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09.08.2013, 16:00h
09.08.2013, 16:00h
75-50
21 - 927 - 913 - 1814 - 14
21 - 927 - 913 - 1814 - 14
Venue: Albena |
Spectators: 180 |
Referees: Georgios Tanatzis (GRE), Arturas Sukys (LTU), Robert Paulik (CZE)

GAME REPORT


Dominant Hungary Make History

5. Virag Weninger (Hungary)
Virag Weninger and Hungary led from tip to buzzer to reach the semi-finals in dominant fashion

Turning Point: Hungary's dominance was evident from the beginning, and when Debora Dubei pushed hard off a Croatian miss, it led to a baseline jumper for Nina Aho which gave Hungary their first double-digit lead, a margin which was never reduced.

Game Hero: Eniko Kuttor destroyed Croatia on the glass, with half of her 16 rebounds coming on the offensive end and leading to numerous second opportunities.

Stats Don't Lie: The damage was done in the first half as Croatia could not get any shots to fall. Hungary shot 19-33 for the half - Croatia had as many attempts, but only made seven.

Hungary overwhelmed Croatia with a strong first half performance to take a 75-50 win and reach the U16 European Championship Women semi-finals stage for the first time since 1976.

Hungary fully deserved their place after a great performance. It is only the second time in their history that they have reached the semi-final stage, having finished second in their first appearance in the tournament back in 1976.

Croatia coach Dean Nemec made a change to his line-up, starting center Andrea Maric in an attempt to counteract Hungary's Virag Kiss. Kiss was held to just four points in the first half, but the Hungarian team had too many other weapons and the result was never in doubt from midway through the first quarter.

Kiss and Eniko Kuttor were the first Hungarians to score and although Iva Slonjsak hit a couple of jump-shots, the Croatian offense was struggling to keep the scoreboard moving. Kuttor's offensive rebound and put-back gave her team a 21-7 advantage.

The lead increased to 20 as Kuttor ran the floor and converted on a three-point play, followed by Debora Dubei grabbing an offensive rebound and dribbling out to drain an open three-pointer. Krisztina Horvath's baseline jumper sealed a fantastic half for the Hungarian team, pushing the lead to 30 for the first time at 48-18.

Croatia attempted to mount a charge in the second half, with a 10-2 run at the start of the third period leading Hungarian coach Andrea Meszarosne Kovacs to call a time-out to rally her troops. Dubei returned and immediately steadied the ship, driving to the hoop to score a lay-up before dishing for Timea Toth to convert inside.

The deficit was down to 25 at the end of the third quarter and Iva Belosevic finished two strong drives to cut the lead to 20, but Dominika Borondy grabbed a steal off a Croatian defensive rebound and fed Agnes Studer under the basket to curb Croatia's momentum and ensure there wouldn't be a nervous finish.

Kuttor finished with an impressive double-double of 23 points and 16 rebounds. Virag Weninger had 10 points and four assists and Dubei had seven points, six rebounds and five assists. Slonjsak led Croatia with 14 points and seven rebounds. Hungary will play Spain in the semi-final on Saturday.

 

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

44.8%

30/67
FG
M/A

29.2%

19/65

43.3%

26/60
FG2P
M/A

37.2%

16/43

57.1%

4/7
FG3P
M/A

13.6%

3/22

73.3%

11/15
FT
M/A

69.2%

9/13

50

18/32
RT
RO/RD

35

14/21

20

AS

7

16

TO

14

7

ST

7

4

BS

7

15

PF

18

75

Pts

50

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