Greece - Bulgaria 55-48 Greece was better than Bulgaria on Thursday 55-48. It was the opening day of U20 EuroBasket Division B in Klatovy. Greece started with 1-0 and hopes to take one of the medals at this event. It will be enough for Division A promotion. Greece was up by 12 at the halftime, but Bulgaria exploded after the breather cutting the margin to 3 points with one quarter to go. Greece exploded with 11-2 run in the next few minutes to secure the victory in this game. Artemis Spanou (184-F-93) top-scored in Greece with 12 points and she also pulled down 13 rebounds, while Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (187-F-92) was the MVP of this game with 11 points and 18 rebs (valuation 21). Vasiliki Tarla (181-SF-94) also helped her country with 11 pts. In defeat, Mariya Svetoslavova (179-F/G-93) and Viktoriya Stoycheva (171-PG-92) posted 11 points each. Hristina Tyutyundzhieva (189-C-93) added two points less. Greece will play against Romania today. Bulgaria will take on Belgium.
Belgium - Czech Republic 60-66 Czech Republic outplayed Belgium 66-60 on Thursday in Klatovy. The host of U20 EuroBasket Division B has 1-0 record now at this event. There are nine participates and only the medal winners will advance to Division A. Barbora Kasparkova (181-F/C-92) exploded with 26 points and 9 rebounds in victory. Karolina Elhotova (182-F-92) (7 rebs), Renata Pudlakova (173-PG-92) (6 rebs) and Beata Adamcova (185-PF-93) (6 rebs) netted 9 points each. In defeat, Emmanuella Mayombo (170-SG-92, agency: LBM Management) answered with 21 points and their second scorer was Jaleesa Maes (188-C-92) with 13 pts (6 rebs). Alisson Mai (183-C-93) stopped to 6 points and 4 rebs. Teams were tied at 56-56 with 3:10 remaining in the game, but than Czech Republic closed this meeting with 10-4 run. Czech Republic's rival today will be Israel. Belgium will play against Bulgaria hoping to get the first victory at this event.
Israel - Hungary 64-70 Hungary registered 70-64 win against Israel in Day One of U20 EuroBasket Division B in Klatovy. There is only one group with nine teams at this event. The medal winners will be promoted to Division A. Israel had 52-49 lead with 5:52 remaining in the game, but than Hungary scored 21 points for rest of the way at the same time limiting its rival to 12 pts. That was enough for the victory. Krisztina Velkey (180-G/F-92) led Hungary with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Zsofia Licskai (191-C/F-93) and Flora Szabo (188-PF-92) netted 13 and 12 points respectively. In Israel, Bar Gilinski (185-PF-92) was way better than the others with 25 points and 9 boards. Their second scorer was Avigiel Cohen (182-G-92) with 10 pts. Hungary will take a rest today. Israel's rival will be host - Czech Republic.
Germany - Romania 95-66 Germany demonstrated its power in Day One of U20 EuroBasket Division B in Klatovy. They destroyed Romania with huge 95-66 for 1-0 record. Nine teams participate at this event and all of them are placed to the same group. Germany took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 29-15, 31-10, 23-20, 12-21. Finja Schaake (179-F-92) shined in victory with 21 points, while Judith Schmidt (186-F/C-92) and Sonja Greinacher (192-F/C-92, college: Gonzaga) followed her with 15 points each. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) added 11 points, plus 8 boards. In defeat, Cristina Bigica (182-G/F-92) was better than the others with 20 points and 5 boards. Alexandra Ionescu (175-PG-92) (5 rebs) and Sonia Ursu (175-SG-93) (5 rebs) posted 13 and 12 points respectively. Germany will meet Switzerland today. Romania will take on Greece. Three best teams from this event will advance to Division A.
Spain crowned champions in Matosinhos - 7 months ago
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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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