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Group:  C | 14.08.2010, 20:15h
Group:  C | 14.08.2010, 20:15h
93-73
26 - 2425 - 2020 - 822 - 21
26 - 2425 - 2020 - 822 - 21
Venue: Lódz (POL) |
Spectators: 6800 |
Referees: Luigi Lamonica (ITA), Benjamin Barth (GER), Borys Shulga (UKR)

GAME REPORT


Poland Strike Belgium In The Paint

Belgium slumped to a first defeat in Group C of EuroBasket 2011 Qualifying Round in somewhat spectacular fashion after being demolished 93-73 by injury hit Poland in Lodz as the hosts breathed new life into their qualifying campaign thanks to stellar performances by Marcin Gortat and Maciej Lampe.

The pair poured in a massive 53 points and it proved to be a tough night inside for the visitors who were pounded in the paint while a shocking third quarter also proved to be costly.

In an entertaining opening and with defence very much at a premium, the home team moved 26-24 in front although had to wait until truly breaking the game open.

Belgium kept in touch for most of the second period, a three-pointer by Dimitri Lauwers levelling the scores at 38-38 and it wasn't until jut before the break when Poland made their move.

They finished the opening half with a 13-6 burst and continued that good form into the third quarter and by midway through the period were 63-46 ahead after a Lampe score.

The final quarter proved to be of little consequence for either team as Poland continued to dominate and run out comfortable winners.

Lauwers finished with 14 points for the losing team including 4 triples.

 

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Poland vs. Belgium

Belgium coach Eddy Casteels:
"We played well in the first half but only at one end of the floor, in offence. We could not play our usual game for some reason. We could not stop their big men. In my opinion Poland is still the favourite to win this group, despite their losses in Georgia and Bulgaria."

Poland coach Igor Griszczuk:
"It was a hard game for us, also because we knew the result from the game in Bulgaria and because of that we knew it was our last chance to show something. We struggled before because we gathered the full squad very late and we have very bad luck with injuries. We lost three important players before and now Michal Chylinski is injured too. Today our players showed that we are not August tourists but we fight to win. And we have a good team that wants to win. What we lost in Bulgaria we must now regain at home. I want to thank my staff for great work before the game."

Belgium forward Jef van der Jonckheyd:
"It was a tough game for us. On the defensive side we couldn't really stop their big men. We've had problems at the end of the first half and at the beginning of the second half."

Poland forward Maciej Lampe:
"I am glad we played well for 40 minutes. All of us played better, starting from Koszarek; Kelati didn't score much but played good game. We used Gortat better than in previous games."

 

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

60.7%

34/56
FG
M/A

40.0%

26/65

73.0%

27/37
FG2P
M/A

33.3%

12/36

36.8%

7/19
FG3P
M/A

48.3%

14/29

78.3%

18/23
FT
M/A

87.5%

7/8

30

7/23
RT
RO/RD

30

15/15

22

AS

17

9

TO

12

6

ST

5

5

BS

1

14

PF

20

93

Pts

73

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