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European Championships U16 Final Standings
 1. Spain
 2. Czech Rep.
 3. Hungary
 4. Italy
 5. France
 6. Russia
 7. Latvia
 8. Croatia
 9. Sweden
 10. Slovakia
 11. Greece
 12. Turkey
 13. Belgium
 14. Holland
 15. Lithuania
 16. Bulgaria
Points Per Game
 Angela SALVADORES
  (175-PG-97)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Salvadores, Segle16.7 
 2. Slonjsak, Tresn.16.1 
 3. Strautmane, Kolibr.15.0 
 4. Dojkic, Novi Zagreb14.1 
 5. Vadeeva, Spartak14.0 
 6. Kepenc, TUR N.14.0 
 7. Camber, Eos13.8 
 8. Fasoula, GRE N.13.6 
 9. Pan, Venezia13.4 
 10. Westerik, Lekdete.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mariya VADEEVA
  (190-C-98)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Vadeeva, Spartak13.3 
 2. Ndiba, NED N.13.2 
 3. Juskaite, Jaunie.11.9 
 4. Lopez, Uni Girona11.1 
 5. Strautmane, Kolibr.10.6 
 6. Bankole, CFBB10.4 
 7. Kuttor, UNIQA E.10.2 
 8. Kiss, HUN N.9.3 
 9. Strautmane, Kolibr.8.8 
 10. Muhate Pena, Rea.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Chrysoula KILAZIDOU
  (172-SG-97)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Kilazidou, Aris5.3 
 2. Slonjsak, Tresn.4.1 
 3. Strautmane, Kolibr.3.6 
 4. Hakanson, Alvik B.3.4 
 5. Dubei, Work Force3.2 
 6. Burovaya, GS Mo.2.8 
 7. Santucci, Castel2.7 
 8. Dojkic, Novi Zagreb2.5 
 9. Ouahabi, CRF A.2.5 
 10. Raventos, Segle2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Laura JUSKAITE
  (187-PF-97)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Juskaite, Jaunie.3.9 
 2. Dojkic, Novi Zagreb3.4 
 3. Santucci, Castel3.3 
 4. Ntanou, GRE N.3.1 
 5. Pan, Venezia3.0 
 6. Porcu, Anagni2.7 
 7. Jurciute, LTU N.2.6 
 8. Kollatou, Ikaros H.2.6 
 9. Cazorla, Segle XXI2.3 
 10. Sipova, Sokol Pe.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Serena-Lynn GELDOF
  (192-C-97)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Geldof, Sint K.3.8 
 2. Fasoula, GRE N.2.4 
 3. Lopez, Uni Girona1.9 
 4. Reisingerova, USK1.7 
 5. Kelava, Tresnjevka1.4 
 6. Juskaite, Jaunie.1.4 
 7. Vadeeva, Spartak1.4 
 8. Pan, Venezia1.2 
 9. Guclu, TUR N.1.2 
 10. Ntanou, GRE N.1.1 
European Championships U16 Stage Two Standings
Group E
 1. Spain 5-0 
 2. Russia 4-1 
 3. Croatia 3-2 
 4. Latvia 2-3 
 5. Turkey 1-4 
 6. Greece 0-5 
Group F
 1. Czech Rep. 4-1 
 2. Hungary 4-1 
 3. Italy 3-2 
 4. France 3-2 
 5. Belgium 1-4 
 6. Holland 0-5 
Group G (Places 9-16)
 1. Slovakia 2-1 
 2. Lithuania 2-1 
 3. Sweden 2-1 
 4. Bulgaria 0-3 
European Championships U16 Stage One Standings
Group A
 1. Spain 3-0 
 2. Croatia 2-1 
 3. Greece 1-2 
 4. Bulgaria 0-3 
Group B
 1. Russia 3-0 
 2. Latvia 2-1 
 3. Turkey 1-2 
 4. Sweden 0-3 
Group C
 1. Italy 3-0 
 2. Holland 1-2 
 3. Belgium 1-2 
 4. Lithuania 1-2 
Group D
 1. Hungary 2-1 
 2. Czech Rep. 2-1 
 3. France 2-1 
 4. Slovakia 0-3 




Spain defend their title in Albena (Photo: FIBA Europe)

Starting five
#s#
Maria Cazorla
Cazorla
Angela Salvadores
Salvadores
Cecilia Muhate Pena
Muhate Pena
Maria Conde
Conde
Iho Lopez
Lopez
#e#5
4Laia Raventos 170-PG-97 Segle XXI Spain
5Maria Cazorla 180-SG-97 Segle XXI Spain
6Estefania Ors 180-F-97 Ros Casares Spain
7Iris Junio 185-G-99 Gran Canaria Spain
8Angela Salvadores 175-PG-97 Segle XXI Spain
9Cecilia Muhate Pena 183-F/C-97 Real Canoe Spain
10Maria Conde 184-F-97 Asefa Estud. Spain
11Iho Lopez 189-C-97 Uni Girona Spain
12Aida Santana 180-F-97 Gran Canaria Spain
13Paula Ginzo 187-F-98 Segle XXI Spain
14Ines Mata Boix 184-C-97 Rivas Ecopolis Spain
15Umo Diallo 190-C-98 Segle XXI Spain

Evaristo Perez Head Coach Burgos Spain
Rosaura Sanchez Assistant
Andreu Bou Assistant Cadi ICG S. Spain


Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Awards 2013 - Aug 13, 2013

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 1st Team 2013
Angela Salvadores
Salvadores
Francesca Pan
Pan
Debora Dubei
Dubei
Julia Reisingerova
Reisingerova
Mariya Vadeeva
Vadeeva

Best Player: Angela Salvadores (175-PG-97) of Spain
Best Guard: Angela Salvadores (175-PG-97) of Spain
Best Forward: Debora Dubei (181-SF-97) of Hungary
Best Center: Mariya Vadeeva (190-C-98) of Russia

1st Team
PG: Angela Salvadores (175-PG-97) of Spain
SG: Francesca Pan (180-SG-97) of Italy
SF: Debora Dubei (181-SF-97) of Hungary
C: Julia Reisingerova (193-C-98) of Czech Rep.
C: Mariya Vadeeva (190-C-98) of Russia

2nd Team
SG: Fanny Hakanson (172-SG-97) of Sweden
SG: Iva Slonjsak (181-SG-97) of Croatia
SF: Ornella Bankole (180-SF-97) of France
PF: Laura Juskaite (187-PF-97) of Lithuania
C: Iho Lopez (189-C-97) of Spain

3rd Team
SG: Maria Cazorla (180-SG-97) of Spain
PF: Janis Ndiba (180-PF-97) of Holland
F: Digna Strautmane (188-F-98) of Latvia
F: Paula Strautmane (184-F-97) of Latvia
F: Eniko Kuttor (183-F-97) of Hungary

Honorable Mention
Raisa Musina (189-F/C-98) of Russia
Virag Kiss (194-C-98) of Hungary
Mariella Santucci (167-PG-97) of Italy
Ivana Dojkic (176-SG-97) of Croatia
Laurita Jurciute (170-PG-96) of Lithuania
Adriana Camber (174-F-97) of Sweden
Selale Kepenc (186-SF-98) of Turkey
Serena-Lynn Geldof (192-C-97) of Belgium
Maria Fasoula (190-C-97) of Greece



Spain defend their title in Albena - Aug 11, 2013

FINAL
Spain - Czech Republic 54-49
Spain claimed the third straight U16 European Championship title. They overcame Czech Republic in the championship game in Albena tonight. Angela Salvadores (175-PG-97) posted 22 points to lead the winners. She was named the tournament MVP. Czech Republic jumped to an 8:3 lead early in the game. But Spain went on a strong rally to gain a 14:8 lead after ten minutes. Spain capped the first half on a 6:1 run to take a 22:12 lead. Czech Republic erased the deficit in the third term. They went on an 11:0 rally to ensure a 34:29 lead midway through the quarter. Laia Raventos (170-PG-97) dragged Spain within one 38:39 at the final break. Angela Salvadores put Spain in front at the start of the fourth period. Spain then triggered a 10:3 run to secure a 50:43 advantage. Holesinska put Czech Republic within three points 49:52 with 46 seconds remaining but Cazorla knocked down two free throws and sealed the win for Spain. Laia Raventos finished with 13 points, while Iho Lopez added 8 points and 11 boards in the win. Michaela Gaislerova (179-F-97) answered with 13 points for Czech Republic. Julia Reisingerova chipped in 10 points in the loss.
3-4 Place
Italy - Hungary 55-62
Hungary stepped onto the pedestal at the U16 European Championship. They defeated Italy to earn the Bronze medals. Debora Dubei (181-SF-97) netted 19 points and collected 10 rebounds for the winners. Hungary claimed a 17:6 lead after the opening quarter. They maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. Hungary arrived at halftime up by 13 points 30:17. The Azzurri struggled to find the right rhythm in the third term. Hungary capitalized posting a 45:30 advantage before the fourth period. Italy finally picked up the tempo in the fourth frame. They unloaded 25 points but could not avoid the loss at the end. Virag Weninger (174-SG-97) chipped in 12 points, while Dorottya Nagy added 10 points for the winners. Francesca Pan (180-SG-97) answered with 16 points for Italy. Mariella Santucci delivered 14 points in the loss.

5-6 Place
Russia - France 61-62
France clinched a narrow win over Russia and occupied the fifth position at the U16 European Championship in Bulgaria. Lisa Berkani (173-SG-97) sank two free throws late in regulation to seal the win for Les Bleus. France eked out a 20:18 lead after the opening quarter. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. France accumulated a 33:29 halftime advantage. Les Bleus did not loosen the grasp in the third term. They posted a 46:41 advantage heading into the fourth period. Russia denied the deficit in the fourth frame. Frolkina gave them a 59:56 lead with just over two minutes remaining. Lisa Berkani and Ornella Bankole nailed four points in a row to make it 60:59 for France. Alina Bespaltseva answered with a jumper to put Russia ahead with 13 seconds to go. Lisa Berkani stepped on the line and converted two free throws next sealing victory for France. Ana Tadic (190-C-98) posted 14 points, while Ornella Bankole added 13 points for Les Bleus. Mariya Vadeeva (190-C-98) answered with 18 points for Russia. Alina Bespaltseva provided 10 points in the loss.

7-8 Place
Croatia - Latvia 53-62
Latvia celebrated the victory on the final day of the U16 European Championship. They knocked down Croatian counterparts to earn the 7th position. Digna Strautmane (188-F-98) finished with 23 points and 15 boards to pace Latvia. The Baltic team gained a 13:10 lead after the opening quarter. Latvia increased the tempo in the second frame. They unleashed 24 points in the quarter to post a 37:26 halftime lead. Latvia stretched the lead in the third quarter. They arrived at the final break up 17 points. Croatia narrowed the gap in the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat at the end. Kristiana Rikveile (170-G-97) notched 13 points, while Paula Strautmane had 9 points and 11 boards in the win. Iva Slonjsak (181-SG-97) answered with 24 points for Croatia. Ivana Dojkic had 9 points in the loss.

9-10 Place
Slovakia - Sweden 51-58
Sweden earned the ninth overall position at the U16 European Championship. They overcame Slovak Republic to wrap up their campaign with victory. Adriana Camber (174-F-97) nailed 14 points to lead the winners. Slovak Republic got to the better start. They stayed in control throughout the first half. Slovak Republic claimed a 20:14 lead after ten minutes. They boosted the margin at 7-point mark at halftime 34:27. But Sweden turned things around in the third term. They held Slovak Republic to just 6 points in the quarter and cut the deficit to a single point 39:40. Sweden ignited a 19:11 run in the fourth period and snatched victory. Kristin Seman (171-SF-97) netted 11 points, while Elin Sjoberg had 9 points in the win. Miroslava Mistinova (182-F-97) responded with 17 points for Slovak Republic. Lucia Striesova had 15 points in the loss.
11-12 Place
Turkey - Greece 49-65
Greece finished 11th at the U16 European Championship. They knocked down Turkey in the final game at the tournament. Zafeirenia Karlafti (180-F-98) nailed 21 points to pace the winners. Greece earned an 18:9 lead after ten minutes of action. Turkey cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within 6 points at the interval 24:30. But Greece stepped on the gas in the third term. The Hellenes went on a 20:12 run to gain a 14-point lead at the final break. Greece limited Turkey to just 13 points in the fourth frame to rally to the victory. Maria Fasoula (190-C-97) posted 18 points, while Evgenia Kollatou added 13 points in the win. Betul Kutlu (170-SG-97) answered with 12 points for Turkey. Ilayda Guner had 11 points in the losing effort.

13-14 Place
Belgium - Holland 48-47
Belgium claimed a crucial win at the U16 European Championship. They sneaked past Netherlands to secure Division A spot for the next season. Netherlands will be sent to Division B now. Serena-Lynn Geldof posted 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Netherlands jumped to an early lead. They registered a 19:7 advantage after ten minutes. But Belgium gradually took over. They held the Dutch opponents to 6 points in the second quarter and trimmed the deficit at 7-point mark at halftime 18:25. Netherlands boosted their lead in the third term. They accumulated a 39:26 advantage heading into the fourth frame. Belgium opened the fourth frame on a 10:0 run to narrow the deficit. Sofia Ouahabi (165-G-97) drained five quick points to put Belgium in front 44:42. Westerik gave Netherlands a 47:46 lead but Marie Cole (187-PF-98) sank a jumper and won the game for Belgium. Sofia Ouahabi posted 11 points, while Marie Cole finished with 7 points in the win. Janis Ndiba (180-PF-97) answered with 13 points and 10 boards for Netherlands. Asa Kantebeen had 13 points in the loss.

15-16 Place
Bulgaria - Lithuania 74-81
Lithuania wrapped up their quite unsuccessful U16 European Championship campaign with victory. They defeated Bulgaria to finish 15th at the tournament. Bulgaria remained winless at the home tourney and occupied the 16th overall position. Laura Juskaite (187-PF-97) posted 18 points, 12 boards and 5 assists to lead Lithuania. Lithuania jumped to a 20:15 lead after ten minutes. Bulgaria denied the deficit in the second frame. The hosts unloaded 27 points in the quarter and secured a 42:36 halftime lead. Lithuania bounced back in the third term. The Baltic side triggered a 29:13 rally to secure a comfortable 10-point lead before the fourth frame. Bulgaria cut the deficit in the fourth frame but could not capitalize losing the battle. Dovile Strimaityte (187-PF-98) had 15 points, while Martyna Petrenaite added 13 points for the winners. Ivona Ilieva (172-PG-98) and Eleonora Koleva (188-F/C-97) answered with 14 points each for Bulgaria.


Czech Republic and Spain reach championship game - Aug 10, 2013

SEMIFINALS
Czech Republic - Italy 73-54
Czech Republic will play in the championship game of the U16 European Championship. They outgunned Italy in the second semifinal in Bulgaria today and would now face the defending champions Spain in the title clash. Julia Reisingerova (193-C-98) posted 19 points and 13 boards to lead the winners. Czech Republic earned a 14:11 lead after the opening stanza. Italy quickly denied the deficit and pulled ahead. The Azzurri accounted for a 31:27 halftime advantage. But things changed drastically on the court in the third period. The Czech team took over as they went on a 20:6 run and arrived at the final intermission up by as many as 10 points. Czech Republic unleashed 26 points in the fourth term and sealed the winning outcome. Tereza Sipova (184-F/C-97) finished with 12 points, while Petra Holesinska contributed 8 points in the win. Mariella Santucci (167-PG-97) answered with 14 points for Italy. Francesca Pan produced 8 points in the loss.

Spain - Hungary 50-49
Spain will take a shot at the third consecutive U16 European Championship title. They defeated Hungary in a close battle to enter the Final in Bulgaria. Angela Salvadores (175-PG-97) nailed 22 points to lead the charge. Hungary snatched a 17:15 lead after the opening quarter. The teams traded baskets throughout the second term. Hungary ensured a 27:25 halftime lead. Spain erased the deficit in the third term. The defending champions held Hungary to 7 points in the quarter and raced to a 36:34 lead at the final intermission. The teams went neck and neck throughout the fourth quarter. Borondy drained a three-pointer to level things up at 48 with just over a minute remaining. Angela Salvadores sank a jumper to put Spain in front 50:48. Debora Dubei (181-SF-97) converted just one free throw out of two attempts and then missed a jumper allowing Spain to run away with the victory. Maria Cazorla (180-SG-97) chipped in 9 points, while Iho Lopez had 8 points for the winners. Debora Dubei answered with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for Hungary. Virag Kiss had 11 points in the loss.
5-8 Place
France - Croatia 70-65
France clinched victory in the classification round of the U16 European Championship. They overcame Croatia today. Ornella Bankole (180-SF-97) posted 16 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists in the win. France jumped to an 18:13 lead after the opening quarter. Les Bleus extended the lead in the second frame. France piled up a 39:32 halftime advantage. They maintained the lead throughout the third term. France registered a 57:49 advantage heading into the fourth stanza. Croatia cut the deficit to just three points midway through the fourth stanza. But France kept their opponents scoreless in the final two and a half minutes of regulation to seal the victory. Ana Tadic (190-C-98) had 10 points, while Camille Lenglet and Alexia Chartereau dropped 9 points each for the winners. Ivana Dojkic (176-SG-97) answered with 25 points for Croatia. Iva Slonjsak posted 15 points and 11 boards in the loss.

Latvia - Russia 37-71
Russia claimed a comprehensive win over Latvia at the classification round of U16 European Championship. The winners will now take on France for the fifth overall position at the tournament. Latvia will face Croatia in the final game in Bulgaria. Russia dominated from start to finish in this one. They registered a 24:13 lead after ten minutes. Latvia cut the deficit in the second frame. They trailed by 6 points at halftime 27:33. But Russia went on an 18:7 run in the quarter and accumulated a 17-point lead before the fourth frame. Russia held their opponents to just 3 points in the final stanza and sealed a comfortable victory. Mariya Vadeeva (190-C-98) posted 14 points and 12 boards for Russia. Raisa Musina (189-F/C-98) added 11 points and 11 boards, while Evgeniya Frolkina had 10 points in the win. Paula Strautmane (184-F-97) and Digna Strautmane (188-F-98) answered with 8 points each in the loss.
9-12 Place
Sweden - Greece 67-46
Sweden eased past Greece in the classification round of U16 European Championship. Kristin Seman (171-SF-97) posted 19 points to lead the Scandinavian team. Sweden will take on Slovak Republic for the 9th position at the tournament next. Greece got to a quick start as they recorded a 16:8 lead after ten minutes. But Sweden stepped on the gas in the second quarter. The Scandinavians dropped 20 points and clipped the distance to a single point 28:29. Sweden extended their dominance in the third frame. They sparked a 16:8 rally to spur ahead for a 44:37 lead at the final break. Sweden went on a strong 23:9 run in the fourth period to secure the winning outcome. Adriana Camber (174-F-97) finished with 14 points, while Fanny Hakanson (172-SG-97) added 13 points in the victory. Maria Fasoula responded with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Greece. Evgenia Kollatou chipped in 7 points in the loss.

Turkey - Slovakia 29-56
Slovak Republic will play for the ninth overall position at the U16 European Championship in Bulgaria. They defeated Turkey in the classification round game today. Jana Matejcikova (164-PG-97) nailed 14 points to lead the effort. Slovak Republic earned a 13:5 lead at the end of ten minutes. They kept Turkey at distance throughout the second term. Slovak Republic earned a 25:16 halftime lead. They extended the lead in the third term. Slovak Republic accounted for a comfortable 42:20 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Turkey scored just 9 points in the fourth frame had to surrender at the end. Lucia Striesova (180-G-97) posted 13 points, while Denisa Blanarova had 6 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Selale Kepenc (186-SF-98) answered with 10 points and 9 rebounds for Turkey. Inci Guclu chipped in 6 points in the loss.

13-16 Place
Holland - Lithuania 84-52
Nethelands left no chance for Lithuania and sent those to Division B of the U16 European Championship. Netherlands will fight against relegation versus Belgium tomorrow. Janis Ndiba (180-PF-97) posted 19 points and 13 boards to pace the winners. Netherlands ensured a 25:11 lead after the opening quarter. They stretched the gap in the second frame. The Dutch team accumulated a 47:25 halftime lead. Things got just worse for Lithuania in the third period. They faced a massive 32-point deficit before the fourth quarter. Lithuania managed just 11 points in the fourth frame and had to surrender at the end. Laura Westerik (170-F-98) finished with 17 points, while Laura Steggink provided 16 points in the win. Laura Juskaite (187-PF-97) answered with 20 points for Lithuania. Agne Bobinaite chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Bulgaria - Belgium 43-69
Belgium made a step towards rescuing their Division A place for the next season. They overcame Bulgaria in the classification round today and would face the winners of Netherlands vs. Lithuania clash in the crucial game tomorrow. Bulgaria in the meantime got relegated with the defeat. Belgium jumped to an 18:10 lead after ten minutes. Bulgaria cut the deficit in the second term. The hosts got as close as 4 points at halftime 26:30. Belgium held their opponents to just 10 points in the third term and secured a 5-point lead before the fourth frame. Bulgaria collapsed in the fourth frame. Belgium went on a 28:7 run and ran away with the victory. Sofia Ouahabi (165-G-97) posted 17 points and 4 assists, while Laura Henket (183-C-98) added 12 points for the winners. Eleonora Koleva (188-F/C-97) and Gabriela Nikolova (180-F-97) had 8 points each for Bulgaria.


Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary and Spain reach semifinals in Bulgaria - Aug 9, 2013

Quarterfinals
Russia - Italy 55-61
Italy stayed in the title race after they knocked down Russia in the quarterfinal clash in Albena tonight. Francesca Pan (180-SG-97) nailed 24 points to lead the winners. Italy stunned their opponents early in the game. They unloaded 26 points in the opening quarter to take a 10-point lead. The tempo fell in the second frame. Italy and Russia exchanged baskets as the Azzurri secure a 34:24 halftime advantage. Russia got closer in the third period. They narrowed the deficit at 7-point mark at the final break. Shataeva put Russia within four points with just over a minute left in regulation. But Rachele Porcu went deadly from the stripe and sealed the win for Italy. Mariella Santucci (167-PG-97) nailed 9 points, while Rachele Porcu had 8 points for the winners. Raisa Musina (189-F/C-98) answered with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Russia. Alina Bespaltseva had 12 points in the loss.

Czech Republic - Latvia 66-56
Czech Republic will play at the semifinal stage of the U16 European Championship. They outscored Latvia to stay in the title race. Lenka Soukalova (180-PF-97) and Michaela Matuskova (166-G-97) posted 13 points each for the winners. Czech Republic secured a 23:15 lead after ten minutes of action. They held Latvia to just 7 points in the second frame to take a 41:22 halftime advantage. Latvia narrowed the deficit in the third term. They adjusted offensively and got within 12 points at the final break. Latvia maintained the pressure throughout the fourth frame. But Czech Republic lived up to the challenge and escaped with the victory. Petra Holesinska netted 9 points for the winners. Paula Strautmane (184-F-97) answered with 19 points for Latvia. Kristiana Rikveile had 10 points in the loss.

Hungary - Croatia 75-50
Hungary entered the semifinal stage at the U16 European Championship. They knocked down Croatian counterparts in the quarterfinal clash today. Eniko Kuttor (183-F-97) stepped up with 23 points and 16 boards to lead the effort. Hungary did not waste much time taking a 21:9 lead after ten minutes. The margin kept on growing throughout the second frame. Hungary recorded a 48:18 halftime advantage. Croatia stopped the bleeding in the third stanza. They cut the deficit at 25-point mark with ten minutes left. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth quarter as Hungary breezed to the victory. Virag Weninger (174-SG-97) delivered 10 points, while Agnes Studer connected for 9 points in the win. Iva Slonjsak (181-SG-97) answered with 14 points for Croatia. Tihana Stojsavljevic produced 11 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Spain - France 48-43
Spain became the first semifinalists at the U16 European Championship. The defending champions prevailed against France in Albena today. Angela Salvadores (175-PG-97) knocked down 10 points and 4 steals to lead the winners. The teams stressed defence in the opening quarter. They combined for just 16 points in the opening quarter as Spain eked out a 9:7 lead. Spain boosted the gap in the second frame. The reigning champions ensured a 24:16 halftime advantage. But Les Bleus did not allow Spain to clear off in the third term. Ornella Bankole (180-SF-97) helped France cut the deficit to just two points 26:28 midway through the third term. Spain stayed in front to enter the fourth frame up by four points 33:29. Lisa Berkani and Ornella Bankole put France in front 41:39 early in the fourth term. But Spain kept Les Bleus scoreless for almost five final minutes of the game and stole a tough win at the end. Maria Cazorla (180-SG-97) and Iho Lopez netted 9 points each for the winners. Ornella Bankole answered with 13 points and 16 rebounds for France. Camille Lenglet and Lisa Berkani had 11 points each in the loss.
9-16 Place
Belgium - Slovakia 46-55
Slovak Republic will play in Division A of U16 European Championship next season. They kept their top division place after edging Belgium in the classification round game today. Miroslava Mistinova (182-F-97) scored 16 points to lead the winners. Belgium and Slovak Republic exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 10:10 after ten minutes. Belgium pulled ahead in the second term. They snatched a 28:20 halftime lead. Slovak Republic turned things around in the third period. They limited Belgium to just 7 points in the stanza and evened the game at 35. The Slovak team unloaded 20 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the winning outcome. Veronika Remenarova (185-F-97) posted 12 points and 16 boards, while Lucia Striesova added 10 points for the winners. Serena-Lynn Geldof (192-C-97) answered with 14 points and 8 boards for Belgium. Celien Iliaens chipped in 8 points in the defeat.

Greece - Lithuania 49-46
Greece took a sigh of relief after they defeated Lithuania at the U16 European Championship in Varna today. The Hellenes therefore secured Division A place for the next season. Lithuania will still fight against relegation in the next days. Maria Fasoula nailed 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Greece earned a narrow 16:14 lead after ten minutes. Lithuania denied the deficit and pulled ahead for a 27:25 halftime lead. But Greece regained the advantage in the third term. The Hellenes eked out a 37:35 advantage before the fourth period. Zafeirenia Karlafti (180-F-98) and Garyfallia-Paraskevi Ntanou (176-F-97) gave Greece a 49:41 lead late in regulation and they held on to win the game. Garyfallia-Paraskevi Ntanou posted 12 points, while Zafeirenia Karlafti added 11 points for the winners. Laura Juskaite (187-PF-97) answered with 14 points and 13 boards for Lithuania. Rasa Knyzaite had 12 points in the defeat.

Turkey - Bulgaria 79-76
Turkey avoided relegation frenzy after beating Bulgaria in the classification round at U16 European Championship. Turkey will now fight for the 9th overall position. Selale Kepenc (186-SF-98) nailed 22 points and grabbed 12 boards to pace the winners. Turkey secured a 26:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Bulgaria cut the deficit in the second term. The hosts got within 6 points at the interval 44:38. Bulgaria narrowed the deficit even more in the third term. The home side got as close as 3 points at the final intermission. Koleva put the hosts in front 71:69 midway through the fourth frame. But Turkey went on a 7:2 run to wrap up the regulation and snatched victory. Inci Guclu (200-C-99) and Melisa Korkmaz provided 13 points each for the winners. Gabriela Nikolova (180-F-97) answered with 18 points for Bulgaria. Nikol Nikolova had 13 points in the loss.

Holland - Sweden 46-62
Sweden clinched an important victory at the U16 European Championship. They outscored Netherlands to secure their Division A place for the next season. Fanny Hakanson (172-SG-97) posted 21 points to lead the winners. Sweden eked out an 11:7 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the lead in the second frame. The Scandinavian side posted a 27:19 halftime advantage. Sweden poured in 23 points in the third period and secured a 20-point advantage before the final stanza. Netherlands cut the distance in the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat. Adriana Camber (174-F-97) posted 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Olivia Bringefalt had 12 points for the winners. Janis Ndiba (180-PF-97) answered with 13 points for Netherlands. Asa Kantebeen chipped in 11 points in the loss.


Quarterfinalists are set in Bulgaria - Aug 7, 2013

Group E
Latvia - Greece 56-55
Latvia eked out a key victory over Greece at the Second Stage of the U16 European Championship in Bulgaria. Digna Strautmane (188-F-98) posted 17 points and 11 boards as Latvia advanced into the quarterfinal stage from the fourth place in Group E. Greece fell at 0-5 record at the bottom of the standings. It was a close battle from start to finish. Latvia snatched a 13:10 lead after ten minutes of action. The Hellenes denied the deficit in the second frame. Greece pulled ahead but Digna Strautmane capped the half with a bucket to level things up at 23. Evgenia Kollatou (172-PG-98) (172-PG-98) organized a 9:0 run from Greece midway through the third term as they grabbed a 39:33 lead. But Latvia narrowed the deficit to a single point 38:39 at the final intermission. Digna Strautmane and Zane Ozolina triggered an 8:0 surge from Latvia at the start of the fourth frame. The margin grew at 9-point mark midway through the final quarter. However Karlafti drained a three-pointer and Greece went on a 10:2 run to cut the margin at a single point. But Latvia kept Greece scoreless in the final 49 seconds of the regulation to escape with victory. Paula Strautmane (184-F-97) connected for 13 points, while Zane Ozolina produced 9 points in the victory. Evgenia Kollatou answered with 16 points for Greece. Maria Fasoula had 15 points in the loss.

Croatia - Turkey 66-59
Croatia claimed an important victory over Turkey to secure the quarterfinal birth at the U16 European Championship. They improved at 3-2 record in the third position in the ladder. Turkey slipped at 1-4 record and got eliminated from the title race. Iva Slonjsak (181-SG-97) posted 26 points to pace the winners. Croatia scored 25 points in the first period to gain an 11-point lead. They kept Turkey at bay throughout the second frame. Croatia piled up a 39:27 halftime advantage. Turkey narrowed the deficit in the third term. They got within 10 points at the final break. But Croatia quickly cleared off to a 15-point advantage early in the fourth stanza and never looked back en route to the win. Ivana Dojkic (176-SG-97) posted 15 points, while Dora Goles added 10 points for the winners. Selale Kepenc (186-SF-98) answered with 16 points for Turkey. Melisa Korkmaz chipped in 15 points in the loss.

Russia - Spain 61-68
Spain extended their perfect run at the U16 European Championship to six games. The defending champions overcame Russia to claim the top spot in Group E. Russia finished second at 4-1 record suffering the first defeat at the tournament. Spain snatched a 12:9 lead after ten minutes of intense action. The reigning champions maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. Spain arrived at the big break up by 4 points 29:25. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Spain secured a 4-point lead before the fourth stanza 49:45. Maria Cazorla (180-SG-97) drained three triples in the fourth quarter helping Spain to protect their lead claiming a tough win at the end. Angela Salvadores (175-PG-97) posted 21 points to pace Spain. Maria Cazorla added 13 points, while Laia Raventos chipped in 10 points for the winners. Elena Shataeva (177-G-97) answered with 14 points for Russia. Mariya Vadeeva had 13 points and 13 boards in the loss.

Group F
Czech Republic - Belgium 73-43
Czech Republic will advance into the U16 European Championship quarterfinals from the top position in Group F. They defeated Belgium to improve at 4-1 record in the ladder. Julia Reisingerova (193-C-98) knocked down 14 points to pace the winners. Belgium fell at 1-4 record and would now play in the relegation round. Czech Republic gained a 13:8 lead after ten minutes of action. They stretched the gap in the second period. Czech Republic accumulated a 32:23 halftime advantage. The Czech team stepped on the gas in the third term. They unloaded 26 points to secure a 58:36 lead at the final break. Czech Republic held their opponents to 7 points in the final stanza and sealed the win at the end. Tereza Sipova (184-F/C-97) and Petra Holesinska notched 11 points each for the winners. Lola Frabel (165-PG-97) answered with 11 points for Belgium. Marie Cole had 9 points in the loss.

Holland - France 44-46
France eked out a tough win on the last day of action at the Second Stage of U16 European Championship. Les Bleus sneaked past Netherlands to improve at 3-2 record in Group F. The Dutch side fell at 0-5. Ornella Bankole (180-SF-97) delivered 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Netherlands got to a brisk start. The Dutch team gained a 17:10 lead after ten minutes. France stopped the rot in the second frame. They narrowed the deficit at 5-point mark at halftime 27:22. France turned things around in the third quarter. Les Bleus went on an 18:6 rally to secure a 7-point lead before the fourth frame. Netherlands held their opponents to just 6 points in the final period but could not avoid the loss. Ludivine Marie (186-C-98) had 13 points, while Alexia Chartereau chipped in 7 points for France. Laura Westerik (170-F-98) answered with 21 points for Netherlands. Christy Buderman and Asa Kantebeen dropped 6 points each in the defeat.

Hungary - Italy 60-44
Hungary claimed the second position in Group F of the Second Stage of U16 European Championship. They overcame Italian counterparts to set up the quarterfinal clash versus Croatia. Italy occupied the third position and would face Russia in the playoffs. Hungary set the tone early in the game. They limited the Azzurri to just 6 points in the first period and recorded a 13:6 lead. But Italy slowly got back into the contest. They cut the deficit at 4-point mark at halftime 25:21. The Azzurri got even closer in the third period. Italy faced just a one-point deficit before the fourth frame 38:37. But Hungary exploded with a 22:7 run in the final stanza and celebrated a comfortable victory. Virag Kiss (194-C-98) accounted for 14 points and 11 boards for Hungary. Debora Dubei (181-SF-97) added 13 points, 6 boards and 5 assists in the win. Giulia Ciavarella (182-PF-97) and Francesca Pan (180-SG-97) answered with 8 points apiece for Italy.

Group G
Bulgaria - Sweden 38-77
Sweden claimed the second victory in Group G of the U16 European Championship. They defeated hosting Bulgaria behind 14 points from Kristin Seman (171-SF-97). Bulgaria fell at 0-3 record after the loss. Sweden left no chance for the hosts right from the start. The Scandinavian team went on a deadly 29:6 run in the opening quarter. Sweden maintained the lead throughout the second term. They arrived at halftime up by 28 points 41:13. Sweden kept Bulgaria at distance throughout the third term. They secured a 29-point lead before the fourth frame. Sweden did not look back afterwards cruising to the victory at the end. Sofia Hagg (168-PG-97) and Adriana Camber (174-F-97) finished with 13 points each for the winners. Radiyana Mancheva (176-F-97) and Ivona Ilieva (172-PG-98) had 7 points each for Bulgaria.

Lithuania - Slovakia 55-69
Slovak Republic clinched the top spot in classification round Group G at the U16 European Championship. They defeated Lithuania today. Miroslava Mistinova (182-F-97) posted 22 points and 11 boards to lead the winners. Slovak Republic jumped to a 26:13 lead after ten minutes. Lithuania bounced back in the second quarter. They held their opponents to 8 points to get within 7 points at halftime 27:34. However Slovak Republic eased to a comfortable 13-point distance at the final intermission 52:39. Lithuania managed just 16 points in the fourth frame, which proved insufficient for the victory. Lucia Striesova (180-G-97) chipped in 15 points, while Jana Matejcikova added 10 points for the winners. Laura Juskaite (187-PF-97) answered with 14 points for Lithuania. Laurita Jurciute and Karolina Visockaite had 9 points apiece for the losing side.


Second Stage starts in Albena and Varna - Aug 5, 2013

Group E
Greece - Russia 45-63
Russia clinched the fourth straight win at the start of the U16 European Championship. They overcame Greek counterparts at the start of the Second Stage of the tournament. Mariya Vadeeva (190-C-98) nailed 19 points and grabbed 15 boards for the winners. Russia earned a 17:11 lead after ten minutes. Russia stretched the lead in the second frame. They accumulated a 31:18 halftime lead. The Hellenes cut the deficit in the third period. They got within 12 points at the final intermission 31:43. But Russia ignited a 20:14 rally in the fourth frame to seal the win. Tatiana Kazakova (190-C-98) and Raisa Musina nailed 8 points each for Russia. Maria Fasoula (190-C-97) answered with 17 points for Greece. Zafeirenia Karlafti had 8 points in the loss.

Latvia - Croatia 44-55
Croatia claimed the first win at the Second Stage of the U16 European Championship. They held off Latvia in Group E. Iva Slonjsak (181-SG-97) nailed 23 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and issued 4 assists to pace the winners. Latvia gained a narrow 10:9 lead after ten minutes. Croatia took over in the second frame. The Balkan team surged ahead for a 24:20 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout low-scoring third term. Croatia ensured a 4-point advantage heading into the final stanza. They dropped 20 points in the fourth period and sealed the victory at the end. Anita Kelava (185-PF-97) posted 11 points and 17 rebounds, while Tihana Stojsavljevic added 6 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Digna Strautmane (188-F-98) answered with 21 points and 11 rebounds for Latvia. Sindija Kudule had 8 points in the loss.

Turkey - Spain 57-72
Spain kept their record perfect record intact at the U16 European Championship. They outgunned Turkey at the start of the Second Stage of the competition. Maria Cazorla (180-SG-97) and Maria Conde (184-F-97) nailed 13 points each to lead the winners. Spain gained a 17:13 lead after ten minutes. The gap grew in the second frame. Spain accumulated a 38:29 halftime advantage. Turkey trimmed the deficit in the third term. They got within 6 points at the final intermission 45:51. But Spain triggered a 21:12 run in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Laia Raventos chipped in 10 points for the winning team. Selale Kepenc (186-SF-98) answered with 17 points for Turkey. Melisa Korkmaz and Sevgi Uzun answered with 11 points each in the loss.

Group F
Belgium - Hungary 50-81
Hungary improved at 2-1 record in Group F of the Second Stage of the U16 European Championship in Bulgaria. They knocked down Belgium behind 20 points and 10 rebounds from Eniko Kuttor (183-F-97). Hungary opened the game on a 13:3 run. They ensured a 19:11 lead after ten minutes. They boosted the gap in the second quarter. Hungary registered a 44:24 halftime advantage. Hungary unloaded 26 points in the third quarter to clear off for good. Belgium managed just 10 points in the fourth stanza and never threatened the margin. Debora Dubei and Virag Kiss nailed 12 points each for Hungary. Serena-Lynn Geldof (192-C-97) answered with 10 points for Belgium. Marie Cole and Silke Lenssens had 7 points apiece in the defeat.

Czech Republic - Holland 68-49
Czech Republic claimed the opening win at the Second Stage of the U16 European Championship. They outgunned Netherlands in Group F action in Varna. Tereza Sipova (184-F/C-97) and Julia Reisingerova (193-C-98) netted 12 points each for the winners. Czech Republic posted an 11:6 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the margin in the second frame. The Czech team held their opponents to 8 points in the quarter to open a 34:14 halftime lead. The Dutch team cut the deficit at 17-point mark at the final intermission. But Czech Republic easily withheld the challenge and raced to the victory. Michaela Gaislerova netted 10 points for the winners. Laura Westerik (170-F-98) answered with 13 points for Netherlands. Christy Buderman chipped in 11 points in the loss.

France - Italy 57-63
Italy celebrated the fourth consecutive win at the U16 European Championship. They knocked down France to gain 3-0 record in Group F at the Second Stage of the tournament. Francesca Pan (180-SG-97) nailed 19 points to lead the winners. Italy quickly pulled ahead and secured a 16:8 lead after ten minutes. The Azzurri boosted the gap at 12-point mark at the interval 37:25. Italy kept France at safe distance throughout the third term. Les Bleus trailed by 14 points heading into the final stanza. France went on a 20:12 run in the final period but it was too late to rescue the encounter. Mariella Santucci (167-PG-97) nailed 12 points, while Keys added 10 points for the winners. Ornella Bankole (180-SF-97) answered with 20 points and 14 rebounds for France. Tadic had 12 points in the loss.

Group G
Bulgaria - Slovakia 46-53
Slovak Republic clinched the first win at the U16 European Championship. They defeated Bulgarian counterparts in Albena. Radka Stasova (168-G-97) nailed 14 points to lead Slovak Republic at 1-0 record in Group G. Slovak Republic eked out a 9:8 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the gap at the second frame. Slovak Republic ensured a 24:19 halftime lead. They dominated throughout the third quarter. Slovak Republic secured a 41:34 advantage into the fourth frame. The teams traded baskets throughout the final stanza as Slovak Republic marched to the victory. Veronika Remenarova (185-F-97) chipped in 11 points for Slovak Republic. Alexandra Haskova added 7 points in the win. Gabriela Nikolova (180-F-97) answered with 14 points for Bulgaria. Nikol Nikolova banked 10 points in the loss.

Sweden - Lithuania 50-62
Lithuania claimed the first win at the classification round of the U16 European Championship. They toppled Sweden in Group G opener. Rasa Knyzaite (170-PG-98) nailed 17 points and made 7 steals to lead the Baltic team. Lithuania trailed by three points after the opening frame 15:18. They cut the gap in the second quarter. The Baltic team got within two points at halftime 29:27. Lithuania finally surged ahead in the third period. They held Sweden to 10 points and eked out a 44:39 lead at the final break. Lithuania kept Sweden at distance throughout the fourth frame and sealed a well-deserved win at the end. Laurita Jurciute (170-PG-96) posted 15 points, while Laura Juskaite added 12 points and 20 rebounds for the winners. Adriana Camber (174-F-97) responded with 11 points and 10 rebounds for Sweden. Fanny Hakanson added 10 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in the loss.


The End of Preliminary Round in Albena and Varna - Aug 3, 2013

Group A
Bulgaria - Croatia 39-73
Croatia U16 claimed the second win at the U16 European Championship. They overcame Bulgaria to finish second in Group A. Iva Slonjsak (181-SG-97) posted 15 points and 9 assists for the winners. Bulgaria fell at 0-3 record after the loss. Croatia stunned the hosts in the first ten minutes. The visitors went on a 25:6 run to clear off. Croatia maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They arrived at the interval up by 21 points 39:18. Croatia stayed in charge throughout the third term. The visitors did not slow down in the fourth frame and marched to the victory at the end. Dora Goles (167-PG-97) finished with 13 points, while Anita Kelava and Tihana Stojsavljevic added 12 points each in the win. Radiyana Mancheva (176-F-97) answered with 10 points for Bulgaria. Nikol Nikolova had 9 points in the defeat.

Spain - Greece 60-40
Spain clinched the third consecutive win at the U16 European Championship in Bulgaria. They knocked down Greece today to earn the top position in Group A. Angela Salvadores (175-PG-97) nailed 18 points to lead the defending champions. Greece fell at 1-2 record after the loss. Spain led 14:6 early in the game. But Greece erased the deficit. They trailed by just three points at the first break before leveling thing up at 19. Spain gained a narrow 25:22 halftime advantage. The Spanish team boosted the gap in the third term. The reigning champions limited Greece to 6 points in the quarter and secured a 40:28 advantage at the final break. Spain went on a 20:12 run in the fourth frame to seal the win. Cecilia Muhate Pena (183-F/C-97) posted 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Maria Conde added 7 points for the winners. Evgenia Kollatou (172-PG-98) responded with 14 points for Greece. Christina Theodorou had 6 points in the loss.

Group B
Russia - Sweden 67-56
Russia gained the third consecutive win at the U16 European Championship. They capped their preliminary round campaign with the win over Swedish counterparts. Daria Kurilchuk (179-F-98) netted 11 points to lead Russia. Sweden suffered the third consecutive loss at the tournament. The Scandinavian team got to the better start. They posted a 20:9 lead after ten minutes of action. Russia cut the deficit in the second term. They got within one point at halftime 30:31. Russia finally pulled ahead in the third term. They ignited a 20:12 run in the quarter to pile up a 50:43 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Russia did not allow Sweden any closer in the fourth term and cruised to the victory at the end. Raisa Musina (189-F/C-98), Mariya Vadeeva (190-C-98) and Evgeniya Frolkina netted 10 points each for the winners. Fanny Hakanson (172-SG-97) answered with 13 points for Sweden. Fanny Wadling had 12 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Latvia - Turkey 51-26
Latvia claimed a comprehensive victory over Turkey on the final day of the preliminary round at the U16 European Championship. Digna Strautmane (188-F-98) tallied 20 points to lead the winners as they clinched the 2nd position in Group B. Turkey fell at 1-2 record to finish third. Latvia played a perfect defensive game from start to finish. They held Turkey to 8 points in the first period and posted a 6-point lead. Turkey managed just 6 points in the second quarter to face a 14:21 halftime deficit. Latvia stayed in front throughout the third term. They opened up a 13-point lead heading into the final quarter. Turkey scored just 3 points in the fourth stanza to surrender at the end. Paula Strautmane (184-F-97) delivered 16 points, 14 boards and 8 assists for Latvia. Kristiana Rikveile chipped in 9 points in the win. Selale Kepenc (186-SF-98) answered with 13 points for Turkey. Melisa Korkmaz had 6 points in the defeat.

Group C
Lithuania - Italy 35-57
Italy celebrated the third consecutive win at the U16 European Championship. They knocked down Lithuania to win Group C. The Baltic team fell at 1-2 record and occupied the fourth position in the pool. Lithuania will now fight against relegation. The Azzurri gained a 20:12 lead ten minutes into the game. Lithuania slowed down their opponents in the second frame. They held Italy to just 4 points to get within four at halftime 20:24. But Italy started the second half on a full throttle. They ignited a 20:6 rally to secure an 18-point lead. Italy did not look back afterwards coasting to the win at the end. Mariella Santucci (167-PG-97) nailed 17 points for Italy. Rachele Porcu (165-PG-97) provided 9 points in the win. Rasa Knyzaite answered with 11 points for Lithuania. Laura Juskaite had 10 points and 12 rebounds in the defeat.

Belgium - Holland 46-41
Belgium clinched the crucial win at the U16 European Championship. They knocked down Netherlands in Group C to qualify for the next stage of the competition. Silke Lenssens (165-PG-97) posted 13 points to lead the winners. Belgium got to a confident start. They limited Netherlands to just 6 points in the opening quarter and gained a 12-point lead. The Dutch side slowly improved their performance in the second frame. They narrowed the deficit at 11-point mark at halftime. Netherlands got even closer in the third period. They trailed by just 6 points heading into the fourth quarter. Ndiba dragged the Dutch team within three points 41:44 with under two minutes remaining. But Netherlands could not score in the reminder of the contest as Belgium got away with so needed victory. Serena-Lynn Geldof (192-C-97) notched 9 points for the winners. Eline Maesschalck had 7 points in the victory. Laura Westerik (170-F-98) responded with 9 points and 10 rebounds for Netherlands. Asa Kantebeen posted 8 points in the victory.

Group D
France - Hungary 36-56
Hungary played arguably their best game at the U16 European Championship so far drubbing France today. Hungary thus occupied the top position in Group D. Nina Aho (174-PG-97) posted 14 points to lead the winning side. France fell at 2-1 record at the tournament. Hungary held their opponents to 7 points in the first frame and posted a 6-point lead after ten minutes. Hungary stretched the lead in the second frame. They established a 24:12 halftime advantage. Les Bleus struggled to get any closer throughout the third term. Hungary dominated the game as they built a 42:22 lead into the fourth frame. The teams traded baskets throughout the final period as Hungary breezed to the win. Eniko Kuttor (183-F-97) nailed 12 points, while Virag Weninger added 9 points for the winners. Ornella Bankole (180-SF-97) replied with 7 points for France. Ana Tadic had 6 points in the losing effort.

Slovakia - Czech Republic 44-65
Czech Republic gained the second win in Group D of the U16 European Championship. They held off Slovak Republic in Varna to occupy the second position in the ladder. Julia Reisingerova (193-C-98) posted 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Slovak Republic fell at 0-3 record after the defeat. The Czech team dominated throughout the first half. They claimed a 17:11 lead after ten minutes of action. They boosted the margin in the second quarter. Czech Republic piled up a 36:18 halftime advantage. The Czechs ballooned the gap in the third period. They arrived at the final break up by 25 points and never looked back en route to the win. Michaela Matuskova (166-G-97) chipped in 9 points, while Michaela Krejzova had 8 points for the winners. Lucia Striesova (180-G-97) answered with 13 points for Slovak Republic. Alzbeta Bubenikova and Veronika Remenarova had 6 points apiece in the loss.


Day 2 in Albena and Varna - Aug 2, 2013

Group A
Bulgaria - Spain 36-69
Spain clinched the second consecutive victory at the U16 European Championship. They overcame hosting Bulgaria to remain on top of Group A. Angela Salvadores (175-PG-97) topscored with 12 points for the defending champions. Spain opened a 20:9 lead after ten minutes of action. They stayed in charge throughout the second frame. Spain accumulated a 37:15 halftime lead. The visitors went on an 18:6 rally in the third term and never looked back en route to the victory. Cecilia Muhate Pena (183-F/C-97) finished with 9 points for Spain. Laia Raventos (170-PG-97) and Maria Conde added 7 points each for the winners. Debora Filipova (173-F/G-97) answered with 15 points for Bulgaria. Gabriela Nikolova chipped in 7 points in the loss.

Croatia - Greece 64-33
Croatia gained a confident win on the second day of the U16 European Championship. They drubbed Greece for 1-1 record in Group A. Anita Kelava (185-PF-97) nailed 15 points and grabbed 11 boards to lead the winners. Croatia held their opponents to just 8 points in the first frame and gained a 10-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Croatia ensured a 28:18 halftime advantage. They deepened the gap in the third term. Croatia went on a 16:6 run in the quarter to enter the fourth period up by 20 points. The Hellenes managed just 9 points in the fourth frame and yielded at the end. Iva Slonjsak (181-SG-97) posted 10 points, while Ivana Dojkic added 7 points for the winners. Marilena Gerostergiou (185-C-98) answered with 9 points for Greece. Evgenia Kollatou had 7 points in the loss.

Group B
Latvia - Russia 39-90
Russia clinched the second straight win at the U16 European Championship in Bulgaria. They knocked down Latvia in Group B action today. Raisa Musina (189-F/C-98) nailed 21 points to pace the winners. Russia unloaded 23 points in the first frame to take an 8-point lead. They cleared off in the second quarter. Russia triggered a 24:4 run in the second period to accumulate a 47:19 halftime advantage. Russia held Latvia to only 2 points in the third term and entered the fourth frame up by 50 points. Russia breezed to the victory in the final quarter. Mariya Vadeeva (190-C-98) posted 14 points, while Tatiana Kazakova added 12 points and 9 rebounds for Russia. Digna Strautmane (188-F-98) answered with 14 points for Latvia. Paula Strautmane and Zane Ozolina had 6 points each in the loss.

Turkey - Sweden 68-61
Turkey claimed the opening win at the U16 European Championship. They drew first blood in the second round of preliminary action. Turkey held off Sweden in Group B. Selale Kepenc (186-SF-98) netted 26 points to pace the winners. Turkey snatched a 12:11 lead after ten minutes of action. They extended their lead in the second frame. Turkey posted a 27:23 halftime advantage. Turkey stayed dominant throughout the third quarter. They entered the final period up by 8 points 46:38. Sweden nailed 23 points in the fourth term but Turkey matched the effort and sealed the victory at the end. Merve Ari (175-F-98) netted 11 points, while Irem Kikiler added 9 points for the winning side. Fanny Hakanson (172-SG-97) answered with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists for Sweden. Adriana Camber chipped in 15 points in the loss.

Group C
Italy - Holland 60-56
Italy clinched the second consecutive win at the U16 European Championship. They held off Netherlands for 2-0 record on top of Group C. Mariella Santucci (167-PG-97) nailed 16 points for the winning side. Netherlands grabbed a 16:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Italy cut the deficit in the second frame. The Azzurri got within a single point at halftime 26:27. Italy surged ahead in the third term. Italy erased the deficit and built a 45:37 lead with one quarter remaining. Janis Ndiba (180-PF-97) and Steggink put Netherlands within 3 points 54:57 with 59 seconds remaining. But Zecchin nailed two free throws and sealed the win for Italy. Francesca Pan (180-SG-97) finished with 15 points, while Lucrezia Costa added 8 points for Italy. Janis Ndiba answered with 16 points and 19 rebounds for Netherlands. Laura Westerik answered with 14 points in the loss.

Lithuania - Belgium 60-44
Lithuania celebrated the first win at the U16 European Championship. They fired past Belgium to gain 1-1 record in Group C. Martyna Petrenaite (177-F-98) stepped up with 19 points to lead the winners. Belgium slipped at 0-2 record after the loss. Lithuania opened the game with an 11:2 run and built a 16:10 lead at the first break. The Baltic team maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. Lithuania ensured a 29:20 halftime cushion. Lithuania did not slow down in the third term. They headed into the fourth period up by 16 points 45:29. Belgium and Lithuania traded baskets throughout the final quarter as the latter ones cruised to the win. Laura Juskaite (187-PF-97) posted 14 points and 17 rebounds, while Karolina Visockaite added 10 points for the winners. Silke Lenssens (165-PG-97) answered with 9 points for Belgium. Fauve Bastiaenssen had 8 points in the loss.

Group D
Slovakia - France 42-57
France clinched the second consecutive win at the U16 European Championship. They toppled Slovak Republic to stay perfect in Group D. Alexia Chartereau (189-C-98) finished with 14 points to lead Les Bleus. The Slovak team fell at 0-2 record. France led by just two points after a close first frame 12:10. Slovak Republic denied the deficit in the second frame. The teams entered the second half tied at 22. But Les Bleus regained the advantage in the third term. They snatched a 38:34 advantage before the final stanza. France went on a 19:8 run in the fourth period to seal the winning outcome. Ornella Bankole (180-SF-97) posted 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Lisa Berkani added 13 points for the winning side. Veronika Remenarova (185-F-97) answered with 13 points and 12 rebounds for Slovak Republic. Miroslava Mistinova chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Czech Republic - Hungary 57-49
Czech Republic beat Hungary to tie both records at 1-1 in Group D of the U16 European Championship. They needed a 57:49 win at the end of Day 2 action. Hungary started better and grabbed 11:9 lead at the end of the first period. They also looked better in the second period and added 15-10 rally for 7-point halftime advantage. Czech Republic was too far to give up and erupted in the second half. They won the third period 20-13 and then finished the game with 18-10 burst. Maleckova made the final result in the game as she brought 57:49 win. Petra Holesinska (167-G-97) top-cored for the winners with 17 points and Julia Reisingerova (193-C-98) collected 9 points and 10 rebounds. Michaela Gaislerova followed them with 8 points in a win. Dorottya Nagy (183-PF-97) collected 18 points and 12 rebounds in a loss, whilst Virag Weninger and Virag Kiss had 10 apiece.


Day 1 in Albena and Varna - Aug 1, 2013

Group A
Greece - Bulgaria 63-52
Greece rallied to the opening win at the U16 European Championship. They knocked down hosting Bulgaria in Group A. Maria Fasoula (190-C-97) stepped up with 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead the winning side. Greece jumped to a 21:10 lead after the opening quarter. Bulgaria however responded with a storming surge in the second frame. The hosts went on a 22:6 rally to take a 32:27 halftime lead. The Hellenes regained the composure in the third term. Greece erased the deficit as the teams entered the fourth stanza tied at 46. Greece held Bulgaria to only 6 points in the final frame and sealed the winning outcome. Evgenia Kollatou (172-PG-98) posted 18 points, while Chrysoula Kilazidou posted 11 points for the winners. Debora Filipova (173-F/G-97) answered with 15 points for Bulgaria. Anna Radenkova had 11 points in the loss.

Spain - Croatia 62-58
Spain clinched the opening win at the U16 European Championship in Bulgaria. They topped Croatia in Group A. Angela Salvadores (175-PG-97) finished with 20 points to lead the charge. The teams traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 15:15 after ten minutes. Croatia pulled ahead in the second frame. They eked out a 34:32 halftime lead. Spain erased the deficit in the third term. The reigning champions snatched a 47:46 lead into the fourth frame. Ivana Dojkic (176-SG-97) put Croatia in charge again early in the final quarter. But Maria Conde (184-F-97) drained a key three-pointer with 15 seconds remaining to put Spain ahead by two points 60:58. Angela Salvadores then sealed the win from the stripe. Maria Conde netted 13 points, while Cecilia Muhate Pena added 10 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Ivana Dojkic answered with 26 points for Croatia. Iva Slonjsak had 9 points in the loss.

Group B
Russia - Turkey 76-44
Russia made sure they open their U16 European Championship campaign with victory. They outgunned Turkey in Albena in Group B opener. Mariya Vadeeva (190-C-98) posted 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead the winners. Turkey snatched a 16:12 lead after ten minutes of action. But Russia picked up the tempo in the second frame. They fired 21 points to secure a 33:22 halftime lead. Russia dominated throughout the third term. They held Turkey to 13 points to boost their lead to as many as 20 points heading into the fourth term. Russia ignited a 21:9 run in the final period and sealed the win at the end. Raisa Musina (189-F/C-98) finished with 11 points, while Alina Bespaltseva added 10 points for the winning side. Selale Kepenc (186-SF-98) answered with 10 points for Turkey. Melisa Korkmaz had 8 points in the loss.

Sweden - Latvia 56-65
Latvia made it 1-0 at the U16 European Championship in Bulgaria. They knocked down Swedish counterparts in the opening encounter. Paula Strautmane (184-F-97) posted 19 points, 5 assists and 4 steals to lead the winning side. Latvia gained a 14:9 lead after ten minutes of action. Sweden cut the deficit in the second frame. The Scandinavian team got within 3 points at the interval 25:28. Sweden maintained the pressure on their opponents in the third term. They entered the fourth frame down by just two points 44:46. Adriana Camber (174-F-97) put Sweden in front early in the fourth frame. But Latvia used an 11:3 run late in the quarter to take a 63:54 lead. Rikveile capped the regulation with a pair of free throws to seal the win. Marta Jancevska (178-F-98) had 14 points, while Digna Strautmane added 12 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Kristin Seman (171-SF-97) and Adriana Camber responded with 14 points each in the loss.

Group C
Holland - Lithuania 86-54
Netherlands clinched the starting win at the U16 European Championship. They defeated Lithuania in Group C. Laura Westerik (170-F-98) nailed 19 points to lead the Dutch team. It was a one-way traffic right from the start. Netherlands went on a 25:8 rally in the opening quarter. The Dutch youngsters kept their opponents at bay throughout the second frame. Netherlands built a 43:25 halftime advantage. Netherlands unloaded 27 points in the third frame to boost the gap at 31-point mark heading into the fourth frame. Netherlands never looked back en route to the victory. Janis Ndiba (180-PF-97) posted 18 points, while Asa Kantebeen and Laura Steggink had 11 points each for the winners. Laurita Jurciute (170-PG-96) responded with 16 points for Lithuania. Karolina Visockaite and Odeta Samukaite had 9 points each in the loss.

Belgium - Italy 37-58
Italy got to the confident start of their U16 European Championship campaign. They knocked down Belgium in Group C opener in Varna. Francesca Pan (180-SG-97) posted 18 points to lead the Azzurri. Italy dominated right from the start. They ensured a 22:10 lead ten minutes into the game. The Azzurri led throughout the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 16 points 38:22. Italy limited their opponents to just 9 points in the third term. Italy established a 49:31 lead at the final break. Belgium scored just 6 points in the fourth quarter and had to surrender at the end. Giulia Zecchin (178-PG-97) chipped in 8 points, while Elisa Chiabotto and Lucrezia Costa added 7 points each for Italy. Marie Cole (187-PF-98) and Serena-Lynn Geldof (192-C-97) responded with 10 points each for Belgium.

Group D
France - Czech Republic 58-50
France clinched the opening win at the U16 European Championship in Bulgaria. They toppled Czech Republic in Group D clash. Ana Tadic (190-C-98) posted 15 points to lead the charge. France got to a confident start. They held Czech opponents to just 7 points in the first frame and gained a 9-point lead. Les Bleus stretched the gap in the second frame. They recorded a 32:21 halftime advantage. France kept Czech Republic at bay throughout the third term. They entered the fourth frame up by 12 points. Czech Republic narrowed the deficit in the final stanza but could not escape the loss at the end. Alexia Chartereau (189-C-98) finished with 11 points, while Mantelin and Berkani had 8 points each for the winners. Tereza Sipova (184-F/C-97) answered with 13 points for Czech Republic. Holesinska and Reisingerova had 8 points each in the loss.

Hungary - Slovakia 73-41
Hungary earned the first win at the U16 European Championship. They overcame Slovak Republic in Group D. Virag Kiss (194-C-98) nailed 19 points to lead Hungary in the opening encounter. Hungary set the tone early. They triggered a 21:11 run in the starting quarter. Hungary kept Slovak Republic at bay throughout the second term. They piled up a 33:21 halftime lead. Hungary sparked with a 20:9 run in the third term to clear off for good. Slovak Republic managed just 11 points in the final stanza as Hungary breezed to the victory. Dorottya Nagy (183-PF-97) chipped in 11 points and grabbed 11 boards, while Eniko Kuttor had 8 points and 9 boards for the winners. Lucia Striesova (180-G-97) answered with 9 points for Slovak Republic. Jana Matejcikova and Alexandra Haskova had 6 points apiece in the loss.





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