Russia U16 captures Gold in Greece - Aug.
22, 2010 FINAL Russia - Croatia
Russia U16 captures Gold at the European Championship Women 2010 in Greece. In
the Final game Russia edged Croatia 71:53 due to the victories in all the
quarters. Russia started the game with 10-0 run and never looked behind in the
game. Grishkevich nailed three for 16:7 and Byazrova gave the winners 21:15.
Marchenkova drove a lay-up for 25:17 at the end of the quarter another lay-up
from the player brought 30:17 in the beginning of the second period. Cvitkovic
reduced to 31:21 and Majstorovic was the last to score in the half at 38:28.
Packovski scored for 41:33 and Chiabov pulled Croatia within 5 at 45:40. Russia
responded with 7-0 run to take 52:40 and Sych closed the period at 56:44. In the
last frame Russia used a special strategy of the game. Instead of tough defense,
they went on a bigger lead and reached 70:50 when Grishkevich made two free
throws. Sorokina scored the last points for the winners, while Dzankic made the
final result. Shchetina paced all the winners with 15 points and Marchenkova
netted 13. Gladkova posted 12 and Grishkevich chipped in 10. Cvitkovic ended up
with 17 points in the losing effort as Croatia enjoys Silver. Dzankic nailed 8
and Begic scored 7.
3rd place France - Serbia
France captures Bronze at the U16 European Championship Women 2010. In their
last game they rolled over Serbia 50:44 as the latter finished 4th tournament.
More than 1200 fans came to see the game for the third place in Kozani. Ayayi
scored the first two points for the winners, while Stanacev responded for 9:7.
Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) closed the first period for 12:10 making a free
throw. Epoupa tied the game at 12:12 and Djaldi-Tabdi increased to 22:14. Ayayi
poured in two for 28:18, while Jankovic cut it to 28:19 at the halftime.
Natasa Kovacevic brought 32:26 Vidakovic cut it to 37:31.
Natasa Kovacevic was the last to score in the third period for 39:34 as
Serbia won the frame 15-11. Serbia continued to play better and better and
Natasa Kovacevic tied the game at 42:42. France meanwhile answered with 8-0
run to seal the victory. Mandic drove a lay-up at the very end to close the
game. Epoupa and Ayayi top-scored for the winners with 11 points each, while
Koundouno collected 9 points and 13 rebounds.
Natasa Kovacevic notched 13 points in the losing case and Mandic added 8.
5-6 places Spain - Turkey
Spain is fifth at the U16 European Championship Women after the last win tonight
in Greece. Spain secured the fifth place in a real defensive battle with Turkey.
Due to the second half Spain won 45:39 as the teams finished the tournament.
Turkey started with 5-0 run and kept the opponents scoreless for the first 4
minutes. Senyurek scored for 9:1 and she also made two free throws for 13:8. De
Alfredo closed the first period at 13:10 making a jump shot. Montoliu tied the
game at 13:13, while Turkey erupted with 7-0 run for 20:13. Aydin was the last
to score at the half for 24:15. Turkey led 28:17, but could not win the game.
Spain bounced back for 29:26 when Aliaga made a jump shot.
Irene Gari (184-F-94) reduced to 31:28 at the end of the third period as
Spain won the frame 13-7.
Irene Gari also scored another three for 31:31 and then Spain went on a
lead. Montoliu added for 41:33, whilst
Irene Gari scored for 44:36. Aydin responded from the perimeter to make the
final score in the game.
Irene Gari poured in 19 points for the winners and Montoliu netted 9. Aydin
finished the game with 12 points in the losing effort as Turkey is on the 6th
spot. Senyurek collected 9 points and 16 rebounds, while Comba netted 5.
7-8 place Holland - Belgium
Netherlands U16 edged Belgium U16 for the 7th place at the European
Championship. The Dutch team produced a final 65:56 win to end up on a higher
spot. Treffers brought the winners the first points and later Hind Ben
Abdelkader tied the game at 4:4. The score was tied several times in the frame,
while Cornelius closed the period at 21:19. Harris made 32:23 as Holland
finished an 11-0 run. Goyvaerts cut it to 36:27 and
Antonia Delaere (174-G-94) was the last to post in the second frame for
38:29. Netherlands U16 again pushed the tempo for the bigger lead and Treffers
scored for 44:29. Slim gave Holland 46:34, while Belgium finished the period
with 6-0 run for 47:43. Moreover Goyvaerts reduced to 49:46 and
Antonia Delaere for 53:50. It was however the last push of the Belgian team
that had to admit the loss. Holland scored more points int he final stanza to
seal the victory. Treffers paced all the winners with 12 points and 10 rebounds,
while Droste delivered 11. Hind Ben Abdelkader ended up with 16 points in the
losing effort as Belgium is 8th.
Antonia Delaere netted 14 and Goyvaerts notched 10.
Group G Belarus - Poland
Belarus overcame Poland in the last game of the European Championship in Greece
but it wasn't sufficient to avoid relegation. In the Classification Round for
13th to 16th places Belarus defeated Poland 55:50 as both teams finished with
3-3 records. In the start of the Classification Round Polish U16 team earned the
second win as they stunned Belarus 66:27. In order to advance Belarus had to
smash Poland by 39 points. Only at the end of the first frame Belarus took 10:9
lead and Rudzka gave Poland 14:13. The second period gave Belarus a small chance
when they stormed with 17-4 run.
Yuliya Haponava (184-F-94) made a lay-up for 30:18 at the halftime. Moreover
Yuliya Haponava brought 42:22 and Belarus needed another 20. Wisniewska
however reduce to 45:30 at the end of the third stanza. Poland decided not to
wait until the end of the game and won the last period 20-10 to confirm the
participation in Division A next year. Kalenta top-scored for the winners with
15 points and 10 rebounds, while
Yuliya Haponava nailed 11. Papova collected 10 points and 13 rebounds, while
Voishal netted also 10 points. Rudzka responded with 10 points in the losing
effort and Blicharz posted 9.
Italy - Lithuania
Lithuania U16 farewell to Division A with the win over Italy in their last game
at the Classification Round for 13th to 16th places. The Baltic side won 62:58
but finished the tournament on the last spot. The game did not decide anything
for both teams but both squads showed their best in the last game. Brusokaite
started for the Baltic side and Reggiani scored the first points for Italy.
Lithuania pushed the tempo at the end of the frame and Zilyte closed it at
24:16. Italy however opened the second period with 6-2 run as Minali reduced to
26:22. Lithuania won the second quarter as well and enjoyed 38:26 at the
halftime. Bona cut it to 38:31 and Kruckauskaite scored for 45:33.
Laura Zelnyte (185-F-94) made a free throw for Lithuania at 49:37 at the end
of thirty minutes. In the last frame Italy looked much better and won the stanza
21-13. They could not however to come closer to the winners as Lithuania
celebrated the initial victory at the tournament.
Laura Zelnyte top-scored for the winners with 14 points for 1-5 record in
Group G. Brusokaite posted 12 and Jasiunskaite chipped in 11. Reggiani finished
the night with 16 points in the losing effort and Zanetti added 7.
Day: 8 (Semi-Finals) - Aug.
21, 2010 SEMIFINAL Croatia - Serbia
Croatia became another Finalist of the U16 European Championship in Greece. The
team won over Serbia 64:51 in the last game of the day to face Russia tomorrow
for Gold. The game between two neighbors was expected a lot in Kozani. Croatia
won the opening tip 6:1 and
Cigic (174-G-94) scored for 14:8. She also closed the first frame from the
free throw line giving Croatia 18:8 lead. Tikvic nailed two for 22:14 and
Cigic brought 26:17. Serbia however managed to win the frame 12-11, while
Cigic sent the teams to the lockers for 29:20. With another 8-0 run Croatia
opened the third period and of course never looked behind after. Natasa
Kovacevic nailed three for 44:31 and Cvitkovic posted two for 47:33. Cvitkovic
Ruzica Dzankic (180-F/G-94) made 57:40 on the board, while Boskovic scored
for 60:44. Vidakovic was the last to score in the game but Croatia celebrated
64:51 to take the Final ticket. Begic and
Ruzica Dzankic paced all the winners with 12 points each. Tikvic ended up
with 10 points and
Cigic posted 9. Natasa Kovacevic answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds,
while Vidakovic netted 7. Russia - France
Russia U16 reached the Final of the U16 European Championship. The team overcame
the French outfit 66:59 in Kozani. Sych and Shchetina brought 3-0 in the opening
tip and the latter also scored for 11:4. Ayayi netted for 13:7 but Russia closed
the first period with 5-0 run for 18:7. Marchenkova continued the run for 20:7
in the start of the second period and Levchenko improved to 25:11. Ayayi sent
both squads to the lockers at 29:18 after 11-11 in the frame. Shchetina made
four free throws in the third period for 35:23, while Epoupa cut it to 35:25.
Gladkova made a jump shot for 42:32 and her last lay-up in the frame gave Russia
47:34. Gladkova also opened the last period for 49:34 and Novikova netted two
for 53:39. It seemed that Russia would easily lead to the easy win but France
was too far to give up.
Lidija Turcinovic (178-G-94) cut it to 56:54 and Epoupa tied it at 59:59.
Russia however closed the game with 7-0 run for the final success. Shchetina
top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Marchenkova nailed
13, while Gladkova and Novikova scored 10 each. Epoupa resisted with 19 points,
7 rebounds and 6 assists, whilst Ayayi notched 16 points.
5-8 places Belgium - Turkey
Turkey proved their ambitions for at least 5th place after the win over Belgium
at the Classification Game for 5-8 places in Greece at the U16 European
Championship. Turkey rolled over the opponents 62:45 and will meet Spain
tomorrow. Turkey tried to go on a lead immediately, however Belgium started also
well. Lambert scored for 15:11 and
Merve Aydin (174-G-94) tied the quarter at 15:15. Adams nailed three for
21:20, while Turkey won the rest of the half. Yusufoglu closed the first half at
33:23 as her team won the frame 18-8. Turkey never looked behind after and only
increased their deficit.
Merve Aydin made a jump shot at the end of thirty minutes for 49:37, while
Dogan netted two for 55:39 early in the fourth. Bayraktar nailed three that was
the last successful shot in the game for the total win. Coklar led the way with
12 points to recover from the loss last night. Yusufoglu nailed 11 and
Merve Aydin added 10. Delaere poured in 14 points, whilst Adams finished the
game with 6 in defeat. In another game Spain U16 limited the Dutch side to 38
points in the Classification Game for 5-8 places in Greece at the U16 European
Championship. Spain won 52:36 to play tomorrow with Turkey. Holland - Spain
Spain U16 limited the Dutch side to 38 points in the Classification Game for 5-8
places in Greece at the U16 European Championship. Spain won 52:36 to play
tomorrow with Turkey. Both squads suffered the losses last night in the
Quarterfinals and managed somehow to recover. Spain started with 7-0 run as
Faussurier made the jump shot in the opening tip. Balart brought 15:5 and
Marta Montoliu (182-G-94) closed the period at 21:9. Correa increased to
25:11, while Balart gave her side 30:15 at the halftime. The tempo continued to
be slow in the game as the teams paid too much attention in defense. After 12-5
in the third frame Spain enjoyed 42:20 lead. There were no questions even in the
start of the last period about the winner. Although Netherlands produced 16-10
in the last stanza they could only reduce the gap. Droste drove a lay-up at the
very end to reduce to 52:36 on the board.
Marta Montoliu and Balart top-scored for the winners with 9 points and
Arrojo added 8. Klerx responded with 9 points in the losing case and Slim netted
9-10 places Czech Republic - Greece
Czech Republic U16 beat the hosts for the 9th spot at the U16 European
Championship in Greece. The winners produced a 78:52 victory as both squads
finished their campaign at the tournament this year. No matter how different the
teams looked in the Qualifying and Preliminary Rounds, the last game was special
for both of them. Greece as the hosts wanted to win their last game, while Czech
Republic desired a higher place. After 13:11 in the middle of the quarter the
guests created a 13-0 run when Severova closed the period at 26:11. The run
continued in the second period and reached 22-0 run in total. Matulkova scored
for 35:11 and it became clear about the winner. Pohunkova downed the hosts at
47:17 at the halftime. In the second period Greece started to play better and
both squads nailed 22 points each in the third period. Papavasileiou closed the
quarter with a jump shot for 69:39 advantage. Kyratzi nailed three in the start
of the last frame and Papavasileiou reduced to 69:44.
Kamila Hoskova (174-F-95) made the last two free throws in the game for the
last victory. Pohunkova poured in 11 points for the winners and Vyoralova
followed her with 10. Severova and Havlikova ended up with 9 points for the win.
Kyratzi brought 12 points in the losing effort, while Fouraki and Ioannidou
added 10 each.
11-12 places Sweden - Finland
Sweden clinched 11th place at the 2010 U16 European Championship Women in
Ptolemaida and Kozani. The team needed overtime in the Scandinavian derby to
beat Finland 64:62 in the last game for both teams. Frykbo made the jump shots
for the Swedish side in the opening tip and Leino gave Finland 11:6 later in the
period. Rantanen increased the lead to 18:9, while Frykbo closed the frame at
21:13. Leino scored for 26:15 and Karkkainen sent the teams to the lockers for
31:22. Sweden started to come closer in the third period and Hersler posted two
for 33:30. Iderstal nailed three for 37:36 and she also made a jump shot for
40:38. Finland had 10 points deficit with 4 minutes in the quarter but could not
win the game. A 13-0 run gave Sweden 55:52, while Kuisma tied it all at 56:56
after four quarters. In overtime Sweden won 8-6 to grab the last victory.
Elme Hansson (180-F-94) made the final free throw in the game for 64:62.
Hersler collected 16 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Frykbo netted 12
Elme Hansson chipped in 11. Karkkainen ended up with 15 points in the losing
effort as Finland finished on the 12th spot. Leino nailed 13 and Kuisma poured
Group G Lithuania - Poland
Poland overcame Lithuania at the Classification Round of the U16 European
Championship. The winners improved to 3-2 record after 58:51 win however will
need to win tomorrow in order to remain in Division A. Lithuania desired to
taste the first win and Kruckauskaite brought them 8:4. Brusokaite scored for
17:8 and Wisniewska closed the period at 17:10. Poland however needed the win
more to remain alive for staying in Division A. Wisniewska tied the game at
17:17 closing 7-0 run for Poland and Blicharz brought 21:20 lead. Tamasauskaite
nailed three for 30:26 at the halftime.
Kinga Wozniak (166-G-94) tied it again at 30:30 and Owczarzak gave Poland
43:40. Miloszewska closed the period at 45:40 as her team won the frame 19-10.
The intrigue continued in the last quarter as well but Poland managed to keep
the lead. Owczarzak scored for 52:49, while Jaworska added two for 56:51.
Miloszewska was the last to score in the game for the final victory. Blicharz
paced all the winners with 16 points.
Kinga Wozniak notched 11, whilst Owczarzak added 9. Tamasauskaite ended up
with 14 points in the losing effort and Kruckauskaite posted 8. Italy - Belarus
Italy continues to prove that they are too good for other opponents at the
Classification Round of the U16 European Championship. Italy beat Belarus one
more time 64:46 for 5-0 record. The teams exchanged the baskets in the opening
tip and Ramo scored six points in a row for 11:6. Zizola closed the first period
for 17:11 and Reggiani brought 21:13. Holubeva reduced to 21:20 and again her
shot changed 26:23 on the board. Papova changed the score on the board for 33;25
at the halftime. Italy won also the third period 14-10 as Gombac scored the 47th
team point. Peresson opened the last quarter with a lay-up and Bona increased to
52:37. Italy produced 17-11 in the stanza for the fifth victory in Group G.
Giulia Scaramuzza (167-G-94) paced all the winners with 12 points and
Reggiani, Orazzo and Minali poured in 9 each. Haponava collected 14 points and
12 rebounds in defeat and Holubeva scored 9.
Day: 7 (Quarter-Finals) - Aug.
20, 2010 Quarterfinal Spain - France
France U16 gets the last train to the Semifinals after a thriller over Spain at
the U16 European Championship. France grabbed 60:57 win to face Russia in the
1/2 Finals. Badiane started with with a lay-up and Epoupa scored for 12:11.
Ayayi went on a free-throw line to score two for 21:15. Marin pulled her side to
25:23, while Montoliu reduced to 30:29 at the halftime. It was hot in the court
in the third period as well and Aliaga nailed three for 37:36 midway through the
third period. Epoupa scored three for the French outfit and
Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) cut it to 49:47 at the end of three quarters. No
matter how hard Spain tried to recover, they could not step in front. Epoupa
made the final shot for the winners to bring the necessary win. Epoupa poured in
21 points for the winners. Ayayi nailed 11, while Turcinovic netted 8.
Elena De Alfredo finished the night with 19 points in the losing effort and
Aliaga notched 11. In the Semifinal France will face Russia U16 that became the
first Semifinalist of the 2010 U16 European Championship Women in Kozani. Russia
grabbed a 80:58 win to prove the ambitions for the higher place. Russia - Holland
Russia U16 became the first Semifinalist of the 2010 U16 European Championship
Women in Kozani. Russia grabbed a 80:58 win to prove the ambitions for the
higher place. Razheva gave Russia the first lead and Sych scored for 12:7.
Sorokina brought 16:12, while Treffers reduced to 20:19. Sorokina opened the
second period for 22:19, while again Treffers cut it to 26:25. Razheva later
closed a 7-0 run for her team and Shchetina scored for 39:31. Treffers sent the
teams to the lockers for 39:32. Zappeij nailed five points in a row for the
Dutch side to bring them back to 42:41. Marchenkova however pulled Russia to
54:44 in the carousel quarter.
Ekaterina Ryabova (180-G-94) closed it at 62:46 as Russia won the third
stanza 23-14. Russia also won the last period 18-12 and rightfully clinched the
place at the Semifinals. Marchenkova top-scored for the winners with 19 points
and 10 rebounds. Razheva collected 17 points and 9 rebounds, while
Ekaterina Ryabova netted 11. Treffers ended up with 23 points and 13
rebounds, whilst Zappeij scored 10. Croatia - Belgium
Croatia advanced to the Semifinals at the U16 European Championship Women. In
the tough Quarterfinal game they edged Belgium U16 56:51 as the latter will play
for 5-8 places. Humblet nailed three in the start of the game and Adams made the
same for 6:2. Another three-pointer from Adams brought 14:8 and Packovski closed
the frame at 14:12. The second period however belonged to Croatia as Begic at
first tied the game at 14:14.
Andrijana Cvitkovic (186-C-94) gave her side 26:17 and she scored the last
points for Croatia in the quarter. The last free throw from the top-scorer gave
them 30:25 at the halftime. The battle continued in the court and Delaere
reduced to 34:31. Dzankic closed a 7-0 run for 41:31 and Delaere was the last to
score in the frame at 43:39. Moreover Lebrun nailed three for 45:44, while
another three-pointer from her pulled Belgium in front at 47:45. Begic brought
her side back at 51:47 and
Andrijana Cvitkovic increased to 54:49. The latter also was the last to
score at the game for 56:51 Croatian win.
Andrijana Cvitkovic paced all the winners with 17 points for the 1/2 spot.
Cigic nailed 11, while Packovski scored 9. Lebrun answered with 20 points in the
losing effort and Humblet netted 14. Turkey - Serbia
Serbia eliminate perfect Turkey from the medals in Greece of the U16 European
Championship Women. Serbia handed Turkey 54:49 loss as the favorite had to stop
in the Quarterfinals. Vuckovic gave the winners the first lead and Aydin later
tied it at 8:8. Turkey later stepped in front and enjoyed 19:12 at the end of
the period. Serbia could not score in the first 5 minutes of the second period
and Nakas later nailed three for 26:16.
Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) closed the half at 28:19 as Turkey won the frame
9-7. Although Serbia won the third period 16-10, Turkey kept 38:35 lead after
three quarter. Boskovic tied it later at 47:47, while Turkey equalized at 49:49.
Natasa Kovacevic delivered a three pointer just in time to avoid a shot
clock violation. Serbia went up by three again with 22 seconds to go. After
Turkey's following possession failed Aleksandra Stanacev sank two free throws to
make the Serbian triumph perfect.
Natasa Kovacevic top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 14 rebounds,
while Vuckovic added 16. Nakas ended up with 15 points in the losing effort.
Aydin netted 11 and Senyurek notched 10. In the Semifinal Serbia will face
Croatia advanced to the Semifinals at the U16 European Championship Women. In
the tough Quarterfinal game they edged Belgium U16 56:51 as the latter will play
for 5-8 places.
9-12 place Sweden - Czech Republic
Czech Republic U16 outscores the Scandinavian team in Greece and will play
tomorrow for the 9th place at the U16 European Championship. Czech Republic U16
rolled over Sweden U16 57:51 in Ptolemaida. Czech Republic U16 took 3-0 after a
slow start, when Sweden had difficulties to post the first points. Enlund later
gave them 7:5 and Hersler nailed three for 12:7. Czech Republic bounced back
with 8-0 run as
Dominika Pohunkova (168-G-94) made a lay-up to close the quarter at 15:12.
Andelova scored for 21:20 and Samkova added for 25:22. Hansson sent the teams to
the lockers at 29:24. Hansson also nailed two for 31:28, but then Czech Republic
went on a bigger lead. Salacova made the score 43:31 as the squads finished
three quarters of the game. Sweden however won the last frame 20-14 as it was
enough only to reduce the gap.
Dominika Pohunkova and Salacova poured in 11 points each for the winners.
Hersler ended up with 15 points in the losing effort. Hansson posted 13 and
Mellstrom added 6. On Saturday Czech Republic will face Greece won the thriller
over Finland to play for the 9th place at the U16 European Championship.
Forgetting 3-17 in the second quarter, Greece grabbed 62:60 victory. Greece - Finland
Greece won the thriller over Finland to play for the 9th place at the U16
European Championship. Forgetting 3-17 in the second quarter, Greece grabbed
62:60 victory. Papavasileiou nailed three in the opening tip for the Greek side
and Fouraki increased to 10:1. Finland managed to get on track and
Vilma Purhonen (183-F-95) closed the first period 18:15. The second quarter
however was a disaster for Greece. Finland exploded with 17-3 in the next 10
minutes to take 32:21 lead at the halftime when Korhonen closed the second
period. Rantanen scored for 36:28 and Korhonen added two for 44:32. Kotoula cut
it to 47:39 at the end of thirty minutes. Jamsa made two free throws for
53;43and it seemed the Scandinavian team would benefit from the game. Trailing
10 points with 3 minutes in the game, Greece however was lucky to win. With 14-2
run Papavasileiou brought the necessary victory for the winners. Papavasileiou
stepped up with 15 points for the winners. Fouraki collected 11 points and 11
rebounds, while Tarla also scored 11 points.
Vilma Purhonen, Korhonen and Jamsa finished the night with 10 points each in
the losing effort. On Saturday Greece will play against Czech Republic U16 that
outscored the Scandinavian team in Greece and will play tomorrow for the 9th
place at the U16 European Championship. Czech Republic U16 rolled over Sweden
U16 57:51 in Ptolemaida.
Group G Poland - Italy
Italy U16 remains in Division A after another win at the Classification Round of
the U16 European Championship. The team improved to 4-0 record beating Poland
61:58 as the latter looked better in the majority of the game. Miloszewska gave
Poland the first lead and Naczk scored for 5:4. Poland won the opening period,
but lost all the quarters in the game. Wisniewska increased to 17:11, while
Orazzo gave Italy 21:19 lead. Scaramuzza was the last to score at the half as
the teams went to the lockers. The teams exchanged the lead several times, while
Blicharz gave Poland 37:33. Italy won the frame 12-11 but Poland kept 41:40
advantage. Blicharz scored for 46:42 and Rudzka netted for 53:44. Italy needed a
7-0 run and Bona cut it to 53:51.
Giulia Gombac (178-F/G-94) tied the game at 58:58 and Peresson hit three for
61:58 for the surprising victory.
Giulia Gombac poured in 13 points for the winners to keep them perfect at
the Classification Round. Orazzo netted 9, while Reggiani added 7. Blicharz and
Miloszewska posted 14 points each in the losing effort and Jaworska netted 12. Belarus - Lithuania
The game between Belarus and Lithuania was the first to be finished at the 2010
U16 European Championship Women in Ptolemaida. Belarus remained Lithuania
winless after 67:44 win and improved to 2-2 record. It was an easy start for
Belarus that opened the game with 14-0 run. Zelnyte nailed two to close the
nightmare for the Lithuanian team and Jasiunskaite reduced to 22:14 after the
first quarter. Voishal made two free throws for 24:14 and Pratasevich added two
for 30:17. Kalenta drove a lay-up for 34:27 halftime advantage. The intrigue was
not over and Matuzonyte cut it to 36:30 early int he third period. Another 17-0
run however sent the Baltic side to shock and they could not stay on race
anymore. Haponava made a jump shot for 55:32 and Kazlauskaite closed the frame
at 55:37. With the defensive 12-7 score in the last stanza Belarus reached the
second win. Haponava brought the last points for the winners to seal 67:44
victory. Voishal paced all the winners with 16 points, while
Alena Holubeva (176-G-94) netted 13. Papova collected 12 points and 11
rebounds and Kalenta also scored 12. Kazlauskaite brought 10 points for the
Baltic side and Jasiunskaite nailed 9.
Day: 6 (Qualifying Round) - Aug.
18, 2010 Group E Croatia - Finland
Croatia improved at 4-1 record in the second place in Group E at the Qualifying
Round of the U16 European Championship. They knocked down Finland today to stay
on top of the ladder. Finland slipped at 0-5 record after the defeat. Croatia
ensured a 9:4 start to the game. But Finland reacted equally as they went on a
9:0 run to take a 13:9 lead at the first break. Kuisma opened the second quarter
with a three-pointer to boost the lead. Croatia needed an 11:2 rally to surge
back in front. The lead changed hands for several times before Croatia sealed
the first half outcome at 28:27. Croatia went on a 9:2 spurt midway through the
third quarter to post a 39:32 advantage. They gradually cleared off to enjoy a
45:35 buffer at the final intermission.
Ivana Tikvic (189-C/F-94) ignited a 7:0 run from Croatia at the start of the
fourth stanza as they left Finland far behind and never looked back.
Ivana Tikvic finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds to pace the effort.
Anja Majstorovic added 7 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Anni Karkkainen
replied with 17 points for Finland. Anni Jamsa netted 13 points in the loss. France - Russia
Russia won Group E at the Qualifying Round of the U16 European Championship.
They handled France to advance into the quarterfinal stage from the top position
in the pool. Russia will now face Netherlands, while France will take on Spain
in the playoffs. It was the first defeat for France at the tournament. Russia
surged ahead early in the encounter and posted a 17:11 lead ten minutes into the
clash. Ekaterina Ryabova and Novikova stretched the margin to 10 points at the
beginning of the second term. But France reacted with nine points in a row to
trim the distance. Russia stayed in front and ensured a 36:29 lead at halftime.
Alexandra Marchenkova helped Russia stay in charge throughout the third quarter.
Ekaterina Ryabova capped the third term with a treble as Russia posted a 53:44
lead. Alexandra Marchenkova and Shchetina tipped off the fourth quarter with
four points in a row and Russia did not look back en route to the victory.
Alexandra Marchenkova notched 15 points for Russia.
Natalia Grishkevich (175-G-94) added 13 points in the winning effort. Olivia
Epoupa replied with 14 points and 10 rebounds for France. Valeriane Ayayi
finished with 11 points in the loss. Sweden - Serbia
Serbia have entered the quarterfinal stage at the U16 European Championship in
Greece. They knocked down Swedish counterparts to earn the fourth position in
the Qualifying Round Group E. Natasa Kovacevic produced 23 points and 9 rebounds
for the winners. Serbia will face Turkey in the playoffs. Natasa Kovacevic
knocked down 8 points in the first frame to put Serbia in charge. The Balkan
team posted a 16:11 lead at the first break. Jankovic tipped off the second
frame with four points in a row as Serbia kept on rolling. They grabbed a
14-point lead soon. Natasa Kovacevic finished the first half up by 15 points
41:26. The third term turned out disastrous for the Scandinavian team. They
accounted for just 4 points and faced a 32-point deficit at the final
intermission. Sweden never recovered and allowed Serbia to cruise to the victory
at the end.
Sanja Mandic (177-G-95) notched 20 points and 8 rebounds for Serbia. Tamara
Novic added 9 points for the winners. Linnea Frykbo replied with 11 points for
Sweden. Paulina Hersler tallied 10 points in the loss.
Group F Greece - Spain
Spain U16 sent the hosts out of the Quarter-Final as they won the thriller in
Kozani. Spain finished the Qualifying Round with 3-2 record after 45:43 victory.
More than 1200 local fans tried hard to support the team bit Greece finished
with 1-4 record that was not enough to advance. The teams could not score in the
game for the first three minutes, while Gari brought the first points for the
guests. Arrojo made a lay-up for 11:5 that was the last shot in the first
period. Greece meanwhile started the second period with 6-0 run and Fouraki tied
it at 11:11. Marin brought Spain 20:16 and Aliaga remained Spain in front at
23:20 after the half. Kyratzi tied it again at 23:23 as Spain could not score
for the first 4 minutes in the third period. Gonzalez scored for 30:26 and
Sideri closed the third frame at 30:29. The last quarter was a real thriller in
the court as both sides desired to win. Tarla gave the hosts 38:37 as it became
the last lead of Greece. Gari delivered for 45:40 and Priona made the last score
on the board.
Marles Balart (182-F/C-94) exploded with 11 points and 28 rebounds. Aliaga
and Gari followed her with 9 points apiece. Priona and Tarla answered with 9
points each in the losing effort and Sideri added 8. Holland - Czech Republic
Even with the loss Netherlands U16 advanced to the Quarter-Final of the U16
European Championship Women. Czech Republic U16 beat them 63:52 but remained
last with 1-4 record. Czech Republic opened the game with 6-0 run and Salacova
added two for 10:6. Vejsadova closed another 7-0 run for 20:8 midway through the
first period. Peters closed the frame as she made two free throws for the Dutch
Tereza Vyoralova (176-G-94) gave Czech Republic 24:13 and Duskova scored for
30:19. After 15-15 in the quarter the score was 35:25 for Czech Republic at the
halftime. Treffers reduced to 39:35, while Salacova closed the third period at
43:36. It was a defensive frame that brought 11:8 for the Dutch team. Czech
Republic however bounced back and Matulkova increased the lead to 50:39. Hoskova
scored for 56:49 and Kathmann cut it to 58:52. Czech Republic needed 5-0 run at
the very end to win the game.
Tereza Vyoralova top-scored for the winners with 12 points for 2-3 record.
Matulkova netted 11 and Salacova collected 10 points and 14 rebounds. Treffers
brought her side 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Slim added 6 in defeat. Belgium - Turkey
Turkey won Group F of the U16 European Championship Women. The favorites rolled
over Belgium 77:63 as the latter also advanced to the Quarterfinals. Turkey
extended their winning streak in the tournament to five games. Belgium couldn't
stop their opponents and had to accept a clear loss. Adams brought Belgium the
first points and Bende scored for 9:8. Later Turkey however grabbed the lead and
Merve Aydin (174-G-94) with a three closed the opening quarter. Nakas made
it 30:24 and Dogan increased to 40:29. Adams was the last to score at the half
for 44:32 halftime score. Emirtekin scored the first four points for the winners
in the third period and
Merve Aydin brought 52:35. Emirtekin netted another two, while Bende closed
the run for Belgium. Lebrun gave Belgium 43:56 at the end of thirty minutes. The
last period became offensive and productive for the teams as they scored 41
points together. Turkey won 21-20 to add it to the total success.
Merve Aydin paced all the winners with 20 points for 5-0 record. Koksal
collected 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Emirtekin added 11. Adams ended up
with 16 points in the losing case and Lebrun posted 13.
Group G Poland - Belarus
Polish U16 team earned the second win in the classification round of the
European Championship in Greece. They stunned Belarus to improve at 2-1 record
in Group G. Dominika Miloszewska knocked down 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds
to pace the winners. Belarus slipped at 1-2 record after the defeat. Poland kept
their opponents for more than 7 minutes at the start of the game. Poland piled
up an 18:0 lead and won the starting quarter 26:2. The teams combined for only
11 points in the second term. Poland posted a 33:6 advantage at halftime.
Belarus struggled to come back to life in the third stanza. Poland rallied to a
47:19 lead at the final break. Belarus surrendered in the fourth quarter
allowing their opponents to cruise to the victory.
Beata Jaworska (186-F-94) notched 11 points and 14 rebounds for Poland.
Dominika Owczarzak provided 9 points in the winning effort. Yuliya Haponava
replied with 9 points for Belarus. Katsiaryna Pratasevich and Maryia Papova had
6 points apiece in the loss. Lithuania - Italy
Italy recorded the third straight win at the U16 European Championship in
Greece. They held off Lithuania to improve at 3-0 record on top of Group G.
Marida Orazzo (175-F/G-94) knocked down 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to
lead Italy. Italy went on a 12:0 run midway through the opening quarter to surge
ahead. They posted an 18:12 lead at the first intermission. Peresson tipped off
the second frame with a three-pointer to boost the lead. They maintained the
advantage throughout the term and recorded a 39:30 lead at the interval.
Francesca Minali triggered a 9:0 run in the third quarter to consolidate their
advantage. Lithuania faced a massive 16-point deficit at the final break. Italy
kept their opponents at bay throughout the fourth quarter and recorded a
well-deserved win at the end. Giulia Scaramuzza provided 11 points for Italy.
Francesca Minali contributed 10 points for the winners. Gerda Kruckauskaite and
Simona Dobrovolskyte netted 10 points each for Lithuania. Matuzonyte produced 7
points and 8 rebounds in the loss.
Division A: Day Five in Ptolemaida and Kozani
(Qualifying Round) - Aug. 17, 2010 Group E Sweden - France
France became the only unbeaten team in Group E (4-0) and of course already
booked a spot for the next stage. Today, France got 12 points and 10 rebounds
Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi (184-F-95).
Paulina Hersler (189-F-94) collected 9 points and 9 rebounds for Sweden.
Serbia - Finland 64-38
Serbia is still alive at this event after they outplayed Finland for the first
win in Group E.
Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) top-scored for Serbia with 13 points. Finland
got 10 pts from
Anni Karkkainen (179-G/F-94). Serbia 1-3, Finland 0-4.
Russia - Croatia
Croatia jumped to 3-1 and already secured the Quarterfinals in Kozani.
Lana Packovski (170-G-94) was their leading player with 23 points and 5
assists. Russia got 12 pts from
Polina Sych (180-G-94) and it was their first loss in Group E (3-1), but
they are also sure members of the QFinals.
Group F Czech Republic - Spain
2-2 for Spain and 0-4 for Czech Republic after this meeting.
Marles Balart (182-F/C-94) shined for the winners with 14 points and 11
rebounds. She reached valuation 21 and was the MVP of this game. In defeat,
Tereza Vyoralova (176-G-94) netted 13 pts.
Turkey - Greece
Turkey improves its score to 4-0 and remains No.1 in Group F. Greece dropped to
1-3 and their chances to reach the next stage drastically decreased.
Deniz Dogan (176-F-94) led Turkey with 15 points.
Elisavet Kotoula (171-G-94) netted 10 pts in defeat.
Holland - Belgium
Belgium grabbed an OT win against Holland and it was a very important game for
both teams as they had 2-1 before it.
Antonia Delaere (174-G-94) shined for the winners with 18 points.
Kourtney Treffers (184-F-94) collected 26 points and 11 rebs in loss.
Group G Belarus - Italy
Italy made another step forward to survival in Division A. Their best scorer
Antonia Peresson (170-G-95) with 12 points.
Maryia Papova (186-F-94) replied with 12 pts and 14 rebs in defeat. Italy
2-0, Belarus 1-1.
Poland - Lithuania
Maja Rynkiewicz (180-F-94) in a game mood today with 11 pints. Just one of
their players was scoreless in this meeting.
Egle Zelnyte (187-F-94) had 17 pts and 10 boards in defeat. Poland 1-1,
Division A: Day Four in Ptolemaida and Kozani
(Qualifying Round) - Aug. 16, 2010 Group E Finland - France
France outplayed Finland to stay perfect in Group E with 3-0 record.
Clementine Morateur (170-G-95) came up with 15 points for the winners, while
Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi (184-F-95) added 13 points and 9 rebounds. Finland
(0-3) got 10 points from
Ella Rantanen (186-F/C-94).
Serbia - Russia
3-0 for Russia and 0-3 for Serbia after this meeting.
Polina Sych (180-G-94) stepped up for the winners with 19 points and 5
Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds in loss.
Croatia - Sweden
Valuable win for Croatia, who jumped to third place with 2-1 record. At the same
time, Sweden slipped to 1-2.
Ana-Marija Begic (190-C-94) paced the winners with 20 points and 7 rebounds.
Erica Iderstal (173-G-94) had 19 pts and 5 boards in defeat.
Group F Spain - Belgium
Maria Arrojo (186-F-85) was a key player for the winners with 12 points and
Heleen Adams (173-G-94) delivered 16 points in defeat. Spain 1-2, Belgium
Czech Republic - Turkey
Turkey became the only unbeaten team in Group F with 3-0 record. Their leading
player today was
Doga Comba (185-F-94) with 14 points and 6 rebounds.
Nada Salacova (190-C-94) shined in loss with 12 points and 15 rebs.
Greece - Holland
Both teams entered to this game with 1-1 record. Holland grabbed 50-60 victory
mostly owing to
Kourtney Treffers (184-F-94) with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Vasiliki Tarla (181-F-94) collected 15 points and 11 boards for Greece.
Group G Italy - Poland
Italy made a first step forward to survival in Division A.
Antonia Peresson (170-G-95) was their key player today with 20 points and 5
Kinga Wozniak (166-G-94) netted 22 points for Poland.
Lithuania - Belarus
Belarus stopped Lithuania to just 37 points for the game and of course
celebrated an easy win.
Maryia Papova (186-F-94) registered monster double-double for Belarus: 20
points and 16 rebounds. Lithuania got 11 pts from
Gerda Kruckauskaite (172-G-94).
Division A: Preliminary Round is over in Ptolemaida
and Kozani - Aug. 14, 2010 Group A Sweden - Finland
Sweden celebrated in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Kozani. They
outplayed Finland 67-48 for 2-1 record in Group A, what was enough for the
second place and a spot for the next stage. Finland also goes to Qualifying
Round, thanks to victory against Lithuania earlier at this event.
Agnes Mellstrom (182-F-94) shined for Sweden with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Linnea Frykbo (169-G-94) also scored 14 and she grabbed 5 rebounds beside
Paulina Hersler (189-F-94) had 11 pts and 7 boards. In the loosing squad,
Vilma Purhonen (183-F-95) collected 12 points and 7 rebs.
Anni Jamsa (164-G-95) followed her with 9 points. Except of the first
quarter, Sweden won all other in this game. First ten minutes ended with 15-15
tie after what Swedish players took control on their rivals making 18-11 in Q2.
They continued in the same rhythm after the breather. Finland was not able to
resist and faced with minus 14 after 30 minutes of play. They game was already
over for them and Sweden grabbed the second place in Group A. In the first day
of Qualifying Round, Sweden will meet Croatia. Finland will play against France.
Russia - Lithuania
Russia demonstrated its power once again. This time Lithuania faced with strong
Russia facing with 88-39 loss. It means that Russia ended this stage with
perfect 3-0 and advanced to Qualifying Round. Lithuania failed to do the same as
they ended as the last ranked team of Group A with poor 0-3.
Julia Gladkova (183-G-94) paced the winners with 12 points and 5 rebounds.
Anna Shchetina (195-C-95) had 11 points and 16 rebounds, while
Zhanna Byazrova (180-F-94) also scored 11 pts. Lithuania didn't have anyone
with double-digits in scoring. Their leading player was
Gintare Jasiunskaite (180-F-94) with 7 points and 5 rebs. Russia dominated
in all basketball segments today. They started with 23-16 and continued with
14-11 in the second quarter. Lithuania was not able to reply as they faced with
big troubles at the both sides of the court. Russia exploded in Q3 scoring 23
points, while they stopped Lithuania to just 4 on the other side. Question about
the winner was already resolved and last ten minutes were just the formality. In
the first day of the Qualifying Round, Russia will meet Serbia. Lithuania will
be transferred to Classification Games.
Group B France - Serbia
France finished Preliminary Round in Kozani with perfect 3-0 record. Of course,
they are No.1 in Group B and advanced to the next stage. Serbia also moves to
the next stage, thanks to their win against Italy earlier at this event.
Olivia Epoupa (163-G-94) came up with 25 points and 7 rebounds in victory.
Marieme Badiane (187-C-94) had 12 points and 9 boards. In Serbia,
Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) delivered 13 points. Their second scorer was
Aleksandra Stanacev (167-G-94) with 8 pts. France did a great job in the
last ten minutes of this game. Serbia entered to the last quarter with plus five
and was looking good. However,
Olivia Epoupa and her teammates wanted to take this one and they intensified
defense, what resulted with only two points scored by Serbia in Q4. On the other
side, France had 11 what was enough for 50-46 win at the end. France will be
transferred to Group E, together with Serbia and four more teams. Four best
ranked teams from this pool will go to Quarterfinals. In the first day of
Qualifying Round, France will play against Finland. Serbia will take on strong
Italy - Croatia
Croatia shined in the last day of Preliminary Round in Kozani. They cruised past
Italy to finish this stage as No.2 of Group B with 2-1 record. Of course, that
was enough for Qualifying Round at this event. On the other side, Italy ended
with poor 0-3 and they will fight for the survival in Division A.
Ruzica Dzankic (180-F/G-94) stepped up for the winners with 17 points and 8
Andrijana Cvitkovic (186-C-94) followed her with double-double of 15 points
and 15 rebs.
Anja Majstorovic (184-F/C-94) added 14 pts and 9 rebounds for Croatia. In
Italy, Erica Reggiani delivered 14 points.
Eleonora Zanetti (180-F-94) and
Giulia Gombac (178-F/G-94) netted 9 points each. Croatia exploded in the
second half of this game and thanks to these 20 minutes they celebrated
comfortable win. Before that, first quarter was tied at 16-16. Next period
belonged to Italy, who was 3-points up at the halftime. Croatian players came up
after the breather with strong willingness to take this one. They intensified
defense and stopped Italy to just 14 points in 20 minutes. On the other side,
they drained 17+25 for excellent 51-76 win. In the first day of Qualifying
Round, Croatia will meet Sweden. Italy will play against Poland in the first
game of Classification Round.
Group C Poland - Holland
Holland grabbed the crucial win against Poland. With this victory Holland jumped
to second place in Group C (2-1) and advanced to Qualifying Round. Poland
slipped to 1-2 and because of defeat against Spain earlier in this championship
failed to reach the next stage. They will have to fight for the survival in
Kourtney Treffers (184-F-94) was in a game mood with 21 points and 11
Inez van Hulsen (167-G-94) scored 11 and
Carmen Droste (184-F-94) added two points less. In defeat,
Beata Jaworska (186-F-94) collected 19 points and 7 rebs.
Dominika Miloszewska (186-C-94) had 9 pts and 8 rebs in this loss. The
winner of this game is decided in the finish. Teams entered to last 4:58 tied at
55-55. Holland shined after that making 2-7 run with 3:20 to go. Poland didn't
give up and mostly owing to
Beata Jaworska closed the gap to 61-62. Kathmann made a jump shot for
Holland after that, while Wolanska missed a lay-up on the other side. We saw a
free throw finish after that, where Dutch players were focused and celebrated
crucial 63-67 win at the end. Holland will meet Greece in Day Four. Poland will
play against Italy.
Spain - Turkey
Both teams had 1-1 before this meeting and it was very important game for both
of them. Turkey celebrated 54-57 win to finish as No.1 in Group C, while Spain
also advanced to the next stage despite this defeat. Spain outplayed Poland
earlier in this championship so they finished as No.3 in this pool.
Cansu Koksal (185-F-94) shined in Turkey with 16 points and 6 rebounds.
Deniz Dogan (176-F-94) had 13 and was their last player with double-digits
Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) replied with 13 points and 5 rebounds in defeat.
Maria Arrojo (186-F-85) had 12 pts and 5 rebs. Spain had great last quarter
of this game (16-6), but still that was not enough for victory. Spain was better
in Q1 as well (20-16), but they faced with big deficits in Q2 and Q3.
Cansu Koksal and her teammates exploded in the second frame scoring 21
points. They stopped Spain to 7 for plus 10 at the halftime. Turkey was slightly
better than Spain after the breather closing third period with 11-14 for plus
13. That turned out to be too much for Spain for rest of the way. Turkey will
meet Czech Republic in Day Four. Spain will take on Belgium.
Group D Czech Republic - Greece
The host of this event ended Preliminary Round with victory. They grabbed 57-59
thriller win against Czech Republic to finish this stage as No.2 of Group D with
2-1 record. Czech Republic also advanced to the next stage, but as No.3 with 1-2
Foteini Priona (175-G-94) scored 13 points in this victory.
Vasiliki Tarla (181-F-94) had double-double of 11 points and 16 rebounds,
Styliani Fouraki (186-C-94) helped with 10 pts and 12 rebs. In defeat,
Tereza Vyoralova (176-G-94) was good with 20 points and 8 rebounds.
Karolina Severova (182-F-94) netted 11 points. It was a very exciting game
until the end. Teams entered to last 4:54 with 47-47 tie. The hosts shined after
that making 2-9 run and there was just 1:15 remaining after that.
Tereza Vyoralova and her teammates didn't give up and they wanted to make a
comeback. They closed the gap to minus three with 10 seconds left and Greece had
the possession. Sideri committed a turnover and Czech Republic had a chance.
Andelova was sent to the line, but she missed first and made the second free
throw. There was 3 seconds left and Greece had the ball missing two FTs, so they
registered 57-59 victory. In the first day of Qualifying Round, Greece will meet
Holland. Czech Republic will play against Turkey.
Belgium - Belarus
Another win for Belgium in Ptolemaida. They jumped to 3-0 with this one
finishing the Preliminary Round as No.1 of Group C. Of course, Belgium advanced
to the next stage. Belarus finished this phase winless and they will fight for
the survival in Division A.
Antonia Delaere (174-G-94) top-scored in victory with 16 points.
Charlotte Heeren (170-G-94) had 11 pts today. In defeat,
Maryia Papova (186-F-94) and
Hanna Kalenta (187-C/F-94) delivered 11 points each. There were the last
players with double-digits in scoring in this game. Belgium opened the game with
22-17 in the first ten minutes. Belarus improved after that making 10-14 in Q2.
Third frame was the crucial one in this meeting.
Antonia Delaere and her teammates were great at the both sides of the court
creating 23-7 in Q3 for 55-38 lead with 10:00 to go. Belarus had not chance to
rest of the time, despite Q4 belonged to them 10-13. Qualifying Round begins on
Monday. Belgium's first rival will be Spain. Belarus will be transferred to
Classification Group G and will meet Lithuania first.
Division A: Day Two in Ptolemaida and Kozani - Aug.
13, 2010 Group A Russia - Sweden
Russia demonstrated another great performance in Kozani. This time Russia was
too strong for Sweden jumping to 2-0 in Preliminary Group A.
Albina Razheva (186-F-94) stepped up for the winners with 16 points and 9
Polina Sych (180-G-94) also scored 16 points, but to go with 6 boards.
Zhanna Byazrova (180-F-94) followed them with 12 pts. In the loosing squad,
Raushan Gultekin (169-G-94) and
Evelyn Troha (183-F-94) netted 10 points each. Their Sweden dropped to 1-1.
Russia won every single quarter of this meeting. They started with 22-16 in the
first ten minutes and continued with impressive 35-17 in Q2. At that time it was
already clear that Sweden will not have a chance. Russia was 24 points up at the
halftime and was looking great. Nothing has changed after the breather and
Russia created 22-12 in Q3. They closed this game with 18-9 for the final 97-54
blowout. In Day Three, Russia will meet Lithuania. Sweden will meet Finland. It
is important to mention that with this victory Russia already booked a spot for
the next stage.
Lithuania - Finland
Finland grabbed the first win in Kozani. After defeat in Day One, Finland
grabbed 48-50 thriller victory against Lithuania for 1-1 record in Preliminary
Group A. On the other side, Lithuania stays winless so far.
Anni Karkkainen (179-G/F-94) came up with 12 points for the winners.
Emmi Leino (179-F-94) and
Kaisa Kuisma (180-F-94) helped with 10 points each.
Gerda Kruckauskaite (172-G-94) responded with 11 points in defeat.
Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) had 10 pts and 7 boards. This game is decided
in the finish. Before that, Finland made 15-18 in the first and 11-12 in the
second quarter. They were better in Q3 as well (7-12), thus after 30 minutes of
play Finland was 33-42 up. However, Lithuania didn't give up and they
drastically improved in the last quarter. With 3:44 to play they closed the gap
to 43-44 and everything was open again. Lithuania grabbed 48-47 lead in the
finish, but thanks to triple by
Emmi Leino with 21 seconds to go Finland grabbed valuable victory. In Day
Three, Finland will meet Sweden. Lithuania will play against Russia.
Group B France - Italy
France registered the second straight win in Ptolemaida. They have 2-0 now and
already booked a spot for the next stage, despite there is one more round to be
played in Preliminary Phase.
Valeriane Ayayi (184-F-94) led the winners with 18 points and 7 rebounds.
Olivia Epoupa also was great as she added 17 points and 12 rebs. France didn't
have anyone else with double-digits in scoring. On the other side,
Erica Reggiani (175-G-94) shined with 15 points.
Antonia Peresson (170-G-95) had 7. Their Italy dropped to 0-2, but still has
some chances to reach the next phase. France opened the game better, especially
Valeriane Ayayi and her teammates drained 25 points in the first ten
minutes, while limiting Italy to 17 on the other side. Italy improved after that
and they managed to stop France to seven more pts until the halftime. They had
14 closing the gap to 32-31. Third frame belonged to France 12-9, but after that
Italy quickly tied the score to 46-46. France shined when it was the most
important and closed this meeting with 11-4 run. In Day Three, France will meet
Serbia. Italy will play against Croatia.
Serbia - Croatia
Croatia blasts Serbia in Balkan derby 67-90. It means that both teams have 1-1
record now in Group B and both have a nice chance to reach the Qualifying Round.
Ruzica Dzankic (180-F/G-94) was a key player in victory. She spent 36
minutes on the court draining 26 points. With valuation 25, Dzankic was the MVP
of this meeting.
Anja Majstorovic (184-F/C-94) followed her with 14, while
Cigic (174-G-94) added 2 points less. In Serbia,
Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) shined with 22 points and 7 boards.
Aleksandra Stanacev (167-G-94) delivered 10 pts. Croatia was way better team
today. They dominated in all basketball segments and won every single quarter of
Ruzica Dzankic was on fire and mostly owing to her Croatia made 16-22 lead
in the first ten minutes. They continued with 17-24 in Q2 for plus 13 at the
halftime. Nothing has changed after that. Croatia still was the team who
dominated ending Q3 with 18-22 and the last one with 16-22 for the final 67-90
blowout. In Day Three, Croatia will meet Italy. Serbia will play against strong
Group C Spain - Poland
Spain registered the first win in Kozani. They managed to beat Poland 65-58 for
1-1 record in Preliminary Group C. Actually all four teams from this pool have
the same numbers now and all have a chance for the next stage.
Marles Balart (182-F/C-94) was the leading player in Spain with 16 points,
17 rebounds and 5 assists. She reached valuation 27 and won the MVP title for
Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) scored 15 and
Laura Aliaga (182-G-94) added two points less.
Dominika Owczarzak (166-G-94) delivered 22 points in defeat. She was their
only player with double-digits in scoring. Spain did a great job in the first
quarter. Mostly owing to that, Spain grabbed victory in this game. They started
with 18-8, but Poland improved in Q2 (19-19). However, that was not enough for
them to come any closer until the half time. Poland threatened after the
breather coming to minus 5, but Spain stopped them taking 52-43 lead with ten
minutes to go. They had no troubles to keep the safe distance in Q4 and to
celebrate 65-58 victory. In Day Three, Spain will play against Turkey. Poland
will meet Holland.
Turkey - Holland
Turkey failed in Day One, but they managed to beat Holland on Friday afternoon.
It means that Turkey jumped to 1-1 and all other teams in Group C have the same
Cansu Koksal (185-F-94) came up with 13 points and 8 rebounds in victory.
Tilbe Senyurek (186-C-95) followed her with double-double of 12 points and
13 boards. They were the only players with double-digits in scoring for Turkey.
On the other side, Holland got 12 points from
Britt Zappeij (181-C-95).
Kourtney Treffers (184-F-94) collected 11 points and 8 boards. Turkey had a
great start today.
Cansu Koksal and her teammates created 19-11 lead in the first ten minutes
and were looking good. However, Holland improved after that and for rest of the
time in the first half closed the gap to 34-30. Turkey shined after the breather
once again and they made 19-15 in Q3. There was 6:50 to go when Turkey reached
plus 15 and the game was already over for Holland. In the last day of the
Preliminary Round, Turkey will meet Spain. Holland will play against Poland. All
teams have a chance to reach the next stage.
Group D Belgium - Czech Republic
Belgium shined once again in Kozani. They managed to win for the second straight
time (2-0) and already booked a spot for the next stage at U16 EuroBasket. Their
leading player today was
Antonia Delaere (174-G-94) with 18 points.
Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-G/F-95) (6 rebs) and
Heleen Adams (173-G-94) (8 rebs) helped with 13 and 12 points respectively.
Tereza Vyoralova (176-G-94) collected 16 points and 5 rebounds.
Dominika Pohunkova (168-G-94) delivered 15 pts. Their Czech Republic dropped
to 1-1, but still has a nice chance to reach the next stage. Belgium made 22-18
in the first quarter and Czech Republic had 10-11 for the next ten minutes.
Belgium was better team in Q4 and they finished it with 15-12 for plus six
before the last frame. Czech Republic shined at the beginning of this period and
they quickly closed the gap to one point. Everything was open again, but Belgium
players didn't panic. They managed to make 16-9 in the next few minutes and
later to finish this game with nice 69-60. In the last day of Preliminary Round,
Belgium will play against Belarus. Czech Republic will meet Greece.
Belarus - Greece
The host of U16 EuroBasket managed to grab the first win at this event. They
failed in Day One, but today Greece escaped with tiny 56-59 win against Belarus.
Both teams have 1-1 record now, same as Belgium and Czech Republic. All four
teams from this group (D) have a chance to reach the next stage.
Stefania Sideri (178-G-94) shined for the hosts with 13 points.
Maria Papavasileiou (178-G-94) collected 12 pts and 8 rebs, while
Eleni Kyratzi (170-G-95) and
Vasiliki Tarla (181-F-94) (7 rebs) added 10 points each. In Belarus,
Hanna Kalenta (187-C/F-94) collected 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Yuliya Haponava (184-F-94) netted 11 pts in this defeat. Belarus was
slightly better team at the beginning as they made 16-14 lead in Q1. The hosts
woke up after that and managed to take 30-33 until the half time. Third quarter
was the crucial one in this game.
Stefania Sideri and her teammates dominated at the both sides of the court
and they managed to reach double-digit lead (42-52) with 10:00 to go. Belarus
came to 55-56 with 3:16 remaining, but Greece closed this meeting with jump shot
and free throw, while Belarus made only one FT on the other side. In Day Three,
Greece will meet Czech Republic. Belarus will play against Belgium.
Division A: Day One in Ptolemaida and Kozani - Aug. 12, 2010 Group A Sweden - Lithuania
Sweden celebrated in Day One against Lithuania mostly owing to
Paulina Hersler (189-F-94), who scored 33 points and pulled down 14
rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 30. On the other side,
Egle Zelnyte (186-F-94) collected 13 points and 13 boards.
Finland - Russia
Russia blasted Finland 53-80 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Their
leading player today was Alexandra Marchenkova with 15 points and 14 rebounds.
Emmi Leino (177-F-94) replied with 13 pts in defeat.
Group B Croatia - France
Olivia Epoupa (163-G-94) was a key player for the winners today. She spent
31 minutes on the court collecting 24 points and 10 rebounds. With valuation 29
Epoupa was the MVP of this meeting.
Lana Packovski (168-C-94) delivered 14 points in defeat.
Italy - Serbia
Serbia grabbed nice 55-58 win against Italy making the first step forward to the
Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) came up with 16 points and 9 rebounds in this
victory. Italy got 15 points from
Giulia Gombac (176-G/F-94).
Group C Poland - Turkey
Poland had Beata Jaworska in a game mood with 14 points and 9 rebounds.
Kinga Wozniak (166-G-94) also was good today adding 14 pts and 6 rebs. In
the loosing squad, Deniz Dogan delivered 17 points. Poland 1-0, Turkey 0-1.
Holland - Spain
Holland grabbed an overtime win against Spain for 1-0 in Preliminary Group C.
They got the most from
Kourtney Treffers (182-F-94) today: 26 points and 12 rebounds. Irene Gari
shined in defeat with 22 pts and 5 boards.
Group D Greece - Belgium
Heleen Adams (173-G-94) was the leading scorer in this victory with 14
points. She helped Belgium to beat Greece for 1-0 record in Group D. The host of
this event got 13 points from Stefania Sideri.
Czech Republic - Belarus
Czech Republic had couple of players in a game mood today. Karolina Severova was
the leading one with 12 points. On the other side,
Hanna Kalenta (185-F-94) delivered 24 pts. Czech Republic 1-0, Belarus 0-1.
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