Poland Down Germany

04.09.2005

After 2 losses, Poland finally opened their 2005 EuroBasket Women account with a win against Germany on Sunday in Bursa.

Poland, who grabbed the last competition spot through the additional qualifying tournament, looked tired in their first 2 contests which resulted in losses to Latvia and Czech Republic.

However, they found their legs against Germany, producing a key third quarter run to break open a previously close game.

Neither side distinguished themselves in a first half which featured a battery of missed shots.

Both sides have been poor shooting the ball so far in the competition. Germany made 34.8% of their field goal attempts in the first two games, while Poland have been even worse at 32.5%.

That didn't change in the opening 20 minutes as Germany shot 8/33 from the floor and Poland 11/36 (including 1/10 three-pointers).

The result was not pretty and it was Poland who clung onto a narrow lead at halftime, 27-23.

But the Polish managed to string together a small run at the start of the third quarter which effectively won them the game. They outscored Germany 11-2 in the opening 5 minutes of the third and by the end of the period were comfortably in front, 37-46.

With Agnieszka Bibrzycka (19 points and 7 rebounds) leading the charge in the fourth, Poland were able to hold off Germany for a 56-66 win.

Germany's loss, their third consecutive of the tournament, effectively ends their hopes of advancing to the quarter-finals.

Poland will target their final group game against Greece as a must win affair if they are to make the final eight.


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