Poland’s Mateusz Ponitka steals inbound pass, scores to force overtime in win over China (video)


China had the lead and the ball in the final seconds.

Poland had Mateusz Ponitka.

Ponitka stole Zhou Qi‘s inbound pass, drove straight to the basket, drew a foul and hit the game-tying free throw with 4.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Though Ponitka only split at the line, Poland won the FIBA World Cup Group A nail-biter in overtime, 79-76.

After opening the tournament with its first World Cup win in 52 years, Poland is now 2-0.

Potinka was a big reason. He finished with 25 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and four blocks.