Greece And Czechs Still Unbeaten

10 July 2011
12. Vasiliki Tarla (Greece)
Vasiliki Tarla and Greece are still in the race for promotion to Division A

The Czech Republic and Greece both sit at 3-0 at the top of Group B after the Czechs edged out Israel 61-58 and Greece saw off Estonia 56-43.

Although it was a close score, the Czechs rarely looked worried against Israel, who used a late rally to draw close but could not bridge the gap.

Alena Hanusova poured in 26 points while adding 11 rebounds in a huge performance, while Petra Zaplatova had 13 points.

"Again, we played another hard game," said coach Marcela Kramer. "We did not play well all the time, sometimes we were good, and sometimes we were poor. We cannot be scared to play."

Bar Galinski scored 22 points in the losing effort for Israel.

For Greece, Artemis Spanou scored 21 points while grabbing eight rebounds against Estonia.

"We are going in the right direction," saic coach Dimitris Bakogeorgos. "Three games, three wins - these are very good results for our young team."

Sweden made it two wins out of two at the U20 European Championship Women as they ended the unbeaten start of Portugal with a 67-50 win in Group A.

Sweden burst out of the starting blocks to lead 42-23 at half-time. Farhiya Abdi was the outstanding performer with 17 points and eight rebounds, while Cleopatra Forsman-Goga added 14 points and Salome Kabengano 12.

Sweden out-rebounded Portugal 54-28.

"We stayed more focused in this game, which has given us this result," said coach Frederick Joulamo.

"We worked well in defence and passed the ball very well."

The result leaves Sweden as the only unbeaten team in the group going into the rest day, though have played one game fewer.

There was an upset in Group A, where Bulgaria beat hosts F.Y.R. of Macedonia 66-54 for their first win and a place in the quarter-finals.

"This is a very important win and a big success for all of us here in Ohrid," said coach Ivailo Hristov.

"We played well and controlled the game from the early stages. Later there were more mistakes, but all of us gave 100% in this very important game."

Violina Kocheva led Bulgaria with 23 points.

In the final game of the day, Belgium stormed back in the final quarter to beat Austria 64-60.
Belgium had been down 52-39 going into the final quarter, but outscored their winless opponents 25-8 to secure the victory.

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