Polish Boss Pleased with Progress

07.09.2003

From PA International, Warsaw

Poland coach Tomasz Herkt was in upbeat mood after his side's second place finish in the Kosice Tournament.

The Poles were upset by Greece in their opening game of the event, losing 71-65, but bounced back and won their remaining three games - including a final day 89-81 triumph over Slovakia.

Sylwia Wlazlak scored 22 points against the hosts - one of the sides taking part in the European Championships - while Agnieszka Bibrzycka and Elzbieta Trzesniewska also poured in 21 apiece.

Herkt said: “I am satisfied with this competition. We didn't play our basketball against the Greeks and lost this game.

“We had a problem with our shooting performance but the next games were much better.

“I am really happy that we played well on Sunday against the home team "A" (Slovakia B were also in the tournament) and that we have won this game.

Poland are taking a break before meeting up again on September 11 here in Warsaw, where they will train for two days.

It will be an important 48 hours for Poland, who will finally have centre Margo Dydek with them following the end of her WNBA season.

The team will fly to Greece on September 14, with the championships to tip off five days later.
After Kosic, Herkt finalised his European Championships roster.

Poland's European Championship squad: Sylwia Wlazlak, Agnieszka Bibrzycka, Elzbieta Trzesniewska, Joanna Cuprys, Edyta Koryzna, Krystyna Szymanska-Lara, Gabriela Mróz-Czerkawski, Ewelina Kobryn, Beata Krupska-Tyszkiewicz, Renata Piestrzynska, Anna Wielebnowska, Malgorzata Dydek.

Kosice Tournament Scores

Poland - Greece 65-71
Poland - Bulgaria 98-58
Poland - Slovak Republic B 75-60
Poland - Slovak Republic A 89-81


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