Romania Relegated, Poland Prolong The Fight


9. Anna Jakubiuk (Poland)
 Anna Jakubiuk had her best performance in the tournament on Friday night to help Poland defeat Belgium and live to fight another day

Hosts Romania will play U18 European Championship Division B next summer after suffering the disappointment of being relegated on home soil, following a 70-67 loss to the Czech Republic.

The Romanians are yet to find a win in Bucharest and while they fought hard, a seventh straight loss resigned them to the drop.

Dora Ardalean found a double-double for Romania but their inability to take care of the ball came to haunt them once again - this time it was 26 turnovers, still far too many and especially in such a tight game.

It was a far from convincing win for the Czechs who however stay in pole position to survive, with four wins in as many games.

Poland are still clinging on to their Division A status and dealt a blow to the survival hopes of Belgium, by beating their relegation rivals 64-56.

Now both teams have two wins apiece and Saturday's encounter between Poland and the Czech Republic could prove decisive. 

Anna Jakubiuk was the hero for Poland with her best performance of the tournament.

She harvested eleven points and eleven rebounds as the Poles turned the game during the third quarter, by outscoring their opponents 24-13.


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