Poland See Off Brave Greeks
Poland used an 11-0 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to stave off feisty Greece 68-61 and remain perfect in Group A of the U18 European Championship Men.
Mateusz Ponitka collected 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals while Michal Michalak had 14 points and Piotr Niedzwiedzki and Przemyslaw Karnowski each scored 12 points.
Giannoulis Larentzakis scored 17 points while Petros Melissaratos had 12 points and Eleftherios Bochoridis hit for 11 as Greece dropped to 0-2 in the group.
Greece scored the first five points of the game and were still deadlocked at 13-13 before trailing 19-15 after one period.
Poland could not pull away from the Greeks in the second quarter though they led 39-30 at the break.
The hosts pushed the lead to 41-30 but Greece chiseled away with hard defense and took the lead on a three-pointer by Larentzakis to make it 53-50. But Poland star Ponitka answered with a layup and the Greeks led 53-52 after three periods.
Poland tightened their defense and hit just enough shots to put together an 11-0 run over seven minutes to open a 61-53 lead. Melissaratos stopped the scoring drought but it was too late as Poland had found their offensive rhythm and finished off the upset-minded Greeks.