Sweden collected their second win at the U16 European Championship Women 2010 with a 67-48 triumph over Finland but both teams progress to the Qualifying Round.
In a classic match-up Sweden and Finland looked to improve their record up to 2-1. Both sides played with a lot of passion in a game that was evenly matched in the beginning. But powered by good rebounding and sharp shooting the Swedish team controlled their northern rivals.
After going back and forth in the opening minutes, the Swedish team took a slight advantage over the Finns in the second quarter (30-24).
Finland Head Coach Ilpo Rantanen was not pleased with the way his team performed during this time and took a timeout. Sweden kept their solid lead though (33-26 at halftime). Sweden's Linnea Frykbo played a strong first half and tabbed 12 points.
Sweden stayed strong and fortified their lead. Thanks to their good shooting percentage and hard work on the glasses they were up 52-38 after thirty minutes. Finland struggled after the break and gave away too many offensive rebounds.
The momentum did not change in the last quarter. Sweden maintained their double digit lead all the way to the end.
Swedish head coach Peter Johansson was very happy after the win. Now he and his country are fully able to enjoy the U16 European Championship Women.
"We were lucky with the draw. It was a good thing for us to play in this Group A," he said.
"It was quite a relief for us when Finland beat Lithuania yesterday. That meant that we would definitely stay in the Division A. That has been our main goal from the beginning. Everything that happens now is a bonus for us."