He no longer appears at the meeting Adam Waczyński. As reported by PZKosz, by decision of coach Mike Taylor An experienced actor was sent home. Waczyński was scheduled to have a conversation with Taylor on Thursday night and during it to express his dissatisfaction with the way the new leader – Mateusz Ponitka – had been elected. On Friday morning, Taylor was asked for another interview. He changed his mind and wanted to stay in the training camp. However, the limiter decided that the last leader should leave the group at Gliwice.
They found themselves in the top five in the match against Latvia Matthews Bonnetka and Michał Sokołowski. The first appeared for the first time largely after recovering a thigh injury, while for Sokochovsky it was the first meeting after the end of the league season in Israel and joining the team.
Once again, Polish basketball players scored a very good first and a worse second, as happened in the last game with Russia. Thanks to a great second quarter, winning 21:11, the players took a breather Mike Tellura They went down by 11 points, 38:27.
In the second half, Latvia managed to achieve a very even finish. Pretty much because of getting lost in free throws Polish representationof which there were up to nine. In the end, Latvia led up to 66:65, but the Poles were in front with a 68:66 8 seconds before the end.
After a while, Michał Sokołowski was forced to lose to Latvia, but despite the fact that the time was very short, the Polish basketball players not only kept the ball, but also allowed Kristers Zureks to run under the basket and equalize 0.2 seconds before the last siren. In extra time, the Poles did not leave their rivals under illusions. They started well, topped 75:70 and thanks to that they won this meeting.
In the end, Poland defeated Latvia 75:73 after extra time. The most points for the Polish national team was scored by captain Mateusz Bonnetka – 16, 4 of which were in overtime. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Mike Taylor’s team will battle their last two sparring matches ahead of the June 29 Tokyo Olympics qualifiers in Kaunas. Brazil will be the Poles’ opponent in both matches.
Poland – Latvia 75:73 after extra time (17:16, 21:11, 14:19, 16:22, 7:5)
Poland: Ponitka 16, Kolenda 11, Sokołowski 10, Michalak 8, Balcerowski 8, Kulig 7, Cel 5, Zyskowski 5, Garbacz 2, Mazurczak 2, Dziewa, Hrycaniuk.