Greece - Sweden 60-53 Greece finally registered first win in the Qualifying Group E of U16 EuroBasket. They outplayed Sweden 60-53 to avoid the last place in this pool (1-4). At the other side, Sweden ended this stage winless (0-5) and both teams failed to reach the Quarterfinals. They will be transferred to Classification Games from 9th-12th place. Greece had wonderful beginning as they made 11-point lead in the first ten minutes, but Sweden answered with 9-20 after that. Third quarter was the crucial one in this meeting and Greece won it by 15 (21-6). Later they managed to keep the lead for rest of the way, despite Sweden seriously threatened few times. Maria Goula (178-G/F-96) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Eleanna Christinaki (181-G-96) helped with 13 points, plus 5 rebs. Kleanthi Oikonomaki (182-F-96) followed them with 7 points and 14 rebs. In Sweden, Sigrid Sandstrom (177-G-96) collected 14 pts and 7 rebs, and Anna Lundqvist (176-G-96) scored 12 pts. Their third scorer was Rebecka Garderyd (173-PG-96) with 7 points. Teams will take a rest on Thursday.
Russia - Belgium 57-44 Russia is the winner of the Qualifying Group E in Miskolc. They handed 57-44 loss to Belgium ending this phase with perfect 5-0. Belgium finished as the second ranked team with 4-1. Both countries advanced to the Quarterfinals, which start on Friday. Russia will meet Czech Republic, while Belgium will play against France. Russia was 7-points up at the halftime, but Belgium came to minus five with 10 minutes to go. It was 41-39 for Russia at the beginning of the last quarter, after what they made crucial 10-3 run to secure the victory in this meeting. Anastasia Borovykh (173-SG-96) led Russia with 13 points and Zhosselina Maiga (193-C-96) added 12 pts, plus 5 rebounds. Svetlana Boykova (181-SF-96) helped her country with double-double of 11 points and 12 boards. In defeat, Kyara Linskens (189-C-96) shined with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Julie Allemand (173-PG-96) and Phebe Raman (185-C-96) delivered 9 and 8 points respectively.
Hungary - Slovakia 59-37 Hungary outplayed Slovakia 59-37 for third place in the Qualifying Group E of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Both teams had 2-2 record before this meeting and both advanced to the Quarterfinals. Hungary ended as No.3 in this pool, while Slovakia is the 4th ranked team. Their rivals in the QFinals will be Spain and Italy, respectively. Debora Dubei (180-SF-97) paced Hungary with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Timea Toth (184-PF-97) had 10 points and 5 boards, and Eniko Kuttor (183-PF-97) helped with 8 pts, plus 10 rebounds. Slovakia got 12 points from Veronika Remenarova (185-F-97). Karin Miksadova (179-SF-96) and Kristina Matuskova (172-PG-96) posted 7 and 6 pts respectively. Hungary took control on its rival in the second period. They were 5-points up at the halftime and jumped to plus 14 with ten minutes to go. Slovakia was not able to replay and later faced with 22-point loss. Quarters: 10-13, 15-7, 16-7, 18-10. Teams will take a rest on Thursday.
Czech Republic - Spain 55-63 Spain handed 63-55 loss to Czech Republic in the last day of the Qualifying Round in Miskolc. Thanks to this win Spain finished as the second ranked team of Group F with almost perfect 4-1 record. Czech Republic ended as No.4 with 2-3 and both teams advanced to the Quarterfinals. There, Spain will meet Hungary, while Czech Republic will play against Russia. All QFinals games are scheduled for Friday. Spain had amazing last quarter to take the victory in this meeting. They were down by 15 with ten minutes to go, but didn't give up and limited its rival to just 5 points for the entire Q4. At the other side, Spain drained impressive 28 pts and celebrated 63-55 win at the end. Angela Salvadores (175-PG-97) stepped up for Spain with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Laia Flores (170-SF-96) scored 15 points, while Laura Quevedo (193-F-96) (7 rebs) and Elena Capella (171-G-96) posted 8 pts each. Czech Republic did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring. Their leading player was Aneta Mainclova (191-C-96) with 8 points and 6 rebounds. Eva Mouckova (160-SG-96) scored 7 points, while Gabriela Andelova (191-PG-96) (9 rebs) and Sarah Berankova (176-PG-96) (7 rebs) netted 6 pts each. Quarters: 15-4, 14-18, 21-13, 5-28.
Holland - Croatia 54-62 Croatia registered its first win in the Qualifying Round of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. However, it came too late. Croatia outplayed Holland 62-54 and it was enough only to avoid the last place in Group F. Both teams ended this phase with 1-4 record (Croatia No.5, Holland No.6) and failed to reach the Quarterfinals. They will be transferred to Classification Games from 9th-13th place. Holland had 3-point lead after 3 quarters, but Croatia totally took control on them during the last ten minutes. Iva Slonjsak (181-SG-97) and her teammates created 20-9 in the last period to take 8-point win at the end. Quarters: 16-14, 9-16, 20-12, 9-20. Slonjsak led her country in scoring with 16 points (9 rebs). Anita Kelava (185-PF-97) added 14 points and 16 rebounds, while Patricia Bura (185-C-96) collected 15 points and 10 rebs. Bura was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 24. In defeat, Esther Fokke (180-PF-96) collected 16 points and 8 rebs. Janis Ndiba (185-PF-97) had 12 points and 6 boards, while Eveline Kallenberg (170-PG-97) followed with 11 pts and 7 rebs. Championship continues on Friday. Croatia will meet Sweden, while Holland will play against Greece.
Italy - France 55-42 Italy did a great job on Wednesday beating France 55-42 in the last game of the Qualifying Round of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. Thanks to this victory Italy jumped to 4-1 record and won Group F. France dropped to third place with 3-2. Both teams will play in the Quarterfinals and their rivals will be Slovakia (Italy) and Belgium (France). Italy exploded in the second half of the game to take this victory. They made 39-15 for 20 minutes and before that France was 11-points up at the halftime. Cecilia Zandalasini (182-F-96) had 15 points and 6 rebounds for Italy. Marzia Tagliamento (179-F-96) was the MVP of the game collecting 14 points and 6 rebs (valuation 11), while Martina Kacerik (179-F-96) helped her team with 9 points and 5 rebs. France got 12 points and 8 rebs from Marie Milapie (191-C-96) and she was their only player with double digits in scoring. Lisa Berkani (173-SG-97) had 7 points and 9 boards. Quarterfinals are scheduled for Friday.
Turkey - Serbia 61-70 Serbia celebrated its second win in Group G of U16 EuroBasket in Miskolc. They outgunned Turkey 70-61 for 2-1 record in this pool. Turkey was undefeated before this meeting and they also have 2-1 score now. Germany is another team with the same numbers and it seems these three countries with fight for the survival in Division A until the end. Serbia made 12-point lead at the halftime and jumped to plus 23 with then minutes to go. Turkey shined in the last period (25-11), but it was too late for them. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F/C-96) was the leading player in Serbia once again. This time she had 23 points and 8 rebounds, including perfect 4/4 from behind the arc. Zeljka Petkovic (188-C-96) collected 12 points and 7 rebounds, while Aleksandra Katanic (172-PG-97) helped with double-double of 11 points and 11 rebs. Serife Onar (167-PG-96) delivered 20 points in defeat and Melis Gulcan (180-G-96) added 18 pts, plus 5 rebounds. Selale Kepenc (186-SF-98) had 12 pts and same number of boards in this meeting. On Friday, Serbia will meet the last ranked UK. Turkey will play against Germany.
United Kingdom - Germany 42-69 As expected, Germany was too strong for the United Kingdom in Group G of U16 EuroBasket. It was a 69-42 victory and Germany improved to 2-1 record, while at the other side UK dropped to 0-3. Teams in this pool fight for the survival in Division A. They have three more rounds to go, but it is already clear that UK will most likely face with relegation. Emma lina Stach (175-PG-96) stepped up for Germany with 22 points and 10 rebounds. She reached valuation 17 and was the MVP of this meeting. Maj Vom Hofe (178-SF-96) had 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Lisa Janko (184-F-96) added 12 pts and 5 rebs. Leah McDerment (180-PG-96) scored 9 points in defeat. Shanice Norton (170-SG-97), Rhianna-Mae Laing (170-PG-97) and Sadie Russell (186-C-96) stopped to 6 pts each. Championship continues on Friday, when Germany will meet Turkey. UK will play against Serbia.
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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