Lithuania - Belarus 66-72 Belarus celebrated its first victory at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen and actually that is enough for the second place in Group A. Belarus outplayed Lithuania 72-66 joining them and Latvia with 1-2 record in this pool. Belarus has the best score in this three-way tie, while Lithuania is behind them, so these two teams booked a spot for the second stage. They will be transferred to Group E. Belarus got 26 points and 13 rebounds from Maryia Filonchyk (187-PF-92). She was the MVP of this game with valuation 28. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) had 11 points and 7 rebounds, while Ksenija Voishal (182-F-94) helped with 8 points and 6 rebs. In the loosing squad, Santa Okockyte (176-PG-92) top-scored with 19 points and Laura Svaryte (190-C/F-92) had 16 points, plus 10 rebounds. Monika Grigalauskyte (190-PF-92) shined with 13 points and 16 rebounds. Belarus had 57-70 lead with 4:43 remaining in the game, but Lithuania made 9-0 run after that. Lipinskaya answered with jump shot and both teams were scoreless for rest of the way. All teams will take a rest on Sunday.
Spain - Latvia 57-43 Spain is the winner of Group A at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. They handed 57-43 loss to Latvia for perfect 3-0 at this phase. Of course, Spain will be transferred to Group E of the second stage. At the other side, Latvia dropped to 1-2 and finished as the last ranked team of the group. Latvia will be moved to Group G, where they will fight for the survival in Division A. Spain had plus 15 at the halftime and managed to keep the lead for rest of the way. Quarters: 15-12, 25-13, 10-10, 7-8. Mariona Ortiz (183-F/G-92) (13 rebs) and Marina Delgado (174-PG-92) (7 rebs) scored 11 points each for the winners. Queralt Casas (180-G-92) followed them with 10 points and 5 boards. In the loosing squad, Guna Lagzdina (187-C-93) was better than the others with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Krista Bridina (174-PG-94) had 10 points and 5 rebs, and Renate Reine (176-G-94) stopped to 9 pts. Championship continues on Monday.
Italy - Poland 47-54 Poland did a great job against Italy in the last day of the Preliminary Round at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecin. Poland celebrated 54-47 victory improving its score to 2-1 in Group B. Sweden and Holland have the same numbers in this pool, but Poland has the best score in this three-way tie and won the group. All three teams advanced to the next stage and they will be moved to Group E. At the other side, Italy is still winless and they will fight for the survival in Division A. Big disappointment for them. Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92) shined in victory with 17 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds. Ramona Casimiro (170-G-92) had 12 points and 6 rebounds, while Dorota Mistygacz (183-F/C-92) added 9 points and 11 rebs. In Italy, Caterina Dotto (167-PG-93) and Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) scored 13 and 12 points respectively. Each of them grabbed 6 rebounds in this meeting. Poland had 12-point lead at the beginning of Q4, but Italy closed the gap to 47-51 with one minute to go. Zietara immediately replied with triple securing the victory for her team. Quarters: 24-14, 12-11, 10-9, 8-13. All teams will take a rest on Sunday.
Sweden - Holland 52-54 Very valuable win for Holland in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Debrecin (U20 EuroBasket). Holland grabbed 54-52 victory against Sweden to join them and Poland with 2-1 record in Group B. Poland ended as No.1, Sweden as No.2 and Holland as No.3 in this pool, while all three teams advanced to the next stage. Holland will transfer this win to Group E. Their best player today was Zera Butter (179-G-92) with 14 points. Marlou De Kleijn (182-F-92, agency: Regeneracom Sports) had 9 points and 8 rebounds, while Sharon Lammerink (189-C-93) added 14 pts. It was a very exciting finish and Holland celebrated thanks to Adams and Marlou De Klejin, who made lay-up and scored one free throw respectively. Sweden was scoreless in the last minute. Quarters: 13-11, 19-9, 9-12, 13-20. Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) had 14 points for Sweden, while Ellen Nystrom (180-G-93) (7 rebs) and Amanda Zahui (190-C-93) (6 rebs) netted 8 points each. Championship continues on Monday. As mentioned above, both teams will be moved to Group E.
France - Turkey 56-61 Turkey advanced to the second stage of U20 EuroBasket with perfect 3-0 record. In the last day of the Preliminary Round Turkey handed 61-56 loss to France, who ended as No.3 in this pool. France also heads to the next stage and both teams will be placed to Group F. Teams were tied to 51-51 at the halfway of the last period, but Turkey made crucial 7-2 run after that and managed to keep the lead for rest of the way. Quarters: 12-13, 15-15, 16-16, 18-12. Olcay Cakir (180-PG-93) led the winners with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) (5 rebs) and Ecem Guler (189-PF-92) (5 rebs) netted 12 and 11 points respectively. France got 13 points and 5 rebs from Christelle Diallo (193-C-93), while Alice Nayo (186-C-93) and Marie Mbuyamba (185-F/C-93) collected 10 points and 5 rebounds each. Championship continues on Monday and all teams will take a rest tomorrow. Four of six teams from the newly formed Group F will advance to the Quarterfinals.
Ukraine - Portugal 54-47 Box-score will be available soon. Ukraine (2-1) advanced to the next stage. Portugal (0-3) will fight for the survival in Division A.
Russia - Serbia 64-57 Both teams advanced to the second stage of U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. Russia handed 64-57 loss to Serbia on Saturday to join them and Slovakia with 2-1 record in Group D. In this three-way tie Russia is No.1, Slovakia is No.2 and Serbia is No.3. Russia shined in the last ten minutes of the game to take this victory. Quarters: 13-12, 18-11, 11-21, 22-13. It very important to mention that Serbia played with six players in this game as all other were poised by food and some of them were even hospitalized for a while. Darya Namok (179-G-93) scored 14 points for the winners and Ekaterina Fedorenkova (178-SG-93) added one points less. Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-F/C-93, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) collected 12 points and 9 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Snezana Colic (178-G-92) shined with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) collected 16 points and 13 rebs. All teams will take a rest on Sunday.
Slovakia - United Kingdom 74-61 Slovakia made it in do-or-die game against United Kingdom. Slovakia celebrated 74-61 win finishing this stage as the second ranked team of Group D with 2-1 record. At the other side, UK closes the standings in this pool with 0-3. They will fight for the survival in U20 EuroBasket Division A. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) led the winners with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Marta Palenikova (184-G/F-92) and Martina Letkova (189-F-92) netted 11 points each. In defeat, Olufemi Hamilton (170-G-93) was the leading scorer with 17 points. Jessica Hurd (185-C-92) had 10 pts and Cheridene Green (187-C-95) added 9 pts, plus 11 rebounds. Quarters: 19-13, 20-15, 19-20, 16-13. Slovakia will be moved to Group F now. UK will continue in Group G. Championship continues on Monday and all teams will have a chance to rest tomorrow.
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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