Hungary - Ukraine 73-78 Ukraine celebrated valuable victory in Sopron last night. They handed 73-78 home loss to Hungary joining them with 2-2 record in Group A of the EuroBasket qualifications. The hosts had 73-71 lead with 1:53 remaining in the game. Tetiana Panchenk-Stakhova (173-G/F-79) drained a triple for Ukraine and after Hungary's miss, Lyubov Alyoshkina (203-C-81) made a jump shot for 73-76 lead with 33 seconds to go. Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) tried for 3 in the finish, but she missed and Alyoshkina closed this game with two free throws for the final 73-78 victory by Ukraine. Alina Iagupova (186-G-92, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the guests with 27 points and Alyoshkina followed with 22 points, plus 5 rebounds. Panchenk-Stakhova helped her team with 8 points. In defeat, Dora Horti (195-C-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) answered with 18 points and 9 rebs, while Quigley scored 2 points less. Katalin Honti (175-G-87) had 14 points and 6 assists for the hosts. Quarters: 27-19, 12-24, 19-15, 15-20. Hungary will host Belarus on Saturday, while Ukraine goes to Portugal.
Portugal - Israel 60-62 Israel grabbed 60-62 thriller win against Portugal last night. It was fifth round of the EuroBasket qualifications and Israel improved to 2-2 record in Group A. At the other side, Portugal dropped to 0-4. Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) was a key player in victory. She had 21 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds (valuation 24). Doron's free throws brought victory to Israel at the end. Portugal had the last possession in the game after a timeout, they got the ball to Carla Nascimento but she was off target with her attempt. Liron Cohen (173-G-82) scored 12 points in Israel and Katia Levitsky (190-PF-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) collected 8 pts, plus 8 boards. For the hosts, Carla Freitas (170-G-80) shined with 19 points and 7 boards (5 triples). Sara Filipe (187-F-82) had 11 points and 6 rebs, while Sofia Silva (187-C-90) added 8 pts and 10 rebs. Quarters: 14-19, 13-11, 14-20, 19-12. Israel will be free in Round Six. Portugal will host Ukraine on Saturday.
Serbia - Estonia 101-50 Serbia registered second win in Group B of the 2013 EuroBasket qualifications. They destroyed Estonia in Kragujevac 101-50 for 2-2 record in this pool, while at the same time visitors dropped to 0-4. Serbia took control on its rival from the very beginning and never looked back. They made 25-point lead in the first ten minutes and jumped to plus 35 at the halftime. All after that was just the formality. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) had 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners, while Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) added 23 points, 8 rebs and 7 assists (MVP, valuation 30). Third scorer in victory was Nevena Jovanovic (179-G-90) with 16 points. Estonia got 22 points from Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81, agency: LBM Management) and she was their only player with double digits in scoring. Valeria Kast (201-C-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: N.Mexico) stopped to 8 pts in this meeting. Serbia will host Montenegro on Saturday, while Estonia will play in Switzerland.
Switzerland - Poland 45-62 Poland did a great job in Fribourg last night. Visitors celebrated 45-62 victory improving to 3-1 record in Group B of the 2013 EuroBasket qualifications. That is currently enough for the second place in this pool, while Switzerland stays No.4 with 1-3 record. Poland exploded in the last ten minutes to take the victory in this game. Visitors limited Switzerland to just 5 points in Q4, while they drained 20 at the other side. Quarters: 15-13, 12-17, 13-12, 5-20. Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) was the leading scorer in victory with 18 points, while Joanna Walich (183-F/C-81) added 13 points and 8 rebounds. Weronika Idczak (177-G-89) followed them with 12 points, 5 boards and 5 assists. Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) delivered 13 points for the home squad. Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) (9 rebs) and Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85) netted 9 and 7 pts respectively. Poland will take a rest next weekend, while Switzerland will host Estonia in Round Six game.
Holland - Belgium 74-59 Both teams were winless before this meeting. Holland celebrated 74-59 home victory last night improving to 1-3 record in Group C of the 2013 EuroBasket qualifications. Belgium still closes the standings in this pool with 0-4. Holland had a strong start and was up by 12 after ten minutes of play. They had 36-22 lead at the halftime and managed to keep it for rest of the way. Quarters: 19-7, 17-15, 15-18, 23-19. Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) stepped up for the hosts with double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds. Myrthe Beld (183-G-89, agency: Regeneracom Sports) scored 15 points, while Natalie Van Den Adel (185-G-90, college: Colorado St.) and Tanya Broering (178-G-84) posted 12 points each. Noemie Mayombo (170-PG-91, agency: LBM Management) had 11 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Laurence Van Malderen (190-C-81, agency: LBM Management) had 10 points, while Belgian young star Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) was limited to 8 points and 11 rebs. Holland will host Lithuania on Saturday and Belgium will meet Slovenia in another road game.
Slovenia - Slovakia 61-72 Slovakia registered the third win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round Group C. They held off Slovenia in Ljubljana to improve at 3-1 record in the ladder. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) scored 15 points to lead the visitors. Slovenia suffered the first defeat and also appeared at 3-1 record. Slovakia grabbed an early lead. They were up by 8 points after ten minutes 24:16. Slovenia cut the deficit in the second quarter. They got within 3 points at halftime 35:38. Slovakia boosted the gap in the third frame. They ensured a 58:50 advantage with one quarter to go. Slovakia did not slow down and raced to a confident win at the end. Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, college: Penn St.) posted 14 points, while Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) added 10 points for the winners. Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) answered with 25 points and 11 rebounds for Slovenia. Eva Komplet (182-F/C-86) had 10 points in the loss.
Sweden - Germany 68-58 Sweden and Germany met last night in Round Five of the 2013 EuroBasket qualifications. The hosts celebrated 68-58 victory joining Spain on top of Group D with almost perfect 3-1 record. Germany stays No.3 in this pool with 1-3 score. Third quarter was the crucial one in this game and it belonged to Sweden 21-10. Visitors came to 63-58 with 1:22 to go, but that was all from them in this game as Sweden closed it with mini 5-0 run. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) top-scored in victory with 21 points. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) (5 rebs) and Kadidja Andersson (185-F-80, college: Minnesota) (7 rebs) followed with 13 and 10 points respectively. Visitors got 19 points from Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) and 14 pts, plus 9 rebs from Romy Bar (189-F-87). Katharina Fikiel (193-F/C-87) had 8 points and 5 rebs. Quarters: 10-18, 23-16, 21-10, 14-14. Sweden's rival in Round Six will be Romania, while Germany will take a rest next weekend.
Bulgaria - Romania 68-70 Very exciting game was played in Pravetz last night. Romania managed to take 68-70 thriller win against Bulgaria improving to 2-2 record in group D of the 2013 EuroBasket qualifications. Bulgaria stays winless after four games. The winner was decided in the finish. Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) made a basket for Bulgaria with 55 seconds to go tying the score to 68-68. Alexandra Uiuiu then missed a jumper for the visitors and Bulgaria rebounded, only for Uiuiu to grab a miss by the hosts' Radoslava Bachvarova (183-F-87, agency: LBM Management, college: VCU). Romania called timeout and Annemarie Parau (175-G-84) scored for the guests after that. Bulgaria called timeout and the team was able to get the ball to Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88), who attempted a potential game-tying shot but missed. Ancuta Stoenescu (169-G-80, agency: Data Plus Group) led the winners with 25 points and 5 rebounds. She made 6 of 11 attempts from behind the arc in this game. Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, college: Drexel) had 22 points and 6 rebs, while Parau collected 12 points, 7 assists and 6 rebs. In Bulgaria, Zlatanova was way better than the others with 25 points and 7 rebs. Bachvarova (5 rebs) and Perostiyska (6 rebs) scored 15 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 15-17, 23-24, 13-8, 17-21. Romania will play in Sweden on Saturday, while Bulgaria waits powerful Spain.
Italy - Finland 76-58 Italy celebrated its third victory in Group E of the 2013 EuroBasket qualifications. They outplayed Finland 76-58 to join Latvia at the first place in this pool with 3-1 record. Finland shares third spot with Greece as both teams have 2-2 score now. Italy won every single quarter in this game. They were up by 8 points after 30 minutes of play and jumped to 64-50 with 7:32 remaining. The hosts reached plus 17 few minutes later and question about the winner was resolved. Quarters: 25-21, 13-12, 18-13, 20-12. Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) (6 rebs) and Benedetta Bagnara (178-G-87, agency: LBM Management) scored 15 and 14 points respectively for the hosts. Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) had 12 points and 7 boards (0/5 from behind the arc). Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) shined for the guests with double-double of 18 points and 10 rebs, and Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Lamar) scored 10 points. Heta Korpivaara (186-G/F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Seton Hall) had 8 pts and 5 boards. Italy will play against Latvia on Saturday, while Finland goes to Luxembourg.
Luxembourg - Greece 61-85 Greece registered second victory in Group E of the 2013 EuroBasket qualifications. They handed 61-85 home loss to Luxembourg joining Finland on third place in this pool with 2-2 record. Luxembourg stays the only winless team after four games. Greece was up by 11 points at the halftime, after what Luxembourg improved its game but it only helped them to cut the margin to 9 pts with 10:00 remaining. Visitors shined in the last quarter (13-26) to register comfortable win in this meeting. Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) scored 11 points for Greece and Artemis Spanou (182-F-93) added one less. Aikaterini Spatharou (172-G-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Katerina Sotiriou (187-F-84, agency: FCM) had 9 pts each. For the hosts, Cathy Schmit (170-G-90) top-scored with 12 points and Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky) had one point less (7 rebs). Lisy Hetting (173-G-90) had 9 pts. Quarters: 17-26, 14-18, 17-15, 13-26. Greece will take a rest next week end, while Luxembourg will host 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.
Ireland and Malta had no trouble in their respective Semi-Finals against Andorra and Moldova. Both teams remained perfect at the tournament ahead of their Sunday showdown. Malta held Moldova under ten points in each of the last three quarters for a 90-30 win. All 12 players got on the score sheet for Malta, but Stephanie De Martino (184-F-93) was the game hero. De Martino almost outscored the whole Moldova team, as she needed less than 19 minutes of play to produce 25 points on 9-of-14 sh... [read more]
Ireland and Malta had no trouble in their respective Semi-Finals against Andorra and Moldova. Both teams remained perfect at the tournament ahead of their Sunday showdown. Malta held Moldova under ten points in each of the last three quarters for a 90-30 win. All 12 players got on the score sheet for Malta, but Stephanie De Martino (184-F-93) was the game hero. De Martino almost outscored the whole Moldova team, as she needed less than 19 minutes of play to produce 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field. Christina Grima (175-G/F-89) and Ashleigh Vella (185-F-90, college: Idaho St.) were also in double figures with ten minutes each. Coach Angela Adamoli gave each player at least ten minutes on the floor, with Grima playing a team-high 22:28 minutes. Ala Gavrilita (182-F/C-83) scored ten of Moldova's 30 points on the night. Ireland also managed to give the starters some rest, as they cruised to an 86-45 success against Andorra. The middle two quarters were key, Ireland winning them by a combined score of 41-15, before taking the foot off the gas in the last ten minutes. Aoife McDermott (185-C-91) collected a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, seven of them being at the offensive end. Grainne Dwyer (180-F-84) and Sarah Woods had 11 points apiece. Claudia Brunet (168-PG-96) was the best performer for Andorra, ending with ten points. Sunday's program will see Gibraltar and Wales in the fifth place game, followed by Andorra and Moldova in the bronze medal match. The 2016 FIBA Women's European Championship for Small Countries will end with a battle of unbeaten teams. Malta last won the title in 2010. Ireland had three consecutive silver medals from 1989 to 1993.
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