U18 WOMEN DIV B
|Ágnes Dobos gave the home fans exactly what they had turned out to see, dragging her country past Latvia with a 13-point, 12-rebound double-double|
Ágnes Dobos dragged hosts Hungary past Latvia for a 57-53 win that secured top spot in Group C at the U18 European Championship Women Division B in Miskolc on Monday.
The hosts trailed 53-51 heading into the last two minutes of this final group game, which would decide the top two places.
But Dobos, drove and hit a lay-up to level, converted two foul shots on the following trip up the floor - to give Hungary a late lead - before blocking Kate Kreslina's attempt to tie for Latvia.
Center Dobos dominated and would finish with 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead the hosts to a perfect 3-0 record.
Vineta Birina was equally impressive for Latvia, scoring 18 and pulling 12 boards as her team slipped to 2-1, good enough for second spot and a place in the next round.
Romania romped to third position with a wire-to-wire 90-69 win over Scotland, who finished without a win in Group C.
Poland sealed second position in Group A, and with it a place in the second round, following a comfortable 69-40 victory over Estonia.
Estonia managed to keep pace with Poland in the early stages before Amalia Rembiszewska sparked a 7-0 second-quarter sequence, scoring twice off the drive.
Poland still struggled to pull away until Julia Drop hit a three-pointer, which saw her team close the third quarter on an 8-0 tear to take them to 52-34.
From there it was plain sailing for the Poles as they limited Estonia to just six points in the final stanza.
Drop top-scored with 16 while Trine Kasemägi had 13 for Estonia in a losing effort, which saw them finish in third at 2-2.
Israel won the battle of the previously winless teams in Group A, cruising past Norway 61-29.
In Group B, Bulgaria snatched a place in the second round from Finland with an 85-69 triumph.
Bulgaria were in control after a 10-0 first-quarter run that culminated with back-to-back three pointers from Borislava Hristova and Teodora Dineva, putting them up 21-12 by the end of the first period.
Bulgaria further asserted their dominance with a 13-0 rampage that started with a Iva Georgieva fast-break lay-up in the second quarter, and finished with another Hristova three.
Given the situation in Group B it was not only the result that was important, but the margin of victory.
And Bulgaria's 49% field goal percentage compared to Finland's poor 29%, allowed the victors to run up a high-scoring success. This meant Bulgaria finished with a greater points average in games between these two teams and Ukraine, who were all locked at 2-1.
Ukraine avoided a slip-up that would cost them their place in round two, cantering past Switzerland for a 77-54 success.
Group D was the last to be settled and unsurprisingly it was Belgium and Bosnia and Herzegovina who advanced.
The Belgians completed their perfect 4-0 first round with an easy 82-48 defeat of Denmark.
Belgium burst out of the blocks and into a 12-0 lead, opening the scoring with a three-pointer from Aline Verelst before getting into the lane for a number of high percentage shots.
Denmark remained at arm's length despite 12 points from Frederikke Mollerup, that is until consecutive conversions on the fast-break, from Laeticia Mpoyi and Eva Devliegher, in the third quarter, took the lead to 63-34 and the result beyond doubt.
Belgium will be joined in the second round by Bosnia and Herzegovina after they finished Group D with a 3-1 record, closing with a 77-55 win over Austria behind a 20-point perfromance from Nikolina Dzebo.