Sweden - Turkey 58-60 Turkey grabbed 60-58 thriller win against Sweden top open the second stage at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Sweden had 58-57 lead with 1:14 remaining in the game, after what Pelin Bilgic (173-G-94) made a lay-up for Turkey. Anita Ilic (169-PG-94) missed a triple for Sweden and Sezer was sent to the line. She missed first, but closed this game with successful second free throw setting the score to final 60-58. Quarters: 17-12, 13-16, 18-21, 10-11. Pelin Bilgic led the winners with 21 points and Elif Emirtekin (184-F-94) added 13 points, plus 12 rebounds. Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) collected 11 points and 7 boards. In defeat, Paulina Hersler (190-PF-94) had 17 points and 6 rebs, and Linnea Frykbo (169-SG-94) scored 15 points. Their third scorer was Anita Ilic with 9 pts. Thanks to this victory Turkey jumped to 3-0 in Group E and already booked a ticket for the Quarterfinals. Turkey dropped to 0-3. Championship continues tomorrow.
Greece - France 42-64 France booked a ticket for the Quarterfinals of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. It was the opening game of Stage Two and France blasted Greece 64-42 for 3-0 record in Group E. At the other side, Greece dropped to 0-3 and still hopes to reach the Quarterfinals. France made 9-point lead in the first quarter and later limited Greece to 6 pts in the last ten minutes on the game, while scoring 16 at the other side. Second and third period were pretty leveled. Mamignan Toure (179-SG-94) poured in 16 points and Olivia Epoupa (168-PG-94) had 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in victory. Valeriane Ayayi (184-F-94) collected 8 points and 7 rebs. Greece got 12 points and 9 rebs from Styliani Fouraki (186-C-94). Vasiliki Tarla (181-SF-94) stopped to 8 points and 8 rebs. Championship continues tomorrow, when France will meet Russia. Greece will play very important game against Sweden. Four of six teams from Group E will reach the QFinals.
Russia - Spain 66-92 Spain demonstrated wonderful performance at the beginning of the second stage in Bucharest. They destroyed Russia with huge 92-66 for 2-1 record in Group E of U18 EuroBasket. Thanks to this victory Spain made a big step towards Quarterfinals. Russia slipped to 1-2 in this pool and still has a chance to advance. Spain took control on its rival in the second period and never looked back (16-15, 22-14, 32-15, 22-22). Leticia Romero (177-G-95) (5 rebs) scored 17 points for the winners and Maria Arrojo (186-F-85) (7 rebs) had one less. Ariadna Pujol (182-F-95) collected 14 points and 7 rebounds. Russia got 13 points from Julia Gladkova (183-F-94) and 12 pts, plus 16 rebs from Albina Razheva (188-PF-94). Ekaterina Safonova (165-PG-95) stopped to 9 points. Spain will meet Turkey tomorrow. Russia will play against France.
Serbia - Croatia 75-63 Serbia made a big step towards Quarterfinals in Bucharest. They handed 75-63 loss to Croatia in their opening game of Stage Two at U18 EuroBasket. After this win Serbia jumped to 2-1 in Group F, while Croatia fell to 1-2. Third quarter was the crucial one in this meeting. Croatia was up by 3 at the halftime, but Serbia created 21-7 in Q3 and later managed to keep the lead for rest of the way. Serbia reached plus 17 during the last ten minutes. Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) shined with 19 points and 8 assists in victory, while Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) and Dragana Stankovic (188-PF-95) (7 rebs) posted 14 and 13 points respectively. Andrijana Cvitkovic (189-PF-94) answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds in loss. Lana Packovski (170-G-94) (5 rebs) and Ana-Marija Begic (190-C-94) (8 rebs) netted 13 and 10 pts respectively. Serbia will play against Holland tomorrow and it could be the crucial game for the Quarterfinals. Croatia will take on Italy (2-1).
Slovakia - Italy 59-54 Both teams had 1-1 record in Group F before this meeting. Slovakia opened second stage of U18 EuroBasket with 59-54 win over Italy. Slovakia had 49-40 lead with 7:37 remaining in the game, but Italy made 2-9 run after that. Terezia Palenikova (170-G/F-95) finally answered for Slovakia and Barbora Balintova (176-G-94) joined her setting the score to 55-49 with 2 minutes left. Italy came to minus 2, but Balintova had no mercy from the free throw line in the finish. Quarters: 17-11, 15-16, 15-11, 12-16. Palenikova scored 14 points in victory and Balintova had 2 points less. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) helped with double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds. Erica Reggiani (175-G-94) scored 15 points in loss and Antonia Peresson (183-PG-95) had 10. Francesca Minali (185-C-94) followed them with 8 points and 10 boards. Slovakia will take on Slovenia in the next game. Italy will meet Croatia tomorrow.
Slovenia - Holland 57-51 Holland is no more undefeated at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Slovenia downed its rival today 57-51 for 1-2 record in Group F of the second stage. At the same time, Holland slipped to 2-1 in this pool. Holland was up by 9 with ten minutes remaining in the game, but Slovenia totally took control on them after that. Slovenians limited Holland to just 5 points for the entire Q4, while scoring 20 pts at the other side for the final 57-51 victory. Quarters: 18-22, 11-9, 8-15, 20-5. Alina Gjerkes (177-F-94) top-scored in Slovenia with 12 points, while Anita Kastelic (172-G-94) (6 rebs) and Nina Gabrovsek (168-PG-94) (5 rebs) netted 9 points each. Eva Lisec (191-C-95) had a great game with 8 points and 15 rebounds. Laura Cornelius (174-PG-96) answered with 11 points and 7 rebs in defeat. Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) followed with 8 points and 5 rebounds. Slovenia's rival tomorrow will be Slovakia. Holland will meet Serbia. Four of six teams from Group F will advance to the Quarterfinals.
Poland - Belgium 43-49 Belgium celebrated it its first game in Group G of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They downed Poland 49-43 for 1-0 record. Teams in this pool fight for the survival in Division A and only the winner will make it. Romania and Czech Republic are also placed to this group. Camille Lebrun (174-SF-94) and Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-SF-95) (5 rebs) led Belgium with 12 and 11 points respectively. Poland got 11 points from Magdalena Wojdalska (185-SG-94) and Angelika Stankiewicz (170-SG-95). Belgium had 44-34 lead at the beginning of the last quarter and Poland was not able to come any closer than 6 pts for rest of the way. Quarters: 10-11, 11-11, 11-16, 11-11. Championship continues tomorrow. Belgium's next rival will be the host of this event - Romania. Poland will play against Czech Republic.
Romania - Czech Republic 73-85 Czech Republic was better than Romania 85-73 in the opening game of Group G at U18 EuroBasket. Teams in this group fight for the survival in Division A. Other participants are Poland and Czech Republic, but only the winner of this pool will avoid relegation to Division B. Czech Republic exploded after the breather to beat the host of this even. Quarters: 22-22, 24-20, 10-25, 17-18. Mariana Opocenska (184-PF-95) paced Czech Republic to victory with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Kamila Hoskova (174-SF-95) had 17 pts, and 5 rebs, while Karolina Severova (182-PF-94) collected 15 points and 5 rebs. In Romania, Ana Maria Grigore (172-SG-94) answered with 28 pts and 7 rebs. Iulia Raileanu (189-PF-95) had 17 pts and 8 rebs, while Alexandra Dumitrache (170-PG-94) scored 16 pts. Tomorrow, Czech Republic will play against Poland. Romania will meet Belgium.
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