Spain - France 67-68 OT France grabbed OT victory in heartbreaking thriller against Spain 68-67 and it was the opening day of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Ariadna Pujol (182-F-95) made two free throws in the finish of regular time and France had 4 seconds for the last possession, but they were unable to get the shooting position. It was huge pressure in extra time, which resulted in many mistakes and missed shot by both teams. Marieme Badiane (190-F/C-94) scored for France with 1:34 to go and they were up by one, 68-67. Spain missed twice after that, while France committed two turnovers and their only shot was blocked, but still Spain was unable to score and faced with 1-point loss at the end. Lidija Turcinovic (179-SG-94) stepped up for France with 14 points and Mamignan Toure (179-SG-94) had 10 pts. Valeriane Ayayi (184-F-94) (9 rebs) and Badiane (7 rebs) helped with 8 points each. In Spain, Maria Arrojo (186-F-85) collected 19 points and 6 rebounds, while Pujol added 16 pts. Their third scorer was Leticia Romero (177-G-95) with 8 pts. Quarters: 18-15, 16-16, 11-17, 20-17, 2-3 OT. Both teams are place to Preliminary Group A, together with Sweden and Poland. Three teams will advance to the next stage. In Day Two, France will meet Sweden, while Spain will take on Poland.
Sweden - Poland 82-78 OT Sweden and Poland played a heartbreaking thriller in Day One of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Sweden grabbed 82-78 overtime win improving its score to 1-0 in Preliminary Group A. Paulina Hersler (190-PF-94) made a jump shot for Sweden at the end of the regular time and forced this game to extra five minutes. Poland was 72-74 up with 1:42 to go, after what Hersler made 6-0 run on her own. Kinga Wozniak (168-G-94) closed the gap to 78-77 few moments later, but Dutch players were focused from the free throw line in the finish and grabbed valuable 82-78 win at the start of U18 EuroBasket. Paulina Hersler was a key player in victory with 32 points and 11 rebounds. Elme Hansson (180-SF-94) had 18 points and 7 rebs, and Gabriella Hanson (180-SG-95) scored 11 points. In Poland, Karolina Puss (182-SF-94) collected 15 points and 7 rebs. Dominika Owczarzak (169-PG-94) (7 rebs, 5 as) and Wozniak scored 12 and 10 points respectively. Quarters: 8-16, 17-19, 27-15, 16-18, 14-10 OT. Sweden will meet France in the next game, while Poland will play against Spain.
Turkey - Russia 77-74 OT Turkey had to work overtime, quite literally, to secure an entertaining 77-74 success against a gutsy Russia on the opening day of Group B action at U18 EuroBasket. Participants of this group are also Greece and host Romania. Three teams will book a spot for the next stage. Pelin Bilgic (173-G-94) drained 28 points for Turkey and was their key player. Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) had 18 points and 6 rebs, while Gizem Sezer (196-C-94) added 7 points, plus 7 rebs. Alexandra Marchenkova (183-PF-94) answered with 10 points and 8 rebounds in defeat. Yuliya Chaykovskaya (173-SG-95) also scored 10 pts, while Zhanna Byazrova (178-G/F-94) added 8 points and 8 boards. Russia forced an OT thanks to jump shot by Olga Novikova at the regular time buzzer. Teams were tied at 68-68 at the middle of OT, after what Russia made crucial 7-2 run. Russia was not able to reply for rest of the way. Turkey will meet Romania in the next game. Russia's rival will be Greece.
Greece - Romania 69-52 Greece opened U18 EuroBasket in style. They cruised past Romania 69-52 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Romania is the host of this event. Third quarter was the crucial one in this meeting and it belonged to Greece 25-10. Before that, Greece was 2-points up at the halftime and last ten minutes were just the formality. Anna Stamolamprou (171-PG-95) led the winners with 25 points and 6 assists. Styliani Fouraki (186-C-94) had 11 points and 13 rebs, while Amanda Lovely (180-PF-94) added 10 pts, plus 5 boards. Romania didn't have anyone with double digits in scoring. Their best scorer was Cristina Gavrila (172-G-95) with 9 points, while Izabella Lovasz (178-PF-95) (6 rebs) and Dora Ardelean (186-PF-94) netted 8 points each. Greece will play against Russia in Day Two. Romania will meet Turkey.
Czech Republic - Slovakia 59-70 Slovakia handed 70-59 loss to its neighbor Czech Republic in Day One of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. It means that Slovakia jumped to 1-0 and shares the first place in Group C with Holland. Fourth participant of this pool is Croatia and three teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) paced Slovakia with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Barbora Balintova (176-G-94) (9 rebs) and Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) scored 13 points each. In defeat, Karolina Severova (182-PF-94) delivered 15 points and Mariana Opocenska (184-PF-95) had 12 pts, plus 6 boards. Veronika Havlikova (172-F-94) scored 9 points. Quarters: 21-17, 11-19, 10-17, 17-17. Slovakia will take on Holland in Day Two. Czech Republic will play against Croatia in a game where both teams look to take the first win in Bucharest.
Holland - Croatia 51-43 Holland had joyful Day One of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They handed 51-43 loss to Croatia for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group C. Participants of this pool are also Czech Republic and Slovakia. Three teams will book a spot for the next stage. Holland made 3-point lead in the first quarter, but Croatia exploded after that limiting its rival to just 5 pts for rest of the first half. At the other side, Croatia drained 15 pts for 21-28 HT lead. After triple by Cornelius, Holland made 35-34 turn in the finish of Q3 and jumped to 45-39 at the halfway of Q4. Croatia was not able to reply and faced with 8-point loss at the end. Isabella Slim (181-F-95) led the winners with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Jacobine Klerx (175-G-94) and Britt Zappeij (184-C-95) helped their team with 8 and 7 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Lana Packovski (170-G-94) scored 16 points and Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) had double-double of 10 points, plus 10 boards. Ana-Marija Begic (190-C-94) followed with 8 pts and 10 rebounds. In Game Two, Holland will meet Slovakia, while Croatia will play against Czech Reopublic.
Italy - Slovenia 69-57 Nice start for Italy at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They outplayed Slovenia 69-57 for 1-0 record in Group D of the Preliminary Round. Serbia and defending champion Belgium are also placed to this pool. Three teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. Italy had minimum lead at the end of Q1, but they jumped to plus 10 at the halftime. Slovenia came to 35-33 at the middle of third period, but Italy closed it with 14-5 run. They increased lead to 19 points at the beginning of Q4 and game winner was already known. Erica Reggiani (175-G-94) scored 15 points in Italy and was their only player with double digits. Elena Ramo' (180-F-94) and Antonia Peresson (183-PG-95) posted 9 points each. Slovenia got double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds from Eva Lisec (191-C-95). Alina Gjerkes (177-F-94) had 11 pts and 10 rebs, while Nina Gabrovsek (168-PG-94) stopped to 10 points and 5 boards. Slovenia's next rival will be Belgium. Italy will mete Serbia in Day Two.
Belgium - Serbia 36-64 Serbia demonstrated its power in Day One of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They destroyed defending champion Belgium with huge 64-36. Serbia took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. They made 20-5 lead in the first ten minutes and jumped to impressive 43-13 at the halftime. Serbia slowed down after the breather as rest of the way was just the formality. Dragana Stankovic (188-PF-95) stepped up for her country with 18 points and 6 rebounds, and Jovana Vidakovic (171-G-94) scored 12 points. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) collected 10 points and 6 rebounds. Belgium got 12 points from Antonia Delaere (176-F/G-94) and 11 from Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-SF-95). Serbia and Belgium are placed to Preliminary Group D in Bucharest. Participants of this pool are also Italy and Slovenia. Three teams will book a spot for the next stage. In Day Two, Serbia will play against Italy. Belgium will take on Slovenia.
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