Romania came through in the clutch against Sweden to open their Termosteps U16 European Championship Women Division B quarter-final round campaign with a win.
The Romanians outscored Sweden 9-2 in the final three minutes to secure the victory, with seven of those points coming from the free throw line.
Center Elisabeth Pavel scored six of her game high 26 points in the final period, while Bianca Barbu scored Romania's final five points of the game on 5/6 free throw shooting.
A Romania victory seemed on the cards as early as the first quarter as they raced out to a 19-7 lead after seven minutes of play, and by the 15-minute mark the lead had ballooned to 35-15.
However, Sweden opened the third quarter with a 9-1 run to cut the lead to just five points (45-40) and consecutive jump shots from Tilde Ahlin tied up the game 51-51 going into the fourth quarter.
The lead changed several times in an action packed last quarter.
Romania looked to be rattled by the physical play and were called for a team technical after seven minutes, allowing Sweden to cut the lead to one point, 57-58. Both teams then got an attack of nerves and combined for 0/3 shooting and 5 turnovers in a 2-minute span, before Pavel hit 1/2 from the line to give her side a 57-59 advantage.
Another Sweden turnover resulted in two free throws for Barbu and she hit both to put Romania up 61-57, which proved to be the game's turning point.
Sweden missed their final three shots, while Barbu's free throw shooting lifted Romania to the win.