Poland53-50

23-8, 9-20, 4-18, 17-4

Montenegro

 

Date: 07.07.2012, 18:00hGroup:  BVenue:   Inowroclaw (POL) Spectators: 1000
Referees:  Ivo Dolinek (CZE), Toni Rodriguez (GER), Vladyslav Isachenko (UKR)
TEAM LEADERS
Poland Montenegro
Weronika Idczak (11)PtsMilica Jovanovic (13)
Agnieszka Szott-Hejmej (7)RebIva Perovanovic (8), Ana Pocek (8)
Weronika Idczak (4)ASJelena Skerovic (6)
5 players tied with 1STAna Pocek (3)
Agnieszka Majewska (6)BSSnezana Aleksic (1)

GAME REPORT

07.07.2012
Montenegro Left Poleaxed

Weronika Idczak
Weronika Idczak was the top scorer for Poland with 11 points as the team grinded out a vital win over Montenegro.

There was drama in more ways than one in Inowroclaw as Poland dug out a priceless 53-50 success against Montenegro to shuffle that little bit closer to claiming one of the two Final Round spots on offer in Group B.

The visitors had been expected to qualify comfortably after winning their first four games of the campaign but it's now two losses in the last three games for Montenegro with coach Miodrag Baletic also having the headache of dealing with a worrying back injury to the influential Jelena Dubljevic.

Exactly a week after losing to Serbia, it was the same outcome once again for the Montenegrins and indeed it had looked as if the writing was on the wall as early as the first quarter after falling 23-8 behind.

But to their credit, they worked themselves back into the contest and held Poland to just two baskets during the entire third quarter to create an entertaining but nerve shredding finish.

As if it wasn't already tense enough inside the Arena, a short delay with five minutes remaining on the clock due to a glitch with the lighting heightened anxiety for both teams with the game delicately poised.

With just sixty seconds left on the clock Jelena Skerovic drained a triple to tie the game at 50-50 before Poland won the game down the stretch from the free-throw line.

Skerovic had the chance to force the extra period but her last ditch three-point attempt was to be in vain.

With neither offence firing with any kind of fluidity or accuracy, a magnificent six blocks by Agnieszka Majewska was arguably the key factor for Poland.

COACH QUOTES

07.07.2012
Quotes Poland vs. Montenegro

Montenegro head coach Miodrag Baletic:
"The beginning of the match was very poor for us - we were losing lots of points. Moreover, due to back injury, we lost our strong player Jelena Dubljevic. I hope her visit to the hospital doesn't end with anything worse and she gets well soon. I congratulate the Polish team on winning. They did great job indeed."

Montenegro player Ana Turcinovic:
"Congratulations for the Polish team. Today they played really well in ofence and defence. We started really badly in defence. We constantly had to make up for the loss. I hope Jelena gets well soon and her problems from two years ago don't come back."

Poland head coach Jacek Winnicki:
"I congratulate the girls on playing with great involvement and determination. Once again we proved that we can play basketball and we are able to defeat strong European teams. Thanks to all spectators in Inowrocław- they created an amazing atmosphere!"

Poland player Joanna Walich:
"This competition was hard for us. We started really well and then came a weaker moment. We were fighting till the very end, at the same time showing our strong characters. We showed we are a tight team and we can play basketball."

Top performers

Poland Montenegro

Agnieszka Majewska

 

Milica Jovanovic

5Pts13
3Reb3
0AS0
1ST1
6BS0

Accumulated statistics

Poland Montenegro
20/56FG M/A21/62
16/41 (39.0%) FG2P M/A16/43 (37.2%)
4/15 (26.7%) FG3P M/A5/19 (26.3%)
9/13 (69.2%) FT M/A3/9 (33.3%)
39 (10-29) Reb (O-D) 38 (12-26)
8AS10
12TO10
5ST7
8BS1
16PF15
53Pts50

PHOTO GALLERY

POLAND
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPF+/-Pts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTotCD
*4Idczak, W. 325/1338.54/850.01/520.00/00.00224000211411
5Pietrzak, A. 80/20.00/10.00/10.00/00.0011001000-110
*7Szott-Hejmej, A. 301/520.00/40.01/1100.01/425.0077011212-54
9Makowska, A. 142/633.32/540.00/10.00/00.015601002034
*10Walich, J. 242/366.72/366.70/00.03/3100.0235020042127
*11Skobel, A. 191/520.01/333.30/20.03/475.0213330024165
*12Majewska, A. 192/540.01/333.31/250.00/00.0123031604115
13Losi, M. 173/560.02/366.71/250.00/00.0022010010-87
14Piekarska, I. 152/450.02/450.00/00.02/2100.0011101032-66
15Gulak, P. 51/333.31/250.00/10.00/00.0202001000-62
21Chomac, A. DNP
22Koc, M. 171/520.01/520.00/00.00/00.0112010010-52
TEAM/COACH14500
TOTAL20/ 5635.716/ 4139.04/ 1526.79/1369.210293981258161553
MONTENEGRO
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPF+/-Pts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTotCD
4Knezevic, S. DNP
*5Skerovic, J. 403/1225.01/333.32/922.20/00.0055642025-38
*6Culafic, J. 30/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000000002-90
7Baletic, A. 160/40.00/30.00/10.01/250.0101000031-121
8Popovic, N. DNP
9Aleksic, S. 372/728.61/425.01/333.30/00.003310110165
*10Dubljevic, J. 223/933.32/728.61/250.00/10.013424001317
*12Perovanovic, I. 364/1330.84/1330.80/00.00/40.0448100033-98
*13Pocek, A. 194/944.44/944.40/00.00/00.017801305038
14Jovanovic, M. 285/862.54/4100.01/425.02/2100.0123001011813
15Milutinovic, M. DNP
20Bigovic, J. DNP
TEAM/COACH42610
TOTAL21/ 6233.916/ 4337.25/ 1926.33/933.3122638101071151650
Legend
MinMinutes playedTotTotal reboundsBSBlocked shots
M/AMade/AttemptsASAssistsPtsPoints
%Shooting percentagePFPersonal fouls*Starters
OOffensive reboundsTOTurnoversDNPDid Not Play
DDefensive reboundsSTStealsFGField Goals
+/-Team's net points while on courtCCommitted foulsDDrawn fouls

GALLERY

TOP PERFORMERS

Poland Montenegro

Agnieszka Majewska

 

Milica Jovanovic

5Pts13
3Reb3
0AS0
1ST1
6BS0
19Min28

TEAM STATS

Poland Montenegro
20/56FG M/A21/62
16/41 (39.0%) FG2P M/A16/43 (37.2%)
4/15 (26.7%) FG3P M/A5/19 (26.3%)
9/13 (69.2%) FT M/A3/9 (33.3%)
39 (10-29) Reb (O-D) 38 (12-26)
8AS10
12TO10
5ST7
8BS1
16PF15
53Pts50
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