Poland Books Its Ticket To Riga In The Last Quarter

POLAND 60 – HUNGARY 53

First quarter was all about traded baskets with none of the teams controlling the game. Anna Vajda lead Hungary's offense with 11 points from her team's 16 in the first while in Poland, here Agnieszka Bibrzycka could play after injuring her ankle two days ago, Ewelina Kobryn and Paulina Pawlak combined scored 8 pts from their team's 13, reaching the end of the first with Hungary ahead 16-13.

The three first minutes of the third were Trading until Hungary stepped up and began controlling the game with 17-18 after two free throws from Agnieszka Skobel. Zsofia Fegyverneky started a 7-0 run capped by Katalin Honti to give their team the first significant lead, 25-17, with 5 minutes remaining for the break and leading to Kryzstof Koziorowicz to call time out. After the pause Anna Vajda put Hungary in double digits making it 28-17. Poland Comeback and made a 7-0 run sparked by Magdalena Lieciejewska and capped by Daria Mieloszynska to make it 28-24 and leading to Ratgeber's time out. After it Justyna Jeziorna hit the trey to put Poland into one point, 28-27, with 1:45 remaining. Hungary took air with a trey from Zsofia Fegyverneky 31-27 but then teams began committing mistakes, not being capable to score until the last second of the half when Anna Vajda made it 33-27 for Hungary.

Anna Vajda and Katalin Honti scored back to back baskets for Hungary to make it 37-27. After minute 1:30 Poland decided to turn the match upside down. Poland's defense improved as also did their offense. Agnieszka Bibrzycka and Paulina Pawlak scored back to back treys making it 37-33 after 3:30 and their Orly allowed Hungary four points in the next three minutes and a half while scoring 9 points more to regain the lead with three minutes remaining after a basket from Ewelina Kobryn, 42-41. Then Poland rushed and entered a Gump in their scoring which lasted until the end of the quarter but Hungary didn't take advantage of that and scored just a basket, with 1:55 remaining Nora Bujdoso regained the lead for Hungary 43-42 and the two teams missed in that time and Hungary entered the fourth leading.

Teams were obsessed in closing the game in the last quarter. Hungary got lucky in the beginning when after a 7-0 run to lead 50-42 after 3:$0 but they stopped there. Poland's defense didn't allow the Hungarian team score in the next 4 minutes while Poland scored 8 unanswered points -4 from them coming from the free throw line where Agnieszka Skobel socred her four shots- and leveled the score, 50-50, with 2:·0 remaining. Nora Bujdoso cut the drought for Hungary and made it 52-50, but it was a mirage her team stop scoring again. Anna Vajda -who had 18 pts at the end of the third- and Zsofia Fegyverneky -who had 13- disappeared and Poland closed the game with a 10-1 run to end the game winning 60-53 and leaving Hungary winless at the EuroBasket.

For Poland Ewelina Kobryn had 11 pts and 9 boards and Justyna Jeziorza 10.

For Hungary Anna Vajda had 18 pts and Zsofia Fegyverneky 13.

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