Dutch Fall, Still Lead Irish In Race For Second Place


Sweden and Portugal have claimed the top two spots in the B Group of the EuroBasket Women Division B while Montenegro have clinched first place in the A Group.

The fourth side to make the play-offs has yet to be decided with both the Netherlands and Ireland in contention for second spot in the A Group.

Montenegro improved to 8-0 and beat the Netherlands in the process, 70-61, on Saturday to win the A Group.

Jelena Dubljevic led a balanced Montenegrin attack with 17 points as they won far more comfortably than at home last year when they defeated the Dutch by just two.

The Netherlands fell to 6-2 with Saturday's loss - just one victory better off than Ireland (5-3) who beat Switzerland 71-63 after a 19-point, 10-rebound performance from Susan Moran.

The Swiss fell to 1-7 win the setback in Dublin.

Ireland will be looking to win their next two games, and to beat the Netherlands by more than 12 points in the last contest against the Netherlands in Dublin on August 29.

The Dutch won the first game between the two sides last year in Holland, 77-65.

Also in the A Group, Slovenia (3-5) were 74-60 winners over visiting Iceland (1-7).

Maja Erkic finished with 14 points, six assists and four boards for Slovenia.

Sweden travelled to the Baltics and brushed aside Estonia 100-63.

Chioma Nnamaka had 20 points and six rebounds for the Swedes, who are 5-0.

Portugal prevailed for the fourth time in six games when they travelled to Luxembourg and rolled to an 85-37 triumph.

Paula Muxiri finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Portuguese.

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