Swedes, Dutch Clinch Narrow Wins

14 July 2008

Sweden provided further evidence that basketball is on the rise in the Scandinavian country by upsetting hosts Poland 69-66 in overtime at the U20 European Championship Women, Division B in Poland.

Elin Eldebrink poured in a game-high 25 points for the Swedes, who blew a 36-25 half-time lead but won in the extra period to claim their second victory.

Things looked good for the home team when Agnieszka Skobel buried a couple of free throws for a 64-63 lead with 3:34 remaining in overtime.

Frida Aili followed that up with a three-pointer for Sweden, only for Skobel  to tie the game with two free throws.

Sweden then delivered the killer blow, again from long range when Malin Edlund caught a pass from Frida Eldebrink and buried a three-ball for a 69-66 advantage with eight seconds remaining.

Poland had time but weren't able to launch a three-pointer and Skobel's two-point effort right before the buzzer was off target.

Sweden won despite being out-rebounded 49-38.

They were an impressive 11 of 26 from long range while Poland hit just four of 22.

Dutch Delight

The Netherlands won a thriller against Portugal and it was by the same 69-66 scoreline.

Joana Bernardeco's lay-up gave the Portuguese a 63-62 lead with 3:34 to go but Francisca Donders, who had a team-high 16 points for the Dutch, replied with two straight baskets to put her team in front for good.

Nádia Tavares, the game's leading scorer with 21 points, reduced the arrears to 67-65 with a bucket down low but the Portuguese got not closer as they slumped to a third straight defeat.

The Netherlands, meanwhile, improved to 2-0.

Hot Hungary Shoot Down Slovakia

Hungary prevailed against Slovakia 64-52 in a battle of unbeatens at the U20 European Championship in Poland.

The Hungarians, who improved to 2-0 in Group A while dropping Slovakia to 2-1, were in command from the start as they opened up a 12-3 lead six minutes into the contest with Zsofia Varga scoring six of her 12 points in the game.

Midway through the second quarter and the Hungarians were on top 17-12 and on their way to an easy victory.

They led by as many as 20 (48-28) in the third quarter and were in total control over the final 10 minutes, although the Slovakians did reduce the arrears to make the scoreline look more respectable.

Finda Mansaréa poured in a game-high 18 points for the winners while Lucia Krc Turbova had 12 points in defeat for the Slovakians.

Irish Dominante Fourth Quarter

Ireland had an incredible fourth quarter and won for the first time in three games by overcoming Great Britain 78-66.

Trailing 60-51 with a minute remaining in the third period, the Irish went on a 14-0 run to take the lead for good. They ended up outscoring their opponents 25-6 over the final 10 minutes to win convincingly.

Rachel Clancey had 14 points and four assists for Ireland, while Mrashi Nilla Karumba also poured in 14 in defeat for Britain who dropped to 0-2.

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