U18 WOMEN DIV B
|Nikolina Dzebo and Bosnia and Herzegovina broke the hearts of hosts Hungary|
Hosts Hungary suffered a heartbreaking 66-65 loss to Bosnia and Herzegovina in their opening Second Round game at the U18 European Championship Women Division B in Miskolc on Wednesday.
Andela Delic drained a two-point jump shot to give Bosnia and Herzegovina the lead with 27 seconds to play, for the last of her game-high 19 points.
This still left the hosts with time to draw something up out of a timeout and they managed to get the ball in the hands of their high scorer Debora Dubei with four ticks remaining.
But the small forward could not add to her 12-point total and Hungary slipped to a tough loss in the first Group F game.
The other contest in this group came down to the last shot too.
Latvia against Belgium was decided at the free throw line - and Latvia came out on top for a 57-56 victory.
Latvian shooting guard Elina Berzina hit both of her foul shots when put on the line with 37 seconds left, putting her team up by two.
Kyara Linskens then had the opportunity to force overtime from the charity stripe but could only split her pair of efforts as Belgium came up one short.
The defeat was particularly tough on the Belgians given that they had led for more than 36 minutes of the contest, just not at the final buzzer.
Lithuania picked right up where they left off in the first round, cruising past Bulgaria 102-88 in the Group E opener.
Bulgaria managed to stick with the Green Machine through the first six minutes, more than any other team has managed thus far, behind four early points from Kalina Aksentieva.
But unfortunately for them, this was followed by a 15-0 Lithuanian run that owed much to their ability to get out in transition.
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Lithuania would hold on to the early advantage this gave them, thanks in no small part to the high percentage shooting that stemmed from their production in the post.
An incredible 72 of Lithuania's 102 points came in the paint, allowing them to hold their opponents at a comfortable distance and get over the line.
Several Lithuanian players enjoyed stellar evenings but they were led by Dalia Belickaite, who scored 26.
Poland prevailed over Ukraine 69-52 in Group E's other match-up.
A 17-3 Polish run that ran from the second to third quarter was the turning point in this one as it opened up the Poles' biggest lead of the game at 44-17
This sequence coincided with Angelika Stankiewicz's scoring surge as the shooting guard poured in 12 of her game-high 24 points in this run.
Stankiewicz did not actually enjoy a great shooting night, converting just 4-of-17 field goal attempts. But she made up from the foul line time and again, converting 16 of her 18 free throws.
Ukraine struggled to keep pace with Poland, much of which was down to their high number of turnovers (32). Ukraine's performance in microcosm was represented in Nataliya Skorbatyuk's stat line, as while she scored 16 points, it took her 14 field goal attempts to do so and they came at a price of 12 turnovers.
Israel made a good start to the competition for ninth place as they eased past Switzerland 63-33 behind a 16-point, 14-rebound performance from Daniel Raber.
Group G rivals Finland enjoyed an even more one-sided win, leading from start to finish as they thrashed Norway 91-23 and every player made a scoring contribution.
Meanwhile Austria and Romania both opened Group E with wins.
Sarah Sagerer led Austria to a 63-37 success over Scotland as she scored 15 points to go with her impressive 16 rebounds.
Romania were pushed slightly closer by Denmark before coming out on top 69-47, but the Romanians never looked like losing after their 12-0 first-quarter run put them in control.