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Group:  A | 06.09.2015, 15:00h
Group:  A | 06.09.2015, 15:00h
79-82
22 - 1918 - 2316 - 1823 - 22
22 - 1918 - 2316 - 1823 - 22
Venue: Montpellier (FRA) |
Referees: Olegs Latisevs (LAT), Sinisa Herceg (CRO), Anthonie Sinterniklaas (NED)

GAME REPORT


Waczynski Is The Totem Pole

Poland stay unbeaten and Russia remain winless as Adam Waczynski shone in an 82-79 win in Group A in Montpellier.

 

Turning Point: After trading the lead nine times, the Poles pulled away with an 8-0 blitz in the third, using Marcin Gortat much more to set up their offence from the high post and giving their perimeter shooters room to make a decisive impact. In the fourth period, Waczynski converted a three that opened up a 76-68 lead - fed by Gortat out of a double-team - and although a late 7-1 run from Russia threatened an upset, they held on.

 

Stats Don't Lie: In the first half, Poland shot 7-for-14 from deep. In the second, 0-for-6. But they went 12-for-19 from two-point range - a huge leap - and adjusted to make smart open shots.

 

Game Hero: After going 5-for-5 in the first half, Waczynski ended with a game-high 23 points, including 7-of-10 from the foul line. But it was a much-improved overall offensive performance from their opening victory over Bosnia.

 

Bottom Line: Russia are 0-2 and in trouble. Andrey Zubkov's team-best 21 points led an offensive effort that was solid but still their defence switches on and off. From solid offensive rebounding, they converted 22 second-chance points but other than Zubkhov, they shot a mere 18-for-53 combined.

 

They Said: "Our 20 assists and 8 turnovers was a sign of us playing good team basketball" - Poland coach Mike Taylor.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

40.6%

26/64
FG
M/A

48.3%

28/58

43.6%

17/39
FG2P
M/A

55.3%

21/38

36.0%

9/25
FG3P
M/A

35.0%

7/20

75.0%

18/24
FT
M/A

76.0%

19/25

41

17/24
RT
RO/RD

31

8/23

20

AS

20

12

TO

8

4

ST

3

1

BS

1

25

PF

21

79

Pts

82

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