Sweden Edge Out Greece For Promotion

16.07.2011

Roundup

8. Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (Sweden)
Cleopatra Forsman-Goga put Sweden on her back in the Promotion Game with 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

Sweden edged out Greece 72-70 in a dramatic finish to seal promotion and book a place in the final of the U20 European Championship Women Division B against Portugal.

Greece had begun the final quarter trailing by 10 points, 61-51, but a stirring rally brought them level at 69-69 on Georgia Kantara's lay-up.

Cleopatra Forsman-Goga made a pair of free throws to push Sweden clear again and Artemis Spanou could only split a pair with 12 seconds remaining to leave Greece a point down.

Greece were forced to foul, and after Farhiya Abdi split her free throws to leave Sweden 72-70 up, Eleni Voulgaraki's last-ditch effort missed.

"Honestly we were lucky tonight. We are surprised, especially in the final quarter, when we stopped to play our game." commented Sweden Head Coach Frederik Joulamo 

"But we deserve to go to the Final, because we led for 40 minutes" he added.

Forsman-Goga led Sweden with 25 points while Abdi and Binta Drammeh had 14 each.

Spanou's 24 points and 12 rebounds were in vain for Greece.

Portugal had used a stunning second quarter, outscoring the Czechs 14-3, to wipe out an early deficit and came into the final stanza with a five-point lead.

But the Czech Republic quickly set about closing the gap, with a jump-shot from Andrea Sladkova closing the gap to one, 44-43 two minutes in.

Back-to-back baskets from Maria Andrade helped Portugal push the lead back to nine, 54-45, but the Czechs would not go away, and they kept battling until two free throws from Lenka Bartakova brought them level, 58-58, with just 36 seconds left.

Michelle Brandao went to the line and made two to give Portugal the lead once more and Daniela Domingues split a pair to make it 61-58 with 19 seconds left.

The Czechs cut the gap with a lay-up from Alena Hanusova, but Andrade had the final word to seal promotion.

"It's like a dream. Finally, our U20 team, for the first time in our history, goes to Divisiona A. This is an unbelievable moment for me, for the girls, for everybody in Portugal. We deserved this, and im extremely happy for this result." said Portugal head coach Eugenio Rodrigues. 

Hungary will play Israel for fifth place after both teams picked up victories in the classification games.

Hungary edged out Belgium 79-72 behind 25 points from Anna Mansare, while Bettina Szabo and Reka Balint each added 18 points.

Israel once again had Bar Galinski to thank for their 68-57 victory over Bulgaria. Galinski came up with 24 points and 18 rebounds in the win.

Bulgaria and Belgium will battle for seventh place.

Austria clinched ninth place with a 66-59 victory over Estonia as Julia Koppl scored 15 points to help them overcome a huge rally from Estonia, who had trailed 38-21 at half-time but began the final quarter down 50-48.

Estonia must now face the winless hosts FYR of Macedonia for 10th place.


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