Israel - Hungary 55-68 Hungary had joyful Day One of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. They handed 68-55 loss to Israel for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Hungary was 7-points up after ten minutes and increased its lead to 18 until the halftime. When Hungary jumped to plus 24 at the middle of Q4 it was clear that the game winner is already known. Amadea Szamosi (190-F/C-94) shined for Hungary with double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Fanni Csutoras (181-G/F-94) had 14 points and 6 rebs, while Diana Mihaczi (170-PG-94) added 9 pts, plus 5 boards. In defeat, Mariam Hannoun (178-F-94) collected 15 points and 5 boards. Nof Kedem (170-SG-94) and Noa Ruda (172-F-95) scored 12 and 8 points respectively. Both teams will take a rest today. On Saturday, Hungary will play against Portugal, while Israel will meet Austria.
Portugal - Austria 60-45 Portugal registered 60-45 win against Austria in Day One of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Portugal had amazing first half limiting its rival to just 14 points for 20 minutes. They drained 32 at the other side and jumped to plus 23 with ten minutes remaining. Austria finally showed some of their talent in the last quarter, but it was too late. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group A, together with Israel and Hungary. Two teams will advance to the next stage. Laura Ferreira (177-G-95) led Portugal with 14 points. Ines Viana (164-PG-94), Josephine Filipe (175-G/F-95), Joana Canastra (173-SG-94) and Joana Soeiro (170-PG-95) helped their team with 7 points each. In Austria, Pia Jurhar (183-PF-95) collected 9 points and 7 rebounds. Anja Fuchs-Robetin (180-SG-96) also scored 9 points and Sigrid Koizar (173-PG-95) stopped to 6. On Saturday, Portugal will meet Hungary. Austria will play against Israel and both teams look for the first win in Strumica.
Finland - Switzerland 71-42 Finland had no mercy for Switzerland in Day One of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Finland celebrated huge 71-42 win for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Participants of the same pool are also Bulgaria and Norway. Finland took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 21-9, 16-14, 13-11, 21-8. Kaisa Kuisma (180-SF-94) had 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Noora Jarvikangas (182-SF-94) and Elisa Runsas (179-SG-94) netted 11 points each. In defeat, Tamara Detraz (178-SG-94) was better than the others with 16 points. Their second scorer was Ljubica Cutunic (186-F-94) with just 7 pts. Finland will play against Denmark today, while Switzerland's rival will be Bulgaria. Only two teams from this group will advance to the next stage.
Bulgaria - Norway 67-41 Bulgaria demonstrated its power against Norway in Day One of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Bulgarians celebrated huge 67-41 win. They made 15-point lead already in the first quarter, but Norway closed the gap to 10 until the HT. Bulgarians took control on its rival after the breather and jumped to plus 22 with ten minutes remaining. It was too much for Norway, who faced with huge loss at the start of tournament in Strumica. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group B. Iva Kostova (178-SG-94) paced Bulgaria with 23 points and 8 rebounds (valuation 28, game MVP). Gabriela Kostova (192-C-94) had 10 points and 5 rebs, while Kristina Peychinova (176-SG-94) helped with 6 points and 6 rebs. In Norway, Stine Austgulen (177-G-94) was better than the others with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Vilde Tveito (183-PF-95) had 6 points and 5 rebs. Bulgaria will meet Switzerland today. Norway has a day-off.
United Kingdom - FYR Macedonia 57-53 Very exciting game was played between UK and FYROM in Day One of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. UK handed 57-53 loss to host of this event jumping to 1-0 in Preliminary Group C. Belarus and Latvia are also placed to this pool, but only two teams will advance to the next stage. Cheridene Green (187-C-95) led UK to victory collecting 12 points and 7 rebounds. Janice Monakana (183-F-95) scored 10 points, while Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby (188-C-95) and Billie Lucas (180-G-94) helped with 8 points each. In defeat, Aleksandra Stojanovska (178-SF-94) shined with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Ivana Kmetovska (186-PF-95) had 8 points and 9 rebs. UK was up by 22 at the halftime, but FYROM answered with 4-24 in Q3. FYROM had 45-50 lead with 4:40 remaining in the game, but UK responded with impressive 11-0 run and later celebrated very valuable 57-53 victory. Quarters: 21-9, 16-6, 4-24, 16-14. Both teams will take a rest today.
Latvia - Belarus 67-68 Thriller win for Belarus in Day One of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica, FYROM. Hanna Kalenta (190-C-94) made a basket for Belarus setting the score to 68-64 with 30 seconds remaining in the game. Ilze Jakobsone responded with triple at the other side, after what Kalenta missed two free throws. Belarus had the possession and there was 12 seconds left on the clock. Jakobsone pulled up for 2, but she missed and Belarus grabbed 68-67 win at the end (Group C). Quarters: 9-23, 20-16, 27-9, 12-19. Kalenta led Belarus with 18 points and 5 rebounds, while Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) helped with 17 points and 8 boards. Their third scorer was Natallia Pratskaila (184-F-94) with 8 points. In Latvia, Ruta Veidere (188-C-94) collected 15 points and 13 rebs. Renate Reine (176-G-94) also scored 15 and Ance Aizsila (175-G-94) had 10 pts, plus 5 rebs. Teams will take a rest today and will continue with games on Saturday.
Lithuania - Montenegro 76-60 Lithuania had to work very hard to beat Montenegro in the first day of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Lithuania had 4-point lead with one quarter left, but they smashed Montenegro for rest of the way (25-13) celebrating 16-point win at the end. Quarters: 16-12, 16-15, 19-20, 25-13. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group D. Participants of the same pool are also Germany, Scotland and Ukraine. Two teams will book a spot for the next stage. Greta Tamasauskaite (171-G-91) and Justina Kraujunaite (174-F-95) scored 14 points each in victory. Austeja Sirsinaityte (164-PG-95) followed them with one less. In the loosing squad, Jelena Nikpaljevic (175-G-94) scored 16 points and Kristina Rakovic (182-F/C-94) had 15 pts, plus 5 rebounds. Their third scorer was Ana Draskovic (185-C-95) with 6 pts. Lithuania will play against Ukraine today. Montenegro's rival will be Germany.
Germany - Scotland 80-32 Germany had no troubles to beat Scotland in the opening day of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. It was a huge 80-32 win for Germany, who has 1-0 record in Preliminary Group D. Lithuania, Ukraine and Montenegro are also place to this pool, but only two teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. Germany made 12-points lead in Q4 and increased it to plus 28 until the halftime. Nothing has changed after the breather as Germany dominated at both sides of the court. Levke Brodersen (168-G-94) top-scored in victory with 19 points. Elisabeth Dzirma (179-G-94) had 13 points and 5 rebounds, while Marie Gulich (192-C-94) posted 8 pts. Scotland got 6 points from Sarah Thomson (177-G-95) and Hannah Peacock (190-C-95). Germany will play against Montenegro today. Scotland will take a rest.
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