Karnowski Doesn't Play As Poland Falls To Czech Republic

            CELJE, Slovenia – Gonzaga University sophomore Przemek Karnowski did not play Thursday as Poland fell to the Czech Republic 69-68 in the EuroBasket 2013 Group C game.

            Poland fell to 0-2 while the Czech Republic evened its record at 1-1 in picking up its first win at EuroBasket in 14 years.

            Lubos Barton hit two 3-pointers in the final minute, the second from the corner with four seconds on the clock, to gift the Czech Republic the victory.

            Poland went on an 11-0 run midway through the final frame that put them ahead 66-58 with 2:41 remaining in the game, but the gutsy Czechs never stopped believing in the win and Barton scored six of his 10 points in the final 56 seconds, including the game-winner after Maciej Lampe had split two free throws for Poland.

            While it's hard to look past the fantastic impact of the veteran Barton in the clutch, Jan Vesely was immense for the winners, spearheading their comeback in the second quarter and collecting a double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds.

            The Czechs stole nine balls and Poland committed 16 turnovers, of which the winners scored 17 points (eight in the crucial second quarter). But mostly, the Czechs never looked like the team with the disadvantage in the frontcourt, holding their own on the glass and scoring a head-turning 40 points in the paint.

            Poland will play Croatia (1-1) Saturday. In addition to Poland, the Group C field includes Georgia, the Czech Republic, Spain, Croatia and host Slovenia. The top three teams from each of the three groups advance to the second round and will be placed in two groups of six with the top four from each of the two groups advancing to the championship bracket.

            For complete EuroBasket 2013 coverage click here.



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