Fans fill the stands, Polonia Warszawa take bronze
Updated: Mar 6
Photos: Nikola Krawczyk
Polonia Warszawa played without pressure and had a perfect shooting day to beat Frankivsk Prykarpattya, 100-53, for a 8-1 record and the bronze medal on Sunday, March 5, at the Centrum Sportu Wilanow.
The last day of the tournament attracted a great interest from public as the fans continued to arrive throughout the bronze medal game.
Many were standing as the seats were filled already.
The drums were played and the fans were singing to witness Polonia`s first medal in the EWBL.
Ukraina! Ukraina! The local fans greeted Frankivsk Prykarpattya as well.
Players of the game
Polonia Warszawa had nine players available and all of them scored during the first 30 minutes.
Jessica Jackson, Andjelina Radič, Andreona Keys and Klaudia Sosnowska scored in double figures.
Radič posted 14 of her 24 points in the second half.
Jackson went for a perfect 7-of-7 inside the three point line enroute to 17 points.
Keys and Sosnowska had 13 points each.
Krystyna Filevich answered with 20 points.
Oksana Mollova added 17 points, while Olha Alekseichyk made a couple of three point shots.
A steal and fast break by Jessica Jackson capped a 10-0 start run for Polonia Warszawa.
Maciej Gordon`s team scored at will and extended their lead up to 25 points in the first quarter alone, 35-10.
The 50 points mark fell in the seventeenth minute and the hosts led by 33 points at the halftime, 57-24.
Jackson and Keys did some early work, while Radič hit the shooting button in the second half.
Frankivsk Prykarpattya relied on its three point shooting but it didn`t worked this time.
Polonia Warszawa captain Marta Mistygacz made a three pointer to reach a century mark with 52 seconds to go.
SCHEDULE (local time, GMT+2h)
Saturday, March 4, semifinals
SKK Polonia Warszawa 73–79 BC Neptūnas Klaipeda
BC Frankivsk Prykarpattya 76–86 BK Levharti Chomutov
Sunday, March 5, medal games
SKK Polonia Warszawa 100–53 Frankivsk Prykarpattya
13:30 Levharti Chomutov – Neptūnas Klaipeda
Final Four history
Rīga 2016: TTT Rīga, Basket 90 Gdynia, Astana Tigers, Tsmoki Minsk
Košice 2017: Good Angels Košice, TTT Rīga, Dynamo Moscow, Basket 90 Gdynia
Rīga 2018: Good Angels Košice, TTT Rīga, Dynamo Moscow, Udominate Basket
Rostov on Don 2019: TTT Rīga, Tsmoki Minsk, Rostov Don SFEDU, Žabiny Brno
Brno 2020: season five cancelled (Žabiny Brno-Tsmoki, Novosibirsk-Pieštany)
Maladziechna 2021: Horizont Minsk, Nika Syktyvkar, TTT Rīga, Prometey Kamianske
Pieštany 2022: Žabiny Brno, Pieštanske Čajky, Kibirkštis Vilnius, SBŠ Ostrava
Warszawa 2023: -, -, Polonia Warszawa, Frankivsk Prykarpattya