Turning Point: With Poland leading 17-16, the EuroBasket hosts scored nine unanswered points as part of a 27-9 run to take a commanding 44-25 advantage after 15 minutes played.
Hero: Poland forward Michal Ignerski poured in 22 points, 11 of which came in the first quarter.
Key Stat: Poland were 10 of 24 (42%) from three-point range while Bulgaria finished five of 19 (26%).
Poland electrified their home crowd with a fine performance against Bulgaria in the opening EuroBasket Group D game in Wroclaw.
Riding the strong first-half performances of Michal Ignerski and Marcin Gortat and a suffocating defense, the tournament hosts won 90-78.
|Todor Stoykov had eight points, four rebounds and three assists in the loss.|
Pini Gershon, Bulgaria Coach:
"The Polish team deserved to win this game. They played better for most of the game. We gave up 22 points on fastbreaks and this is too many. I think that Poland is better than Turkey, so if we play with Turkey like against Poland we can win that game."
Muli Katzurin, Poland Coach:
„Bulgaria shot less than 50 per cent from the three-point line, and that's the way to win against them. We do that and that's why we won the game. Krzysztof Szubarga played today and after the game his back is ok, so I think it will be better and better. Our next oponent? You know those names, this is very good team, every coach In the world will say the same thing about Lithuania."
Adam Wócik, Poland Center:
„It was a very tough and important game for us. We are happy that we won it. This is good thing for our mindset before the next game."