Bulgaria - Portugal 55-60 Portugal is the winner of Group E in Strumica. They handed 66-50 loss to Bulgaria on Thursday and advanced to the Semifinals of U18 EuroBasket Division B. There, Portugal will meet United Kingdom. Bulgaria dropped to 1-2 record and finished as No.3 in the group. That is not enough for the Semis, so Bulgaria will be transferred to Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. Portugal shined in the finish to take the victory in this game. Quarters: 14-16, 16-18, 17-10, 13-11. Josephine Filipe (175-G/F-95) led the winners with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Maria Kostourkova (188-C-97) (8 rebs) and Laura Ferreira (177-G-95) (5 rebs) netted 14 points each. In the loosing squad, Iva Kostova (178-SG-94) collected 21 points and 5 rebs, while Borislava Hristova (180-F-96) added 17 points and 7 rebs. Radostina Dimitrova (175-SF-94) stopped to 12 pts and 6 rebs in this meeting. Both teams will take a rest today and will continue with games on Saturday.
Denmark - Hungary 43-67 Hungary had no troubles to beat Denmark 67-43 in the last day of the second stage at U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Hungary finished as the second ranked team of Group E with 2-1 record and advanced to the Semifinals. Their rival will be Belarus. At the other side, Denmark ended this phase as 0-3 and will continue in Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. Fanni Csutoras (181-G/F-94) led the winners with 16 points and 5 assists. Agnes Gorjanacz (182-G/F-94) and Dora Szabo (171-G-95) helped their country with 10 points each. In defeat, Julie Hoeier (185-C-95) was better than the others with double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Marian Sheikh (180-PF-94) and Simone Ceccardi (182-PF-95) scored 9 and 6 points respectively. Hungary took control on its rival from the very beginning and never looked back after that. They were up by 22 at the HT and jumped to plus 29 with ten minutes to go. Both teams will take a rest today.
Germany - Belarus 74-89 Belarus advanced to the Semifinals of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. They outplayed Germany 89-74 on Thursday to win Group F with perfect 3-0 record. In the Semis, Belarus will play against Hungary. Germany slipped to third place in the group with 1-2 score and failed to reach the next stage. Germany will fight for the fifth place in Strumica and its first rival will be Denmark. Belarus made 13-point lead in the first ten minutes and later shined in Q4 to take the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 22-9, 26-26, 19-23, 22-16. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) exploded with 23 points and 12 rebounds in Belarus. She reached valuation 34! Alena Holubeva (176-PG-94) had 17 points and 5 rebs, while Natallia Pratskaila (184-F-94) added 13 pts and 6 boards. Germany got 12 points and 7 rebounds from Ama Degbeon (183-F-95). Levke Brodersen (168-G-94) and Anneke Schluter (171-PG-95) also scored 12 points each in this loss. Both teams will continue with games on Saturday.
Lithuania - United Kingdom 62-72 United Kingdom will play in the Semifinals of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. They celebrated 72-62 win against Lithuania on Thursday for 2-1 record in Group F. That is enough for the second place and Semifinals ticket at this event. Lithuania dropped to 0-3 and failed to reach the next stage. It was a very exciting game with many turns, but UK shined in the finish to take it. Quarters: 27-14, 15-11, 10-25, 20-12. Shequila Joseph (189-F-95) stepped up for the winners with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Cheridene Green (187-C-95) also was great adding 16 points and 13 boards. At the other side, Justina Kraujunaite (174-F-95) was better than the others with 15 points, while Greta Tamasauskaite (171-G-91) had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Lithuania had two more players 10 pts. In the Semifinals, UK will meet Portugal. That game is scheduled for Saturday. Lithuania will continue in Classification Round from 5th to 8th place.
Israel - Switzerland 58-42 Israel was better than Switzerland 58-42 on Thursday in Strumica. After this victory Israel jumped to 2-1 record in Group G making a step closer to ninth place at U18 Eurobasket Division B. Switzerland dropped to 0-4 closing the standings in this pool. They will play tomorrow against Scotland and winner of that game will avoid last place in Strumica. Israel made 7-point lead in the first quarter and jumped to plus 15 at the halftime. They had no troubles to keep it for rest of the way. Nof Kedem (170-SG-94) scored 15 points in victory and Shahd Abboud (173-G/F-95) added 13. Michal Assaf (164-SG-94) posted 8 pts. In Switzerland, Ljubica Cutunic (186-F-94) shined with double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Alexandra Koch (175-PG-94) also scored 12 pts and Dijana Milenkovic (180-SF-96) stopped to 6. Israel will meet top-ranked Finland today.
Finland - Austria 56-53 Box-score will be available soon.
FYR Macedonia - Scotland 66-59 FYROM finally registered first win at U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. The host of this event handed 66-59 loss to Scotland for 1-2 record in Group H. Scotland dropped to 0-4 and will end as the last ranked team of this pool. FYROM was down by 5 points with ten minutes to go, but they shined after that making 20-8 in Q4 to celebrate the first win in Strumica. Quarters: 12-10, 21-20, 13-21, 20-8. Aleksandra Stojanovska (178-SF-94) paced hosts with 21 points. Ivana Kmetovska (186-PF-95) (6 rebs) and Dragana Jolovik (184-F-94) netted 12 and 11 points respectively. In Scotland, Jennifer Crawford (177-F-95) delivered 14 points. Claire Paxton (184-C-94) (8 rebs) and Hilary Wood (163-G-94) netted 11 and 9 pts. Scotland already played all of its four games at this stage. They will fight to avoid last place in Strumica. FYROM will meet Ukraine today.
Ukraine - Latvia 40-66 Both teams had perfect 2-0 record in Group H before this meeting. Latvia celebrated easy 66-40 victory to stay on top of this pool. With this win Latvia also made big step toward ninth place at U18 EuroBasket Division B. Ukraine dropped to 2-1 sharing the second position with Montenegro. Latvia dominated during the entire game having no troubles to register comfortable win. Quarters: 18-7, 16-11, 30-13, 12-9. Renate Reine (176-G-94) scored 16 points to lead Latvia in this game. Paula Langina (180-F-94) had 9 points and 5 rebs, while Paula Tomsone (193-C-94) helped with 7 pts, plus 8 boards. Ukraine got 12 points and 6 rebs from Funmilayo Omoboogunje (185-F-94). Nataliya Skorbatyuk (183-F-95) scored 9 points and Miriam Uro-Nile (190-C-94) stopped to 5. Latvia will meet Montenegro today. Ukraine will take on the host - FYROM.
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