Basketball: Poland beats Russia and advances to World Cup quarter-final

Polish national basketball team beat Russia 79:74 in the match of the second round of FIBA World Cup and is very close to reaching the quarter-final stage of the competition held in China.

Basketball WC: Poland advances to second round with perfect score

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The match began with Russia in the ascendancy. “Sborna” quickly notched up a 5:0 lead. The Russian team was successful with three-point shots, while the Poles seemed unable to score points that way in the first part of the game. This quarter ended with the score 22:16 to Russia.

In the second part, the Russians managed to extend their advantage to eleven points, thanks to efficient defence. Soon, however, the Poles managed to cut that lead to six points , mainly thanks to the good performance of Mateusz Ponitka. His three-point shot at the end of the quarter settled the score at half time at 40:34 to Russia.

The game became closer in the third quarter. The Poles managed to score five points in a row from free throws and cut Russia’s lead to a single point. Then “Sborna” again gained several more points of advantage, but thanks to efficient free throws, Poland managed to keep close,with Russia leading by four points at the end of the third part (57:53).

The fourth quarter was a real thriller. The Poles started with a three-pointer, so the Russians now had only a one point advantage. Soon after that, Poland’s Łukasz Koszarek passed the ball to Aaron Cel, who slammed it with an alley-oop just like NBA stars:

Poland equalised, then forged ahead after another three-pointer by Adam Waczyński, who was the best scorer of the Polish team in the match. The struggle was still very tight, but the Poles were now both more efficient in defence and successful in attacks, even if it needed some sacrifice of Polish players: Finally, Poland won the game and advance to the quarter-finals of the FIBA World Cup.