Slovenian basketball players were already eliminated in the quarterfinals of the European Basketball Championship in 2022

BERLIN. There are no NBA players among them, but there are those who wanted to do something big despite the strong competition. She succeeded.

Polish basketball players have delivered the best performances at the European Championship in basketball over the past half century. They shocked the entire basketball world with a victory over defending champions and big favorites in the Slovenia tournament.

Before the start of the tournament, the Poles had big questions about whether they would even make it out of the group. Already in the first game they managed to beat the Czech Republic and add important victories over the Netherlands and Israel.

“We don’t have NBA players, but we have great leaders. The team turned out to be a mystery, just before the championship I told them that the results of the Polish team had not been so bad for years,” Polish sports editor Lukasz Ceglinski wrote for Sport. pl.

In the quarter-finals, Poland dominated the first half of the match, leading by 23 points at the end of the second quarter and going into halftime with a 19-point lead.

A 24-6 deficit in the third quarter was key for the Slovenians as they got back into the game. They even led in the last quarter, but were unable to extend and maintain their lead.

“They played a great game, especially in the first half. They came out, fought and scored. Our boys fought in the second half too, we left everything we had on the board. But we lost the game in the first half Slovenian coach Alexander Sekulić said at the post-match press conference, with whom Slovenia agreed to extend the partnership on Thursday morning.

Despite the dramatic end, Poland managed to win 90:87 and advance to the top four, where they will face France in the battle for the final.

“It’s unbelievable. We don’t believe it. The players have ‘balls’ like melons and hearts like the moon,” said enthusiastic Poland coach Igor Miličič after the game.

VIDEO: The joy of Polish basketball players after reaching the semifinals

They don’t need NBA quality

Slovenia came to the championship as the favorite to win the gold medal. In addition to them, the favorites were also the Serbs and the Greeks, who have already said goodbye to the tournament.

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