|23 July 2010|
Day 2 in the U18 European Championship Division B in Tel Aviv, Israel allowed 4 teams to enter the competition with their debut games, and already create a spearhead in the 4 different groups.
Netherlands are enjoying a great start in Group A holding a perfect 2-0 record following a 63-57 win over Switzerland behind 16 points and 5 assists by Sam De Haas after taking a double-digit lead already after one quarter. The Swiss team dropped to 0-2.
"We played as a team today," said with satisfaction the Dutch coach Herman van den Belt.
"We started the game excellent with great defence. In the last two months we worked hard and the team really improved its game skills in that period."
In the 2nd game in the group Slovak Republic suffered their first loss in their debut game 63-47 to Finland who climbed to 1-1. Markus Molenius topped the scoring list with 18 points and Marian Kysela hit 13 and 7 steals for the losing side.
In Group B two big wins for Bosnia and Herzegovina and Belgium. The first shut down Scotland 83-67 as Mirza Bulic hit 27 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks to take a 1-1 record while Scotland lost in their first game.
Belgium remained perfect with an 81-44 blowout win against Portugal. Arne Steinbach led the winners in points - 16, assists - 3 and blocks - 2 while the losing side scored only a single three pointer in 16 attempts to take a 1-1 record at the end of Day 2.
"we were very focused because we saw the Portuguese team yesterday, and they pressed hard on the ball, so our goal was to have minimum turnovers, and we succeeded doing that," explained the winning coach Etienne Louvrier.
"Twelve guys played today and all of them scored. If we continue playing like that and have minimum turnovers we can win every game," he added.
Belarus seem to enjoy a good start in Group C following a 69-48 victory over Romania that pushed their record to 2-0 against while Romania is now down 0-1. Vitali Liutych enjoyed another big performance with 22 points and 12 rebounds.
England beat Denmark 73-44 thanks to a great performance by guard Devon Van Oostrum who joined his team after not playing in the previous game. Van Oostrum hit 6 points, pulled 10 rebounds and dished 7 assists and John Stewart recorded 15 points. Denmark dropped to 0-2 and will seek for their first win tomorrow against the hosting team Israel who rested today.
Group D featured only one-sided games in favor of Montenegro and Estonia who seem to dominate the group. Montenegro climbed to 2-0 after a 98-36 win over Luxembourg as Amin Hot scored 16 and Luka Radovic added 15 with 13 rebounds. Alex Laurent topped the lists of losing side with a 12 points and 11 rebounds double-double.
Estonia stand on a 2-0 record as well following an 87-57 win, in a game that was closer than it seems. Estonia won the last quarter by 20 points and until then Austria was still in the game. Rannar Raap topped the winner's sheet with 25 points while Janari J?esaar had 12 points and 15 rebounds. Carlos Novas was the best player in Austria with 21 points, but couldn't save his team from dropping to 0-2.