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European Championships U20 Final Standings
 1. Spain
 2. Russia
 3. Turkey
 4. Holland
 5. France
 6. Sweden
 7. Ukraine
 8. Belarus
 9. Lithuania
 10. Poland
 11. Serbia
 12. Slovakia
 13. Italy
 14. Portugal
 15. Latvia
 16. U.Kingdom
Points Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  (186-G/F-92)
  Avg: 27.6
 1. Iagupova, UKR27.6 
 2. Zietara, POL17.2 
 3. Abdi, SWE16.2 
 4. Butter, NED15.6 
 5. Domingues, POR14.8 
 6. Papova, BLR14.0 
 7. De Kleijn, NED14.0 
 8. Colic, SRB13.9 
 9. Rozenberga, LAT13.6 
 10. Casas, ESP13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Monika GRIGALAUSKYTE
  (190-PF-92)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Grigalauskyt., LTU10.6 
 2. Tikhonenko, RUS10.6 
 3. Iagupova, UKR10.1 
 4. Mistygacz, POL9.3 
 5. Svaryte, LTU9.1 
 6. Green, ENG8.8 
 7. Papova, BLR8.2 
 8. Gil, ESP8.2 
 9. Brajkovic, SRB7.5 
 10. Hruscakova, SVK7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  (186-G/F-92)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Iagupova, UKR5.3 
 2. Zietara, POL3.7 
 3. Cakir, TUR3.7 
 4. Dotto, ITA3.3 
 5. Ortiz, ESP3.0 
 6. Nystrom, SWE2.9 
 7. Dotto, ITA2.9 
 8. Adams, NED2.9 
 9. Colic, SRB2.9 
 10. Balintova, SVK2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Dorota MISTYGACZ
  (183-F/C-92)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Mistygacz, POL3.1 
 2. Casas, ESP3.1 
 3. Iagupova, UKR3.0 
 4. Dotto, ITA2.9 
 5. Colic, SRB2.7 
 6. Bridina, LAT2.6 
 7. Ortiz, ESP2.4 
 8. Zietara, POL2.3 
 9. Butter, NED2.3 
 10. Cakir, TUR2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Dorota MISTYGACZ
  (183-F/C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Mistygacz, POL1.9 
 2. Tikhonenko, RUS1.7 
 3. Ivashchanka, BLR1.1 
 4. Papova, BLR1.0 
 5. Filonchyk, BLR0.9 
 6. Efimova, RUS0.9 
 7. Cornelie, FRA0.9 
 8. Zahui, SWE0.8 
 9. Diallo, FRA0.7 
 10. Basaran, TUR0.7 
European Championships U20 Stage Two Standings
Group E
 1. Sweden 4-1 
 2. Spain 4-1 
 3. Holland 3-2 
 4. Belarus 2-3 
 5. Poland 2-3 
 6. Lithuania 0-5 
Group F
 1. Turkey 5-0 
 2. Ukraine 3-2 
 3. France 2-3 
 4. Russia 2-3 
 5. Slovakia 2-3 
 6. Serbia 1-4 
Group G (Places 13-16)
 1. Italy 6-0 
 2. Portugal 3-3 
 3. Latvia 3-3 
 4. U.Kingdom 0-6 
European Championships U20 Stage One Standings
Group A
 1. Spain 3-0 
 2. Belarus 1-2 
 3. Lithuania 1-2 
 4. Latvia 1-2 
Group B
 1. Poland 2-1 
 2. Sweden 2-1 
 3. Holland 2-1 
 4. Italy 0-3 
Group C
 1. Turkey 3-0 
 2. Ukraine 2-1 
 3. France 1-2 
 4. Portugal 0-3 
Group D
 1. Russia 2-1 
 2. Slovakia 2-1 
 3. Serbia 2-1 
 4. U.Kingdom 0-3 

Ksenia Tikhonenko of Russia named MVP (Photo: FIBA Europe)


Spain won Gold medal (Photo: FIBA Europe)

Starting five
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Inmaculada Zanoguera
Zanoguera
Mariona Ortiz
Ortiz
Queralt Casas
Casas
Claudia Calvelo
Calvelo
Laura Gil
Gil
#e#5
4 Marina Delgado 174-PG-92 Cadi ICG S. Spain
5 Andrea Vilaro 177-G-93 Caja Rural Spain
6 Yurena Diaz 178-G-93 Gran Canaria Spain
7 Inmaculada Zanoguera 177-G/F-93 Toledo USA
8 Mariona Ortiz 183-PG-92 Caja Rural Spain
9 Queralt Casas 180-G/F-92 Rivas Ecopolis Spain
10 Elena Diaz 188-C-92 Asefa Estud. Spain
11 Claudia Calvelo 192-C-92 Ensino Spain
12 Maria Espana 175-G-92 Mariana Spain
13 Sara Rodriguez 185-C-93 Asefa Estud. Spain
14 Laura Gil 190-C-92 Hondar.-Irun Spain
15 Marta Claret 185-C-92 Girona Spain

Anna Caula Head Coach Girona Spain
Luis Rey Assistant
Cesar Ruperez Assistant Navarra Spain


Division A: Spain beats Russia in second straight final, defends the title Debrecen - Aug 27, 2012

FINAL
Russia - Spain 46-59
Spain was too strong for Russia tonight 59-46 in the gold medal game at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. It means that Spain defended the title which they won last summer in Novi Sad. A year ago Spain also outplayed Russia in the title game 62-53. Queralt Casas (180-G-92) stepped up for the winners tonight with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Laura Gil (190-C-92, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had double-double of 10 points and 16 boards, while Inmaculada Zanoguera (177-G/F-93) added 10 points and 6 rebs. Gil was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 21. In Russia, Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-F/C-93, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) had 12 points and 6 rebounds, and Yulia Poluyanova (187-F-92) posted 10 pts. Galina Kiseleva (184-F-93) followed them with 9 points and 8 boards. Spain limited Russia to just 4 points in Q1 and was up by 8 after it (12-4). Spain was constantly in charge for rest of the game. They jumped to plus 13 at the middle of Q4 and question about the winner was resolved. Quarters: 12-4, 14-15, 16-13, 17-14. Turkey won the bronze medal in Debrecen. Ksenia Tikhonenko is named MVP of the tournament.

Bronze
Holland - Turkey 56-58
Turkey won the bronze medal at U20 EuroBasket in Derbecen. They grabbed 58-56 thriller win against Holland in the last day of the competition. Turkey shined from the start making plus 7 in the first ten minutes and later they jumped to 40-28 until the halftime. Each of two teams scored 10 points in Q3 and than Holland took control on its rival. They cut the margin to 56-54 with 1:47 remaining in the game, but the ice-cool Emel Guler nailed the shot that ultimately won the game and ended what would have been an epic and fairytale finish for the crestfallen Dutch. It is important to mention that Holland came to minus 2 again and they missed two lay-ups and one jump shot in the last 36 seconds of the game. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) led Turkey with 17 points in this meeting. Olcay Cakir (180-PG-93) had 15 points and 6 assists, while Ecem Guler (189-PF-92) added 9 points and 9 rebs. In defeat, Sharon Lammerink (189-C-93) was better than the others with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Marlou De Kleijn (182-F-92, agency: Regeneracom Sports) and Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) (9 rebs) netted 14 and 10 points respectively. Holland was 0-18 from three-point range until the late intervention of Lammerink who hit three in a row during the last couple of minutes. Spain defended the title in Debrecen with 59-46 win over Russia.

Places 5-6
Sweden - France 46-66
France finished as the fifth ranked team of U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. They downed Sweden 66-46 in the last day of the competition. Sweden ended as No.6. Second quarter was the crucial on in this meeting as France limited its rival to just 3 points, while they drained 17 pts at the other side. Quarters: 17-12, 17-3, 15-17, 17-14. Christelle Diallo (193-C-93) led the winners with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Alice Nayo (186-C-93) (6 rebs) and Adja Konteh (173-G/F-92) helped with 10 points each. In the loosing squad, Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) (6 rebs) and Amanda Zahui (190-C-93) (5 rebs) scored 11 points apiece. Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) followed them with 6 points and 6 rebounds, with poor shot percentage. Spain defended the title in Debrecen with 59-46 win over Russia. Turkey won the bronze medal.

Places 7-8
Ukraine - Belarus 79-62
It was a game for the seventh place at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. Ukraine had no troubles to beat Belarus with comfortable 79-62. So Ukraine ended as the 7th ranked team at this event, while Belarus in No.8. Ukraine was up by 3 at the halftime and jumped to plus 8 with one quarter left in the game. They drained 26 points for the last ten minutes, while limiting Belarus to 17, what was enough for comfortable win at the end. Alina Iagupova (186-G-92, agency: LBM Management) once again was a key player in Ukraine and she almost had triple-double in this game: 31 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists (valuation 31). Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93, agency: New Trend Agency) also was great adding 14 points and 15 rebounds, while Miriam Uro-Nile (190-C-94) helped with 9 pts. In defeat, Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) shined with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Maryia Filonchyk (187-PF-92) had 12 points and 6 boards, while Alena Holubeva (176-PG-94) stopped to 8 pts and 5 rebs. Spain defended the title in Derbecen with 59-46 win over Russia. The Bronze belongs to Turkey.

Group G
Italy - Latvia 83-59
Italy survived in Division A of U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. They won Group G with perfect 6-0 record and that is enough for 13th place at this event. At the other side, Latvia finished as third ranked team in this pool (15th place) with 3-3 record. They will compete in Division B next summer. Italy shined in the second half of the game to beat Latvia on Sunday. Quarters: 13-10, 18-18, 24-12, 28-19. Caterina Dotto (167-PG-93) (5 rebs) and Irene Cigliani (177-F-92) scored 14 points each for the winners. Stella Panella (178-F-93) followed them with one point less. Dita Rozenberga (181-F-92) answered with 11 points and 6 rebs in defeat, while Krista Bridina (174-PG-94) had one point less than her. Guna Lagzdina (187-C-93) collected 9 points and 5 boards. Spain defended the title in Debrecen with 59-46 win over Sweden. The Bronze belongs to Turkey.

United Kingdom - Portugal 54-62
Both teams faced with relegation to Division B at U20 EuroBasket in Derbecen. Portugal finished as the second ranked team of Group G with 3-3 record, while UK closes the standings in this pool with 0-6. It means that Portugal ended as No.14 in Debrecen and UK is the last ranked team - No.16. Jessica Almeida (172-PG-93) led Portugal to victory in the final day with 20 points. Daniela Domingues (176-G/F-92) scored 18 and Vitoria Pacheco (179-C-92) added 8 points, plus 5 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Cheridene Green (187-C-95) was better than the others with double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds. Olufemi Hamilton (170-G-93) scored 12 points and starter Francesca Whitby (175-G-92) stopped to 7 pts, plus 5 boards. Spain defended the title in Debrecen. They handed 59-46 loss to Russia in the big final. Turkey won the bronze medal.


Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Awards 2012 - Aug 27, 2012

Eurobasket.com All-Tournament 1st Team
#s#
Ksenia Tikhonenko
Tikhonenko
Olcay Cakir
Cakir
Mariona Ortiz
Ortiz
Alina Iagupova
Iagupova
Queralt Casas
Casas
#e#5

Best Player: Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-F/C-93) of Russia
Best Guard: Mariona Ortiz (183-PG-92) of Spain
Best Forward: Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92) of Ukraine
Best Center: Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-F/C-93) of Russia
Best Coach: Anna Caula of Spain

1st Team
PG: Olcay Cakir (180-93) of Turkey
PG: Mariona Ortiz (183-92) of Spain
G/F: Alina Iagupova (186-92) of Ukraine
G/F: Queralt Casas (180-92) of Spain
F/C: Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-93) of Russia

2nd Team
PG: Caterina Dotto (167-93) of Italy
G/F: Magdalena Zietara (170-92) of Poland
F: Farhiya Abdi (188-92) of Sweden
F: Marlou De Kleijn (182-92) of Holland
C: Laura Gil (190-92) of Spain

3rd Team
G: Zera Butter (179-92) of Holland
G/F: Daniela Domingues (176-92) of Portugal
PF: Maryia Papova (186-94) of Belarus
PF: Monika Grigalauskyte (190-92) of Lithuania
F/C: Dorota Mistygacz (183-92) of Poland

Honorable Mention
Erin McGarrachan (182-G-92) of United Kingdom
Laura Svaryte (190-C/F-92) of Lithuania
Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) of Serbia
Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) of Sweden
Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) of Turkey
Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) of Italy


Division A, Day 7: Russia, Holland, Spain and Turkey advance to Semifinals - Aug 25, 2012

QUARTERFINALS

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.

Places 9-12
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.

Group G
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.


Division A: Spain and Russia to fight for the title (again) - Aug 25, 2012

SEMIFINALS

Spain - Turkey 58-50

Spain will have a chance to defend the title at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. Their rival will be Russia, same as last year. Spain celebrated 62-53 victory in Novi Sad to win the gold medal in 2011 edition. Today, Spain handed 58-50 loss to Turkey in the Semis. Spain was up by 15 at the halftime, but Turkey shined after the breather closing the gap to 6 pts with ten minutes remaining. They even took 3-point lead with 6:54 to go, but Spain closed this meeting with impressive 15-4 run. Laura Gil (190-C-92, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 12 points and 7 rebounds in Spain, while Inmaculada Zanoguera (177-G/F-93) followed her with 11 points and 7 rebs. Mariona Ortiz (183-F/G-92) also posted 11 points in this victory. Turkey got 12 points and 7 rebounds from Olcay Cakir (180-PG-93), and Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) posted 11 pts. Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) collected 10 points and 5 rebs. Turkey will meet Holland in the battle for bronze medal.

Russia - Holland 73-55
Russia cruised past Holland 73-55 in the Semifinals of U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. It means that Russia advanced to the gold medal game, where they will meet winner of Spain - Turkey matchup. Holland will fight for third place against one of these two teams (will be known later tonight). Alexandra Stolyar (178-G-92) top-scored in Russia with 16 points and Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-F/C-93, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) helped with impressive double-double of 13 points and 17 rebounds. She was the MVP of this game with valuation 23. Yulia Poluyanova (187-F-92) added 12 pts and 5 rebounds in victory. At the other side, Holland got 17 points from Zera Butter (179-G-92), who missed all of her 7 attempts from behind the arc. Jamailah Adams (180-G/F-93) had 12 points and 8 rebounds, and Marlou De Kleijn (182-F-92, agency: Regeneracom Sports) followed with 11 pts and 5 boards. Russia was up by 3 at the halftime and jumped to plus 6 with 10 minutes remaining in the game. They totally took control on Holland in the last quarter (23-11) to celebrate comfortable win at the end. Sunday is the last day of the championship in Debrecen.
It is important to mention that Russia lost to Spain a year ago in the title game 53-62.
Places 5-8
Sweden - Ukraine 81-76
Sweden made a first step forward to 5th place at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. They downed Ukraine today 81-76. Sweden will have to beat France tomorrow in order to end as No.5. Ukraine will play against Belarus for seventh place. Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) shined with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners, while their best player was Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) with double-double of 19 points and 15 rebs (MVP, valuation 26). Elin Gustavsson (185-F-93) helped her team with 13 points. In the loosing squad, Alina Iagupova (186-G-92, agency: LBM Management) was close to triple-double collecting 39 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. However, she missed too many shots and finished with valuation 23, what was not enough for the MVP award in this game. Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) had 12 points and 9 rebounds, while Anna Kiriyenko (190-C-93) scored 10 pts. Teams were tied at 43-43 at the halfway of Q4 and Sweden jumped to 69-55 with 7:16 remaining in the game. That was too much for Ukraine. Sunday is the last game of the championship in Debrecen.

France - Belarus 71-35
France had an easy job against Belarus today at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. France celebrated huge 71-35 win and will meet Sweden tomorrow in the game for fifth place. Belarus will play against Ukraine and the winner of that game will end as No.7 at this event. France took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 20-10, 19-9, 13-11, 19-5. Alice Nayo (186-C-93) (7 rebs) and Sara Chevaugeon (177-G-93) scored 12 points each for the winners. Jodie Cornelie (193-F-93) had double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. In Belarus, Maryia Rashchenia (185-PF-92) and Ksenija Voishal (182-F-94) were the leading players with 7 points apiece. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) had 6 points and 8 boards. Championship will end tomorrow.

Places 9-10
Poland - Lithuania 76-78 2OT
Second straight double overtime game for Poland. They outplayed Serbia on Friday, but today Lithuania grabbed 78-76 thriller win against Poland after two extra times. It was a game for 9th place at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. Santa Okockyte (176-PG-92) made a winning lay-up for Lithuania with 3 seconds remaining in second OT and Poland had no chance to reply. Monika Grigalauskyte (190-PF-92) led the winners with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Game hero Okockyte had 17 points and Laura Svaryte (190-C/F-92) added 15 points, plus 14 rebounds. Svaryte was MVP of this meeting with valuation 28. In Poland, Monika Jasnowska (182-G/F-92) was better than the others with 26 points. Magdalena Idziorek (178-G-92) (7 as) and Martyna Stelmach (187-F/C-92) (7 rebs) had 16 and 11 points respectively. Both teams finished their participation in Debrecen. Lithuania is No.9 and Poland is No.10. Spain and Russia will fight for the gold medal again.

Places 11-12
Serbia - Slovakia 67-61
Serbia won 11th place at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. They handed 67-61 loss to Slovakia in their last game at this event. Slovakia finished as No.12. Serbia was down by 3 points with ten minutes to go, but they closed this meeting with 19-10 for 6-point win at the end. Quarters: 18-18, 17-17, 13-16, 19-10. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) was a key player in Serbia with 28 points and 9 rebounds. She was the MVP of this game with valuation 22. Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) had 9 points and 5 rebounds, while Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) added 8 pts. In defeat, Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) delivered 12 points and Marta Palenikova (184-G/F-92) had 10 pts, plus 6 rebounds. Angelika Oravcova (175-PG-92) also scored 10 pts in this loss. As mentioned, both teams ended their participation in Debrecen, despite the last day of the competition is Sunday.

Group G

Italy - United Kingdom 69-58
Box-score will be available soon.

Latvia - Portugal 53-51
Box-score will be available soon.


Division A: Second stage is over, Quarterfinals set in Debrecen - Aug 23, 2012

Group E
Poland - Spain 51-74
Spain handed 74-51 loss to Poland in the last day of the second stage in Deberecen. It means that Spain jumped to 4-1 record and advanced to the Quarterfinals of U20 EuroBasket as the second ranked team of Group E. Poland dropped to fifth place with 2-3 and failed to advance. Belarus, who also has 2-3, grabbed fourth position due to 60-54 win over Poland two days ago. Spain took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 16-10, 18-9, 20-13, 20-19. Queralt Casas (180-G-92) top-scored for Spain with 13 points. Elena Diaz (188-C-92) and Claudia Calvelo (192-C-92) posted 11 and 9 points respectively. In Poland, Monika Jasnowska (182-G/F-92) was much better than the others with 16 points. Karolina Wilk (185-F-93) had 10 and Martyna Stelmach (187-F/C-92) stopped to 6 pts. Spain will play against France in the Quarterfinals. Poland goes to classification games from 9th-12th place and its first rival will be Serbia.

Belarus - Holland 59-84
Holland smashed Belarus 84-59 in a game for third place in Group E of the second stage at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. Thanks to this win Holland ended as No.3 with 3-2 record. At the other side, Belarus dropped to fourth position with 2-3, but they also advanced to the Quarterfinals due to victory against Poland two days ago. Holland made 17-point lead in the first ten minutes and jumped to plus 23 until the halftime. All after that was just the formality. Zera Butter (179-G-92) was unstoppable in this meeting with 30 points for 20 minutes on the court. She made all of her 6 attempts from behind the arc and reach valuation 29. Jamailah Adams (180-G/F-93) and Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) scored 10 points each. Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) posted 12 points in defeat. Their second scorer was Ksenija Voishal (182-F-94) with 8 points. Holland will meet Ukraine in the Quarterfinals. Belarus will take on Turkey. All Quarterfinals games are scheduled for Friday.

Sweden - Lithuania 73-50
Sweden closed second stage in Debrecen with 73-50 win over Lithuania. Sweden is the winner of Group E with almost perfect 4-1 record and will meet Russia in the Quarterfinals of U20 EuroBasket. Lithuania is the last ranked team in this pool with 0-5. They will be transferred to Classification Round from 9th-12th place. Lithuania shined in the second half to take the comfortable victory in this game. Quarters: 10-11, 23-20, 15-8, 25-11. Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) led the winners with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) followed her with 14 points and 6 rebs, while Ida Christensen (174-PG-93) added 12 pts. In the loosing squad, Monika Grigalauskyte (190-PF-92) registered double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Neringa Skadaite (184-F-92) and Santa Okockyte (176-PG-92) netted 10 and 9 points respectively, plus each of them grabbed 5 rebounds. Championship continues on Friday.

Group F
Slovakia - France 63-68
France made it in do-or-die game against Slovakia, 68-63. There is three-way tie now in Group F with France, Slovakia and Russia all having 2-3 record. France has the best numbers in this circle and they grabbed third place in the group. Russia is No.4, while Slovakia dropped to fifth place, what is not enough for the Quarterfinals. France reached it and their rival will be Spain. Slovakia will be transferred to Classification Round from 9th-12th place. Adja Konteh (173-G/F-92) shined for the winners with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Sara Chevaugeon (177-G-93) and Romane Romane Bernies (170-PG-93) netted 12 and 10 points respectively. Barbora Balintova (176-G-94) top-scored in Slovakia with 15 points, while Marta Palenikova (184-G/F-92) and Angelika Oravcova (175-PG-92) netted 13 points each. France celebrated in this meeting thanks to amazing third period. They were down by 5 at the HT and exploded with 20-6 after the breather, what was too much for Slovakia for rest of the way. Championship continues on Friday..

Russia - Turkey 57-62
Turkey extended its winning streak in Debrecen to end as No.1 of Group F with perfect 5-0 record. Of course, Turkey advanced to the Quarterfinals of U20 EuroBasket where they will meet Belarus. Russia finished as the fourth ranked team in this pool with 2-3 score and also heads to the next stage. Their rival will be Sweden. All teams will take a rest today and will continue with games on Friday. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) led Turkey with 15 points and 5 rebounds, and Olcay Cakir (180-PG-93) added 10 points and 6 rebs. Pelin Bilgic (173-G-94) had 8 pts in this victory. In Russia, Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-F/C-93, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) shined with double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds. Their second scorer was Svetlana Efimova (187-F-92) with 12 points, while Darya Namok (179-G-93) and Alexandra Stolyar (178-G-92) posted 9 pts each. Turkey had impressive start (23-11), but Turkey cut the margin to 5 pts with ten minutes remaining in the game. Teams were tied to 12-12 in the last quarter and Turkey celebrated its fifth win in the group.

Ukraine - Serbia 85-63
Ukraine cruised past Serbia 85-63 in the last day of the second stage in Debrecen. Thanks to this win Ukraine finished as the second ranked team of Group F with 3-2 record and advanced to the Quarterfinals. There, Ukraine's rival will be Holland. Serbia closes the standings in this pool with 1-4. They will continue in Classification Round from 9th-12th places. In the first game Serbia will play against Poland. Alina Iagupova (186-G-92, agency: LBM Management) once again was a key player in Ukraine with triple-double of 24 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists (valuation 36!). Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93, agency: New Trend Agency) scored 22 points and Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) added 14 points, plus 5 rebs. In defeat, Snezana Colic (178-G-92) (6 rebs) and Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) posted 12 points each. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) added 10 points and 6 rebs. Ukraine dominated during the entire game: 26-17, 21-15, 18-13, 20-18. All teams will take a rest today and will continue with games on Friday.

Group G
Portugal - United Kingdom 66-39
Portugal had no mercy for UK in third round of Group G at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. Portugal celebrated huge 66-39 win for 2-1 record in this group. At the other side, UK dropped to 0-3 and already faced with relegation to Division B. Portugal's hopes to survive still exist, despite Italy jumped to 3-0 in this pool. Daniela Domingues (176-G/F-92) stepped up for the winners with 20 points and Vitoria Pacheco (179-C-92) added 12 points, plus 6 rebounds. Jessica Almeida (172-PG-93) added 11 pts to this win. In defeat, Erin McGarrachan (182-G-92) collected 11 points and 8 rebs. Cheridene Green (187-C-95) also scored 11 pts, but to go with 7 rebs, and Jessica Hurd (185-C-92) posted 7 points. Quarters: 18-14, 15-6, 16-9, 17-10. Championship continues on Friday.

Latvia - Italy 58-61
Third straight win for Italy in Group G of U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. This time Italy had to work very hard to beat Latvia 61-58. After this victory Italy drastically improved its chances to win this pool and to survive in Division A. Latvia dropped to 1-2 and they are in difficult situation now. Teams were tied at 48-48 with ten minutes remaining in the game and Italy won the last period 13-10. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) had 13 points and 5 rebounds in Italy, and Caterina Dotto (167-PG-93) added 11 pts and also 5 boards. Giovanna Pertile (182-F-92) collected 10 points and 7 rebs. In defeat, Sabine Dukate (174-F-93) was better than the others with 21 points and Dita Rozenberga (181-F-92) had 12 pts, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Their third scorer was Ilze Jakobsone (170-G-94) with 6 pts for 5 minutes on the court. Championship continues on Friday. Italy's next rival will be Portugal, while Latvia will meet last ranked UK.


Division A: Day Five in Debrecen - Aug 22, 2012

Group E
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.

Group F
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.

Group G
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.


Division A, Day 4: Start of the second stage in Debrecen - Aug 21, 2012

Group E
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.

Group F
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.

Group G
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.


Health situation in Debrecen - Aug 20, 2012

Regarding the issue around the hospitalisation of a number of players, team delegation members and Organising Committee staff at the U20 European Championship Women 2012 in Debrecen, Hungary, FIBA Europe would like to clarify the following:

On the opening day of the tournament 22 players were affected by sickness and a total of 32 persons, including delegation members, have been hospitalised. Seven of these have been taken to the University Hospital, while 25 have been under observation in the Department of Infection at the Kenzy Gyula Hospital. The majority of the players have returned to their teams, with the last ones expected to be released from hospital on Monday.

Since this outbreak, the local health authorities have provided assurances that the situation is under control. The Public Health Service has launched an investigation to determine the cause.

In a meeting on Sunday, all teams were informed about the first results which indicate that the players were infected with salmonella. According to preliminary results, the players most probably got infected at the dinner at the opening ceremony on Wednesday. The restaurant where the dinner took place is not connected in any way with the teams' hotel. The final full set of results will be available on Tuesday.

The management of the teams' hotel have been taking proactive measures from the start of this outbreak to provide the highest hygiene standards and help the teams in the best possible way and the Local Organising Committee are making every effort possible to ensure a fast and complete recovery, as the health of all participants is of course a high priority.

Courtesy of FIBA Europe


Division A: Day Two in Debrecin - Aug 18, 2012

Group A
Latvia - Belarus 67-64
Latvia grabbed its first win at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecin. They outplayed Belarus 67-64 improving to 1-1 record in Group A. Thanks to this victory Latvia is now very close to reach the second stage. Belarus is difficult situation after its second straight loss at this event. Latvia was 58-48 up with 7:28 remaining in the game, but Belarus closed the gap to 66-64 with 1:07 to go. However, Belarus missed a lay-up and connected two unsuccessful shots from behind the arc, while Dukate made one free throw for Latvia for rest of the way. Quarters: 17-21, 16-9, 20-15, 14-19. Latvia got double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds from Dita Rozenberga (181-F-92). Paula Tomsone (193-C-94) had 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Ance Aizsila (175-G-94) added 12 pts to this win. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) had amazing game at the other side with 22 points and 17 rebounds (valuation 26, MVP). Darya Lipinskaya (180-SG-93) and Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) (6 rebs) scored 13 and 10 points respectively. Latvia will meet Spain in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Debrecin. Belarus will take on Lithuania.

Spain - Lithuania 93-55
Spain jumped to 2-0 record in Group A of U20 EuroBasket in Debrecin. The defending champion blasted Lithuania on Friday 93-55 getting 18 points and 6 rebounds from Queralt Casas (180-G-92). Marta Claret (185-C-92) and Elena Diaz (188-C-92) helped with 16 points each. Spain took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 20-14, 21-13, 25-13, 27-15. Santa Okockyte (176-PG-92) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds in defeat. Their second scorer was Kriste Druskyte (179-G/F-92) with 11 points and Laura Svaryte (190-C/F-92) added 11. Lithuania dropped to 1-1 in this pool. Spain already booked a spot for the next stage, while Lithuania also has a nice chance to do it. In the last day of the Preliminary Round, Spain will meet Latvia. Lithuania will play against Belarus and it will be do-or-die game for both teams.

Group B
Italy - Sweden 59-61
Sweden secured a ticket for the next stage at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecin. They grabbed 61-59 thriller win against Italy for 2-0 record in Group A. At the other side, Italy dropped to 0-2, but still has a chance to advance. Italy had 59-57 lead with 45 seconds remaining in the game. Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) made a basket with foul for 60-59 turn and Dotto missed a lay-up for Italy after that. Drammeh was sent to the line with 7 seconds to go and she made first, but missed her second free throw. Italy had the possession, but Galbiati committed a turnover. Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) (7 rebs) and Drammeh (5 rebs) led the winners with 17 points each. Amanda Zahui (190-C-93) helped with 10 points ad 10 rebounds. In defeat, Caterina Dotto (167-PG-93) was way better than the others with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Stella Panella (178-F-93) scored 9, while Giovanna Pertile (182-F-92) and Irene Cigliani (177-F-92) stopped to 8 points each. Quarters: Italy - Sweden 8-15, 24-17, 7-12, 20-17. Sweden will meet Holland on Saturday, while Italy will take on Poland in do-or-die game.

Poland - Holland 80-66
Poland cruised past Holland on Friday 80-66 for the first win at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecin. Both teams have 1-1 record now in Group B and both have a chance to reach the next stage. Everything will be clear on Saturday. Poland did a great job in the first half making 15-point lead. Holland cut the margin to 10 pts with one quarter left, but Poland shined in the last ten minutes to take the comfortable win against its rival. Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92) was a key player in victory with 26 points. Dorota Mistygacz (183-F/C-92) also was great adding 19 points and 9 rebs, while Agata Szczepanik (194-F/C-92) helped her team with 13 points and 6 rebs. In Holland, Zera Butter (179-G-92) scored 23 points and Marlou De Kleijn (182-F-92, agency: Regeneracom Sports) added 22 points, plus 5 rebounds. Sonja Kuijt (179-F-93) stopped to 9 pts in this game. Poland will play against Italy on Saturday, while Holland will meet Sweden, who already secured a ticket for the next stage.
Group C
France - Ukraine 66-75
Ukraine did a great job against France on Friday in Debrecin. Ukraine celebrated 75-66 victory joining the defeated team with 1-1 record in Group C. Both teams have a chance to reach the second stage of U20 EuroBasket, but everything will be known on Saturday night. Ukraine got 25 points and 7 rebounds from Alina Iagupova (186-G-92, agency: LBM Management), who was the MVP of this game with valuation 27. Anna Kiriyenko (190-C-93) had 17 points and 5 rebounds, while Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) helped her team with 8 points and 5 rebs. In defeat, Christelle Diallo (193-C-93) and Sara Chevaugeon (177-G-93) netted 18 and 15 points each. Their third scorer was Adja Konteh (173-G/F-92) with only 7 points. Ukraine won three periods of this game, while only the last one belonged to France: 18-17, 24-16, 17-15, 16-18. Ukraine will meet last ranked Portugal on Saturday. France will play against undefeated Turkey.

Turkey - Portugal 62-52
Turkey celebrated its second straight win at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecin. They downed Portugal 62-52 and already secured a ticket for the next stage. Turkey (2-0) now has a nice chance to win Group A, while at the other side Portugal fell to 0-2 and will have to beat Ukraine on Saturday in do-or-die game. Turkey made 9-point lead until the halftime having no troubles to keep it for rest of the way, despite Portugal came to minus 6 once in Q3. Quarters: 10-10, 22-13, 21-22, 9-7. Olcay Cakir (180-PG-93) (5 rebs) and Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) led the winners with 12 points each. Gizem Basaran (194-C-92) secured a nice help adding 9 points and 7 boards. In the loosing squad, Daniela Domingues (176-G/F-92) (6 rebs) and Ines Faustino (170-G-92) netted 12 points each. Saturday is the last day of the Preliminary Round in Debrecin. As mentioned above, Portugal will play against Ukraine in do-or-die game. Turkey's rival will be France and that game is also very important for both teams as wins will be transferred to the next stage.

Group D
Serbia - United Kingdom 71-59
Serbia celebrated its second straight win at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecin. After thriller victory in Day One, Serbia cruised past United Kingdom on Friday 71-59 and booked a ticket for the next stage. At the other side, UK dropped to 0-2 in Group D. They will have to beat Slovakia in do-or-die game on Saturday. Snezana Colic (178-G-92) was the leading player in Serbia with 24 points. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) helped with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while hero from Day One Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) added 10 pts in this meeting. Jessica Hurd (182-F-92) shined in defeat with 25 points and 9 boards. Their second scorer was Erin McGarrachan (182-G-92) with 14 points (7 rebs). Serbia was up by 7 at the halftime, but UK cut the margin to 5 pts with ten minutes to go. Serbia shined offensively in the last quarter (21-14) to take the victory in this meeting. In the last day of the Preliminary Round, Serbia will play against Russia and will try to win Group D with perfect 3-0 record. As mentioned above, UK will take on Slovakia.

Russia - Slovakia 61-64
Slovakia celebrated its first victory at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecin. They had impressive first half against Russia, but at the end escaped with tiny 3-point win. Slovakia was up by 15 at the HT and Russia cut the margin to 11 at the end of Q3. Russia took control on its rival at the beginning of the last period and after six minutes made 52-55 turn. However, Slovakia closed this game with 12-6 run to grab very valuable victory. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) (8 rebs) and Marta Palenikova (184-G/F-92) (5 rebs) led Slovakia with 15 points each. Marianna Draganovska (190-F/C-93) followed them with 11 points. In Russia, Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-F/C-93, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) was better than the others with 13 points and 5 rebounds, while Darya Namok (179-G-93) and Svetlana Efimova (187-F-92) stopped to 11 points each. In the last day of the Preliminary Round, Slovakia will meet last ranked UK. Russia will play against undefeated Serbia.


Division A: Preliminary Round is over in Debrecen - Aug 18, 2012

Group A
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.

Group B
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.
Group C
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.
Group D
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.


Division A: Day One in Debrecin - Aug 17, 2012

Group A
Lithuania - Latvia 71-66
Lithuania celebrated in Day One of U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. They handed 71-66 loss to Latvia in Baltic derby. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group A together with Spain and Belarus. Three teams will advance to the second stage. Kriste Druskyte (179-G/F-92) was a key player in victory with double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds (valuation 25, MVP). Monika Grigalauskyte (190-PF-92) had 14 points and 9 boards, while Santa Okockyte (176-PG-92) added 12 pts. In the loosing squad, Krista Bridina (174-PG-94) answered with 18 points. Dita Rozenberga (181-F-92) (8 rebs) and Renate Reine (176-G-94) followed her with 12 points each. It was a very exciting meeting and Lithuania had minimum lead (67-66) with 2:44 remaining. Grigalauskyte made lay up after that and both teams were scoreless for almost 2 minutes. Druskyte sealed the victory for Lithuania with two free throws, while Latvia committed a turnover in their last possession. Quarters: 21-18, 15-16, 16-19, 19-13. Lithuania will meet Spain in Day Two. Latvia will take on Belarus.

Belarus - Spain 39-73

Group B
Sweden - Poland 56-54
Sweden grabbed 56-54 win against Poland at the beginning of U20 EuroBasket in Debrecin. Amanda Zahui (190-C-93) made a basket for Sweden setting the score to 54-51 with 26 seconds remaining in the game and Martyna Stelmach (187-F/C-92) answered with lay-up 16 seconds later. Sweden had the possession and Drammeh was sent to the line making both free throws. Poland had the ball with 9 seconds left, but Sweden quickly fouled Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92), who missed first and scored second FT. Sweden called a time-out and after that managed to keep the ball for rest of the way. Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) stepped up for the winners with 21 points and Zahui added 13 points, plus 12 rebounds. Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) netted 8 points in this victory. Poland got 16 points from Zietara, while Marta Martyna Stelmach collected 14 points and 7 rebounds. Poland did not have any other player with double digits in scoring. Quarters: 17-18, 11-12, 12-12, 16-12. Sweden will meet Italy on Friday, while Poland will play against Dutch NT. All teams are placed to Group B.

Holland - Italy 72-67

Group C
Portugal - France 33-55
France had a joyful Day One at U20 EuroBasket in Debrecen. They blasted Portugal 55-33 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group C. Turkey and Ukraine are also placed to this pool and three teams will book a spot for the next stage. The last ranked country will fight for the survival in Division A. France took control on its rival in the second period and never looked back after that. Quarters: 12-13, 12-6, 12-8, 19-6. Sara Chevaugeon (177-G-93) led the scorers in victory with 12 points and Adja Konteh (173-G/F-92) helped with 8. In defeat, Almeida collected 6 points and 7 rebounds. Ines Faustino (170-G-92) and Daniela Domingues (176-G/F-92) also posted 6 pts apiece. In Day Two, France will play against Ukraine. Portugal's Rival will be Turkey.

Ukraine - Turkey 61-86
Turkey demonstrated its power against Ukraine today in Debrecin. It was a Day One of U20 EuroBasket and Turkey celebrated comfortable 86-61 victory. After 21-21 tie in the first quarter, Turkey exploded with 27-14 for the next ten minutes and continued with 26-12 after the breather to secure the victory in this meeting. Last ten minutes were just the formality. Pelin Bilgic (173-G-94) paced Turkey with 21 points and 5 rebounds and Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) helped with 13 points, plus 9 boards. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) and Ecem Guler (189-PF-92) netted 12 points each. At the other side, Ukraine got 22 points and 7 boards from Alina Iagupova (186-G-92, agency: LBM Management). Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93, agency: New Trend Agency) collected 15 pts and 7 rebs for 18 minutes on the court. Both teams are placed to Group C, where their rivals are also France and Portugal. Three teams will advance to the next stage. On Friday, Turkey will play against Portugal, while Ukraine will meet France.

Group D
United Kingdom - Russia 49-55
Russia opened U20 EuroBasket with victory. They outplayed United Kingdom on Thursday 55-49 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group D. Participants of this pool are also Slovakia and Serbia. Alexandra Stolyar (178-G-92) scored 13 points for the winners and Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-F/C-93, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) helped her team with 9 points plus 11 rebounds. Galina Kiseleva (182-F-93) followed them with 8 points in this game. United Kingdom got 16 points and 7 boards from Renee E. Busch (175-G-92) and she was their only player with double digits in scoring. Cheridene Green (187-C-95) was close to double-double with 9 points and 12 rebounds, while Olufemi Hamilton (170-G-93) stopped to 8 points. Russia was up by 12 points at midway of Q4 and UK only came to minus 6 for rest of the game. Quarters: 15-11, 15-12, 14-15, 11-11). Russia will play against Slovakia on today. UK will meet Serbia.

Slovakia - Serbia 67-68 OT
Serbia grabbed 68-67 OT win against Slovakia in the opening day of U20 EuroBasket in Debrecin. It was a heartbreaking thriller and Serbia won it for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group D. After lay-up by Emese Vida, teams were tied at 56-56 with 48 seconds remaining in regular time. Slovakia had two possessions for rest of the way and Serbia had one, but they were not able to score and game went to OT. Slovakia jumped to 64-61 with 1:40 to go, but Jaksic replied with a triple. Barbora Balintova (176-G-94) made a basket for Slovakia, Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) scored on FT for Serbia and Balintova also scored one at the other side. There was 15 seconds remaining and Serbia had the last possession. Kovacevic received the ball, pulled up from behind the arc and made a winning triple for her team. Kovacevic stepped up with 20 points and 7 rebounds, and Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) helped Serbia with 14 points, plus 5 rebs. Tijana Dijan (174-PG-92) added 10 pts. In defeat, Martina Kissova (185-F-93) and Barbora Balintova posted 13 points each. Angelika Oravcova (175-PG-92) had one point less. Serbia will take on UK today, while Slovakia will play against Russia.





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