Cyprus booked their place in the Final of the U16 European Championship Women Division C with a 62-39 victory over Scotland. In the title game they will face Iceland, who rolled to a 107-20 victory over Gibraltar.
The Cyprus NT broke open a close game in the third quarter. Leading by just three points at half-time, they outscored the Scots 22-2 in the third frame for a 50-27 stranglehold on the contest.
Constantinos Englezos' team eased to victory over the last 10 minutes of the contest. Tijana Raca (176-SG-97) finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds for Cyprus, who also got 10 points and nine rebounds from Stefanie Foukaris. It is worth mentioned that the team of Iceland is all mighty and unbeaten in this tournament as a week ago beat up quite easily the team of Cyprus. Iceland won 66-43 over Cyprus after a 21-point, eight-rebound effort from Sara Hinriksdttir
The top player for the Cyprus NT is the 15 years old Tijana Raca the daughter of the ex Cyprus International and now Head Coach in the Chinese league Raca Dragan . Tijana has currently 15 points, 8 rebounds and one assist per game being the stepping stone for the Cyprus NT as the second performer for the team is Stella Theodosiou with 11.5 points per game and 2.8 rebounds. Furthermore, it is also very important to mention that the younger sister of Tijana the 13 years old Ivana Raca (170-SG-99) is also a member of the Cyprus NT and even though all her competitors are at least three years older she is well surviving and with 2 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist per game is also offering the best for the Cyprus National Team.
The Finals will be a tough game for the Cyprus NT as the Icelanders have at least three centers who are much taller and stronger than the Cyprus NT as Nina Kristjnsdottir (190cm), Elsa Karlsdttir (188cm) and Dagn Davdsdttir (184cm) together with Sandra Thrastardttir (180cm) are grabbing more or less 25 rebounds together as an average in this tournament while they are the tallest team in the league. Coach Englezos needs to play a very wise game if he wants to stand any chance against the Icelanding towers.
Last but not least, the Cyprus NT which lost by 23 points in the first legs game has the minimum difference as the other results for the Icelanders were awesome (57 points the Principality of Monaco, 52 points Whales who scored only 12 points in 40 minutes), 87 points the semi finals against Gibraltar!!
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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