Lithuania won Eurobasket U18 Div.A 2008 (Photo: FIBA)
Latvia - Eurobasket U18 Div.B Champion
Division B. Championship leaders - Aug. 21, 2008
U18 European Championship division B on twelfth place but it has the best scorer
Naama Shafir (165-G-90) played 8 games for her team draining 21 ppg what is
168 points in total. Her championship-high happened in seventh game against
Bosnia and Herzegovina when she stopped on huge 39 points.
Second scorer of U18 EC division B in Skopje is
Preetzmann (178-G-90). She played 7 games for Denmark helping it with 19.4
ppg. Interesting is that
Tanturovska (170-G-90) of F.Y.R. of Macedonia has the same digits. Each of
these two players registered 7 appearances netting of course 136 points in
total. Preetzmann touched 30 once while Tanturovska had 34 against Slovenia.
Haentges (182-C-90) of Luxemburg ended this championship as a top rebounder.
She played 8 games grabbing 110 boards what is 13.8 per game.
Karina Van den Nieuwendijk (195-C-90) of Netherlands is behind her with 13.5
rpg also for 8 games.
Kerttu Jallai (180-F-90) of Estonia is on third place with 11.4 rpg.
Top assistant of the competition is
Nika Baric (168-G-92) of Slovenia. She appeared 8 times delivering 6.6 apg.
Ignatius (176-G-90) of Finland is on the second place with 5.4 apg while
third place belongs to
Jelena Antic (181-F-91), who dished out 5 apg in 7 games.
Division B. Final day - Aug. 16, 2008
U18 Belgium - U18 Latvia 64-96 Latvia won the Gold medal on U18 European
Championship division B in Skopje. Belgium also
demonstrated fantastic performance during the entire event. The good thing for
both teams is that they earned a promotion to division A for the next European
It was unexpectedly easy game for Latvia. Before
it chances were 50%-50% but after the first half it was clear that
Latvia will take this one.
(182-F-91) and her teammates ended first stanza 16-21 while they showed even
better performance during the next ten minutes. After jump shot by
at the center of the second period Latvians grabbed 16-point lead. They
succeeded to extend it to 17 until the half time. Third quarter just confirmed
Latvia's domination in this game.
and Anete Steinberga
(192-C-90) were totally unstoppable at the offensive end. Belgium played
without attitude, especially in defense, which resulted with huge 14-29 in this
period. Last ten minutes of the game were just a formality as everything was
Division B. Semifinals - Aug. 15, 2008
U18 Slovenia - U18 Belgium 70-81 Belgium is the first finalist of U18 European
Championship division B in Skopje. Belgians succeeded to beat until that
moment undefeated Slovenia and to earn a spot for the
division A for the next European championship. On the other hand
Slovenia, which demonstrated
maybe the best performance in Skopje until the semifinals, will try to get
the bronze medal. The bad thing for Slovenians is that hey lost all chances to
reach division A this year.
Belgium opened this one in style
creating 11-21 after 10 minutes. At that point of game it was clear that
Belgium had couple of players in the
right mood. Mostly owing to
(172-G-90) Slovenia made 10-0 run at the
beginning of the second frame setting the score on 27-28. However,
(181-C-90) made two free throws bringing plus 6 for Belgians at the half time.
After the breather, they took total control on Slovenia.
(178-F-90) and her teammates were on fire making 45-60 in 28th minute. Later
they extended it to 19 points finishing this game without any bigger problems.
paced Belgium to this extremely important
victory collecting 21 points and 4 rebounds.
(183-F-91) had 18 points and 12 boards while
(168-G-91) stopped on 16 points.
(168-G-92) was totally the best player in Slovenia but unfortunately to her team 30 points
and 4 rebounds were not enough against
Division B. The end of the Qualifying Round - Aug. 14, 2008
Qualifying Round for 1st to 8th place
- Group E
U18 Estonia - U18 Germany 64-58 Estonia grabbed the first victory in the
Qualifying Round for 1st to 8th place on U18 European Championship in Skopje. It means that
Estonia improved to 1-2 in Group E
but it was not enough for the semifinals. The last ranked team of this group is
Germany with score 0-3 but both teams
will have an opportunity to fioght for position number five during the following
two days. Estonia will meet
Hungary tomorrow while
Germany will take on
Estonia was the team which dominated
from the early beginning. Thanks to
(180-F-90), Estonians had 8-point lead at the end of the first quarter. After
successful jump shot by
(185-C-90), Estonians touched plus 11 later keeping 37-27 at the half time.
Germany tried to do something more
(170-G-90) but unsuccessful. Estonia headed into the last quarter
with comfortable 51-40. Minus six, how much it was at the end, was maximum of
Germany in the last frame.
was the key player for Estonia in this game. She netted 23
points catching impressive 16 rebounds.
followed her with 10 points and 10 rebounds while Hass also had 10 points.
Germany got the most from
who finished the game having 13 points and 5 reb
Division B. Qualifying Round Day 1 - Aug. 13, 2008
Qualifying Round for 1st to 8th place
- Group E
U18 Germany - U18 Slovenia 50-78 Slovenia didn't have to work very hard in order
to beat Germany in the first
day of the Qualifying Round on U18 European Championship division B in Skopje. As a reminder,
Slovenia advanced to the second stage transferring one victory from the
Preliminary Round which means that Slovenians improved to 2-0, what is already
enough for the semifinals. In the last game of the Qualifying Round Slovenia
will meet Greece fighting for the first place
in Group E. On the other hand, with this defeat Germany lost all
chances to reach one of the medals.
three players in a great mood in this game. After not so brilliant first half,
Slovenians demonstrated impressive performance during the next 20 minutes.
(172-G-90) were on fire. Germans couldn't find a solution how to stop this trio
which led Slovenia to 10-24 in this period.
There was a ten minutes to go and Slovenia already had comfortable
16-point lead. Germany couldn't recover from this
shock continuing to fall down even more. Slovenians ended this game in style
making 11-1 run and booking a spot for the semifinals.
was unstoppable today. She spent 35 minutes on court adding 19 points, 6 boards
and 8 assists.
also shined scoring 19 points while
had one points less than her.
Preliminary Group A
U18 Greece - U18 Germany 60-47 Greece remained undefeated after the last game of
Preliminary Round on U18 European Championship division B in Skopje. It means that
Greece advanced to the Qualifying
Round from the top Preliminary Group A. Despite this defeat Germany also
booked a spot for the next stage. The good thing for Greece and at the same time
the bad one for Germany is that the score from this game will be transferred to
Group E. Except of these two teams, participant of the Group E are also Slovenia
Interesting is that Germany ended
this game having 15 rebounds more than its opponent. However, the Germans
struggled a lot with their stroke, especially from behind the arc and from the
free throw line. Greece was a better team from the
beginning. Mostly owing to Aikaterini Kontali and
(175-G-91) Greece went on the half time having
5-point lead. After the breather Greeks intensified defense which resulted with
many mistakes and missed shots by the Germans. Kontali and her teammates ended
this period 16-9 heading into the last frame with plus 12. Very soon
Greece extended it to 14
points what automatically meant that game is over for Germany.
Aikaterini Kontali paced Greece to victory in this game
collecting 15 points and 4 rebounds.
also netted 15 points while
(175-F-90) followed her with 10 points and 8 rebounds.
(170-G-90) netted 12 points for Germany while
(180-F-91) finished the game with 10 points.
Division A. Finals - Jul. 29, 2008
Lithuania U18 - Russia U18 63:57
Lithuanian Junior National Team narrowly defeated Russian counterparts to
celebrate the title at the European Championship in Slovakia.
Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) scored 27 points, grabbed 8 boards and
dished out 4 assists to lead Lithuania to the first title at this level.
Lithuanian guard was named the MVP of the tournament after the game as she
averaged 19 points, 8 boards, 4 assists and 2.5 steals per game during the
Lithuanian team got to a flying start of the game as
Aurime Rinkeviciute and
Marina Solopova (180-G-90) drained trebles. Two more three-pointers from
Aurime Rinkeviciute late in the period allowed the Baltic team to maintain a
22:13 advantage at the first intermission.
Anastasiya Shilova (185-F-91) nailed 7 points during a 9:0 run from Russia
that capped the first half and brought them within a single point from Lithuania
at halftime. But the Baltic side kept in front throughout the third stanza and
rolled to a 50:45 advantage with one quarter remaining.
Aurime Rinkeviciute chipped in 5 straight points midway through the final
term to give Lithuania an 8-point cushion. Petrushina connected from beyond the
arc and Anastasia Logunova added two freebies to shave the deficit to 4 points
with under 2 minutes left. However
Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) came up with jumper after misses from Loginova
and Petrushina to seal the winning outcome for Lithuania at the end.
Marina Solopova had 15 points, while
Giedre Paugaite contributed 11 points and 12 boards for the winners.
Anastasiya Shilova answered with 14 points for Russia. Ekaterina Kiryanova,
Anastasia Logunova and
Veronika Dorosheva (188-F-91) secured 8 points each in defeat. Lithuania
outrebounded Russia 51:43 and limited their opponents to only 30% accuracy from
Czech Republic U18 - France U18 70:61
Czech Republic Juniors finished the European Championship campaign with a solid
win over France to occupy the third spot in the final ladder. Czech team managed
to overcome the bitter memories of a narrow defeat to Russia in the semis to
knock down French opponents in the Bronze medals game. A tough defense and
balanced offense was the key to the Czech success. Zavazalova and
Karolina Elhotova (179-G-92) ignited a 9:0
Division A. Semifinals - Jul. 26, 2008
Russia U18 - Czech Republic U18 62:60
Russian Junior National Team celebrated a dramatic victory against Czech
Republic in the European Championship semifinal today. Russia thus advanced to
the championship game and would face Lithuania in Nitra tomorrow.
Tatiana Petrushina (185-F-90) scored go-ahead free throws with 8 seconds
remaining to bring Russia to the victory. The game turned into a real seesaw
battle as the teams traded baskets early on. Russia earned a 19:12 lead after
the starting period however
Karolina Elhotova (179-G-92) and
Renata Brezinova (189-C-90) quickly cut the deficit at the start of the
second term. Liubov Paskalenko and
Anastasiya Loginova (190-C-90) kept Russian team in front throughout the
second frame and they accumulated a 35:28 advantage at halftime. Czechs opened
the second half with a 9:0 run to surge ahead 37:35. But Russia soon regained
the advantage and drove to a 49:43 lead with one quarter to go.
Katerina Bartonova (174-G-90) nailed 4 straight points midway through the
fourth quarter and Czech Republic squared things up at 54. Soon
Karolina Elhotova put Czech team in charge 57:56 with just over 3 minutes
left in regulation.
Anastasiya Loginova and
Renata Brezinova exchanged the baskets before
Tatiana Petrushina knotted it all at 60 apiece with 50 seconds to go.
Katerina Bartonova missed consecutive attempts to set up a crucial play for
Karolina Elhotova fouled
Tatiana Petrushina and Russian forward won the game.
Katerina Bartonova had a chance to save the day for Czech Republic but
missed a desperate three-pointer with the time running out.
Tatiana Petrushina finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Russia.
Alexandra Tarasova (192-C-91) netted 14 points and 16 boards, while
Anastasiya Loginova added 11 in a win.
Renata Brezinova delivered 13 points and 12 boards for Czech Republic.
Pavla Svrdlikova (184-F-90) dropped 11 points in defeat.
Kateryna Rymarenko (183-F-90) and Kateryna Dorogobuzova and trailed by 5
points at the first intermission. A barrage of three-pointers from Turkish team
allowed them to stretch the gap to 12 points in the second period. They later
enjoyed a 15-point distance but Kateryna Dorogobuzova scored 4 points and Hanna
Yeremeychuk added 2 more in a 6:0 run that crowned the first half as Ukraine
trimmed the deficit to 9 points. Ukraine recovered well in the third stanza as
they denied the deficit and spurred ahead following treble from
Kateryna Rymarenko and freebies from Kateryna Dorogobuzova. The lead changed
hands for several times in the fourth term and Hanna Yeremeychuks trey put
Ukrainian team within a single point from Turkey 72:73 with 48 seconds left.
Ozge Yavas (169-G-91) nailed one free throw to give Turkish side a 74:72
advantage with 12 seconds left. But Ukraine failed to win the game in the time
remaining. Havrylyuk committed a turnover sealing the victory for Turkey.
Gamze Takmaz (182-F-91) nailed game-high 29 points to lead Turkish side.
Ozge Yavas added 18 points for the winners.
Ol'ha Maznichenko (186-F-91) answered with 24 points and 10 boards for
Kateryna Rymarenko added 21 points and 8 boards in a losing case.
Slovakia U18 - Poland U18 65:57
Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) scored 23 points and collected 10 boards to
lift Slovakian Junior National Team past Poland at the European Championship.
Slovakia celebrated their first win at the qualifying round of the tournament.
The teams traded baskets early in the encounter.
Veronika Cernakova (174-G-90) capped the first stanza with 4 straight points
for Slovakia and put them in charge 23:15. Four points from
Martina Kissova (184-F-93) allowed the hosts clear off to a 10-point
distance early in the second frame. But Poland soon drew things level and
trailed by just two points at the interval 35:37. Magda Kaczmarska and
Olivia Tomialowicz (182-G-90) netted 5 straight points
Division A. Qualifying round Day 2 - Jul. 23, 2008
Poland U18 - Ukraine U18 73:64 Polish Junior National Team grabbed their first win at the European
Championship qualifying round. Today they held off Ukrainian team to improve to
2-2 record in Group E ladder. Ukraine suffered the second consecutive defeat and
remained at the bottom of the table in the group. Natalia Pacula and
Magda Kaczmarska (183-F/G-90) spurred Polish team to a 12:3 lead early on.
Ukraine cut the deficit but still trailed by 5 points at the first intermission.
Ukraine used a 12:6 run at the start of the second period to spur ahead. The
lead then changed hands for several times and the teams were all square at 31 at
Klaudia Sosnowska (186-F-90),
Olivia Tomialowicz (182-G-90) and
Magda Kaczmarska pulled Poland ahead early in the third term. But Ukraine
stayed at a striking distance. Finally
Magda Kaczmarska capped the period with a three-pointer giving Poland a
55:44 advantage with one quarter to go. Yeremeychuk fired 6 points and Ol'ha
Maznichenko added two for Ukraine to narrow the gap to 5 points.
Olivia Tomialowicz and
Magda Kaczmarska were deadly from charity stripe in a key moments and Poland
got away with the victory at the end.
Magda Kaczmarska nailed 23 points to pace Polish team.
Olivia Tomialowicz had 13 points, while
Klaudia Sosnowska dropped 12 points in a win.
Yuliya Berezynets (180-G-90) and
Kateryna Dorogobuzova (187-F-90) scored 14 points apiece in a losing case.
Ol'ha Maznichenko added 13 points for Ukraine. Ukraine enjoyed a massive
advantage on the glass 34:20 but committed unforgivable 26 turnovers. Poland
also converted 44% from the field and 80% from free throw line.
Slovakia U18 - Lithuania U18 52:55 Lithuanian Junior National Team grabbed their fifth win in a row at the
European Championship in Nitra. Today they held off the hosts for the second win
at the qualifying round of the tournament. Lithuania thus improved to 4-0 record
on top of the Pool E. Slovak Republic slipped to 2-2 record and left with little
chances of making it to the semifinal. The first frame turned out to be a
low-scoring affair with both teams teaming up for 15 points. Slovakia rolled to
a 9:6 advantage at the first intermission. Lithuania opened the second frame
with a 9:0 run to grab the lead. Slovakia answered with an 11:0 advantage
Division A. Qualifying round Day 1 - Jul. 22, 2008
Czech Republic U18 - Poland U18 91:58
Czech Republic Junior Team opened their Qualifying round campaign with win. They
defeated Polish counterparts at the European Championship to topple qualifying
Pool E. Polish team got to a flying start as they tipped off the encounter with
an 11:0 run. However Hanusova and Bartonova scored 9 points to get Czech team
back to life.
Michaela Stara (172-G-90) and
Renata Brezinova (189-C-90) capped the first period with 4 straight points
and Czech Republic trailed by just one point at the first intermission.
Pulpanova scored the first points of the second frame to give Czech Republic
their first lead of the game. Czech team never loosened the grip and drove to a
45:40 advantage at halftime.
Barbara Skowronek (189-F/C-90),
Olivia Tomialowicz (182-G-90) and Sosnowska cut the deficit to a single
point midway through the third stanza. But Czechs capped the frame with an 11:0
rally to make it 61:49 entering the final stanza. Behalova and
Skutilova (182-F-90) extended the advantage to 15 points early in the final
stanza. Poland were done after a 19:0 run from Czech Republic midway through the
term. Czechs built a massive 30-point advantage and never looked back again.
Michaela Stara scored 12 points to pace Czech Republic.
Skutilova had 11 points, while
Renata Brezinova and
Karolina Elhotova (179-G-92) knocked down 10 points apiece in a win.
Olivia Tomialowicz secured 21 points for Polish U18 Team. Skowronek had 8
points and 7 boards in defeat.
Slovakia U18 - Turkey U18 53:57
The European Championship in Slovakia reached the qualifying stage with 12 teams
remaining in the race for the title. Slovakia and Turkey tipped off their
qualifying round campaign earlier today. Slovakia suffered their second straight
defeat at the tournament coming up short at the end. The hosts got to a better
start of the game as they enjoyed an 8:2 lead early on. Turkey shaved the
deficit a bit but still trailed 13:16 at the first intermission. Slovakia opened
a double digit lead midway through the second quarter when Maria Felixova
converted a layup.
Veronika Cernakova (174-G-90) capped the half with a three-pointer and
Slovak Republic maintained a 10-point buffer at the interval. But Turkey turned
a different team after the long<
Division A. Preliminary round Day 3 - Jul. 21, 2008
Czech Republic U18 - Romania U18 105:63 Czech Republic Junior National Team prevailed against Romania in the
third round of preliminary action at the European Championship today. Three
players scored 14 points for Czech team as they sent Romanian side into
classification round. Romania suffered their third straight loss and would fight
for the right to remain in Division A now.
Bianca Barbu (169-G-90) and Pavel paced Romania in front in the opening
minutes of the game but Czech team quickly denied the effort. They capped the
first frame with an 18:7 run that put Czech team in charge 31:17. Svrdlikova
fueled an 8:0 rally from Czech Republic early in the second stanza as they
stretched the margin to 21 points. Andreea Pop and Doinita Panait cut the
deficit to 16 points at halftime. The momentum continued for Romania in the
third period as Andreea Pop,
Alina Chivu (180-F-90) and
Bianca Barbu teamed up for 8 points to drag them within 8 points from Czech
Republic. However Czechs answered with a 15:1 surge that secured the comfortable
cushion. Romania never came closer than 20 points in the reminder of the contest
and Czech Republic celebrated their second win at the tournament.
Katerina Zavazalova (171-G-90),
Skutilova (182-F-90) and
Klara Rosenbaumova (182-F-90) dropped 14 points apiece to pace Czech
Republic. Dominika Behalova and Stara notched 11 points apiece in a win.
Bianca Barbu had 13 points for Romania in defeat.
Alina Chivu produced 8 points and 8 rebounds. Czech team outrebounded their
opponents 49:38 and forced those to as many as 38 turnovers.
Slovakia U18 - Ukraine U18 64:80 Slovakian Junior Team suffered their first loss at home European
Championship. They were unable to post the third straight loss coming up short
against Ukraine. Slovak Republic opponents bounced back after a stunning loss to
Czech Republic and upset the hosts.
Ol'ha Maznichenko (186-F-91) knocked down 32 points and collected 11
rebounds to pace Ukraine. The visitors surprised sloppy home side with a 22:6
rally in the opening stanza.
Kateryna Dorogobuzova (187-F-90) and
Olesya Malashenko (188-F-91) extended the difference to 16 points at the
Kateryna Dorogobuzova and
Ol'ha Maznichenko gave Ukraine
Division A. Preliminary round Day 2 - Jul. 20, 2008
Czech Republic U18 - Ukraine U18 82-36 Czech Republic grabbed the first win in Group A on U18 European
Championship in Nitra. At the same time Ukraine dropped on score 1-1. After
yesterday's defeat against first neighbor Slovakia, Czech Republic gave a real
lesson to Ukrainians. They dominated in all basketball elements against Ukraine,
which finished the game committing 44 turnovers. Obviously, defense of Czech
Republic looked pretty good in this game. After 3-4 for Ukraine at the early
beginning, Czezh Republic made magnificent run 18-2. Renata Brezinova and
Karolina Elhotova (179-G-92) took care for it scoring few jump shots as well
as couple of free throws. On the other side Ukraine committed four turnovers in
the row also missing four lay-ups. The same picture on the court was seen in the
following 10 minutes as Czech Republic once again was the team which dominated.
With two minutes remaining of the second stanza the hosts in this game created
fantastic 28 points lead, 38-10. At that time it was already clear that Ukraine
won't be able to come any closer until the end. Eva
Skutilova (182-F-90), who scored 13 points, and
Karolina Elhotova, who had 11 points and 5 rebounds, were the best for the
Katerina Bartonova (174-G-90) followed these two players adding 9 points, 5
rebounds and 5 assists.
Darya Zavidna (178-G-93) and
Ol'ha Maznichenko (186-F-91) netted 6 points each for Ukraine. In the last
game of the Preliminary Round Czech Republic will meet Romania while Ukraine
will take on Slovak Republic.
Romania U18 - Slovak Republic U18 39-62 At the second day of U18 European Championship Slovak Republic
outplayed Romania registering the second victory in Preliminary Group A. Romania
is the only winless team in the same group so far with score 2-0. The loosing
side succeeded to resists in the first quarter against the hosts of this
championship letting them make just one point lead after ten minutes. Actually
Romanians had advantage of 4 points with one minute remaining in the first
stanza but Slovakia quickly made turn setting the score on 10-11. Thanks to
Veronika Cernakova (174-G-90) and
Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90), Slovakia created 10-3 run in second quarter
grabbing 8 points lead. However until the end of this period Romania succeeded
to close the gap on 5 points. Romanians opened third quarter scoring a jump shot
for 22-25 but it was signal for the hosts to start playing much stronger. They
done it in style so after almost 6 minutes it already was plus 20 for Slovakia,
23-43. Before the last frame the hosts of U18 EC extended its
Division A: Preliminary round Day 1 - Jul. 19, 2008
Slovak Republic U18 - Czech Republic U18 76:72
Veronika Cernakova (174-G-90) dropped 23 points and Slovak Republic Junior
Team got to a winning start of the home European championship. They held off a
fierce comeback effort from Czech Republic in the second half to celebrate the
initial win in Nitra. The teams got into preliminary Group A and tipped off the
action earlier today.
Katerina Bartonova (174-G-90) and Katerina Zavazalova opened an early lead
for Czechs. However
Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) scored 4 straight points to put Slovak
Republic in front 11:9 midway through the starting stanza. Cernakova posted 4
points in a row and Slovak Republic claimed a 20:13 advantage late in the
period. The hosts kept in front and they opened a double-digit advantage late in
the second frame.
Barbora Novocka (168-G-90) converted a freebie to give Slovak Republic 47:36
lead at halftime.
Klaudia Lukacovicova added 4 points to begin the second half as Slovak team
enjoyed a 51:36 advantage. A scoring outburst from Stara as she nailed 9 points
allowed Czech Republic to shave the deficit to 8 points.
Katerina Bartonova, Aneta Pulpanova and Behalova clawed Czech way within 2
Natalia Spodniakova (170-G-90) and
Barbora Novocka finalized a 62:56 advantage at the end the third quarter.
Elhotova and Svrdlikova propelled Czechs in front 69:68 with just over 5 minutes
remaining in regulation. But Slovak Republic retained the lead and were deadly
from free throw line to keep their opponents at bay throughout the rest of the
Klaudia Lukacovicova produced 20 points and 12 boards for Slovak Republic.
Katerina Bartonova answered with 13 points for Czech Republic.
Alena Hanusova (187-C-91) had 11 points and 8 caroms in a losing effort.
Ukraine U18 - Romania U18 70:64 Ukrainian U18 National Team opened the European Championship campaign
with a hard-fought win over Romania.
Ol'ha Maznichenko (186-F-91) exploded with 33 points and 8 rebounds to
propel Ukraine to a come-from-behind victory over determined Romanian side.
Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) scored 6 points early in the clash
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