Scotland - Azerbaijan 73-54 Scotland had a nice start at 2013 European Championship for Small Countries (Division C). They outplayed Azerbaijan 73-54 for 1-0 score in Group A in Ohrid, FYROM. Scotland was better in every single period of this game for the final 19-point victory (12-11, 19-13, 20-12, 22-18). Malta and Moldova are also placed to this group and all teams fight for the first two places. Those two teams will advance to Semifinals, while 3rd and 4th ranked countries will go to classification games. Rona Corkindale (177-F-86) was a key player in victory with 29 points and 9 rebounds. Siobhan Moore (185-C-87, college: Bridgeport) (6 rebs) scored 16 points and Mairi Buchan (188-C/F-90) (5 rebs) added five less. In Azerbaijan, Dina Ulyanova (185-SF-89) shined with double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds.Tatyana Deniskina (173-SG-85) posted 18 pts. In Day Two, Scotland will meet Malta. Azerbaijan will play against Moldova.
Moldova - Malta 23-72 Malta had no mercy for Moldova in Day One of the 2013 European Championship for Small Countries (Division C). Malta celebrated impressive 23-72 against its rival improving to 1-0 score in Group A. Scotland was better than Azerbaijan yesterday, so Malta and Scotland share the first place in this pool after Round One. Ashleigh Vella (188-F/C-90) stepped up for the winners with double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds. Rebecca Thoresen (178-F/G-78) also scored 13 points and Elena Cassar (179-PG-92) added 12 points, plus 7 rebounds. Moldova did not have anyone with double digits in scoring. Anastasiya Lavric (170-PG-90) and A Causen posted 7 and 4 pts respectively. Malta dominated at the both sides of the court and they only slowed down in the last period when (of course) everything was already clear. Quarters: 3-27, 6-20, 3-15, 11-10. Malta will meet Scotland today and the winner will mostly likely end as No.1 of this group at the end of the Preliminary Round. Moldova will meet Azerbaijan.
Gibraltar - F.Y.R. of Macedonia 36-83 FYROM had a great start of the 2012 European Championship for Small Countries (Division C). The host of this event handed 36-83 loss to Gibraltar for 1-0 record in Group B. Wales and Austria are also placed to this pool and two best teams will advance to Semifinals. FYROM had amazing first quarter making 9-39 lead. At that time it was already clear that Gibraltar is too weak for the home squad. Quarters: 9-39, 5-14, 14-10, 8-20. Monika Gavriloska (190-F/C-76, agency: Global Sports Plaza) collected 15 points and 9 rebounds in victory. Ana Tanturovska (174-G-90) and Elena Radenkovic (186-C/F-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) (6 rebs) posted 14 and 12 pts respectively. In defeat, Zainya Reyes (173-SG-92) was much better than the others with 15 points, while Graciella Anthony (173-G/F-85) was limited to just 4 pts and 6 boards. FYROM will meet Austria today and it will most likely be decisive game for the first place in Group A. Gibraltar will play against Wales and both teams hope to grab the first win.
Austria - Wales 72-30 Australia and Wales met yesterday in Day One of the 2012 European Championship for Small Countries (Division C). Austria destroyed its rival with huge 72-30 for 1-0 record in Group B. Participants of the same pool are also Gibraltar and FYROM (host). Two best teams will advance to Semifinals. Katharina Podoschek (168-G-80) led the winners with 14 points and 5 rebounds, while Margit Forcher (177-G-76) helped with 12 points and 6 rebs. Sophia Plank (178-G/F-83) was third scorer in victory with 11 points. At the other side, Laura Shanahan (170-G-89) delivered 10 pts and Amelia Reynolds (176-G/F-91) stopped to 6. Austria took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 26-3, 9-10, 21-8, 16-9. Today, Austria will meet FYROM, while Wales will play against Gibraltar.
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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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