Turning Point: With Poland trailing 64-62 with 5:24 to go, Serbia outscored their opponents 13-10 en route to victory.
Hero: Nenad Krstic poured in a game-high 18 points, pulled down eight rebounds and blocked two shots to pace the Serbians.
Key Stats: Serbia out-rebounded Poland 38-34.
Serbia opened up a 16-point lead but then had to hold on for dear life and prevailed 77-72 over tournament hosts Poland in the second game of Saturday's Qualifying Round Group F in Lodz.
|Lucasz Koszarek came off the bench to give Poland a lift with 16 points.|
Dusan Ivkovic (Serbia Coach):
"It was a very big test for my young team, playing against Poland and their very good crowd. We controlled the game from the start and our defense today was on a really high level. We played very good defense on both Logan and Lampe. When we were plus 16 my team didn't give the young polish players enough respect and they made a comeback, led by a very good Lukasz Koszarek. We also had two injured players and I have to make sure, that they will be ready for next games."
Uros Tripkovic (Serbia):
"It's a very import ant win for us, winning here in front of such a big crowd shows the character of our team. Now we have to forget this win and prepare for next game against Turkey."
Nenad Krstic, (Serbia):
"We have a very hard group, so we are happy that today we have made the first step to qualify. It was a really tough step. We felt an enormous pressure from this hot atmosphere in the arena. Today's result is a great achievement for us."
Muli Katzurin (Poland Coach):
"I want to congratulate coach Ivkovic and his players. In a game like this we should take a lead from the start and we should play very good defense. We didn't do it and we had to chase them. We had our chances to win this game, but we made poor decisions at critical moments. Serbia deserved this win and we have to look for next games."
Łukasz Koszarek, (Poland):
"We should have played different today. At the beginning we played too slowly. Then Serbia took advantage of several points and we had to chase the result. It was the moment when we should have played calmly, but it seemed like we didn't stand the pressure. Our main problem is defense - in the second half we defended better, but it was not enough for the opponent. I have to admit, that today the Serbian team was well prepared for the game. We could win this game, but we didn't manage it. There are two really hard games in front of us. We will keep fighting."