Eurobasket 2022: Poland beats Ukraine and faces Doncic’s Slovenia within the quarterfinals
The Polish staff would be the rival of Luka Doncic’s Slovenia within the European quarterfinals, after eliminating Ukraine this Sunday (86-94) in a recreation that was very shut for 35 minutes, however was determined within the remaining moments.
The present Eurobasket champion will search subsequent Wednesday in Berlin (8:30 p.m.) the move to the semifinals in opposition to a variety ‘a priori’ inferior, however that has good gamers just like the nationalized level guard AJ Slaughter, writer of 24 factors, and the ahead Mateusz Ponitka, decisive with 22 factors, 9 rebounds and 6 assists.
The sport began evenly, with the Polish staff with slightly extra toe due to the success of Slaughter, writer of 11 factors within the first quarter. Regardless of this, Ukraine didn’t let their rival escape and, with their fast assaults, completed the primary quarter with a three-point deficit (21-24).
The Ukrainian staff dominated the offensive rhythm within the second half due to Vyacheslav Bobrov’s success from the perimeter and the readability of concepts of Issuf Sanon within the course. The staff coached by Ainars Bagatskis got here to get pleasure from a lead of seven factors (44-37, min.18), however Slaughter’s expertise reappeared to cut back distances at halftime (45-42).
Sokolowski and Ponitka, decisive within the remaining minutes
After the break, Poland, led by Michal Sokolowski and Mateusz Ponitka in assault, as soon as once more took management of the sport, though Ukraine, with a combative Artem Pustovyi within the space, saved the sport very a lot alive earlier than the final quarter (67-69).
Within the final ten minutes, the trade of baskets reigned from the perimeter and on that stage Ponitka and Sokolowski gave Poland air with 4 minutes to go (78-87).
A 6-0 run cast by the Ukrainians’ counterattack equalized the duel with a minute and a half to go (84-87). With all the things open within the final minute (86-88), the match was determined in favor of the Polish staff from the free throw line till reaching the ultimate 86-94. It’s the first time in 25 years that Poland has certified for the quarterfinals of a basketball European Championship.
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