Denmark And Bulgaria Earn Division A Spots

By Yarone Arbel

Denmark and Bulgaria are the new faces of the Division A U16 European Championship after both enjoyed a one-sided win in the Semi-Finals of the Division B Chapionship in Portugal.

They will take the place of Ukraine and the Czech Republic who finished last in the Division A games in Kaunas.

Denmark capped a perfect performance of six wins with an 82-56 triumph over England.

Bulgaria recovered from their first loss, to Denmark, by downing Slovenia 87-63.

The last time Bulgaria participated in the U16 European Championship was in 2003 when they finished last.

Denmark will celebrate next year their first ever participation in a youth Division A championship in any age group.

England survived for one half with Denmark, by reaching the half time break down only 33-27.

Already in the third quarter the gap increased to 17 right with the buzzer to take a rest, and when England showed no signs of come back, the end result of history making in Denmark's squad became reality.

Esben Reinholt shinned for the Danish team with 23 pints and nine rebounds, Christian Benzon added 12 while Frederik Rungby finished with 12 points and 16 rebounds.

England's top player - Devon Van Oostrum had his tournament low in points (18), assists (1) and steals (3) followed by Simeon Esprit with 12 points.

Denmark out-rebounded their opponent 46-25 and shoot inside the arc in 62.7% against England's poor 31.4%.

Bulgaria allowed less time for hesitations than Denmark, and showed Slovenia right from the tip off who's the boss.

At the half time stop the gap was already 50-28, and it was more than enough to decide the game.

Pavlin Ivanov had 30 points in 50% from the field, Tencho Tenchev added 17 points with 11 rebounds, Deyan Karamfilov added 11 and Dimitar Dimitrov had ten points, ten rebounds and four blocks.

Rok Gominsek led Slovenia with 13 points while Matej Rojc added 11.

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