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European Championships U18 Final Standings
 1. Spain
 2. France
 3. Serbia
 4. Holland
 5. Russia
 6. Italy
 7. Turkey
 8. Sweden
 9. Portugal
 10. Greece
 11. Czech Rep.
 12. Slovenia
 13. Croatia
 14. Slovakia
 15. Belarus
 16. U.Kingdom
Points Per Game
 Anna STAMOLAMPROU
  (169-PG-95)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Stamolamprou, PAOK17.9 
 2. Crvendakic, Crvena16.1 
 3. Butina, Novi Zagreb15.6 
 4. Stankovic, UNIQA15.0 
 5. Lisec, Athlete Cel.14.9 
 6. Zandalasini, ITA N.13.9 
 7. Romero, Gran C.13.1 
 8. Kiuliak, Victoria12.7 
 9. Fedorova, Gloria M.12.7 
 10. Palenikova, Petrz.12.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eva LISEC
  (192-C-95)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Lisec, Athlete Cel.11.3 
 2. Crvendakic, Crvena10.9 
 3. Kiuliak, Victoria9.7 
 4. Slim, CTO9.0 
 5. Stankovic, UNIQA8.8 
 6. Ercoli, Familia Sc.8.4 
 7. Macura, Athlete8.3 
 8. Chiabov, Jolly8.1 
 9. Kostourkova, Lomb.7.8 
 10. Hof, CTO7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Sanja MANDIC
  (178-SG-95)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Mandic, Radivoj4.6 
 2. Crvendakic, Crvena4.5 
 3. Soeiro, Alges3.8 
 4. Levchenko, Spartak3.8 
 5. Romero, Gran C.3.6 
 6. Zupancic, Grosuplje3.6 
 7. Butina, Novi Zagreb3.6 
 8. Jelenc, Triglav3.3 
 9. Cornelius, CTO3.0 
 10. Dudasova, Piesta.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Sanja MANDIC
  (178-SG-95)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Mandic, Radivoj3.4 
 2. Butina, Novi Zagreb3.3 
 3. Romero, Gran C.2.7 
 4. Manlaci, Ceyhan Bld2.6 
 5. Hanson, SWE N.2.4 
 6. Christinaki, Panat.2.4 
 7. Stamolamprou, PAOK2.4 
 8. Ples, Zagreb2.3 
 9. Kracikova, Slovank.2.1 
 10. Soeiro, Alges2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Dragana STANKOVIC
  SRB
  (194-C-95)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Stankovic, UNIQA3.8 
 2. Shchetina, Spart.2.3 
 3. Chiabov, Jolly1.6 
 4. Sema, Dynamo K.1.4 
 5. Zandalasini, ITA N.1.2 
 6. Karambatsa, GRE N.1.2 
 7. Hof, CTO1.2 
 8. Kracikova, Slovank.1.1 
 9. Djaldi-Tabdi, CF.1.0 
 10. Maiga, Nadezhda-21.0 
European Championships U18 Stage Two Standings
Group E
 1. Spain 5-0 
 2. Russia 4-1 
 3. Holland 3-2 
 4. Turkey 2-3 
 5. Czech Rep. 1-4 
 6. Croatia 0-5 
Group F
 1. France 5-0 
 2. Italy 4-1 
 3. Serbia 3-2 
 4. Sweden 2-3 
 5. Slovenia 1-4 
 6. Greece 0-5 
Group G (Places 13-16)
 1. Portugal 3-0 
 2. U.Kingdom 2-1 
 3. Slovakia 1-2 
 4. Belarus 0-3 
European Championships U18 Stage One Standings
Group A
 1. Holland 3-0 
 2. Turkey 2-1 
 3. Czech Rep. 1-2 
 4. Belarus 0-3 
Group B
 1. Spain 3-0 
 2. Russia 2-1 
 3. Croatia 1-2 
 4. U.Kingdom 0-3 
Group C
 1. Serbia 3-0 
 2. Sweden 2-1 
 3. Greece 1-2 
 4. Portugal 0-3 
Group D
 1. France 3-0 
 2. Italy 2-1 
 3. Slovenia 1-2 
 4. Slovakia 0-3 

Leticia Romero of Spain - the MVP (Photo: FIBA Europe)


Spain celebrate title in Vukovar (Photo: FIBA Europe)

Starting five
#s#
Carolina Esparcia
Esparcia
Maria Arrojo
Arrojo
Nogaye Lo Sylla
Lo Sylla
Leticia Romero
Romero
Ariadna Pujol
Pujol
#e#5
4Laia Flores 170-PG-96
5Yaiza Rodriguez 165-SG-95 Segle XXI Spain
6Carolina Esparcia 178-SF-95 Casablanca Spain
7Maria Arrojo 188-F-95 Burgos Spain
8Nogaye Lo Sylla 192-C-96
9Marina Lizarazu 175-PG-95 Rivas Ecopolis Spain
10Leticia Romero 177-PG-95 Gran Canaria Spain
11Ariadna Pujol 184-G/F-95 Mataro Spain
12Laura Quevedo 185-PF-96 Rivas Ecopolis Spain
13Claudia Guri 189-C-95 Cadi ICG S. Spain
14Judith Sole 190-C-95 Segle XXI Spain
15Helena Orts 184-F-96


Victor Lapena Head Coach Perfumerias Spain

Mario Lopez Assistant Gernika Spain


Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Awards 2013 - Aug 30, 2013

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 1st Team 2013
Leticia Romero
Romero
Laura Cornelius
Cornelius
Marine Johannes
Johannes
Aleksandra Crvendakic
Crvendakic
Dragana Stankovic
Stankovic

MVP: Leticia Romero (177-PG-95) of Spain
Best Guard: Leticia Romero (177-PG-95) of Spain
Best Forward: Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F-96) of Serbia
Best Center: Dragana Stankovic (194-C-95) of Serbia

1st Team
PG: Leticia Romero (177-PG-95) of Spain
PG: Laura Cornelius (173-PG-96) of Holland
PG: Marine Johannes (174-PG-95) of France
F: Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F-96) of Serbia
C: Dragana Stankovic (194-C-95) of Serbia

2nd Team
SG: Sanja Mandic (178-SG-95) of Serbia
G/F: Cecilia Zandalasini (181-G/F-96) of Italy
F: Maria Arrojo (188-F-95) of Spain
PF: Polina Fedorova (188-PF-95) of Russia
C: Eva Lisec (192-C-95) of Slovenia

3rd Team
PG: Clementine Morateur (176-PG-95) of France
PG: Anna Stamolamprou (169-PG-95) of Cypr
SF: Elisa Penna (186-SF-95) of Italy
PF: Viyaleta Kiuliak (186-PF-96) of Belarus
C: Maria Kostourkova (191-C-97) of Portugal

Honorable Mention
Daria Kolosovskaya (182-SF-96) of Russia
Elisa Ercoli (191-C-95) of Italy
Emese Hof (190-C-96) of Holland
Ariadna Pujol (184-G/F-95) of Spain
Eleanna Christinaki (181-G-96) of Greece



Spain celebrate title in Vukovar - Aug 25, 2013

FINAL
France - Spain 46-60
Spain are the new U18 European Champions. They dethroned France in the exciting title clash in Vukovar tonight. Leticia Romero (177-PG-95) stepped up with 22 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Spain dominated in the opening minutes. They opened an 18:8 lead after ten minutes of action. France returned into the game in the second frame. Les Bleus went on a 22:14 run to cut the deficit to just two points at the interval 32:30. Spain and France exchanged baskets throughout intense third term. Spain ensured a 43:41 lead heading into the fourth period. They used a 9:0 run early in the fourth frame to take a 52:42 advantage. Spain did not allow any closer in the reminder of the game and sealed the win at the end. Maria Arrojo (188-F-95, agency: Regeneracom Sports) posted 12 points and grabbed 13 boards, while Ariadna Pujol added 11 points for the winners. France answered with 17 points from Clementine Morateur (176-PG-95). Lysa Millavet added 9 points and 11 boards in the loss.

3-4 Place
Holland - Serbia 56-57
Serbia earned the Bronze medals at the U18 European Championship. They snatched a narrow victory over Netherlands in the consolation final in Vukovar tonight. Dragana Stankovic (194-C-95, agency: IPSA) sank a buzzer-beating layup to seal the victory for Serbia. Netherlands eked out a 17:16 lead after ten minutes of action. They boosted the gap in the second frame. The Dutch team accumulated a 32:26 halftime advantage. Serbia denied the deficit in the third term. They leveled things up at 45 heading into the fourth frame. Laura Cornelius (173-PG-96) gave Netherlands a 56:52 lead with under three minutes remaining in regulation. But Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F-96) drained a triple and then Dragana Stankovic came up with a layup that sealed the victory for Serbia. Stankovic finished with 23 points and 13 boards, while Aleksandra Crvendakic added 15 points for the winning side. Laura Cornelius answered with 19 points for Netherlands. Emese Hof had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

5-6 Place
Russia - Italy 65-56
Russia claimed the fifth place at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Italy in the final day of the tournament. Polina Fedorova (188-PF-95) stepped up with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Italy led by three points after the opening quarter 15:12. Russia narrowed the gap in the second frame. They got within one point at the interval 30:29. Russia increased the tempo in the third term. They unloaded 21 points in the period and raced to a 6-point lead before the fourth frame. Russia held the Azzurri to just 12 points in the final quarter and sealed the winning outcome. Elizaveta Komarova (172-PG-95) finished with 14 points, while Yana Degtyarskaya added 12 points in the win. Cecilia Zandalasini (181-G/F-96, agency: Players Group) answered with 14 points for Italy. Elisa Ercoli had 12 points in the loss.

7-8 Place
Turkey - Sweden 69-48
Turkey claimed the 7th position at the U18 European Championship. They overcame Swedish counterparts in the final game at the tournament. Sehernaz Cidal (176-SF-95) nailed 18 points in the winning effort. Turkey ensured a 15:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Sweden narrowed the gap in the second frame. They got within a single point at the interval 28:29. But Turkey did not allow Sweden to take over. The Scandinavian team appeared trailing by 7 points before the fourth frame. Turkey exploded with a 21:7 run in the final quarter and sealed the victory. Ezgi Manlaci (174-PG-96) netted 12 points, while Serife Onar had 11 points in the win. Amanda Kantzy (186-C-96) responded with 9 points for Sweden. Linnea Rosendahl had 7 points in the loss.

9-10 Place
Greece - Portugal 56-69
Portugal clinched the sixth consecutive victory at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Greece to occupy the 9th overall position at the tournament. Joana Cortinhas (174-G/F-95) posted 22 points to lead the winners. Greece got to a confident start. They registered a 25:11 lead after ten minutes. But Portugal slowly but steadily took over in this one. They cut the distance at 11-point mark at halftime 27:38. Portugal went off the dressing room firing from all guns. They triggered a 23:10 run to pull ahead. Portugal went on a 19:8 rally in the fourth period and sealed the victory at the end. Maria Kostourkova (191-C-97) netted 15 points and grabbed 11 boards, while Sofia Pinheiro added 10 points for the winners. Anna Stamolamprou (169-PG-95) responded with 29 points for Greece. Eleanna Christinaki had 12 points and 10 boards in the loss.
11-12 Place
Slovenia - Czech Republic 52-74
Czech Republic victoriously capped their U18 European Championship campaign. They knocked down Slovenia to finish at the 11th overall position. Mariana Opocenska (184-PF-95) nailed 18 points for the winners. Czech Republic recorded a 24:16 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Slovenia cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within 4 points at the interval 34:30. But Czech Republic did not allow their opponents to get too close. They stiffened defensively in the third term and accumulated an 8-point advantage at the final break 50:42. Czech Republic triggered a 24:10 run in the final stanza and sealed the victory. Gabriela Andelova and Kamila Hoskova finished with 11 points each for the winners. Eva Lisec (192-C-95) answered with 18 points for Slovenia. Ziva Macura had 9 points in the loss.

13-14 Place
Croatia - Slovakia 52-47
Croatia earned the crucial win at the home U18 European Championship. The hosts shot down Slovak Republic to keep Division A place for the next season. Inja Butina (171-PG-95) scored 16 points to lead Croatia to the 13th place finish. Slovak Republic got relegated with the defeat. Slovak Republic earned a 14:12 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second term as Slovak Republic secured a 23:25 halftime lead. Croatia narrowed the gap in the third term. They got within one point at the final break. The hosts organized a 15:9 run in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Antonija Chiabov (188-F/C-95) netted 12 points, while Lana Racki had 7 points in the win. Nikola Dudasova (175-G-95) answered with 18 points for Slovak Republic. Eva Filickova netted 12 points in the losing case.

15-16 Place
United Kingdom - Belarus 69-73
Belarus recorded victory on the final day of the U18 European Championship. They defeated England to occupy the 15th overall position. Viyaleta Kiuliak (186-PF-96) nailed 26 points to lead the winners. Belarus gained a 24:14 lead after ten minutes of action. England narrowed the deficit in the second frame. They got within 9 points at the interval 37:28. Belarus regained a double-digit lead in the third term. They entered the fourth quarter up by 10 points 53:43. England unloaded 26 points in the final period but came up just short of victory at the end. Hanna Brych (183-C-97) knocked down 15 points, while Yauheniya Stsiapanava added 13 points for the winners. Freya Szmidt (184-F-95) responded with 16 points for England. Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott added 15 points in the loss.


Spain and France to clash in championship game - Aug 24, 2013

SEMIFINALS
Spain - Holland 80-41
Spain advanced into the Final of U18 European Championship. They eased past Netherlands in the semifinal clash in Vukovar tonight. Maria Arrojo (188-F-95, agency: Regeneracom Sports) scored 17 points to lead the winners. Spain accumulated a 27:8 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. Spain arrived at halftime up by as many as 22 points 42:20. Things got just worse for Netherlands in the second half. They trailed by 31 points heading into the fourth frame and could not challenge the margin losing the game at the end. Leticia Romero (177-PG-95) finished with 15 points, while Judith Sole added 11 points for the winners. Laura Cornelius (173-PG-96) and Janis Ndiba had 9 points each in the loss.

France - Serbia 62-60
France will play in the championship game at U18 European Championship. They held off ambitious Serbia in the semifinal clash tonight. Marie Mane (183-SG-95) came up with 15 points to lead the defending champions. France earned a 22:14 advantage ten minutes into the game. But Serbia changed the complexion of the encounter in the second quarter. The Balkan team stiffened defensively and held France to 11 points in the period drawing things level at 33. France and Serbia exchanged baskets throughout the third term. Les Bleus managed to ensure a 2-point lead heading into the fourth stanza. It all came down to the final seconds in this one. Corda put Serbia in front 60:59 hitting a three-pointer with 30 seconds left in regulation. Marine Johannes (174-PG-95) answered with a jumper to regain the lead for France 61:60. Spasojevic missed a jumper and then Lukovic missed both free throws to allow Dambach made it 62:60 with 3 seconds remaining. Mandic tried a late three-pointer but missed it as France celebrated victory. Marine Johannes had 10 points, while Clementine Morateur added 9 points in the win. Dragana Stankovic (194-C-95, agency: IPSA) answered with 21 points for Serbia. Aleksandra Crvendakic had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

5-8 Place
Sweden - Italy 45-71
Italy recovered well after the quarterfinal loss a day earlier and knocked down Sweden in the classification round game at the U18 European Championship today. Elisa Ercoli (191-C-95) and Cecilia Zandalasini (181-G/F-96, agency: Players Group) posted 12 points each to pace the winners. They also teamed up for 21 rebounds in the victory. Italy cleared off to a 20:11 distance after ten minutes. The Azzurri dominated throughout the second frame. They posted a 40:26 halftime lead. Sweden scored just 5 points in the third term to trail by 20 points before the fourth quarter. Italy added 20 points in the final stanza and sealed the win at the end. Sofia Marangoni added 10 points for the winners. Gabriella Hanson (180-SG-95) answered with 11 points for Sweden. Elsa Paulsson chipped in 8 points in the defeat.

Turkey - Russia 41-63
Russia overcame a slow start to defeat Turkey in the classification round of U18 European Championship. Polina Fedorova (188-PF-95) chipped in 21 points and 11 rebounds to pace the winners. Turkey eked out an 11:10 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Turkey ensured a 27:22 halftime lead. But Russia turned the tables in the third term. They ignited a massive 26:8 run in the quarter to accumulate a 13-point lead before the fourth frame. Russia went on a 15:6 run in the final period to seal the victory. Yana Degtyarskaya (182-F-95) dropped 11 points, while Ksenia Levchenko added 8 points for Russia. Basak Altunbey (189-C-96) answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds for Turkey. Fahriye Bayraktar and Tilbe Senyurek chipped in 6 points each for the losing side.

9-12 Place
Czech Republic - Portugal 67-70
Portugal will play for the ninth position at the U18 European Championship. They defeated Czech Republic to set up the clash versus Greece on the final day of the competition. Sofia Pinheiro (175-G/F-95) nailed 16 points to lead the winners. Czech Republic clinched a 17:14 lead after ten minutes. Portugal narrowed the gap at just one point at halftime 31:32. The Portuguese players accounted for 23 points in the third term and pulled ahead. They entered the fourth frame ahead by 4 points 54:50. Kamila Hoskova (174-SF-95) (174-SF-95) put Czech Republic within two points 67:69 with under three minutes remaining. But Portugal kept their opponents scoreless in the reminder of the contest and surged to the victory. Joana Cortinhas (174-G/F-95) had 12 points, while Maria Kostourkova added 11 points in the win. Kamila Hoskova answered with 21 points for Czech Republic. Eva Kopecka netted 12 points in the loss.

Slovenia - Greece 52-59
Greece recorded victory on the last but one day of the U18 European Championship. They prevailed against Slovenia to set up the clash for the ninth overall position tomorrow. Vasiliki Karambatsa (183-F-96) scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the Hellenes. Slovenia enjoyed a 16:11 lead after ten minutes of action. Greece narrowed the deficit in the second frame. The Hellenes got within 2 points at the interval 28:30. Slovenia regained control in the third term. They stretched their lead to as many as 9 points heading into the fourth frame. But Greece found the way to recover. They held Slovenia to only 2 points in the fourth term and raced to the victory. Sofia Georgiadi (185-C-95) scored 13 points, while Anna Stamolamprou had 9 points for the winners. Eva Lisec (192-C-95) answered with 10 points and 12 rebounds for Slovenia. Manca Jelenc had 9 points in the loss.
13-16 Place
Belarus - Croatia 59-73
Croatia made a big step towards keeping their Division A spot. They outgunned Belarus in the classification round today and would face Slovak Republic for the only available Division A position tomorrow. Inja Butina (171-PG-95) stepped up with 28 points to pace the hosts. Belarus silenced the Croatian fans with a 16:12 run in the first frame. But the hosts gradually improved their performance. Croatia cut the deficit to 2 points at the interval 31:33. The hosts pulled ahead in the third term. They enjoyed a narrow 48:47 lead heading into the fourth frame. But Belarus could not keep up the tempo in the final stanza as Croatia fired 25 points sealing the victory. Antonija Chiabov (188-F/C-95) had 18 points, while Katarina Matijevic added 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Darya Panasiuk (175-SF-96) answered with 12 points for Belarus. Tatsiana Khadzko and Valeryia Smarshko chipped in 8 points each in the loss.

Slovakia - United Kingdom 70-57
Slovak Republic stayed hopeful of keeping their Division A status after they knocked down England in the classification round of U18 European Championship today. Eva Filickova (192-C-95) came up with 22 points to pace Slovak Republic to the important victory. Slovak Republic dropped 23 points in the opening quarter and recorded a 6-point lead. England narrowed the deficit in the second term. They got within 2 points at halftime 31:29. Slovak Republic held on to the advantage in the third period. They entered the fourth frame up by 4 points 48:44. England scored just 13 points in the fourth period and had to surrender at the end. Terezia Palenikova (178-G/F-95) posted 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Kristina Machova added 12 points in the win. Shequila Joseph (189-F-95) answered with 21 points for England. Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott netted 10 points in the defeat.


Netherlands, Serbia, France and Spain reach semifinals in Croatia - Aug 23, 2013

Quarterfinals
Italy - Holland 55-68
Netherlands upset Italy and advanced into the semifinal stage of the U18 European Championship. Laura Cornelius (173-PG-96) scored 26 points to lead the charge. Netherlands entered the game with two losses in a row but they gave little chance for the Azzurri. Italy led by one point 13:12 after ten minutes but the Dutch team soon surged ahead. They held Italy to 10 points in the second period and earned a 27:23 halftime lead. Netherlands extended the advantage in the third term. The Dutch side opened a 13-point lead before the fourth stanza. Italy exploded with 20 points in the fourth frame but Netherlands matched the effort and ensured the winning outcome. Isabella Slim (185-F/G-95) recorded 14 points and 12 boards, while Emese Hof added 8 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Cecilia Zandalasini (181-G/F-96, agency: Players Group) answered with 19 points for Italy. Sara Crudo chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Russia - Serbia 62-72
Serbia will play in the semifinal round of U18 European Championship. They knocked down Russia in the first quarterfinal in Croatia tonight. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F-96) posted 21 points, 15 boards and 6 assists to lead the winners. Serbia eked out an 18:17 lead after ten minutes of action. They extended their lead in the second frame. Serbia accounted for a 35:27 halftime lead. The Balkan team stayed in charge throughout the third term. Serbia entered the fourth frame up by as many as 11 points. Russia scored 20 points in the fourth frame but it was not enough to tame Serbia. Dragana Stankovic (194-C-95, agency: IPSA) had 20 points and 9 rebounds, while Sanja Mandic added 14 points, 6 boards and 6 assists in the victory. Daria Kolosovskaya (182-SF-96) answered with 19 points for Russia. Daria Shomodi chipped in 14 points in the loss.

France - Turkey 73-42
France continued their title defence at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Turkey in the quarterfinal clash tonight. Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi (184-F-95) notched 24 points to lead Les Bleus. France dominated from start to finish in this one. They earned a 16:11 lead after ten minutes. They extended the lead in the second period. France arrived at halftime up by as many as 13 points 34:21. Les Bleus went on a massive 25:10 run in the third term and opened a comfortable 28-point lead heading into the fourth period. France kept Turkey at bay throughout the final stanza and raced to the victory at the end. Clementine Morateur (176-PG-95) finished with 19 points, while Lysa Millavet added 10 points for the winners. Melis Gulcan (186-SF-96) answered with 13 points for Turkey. Ezgi Manlaci had 11 points in the loss.

Spain - Sweden 72-32
Spain eased into the semifinal stage of the U18 European Championship. They thumped Sweden in the quarterfinal clash in Vukovar tonight. Nogaye Lo Sylla (192-C-96) netted 15 points to lead the charge. Spain gave no chance for their opponents. They earned a 16:4 lead ten minutes into the game. Spain extended their lead in the second quarter. They went on a 23:8 run to pile up a 39:12 halftime buffer. Sweden struggled to get things going in the third term. They accounted for only one point and trailed by as many as 47 points before the fourth frame. Sweden finally picked up the tempo in the final term and sweetened the pill at the end. Marina Lizarazu (175-PG-95) finished with 10 points, while Carolina Esparcia added 9 points for the winners. Rebecka Garderyd (170-PG-96) and Emma Eriksson (163-PG-95) answered with 5 points each for Sweden.

9-16 Place
Croatia - Portugal 66-73 OT
Portugal avoided relegation from Division A. They edged Croatia in Vinkovci tonight to play for the 9th-12th place at the tournament. Croatia will have to fight against relegation in the last two days of the home competition. Sofia Pinheiro (175-G/F-95) and Maria Kostourkova (191-C-97) chipped in 16 points apiece for the winners. Croatia entered the game confidently. They recorded a 15:10 lead after ten minutes. But Portugal increased the tempo and erased the deficit in the second frame. The visitors tied things up at 33 at the interval. Croatia regained the lead in the third period. They jumped to a 47:44 advantage heading into the fourth period. Portugal surged ahead late in the regulation as they were up by two with 35 seconds remaining 62:60. Inja Butina (171-PG-95) converted a layup and forced overtime. She put Croatia in front at the start of the extra period but Sofia Pinheiro answered with a triple to give Portugal a 65:64 lead. Portugal capped overtime with six straight points and celebrated victory. Laura Ferreira finished with 14 points, 6 boards and 5 assists in the win. Inja Butina answered with game-high 30 points for Croatia. Lana Racki had 11 points in the defeat.

Slovenia - Slovakia 64-56
Slovenia will play at the 9th-12th places classification round at the U18 European Championship. They overcame Slovak Republic counterparts in Vinkovci tonight. Eva Lisec (192-C-95) posted 18 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Slovenia dropped 20 points in the first term and recorded a 4-point lead. They extended the lead in the second quarter. Slovenia arrived at halftime up by 12 points 39:27. Slovak Republic narrowed the deficit in the third stanza. They got within 8 points at the final intermission 42:50. Slovenia quickly boosted the gap at 13-point mark early in the fourth frame and never looked back en route to the victory. Klara Zupancic (168-PG-95) netted 16 points, while Ziva Macura added 11 points for the winning side. Terezia Palenikova (178-G/F-95) answered with 19 points for Slovak Republic. Eva Filickova tossed in 17 points in the defeat.

Greece - United Kingdom 55-44
Greece registered victory in the classification round of U18 European Championship in Croatia tonight. They held off England to avoid relegation battle in the final days of the tournament. Anna Stamolamprou (169-PG-95) posted 17 points to lead the Hellenes. Greece registered a 16:7 lead after ten minutes of action. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. Greece arrived at halftime up by 11 points 26:15. The gap grew deeper in the third term. England scored just 9 points to trail by as many as 20 points at the final break. England narrowed the deficit in the fourth term but could not rescue the game. Pinelopi Pavlopoulou and Eleanna Christinaki chipped in 11 points apiece for Greece. Shequila Joseph (189-F-95) answered with 13 points and 10 rebounds for England. Leah McDerment had 9 points in the loss.

Czech Republic - Belarus 75-57
Czech Republic registered a comfortable win over Belarus in the classification round of U18 European Championship. Sarah Berankova (176-PG-96) posted 14 points to lead the winners. Czech Republic can now breathe freely as they avoided relegation frenzy in the final days of the tournament. Belarus enjoyed a 19:18 lead after ten minutes. But the Czech team sparked a 27:13 run in the second term and secured a 45:32 halftime lead. Czech Republic rode the momentum in the third term. They stretched the lead to as many as 17 points heading into the fourth frame. Czech Republic held Belarus to just 14 points in the final term and raced to the victory. Eva Mouckova (160-SG-96) netted 11 points, while Mariana Opocenska added 10 points for the winning side. Viyaleta Kiuliak (186-PF-96) answered with 14 points for Belarus. Yauheniya Stsiapanava had 11 points in the defeat.


Quarterfinals are set in Croatia - Aug 21, 2013

Group E
Spain - Holland 70-54
Spain celebrated the sixth straight victory at the U18 European Championship. They held off Netherlands to win Group E. Maria Arrojo (188-F-95, agency: Regeneracom Sports) nailed 19 points to lead the winners. Spain will now take on Sweden in the playoffs. Netherlands will face Italy in the quarterfinal round. Spain led by just a single point after ten minutes 13:12. The teams stayed close throughout the second term. Spain eked out a 32:31 halftime lead. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third quarter. Spain entered the fourth stanza up by only 3 points 50:47. But Netherlands ran out of steam in the fourth frame. Spain ignited a 20:7 run and sealed the victory at the end. Leticia Romero (177-PG-95) and Ariadna Pujol (184-G/F-95) provided 16 points each for the winners. Emese Hof (190-C-96) answered with 12 points for Netherlands. Laura Cornelius chipped in 8 points in the defeat.

Russia - Czech Republic 60-48
Russia clinched the fourth consecutive victory at the U18 European Championship. They defeated Czech Republic to finish at 4-1 record in Group E. Czech Republic fell at 1-4 record to miss out on the playoffs. Russia earned a 17:10 lead after the opening quarter. But Czech Republic did not allow them to clear off. Moreover the Czech team pulled ahead for a 30:28 halftime lead. Czech Republic maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They entered the fourth stanza up by 5 points 45:40. However Russia exploded with a 20:3 run in the final period to snatch the victory. Polina Fedorova (188-PF-95) netted 13 points for the winners. Daria Shomodi (183-F-95) added 12 points, while Anna Shchetina added 11 points and 9 boards in the win. Eva Mouckova (160-SG-96) answered with 11 points for Czech Republic. Aneta Mainclova had 10 points and 9 boards in the loss.

Turkey - Croatia 57-51
Turkey celebrated the crucial win at the Second Stage of the U18 European Championship. They upset hosting Croatia to catch the last train into the quarterfinal stage from Group E. Melis Gulcan (186-SF-96) posted 12 points to lead the winners. Turkey and Croatia exchanged baskets throughout tense first quarter. The teams were all tied at 13 after ten minutes. Turkey pulled ahead in the second frame. They eked out a 27:24 halftime lead. Croatia denied the deficit in the third period. The hosts surged ahead for a 40:36 advantage at the final break. But Turkey regained control late in the game. They organized a 21:11 rally in the fourth stanza and steal an important victory. Fahriye Bayraktar (185-SF-95) notched 11 points, while Busra Akbas added 10 points for the winners. Inja Butina (171-PG-95) answered with 11 points for Croatia. Lana Racki had 9 points in the loss.

Group F
France - Serbia 63-52
France wrapped up the Second Stage of U18 European Championship with victory. They defeated Serbia to enter the quarterfinal stage undefeated. The reigning champions will now take on Turkey, while Serbia will face Russia in the playoffs. France pulled away with a 16:13 lead after the starting quarter. Les Bleus boosted the gap in the second quarter. France established a 34:22 halftime lead. Les Bleus maintained the pressure in the third term. The defending champions entered the fourth stanza up by as many as 21 points. Serbia went on a rescue rally in the fourth frame but came up way short of win at the end. Marine Johannes (174-PG-95) notched 13 points to pace France. Fleur Devillers (181-G-95) added 10 points, while Louise Dambach and Marie Mane had 8 points each for the winners. Julijana Vojinovic (178-G-96) answered with 13 points for Serbia. Anja Spasojevic chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Italy - Greece 52-48
Italy claimed the fifth win in six games played at the U18 European Championship. They overcame an early deficit to topple Greece in Group F. Sara Crudo (192-F-95) netted 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Azzurri. The Hellenes got to a quick start. They took Italy by surprise building a 20:9 lead ten minutes into the game. But Italy slowly regained composure. They cut the distance at 9-point mark at halftime 21:30. Italy got closer in the third term. The Azzurri got within one point at the final break 36:37. Italy used an 8:2 run at the start of the fourth frame to surge ahead for good. Cecilia Zandalasini (181-G/F-96, agency: Players Group) posted 12 points, while Elisa Penna added 11 points for Italy. Anna Stamolamprou (169-PG-95) had 21 points for Greece. Eleanna Christinaki had 10 points in the defeat.

Sweden - Slovenia 45-39
Sweden earned the crucial win on the final day of Second Stage at the U18 European Championship. They prevailed against Slovenia and booked the quarterfinal ticket. Emma Eriksson (163-PG-95) and Anna Lundquist (176-SG-96) posted 13 points each to pace the Scandinavian team. Sweden held their opponents to just 5 points in the starting quarter and gained a 9-point lead. Slovenia improved offensively in the second frame. They got within 6 points at halftime 24:18. Slovenia erased the deficit in the third term. The teams entered the fourth period tied at 33. But Sweden were just more accurate down the stretch and snatched the victory at the end. Linnea Rosendahl and Amanda Kantzy posted 6 points each for the winners. Ziva Macura (190-F-95) and Eva Lisec (192-C-95) answered with 11 points each for Slovenia.

Group G
Slovakia - Portugal 63-69 OT
Portugal claimed the third consecutive victory at the U18 European Championship. They defeated Slovak Republic to win classification round Group G with a perfect record. Laura Ferreira (180-SG-95) stepped up with 22 points to pace Portugal tonight. Slovak Republic led by a single point after ten minutes 11:10. They stretched the lead in the second quarter. Slovak Republic accounted for a 30:26 halftime lead. They cleared off even further in the third term. Slovak Republic built a 5-point advantage heading into the fourth stanza 41:36. But Portugal came back into the game in the fourth term. They erased the deficit and posted a 59:54 lead with 57 seconds remaining in regulation. Terezia Palenikova and Ondrejkova capped the regulation with five points in a row to force overtime. But Portugal opened the extra period with seven straight points and cruised to the victory. Josephine Filipe (177-G/F-95) netted 14 points, while Joana Soeiro had 12 points in the win. Eva Filickova (192-C-95) answered with 18 points for Slovak Republic. Terezia Palenikova chipped in 16 points in the loss.

Belarus - United Kingdom 66-71
England got in tune at the U18 European Championship. They registered the second consecutive victory at the tournament. England rolled past Belarus to occupy the second position in Group G. Megan Lewis (178-G-95) nailed 15 points to lead the charge. Belarus earned a 14:10 lead after ten minutes of action. But England stunned their opponents in the second frame. They went on a massive 23:2 run in the period to accumulate a 33:16 halftime lead. Belarus cut the deficit in the third term. They came back to life offensively and got within 8-point mark at the final break. Belarus stayed aggressive in the fourth frame but could not recover from the second-quarter blow and had to surrender at the end. Janice Monakana (178-SF-95) netted 11 points, while Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby chipped in 9 points in the victory. Viyaleta Kiuliak (186-PF-96) answered with 24 points for Belarus. Tatsiana Khadzko had 18 points in the defeat.


Day 2 of Second Stage in Vukovar and Vinkovci - Aug 20, 2013

Group E
Turkey - Spain 32-75
Spain extended their winning streak at the U18 European Championship to five games. They knocked down Turkey to jump at 4-0 record on top of Group E. Ariadna Pujol (184-G/F-95) nailed 20 points to lead the winners. Turkey fell at 1-3 record in the ladder. Spain dominated from start to finish in this one. They ensured a 16:7 lead after the opening quarter. The margin kept on growing throughout the second period. Spain accumulated a comfortable 31:12 halftime lead. They did not slow down in the second half. Spain entered the fourth quarter up by 25 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Yaiza Rodriguez (165-SG-95) finished with 11 points, while Carolina Esparcia added 10 points for the winners. Sehernaz Cidal (176-SF-95) answered with 11 points for Turkey. Serife Onar chipped in 8 points in the loss.

Holland - Russia 40-60
Russia handed Netherlands the first defeat at the U18 European Championship. Polina Fedorova (188-PF-95) and Ksenia Levchenko (165-PG-96) nailed 11 points each as Russia caught up wit their Dutch counterparts at 3-1 record in Group E. Russia grabbed a 19:13 lead after ten minutes. Netherlands narrowed the distance in the second term. The Dutch team got within 2 points at the interval 31:33. But Russia held their opponents to just 4 points in the third term and opened a 7-point lead before the fourth frame. Netherlands ran out of steam in the fourth quarter as Russia cruised to the victory. Anna Shchetina finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Emese Hof (190-C-96) answered with 13 points for Netherlands. Laura Cornelius produced 7 points in the loss.

Croatia - Czech Republic 47-72
Czech Republic revived their U18 European Championship campaign with victory over hosting Croatia today. The Czech team improved thus at 1-3 record in Group F ladder. Kamila Hoskova (174-SF-95) tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Croatia fell at 0-4 record in the standings. The hosts jumped to a 12:11 lead after ten minutes. But Czech Republic held the hosts to just 7 points in the second quarter and raced to a 29:19 halftime lead. Croatia improved offensively in the third term. They dropped 22 points and entered the fourth quarter down by 8 points. But Czech Republic took over completely in the final stanza. They went on a 23:6 run and sealed the winning outcome. Sarah Berankova (176-PG-96) notched 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Eva Mouckova added 14 points for the winners. Inja Butina (171-PG-95) answered with 11 points for Croatia. Katarina Matijevic chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Group F
Serbia - Italy 62-64
Italy earned the second straight win at the Second Stage of the U18 European Championship. They held off previously undefeated Serbia to earn 3-1 record in Group F. Cecilia Zandalasini (181-G/F-96, agency: Players Group) posted 21 points to lead the Azzurri. Serbia and Italy exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. They were tied at 17-all after ten minutes. Serbia surged ahead in the second frame. They accumulated a 32:28 halftime lead. But Italy shifted the gear in the third period. They erupted for 26 points to eke out a 3-point lead before the fourth frame. Serbia got within one point after a jumper from Sanja Mandic but Marangoni sank a free throw and sealed the win for Italy. Antonia Peresson (173-PG-95) provided 19 points, while Elisa Penna added 9 points for the winners. Dragana Stankovic (194-C-95, agency: IPSA) answered with 22 points for Serbia. Sanja Mandic and Aleksandra Crvendakic had 13 points each in the loss.

Slovenia - Greece 67-56
Slovenia recorded the first win at the Second Stage of U18 European Championship. They knocked down Greece to improve at 1-3 record in Group F. Greece fell at 0-4 record. Eva Lisec (192-C-95) stepped up with 16 points and 14 boards to pace the winners. Slovenia eked out a 19:16 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the pressure throughout the second term. Slovenia accounted for a 35:31 halftime advantage. Greece managed just 10 points in the third term and trailed by 7 points heading into the fourth frame. Slovenia did not loosen the grasp in the final ten minutes and escaped with the victory. Klara Zupancic (168-PG-95) posted 15 points, while Ziva Macura added 13 points for Slovenia. Anna Stamolamprou (169-PG-95) answered with 15 points for Greece. Eleanna Christinaki had 12 points in the loss.

Sweden - France 44-51
France clinched the fifth consecutive victory at the U18 European Championship. They overcame Sweden to remain on top of Group F. Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi (184-F-95) posted 13 points and 11 rebounds to pace the defending champions. France snatched a 16:9 lead after the opening quarter. Sweden however bounced back in the second term. They went on a 16:6 run and recorded a 25:22 halftime advantage. Les Bleus returned in control after the big break. France spurred ahead and secured a 36:30 advantage before the final stanza. Les Bleus dropped 15 points in the fourth term and sealed the tough victory. Marie Mane (183-SG-95) recorded 11 points, while Marine Johannes added 8 points for the winners. Emma Eriksson (163-PG-95) responded with 14 points for Sweden. Elsa Paulsson and Linnea Rosendahl had 9 points apiece in the defeat.

Group G
Slovakia - United Kingdom 51-57
England celebrated the initial success at the U18 European Championship. They edged Slovak Republic for 1-1 record in classification round Group G. Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott (183-PG-95) scored 13 points to lead the winners. England set the tone early in the game. They held Slovak Republic to 11 points in the opening quarter to take a 5-point lead. Slovak Republic narrowed the distance in the second quarter. They got within 2 points at the interval 29:31. The teams traded baskets throughout intense third frame. England ensured a 2-point lead at the final break 43:41. They limited Slovak Republic to 10 points in the fourth period and snatched a tough victory at the end. Shequila Joseph (189-F-95) netted 12 points, while Janice Monakana and Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby added 9 points each for the winners. Lucia Hadacova (190-F/C-95) answered with 12 points and 10 rebounds for Slovak Republic. Terezia Palenikova chipped in 10 points and collected 11 boards in the loss.

Portugal - Belarus 67-45
Portugal registered the second consecutive win at the classification round of U18 European Championship. They defeated Belarus to stay on top of Group G at 2-0 record. Simone Costa (177-G/F-96) nailed 12 points to lead the winners. Portugal held their opponents to 9 points in the opening quarter and recorded a 10-point lead. Portugal stretched the gap in the second frame. They rallied to a 38:21 halftime advantage. The gap grew wider in the third term. Portugal dominated every facet of the game and entered the fourth quarter up by 26 points 60:34. Belarus held their opponents to 7 points in the fourth frame but just narrowed the deficit at the end. Laura Ferreira (180-SG-95) netted 11 points, while Joana Soeiro and Chelsea Guimaraes added 10 points each for the winners. Yauheniya Stsiapanava (180-SF-95) and Hanna Tsarevich (178-F-95) answered with 9 points each for Belarus. Hanna Brych had 8 points in the loss.


Second Stage starts in Vukovar and Vinkovci - Aug 19, 2013

Group E
Czech Republic - Spain 45-71
Spain extended their winning streak at the U18 European Championship. They fired past Czech Republic at the start of the Second Stage. Yaiza Rodriguez (165-SG-95) scored 12 points to pace balanced effort from the Spaniards. Spain set the tone early as they piled up a 23:11 lead. Spain dominated throughout the second quarter. They registered a 42:23 halftime advantage. Spain boosted the gap in the third term. They accounted for a massive 55:33 lead at the final break. Spain never looked back breezing to the victory. Laura Quevedo (185-PF-96) chipped in 11 points, while Laia Flores and Leticia Romero had 10 points apiece in the win. Sarah Berankova (176-PG-96) answered with 10 points for Czech Republic. Klara Krivankova had 8 points in the loss.

Croatia - Holland 34-59
Netherlands recorded the fourth straight win at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down hosting Croatia at the start of the Second Stage. Klaziena Guijt (178-SG-95) nailed 15 points to lead the winners. Netherlands jumped to a 12:8 lead after the starting quarter. They maintained the lead throughout low-scoring second frame. The Dutch team secured a 19:13 halftime advantage. Netherlands unloaded 23 points in the third term to pile up an 18-point lead before the fourth frame. Croatia could not recover watching Netherlands cruise to the victory. Britt Zappeij (185-PF-95) nailed 14 points, while Emese Hof added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Inja Butina (171-PG-95) answered with 10 points for Croatia. Lana Racki had 8 points in the loss.

Russia - Turkey 76-68
Russia gained the first win at the Second Stage of the U18 European Championship. They defeated Turkey for 2-1 record in Group E. Daria Kolosovskaya (182-SF-96) notched 16 points to lead the winners. Russia eked out a 21:19 lead after the opening frame. Turkey erased the deficit in the second stanza. They pulled ahead for a 36:35 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Turkey secured a one-point advantage at the final break 53:52. But Russia found the way to strike right back. They shifted the gear in the fourth period unloading 24 points and sealing the victory. Elizaveta Komarova (172-PG-95) netted 15 points, while Tatiana Sema added 14 points in the win. Serife Onar (167-PG-96) answered with 19 points for Turkey. Tilbe Senyurek had 16 points in the loss.

Group F
Slovenia - Serbia 46-69
Serbia clinched the fourth consecutive victory at the U18 European Championship. They defeated Slovenia at the start of the Second Stage of the tournament. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F-96) posted 16 points to pace the winners. Serbia held their opponents to 10 points in the opening frame to gain a 2-point lead. They extended the lead in the second frame. Serbia accumulated a 30:19 halftime advantage. Serbia unloaded 25 points in the third quarter to pile up a massive 22-point lead at the final break. Serbia limited their opponents to just 13 points in the fourth stanza and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Dragana Stankovic (194-C-95, agency: IPSA) had 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Ines Corda added 9 points for the winners. Lana Kotar (168-PG-96) answered with 13 points for Slovenia. Larisa Ocvirk chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Greece - France 56-70
France earned the fourth consecutive victory at the U18 European Championship. Marine Johannes (174-PG-95) nailed 17 points to lead the defending champions past Greece. France left Greece far behind in the opening quarter. Les Bleus built a 21:10 lead after the opening quarter. France and Greece exchanged baskets throughout the second stanza. Les Bleus secured a 33:22 halftime lead. The gap grew deeper in the third term. France accumulated an 18-point advantage heading into the fourth frame 54:36. Greece outscored France in the final period but could not avoid the defeat. Clementine Morateur (176-PG-95) finished with 11 points, while Marie Milapie added 9 points in the win. Anna Stamolamprou (169-PG-95) responded with 18 points for Greece. Eleanna Christinaki chipped in 11 points in the defeat.

Italy - Sweden 72-49
Italy opened the Second Stage of the U18 European Championship with victory. They knocked down Sweden to improve at 2-1 record in Group F. Allegra Botteghi (181-SF-95) nailed 13 points to pace the winners. Italy snatched a 19:16 lead after the starting quarter. But the second frame became really disastrous for Sweden. The Scandinavian team scored just 4 points allowing the Azzurri to take a 34:20 halftime lead. Italy extended their lead in the third quarter. They knocked down 21 points to secure a 23-point buffer before the fourth frame. Italy and Sweden traded baskets throughout the final stanza as the Azzurri cruised to the victory. Elisa Penna (186-SF-95) and Elisa Ercoli (191-C-95) produced 11 points each for the winners. Rebecka Garderyd (170-PG-96) answered with 12 points for Sweden. Linnea Rosendahl had 9 points in the defeat.

Group G
United Kingdom - Portugal 31-65
Portugal recorded the initial victory at the U18 European Championship. They beat England for the opening win in classification round Group G. Josephine Filipe (177-G/F-95) posted 16 points and 5 steals to lead the winners. Portugal earned a 14:9 lead after the starting quarter. They stretched the gap in the second frame. England managed just 5 points in the quarter as Portugal ensured a 22:14 halftime lead. The Portuguese team went on a 20:10 run in the third term to accumulate an 18-point advantage before the fourth frame. Portugal did not slow down in the final stanza and finished off their opponents. Maria Kostourkova (191-C-97) netted 12 points, while Simone Costa added 11 points for Portugal. Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott (183-PG-95) responded with 10 points for England. Megan Lewis had 9 points in the loss.

Belarus - Slovakia 60-81
Slovak Republic earned the first win at the U18 European Championship. They defeated Belarus to improve at 1-0 record in classification round Group G. Lucia Hadacova (190-F/C-95) scored 18 points each for the winners. Slovak Republic fired 28 points in the opening quarter and gained a 14-point lead. Belarus slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. Belarus got within 12 points at the interval 31:43. But Slovak Republic enlarged the gap in the third term. They held Belarus to 11 points in the quarter and entered the fourth frame up by 15 points 57:42. Slovak Republic added 24 points in the final quarter and sealed the winning outcome. Lucia Ondrejkova (170-G/F-96) chipped in 16 points, while Katarina Urbaniova added 13 points for the winners. Darya Panasiuk (175-SF-96) and Viyaleta Kiuliak (186-PF-96) answered with 11 points each for Belarus.


Preliminary Round ends in Vukovar and Vinkovci - Aug 17, 2013

Group A
Holland - Czech Republic 72-59
Netherlands finished the preliminary round of U18 European Championship unbeaten. They fired past Czech Republic for 3-0 record on top of Group A. Laura Cornelius (173-PG-96) stepped up with 23 points to lead the winners. Czech Republic jumped to an 18:12 lead after the opening quarter. Netherlands narrowed the deficit in the second stanza. They got within a single point at the interval 33:34. The Dutch team pulled ahead in the third term. They unloaded 23 points and raced into the final frame up by 5 points. Netherlands held Czech Republic to just 8 points in the fourth period and secured a comfortable win at the end. Klaziena Guijt (178-SG-95) netted 12 points, while Isabella Slim had 11 points for the winners. Gabriela Andelova (191-PG-96) answered with 14 points for Czech Republic. Michaela Kanukova had 10 points in the defeat.

Turkey - Belarus 79-55
Turkey claimed the second victory at the U18 European Championship. They defeated Belarus to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Belarus suffered the third straight defeat at the tournament. Turkey clinched a 17:13 lead after the opening quarter. Belarus erased the deficit in the second frame. They tied things up at 31-all at halftime. But Turkey regained control in the third quarter. They erupted for 27 points and recorded a 12-point lead at the final break. Turkey limited Belarus to 9 points in the fourth frame and raced to the victory. Melis Gulcan (186-SF-96) provided 17 points, while Basak Altunbey (189-C-96) added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Yanina Inkina (183-PF-97) answered with 11 points for Belarus. Hanna Tsarevich had 9 points in the loss.

Group B
Russia - Croatia 62-42
Russia posted the second win at the U18 European Championship. They upset hosting Croatia for 2-1 record in the second place in Group B. Croatia fell at 1-2 record worth the third position in the ladder. Elizaveta Komarova (172-PG-95) paced Russia with 12 points. Russia quickly set the tone and raced to a 14:9 lead after ten minutes. The visitors ballooned the gap in the second quarter. Russia accumulated a 30:19 halftime advantage. Croatia could not recover offensively in the second half. The hosts managed just 7 points in the third term to face a 19-point deficit at the final break. Russia did not slow down and cruised to the victory throughout the fourth stanza. Yana Degtyarskaya (182-F-95) and Daria Shomodi (183-F-95) finished with 8 points apiece for the winners. Antonija Chiabov (188-F/C-95) answered with 14 points and 11 boards for Croatia. Matea Ples netted 9 points in the loss.

Spain - United Kingdom 92-33
Spain earned the third consecutive victory at the U18 European Championship. They defeated England to win Group B. Laura Quevedo (185-PF-96) and Yaiza Rodriguez (165-SG-95) posted 13 points each for the winners. Spain led by seven points after the opening quarter 18:11. Spain extended the lead in the second frame. They piled up a 41:23 halftime lead. England started to lag behind in the third term. Spain eased to a 68:29 advantage at the final intermission. Spain held England to just 4 points in the fourth period and celebrated the victory at the end. Marina Lizarazu and Laia Flores netted 12 points each for the winners. Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby (192-C-95) responded with 11 points for England. Leah McDerment had 9 points in the loss.

Group C
Sweden - Serbia 44-58
Serbia claimed the third straight win at the U18 European Championship. They overcame Sweden to win Group C. Sweden finished in the second position at 2-1 record. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F-96) came up with a triple-double of 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Serbia held Sweden to just 4 points in the first period to take a 5-point lead. But the Scandinavian team improved their offence in the second quarter. They knocked down 21 points to level things up at 25. Serbia had to shift the gear in the third period to spur ahead. They poured in 20 points and opened a 10-point advantage heading into the fourth frame. Serbia nailed 13 points in the final stanza and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Sanja Mandic netted 14 points, while Dragana Stankovic (194-C-95, agency: IPSA) provided 13 points for the winners. Elsa Paulsson (181-G/F-95) and Amanda Kantzy (186-C-96) had 9 points each in the loss.

Greece - Portugal 68-43
Greece finally posted their first win at the U18 European Championship. They defeated Portugal to catch the last train into the Second Stage of the tournament. Portugal will fight against relegation in the classification round. Anna Stamolamprou (169-PG-95) finished with 18 points to lead the Hellenes. Greece stamped down their opponents in the first half. The Hellenes led by 12 points after ten minutes. They went on a massive 23:2 run in the second quarter to gain a 45:12 halftime lead. Portugal narrowed the deficit in the third term. They cut the deficit by six points. Portugal trimmed the deficit even more in the fourth frame but never threatened Greece and had to surrender at the end. Pinelopi Pavlopoulou (172-PG-96) netted 17 points, while Sofia Georgiadi had 8 points for Greece. Simone Costa (177-G/F-96) answered with 10 points for Portugal. Maria Kostourkova had 9 points in the losing effort.

Group D
Italy - Slovenia 59-58
Elisa Penna (186-SF-95) sank two free throws late in regulation to carry Italy past Slovenia in the final game of the preliminary round at the U18 European Championship. Italy thus improved at 2-1 record in the second position in Group D. Slovenia fell at 1-2 record in the third spot. Cecilia Zandalasini (181-G/F-96) topscored with 11 points for the Azzurri. Italy enjoyed a 16:11 lead after ten minutes of action. But Slovenia improved offensively in the second quarter. They fired 21 points and grabbed a 32:27 halftime lead. Slovenia boosted the lead in the third term. They accumulated a 6-point lead at the final intermission 47:41. But the Azzurri managed to recover. Cecilia Zandalasini put Italy within one point 57:58 with just over a minute left in regulation. Then Elisa Penna sank two free throws to give Italy the decisive lead. Zupancic tried a three-pointer at the buzzer but missed it. Antonia Peresson and Elisa Penna provided 10 points each for the winners. Ziva Macura (190-F-95) answered with 15 points for Slovenia. Manca Jelenc had 14 points in the defeat.


France - Slovak Republic 50-27


Day 2 in Vukovar and Vinkovci - Aug 16, 2013

Group A
Holland - Turkey 68-41
Netherlands recorded the second straight win at the U16 European Championship. They outgunned Turkey to remain on top of Group A. Klaziena Guijt (178-SG-95) topscored for the Dutch team once again with 17 points. Netherlands stunned their opponents with a 19:4 run in the opening quarter. Turkey matched their opponents tempo in the second frame but could not get any closer. Netherlands secured a 33:18 halftime lead. They extended the margin in the third period. Netherlands arrived at the final intermission up by as many as 24 points 50:26. Netherlands never looked back afterwards marching to the win. Britt Zappeij (185-PF-95) posted 12 points, while Emese Hof finished with 8 points for the winners. Tilbe Senyurek (188-C-95) responded with 11 points for Turkey. Sehernaz Cidal had 10 points in the loss.

Czech Republic - Belarus 81-36
Czech Republic celebrated the first victory at the U18 European Championship. They outscored Belarus for 1-1 record in Group A. Sarah Berankova (176-PG-96) nailed 13 points to pace the winners. Belarus suffered the second consecutive defeat at the tournament. The teams were tied at 7-all after ten minutes. Czech Republic increased the tempo in the second quarter. They dropped 21 points to secure a 28:17 halftime advantage. Czech Republic extended their dominance in the third term. They piled up a comfortable 28-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Belarus could not recover conceding 27 points in the final period. Mariana Opocenska (184-PF-95) netted 12 points, while Eva Mouckova had 9 points for the winners. Viyaleta Kiuliak (186-PF-96) answered with 9 points for Belarus. Yauheniya Stsiapanava had 7 points in the defeat.

Group B
Croatia - United Kingdom 68-47
Croatia registered the first win at home U18 European Championship. The hosts overcame England for 1-1 record in Group B. Klaudia Perisa (177-SG-96) stepped up with 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Croatia did not waste time jumping to a 21:7 lead after ten minutes. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Croatia arrived at halftime up by 16 points 35:19. The home side kept England at bay throughout the third term. The visitors scored just 9 points in the period and faced a 19-point deficit heading into the fourth frame. Croatia knocked down 21 points in the final stanza and sealed a comfortable victory. Helena Pracuk (170-PG-95) posted 13 points, while Lana Racki added 12 points in the win. Shequila Joseph (189-F-95) answered with 20 points for England. Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott had 9 points in the losing effort.

Russia - Spain 62-71
Spain earned the second consecutive victory at the start of the U18 European Championship. They outscored Russia to remain on top of Group B. Ariadna Pujol (184-G/F-95) and Leticia Romero (177-PG-95) finished with 19 points each to pace Spain. Russia enjoyed a 16:13 lead after the starting quarter. But Spain surged ahead in the second frame. They knocked down 19 points and recorded a 32:29 halftime advantage. Spain extended the lead in the third term. They piled up a 49:40 advantage at the final intermission. Russia failed to get within striking distance throughout the fourth period and had to surrender at the end. Maria Arrojo dropped 12 points for the winners. Daria Kolosovskaya (182-SF-96) answered with 20 points for Russia. Polina Fedorova chipped in 16 points in the loss.

Group C
Sweden - Greece 49-40
Sweden registered the second consecutive victory in Croatia. They overpowered Greek counterparts to share the top position in Group C of the U18 European Championship with Serbia. Veronika Mirkovic (185-F/C-95) nailed 12 points and grabbed 13 boards to pace the winners. Sweden held Greece to 10 points in the first frame and recorded a 5-point lead. The teams stayed close throughout the second quarter. The Scandinavian side ensured a 26:21 halftime lead. Sweden stayed in front throughout the third term. They entered the fourth period up by six points 38:32. Greece managed just 8 points in the final stanza and had to surrender at the end. Gabriella Hanson (180-SG-95) finished with 8 points and 10 boards, while Moa Lundqvist added 7 points in the victory. Anna Stamolamprou (169-PG-95) had 12 points for Greece. Eleanna Christinaki had 10 points in the loss.

Serbia - Portugal 54-45
Serbia registered the second consecutive victory at the U18 European Championship. They outgunned Portugal to improve at 2-0 record in Group C. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F-96) came up with 22 points and 16 rebounds to lead the winners. Portugal slipped at 0-2 record after the loss. Portugal eked out a 13:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Serbia stiffened defensively in the second frame. They limited Portugal to just 4 points in the period and raced to a 28:17 halftime lead. Portugal turned things around in the third term. They went on an 18:5 rally to gain a 35:33 lead at the final break. Chelsea Guimaraes (189-F/C-97) gave Portugal a 3-point lead early in the fourth frame. But Serbia finally set things going. They ignited a 12:0 run to pull ahead. Serbia never looked back afterwards and marched to the victory. Sanja Mandic (178-SG-95) had 14 points, while Branka Lukovic added 7 points for the winners. Laura Ferreira (180-SG-95) and Chelsea Guimaraes answered with 11 points each for Portugal.

Group D
France - Italy 71-55
France gained the second consecutive victory at the start of the U18 European Championship in Croatia. They held off Italy in Vukovar tonight. Marine Johannes (174-PG-95) paced the defending champions with 19 points. France outscored their opponents 19:9 in the opening ten minutes. The margin grew deeper in the second frame. Les Bleus accumulated a 40:19 halftime lead. The Azzurri tried to change the complexion of the game in the third term. They dropped 21 points and cut the deficit at 18-point mark at the final break. Italy got closer in the fourth frame but never seriously threatened the margin. Louise Dambach (175-SG-96) finished with 11 points, while Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi added 10 points for the winners. Francesca Gambarini (170-PG-95) answered with 13 points for Italy. Cecilia Zagni and Elisa Penna netted 7 points each in the defeat.

Slovakia - Slovenia 41-63
Slovenia opened win count at the U18 European Championship in Croatia. They fired past Slovak Republic for 1-1 record in Group D. Eva Lisec (192-C-95) stepped up with 23 points and 11 rebounds to pace Slovenia. Slovak Republis suffered the second loss in a row at the tournament. Slovenia grabbed a 20:13 lead after the opening quarter. The teams traded baskets throughout the second period. Slovenia ensured a 33:26 halftime lead. They stretched the margin in the third quarter. Slovenia entered the fourth frame up by 11 points 47:36. Slovak Republic managed just 5 points in the fourth stanza and had to surrender at the end. Klara Zupancic (168-PG-95) nailed 13 points, while Ziva Macura, Annamaria Prezelj and Manca Jelenc had 6 points each in the win. Nikola Dudasova (175-G-95) answered with 14 points for Slovak Republic. Terezia Palenikova chipped in 12 points in the defeat.


Day 1 in Vukovar and Vinkovci - Aug 15, 2013

Group A
Belarus - Holland 59-71
Netherlands earned the first win at the U18 European Championship. The Dutch juniors shot down their Belarusian counterparts in the opener. Klaziena Guijt (178-SG-95) came up with 16 points to lead the effort. Netherlands eked out a 19:18 lead after the opening frame. They stretched the lead in the second quarter. Netherlands grabbed a 35:32 halftime advantage. But Belarus did not allow the Dutch team to run away in the third term. Natallia Sachuk team narrowed the deficit at just 2 points at the final intermission. Belarus though ran out of steam in the final stanza. Netherlands went on a 19:9 run in the fourth period and sealed the winning outcome. Slim recorded 14 points, while Emese Hof (190-C-96) and Janis Ndiba (182-F/C-97) added 11 points each for the winners. Viyaleta Kiuliak (186-PF-96) answered with 15 points and 13 boards for Belarus. Yauheniya Stsiapanava had 11 points in the defeat.

Turkey - Czech Republic 71-60
Turkey clinched the opening win at the U18 European Championship. They fired past Czech Republic in Vinkovci, Croatia today. Fahriye Bayraktar (185-SF-95) posted 16 points to lead the winners. Turkey claimed an 18:12 lead after ten minutes of action. They kept Czech Republic at distance throughout the second frame. Turkey gained a 32:24 halftime advantage. But Czech Republic turned things their way in the third frame. They organized a 24:15 run to ensure a 48:47 lead heading into the fourth period. Turkey used a 9:0 run early in the final stanza to surge ahead and cruised to the victory. Ezgi Manlaci (174-PG-96) finished with 12 points, while Tilbe Senyurek provided 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Kamila Hoskova (174-SF-95) answered with 18 points for Czech Republic. Gabriela Andelova and Aneta Mainclova had 9 points each in the loss.

Group B
Spain - Croatia 80-48
Spain celebrated the first win at the U18 European Championship. They upset the local fans beating hosting Croatia in the opener. Ariadna Pujol (184-G/F-95) came up with 17 points to lead the winners. Spain cleared off in the first frame. They poured in 27 points in the first ten minutes and grabbed a 12-point lead. Spain held Croatia to 11 points in the second quarter and gained a 40:26 halftime lead. The margin just kept on growing throughout the third term. Spain entered the fourth period up by as many as 24 points 57:33. They did not slow down and cruised to a comprehensive victory at the end. Leticia Romero (177-PG-95) chipped in 15 points, while Yaiza Rodriguez added 9 points in the win. Inja Butina (171-PG-95) answered with 17 points for Croatia. Matea Ples tossed in 8 points in the defeat.

United Kingdom - Russia 53-77
Russia celebrated victory at the U18 European Championship opener in Croatia. They knocked down England in Group B. Anna Shchetina (195-C-95) provided 16 points to lead the winners. Russia quickly cleared off and ensured a 21:9 lead after ten minutes. The gap kept on growing throughout the second frame. Russia accumulated a 46:20 halftime advantage. England narrowed the deficit in the third period. They finally managed to slow Russia down and cut the deficit at 23-point mark at the final break. Russia did not look back in the fourth period and cruised to the victory at the end. Polina Fedorova (188-PF-95) posted 13 points, while Elizaveta Komarova finished with 9 points in the win. Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott (183-PG-95) replied with 17 points for England. Megan Lewis had 12 points in the loss.

Group C
Portugal - Sweden 34-42
Sweden claimed the opening win at the U18 European Championship in Croatia. They rolled past Portugal in Group C. Emma Eriksson (163-PG-95) nailed 16 points to pace the Scandinavian side. Sweden held their opponents to 9 points in the first frame and jumped to a 5-point lead. Sweden stayed aggressive defensively in the second period. They held Portugal to 4 points in the quarter and opened a 23:13 halftime lead. Portugal managed to slow Sweden down in the third term. The Scandinavian team scored only 4 points in the period as Portugal capitalized and narrowed the gap at 4 points at the final intermission 23:27. But Sweden went on a 10:1 run in the fourth quarter and escaped with the victory at the end. Gabriella Hanson (180-SG-95) provided 9 points, while Anna Lundquist added 8 points for the winners. Joana Soeiro (170-PG-95) answered with 9 points for Portugal. Josephine Filipe chipped in 6 points in the loss.

Greece - Serbia 52-65
Serbia registered the first win at the U18 European Championship. They defeated Greece in Vukovar in the opener. Sanja Mandic (178-SG-95) nailed 18 points and issued 7 assists to lead the winners. Greece enjoyed a comfortable 20:12 lead after the opening frame. Serbia narrowed the deficit in the second quarter. They got within one point at halftime 31:30. Serbia pulled ahead in the third term. They unloaded 22 points to secure an 8-point lead at the final intermission 52:44. Serbia held the Hellenes to 8 points in the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F-96) netted 17 points, while Anja Spasojevic added 10 points in the victory. Anna Stamolamprou (169-PG-95) provided 22 points for Greece. Eleanna Christinaki had 13 points in the loss.

Group D
Slovenia - France 49-70
France victoriously opened their U18 European Championship title defence. They outscored Slovenia in opener. Marie Milapie (191-C-96), Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi (184-F-95) and Fleur Devillers (181-G-95) posted 10 points each for the winners. France earned a 13:11 lead after the opening quarter. Les Bleus stretched the gap in the second frame. They accumulated a 36:22 halftime advantage. France extended their lead in the third term. They went on a 22:10 run to ensure a comfortable 26-point advantage the fourth stanza. Slovenia cut the distance in the final period but just sweetened the pill at the end. Eva Lisec (192-C-95) produced 16 points for Slovenia. Sara Vujacic had 11 points in the defeat.

Italy - Slovak Republic 66-44




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