Day Seven Roundup

12.08.2011

U18 Women Division B

Croatia, Latvia, Finland and Greece are the four teams that will fight for a place in the final of the Pannergy U18 European Championship Women, Division B.

Both finalists will gain promotion to Division A.

None of the four semifinalists had any problem in advancing from the Quarter-Finals, as only one game, Greece - Belarus, ended with by a margin smaller than 20 points, 59-45 for the Greeks.

After two consecutive defeats in the Qualifying Round, Greece looked like the underdogs before the encounter with Belarus, a team that had lost only one game, against Croatia.

But the Greeks locked the defense and forced their opponents, who were coming in the game behind an average of 60.6 points per game, to only 45 points.

Belarus led 7-3 after the first two minutes, but then they went scoreless for the rest of the first quarter and the opponents forced a fabulous 14-0 run to lead 17-7 after ten minutes.

Greece controlled the rest of the game. Belarus cut the lead to nine points before the final quarter, but the Greek team found a way to silence them for good, and finished with a 7-0 run in the final four minutes of the game.

Artemis Spanou led the Hellenic side with 20 points, six rebounds, four steals and two blocks. On the other side, Maryia Papova finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Without Ivana Tikvic, their star so far, Croatia handled Israel, 85-49. Ivana Blazevic finished with a double-double 13 points, 13 rebounds and Iva Cigic led all scorers with 19 points. May Dayan totaled 15 points for Israel.

Evita Iiskola was no less than brilliant for Finland, with 21 points and 11 rebounds, as they silenced Portugal 82-62. Anita Holopainen had a major contribution for the Finnish side with 23 points and eight rebounds, while Joana Jesus was leading Portugal with 18 points.

Latvia finished big against Hungary, with a 25-9 forcing in the final ten minutes, to win 80-59, in front of the local favorites.

Agate Geka scored 17 points for the winners and got help from Ance Aizsila and Renate Reine, who combined for 28 points and from Guna Lagzdina, with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Noemi Czirjak, 19 points, five assists and Judit Barnai, with 11 points and six rebounds were the best performers from the losing side.

In the Classification Round for 9th to 12th place, Germany beat Norway 89-50 and will face Denmark in the next game. The Danish edged Bulgaria, 70-45.

In the Classification Round for 13th to 16th place, Austria upset England, 68-56, while Luxembourg handed Switzerland their fourth defeat in this round, 72-56.


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