Belarus - Ukraine 68-60 Belarus booked a ticket for 2013 EuroBasket in France. They outplayed Ukraine 68-60 for 6-2 record in Group A. Belarus is the winner of this pool and already played all of its eight games. Ukraine dropped to 4-3, but still has a nice chance to take the second place. They will have to beat Hungary on Saturday in do-or-die game. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) led Belarus with double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85, agency: LBM Management) had 16 points and 5 rebs, and Alexandra Tarasava (170-PG-88) posted 12 pts. In Ukraine, Alina Iagupova (186-G-92, agency: LBM Management) was better than the others with 16 points and 8 rebs. Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) (5 as) and Viktoria Mircheva (190-C-87) posted 11 and 10 pts respectively. Quarters: 19-12, 21-11, 9-16, 19-21. Ukraine will be the host on Saturday.
Hungary - Israel 73-66 Hungary was better than Israel 73-66 in Round Nine of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Thanks to this victory Hungary improved to 5-2 record in Group A, while at the other side Israel dropped to 3-4. Hungary will meet Ukraine in the last round and it will be decisive game for the second place in this pool. Ukraine celebrated in Hungary in Round Five 73-78, so Hungary will have to win with at least 6 pts on Saturday. Israel failed to reach the EuroBasket. Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) stepped up for the winners with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Katalin Honti (175-G-87) (5 as) scored 13 pts, while Nora Nagy (185-F-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) helped with 12 points and 9 rebs. In defeat, Liron Cohen (173-G-82) collected 19 points and 5 assists. Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) and Ekaterina Abramzon (185-F-87) scored 14 and 11 pts respectively. Hungary shined in the last ten minutes to take the victory in this game. Quarters: 14-20, 16-14, 20-18, 23-14. Saturday is the last day of qualifications.
Serbia - Poland 67-62 Serbia handed 67-62 loss to Poland in Round Nine of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Most likely it was the crucial game for the second place in Group B. Thanks to this victory Serbia joined Poland with 5-2 record and also Serbia holds a tiebreaker as Poland won in Round 4 with only 2 pts. If Serbia beats last ranked Estonia on Saturday they will advance to EuroBasket. Estonia will be the host. Poland can only hope that Estonia can surprise Serbia and also Poland has to beat Switzerland at home. Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) scored 20 points for Serbia tonight and Tamara Radocaj (170-PG-87) added 13 pts. Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82) followed them with 8 points and 9 rebounds. Poland got 13 points from Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) and Agnieszka Szott (185-F-82, agency: Data Plus Group). Martyna Koc (186-C-83, agency: Promotex) stopped to 11 pts. Skobel made a triple for Poland with 8 seconds remaining cutting the margin to 63-62. However, Dabovic was sent to the line after that and she made both free throws. Poland had six seconds for the last possession, but Marina Mandic made a steal and Jovanovic made it at the buzzer for the final 67-62 victory. Quarters: 19-12, 16-20, 10-14, 22-16. Saturday is the last day of qualification.
Montenegro - Estonia 81-61 Expected win for Montenegro, who finished 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications with 6-2 record. That will be enough for the first place in Group B and of course for the EuroBasket ticket. Montenegro entered to qualifications with big ambitions and they managed to meet all expectations. At the other side, Estonia faced with seventh loss in this pool. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) top-scored in Montenegro with 23 points and she also pulled down 6 rebounds. Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) almost registered triple-double in this game with 19 pts, 11 as and 8 rebs, while Snezana Aleksic (172-G-89) netted 14 pts (5 rebs). In Estonia, Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81, agency: LBM Management) delivered 22 points. Valeria Kast (201-C-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: N.Mexico) scored 12 pts and grabbed 7 rebs. Montenegro exploded in the first half making 25-point lead. Quarters: 23-14, 29-13, 16-17, 13-17. Estonia will host Serbia on Saturday to close the qualifications.
Holland - Slovakia 51-66 Slovakia booked a ticket for 2013 EuroBasket in France. They handed 51-66 home loss to Holland on Wednesday night for almost perfect 6-1 record in Group C. Slovakia will have a chance to win this pool if they beat Slovenia in the last round of qualifications. That game is scheduled for Saturday. At the other side, Holland fell to 2-5 and their last rival will be Belgium. Slovakia had impressive first half of the game making 18-point lead. They had no troubles to keep it for rest of the way. Quarters: 18-24, 9-21, 13-11, 11-10. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) shined with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the guests and Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) added 12 pts, plus 11 boards. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) collected 9 points and 5 rebs. For the hosts, Marianne Van der Hoek (180-F-90) delivered 15 points and Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) had one less, plus 9 rebounds. Tanya Broering (178-G-84) was limited to 7 pts and 5 rebs.
Lithuania - Belgium 61-53 Lithuania was better than Belgium 61-53 in Round 9 of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. The hosts finished qualifications with 6-2 record in Group C and secured a spot for EuroBasket. If Slovakia fails in the last round, Lithuania will be the winner of this group. If not, Lithuania will finish as No.2, but that is just the formality as both teams already booked a ticket for France. Belgium faced with seventh loss (0-7) and closes the standings in this pool. Lithuania had to work hard until the end to grab this victory. Quarters: 17-14, 13-16, 16-14, 15-9. Their key player was Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) with double-double of 19 points and 19 rebounds (valuation 31). Inesa Visgaudaite (172-PG-91) scored 9 points and Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) added 8 pts, plus 6 boards. Anne-Sophie Strubbe (182-SF-90) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) almost had double-double 11 pts and 9 rebs, while Laurence Van Malderen (190-C-81, agency: LBM Management) posted 8 pts and 6 boards.
Spain - Romania 68-54 Spain finished 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications with 68-54 home win against Romania. The hosts registered 6-2 record in Group D and booked a ticket for EuroBasket in France. Spain will be the winner of this pool if Sweden fails against Germany in the last round. If not, Spain will end as No.2. At the other side, Romania fell to 2-5 and will meet Bulgaria in the last round. Spain shined in first and third period to take the victory on Wednesday night. Quarters: 25-13, 13-14, 17-8, 13-19. Cristina Ouvina (174-G-90) had 11 points and 5 rebs for the winners, and Marta Xargay Casademont (180-G-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 10 pts. Anna Cruz (173-PG-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington) posted 9 points each. Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Annemarie Parau (175-G-84) and Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, college: Drexel) posted 10 points apiece. Saturday is the last day of qualifications.
Bulgaria - Germany 67-60 Bulgaria finally registered its first win in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They outplayed Germany 67-60 for 1-6 score in Group D. At the other side, Germany dropped to 3-4 record. Both teams failed to reach the EuroBasket in France, despite there is one more round to go in qualifications. Radoslava Bachvarova (183-F-87, agency: LBM Management, college: VCU) led Bulgaria to its first win collecting 19 points and 5 rebounds. Daniela Peteva (179-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 15 points and Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) shined with 12 pts and 10 rebounds. Germany got double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds from Romy Bar (189-F-87). Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) had 10 pts and 6 boards, while Katharina Fikiel (193-F/C-87) posted 8 pts and 12 rebs. Germany was better in the first ten minutes of the game, but all after that belonged to Bulgaria. The hosts jumped to 59-48 lead with 5:24 remaining, what was too much for the guests. Bulgaria will play in Romania on Saturday, while Germany waits Sweden.
Italy - Greece 68-61 Italy did a great job against Greece on Wednesday. The home team celebrated crucial 68-61 victory improving its record to 6-1 in Group E. Despite there is one more round to do in qualifications, it is already clear that Italy booked a spot for 2013 EuroBasket in France. Greece faced with third loss and will not be able to reach the second place, even if they beat Luxembourg on Saturday. Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) stepped up for the hosts with 18 points and 6 assists, and Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) followed her with 14 points and 7 boards. Sabrina Cinili (190-F-89) secured a great help adding 12 pts and 9 rebs to this victory. In Greece, Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) was better than the others with 23 points and 9 rebs. Peli Papamichail (189-F/C-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) (5 rebs) and Lolita Lymoura (180-G-85, agency: LBM Management) scored 11 and 8 points respectively. Italy had 56-47 lead after three quarters, but Greece came to 60-57 with 4:51 to go. However, that was all from he guests as Italy closed this game with mini 8-4 run. Quarters: 16-19, 24-19, 16-9, 12-14.
Latvia - Finland 80-47 Latvia destroyed Finland 80-47 on Wednesday to book a spot for 2013 EuroBasket in France. Thanks to this victory Latvia finished as the second ranked team of Group E with 5-3 record. Finland at the other side dropped to 3-4 and they will meet Italy on Saturday. Italy will be the winner of this group as they already celebrated in 6 games. Zane Teilane-Tamane (200-C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: W.Illinois) had amazing game collecting 16 points and 24 rebounds (valuation 37!). Kristine Karklina (175-G-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) scored 15 points and Liene Jansone (191-F/C-81, college: Siena) added 12 pts, 6 boards and 5 assists. Visitors got 9 points from Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Lamar) (8 rebs) and Emmi Leino (182-F/G-94). Tiina Sten (189-G/F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: St.John's) stopped to 7 pts in this meeting. Latvia dominated during the entire game increasing their lead each minute. Quarters: 30-17, 16-12, 16-7, 18-11. Saturday is the last day of qualifications.
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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