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.
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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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