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Group:  D | 08.07.2014, 18:00h
Group:  D | 08.07.2014, 18:00h
85-78
17 - 1319 - 2321 - 1728 - 25
17 - 1319 - 2321 - 1728 - 25
Venue: Rethymnon (GRE) |
Spectators: 200 |
Referees: Benjamin Jimenez Trujillo (ESP), Sergiy Zashchuk (UKR), Keith Williams (ENG)

GAME REPORT


Poland Edge Out Bulgaria In Tight Clash

4. Jan Grzelinski (Poland)
Jan Grzelinski delivered an outstanding all-round performance for Poland

Poland commenced victorious their U20 European Championship campaign after eking out an 85-78 win over Bulgaria in an encounter that featured 14 lead changes and saw the scores tied on nine occasions.

Turning Point: Bulgaria went ahead 76-72 on Nikolay Stoyanov's 17th point in the game with just 2:38 left to play but Damian Jeszke replied swiftly with a mid-range jumper and then drilled a three-pointer on the next possession to give Poland a 77-76 lead, with 1:36 on the clock. The Polish held on the rest of the way as they made all six of their free-throws in the inevitable trips to the foul line in the dying seconds.

Game Heroes: Although Jeszke was undeniably Poland's hero in the clutch, point guard Jan Grzelinski carried the Polish during long stretches and he finished with a game-high 21 points, also adding seven assists and five rebounds. Bulgaria's Aleksandar Vezenkov registered the first double-double of the tournament, collecting 20 points and 15 boards.

Stats Don't Lie: Poland out-rebounded Bulgaria 44 to 32, with 17 of their boards coming on the offensive glass. While they should have done better with them than scoring ten second-chance points, these were still golden in such a tight affair.

The Bottom Line: In a group where there is likely to be plenty of too-close-for-comfort encounters, Poland have survived their first test and will gain in confidence ahead of their upcoming clashes with Russia and France.

 

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

38.6%

27/70
FG
M/A

47.6%

30/63

43.8%

21/48
FG2P
M/A

57.8%

26/45

27.3%

6/22
FG3P
M/A

22.2%

4/18

73.5%

25/34
FT
M/A

70.0%

14/20

44

17/27
RT
RO/RD

32

6/26

10

AS

12

11

TO

14

7

ST

7

1

BS

3

23

PF

26

85

Pts

78

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