Israel - Ukraine 38-53 Ukraine advanced to the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They cruised past Israel 53-38 in crucial game to finish as third ranked team of Group E with 3-2 record. That is enough for the QFinals, where they will meet Latvia. At the other side, Israel failed to reach the next stage. They ended as No.5 in the group with 1-4 score and will fight for 9th place at this event. Ukraine made plus 9 already in the first quarter, after what Israel improved but was not able to resist in the last ten minutes of the game, which belonged to Ukraine 14-7 for the final 15-point win (9-18, 9-7, 13-14, 7-14). Alina Batkovska (171-PG-96) scored 15 points for Ukraine, but their key player was Olga Yatskovets (181-C-97) with 12 points and 21 rebounds (valuation 24, game MVP). Anastasiya Polovynka (176-G-96) helped her country with 11 pts and 15 boards. In defeat, Noa Zelivanski (171-PG-96) collected 9 points and 6 rebs, while Eden Porat (176-F-96) added 8 pts and 5 boards. Daniel Raber (183-PF-96) was third scorer in Israel with 5 pts (8 rebs). Championship continues on Friday.
Portugal - Denmark 65-50 Portugal outplayed Denmark in the last day of the Qualifying Round in Tallinn. Portugal celebrated 15-point win ending this stage with almost perfect 4-1 record. That is enough for the second place in Group E and of course for the Quarterfinals. Their rival will be Slovenia and the game is scheduled for Friday. Denmark is the last ranked team of this pool with 0-5 score. They will be transferred to classification games from 9th-12th place. Portugal was in charge during the entire game winning all quarters, except of third (15-8, 17-13, 13-14, 20-15). Simone Costa (176-G-96) and Maria Kostourkova (188-C-97) stepped up for their country with 15 and 14 points respectively. Catarina Cavaco (165-SG-96) netted 8 points. In the loosing squad, Benedikte Von Sprechelsen (176-G-96) was better than the others with 12 points ad 9 rebounds. Etta Andersen (96) scored 11 points and Sarah Mortensen (182-F-97) had 7 pts, plus 11 boards. All teams will take a rest on Thursday.
Lithuania - Finland 62-71 Finland is the winner of the Qualifying Group E in Tallinn (U16 Eurobasket Division B). They handed 71-62 loss to Lithuania to end this phase with perfect 5-0 record. Lithuania dropped to 2-3 after this loss, but finished as No.4 in the group and also advanced to the Quarterfinals. Tuuli Menna (183-F-96) shined for the winners with 23 points and 8 rebounds for just 18 minutes on the court. Elina Koskimies (180-F-96) scored 13 points and Olivia Moskari (175-F-96) had 8. Each of Team Finland players got at least 9 minutes in this meeting. At the other side, Laura Juskaite (187-PF-97) collected 18 points and 13 rebounds for Lithuania. Agne Cerneckyte (171-SG-96) scored 14 points and Erika Kregzdyte (178-SF-96) stopped to 8 pts and 5 rebs. Quarters: 13-9, 16-25, 22-21, 11-16. In the Quarterfinals, Finland will meet Bulgaria, while Lithuania will play against Poland. All QFinals games are scheduled for Friday.
Latvia - Luxembourg 65-55 Latvia made it in do-or-die game against Luxembourg in the last day of the Qualifying Round at U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Latvia celebrated 65-55 win to grab the second place in Group F with 3-2 record. That is enough for the Quarterfinals, where Latvia will meet Ukraine. Luxembourg ended as No.5 in this pool with 1-4 record and will continue in Classification Round. Latvia made 12-point lead at the halftime and jumped to plus 21 with ten minutes to go. Luxembourg finally showed some of their talent in Q4, but that was not enough. Quarters: 18-10, 15-11, 17-8, 15-26. Kitija Laksa (180-G-96) and Kitija Stolce (184-F-96) (8 rebs) scored 14 and 12 points respectively for the winners. Their third scorers were Paula Luke (185-C-96) (8 rebs) and Marta Bergmane (178-PG-96) (6 rebs) with 7 points each. Luxembourg got 12 points and 5 rebs from Mia Pauly (176-F-96). Jessy Goergen (173-PG-97) scored 9 pts in this defeat. Competition continues on Friday. As mentioned above, Latvia will meet Ukraine, while Luxembourg will play against Denmark.
Bulgaria - Belarus 76-73 OT Bulgaria advanced to the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They grabbed 76-73 overtime win against Belarus ending the Qualifying Round as fourth ranked team of Group F with 3-2 record. Bulgaria's rival in the QFinals will be Finland. At the other side, Belarus faced with another loss and finished as the last ranked team in this pool with 0-5. They will continue in classification games from 9th-12th place. It was a very exciting meeting and Bulgaria players were focused when it mattered most to take the victory in this game. Quarters: 23-17, 11-19, 13-24, 23-10, 6-3 OT. Borislava Hristova (180-F-96) shined for the winners with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Maria Kamburova (182-F-96) also had impressive performance with 16 points and 19 rebs. Actually, she was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 27. Teodora Dineva (175-G-96) scored 15 pts in Bulgaria. Darya Panasiuk (175-SF-96) answered with 23 pts and 8 rebs in defeat, and Hanna Brych (183-C-97) added 14 pts, plus 7 rebs. Anastasiya Sushchyk (160-PG-97) followed them with 13 points, 6 rebs and 5 assists. All teams will take a rest on Thursday and will play again on Friday.
Slovenia - Poland 53-64 Poland had another joyful day in Tallinn beating Slovenia 64-53. It was the last day of the Qualifying Round at U16 EuroBasket Division B and Poland won Group F with perfect 5-0 score. They will meet Lithuania in the Quarterfinals. Slovenia also advanced to the next stage, but as No.3 in this pool. They will play against Portugal in QFinals. Poland took control on its rival in the second quarter making 7-point lead at the halftime. Slovenia improved after the breather, but Amalia Rembiszewska (189-F-96) and her teammates intensified defense in Q4 to celebrate 11-point win at the end. Quarters: 15-14, 9-17, 20-18, 9-15. Rembiszewska was the leading player in victory with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while their top scorer was Monika Radomska (188-PF-96) with 16 points. Patrycja Klatt (171-G-96) secured a nice help with 13 pts. In the loosing squad, Maja Jakobcic (184-PF-97) and Manca Jelenc (172-PG-96) scored 17 and 14 points respectively. Zala Lesek (187-F-97) collected 8 points and 7 boards. Championship continues on Friday and all teams will take a rest today.
Norway - Estonia 35-96 Estonia registered second win in Group G of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. The host of this event destroyed Norway 96-35 for 2-0 record in this pool. Norway faced with its second loss and has 0-2 now. Teams in this group fight for 13th place in Tallinn. It is already clear that the crucial game will be between Estonia and Romania, as both teams are too strong for Norway and will most likely beat them again. Estonia took control on its rival in the second period and never looked back after that. Quarters: 15-17, 9-27, 6-28, 5-24. Kadri-Ann Lass (177-F-96) exploded with 28 points and 8 rebounds, while Kadri Uiga (183-F-97) added 15 points and 14 rebs with perfect 6/6 from the field. This scorer in Estonia was Marie Roosalu (177-F-96) with 12 points (6 rebs). In Norway, Kristin Hannestad (176-SF-97) had 9 points and 5 rebounds. Nini Skjulhaug (169-SG-96) and Fredrikke Hylen (174-SG-96) scored 8 and 6 points respectively. All teams will take a rest today and will play on Friday again.
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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