Belgium - Romania 68-76 OT Romania grabbed 76-68 overtime win against Belgium in Day Three of U20 EuroBasket Division B in Klatovy. Thanks to this victory Romania joined Belgium and Israel with 1-2 record. Doppee made a jump shot for Belgium setting the score to 63-63 with 37 seconds remaining in regular time. Romania had the possession, but Ardelean committed a turnover (3 seconds in the paint) and suddenly Belgium got a chance with 21 seconds to go, but they were not able to score. Romania made 5-0 run at the beginning of extra five minutes and later managed to keep the lead for rest of the way. Quarters: 15-15, 20-22, 18-8, 10-18, 13-5. Dora Ardelean (186-PF-94) had 21 points and 12 rebounds in victory, while Sonia Ursu (175-SG-93) added 15 points and 8 rebounds. Gabriela Cursaru (169-PG-92) (7 rebs) and Cristina Bigica (182-G/F-92) also scored 15 points each. In Belgium, Emmanuella Mayombo (170-SG-92, agency: LBM Management) was better than the others with 25 points. Caroline Bourlioux (182-C-92) and Marieke Versavel (168-PG-92) posted 13 and 11 pts respectively. Romania will meet Israel on Sunday. Belgium will play against Switzerland.
Hungary - Czech Republic 56-55 Hungary jumped to 2-0 record at U20 EuroBasket Division B in Klatovy. They grabbed 56-55 thriller win against the host of this event, thanks to well played last six minutes of the game. Czech Republic had 40-43 lead, after what Hungary made impressive 11-0 run. Czech Republic came to 56-53 in the finish and Licskai missed two free throws after that, so Czech Republic got a chance with 10 seconds remaining, but Kozumplikova missed a triple and Michaela Vojtkova (181-F-93) scored, but only for 2, what was not enough for overtime. Quarters: 11-7, 9-13, 18-12, 18-23. This is the first loss for Czech Republic, who has 2-1 record now. Anna Mansare (188-F/C-92) had 16 points and 5 rebounds in victory, and Krisztina Velkey (180-G/F-92) added 12 points. Lilla Adamecz (181-F-92) helped with 9 points and 7 rebs. In defeat, Barbora Kasparkova (181-F/C-92) collected 14 points and 9 rebounds, while Vojtkova scored 13 points. Hungary will meet Bulgaria on Sunday. Czech Republic will have a day-off.
Israel - Bulgaria 73-64 Both teams were winless before this meeting. Israel managed to beat Bulgaria today 73-64 improving to 1-2 record at U20 EuroBasket Division B in Klatovy. At the other side, Bulgaria faced with third straight loss. Bulgaria made 6-point lead in the first half, but Israel responded with 20-15 after the breather and made 61-53 turn at the beginning of the last quarter. With 3:19 remaining in the game Israel was up by ten and question about the winner was resolved. Thea Lemberger (175-G-92) was a key player in victory with 26 points and 7 rebounds (valuation 24, MVP). May Dayan (170-PG-94) scored 11 points and Bar Gilinski (185-PF-92) helped with 9 points, plus 14 rebounds. Bulgaria got 18 points and 7 rebounds from Viktoriya Stoycheva (171-PG-92), while Iva Kostova (178-SG-94) had 17 points and 8 rebs. Kristina Peychinova (176-SG-94) netted 12 pts in this defeat. Israel will play against Romania on Sunday. Bulgaria will take on Hungary.
Greece - Switzerland 81-39 Greece extended its winning streak to three at U20 EuroBasket Division B in Klatovy. This time Greece smashed Switzerland 81-39 for 3-0 record at this event. It was the second appearance for Switzerland and they faced with second straight loss. Greece made 22-point lead at the halftime and increased it to plus 33 for the next ten minutes. Switzerland had no chance for rest of the game. Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (187-F-92) led Greece in scoring with 15 points, but their best player was Artemis Spanou (184-F-93) with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Styliani Fouraki (186-C-94) netted 12 pts. In defeat, Rosalie Grobet (185-F/C-92) delivered 9 points and Dorothee Studer (169-G-92) had 6. Greece will play against Germany tomorrow. Switzerland will meet Belgium.
Spain crowned champions in Matosinhos - 8 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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