Spain - Sweden 61-63 Sweden handed first loss to Spain at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. It was a 63-61 thriller win for Sweden, who joined Spain now on top of Group E with almost perfect 3-1 record. Sweden has a nice chance to win this pool and both teams already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. It is important to mention that Sweden earned promotion last summer from Division B to Division A, while Spain is the defending champion at this event. Sweden celebrated thanks to jump shot by Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) in the finish. Spain was scoreless for the last two and a half minutes of this game. Quarters: 17-17, 17-8, 13-17, 16-19. Abdi led Sweden with double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) added 17 points and 9 rebs. Their third scorer was Amanda Zahui (190-C-93) with 8 pts (7 rebs). In Spain, Andrea Vilaro (177-G-93, college: Florida) posted 17 points and Queralt Casas (180-G-92) stopped to 10 for 38 minutes on the court. Laura Gil (190-C-92, agency: Josep and Nicolas) collected 8 points and 11 rebounds. In the last day of the second stage Sweden will play against Lithuania. Spain will meet Poland.
Holland - Lithuania 66-54 Holland handed 66-54 loss to Lithuania in Day Five of U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. Thanks to this victory Holland improved to 2-2 record in Group E, while Lithuania stays the only winless team in this pool with 0-4. Holland has a nice chance to reach the quarterfinals, but everything will be clear on Wednesday. Sharon Lammerink (189-C-93) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Marlou De Kleijn (182-F-92, agency: Regeneracom Sports) added 16 points, plus 6 rebounds. Zera Butter (179-G-92) helped with 12 points and 8 boards. In the loosing squad, Santa Okockyte (176-PG-92) collected 19 points and 8 rebounds. Santa Okockytee had double-double of 11 points and 15 rebs, and Kornelija Valiuskyte (172-G-92) added 10 pts. Holland exploded in the last ten minutes to take the victory in this game. Quarters: 16-14, 12-17, 12-15, 26-8. Holland will meet Belarus in the last day of the second stage and it could be a do-or-die game for both teams. Lithuania will play against Sweden.
Belarus - Poland 60-54 Belarus registered very important win against Poland 60-54 in Day Five of U20 EuroBasket in Derbecen. Both teams have 2-2 record now in Group E and Holland also has the same numbers. Two of these three teams will advance to the Quarterfinals, but their names will be known on Wednesday. Belarus was down by 4 with ten minutes remaining in the game, but than they took control on its rival to end the last period with 20-10, what was enough for the victory. Quarters: 12-11, 10-16, 18-17, 20-10. Ksenija Voishal (182-F-94) led Belarus in scoring with 18 points and Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) followed her with 15 points, plus 9 rebounds. Maryia Filonchyk (187-PF-92) added 14 pts and 7 boards to this win. In Poland, Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92) was better than the others with 14 points. Martyna Stelmach (187-F/C-92) and Paulina Kuras (170-G-92) netted 10 points each. Belarus will play against Holland in do-or-die game on Wednesday, while Poland will meet top-ranked Spain.
Turkey - Slovakia 56-43 Turkey celebrated another win in Debrecen. This time they outplayed Slovakia for 4-0 record in Group F. With this victory Turkey already secured first place in this pool before the Quarterfinals. Slovakia dropped to 2-2, but still has a good chance to reach the next stage. Turkey won every single period of this game. Quarters: 13-10, 16-13, 12-10, 15-10. Olcay Cakir (180-PG-93) stepped up with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners, while Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) scored 11 pts and grabbed 6 boards. Gizem Basaran (194-C-92) (6 rebs) and Ecem Guler (189-PF-92) helped with 10 points each. Slovakia didn't have anyone with double digits in scoring. Angelika Oravcova (175-PG-92) (6 rebs) and Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) (5 rebs) scored 8 points each. Wednesday is the last day of the second stage in Debrecen. Turkey will play against Russia, while Slovakia will meet last ranked France.
Serbia - France 44-68 France celebrated first win in Group F of U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. They downed Serbia with comfortable 68-44 and both teams now have 1-3 record in this pool. Three Quarterfinals tickets are still available in this group, but who will take them it will be known on Wednesday night. France took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 18-10, 19-10, 13-14, 18-10. Christelle Diallo (193-C-93) led France with 15 points and 6 rebounds, and Margaux Galliou-Loko (184-F-93) was their second scorer with 10 points. Marie Mbuyamba (185-F/C-93) (8 rebs) and Romane Bernies (170-PG-93) posted 8 points each. In Serbia, Jovana Jaksic (178-F/G-92) was the leading scorer with just 9 points. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) had 7 and Tijana Dijan (174-PG-92) added one less. In the last day of the second stage France will meet Slovakia. Serbia's rival will be Ukraine.
Ukraine - Russia 68-62 Very important win for Ukraine in Day Five of U20 EuroBasket in Derbecen. Ukraine was too strong for Russia 68-62 joining them with 2-2 record in Group F. Both teams have a nice chance to reach the Quarterfinals, but everything will be clear on Wednesday night. Ukraine was up by 12 (58-46) after impressive third quarter (22-9). However, Russia didn't give up and they came to minus 4 with 3:33 remaining in the game. Alina Iagupova (186-G-92, agency: LBM Management) and her teammates immediately replied with mini 5-0 run to secure the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 20-17, 16-20, 22-9, 10-16. Iagupova shined with 24 points and 15 rebounds in Ukraine. Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) had 11 points and Anna Kiriyenko (190-C-93) was their third scorer with only 6 pts. In Russia, Galina Kiseleva (184-F-93) was better than the others with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Ekaterina Fedorenkova (178-SG-93) scored 14 points, while Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-F/C-93, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) followed with 9 pts and 13 boards. On Wednesday, Ukraine will meet Serbia (1-3). Russia will play against undefeated Turkey.
Portugal - Latvia 60-57 OT Portugal grabbed very important 60-57 OT win against Latvia. Both teams have 1-1 record now in Group G, where teams fight for the survival in Division A of U20 EuroBasket. Italy is currently the leading team of this pool with perfect 2-0 score. Portugal forced an OT thanks to jump shot by Daniela Domingues (176-G/F-92), after what both teams were scoreless for the last 48 seconds in regular time. With 2 minutes to go in OT teams were still tied and it was 54-54. Ines Faustino (170-G-92) made 4-0 run on her own and Ruta Veidere (188-C-94) answered with lay-up for Latvia. Domingues made two free throws for Portugal to secure the victory with 11 seconds remaining. Latvia scored only one FT in their last possession. Quarters: 18-14, 9-10, 8-13, 16-14, 9-6 OT. Domingues had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Faustino scored 16 points and Jessica Almeida (172-PG-93) added 12. Vitoria Pacheco (179-C-92) secured great help with 11 points and 15 rebs. In defeat, Dita Rozenberga (181-F-92) had double-double of 18 points and 10 rebs. Veidere collected 12 pts and 9 boards, while Krista Bridina (174-PG-94) stopped to 9 points. On Wednesday, Portugal will play against UK. Latvia will meet Italy.
United Kingdom - Italy 47-68 Italy jumped to 2-0 record in Group G of U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. Teams in this group fight for the survival in Division A and only the winner will make it. UK dropped to 0-2 after this loss and they are already in very difficult situation. Italy was better team from the beginning and they were increasing lead after each period. Quarters: 17-13, 20-12, 19-11, 12-11. Giovanna Pertile (182-F-92) stepped up for Italy with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Nene Diene (169-PG-92) (5 rebs) and Clara Salvini (180-C-92) helped with 11 and 10 points respectively. In UK, Jessica Hurd (185-C-92) collected 16 points and 6 rebounds, and Olufemi Hamilton (170-G-93) posted 10 pts. Erin McGarrachan (182-G-92) collected 8 points and 10 boards. In the next game Italy will meet Latvia. UK will play against Portugal.
Spain crowned champions in Matosinhos - 6 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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