Latvia - Belarus 67-64 Latvia grabbed its first win at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecin. They outplayed Belarus 67-64 improving to 1-1 record in Group A. Thanks to this victory Latvia is now very close to reach the second stage. Belarus is difficult situation after its second straight loss at this event. Latvia was 58-48 up with 7:28 remaining in the game, but Belarus closed the gap to 66-64 with 1:07 to go. However, Belarus missed a lay-up and connected two unsuccessful shots from behind the arc, while Dukate made one free throw for Latvia for rest of the way. Quarters: 17-21, 16-9, 20-15, 14-19. Latvia got double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds from Dita Rozenberga (181-F-92). Paula Tomsone (193-C-94) had 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Ance Aizsila (175-G-94) added 12 pts to this win. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) had amazing game at the other side with 22 points and 17 rebounds (valuation 26, MVP). Darya Lipinskaya (180-SG-93) and Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) (6 rebs) scored 13 and 10 points respectively. Latvia will meet Spain in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Debrecin. Belarus will take on Lithuania.
Spain - Lithuania 93-55 Spain jumped to 2-0 record in Group A of U20 EuroBasket in Debrecin. The defending champion blasted Lithuania on Friday 93-55 getting 18 points and 6 rebounds from Queralt Casas (180-G-92). Marta Claret (185-C-92) and Elena Diaz (188-C-92) helped with 16 points each. Spain took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 20-14, 21-13, 25-13, 27-15. Santa Okockyte (176-PG-92) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds in defeat. Their second scorer was Kriste Druskyte (179-G/F-92) with 11 points and Laura Svaryte (190-C/F-92) added 11. Lithuania dropped to 1-1 in this pool. Spain already booked a spot for the next stage, while Lithuania also has a nice chance to do it. In the last day of the Preliminary Round, Spain will meet Latvia. Lithuania will play against Belarus and it will be do-or-die game for both teams.
Italy - Sweden 59-61 Sweden secured a ticket for the next stage at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecin. They grabbed 61-59 thriller win against Italy for 2-0 record in Group A. At the other side, Italy dropped to 0-2, but still has a chance to advance. Italy had 59-57 lead with 45 seconds remaining in the game. Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) made a basket with foul for 60-59 turn and Dotto missed a lay-up for Italy after that. Drammeh was sent to the line with 7 seconds to go and she made first, but missed her second free throw. Italy had the possession, but Galbiati committed a turnover. Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) (7 rebs) and Drammeh (5 rebs) led the winners with 17 points each. Amanda Zahui (190-C-93) helped with 10 points ad 10 rebounds. In defeat, Caterina Dotto (167-PG-93) was way better than the others with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Stella Panella (178-F-93) scored 9, while Giovanna Pertile (182-F-92) and Irene Cigliani (177-F-92) stopped to 8 points each. Quarters: Italy - Sweden 8-15, 24-17, 7-12, 20-17. Sweden will meet Holland on Saturday, while Italy will take on Poland in do-or-die game.
Poland - Holland 80-66 Poland cruised past Holland on Friday 80-66 for the first win at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecin. Both teams have 1-1 record now in Group B and both have a chance to reach the next stage. Everything will be clear on Saturday. Poland did a great job in the first half making 15-point lead. Holland cut the margin to 10 pts with one quarter left, but Poland shined in the last ten minutes to take the comfortable win against its rival. Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92) was a key player in victory with 26 points. Dorota Mistygacz (183-F/C-92) also was great adding 19 points and 9 rebs, while Agata Szczepanik (194-F/C-92) helped her team with 13 points and 6 rebs. In Holland, Zera Butter (179-G-92) scored 23 points and Marlou De Kleijn (182-F-92, agency: Regeneracom Sports) added 22 points, plus 5 rebounds. Sonja Kuijt (179-F-93) stopped to 9 pts in this game. Poland will play against Italy on Saturday, while Holland will meet Sweden, who already secured a ticket for the next stage.
France - Ukraine 66-75 Ukraine did a great job against France on Friday in Debrecin. Ukraine celebrated 75-66 victory joining the defeated team with 1-1 record in Group C. Both teams have a chance to reach the second stage of U20 EuroBasket, but everything will be known on Saturday night. Ukraine got 25 points and 7 rebounds from Alina Iagupova (186-G-92, agency: LBM Management), who was the MVP of this game with valuation 27. Anna Kiriyenko (190-C-93) had 17 points and 5 rebounds, while Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) helped her team with 8 points and 5 rebs. In defeat, Christelle Diallo (193-C-93) and Sara Chevaugeon (177-G-93) netted 18 and 15 points each. Their third scorer was Adja Konteh (173-G/F-92) with only 7 points. Ukraine won three periods of this game, while only the last one belonged to France: 18-17, 24-16, 17-15, 16-18. Ukraine will meet last ranked Portugal on Saturday. France will play against undefeated Turkey.
Turkey - Portugal 62-52 Turkey celebrated its second straight win at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecin. They downed Portugal 62-52 and already secured a ticket for the next stage. Turkey (2-0) now has a nice chance to win Group A, while at the other side Portugal fell to 0-2 and will have to beat Ukraine on Saturday in do-or-die game. Turkey made 9-point lead until the halftime having no troubles to keep it for rest of the way, despite Portugal came to minus 6 once in Q3. Quarters: 10-10, 22-13, 21-22, 9-7. Olcay Cakir (180-PG-93) (5 rebs) and Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) led the winners with 12 points each. Gizem Basaran (194-C-92) secured a nice help adding 9 points and 7 boards. In the loosing squad, Daniela Domingues (176-G/F-92) (6 rebs) and Ines Faustino (170-G-92) netted 12 points each. Saturday is the last day of the Preliminary Round in Debrecin. As mentioned above, Portugal will play against Ukraine in do-or-die game. Turkey's rival will be France and that game is also very important for both teams as wins will be transferred to the next stage.
Serbia - United Kingdom 71-59 Serbia celebrated its second straight win at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecin. After thriller victory in Day One, Serbia cruised past United Kingdom on Friday 71-59 and booked a ticket for the next stage. At the other side, UK dropped to 0-2 in Group D. They will have to beat Slovakia in do-or-die game on Saturday. Snezana Colic (178-G-92) was the leading player in Serbia with 24 points. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) helped with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while hero from Day One Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) added 10 pts in this meeting. Jessica Hurd (182-F-92) shined in defeat with 25 points and 9 boards. Their second scorer was Erin McGarrachan (182-G-92) with 14 points (7 rebs). Serbia was up by 7 at the halftime, but UK cut the margin to 5 pts with ten minutes to go. Serbia shined offensively in the last quarter (21-14) to take the victory in this meeting. In the last day of the Preliminary Round, Serbia will play against Russia and will try to win Group D with perfect 3-0 record. As mentioned above, UK will take on Slovakia.
Russia - Slovakia 61-64 Slovakia celebrated its first victory at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecin. They had impressive first half against Russia, but at the end escaped with tiny 3-point win. Slovakia was up by 15 at the HT and Russia cut the margin to 11 at the end of Q3. Russia took control on its rival at the beginning of the last period and after six minutes made 52-55 turn. However, Slovakia closed this game with 12-6 run to grab very valuable victory. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) (8 rebs) and Marta Palenikova (184-G/F-92) (5 rebs) led Slovakia with 15 points each. Marianna Draganovska (190-F/C-93) followed them with 11 points. In Russia, Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-F/C-93, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) was better than the others with 13 points and 5 rebounds, while Darya Namok (179-G-93) and Svetlana Efimova (187-F-92) stopped to 11 points each. In the last day of the Preliminary Round, Slovakia will meet last ranked UK. Russia will play against undefeated Serbia.
2016 Championship Draw Results - Jan 22, 2016
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The Draw for the 2016 U20 European Championship took place in Munich tonight. Please find the results below: Division A (Matosinhos, Portugal) Group A: Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Portugal, Poland Group B: Serbia, Germany, Italy, Sweden Group C: France, Latvia, Netherlands, Greece Group D: Russia, Slovak Republic, Belgium, Turkey. Division B (Podgorica, Montenegro) Group A: Ukraine, Czech Republic, Hungary Group B: Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria, Belarus Group C: Great Britain, Lithuan... [read more]
The Draw for the 2016 U20 European Championship took place in Munich tonight. Please find the results below: Division A (Matosinhos, Portugal) Group A: Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Portugal, Poland Group B: Serbia, Germany, Italy, Sweden Group C: France, Latvia, Netherlands, Greece Group D: Russia, Slovak Republic, Belgium, Turkey.
Division B (Podgorica, Montenegro) Group A: Ukraine, Czech Republic, Hungary Group B: Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria, Belarus Group C: Great Britain, Lithuania, Israel Group D: Ireland, Slovenia and Montenegro.
Youth tournaments confirmed for 2016 - Dec 11, 2015
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FIBA Europe Board confirmed the hosts of the youth tournament for 2016 today.
U20 European Championship will be held in Matosinhos, Portugal. The tournament is scheduled to take place from 9th through 17th of July. Division B will take place in Podgorica, Montenegro. The dates for Division B will be 9th-17th of July.
U18 European Championship is slated to take place in Hungary. The dates are confirmed as 23rd through 30th of July [read more]
FIBA Europe Board confirmed the hosts of the youth tournament for 2016 today. U20 European Championship will be held in Matosinhos, Portugal. The tournament is scheduled to take place from 9th through 17th of July. Division B will take place in Podgorica, Montenegro. The dates for Division B will be 9th-17th of July. U18 European Championship is slated to take place in Hungary. The dates are confirmed as 23rd through 30th of July. Division B will be held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina from 23rd through 31st of July. Division C will be played in Tbilisi, Georgia. U16 European Championship will be held in Udine, Italy. The competition will take place from 6th through 14th of August. Oradea, Romania will host Division B tournament. Andorra La Vella, Andorra will welcome the Division C tournament.
Spain conquer the title in Lanzarote - Jul 13, 2015
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France - Spain 47-66
Spain breezed past France to earn the title in Lanzarote. Leticia Romero (173-G-95) finished with 22 points to pace teh winners. Spain therefore claimed the fourth Gold medals in the last five editions of the championship. Spain dominated from start to finish in the title game. They recorded a 17:8 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew at 13-point mark at the interval 33:20. France cut the distance at 12-point mark at the final break. But Spain reacted w... [read more]
France - Spain 47-66 Spain breezed past France to earn the title in Lanzarote. Leticia Romero (173-G-95) finished with 22 points to pace teh winners. Spain therefore claimed the fourth Gold medals in the last five editions of the championship. Spain dominated from start to finish in the title game. They recorded a 17:8 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew at 13-point mark at the interval 33:20. France cut the distance at 12-point mark at the final break. But Spain reacted with a 17:10 rally in the fourth quarter to ice the victory. Laura Quevedo (185-G-96, college: Miami, FL) delivered 12 points for the winners. Aby Gaye (195-C-95, agency: Comsport) responded with 14 points for France.
Holland - Russia 63-51 Netherlands stepped onto the pedestal in Lanzarote. They beat Russia to earn the Bronze medals at the championship. Janis Ndiba (182-F/C-97) posted 22 points and 14 rebounds to pace the winners. Russia eked out a 20:18 lead after the opening quarter. But Netherlands bounced back with a 15:6 run in the second frame to take a 33:26 halftime lead. Netherlands went on a 19:14 rally in the fourth quarter and rolled to the victory. Isabella Slim (183-F-95) delivered 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Dutch team. Elizaveta Komarova (172-PG-95, agency: LBM Management) and Polina Fedorova (188-PF-95) responded with 14 points each for Russia.
Italy - Portugal 83-71 Italy secured the fifth overall position at the championship. They rallied past Portugal in the final game. Stefania Trimboli (178-G-96) came off the bench to deliver 17 points for the Azzurri. Portugal grabbed a 17:7 lead after the opening quarter. But Italy denied the deficit and spurred ahead for a 35:31 halftime lead. They followed with a 28:14 rally in the third term to build an 18-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Portugal dropped 26 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss. Marzia Tagliamento (179-F-96) had 19 points for the winners. Laura Ferreira (180-F-95) responded with 25 points and 14 rebounds for Portugal.
Slovakia - Poland 57-67 Poland upset Slovak Republic to earn the seventh overall position at the tournament. Aleksandra Wajler (185-F-95, agency: Promotex) stepped up with 23 points for the winners. Poland piled up a 24:18 lead after ten minutes. They outscored their opponents in the next three periods and rolled to the victory. Angelika Stankiewicz (170-SG-95, agency: Promotex) and Magdalena Szajtauer (190-F/C-95) netted 12 points each for Poland. Terezia Palenikova (178-G/F-95) responded with 17 points for Slovak Republic.
Serbia - Turkey 49-70 Turkey earned the ninth overall position at the tournament. They edged Serbia in the final game in Lanzarote. Busra Akbas (174-PG-95) and Hulya Coklar (188-C-95) delivered 15 points each for the winning side. Turkey accumulated a 34:31 halftime lead. They went on a 19:9 run in the third term to boost the gap. Turkey held Serbia to 9 points in the fourth period and raced to the victory. Kubra Erat (169-G-95) netted 13 points in the win. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F-96) answered with 16 points for Serbia.
Belgium - Latvia 57-55 Belgium snatched a narrow win over Latvia on the final day of the championship. Hind Ben Abdelkader (172-PG-95, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: California) came up with another pivotal performance for Belgium scoring 30 points and leading her team to the 11th overall position. Latvia enjoyed a 21:13 lead after tne minutes. They extended the lead to 10 points heading into the fourth quarter. But Belgium capped the regulation on an 18:6 run to snatch a tough victory. Axelle Bernard (190-F/C-95) had 10 points in the victory. Digna Strautmane (189-F-98) responded with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Latvia.
Germany - Hungary 53-51 Germany nipped Hungary to finish in the 13th position in Lanzarote and therefore secure their Division A birth for the next season. Alina Hartmann (183-G-95) and Paulina Koerner (176-PG-96) accounted for 14 points each to pace the winners. Hungary accounted for a 16:10 lead after ten minutes. But Germany responded with an 18:4 rally in the second term to spur ahead. They accumulated a 9-point lead before the fourth term. Hungary narrowed the distance in the final period but Germany hung on to avoid the defeat. Palma Kaposi (185-PF-96) provided 16 points and 11 rebounds for Hungary as they got relegated into Division B.
Ukraine - Czech Republic 66-96 Czech Republic sweetened the pill of Division B relegation with a comfortable victory over Ukraine in the final game of the championship. Eva Kopecka (171-SF-96) notched 17 points to lead the winners. Czech Republic led by just two points at the interval 35:33. However they used a massive 61:33 second half run to clear off for good. Anna Hruskova (178-SF-95) finished with 14 points for Czech Republic. Olga Yatskovets (183-C-97) responded with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Ukraine.
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