Division B Round-Up: Hungary Ride Strong Start To Victory Over Portuguese

07 July 2009

Bernadett Balla poured in a game-high 17 points to lead Hungary past Portugal 58-45 on second day of the U18 European Championship for Women Division B.

The power forward, who was eight of 11 (72.7%) from the floor, also hauled in seven rebounds.

The contest was knotted at 8-8 midway through the first quarter when the Hungarians went on a 10-2 run to take the lead for good.

By the end of the third quarter, they had extended their lead to 48-33 and cruised to victory - their fourth in Eilat - to leave them top of Group E.

"We are unbeaten so far," said Hungary coach Judith Balogh.

"But each game is hard and we are looking forward to meeting the strongest teams in the next rounds.

"We set a goal and that is to advance to Division A by the end of this tournament."

Balogh's side will need to make some improvements if they are to succeed in their task.

They were just two of 17 (11.8%) from behind the arc and missed six of their 10 attempts from the charity stripe.

9. Nika Baric (Slovenia)
Nika Baric played 40 minutes and was good for 25 pts, 5 rbs and 6 ats in her team's win

Slovenia bounced back from their surprising defeat to England on Monday by edging Romania 64-60.

With Romania ahead 56-54 with two minutes remaining, the Slovenians went on a 10-4 run to clinch the win.

Nika Baric scored six points in that surge and led all scorers with 25.

Finland pulled off a 57-53 come-from-behind victory to beat England in Group E.

The English led 46-40 early in the fourth quarter but the Finns went on a 16-2 run over the next seven minutes to secure the triumph.

Gemma Bullard was the only English player finishing in double figures with a game-high 15 points.

An impressive all-round performance from Angeliki Nikolopoulou was not enough to hand Greece a victory over tournament hosts Israel.

The Greek guard led all scorers with 22 points and she also hauled in seven rebounds, dished out three assists and came up with two steals but Israel prevailed 66-54.

The win lifted Israel to the top of Group F after Bosnia and Herzegovina's surprise 70-64 defeat to Germany.

The women from Sarajevo conceded their first loss of the tournament after failing to limit Germany's Sonja Greinacher.

The German forward stole the show with a team-high 23 points on 11 of 13 shots from the floor.

14. Sonja Greinacher (Germany)
Sonja Greinacher lead her team to victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina

She grabbed 12 rebounds, came up with two steals and blocked three shots.

In the other group game, Ida Krogh fired Denmark to a 66-61 triumph over Croatia.

The small forward erupted for 29 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and dished out seven assists.

The game was level at 49-49 with eight minutes left but Denmark ouscored their opponents 17-12 the rest of the way.

Croatia were a mere two of 23 (8.7%) from long range while Denmark finished a far more respectable eight of 24.

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