Estonia - Finland 47-49 Finland jumped to 2-0 record in Group A of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They grabbed 47-49 victory against the host team and already booked a spot for the Qualifying Round. Estonia dropped to 0-2 in this pool, but still has a chance to advance. Emilia Helle's free throw lifted Finland to 45-49 lead with 13 seconds remaining in the game and Kadri-Ann Lass (177-F-96) made a basket at the other side with 6 seconds to go. Tuuli Menna (183-F-96) was sent to the line and she missed both free throws, but Elina Koskimies (180-F-96) grabbed an offensive rebound to secure the victory for Finland. Quarters: 14-18, 15-9, 6-15, 12-7. Tuuli Menna led the winners with 16 points and 7 rebounds today. Veera Valimaa (182-F-96) had 8 points and 7 boards, while Elina Koskimies helped with 6 pts and 5 rebs. In defeat, Marie Roosalu (177-F-96) collected 12 points and 6 rebs. Kadri-Ann Lass had 10 pts and 9 rebs, while Sofia Anissimova (179-F-96) added 9 points and 15 boards. Tomorrow, Finland will meet Portugal for the first place in this group. Estonia will play against Ukraine and it will be a do-or-die game for both teams.
Ukraine - Portugal 48-70 Portugal had another great game at U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They smashed Ukraine 48-70 for 2-0 record in Preliminary Group A. With this victory Portugal already secured a spot for the next stage. Ukraine dropped to 0-2, but they still have a chance to advance. Portugal took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 11-16, 12-18, 7-14, 18-22. Simone Costa (176-G-96) stepped up with 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Francisca Meinedo (165-PG-96) had 15 points and 5 boards, while Ana Moniz (170-SG-96) netted 11 pts. In Ukraine, Alina Batkovska (171-PG-96) was better than the others with 20 points. Vita Gorobets (180-SG-96) and Yana Holubosh (180-SF-96) (5 rebs) posted 7 and 6 pts respectively. Portugal will meet Finland tomorrow for the first place in Group A. Ukraine will have to beat Estonia to reach the next stage.
Lithuania - Israel 85-71 Lithuania finished Preliminary Round of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn with perfect 2-0 record. They handed 85-71 loss to Israel winning the Group B. Of course, Lithuania advanced to the Qualifying Round. At the other side, Israel dropped to 0-1 but they will also advance as there are only three teams in this pool. However, wins and defeats will be transferred, so it is important for Israel to beat Denmark tomorrow. Israel was 61-63 up after three quarters, but Lithuania exploded in the last ten minutes 24-8 to secure comfortable win in this meeting. Quarters: 16-24, 23-16, 22-23, 24-8. Dalia Belickaite (175-F-96) was a key player in victory with 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Laura Juskaite (187-PF-97) also had amazing game with 18 points and 17 rebs. Agne Cerneckyte (171-SG-96) was third scorer in Lithuania with 16 pts. Israel got 15 points from Eden Porat (176-F-96) and 13 from Noa Zelivanski (171-PG-96). Each of them grabbed 5 rebounds, while Yarden Danan (177-SG-97) scored 12 points. As mentioned above, Lithuania played all two games at this phase, while Israel will meet Denmark tomorrow.
Bulgaria - Romania 74-63 Bulgaria registered its first win at U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They handed 74-63 loss to Romania for 1-1 record in Preliminary Group C. Thanks to this win Bulgaria already booked a spot for the Qualifying Round. Romania dropped to 0-2 and it is already clear they will not be able to advance. Bulgaria was 18-point up with 10 minutes remaining in the game. Romania finally showed some of their talent in the last quarter, but it was too late for them (23-13, 14-10, 21-17, 16-23). Borislava Hristova (180-F-96) had amazing game collecting 35 points and 6 rebounds (valuation 26). Teodora Dineva (175-G-96) had double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Iva Georgieva (172-F-96) added 13 pts and 9 rebs. In Romania, Teodora Neagu (181-C-96) had 19 pts and 7 rebs. Paula Lenart (178-F/G-96) (10 rebs) and Mihaela Maxim (167-PG-96) netted 11 pts each. Tomorrow, Bulgaria will meet Luxembourg. Romania will take on Poland.
Luxembourg - Poland 51-86 Poland will be the winner of Group C at U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They had no mercy for Luxembourg registering 51-86 victory for 2-0 record in this pool. At the other side, Luxembourg dropped to 1-1, but they also secured a spot for the next stage despite there is one more day to go in the Preliminary Round. Poland dominated in all basketball elements today and Luxembourg was simply not able to resist. Quarters: 16-20, 14-21, 7-24, 14-21. Monika Radomska (188-PF-96) had 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners, while Karolina Pobozy (188-F-96) added 13 points and 15 boards! Julia Tyszkiewicz (177-G-96) scored 10 pts in this victory. In Luxembourg, Mia Pauly (176-F-96) had 8 points and Lisa Jablonowski (186-C-97) had 7 pts, plus 11 rebounds. Hannah Pauly (163-PG-97) also scored 7 points in this loss. Poland will play against Romania tomorrow. Luxembourg will take on Bulgaria in the battle for the second place.
Norway - Latvia 21-83 Both teams failed in Day One of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Today, Latvia destroyed Norway with huge 83-21 for 1-1 record in Preliminary Group D. At the other side, Norway dropped to 0-2. It automatically means that Latvia secured a spot for the next stage, while Norway will fail to do it. Latvia stopped its rival to only 2 points in third period. Quarters: 5-14, 6-23, 2-20, 8-26. Kitija Laksa (180-G-96) led the winners with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Kate Kreslina (184-PG-96) had 12 points and 7 rebounds, while Kitija Stolce (184-F-96) helped with 11 pts and 7 rebs. What to say about Norway. Their best players were Alida Dale (179-PF-96) and Alva Eide (172-G-96) with 6 and 5 points respectively. Tomorrow, Latvia will meet Belarus for the second place in this group. Latvia will play against No.1 Slovenia.
Slovenia - Belarus 69-50 Slovenia was better than Belarus today 69-50 for 2-0 record at U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. It is already clear that Slovenia will be the winner of this pool, despite there is one more day to go in Preliminary Round. Belarus slipped to 1-1, but they will also advance. Slovenia made impressive 21-7 lead in the first ten minute and managed to keep it for rest of the way. They had much better shot percentage from the field. Quarters: 21-7, 15-16, 14-10, 19-17. Maja Jakobcic (184-PF-97) led the winners with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Zala Lesek (187-F-97) had 13 points and 11 boards, while Larisa Ocvirk (184-F-97) added 12 pts and 5 rebs. In defeat, Darya Panasiuk (175-SF-96) top-scored with 19 pts. Viyaleta Kuiliak (182-PF-96) had 12 points and same numbers of boards. Tomorrow, Slovenia will meet last ranked Norway. Belarus will play against Latvia and the winner will take second place in Group D.
FINAL Spain - Germany 64-48 Spain conquered the title in Udine. They rallied past Germany in the championship game tonight. The victory marked the sixth title for the Spanish youngsters in the last ten editions of the tournament. Ainhoa Lacorzana (179-G/F-00) and Maria Pendande (188-C-00) produced 11 points each for the winners. Spain established a 32:27 halftime lead. They followed with a 20:10 run in the third term to open a 15-point lead at the final intermission. Spain limited their... [read more]
Spain - Germany 64-48 Spain conquered the title in Udine. They rallied past Germany in the championship game tonight. The victory marked the sixth title for the Spanish youngsters in the last ten editions of the tournament. Ainhoa Lacorzana (179-G/F-00) and Maria Pendande (188-C-00) produced 11 points each for the winners. Spain established a 32:27 halftime lead. They followed with a 20:10 run in the third term to open a 15-point lead at the final intermission. Spain limited their opponents to just 11 points in the fourth term and rallied to the triumph. Maria Torreblanca (177-F-00) had 10 points for the champions. Luisa Geiselsoeder (189-C-00) responded with 17 points for Germany.
Italy - France 50-68 France stepped onto the pedestal in Udine. They rallied past hosting Italy in the consolation final tonight. Kenza Salgues (174-G-00) scored 16 points to lead les Bleues. France established a 40:19 halftime lead. Italy narrowed the gap at 14-point mark at the final intermission. France held Italy to just 13 points in the fourth term and sealed a comfortable victory. Iliana Rupert (193-C-1) had 13 points for the winning side. Sara Madera (186-F/C-00) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Italy.
Lithuania - Croatia 51-54 Croatia secured the fifth-place finish in Udine. They beat Lithuania behind 16 points from Mihaela Lazic (168-G-00). Croatia dominated in the first half. They established a 36:23 halftime lead. Lithuania went on a determined comeback run in the second half but came up short of win at the end. Lorena Mihic (182-PF-00) had 15 points for the winners. Dalia Donskichyte (168-SG-00) responded with 23 points for Lithuania.
Belarus - Czech Republic 58-84 Czech Republic knocked down Belarus to victoriously finish their campaign at the championship. Katerina Galickova (178-F-00) provided 14 points in the win. Czech Republic unloaded 35 points in the first period to take a 22-point lead. Czech Republic protected the lead well throughout the reminder of the contest and marched to the win. Anezka Kopecka (181-PF-00) had 11 points in the victory. Ulyana Skiba (167-PG-00) and Yana Haliakova (184-F-1) responded with 11 points each for Belarus.
Latvia - Turkey 56-60 Turkey earned the ninth place at the championship. They beat Latvia in the classification clash. Goksen Fitik (170-SG-1) posted 12 points to lead the winners. Turkey piled up a 35:29 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 12-point mark heading into the fourth frame. Latvia pulled closer in the fourth term but could not avoid the defeat at the end. Fatmanur Karakas (168-SG-1) had 10 points in the victory. Aleksa Gulbe (184-F/C-00) responded with 14 points for Latvia.
Russia - Hungary 63-56 Russia beat Hungary to clinch the 11th position in Udine. Daria Repnikova (180-SG-00) scored 20 points to lead the winners. Hungary grabbed a 12:8 lead ten minutes into the game. But Russia bounced back in the next periods. They posted a 42:37 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Russia sank 21 points in the fourth term to seal the win. Mariia Antoshina (173-PG-00) had 13 points for the winners. Barbara Angyal (173-PG-1) responded with 18 points for Hungary.
Serbia - Portugal 77-74 Serbia eked out a narrow win over Portugal and remained in Division A for the next season. Portugal ensured a 31:25 halftime lead. Serbia however picked up the tempo after the big break. They unloaded 30 points to secure a 9-point lead heading into the fourth term. Portugal unloaded 28 points but could not avoid relegation. Jelena Mitrovic (204-C-1) tallied 23 points and 23 rebounds for Serbia. Nadezda Nedeljkov (171-SG-1) added 17 points for the winners. Raquel Laneiro (165-G-00) responded with 14 points for Portugal.
Sweden - Slovakia 73-49 Sweden wrapped up their campaign in Udine with victory. They cruised past Slovakia to clinch the 15th place. Precious Johnson (189-C-00) nailed 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the winners. Slovakia grabbed a 22:18 lead after ten minutes. But Sweden limited their opponents to just 27 points in the next three quarters to march to the victory. Patricia Elias (161-PG-00) chipped in 15 points for the wining side. Natalia Senova (172-PG-00) replied with 12 points for Slovakia.
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