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Group:  F | 18.08.2010, 18:45h
Group:  F | 18.08.2010, 18:45h
43-45
5 - 1115 - 129 - 714 - 15
5 - 1115 - 129 - 714 - 15
Venue: Kozani |
Spectators: 1200 |
Referees: Henrykh Bekish (BLR), Zdravko Rutesic (MNE), Tomislav Kovacic (SLO)

GAME REPORT


Spain Avoid Greek Tragedy Against Brave Hosts

Hosts Greece showed a lot of heart against Spain and came close to realising their dream of a U16 European Championship Women Quarter-Final place but it was not to be as their Spanish opponents made sure of victory in a last minute full of drama (45-43).

While Greece was eliminated, Spain can prepare for the Quarter-Finals of the U16 European Championship Women.

The game was played with a lot of energy by both sides right from the start.

In a true defensive battle the Greeks trailed 2-6 after five minutes in the first quarter. Spain had to fight against a highly motivated Greek team and their enthusiastic supporters at Kozani. They were able to claim a 11-5 lead after the first period.

Greece started the second quarter with a 6-0 run to tie the game. Spain reclaimed the lead again but Greece fought hard and equalized again (20-20). Laura Aliaga's three pointer gave Spain a narrow 23-20 advantage at halftime.

Both sides really locked down each other in the third quarter. Greece had a slight advantage in this period as Spain could not yet take the profit out of their rebounding edge. They still led by a single point as they entered the fourth quarter however.

Vasiliki Tarla scored from the low post to give the host the first lead of the game (31-30) and both teams exchanged the lead a couple of times in the following minutes. One could almost feel the tension in the air as Greece and Spain went back and forth to set up a thrilling finish.

Offensive rebounds gave the Spanish more opportunities to score which was vital in the last two minutes of the contest. They did not hit all of their free throws but it was sufficient to head into the final 60 seconds with a 45-40 lead. Greece couldn't come up with a proper answer. A last second three pointer was useless. Eventually Greece lost in a heartbreaking by 43-45.

Marlés Balart (Spain) was the only player to score in double figures (11 points). Both teams shot a low 24.2 percent from the field. Spain collected 61 rebounds and scored 26 points in the paint. Key stats in a game where every single point was crucial.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

24.2%

16/66
FG
M/A

24.2%

16/66

26.2%

11/42
FG2P
M/A

26.9%

14/52

20.8%

5/24
FG3P
M/A

14.3%

2/14

40.0%

6/15
FT
M/A

57.9%

11/19

43

14/29
RT
RO/RD

61

21/40

6

AS

4

13

TO

18

9

ST

12

3

BS

5

19

PF

15

43

Pts

45

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