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European Championships U18 2010 - Women Basketball


Division A  Division B  Division C  



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Final Standings
 1. Italy    
 2. Spain    
 3. France    
 4. Slovenia    
 5. Russia    
 6. Lithuania    
 7. Ukraine    
 8. Sweden    
 9. Slovakia    
 10. Turkey    
 11. Poland    
 12. Serbia    
 13. Belgium    
 14. Czech Rep.    
 15. Hungary    
 16. Latvia    
Points Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  (179-G-92)
  Avg: 32.6
 1. Iagupova, UKR32.6 
 2. Baric, SLO23.3 
 3. Okockyte, LTU18.6 
 4. Kavurmaciogl., TUR17.1 
 5. Gortnar, SLO16.5 
 6. Zahui, SWE15.8 
 7. Zietara, POL15.4 
 8. Colic, SRB15.3 
 9. Kissova, SVK13.6 
 10. Demirkol, TUR13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Azge KAVURMACIOGLU
  (187-F-93)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Kavurmaciogl., TUR11.3 
 2. Naumenko, UKR11.0 
 3. Brajkovic, SRB11.0 
 4. Zaveckaite, LTU10.2 
 5. Svaryte, LTU9.9 
 6. Barba, FRA9.8 
 7. Zahui, SWE9.7 
 8. Iagupova, UKR8.2 
 9. Gil Collado, ESP7.7 
 10. Gortnar, SLO7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nika BARIC
  (169-G-92)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Baric, SLO5.9 
 2. Iagupova, UKR3.8 
 3. Zietara, POL3.6 
 4. Okockyte, LTU3.6 
 5. Kusova, CZE3.4 
 6. Carta, ITA3.4 
 7. Gorini, ITA3.2 
 8. Casas, ESP3.2 
 9. Schyvens, BEL3.1 
 10. Palenikova, SVK3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Beatrice CARTA
  (170-G-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Carta, ITA2.9 
 2. Bradnanska, SVK2.8 
 3. Iagupova, UKR2.8 
 4. Ortiz, ESP2.7 
 5. Kuras, POL2.6 
 6. Vyoralova, CZE2.5 
 7. Abramovic, SLO2.5 
 8. Casas, ESP2.3 
 9. Kavurmaciogl., TUR2.3 
 10. Demirkol, TUR2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tjasa GORTNAR
  (185-F-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Gortnar, SLO2.2 
 2. Iagupova, UKR1.8 
 3. Zahui, SWE1.7 
 4. Vechtova, CZE1.6 
 5. Kissova, SVK1.5 
 6. Szczepanik, POL1.3 
 7. Svaryte, LTU1.2 
 8. Mayinga, BEL1.2 
 9. Bandyk, POL1.0 
 10. Stauere, LAT1.0 

Qualifying Round Standings
Group E
 1. Spain 5-0 
 2. Russia 3-2 
 3. Slovenia 3-2 
 4. Sweden 3-2 
 5. Slovakia 1-4 
 6. Serbia 0-5 
Group F
 1. Italy 5-0 
 2. Lithuania 3-2 
 3. France 3-2 
 4. Ukraine 2-3 
 5. Turkey 2-3 
 6. Poland 0-5 
Group H
 1. Belgium 4-2 
 2. Czech Repub. 4-2 
 3. Hungary 3-3 
 4. Latvia 1-5 
Preliminary Round Standings
Group A
 1. Spain 3-0 
 2. Slovakia 2-1 
 3. Serbia 1-2 
 4. Hungary 0-3 
Group B
 1. Russia 2-1 
 2. Slovenia 2-1 
 3. Sweden 2-1 
 4. Belgium 0-3 
Group C
 1. Italy 3-0 
 2. Lithuania 2-1 
 3. Poland 1-2 
 4. Latvia 0-3 
Group D
 1. France 3-0 
 2. Ukraine 2-1 
 3. Turkey 1-2 
 4. Czech Repub. 0-3 

Italy celebrating European Championships title (Photo: fibaeurope)
 

Italian U18 National Team 2010
Starting five
#s#
Debora Carangelo
Carangelo
Lucia Morsiani
Morsiani
Beatrice Carta
Carta
Nene Diene
Diene
Marta Masoni
Masoni
#e#5
4 Francesca Dotto 169-G-93 Roma Italy
5 Debora Carangelo 167-G-92 Cervia Italy
6 Lucia Morsiani 186-C-92 Faenza Italy
7 Gaia Gorini 182-G-92 Umbertide Italy
8 Chiara Zanin 175-G-92 Marghera Italy
9 Beatrice Carta 170-G-92 Cagliari V. Italy
10 Nene Diene 182-F-92 Livorno Italy
11 Marta Masoni 184-F-93 Roma Italy
12 Lucia Di Costanzo 185-C-92 Roma Italy
13 Irene Cigliani 177-G-92
14 Veronica Dell'Olio 190-F-93
15 Clara Salvini 180-C-92

Giovanni Lucchesi Head Coach
Giovanni Alliom Assistant


Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Awards 2010 - Aug. 26, 2010 

All-Tournament 1st Team
#s#
Nika Baric
Baric
Mariona Ortiz
Ortiz
Gaia Gorini
Gorini
Azge Kavurmacioglu
Kavurmacioglu
Laura Svaryte
Svaryte
#e#5

MVP: Nika Baric (169-G-92) Slovenia
Best Guard: Nika Baric (169-G-92) Slovenia
Best Forward: Azge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) Turkey
Best Center: Laura Svaryte (190-C-92) Lithuania
Best Defensive Player: Mariona Ortiz (183-G-92) Spain
Best Coach: Giovanni Lucchesi Italy

1st Team
G: Nika Baric (169-92) Slovenia
G: Mariona Ortiz (183-92) Spain
G: Gaia Gorini (182-92) Italy
F: Azge Kavurmacioglu (187-93) Turkey
C: Laura Svaryte (190-92) Lithuania

2nd Team
G: Alina Iagupova (179-92) Ukraine
G/F: Magdalena Zietara (177-92) Poland
F: Tjasa Gortnar (185-92) Slovenia
F: Lucie Barba (185-92)
C: Amanda Zahui (191-93) Sweden

3rd Team
G: Beatrice Carta (170-92) Italy
G: Queralt Casas (180-92) Spain
F: Karolina Elhotova (182-92) Czech Republic
F: Martina Kissova (185-93) Slovakia
C: Ivana Brajkovic (195-93) Serbia

Honorable Mention
Nihan Demirkol (172-G-92) Turkey
Lyudmyla Naumenko (177-F-93) Ukraine
Paulina Zaveckaite (186-F-92) Lithuania
Yulia Poluyanova (187-F-92) Russia
Lucia Morsiani (186-C-92) Italy



Division A: Italy wins the Gold in Poprad  - Aug. 8, 2010 

FINAL
Spain - Italy 61-66
Italy won the Gold in Poprad. They outplayed Spain in the Big Final to finish U18 EuroBasket undefeated. Beatrice Carta (170-G-92) stepped up for Italy with 17 points. Gaia Gorini (182-G-92) followed her with 10 points and 8 rebounds, while Francesca Dotto added 9 pts in this victory. In Spain, Marina Delgado (171-G-92) collected 14 points and 5 boards, while Elena Diaz (188-F/C-92) added 12 pts. Their team won the Silver at this event. Spain was better at the very beginning as they opened this meeting with 11-8 lead. Beatrice Carta and her teammates woke up after that closing the first period with 4-9 run. Spain took control on their rival at the beginning of Q2 and quickly jumped to 29-21 lead. However, Italy replied with 2-9 series for 31-31 tie at the halftime. Teams were leveled until the middle of Q3, when Italy started to demonstrate its power. They created 6-13 run for 43-50 with ten minutes to go in the game. Spain was in trouble, but didn't give up and they came to 50-52 with 6:09 remaining. Than, Italy made crucial 3-11 run and the U18 EuroBasket winner was already known. Both teams entered to this Final undefeated.

Places 3-4
Slovenia - France 43-66
France won the Bronze in Poprad. They had an easy job in the game for third place beating Slovenia 43-66. Helena Akmouche (174-G-92) was the leading scorer in victory with 13 points, while Lucie Barba (185-F-92) helped with double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds. Barba was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 19. Christelle Diallo (193-C-93) is another French player who had 10 points. On the other side, Slovenia got 14 points and 5 boards from Tina Jakovina (182-G-92). Nika Baric (169-G-92) this time stopped to 11 pts and her team stayed without the medal. Every single quarter of this game belonged to France. They created 13-15 in the first ten minutes and jumped to comfortable 24-35 until the half time. Slovenia struggled at the both sides of the court, what resulted with another bad period for them. Nika Baric wasn't in a game mood and her team scored only 10 points in third quarter. Helena Akmouche and her teammates had 17 on the other side and at that time it was already clear who will be the Bronze medal winner in Poprad. France dominated in the last ten minutes as well to celebrate nice 43-66 victory. The Gold medal winner at this event is Italy, who outplayed Spain in the Big Final.

Places 5-6
Lithuania - Russia 64-78
It was a game for fifth place in Poprad. Russia made it mostly owing to Yulia Stepanova (188-C-92), who had 19 points and 8 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 22. Svetlana Efimova (187-F-92) also had very important role adding 19 pts. Alexandra Stolyar (178-G-92) and Anastasiya Maksimova (182-F-92) followed them with 14 and 11 points respectively. In Lithuania, Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) delivered 18 points, but she missed many shots and finished with valuation -5. Laura Svaryte (190-C-92) had 11 pts and 16 rebounds, while Paulina Zaveckaite (186-F-92) also scored 11 pts, but to go with 14 rebs. Lithuania was better team at the beginning as they made quick 12-8 lead. However, it was their only lead in this game as Russia replied with 2-14 run and never looked back after that. Yulia Stepanova and her teammates dominated in Q2 ending it with 17-23 for nice 31-45 lead at the halftime. Lithuania was in trouble and wasn't able to mount a comeback in the next 20 minutes. Russia reached plus 19 at the halfway of third quarter and the game winner was already known. Last ten minutes were just the formality and Russia celebrated comfortable victory for the fifth place in Poprad.

Places 7-8
Ukraine - Sweden 78-58
Ukraine finished participation at U18 EuroBasket in Poprad with victory. They blasted Sweden 78-58 to finish as the seventh ranked team at this event. Of course, Sweden ended as No.8. Alina Iagupova (179-G-92) once again was the leading player in Ukraine as she collected 29 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Lyudmyla Naumenko (177-F-93) also was great adding 15 points and 19 boards, while Anna Kiriyenko (190-C-93) added 14 pts and 8 rebs. In the loosing squad, Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) collected 16 pts and 10 boards. Their second scorer was Marie Persson (180-F-93) with 10 pts. Ukraine was better in every single quarter of this game. They started with tiny 16-15 in the first ten minutes and later in Q2 created 23-19. Alina Iagupova was on fire, what was very important for Ukraine, but her teammates secured a nice help as well. Ukraine exploded at the beginning of the second half making 10-2 run for 49-36 lead and Sweden was in trouble. Despite comfortable lead, Ukraine didn't slow down and they reached huge 77-53 in the finish. Sweden made some points in the last two minutes cutting the margin to the final 78-58. As a reminder, both teams were eliminated in the Quarterfinals of this event.

Places 9-10
Slovakia - Turkey 65-63
The hosts of U18 EuroBasket celebrated in the last day of the competition. They grabbed 65-63 thriller win against Turkey to finish as No.9 at this event. Sabina Oroszova (187-F-93) stepped up in Slovakia with double-double of 19 points and 16 rebounds. Martina Kissova (185-F-93) had 15 points and 5 boards, while Marta Palenikova (184-G/F-92) helped with 9 pts. In Turkey, Azge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) shined with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Emel Guler (188-F-92) and Nihan Demirkol (172-G-92) delivered 13 and 10 points respectively. Game winner was decided in the finish. Slovakia entered to last 3:10 with decent 65-59 lead, but Turkey didn't give up. Azge Kavurmacioglu made a jump shot and Emel Guler scored two free throws after that closing the gap to 65-63. There was more than two minutes remaining after that, but neither of teams was able to score. Slovakia missed three jump shots and committed two mistakes, while Turkey missed three lay-ups and a jump shot. Before the last quarter, Turkey made 14-20 in the first ten minutes, while Slovakia replied with 19-14 in Q2. Slovakia was slightly better in third frame as well ending it with 19-17. They had more luck at the very end and finished as No.9 in Poprad.

Places 11-12
Poland - Serbia 73-71
Poland grabbed thriller win against Serbia in the last day in Poprad. It was a game for 11th place. Magdalena Zietara (177-G/F-92) was a key player for Poland with 21 points and 6 assists. She was named MVP of this meeting as she reached valuation 24. Magdalena Idziorek (175-G-92) had 11 points and 5 assists, while Agata Szczepanik (194-F/C-92) added 10 pts in this win. In Serbia, Snezana Colic (176-G-92) shined with 25 points and 8 boards. Milica Toskovic (184-F-93) collected 12 pts and 8 rebs. Poland celebrated in this game thanks to great played last quarter. Before that, Serbia was pretty good in the first half as they started with 12-17 in the first ten minutes. Poland was not able to resist and Serbia was better team in the second quarter as well. After first 20 minutes of play, Serbia was 30-38 up and looked good. Poland slightly improved after the breather and mostly owing to Magdalena Zietara made 15-14 in Q3. Serbia replied at the beginning of Q4 and jumped to plus 11, 49-60. At that time it seemed that this game is already over for Poland, but they didn't give up and answered with impressive 24-11 for rest of the game. Magdalena Zietara made the winning jump shot in the finish.

Places 13-16
Czech Republic - Latvia 85-58
Czech Republic outplayed Latvia to finish as No.14 in Poprad. It means that Czech Republic survived in Division A thanks to 4-2 record in Classification Group G. On the other side, Latvia (1-5) ended as the last ranked team and faced with relegation to Division B. Martina Cepelkova (183-F-92) paced the winners with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Karolina Elhotova (182-F-92) had 11 and Tereza Vyoralova (175-G-94) added one point less than her. In Latvia, Anete Kirsteine (176-G/F-92) replied with 15 points and 5 boards. Sabine Dukate (176-F-93) netted 12 points. Czech Republic took control on its rival from the very beginning. They exploded offensively in Q1 scoring 26 points, while at the same time limiting Latvia to 7. Martina Cepelkova and her teammates shined in Q2 as well ending it 22-14 for nice 48-21 lead at the halftime. It was clear that Latvia will have no chance, despite they improved after the breather. Latvia finished Q3 with 15-22, but they needed was more than that. Czech Republic responded with 22-15 in the last ten minutes to finish this game with nice 85-58. Czech Republic No.14, Latvia No.16 (last place).

Belgium - Hungary 61-62
Hungary (3-3) celebrated against Belgium, but despite this win they faced with relegation. Belgium finished as No.1 in Group G with 4-2 record and survived in Division A. In overall ranking, Belgium is No.13 in Poprad, while Hungary is No.15. Bettina Baksa (173-G-92) led Hungary to this victory with 15 points and 6 assists. Dorina Zele (185-F-92) had 12 points and 10 boards, while Bettina Szabo (166-G-92) also helped with 12 pts. In the loosing squad, Emmanuella Mayombo (170-G-92) (6 as) and Caroline Bourlioux (182-C-92) (5 rebs) netted 14 points apiece. Game winner of this game is decided in the last seconds. Teams went to last 0:54 tied at 59-59. Hungary had the possession and Bettina Baksa made a lay-up for them, 59-61. Emmanuella Mayombo grabbed the ball on the other side and answered also with lay-up for 61-61 tie. There was 24 seconds to go and Hungary had the ball. Fuisz missed a three-pointer, but Zele grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled after that. There was just one second on the clock and Zele made the first free throw. She missed the second one intentionally and there was no time left for Belgium.



Division A: Spain and Italy to fight for the Gold in Poprad  - Aug. 7, 2010 

Semifinals


Spain - Slovenia 77-46
Spain destroyed Slovenia to keep the perfect score and to reach the Big Final in Poprad. Elisabet Vivas (177-F-92) and Marta Claret (185-C-92) had 14 points each in victory. Slovenia got 24 points from Nika Baric (169-G-92). Spain will meet Italy for the Gold.

France - Italy 50-55
Italy grabbed 55-50 win against France and will meet Spain in the battle for Gold. Francesca Dotto (169-G-93) was the leading scorer in Italy with 14 points. Melanie Devaux (171-G-92) replied with 10 points in defeat.


Places 5-8

Russia - Sweden 64-58
Russia was better than Sweden and will meet Lithuania for the fifth place in Poprad. Yulia Poluyanova (187-F-92) shined in Russia with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) was great on the other side with 19 pts, 14 rebs and 5 assists, but her teammates didn't secure a good help.

Ukraine - Lithuania 67-73
Lithuania will play for the fifth, while Ukraine will fight for the seventh place at this event. Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) came up with 18 points and 8 assists for the winners. Alina Iagupova (179-G-92) was on fire for Ukraine with 32 points (9 rebounds, 7 assists).


Places 11-12

Belgium - Czech Republic 89-71
Belgium handed the first loss to Czech Republic jumping to 4-1. Emmanuella Mayombo (170-G-92) had 24 points in this win. Czech Republic (3-2) got 14 pts from Martina Cepelkova (183-F-92). Both teams already secured survival in Division A.


Places 13-16

Hungary - Latvia 76-61
Both teams already faced with relegation to Division B. Brigitta Barta (182-F-93) led Hungary to this win with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Agate Geka (169-G-93) scored 16 points in defeat.



Division A: Quarterfinals in Poprad  - Aug. 7, 2010 

Lithuania - Slovenia 76-82

Slovenia was better than Lithuania and advanced to Semifinals in Poprad. Nika Baric (169-G-92) exploded in this victory with 38 points and 10 assists. She reached valuation 37 and was the MVP of this meeting. Paulina Zaveckaite (186-F-92) collected 17 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.

Spain - Ukraine 80-68
Spain stays unbeaten in Poprad and will meet Slovenia at the next stage. Laura Gil Collado (190-C-92) shined in Spain with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Alina Iagupova (179-G-92) responded with 33 points and 10 boards for Ukraine.

Russia - France 38-51
France had a great defensive game and they will meet Italy in the Semifinals. Helena Akmouche (174-G-92) was the leading player in France with 12 points. Svetlana Efimova (187-F-92) collected 8 points and 5 boards in Russia.

Italy - Sweden 64-38
Italy had an easy job against Sweden and advanced to EuroBasket Semifinals. Beatrice Carta (170-G-92) stepped up for her team with 11 points and 5 rebounds. Alice Nystrom (183-F-93) had 10 points and 10 boards in Sweden, who will continue in Classification Games for 5th to 8th place.


Places 9-12

Slovakia - Poland 65-62
Slovakia grabbed tiny 65-62 win against Poland and will meet Turkey for the ninth place in Poprad. Martina Kissova (185-F-93) came up with 18 points and 11 rebounds in this victory. Agata Szczepanik (194-F/C-92) collected 12 points and 7 rebs in defeat.

Turkey - Serbia 78-73 OT
Turkey grabbed an OT win against Serbia and will take on Slovakia for the ninth place at this event. Azge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) shined with 21 points and 11 rebs for Turkey. Snezana Colic (176-G-92) had 22 points in defeat.


Places 13-16

Latvia - Belgium 43-63
Belgium made very important win against Latvia. Lut De Meyer (180-F-92) was a key player in Belgium with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Anete Kirsteine (176-G/F-92) had 11 pts and 11 rebs in loss.

Czech Republic - Hungary 68-44
Czech Republic outplayed Hungary mostly owing to Karolina Elhotova (182-F-92), who has 12 points and 10 rebounds. She was the only player with double-digits in scoring in this game. Szidonia Katona (182-F-93) had 7 points and 6 boards in defeat.



Division A: The end of Qualifying Round in Poprad  - Aug. 4, 2010 

Group E

Slovenia - Serbia 57-42
Slovenia advanced to Quarterfinals as No.3 of Group E with 3-2 record. They will meet Lithuania. On the other side, Serbia will be transferred to Classification Round for 9th to 12th place. Nika Baric (169-G-92) shined for Slovenia today with 18 points and 9 assists. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) collected 16 points and 15 boards in defeat.

Slovakia - Sweden 57-59
Sweden made it in do-or-doe game against the hosts and booked a spot for the next stage. Farhiya Abdi (187-F-92) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Slovakia got 18 points and 6 boards from Martina Kissova (185-F-93).

Russia - Spain 47-54
Spain remains unbeaten in Poprad and will meet Ukraine in the QFinals. Russia will take on France. Laura Gil Collado (190-C-92) led Spain to this victory with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Ekaterina Fedorenkova (177-G-93) netted 13 pts in defeat.


Group F

Lithuania - Turkey 65-80
Turkey celebrated in this game, but failed to reach the next stage. Lithuania is No.2 of Group F and goes to the QFinals. Azge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) shined for Turkey with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) shined for Lithuania with 18 points and 5 rebounds.

France - Italy 58-62
Perfect 5-0 for Italy and 3-2 for France after this meeting. Gaia Gorini (182-G-92) shined for the winners with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Melanie Devaux (171-G-92) had 12 pts in loss. Both teams reached the Quarterfinals.

Ukraine - Poland 71-70
Ukraine grabbed thriller win against Poland to reach the next stage at this event. Alina Iagupova (179-G-92) was on fire with 42 points and she pulled down 11 rebounds beside that. Winless Poland got 16 pts, 8 boards and 5 assists from Magdalena Zietara (177-G/F-92).


Group G

Latvia - Czech Republic 56-85
Czech Republic destroyed Latvia mostly owing to Monika Satoranska (185-C-93), who had 16 points in this game. Anete Kirsteine (176-G/F-92) had 19 pts and 6 rebs in defeat. Czech Republic 2-1, Latvia 1-2.

Hungary - Belgium 34-74
Second win for Belgium in Group G. Hanne Mestdagh (179-F-93) stepped up in this victory with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Szidonia Katona (182-F-93) had 6 points and 7 boards in Hungary.



Division A: Day Five in Poprad (Qualifying Round)  - Aug. 3, 2010 

Group E

Spain - Slovenia 63-31
Spain once again shined in Poprad. They destroyed Slovenia to stay the top-ranked team of Group E with 4-0 record. On the other side, Slovenia dropped to 2-2 but they still have a nice chance to reach the Quarterfinals. Laura Gil Collado (190-C-92) was the leading player in victory with 8 points and 12 rebounds. Mariona Ortiz (183-G-92) also scored 8, while Queralt Casas (180-G-92) followed her with one point less. In the loosing squad, Bojana Adamovic (176-G-92) delivered 10 points. Sandra Jevtovic (187-F-93) had 9 points and 13 boards. Spain had wonderful beginning of this game. Laura Gil Collado and her teammates drained 20 points, while on the other side they stopped Slovenia to just two. It was a clear signal that Slovenia will not have a chance in this meeting. Second quarter ended 11-13, but Spain dominated in Q3 again finishing it with 15-8. That was not all from Spain, who made 17-8 in the last ten minutes for the final 63-31 blowout. On Wednesday, Spain will meet Russia for the first place in Group E. Slovenia will play against Serbia.

Slovakia - Russia 51-68
Russia was too strong for Slovakia in the second day of the Qualifying Round in Poprad. With this victory, Russia jumped to 3-1 in Group E and already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. The host of this event slipped to fifth place, but still has a chance to advance. Yulia Poluyanova (187-F-92) was a key player in Russia with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Svetlana Efimova (187-F-92) had 17 points, while Anastasiya Maksimova (182-F-92) added 9 points, 14 boards and 5 assists. Slovakia got 10 points from Noema Bradnanska (176-G/F-93). Denisa Domiterova (178-G-92) (7 rebs) and Marta Palenikova (184-G/F-92) (6 rebs) had 9 points each. First quarter was totally leveled and it finished with 15-15 tie. Russia was better in the second frame taking 27-30 lead at the halftime. Third quarter was the crucial one in this meeting. Yulia Poluyanova and her teammates exploded scoring 21 points for ten minutes, while limiting Slovakia to nine for 36-51 lead with 10:00 remaining in the game. The hosts had no chance in the last quarter and Russia registered comfortable victory. On Wednesday, Russia will meet Spain for the first place in Group E. Slovakia will play against Sweden.

Sweden - Serbia 61-42
Sweden grabbed maybe the crucial win in Poprad. They outplayed Serbia 61-42 for 2-2 record in Group E, what is currently enough for the Quarterfinals. However, Sweden will most probably have to beat Slovakia in the last day of the Qualifying round in order to reach the next stage. On the other side, Serbia dropped to 0-4 with no chance to advance. Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) shined for the winners with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Farhiya Abdi (187-F-92) collected 16 points and 7 boards. In Serbia, Snezana Colic (176-G-92) delivered 16 points. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) had 7 points and 5 boards. Sweden opened the game in style making 17-7 lead in the first ten minutes. Snezana Colic and her teammates replied with 12-18 in the next frame cutting the margin to 4 at the halftime. Sweden exploded after the breather demonstrating great performance at the both sides of the court. They intensified defense limiting Serbia to just 5 points for ten minutes, while their delivered 18 on the other side. There was ten minutes left and Sweden had huge 47-30 lead. Last quarter was just the formality and Sweden ended it with 14-12. Championship continues on Wednesday, when Sweden will meet Slovakia, while Serbia will play against Slovenia.


Group F

Italy - Ukraine 81-51
Italy stayed perfect in Poprad after this game. They jumped to 4-0 in Group F and will meet France for the first place in this pool. Lucia Morsiani (186-C-92) came up with 17 points and 5 rebounds in victory. Beatrice Carta (170-G-92) and Irene Cigliani (177-G-92) helped with 11 points each. In defeat, Alina Iagupova (179-G-92) collected 13 points and 6 rebounds. However, she had poor 0-12 from behind the arc in this game. Lyudmyla Naumenko (177-F-93) had 9 points. Their Ukraine dropped to 2-3, but they still have a chance for the next stage. Italy dominated in all segments of this game. They started with 23-11 in the first and continued with 23-14 in the next quarter. Ukraine was in trouble as their best player Alina Iagupova was struggling with her stroke. Italy continued in the same rhythm after the breather, so with one quarter left in the game they were 73-40 up. All after that was just the formality. On Wednesday, Italy will meet France. Ukraine will play against Poland.

Turkey - Poland 68-64
Turkey stays alive in Group F. They managed to grab the first win in Qualifying Round and joined Ukraine with 1-3 record. Last round will decide will Turkey reach the next stage or not. Poland dropped to 0-4 and they have no chance for the Quarterfinals. Azge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) was totally the best Turkish player with 20 points and 6 rebounds. She reached valuation 21 and was the MVP of this game. Nihan Demirkol (172-G-92) had 12 points and 6 boards, while Emel Guler (188-F-92) added 10 pts and 8 rebs. In Poland, Paulina Kuras (170-G-92) collected 15 points and 6 rebounds. Agata Szczepanik (194-F/C-92) had 13 pts and 11 rebs. Everything started good for Turkey who opened the game with 18-9 lead. Poland improved in the second frame, but still wasn't able to avoid 37-17 deficit at the halftime. Paulina Kuras and her teammates shined after the breather and they managed to close the gap to 49-47 with one quarter to go. They tied the score to 54-54 and few moments later to 56-56, but never took the lead. Last chance Poland had at 66-64 with 25 seconds to go, Emel Guler made a basket for Turkey, after that Paulina Kuras and Agata Szczepanik missed a lay-up and a jump shot. On Wednesday, Turkey will meet Lithuania. Poland will play against Ukraine.

Lithuania - France 69-64
Lithuania outplayed France handing them the first loss at this event. Both teams already booked a spot for the QFinals and they have 3-1 record now. Last games of the Qualifying Round will decide which of three teams (Italy, Lithuania, France) will finish as No.1 of this pool. Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) exploded in victory with 29 points. She reached valuation 17 (despite bad shot percentage) and was the MVP of this meeting. Laura Svaryte (190-C-92) (7 rebs) and Paulina Zaveckaite (186-F-92) helped with 9 points each. In France, Melanie Devaux (171-G-92) collected 12 points. Sabrine Bouzenna (169-G-93) stopped on 9. Lithuania took control on France at the early beginning making excellent 23-11 lead in the first ten minutes. French players recovered from this shock and replied with 8-17 in the second frame. Lithuania still had 3-point lead and they were slightly better team in Q3 as well (19-16). France didn't give up and they came to 52-51 and later to 57-56 with 7 minutes to go. Thanks to 0-4 run France made a turn, but Lithuania shined when it was the most important and closed this game with 12-4 run. On Wednesday, Lithuania will meet Turkey. France will take on strong Italy.


Group G

Czech Republic - Belgium 62-70
Belgium was better than Czech Republic on Tuesday evening. They managed to registered 62-70 victory for 1-1 record in Group G. Actually all other teams (including Czech Republic) have 1-1 score now in this pool. Lut De Meyer (180-F-92) shined for Belgium with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Ann Schyvens (160-G-93) had 13 and Hanne Mestdagh (179-F-93) added 12 points, plus 8 boards. In the loosing squad, Tereza Vyoralova (175-G-94) collected 14 points and 6 rebs. Monika Satoranska (185-C-93) had 10 pts and 9 rebounds. Third quarter was the crucial on in this game. Before that, Belgium opened the meeting with 10-15 in the first ten minutes, while Czech Republic replied with 15-13 in Q2. Than, Lut De Meyer and her teammates totally took control on Czech Republic and jumped to double-digit lead. It was 38-49 with ten minutes left and Czech Republic didn't have enough power to make a turn. Their maximum was minus five. On Wednesday, Belgium will meet Hungary. Czech Republic will play against Latvia.

Latvia - Hungary 66-70
Hungary grabbed valuable 66-70 win against Latvia. It means that all four teams of Group G have 1-1 record now and all have a chance to survive in Division A. There are four more games to go in this pool. Lilla Adamecz (181-F-92) came up with 17 points in this victory. Judit Manyoky (171-G-92) had 12 points, while Bettina Baksa (173-G-92) added 11 pts, 6 boards and 6 assists. In Latvia, Linda Pagrode (172-G-92) delivered 18 points. Sabine Dukate (176-F-93) had 16. Hungary had a great first half and mostly owing to it they celebrated in this game. Lilla Adamecz and her teammates started with nice 7-14 in the first ten minutes. Latvia struggled at the both sides of the court and they were not able to reply in Q2. Hungary ended this period with 12-18 for 19-32 lead at the halftime. Latvia woke up after the breather and they made 26-20 in third frame, so everything was open again. They came to minus one in the finish, but Hungary managed to stop them and to grab the valuable victory. On Wednesday, Hungary will meet Belgium. Latvia will take on Czech Republic.



Division A: Day Four in Poprad (Qualifying Round)  - Aug. 2, 2010 

Group E

Serbia - Russia 48-88
Russia devastated Serbia in Poprad today. It was the first day of the Qualifying Round and Russia jumped to 2-1 in Group E. On the other side, Serbia dropped to 0-3 but still has some chances to reach the Quarterfinals. Svetlana Efimova (187-F-92) stepped up for the winners with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Yulia Poluyanova (187-F-92) followed her with 18 points and 7 boards, while Ekaterina Fedorenkova (177-G-93) netted 8 pts. In Serbia, Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) was good with 15 points and 9 rebounds. They didn't have any other player with double-digits in scoring. Russia dominated in all basketball segments today. They created 7-16 lead in the first ten minutes and that was just the beginning. For rest of the first half Svetlana Efimova and her teammates jumped to plus 14 (25-39 HT). Serbia faced with fiasco in third and last quarter as Russia smashed them in these 20 minutes. Russia made impressive 10-24 in Q3 and 13-25 in the last frame for 48-88 blowout win at the end. On Tuesday, Russia will meet Slovakia. Serbia will take on Sweden and it will be maybe the crucial game for both teams.

Sweden - Spain 38-50
Spain continues with nice performance in Poprad. They cruised past Sweden stretching the winning streak to four. They transferred two to Qualifying Round and now have 3-0 record in Group E. Queralt Casas (180-G-92) was the leading player in victory with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Elena Diaz (188-F/C-92) helped with 8 points, while Mariona Ortiz (183-G-92) (5 rebs) and Claudia Calvelo (190-C-92) added 7 points each. Sweden did not have any player with double-digits in scoring. Their best player was Salome Kabengano (177-G-92) with 9 points (8 rebs). Second quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that, Spain made 6-9 lead in the first ten minutes. Queralt Casas and her teammates took full control on their rivals for rest of the first half. Their drained 17 points in Q2, while stopping Sweden to 8. It means that Spain was 14-26 up at the HT and was on the right way to victory. They made 10-12 in Q3 and Sweden cut the margin fro two points in the last period. At the end it was totally deserved 38-50 for Spain. In Day Five, Spain will meet Slovenia. Sweden will play against Serbia.

Slovenia - Slovakia 78-73 OT
Slovenia grabbed an overtime win against Slovakia in the first day of the Qualifying Round in Poprad. It means that Slovenia has 2-1 record in Group E now and their chances for the next stage increased. The host of this event dropped to 1-2, but still has a chance to reach one of the first four places in this pool. Nika Baric (169-G-92) exploded for Slovenia with double-double of 29 points and 12 assists. She had valuation 28 and was the MVP of this meeting. Tjasa Gortnar (185-F-92) (5 rebs) and Eva Rupnik (177-G-92) helped Slovenia with 14 points each. In Slovakia, Martina Kissova collected 21 points. Denisa Domiterova had 19 points and 10 boards. Slovenia dominated in the first period 18-9, while Slovakia cut the margin for one point in the next ten minutes (32-24 HT). They came to 48-45 after 30 minutes of play and everything was open again. Slovenia had plus 11 at the halfway of the last quarter, but Slovakia didn't give up and they made 64-66 turn with 21 seconds to go. Slovenia had the last possession and Rebeka Abramovic (170-G-93) brought them an overtime making a jump shot with few seconds left. In the extra five minutes, Nika Baric and her teammates jumped to 78-71 with 1:03 to go and the game was over for Slovakia. On Tuesday, Slovenia will play against Spain. Slovakia will meet Russia.


Group F

Poland - France 56-66
France stays unbeaten in Poprad. They registered 56-66 win against Poland for perfect 3-0 in Qualifying Group F. Italy has the same record in this pool so these two countries will most probably fight for the first place. Poland remains winless (0-3), but they still have a chance to reach the next stage. Helena Akmouche (174-G-92) came up with 19 points in victory. Lucie Barba (185-F-92) had 10 points and 7 boards, while Eleonore Grossemy (184-F-92) also scored 10 pts. In the loosing squad, Magdalena Zietara (177-G/F-92) shined with 19 points. Agata Szczepanik (194-F/C-92) had 11. France grabbed this one thanks to nice played second and last quarter. First ten minutes were totally leveled and they ended with 15-15 tie. France dominated in Q2 making 7-16 for 9-point lead at the half time. Poland was better in Q3 and they cut the margin to six points before the last frame so everything was open again. However, Helena Akmouche and her teammates shined when it was the most important and closed this game with 16-20 for 56-66 win at the end. On Tuesday, France will take on Lithuania. Poland will play against Turkey.

Turkey - Italy 52-63
Italy had another good game in Poprad. They outplayed Turkey for perfect 3-0 in Qualifying Group F. They will most probably fight against France for the first place in this pool. Turkey slipped to 0-3 and their chances to reach the Quarterfinals drastically decreased. Francesca Dotto (169-G-93) shined for the winners with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Beatrice Carta (170-G-92) delivered 10 points, while Gaia Gorini (182-G-92) (6 rebs, 5 as), Clara Salvini (180-C-92) and Irene Cigliani (177-G-92) added 8 points each. In Turkey, Olcay Cakir (180-G-93) collected 14 points and 8 rebounds. Azge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) had 10 points and 7 rebs. Turkey was slightly better team at the beginning as they made 17-16 lead. They were slightly better in Q2 as well for 30-28 HT lead. Francesca Dotto and her teammates came up after the breather with totally different attitude. They intensified defense limiting Turkey to just 6 points in Q3. They drained 16 on the other side for plus 8 with ten minutes to go. Italy had not troubles to keep its lead and to celebrate 52-63 victory at the end. On Tuesday, Italy will play against Ukraine. Turkey will meet Poland.

Ukraine - Lithuania 66-95
Both teams had 1-1 record in Qualifying Group F before this meeting. Lithuania demonstrated impressive performance and registered valuable 66-95 win. Ukraine was not able to do anything in this game, but they still have a chance to reach the Quarterfinals. Lithuania had six players with double-digits in scoring today. Monika Grigalauskyte (187-F-92) was the leading one with 19 points and she also grabbed 6 rebounds beside that. Laura Svaryte (190-C-92) had 18 pts and 10 boards, while Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) added 14 pts and 9 assists. In defeat, Alina Iagupova (179-G-92) had 29 points, 6 rebs and 5 assists. However, she attempted 23 times from behind the arc making less than 30% (7 triples). Anastasiya Yablonska (173-G-93) had 10 pts in this loss. Lithuania dominated in all segments today. They started with 17-27 in the first quarter and later jumped to plus 13 at the half time. Ukraine was in trouble and they faced with 16-23 in third frame. Lithuanian players looked great and they closed this meeting with 19-28 for the final 66-95 blowout. On Tuesday, Lithuania will play against France. Ukraine will take on strong Italy.


Group G

Hungary - Czech Republic 51-66
Czech Republic made a first step forward to survival in Division A. They were too strong for Hungary 51-66 jumping to 1-0 in Group G. Participants of this pool are also Belgium and Latvia. Two last ranked teams will be relegated to Division B. Karolina Elhotova (182-F-92) paced Czech Republic to victory with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Barbora Kasparkova (182-C-92) followed her with 13 points and 12 boards. In Hungary, Judit Manyoky (171-G-92) had 9 points. Bettina Baksa (173-G-92) scored 8 pts and grabbed 5 rebounds. Czech Republic opened this game in style making 11-19 lead. Hungary improved in the second frame and they ended it with 16-15. However, they still had seven point deficit at the HT. In Q3, Karolina Elhotova and her teammates created 16-19 for double-digit lead before the last ten minutes. Hungary was not able to reply and Czech Republic ended last period with 8-13 for the final 51-66 victory. On Tuesday, Czech Republic will play against Belgium. Hungary will take on Latvia.

Belgium - Latvia 59-63
Latvia managed to take the first win in Poprad. They had 0-3 in Preliminary Round and now fight for the survival in Division A. First game in Group G was a good one for Latvia who jumped to 1-0 in this pool. Belgium dropped to 0-1 and their chances to survive decreased. Anete Kirsteine (176-G/F-92) exploded with 24 points and 7 boards. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 20. Guna Lagzdina (187-C-93) and Linda Pagrode (172-G-92) (5 as) added 15 and 14 points respectively. Lut De Meyer (180-F-92) shined for Belgium with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Emmanuella Mayombo (170-G-92) had 14 points. Last quarter was the crucial one in this meeting. Belgium made 13-12 in the first ten minutes, while the second quarter ended with 18-18 tie. Lut De Meyer and her teammates were good after the breather end they jumped to plus five with ten minutes to go in this meeting. Than, Latvian players intensified defense limiting their rivals to just 6 points in the last ten minutes. They came to 59-59 with less than two minutes to go and later completed 0-10 run for valuable 59-63 victory. On Tuesday, Latvia will play against Hungary. Belgium will take on Czech Republic.


Division A: Preliminary Round is over in Poprad  - Jul. 31, 2010 

Group A

Serbia - Spain 47-73
Spain ended Preliminary Round with the perfect 3-0 record and of course advanced to the next stage as No.1 of Group A. Their leading player today was Yurena Diaz (176-G-93) with 15 points. Dijana Stancic (180-G/F-93) and Jovana Karakasevic (190-C/F-92) delivered 11 points each in loss. Their Serbia reached the Qualifying Round thanks to win against Hungary.
Slovakia - Hungary 58-51
Slovakia is the second ranked team of Group A with 2-1 record and they will move on to Qualifying Round. Hungary will fight for the survival in Division A as they ended this stage winless. Denisa Domiterova (178-G-92) had 12 points and 8 rebounds in Slovakia. Lilla Adamecz (181-F-92) netted 11 points in defeat.


Group B

Russia - Sweden 72-47
Russia was better than Sweden to finish this stage as No.1 of Group B. Sweden also goes to the next stage, but as No.3 of this pool. Yulia Poluyanova (187-F-92) came up with 18 points and 11 rebounds for Russia. Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) had 13 pts and 5 rebs in defeat.
Slovenia - Belgium 81-76
Slovenia advanced to Qualifying Round as the second ranked team of Group B with 2-1 record. Belgium failed to do the same as they finished this stage with poor 0-3. Nika Baric (169-G-92) drained 24 points for the winners and Tjasa Gortnar (185-F-92) added 22 pts, plus 12 rebounds. Hanne Mestdagh (179-F-93) had 16 pts and 12 boards in defeat.


Group C

Lithuania - Italy 54-72
Italy dominated against Lithuania to end Preliminary Round as No.1 of Group C with three wins. Lithuania slipped to second place and also reached the next stage. Marta Masoni (184-F-93) top-scored in Italy today with 13 points. Kriste Druskyte (181-F-92) delivered 15 points in defeat.
Latvia - Poland 52-59
Poland made it in do-or-die game against Latvia and advanced to Qualifying Round as No.3 of Group C. Paulina Kuras (170-G-92) paced her team to victory with 15 points. Anete Kirsteine (176-G/F-92) and Kristiana Stauere (194-C-92) had 12 points each in defeat. Their Poland will fight for the survival in Division A.


Group D

Ukraine - Turkey 84-74
Ukraine outplayed Turkey for the second place in Group D and both teams advanced to the next stage. Alina Iagupova (179-G-92) exploded once again and this time she scored 40 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Nihan Demirkol (172-G-92) had 23 pts in defeat.

Czech Republic - France 73-74
Another thriller win for France, who finished as No.1 of Group D and advanced to Qualifying Round. Helena Akmouche (174-G-92) shined for France with 23 points. Martina Cepelkova (183-F-92) had 17 points and 6 rebounds for Czech Republic, who ended with 0-3 and will be transferred to Group G.



Division A: Day Two in Poprad  - Jul. 30, 2010 

Group A

Slovakia - Serbia 67-52
Slovakia outplayed Serbia in Day Two so both teams have 1-1 record now. Martina Kissova (185-F-93) shined for the hosts with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Dijana Stancic (180-G/F-93) top-scored in defeat with 13 points.

Hungary - Spain 40-72
Spain stays perfect after two days in Poprad. They blasted Hungary today getting 14 points and 7 rebounds from Elena Diaz (188-F/C-92). Flora Szabo (186-F-92) had 10 points in loss and her team dropped to 0-2.


Group B

Slovenia - Russia 70-57
Slovenia registered the first win in Poprad and joined Russia on the second place in Group B. Nika Baric (169-G-92) was a key player in victory with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Russia got 16 points from Svetlana Efimova (187-F-92).

Belgium - Sweden 45-56
2-0 for Sweden and 0-2 for Belgium after this game. Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) stepped up in victory with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Silke Storme (170-G/F-92) had 9 points in defeat.


Group C

Latvia - Lithuania 51-79
Lithuania improved to 2-0 and will meet Italy for the first place in Group C. They already secured passage for the next stage. Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) shined in Lithuania with 20 points. Kristiana Stauere (194-C-92) had 10 points in Latvia, who dropped to 0-2.

Poland - Italy 50-70
Easy one for Italy, who got 14 points and 8 rebounds from Lucia Morsiani (186-C-92). Gaia Gorini (182-G-92) added 13 pts and 7 boards. In defeat, Magdalena Zietara (177-G/F-92) shined with 16 pts. Italy 2-0, Poland 0-2.


Group D

Ukraine - Czech Republic 76-75
Ukraine grabbed 76-75 thriller win against Czech Republic for 1-1 record in Preliminary Group D. Alina Iagupova (179-G-92) exploded with 34 points for Ukraine. Karolina Elhotova (182-F-92) had 20 pts and 7 rebounds for Czech Republic.

Turkey - France 55-57
France jumped to 2-0 after another thriller win in Poprad. They got 12 points from Melanie Devaux (171-G-92). Turkey (1-1) had Nihan Demirkol (172-G-92) with 16 points in this meeting.



Division A: Day One in Poprad  - Jul. 30, 2010 

Group A

Serbia - Hungary 63-54 OT
Serbia opened the championship in Poprad with victory. They registered 63-54 overtime win against Hungary for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Serbia's leading player in this meeting was Dijana Stancic (180-G/F-93) with 20 points. Snezana Colic (176-G-92) also was great as she collected 17 points and 6 rebounds, while Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) helped her team with double-double of 15 points and 18 rebs. On the other side, Hungary got 18 points from Lilla Adamecz (181-F-92). Their second scorer was Brigitta Barta (182-F-93) with 13 pts (6 rebs). Serbia was slightly better in the first quarter (11-10), while Hungary replied with the same numbers in the next ten minutes. Hungary made plus 3 at the beginning of the second half, but Dijana Stancic and her teammates immediately replied setting the score to 34-30 after 30 minutes of play. Hungary shined in the last quarter and mostly owing to Lilla Adamecz grabbed 44-46 lead with 1:47 seconds to go. The last basket in regular time was made by Stankovic, who brought extra five minutes for Serbia. There, Serbia blasted Hungary with 17-8 for the first win in Poprad. In Day Two, Serbia will meet Slovakia. Hungary will play against Spain.

Spain - Slovakia 63-53
Spain demonstrated nice performance in Day One of the U18 EuroBasket in Poprad. They outplayed the hosts of this event 63-53 for 1-0 in Preliminary Group A. Of course, Slovakia dropped to 0-1. Laura Gil Collado (190-C-92) stepped up for the winners with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Mariona Ortiz (183-G-92) was their second scorer with 12 points and she had 5 rebounds beside that. In the loosing squad, Martina Kissova (185-F-93) and Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) had 8 points and 5 rebounds each. Spain was slightly better team making 11-8 in the first ten minutes. Both squads improved offensively after that, but still Spain won that period as well (19-17). Third quarter was the low scoring one as both teams made many mistakes and missed many wide open shots. That resulted with 10-8 and Spain was 40-33 up before the last ten minutes. Slovakia desperately needed a turn, but they were not able to make it. Spain closed this game with 23-20 for the final 63-53 victory. In Day Two in Poprad, Spain will play against Hungary. Slovakia will meet Serbia.


Group B

Russia - Belgium 66-58
Russia had a joyful Day One in Poprad. They celebrated 66-58 win against Belgium for 1-0 in Preliminary Group B (same as Sweden). Yulia Stepanova (188-C-92) came up with 15 points and 7 rebounds in this victory. She reached valuation 19 and grabbed MVP title for this meeting. Svetlana Efimova (187-F-92) had 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Alexandra Stolyar (178-G-92) added 10 pts and 5 rebs. In the loosing squad, Hanne Mestdagh (179-F-93) collected 13 points and 7 rebs. Ann Schyvens (160-G-93) followed her with 10 points. Everything started good for Belgium, who opened this game with 5-10 and later 7-13 lead. Hanne Mestdagh and her teammates managed to keep plus six for rest of the Q1, 12-18. Russia players woke up after that and replied with 15-11 in the second frame for 27-29 deficit at the halftime. They took full control on Belgium in third quarter. Russia intensified defense limiting their rivals to 9 pts, while they drained 18 on the other side. When Russia reached 50-38 with 9:21 to go it was clear that the game winner is already known. Belgium was not able to reply and faced with 66-58 defeat in Day One. In Day Two, Russia will play against Slovenia. Belgium will take on Sweden.

Sweden - Slovenia 70-67
Sweden grabbed tiny 70-67 win against Slovenia on Thursday evening. It was a Day One of U18 EuroBasket in Poprad. These two teams are together with Russia and Belgium placed to Preliminary Group B. Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) was a key player in Belgium as she collected 27 points and 10 rebounds. Zahui reached valuation 28 and was the MVP of this game. Salome Kabengano (177-G-92) helped the winners with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. In Slovenia, Rebeka Abramovic (170-G-93) shined with 19 points. Nika Baric (169-G-92) (5 as) and Tjasa Gortnar (185-F-92) (8 rebs) had 18 and 16 points respectively. Sweden started this game with nice 12-4 run. Slovenia replied with 3-6 for rest of the first quarter to close the gap to 5 pts. Rebeka Abramovic and her teammates had nice second frame (18-22) and teams were almost tied at the halftime, 33-32. Slovenia exploded after the breather and looked great at both sides of the court. They created impressive 4-20 run for comfortable 37-52 advantage. However, Sweden didn't panic and they came to 46-54 until the end of Q3. Sweden blasted their rivals in the last ten minutes with 24-13, what was enough for the win in Day One in Poprad. On Friday, Sweden will meet Belgium. Slovenia will play against Spain.


Group C

Lithuania - Poland 62-55
Lithuania opened the U18 EuroBasket in Poprad with victory. Lithuanians were better than Poland 62-55 for 1-0 in Group C. Other participants of this pool are Italy and Latvia. Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) top-scored in this victory with 25 points and she grabbed 5 rebounds beside that. However, Okockyte had pretty bad shot percentage in this meeting. Laura Svaryte (190-C-92) shined with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Kriste Druskyte (181-F-92) added 10 pts and 8 rebounds. Poland got 18 points from Magdalena Zietara (177-G/F-92). Kinga Bandyk (186-F/C-92) collected 12 pts and 5 rebs. Poland opened this game in style. They drained 21 points in the first ten minutes, while stopping their rivals to 12. Lithuania improved after that and mostly owing to Santa Okockyte closed the gap to 27-31 until the halftime. Third frame totally belonged to Lithuania, who made 33-31 turn at the beginning of it. Later they jumped to 43-39 and there was ten minutes left in the game. Poland tied the score to 46-46 with 8:04 remaining and everything was open again. Three minutes later it was 53-53, but then Lithuanians exploded making 9-2 run for rest of the way. In Day Two in Poprad, Lithuania will play against Latvia. Poland will meet Italy.

Italy - Latvia 65-53
Nice win for Italy in Day One in Poprad. They celebrated 65-53 against Latvia for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group C. Beside Italy and Latvia, participants of the same pool are also Lithuania and Poland. Lucia Morsiani (186-C-92) was the leading scorer in Italy with 13 points (5 rebs). Gaia Gorini (182-G-92) (5 rebs, 5 as), Francesca Dotto (169-G-93) and Marta Masoni (184-F-93) followed her with 10 points each. In the loosing squad, Linda Pagrode (172-G-92) shined with 16 points and 10 boards. Guna Lagzdina (187-C-93) (7 rebs) and Anete Kirsteine (176-G/F-92) (8 rebs) added 11 and 9 points respectively. Italy took control on Latvia from the early beginning. Lucia Morsiani and her teammates made quick 9-3 and later finished first quarter with 24-14 lead. Latvia was slightly better in the next ten minutes (12-13), but that was enough just for 36-27 at the halftime. Latvia came to minus five at the halfway of third quarter, but Italy quickly replied and jumped to double-digit lead. After 30 minutes of play it was comfortable 52-40 for Italy. Latvia was not able to treat in the last frame and Italy celebrated 65-53 win. In Day Two in Poprad, Italy will play against Poland. Latvia will take on Lithuania in Baltic derby.


Group D

Czech Republic - Turkey 68-86
Turkey demonstrated their power in Day One in Poprad. They registered excellent 68-86 win against Czech Republic to make 1-0 in Preliminary Group D. At the same day, France was better than Ukraine, meaning that Turkey and France now share the first place in this pool. Aysegul Gunay (172-G-92) top-scored for the winners with 22 points. Azge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) shined with 21 points and 13 rebounds to grab the MVP title for this game. Nihan Demirkol (172-G-92) helped with 16 points, 9 boards and 5 assists. In defeat, Martina Cepelkova (183-F-92) was good with 21 points. Tereza Vyoralova (175-G-94) scored 11 pts. Second and third quarter were the crucial ones in this game. Turkey made tiny 18-19 lead in the first ten minutes, but they took full control on their rivals in Q2 to reach 37-44 HT lead. Everything was resolved after the breather. Azge Kavurmacioglu and her teammates exploded offensively once again as they scored 26 points. This time, Turkey intensified defense as well as and Czech Republic was in trouble. They were limited to just 10 points in third quarter and faced with 47-70 deficit with 10 minutes remaining. Of course, last quarter was just the formality and Turkey celebrated comfortable win. On Friday in Poprad, Turkey will play against France. Czech Republic will meet Ukraine.

France - Ukraine 62-61
In the last game of Day One in Poprad, France grabbed thriller win against Ukraine. It means that France joined Turkey on top of Preliminary Group D with 1-0 record. Ukraine dropped to 0-1 having the same score as Czech Republic. Florine Basque (184-F-92) shined for France with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Eleonore Grossemy (184-F-92) scored 12, while Lucie Barba (185-F-92) added 11 points, 10 boards and 5 assists. In Ukraine, Alina Iagupova (179-G-92) exploded with 41 points and 11 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 35. Anna Kiriyenko (190-C-93) had 8 pts and 7 boards in this defeat. This game is decided in the finish. France entered to last 4:48 with decent 60-53 lead. Alina Iagupova and her teammates didn't give up and they closed the gap to 60-59 with 1:57 to go. Eleonore Grossemy scored on free throw for France and Iagupova replied with two for Ukraine. In the last 90 seconds Ukraine missed three jump shots and two free throws. On the other side, committed two mistakes but they had the last possession in this game. Lucie Barba was sent to the line with 8 seconds to go. She made the first FT and missed the second one. Demchenko tried for 2 at the buzzer, but she missed and France grabbed 62-61 win. In Day Two in Poprad, France will meet Turkey. Ukraine will play against Czech Republic.


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