Hosts Take On Turkey For Top Spot

09.09.2009

By Adriana Garcia Senchermes

Group D honours will be up for grabs when Turkey take on the balanced EuroBasket hosts Poland on Wednesday.

Both teams come into the contest in Wroclaw undefeated and with 2-0 records after beating Lithuania and Bulgaria.

The winner will also take a 2-0 record into the qualifying round - and be a step ahead in the race for the semi-finals.

Despite their impressive start, the hosts are not underestimating Bogdan Tanjevic's team.

"Our confidence is growing," said Poland center Macej Lampe, who had a game-high 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in their triumph against Lithuania. "We are where we wanted t win.

"But we have to stay humble. We have another group game and then we know the qualifying round is going to be tough.

"We have to take advantage of playing at home. It's the greatest feeling in the world to play the EuroBasket in your country. We can beat anybody, everything is possible. We have to stay positive, hungry and determined."

Last Time Out: Poland beat Lithuania 86-75 while Turkey destroyed Bulgaria 94-66.
 
Stats: Poland were 27 of 45 (60%) shooting from inside the arc and out-rebounded Lithuania 42-38. Turkey made 21 of their 34 (61.8%) from inside the perimeter in their win against Bulgaria.
 
Key Match-Up: Poland's Michal Ignerski vs Turkey's Ersan Ilyasova.  The EuroBasket will have a mouthwatering showdown between Ilyasova and Ignerski. Ilyasova poured in 16 points and pulled down seven rebounds in a 15th minute display against Bulgaria. Ignerski has provided the spark for Poland in their last two wins. He buried three consecutive three pointers to stun Lithuania and put his team en course to victory. 
 
X-Factor: Poland's David Logan. The naturalized Pole from the United States, Logan, provides points on the perimeter. Logan was the third leading scorer in the Euroleague last season averaging 16.9 points per game for Asseco Prokom. His points production so far in the tournament has proved essential for the EuroBasket hosts.
 
Sounding-Off: "The atmosphere is going to be crazy. Thousands of Polish fans are going to be making noise in this fantastic arena. But we will try our best and keep playing as a team." - Turkey's Hedo Turkoglu.

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