Lithuania - Poland 50-53 Very valuable win for Poland at the start of the second stage at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. Poland was better than Lithuania jumping to 2-1 record in Group E and now shares the second place with Sweden. At the other side, Lithuania closes the standings in this pool with 0-3. Lithuania was up by 15 at the halftime and it seemed they will take this game easily, but than Poland exploded after the breather. They intensified defense limiting its rival to just 4 pts for the entire Q3, while they drained 22 at the other side. In very exciting Q4 Poland managed to take 52-46 lead with 27 seconds remaining in the game. Lithuania came to minus two few moments later, but Cossengue sealed the victory for Poland from the free throw line. Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92) paced Poland with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Ramona Casimiro (170-G-92) had 14 points and 9 rebs, and Martyna Stelmach (187-F/C-92) added 7 pts, plus 6 rebs. In Lithuania, Monika Grigalauskyte (190-PF-92) shined with 15 points and 9 rebs, while Laura Svaryte (190-C/F-92) had double-double of 13 points and 12 boards. Dovile Saurazaite (170-G-92) stopped to 11 pts in this defeat. Poland will play against Belarus today, while Lithuania's rival will be Holland.
Sweden - Belarus 76-65 Sweden outplayed Belarus 76-65 to start the second stage at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. Both teams had 1-1 record in Group E before this meeting. Now, Sweden shares the second place with Poland, while Belarus has the same score as 4th ranked Holland. Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) (9 rebs) and Ellen Nystrom (180-G-93) led the winners with 15 points each, while Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) followed them with 14 pts and 7 rebs. In defeat, Maryia Filonchyk (187-PF-92) was better than the others with double-double of 21 points and 10 rebs, and Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) netted 16 points (5 rebs). Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) stopped to 12 points and 6 boards. Sweden had double digit lead with ten minutes remaining in the game and it was too much for Belarus. Quarters: 23-18, 22-22, 18-11, 13-14. Sweden will play against Spain today and the winner will secure a ticket for the Quarterfinals. Belarus will meet Poland, also in very important game.
Holland - Spain 41-70 Spain had no mercy for Holland in the opening round of the second stage at U20 EuroBasket in Derbecen. It was 70-41 win for Spain, who now has 3-0 record in Group E. Spain already booked a ticket for the Quarterfinals at this event. They made 14-point lead until the halftime and jumped to plus 20 with one quarter left. Holland was not able to reply and actually Spain increased its lead to the final plus 29. Queralt Casas (180-G-92) and Marta Claret (185-C-92) netted 16 and 14 points respectively for the winners. Their third scorer was Elena Diaz (188-C-92) with 9 points. In the loosing squad, Marlou De Kleijn (182-F-92, agency: Regeneracom Sports) and Liesbeth Visser (169-PG-92) top-scored with just 7 points each. Holland dropped to 1-2 now sharing the fourth place with Belarus. Spain is alone on top of this pool. Today Spain will play against Sweden, while Holland will take on Lithuania.
France - Russia 59-62 Russia had to work very hard to beat France 62-59 in the opening game of the second stage in Debrecen (U20 EuroBasket). France had 8-point lead with ten minutes remaining in the game. They even jumped to plus 9 with 5:45 to go, but Russia didn't give up. Russia made impressive 14-4 run in just few minutes and later managed to take the victory in this game thanks to free throws by Alexandra Stolyar (178-G-92) and Efimova. Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-F/C-93, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) led Russia with 12 points and 11 rebounds in this meeting. Darya Namok (179-G-93) and Stoylar posted 10 points each. France got 19 points from Adja Konteh (173-G/F-92) and 13 from Sara Chevaugeon (177-G-93). Quarters: 16-17, 12-12, 9-16, 25-14. Turkey will meet Slovakia today. France will play do-or-die game against Serbia.
Slovakia - Ukraine 72-63 Slovakia started the second stage of U20 EuroBasket with victory. They downed Ukraine 72-63 for 2-1 record in Group F. At the other side, Ukraine dropped to 1-2. There are six participants in this group and only four of them will advance to the Quarterfinals. Slovakia had 13-point lead with one quarter left in the game and they jumped to plus 18 with 3:44 remaining. Marta Palenikova (184-G/F-92) stepped up for the winners with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Barbora Balintova (176-G-94) scored 13 points and Martina Letkova (189-F-92) added two points less. In Ukraine, Alina Iagupova (186-G-92, agency: LBM Management) collected 33 points and 7 rebounds, but with pretty bad percentage for FG2 (2/10). She reached valuation 25. Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93, agency: New Trend Agency) had 14 points and 8 rebounds in this defeat. Slovakia will meet top-ranked Turkey today, while Ukraine will play against Russia.
Serbia - Turkey 45-56 Few of Serbia's players finally recovered after food poisoning in Debrecen, but still Turkey celebrated 56-45 victory in this meeting. It was the opening round of the second stage at U20 EuroBasket and Turkey stays on top of Group F with perfect 3-0 record. Serbia dropped to 1-2 in this pool. Thanks to this win Turkey already secured a ticket for the Quarterfinals, while Serbia still has a good chance to do it. Serbia had 1-point lead with 10 minutes remaining in the game, but Turkey totally cook control on its rival after that. Turkey limited Serbia to just 8 pts for the entire last quarter, while they drained 20 at the other side, what was enough for comfortable victory. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) was a key player in this win with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) scored 10 points and Ecem Guler (189-PF-92) helped with 8. In Serbia, Snezana Colic (178-G-92) collected 18 points and 11 rebounds. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) (5 rebs) and Jovana Jaksic (178-F/G-92) posted 6 points each. Championship continues today and Turkey will meet Slovakia. Serbia will play against France (0-3) and it will most likely be the crucial game for both teams.
Italy - Portugal 57-48 Italy celebrated its first win at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. They outplayed Portugal 57-48 in the opening game of Group G. Teams in this pool fight for the survival in Division A and only the winner will avoid relegation. Latvia and UK are also placed to this group. Italy celebrated against Portugal thanks to great played first half of the game. Italy made 15-point lead in the first 20 minutes and Portugal closed the gap to 8 pts with one quarter left. However, Italy was strong enough to keep its lead for rest of the way. Virginia Galbiati (173-G-92) scored 14 points for her team and Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) had 12. Their third scorer was Irene Cigliani (177-F-92) with 8 points. In defeat, Daniela Domingues (176-G/F-92) collected 17 points and 5 rebounds. Jessica Almeida (172-PG-93) scored 13 points and Ines Faustino (170-G-92) netted 9. Italy will play against UK today. Portugal will take on Latvia.
Latvia - United Kingdom 77-56 Latvia made a first step forward to survival in U20 EuroBasket Division A. They handed 77-56 loss to UK for 1-0 record in Group G. Participants of this pool are also Italy and Portugal and only the group winner will avoid relegation to Division B. Latvia took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 23-13, 13-9, 23-19, 18-15. Dita Rozenberga (181-F-92) scored 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds for the winners. Krista Bridina (174-PG-94) (5 as) and Sabine Dukate (174-F-93) netted 14 points each. In UK, Francesca Whitby (175-G-92) and Rosie Hynes (172-G-93) delivered 13 and 12 pts respectively. Olufemi Hamilton (170-G-93) stopped to 10 points. Latvia will play against Portugal in the next game, while UK will meet Italy.
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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