France - Sweden 66-50 France registered second straight victory in Bucharest. They outplayed Sweden 66-50 jumping to 2-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Thanks to this victory France already secured first place in this pool. At the other side, Sweden dropped to 1-1, but they will also advance. Valeriane Ayayi (184-F-94) (5 as) and Marie Mane (187-F-95) scored 12 points each for the winners. Aby Gaye (193-C-95) (9 rebs) and Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi (184-F-95) netted 10 points each. In defeat, Paulina Hersler (190-PF-94) had 20 points and 7 rebounds, while Gabriella Hanson (180-SG-95) added 12 pts, plus 8 rebs. France made 17-9 in the second quarter for 6-point lead at the halftime. Ayayi and her teammates shined in the last ten minutes of the game (19-9) to take the valuable victory. France will play against Poland in the last day of the Preliminary Round. Sweden will meet Spain and the winner will take the second place in Group A.
Poland - Spain 51-90 Both teams failed in Day One of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. France smashed Poland today 90-51 for 1-1 record in Group A. Thanks to this win France already secured a spot for the next stage. At the other side, Poland dropped to 0-2 with no chance to advance. Spain made 14-point lead in the first quarter and jumped to plus 30 at the HT. All after that was just the formality. Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) was the best scorer in victory with 14 points. Marta Montoliu (182-G-94) and Ana Faussuier (189-C/F-94) scored 12 points each. Poland got 14 points from Magdalena Wojdalska (185-SG-94) and she was their only player with double digits in scoring. Julia Adamowicz (178-SF-94) and Monika Naczk (167-PG-95) stopped to 9 and 8 pts respectively. On Saturday, Spain will play against Sweden for the second place in this group. Poland's rival will be top ranked France.
Romania - Turkey 62-83 Turkey (2-0) handed 83-62 loss to host of U18 EuroBasket and it was Day Two in Bucharest. Turkey celebrated on Thursday as well and already booked a ticket for the next stage. They will meet Greece on Saturday in the battle for the first place in the group. At the other side, Romania dropped to 0-2 and will play against Russia in do-or-die game. Even in case of victory Romania could face with elimination. Turkey had amazing start creating 28-7 lead after only ten minutes. They shined also after the breather (25-12), what was way more than enough for victory. Yeliz Dogan (183-PF-94) stepped up for Turkey with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Busra Akbas (171-PG-95) scored 11 points (5 as), while Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) and Elif Emirtekin (184-F-94) helped with 10 points each. Iulia Raileanu (189-PF-95) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds in defeat. Dora Ardelean (186-PF-94) had 11 pts, plus 9 rebs. Saturday is the last day of the Preliminary Round in Bucharest.
Russia - Greece 57-45 Russia registered its first win at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They outplayed Greece 57-45 and joined them with 1-1 record in Preliminary Group B. Russia made 13-point lead at the halftime, but Greece closed the gap to 9 pts at the end of Q3. However, Russia opened last period with quick 6-0 run and had no troubles to keep comfortable lead for rest of the way. Albina Razheva (188-PF-94) shined for the winners with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Their second scorer was Olga Novikova (177-G-94) with 9 points (7 rebs) and Alexandra Marchenkova (183-PF-94) added 6 pts (5 rebs). Anna Stamolamprou (171-PG-95) top-scored in Greece with 16 points. Amanda Lovely (180-PF-94) and Vasiliki Fouraki (183-F-95) (9 rebs) had 8 and 6 pts respectively. In the last day of the Preliminary Round, Russia will play against the host Romania. Greece will meet top ranked Turkey.
Croatia - Czech Republic 67-41 Croatia (1-1) blasted Czech Republic 67-41 for the first win at U18 EuroBasket. That will be enough for the Qualifying Round in Bucharest. At the other side, Czech Republic dropped to 0-2 with no chance to advance. Croatia will meet Slovakia today in a game for the second place in Group C. Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) paced her team with double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Ana-Marija Begic (190-C-94) had 10 points and 12 rebs, while Ruzica Dzankic (179-SF-94) netted 9 pts. Sarka Jozova (174-SG-94) delivered 11 points in loss for just 14 minutes on the court. Karolina Severova (182-PF-94) stopped to 7 pts and 5 boards for 27 minutes. Croatia won all four quarters of this game and especially dominated in the last ten minutes (18-11, 13-10, 20-17, 16-3). Saturday is the last day of the Preliminary Round in Bucharest. Czech Republic will play against top ranked Holland.
Slovakia - Holland 47-63 Both teams celebrated in Day One of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Holland cruised past Slovakia on Friday 63-47 for perfect 2-0 record in Preliminary Group C. It means that Holland already booked a ticket for the Qualifying Round. Slovakia slipped to 1-1 in this pool. Holland was up by 17 at the halftime, but Slovakia closed the gap to 8 pts with one quarter left. Holland created 18-10 in the last ten minutes to celebrate comfortable win. Isabella Slim (181-F-95) was MVP of this game with valuation 20 (20 points, 8 rebounds). Emese Hof (188-C-96) (8 rebs) and Laura Cornelius (174-PG-96) (5 rebs) scored 9 points each. In Slovakia, Zofia Hruscakova was better than the others with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Terezia Palenikova (170-G/F-95) scored 11 and Barbora Balintova (176-G-94) had 10 pts. Holland already secured first place in Group C and will meet Czech Republic in the last day of the Preliminary Round. Slovakia will play against Croatia for the second place and both teams will advance to the next stage.
Serbia - Italy 58-60 Italy secured first place in Preliminary Group D. They grabbed 58-60 thriller win against Serbia for 2-0 record at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Serbia dropped to 1-1, but both teams already booked a ticket for the next stage. Sanja Mandic (177-G-95) drained a triple for Serbia tying the score at 57-57 with 1:53 remaining in the game. Eleonora Zanetti (182-F-94) answered with jump shot at the other side and Stankovic scored one of her two free throws for Serbia. Giulia Bona (186-F-94) was sent to the line after that and she made second FT for 58-60 with 23 seconds remaining. Serbia had the possession, Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) missed for two and Stankovic grabbed an offensive rebound, but she also missed after that. Antonia Peresson (183-PG-95) was sent to the line and she missed both FTs for Italy and finally Stanacev was fouled and she also missed both FT with 2 seconds left in the game. Quarters: 8-20, 21-11, 18-15, 11-14. Bona had 20 points and 6 rebounds for Italy. Peresson had 8 points and 7 rebs, while Zanetti added 7 pts, plus 8 boards. In defeat, Mandic delivered 19 points and Stanacevic added 9 pts and 7 rebounds. Jovana Vidakovic (171-G-94) stopped to 7 pts in this meeting. Today, Italy will meet last ranked Belgium. Serbia will play against Slovenia for the second place in Group D.
Slovenia - Belgium 58-56 OT A fantastic double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds by Eva Lisec (191-C-95) helped Slovenia claim a memorable 58-56 overtime success against troubled Belgium, who slipped to successive defeats at the U18 European Championship. Lisec made a lay-up for Slovenia setting the score to 58-56 with 20 seconds left in OT. After timeout, Antonia Delaere (176-F/G-94) missed for 3 at the other side, but she grabbed an offensive rebound. Camille Lebrun received the ball and she also tried from behind the arc, but missed with 5 seconds to go. Slovenia grabbed defensive rebound and at the same time thriller win in this meeting. Quarters: 10-12, 10-18, 10-12, 22-10, 6-4 OT. Slovenia improved to 1-1 in Group D and already booked a spot for the next stage. Belgium dropped to 0-2 with no chance to advance. As mentioned above, Lisec was a key player in victory and Nina Gabrovsek (168-PG-94) followed her with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Alina Gjerkes (177-F-94) had 12 points and 7 rebs. In Belgium, Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-SF-95) collected 22 points. Delaere scored 13 and Anneleen Da Baets (161-SG-95) netted 8 pts. Today, Slovenia will meet Serbia for the second place in the group. Belgium will play against Italy.
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