Poland - Lithuania 68-71 Lithuania eliminated Poland in the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Lithuania grabbed 71-68 thriller win thanks to free throws by Agne Cerneckyte with 5 seconds remaining in the game. Poland had the last possession and Karolina Olszewska tried to force an OT , but she missed from behind the arc and her team faced with elimination. Quarters: 27-15, 11-20, 14-21, 16-15. Lithuania advanced to the Semis, where they will meet Portugal. Poland is transferred to Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. Their first rival will be Slovenia. Daugile Sarauskaite (196-C-96) stepped up for the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds (valuation 25). Dalia Belickaite (175-F-96) scored 15 points and Milana Matias (163-G-96) netted one less. Poland got 17 points from Patrycja Klatt (171-G-96) and 13 pts, plus 11 boards from Karolina Pobozy (188-F-96). Amalia Rembiszewska (189-F-96) followed them with 12 points and 10 boards. Championship continues today.
Latvia - Ukraine 54-52 Latvia won a heartbreaking thriller against Ukraine in the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Latvia celebrated 54-52 victory in this meeting thanks to triple by Beate Markane (172-G-96) with 8 seconds remaining in the game. Ukraine had the last possession, but Vita Gorobets (180-SG-96) committed a turnover and it was Markane who made this crucial steal. Quarters: 13-10, 10-15, 14-15, 17-12. Ieva Spigule (179-F-96) and Kitija Laksa (180-G-96) scored 16 and 15 points respectively for the winners. Markane helped with 8 points. In defeat, Gorobets netted 23 pts, with pretty bad shoot percentage. Anastasiya Polovynka (176-G-96) (9 rebs) and Alina Batkovska (171-PG-96) posted 11 pts each. Latvia advanced to the Semifinals, where their rival will be Bulgaria. Ukraine goes to the Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. Their first rival is Finland.
Finland - Bulgaria 55-70 Bulgaria exploded in the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They cruised past Finland 70-55 to reach the Semis. There, Bulgaria will meet Latvia. The winner will advance to the Finals and will earn the promotion for Division A. At the other side, Finland will continue in Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. Their first rival will be Ukraine: Borislava Hristova (180-F-96) top-scored for the winners with 17 points, but their key player was Maria Kamburova (182-F-96) with 12 pts, 12 rebs and 5 assists (valuation 25, MVP). Teodora Dineva (175-G-96) had 13 points and 6 rebs, while Tanya Eneva (190-C-96) also was great adding 11 pts and 15 boards. Finland got 16 points from Olivia Moskari (175-F-96) and 14 from Emilia Helle (169-PG-96). Tuuli Menna (183-F-96) stopped to 11 pts and 9 rebs in this meeting. Quarters: 19-19, 13-21, 6-16, 17-14. Championship continues today.
Portugal - Slovenia 58-45 Portugal had amazing start against Slovenia in the Quarterfinals of U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Portugal trashed its rival 25-3 in the first ten minutes of the game and jumped to plus 25 until the halftime. Slovenians finally showed some of their talent after the breather, but were not able to avoid eliminations. Portugal advanced to the Semis, where they will play against Lithuania. Slovenia will meet Poland in the first game of the Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. Both games will be played today. Maria Kostourkova (188-C-97) was totally the best player in Portugal with 25 points and 17 rebounds. She reached valuation 37 and was the MVP of this meeting. Carolina Bernardeco (163-PG-97) scored 9 points for the winners and Chelsea Guimaraes (185-PF-97) added 7 pts, plus 6 rebounds. In defeat, Maja Jakobcic (184-PF-97) was better than the others with 16 points and 5 rebs. Manca Jelenc (172-PG-96) scored 9 pts.
Israel - Belarus 80-48 Israel destroyed Belarus on Friday 80-48. It was the first game of the Classification Round from 9th to 12th place at U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. Tomorrow, Israel will play against Luxembourg in the game for 9th place. Belarus will meet Denmark for position No.11. Israel took control on its rival from the very beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 23-5, 21-11, 24-16, 12-16. Noa Zelivanski (171-PG-96) was the leading player in victory with 33 points. She reached valuation 28 and actually was MVP of the game. Eden Porat (176-F-96) had 12 points and 8 rebs, while Daniel Raber (183-PF-96) added 10 pts, plus 15 rebs. Belarus didn't have anyone with double digits in scoring. Their best players were Anastasiya Sushchyk (160-PG-97), Hanna Brych (183-C-97) (5 rebs) and Maryia Ivanenka (165-PG-97) with 7 points each.
Luxembourg - Denmark 67-65 Luxembourg will have a chance to fight for 9th place at U16 EuroBasket Division B in Tallinn. They grabbed 67-65 victory against Denmark on Friday and will meet Israel in the battle for position No.9. At the other side, Denmark will play for 11th place at this event. Their rival will be Belarus. Lisa Jablonowski (186-C-97) made two free throws for Luxembourg setting the score to 67-65 with 28 second remaining in the game. Sandra Raun (177-G-96) missed a jump shot for Denmark, but Sarah Mortensen (182-F-97) grabbed an offensive rebound. Denmark had another chance, but they were not able to get the shooting position. Jablonowski was the best player in victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Hannah Pauly (163-PG-97) scored 10 points and Jessy Goergen (173-PG-97) netted one less. In Denmark, Sarah Mortensen collected 19 points and 9 rebounds. Enna Pehadzic (176-G/F-97) had 15 pts and 10 rebs, while Raun added 14 pts and 6 boards. Championship continues today, but Luxembourg and Denmark will take a rest.
Romania - Estonia 68-70 Estonia will take 13th place at U16 EuroBasket in Tallinn. The host of this event grabbed 70-68 win against Romania on Friday for perfect 3-0 record in Group G. At the other side, Romania dropped to 1-2. Mihaela Maxim (167-PG-96) scored a triple for Romania coming to 69-68 with 3 seconds to go and they immediately sent Dikalenko to the free throw line. She missed first, but made the second FT and Romania didn't have enough time to make a shot. Quarters: 20-12, 13-15, 10-22, 25-21. Kadri-Ann Lass (177-F-96) shined for the winners with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Marie Roosalu (177-F-96) had 15 points and 6 rebs, and Sofia Anissimova (179-F-96) had 13 pts and 10 boards. In defeat, Kincso Kelemen (166-PG-96) shined with 19 points and 5 rebs. Andreea Beldian (165-PG-96) and Maxim scored 11 pts each. Estonia will take a rest today. Romania will meet Norway. Sunday is the last day of the competition in Tallinn.
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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