Serbia - Russia 69-75 Russia will play in U18 European Championship Final. They knocked down Serbia to reach the title game. Zhanna Byazrova (178-G/F-94) came up with 20 points to lead the winners. Serbia jumped to an early lead. They established a 17:13 advantage after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Serbia ensured a 37:33 halftime advantage. Russia cut the deficit in the third term. They got within three points at the final intermission 56:53. Novikova finally tied things up at 66 midway through the fourth frame. Zhanna Byazrova then hit a three-pointer to ignite a 9:0 run that propelled Russia to a 75:68 lead. Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) answered with a free throw but Serbia ran out of time to restore the intrigue. Albina Razheva (188-PF-94) accounted for 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Julia Gladkova added 12 points for the winners. Aleksandra Stanacev answered with 23 points for Serbia. Kristina Topuzovic netted 14 points in the loss.
France - Holland 60-47 France registered a comfortable win over Netherlands in the U18 European Championship semifinal. Aby Gaye (193-C-95) and Lidija Turcinovic (179-SG-94) scored 14 points each to lead the winners. France will now take on Russia in the championship game in Bucharest. Netherlands will face Serbia in consolation final. France limited their opponents to 6 points in the opening quarter to take an 11-point lead. Netherlands however stiffened defence and narrowed the gap in the second quarter. The Dutch team trailed by just 4 points at halftime 22:29. Netherlands spurred in front in the third term. They used a 16:0 run to take a 37:28 lead. France faced an 8-point deficit heading into the fourth stanza 32:40. However Les Bleus opened the final term with a 17:2 run to take a 49:42 advantage. France did not loosen the grip afterwards cruising to the victory. Valeriane Ayayi (184-F-94) had 12 points, while Epoupa added 11 points for the winners. Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) responded with 12 points and 11 rebounds for Netherlands. Emese Hof and Laura Cornelius netted 8 points each in the loss.
Croatia - Turkey 43-92 Turkey will play for the fifth place at the U18 European Championship. They defeated Croatia in Bucharest to set up the clash versus Spain. Turkey stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. They recorded a 21:9 lead after ten minutes. The gap keep on growing in the second quarter. Turkey accumulated a 45:16 halftime lead. Turkey poured in 29 points in the third term to extend the margin to as many as 46 points. Turkey did not slow down in the fourth frame and rolled to the victory at the end. Elif Emirtekin (184-F-94) scored 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace Turkey. Deniz Dogan (176-SF-94) added 13 points, while Fahriye Bayraktar had 12 points in the victory. Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) answered with 11 points and 9 rebounds for Croatia. Antonija Chiabov had 9 points in the loss. Spain - Italy 75-61 Spain defeated Italy today at U18 European Championship. They will now face Turkey for the fifth place at the tourney. Italy will wrap up their campaign in Bucharest against Croatia tomorrow. Spain eked out a 19:15 lead at the first break. Italy did not allow Spain to clear off. The Azzurri cut the deficit to two points at halftime 39:37. Spain adjusted their defence in the third term. They held Italy to 14 points in the quarter and secured a 5-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Spain went on a 19:10 run in the fourth frame to seal a comfortable win at the end. Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) scored 27 points to pace the winners. Ariadna Pujol (182-F-95) added 11 points, while Leticia Romero had 10 points for Spain. Antonia Peresson (183-PG-95) answered with 12 points for Italy. Elena Ramo' had 10 points in defeat.
Romania - Belgium 45-98 Belgium celebrated a comfortable win over Romania in classification round Group G of U18 European Championship. Belgium improved at 3-2 record, while the hosts slipped at 0-5 record in the ladder. Heleen Adams (173-SF-94) led the winners with 20 points. Belgium jumped to an early lead. They accumulated a 26:9 advantage at the first intermission. Belgium extended the lead in the second quarter. They secured a massive 54:13 halftime lead. Romania struggled to pick up the tempo in the third quarter. Belgium stretched the margin to as many as 46 points heading into the fourth frame. Belgium outgunned the home team in the final stanza to celebrate a well-deserved win at the end. Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-SF-95) knocked down 14 points, while Antonia Delaere added 12 points for the winners. Dora Ardelean (186-PF-94) answered with 17 points for Romania. Iulia Raileanu posted 15 points in the loss.
Poland - Czech Republic 54-58 Czech Republic secured U18 European Championship Division A place for the next season. They won classification round Group G to avoid relegation. Kamila Hoskova (174-SF-95) scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds as Czech Republic prevailed against Poland in the decisive game. Poland were up by one point at the first intermission 13:12. Czech Republic surged ahead in the second quarter. They posted a 30:28 halftime lead. Poland retained the lead in the third term. They held Czech Republic to 8 points in the period and ensured a 6-point lead at the final intermission. Karolina Severova and Sarka Jozova (174-SG-94) drained triples early in the final period as Czech Republic cut the distance to three points. Kamila Hoskova and Opocenska gave Czech Republic a 53:52 lead with less then two minutes to go. Wozniak put Poland in front but the Czech team answered with three free throws in the dying seconds to steal victory. Sarka Jozova finished with 10 points, while Karolina Severova added 8 points for the winners. Julia Adamowicz (178-SF-94) answered with 17 points for Poland. Dominika Owczarzak had 12 points in the loss.
Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Awards 2012 - Aug 6, 2012
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Best Player: Olivia Epoupa (168-PG-94) of France
Best Guard: Olivia Epoupa (168-PG-94) of France
Best Forward: Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) of Holland
Best Center: Albina Razheva (188-PF-94) of Russia
Best Coach: Jerome Fournier of France
PG: Olivia Epoupa (168-94) of France
PG: Aleksandra Stanacev (167-94) of Serbia
PF: Alexandra Marchenkova (183-94) of Russia
Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B Awards 2012 - Aug 6, 2012
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Best Player: Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) of Belarus
Best Guard: Iva Kostova (178-SG-94) of Bulgaria
Best Forward: Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) of Belarus
Best Center: Amadea Szamosi (190-C-94) of Hungary
Best Coach: Viktoriya Datsun of Belarus
PG: Ines Viana (164-94) of Portugal
SG: Iva Kostova (178-94) of Bulgaria
F: Shequila Joseph (189-95) of England
PF: Maryia Papova (186 [read more]
Division A: France wins the Gold in Bucharest, Olivia Epoupa is MVP - Aug 5, 2012
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France - Russia 65-61
France won the Gold at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They failed in the Final against Belgium a year ago, but tonight France outsmarted Russia 65-61 taking the first place at this event. Russia had 44-48 lead at the beginning of the last quarter, but France created impressive 10-2 run after that for 54-50 with 6:10 remaining in the game. Mostly owing to Olivia Epoupa (168-PG-94), France jumped to 62-56 with 3 minutes left [read more]
France - Russia 65-61 France won the Gold at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They failed in the Final against Belgium a year ago, but tonight France outsmarted Russia 65-61 taking the first place at this event. Russia had 44-48 lead at the beginning of the last quarter, but France created impressive 10-2 run after that for 54-50 with 6:10 remaining in the game. Mostly owing to Olivia Epoupa (168-PG-94), France jumped to 62-56 with 3 minutes left. All what Russia managed to do for rest of the way was minus 3 after triple by Byazrova, but Lidija Turcinovic (179-SG-94) answered with one free throw setting the score to the final 65-61. Quarters: 14-8, 11-18, 19-20, 21-15. Epoupa was a key player in victory with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. She reached valuation 25 and was named MVP of the tournament. Turcinovic (5 rebs) and Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi (184-F-95) helped France with 9 points each. In Russia, Alexandra Marchenkova (183-PF-94) shined with 20 points and 7 rebounds, and Julia Gladkova (183-F-94) had 11 pts, plus 5 rebs. Polina Fedorova (188-PF-95) had 10 points (5 rebs) and was their last player with double digits in scoring. Russia won the Silver in Bucharest, while the Bronze belongs to Serbia.
Holland - Serbia 46-59 Serbia won the Bronze at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. The celebrated 59-46 victory against Holland in the game for third place. Serbia opened it with impressive 16-2 run and later finished first quarter with 22-9. Holland was not able to reply in the second period and faced with huge 39-17 deficit at the halftime. Serbia had no troubles to keep comfortable lead for rest of the way. Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) top-scored in Serbia with 15 points, and Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) helped with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Sanja Mandic (177-G-95) also had 11 points and 5 assists in this meeting, while Dragana Stankovic (188-PF-95) added 10 points and 8 boards. Holland got 10 points from Emese Hof (188-C-96) and their second scorer was Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) with 8 pts (8 rebs). Isabella Slim (181-F-95) and Yordi Kathmann (176-F-94) stopped to 7 points each. France won the Gold in Bucharest and Silver belongs to Russia.
Turkey - Spain 60-71 Spain was better than Turkey 71-60 in the game for fifth place at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Position No.6 belongs to Turkey. Spain had wonderful beginning of the game as they made 24-8 lead in the first quarter. Turkey improved after that, but still Spain was strong enough to keep the comfortable lead and even to increase it. They had 69-49 with 2:29 remaining in the game. Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) scored 13 points for the winners, while Ariadna Pujol (182-F-95) (6 rebs) and Marta Montoliu (182-G-94) added 12 points each. In Turkey, Pelin Bilgic (173-G-94) was the leading scorer with 16 points. Elif Emirtekin (184-F-94) (7 rebs) and Gizem Sezer (196-C-94) (6 rebs) posted 10 points each. France grabbed the Gold in Bucharest after 65-61 win against Russia. The Bronze belongs to Serbia.
Croatia - Italy 72-49 Croatia finished U18 EuroBasket with 72-49 victory against Italy. It was a game for the seventh place in Bucharest. Croatia made 25-9 lead already in the first quarter. Italy closed the gap to 11 pts until the halftime, but Croatia took control on its rival after that and with 19-9 in Q3 resolved question about the winner. Ana-Marija Begic (190-C-94) led Croatia with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Anja Majstorovic (184-SF-94) and Iva Cigic (174-PG-94) followed her with 14 points each. In Italy, Ilaria Milazzo (167-PG-94) was better than the others with 11 points and Elisa Penna (185-F-95) added 9 pts, plus 8 rebs. Francesca Minali (185-C-94) was limited to 6 points. France won the Gold in Bucharest. Silver belongs to Russia and Bronze to Serbia.
Sweden - Slovakia 55-70 Slovakia finished as ninth ranked team of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They cruised past Sweden in the last day of the competition. Sweden ended as No.10. Slovakia won all four quarters in this game (18-15, 19-16, 15-13, 18-11). Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) was the leading player in Slovakia with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Michaela Rakova (187-F-94) had 14 points and 7 rebs, while Barbora Balintova (176-G-94) added 13 pts. In Sweden, Paulina Hersler (190-PF-94) (10 rebs) and Linnea Frykbo (169-SG-94) posted 14 points each. Gabriella Hanson (180-SG-95) collected 13 points and 5 rebs. In the battle for Gold, France was better than Russia 65-61. Serbia won the Bronze in Bucharest.
Slovenia - Greece 55-58 Greece grabbed 58-55 win against Slovenia in the last day of U18 EuroBasket. It was a game for 11th place in Bucharest and it belongs to Greece. Slovenia ended as No.12. Greece made 10-point lead in the first quarter and jumped to plus 19 until the breather. Slovenia drastically improved after that, but Greece was strong enough to keep the lead until the end. Anna Stamolamprou (171-PG-95) scored 18 points for the winners and Amanda Lovely (180-PF-94) added 12 points, plus 8 rebounds. Vasiliki Fouraki (183-F-95) followed them with 11 points and 5 rebs. In Slovenia, Barbara Sut (179-PF-94) was better than the others with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Alina Gjerkes (177-F-94) (8 rebs) and Sara Meden (170-PG-94) (5 as) posted 11 points each. France is the gold medal winner in Bucharest. Silver belongs to Russia and Bronze to Serbia.
Romania - Poland 36-76 Poland destroyed Romania in the last day of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Poland finished as the second ranked team of Group G with 3-3 record. However, that is not enough for the survival in Division A. Romania (0-6) is the last ranked team at this event and of course also faced with relegation to Division B. Poland took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 22-12, 28-11, 12-9, 14-4. Karolina Puss (182-SF-94) shined in victory with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Julia Adamowicz (178-SF-94) scored 13 points and Magdalena Wojdalska (185-SG-94) had 11. In defeat, Cristina Gavrila (172-G-95) was better than the others with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Iulia Raileanu (189-PF-95) had 10 points and Kinga Domokos (188-F/C-94) stopped to 6. Czech Republic is the winner of Group G with perfect 6-0 record. They survived in Division A.
Belgium - Czech Republic 60-64 Czech Republic survived in U18 EuroBasket Division A. They outplayed Belgium in the last day of the competition 64-60 to win Group G with perfect 6-0 record. Belgium ended as No.3 of this pool with 3-3 record and faced with relegation to Division B. Romania and Poland are also relegated. Czech Republic exploded after the breather and later its players were focused in the finish to take the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 10-25, 10-11, 30-13, 14-11. Sarka Jozova (174-SG-94) led the winners with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Anna Hruskova (179-F-95) had 13 points and 10 boards, while Gabriela Lachnitova (176-PG-94) added 12 pts. In the loosing squad, Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-SF-95) shined with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Manon Humblet (182-C/F-94) scored 9 and Justine Tabruyn (174-PG-95) netted 8 pts. France won the Gold in Bucharest and Silver belongs to Russia. Serbia took the Bronze.
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