Group A: Sweden Keep Home Crowd Excited

03 July 2009

Cleopatra Forsman-Goga fired hosts Sweden to a 66-57 win over Poland on Friday.

The Södertälje BBK guard poured in 19 points, pulled down a whopping 19 rebounds and dished out five assists as her team won for the second straight day at the U18 European Championship for Women.

Sweden also got a big contribution from star Farhiya Abdi, who scored eight of her 19 points in the final quarter.

Abdi, who had led Sweden in scoring in their opening triumph over Bulgaria, finished nine of 15 (60%) inside the arc.

With the game tied at 45-45 going into the last frame, Sweden went on a 19-9 run that lasted eight minutes to seal the win.

Sweden out-rebounded the Poles 56-36.

Poland's Malgorzata Misiuk had 19 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.

Sandra Boskovic (Serbia)
Sandra Boskovic (Serbia) Sandra Boskovic collected 9 rebounds and 6 points in the rout of Bulgaria

In the other group game, Serbia destroyed Bulgaria 84-41 to keep their winning form in the tournament.

The Serbs scored 27 unanswered points to take a 42-13 lead early in the third quarter and they cruised the rest of the way.

"My team has no experience and that is what we came here for," said Bulgaria coach Stanislav Boyadjiev, whose side commmitted 30 turnovers.

"These games are a learning curve for my players."

Maja Vucurovic and Snezana Colic had 14 points apiece for the Serbs.

Bulgaria missed all 13 of their attempts from two-point range in the opening half. They finished five of 27 (18.5%) inside the arc. Serbia were 11 of 24 (45.8%) from long range.


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