U18 Women Division B
Croatia stayed perfect at the Pannergy U18 European Championship Women, Division B, after beating Bulgaria 79-63 behind another brilliant game by Ivana Tikvic.
The 17-year-old, 1.89m tall center from Croatia made once again a strong statement for the MVP title.
She finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and two blocks and added two more assists as the icing on the cake of her performance.
Tikvic is in the top five in all major statistical categories at this tournament and averages a double-double with 18.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.
Bulgaria kept the game balanced for the first three quarters, but lost the control in the last minutes of the fourth.
The Croatians finished with an 11-2 run to stay undefeated and joined Belarus at the top of Group E.
Belarus cruised earlier in the day against Portugal, 67-37. After a jump-start, translated in a 25-9 forcing in the first quarter, Belarus didn't have too much to worry in the next 30 minutes of the game.
Maryna Ivashchanka led all scorers with 17 points, while Maryia Papova contributed with a strong game, 14 points, eight rebounds and three assists for the winners.
Joana Jesus had nine points, in the best offensive effort for Portugal.
In the other game of Group E, Hungary finished off Germany, 91-72.
Fanni Szabo led again the hosts with 20 points, while Sophie Eder had 18 for the losing side.
In Group F, Finland and Greece remained perfect also after the first day of the Qualifying Round.
The Finnish crashed Norway 72-47. Annika Holopainen was one rebound shy from a double-double, finishing with 23 points and nine boards for the winners.
Greece had a tough first quarter against Denmark, but went into the halftime break on r a 12-0 run that gave them the control of the game for good.
The Greeks won 61-42, with Artemis Spanou posting a double-double, 12 points and 13 rebounds.
In the other game of the group, Guna Lagzdina led Latvia with 18 points and 11 rebounds in a 64-58 win against Israel.
In the Classification Round for 13th to 16th place, England beat Austria, 62-50, while Luxembourg edged Switzerland 77-55.
Lena Hetto from Luxembourg was the performer of the day on the offensive end, totalling an impressive 28 points.