U16 WOMEN DIVISION B
|Hosts Portugal celebrate promotion to Division A|
Serbia and Portugal will meet in Sunday's final at the U16 European Championship Women Division B after convincing semi-final successes in Matosihnos, Portugal on Saturday.
Serbia sealed their final spot, and with it promotion to Division A, thanks to a 77-46 wire-to-wire win against Denmark behind 18 points from Jovana Nogic.
The Serbs made five of their seven three-point attempts and will require an equally impressive shooting display to beat Portugal, who are assured of their finals place, and promotion, after thrashing Finland 71-47.
Portugal were inspired by 13 points and 17 rebounds from Maria Kostourkova and Finland just could not keep up. The Fins will now face Denmark to fight for third place, which represents the final promotion spot.
Elsewhere on day ten, Poland pulled away from Belarus in the final minute for a 65-63 victory, giving them the right to play Israel for fifth place on Sunday, after Israel beat England 62-50 with some great team basketball.
England and Belarus will battle for seventh.
Estonia ensured they will leave Portugal with a win under their belts after knocking off Norway 51-41 in the competition for 15th position, thanks to a 17-point performance from Kadri Uiga.
Germany set themselves up to take 12th place with a 65-52 win over Switzerland. This means the Germans can take top spot in that level of the competition with a victory over Romania on the final day.
Ninth position will be in Ukraine's hands on Sunday when they face Slovenia after the Slovenians slipped to a 63-60 reverse to Luxembourg.
Leading by one as time ticked down, Anne Slunecko converted the crucial lay-up with 23 seconds remaining to keep Luxembourg's narrow hopes for ninth alive.