Despite a fourth quarter scoring drought, Poland held off Bosnia and Herzegovina 68-64 in the Group A opener in Montpellier.
Turning Point: Up 51-34 and coasting in the third quarter, Dusko Ivanovic switched his defence to traps and ball pressure - Bosnia and Herzegovina came alive. Eight straight points became a 17-4 run. Poland needed to battle to hold on, despite going without a field goal in the final 8:06 of the game.
Stats Don't Lie: Ivanovic admits defence will be his team's mainstay here but he also needs some scoring. His team missed ten consecutive field goal attempts in the fourth and a huge opportunity was lost after forcing 12 second half turnovers.
Game Hero: Adam Waczynski scored a game-high 15 points for Poland and he came alive in the second quarter when his side found their mark from deep after starting 0-for-10 from three-point range.
Bottom Line: It's only day one. But Poland need to show more composure on the ball and find more ways to use Marcin Gortat in the paint. And if Bosnia defend like they did in the fourth quarter, all hope is not lost.
They Said: "This is not about playing pretty basketball. It's about playing winning basketball" - Poland coach Mike Taylor.