Slovaks Beat Slovenia, Dream Of Last 8

31.07.2012

U18 WOMEN

Despite only winning once during the First Round of the U18 European Championship Women, the Slovak Republic still have a shot of making the Quarter-Finals after securing successive Round Two wins, the latest a comfortable 72-54 victory over Slovenia on Tuesday.

Both teams headed into the clash off the back of wins on the opening day of the second phase and so something had to give.

Ultimately, it was the superior rebounding prowess of the Slovak Republic and some accurate three-point shooting that proved the difference.

In addition, the Slovak Republic got some impressively efficient performances.

Whilst Zsofia Hruscakova missed out on her customary double-double by just one rebound, it was the shooting of Angelika Slamova and Terezia Palenikova which proved the cornerstone of the success.

Slovenia will be cursing how disjointed they were offensively in comparison to their display against the Netherlands less than 24 hours earlier.

As a result, the Slovak Republic always looked like the more likely winners having the edge after a strong opening.

Whilst the irrepressible Eva Lisec stood out once again and made it a one-shot game at 55-52 with just over six minutes remaining, the Slovenians couldn't manage to complete the kind of comeback mission they achieved so memorably against the Dutch.

Slovenia now has a mountain to climb if they after to make the Quarter-Finals but the prospects of the Slovak Republic look much better - even if, after two wins, the matter still doesn't rest completely in their own hands.


 


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