles in scoring with 12 points.
Poland were out-rebounded 46 to 28.
Slovenia shot 19 of 23 (83%) from the charity stripe while Poland were 11 of 16 (65%).