Polish Series Tied 3-3
Courtesy of Robert Blaszczyk, PLKK PR
GDYNIA, Poland - Tie!
Anna DeForge led Wisla Can-Pack to the win against Lotos in Game 6 of the best-of-seven Polish championship series. The decisive game will take place in Krakow on Saturday.
Every game seems more interesting then previously one. Today's match was blood-curdling to the last seconds. After losing two nights earlier in Krakow, homestanding Lotos wanted to win and become the Polish champion. But after the first quarter, it was evident it would not be easy. The players of Wisla were virtually faultless. The best play of the first quarter was the final play by DeForge and Dominique Canty. Wisla had only two seconds for a shot. Elmedin Omanic, the head coach of Wisla, took a timeout. After the break, Canty passed to DeForge and she scored a 3-point basket.
Lotos had problems. Ruth Riley fouled three times in the first half, and Nykesha Sales didn't shoot effectively from distance. Wisla maintained a five-point lead at halftime.
The play of Lotos changed after halftime. Tan White and Paulina Pawlak tried to encourage other players to battle. Lotos won the third quarter 20:18, and prompted the team from Gdynia to act.
Wisla led for 38 minutes, but in the 39th minute, Pawlak made a lay-up and it was 74:73 for Lotos. After White fouled Fever teammate DeForge, DeForge scored both free throws to regain the lead. Lotos attempted a 3-point shoot, but missed. Wisla rebounded and was fouled, leaving Lotos stunned as its one-time 3-1 series lead was vanishing.
Who will be the Polish champion? It is really difficult question. At home, Wisla is always the favorite, but I am sure Lotos will remember, how to win.
Final score - Wisla Can-Pack 83, Lotos Gdynia 79 (19:26, 21:19, 20:18, 19:20).
Anna DeForge finished with 22 points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists. Tan White totaled nine points, three assists and two rebounds. DeForge's Wisla teammate, Chamique Holdsclaw, made the most points in the game with 28.