Poland’s medal dream at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China has come to an end after suffering a 78:90 lose to Spain in the quarterfinals.
From the beginning of the game, Poland was forced to chase the Spanish team, who were deadly effective in three-point throws. However, every time an equaliser was within arm's reach, Spain would bounce back.
During the third quarter, Spain built a 14-point advantage which allowed them to control the game and keep Poland at a safe distance.
With nearly five minutes to go, Poland were only four points behind, but Spain did not falter and their 11:0 run denied Polish attempts at equalising. In the end, they won every quarter of the match, and the final result was 90:78 in their favour. Poland’s best scorers were A.J. Slaughter with 19 points, and Adam Waczyński with 15.
Despite getting eliminated, the Polish team probably made the most of their potential. After their first World Cup performance since 1967, they will finish the tournament among the top eight teams in the world, higher than teams like Lithuania, Italy, Greece and Brazil. What is more, their journey has not ended yet, as they will fight for the 5-8 places.
Thanks to their good performance at the World Cup, Poland will play in one of the Summer Olympics qualifying tournaments.