U20 WOMEN DIVISION B
|Anna Stamolamprou stepped up for Greece, finishing with a game-high 26 points |
Greece secured promotion in dramatic circumstances as they edged out Hungary 62-61 on the penultimate day of the U20 European Championship Women Division B in Klatovy.
Hungary came from five points down in the final three and a half minutes to lead 61-60 when Zsofia Licskai split a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left.
But Vasiliki Tarla's lay-up but Greece back in front and Judit Manyoky came up empty with a late three-point attempt.
Anna Stamaloamprou led Greece with 26 points, making 10 of 13 attempts (76.9%) from the field while Artemis Spanou, accustomed to topping the scoring charts herself, finished with 15 points and 16 rebounds, while also dishing out four assists.
Manyoky had 17 points for Hungary while Lilla Adamecz had 16 with seven rebounds and Licskai collected 13 points and eight boards.
The result lifts Greece to 6-1, meaning they are assured of the first place, while Hungary have no reason to be sad as they have secured a top three berth and will play in Division A next summer.
Germany sit second in the standings and are the third team to earn promotion after pulling away late on to beat the Czech Republic 75-67.
The Czechs, who had trailed 42-30 at half-time, came storming back, briefly taking a fourth quarter lead.
They were down by one, 68-67, after Dominika Pohunkova's jump-shot with 3:09 left, but did not score again as Germany finished on a 7-0 spurt to take victory.
Finja Schaake led Germany with 17 points while Laura Hebecker added 13 with eight rebounds and Julia Gaudermann had 11.
Renata Pudlakova led the hosts with 20 points while Pohunkova added 15.
Israel came storming back at the finish to beat Belgium 68-65.
Belgium had led 50-42 late in the third quarter but were outscored 26-15 down the stretch.
What was even more remarkable is that Israel managed to come back without the unavailable Bar Galinski.
Instead, it was left to Thea Lemberger to lead the scoring with 23 points while May Dayan added 13.
Emmanuella Mayombo had 26 points in vain for Belgium.
Viktoriya Stoycheva scored 12 points to lead Bulgaria to a 69-38 rout of Switzerland.
Kristina Peychinova added 11 points and Mariya Svetoslavova had 10 with seven rebounds. Vanessa Dorestant had 11 points for the Swiss.