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Final Standings
 1. U.Kingdom
 2. Slovakia
 3. Czech R.
 4. Portugal
 5. Hungary
 6. Israel
 7. Belgium
 8. Greece
 9. FYR Maced.
 10. Austria

Qualifying Round Standings
Group A
 1. Portugal 4-0 
 2. Slovakia 3-1 
 3. Israel 2-2 
 4. Greece 1-3 
 5. Austria 0-4 
Group B
 1. Czech Repu. 4-0 
 2. U.Kingdom 3-1 
 3. Hungary 2-2 
 4. Belgium 1-3 
 5. FYR Macedo. 0-4 
Points Per Game
 Jelena ANTIK
  (187-F-91)
  Avg: 25
 1. Antik, MKD25.0 
 2. Hanusova, CZE15.9 
 3. Lukacovicova, SVK14.7 
 4. Shafir, ISR14.0 
 5. Cernakova, SVK13.7 
 6. Silva, POR13.6 
 7. Correia, POR11.7 
 8. Mayombo, BEL11.4 
 9. Kuslitova, CZE11.3 
 10. Celus, BEL11.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jelena ANTIK
  (187-F-91)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Antik, MKD12.3 
 2. Felixova, SVK10.3 
 3. Hanusova, CZE8.6 
 4. Silva, POR8.6 
 5. Schicher, AUT8.5 
 6. Lukacovicova, SVK8.0 
 7. Buchan, ENG7.7 
 8. Szecsi, HUN7.0 
 9. Durojaye, ENG6.7 
 10. Livulo, POR6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Katerina BARTONOVA
  (171-G-90)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Bartonova, CZE4.9 
 2. Shafir, ISR4.7 
 3. Novocka, SVK3.7 
 4. Brandao, POR3.4 
 5. Antik, MKD3.3 
 6. Sedlakova, CZE2.7 
 7. Bartakova, CZE2.4 
 8. Bernardeco, POR2.4 
 9. Tanturovska, MKD2.3 
 10. Soultani, GRE2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Barbora NOVOCKA
  (165-G-90)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Novocka, SVK3.7 
 2. Shafir, ISR3.3 
 3. Antik, MKD3.2 
 4. Nikolopoulou, GRE2.8 
 5. Tanturovska, MKD2.7 
 6. Celus, BEL2.4 
 7. Allison, ENG2.3 
 8. Silva, POR2.1 
 9. Bartakova, CZE2.1 
 10. Brandao, POR2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Sarah SCHICHER
  (188-F-90)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Schicher, AUT2.8 
 2. Lukacovicova, SVK2.4 
 3. Hanusova, CZE1.9 
 4. Felixova, SVK1.4 
 5. Livulo, POR1.3 
 6. Nikolopoulou, GRE1.2 
 7. Antik, MKD1.2 
 8. Silva, POR1.1 
 9. Mayinga, BEL1.1 
 10. Koppl, AUT1.0 


United Kingdom won EC U20 Div.B Championship (Photo: FIBA)

Starting five
#s#
Mary Durojaye
Durojaye
Rebecca Allison
Allison
Mairi Buchan
Buchan
Kristie Sheils
Sheils
Tamzin Barroilhet
Barroilhet
#e#5
4 Katrin Chiemeka 170-G-91 Davidson USA
5 Josephine Salmon 170-G/F-91 Barking Abbey United Kingdom
6 Hannah Shaw 193-C-90 Miami (FL) USA
7 Mary Durojaye 188-F-90 Robert Morris USA
8 Renee E. Busch 174-G-92 Sevenoaks S. United Kingdom
9 Rebecca Allison 173-G-91 ODU USA
10 Ella Clark 191-F-92 Barking Abbey United Kingdom
11 Charlotte Stoddart 185-G-90 Fordham USA
12 Mairi Buchan 188-F/C-90 ODU USA
13 Kristie Sheils 170-G-91 Leeds C. United Kingdom
14 Tamzin Barroilhet 183-G-90 Kent St. USA
15 Kashmere Joseph 188-C-90 Seton Hall USA




All-Tournament 1st Team

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B Awards 2010 - Jul 27, 2010

All-Tournament 1st Team
#s#
Alena Hanusova
Hanusova
Rebecca Allison
Allison
Veronika Cernakova
Cernakova
Jelena Antik
Antik
Klaudia Lukacovicova
Lukacovicova
#e#5

MVP: Alena Hanusova (187-C-91) Czech Republic
Best Guard: Rebecca Allison (173-G-91) United Kingdom
Best Forward: Jelena Antik (187-F-91)
Best Center: Alena Hanusova (187-C-91) Czech Republic
Best Defensive Player: Alena Hanusova (187-C-91) Czech Republic
Best Coach: Damien Jennings United Kingdom

1st Team
G: Rebecca Allison (173-91) United Kingdom
G: Veronika Cernakova (174-90) Slovakia
F: Jelena Antik (187-91)
C: Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-90) of Slovakia
C: Alena Hanusova (187-91) Czech Republic

2nd Team
G: Katrin Chiemeka (170-91) United Kingdom
G: Naama Shafir (170-90)
C: Maria Felixova (190-90) Slovakia
F/C: Mairi Buchan (188-90) United Kingdom
C: Sofia Silva (187-90) Portugal

Honorable Mention
Mary Durojaye (188-F-90) United Kingdom
Dana Kuslitova (183-F-90) Czech Republic
Katerina Bartonova (171-G-90) Czech Republic
Maria Correia (174-G/F-91) Portugal
Angeliki Nikolopoulou (179-G-91) Greece
Miete Celus (175-G/F-91) Belgium
Sarah Schicher (188-F-90) Austria
Lilla Horvath (182-F-90) Hungary
  



Division B, Final game: United Kingdom beats Slovakia in thriller to win the title in Kavadarci - Jul. 25, 2010 
FINAL
United Kingdom - Slovakia 47-46
United Kingdom grabbed 47-46 thriller win against Slovakia to end as No.1 in Kavadarci. Both teams already earned a promotion for Division A. Mairi Buchan (188-F/C-90) and Mary Durojaye (188-F-90) had 13 and 12 points respectively in this victory. Buchan pulled down 8 rebounds beside that, while Durojaye had 6. In Slovakia, Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) collected 16 points and 5 boards.

Places 3-4
Portugal - Czech Republic 47-61
Czech Republic finished as third ranked team in Kavadarci, but that was not enough for Division A next year. Katerina Bartonova (171-G-90) top-scored in victory today with 13 points. Sofia Silva (187-C-90) replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds in defeat.

Places 5-6
Israel - Hungary 60-85
Hungary blasted Israel in the game for fifth place in Kavadarci. They had Lilla Horvath (182-F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) on fire with 21 points. She also grabbed 13 rebounds in this meeting. On the other side, Israel got 11 points from Eloisa Katz (182-F/C-91).

Places 7-8
Belgium - Greece 58-52
Belgium is the seventh ranked team at this event, after they outsmarted Greece 58-52. Nele Poffyn (173-G-91) paced Belgium to victory with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Greece got 24 points and 7 rebs from Ioanna Diela (175-F-90).


Division B in Kavadarci: Slovakia and United Kingdom beat their rivals in the Semis  - Jul. 24, 2010 
Slovakia - Czech Republic 53-50
Slovakia grabbed tiny 53-50 win against Czech Republic advancing to Big Final in Kavadarci. At the same time, Slovakia earned a promotion to Division A. They got 19 points from Veronika Cernakova (174-G-90) today, while Maria Felixova (190-C-90) added 18 pts and 13 rebounds. Alena Hanusova (187-C-91) shined in loss with 16 pts and 14 rebs.

Portugal - United Kingdom 40-59
The UK cruised past Portugal and will meet Slovakia in the Big Final. With this victory United Kingdom already secured a spot for Division A. Mairi Buchan (188-F/C-90) top-scored for them with 10 pts (8 rebs). Sofia Silva (187-C-90) had 11 pts and 11 boards in defeat.

Places 5-8
Belgium - Israel 57-61
Israel was better than Belgium and will meet Hungry in the battle for fifth place in Kavadarci. Naama Shafir (170-G-90) paced Israel to victory today with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Emmanuella Mayombo (170-G-92) had 13 pts and 8 boards in defeat.

Hungary - Greece 56-31
Hungary had an easy job against Greece making a first step forward to position No.5 in Kavadarci. Dominika Gergely (175-G-91) and Reka Balint (181-F-91) scored 13 points each in victory. Greece did not have anyone with double digits in scoring.

Places 9-10
FYR Macedonia - Austria 78-60
The host of U20 EuroBasket Division B avoided the last place at this event as they blasted Austria 78-60 in Game Two. Jelena Antik (187-F-91) once again shined in FYROM collecting 25 points and 14 rebounds. Austria got 14 pts and 7 boards from Sarah Schicher (188-F-90).



Division B: Quarterfinals in Kavadarci  - Jul. 23, 2010 
Czech Republic - Greece 71-37
Czech Republic destroyed Greece and will meet Slovakia in the Semifinals. Alena Hanusova (187-C-91) stepped up for the winners with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Anna Kavasila (186-F/C-91) replied with 12 pts and 10 boards in loss.

Slovakia - Hungary 49-46 OT
OT win for Slovakia, who secured a passage through the Quarterfinals in Kavadarci. Their key player today once again was Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Orsolya Szecsi (187-F-92) had 11 pts and 13 rebounds in defeat.

Portugal - Belgium 59-40
Maria Correia (174-G/F-91) came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Portugal today. They advanced to Semifinals and will meet United Kingdom. Belgium did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring.

United Kingdom - Israel 72-65
United Kingdom advanced to Semifinals in Kavadarci after 72-65 win against Israel. Mary Durojaye (188-F-90) led the UK with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Israel got 23 points from Naama Shafir (170-G-90).

Places 9-10
Austria - FYR Macedonia 71-62
Milena Lazarevic (178-F-91) had 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Jelena Antik (187-F-91) collected 25 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists in defeat.



Division B: Preliminary Round is over in Kavadarci  - Jul. 21, 2010 
Group A
Greece - Slovakia 37-63
Slovakia blasted Greece advancing to Quarterfinals as No.2 of Group A with almost perfect 3-1 record. Veronika Cernakova (174-G-90) exploded with 20 points in this game. On the other side, Greece got 9 points from Anna Kavasila (186-F/C-91) and they also reached the next stage, but as No.4.

Portugal - Austria 69-48
Portugal ended Preliminary Round with perfect 4-0 record and will meet Belgium in the Quarterfinals. Sofia Silva (187-C-90) shined for the winners with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Georgia De Leeuw (175-G-90) scored 13 points for Austria, who ended this stage winless.

Group B
Belgium - Czech Republic 37-86
Impressive 4-0 for Czech Republic, whose rival in the Quarterfinals will be Greece. Alena Hanusova (187-C-91) came up with 20 points and 6 boards in this win. Belgium did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring. They reached QFinals as No.4 of Group B.

Hungary - FYR Macedonia 72-41
Hungary destroyed FYROM to reach the Quarterfinals as No.3 of Group B. The hosts of this event failed to do the same. Fanni Feher (179-F-90) netted 11 points in victory. Jelena Antik (187-F-91) had 23 points and 6 rebounds in loss.



Division B: Day Four in Kavadarci - Jul. 20, 2010 
Group A
Slovakia - Israel 60-53
Slovakia jumped to 2-1 in Group A securing the Quarterfinals in Kavadarci. If they beat Greece in the last round, Slovakia will finish as No.2 of Group A. It that happens, Israel will drop to third place. Anyway, Israel also already booked a spot for the next stage. Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) paced the winners with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Barbora Novocka (165-G-90) collected 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assist. In the loosing squad, Idit Oryon (182-F-90) delivered 11 points. Maytal Ovadia (171-G-90) had 8 points and 8 boards. Israel was slightly better team at the beginning as they made 15-17 lead in the first ten minutes. Slovakia replied on the other side with 15-11 in Q2 for 30-28 at the half time. Israel grabbed back the lead in third period and reached plus three twice. Klaudia Lukacovicova and her teammates didn't panic and they closed Q3 with 7-2 run. They shined in the last ten minutes with 18-13 for 60-53 victory. Wednesday is the last day of the Preliminary Round in Kavadarci.

Austria - Greece 51-55
First victory for Greece in Kavadarci, while on the other side Austria faced with third straight loss. It was a do-or-die game for both teams. It means Greece secured a spot for the Quarterfinals, while Austria failed to do the same. Angeliki Nikolopoulou (179-G-91) exploded with 24 points for the winners. Antigoni Chairistanidou (188-F-91) also had very important role adding 10 points and 6 boards. They were the only two players with double-digits in scoring in this victory. Julia Koppl (187-F-91) netted 19 pts and grabbed 6 rebounds in defeat, while Julia Pocksteiner (173-G-93) had 9 pts. Greece took control on Austria at the very beginning. Angeliki Nikolopoulou and her teammates ended first quarter with 10-19 and for rest of the time in the first half jumped to impressive 19-33 lead. Austria used a HT break to recover from this shock and they made 14-9 in Q3. Greece still had double-digit lead, but Austria didn't give up. They came to 49-50 with 1:51 to go, so everything was open again. However, Greece closed this meeting with mini 2-5 for the first win in Kavadarci and a spot for the next stage. Wednesday is the last day of the Preliminary Round in Kavadarci.

Group B
Czech Republic - United Kingdom 72-58
Czech Republic outplayed UK winning the first place in Group B. There is one more day left in Preliminary Round, but it is already clear who will be No.1. Even in case of defeat against Belgium, Czech Republic will grab this spot. UK faced with the first loss and will finish as the second ranked team. Dana Kuslitova (183-F-90) shined in victory with 22 points. Alena Hanusova (187-C-91) had 19 points and 6 boards, while Katerina Bartonova (171-G-90) added 13 pts, 7 rebs and 7 assists. In defeat, Mairi Buchan (188-F/C-90) collected 12 points and 6 rebs. Rebecca Allison (173-G-91) stopped on 9 points. Second and third quarter were the crucial ones in this game. Before that, United Kingdom made 14-17 in the first ten minutes. Dana Kuslitova and her teammates took control on UK in the second frame and blasted them with 19-8. It means that Czechs were 33-25 up at the halftime. Third frame was totally leveled (19-19) and Czech Republic kept their lead. UK threatened in the last quarter coming to 39-38, but Czech Republic replied with 13-6 run. They never looked back after that and celebrated comfortable 72-58 victory.

FYR Macedonia - Belgium 63-64
Both teams entered to this game with 0-2. Belgium grabbed maybe the crucial win and they joined Hungary now with 1-2 record. FYROM is the last ranked team in this pool, but still has a chance for the next stage. They will meet Hungary in the last day of Preliminary Round and in case of win they could advance. Miete Celus (175-G/F-91) came up with 24 points and 6 rebounds in this victory. Emmanuella Mayombo (170-G-92) was the second scorer in Belgium with 13 points, while Jaleesa Maes (185-C-92) added 9 pts and 6 boards. In FYROM, Jelena Antik (187-F-91) was great with 26 pts and 18 boards. Ana Tanturovska (172-G-90) delivered 19 points. This game is decided at the very end. Before that, FYROM made impressive 23-12 in the first ten minutes. Belgium replied with 15-27 in the second frame for 38-39 turn at the half time. Third quarter was pretty leveled, but still it belonged to Belgium 17-18. Both teams entered to the last ten minutes nervously, missing a lot of wide open shots and committing many mistakes. Belgium was the team who held 59-64 with 4:16 to go. Ana Tanturovska and Agic made mini 4-0 run for FYROM coming to minus one. Both teams were scoreless in the last 90 seconds and Belgium was the one who grabbed very important victory.



Division B: Day Three in Kavadarci  - Jul. 18, 2010 
Group A
Greece - Portugal 32-82
Portugal blasted Greece to stay undefeated after three days in Kavadarci. Portugal already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals, but remains to be seen will they finish as No.1 of Group A. They will have one more game at this stage. On the other side, Greece dropped to 0-2, but despite that still has a chance to reach the QFinals. Maria Correia (174-G/F-91) shined for Portugal in this game with 19 points. Sofia Silva (187-C-90) also was great as she added 13 pts and 11 boards. Joana Bernardeco (168-G-90) helped with 11 pts and 5 assists, while Michelle Brandao (171-G-91) also scored 11 points. In defeat, Angeliki Nikolopoulou (179-G-91) and Ioanna Diela (175-F-90) had 9 points each. Portugal took control on Greece from the very beginning. After ten minutes of play, Portugal was already 10-17 up. They were even better in Q2 ending it 6-22. Greece was not able to resist and was on the way to fiasco. Greece was limited to just 4 points in third quarter, while Portugal drained 20 on the other side huge 20-59 lead. The game winner was already known and the last ten minutes were just the formality. Portugal will have a two days-off and on Wednesday will meet Austria. Greece will meet Slovak Republic on Tuesday.

Israel - Austria 61-58
Israel grabbed the second win in Kavadarci and secured a passage though the first stage. They have 2-1 now in Group A and currently are on the second place, behind the perfect Portugal. Austria on the other hand slipped to 0-2 and will have to improve a lot in order to reach the Quarterfinals. Keren Nechama (175-F-90) stepped up for the winners with 18 points and 8 rebounds. She was their only player with double-digits in scoring. Naama Shafir (170-G-90) (5 rebs, 7 as), Idit Oryon (182-F-90) (5 rebs) and Shira Shecht (183-F-91) added 9 points each. Kata Takacs (183-F-91) replied with 15 points and 6 boards in defeat. Sarah Schicher (188-F-90) had 11 pts and 14 rebs. This game was decided in the finish. With 2:29 remaining Israel was 59-57 up. Naama Shafir was fouled after that and she managed to make both free throws for plus 4. Austria had the ball and they missed from the paint. However, De Leeuw grabbed the OR and passed the ball to Lazarevic, who missed for three. Dagan missed a triple on the other side as well, so Austria had the possession once again. Sarah Schicher was fouled, but she made just one FT and there was one minute left. Neither of teams was able to score a single point in the finish, meaning that Israel took this one 61-58. On Tuesday, Israel will meet Slovakia. Austria will take on Greece.

Group B
Belgium - Hungary 65-77
Hungary finally grabbed the first win in Kavadarci. It was a very important game for both teams as they were winless before it. Hungary had 0-2, while Belgium entered to this meeting with 0-1. Now, Hungary is in better position to reach the Quarterfinals. Orsolya Szecsi (187-F-92) shined for the winners with 21 points and 19 rebounds. She reached valuation 34 and was the MVP of this meeting. Reka Balint (181-F-91) had 19 and Nikolett Sarok (180-G/F-90) helped with 13 pts. In Belgium, Emmanuella Mayombo (170-G-92) collected 17 points. Miete Celus (175-G/F-91) had one less than her. Last quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that, Hungary made 15-18 in Q1, while Belgium replied with 23-18 in the second frame. Third quarter belonged to Hungary (14-19) once again and they were 52-55 up after 30 minutes of play. Than, Orsolya Szecsi and her teammates made crucial 0-10 run for plus 13 with seven minutes to go. That turned out as unreachable for Belgium, who faced with the second loss in Kavadarci. Hungary will have two days-off, while Belgium will meet FYROM on Tuesday.

United Kingdom - FYR Macedonia 70-69
Thriller win for the UK, who jumped to 3-0 in Group B. It means that the UK will most probably fight against Czech Republic for the first place in this pool. FYROM on the other hand dropped to 0-2, but still has a chance to reach the next stage. They will probably have to beat just Belgium. Mairi Buchan (188-F/C-90) came up with 17 points and 12 rebounds in victory. Mary Durojaye (188-F-90) followed her with 13 points and 7 boards, while Tamzin Barroilhet (183-G-90) added 10 pts. In FYROM, Jelena Antic (185-F-91) shined with 25 points and 11 rebounds. She needed three more assists in order to make a triple-double. Vanesa Vasilevska (180-F-92) scored 12 pts. FYROM opened the game better making 15-21 lead in the first ten minutes. However, the UK players woke up immediately and replied with 20-12 in the next period. Third frame was pretty leveled, but still it belonged to UK 21-19. It means that UK had 56-52 lead with ten minutes to go and everything was still open. FYROM didn't give up and made 66-67 turn in the finish. Tamzin Barroilhet responded with a basket and two free throws for plus 3 with 36 seconds to go. Reskoska made a lay-up for FYROM and UK somehow managed to keep the ball until the very end. On Tuesday, United Kingdom will meet Czech Republic. FYROM will play against Belgium.



Division B: Day Two in Kavadarci - Jul. 17, 2010 
Group A
Austria - Slovakia 44-65
Slovakia outplayed Austria for the first win in Kavadarci and 1-1 record in Preliminary Group A. Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) shined for the winning squad with 24 points and 9 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 26. Barbora Novocka (165-G-90) also was good in victory adding 9 points and 5 boards. Dominika Baburova (183-F-91) helped with 8 pts. On the other side, Georgia De Leeuw (175-G-90) and Lisa Zderadicka (166-G-94) had 9 points each. Their Austria appeared for the first time in Kavadarci and faced with defeat. Except of the last quarter, all other belonged to Slovakia in this game. Klaudia Lukacovicova and her teammates made 10-15 lead in the first ten minutes. They scored the same number of points in Q2 as well, while limiting Austria to 12 on the other side. It means that Slovakia was decent 8 points up at the half time. Third frame was the crucial one in this meeting. Slovakia dominated at the both sides of the court making huge 5-20 for ten minutes. It was 27-50 for them and the game winner was resolved. Slovakia will have a day-off on Sunday. Austria will meet Israel.

Portugal - Israel 60-46
Portugal became the only perfect team after two days in Group A. It means that Portugal already booked a spot for the next stage at this event. On the other side, Israel faced with the first loss and dropped to 1-1. Marcy Goncalves (177-G/F-90) and Francisca Braga (179-F-90) netted 10 points each for the winners. Luiana Livulo (187-C-91) and Maria Correia (174-G/F-91) helped with 9 points apiece. They had 8 and 5 rebounds respectively. In Israel, Shira Shecht (183-F-91) had 13 points and Idit Oryon (182-F-90) scored three less. Oryon also grabbed 11 rebounds beside that. Portugal was a better team at the beginning making 19-15 lead after ten minutes of play. Both teams stopped on 15 pts each in the next frame, so Portugal kept plus four until the half time. Than after the breather, Portugal players intensified defense limiting Israel to just 16 points for the entire second half. Israel scored 11 in third and just 5 points in the last period. On the other side, Portugal had 26 in total for comfortable 60-46 victory at the end. On Sunday, Portugal will play against Greece and will try to stay perfect. Israel will meet Austria.

Group B
FYR Macedonia - Czech Republic 61-72
Czech Republic outplayed the hosts of this event for perfect 2-0 record in Preliminary Group B. With this one the Czech Republic already booked a spot for the next stage. FYROM on the other side appeared for the first time at this event. As a reminder, they are the hosts of U20 EC, Division B. Alena Hanusova (187-C-91) shined for the winners with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Renata Brezinova (189-C-90) also was good adding 12 pts and 6 boards, while Petra Zaplatova (175-F-91) netted 9 pts. In FYROM, Jelena Antik (187-F-91) shined with 26 points and 13 boards. Andzelika Mitrasinovik (172-G-93) had 15 pts in this defeat. Teams opened the game pretty leveled with neither of them making a bigger lead. Thanks to free throws by Jelena Antik, FYROM had 17-16 after the first ten minutes. Than in the second frame Czech Republic took control on the home squad and finished it 13-19 for five point HT lead. Another nice quarter was coming by Alena Hanusova and her teammates. They shined after the breather making 3-12 run. Later they finished Q3 with 46-57 lead. That turned our as too much for FYROM, who had unsuccessful debut in Kavadarci. Czech Republic will have a day-off after this game. FYROM will meet United Kingdom on Sunday.

Hungary - United Kingdom 50-54
2-0 for the United Kingdom and 0-2 for Hungary after this game. With this win, the UK already secured the Quarterfinals in Kavadarci. At the same time, Hungary dropped to 0-2 but still with a chance to reach the next stage. Katrin Chiemeka (170-G-91) led the winners with 11 points. Kristie Sheils (170-G-91) scored 10. In Hungary, Nikolett Sarok (180-G/F-90) had 10 pts. Both teams shined offensively in the first quarter. They also changed in lead few times with neither team holding more than plus three. Still, the opening ten minutes finished with 20-20 tie as Stoddart made a buzzer triple for the UK. Teams were tied until the last minute in the second quarter, when the UK made mini 0-4 run for 29-33 HT lead. They made 0-8 run at the beginning of Q3 for the first double-digit advantage. However, Hungary replied with 6-0 and later closed the gap to 43-48. Last quarter was the low scoring one and it belonged to Hungary, 7-6. That of course was not enough and Hungary faced with the second straight loss. On Sunday, the UK will meet FYROM. Hungary will look for the first win against Belgium.



Division B: Day One in Kavadarci  - Jul. 16, 2010 
Group A
Slovakia - Portugal 68-72
Portugal had to work very hard in order to beat Slovakia in Day One of the U20 EuroBasket Division B in Kavadarci. It means that Portugal jumped to 1-0 in Preliminary Group A, which also includes Israel, Greece and Austria. Sofia Silva (187-C-90) shined for the winners with 21 points and 5 rebounds. She was the most valuable player in Portugal with valuation 20. Maria Correia (174-G/F-91) secured a nice help with 13 points, while Joana Bernardeco (166-G-90) and Marcy Goncalves (177-G/F-90) added 8 points each. In Slovakia, Veronika Cernakova (174-G-90) responded with 20 points. Maria Felixova (190-C-90) also shined registering double-double of 15 points and 12 boards. At the beginning it seemed that Portugal will take this one with ease. Sofia Silva and her teammates made quick 5-17 lead and later closed the first quarter with 14-27. It was an impressive start for Portugal, who looked great at that time. However, Slovakia improved after that and through Veronika Cernakova came to 27-31 with 2:45 left in the first half. Portugal finally replied and managed to grab 31-37 lead at the HT. Third quarter was pretty leveled, but it was Portugal who held 48-56 after it. Slovakia didn't give up and slowly started to melt Portugals lead. After triple by Veronika Cernakova with six second left in the game, Slovakia came to 68-70. Portugal had the last possession and Sofia Silva grabbed the ball. She got fouled and made both free throws brining her team 68-72 victory. In Day Two in Kavadarci, Portugal will meet Israel. Slovakia will play against Austria.

Israel - Greece 62-44
Israel has a joyful Day One in Kavadarci. It was the opening day of U20 EuroBasket Division B and Israel blasted Greece 62-44 for 1-0 record in Group A. Beside the above mentioned teams, participants of the same pool are also Portugal, Slovak Republic and Austria. Naama Shafir (170-G-90) and Shira Shecht (183-F-91) were the leading scorers in this victory with 19 points each. Shafir also dished out 6 assists to her teammates. Israel did not have any other player with double-digits in scoring. The best scorers in Greece were Anna Kavassila (188-C-91) and Niki-Maria Tsakiridou (178-F-90) with 7 points each. They grabbed 9 and 6 rebounds respectively. Teams opened the game pretty leveled. They changed in lead few times, but it was Israel who ended Q1 with plus two, 18-16. Naama Shafir and her teammates totally took control on Greece in the second frame. They opened it with 11-2 run for the first double-digit advantage. Greece was not able to resist and was 38-28 down at the half time. Nothing has changed after the breather as Israel still dominated. They made 18-11 in Q3 for unreachable 56-39 with ten minutes to go. Last quarter was a low scoring one as teams had 11 points together. On Saturday, Israel will play against Portugal. Greece will have a day-off.

Group B
United Kingdom - Belgium 61-42
The United Kingdom demonstrated nice performance in Day One of the U20 EuroBasket, Division B. They jumped to 1-0 in Preliminary Group B making a first step forward to the second stage in Kavadarci. Beside the United Kingdom and Belgium, participants of the same pool are also Czech Republic, Hungary and FYROM. Katrin Chiemeka (170-G-91) stepped up for the winners with 15 points and 5 rebounds. She won the MVP award in this meeting with valuation 22. Mary Durojaye (188-F-90) was the second scorer in victory with 10 points and she grabbed 7 rebounds beside that. In Belgium, Miete Celus (175-G/F-91) and Emmanuella Mayombo (170-G-92) had 12 points apiece. They were the only two players with double-digits in scoring in this loss. The United Kingdom made quick 6-0 lead at the very beginning. Belgium replied with 2-6, but soon after that Katrin Chiemeka and her teammates took control on their rivals. They closed the first quarter with 7-0 run for 15-6 lead. Second period was pretty leveled, but still it was United Kingdom who ended it with 17-15 (32-21). Third quarter was the crucial one today as the UK jumped to 50-32 at the end of it. Rest of the way was just the formality as the game winner was already known. Tomorrow, the UK will play against Hungary. Belgium will take a day-off.

Czech Republic - Hungary 81-72
Czech Republic celebrated 81-72 victory against Hungary in Day One of U20 EuroBasket, Division B. These two teams are together with United Kingdom, Belgium and FYROM placed to Preliminary Group B. Naturally, after this game Czech Republic jumped to 1-0, while Hungary dropped to 0-1 record. Alena Hanusova (187-C-91) shined for the winners with 17 points and 7 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 21. Adela Filarova (174-G-91) had 16 and Dana Kuslitova (183-F-90) helped with two points less. In defeat, Fanni Feher (179-F-90) was good with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Nikolett Sarok had double-double of 13 points and 10 boards.
First quarter was almost leveled with neither team making a bigger lead. Still, thanks to basket by Alena Hanusova, Czech Republic ended first ten minutes with 17-15. They totally took control on Hungary in Q2 (27-19) increasing the lead to 44-34 (HT). Hungary was slightly better in third period (20-22), but they needed a way more. When Czech Republic reached 55-44 at the halfway of the last quarter it was clear they will take this one.
In Day Two in Kavadarci, Czech Republic will meet the hosts FYROM. Hungary will play against Great Britain.



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