Serbia & Montenegro Wins European Championship for Cadettes

28.07.2003

Although Serbia and Montenegro does not have as impressive a record in girl's basketball as in boy's, the 2003 cadette team certainly looked impressive en route to an 8-0 record and the European Championship.

Serbia and Montenegro did not make the game look as easy as their male counterparts in Rivas, playing several close games on the way to the final. Most notably, they won their quarter and semi-final games by a combined margin of 3 points, defeating Croatia 56-55 (quarter-final) and Ukraine 64-62 (semi-final).

The final game was a repeat of a first round match-up between Belarus and Serbia and Montenegro. Serbia and Montenegro inflicted defeat on Belarus in that first game (70-64), but it had been their only loss of the tournament.

The final was dominated by up-and-coming stars Anastasia Verameyanka (BLR) and Jelena Dublijevic (YUG) as they combined for 50 points and 22 rebounds. Belarus, hungry for revenge after their first round defeat, came out strongly, using their inside strength. Serbia and Montenegro countered in the second quarter by stepping up their defense and hitting from the outside and at halftime the score was 36-35 in Serbia and Montenegro's favour. The third quarter saw Serbia and Montenegro build an 8-point lead which Belarus could not recover from. Despite reducing the gap to as little as 4 points, Serbia and Montenegro held on to win the game 73-61. Jelena Dublijevic finished the game with 28 points, 11 rebounds and 4 steals while Anastasia Verameyanka led Belarus with 22 points and 11 rebounds.

Verameyanka was named tournament MVP after leading all teams in scoring at 19.5 ppg, blocked shots at 3.1 bpg and finishing 3rd in total rebounds, 12.8 rpg.

For all tournament details please visit www.tbf.org.tr


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