Ukraine - Lithuania 65-58 Ukraine did a great job against Lithuania in the first game of the Qualifying Round in Tallinn (U16 EuroBasket Division B). They celebrated 65-58 victory for 1-2 record in Group E making the big step towards Quarterfinals. Lithuania slipped to 2-1 after this loss and now shares the second place with Portugal. Vita Gorobets (180-SG-96) stepped up for the winners with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Iryna Zhmurko (184-F-96) secured a nice help with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Anastasiya Polovynka (176-G-96) added 9 points and 10 boards. In defeat, Agne Cerneckyte (171-SG-96) collected 22 points and 5 rebs. Laura Juskaite (187-PF-97) had 11 pts and 12 boards, while Daugile Sarauskaite (196-C-96) added 10 points and 8 rebs. Lithuania had 56-57 lead with 4:33 minutes remaining, but than Ukraine made impressive 9-1 run to close this game. Quarters: 21-20, 13-9, 16-15, 15-14. On Tuesday, Ukraine will play against winless Denmark. Lithuanias rival will be Portugal.
Israel - Portugal 42-55 Both teams transferred 1 win and 1 defeat to Group E of the Qualifying Round in Tallinn (U16 EuroBasket Division B). Portugal celebrated 55-42 win on Monday improving its score to 2-1 and now shares the second place with Lithuania. Israel dropped to position No.4, but that would be still enough for the Quarterfinals and the end of this phase. Maria Kostourkova (188-C-97) was a key player in Portugal with double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds. She reached valuation 26 and was the MVP of this game. Simone Costa (176-G-96) had 14 pts and 5 assists, while Francisca Meinedo (165-PG-96) added 8 points. In defeat, Noa Zelivanski (171-PG-96) was the top-scorer with 9 points. Eden Porat (176-F-96) (8 rebs) and Ofir Banet (165-PG-96) delivered 8 points each. Quarters: 12-14, 11-17, 8-13, 11-11. On Tuesday, Portugal will fight against Lithuania. Israel will meet top-ranked Finland.
Denmark - Finland 33-77 Finland jumped to 3-0 record in Group E of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They trashed Denmark on Monday 77-33 and already secured a spot for the Quarterfinals. Denmark dropped to 0-3 after this loss. However, they sill have a chance to reach the next stage. Tuuli Menna (183-F-96) led the winners with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Ninni Salmi (182-F-96) had 15 points and 6 boards, and Lotta Erakangas (183-F-97) netted 13 points. In defeat, Enna Pehadzic (176-G/F-97) (9 rebs), Sarah Mortensen (182-F-97) (8 rebs) and Emmelie Berg (176-F-96) netted 6 points each. Finland dominated in all basketball elements in this game. Quarters: 4-14, 8-23, 4-25, 17-15. On Tuesday, Finland will play against Israel. Denmark will meet Ukraine.
Luxembourg - Slovenia 43-66 Slovenia had another great game in Tallinn at U16 EuroBasket Division B. Slovenia celebrated 66-43 win against Luxembourg for 3-0 record in Group F of the Qualifying Round. It is already enough for the Quarterfinals, despite there are two more days in this phase. Luxembourg dropped to 0-3 and they are in difficult situation now. Slovenia had impressive second quarter to secure the victory in this meeting (9-8, 7-25, 13-19, 14-14). Sabina Ajkic (176-SG-96) and Larisa Ocvirk (184-F-97) (8 rebs) scored 13 and 12 pts respectively for the winners. Maja Jakobcic (184-PF-97) had 11 points and 6 rebs. In defeat, Lisa Jablonowski (186-C-97) collected 9 points and 8 rebs. Their second scorer was Jessy Goergen (173-PG-97) with 7 pts and Cathrin Wolff (179-C-96) added 6 pts, plus 12 boards. On Tuesday, Slovenia will play against Bulgaria. Luxembourg will meet also winless Belarus in crucial game. The winner will keep its Quarterfinals hopes alive.
Latvia - Bulgaria 59-54 Latvia was better than Bulgaria 59-54 in the first game of the Qualifying Round in Tallinn (U16 EuroBasket Division B). Both teams had 1-1 record before this meeting. Now, Latvia is third ranked team, while Bulgaria dropped to 1-2. Kitija Laksa (180-G-96) paced the winning squad with 24 points and 8 rebounds for 36 minutes on the court. Paula Strautmane (182-F-97) had 9 points and also 8 rebs, while Kitija Stolce (184-F-96) added 6 points and 5 rebs. Bulgaria got 23 points (5 rebs) from Iva Georgieva (172-F-96), and 17 pts (6 rebs) from Borislava Hristova (180-F-96). Latvia was up by one (51-50) with 6:45 remaining in the game. They managed to close this meeting with 8-3 and to take very valuable win. Quarters: 18-17, 10-7, 19-16, 12-14. Latvia will play against Poland in the next round. Bulgaria will take on Slovenia.
Belarus - Poland 49-77 Another win for Poland at U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. This time they handed 77-49 loss to Belarus for perfect 3-0 record in the Qualifying Group F. Thanks to this win Poland already secured a ticket for the Quarterfinals. Belarus dropped to 0-3, but still has a chance to advance. Except of the first ten minutes, Poland totally controlled flow of the game. Quarters: 18-14, 9-24, 13-22, 9-17. Karolina Pobozy (188-F-96) led the winners with 24 points and 8 rebounds (valuation 26, MVP). Patrycja Klatt (171-G-96) was the second scorer with 10 pts and Amalia Rembiszewska (189-F-96) had 9. Belarus got 10 points from Anastasiya Sushchyk (160-PG-97). Yanina Inkina (183-PF-97) (5 rebs) and Darya Panasiuk (175-SF-96) posted 8 points each. In the next game, Poland will meet Latvia. Belarus and Luxembourg will play against each other.
Estonia - Romania 60-55 Estonia registered first win at U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They outplayed Romania today 60-55 for 1-0 record in Group G. Teams in this pool fight for position No.13. Estonia grabbed this victory thanks to impressive third quarter of the game. Romania was up by 8 at the halftime, but Estonia smashed them after the breather (24-10) and later had no troubles to keep the lead. Kadri-Ann Lass (177-F-96) stepped up for the winners with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Marie Roosalu (177-F-96) had 13 points and 6 rebs, and Laura Reissar (171-PG-97) added 10 points, plus 8 boards. Romania got monster double-double from Paula Lenart (178-F/G-96). She had 17 points and 21 rebounds, reaching valuation 34. Teodora Neagu (181-C-96) scored 12 points and Vasilica Cuzic (171-G-96) had 7 points and 7 rebs. Estonia will have a day off tomorrow. Romania will play against Norway.
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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