Spain Back On Track, Beat Poland

Group C
5. Leticia Romero (Spain)
Leticia Romero and Spain secured their first win in the competition by beating Poland

by Björn-Lars Blank

On Day 2 in Group C Spain were able to secure their first win with a 65-58 over Poland. Last year's European Champion never trailed despite a game high 22 points of Poland's Dominika Owczarzak.

Spanish Head Coach Evaristo Pérez was happy after this crucial game for him and his squad "That was an important win. It was like a double victory for us. Yesterday we controlled the game but we lost. Today was a contrast to that game. We needed this win so I am very happy for the team."

Marlés Balart was the top performer on the winning team. She scored 16 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. Elena De Alfredo contributed 15 points while Laura Aliaga netted in 13 points.

After dropping their opener Spain started the second game in furious fashion. They scored nine unanswered points en route to a quick 9-0 lead. Poland was impressed and it took them over five minutes to score their first basket of the game. Spain set the tone and built a double digit lead (18-8) in the opening quarter.

Things didn't change in the second quarter as Spain applied huge defensive pressure on the Polish. Poland struggled offensively while Irene Gari found her shooting touch. Her two three-pointers midway through the quarter helped Spain claim a 32-17 lead. Poland were able to slightly reduce the deficit (37-27) after Dominika Owczarzak hit a long range shot with only few seconds left in the first half. Owczarzak scored 14 points in 14 minutes playing time to keep her team in this game.

The Polish guard seemed to inspire her teammates. After the intermission Poland's offense was working well which brought them back in striking distance (41-36). On the other side Spain responded well to the comeback attempt of their opponents. Fueled by good defense they managed a 5-0 run on their way to increase the lead back to double digits (46-36).

Entering the final quarter Spain was still up by a solid margin of points (52-43). After a converted jumpshot by De Alfredo (61-49) things looked very promising for Spain with four minutes remaining. Poland came closer again (61-56), but Spain were able to hang on to the lead this time.

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