Fresh off a shocking upset of Slovenia, Poland look to go further in the EuroBasket tournament when they take on France in the semifinals on Friday.
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Poland (6-2) ousted Slovenia, and the Poles look to take down France (6-2) next.
France, which faced Slovenia during group play, has an idea of what’s in store amid Poland’s improbable upset. Slovenia held off France for an 88-82 win in group play on September 7.
Poland built a 23-point lead against Slovenia and held on for a 90-87 win over Slovenia on Wednesday, September 14. Mateusz Ponitka led the way for Poland with 26 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists. Poland meanwhile held Slovenia and Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic to 14 points and 11 rebounds.
“Amazing,” Poland’s Michael Sokolowski said via The Associated Press. “And now we can’t stop. … We dreamed about a medal at the beginning. Right now it’s closer, but we don’t have it yet. I want to reach it.”
Poland seeks to make the most of the nation’s first trip to the semifinals since 1971.
France downed Italy in the quarterfinals, 93-85, on Wednesday. The French trailed late but came up strong in the end.
“I don’t really believe in luck,” France’s Rudy Gobert said via The Associated Press. “Tonight, we could have given up, once again, but we got the baskets we needed.”
Gobert, who also plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves, helped France advance with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Thomas Heurtel led France with 20 points.
France has five NBA players on its roster — Gobert, Evan Fournier of the New York Knicks, Theo Maledon of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Dallas’ Frank Ntilikina, and free agent Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrott. Poland doesn’t have any, but that hasn’t stopped the Poles in a tournament full of teams with NBA players.
Fittingly as Poland has played Cinderella at the tournament, Poland has two NCAA Division I players on the roster. That’s A.J. Slaughter of Western Kentucky and Dominik Olejniczak of Florida State.
Gobert doesn’t want to see Poland wearing the glass slipper after Friday.
“I will try to be even better in order to achieve that goal. I believe that this team has enough quality to be the best in Europe. We have to beat Poland and then one more. After that, I will be happy,” he added.