Basketball. Coach Milicić after his debut in Israel: The team showed its claw


– The team showed its claw today. They fought all over the pitch throughout the match. We came not to defend, but to attack. Valuable experience must be collected, but one match is enough. We have to break it in the next. We were throwing open throws that fall in sometimes and sometimes not. It must be played whether or not the ball enters it. We will not wait for the troika to win. After all, without these three-pointers, we could have won this match – said Milicić, referring to the poor (7/36!) Effectiveness in the circuit.

The Poles started leading 19: 4 in the first quarter, but they were losing after the first half. In the fourth quarter it was even 61:49 for Israel, but the visitors made up for the losses and it was 63:61. Only the locals scored until the end. – We came back to the match in defense, but then we made mistakes because we did not pawn on the collection in defense. Besides, our rivals got our fouls 8-9 meters from the basket. It should not be like that. If we had defended these rivals’ attacks in the end, it might have been different. But I know the players did their best. A few are battered. We will see what their condition will look like before the next meeting – revealed Milicić. One of the injured players is Łukasz Kolenda.

The coach, born in Croatia, had at his disposal a rejuvenated composition compared to the July Olympic qualifications, which was additionally weakened by injuries. In addition, he could start working with the players only on Monday, i.e. three days before the meeting. – It was a very difficult task, but the team reacted great. We were well prepared even for these three days. The band wants to play together, accept knowledge. This is a good direction. May the health be good – noted the coach of the Poles.

On November 28, in the second round of matches, Poland will face Germany in Lublin, who sensationally lost against Estonia 66:69. Three of the four teams will advance to the second round.

About David Martin

David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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