Russia captured a bronze medal at the UMCOR U18 European Championship Women on Sunday after coming back from a nine-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to win 71-65 over Poland in Novi Sad.
The Russians, whose title dreams were ended by Serbia in Saturday's semi-finals, found themselves playing catch-up with 10 minutes to go and made the crucial plays to prevail.
High-scoring Jelena Milovanovic poured in 32 points as host nation Serbia crushed Russia 75-53 to reach the final of the UMCOR U18 European Championship Women in Novi Sad.
Guided by Milovanovic's hot hand, unbeaten Serbia delivered some telling blows late in the third quarter, breaking open a close game.
Spain thrashed Russia 76-39 to clinch top spot in Group E as both teams made it through to the semi-finals of the UMCOR U18 European Championship for Women.
The defending champions went into the game knowing that a defeat would knock them out of medal contention.
Russia rebounded from Tuesday's defeat to Slovakia by beating the Czech Republic 78-60 at the UMCOR U18 European Championship for Women.
The Czechs had led through the first four minutes of the second half before the wheels came off.
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