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    Poland outlasts host China in OT to reach second round of Fiba World Cup

    Sep 2, 2019
    Mateusz Ponitka goes up for a layup over Sun Minghui and Yi Jianlian.
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    POLAND frustrated host China, 79-76, in overtime on Monday night at the LeSports Center to advance to the second round of the Fiba World Cup.

    Shooting guard Mateusz Ponitka spearheaded the attack with 25 points, nine boards, and three assists, while court general AJ Slaughter chipped in 22 points, four assists, and two rebounds for the Polish cagers who stayed unbeaten in two games.

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    NBA veteran Yi Jianlian showed the way for the hosts with 24 points, eight rebounds, and one assist in a losing cause for China, which dropped to 1-1 in a tie with Venezuela in Group A.

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    Mateusz Ponitka goes up for a layup over Sun Minghui and Yi Jianlian.
    PHOTO: ap
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