Day Two Wrap

02 August 2013

4. Anastasiya Sushchyk (Belarus)
Anastasiya Sushchyk contributed 15 points in Belarus' win over Ukraine

There were only a couple of games to enjoy on the second day of action at the U16 European Championship Women Division B in Matosinhos as both Belarus and Serbia took wins in Group A.

Belraus got off the mark in their first outing, by inflicting a 69-57 defeat on neighbours Ukraine, who lost their second game in as many days.

It had actually been Ukraine who had started on the front foot, moving into a 13-7 advantage, but once Belarus came alive, they jumped firmly into the box-seat.

Already leading 26-22, a three-pointer by Anastasiya Sushchyk sparked an 11-3 burst leading up to the midway point of the game.

Ukraine responded in the third quarter, but a 15-0 start to the fourth quarter saw their chances evaporate at 63-41, despite Olga Yatskovets offering a spectacular 19 points and 19 rebounds for her team.

Hanna Lapo produced a smart and efficient 14-point display for Belarus, whilst Valeryia Smarshko found her range from behind the three-point line with four triples in a 21-point haul.

Something had to give when Serbia locked horns with Switzerland, after each having won on the opening day of the tournament and it was the Serbians who kept their unbeaten record intact, with a 86-52 success.

A blistering 26-12 start to the game left Switzerland reeling and they couldn't recover, especially when an and-one play by Aleksandra Katanic made it 39-20 to Serbia.

The victorious team had more strength in the paint and never looked back as they piled on the agony for the Swiss with a 24-8 last quarter.

Katanic had 13 points, seven assists and five rebounds, with Evita Herminjard the only Switzerland player to make double figures with 12 points.


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