Ukraine - Holland 63-71 Holland had another great game in Debrecen. This time they downed Ukraine 71-63 in the Quarterfinals of U20 EuroBasket and will meet Russia in the Semis. Ukraine will continue in Classification Round from 5th-8th place at this event. Their first rival will be Sweden. Holland had 3-point lead at the half time and after that made impressive 19-9 in Q3. Ukraine came to minus 7 in the last quarter, but it was all from them in this meeting. Marlou De Kleijn (182-F-92, agency: Regeneracom Sports) stepped up for the winners with 23 points and Zera Butter (179-G-92) added 14. Sharon Lammerink (189-C-93) posted 12 pts in this victory. At the other side, Alina Iagupova (186-G-92, agency: LBM Management) collected 21 points and 11 rebounds, but she made only 2 of 10 attempts from behind the arc. Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93, agency: New Trend Agency) (7 rebs) and Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) scored 13 points each. Semifinals, as well as first games of Classification Round from 5th-8th place, will be played today.
Sweden - Russia 65-73 Russia advanced to the Semifinals of U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. They handed 73-65 loss to Sweden in the QFinals. Russia's rival in the battle for the gold medal game will be Holland. At the other side, Sweden will continue in Classification Round from 5th-8th place. Alexandra Stolyar (178-G-92) top-scored in victory with 15 points and Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-F/C-93, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) helped with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Galina Kiseleva (184-F-93) secured a nice help adding 13 points, plus 6 boards. In defeat, Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) was better than the others with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) scored 14 points and Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) added 10 pts, plus 8 rebs. Russia was up by four at the end of Q3 and jumped to 68-54 with 4 minutes remaining in the game. That was simply too much for Sweden. Quarters: 20-18, 18-12, 12-16, 23-19. Championship continues today.
Spain - France 55-53 Spain grabbed 55-53 thriller win against France in the Quarterfinals of U20 EuroBasket in Debrecin. It means that Spain advanced to the Semis, where they will meet Turkey. France will continue in Classification Round from 5th-8th place. Their first rival will be Belarus. Spain was 54-46 up with 2:55 remaining in the game, after what France made 7-0 run in something more than a minute. Both teams were scoreless in the next minute and a half, after what Laura Gil (190-C-92, agency: Josep and Nicolas) made on free throw for Spain. France had 7 seconds for the last possession and Diallo tried from behind the arc, but she missed and Spain advanced to the Semifinals. Quarters: 10-16, 21-10, 10-12, 14-15. Mariona Ortiz (183-F/G-92) led the winners with 21 points and 8 rebounds (valuation 29, MVP). Gil had 16 points and 7 rebs, while Queralt Casas (180-G-92) added 12 pts. In the loosing squad, Sara Chevaugeon (177-G-93) delivered 13 pts. Their second scorer was Romane Bernies (170-PG-93) with 9 points, while Alice Nayo (186-C-93) collected 8 points and 7 rebs. Teams will continue with games today.
Turkey - Belarus 66-61 Turkey extended its winning streak at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. They downed Belarus 66-61 in the Quarterfinals and booked a spot for the Semis. There, Turkey will meet Spain. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) (5 rebs) and Pelin Bilgic (173-G-94) led the winners with 12 points each. Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) followed them with 10 points and 7 rebs. In Belarus, Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) (7 rebs) and Aliaksandra Musatava (174-SG-92) scored 16 points apiece, and Maryia Filonchyk (187-PF-92) posted 15 points in this defeat. Turkey had 48-42 lead after 30 minutes, but Belarus closed the gap to 3 pts soon after that. Ayse Cora and her teammates shined when it mattered most and stayed in charge for rest of the game. Championship continues today. As mentioned above, Turkey will meet Spain, while Belarus will play against France. It will be the first game of the Classification Round from 5th-8th place.
Slovakia - Lithuania 54-57 Lithuania made a first step forward to 9th place at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecin. They grabbed 57-54 win over Slovakia on Friday. Today, Lithuania will meet Poland and winner of that game will take 9th place at this event. Slovakia will meet Serbia in the battle for position No.11. Laura Svaryte (190-C/F-92) paced Lithuania with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Monika Grigalauskyte (190-PF-92) (12 rebs) and Monika Petrauskaite (183-F-92) (6 rebs) netted 10 points each. In defeat, Marta Palenikova (184-G/F-92) scored 14 points and Angelika Oravcova (175-PG-92) had three less than her. Barbora Balintova (176-G-94) stopped to 8 pts in this loss. Lithuania was constantly in charge during the last ten minutes, despite Slovakia touched minus one with 7:55 to go. Quarters: 16-22, 25-10, 4-8, 12-14. Championship continues today.
Poland - Serbia 72-66 2OT Poland grabbed 72-66 double overtime win against Serbia in the first game of the Classification Round from 9th-12th place. Today, Poland will meet Lithuania and winner of that game with finish as No.9 of U20 EuroBasket in Debrecein. Serbia will meet Slovakia in the battle for 11th place. It was a heartbreaking thriller and Poland shined in the second OT to take the victory. Quarters: 7-16, 12-13, 9-8, 20-11, 10-10 OT1, 14-8 OT2. Martyna Stelmach (187-F/C-92) stepped up for the winners with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92) had 12 points and 6 assists, while Dorota Mistygacz (183-F/C-92) helped with double-double of 11 points and 10 rebs. In Serbia, Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) delivered 15 points, while Milica Toskovic (187-G-93) added 11 pts and 5 rebs. Snezana Colic (178-G-92) collected 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in this game. Both teams will play their last games in Debrecen today.
Portugal - Italy 52-56 Italy celebrated its fourth straight victory in Group G of U20 EuroBasket. They downed Portugal 56-52 for 4-0 record in this pool. After this win Italy is very close to survival in Division A and actually victory against UK today would be enough. At the other side, Portugal dropped to 2-2 and they are in very difficult situation now. Giovanna Pertile (182-F-92) led the winners with 9 points and 10 rebounds. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) and Nene Diene (169-PG-92) also scored 9 points each in this victory. At the other side, Jessica Almeida (172-PG-93) delivered 12 points and Daniela Domingues (176-G/F-92) added 11 pts, plus 10 boards. Laura Ferreira (177-G-95) stopped to 9 pts in this loss. Italy was better in the last ten minutes to take the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 16-15, 10-16, 10-7, 20-14. Today, Italy will meet UK. Portugal will play against Latvia.
United Kingdom - Latvia 61-72 Latvia registered second win in Group G of U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. They handed 71-61 loss to UK on Friday. After this win Latvia kept their hopes alive for the survival in Division A, but it will be very difficult task as Italy already has 4-0 in this pool. UK dropped to 0-4. Sabine Dukate (174-F-93) netted 18 points for the winners and Dita Rozenberga (181-F-92) added 14 pts. Ance Aizsila (175-G-94) followed them with 12 pts. In the loosing squad, Jessica Hurd (185-C-92) was better than the others with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Erin McGarrachan (182-G-92) had 12 points and 5 rebs, while Olufemi Hamilton (170-G-93) stopped to 9 pts and 6 rebs. Quaretrs: 16-11, 12-14, 25-16, 19-20. In the next game Latvia will meet Portugal. UK will take on Italy.
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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