Serbia Punch Last Quarter-Final Ticket

10.08.2011

U18 Women

14. Ivana Brajkovic (Serbia)
Serbia's Ivana Brajkovic was a dominant force in the paint, with 24 points on 61.5 percent shooting from the field and 14 rebounds

Two of the most hard-fighting teams at the Global Vision U18 European Championship offered a tight encounter for the last place available in the Quarter-Finals and Serbia prevailed over the Czech Republic, 89-81.

It was a spectacular offensive game, with the teams trading baskets throughout the first 37 minutes. Neither had a bigger lead than six points during this period.

But in the end it was Serbia that got the upper-hand. They used a 10-0 run to take an 80-70 lead with 2:04 remaining that pretty much solved the game.

The Czech missed six consecutive shots in that span and never recovered.

The Balkan side missed only one free throw from 10 attempts in the final two minutes of the game with Aleksandra Stanacev going 6-for-6.

She finished with a fabulous 100 percent from the free throw line, on 10-of-10 shooting.

The twin-towers Natasa Kovacevic and Ivana Brajkovic combined for a staggering 49 points and 21 rebounds helped by Stanacev with 16 points, eight assists and three assists.

Salacova led the Czech team with 23 points and four rebounds, Tereza Vyoralova had 18 while Monika Satoranska finished 14 points and six rebounds.

Serbia will face Sweden in the Quarter-Finals on Friday while the Czech Republic will fight Romania in the Classification Round for 9th to 12th place.


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