Portugal - Hungary 53-73 Hungary celebrated its fourth victory in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They outplayed Portugal on the road with comfortable 53-73 sharing the second place in Group A with Ukraine. Everything is still open in this pool, but not for Portugal who dropped to 0-7. Hungary smashed its host in the second period and later had no troubles to keep the comfortable lead. Quarters: 11-18, 9-20, 13-16, 20-19. Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) stepped up for the guests with 23 points and 8 rebounds (valuation 33, MVP). Dora Horti (195-C-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) had 13 points and 5 boards, while Orsolya Szecsi (190-G/F-92) added 10 pts. In the loosing squad, Carla Nascimento (171-G-86) and Ana Oliveira (176-F-83, college: UTSA) netted 10 points each. Maria Correia (174-G/F-91) stopped to one less. Hungary will host Israel on Wednesday. Portugal is free in Round 9.
Israel - Belarus 60-58 Israel outsmarted Belarus tonight 60-58 in Round Eight of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications (Group A). It was a real thriller and Israel celebrated thanks to Liron Cohen's (173-G-82) lay-up, plus two free throws. Trafimava committed a turnover for Belarus (bad pass) with 16 seconds to go and Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) made unsportsmanlike foul after that. As mentioned above, Cohen made one of two free throws and banked a jump shot with foul in the next possession. She made that extra FT and Belarus had 6 seconds at the other side, but Troina committed a turnover (ball handling). Quarters: 16-11, 17-25, 12-14, 15-8. Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) and Noa Ganor (171-G-86) scored 11 pts each in victory, while Katia Levitsky (190-PF-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) and Liron Cohen (5 as) scored 10 pts apiece. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) exploded in Belarus with 14 points, 17 rebounds and 9 assists (valuation 38!). Troina had 18 points, with poor 1 of 6 from behind the arc. Belarus (5-2) will host Ukraine on Wednesday, while Israel (3-3) goes to Hungary.
Poland - Montenegro 53-50 Poland registered very valuable home win against Montenegro tonight. The hosts celebrated 53-50 staying alone on top of Group B with almost perfect 5-1 record. At the same time, Montenegro dropped to the second place with 5-2 score. Poland had impressive start making 15-point lead in the first ten minutes, but visitors replied in Q2 closing the gap to 32-28 until the halftime. Montenegro intensified defense after the breather limiting Poland to just 4 points in Q3, while they drained 18 at the other side and it seemed that Montenegro will take the victory in this game. However, Poland didn't give up and made impressive 14-1 run at the beginning of Q4. Thanks to free throws by Joanna Walich (183-F/C-81) and Skobel in the finish and great defense during the last ten minutes Poland grabbed crucial 53-50 win. Weronika Idczak (177-G-89) scored 11 points in victory, while Joanna Walich and Magdalena Losi (173-F-80, agency: Promotex) posted 7 points each. Milica Jovanovic (189-F/C-89) delivered 13 points in defeat. Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) (8 rebs), Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) (8 rebs) and Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) (6 as, 5 rebs) had 8 points apiece. Serbia will host Poland in Round 9, while Montenegro waits Estonia.
Switzerland - Serbia 45-88 Serbia had no mercy for Switzerland tonight. Visitors celebrated huge 45-88 victory for 4-2 record in Group B of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Serbia is currently No.3 in this pool, behind Poland and Montenegro. Switzerland is No.4 with 2-5. Serbia took control on its rival from the beginning and they were increasing lead after each period. Quarters: 11-17, 9-20, 16-27, 9-24. Milica Ivanovic (175-G-88, college: Catawba) led the winners with 17 points and 5 rebounds for 17 minutes on the court. Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) scored 16 points and Ivanka Matic (195-F/C-79, agency: LBM Management) helped with double-double of 11 points and 10 rebs. Switzerland got 13 points from Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) (5 rebs) and Alexia Rol (175-F-82). Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85) was limited to 10 pts. Serbia will host Poland next Wednesday and it will most likely be crucial game for both teams. Switzerland is free in Round 9.
Holland - Slovenia 73-64 Holland handed 73-64 loss to Slovenia in Round 8 of the 2013 EuroBasket in France. Thanks to this victory Holland improved to 2-4 record in this pool, but it is already clear they will not be able to reach the second place. At the other side, Slovenia dropped to 4-3 and their chance to reach the final tournament drastically decreased. Despite a good start (10-15), visitors faced with minus 5 at the halftime (33-28). Holland was slightly better in Q3, but Slovenia came to 51-50 with 7:35 minutes to go. Holland made crucial 9-2 run after that and managed to keep the lead for rest of the way. Myrthe Beld (183-G-89, agency: Regeneracom Sports) scored 18 points in victory and Fieke Ligthart (184-F/C-90) added 13. Tanya Broering (178-G-84) (5 rebs, 5 as) and Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) (6 rebs) scored 11 points each. In Slovenia, Tina Trebec (189-F-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) shined with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) collected 18 pts and 13 rebs. Holland will play against Slovakia on Wednesday in another home game. Slovenia is free in Round 9.
Slovakia - Lithuania 60-58 Slovakia made a huge step toward 2013 EuroBasket in France. They grabbed 60-58 home win against Lithuania for 5-1 record in Group C. It means that Slovakia is now alone on top of the standings, while Lithuania slipped to the second place with 5-2. Slovakia made 15-7 lead at the beginning and later jumped to 44-27 at the halftime. Lithuania held Slovakia to just eight points in the last period to produce an unlikely comeback led by Ginatre Petronyte who was too hot to handle under the hoop at times and found herself on the line an eye-popping 17 times. It was 52-41 for the hosts with 10:00 remaining. After lay-up by Paugaite visitors came to 59-58 with 2:11 to go and teams went to thrilling finish. Jurcenkova was the only player who scored for rest of the game and it was one free throw. The visitors could force overtime but Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) missed the pivotal shot in the last seconds before Gabriela Kubatova grabbed the all-important defensive rebound. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) scored 11 points for the winners and Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) helped with 9 points, plus 8 rebs. Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) (8 rebs) and Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) (5 rebs) posted 8 pts apiece. In defeat, Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) shined with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Egle Sulciute (190-PF-85) had 14 points and 6 rebs, and Sandra Linkeviciene posted 10 pts and 5 rebs. Slovakia will play in Holland on Wednesday, while Lithuania will host Belgium. UPDATE: Thanks to unexpected loss by Slovenia, Lithuania already booked a spot for 2013 EuroBasket in France.
Sweden - Bulgaria 71-54 Despite there are two more rounds to go in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications, it is already clear that Sweden will be the winner of Group D. They were too strong for Bulgaria tonight 71-54 for almost perfect 6-1 record in this pool. Sweden already booked a spot for the EuroBasket in France. Bulgaria stays winless after 6 games. Sweden had 15-point lead at the halftime and jumped to plus 21 with ten minutes to go, so the last period was just the formality. Quarters: 22-12, 24-19, 16-10, 9-13. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had almost perfect night with 21 points and 9 rebounds (valuation 25, MVP). Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 15 points and handed out 5 assists, while Frida Aili (179-G-88) netted 8 pts in victory. Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) collected 17 points and 7 rebs in Bulgaria. Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) had 11 pts and 5 boards, and Daniela Peteva (179-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 7 pts and 7 rebs. Sweden is free in Round 9, while Bulgaria will host Germany.
Germany - Spain 55-61 Spain booked a spot for 2013 EuroBasket in France. They handed 55-61 home loss to Germany tonight for 5-2 record in Group D of the qualifications. Germany dropped to 3-3 and will not be able to reach the second place because of this loss. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) paced her team to this crucial victory with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington) and Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington) posted 10 points each. The hosts got 21 points and 8 rebounds from Romy Bar (189-F-87). Their second scorer was Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) with 10 points and Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) (5 rebs) had two less. Spain had wonderful start making 10-23 lead in the first ten minutes. They improved to plus 14 at the halftime and plus 15 with one quarter to go. Visitors jumped to 41-58 with something more than five minutes remaining and Germany answered with 12-1 run, but was not able to come any closer than minus six. Spain will host Romania on Wednesday and Germany will play in Bulgaria.
Luxembourg - Italy 66-88 Italy is very close to 2013 EuroBasket in Spain after this victory. Visitors cruised past Luxembourg 66-88 for 5-1 record in Group E of qualifications. Luxembourg dropped to 0-7 and stays the last ranked team in this pool. The game without a history. Italy made double-digit lead in the second period and never looked back. Quarters: 19-20, 12-22, 18-22, 17-24. Laura Spreafico (182-F/G-91) scored 19 points for the winners and Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) had two points less, plus 6 assists. Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) and Ilaria Zanoni (180-G-86) netted 13 pts each. Lisy Hetting (173-G-90) delivered 15 points for the hosts and Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky) had 13. Their third corer was Jill Bausch (176-G-87) with 12 pts (5 rebs). Italy will host Greece on Wednesday. Luxembourg will play against Greece next weekend.
Greece - Latvia 63-49 Greece defeated Latvia tonight 63-49 for 4-2 record in Group E of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. That is currently enough for the second place in this pool, but Latvia (4-3) outplayed Greece in the first game with plus 19. Latvia is currently third ranked team in the group. Greece was 34-20 up at the half time and it seemed they will destroy Latvia tonight. They jumped to 52-35 at the end of Q3 and even reached plus 19 with 7:14 to go. Visitors closed this game with 8-13 and now they have a tiebreaker against Greece, what was one of their goals in this game. Katerina Sotiriou (187-F-84, agency: FCM) led the hosts with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Artemis Spanou (182-F-93) netted 11 points and Olga Hatzinikolaou (181-G-81) helped with 10 points, plus 11 assists. Zane Teilane-Tamane (200-C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: W.Illinois) answered with 11 pts and 10 rebs in loss. Ieva Krastina (175-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management) and Aija Putnina (192-F/C-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) stopped to 7 pts apiece. Greece will play another crucial game on Wednesday and its rival will be Italy, who will be the host. Latvia waits 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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