|Tereza Vyoralová and the Czech Republic punched their tickets to Division A for 2014|
Czech Republic clinched their long-awaited return to Division A with a solid 65-49 win over F.Y.R. of Macedonia on Friday at the U20 European Championship Women Division B.
After three consecutive years in Division B, Romana Ptackova's team continued their display of dominance in Albena behind the double-double of Monika Satoranska who had 18 points and 12 rebounds.
F.Y.R. of Macedonia stayed in the game for the first half, on the back of a monster performance by Andzelika Mitrasinovik, who led her team with 14 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and six steals, but could not resist the Czech surge in the third quarter.
The Czech Republic stormed out the gates after the break to produce a stunning 22-7 third stanza, sealing the deal.
The Czechs now have one more game on Saturday before they sit back and watch on Sunday to find out who will join them in Division A.
Belgium, who shook off pesky Romania after an intense game in which the still winless Romanians stuck with the favourites until late in the third quarter, are looking good to join the Czechs in Division A next year.
Romania were leading 42-40 on the back of a three-pointer by Selena Kirberg when a triple at the other end from Belgian point guard Julie Vanloo ignited a 13-0 run that effectively decided the game.
While Romania where still hustling for every possession, they were never able to come closer than 10 points the rest of the way.
Vanloo weighed in with 25 points, four rebounds and three assists for Belgium while Romania had their best performer in Sonia Ursu, who had 18 points alongside 12 rebounds and five assists.
Belgium can clinch their promotion ticket with a win against either Portugal or F.Y.R. of Macedonia in the final two days.
|Israel celebrate a famous victory over Great Britain, who remain winless in Albena|
Latvia are looking good to complete an amazing comeback in the tournament after two losses to open the championship thanks to a last-second game winner by Guna Lagzdina that took them past Portugal, 46-44.
They are now tied with Portugal at 4-2 in third place, holding the tie-breaker thanks to today's win.
As the end of the game suggests, it was a hard-fought encounter, with neither team able to open up a bigger lead.
Latvia led 19-16 at the half but Portugal were able to reduce the difference by one in the third frame.
Both teams traded blows throughout the final 10 minutes, with the game tied seven times in the quarter.
An Ines Viana free-throw gave Portugal a 42-40 lead, providing them the lead for the last time in the game.
With one minute to play Asnate Fomina tied the game at 42 on a lay-up, before Kate Kreslina, then once more Viana traded free-throws to even the ledger at 44, setting the stage for the last second heroics by Lagzdina.
Israel kept Great Britain winless at the bottom of the table thanks to a 18-7 final quarter which brought them a 49-43 win.
May Dayan scored a third of her team's points, pouring in 16 whilst also pulling down three rebounds and handing out four assists.
Great Brtiain had taken a 29-20 half-time lead but could not repeat the effort in the second half.
Shequile Joseph stood out for the Brits with nine points, eight rebounds and six assists, as no British player cracked double-figures in scoring.