Lithuania - Latvia 71-66 Lithuania celebrated in Day One of U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. They handed 71-66 loss to Latvia in Baltic derby. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group A together with Spain and Belarus. Three teams will advance to the second stage. Kriste Druskyte (179-G/F-92) was a key player in victory with double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds (valuation 25, MVP). Monika Grigalauskyte (190-PF-92) had 14 points and 9 boards, while Santa Okockyte (176-PG-92) added 12 pts. In the loosing squad, Krista Bridina (174-PG-94) answered with 18 points. Dita Rozenberga (181-F-92) (8 rebs) and Renate Reine (176-G-94) followed her with 12 points each. It was a very exciting meeting and Lithuania had minimum lead (67-66) with 2:44 remaining. Grigalauskyte made lay up after that and both teams were scoreless for almost 2 minutes. Druskyte sealed the victory for Lithuania with two free throws, while Latvia committed a turnover in their last possession. Quarters: 21-18, 15-16, 16-19, 19-13. Lithuania will meet Spain in Day Two. Latvia will take on Belarus.
Belarus - Spain 39-73
Sweden - Poland 56-54 Sweden grabbed 56-54 win against Poland at the beginning of U20 EuroBasket in Debrecin. Amanda Zahui (190-C-93) made a basket for Sweden setting the score to 54-51 with 26 seconds remaining in the game and Martyna Stelmach (187-F/C-92) answered with lay-up 16 seconds later. Sweden had the possession and Drammeh was sent to the line making both free throws. Poland had the ball with 9 seconds left, but Sweden quickly fouled Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92), who missed first and scored second FT. Sweden called a time-out and after that managed to keep the ball for rest of the way. Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) stepped up for the winners with 21 points and Zahui added 13 points, plus 12 rebounds. Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) netted 8 points in this victory. Poland got 16 points from Zietara, while Marta Martyna Stelmach collected 14 points and 7 rebounds. Poland did not have any other player with double digits in scoring. Quarters: 17-18, 11-12, 12-12, 16-12. Sweden will meet Italy on Friday, while Poland will play against Dutch NT. All teams are placed to Group B.
Holland - Italy 72-67
Portugal - France 33-55 France had a joyful Day One at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. They blasted Portugal 55-33 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group C. Turkey and Ukraine are also placed to this pool and three teams will book a spot for the next stage. The last ranked country will fight for the survival in Division A. France took control on its rival in the second period and never looked back after that. Quarters: 12-13, 12-6, 12-8, 19-6. Sara Chevaugeon (177-G-93) led the scorers in victory with 12 points and Adja Konteh (173-G/F-92) helped with 8. In defeat, Almeida collected 6 points and 7 rebounds. Ines Faustino (170-G-92) and Daniela Domingues (176-G/F-92) also posted 6 pts apiece. In Day Two, France will play against Ukraine. Portugal's Rival will be Turkey.
Ukraine - Turkey 61-86 Turkey demonstrated its power against Ukraine today in Debrecin. It was a Day One of U20 EuroBasket and Turkey celebrated comfortable 86-61 victory. After 21-21 tie in the first quarter, Turkey exploded with 27-14 for the next ten minutes and continued with 26-12 after the breather to secure the victory in this meeting. Last ten minutes were just the formality. Pelin Bilgic (173-G-94) paced Turkey with 21 points and 5 rebounds and Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) helped with 13 points, plus 9 boards. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) and Ecem Guler (189-PF-92) netted 12 points each. At the other side, Ukraine got 22 points and 7 boards from Alina Iagupova (186-G-92, agency: LBM Management). Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93, agency: New Trend Agency) collected 15 pts and 7 rebs for 18 minutes on the court. Both teams are placed to Group C, where their rivals are also France and Portugal. Three teams will advance to the next stage. On Friday, Turkey will play against Portugal, while Ukraine will meet France.
United Kingdom - Russia 49-55 Russia opened U20 EuroBasket with victory. They outplayed United Kingdom on Thursday 55-49 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group D. Participants of this pool are also Slovakia and Serbia. Alexandra Stolyar (178-G-92) scored 13 points for the winners and Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-F/C-93, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) helped her team with 9 points plus 11 rebounds. Galina Kiseleva (182-F-93) followed them with 8 points in this game. United Kingdom got 16 points and 7 boards from Renee E. Busch (175-G-92) and she was their only player with double digits in scoring. Cheridene Green (187-C-95) was close to double-double with 9 points and 12 rebounds, while Olufemi Hamilton (170-G-93) stopped to 8 points. Russia was up by 12 points at midway of Q4 and UK only came to minus 6 for rest of the game. Quarters: 15-11, 15-12, 14-15, 11-11). Russia will play against Slovakia on today. UK will meet Serbia.
Slovakia - Serbia 67-68 OT Serbia grabbed 68-67 OT win against Slovakia in the opening day of U20 EuroBasket in Debrecin. It was a heartbreaking thriller and Serbia won it for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group D. After lay-up by Emese Vida, teams were tied at 56-56 with 48 seconds remaining in regular time. Slovakia had two possessions for rest of the way and Serbia had one, but they were not able to score and game went to OT. Slovakia jumped to 64-61 with 1:40 to go, but Jaksic replied with a triple. Barbora Balintova (176-G-94) made a basket for Slovakia, Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) scored on FT for Serbia and Balintova also scored one at the other side. There was 15 seconds remaining and Serbia had the last possession. Kovacevic received the ball, pulled up from behind the arc and made a winning triple for her team. Kovacevic stepped up with 20 points and 7 rebounds, and Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) helped Serbia with 14 points, plus 5 rebs. Tijana Dijan (174-PG-92) added 10 pts. In defeat, Martina Kissova (185-F-93) and Barbora Balintova posted 13 points each. Angelika Oravcova (175-PG-92) had one point less. Serbia will take on UK today, while Slovakia will play against Russia.
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FINAL Spain - Italy 71-69 Spain earned the title in Matosinhos. They nipped Italy in the exciting Final clash tonight. Maria Conde (185-F-97) and Helena Orts (188-F-96) came up with 20 points each to lead the champions. Spain entered the game firing on all cylinders. They grabbed a 26:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Spain held the Azzurri to just 12 points in the second term to take a 44:26 halftime lead. Italy however turned the tables in the second half. They pulled within 12 poin... [read more]
Spain - Italy 71-69 Spain earned the title in Matosinhos. They nipped Italy in the exciting Final clash tonight. Maria Conde (185-F-97) and Helena Orts (188-F-96) came up with 20 points each to lead the champions. Spain entered the game firing on all cylinders. They grabbed a 26:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Spain held the Azzurri to just 12 points in the second term to take a 44:26 halftime lead. Italy however turned the tables in the second half. They pulled within 12 points at the final intermission. Italy got as close as two points with just under two minutes remaining in regulation. Pan dragged Italy within one point with 49 seconds to go. Laia Flores (170-PG-96) sank two free throws but Cecilia Zandalasini (183-F-96) drained a three-pointer to level things up at 69. But Laia Flores came up with a decisive offensive rebound and got fouled on her late attempt. She calmly sank two free throws and sealed the title for Spain. Flores produced 9 points for the winners. Zandalisini responded with 28 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for Italy. Francesca Pan (180-SG-97) had 14 points in the loss.
Serbia - Russia 72-78 Russia clinched the Bronze medals in Matosinhos. They nipped Serbia in the consolation final tonight. Raisa Musina (191-F/C-98) was unstoppable with 29 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Serbia eked out a 34:32 halftime lead. Russia spurred ahead in the third term. They established a 56:52 lead at the final intermission. Russia sank 22 points in the fourth term and held on for the victory. Ksenia Levchenko (167-PG-96) posted 14 points for the win. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F-96) came up with 16 points and 17 caroms for Serbia.
Belgium - France 70-69 Belgium nipped France to earn the fifth position at the tournament. Julie Allemand (173-PG-96, agency: LBM Management) produced 18 points to lead the winners. Belgium accounted for a 32:25 halftime lead. France cut the distance at 2-point mark heading into the fourth frame. France unleashed 25 points in the final stanza but could not avoid the defeat. Heleen Nauwelaers (180-F-96) connected for 16 points in the victory. Louise Dambach (175-SG-96) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds for France.
Poland - Latvia 67-72 OT Latvia occupied the seventh position at the championship. They overcame Poland in overtime on the final day of action in Matosinhos. Sindija Kudule (165-PG-97) accounted for 16 points and 11 rebounds for Latvia. Poland rallied to a 29:18 halftime advantage. But Latvia turned the tables in the second half. They denied the deficit and tied things up at 62 at the end of regulation. Latvia poured in 10 points in the extra period to snatch the win. Paula Strautmane (183-F-97) finished with 15 points for the winners. Monika Radomska (178-G/F-96) responded with 14 points for Poland.
Holland - Portugal 66-61 Netherlands held off Portugal to earn the ninth place at the tournament. Emese Hof (190-F-96) came up with 28 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the Dutch team. Portugal eked out a 31:30 halftime lead. But Netherlands went on a 24:16 run in the third term to take a 7-point advantage at the final break. Portugal narrowed the deficit in the fourth quarter but came up short of victory. Laura Cornelius (173-G-96) chipped in 10 points for the winners. Carolina Goncalves (173-F-97) responded with 15 points for Portugal.
Sweden - Bosnia 61-80 Bosnia stormed past Sweden on the final day of the championship. Melisa Brcaninovic (185-PF-99, agency: BeoBasket) posted 40 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners at the 11th-place finish. Bosnia used a 29:10 run in the second frame to open a 15-point halftime lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the second half to coast to the win. Andjela Delic (184-G-96, agency: BeoBasket) tossed in 16 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Linnea Rosendal responded with 16 points for Sweden.
Greece - Turkey 65-67 OT Turkey used overtime to outscore Greece and finished in the 13th position at the championship. Serife Onar (167-PG-96) came up with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Greece jumped to a 38:23 halftime lead. But Turkey went on a strong rally in the second half to even things up at the end of regulation. Turkey held their opponents to just 4 points in the extra period to ice the win. Meltem Yildizhan (186-PF-99) had 14 points for the Turkish team. Pinelopi Pavlopoulou (173-PG-96) responded with 10 points for Greece.
Germany - Slovakia 37-52 Slovakia finished at the 15th position in Matosinhos. They rolled past Germany in the final game. Miroslava Mistinova (182-F-97) netted 15 points for the winning side. Slovakia recorded a 28:17 halftime lead. They held their opponents to just 20 points in the second half to rally to the win. Lucia Kelcikova (176-SG-96) delivered 11 points for the winners. Emma Stach (175-G-96) responded with 10 points for Germany.
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