A defiant Russia progressed to the qualifying round of the UMCOR U18 European Championship for Women as Group B winners after prevailing 68-64 over France in a battle of unbeatens.
Russia center Natalia Vieru scored two of her game-high 21 points with a strong move in the lane just 47 seconds from the end to give her team the lead for good at 66-64.
France showed off their title ambitions by demolishing Lithuania 95-56 on the second day the UMCOR U18 European Championship for Women in Novi Sad.
Les Bleues surged into a 53-26 half-time lead after outscoring the Baltic country 25-8 in the second quarter.
Natalia Vieru poured in 19 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as Russia beat Lithuania 65-62 in overtime.
In a thrilling finish to the game, Yulia Khusnulova made one of two free throws to give Russia a 65-62 lead with 13 seconds remaining.