Group E: Hungary Comeback Stuns Sweden

31.07.2007

Sweden blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead and failed to score in the final eight minutes in losing 53-47 to Hungary in Group E of the Qualifying Round at the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women.

Trailing 47-37 with 8:22 remaining, Reka Balint scored 10 straight points to give Hungary the lead and Krisztina Raksanyi finished the game with the final five points for the comeback win, which keeps the Hungarians alive for the semi-finals.

Balint led all scorers with 19 points and added nine rebounds while Raksanyi closed with nine points, three rebounds and two assists for Hungary who improved to 2-1 in Group E.

Sweden dropped to 1-2 despite 12 points and 12 rebounds from Amanda Zahui Bazoukou. Sweden made just four of 25 (16 percent) three-pointers in the game. 

The 2006 Division B champions began gaining control of the contest in the second quarter and pulled out to a 13-point lead, 40-27, midway through the third period. Bazoukou's lay-up gave Sweden a 47-37 advantage, but that was the beginning of the end as Balint took over and Sweden fell apart.

Balint hit back-to-back treys and a jumper to close to 47-45 with five minutes left. Sweden continued to struggle finding good looks offensively and the Hungarians went ahead 48-47 on another Balint three-pointer at the 2:25 mark.

Sweden had missed seven straight shots - including five three-pointers - in allowing Hungary to come back. And down the stretch, the Swedes couldn't hold onto the ball, committing four turnovers in their final seven possessions to let the game slip away.

Hungary take on Serbia on Wednesday and Sweden face the 2006 finalists Czech Republic.

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