Bulgaria - Belgium 51-75 Both teams failed in Day One of U20 EuroBasket Division B in Klatovy. Belgium cruised past Bulgaria on Friday 75-51 improving its score to 1-1 at this event, while at the other side Bulgaria dropped to 0-2. Bulgaria opened the game better making 21-15 lead in the first ten minutes, but all after that belonged to Belgium. They answered with 17-9 in the second quarter and jumped to plus 9 with ten minutes remaining in the game. Belgium totally dominated in Q4 (22-7) to register comfortable win in this meeting. Camille Lebrun (174-SF-94) scored 15 points in victory and Emmanuella Mayombo (170-SG-92, agency: LBM Management) added 10 points, plus 6 assists. Jill Van Meerbeeck (176-SF-94) and Natacha Doppee (170-PG-93, agency: LBM Management) helped with 8 points each. In defeat, Viktoriya Stoycheva (171-PG-92) collected 11 points, while Mariya Svetoslavova (179-F/G-93) and Gabriela Kostova (192-C-94) posted 8 points apiece. In Day Three, Belgium will play against Romania. Bulgaria will take on Israel.
Romania - Greece 35-67 Greece had no troubles to beat Romania 67-35 in Day Two of U20 EuroBasket Division B in Klatovy. After this victory Greece jumped to 2-0 record at this event. At the same time, Romania faced with the second straight loss. Greece was up by 3 at the halftime, but they smashed its rival for rest of the game. Greece scored 42 points for the next two periods, while they limited Romania to just 7+6. Grigoria Pateraki (185-PF-93) scored 12 points for her country and Artemis Spanou (184-F-93) added 11 points, plus 13 rebs. Georgia Kantara (176-SG-93) followed with 10 points and 5 rebs. In defeat, Cristina Bigica (182-G/F-92) was better than the others with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Sonia Ursu (175-SG-93) was their second scorer with 10 points (8 rebs). Greece will play against Switzerland on Saturday, while Romania will meet Belgium.
Czech Republic - Israel 77-60 Second straight win for the host of U20 EuroBasket Division B. Czech Republic downed Israel 77-60 on Friday for 2-0 record at this event. The hosts exploded in the second half to register comfortable win in this meeting. Quarters: 22-15, 10-19, 21-10, 24-16. Karolina Elhotova (182-F-92) shined in victory with 16 points and 5 rebounds, while Barbora Kasparkova (181-F/C-92) also was great adding 15 points and 11 rebs. Renata Pudlakova (173-PG-92) helped with 12 points. In the loosing squad, Bar Gilinski (185-PF-92) shined with 21 points and 14 boards. The second scorer in Israel was Thea Lemberger (175-G-92) with 15 points and Nof Kedem (170-SG-94) stopped to 9. Israel dropped to 0-2. Their next rival will be Bulgaria. Czech Republic will play against Hungary on Saturday.
Switzerland - Germany 52-91 Germany had another great game in Klatovy. This time they blasted Switzerland 91-52 for perfect 2-0 record at U20 EuroBasket Division B. At the other side, it was the first appearance for Switzerland, who was free in Day One. Germany took control on its rival from the very beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 28-14, 24-16, 14-12, 25-10. Finja Schaake (179-F-92) led her team in scoring with 21 points, while Christina Schnorr (187-F/C-92) helped with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) added 11 pts and 6 boards. In Switzerland, Rosalie Grobet (185-F/C-92) had 9 points and Dorothee Studer (169-G-92) added one less. Germany will take a rest on Saturday. Switzerland will play against Greece.
Spain crowned champions in Matosinhos - 9 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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