|Mariana Opocenska propelled the Czech Republic to a comeback victory over hosts Romania with a double-double in points and rebounds |
The mission of trying to cling on to Division A status started for four teams at the U18 European Championship Women in Bucharest.
Hosts Romania have shown little to suggest they can avoid slipping out of the top flight and their first game against relegation rivals Czech Republic resulted in another unhappy day for local fans as their team went down, 85-73.
A shocking 25-10 third quarter did the damage as did a super double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds by Czech forward Mariana Opocenska.
Meanwhile both Poland and Belgium found scoring freely a real issue in their match-up, perhaps underlining why they aren't in the second round.
It was the Belgians who prevailed, 49-43, in a scrappy encounter as Camille Lebrun claimed an efficient 12 points while Antonia Delaere foraged 12 vital rebounds.