Sweet dreams about Division A - Aug. 6, 2007
Last night was the end of the U16
European Championship for women in both Division A and B. Latvia and Italy still
under the pressure of the tournaments and thoughts about them. Eurobasket
introduces you the best moments of Division A.
Of course we will start with France. The team triumphed in Latvia in U16
European Championship. In the Final game the team outscored Spain 60:57. The
latter won three previous Championships, however failed this time in the Final.
Vernerey (191-C-91) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 19
Tchatchouang (186-F/C-91) supported the team with 17 points and 15 rebounds.Diandra
Tchatchouang was named Most Valuable Player of the Championship. She
averaged 14.6 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.4 blocks over
eight games during the tournament.
Serbia that was only undefeated team before the semifinals lost two games and
finished fourth. Czech Republic U16 tasted the bronze at the U16 European
Championship Women as in the game for the third place the team revenged over
Serbia 65:62. Both teams were in Group E of the Qualifying Round and only two
points win, 67:65 allowed Serbia to stay unbeaten at that time.
The spectators of the tournament enjoyed the participation not only of their
team, but of
Niedola (182-F-91) as well. She finished on the second place in both points
and rebounds producing a great game over Hungary and bringing Latvia 7th place.
Even though Ukraine finished 11th, it will stay on two other first places due to
the outstanding performance by
Malashenko (188-F-91). In the last game against Belgium she poured in 31
points and made 17 rebounds. It helped Ukraine to clinch the 11th spot with
Malashenko averaged 25.6 points per game and 15.6 rebounds that is the best
result in both points stats and rebounds.
The teams are coming back home and for sure they have lots of news to share
Division B: Nika Baric is MVP - Aug. 6, 2007
Baric, Tavic, Greinacher, Tava and Galinski
All Tournument team;
Nika Baric (168-G-92) was named most valuable player of the Termosteps U16
European Championship Women Division B after leading Slovenia to the bronze
medal with a 66-61 victory against Israel.
Baric collected 23 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals in the final.
She averaged 20.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.8 steals over 8t
games during the tournament.
She received the most MVP votes from the U16 tournament coaches and headed the
Baric was also the second highest scorer in the scoring list for Slovenia at
the UMCOR U18 European Championship Women in Timisoara, Romania, earlier this
The other four members of the U16 All-Tournament team are:
Division B: Italy beat Germany in Final, Slovenia take Bronze - Aug. 6, 2007
A moment of magic by
Quarta pushed this game to another level, first a block on the defensive
followed by a coast to coast that concluded a 12-0 run putting Italy (12-8) in
front. The period was played at a high pace with Germany keeping in contact from
the free-throw line. Italy brought the first period to an exciting end on the
buzzer with Alice Richter picking up an offensive rebound right under the basket
and putting the ball in to give Italy a 3-point lead at the end of the first
The lead changed a couple of times in an action packed second period with
Schaake scoring 9 points for Germany. Clutch 3-point shooting from Irene
Pieropan kept Italy in control as they went into the interval leading by 3
Italy held Germany scoreless for almost six minutes in the 3rd period with
the only Italian points coming from individual exploits as both teams switched
to an aggressive zone defence (38-31). Italy increased their advantage slowly
Giulia Brotto trey extended their lead to 10 points (45-35)
But Germany responded immediately with 5 points in two plays from
Sarah-Marie Frankenberger . Italy still took a 4-point lead going into the
Space on the court became a premium as both teams closed any gaps immediately.
For Germany the turning point in the match occurred when
Brunckhorst went down hard after dishing out an assist to Fanziska Steiner
(53-49) and had to leave the game. Germany, a little unsettled by this, allowed
Italy to extend their advantage and by the time
Alessandra Tava (183-F-91) hit a jump shot on the top of the key with 1:50
remaining to extend their advantage to 9 points (62-53) the outcome was clear.
The German head coach, Alexandra Maerz, immediately called a timeout. Then
Germany responded with a basket but
Quarta delivered the final knock-out blow 40 seconds from the end of the
match with a jump-shot and Italy won the match (64-55).
Slovenia win the bronze Slovenia marked their authority right from the start of the match with a
10-0 run to open the first significant lead of the game (12-2) midway through
the first period. Nika Baric and Lea Jogodic scored 9 points each as Slovenia
concluded the first period (25-13) with a comfortable advantage of 12 points. A
15-0 sequence followed that was concluded by a trey by Avigiel Cohen in the
second period putting her side in front for the first time in the match. The
lead was to change three more times before the end of the period as both sides
went on the offensive with Slovenia gaining the upper hand (41-33) at the
Slovenia leading by 5 going into the final period had to endure an Israeli
assault and with less than five minutes on the clock Slovenia's advantage was
down to 2 (61-59). The key moment of the match came at the end of a patient
build-up by Slovenia that resulted in a 3-pointer by Polono Zalar (64-59). The
game lost its fluidity after that as players collided all over the court
fighting for loose balls. Tjase Gortna and Yuval Levy both picked up their 5th
personal foul at this stage. Israel were not able to score the decisive basket
leaving the way free for Nika Baric to do the rest from the free-throw line as
Slovenia won (66-61).
Nika Baric scored 23 points and was supported by Lea Jagodic with 17 points,
while Shira Ben Barak finished with 17 points for Israel.
Nika Baric said after the match, "it was not an easy match. Israel are a
very good team and that we played good defence helped us to win." Damir Grgic,
head coach added:" I am proud of my girls for the way they picked themselves
up after yesterday's defeat, I am very proud of them."
Division A: France triumphs, Spain second, while Czech Republic tastes
Bronze - Aug. 5, 2007
France U16-Spain U16 60:57 (16-24, 14-4, 12-16, 18-13)
France U16 triumphs in Latvia in U16 European Championship. In the
Final game the team outscored Spain 60:57. The latter won three previous
Championships, however failed this time in the Final.
Vernerey (191-C-91) (191-C-91) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and
Tchatchouang (186-F/C-91) supported the team with 17 points and 15 rebounds,
Isabelle Strunc (177-G-91) added 8.
Rodriguez (177-G-91) paced Spain with 25 points and 9 rebounds.
Thanks to both teams that demonstrated such a wonderful game and even show in
the court. The game by the way could be divided into some periods where the lead
of each team was more than enough to celebrate. France won the last quarter
18:13 that allowed them to triumph.
Spain made the first spurt in the game and after Sacramento's three Spanish had
10 points advantage, 20:10. France meanwhile produced a better second quarter
keeping Spain mostly in defense. As a result the score was 14:4 and sent France
in front with 30:28 to the lockers.
In the third quarter it was back-and-forth game. Spain and France both took a
lead from time to time. In the last quarter the 48:48 was the last tie for the
Spain. France dominated in the game and increased to 7 points with less than a
minute to play after
Isabelle Strunc hit a free throw.
Martinez (184-G-91)'s three at the end made the score 60:57 and gold medals
for the French squad.
Serbia U16-Czech Republic U16 62:65 (15-11, 15-20, 15-20, 17-14) Czech Republic U16 tasted the bronze at the U16 European Championship
Women. In the game for the third place the team revenged over Serbia 65:62. Both
teams were in Group E of the Qualifying Round and only two points win, 67:65
allowed Serbia to stay unbeaten at that time. For Czech Republic U16 that was
the second loss that luckily lifted them to the semifinals. Now Czech Republic
U16 with 20:15 win in two quarters grabbed the win.
Hanusova (187-C-91) led the winners with 15 points.
Filarova (171-G-91) poured in 13, while
Bartakova (170-G-91) added 11.
Jovanovic (191-F/C-91) top-scored for Serbia with 15 points and 11 rebounds,
Sara Krnjic (194-C-91) and
Zivadinovic (172-G-91) ended up with 14.
It was Serbia that considered to be the favorite of the game and who opened with
a lead. Having scored 4 points in a row Serbia reached 15:11 after the first 10
minutes. Stanic brought the Serbs 24:17 in the second, however Czech Republic
went to the lockers having 31:30 advantage.
In the third quarter Czech Republic increased to 51:45 in the end of it. The
Serbs tied the game at 52:52 and again at 60:60 with less than two minutes
Hanusova's foul shot closed the game at a 65:62.
Sweden U16-Russia U16 60:55 (12-15, 19-11, 12-23, 17-6)
Sweden finished the U16 European Championship Women on the fifth place.
With a tough win over Russia, Sweden enjoyed the 5-points lead.
Bazoukou (189-C-93) and
Jennifer Kucukkaya (158-G-91) led the winners with 16 points each. Cleopatra
Goga supported them with 10 points.
Alexandra Tarasova (192-C-91) had a great game for Russia nailing 18 points
and making 9 rebounds.
To tell the truth Russia spent the tournament better and probably was the
favorite in the game. It had however to prove it in the game against Sweden that
also played on nervous for many teams.
For more than two minutes the teams could not open the game. Only after 2.10
Cleopatra Goga scored a free throw. With an even game
Anastasiya Shilova (185-F-91)'s three gave Russia 15:12 lead after the first
The game went back and forth in the second quarter and at that time Sweden was
luckier to finish at 31:26.
Russia took a control in the beginning of the second half and won the third
quarter 23:12. Sweden however used a 12-0 run over three minutes to pull ahead
57:51 with 4:30 to go. The Scandinavian team led the game to 60:55 win.
Latvia U16 being the host team of U16 European Championship for Women
clinched the 7th spot. In the game for that place the team overcame Hungary
82:54. For the latter even the loss was a success whose eighth-placed showing
matches the nation's best result since taking eighth in 1997.
Niedola (182-F-91) poured in 28 points and made 17 rebounds for the winners.
That result lifted her to the second place in both points and rebounds.
Pagrode (167-G-92) posted 14, while
Gotfrida (180-F-91) ended up with 13 points.
Krisztina Raksanyi (180-G-91) netted 14 points for Hungary.
Latvia won the opening tip 6-0 and led the first quarter to 17:9. Kublacova with
a jump shot made the deficit +15. Both teams went to the interims with 43:30 for
In the third quarter the spectators saw the first 20-points lead of the hosts.
Pagrode brought Latvia 59:39 with 02.27 to play in the quarter. Latvia
increased to 28 points when the teams heard the whistle. The final score 82:54
brought Latvia 7th place in the tournament.
Game for the 9th place Belarus U16-Poland U16 59:47 (13-11, 18-14, 10-11, 18-11)
Belarus National team U16 will bring home 9th place from Latvia. In the last
game of the U16 European Championship the team overcame Poland 59:47. The latter
had a great defense against Ukrainians letting only the leader of the Ukrainian
team to top-score. This time Poland had nothing to do against
Filonchyk (187-F-92) that poured in 24 points and made 18 rebounds.
Alitsyia Kurouskaya (170-G-91) scored 16, while
Veranika Valeuskaya (170-G-91) added 11.
Banasik (183-G-92) was the only player for Poland who scored double digit,
netting 10 points.
That was the second time the teams met each other in the Championship. In the
Qualifying Round Belarus upset Poland and left the latter with 0-5.
Poland controlled at least 9 minutes of the opening quarter but could not keep
the score. With only 4 seconds left
Filonchyk made both free throws to go on 13:11. Monika
Banasik's three opened the second quarter and brought her team the lead
again. Unfortunately for Poland it was their last one.
Veranika Valeuskaya and
Filonchyk pushed to 18:14 in the second that sent the teams with 31:25 to
In the second half the lead started to increase only in the fourth quarter. From
42:37 Belarus stormed forward and won 59:47.
Belgium U16-Ukraine U16 66:72 (12-27, 18-11, 19-10, 17-24) Ukraine satisfied with 11th place in U16 European Championship for
women. This result was achieved due to the outstanding performance by
Malashenko (188-F-91). In the last game against Belgium she poured in 31
points and made 17 rebounds. It helped Ukraine to clinch the 11th spot with
Maznichenko (186-F-91) and
Anastasiya Bogdanova (179-G-91) netted 13 points each.
Rombouts (180-F/C-91) top-scored for Belgium with 16 points.
Ukraine and Belgium produced a great game and a show that deserved better places
for both teams. Ukraine with the help of
Malashenko scored 27! points in the first quarter and won 27:12.
When the score was 31:16 nobody believed in Belgium, however they woke up. In
the end of the quarter they reduced to 38:30 taking into consideration the fact
that the leader of the Ukrainian team has 3 fouls.
In the third quarter many specialists predicted the win for Belgium.
Malashenko gets the fourth foul and sat on the bench till the end of the
quarter. The team stepped to the winners and tied at 44:44. Celus brought
Belgium 49:48 win after third. With 51:48 for Belgium there was nothing to lose
Malashenko came back to the game to tear off the opponent. She participated
in almost every attack of her team and brought hope for Ukraine. Trailing 63:64
Ukraine made a 9-0 run to win the game.
Slovak Republic U16-Lithuania U16 58:72 (8-17, 19-23, 12-16, 19-16)
Lithuania U16 won the Classification Round, but that only brought them 13th
spot. In the last game of the tournament the Baltic state overcame Slovak
Republic 72:58. The latter left the only team that did not win any game.
Okockyte (175-G-92) led the winners with 14 points, while
Zintikaite (163-G-91) added 12. Three more players brought 10 points for the
Kissova (182-F-93) was the only one who reached 10 points for Slovakia.
Lithuania U16 did not have any troubles in the Classifivation Round of the U16
European Championship. In the last game the team proved that beating Slovak
Republic. The favorites opened the game with 5 consecutive points and won the
Vojtekova cut the deficit to 19:14 after a free throw.
Okockyte with a jump-shot increased Lithuanian lead to 40:27 at the half. In
the beginning of the third quarter Lithuanian made 10-3 run to feel more
confident in the game. After Rumsaite made 64:44 the teams were waiting for the
final whistle. The teams finished the game as the board showed 72:57 for
Lithuania team that ended up 13th in the tournament.
Division B: Final and 3rd place match Live on internet - Aug. 5, 2007
The 3rd place match and the final
will be broadcast live today http://www.ilpiccolodabruzzo.it/ from 17:30 (CET
Israel - Slovenia 17:30
Germany - Italy 20:00
Div B: Italy and Germany gain promotion to Division A - Aug. 5, 2007
Germany qualified for the final after an epic battle against Slovenia, a match
that was decided 4 seconds before the end of the game by a well calculated move
that ended with
Sarah-Marie Frankenberger delivering a base-line jump-shot.
Four German players finished in double-digits with
Greinacher : 18 points along with
Brunckhorst : 14 points and 9 assists. Slovenia's top scorer,
Baric , finished with 23 points in a losing course (69-67).
Italy were made to work hard by the courageous Israeli players and only
managed to pull away after 37 minutes of intense pressure to win comfortably
Italy's scoring was spread evenly with five players in double figures while
the Israeli's offensive threat came principally from
In the other matches in the main Finland beat England (65-46), a result that
pleased the Jyrki Suhonen Finnish head coach who commented after the match: "It
was a hard match: the 7th game into the tournament. Our players are
tired, we beat Croatia two days ago which was huge. Our best rebounder got hurt
but England always plays hard and I am so happy that the players stepped up and
took care of the business."
Lotta Richter said about the tournament "it has been a great tournament.
It's been my first time and it is so amazing to play here. We have a wonderful
team and we have played very well and we have improved as the tournament went on
and we adapted to the heat and we are all happy.
Division A: Spain and France will struggle for Gold in the Final - Aug. 5, 2007
Spain U16-Czech Republic U16 68:58 (17-16, 11-15, 17-6, 23-21)
Spain U16 will play in the U16 European Championship Final for the fourth
straight time. It was clear after the team defeated Czech Republic U16 68:58.
Rodriguez (177-G-91) led the winners with 17 points and 7 rebounds.
Ganuza (188-F-91) added 14, while Gimeno Martinez scored 13.
Hanusova (187-C-91) nailed 15 points in the losing effort.
Spain that could be even out of the semis will play now in the title game. The
team took a control in the first quarter and led 17:16 after first 10 minutes of
the game. Later on till the end of the second quarter Czech Republic stayed in
front. Sladkova's jump-shot put them at 18:17 as they finished the half at
The Czechs lead was 35:30 at the 7:29 mark of the third. That would be the
Czechs' last points for some time as they could find no answer for the Spanish
defensive pressure, which helped spark a 15-0 run for a 45:35 lead in the final
stages of the period. Even though Chechs tied the score and even stepped ahead
at 47:50, that was no big deal for Spain. They pushed the tempo and reached the
In the Final game Spanish squad will defend their title against France.
Serbia U16-France U16 57:76 (16-20, 14-10, 12-22, 15-24)
France U16 overcame Serbia in the semifinal game of U16 European
Championship for Women. A more than convincing victory for the winners was the
first loss for the Serbs in the tournament. An even game in the first half
turned out to the French offensive game.
Zouzouo (183-F-91) led the winners with 17 points and 9 rebounds.
Tchatchouang (186-F/C-91) produced 16 points and made 7 rebounds, while
Isabelle Strunc (177-G-91) added 15.
Krnjic (194-C-91) 21 points and made 10 rebounds in defeat.
France U16 started their own game in the opening quarter that led to 20:16 in
the end of it. Only in the beginning of the second Serbia tied the score and
Krnjic gave her team the first lead. Both squads went to the interims as the
board showed 30:30.
They still had 39 points each and that was almost the end of the battle. France
flew to score and reached 52:42 after three quarters. Serbia refused to give up
and closed to 57:55. The 15-0 run ended with France ahead 72:55 with 1:30 to
play. France won 76:57 and deserved a place in the final. In the title game the
team will meet Spain, that won the last three tournaments at this age.
Russia U16-Hungary U16 63:44 (17-15, 14-8, 11-8, 21-13)
Russia U16 demolished Hungary in the game for 5th-8th Place at the U16
European Championship for Women. The team proved that 4-1 record in the
Qualifying Round without a place in the semis will be proved. A 63:44 win was
more than enough to deserve a higher spot.
Anastasiya Shilova (185-F-91) (185-F-91) led the winners with 12 points and
Veronika Dorosheva (188-F-91) and
Alexandra Tarasova (192-C-91) supported her with 10 points.
Dominika Gergely (175-G-91) was the best in the scoring list of Hungarians
with 14 points.
Russia U16 went on a 6-0 run in the opening tip of the game. The opponent woke
up later and answered with 8-0 run to take 8-6 lead. Anyway Finogentova's
jump-shot gave Russia 17:15 lead. The favorite increased to 8-points lead in the
end of the first half, 31:23.
The second half did not bring much intrigue as the Russian squad dominated in
the court. With a tough defense they finished the third at 11:8.
Veronika Dorosheva's free throw sent the teams to the last quarter with
42:31. And a 10-0 fourth quarter push put the game away for good. Russia
celebrated 63:44 win and will play for the fifth place.
Sweden U16-Latvia U16 55:47 (14-8, 14-20, 14-12, 13-7)
Sweden U16 beat Latvia in the U16 European Championship for Women. In
the game for the 5-8 places the Scandivanian team overcame 55:47.
Cleopatra B. Goga (178-G-91) paced the winners with 14 points.
Abdi (186-F-92) ended up with 11 points and 7 rebounds, while
Bazoukou (189-C-93) grabbed 14 rebounds.
Niedola (182-F-91) finished the game with 12 points and 12 rebounds for the
Both teams showed a great game, the one that they had also last year. In 2006
Final of Division B Sweden and Latvia made up the Final and it was also Sweden
that took the win. Latvia tried to revenge this time, but did not have enough
power left in the end.
Sweden started with 14:8 in the opening quarter. Latvia meanwhile trailed also
the whole second period, but tied the game in the end of it. Pagrode made a
jump-shot with 13 seconds remaining.
It was back-and-forth until
Niedola's basket trimmed Sweden's lead to 50:47 with 3:53 remaining. Latvia
did not score anymore and Sweden led the game to 55:47 win. Latvia will play
with Hungary for the 7 place, while Sweden faces the favorite-Russia.
Poland U16 used a team game in a 97:71 win over Ukraine for the 9-12
places in the U16 European Tournament. Despite 48 points from two players
Ukarinian team had -26 in the end.
Szarzynska (171-G-91) led the winners with 22 points.
Magdalena Idziorek (177-G-92) produced 18, while
Markiewicz (184-F-91) added 16.
Maznichenko (186-F-91) top-scored for Ukraine with 25 points and 14
rebounds. The best Ukrainian player in the tournament
Malashenko (188-F-91) ended up with 23 points and 19 rebounds.
Ukraine opened the game with 2-0 and also had 4-2 lead. Unfortunately for the
team they had never stayed in front anymore. Poland used a team game and won the
first quarter 19:14.
A splash of baskets saw Ukraine in their side as Poland scored 33 points in the
second quarter. Poland had 52 points at the half, the number that many teams in
the tournament have only in the end.
In the third quarter Ukraine won the period at 23:21 but realized that they
would not catch up the opponents. Poland rested for a while and then produced
24:19 in the last quarter. The winner will play against Belarus for the 9/10
places. Ukraine will meet Belgium for 11/12th.
Belarus U16 opened the game with 6 straight points. The team kept these points
till the end of the quarter winning the first 19:13. In the second quarter the
game was in the same scenarium with Belarus staying in front. Both teams went to
the interims with 35:27 for Belarus.
In the seond half Belgium made a spurt that not only tied the game, however gave
Belgium a lead. It happened in the end of the third quarter when the team
finished with 47:46.
In the last quarter Belarus took the lead back. With 56:54 Belarus left Belgium
with the same number increasing 62. The end of the game showed 64:56 for Belarus
The German player,
Brunckhorst said that: â€œLast year the team was different with more
individual players taking on more responsibilities each, whereas this year the
team is completely different where everybody has their roles but it's more
team-oriented. Although this is my second time at the Europeans U16 it is a
completely different experience to the first time. And at the present moment I
am enjoying it.â€
Miloglav from Croatia commented that â€œit has been a difficult tournament for
us. The results have not been as we expected and we are not satisfied with the
way things have turned out for us. Because we can play much better than this.â€
And her teammate
Adrijana Bosnjak added that â€œI think that we are a good team but just have
been unlucky, so we can't really say that we have been enjoying this year's
Miller from England said that â€œit has been a challenge sometimes under the
basket but as for the tournament it's fine and I am actually enjoying it.
Initially I thought it would be much harder so I am happy that I can compete in
Hurd commented: â€œIt's very exciting and it's been a challenge to get into
the games. We are not used to be in tournaments like this â€¦ and the heat! Yes, I
am really enjoying it.â€
Shira Barak & Shira Shecht
Ben Barak is enjoying the tournament and said it's â€œgreat.â€ And
Shecht added that â€œwe are playing against the best players in all of
Ben Barak continued: â€œEverything in the tournament is good and the
environment is nice and we support each other.â€
Shecht commented that â€œwe are playing very well in general, we are not used
to be playing against bigger players but we have managed alright.â€ Then her
Ben Barak, said â€œin this competition we had to fight our way through and so
far it has been fun. Our major goal was to get into the semi-finals.â€
Giulia Pasqualin & Federica Tognalini
The Italian player
Pasqualin commented that â€œplaying against foreign teams and foreign players
who you do not know that's beautiful. while
Federica Tognalini added " It is a great experience playing against other
countries and for most of us it is the first time."
Milou Dekker & Rianne Hofstraat
Hofstraat commented: â€œOur supporters are fantastic. We do not have the words
to express our gratitude. As a team we have blended well. And we are having a
great tournament and are learning all the time. We do not have the words in
English to describe our feelings to be here except for unbelievable.
Division B: The last day of the Qualifying Round - Aug. 3, 2007
The semi-finalist from group E was already known before the final day and the
interest in this group was in the minor placing. A bad second quarter for
Croatia cost them the match against Finland (67
- 79) and now leave them in playing in the 9th - 12th
classification round. Portugal recorded their first victory of the competition
beating Slovenia (67-66).
Italy beat Bosnia (74-58)
with 26 points coming from
In group nothing was sure with 3 teams still in the hunt for a semi-final
spot. Israel beat Ireland (40-31)
in a low scoring game with
Galinski the match winner scoring 13-points and picking 18 boards and
blocking two shots.
Ronny Kahn, Israel's head coach, commented after his team's victory: "When
things are not in your hands, you have to wait for other people to help you.
That's the hardest thing for a coach. It was a great achievement for us as we
are not considered to be one of the top four teams in terms of talent here and
physically structured. My girls are heroes."
Lianne Miller & Katrin Chiemeka
England beat Romania (60-54) in the match for minor places with double
Miller (18pts &15 rebounds) and
Chiemeka (20pts & 11 rebounds).
A clinical performance by Germany in their demolition of Holland in a one
sided game (75-35) put them in the semi-final.
Greinacher scored game high 18 points and 6 rebounds.
Germany's head coach, Alexandra Marz, said "Okay I think it was a difficult
game for us, especially in defence and also offence. Congratulations to the
girls as they really played well and were focused to the point."
Division A: The last day of the Qualifying Round - Aug. 3, 2007
Russia U16-Belgium U16 72:67 (16-11, 22-19, 13-19, 21-18)
Russia U16 thought probably more about another game than about Belgium. Spain
and France was the game that had more interest for the Russian team, however
Russia has to beat Belgium in any case. In the last game of the Qualifying Round
of Termosteps U16 European Championship Women Russia overcame Belgium 72:67, but
did not qualify to the semifinals as Spain beat France 77:63. Three teams in the
group finished with 4-1 record and only Russia stayed out of the semis.
Alexandra Tarasova (192-C-91) led the winners with 19 points and 15
Viktoria Medvedeva (185-C-91) nailed 15 points and 10 rebounds, while
Matveeva (182-F-92) added 10.
Russia started with 16:11 in the opening quarter. In the midway through the
second quarter a lead was increased to 28:17. The advantage was still 50:42 with
three minutes left in the third.
Meanwhile Belgium created a 12-1 run and reduced to 56:54. It was then
Alexandra Tarasova who answered with seven consecutive points that gave
Russia back the lead 65:63. The favorites kept the score and finished third in
Russia will play tomorrow against hungary for the 5/8 places. Belgium meets
Belarus on the stage for the 9/12 places. Russia U16:
Alexandra Tarasova 19+15 rebs,
Viktoria Medvedeva 15+10 rebs,
Matveeva 10+9 rebs Belgium U16:Shamira
Linskens (183-C-91) 16+10 rebs,
Mayombo (168-G-91) 11
France U16-Spain U16 63:77 (13-21, 21-14, 12-23, 17-19)
Spain and France had one of the toughest and most interesting game in the
U16 European Championship. Spain U16 not only recovered from the loss from
Russian team, however left the latter out of the semis. Spain won one of the
most important game so far beating France U16 77:63.
Leonor Rodriguez (177-G-91) (177-G-91) (177-G-91) led the winners with 20
points. Gimeno Martinez posted 19, while
Ganuza (188-F-91) added 11.
Allison Vernerey (191-C-91) ended up with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the
losing effort. Three teams in the group finished with 4-1 record and only Russia
stayed out of the semis. France had to lose not more than 10 points, however did
not sove the task and finished second.
The defending champions Spain took the first spot in the group, even though
yesterday many specialist did not predict them a place in the semis.The game was
back and forth in the early but Spain had a 9-2 run to pull ahead 21:13 after
one period. France answered with 11-4 run as both teams closed the half with
Spain had a desire to win more and made two spurts to stay on the way. With
a 14-0 run Spain was in front having 53:44 in the end of the third. A 17-4 rush
later in the game answered fior all the questions.
Ukraine U16-Latvia U16 65:85 (9-16, 17-26, 16-24, 23-19)
Latvia made the fans to celebrate in the last game of the Qualifying Round
at the Termosteps U16 European Championship. With the superb three quarters the
hosts beat Ukraine 85:65.
Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) (182-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 17
points and 12 rebounds.
Linda Pagrode (167-G-92) ended up with 16, while
Anna Sonka (179-F-91) collected 14 points.
Olesya Malashenko (188-F-91) as usual represented Ukarinian side with 29
points and 16 rebounds. Latvia improved to 2-3 and play in the 5th-8th place
games. Ukraine is fifth and will play for the 9-12 places.
Latvia went on a 6-0 run already in the opening tip. Both teams could not
score in the last 2 minutes as Latvia closed the first with 16:9. In the second
period the gap became bigger as the hosts played more offensive. Ukraine had no
team game at all. A best result was only 1 assist that some players finished
with. Ukraine lost also the third quarter and there was nothing they could hope
Olesya Malashenko's effort helped the team to win the last quarter, that
was the end of the game.
GROUP ESweden U16-Belarus U16 60:48 (15-12, 18-4, 13-16, 14-16)
Sweden U16 beat Belarus in the last game of the Qualifying Round of the
Termosteps U16 European Championship for Women. Having won the first two
quarters Sweden prepared for the rest and led to 60:48 win.
Goga (185-G-76) paced the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Salome Kabengano (176-G-92) and
Frida Fogdemark (184-F-91) finished with 11 points each.
Alitsyia Kurouskaya (170-G-91) top-scored with 16 points in the losing
Belarus U16 had the lead only once in the game. It was in the beginning
of the game when Chubkavets made a lay-up. In the rest of the game the
spectators saw only one team in front-Sweden. The team ripped off a 15-0 spurt
and eventually pulled ahead 41:20 early in the third period. That happened after
Sweden won the second 18:4.
In the second half Belarus woke up, but they missed too much in the
Alitsyia Kurouskaya and
Veranika Valeuskaya (170-G-91)'s effort was not enough as the leader of the
team Filonchyk scored only 9 points. As a result Sweden outscored Belarus 60:48
to finish third in the group.
Tomorrow Sweden faces Latvia for the 5/8 places. Belarus will meet Belgium
on another stage for the 9-12 places.
Hungary U16 finished the Qualifying round on a happy note beating
Krisztina Raksanyi (180-G-91) led the winners with 16 points.
Dorottya Tamis (171-G-91) ended up with 9, while
Nemeth (180-F-92) produced 8.
Aleksandra Dziwinska (170-G-91) nailed 14 points for the Polish squad. The
latter ended up with no wins on the second stage and finished with 0-5 record.
Hungary increased to a positive result (3-2) but is only 4th.
Aleksandra Dziwinska with a two opened the game for Poland. That was however
the only lead of the Polish team. Hungary caught up very quickly and finished
the quarter with 15:8. In the second quarter Adamecz brought the favorites the
10-points deficit after a jump shot.
The third quarter was not a lucky one for Poland. Hungary pushed the tempo and
reached 20 points. Both teams played 30 minutes of the game and Hungary stayed
in front with 54:34. Only in the last quarter Hungary did not worry too much
about the game that was done. Poland won the last quarter 20:16 that only
reduced to 16 points. Hungary celebrated the third win in the group and finished
Serbia U16- Czech Republic U16 67:65 (17-18, 15-17, 17-17, 18-13)
Serbia U16 and Czech Republic had an outstanding performance from both
sides. Serbia guaranteed the semifinal place even before the gam and in case of
loss could finish second. For Czech Republic U16 the game had more interest as
they could be out of the semis due to some factors. Luckily for the latter they
lost the game but advanced from the second spot. Serbia grabbed 67:65 win and
the first place in Group E of the Termosteps U16 European Championship.
Ajdukovic (197-C-91) paced the winners with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Vucurovic (188-F-91) collected 15, while Krnjic added 10.
Bartakova (170-G-91) top-scored for the Czechs with 15 points.
Czech Republic desired more win in the game and went on a 6-0 run. They still
held the victory in the end of the first, 18:17. With an even game in the second
Lenka Bartakova's jump shot brought Czech Republic 35:32 at the half.
Elhotova's free throw and the Czechs had 8 points deficit in the third quarter.
The gap was reduced as Serbia scored some baskets.
Bartakova gave back the 8-point lead, but that was the last for the team.
Serbia tied at 62:62 and then led the game to a 67:65 win.
One of the toughest game of the Division A - Aug. 3, 2007
France U16-Spain U16 63:77 (13-21, 21-14, 12-23, 17-19)
Spain and France had one of the toughest and most interesting game in the U16
European Championship. Spain U16 not only recovered from the loss from Russian
team, however left the latter out of the semis. Spain won one of the most
important game so far beating France U16 77:63.
Rodriguez (177-G-91) led the winners with 20 points. Gimeno Martinez posted
Ganuza (188-F-91) added 11.
Vernerey (191-C-91) ended up with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the losing
effort. Three teams in the group finished with 4-1 record and only Russia stayed
out of the semis. France had to lose not more than 10 points, however did not
sove the task and finished second.
The defending champions Spain took the first spot in the group, even though
yesterday many specialist did not predict them a place in the semis.The game was
back and forth in the early but Spain had a 9-2 run to pull ahead 21:13 after
one period. France answered with 11-4 run as both teams closed the half with
Spain had a desire to win more and made two spurts to stay on the way. With a
14-0 run Spain was in front having 53:44 in the end of the third. A 17-4 rush
later in the game answered fior all the questions.
Italy maintained their 100% record to advance to the semi-final. The second
period pressing and clinical shooting to open up a 12-point lead at the interval
in the match. The loss of Irene Primossi, halfway through the 3rd
period after falling awkwardly on her ankle spoilt the celebration slightly as
Italy repelled a last quarter fight back to win (58-50) with
Pasqualin scoring all her 17 points in the first period.
Tjasa Gortnar and Lea Jagodic
Tjasa Gortnar and
Jagodic combined for 21 point in the final period as Slovenia came from
behind to win a pulsating encounter (77-69). This fourth quarter turn around was
more remarkable because
Jagodic picked up her forth foul at the end of the second period. once again
Baric was the leading scored with 27 points
In the groups other match Finland beat Portugal (83-71)
The only thing that is certain in this group is that Romania will play in
the classification 9-12th place. Germany have one foot in the
semi-final and provided they do not lose to the Netherlands by more than 10
points today and Israel beat Ireland then they will go through.
Germany beat England (50-40)
in a low scoring game and Ireland beat Romania (77-59).
The Big match of the day in the group pitched Holland and Israel. Israel won the
was happy with the victory but not the result because qualification for the
semi-final is still not certain while Yvonne Lansink was also unhappy with the
results. She was pleased by her player's performance but this defeat now means
that her side must beat Germany by at 10-points tomorrow and hope that Israel
beat Ireland to go through.
Comments of the day:
Rota (Italy head coach: Now we are ready. We are in the semi-final on
Saturday with the second of the other group. We achieved our first goal now. So
can think about tomorrow's game more relaxed and with less pressure which is
good because we have two injured players: Alessandra Tava (hurt on Tuesday) and
Irene Pieropan (hurt today) who should be back by Saturday, whose presence are
important for the semi-final. We are happy but not satisfied with the
Giulia Pasqualin (Italy): In the beginning of today's match Croatia was
tough in defence and obviously they could score some easy baskets. We started to
play a little harder, put pressure on defence and then came back. I didn't score
in the second half, that happens.
Federica Tognalini (Italy): The game was played at a high level because both
teams' objectives were the same: the semi-final. So both teams fought very hard
to take control of the game. And Croatia gave us a hard game today.
Grgic (Slovenia) :I don't think it was a good match for us. We took too long
to get into it and it was not until the final quarter that we finally started to
play our game. Our players showed a little bit too much respect for the
opposition, but in the end, once they forgot what was at stake they started to
play to the best of their ability and took the pressure of Nika Baric. It is
great for Slovenia Basketball that we are in the semi-final and tomorrow we can
rest some players before the semi-final.
Svenja Brunckhorst (Germany):it was a difficult beginning for us, but once
we got into our stride and did simple things, then our game came together.
Overall it was a good team performance as that is our strength"
Division A: Qualifying Round brings more interest - Aug. 1, 2007
Belarus U16-Poland U16
80:72 (21-17, 17-12, 25-13, 17-30)
Belarus and Poland were the only winless teams in Group E of the
Termosteps U16 European Championship Women. Belarus was much better in the first
three quarters that gave them 80:72 win. A 30:17 victory in the last only
brought Poland to 8-points margin.
(187-F-92) (187-F-92) was unstoppable for the winners. She nailed 30 points and
made 17 rebounds.
(170-G-91) netted 14, while
(170-G-91) scored 11.
(171-G-91) produced 15 points in the losing effort.
Belarus went on a 10-0 run, that shocked the opponents. They however needed less
then 10 minutes to tie at 17:17. A 21:17 lead by the Belarusian squad sent the
teams to the second quarter. The winning team increased the lead to 9 points and
that was the end of the first half.
Belarus used another 14-3 run to open their first 20-point lead at 56:36.
Poland, however, scored the first nine points of the fourth period on their way
to a 16-2 run to close within 65:58 with six minutes left. Unfortunately for the
team they could not stay closer. Belarus reached the first win in the Qualifying
Round, while Poland stayed winless.
Russia U16 creates a miracle beating the three-times champion Spain. In
the second day of the Qualifying Round
Sokolovskaya (173-G-91)'d last 5 points buried the favorites. She ended up
with 12 points, the same as her team mate
Alexandra Tarasova (192-C-91). Tha latter, by the way grabbed also 19
Matveeva (182-F-92) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while
Rodriguez (177-G-91) had the same number in defeat.
To tell the truth the result did not bring much surprise. In the previous game
Spain could hardly beat Ukraine, traling 11 points thoughout the game. This time
it was Spain that had 13 points after the first quarter and lost the game.
Russia, meanwile trailed 9 points at the half, however seemed better in the
second quarter. In the third trailing again 13 points
Matveeva reduced to 7. Russia tied the game with less than 5 minutes
Alexandra Tarasova's jump shot and the board showed 56:56. With 60:58 for
Olga Sokolovskaya scored 5 points in a row and brought such an important win
for Russia. Both teams has now 3-1 record in the group.
Sweden U16 made a small miracle beating the leaders of Group E Czech Republic.
Sweden won 65:59, but desired at least 10 points that might give them a chance
to advance to the semis of Termosteps U16 European Championship Women.
Kabengano (176-G-92) led the winners with 15 points.
Bazoukou (189-C-93) ended up with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while
Goga (185-G-76) had 14.
Hanusova (187-C-91) posted 19 points in the losing effort.
Czech Republic that lost to Spain in the final last Championship might be out of
the semis this time. The team dropped to 3-1 and will advance to Saturday's
semis if they beat Serbia on Thursday.
The Czechs started confidently and opened the game with 21:13. They even
increased to 9 points at the half of the game. Meanwhile Sweden trailed 14
points with seven minutes left in the third but went on a 28-7 tear to open a
61:54 lead with less then three minutes remaining. With 59:62 Czechs still had a
chance to tie the game. Sladkova missed the second free throw in order to grab
the ball and to hit three.
Goga however buried Czechs with a three that brought Sweden a victory.
Sweden held the score and tied at 2-2 in the group.
Serbia U16 stays undefeated in the European Championship for Women. In
the game against Hungary Serbia advanced to the semifinals even though the team
has one more game. For the latter it will be a miracle if they advance as their
chances are minimum due to the situation in the group.
Krnjic (194-C-91) led the winners with 18 points and 19 rebounds to a 65:49
Milana Zivadinovic (172-G-91) posted 15 points and Stanic scored 11.
Balint (181-F-91) top-scored for Hungarians with 17 points.
The first quarter was a show that you will seldom see. It could be divided into
2 parts as both teams had tremendous runs. At first Serbia opened the game with
17-0 run, however did not keep the score. Hungary answered with 11-0 tear as the
teams had 17:11 after the first. In the second period Serbia increased to 10
The Serbs pushed the lead up to 50:33 late in the third period. Hungary could
not recover and lost the game. Tamis's three with 2 seconds in the game was the
last for both teams.
Ukraine and Belgium both had no chnaces to advance to the semifinals even before
the game. For
Malashenko (188-F-91) it meant nothing as she continues to shine at U16
European Championship for Women. She poured in 38 points and made 23 rebounds.
This is the best result so far not only for the player, however in the
Championship as well.
Maznichenko (186-F-91) and
Anastasiya Bogdanova (175-G-91) added 12 points each.
Raman (183-F-91) top-scored for Belgium with 14 points.
Ukraine U16 had a great game over Spain last time and deserved the win not less
than the favorites. This time against belgium the team proved the superiority
mostly to the game of one player. From the first minutes Ukraien took a control
and finished the first quarter 16:15. With 30:20 in the second Ukraine reached
11 points deficit.
In the second half the game styed on its route as Ukraine won the third 17:16.
Although Belgium beat Ukraininas in the last 20:17 it did not bring them a
After that win Ukraine has 3-1 record and stays on the 4/5 together with
Latvia. By the way the teams will meet each other tonight ion the last game of
the group. Belgium will face Russia in the opener.
Division B: Group F: Holland and Germany on course for semi-final - Aug. 1, 2007
Romania surprised Holland in the opening period as they went on an (11-0) run to
take the lead briefly (13-11) in the first period. Yvonne Lansink's concept of
total team basketball was in evidence as Holland picked up and dominated the
rest of the match in all domains to win comfortably (79-59).
Dekker (176-G-91) led the scoring with 17-points. The players,
Hofstraat (183-C-92), in a joint statement for the team said "it is
unbelievable we are having a great tournament and are learning all the time and
our supporters are fantastic."
Germany were made to work hard for every single point and the final result
does not give a true reflection of the game. Germany was always in control
offensively after opening the match (11-0) but the physical "never say die"
approach of Ireland raffled them at times.
Brunckhorst (176-G-91) scored 11 points for Germany. Alexandra Maerz, the
German head coach, was generally pleased with her team's performance.
In the group's other match, Israel beat England in a very hard physical
game. Though England managed to restrict Bar Galinski's influence in the game.
After a tight opening with both teams playing man to man, Israel made the break
with Bea Galinski making two big baskets towards the end of the first period
(12-7). England never really recovered from this and their poor free throwing
and high turnover counts allowed Israel to hold on to the match despite having
key players in foul problems (60-50). England's
Clark (178-F-92) top scored with 16-points in England's losing cause.
Shira Schecht, an Israel player, said that "we watched the video of England
and knew they were physical, so we were prepared".
Division B: Italy setting the pace in Group E - Aug. 1, 2007
Italy moved clear at the top of the U16 European Championship Women Division B
after registering a comfortable 62-39 victory over Portugal in the qualifying
round of group E.
Portugal required a win in this match for any chance of qualifying for the
semi-final and in the first period they matched their opponents. Italy stepped
up the pace in the second period and slowly took hold of the game. Portugal's
foul problems hampered their progress in the second half of the match leaving
the way free for Italy.
Bestagno finished with a game high 16 points for Italy with
Federica Tognalini dominating the boards with 12 rebounds. Portugal's
Livulo recorded adouble-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Vilja .............Matea Tavic
Matea Tavic (177-G-92)'s 29 points could not prevent Bosnia and Herzegovina
losing their 100% record after they suffered a (81-75) loss to Finland in
Tavic scored 29 points for Bosnia while
Kesanen scored 24 points for Finland.
The game was tied at 63-63 after regulation time, but Finland kept their
nerves in overtime to establish a six-point gap at the buzzer thanks largely to
the efforts of
Kesanen, who ended the game with 24 points.
Slovenia waited until the second period before establishing their authority
over Croatia in an entertaining match.
Baric (168-G-92) scored 30 points as Slovenia won (79-72).
Division B: Montenegro record first win ever at U16 level - Aug. 1, 2007
Montenegro recorded their first
ever victory in Div B U16 against Bulgaria as they take a 2-point lead into the
second leg that will be played on Thursday for 13th place
Division A: The Qualifying Round begins - Jul. 31, 2007
Ukraine U16-Spain U16 65:77 (21-11, 10-20, 17-23, 17-23)
Ukraine U16 had a great game against the defending champion of U16
European Championship. Even though the team lost 65:77, it held the spectators
alive throughout the whole game. With 21:11 in the first quarter Spain luckily
woke up in the next threes.
Martinez (184-G-91) (184-G-91) led the winners with 25 points.
Rodriguez (177-G-91), who usually top-scores for the team ended up with 14,
Cristina Barrios (170-G-91) added 12.
Malashenko (188-F-91) collected 19 points and 16 rebounds in the losing
Ukraine and Spain had 2 and 0 in their records, however they were switched in
both of them. After that game 3 and 0 belongs to the teams as Spain tops the
group with 3-0 and Ukraine stays on bottom with 0-3.
Ukraine tried really hard and in the first minutes they created 11-0 run.
Malashenko's three gave the underdogs 11-1 lead. After Maznichenko made a
free throw her team had the biggest 24:13 lead.
Meanwhile Spain tied the score at 31:31 as all the players went to the interims.
Ukraine's last lead was at 38:37 and then the skill of the favorites was seen in
the court. Winning the last two quarters with 23:17, Spain stayed undefeted and
stepped forward to another title.
Sweden U16-Hungary U16 47:53 (18-13, 11-11, 14-11, 4-18)
Hungary and Sweden stayed in the center of the group having 1-1 record after
the Preliminary Round. Sweden that stayed in front for the first three quarters
lost the last quarter and the game itself. Hungary produced 18-4 run in the last
and grabbed the second win.
Reka Balint (181-F-91) led the winners with 19 points and 9 rebounds.
Krisztina Raksanyi (180-G-91) collected 9, while
Dorottya Tamis (171-G-91) ended up with 8 points.
Amanda Bazoukou (189-C-93) made a double-double for Sweden scoring 12 points
and making 12 rebounds.
Balint with a three opened the game as the both teams produced the most
productive first quarter. Sweden took a control of the game and had 18:13 in the
first quarter. Kesoi's lay-up gave Hungary the first lead in the second quarter
as they lifted to 21:20.
Salome Kabengano (176-G-92) kept Sweden in front with 29:24 at the half.
Itze Nunez's three gave Sweden the biggest lead in the third quarter, 40:29.
It seemed that the leading team would not lose the game, however they did.
Hungary made 16-2 run in the end of the game and were happy to get such a
difficult win. They proved that the game consists of the four quarters.
Poland U16-Czech Republic U16 47:83 (11-16, 13-28, 10-21, 13-18) Czech Republic U16 stays on top of Group E defeating Poland 83:47.
An overwhelming second quarter and the win in all the others brought the Czechs
the first victory in the Qualifying Round.
Lenka Bartakova (170-G-91) led the winners with 13 points.
Andrea Sladkova (186-C-91) posted 12 points and made 11 rebounds, while
Karolina Elhotova (179-G-92) scored 10.
Magdalena Idziorek (177-G-92) had only 8 points for the Polish squad.
In the opening tip of the game it was the game between two even teams.
Poland even led for some time as their last lead was at 9:8.
Karolina Elhotova's jump shot gave Czechs 16:11 after first 10 minutes.
The second quarter was a nightmare for the Polish team. Czech Republic
produced a basketball of a high quality and had 20 points at the half, 44:24.
In the third quarter the lead increased to 31 points as the favorites had
65:34. It was not a big deal to lead the game to the happy end. Czech Republic
U16 sweeps Poland and improves to 3-0 in the group. The latter has no wins in
the Qualifying Round with 0-3.
Serbia U16-Belarus U16 69:47 (21-12, 19-13, 15-17, 14-5)
Serbia U16 has the right way to the semifinals. In the first game of the
Qualifying Round the team beat Belarus 69:47. Group E of the U16 European
Championships for Women has now two undefeted leaders-Serbia and Czech Republic.
Belarus dropped to 0-3 and covers the bottom.
Maryia Filonchyk (187-F-92) top-scored for Belarus with 12 points and
Alitsyia Kurouskaya (170-G-91) added 9.
Sara Krnjic (194-C-91) led the winners with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Milana Zivadinovic (172-G-91) produced 11 points and made 14 rebounds,
Maja Vucurovic (188-F-91) netted 10.
Serbia made 6-0 in the opening tip of the game to feel more confident in the
rest of the quarter. With 21:12 Serbia stayed in front of the first and later
never looked behind. The favorites of the group went on a 15-0 run spanning the
first and second quarters to open a 30:12 advantage. In the end of the second
quarter both teams went to the interims with 40:25.
Belarus won the third quarter 15:17, but it could hardly give them a chance
to hope for something else. Serbia kept tough defense in the last quarter and
finished the game with 69:47.
Today Serbia plays against Hungary in the last game of the group. Belarus
will face Poland in the last game for tonight.
France U16-Belgium U16 75:70 (14-18, 17-9, 21-16, 23-27)
France U16 being the undefeated team in Group F had a tough win over Belgium
that stays winless on that stage. France deserved 75:70 victory to stay on top
of the group. Trailing 14 points with a bit more than 5 minutes in the game
Belgium almost came back, but had lack of time.
Diandra Tchatchouang (186-F/C-91) (186-F/C-91) and
Allison Vernerey (191-C-91) paced the winners with 20 points each.
Moreover they collected 23 rebounds altogether.Anne-Sophie
De Bondt produced 14 points for Belgium, while
Noemie Mayombo (168-G-91) added 12.
Belgium went on a lead in the opening quarter and finished the period having
18:14. The team increased to 22:16 early in the second quarter but was caught by
the opponents. France answered with a 15-0 run as the game was even at 36:36.
France took the control of the game in the second half and had 14 points
deficit with 5 minutes remaining. That was not the time however to celebrate.
Noemi Borrey and
Anne-Sophie De Bondt nailed some three-pointers and
Miete Celus (175-G/F-91) 's jumper finished the 10-0 Belgian spurt.
Belgium had only -1 with 30 seconds to play.
Diandra Tchatchouang and Akmouche's free throws helped France to escape
Russia U16-Latvia U16 89:74 (28-15, 15-23, 19-18, 27-18) Russia U16 keeps their chances alive after a win over Latvia. In
the first game of the Qualifying Round Russia team stormed with 89:74 victory.
Veronika Dorosheva (188-F-91) led the winners with 23 points.
Yana Matveeva (182-F-92) ended up with 18 points and 9 rebounds, while
Alexandra Tarasova (192-C-91) collected 17 points and 19 rebounds.
Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) shone for the hosts with 15 points and 14
Russia and Latvia both had 1-1 record before the game with each other in
Termosteps U16 European Championship for Women. Russia took an opportunity to
stay closer to France and Spain that stay undefeated. The team started with
28:15 in the opening quarter and only once then stayed behind.
Meanwhile Latvia reduced to 43:38 in the end of the second quarter after
Gotfrida made a free throw. The third quarter was the came back for the hosts.
Anete Kirsteine (178-F-92)'s three gave Latvia the first lead at 49:47.
But Russia were ahead by six points going into the fourth, and
Yana Matveeva's three-pointer made it 72:56 with seven minutes play. In
the end of the game Medvedeva's three ended up the game at 89:74. Russia
increases to 2-1, while Latvia is 1-2.
Division A: Start of the Classification Round - Jul. 31, 2007
Slovak Republic U16-Greece
U16 56:57 (12-10, 19-15, 13-21, 12-11)
Slovak Republic U16 lost to Greece in the first game of the Classification
Round. With no wins in the Preliminary Round Greece took the first win in U16
European Championship in Latvia.
Kavasila (186-C-91) made a lay-up for the winners on the last minute of the
game. She finished the game second with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Christina Tsoukala (188-F/C-91) top-scored for Greece with 14 points and 8
Dominika Baburova (180-G-91) collected 16 points in the losing effort.
Slovak Republic beat Greece in three quarters out of four. Unfortunately for the
team that factor was more appropriate and pleasant for the Greek squad. The
latter satisfied with 21:13 in the third and grabbed the first win. Greece went
on a 5-0 run in the opening tip, but the first quarter belonged to Slovakia.
Faberova with a jump shot lifted her team to 12:10 after the first 10 minutes.
In the second quarter Slovak Republic increased to 8 points.
Dominika Baburova's three made the score 27:18 that was awful for the
opponents at that time. Greece reduced to 31:25 at the half.
In the second half Greece controlled most of the game. They won the third
quarter 21:13 and took control at 46:44 after third. With 55 for both teams
Kavasila made a lay-up for the winners on the last minute of the game.
Veronika Simova (-F) went to the free throw line with no time left in the
game. She scored only one that sent the victory for Greece.
Lithuania U16-Turkey U16 70:68 (20-26, 21-10, 10-17, 19-15)
Lithuania U16 is considered to be the only team in the Classification Round that
tasted the wins before. The team finished the Preliminary Round with 1-2, as
three other teams stayed winless with 0-3. Turkey did not however pay too much
attention to the stats and went on a lead from the first minutes. Takmaz's three
gave Turkey 8 points as they stayed in front with 26:18.
Siksniute (193-F-91)'s jump shot reduced to 6 points in the end of the
first. In the second quarter Lithuania made a 7-0 run to take 27:26 lead, but
Turkey finished the half at 41:36.
Five points were maximum for any team with 5 minutes remaining in the third
quarter till the end of the game. At first Lithuania were on top with 46:42 in
the third, but then Turkey had 60:55 with 7 minutes remaining. Lithuania
dominated in the end and won the first game in the Classification Round and the
second in the tournament. Gintare
Mazionyte (185-C-91) led the winners with 23 points.
Zintikaite (163-G-91) ended up with 19, while
Siksniute added 12.
Karaman (180-F-91) top-scored with 25 points in the losing effort.
There will be no games tomorrow in the Classification Round. On Thursday Turkey
will meet Slovakia and Lithuania will face Greece.
Division A: The best players so far - Jul. 30, 2007
As the Preliminary Round in the
Division A of U16 European Championship is over, Eurobasket introduces the best
players so far in three categories. Today is the day-off in the Championship,
but it is not the day-off for the correspondents and especially for the readers.
Malashenko (188-F-91) leads the top-scorers in the Championship. She stays
on top with 21.7 points per game. In the first game against
Olesya Malashenko ended up with 18 points in a loss for her team. The best
game so far she showed over Greece nailing 26 points and grabbing 18 rebounds.
In the last game over France
Malashenko posted 20 points. Sabine
Niedola (182-F-91) from Latvia averages with 21.3 points per game.
Filonchyk (187-F-92) from Belarus is third in the list with 21.0 points per
After 22 rebounds in the game over Greece Latvian
Niedola leads the rebounding category. She averages 18.7 rebounds per game.
Krnjic (194-C-91) and
Bazoukou (189-C-93) are second with 14.0 per game.
Leonor Rodriguez (177-G-91) is the first in the assists
stats. A great game by her team lifts her with 5.3 assists per game. She made 6
assists in the games over Turkey and Latvia and had 4 against Belgium.
Cleopatra Forsman (165-G-91) is second with 4.3 per game and
Grinerte (173-G-91) from Latvia has 4.0 assists per game.
Division B: The end of the Preliminary Round - Jul. 30, 2007
Italy maintained their perfect record to finish top in Group A and take maximum
points into the qualifying round after a routine if not spectacular victory
against Finland (67-54). Slovenia finished in second place with a mixed
performance victory against Montenegro (63-41) with
Baric (166-G-92) leading the scoring with 15 points.
In Group B Croatia bounced back from their defeat against Bosnia in
overcoming a resilient Portuguese side (73-60). Croatia's head coach was very
happy with the performance and hopes that they will continue to play in the same
Group C's big match between England and Netherlands lived up to its billing
with Netherlands coming out on top (55-53) with
Guijt 4-of-5 from beyond the arc with 18 points leading all scores in the
Rosanne explained after the match that she likes "to play against England
and that I wanted to avenge the defeat of last year.
Ireland beat Bulgaria (76-60) to move into the qualifying round.
Germany beat group D rival Israel (61-57) thanks to a first quarter blitz
(18-5). Israel spend the whole game chasing after the game but never managed to
go in front. Bar Galinski finished with a double -double 25 points and 10
rebound in a losing cause while Julia Gaudermannn top scored for Germany with 13
Joe Shields, Ireland: it was good we have adapted to the
climate and I think that we have adapted to the conditions and also you know the
girls did not really perform very well in the first game against England, I know
that England are quite good. We have improved in the last couple of games and
today's result was achieved with combination of hard work and effort and the
Rui Gomis, Portugal: I have mixed feeling, first I am happy
because this is the first time at U16 that my country has played such a close
game against Croatia and the feeling is that with a little bit more cleverness
and experience we could do better than Croatia.
We did not score many 3-points today and we could not stop their transition
game that is very good. We noticed that Bosnia had problems with Croatia
transition game and we worked on it but our players did not understand it but I
am still happy with the girls as they did not give up and fought all through the
game. We have to improve in one area for the next round, we are not boxing out
enough and losing points on rebounds which makes a difference, otherwise we are
Yvonne Lansink, Holland: I thought the referees were a bit
one-sided at the beginning and told the girls at the break to step up and stay
more physical and see what the refs would do, they did this and the calls evened
out. We played as a team and I can play with 12 players and that is a big
advantage. And it does not matter who is standing up, it is such a great team,
we have won our 3 games and that is such a great achievement for Holland.
Division A: The end of the Preliminary Round - Jul. 29, 2007
The Preliminary Round in the
Division A of U16 European Championship went to the end. Three teams from each
group advanced to the Qualifying Round, while the last teams from the groups
will make the Classifiction Round.
In Group A one team finished undefeated, the Czech
Republic. The team finished with a perfect 3-0 record after beating Hungary
Filarova (171-G-91) and Gabriela Medunova top-scored for the winners with 14
points. Melinda Kesoi brought 16 points for Hungary that ended up second with
2-1. The third team to advance to the Qualifying Round was Belarus that
outscored Slovakia 75:65 for their first victory of the tournament.
Filonchyk (187-F-92) led all players with 32 points and 15 rebounds. Martina
Kissova scored 10 points and made 10 rebounds for Slovakia that will play in the
No teams could stay unbeaten in Group B as Lithuania beat
Serbia 70:67. Unfortunately for the victory team even the win left them in the
Zintikaite (163-G-91) top-scored for the winners with 17 points,
Autukaite (175-G-91) scored 15. Serbia were paced by
Krnjic (194-C-91), who had 20 points and 11 rebounds. Sweden overcame Poland
63:55 to secure a spot in the Qualification Round with a 2-1 record. Goga led
Sweden with 20 points, while
Bazoukou (189-C-93) collected 14 points and 17 rebounds.
Spain won Group C with 3-0 record after betaing Belgium 68:60
in the last game of the Preliminary Round. Leonor Rodriguez top-scored with 19
points and 9 rebounds.
Raman (183-F-91) was the best for Belgium with 14 points. Latvia secured a
second place rolling over Turkey 85:75 and leaving them out of the Top 12.
Gotfrida (180-F-91) and
Niedola (182-F-91) paced the winners with 23 points. The latter by the way
grabbed also 22 rebounds and made 5 assists.
In Group D France stayed on top with 3-0 after demolishing
Westelynck (188-F-91) poured in 20 points for France.
Malashenko (188-F-91) had the same number of points for Ukraine. Russia beat
Greece 75:57 and took a second place with 2-1.
Division B: Italy win again, England and Holland book ticket for qualifying
rounds - Jul. 29, 2007
Italy was pushed hard by Slovenia in the first period today before distancing
Slovenia to win comfortably (83-50) with
Pieropan leading the scoring with 17 points. This victory confirms
Rota's team qualification for the qualifying round. He made the following
comments after the game: "It was a tough game because we had an easy game
yesterday and as a result we were a little bit lost in the beginning. We took
time to find the right person to finish off some our plays and we had a little
bit of luck in the beginning but in the end I think we played the right defence
which proved to be the difference between the two teams."
He also went on to explain about Italy's ambitions for the rest of the
competition: "As for the rest of the competition we want to win against Finland
tomorrow so that we start the qualifying round with maximum points as our
objective is promotion to Div A and winning the tournament. But before then we
have to keep our feet on the ground and take it day by day so tomorrow we focus
on Finland and then we will see."
In the other match in group A Montenegro surprised Finland at the beginning of
the match and held a slim lead for the first fifteen minutes before Finland took
control of the match to win comfortably (80-40) In group B Bosnia beat
Croatia (73-49) to win the group. Croatia lost their way in the second period
allowing their opponents to go in front and never really recovered. Anesa Hamsic
finished with a double-double 24 points and 12 rebounds for the winners.
Savic Jadranka "the result was flattering for us because we
were under pressure all the time but we coped so I think we deserved the
In group C England beat Bulgaria (69-46) on the top of a strong second half
defensive performance restricting Bulgaria to 13 points. Karen Burton,
England's head coach, had this to say about her team's performance in the first
half: "They like to give me a heart attack, they played nervously." In the other
match Netherlands held on in the end to beat Ireland (54-52). England and
Netherlands have booked their ticket for the qualifying round and will meet each
other to determine the group winner on Sunday.
In the only match in group D Germany outclassed Romania (95-28), a win that
pleased Alexandra Maerz as she went on to explain: "I think we were pretty well
focused for this game and it went pretty well and we dealt well with the fact
that we did not play yesterday."
Division B: News as it happens on day one - Jul. 27, 2007
Bosnia beat Portugal in overtime with
Tavic scoring 31 of her team's points to win the first match of the
Correia scored 28 points for Portugal but this was not enough as they fell
short by 2 in a highly entertaining game despite the high temperature. Both
coaches were happy with the way the match was played, and are looking forward to
the rest of the tournament. Final score was Bosnia 64 - Portugal 62.
Matea Tavic 31 points
Israel - Romania
Speed and efficiency was the order of Israel's dominance in just over five
minutes of the first period as they quickly opened up a 10-point lead (14:3).
Then a switch to zone by Romania put a stop to the Israeli's advance. This was
as close as Romania got to Israel as they were not able to contain Bar
Galinski (18 points) allowing Israel to win comfortably (60-33).
A sea -saw battle in the first period saw Ireland taking the lead in a very
physical game (13-11). England took hold of the game with a strong second period
showing (27-9) to take a comfortable lead at the interval. Ireland fought back
gallantly in the 3rd period but with Thornton (20 points) in early
foul problem were restricted of offensive options. A strong finish at the end of
the match by England was enough to see England through (66-48).
Holland came out on top with clinical three-point shooting by
4-from-5 to beat Bulgaria (66-63). Once Holland edged in front at the beginning
of the second period they did not allow their opponents the lead again.
In the last matches of the evening Italy beat Montenegro
(107-21) and Slovenia overcame Finland after a slow start
Baric scoring 18 points. Finland Lotta Richter hit 24 points in a losing
Comments of the day by some of the coaches
Bosnia head coach Jadranka Savic had this to say after the
game: we did not know much about Portugal but we know from before that they are
an exciting team, they can have short player who is so quick and then tall
players that are also quick and we did not know much about that but we prepared
for a strong good game and they showed that because the game went into extra
time. I want to congratulate the head coach of Portugal because he has a team
that fight all the time and never give up and in the end our free throws made
Rui Gomis Portugal head coach comments: It was a nice game
and I think it was fun for the girls because it is not often that the girls have
this type of game, with overtime and close games and I believe it was fun for
them and I believe it is one of the most important things in this type of
tournament at U16. About the game itself, they deserved to win because they are
more mature than us and at the beginning of the game we allowed too many second
chances, we did not hustle the guards enough and they understood this. In the
second half of the game we switched to zone but the key was we become more
aggressive disturbing the rhythm of Bosnia and once the 3-point shoot starting
going in we were back in the game but unfortunately foul trouble hampered our
progress in the end. I cannot complain they played well today and I believe this
should put us in good shape for our game on Sunday, we have a nice squad this
year and it is a pleasure to work with them.
Joe Shields (Ireland): We are a little bit disappointed, we
thought that we had prepared better, England were stronger, they dominated the
boards, we did not get into it we just could not get going. The heat is
tremendous, I do not know if this place is air-conditioned but is very hot
Karen Burton (England): It was a good game to start with, we started out
slow , came out better in the second quarter, told the girls not to be
complacent at halftime which they completely ignored and came out and were but
we proved we can withstand pressure and they came out it in the end and it was a
good win. lIpo Rantasella (Finland): In this game we played really well
in the first 15 minutes and the last five minutes and we played against a very
good team. Nika Baric is really a great player. It is really hot in the arena
for us coming from up north that's weird and that what we have to get used to
and I am pleased by our efforts but it takes more than one month of preparation
to play for 40 minutes but hopefully tomorrow we will.
Damir Grgic (Slovenia): I am not sure what to say, we were all nervous at
the start and it showed as we found it difficult to find our rhythm in the first
period. Things got better in the second period when we started to move the ball
around and finally in the 3rd period once we got our zone defence working, the
game turned in our favour and suddenly we were 20-points up.
Division B: 14 teams are ready to go - Jul. 27, 2007
Yesterday evening the European championship Division B U16 women was officially
declared open by some officials in Chieti, Italy, and tips off this afternoon
with only 14 teams instead of initially 16, due to the withdrawal of Armenia and
Moldovia. The host, Italy, are also considered to be the favourites after their
impressive form during the preparation matches with notable victories against
Div A teams.
The format of this competition stays unchanged with a slight
variation for the 13th and 14th placed teams whose final
position will be decided on the aggregate score over two legs. All the matches
will be played in two halls in Chieti.
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