Azerbaijan - Moldova 63-44 Azerbaijan registered first win at 2012 European Championship for Small Countries in Ohrid. They handed 63-44 loss to Moldova for 1-1 record in Group A. At the other side, Moldova faced with the second loss at this event. Azerbaijan made 20-6 in the first ten minutes and jumped to plus 24 until the halftime. Moldova improved after the breather (7-16), but Azerbaijan stopped them in Q4 and celebrated comfortable win at the end. Tatyana Deniskina (173-SG-85) led the scorers in victory with 24 points, while Dina Ulyanova (185-SF-89) also had a monster game with 20 points and 21 rebounds. In defeat, Cristina Gontari (179-F-91) was better than the others with 11 points and 5 rebs. Ala Causan (178-SG-75) collected 9 pts and 6 boards. Today, Azerbaijan will meet Malta in do-or-die game. Moldova will take on Scotland.
Malta - Scotland 80-57 Both teams celebrated in Day One of the 2012 European Championship for Small Countries in Ohrid. Malta managed to beat Scotland on Wednesday 80-57 for perfect 2-0 record in Group A. Thanks to this huge win Malta already booked a spot for the Semifinals. Scotland will have to beat last ranked Moldova today to reach the next stage. Malta got 20 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds from Rebecca Thoresen (178-F/G-78). Stephanie De Martino (184-F-93) scored 15 pts and Ashleigh Vella (188-F/C-90) added 14 pts, 6 rebs and 6 as. In Scotland, Mairi Buchan (188-C/F-90) shined with 20 points and 6 rebs. Deanne Hayward (170-G-91) scored 12 points and Gillian Baird (182-F-88) had 11 pts, plus 6 boards. Malta was up by 17 at the halftime and totally destroyed its rival after the breather. Rebecca Thoresen and her teammates made 27-9 in Q3 and all after that was just the formality.
F.Y.R. of Macedonia - Austria 41-39 FYROM jumped to 2-0 record in Group B of the 2012 European Championship for Small Countries in Ohrid. The host of this event grabbed 41-39 thriller win against Austria and booked a spot for the Semifinals. Austria also has a great chance to reach the Semis, but they will have to beat weak Gibraltar. That game will be played today. Edina Musa (179-G-91) led FYROM with 11 points and 8 rebounds, and Monika Gavriloska (190-F/C-76, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 10 pts and 6 rebs. Slavica Dimovska (175-G-85) netted 7 pts and grabbed 5 rebs. In defeat, Sophia Plank (178-G/F-83) scored 16 points and Eva Breuer (168-G-83) stopped to 6 pts (7 rebs). Austria had 37-39 lead, but they were scoreless in the final 2:28. Radenkovic made 3 free throws for the hosts and Tanturovska added one in the finish for the final 41-39 win. Quarters: 11-14, 10-4, 13-6, 7-15. Today, FYROM will play against Wales.
Wales - Gibraltar 56-48 Both teams failed in Day One of the 2012 European Championship for Small Countries in Ohrid. Wales outplayed Gibraltar 56-48 for 1-0 record in Group B. Thanks to this victory Wales kept is Semifinals hopes alive, while at the other side Gibraltar dropped to 0-2. Laura Shanahan (170-G-89) was a key player in this victory and their only player with double digits. She scored 20 points. Emma Gough (177-G-86) and Joanne Raper (186-C-84) (11 rebs) stopped to 9 and 8 points respectively. Gibraltar got 14 points from Alexandra Mauro (165-PG-91) and 11 from Joelle Moreno (165-G/F-88). Graciella Anthony (173-G/F-85) collected 8 points and 6 rebs. Quarters: 20-13, 13-17, 9-7, 14-11. In the last day of the Preliminary Round in Ohrid (Thursday) Wales will meet host FYROM. Gibraltar will take on Austria.
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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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