Russia - Sweden 70-65 Russia outplayed Sweden 70-65 in do-or-die game on Wednesday. Thanks to this victory Russia finished as the fourth ranked team in Group E with 3-2 record and it is enough for the Quarterfinals. At the other side, Sweden dropped to 1-4 ending as No.5 in this pool. They failed to reach the next stage and will continue in Classification Round from 9th to 13th places. Russia was down by 5 at the halftime, but managed to take minimum lead with ten minutes remaining in the game. Sweden shined at the beginning of Q4 and quickly made 3-9 run for 55-60 lead, but Russia tied the score at 65-65 with 1:17 to go. Novikova drained a triple soon after that and Albina Razheva (188-PF-94) connected two free throws, while Paulina Hersler (190-PF-94) and Gabriella Hanson (180-SG-95) missed twice at the other side. Quarters: 15-12, 17-25, 20-14, 18-14. Alexandra Marchenkova (183-PF-94) paced Russia with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Razheva had double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Julia Gladkova (183-F-94) added 13 pts, plus 7 rebs. In defeat, Hersler shined with 20 points and 12 boards, and Hanson netted 15 points (5 rebs). Their third scorer was Linnea Frykbo (169-SG-94) with 14 pts. In the Quarterfinals, Russia will meet Italy. Sweden will play against Slovenia in the first game of the Classification Round.
Turkey - France 54-63 France is the winner of Group E at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They handed 63-54 loss to Turkey in the last day of the second stage to finish with almost perfect 4-1 record. Of course France advanced to the Quarterfinals, where they will meet Croatia. Turkey also heads to QFinal, but as No.3 in this pool with 3-2 score. Their rival will be Holland. France exploded in the last ten minutes to take the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 16-9, 12-18, 16-13, 10-23. Valeriane Ayayi (184-F-94) led France with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Aby Gaye (193-C-95) added 13 points and also 10 rebs. Marieme Badiane (190-F/C-94) was their third player with double-double: 10 pts, 12 boards. In Turkey, Elif Emirtekin (184-F-94) answered with 15 points (5 rebs), while Gizem Sezer (196-C-94) scored 11 pts (5 rebs). Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) followed them with 10 pts. Quarterfinals are scheduled for Friday.
Spain - Greece 76-36 As expected, Spain was too strong for Greece 76-36 in the last day of the second stage at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Spain finished as the second ranked team of Group E with almost perfect 4-1 score and advanced to the Quarterfinals. There, Spain will play against Serbia. Greece closes the standings in this pool with 0-5 and will continue in Classification Round. Greece will fight for 9th position in Bucharest and its first rival will be Slovakia. Spain took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 28-7, 13-12, 20-6, 15-11. Irene Gari (184-F-94) top-scored in victory with 14 points. Ariadna Pujol (182-F-95) netted 9 points, while Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) and Marles Balart (185-F/C-94) posted 8 points each. In the loosing squad, Anna Stamolamprou (171-PG-95) answered with 17 points in defeat. Nikolina Ioannidou (174-SG-94) scored 7 and Amanda Lovely (180-PF-94) stopped to 6 pts. All teams will take a rest today and will continue with games on Friday.
Italy - Holland 64-56 Italy closed second stage at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest with 64-56 win over Holland. It was a game for the first place in Group F and it belongs to Italy now. Both teams ended with 3-2 record, but Holland is No.2. Third and fourth ranked Serbia and Croatia have the same score and all of them advanced to the Quarterfinals. Holland exploded in the second quarter (4-19) to take 14-point lead at the halftime, but Italy replied with 21-11 in Q3 and continued in the same rhythm for rest of the way (22-10) celebrating 8-point win at the end. Elena Ramo' (180-F-94) and Erica Reggiani (175-G-94) (6 as) scored 15 and 14 points respectively in Italy. Marida Orazzo (175-F/G-94) helped with 10 pts. In defeat, Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) was much better than the others with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Isabella Slim (181-F-95) (8 rebs) and Britt Zappeij (184-C-95) had 9 and 8 pts in this meeting. Quarterfinals are scheduled for Friday, when Italy will play against Russia. Holland's rival will be Turkey.
Serbia - Slovakia 71-56 It was a do-or-die game for both teams. Serbia cruised to 71-56 victory and booked a spot for the Quarterfinals of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Serbia finished as third ranked team of Group F with 3-2 record. At the other side, Slovakia slipped to fifth place with 2-3 and will continue in Classification Round. Slovakia will play two more games at this event and they will end as No.9 if they win both. Serbia was up by 7-points at the halftime and jumped to plus 10 at the end of Q3. Slovakia was not able to reply and later faced with 15-point loss. Quarters: 18-15, 18-14, 15-12, 20-15. Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) was a key player in victory with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Sanja Mandic (177-G-95) and Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) scored 11 and 10 points respectively. In Slovakia, Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) had double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Barbora Balintova (176-G-94) scored 18 points and Michaela Rakova (187-F-94) had 9 pts, plus 10 rebs. All teams will take a rest today. On Friday, Serbia will meet Spain in the Quarterfinals. Slovakia will play against Greece in Classification Round.
Croatia - Slovenia 77-40 Croatia celebrated 77-40 crucial win against Slovenia in the last day of U18 EuroBasket. Thanks to this win Croatia jumped to 3-2 record and finished as fourth ranked team in Group F. That is enough for the Quarterfinals. Slovenia failed to advance and they actually close the standings in this pool with 1-4. Slovenia will be transferred to Classification Round from 9th to 12th places. Croatia made 7-point lead in the first ten minutes and increased it to 14 at the halftime. Croatia 'humiliated' Slovenia after the breather (26-3, Q3) and all after that was just the formality. Inja Butina (170-PG-95) (6 rebs) scored 21 points for the winners and Ivana Dujic (170-PG-95) had 16. Andrijana Cvitkovic (189-PF-94) collected 15 points and 10 rebs. Slovenia got 23 points and 7 boards from Maja Bosnjak (186-PF-95). Their second scorer was Vesna Sever (180-F-94) with only 6 points. Croatia will play against France on Friday (QFinals). Slovenia will meet Sweden in Classification Round.
Czech Republic - Belgium 64-62 Czech Republic jumped to 3-0 record in Group G of U18 EuroBasket. They grabbed very valuable 64-62 win against Belgium making another huge step toward survival in Division A. Belgium slipped to 2-1 after this loss and only the winner of Group G will avoid relegation. Havlikova's two free throws lifted Czech Republic to 64-60 lead with 12 seconds remaining in the game. Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-SF-95) quickly responded with 2 free throws at the other side, but Czech Republic managed to keep the possession for rest of the way and to celebrate 64-62 win. Quarters: 14-19, 19-9, 13-19, 18-15. Kamila Hoskova (174-SF-95) led her country with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Karolina Severova (182-PF-94) and Sarka Jozova (174-SG-94) netted 12 points each. In the loosing squad, Ben Abdelkader responded with 27 points and 6 rebounds, while Antonia Delaere (176-F/G-94) added 18 points and 7 rebs. Camille Lebrun (174-SF-94) posted 9 pts for 12 minutes on the court. All teams will take a rest today. On Friday, Czech Republic will meet Romania, while Belgium will take on Poland.
Poland - Romania 82-62 Poland finally registered its first win in Group G of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They handed 82-62 loss to the home squad for 1-2 record in this pool. After this win Poland is theoretically still 'in' for the survival in Division A, but it will be very hard to do as Czech Republic already jumped to 3-0 and only the winner of this pool will avoid relegation. Romania dropped to 0-3 and they will definitely play in Division B next summer. Poland shined in first and third period to take the victory in this game (22-8, 22-28, 24-13, 14-13). Kinga Wozniak (168-G-94) scored 14 points in Poland, while Dominika Owczarzak (169-PG-94) and Angelika Stankiewicz (170-SG-95) posted 12 points each. The hosts got 14 points and 6 rebounds from Iulia Raileanu (189-PF-95). Kinga Domokos (188-F/C-94) and Dora Ardelean (186-PF-94) (6 rebs) posted 12 and 10 rebounds respectively. Thursday is a day-off in Bucharest. On Friday, Poland will play against Belgium and Romania will meet Czech Republic.
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