Austria - Hungary 44-69 Hungary cruised past Austria 69-44 in do-or-die game today. Thanks to this victory Hungary jumped to 2-1 record and finished as the second ranked team of Group A. That is enough for the second stage at U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Austria dropped to third place with 1-2 and failed to reach the next stage. Austria will be transferred to Classification Round. Hungary was up by 10 at the halftime and jumped to plus 23 with ten minutes remaining. All after that was just the formality. Amadea Szamosi (190-F/C-94) (7 rebs) and Janka Hegedus (184-F-94) scored 12 and 10 points respectively for the winners. Dora Nagy (167-PG-95) and Agnes Gorjanacz (182-G/F-94) had 9 points each in this crucial meeting. Sigrid Koizar (173-PG-95) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds in defeat. Aleksandra Novakovic (172-PG-94) and Anja Fuchs-Robetin (180-SG-96) stopped to 9 and 7 pts. All teams will take a rest today and will continue with games on Wednesday.
Israel - Portugal 40-70 Portugal had another great game in Strumica. They smashed Israel 70-40 to end Preliminary Round with perfect 3-0 record. Portugal is the winner of Group A and advanced to the second stage. Israel (0-3) failed to advance and they will continue in Classification Round. After great start by Israel, Portugal took control on its rival in the second period and never looked back after that. Quarters: 10-17, 21-7, 19-8, 20-8). Laura Ferreira (177-G-95) shined for the winners with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Joana Soeiro (170-PG-95) had 13 points and 6 assists, while Maria Kostourkova (188-C-97) added 7 points and same number of boards. Israel got 14 points from May Dayan (170-PG-94). Nof Kedem (170-SG-94) had 10 pts and 7 rebs, and Noa Ruda (172-F-95) stopped to 7 pts. Championship continues on Wednesday. All teams will take a rest tomorrow.
Norway - Finland 56-70 It was a game for third place in Preliminary Group B of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Finland celebrated 70-56 victory against Norway to end this phase with 2-2 record. Norway is the fourth ranked team in this pool with 1-3. Both teams failed to reach the second stage and they will continue in Classification Round. Finland had impressive second half to take the victory in this game. Quarters: 10-15, 19-14, 19-13, 22-14. Maria Aijanen (187-F/C-95) (8 rebs) and Noora Jarvikangas (182-SF-94) scored 18 points each for the winners. Anni Jamsa (167-PG-95) had 8 points and 8 assists. In Norway, Stine Austgulen (177-G-94) shined with 16 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. Maja Foeleide (181-PF-95) was their top-scorer with 18 points. Teams will take a rest today and will continue with games on Wednesday. Finland and Norway will continue in Classification Round from 9th to 18th place.
Switzerland - Denmark 62-69 Denmark heads to the second stage of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. They celebrated 69-62 win against Switzerland today to finish as the second ranked team of Group B with almost perfect 3-1 record. Switzerland closes the standings in this pool with 0-3 and will continue in Classification Round. There, teams will fight for position No.9 at this event (places 9-18). Switzerland made plus 10 in the first quarter and later went to the halftime with 11-point lead. Denmark drastically improved after the breather closing the gap to a single point with ten minutes remaining. They continued in the same rhythm (24-16) and celebrated 69-62 win at the end. Maria Jespersen (179-G-94) exploded with 26 points and 13 rebounds in Denmark. She reached valuation 40! Freja Christensen (174-G/F-94) and Frederikke Mollerup (177-G/F-95) scored 16 and 10 points respectively. In defeat, Laura Perrenoud (189-C-94) collected 13 points and 8 rebs. Alexandra Koch (175-PG-94) and Dijana Milenkovic (180-SF-96) netted 12 points each. Championship continues on Wednesday.
FYR Macedonia - Belarus 42-48 Belarus extended its winning streak to three at U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Belarus was better than the host of this event FYROM 48-42 winning Preliminary Group C with perfect 3-0 record. Belarus advanced to the second stage, but FYROM failed to do it. They were winless at this stage with 0-3 and will be transferred to Classification round from 9th-18th places. This game was just the formality as even yesterday it was already clear that Belarus will be the winner of Group C, while FYROM will end as No.4. Anyway, Belarus pushed hard enough to get the victory today. Quarters: 18-14, 14-13, 11-11, 5-4. Hanna Kalenta (190-C-94) scored 14 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for the winners. Natallia Pratskaila (184-F-94) scored 7 points and Emiliya Kulbitskaya (172-G-94) added one less. Aleksandra Stojanovska (178-SF-94) (9 rebs), Ivana Kmetovska (186-PF-95) (7 rebs) and Nena Trajchevska (178-SG-94) posted 7 pts each in defeat. All teams will take a rest tomorrow. On Wednesday, Belarus will meet Lithuania, while FYROM will play against Montenegro.
Latvia - United Kingdom 48-59 It was decisive game for both teams at U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. United Kingdom outplayed Latvia 59-48 taking the second place in Group C with 2-1 record. UK advanced to the next stage, while at the other side Latvia failed to do it. They dropped to third position with 1-2 and will continue in Classifications Round from 9th to 18th places. UK made 15-point lead at the halftime and managed to keep it for rest of the game. Cheridene Green (187-C-95) was their key player with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Billie Lucas (180-G-94) and Shequila Joseph (189-F-95) netted 8 and 7 points respectively. In Latvia, Ilze Jakobsone (170-G-94) netted 17 points in defeat. Krista Bridina (174-PG-94) scored 10 and Renate Reine (176-G-94) posted 6 pts. Championship continues on Wednesday. UK will play against Germany. Latvia's next rival will be Scotland.
Scotland - Lithuania 58-82 This game was just the formality as even before it Lithuania already secured second place in Preliminary Group D of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Lithuania smashed Scotland 82-58 to end this phase with almost perfect 3-1 record. Lithuania advanced to the second stage in Strumica, while Scotland failed to do it as they close the standings in Group D with 0-4. Scotland will play in Classification Round from 9th to 18th place. Lithuania shined after the breather making 30-16 in Q3 and 21-11 in the last ten minutes of the game. Ieva Kazlauskaite (180-F-94) had 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Justina Kraujunaite (174-F-95) had 14 points and 6 rebs, while Austeja Sirsinaityte (164-PG-95) helped with 13 pts and 7 boards. In defeat, Hilary Wood (163-G-94) collected 15 points and 5 rebs. Robyn Lewis (160-PG-95) and Claire Paxton (184-C-94) netted 9 pts each. All teams will take a rest tomorrow and they will continue with games on Wednesday. Lithuania will meet Belarus in Group F, while Scotland will take on Latvia in Group H.
Montenegro - Ukraine 38-48 Ukraine was better than Montenegro 48-38 in the last day of the Preliminary Round at U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Thanks to this win Ukraine finished as No.3 in Group D with 2-2 record. Montenegro ended as No.4 with 1-3 score, but both teams failed to reach the second stage. They will be transferred to Classification Round from 9th to 18th place. Montenegro had plus 4 after ten minutes, but Ukraine responded with 15-6 in Q2 and later jumped to plus 11 with ten minutes remaining in the game. It was too much for Montenegro. Miriam Uro-Nile (190-C-94) paced Ukraine with double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. Olga Krayevska (178-PG-94) scored 11 points and Funmilayo Omoboogunje (185-F-94) had 7 pts, plus 5 rebounds. In defeat, Kristina Rakovic (182-F/C-94) was better than the others with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Jelena Nikpaljevic (175-G-94) had 8 points and 8 boards in this defeat. Tuesday is a day-off in Strumica. On Wednesday, Montenegro will play against FYROM. Ukraine will meet Latvia on Thursday.
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