|06 August 2010|
|Arnaud Cotture and Florian Popp took part in a hard fought alpine battle between Switzerland and Austria with the Austrians holding the upper hand|
The second day in the U16 European Championship Division B in Tallinn, Estonia saw four teams write their second win, and the first overtime of the tournament as the teams keep fighting for the two awarded tickets to the 2011 Division A championship.
In Group A Ukraine is still perfect while Austria got their first win to move up the standings.
Two winners of Day 1 - Ukraine and Portugal clashed together and it was the Eastern team that celebrated at the buzzer with a 61-49 win after a big fourth quarter in which they won 24-13 to open the gap. Danylo Zuikov had 15 points and Kristian Lugovtsov added 13 with 12 rebounds. Diogo Ventura was the top player for Portugal with 19 points and seven boards.
Switzerland played their first game today and were close to get a first win but lost 61-57 to Austria. Timur Bas led Austria with 26 points and 11 rebounds while Clint N'Dumba-Capela was a one man show for the losing side as he led his team in points (20), rebounds (13), assists (three), steals (six), turnovers (five) and blocks (one).
Group B saw two uncomfortable defeats as Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic dominated their games.
The Czechs climbed to 2-0 behind a 93-49 win over Belarus as Adam Pechacek scored 15 and Radovan Kouril added 8 points with 10 rebounds and four assists. Anton Vashkevich led his side with 16 points and 10 rebounds as they dropped to 0-2.
|Ondrej Kral and his fellow Czechs gave a lesson to Belarus in all aspects of the game|
The Slovak Republic beat Ireland 79-39 to register their debut win while Ireland lost their first game in a game that was decided way before the end of the first half. Martin Matejcik scored 19 for the winners while Luke Thompson had 10 for Ireland.
In Group C two big dramas and two almost identical scores as Luxembourg and Georgia won by a single bucket difference.
Georgia needed overtime to beat Belgium 65-64 and stay perfect with a 2-0 record while Belgium is down at the bottom of the group with 0-2. Irakli Mikeladze scored 15 points and Beka Burjanadze added 13 with 12 rebounds for the winners, while Emmanuel Lecomte hit 18 for the other side.
Luxembourg edged Romania 66-64 in their first game as Bob Melcher scored the winning basket with 25 second on the clock and his team used their team fouls wisely to stop Romania from changing the outcome. Melcher was the top scorer with 18 and added 11 rebounds, three assists and three steals. Vlad Popovici dominated for Romania with 24 points and 17 rebounds but saw his team drop to 0-2.
Group D witnessed the Netherlands and the local team Estonia win their games to warm up their engines at the end of Day 2.
Netherlands took a 2-0 record after a 62-44 over Hungary, who dropped to 1-1. Bas Veenstra dominated for the celebrating team with 13 points and 11 rebounds while Jito Kok added seven points, nine rebounds and seven blocks. Botond Nagy and Marton Varga scored 10 each for Hungary.
Estonia got their first win to take a 1-1 balance with a 71-66 display against Norway in their first game. Martin Jurtom topped the scoring sheet of the hosts with 14 and Styv Solovjov added nine with 11 rebounds. Espen Fjaerestad scored 23 points and Marco Lepovic added 13 with 11 rebounds for the losing side.