Hungary - Belarus 62-59 Hungary did a great job against Belarus last night. The hosts celebrated 62-59 victory for 3-2 record in Group A of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. At the same time it was the first loss for Belarus, who stays No.1 in the pool with 4-1 score. Hungary was up 59-50 with less than 4 minutes remaining in the game. Visitors came closer soon, but after Alexandria Quigley made it 62-57 to Hungary, Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) came up empty with a three-pointer for Belarus, and a late jump-shot was too little too late for the visitors. Quarters: 16-11, 17-16, 13-17, 16-15. Dora Horti (195-C-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) led the winners with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) scored 14 points and Katalin Honti (175-G-87) helped with two less. In the loosing squad, Tatyana Troina collected 20 points and 7 rebs. Alexandra Tarasava (170-PG-88) scored 15 and Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) added 12 points, plus 9 rebs. Hungary will take a rest in Round 7, while Belarus will host Portugal.
Portugal - Ukraine 42-55 Very valuable victory for Ukraine in Round Six of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They cruised past Portugal on the road 42-55 improving to 3-2 record in Group A. Portugal stays the only winless team in this pool (0-5). Alina Iagupova (186-G-92, agency: LBM Management) top-scored in victory with 17 points and Lyubov Alyoshkina (203-C-81) had double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Olena Zherzherunova (191-C/F-78, agency: LBM Management) followed them with 9 points and 6 boards. The hosts did not have anyone with double digits in scoring. Ana Oliveira (176-F-83, college: UTSA), Sara Filipe (187-F-82) and Carla Freitas (170-G-80) stopped to 8 points each. Ukraine shined in the last ten minutes to take the victory in this game. Quarters: 10-15, 9-10, 14-13, 9-17. Ukraine will host Israel on Wednesday. Portugal goes to Belarus.
Serbia - Montenegro 72-56 Serbia crushed Montenegro last night in Round Six of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. It was comfortable 72-56 win for the hosts and now they have 3-2 record in Group A. Despite its first defeat, Montenegro stays on top of this group with almost perfect 4-1 score. Serbia shined in the second and last period to secure the victory in this game. Their key player was Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82), who registered double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 20. Tamara Radocaj (170-PG-87) (7 as) and Marina Mandic (181-G-83) netted 16 and 10 pts respectively. Visitors got 14 points and 9 rebs from Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83). Milica Jovanovic (189-F/C-89) and Snezana Aleksic (172-G-89) scored 11 pts apiece. Quarters: 15-16, 16-8, 16-17, 25-15. Serbia will take a rest in Round 6, while Montenegro will host Switzerland on Wednesday.
Switzerland - Estonia 68-63 Switzerland registered its second win in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They outplayed Estonia last night 68-63 improving to 2-3 record in Group B. Estonia dropped to poor 0-5. There are four more rounds to be played in qualifications. Switzerland moved 15 points clear, 56-41, on Giroud's jump-host midway through the third quarter, but Estonia had one more rally in them and when Anderson hit a jump-shot 1:33 from the buzzer the lead was down to just two, 63-61. Giroud and Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) then responded to hold off the Estonians and seal the win. Quarters: 29-18, 12-16, 15-18, 12-11. Karen Twehues drained 25 points in victory and Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) added 23 points, plus 10 rebounds. Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85) contributed with 12 pts to this victory. Triin Teppo (186-F/C-90) answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81, agency: LBM Management) and Kerttu Jallai (180-F-90, agency: Regeneracom Sports) scored 16 and 10 pts. Switzerland will play in Montenegro on Wednesday. Estonia waits Poland.
Holland - Lithuania 42-63 Lithuania demonstrated its power against Holland last night. Visitors cruised to 42-63 victory in Almere for 4-1 record in Group C of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Lithuania shares the first place in this pool with Slovenia. At the other side, Holland says No.4 with just one win. The hosts made 13-8 lead in the first ten minutes, but Lithuania answered with 9-16 in Q2 and later jumped to 14-point lead with 10 minutes remaining in the game. Holland was not able to reply and Lithuania marched to the final 42-63 victory. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) had impressive night with monster double-double of 17 points and 19 rebounds (valuation 32!). Greta Sniokaite (180-G-91) had 12 points and Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) added 11 pts, plus 7 boards. Holland got 9 points from Tanya Broering (178-G-84) and Laura Kooij (184-F/C-82) collected 6 points, plus 10 rebounds, but she had poor shooting night. Lithuania will host Slovenia on Wednesday. Holland will take a rest in Round 7 and will play again next weekend.
Slovenia - Belgium 75-56 Slovenia was too strong for Belgium last night in Round Six of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. The hosts registered comfortable 75-56 win mostly thanks to great played third quarter of the game. Slovenia made 20-5 in this period and all after that was just the formality. Teja Oblak (171-G-90) had 19 points and 5 assists in victory, while Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) added 15 points and 9 boards. Nika Baric (169-PG-92) (6 as) and Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) (5 rebs) helped Slovenia with 11 pts each. Laurence Van Malderen (190-C-81, agency: LBM Management) had 16 points in loss and Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) collected 14 pts and 8 rebs. Quarters: 17-17, 16-15, 20-5, 22-19. Slovenia improved to 4-1 record in Group C sharing the first place with Lithuania. Belgium has 0-5. Slovenia will play in Lithuania on Wednesday, while Belgium will host Slovakia and will try to grab the first win in qualifications. Round Eight will be played next weekend.
Bulgaria - Spain 51-79 Spain had an easy job in Pravetz last night. It was a Round Six game of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications and visitors celebrated huge 51-79 victory. They have 4-1 record now sharing the first place in Group D with Sweden. Bulgaria is still winless (0-5). Anna Cruz (173-PG-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 16 points in victory, Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington) had 13 and Laia Palau (178-G-79) posted 11 points. Bulgaria got 11 points from Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) (6 rebs) and Radoslava Bachvarova (183-F-87, agency: LBM Management, college: VCU). Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) had 9 points and 5 rebounds. Spain exploded in the first and last period to celebrate comfortable victory in this game. Quarters: 11-23, 21-20, 8-9, 11-27. Spain will host Sweden on Wednesday, while Bulgaria will take a rest in Round Seven. They will play again next weekend.
Sweden - Romania 93-78 Sweden registered fourth win in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. This time Sweden was better than Romania 93-78 in Round Six, which was played last night. After this victory Sweden jumped to 4-1 record sharing the first place in Group D with Spain. Romania faced with its third defeat in five games. Sweden took control on its rival from the very beginning and they made double digit lead already in the first quarter. It was plus 19 for Sweden at the halftime and despite Romania threatened in Q3 (16-25), the hosts managed to keep comfortable lead for rest of the way. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) exploded with 32 points and 6 rebounds in this game. Stefanie Yderstrom (172-G-90) scored 15 and Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 12 pts, plus 5 boards. Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, college: Drexel) had 23 points and 8 rebs in defeat, while Ancuta Stoenescu (169-G-80, agency: Data Plus Group) followed with 14 pts and 6 rebs. Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) was limited to 11 pts and 5 boards in this meeting. Sweden will play in Spain on Wednesday and it could be a decisive game for the first place in Group D at the end of qualifications. Romania will host Germany.
Italy - Latvia 60-57 Both teams had 3-1 record before this meeting. It was a Round Six of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications and Italy escaped with 60-57 home victory in Latina last night. Thanks to this win Italy stays alone on top of Group E with 4-1 record. Latvia dropped to the second place (3-2). It was a very exciting finish last night. Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) made a pair of free throws for Italy before Kristine Karklina (175-G-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) hit back to make it 60-57 with 28 seconds left. Sottana missed for Italy to give Latvia a late chance, but Krastina came up empty with a three-point attempt. Quarters: 14-13, 17-9, 13-13, 16-22. Giorgia Sottana led the scorers in Italy with 18 points, while Sabrina Cinili (190-F-89) and Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) netted 10 points each. Latvia got 16 points and 6 boards from Anete Steinberga (187-F-90). Kristine Karklina and Ieva Krastina (175-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management) scored 12 and 9 points respectively. Italy will take a rest in Round 7, while Latvia will host Luxembourg. That game will be played on Wednesday.
Luxembourg - Finland 45-92 Finland had no troubles to beat Luxembourg last night in Contern. It was a huge 45-92 win for the guests, who now have 3-2 record in Group E of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Luxembourg faced with fifth loss for the same number of games. It was a game without a history. Finland took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 14-22, 13-14, 12-28, 6-28. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) was the MVP of this game with valuation 39. She had 25 points and 18 rebounds. Tiina Sten (189-G/F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: St.John's) scored 18 pts (5 rebs) and Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta (175-G-91) added 11. Lisy Hetting (173-G-90) posted 12 points for the hosts. Their second scorer was Cathy Schmit (170-G-90) with 9 pts. Finland will host Greece on Wednesday, while Luxembourg will play in Latvia.
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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