Round Two of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications - Jun 16, 2012
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Israel - Ukraine 73-58 Israel celebrated the first win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They fired past Ukraine at home court in the opener. Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) unleashed 28 points and dished out 6 assists to lead the winners. Israel cleared off in the opening quarter. The hosts held Ukraine to 10 points to take a 7-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Israel arrived at halftime up by 7 points 35:28. Neither side was able to dominate in the third quarter. The scoreboard read 49:42 at the final break. Israel delivered 24 points in the final stanza and left Ukraine afar to rally to the victory. Katia Levitsky (190-PF-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) knocked down 11 points and grabbed 10 boards for the hosts. Alina Iagupova (186-G-92, agency: LBM Management) answered with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Ukraine. Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) had 12 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
Portugal - Belarus 53-82 Belarus celebrated the second straight win at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They toppled Portugal on the road in Group A. Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebound to lead the winners. Belarus secured a stunning start. They unloaded 28 points in the opening quarter to build a 12-point lead. Belarus limited their opponents to 10 points in the second frame to accumulate a 45:26 halftime lead. Belarus maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They piled up a 27-point lead with ten minutes remaining. Belarus never slowed down in the final term and rallied to the victory at the end. Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85, agency: LBM Management) accounted for 11 points, while Zhanna Horodetskaya and Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) provided 9 points each in the win. Sofia Silva (187-C-90) answered with 12 points for Portugal. Carla Nascimento provided 11 points in the loss.
Poland - Estonia 77-52 Poland tipped off their 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying campaign with victory. They overcame Estonia in Krosno tonight in the opener. Izabela Piekarska (196-C-85, college: UTEP) scored 14 points to pace the home team. Poland set the tone early in the game. They outscored Estonia 23:10 in the first quarter. Poland kept their opponents at bay throughout the second quarter. The hosts arrived at halftime up by 17 points 36:19. Estonia could not recover in the second half. They allowed Poland to stretch the lead to 20 points with one quarter remaining. Poland did not slow down rolling to a confident win at the end. Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) delivered 11 points, while Magdalena Losi (173-F-80, agency: Promotex), Weronika Idczak, Martyna Koc, Szott had 8 points each in the win. Kerttu Jallai (180-F-90, agency: Regeneracom Sports) reacted with 11 points for Estonia. Kati Rausberg provided 9 points in the loss.
Switzerland - Montenegro 67-82 Montenegro eased to the second win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualification Round. They shot down Switzerland to improve at 2-0 record on top of Group B. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) knocked down 29 points and distributed 8 assists to lead the winners. Switzerland fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Montenegro proved the strength in the opening quarter. The Balkan team gained a 27:13 lead at the first intermission. The Swiss team stopped the rot in the second frame. The hosts cut the deficit at 8-point mark at the interval 37:45. Montenegro however regained control in the third term. They dropped 23 points in the quarter to extend the lead to as many as 12 points. Montenegro limited the hosts to 11 points in the fourth frame and sealed the victory at the end. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) notched 24 points, while Milica Jovanovic (189-F/C-89) added 11 points in the winning case. Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) answered with 19 points for Switzerland. Karen Twehues had 17 points in the loss.
Slovakia - Belgium 64-49 Slovak Republic successfully starts EuroBasket Qualification in Group C. The team overcame Belgium 64:49 in Kosice for 1-0 record. The latter meanwhile fell at 0-2 record. Both teams nailed 21 points in the opening period and Vynuchalova opened the second frame for 23:21. She scored another 5 points for 29:25, while Erin Marie Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) brought 37:30. Katarina Tetemondova (188-F/C-88) later closed the half from the free throw for 8-point advantage. Slovak Republic added 12-9 in the third frame for 50:39 and Kupcikova scored for 52:42 early in the fourth. The hosts won the period 14-10 and celebrated their first victory. Jalcova paced all the winners with 14 points and Erin Marie Lawless added 13. Vynuchalova posted 8, while Kupcikova chipped in with 7. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) replied with 11 points in defeat and Strubbe posted 10.
Slovenia - Lithuania 79-68 Slovenia registered the second straight win at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down Lithuania in Kranjska Gora to improve at 2-0 record on top of Group C. Teja Oblak (171-G-90) orchestrated the victory scoring 19 points for the hosts. Slovenia opened the game aggressively. They knocked down 25 points in the first frame to take a 3-point lead. Lithuania quickly denied the deficit. They held the home side to 12 points in the period to level things up at 37. Slovenia adjusted defence in the third term. They held the Baltic team to 13 points and surged ahead for a 56:50 lead at the final intermission. Slovenia stayed in charge throughout the fourth quarter and drove to the victory at the end. Maja Erkic posted 13 points, while Nika Baric (169-PG-92) delivered 12 points and 8 assists in the winning effort. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) answered with 22 points and 9 rebounds for Lithuania. Sandra Linkeviciene and Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) banked 10 points apiece in the loss.
Germany - Romania 70-60 Germany starts EuroBasket Women Qualification with the win over Romania. They overcame the opponents 70:60 for 1-0 record. The Romanian side meanwhile fell at 1-1. Germany opened the game with 5 consecutive points and Bar later brought 12:2. Greinacher closed the period at 18:7, while Bar added two for 26:15. Romania started to play better and after 25-18 in the frame trailed only 36:32 at the halftime. They tried really hard but could not come closer to the hosts. Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) brought 55;48 after three quarters and then Menz scored for 63:49. Fikiel and Ancuta Stoenescu (169-G-80, agency: Data Plus Group) were the last players to score for their teams. Bar top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Fikiel netted 13. Breitreiner scored 9, while Richter and Sarah Austmann added 8 apiece. Pavel collected 18 points and 18 rebounds in the losing effort. Ancuta Stoenescu also scored 18 and Marginean notched 16.
Sweden - Spain 78-69 Sweden shock Spain in Sodertalje in Day 2 of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. The Scandinavian team celebrated a surprising 78:69 win for 1-1 records. Sweden scored the first 5 points in the game and Eldebrink brought 17:9. Palau and Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington) managed to reduce to 20:18 and Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed three for 22:21 early in the second. No matter how hard the guests tried to recover, they could not catch up with the hosts. Eldebrink and Andersson closed the half at 43:35 and then Halvarsson brought 48:37. Nordstrom shock the opponents for 60:42 and Hamilton nailed two for 66:46. Sweden did not mind 10-22 in the last stanza and won the game. Eldebrink top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Halvarsson netted 17. Aili nailed 9, while Andersson posted 8. Amaya Valdemoro replied with 13 points in the losing effort, whilst Cruz and Ble had 11 each.
Luxembourg - Latvia 60-95 Latvia takes 2-0 record in Group E of the EuroBasket Women Qualification. The Baltic side overcame Luxembourg 95:60 for the top position. Luxembourg suffered their second loss in the group. Hetting and Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky) gave the first lead for the hosts, but it was their last one. Tamane later scored for 15:6 and Eibele brought 20:8. It became clear about the winner later in the frame when Steinberga closed it at 29:11. Jansone and Karklina scored for 35:18, while Putnina delivered two for 42:22. Tamane sent the teams to the lockers at 53:27. Latvia also added 24-13 in the third period and did not mind 18-20 in the last stanza. Jansone top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Krastina posted 15. Tamane delivered 11, whilst Horelika and Putnina notched 10 apiece. Nadia Mossong ended up with 16 points in the losing case and Lynn Kauffmann (174-PG-94) added 10.
Greece - Finland 72-49 Finland is upset in Maroussi in the second game of the EuroBasket Women Qualification. The Finnish side lost to Greece 49:72 and fell at 1-1 record. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) gave the guests their first lead but as it became clear after it was their last one. Greece responded with a 15-0 run and Skiadopoulou later scored for 20:5. Kalentzou nailed three for 30:9 and Dimitrakou made two free throws for 38:16. Katerina Sotiriou (187-F-84, agency: FCM) and Papamichail scored for 50:18 early in the third, while Taru Tuukkanen and Sten reduced to 54:29. Wilson scored for 61:36 and Leino brought 69:44. Lehtoranta was the last to score in defeat as the teams finished the game in Maroussi. Dimitrakou poured in 15 points in the losing effort and Katerina Sotiriou scored 11. Chatzinikolaou and Afroditi Kosma (187-F/C-83) delivered 10 points each in a win. Taru Tuukkanen collected 15 points and 13 rebounds in defeat and Sten nailed 14.
2017 EuroBasket participants determined - 15 days ago
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Group A Latvia - Slovenia 77-66 Latvia edged Slovenia and claimed EuroBasket 2017 appearance. Six players scored in double digits as Latvia clinched the second position in Group A. Gunta Basko-Melnbarde (181-F-80, college: Siena, agency: Josep and Nicolas) posted 13 points to lead the winners. Latvia used 39:24 run in the second and third quarters to clear off for good. Kristine Vitola(193-C-91, college: UTEP) posted 12 points and 10 boards in the victory. Sandra Pirsic (196-C-84) respon... [read more]
Latvia - Slovenia 77-66 Latvia edged Slovenia and claimed EuroBasket 2017 appearance. Six players scored in double digits as Latvia clinched the second position in Group A. Gunta Basko-Melnbarde (181-F-80, college: Siena, agency: Josep and Nicolas) posted 13 points to lead the winners. Latvia used 39:24 run in the second and third quarters to clear off for good. Kristine Vitola (193-C-91, college: UTEP) posted 12 points and 10 boards in the victory. Sandra Pirsic (196-C-84) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds as Slovenia finished on top despite the loss.
Holland - Estonia 70-46 Netherlands finished the Qualifying Round on a high note. They topped Estonia for 3-3 record. Emese Hof (190-F/C-96) scored 14 points in the win. Netherlands established a 38:23 halftime lead. The Dutch side maintained the pressure throughout the second half and marched to the win. Jill Bettonvil (188-F-92) had 11 points and 9 boards in the victory. Laina Mesila-Kaarmann (186-C/F-87) responded with 19 points for Estonia.
France - Croatia 84-65 France celebrated the sixth straight victory at the Qualifying Round. They knocked down visiting Croatia to finish undefeated. Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) posted 17 points to lead the effort. France built a 46:25 halftime lead and cruised to the victory in the second half. Sarah Michel (180-SG-89) provided 13 points and 7 assists for Les Bleues. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) responded with 13 points for Croatia.
Albania - United Kingdom 55-97 Great Britain fired past Albania to finish third in Group C. Chantelle Handy (188-SF-87, college: Marshall, agency: Two Points) tallied 31 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Great Britain grabbed a 47:27 halftime lead. The visitors sank 50 points in the second half and iced the win. Ella Clark (190-F-92, college: Long Beach St.) added 16 points for the winners. Eliverta Bujari (168-G-86) responded with 13 points for Albania.
Montenegro - Italy 66-57 Montenegro beat Italy to seal their 2017 EuroBasket birth. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) notched 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Montenegro piled up a 31:23 halftime lead. They kept the Azzurri at bay throughout the second half and rallied to the win. Iva Perovanovic (188-C/F-83) tossed in 10 points for the winners. Laura Macchi (188-F-79) responded with 15 points for the Azzurri.
Serbia - Ukraine 82-88 Ukraine clinched the sixth straight win in the Qualifying Round. They outgunned Serbia on the road to top Group D. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) notched 22 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort. Ukraine got to a quick start. They secured a 49:39 halftime lead. Serbia pulled closer in the second half but could not rescue the game. Ganna Zarytska provided 20 points in the win. Sonja Petrovic responded with 24 points for Serbia.
Luxembourg - Germany 54-94 Germany fired past Luxembourg to earn the second win in Group D. Sonja Greinacher (188-F/C-92, college: Gonzaga) tossed in 25 points to pace the German team. The visitors piled up a 49:28 halftime lead. Germany kept the hosts at bay throughout the second half and eased to the win. Agnieszka Fikiel (194-F/C-87) delivered 15 points for the winners. Cathy Schmit (170-G-90) responded with 14 points for Luxembourg.
Slovakia - Hungary 49-68 Hungary toppled Slovakia to race to the fifth win in Group E. Tijana Krivacevic (196-F-90) delivered 19 points to lead the group leaders. Hungary established a 34:19 halftime advantage. They protected the lead throughout the second half and rolled to the victory. Courtney Vandersloot (173-PG-89, college: Gonzaga) had 9 points in the win. Zofia Hruscakova (190-F/C-95) responded with 11 points for Slovakia.
Iceland - Portugal 65-54 Iceland wrapped up their Qualifying campaign with victory. They rallied past Portugal at home court. Sigrun Amundadottir (181-C/F-88) notched 16 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Iceland secured a 31:29 halftime lead. The hosts limited Portugal to just 25 points in the second half and raced to the win. Gunnhildur Gunnarsdottir (176-G-90) delivered 12 points for the winners. Daniela Domingues (176-G/F-92) responded with 15 points and 8 boards for Portugal.
Switzerland - Bulgaria 48-72 Bulgaria snatched a road win over Switzerland for 2-4 record in Group F. Daniela Peteva (179-F-89) provided 19 points to pace the winners. Bulgaria accounted for a 31:29 halftime lead. The visitors went on a 41:19 run in the second half to rally to the win. Radostina Dimitrova (181-SF-94) had 18 points and 8 assists in the victory. Alexia Rol (181-F-89) responded with 15 points for Switzerland.
Turkey - Romania 64-54 Turkey outgunned Romania to clinch the top position in Group H. Tilbe Senyurek (190-C-95, agency: 1x1 Sports) posted 17 points and 6 rebounds in the victory. Turkey established a 34:27 halftime advantage. Turkey went on a 20:9 run in the fourth period to seal the win. Pelin Bilgic (175-G-94, agency: LBM Management) had 14 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, college: Drexel, agency: LBM Management) responded with 14 points for Romania.
Bosnia - Israel 62-80 Israel cruised past Bosnia on the road but failed to qualify to 2017 EuroBasket. Alysha Clark (178-F-87, college: Middle Tenn.St.) provided 24 points, 16 rebounds and 6 assists in the victory. Lev Tal stepped up with 21 points for the visitors. Bosnia recorded a 40:34 halftime lead. But Israel ignited a 46:22 run in the second half to snatch the victory. Lynetta Kizer (193-C-90, college: Maryland) responded with 19 points for Bosnia.
Sweden - Finland 94-45 Sweden coasted past Finland in the final game in Group I. Sweden therefore improved at 2-2 record in the second position in the standings but could not qualify for EuroBasket. Amanda Bazoukou (196-C-93, college: Minnesota) came up with 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the hosts. Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) added 16 points in the victory. Sweden dominated from start to finish outscoring their opponents in each quarter. Laura Lahtinen (175-G-86) and Evita Iiskola (183-F-93, college: Providence) responded with 11 points each for Finland.
Best Player: Christina Grima (175-G/F-89) of Malta Best Guard: Christina Grima (175-G/F-89) of Malta Best Forward: Ala Gavrilita (182-F/C-83) of Moldova Best Center: Josephine Grima (193-C-84) of Malta 1st Team G/F: Christina Grima (175-G/F-89) of Malta G: Sarah Woods (174-G-88) of Ireland G: Sarah Wagstaff (173-G-86) of Wales F/C: Ala Gavrilita (182-F/C-83) of Moldova C: Josephine Grima (193-C-84) of Malta 2nd Team PG: Claudia Brunet (168-PG-96) of Andorra G: Natalia Burlakova (1... [read more]
Eurobasket.com All-European Championship for Small Countries 1st Team 2016
Malta overturned a 10-point halftime deficit to claim gold in Tercentenary Sports Hall. Ireland finished second, Moldova took the bronze. Malta stepped up the defence in the second half of the Final after Ireland had been leading 39-29 at the break, but managed to only&n... [read more]
Malta overturned a 10-point halftime deficit to claim gold in Tercentenary Sports Hall. Ireland finished second, Moldova took the bronze.
Malta stepped up the defence in the second half of the Final after Ireland had been leading 39-29 at the break, but managed to only score 20 more points in the final two quarters. Malta took the lead with a 22-11 third quarter and ran away with it 16-9 in the fourth period to get the 67-59 success.
Claire Rockall (178-G-90, college: Iowa St.) gave Ireland a 55-51 lead with eight minutes to go. Malta answered with an 8-0 run, but could not break the Irish until the final minute of the game. Aine McKenna (165-PG-89) hit a three-pointer to bring Ireland back within three (59-62). Malta's Stephanie De Martino (184-F-93) missed her shot on the ensuing possession, but Sarah Pace (165-PG-88) was in the right place and grabbed the crucial offensive rebound. Ashleigh Vella (185-F-90, college: Idaho St.)'s second-chance points took the game out of Ireland's reach.
De Martino led all scorers with 16 points. Christina Grima (175-G/F-89) finished with 15, while Josephine Grima (193-C-84) and Vella each added 14 points for Malta, who won their first gold at the Championship since 2010.
Ireland took home silver medals for a fourth time, the first three coming from 1989 to 1993. Rockall led the team in scoring with 14 points in the final.
Moldova won the battle for third after a 66-50 triumph against Andorra. Ala Gavrilita (182-F/C-83) (25 points, 11 rebounds) and Natalia Burlacova (23 points, 10 rebounds) were too much to handle for Andorra's defence. Gibraltar finished in fifth, winning their final game 61-47 over sixth-placed Wales.
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