Poland Top Turkey

20.07.2008

Poland recorded their first win of the U18 European Championship for Women by holding off Turkey 81-72 in a thrilling contest.

Olivia Tomialowicz had a game-high 22 points and three other players reached double-figures in scoring for Roman Skrzecz's side.

Poland led for the better part of the game, but Turkey never gave up and, as they fought back from 63-52 down to get within seven at 73-66, it took all of the Poles' might and composure to prevent a late collapse.

"This is a big win for us," a relieved Skrzecs said afterwards. "We had no choice but to win this game if we were hoping to get to the next round.

"We tried our best to play what is our most suitable style - run out and beat the opponents down the court for easy baskets."

The first half saw a real long distance shootout take place as the teams combined for 11 three-pointers.

Over the game's first two quarters, Turkey's Osge Yavas and Poland's Klaudia Sosnowska were trying to match one another from long range, the former hitting four of seven attempts and the latter making three of four.

Poland took a 16-10 lead in the first quarter but Turkey prevented them from running away with it and stayed within striking distance, down by just five, 27-22 at the end of the period.

Though the Turks tried their best, they couldn't take the lead again and trailed by five, 43-38, at the break.

The two teams traded baskets for the better part of the third period and, with the score at 58-52 heading into the final frame, anything was still possible.

Poland could breathe a bit when they stretched their advantage back to double digits early in the fourth quarter before Turkey made its mini run late on, which eventually ran out of steam.

Yavas finished with 21 points and was six of 12 from three-point territory.

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