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09.08.2013, 18:15h
09.08.2013, 18:15h
66-56
23 - 1518 - 714 - 2111 - 13
23 - 1518 - 714 - 2111 - 13
Venue: Albena |
Spectators: 250 |
Referees: Stephen Ellis (ENG), Iskren Manolov (BUL), Alija Ferevski (MKD)

GAME REPORT


Czechs Hold Nerve To Claim Victory

15. Michaela Krejzová (Czech Republic)
Michaela Krejzová and the Czech Republic will play the winner of Russia-Italy in the semi-finals

Turning Point: Latvia had reduced a 19-point third-quarter deficit down to six points with four minutes remaining. Michaela Matuskova's huge three-pointer stopped the slide and enabled her team to hold on down the stretch.

Game Hero: Lenka Soukalova was everywhere on the court, proving a constant nuisance to the Latvian team with four steals in the game and adding eight rebounds to her 13 points on a perfect shooting night.

Stats Don't Lie: The teams were evenly matched, with the Czech Republic's marginally better shooting (42.4% to 35.6%) proving to be the difference.

The Czech Republic survived a furious second-half fightback to hold off Latvia and take a 66-56 win for a place in the U16 European Championship Women semi-finals. 

The Czech team began brightly, an 11-1 run in the first quarter establishing an advantage which they held on to for the entire match.

Julia Reisingerova found Tereza Sipova with a lovely pass from the high post and, although Digna Strautmane rebounded her own miss and kicked to Amanda Betlere for a nice jump-shot, Michaela Krejzova's baseline jumper put the Czech team 23-15 ahead at the end of the first period.

Latvia's attempts to stay in the game were hampered as Sindija Kudule picked up an early third foul, and the Czech Republic were moving the ball around nicely, Petra Holesinska finding Krejzova with a beautiful feed before Krejzova turned provider, feeding Lenka Soukalova to make the score 37-19.

Reisingerova's free throws, earned after proving to be too strong for Digna Strautmane in the post, capped a great first half as the Czech team entered the locker room 41-22 ahead.

But with Karolina Maleckova, Sipova and Reisingerova all picking up third fouls early in the second half, the Czech momentum slowed and some careless turnovers allowed Latvia to gain a foothold, with Paula Strautmane hitting a tough hanging shot before she found younger sister Digna inside to cut the lead to 12 at the end of the third quarter.

Michaela Matuskova drained a jump-shot to begin the fourth quarter but Latvia scored eight unanswered points, Digna Strautmane showing a lovely soft touch on a turnaround jumper before Kristiana Rikveile's shot made the score 57-53 to the Czech team.

Matuskova's three-pointer gave her team breathing space and Sipova converted a tough lay-up after another great inside feed from Reisingerova before Holesinska's three-pointer finally ensured victory and started the party on the bench.

Paula Strautmane put in another great performance for Latvia in totaling 19 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and two blocks. Soukalova and Matuskova each had 13 points and four steals, while Holesinska finished with nine in a balanced Czech attack. They will face Russia or Italy in Saturday's semi-final.

 

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

42.4%

25/59
FG
M/A

35.6%

21/59

44.2%

19/43
FG2P
M/A

42.2%

19/45

37.5%

6/16
FG3P
M/A

14.3%

2/14

50.0%

10/20
FT
M/A

66.7%

12/18

37

13/24
RT
RO/RD

40

15/25

13

AS

9

17

TO

20

17

ST

13

2

BS

3

17

PF

18

66

Pts

56

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