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Division A  Division B  Division C  

Play-Off bracket4
European Championships U16 2008 Div.A logo
European Championships U16 2008 Div.B logo
All Rosters Division A
All Rosters Division B

Preliminary Round
Div.A
Group A
 1. France 3-0 
 2. Turkey 2-1 
 3. Lithuania 1-2 
 4. Latvia 0-3 
Group B
 1. Belgium 3-0 
 2. Sweden 2-1 
 3. Czech-Rep. 1-2 
 4. Ukraine 0-3 
Group C
 1. Italy 3-0 
 2. Poland 2-1 
 3. Hungary 1-2 
 4. Serbia 0-3 
Group D
 1. Spain 3-0 
 2. Russia 2-1 
 3. Belarus 1-2 
 4. Germany 0-3 

Qualifying Round
Div.1
Group E
 1. France 5-0 
 2. Belgium 3-2 
 3. Sweden 3-2 
 4. Turkey 2-2 
 5. Czech Repu. 1-4 
 6. Lithuania 0-5 
Group F
 1. Spain 5-0 
 2. Italy 4-1 
 3. Poland 3-2 
 4. Hungary 2-3 
 5. Russia 1-4 
 6. Belarus 0-5 
Classification
 1. Germany 2-0 
 2. Serbia 2-0 
 3. Ukraine 0-2 
 4. Latvia 0-2 

Final Standing
Div.A
 1. Spain
 2. Italy
 3. France
 4. Sweden
 5. Belgium
 6. Poland
 7. Hungary
 8. Turkey
 9. Russia
 10. Belarus
 11. Czech-Rep.
 12. Lithuania
 13. Germany
 14. Serbia
 15. Latvia
 16. Ukraine

Preliminary Round
Div.B
Group A
 1. Greece 3-1 
 2. Denmark 3-1 
 3. Portugal 2-2 
 4. U.Kingdom 1-3 
 5. Israel 1-3 
Group B
 1. Slovenia 3-1 
 2. Bulgaria 3-1 
 3. Ireland 9-1 
 4. Switzerl. 1-3 
 5. Luxembo. 0-4 
Group C
 1. Slovakia 3-0 
 2. Holland 2-1 
 3. Estonia 1-2 
 4. Bosnia 0-3 
Group D
 1. Finland 3-0 
 2. Romania 2-1 
 3. Croatia 1-2 
 4. Monteneg. 0-3 

Qualifying Round
Div.B
Group E
 1. Greece 3-0 
 2. Slovenia 2-1 
 3. Denmark 1-2 
 4. Bulgaria 0-3 
Group F
 1. Finland 3-0 
 2. Romania 2-1 
 3. Slovakia 1-2 
 4. Holland 0-3 
Group G
 1. Portugal 3-0 
 2. Ireland 2-1 
 3. U.Kingdom 1-2 
 4. Switzerl. 0-3 
Group H
 1. Croatia 3-0 
 2. Monteneg. 2-1 
 3. Estonia 1-2 
 4. Bosnia 0-3 
Group I
 1. Israel 2-0 
 2. Luxembourg. 0-2

Final Standing
Div.B
 1. Greece
 2. Finland
 3. Romania
 4. Slovenia
 5. Slovakia
 6. Holland
 7. Denmark
 8. Bulgaria
 9. Croatia
 10. Portugal
 11. Ireland
 12. Monteneg.
 13. U.Kingdom
 14. Switzerl.
 15. Bosnia
 16. Estonia
 17. Israel
 18. Luxembou.

Points Per Game
 Snezana COLIC
  (175-G-92)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Colic, SRB 17.4 
 2. Abdi, SWE 17.1 
 3. Vanloo, BEL 15.8 
 4. Meesseman, BEL 15.3 
 5. Elhotova, CZE 13.9 
 6. Grigalauskyt., LTU 13.1 
 7. Jasnowska, POL 12.9 
 8. Carangelo, ITA 12.6 
 9. Efimova, RUS 12.4 
 10. Stepanova, RUS 12.4
Rebounds Per Game
 Monika GRIGALAUSKYTE
  (188-F-92)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Grigalauskyt., LTU 13.6 
 2. Abdi, SWE 11.5 
 3. Stepanova, RUS 10.7 
 4. Greinacher, GER 9.7 
 5. Meesseman, BEL 8.9 
 6. Formica, ITA 8.6 
 7. Guler, TUR 8.6 
 8. Filonchyk, BLR 8.6 
 9. Grossemy, FRA 8.5 
 10. Segues, ESP 8.0
Assists Per Game
 Ramona COSSENGUE CASIMIRO
  (173-G-92)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Cossengue Ca., POL 5.1 
 2. Gulbag, TUR 4.3 
 3. Gaudermann, GER 3.8 
 4. Kabengano, SWE 3.6 
 5. Casas, ESP 3.1 
 6. Hausknechtov., CZE 3.1 
 7. Minaeva, RUS 3.1 
 8. Vanloo, BEL 3.0 
 9. Padshyvalava, BLR 2.9 
 10. Cakir, TUR 2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Julia GAUDERMANN
  (165-G-92)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Gaudermann, GER 3.7 
 2. Colic, SRB 3.4 
 3. Cakir, TUR 3.4 
 4. Meylemans, BEL 3.1 
 5. Casas, ESP 3.0 
 6. Padshyvalava, BLR 2.9 
 7. Pudlakova, CZE 2.9 
 8. Stolyar, RUS 2.7 
 9. Ortiz, ESP 2.6 
 10. Filonchyk, BLR 2.5
Blocks Per Game
 Kristiana STAUERE
  (189-C-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Stauere, LAT 3.0 
 2. Filonchyk, BLR 2.5 
 3. Meesseman, BEL 2.5 
 4. Rashchenia, BLR 1.8 
 5. Skubiy, UKR 1.7 
 6. Calvelo, ESP 1.5 
 7. Mistygacz, POL 1.3 
 8. Greinacher, GER 1.0 
 9. Grigalauskyt., LTU 1.0 
 10. Kovacevic, SRB 1.0 
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   Division B. Championship leaders - Aug. 21, 2008
Award for the top scorer of U16 European Championship division B in Pravetz / Botevgrad belongs to Jovana Pasic of Montenegro. Pasic had 7 appearances in Bulgaria netting 18 ppg. She recorded the best digits at the opening day against Finland when she scored 23 points.
Anne Pedersen of Denmark is the second scorer of this event. She played 8 games leading her team pretty good seventh place. Pedersen had 140 points in total (the most on the championship), which means that she averaged 17.5 ppg.
Another player of Montenegro is on the list with best three scorers. It is Ana Turcinovic (185-C-93), who had 17.4 ppg for 5 games. Her Montenegro ended competition on position number twelve.

Lorraine Scanlon is the top rebounder of U16 EC division B. She played 8 games catching fantastic 15.6 rpg. Ana Turcinovic of Montenegro is the second on this list with 13.2 rpg. Third place is reserved for Nina Premasunac (184-F-92), who had 13 rpg for 7 games.

Twelfth ranked Montenegro once again. This time it is Jelena Vucetic, who is the best assistant of the championship. He played 7 games dishing out 5.3 apg. Lucija Strmelj of Croatia and Denisa Domiterova of Slovakia share second place with 3.7 apg each.

   Division A. Championship leaders - Aug. 21, 2008
The best scorer of U16 European Championship is Snezana Colic (175-G-92) of Serbia. Her team finished it on not so good 14th place but Colic demonstrated pretty good performance. She averaged 17.4 ppg in five games reaching competition-high in the fourth game against Latvia when she scored 22 points.
The second scorer of the championship is Farhiya Abdi (186-F-92) with 17.1 ppg. She played 8 games and netted 50 points more than Colic in total but it was not enough for the top. Abdi touched 21 points twice. It happened against Belgium in the second and Turkey in third game.
Third place is reserved for Julie Vanloo (174-G-93) of Belgium, who had 15.8 ppg. Her team ended championship on fifth position while she touched the sky in seventh game pouring in 24 points.

Monika Grigalauskyte (188-F-92) is top rebounder of U16 EC. She played 8 games grabbing impressive 13.3 boards. Farhiya Abdi is on another list. After award for the second scorer she is also the second rebounder of this event with 11.5 rpg. Yulia Stepanova (188-C-92) of Russia is on third place with 10.4 rpg.

Ramona Cossengue Casimiro (173-G-92) grabbed the award for top assistant. For 8 games she succeeded to dish out 41 assists what is 5.1 per game. Pelin Gulbag (171-G-92) followed her with 4.3 apg. Third place belongs to Julia Gaudermann (165-G-92), who had 3.8 apg.

Farhiya Abdi is named to be the MVP of the championship. She helped Sweden to reach fourth place in Katowice averaging 17.1 ppg, 11.5 rpg, 2.9 apg and 1.9 spg. It is Sweden's best resulted ever on U16 European Championships.
Other four members of the 'All-Tournament team' are Alessandra Formica (189-F/C-93) of Italy, France forward Eleonore Grossemy (184-F-92), Belgium guard Julie Vanloo and Queralt Casas (177-F-92) of Spain.

   Division B. Finals - Aug. 18, 2008
Final

U16 Greece - U16 Finland 56-47
Greece celebrated in the final game of U16 European Championship in Bulgaria grabbing the gold medal. Finland also doesn't have any reason to be unsatisfied as except of the silver medal it also earned a promotion to division A for the next European Championship. It was a main goal of these two teams in Bulgaria.

Beginning of the game belonged to Finland, which created 8-15 after four minutes. Very soon Artemis Spanou (185-F-92) and Dimitra Kampouraki answered leading 7-2 run for 15-17 after ten minutes. Greece demonstrated much better performance in the second period. After 23-23 at the center of it, Greece made 11-3 run. It means that Artemis Spanou and her teammates had 8-point lead at the half time. Following ten minutes were decisive. Finland struggled a lot with its offensive sets which Greeks exploited. They ended this quarter 16-5 transfering unreachable 50-31 to the last frame. Anette Juvonen and Janniina Koivunen (183-F-93) stepped up for their team during these ten minutes but it was too late for the Gold.

Once again Artemis Spanou was the key player for Greece. She played the entire time scoring 19 points and grabbing 11 boards. At the same time Spanou dished out 4 assists. Dimitra Kampouraki helped her team to reach the Gold with 10 points and 5 assists. Anette Juvonen scored 16 while Laura Saarinen (184-C-92) had 14 points and 9 rebounds in Finland. Janniina Koivunen stopped on 12 points and 6 boards.

U16 Greece - U16 Finland 56-47
(15-17, 19-9, 16-5, 6-16)

Greece:
Artemis Spanou 19 (11 rebs, 4 as), Dimitra Kampouraki 10 (5 as)
Finland: Anette Juvonen 16, Laura Saarinen 14 (9 rebs), Janniina Koivunen 12 (6 rebs)

3rd to 4th Place

U16 Romania - U16 Slovenia 70-56
Romania ended U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria celebrating. After thriller defeat against Greece in the semifinals, Romania succeeded to beat Slovenia and to grab the Bronze. On the other hand Slovenia, which showed pretty good basketball level during this championship, stays without a medal. The bad thing for these two teams is that they were very close to earn a promotion to division A but they weren't strong enough for the last step.

Slovenia entered into this game better making 2-8 after 3 minutes. Later, Romanians woke-up but Bojana Adamovic (172-G-92) netted 8 consecutive points for her team, including two triples, setting the score on 12-16 after the opening period. Very soon she made another triple and Rebeka Abramovic (-93) joined her which resulted with 14-24 in 14th minute. It was a sign for Alexandra Ionescu (172-F-92) to step up and mostly owing to her Romanians came on 32-34 at the half time. They had nice ten minutes after the breather ending third frame 19-10, 51-44. Slovenians gave up after that moment letting Romania to keep its lead without any extra efforts.
Alexandra Ionescu was totally the best player for the winning team collecting 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Gabriela Cursaru (161-G-92) scored 15 while Oana Baluta (182-C-93) had 12 points, 9 boards and 4 assists. Rebeka Abramovic once again shined in Slovenia scoring 17 points. Bojana Adamovic had 11 points.

U16 Romania - U16 Slovenia 70-56
(12-16, 20-18, 19-10, 19-12)

Romania:
Alexandra Ionescu 17 (8 rebs, 4 as), Gabriela Cursaru 15, Oana Baluta 12 (9 rebs, 4 as)
Slovenia: Rebeka Abramovic 17, Bojana Adamovic 11

5th to 6th Place

U16 Netherlands - U16 Slovakia 48-57
Slovakia made second consecutive win on U16 European Championship division B, this time in decisive game for the fifth place against Netherlands.

After totally leveled first frame, Martina Kissova (184-F-93) and Marta Palenikova stepped up for Slovakia. They made some shots while on the other side Netherlands made few mistakes. Everything resulted with 14-6 run by Slovakia for 15-23 in 17th minute. Thanks Martina Kissova's jump shot at the end of the second quarter, Slovakia grabbed 9-point lead. Nothing has changed in third frame. Slovakia still was the team which dominated. Martina Kissova continued where she stopped in the first half leading her team to 10-15 in this period. It means that Slovakia had solid 14-point lead before the last frame. Netherlands showed slightly better performance during the last ten minutes but it was enough only for minus six at the center of it.

Martina Kissova was totally the best player for the winnings side. She got 31 minutes adding 21 points and 5 boards. Marta Palenikova was a way behind her with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Jamailah Adams and Willemijn Kallenberg scored 13 points each for Netherlands. It is important to be mentioned that Adams grabbed 11 more rebounds.


U16 Netherlands - U16 Slovakia 48-57
(9-9, 12-21, 10-15, 17-12)

Netherlands:
Jamailah Adams 13 (11 rebs), Willemijn Kallenberg 13
Slovakia: Martina Kissova 21 (5 rebs), Marta Palenikova 8 (5 rebs, 5 as)

7th to 8th Place

U16 Denmark - U16 Bulgaria 73-48
Denmark was better than Bulgaria in the battle for seventh place on U16 European Championship division B. It means that the hosts of this event ended it on eighth place registering fourth consecutive defeats.

After opening 5-5, Denmark took control on its opponent. Very soon Anne Pedersen and Nikoline Ostergaard shined brining plus 8 to their team after ten minutes. Later, Denmark continued in the same rhythm. They succeeded to resolve question about the winner very soon making 25 -13 at the first point and later 39-18. Bulgarians weren't able to compete against Anne Pedersen and her teammates. They had only two players which were in a game mood but it was not enough against tough Denmark. At the center of third frame Denmark set the margin on 52-28. After that moment the only question was how big difference it will be at the end.

Anne Pedersen once again was the leading player of her team adding 19 points and 7 boards. Elisabeth Hansen followed with 16 while Nikoline Ostergaard had 10 points and 4 boards. Vesela Kovacheva (163-G-92) shined in Bulgaria netting 15 points. Pamela Decheva (177-G-92) finished the game with 12 points and 9 glasses.


U16 Denmark - U16 Bulgaria 73-48
(18-10, 21-8, 17-13, 17-17)

Denmark:
Anne Pedersen 19 (7 rebs), Elisabeth Hansen 16, Nikoline Ostergaard 10 (4 rebs)
Bulgaria: Vesela Kovacheva 15, Pamela Decheva 12 (9 rebs)

Classification Game for 9th to 10th Place

U16 Portugal - U16 Croatia 39-47
Croatia succeeded to beat Portugal reaching the ninth place on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. It was a fourth consecutive win for Croatia on this event. In fact Croatia showed pretty good performance during the championship but the biggest problem for them was thriller defeat against Romania in the opening round.

Croatia was better team from beginning. After just five minutes it already was 4-11 and later 6-14 for Croatians. Thanks to two free throws from Faustino, Portugal came on 13-19 after first ten minutes. Filipa Bernardeco led her team which later reached 20-21 after her triple. Croatia immediately answered creating mini 5-0 run grabbing back 6-point lead at the half time. It seemed that Croatia played rest of the game as much as it needed for the victory. They ended third 9-10 and later the second one 10-11. Portugal's maximum during these 20 minutes was minus 5 but nothing more than that.

Zrinka Brkljacic paced Croatia to ninth place scoring 14 points. Marija Rados followed her with 9 points and 9 rebounds while Ana Biocic also netted 9. Filipa Bernardeco was the best scorer in Portugal with 12 points. Interesting is that the second one was Jessica Dos Reis Almeida, who scored just 6 points.

U16 Portugal - U16 Croatia 39-47
(13-19, 7-7, 9-10, 10-11)

Portugal:
Filipa Bernardeco 12, Jessica Dos Reis Almeida 6
Croatia: Zrinka Brkljacic 14, Marija Rados 9 (9 rebs), Ana Biocic 9

Classification Game for 11th to 12th Place

U16 Montenegro - U16 Ireland 77-85
Ireland ended U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria celebrating against Montenegro much easier that it was expected. Thus 11th place belongs to Lorraine Scanlon and her teammates. Montenegro finished this event as a twelfth ranked team.

Montenegro had three players in a game mood, especially in the first half. Milica Milosev, Jelena Vucetic and Ivana Nikic were focused at the offensive end managing to score many jump shots and easy baskets during the first 20 minutes. Naturally, it resulted with 43-41 at the half time for their team. After the breather, Lorraine Scanlon and Clodagh Scannell (171-F-93) stepped up for Ireland. They, together with Catriona Foley (170-G-92), created amazing 20-4 over the last five minutes in third period taking huge 15-point lead. Montenegro couldn't recover from this shock suffering even bigger defeat until the end.

Lorraine Scanlon was totally the player in her team. She spent 35 minutes on court netting 23 points and grabbing fantastic 23 rebounds. Nine of those 23 were at the offensive end. Clodagh Scannell was behind her with 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists while Catriona Foley had 11 points and 6 boards. Milica Milosev again shined for Montenegro having very good 23 points and 16 rebounds. Jelena Vucetic finished the game with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists while Ivana Nikic had 15 points and 12 boards.

U16 Montenegro - U16 Ireland 77-85
(18-19, 25-22, 11-28, 23-16)

Montenegro:
Milica Milosev 23 (16 rebs), Jelena Vucetic 16 (6 rebs, 4 as), Ivana Nikic 15 (12 rebs)
Ireland: Lorraine Scanlon 23 (23 rebs), Clodagh Scannell 14 (4 rebs, 5 as), Catriona Foley 11 (6 rebs)

Classification Game for 13th to 14th Place

U16 England - U16 Switzerland 50-30
13th place on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria is reserved for England, which made an extremely easy win against Switzerland at the last day of the competition. Switzerland had one more low-scoring game ending championship as a 14th ranked team.

Opening quarter was the one with the smallest number of points as both teams had 14 in total. After quick 0-4 for Switzerland, England made 7-3 run for 7-7 after ten minutes. For about 4 minutes at the center of this period neither team succeeded to score any point. The next quarter belonged to England, which mostly owing to Ella Clark (178-F-92) ended it 16-9. Game is decided during the following ten minutes when Vanessa Akra shined for England. After 30 minutes of the game it was unreachable 35-20. Interesting is that Switzerland outrebounded its rival in this game. Swiss finished it with solid 44 boards while England had 37. The main problem for Switzerland was only 23% for FG2.

Vnessa Akra was a key player for the winning team adding 11 points and 4 boards. Ella Clark also had an important role for England collecting 10 points and also 4 rebounds. Switzerland had only one player with double digits. It was Anissa Toumi, who scored 10 points but at the same time grabbed 9 rebounds.


U16 England - U16 Switzerland 50-30
(7-7, 16-9, 12-4, 15-10)

England:
Vanessa Akra 11 (4 rebs), Ella Clark 10 (4 rebs)
Switzerland: Anissa Toumi 10 (9 rebs)

Classification Game for 15th to 16th Place

U16 Bosnia and Herzegovina - U16 Estonia 58-35
Bosnia and Herzegovina was too strong for Estonia in decisive game for 15th place on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. Estonians ended it on one lower place while only Israel and Luxemburg are below it.

Bosnia grabbed lead from the early beginning keeping it steady until the very end. At the center of the first frame Bosnia had 6-point lead. Later it was 13-7 but thanks to Rits' jump shot at the buzzer Estonia remained on minus 6 after first ten minutes. Estonians showed some attitude in the next period. After jump shot by Mailis Pokk (185-C-92) in 16th minute they came on 21-19. Bosnia didn't wait to long answering through Miljana Dzombeta with mini 7-4 run for 28-23 at the half time. Estonia somehow stopped after 15-minute break. Mostly owing to Natasa Kajtaz, Bosnia ended third 15-9 and later last frame 15-3. Thus Estonia scored 12 points for 20 minutes which is less than they made just in the second period. Estonia lost this game with big difference but interesting is that it had 55 rebounds matched with 44 by Bosnia.

Natasa Kajtaz was the most important player for Bosnia in this game as she scored 16 points. Miljana Dzombeta followed with 10 points. Mailis Pokk this time had better digits that Annika Koster (185-C-92) in Estonia. She added 13 points and 11 rebounds while Koster stopped on 9 points and 10 boards.


U16 Bosnia and Herzegovina - U16 Estonia 58-35
(13-9 15-14, 15-9, 15-3)

Bosnia:
Natasa Kajtaz 16, Miljana Dzombeta 10
Estonia: Mailis Pokk 13 (11 rebs), Annika Koster 9 (10 rebs)

   Division A. Finals - Aug. 17, 2008
Final
Spain U16 - Italy U16 71:59
Spanish U16 National team fought back the golden medals of the European Championship. Today they defeated Italy in the championship game to secure their 4th title in 5 last years. France broke Spanish hegemony last season beating them in the final however Spain bounced back today. They prevailed against Italy in a difficult game and returned the title to Madrid. Italy got to the better start of this one. They outscored Spain 11:2 in the opening minutes and secured a 20:6 lead after the first frame. Carangelo and Marta Masoni (184-F-93) tipped off the second frame with back-to-back trebles as the margin grew to 20 points. However Spain finally shook off sloppiness and went on a 14:2 rally late in the second frame to cut the deficit to 2 points 34:36. Queralt Casas (177-F-92) drew things level early in the third stanza and gave start to Spanish 14:4 run that allowed them to surge ahead. They closed the quarter with a 12:3 surge to accumulate a 60:46 advantage with ten minutes left in the game. Debora Carangelo (160-G-92) ignited the intrigue with 5 straight points at the beginning of the fourth term. Irene Cigliani and Marta Masoni later shaved the deficit to just 8 points with under 5 minutes left. But Italy failed to score a single point in the final 4 minutes of the encounter and Spain sealed the triumphant victory at the end. Queralt Casas was outstanding with 25 points and 9 rebounds for Spain. Marina Delgado (170-G-92) provided 19 points for the winners. Debora Carangelo responded with 17 points for Italy. Marta Masoni secured 12 points in defeat.

Spain U16: Queralt Casas 25+9 boards, Marina Delgado 19, Mariona Ortiz (179-G-92) 9
Italy U16: Debora Carangelo 17, Marta Masoni 12

3rd-4th spots
France U16 - Sweden U16 73:44

The 2007 U16 European Champions France earned bronze medals this year in Poland. They defeated Swedish opponents earlier today in the consolation final. Sweden thus occupied the fourth place which is the slight improvement on the 5th-place finish last year. Jenny Fouasseau (178-F-92) and Eleonore Grossemy (184-F-92) nailed 16 points each to lead France to a confident victory. France put on a suffocating defense in the opening stanza and kept Sweden silent for more than 5 minutes at the start of the game. France jumped to a 12:0 lead and later enjoyed a 16:7 advantage at the break. However Sweden opened the second period with a 9:0 surge to draw things level at 16. The teams traded baskets and Sweden grabbed a 26:24 lead at halftime. The roller-coaster action continued with France opening the third stanza with<

   Division B. Semifinal Round - Aug. 17, 2008
Semifinals

U16 Greece - U16 Romania 60-57
Greece succeeded to beat Romania in the first semifinal game of U16 European Championship in Bulgaria. What is the most important, except of the chance to fight for the Gold, with this victory Greece got promotion to division A for the next European Championship. Romanians missed a chance to do it but they will continue battle for the bronze medal.

Greece showed slightly better performance in the first quarter ending it 11-9. Mostly owing to Zafeira Giampani and Christina Navrozidou, Greece made fantastic 13-0 run at the center of the next frame setting the score on 27-14. It seemed that Romania won't recover soon from his shock but totally different scenario was seen after that. Cristina Bigica and Gabriela Cursaru (161-G-92) stepped up for their team and very quick answered with 13-4. It was 31-27 for Greece at the half time. During the following ten minutes Romania succeeded to come a point closer heading into the last frame with minus 3. Finally, with 1:42 to go Romania tied the score on 49-49. Alexandra Florea (173-F) was hero for Romania in regular time as she drained triple at the buzzer which led her team to over time. Before that Greece made lay-up and a free throw. In the following two minutes Greece made crucial 6-0 grabbing the promotion to division A.

Artemis Spanou (185-F-92) paced Greece to victory scoring 17 points and grabbing impressive 17 rebounds. Christina Navrozidou followed her with 14 points and 5 boards while Zafeira Giampani had one point less but with 9 rebounds. Cristina Bigica was the best player for the loosing side collecting 19 points and 4 glasses. Laura Gil (189-C-92) led the winners to the Final with 8 points. Yurena Diaz (176-G-93) netted 7, while Elisabet Vivas (177-F-92) and Ortiz had 6 each. Farhiya Abdi (186-F-92) and Salome Kabengano (177-G-92) both scored 10 points for the underdogs.
What a game! The first quarter already prepared the spectators for a defensive style as the board showed 11:10 after 10 minutes. Fontaine made the second free throw for a small Swedish lead. Salome Kabengano completed the 12-0 run spanning the first two quarters while Elisabet Vivas ended the eight-minute scoring drought with two foul shots to make it 14:12. Sweden remained in front after the first half, 22:19.
Spain saw a nightmare as they could not score for more than 6 minutes in the second half. Farhiya Abdi made it 29:19 for the Scandinavian squad with 3.27 to play in the third. Elisabet Vivas knocked down a jump hot just before the buzzer, leaving Spain down just 29:24 after three periods. The score was as if it was the end of the first period but the teams entered the last. Zahui evened things at 33:33 with 1:40 left. For Sweden those points were last in the game, while Spain made a 5-0 run to advance to the Final.

Spain U16: Laura Gil 8, Yurena Diaz 7, Elisabet Vivas 6, Ortiz 6
Sweden U16: Farhiya Abdi 10+11 rebs, Salome Kabengano 10+8 rebs

France U16-Italy U16 55:64

The title-holders ans the 'undefeated' France U16 lost the semifinal game at the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women. Katowice saw Italian team advancing to the Final with 64:55 win. Debora Carangelo (160-G-92) led the winners with 20 points. Gaia Gorini (175-G-92) netted 19, while Carta and Marta Masoni (184-F-93) scored 6 points each. Adja Konteh (178-F-92), Diallo and

Qualifying Round for 1st to 8th Place - Group E

U16 Slovenia - U16 Greece 31-51
Greece outplayed Slovenia in decisive game for top position in Group E of Qualifying Round for 1st to 8th place. Both teams already booked a spot for the semifinals but with these victory Greece got a chance to compete against the second ranked team from Group F, which is Romania. Slovenia will take on strong Finland. The winner of those two semifinal games will earn a promotion to division A for the next European Championship.

It was a typical low-scoring game. Greece had slightly better first frame ending it 10-16. During the next ten minutes both teams scored 12 points in total. The bad thing for Slovenia is that its players succeeded to net just 3. It means that Zafeira Giampani and her teammates had plus 9 at the half time. Game is decided after the breather. Greece had couple of very good offensive sets which resulted with many easy baskets. On the other hand Slovenia once again had terrible performance at the offensive end scoring just 6 points for ten minutes. Greece posted 18 for 19-43 after 30 minutes. It was a clear sign that this game is already over for Slovenians.

Interesting is that Zafeira Giampani was the best scorer of the game with just 10 points. The second scorer for the winning side was Eleni Voulgaraki (183-G-92), who added 6 points including 5 rebounds. Slovenia got 8 points from Sara Maden.


U16 Slovenia - U16 Greece 31-51
(10-16, 3-9, 6-18, 12-8)

Slovenia:
Sara Maden 8
Greece: Zafeira Giampani 10, Eleni Voulgaraki 6 (5 rebs)

U16 Bulgaria - U16 Denmark 37-65
Denmark ended Qualifying Round for 1st to 8th place on U16 European Championship division B celebrating. However, neither of these two teams succeeded to reach one of first two places in Group E so they will continue championship fighting for fifth position.

   Division B. Qualifying Round Day 1 - Aug. 15, 2008
Qualifying Round for 1st to 8th place - Group E

U16 Greece - U16 Bulgaria 55-46
Greece celebrated in the first game of the Qualifying Round for 1st to 8th place on U16 European Championship division B. It means that Greece improved its score to 2-0 in Group E already booking a spot for the semifinals. On the other hand the hosts Bulgaria lost all chances to do the same. Bulgarians will fight against Denmark for third place in Group E but both teams will continue championship later in Classification Games for fifth place.

After well played first half, Greece slowed down in the next one which Bulgaria exploited to create 3-point lead, 18-21. Very soon Greece answered and with Anastasia Slouka's (182-G-93) triple ended fist half with 6-0 run. Christina Navrozidou and her teammates put into the fifth gear in third quarter. Vero soon they succeeded to reach 38-28 what happened in 27th minute. For the rest of the time Bulgaria came on 43-40 with 6:15 remaining. Greece immediately answered with 9-3 run finishing this game with routine.

Christina Navrozidou was the leading player in Greece in this game pouring in 16 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. Anastasia Slouka also had important role in her team adding 12 points and 7 rebounds while Zafeira Giampani helped with 11 points and very good 12 rebounds. Pamela Decheva (177-G-92) had the best digits in Bulgaria finishing the game with 14 points and 5 rebounds. The last one with double figures was Vesela Kovacheva (163-G-92), who scored 10 points.


U16 Greece - U16 Bulgaria 55-46
(13-9, 11-12, 17-13, 14-12)

Greece

   Leading scorers - Aug. 15, 2008

Qualification Round is over and Eurobasket introduces Leading scorers before the semifinal Round. Swedish Farhiya Abdi (186-F-92) leads the top-scorers averaging 18.3 points per game. Her Sweden U16 took the last ticket to the semis of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women with a 62:52 victory over Lithuania. The winner finished the group with 3-2 record as well as Turkey and Belgium but had better results between three teams. Farhiya Abdi led the winners with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Drammeh nailed 13, while Amanda Zahui collected 11 points and 14 rebounds. Serbian Colic is second with 17.4 and Elhotova from Czech Republic is third with 14.7.
Lithuanian Grigalauskyte is on top for Rebounds Per Game having tremendous 14.5 per game. Again Swedish Farhiya Abdi follows her with 11.2 and Stepanova is third with 10.2.
Pelin Gulbag (170-G-92) from Turkey is the leader in Assists Per Game. Her Turkey U16 won the last game of the Qualifying Round at the Termosteps U16 European Championship. Pelin Pelin Gulbag scored 11 points and had 7 assists. Kabengano from Sweden is second with 4.5 per game and Polish Cossengue averages 4.3.
Today is the day off in the tournament, while tomorrow the teams will start the last round, the round for the total places. In the top games France will face Italy in the semifinal game, while Spain will meet Sweden.

16.08.2008
Semifinals

France -Italy
Spain -Sweden

5/8 places
Belgium -Hungary
Poland - Turkey

9-12 places
Czech Republic-Belarus
Russia - Lithuania

   Division A. The end of the Qualifying Round - Aug. 14, 2008
GROUP E Belgium U16-France U16 63:72

France reached 5-0 record and won Group E of Termosteps U16 European Championship Women. In the last game of the group for both teams the favorites overcame Belgium 72:63. Adja Konteh (178-F-92) led the winners with 14 points. Helena Akmouche (174-G-92) netted 13, while Eleonore Grossemy (184-F-92) collected 12 points and 11 rebounds. Julie Vanloo (174-G-93) ended up with 14 points and De Meyer had 13 in defeat. France will next play Italy in Saturday's semifinals. Belgium lost their second straight game to drop to 3-2 and now must sweat out the final two Group E matches to see if they reach semifinals.
Helena Akmouche hit a three to open the game of the top teams in the group. France controlled the opening quarter and won it 20:14. Julie Vanloo from the free throw line was the last to upset the opponent in the period. Belgium stayed close to the French throughout the second quarter but Fouasseau and Eleonore Grossemy both hit from long range and France led 32:28 at intermission.
Julie Vanloo tied the game at 40:40 in the beginning of the third. Fouasseau and her France pushed the tempo for 56:48 after the thirty minutes of the game. The intrigue however remained in the last period as well. Storme reduced to 59:60 with 7 minutes to play. France created a 12-0 run over a five-minute stretch for a 72:59 lead and won the last game of the Qualifying round.

Belgium:Julie Vanloo 14, De Meyer 13
France:Adja Konteh 14, Helena Akmouche 13, Eleonore Grossemy 12+11 rebs

Turkey U16-Czech Republic U16 79:57
Turkey U16 won the last game of the Qualifying Round at the Termosteps U16 European Championship. You will probably know the result whether Turkey advanced to the semis or nor later, but at that time Okul's team need Sweden to lose against Lithuania later to make the final four. Turkey beat Czech Republic 79:57 and improved to 3-2 record.

   Division A. Qualifying Round Day 5 - Aug. 13, 2008
GROUP E
France U16-Sweden U16 80:36


France U16 reached the semifinals of Termosteps U16 European Championship. In the first game of the day the team demolished Sweden 80:36 and sent them to 2-2 record. A 24:3 was too much for the opponent in the third quarter as France nailed 24. Florine Basque (184-F-92) (184-F-92) paced all the winners with 18 points. Grossemy netted 10, while Diallo scored 9. Farhiya Abdi (186-F-92) top-scored for Sweden with 14 points and 9 rebounds as Salome Kabengano (178-G-92), Zahui and Gustavsson scored 4 each.
France scored first five points of the game but had only 11:8 lead in the opening tip. Aulnette was the last to score in the first quarter for 20:10 advantage. Farhiya Abdi converted a three-point play to trim the deficit to 22:15 early in the second but Florine Basque hit for seven points as France closed the half on a 18-8 run for a 40:23 lead at intermission.
In the third quarter there was only one team dominating the court, France. The favorite produced 17-0 run to make it 57:25. Farhiya Abdi scored for 64:26 at the end of the third period. France used another 16-10 in the last quarter and easily won the encounter. Diallo's jump shot set up the final, 80:36 margin.

France U16: Florine Basque 18, Grossemy 10, Diallo 9
Sweden U16: Farhiya Abdi 14+9 rebs, Salome Kabengano 4, Zahui 4, Gustavsson 4

Turkey U16-Belgium U16 62:59

Belgium U16 suffered the first loss at the Termosteps U16 European Championship. Turkey wrote down the upset with 62:59 due to 20:11 in the last period. Cakir led the winners with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Emel Guler (187-F-92) collected 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Kalfali netted 11. Emma Meesseman (188-C-93) top-scored with 24 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.
Belgium easily scored first nine points in the game and grabbed 9:0 advantage. Turkey answered with 6-0 run as Ozturk made a lay-up to close it. With some back-to-back baskets Belgium was in front, 17:16 after the opening quarter. Turkey played better in the second but Emma Meesseman sparked an 11-2 answer and the game would be knotted at 33:33 at the break.
Again Emma Meesseman hit eight more points in a 12-2 surge to take a 45:38 advantage. Mestdagh scored two for 50:42 as the te

   Division B. Preliminary Round Day 5 - Aug. 13, 2008
Preliminary Group A

U16 Denmark - U16 Greece 50-55
Greece was better than Denmark in the last game of Preliminary Round taking first place in Group A with score 3-1. Denmark, which was undefeated before this game, ended the first stage as a second ranked team in the same group. What is the most important, both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round for 1st to 8th place. The good thing for Greece is that this victory will be transferred to the next stage while Denmark starts it with 0-1.

Greeks entered into this game strongly. Their willingness to reach top of Group A was huge which brought them plus 7 after the opening frame. During the following ten minutes Artemis Spanou (185-F-92) and her teammates succeeded to extend lead to 11 points. Denmark wasn't able to do to come any closer in third frame. They had many bad decisions at the offensive end while Greece continued in the same rhythm which outcame with 8-16 in this frame. Gritt Ryder and Anne Pedersen woke up in the last one but it was too late for their team.

Artemis Spanou was unstoppable today. She totally crushed Denmark collecting 22 points and 11 rebounds. Eleni Voulgaraki (183-G-92) followed her with 10 points and 6 boards while Dimitra Kampouraki stopped on 10 points. The loosing side got 14 points and 6 rebounds from Gritt Ryder. Anne Pedersen this time wasn't the top scorer of her team as he posted 13 points and grabbed 10 boards. Next rival of Greece on U16 European Championship division B will be the second ranked team of Group B. On the other hand Denmark will meet the best team from the same group.

U16 Denmark - U16 Greece 50-55
(9-16, 10-14, 8-16, 23-9)

Denmark: Gritt Ryder 14 (6 rebs), Anne Pedersen 13 (10 rebs)
Greece:

   Division A. Qualifying Round Day 4 - Aug. 13, 2008

GROUP E France U16 - Czech Republic U16 68:48

French U16 National Team celebrated their 4th straight win at the European Championship in Poland. They opened the Qualifying round with a confident win over Czech Republic and improved to 3-0 record in Group E. Czech Republic slipped to 0-3 record and stayed at the bottom of the ladder. Eleonore Grossemy (183-F-92) tallied 14 points and 7 rebounds to pace balanced French offense. The teams kept it close in the opening frame before France capped the quarter with 6:0 run and accumulated a 20:12 lead at the break. France opened a double-digit lead soon after the start of the second term and built a 40:27 cushion at the interval. France maintained the lead throughout the third quarter and entered the fourth one ahead by 11 points. French side tipped off the fourth term with a 13:0 rally and never looked back in the dying moments. Helena Akmouche (173-G-92) nailed 12 points for France. Agathe Degorces and Adja Konteh (176-F-92) scored 11 points apiece for the winners. Karolina Elhotova (179-G-92) and Cepelkova had 13 points each for Czech Republic. Kasparkova had 9 points in defeat. France dominated the boards 57:47 and forced Czechs into 21 turnovers. They also limited Czech Republic players to just 25% accuracy from the field.

France U16: Eleonore Grossemy 14, Helena Akmouche 12, Agathe Degorces 11, Adja Konteh 11
Czech Republic U16: Karolina Elhotova 13, Cepelkova 13
Belgium U16 - Lithuania U16 75:46
Belgian U16 National Team posted their 4th consecutive victory at the European Championship in Katowice. Yesterday they held off Lithuanian team to start the Qualifying round victoriously. Julie Vanloo (168-G-93) knocked down 17 points for Belgium as they looked too good for the Baltic team. Defense worked well for Belgium in the opening stanza as they built a 14:8 lead. Lithuania cut the deficit early in the second frame but just to see Meylemans and Devlaux connecting from beyond the arc for a 7-point Belgian advantage. Julie Vanloo capped the half with a trey and Belgium led 25:15 a

   Division B. Preliminary Round Day 4 - Aug. 12, 2008
Preliminary Group A

U16 Greece - U16 Portugal 56-42
Greece registered second victory on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. This time Greece was better than Portugal improving to 2-1 in Preliminary Group A. On the other side Portugal dropped on 2-2.

Greece controlled rhythm of the game during the entire time. The fact that Greeks finished the game with 48 rebounds matched with just 29 by Portugal talks everything for itself. After 12-7 in the first quarter for Greece, Portugal showed slightly better performance in the next one. Unfortunately to them it was enough only for 24-20 at the half time. During the following ten minutes Ines Faustina and her teammates succeeded to make a turn. However, they somehow stopped playing in the last frame ending it with just 5 points. Greece, mostly owing to Dimitra Kampouraki and Artemis Spanou (185-F-92) netted 20, grabbing comfortable victory at the end.

Dimitra Kampouraki was the best scorer for her team today with 13 points. Artemis Spanou also demonstrated pretty good performance adding 11 points and 14 rebounds. Interesting that Portugal had only one player with double figures in this game. It was Ines Faustino, who scored 10 points. In the last day of Preliminary Round Greece will play against Denmark. On the other hand Portugal already played it four games at this stage.

U16 Greece - U16 Portugal 56-42
(12-7, 12-13, 12-17, 20-5)

Greece: Dimitra Kampouraki 13, Artemis Spanou 11 (14 rebs)
Portugal: Ines

   Division A. Preliminary Round Day 3 - Aug. 11, 2008
GROUP A France U16 - Lithuania U16 75:40

French U16 National Team completed the preliminary round at the European championship in Poland unbeaten. Yesterday they edged Lithuania to improve to 3-0 record in top of Group A. It was a one-sided traffic game as France dominated right from the tip off. They capped the first frame with an 11:1 run to accumulate a 20:6 lead after ten minutes of action. Lithuania were not ready to surrender that early and used a 9:2 surge in the second frame to trim the deficit to 9 points. However France responded with back-to-back trebles from Lemmonier and
Helena Akmouche (173-G-92) to regain a comfortable advantage. France continued to pile up the lead and enjoyed a 31-point margin in the third frame. Esther Moisan Niamke scored 8 points at the start of the fourth quarter and France never looked back en route to an impressive victory. Florine Basque (184-F-92) led balanced offense with 12 points. Esther Moisan Niamke added 10 points for the winners. Morkunaite netted 10 points for Lithuania. Okochyte had 8 points in defeat. Lithuania outrebounded France 38:32 but could not overcome massive 39 turnovers. France converted solid 46% from the field. Both teams made to the qualifying round and would resume the action tomorrow.

France U16:
Florine Basque 12, Esther Moisan Niamke 10
Lithuania U16: Gabija Morkunaite 10, Santa Okochyte 8

Turkey U16 - Latvia U16 70:49
Turkish U16 National Team registered their second win at the European Championship in Poland. They defeated Latvia in the third game of the preliminary round action in Group A. Pelin Gulbag (170-G-92) (170-G-92) scored 17 points to propel Turkey to 2-1 record and they claimed the second spot in the Pool. Latvia meanwhile suffered their third loss in a row and would have to fight for Division A spot in the classification round. Turkey nailed 6 unanswered points at the start of the game. Turkey kept in front throughout the period however Latvia never allowed their opponents to clear off substantially and trailed by just a single point at the first intermission. Linda Pagrode (167-G-92

   Division B. Preliminary Round Day 3 - Aug. 11, 2008
Preliminary Group A

U16 Portugal - U16 Israel 59-52
After thriller defeat at the opening day of U16 European Championship division B, Portugal succeeded to register two victories. This time Israel suffered Portugal's power dropping on 1-1 in Preliminary Group A. On the other hand after 0-1, Portugal improved to 2-1 having nice chance to reach one of the first two places in its group.

Thanks to Bar Galinski (181-F-92) Israel had much better beginning. After opening ten minutes it was 10-15. At the center of the second stanza Israel touched plus 9 but Portugal immediately responded with 10-2 run. However, Luzia Lampreia and her teammates couldn't get any closer than 5 points until the half time. Third quarter totally belonged to Israel and it seemed that the game was already over for Portugal, which entered into the last frame with minus 13. Portuguese didn't want to give up finishing the regular time with impressive 17-4 run. Actually Portugal had a chance for win but Faustino missed a jump shot at the buzzer. In the last minute and a half of extra time Luzia Lampreia and Filipa Bernardeco led winning 7-0 run for the final score 59-52. It is important to be mentioned that Portugal ended this game registering amazing 60 rebounds while 23 of those were at the offensive end.

Luzia Lampreia was the key player for her team today. He played almost the entire games recording double-double 17 points and 15 rebounds. Filipa Bernardeco also had important role in Portugal adding 15 points. As it was in the last game, Bar Galinski once again was the best player in Israel collecting fantastic 23 points and 19 rebounds. Avigel Cohen followed her finishing the game with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Next Portugal's rival in Bulgaria will be Greece while Israel will take on undefeated Denmark.

U16 Portugal - U16 Israel 59-52

   Division B. Preliminary Round Day 2 - Aug. 10, 2008
Preliminary Group A

U16 England - U16 Portugal 35-43
Portugal succeeded to grab the first win on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. As a remainder Portugal suffered defeat in the first round against Denmark, but this time England couldn't handle them. Thus England dropped on 0-2 in Preliminary Round A while Portugal improved to 1-1.

England had many troubles at the offensive end in this game. None of its players succeeded to finish it with double-digits. On the other side Portugal had two players in the right mood what was enough for the victory. Except of the first quarter, which England won 13-8, Portugal was the team which dominated almost the entire time. In this low-point game Portugal resolved the question about the winner in third quarter. Its players intensified defense which resulted with many turnovers by England (37 in total). Portuguese exploited this chance and through Daniela Domingues and Filipa Bernardeco ended this period 4-15. Until the end of the game England improved its offensive play but it was already too late for them.

Daniela Domingues paced her team to victory collecting 16 points and 5 rebounds. Filipa Bernardeco followed with 15 points and 6 rebounds. England got the most from Jamila Thompson, who scored 9 points including 6 boards while Temitope Fagbenle finished the game with 8 points and 12 rebounds. In the next round of U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria Portugal will meet Israel. On the other side England will take on Denmark.

U16 England - U16 Portugal 35-43
(13-8, 5-8, 4-15, 13-12)

England: Jamila Thompson 9 (6 rebs), Temitope Fagbenle 8 (12 rebs)
Portugal: Daniela Domingues 16 (5 rebs), Filipa Bernardeco 15 (6 rebs)

Pelin Gulbag (170-G-92) put Turkey in front 6:3 early in the encounter. Pelin Gulbag completed her 9-point tally in the first term and Turkey built a 27:7 advantage into the second stanza. Turkey maintained the margin and only 6 straight points late in the second frame allowed Lithuania to trim it to 16 at halftime. Morkunaite scored 7 points early in the third frame and Lithuania gradually cut the distance to 9 points. Morkunaite later hit back-to-back trebles as Baltic team came as close as 4 points from Turkey. Ozturk and Emel Guler (187-F-92) iced Lithuanian effort with jumpers and Turkey stayed away. Grigalauskyte dragged Lithuania within 6 points from their opponents late in the game but Turkey withstood the effort. Cakir connected from beyond the arc and silenced Lithuania. Ozturk, Pelin Gulbag and Emel Guler notched 10 points apiece for Turkey. Cora and Cakir had 9 points each in a win. Grigalauskyte answered with game-high 26 points and 15 boards for Lithuania. Morkunaite dropped 13 points in a losing effort. Lithuania enjoyed an advantage on the boards but converted only 29% from the field and committed 20 turnovers down the stretch.

Turkey U16: Ozturk 10, Pelin Gulbag 10, Emel Guler 10
Lithuania U16: Grigalauskyte 26+15 boards, Morkunaite 13

France U16 - Latvia U16 74:57
The reigning U16 European champions France began their title defense today in Katowice, Poland. They rout Latvia to grab the initial win at the preliminary Group A. French team opened the game confidently enough and enjoyed a 21:12 lead at the first break. France went on a 15:7 run in the second period to stretch the gap to 17 points. The margin remained and the teams went into the locker rooms with the scoreboard highlighting 40:23 for France. The game complexion of the game never changed after the long intermission. The one-way traffic continued with France piling up a massive 19-point advantage before the fourth term. The reigning champions kept their opponents at bay through the fourth quarter and scored an emphatic win at the end. Helena Akmouche (173-G-92) nailed 14 points to pace France. Adja Konteh (176-F-92) added 13 points, while Cornelie and Florine Basque (184-F-92) had 10 points apiece for the winners. Laura Ozolina (175-G/F-92) answered with 14 points and 8 boards for Latvia. Ieva Eida (176-G/F-92) knocked down 13 points in defeat. France outrebounded their counterparts 41:33 and forced Latvia to 25 turnovers. France also converted solid 46% from the field.

France U16: Preliminary Group A

U16 Portugal - U16 Denmark 45-47
Denmark grabbed victory against Portugal in the opening game of U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. These two teams are together with Greece, England and Israel placed into the Preliminary Group A. Two best ranked teams from this group will book a spot for the Qualifying Round.

It was a very exciting game until the end. Beginning of it belonged to Portugal, which created plus four after first ten minutes. At the center of the second period Portuguese extended their lead to 15 points, 29-14. It seemed that Denmark won't be able to do anything for the rest of the game. After the breather both teams continued with missing the shots, what was good for the official hosts in this game, which kept plus 10 heading into the last stanza. During the last 10 minutes Portuguese somehow totally stopped playing. They struggled a lot with organizing the plays making many mistakes and missing many shots. Anne Pedersen and Gritt Ryder led their team in this quarter closing it 2-14. Interesting is that both teams had poor shooting percentage. Portugal had even weaker digits recording just 26% for FG2 and 40% from the free throw line.

Anne Pedersen was the key player in Denmark collecting 14 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Gritt Ryder also shined for the winners adding 10 points and 4 boards. Portugal had just one player with double digits and it was Luzia Lampreia, who scored 10 points. Anne Andrade was behind her with just 6 points and 6 rebounds. In the next round Portugal will meet England while Denmark has a day-off.

U16 Portugal - U16 Denmark 45-47
(18-14, 14-10, 11-9, 2-14)

Portugal: Luzia Lampreia 10, Maria Andrade 6 (6 rebs)
Denmark: Anne Pedersen 14 (11 rebs, 5 as), Gritt Ryder 10 (4 rebs)

U20 Greece

   Division C. Finals - Jul. 20, 2008 
Final
Iceland U16 - Albania U16 74:41
Icelandic U16 National Team proved their excellent form beating Albania in the Final of the European Championship in Division C yesterday. Thus Iceland posted a perfect 4-0 record at the tournament and celebrated a well-deserved victory. Albanian side led 3:2 early on following a three-pointer from Metani. However Iceland quickly spurred ahead and treys from Traustadottir and Einarsdottir allowed them to open up a double-digit lead 17:7 late in the frame. Iceland bridged the quarters with a 13:0 run to accumulate a 27:7 lead. The margin was well maintained as Iceland rolled to a 39:23 advantage at halftime. Xhanaj opened the third frame with a basket but was answered with a 6:0 run from the Northern Europeans. Albania had little to oppose Iceland with and trailed by 24 points before the fourth period. Einarsdottir and Sverrisdottir opened the final quarter with 9 straight points to pile up an insurmountable 33-point advantage. Iceland then breezed to an overall victory and the European champions title. Maria Einarsdottir secured 16 points and 6 boards to pace Iceland. Gudbjorg Sverrisdottir (175-G-92) had 15 points. 16 boards and 8 steals for the winners. Ingrit Dashja answered with 11 points and 14 boards for Albania. Irisi Mustafa had 9 points in defeat.

Iceland U16: Maria Einarsdottir 16, Gudbjorg Sverrisdottir 15+16 boards, Dagmar Traustadottir 9
Albania U16: Ingrit Dashja 11+14 boards, Irisi Mustafa 9

Bronze Medals Game
Scotland U16 - Malta U16 68:49
Erin McGarrachan delivered 34 points and 12 boards to pace Scottish U16 Team past Malta in the consolation Final of the European Championship in Division C. Malta got a sizzling performance from Stephanie De Martino as she finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds but could not prevent her team from falling. Erin McGarrachan scored 9 points in the opening quarter but Malta still managed to grab a 17:16 lead at the end. Stephanie De Martino drained back-to-back trebles early in the second frame and Malta extended the lead to 5 points. However soon Lodge exploded with 5 points in a row to draw things level at 25. Erin McGarrachan then capped the first half with 5 straight points and Scottish team enjoyed a 30:27 advantage at the interval. Scotland made a decisive push early in the third stanza as they opened it on a 10:0 rally. Malta failed to answer and when Erin McGarrachan closed the quarter with 4 consecutive points Scotland led by as many as 17. McGarrachan completed her impressive tally in the fourth term and Scotland eased to an overall victory at the end. Jennifer Lynn secured 10 points for Scotland. Chloe Lodge notched 9 points in a winning effort. Rebecca Naudi secured 11 points and 13 rebounds for Malta. Louisa Serge delivered 6 points in defeat. Malta outrebounded the winners 49:40 but committed as many as 31 turnovers down the stretch. Scotland sank 41% from the field, while limiting Maltese team to only 26% accuracy.

Scotland U16: Erin McGarrachan 34+12 boards, Jennifer Lynn 10, Chloe Lodge 9
Malta U16: Stephanie De Martino 23+14 boards, Rebecca Naudi 11+13 boards

5th-6th spots
Monaco U16 - Gibraltar U16 53:46
Monaco U16: Cecilia Marechal 24, Annabelle Marin Cruz 12, Laura Veuillez 10
Gibraltar U16: Megan Martinez 14, Zainya Reyes 12<

   Division C. Semifinals - Jul. 19, 2008
Semifinals
Albania U16 - Scotland U16 59:57
Albanian U16 National Team edged the defending champions Scotland to advance to the Final of the European Championship in Division C. Yesterday Albanian team showed some heroics overcoming a 6-point halftime deficit and earning a difficult victory at the end. Albania got to a slightly better start to the game as they jumped ahead early on. Dashja and Mustafa once again were the main figures on the court for Albania as they ensured a 13:9 lead after the opening stanza. Scotland however quickly rebounded and answered with a rally fueled by Erin McGarrachan. Scottish team outscored their opponents 22:12 to accumulate a 31:25 advantage at the interval. Albania though were not surprised and kept mounting the pressure. They clipped the difference to just a single point at the end of the third stanza. Later Albania showed some defensive brilliancy as they limited Scottish players to just 11 points in the fourth stanza and pulled away with a hard-fought victory. Ingrit Dashja led the charge with 21 points and 13 boards. Irisi Mustafa had 16 points and 16 rebounds, while Merlina Metani secured 9 points for the winners. Erin McGarrachan answered with 23 points and 13 boards for Scotland. Jennifer Lynn provided 10 points and 8 boards in a loss. Albania had an edge under the rims as they outrebounded Scottish team 54:46. Scotland also shot just 1/25 from beyond the arc.
Albania will now take on Island in the championship game tonight. Scotland will be opposed by Malta in the consolation Final.

Albania U16: Ingrit Dashja 21+13 boards, Irisi Mustafa 16+16 boards, Merlina Metani 9
Scotland U16: Erin McGarrachan 23+13 boards, Jennifer Lynn 10

Iceland U16 - Malta U16 85:33
Icelandic Cadet Team cruised past Maltese counterparts in the semifinal of the European Championship in Division C yesterday. It was the third straight win for Iceland at the tournament and they advanced to the title decider to be played later tonight. Iceland will be opposed by Albanian team in the championship encounter. Malta meanwhile will take on Scotland in Bronze medals game. All players on Icelandic starting five delivered points as the team ran away to a 14:8 distance early in the first period. Magnusdottir and Einarsdottir teamed up for 12 points and Iceland stretched the gap to 28:15 at the end of the first period. Naudi and Cassar cut the distance to 11 points early in the second frame but Iceland answered with an 8:0 run to clear off. Sverrisdottir and Traustadottir capped the first half with Iceland leading 44:26. Traustadottir picked up from where she left in the second frame and notched 5 straight points to tip off the third one. The margin soon grew to 30 points as Iceland dominated the game. They entered the final period leading by 37 points and never looked back. Moreover Maltese offensive schemes collapsed as they managed just 2 point in the final stanza losing the game. Gudbjorg Sverrisdottir (175-G-92) led the winners with 14 points, 6 boards and 6 steals. Dagmar Traustadottir nailed 13 points, while Maria Einarsdottir had 11 for Iceland. Rebecca Naudi and Louisa Serge replied with 8 points apiece in a loss.

Iceland U16: Gudbjorg Sverrisdottir 14, Dagmar Traustadottir 13, Maria Einarsdottir 11
Malta U16: Louisa Serge 8, Rebecca Naudi 8

   Division C. Qualifying Round - Jul. 18, 2008
Malta U16 - Gibraltar U16 54:33
Maltese U16 National Team celebrated a much-needed win over Gibraltar and advanced to the semifinal of the European championship in Division C. They will face Iceland tonight. Stephanie De Martino knocked down 17 points to pace Malta to the win. Reyes scored 10 points in the first frame for Gibraltar as they jumped to an 18:17 lead ten minutes into action. But Malta struck back in the second period as they limited their opponents to a single point going on a 14:1 run. Malta piled up a 31:19 advantage at halftime. Reyes reminded of her brilliant form with 6 points in the third frame but Malta were alert. They caped the third quarter with straight points from Xuereb, Serge and Cassar for a 48:31 lead. Cassar and Micallef stretched the gap to 19 points early in the fourth stanza and Gibraltar never recovered. Naudi accumulated 13 points, while Serge had 7 in a win. Reyes replied with 17 points, 7 boards and 6 steals for Gibraltar. Currie tallied 7 points and 14 boards in defeat. Gibraltar outrebounded their opponents 49:39 but forced unbelievable 44 turnovers down the stretch. They also shot woeful 25% from the field, while allowing Malta to convert 34% of field goals.

Malta U16: Stephanie De Martino 17, Rebecca Naudi 13, Louisa Serge 7
Gibraltar U16: Zainya Reyes 17, Harriet Currie 7+14 boards

Monaco U16 - Albania U16 37:63
Irisi Mustafa scored 28 points and Albanian U16 National Team celebrated a cruising victory over hosting Monaco at the European championship in Division C. Albania thus advanced to the semifinal stage where they would face Scotland later today. The teams got to a sloppy start as Dashja broke the scoring deadlock just with over 2 minutes past. Lalaj and Xhanaj soon stretched the gap to 6:0 for Albania. Xhanaj added 4 more points and Albania finished the opening stanza ahead by 8 points 12:4. Frasnetti and Hocquard kept Monaco in the race at the start of the second period. However Irisi Mustafa soon found her touch as she delivered 6 points and Albania mounted a 24:14 advantage at the interval. Mustafa added 12 points in the third period and Albania kept the hosts at bay. They maintained a 19-point advantage at the end of the third period. Ceruti scored 4 straight points and Marechal added one early in the fourth to clip the deficit to 16 points but it was as close as Monaco could get. Irisi Mustafa, Dashja and Lalaj ignited another run from Monaco team and they never looked back again. Irisi Mustafa added 9 rebounds and 2 steals to her stats. Dashja and Xhanaj had 10 points apiece for the winners. Ceruti answered with 9 points and 15 boards for Monaco. Veuillez had 6 points and 12 boards in a losing effort.

Monaco U16: Helne Ceruti 9+15 boards, Laura Veuillez 6+12 boards
Albania U16: Irisi Mustafa 28, Ingrit Dashja 10, Enxhi Xhanaj 10

   Division C. The end of the Preliminary Round - Jul. 17, 2008
Principality of Monaco U16 - Scotland U16 24:67

Scotland U16 won the second game of Group A to reach the semifinal of the European Championship in Division C. In the second game the team destroyed Principality of Monaco U16 67:24. The favorites opened the game with 20-0 in the first quarter and later controlled the entire game. Mc Garrachan led the winners with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Lynn collected 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Rooney posted 11. Marechal top-scored for the hosts with 7 points and Marin Cruz added 6.
It took more than two minutes for the teams to score first in the game, however the hosts made it long time after. Scotland finished the opening quarter at 20-0 and even reached 22:0 in the beginning of the second. McKinlay was the last to have a tremendous streak with the favorites. Veuillez was the first to score for the hosts in the game to set up 1:22. It was her again to put 3 on the board for Principality of Monaco U16. McKinlay closed the half at 44:9 as both teams went to the lockers.
In the second half the teams played even as Principality of Monaco U16 had a good resistance. Anyway Scotland U16 won the third 12:8 and then the last 11:7.

Principality of Monaco U16:Marechal 7, Marin Cruz 6
Scotland U16:Mc Garrachan 18+7 rebs, Lynn, J. 12+12 rebs, Rooney, A. 11

Iceland U16 - Albania U16 71:49

Iceland U16 won Group B of European Championship in Division C. In the game for the first place in it the team overcame Albania U16 71:49. Iceland won all the quarters and easily reached 2-0 record in the group to advance to the semifinals of the tournament. Gudbjorg Sverrisdottir (175-G-92) led the winners with 20 points. Magnusdottir nailed 11, while Traustadottir produced 9. Dashja top-scored in defeat with 24 points and 14 rebounds and Mustafa collected 8 points and 18 rebounds.
Gudbjorg Sverrisdottir opened the campaign with a jump-shot as her team scored first 4 points in the game. Albania did not fall down and even grabbed the lead for a short period of time. Lalaj made two free throws for 12:11 lead in the opening tip. Her team however could not stay on track as Iceland won the first 20:14. Dashja reduced to 21:18, but then Iceland was too good for the opponent. They produced 21:14 in the period ta take 41:28 advantage at the half.
In the third quarter the game remained in the same current as the favorites controlled the game. Olafsdottir closed the third period at 60:40 as the teams were getting ready for the last quarter. It was a bit unpredictable as Iceland first started with 11-0 run and remained scoreless by the end of the game. Albania replied with 9-0 run to set up the final 71:49 score.

Iceland U16:Gudbjorg Sverrisdottir 20, Magnusdottir 11, Traustadottir 9
Albania U16: Dashja 24+14 rebs, Mustafa 8+18 rebs

Group A
1. Scotland 2 2/0 143/84 4
2. Malta 2 1/1 116/112 3
3. Principality of Monaco 2 0/2 60/123 2

Group B
1. Iceland 2 2/0 179/73 4
2. Albania 2 1/1 135/109 3
3. Gibraltar 2 0/2 62/194 2

Qualifying Round
17.07
Malta - Gibraltar
Albania -Principality of Monaco

   Division C. First games - Jul. 16, 2008
14.07
Scotland U16 - Malta U16 76:60

Scottish U16 National Team rolled to the initial victory at the European Championship in Division C. The event started on Monday in Monaco and featured six teams. Scotland entered the tournament as the defending champions as they celebrated the title in 2006. The teams looked well-matched in the opening stanza with Scotland earning an 18:15 lead ten minutes into the action. However Erin McGarrachan proved the difference later on. She was merely unstoppable in the paint and ignited a massive rally from Scottish team that left Malta far behind. Scotland accumulated a 38:23 lead at halftime and never looked back afterwards. Malta managed to clip the deficit by a single point in the third frame but it was not enough to spark the intrigue. Scottish team breezed to an overall win at the end. Erin McGarrachan exploded with massive 36 points and 12 boards for Scotland. Jennifer Lynn posted 14 points, while Emilia Rossi had 12 in a winning case. Stephanie De Martino answered with 16 points and 14 boards for Malta. Rebecca Naudi notched 15 points and 9 rebounds in a loss. Two best teams of each group will await their opponents in the semis. Two other semifinals will be decided on in the qualifying round. Scotland will play against Monaco tonight.

Scotland U16: Erin McGarrachan 36+12 boards, Jennifer Lynn 14, Emilia Rossi 12
Malta U16: Stephanie De Martino 16+14 boards, Rebecca Naudi 15

Albania U16 - Gibraltar U16 86:38
Albania U16 smashed Gibraltar U16 at the European Championship in Division C. It was a slow start from both teams but Albania jumped on top, 12:10. Later on they controlled the game increasing the lead from quarter to quarter. The last period saw Albanian team too good for the opponent as they had 35:4 in it. Dashja led the winners with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Lalaj ended up with 11, while Metani had 9. Currie top-scored with 15 points in defeat and Reyes had 14.

Albania U16:Dashja 20+15 rebs, Lalaj 11, Metani 9
Gibraltar U16: Currie 15, Reyes 14

15.07
Iceland U16 - Gibraltar U16 108:24

Icelandic U16 National Team got to a flying start of their European Championship in Division C campaign. Yesterday they blew out Gibraltar to post the first win in the preliminary Group B. The pool also features Albania and Iceland will play against them today to decide on the winner of the Group. The top team will automatically secure the semifinal appearance. The second and third teams of the group will play in the qualifying round for a chance to join in the semis stage. Iceland looked too good for Gibraltar in this one. They stunned their opponents in the opening stanza 37:4. Gibraltar never recovered losing the second stanza 31:8 and trailing by unassailable 56 points at halftime. Iceland completed the task in the second half finalizing an impressive rout. Gudbjorg Sverrisdottir (175-G-92) led the action with 24 points and 9 boards for Iceland. Bergdis Ragnarsdottir delivered 15 points and 9 boards, while Heidrun Kristmundsdottir contributed 12 points for the winners. Zainya Reyes knocked down 10 points for Gibraltar but committed massive 16 turnovers down the stretch. Iceland will take on Albania later tonight. Gibraltar lost two games in a row and would face the second-best team from Pool A in the qualifying round.

Iceland U16: Gudbjorg Sverrisdottir 24, Bergdis Ragnarsdottir 15, Heidrun Kristmundsdottir 12
Gibraltar U16: Zainya Reyes 10

Malta U16 - Principality of Monaco U16 56:36
Maltese Cadet team rebounded

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