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Day 6 (Semi-Finals)

5-8 Place
Latvia Jun.24 Italy 70%
Turkey 79% Jun.24 Slovakia
Spain Jun.24 Belgium 66%
Greece Jun.24 France 89%
European Championship for Small Countries (Division C): Austria wins the title in Ohrid - Jul 16, 2012

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Austria - FYR Macedonia 68-63
Austria is the winner of 2012 European Championship for Small Countries (Division C). They outplayed hosts FYROM 68-63 to take the Gold medal at this event. This is the fourth title for Austria in this competition. Verena Bachler (175-G-88) and Nina Suritsch (189-F/C-84) led the winners with 12 points each. Sophia Plank (178-G/F-83) secured a nice help with 11 points and 6 assists. In the loosing squad, Elena Radenkovic (186-C/F-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) collected 20 points and 8 rebounds. Monika Gavriloska (190-F/C-76, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had double-double of 18 points and 13 rebs, while Slavica Dimovska (175-G-85) added 12 points and 6 assists. FYROM won the Silver, but they for sure hoped to grab the title at the tournament in Ohrid. It was a very exciting game today as teams were tied at 63-63 with 2:34 to go. Schicher made one free throw for Austria and soon after that Podoschek added two more. The hosts desperately tried to score, but were not able to do it and Podoschek sealed the victory for Austria with two more successful shots from the line. Quarters: 28-16, 12-23, 17-10, 11-14. Malta won the Bronze in Ohrid. They arrived as defending champions.

Places 3-4
Malta - Scotland 72-52
Malta won the Bronze at 2012 European Championship for Small Countries (Division C). They blasted Scotland 72-52 in the battle for third place. Malta was the winner of previous two Gold medals. Stephanie De Martino (184-F-93) led them on Sunday with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Rebecca Thoresen (178-F/G-78) scored 18 pts and she was named MVP of the tournament. Third scorer in victory was Christina Grima (175-G/F-89) with 12 points (5 rebs). In Scotland, Rona Corkindale (177-F-86) (7 rebs) and Deanne Hayward (170-G-91) delivered 12 points each. Gillian Baird (182-F-88) netted 9 points. Malta exploded after the breather to secure the comfortable win in this meeting. Quarters: 14-10, 14-14, 25-12, 19-16. Austria won the Gold in Ohrid, while hosts FYROM ended with Silver.
Places 5-6
Gibraltar - Wales 65-61
Gibraltar won the fifth place at 2012 European Championship for Small Countries (Division C). They outsmarted Wales 65-64 in the last day of the competition in Ohrid. This is a nice success for Gibraltar NT, who failed all three times in the Preliminary Round, but finished the EuroBasket with two wins. They made 12-point lead until the halftime against Wales and jumped to plus 15 with 10 minutes to go. Wales didn't give up making 57-58 turn in the finish, but Gibraltar closed this game with 8-3 run to take the fifth place in Ohrid. Zainya Reyes (173-SG-92) stepped up for the winners with 16 points and Joelle Moreno (165-G/F-88) followed with 14 pts, plus 5 assists. Alexandra Mauro (165-PG-91) posted 10 points. In defeat, Danielle Jennings (173-G-84) delivered 17 points. Joanne Raper (186-C-84) (12 rebs) and Amelia Reynolds (176-G/F-91) (7 rebs) posted 13 pts each. Austria won the Gold in Ohrid. FYROM ended as No.2, while defending champion Malta took the Bronze this time.

Places 7-8
Azerbaijan - Moldova 68-45
Azerbaijan avoided last place at 2012 European Championship for Small Countries (Division C). They cruised past Moldova 68-45 in the last day of the competition in Ohrid. Azerbaijan shined at the beginning of the second half to take the comfortable win in this game. Quarters: 22-15, 10-11, 26-10, 10-9. Anastasiya Biryuchkova (170-G-90) led the winners in scoring with 27 points. Dina Ulyanova (185-SF-89) was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 37. She had 22 points and 14 rebounds. In Moldova, Galina Cuznetov (193-C-89) (12 rebs) and Diana Sokolov (170-PG-88) (5 rebs) netted 8 points each. Austria won the Gold in Ohrid. FYROM finished as No.2, while third place belonged to defending champs Malta.   

Belgium, Greece, France and Spain remain in title race - 18 hours ago
France - Slovakia 67-40 France coasted past Slovakia en route to the semifinal stage. Valerianne Ayayi (184-F-94) registered 13 points to lead the winners. Les Bleues ignited a 21:6 run in the opening frame to clear off. They ensured a 39:24 halftime advantage. France held Slovakia to just 16 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Marine Johannes (174-PG-95) chipped in 12 points, while Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) had 9 points in the win. Barbora Balintova (175-PG-94) respon...   [read more]

Slovakia, Italy, Latvia and Greece reach quarterfinals - 3 days ago
Russia - Greece 58-62 Greece shocked Russia to enter the quarterfinal stage. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-F-83, agency: ProDep Management) came up with 24 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Greece secured a 19:15 lead after the opening frame. Russia stiffened defensively in the second term. They held Greece to just 9 points to take a 32:28 halftime lead. But the Hellenes used a stunning 22:4 rally in the third term to grab a 14-point advantage. The gap grew at 17-point mark before Russ...   [read more]

The End of Preliminary Round in Hradec Kralove and Prague - 4 days ago
Group A Czech Republic - Spain 67-63 Czech Republic wrapped up their tournament's campaign on a winning note. They edged Spain to snap two-game losing skid. Kia Vaughn (193-F/C-87, college: Rutgers) delivered 18 points and 6 rebounds to lead the winners. Spain eked out a 29:28 halftime lead. Czech Republic however erased the deficit to ensure a 45:44 advantage at the final break. They sank 22 points in the fourth term to snatch victory. Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) delivered 17 points f...   [read more]

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European Championships Standings
Group A
 1. Spain 2-1 
 2. Ukraine 2-1 
 3. Hungary 1-2 
 4. Czech Rep. 1-2 
Group B
 1. Turkey 3-0 
 2. Italy 2-1 
 3. Slovakia 1-2 
 4. Belarus 0-3 
Group C
 1. France 3-0 
 2. Serbia 1-2 
 3. Greece 1-2 
 4. Slovenia 1-2 
Group D
 1. Belgium 3-0 
 2. Russia 2-1 
 3. Latvia 1-2 
 4. Montenegro 0-3 

European Championships for Small Countries Final Standings
 1. Malta
 2. Ireland
 3. Moldova
 4. Andorra
 5. Gibraltar
 6. Wales
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Meesseman, BEL21.3 
 2. Iagupova, UKR21.3 
 3. Zandalasini, ITA19.2 
 4. Maltsi, GRE18.2 
 5. Torrens, ESP17.3 
 6. Petrovic, SRB17.0 
 7. Robinson, MNT16.7 
 8. Vaughn, CZE16.0 
 9. Wauters, BEL15.5 
 10. Hollingswort., TUR15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Angelica ROBINSON
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Robinson, MNT13.7 
 2. Steinberga, LAT12.6 
 3. Vadeeva, RUS12.3 
 4. Hollingswort., TUR11.0 
 5. Zandalasini, ITA9.4 
 6. Udodenko, UKR9.3 
 7. Ruzickova, SVK9.2 
 8. Lyttle, ESP9.0 
 9. Meesseman, BEL8.3 
 10. Maltsi, GRE7.2 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Skerovic, MNT6.3 
 2. Iagupova, UKR5.5 
 3. Dumerc, FRA5.0 
 4. Prince, RUS5.0 
 5. Balintova, SVK4.8 
 6. Vyoralova, CZE4.7 
 7. Maltsi, GRE4.6 
 8. Bentley, BLR4.3 
 9. Mujovic, MNT4.3 
 10. Baric, SLO4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Olivia EPOUPA
  Avg: 3
 1. Epoupa, FRA3.0 
 2. Vyoralova, CZE2.7 
 3. Udodenko, UKR2.5 
 4. Carpreaux, BEL2.5 
 5. Mestdagh, BEL2.5 
 6. Steinberga, LAT2.4 
 7. Dabovic, SRB2.3 
 8. Prince, RUS2.3 
 9. Torrens, ESP2.3 
 10. Lyttle, ESP2.0 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Wauters, BEL2.3 
 2. Meesseman, BEL2.0 
 3. Hanusova, CZE1.3 
 4. Ciak, FRA1.3 
 5. Vieru, RUS1.3 
 6. Hatar, HUN1.3 
 7. Vadeeva, RUS1.0 
 8. Nicholls, ESP1.0 
 9. Krivacevic, HUN1.0 
 10. Maiga, RUS1.0 
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