Qualified for the semi-finals of this Euro basket, the Blues were certainly preparing to find Slovenia in the last four. It is finally Poland that finds itself on the way to France and Vincent Collet certainly breathed a big sigh of relief while the Slovenian Luka Doncic had made his players miserable during the group stage (47 points scored during of Slovenia’s 88-82 victory). It will therefore be necessary to be wary of Poland, which eliminated Wednesday, to everyone’s surprise, Slovenia (90-87), winner of the last Euro basketball in 2017.
The Poles reached the last four of the competition for the first time since 1969. Driven by its captain Mateusz Ponitka, author of an exceptional triple double against Slovenia (26 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists), Poland will face the Blues without any complex. After having hardly believed in his victory against Slovenia. “I was surprised, I’m the first to admit it, to see us play so well in the first half. We have no experience of this type of moment”launched Ponitka. “No team is there by chance, even us”said for his part Igor Milicic, the Polish coach, who hopes to achieve a new feat against France.