U20 WOMEN DIVISION B
|Laura Ferreira and Portugal escaped with a win in a narrow encounter|
Portugal looked down and out in their clash with F.Y.R. of Macedonia but ignited a great run in the final frame to come out 55-53 winners and remain unbeaten at the U20 European Championship Women Division B.
Trailing 35-42 after the third quarter, they held F.Y.R. of Macedonia scoreless for more than six minutes, going on a 13-0 run to take a six-point lead themselves.
Ines Viana and Joana Canastra were the driving forces in that spurt, combining for 10 points.
F.Y.R. of Macedonia appeared in shock but Portugal were not able to capitalise and after a lay-up from Andzelika Mitrasinovik with seven seconds to play and two missed free throws by the Portuguese, F.Y.R. of Macedonia had a chance to win the game.
Mitrasinovik sent a prayer, but her three-point attempt at the buzzer was off and Portugal celebrated their third win in as many games.
Latvia recorded their first win in the tournament with a 67-51 over Great Britain, leaving the Brits winless at 0-4.
In a balanced team effort, that saw 11 players write their names on the score-sheet, Latvia won all quarters behind the contribution of Guna Lagzdina, who had seven points and 14 rebounds.
|Vineta Birina and Latvia registered their first win in the tournament|
Great Britain had a miserable shooting day, making only 26.4% of their attempts.
In the third game of the day, hosts Bulgaria had little problems with Romania and registered a 74-54 win that saw them improve to 4-1 and kept their hopes of a top-three finish and thus promotion alive.
Kristina Peychinova led all scorers with 20 points, adding six rebounds as she shot the lights out from downtown, converting five of her eight three-point attempts.
Romania, who struggled from the free-throw line, making only 11-of-21, dropped to 0-3 and will have to wait at least another day for their first tournament win.
In the final game of the day, the Czech Republic underlined their ambitions with an uncontested 74-34 win over Israel.
After a 28-15 first quarter, the Czechs shut down their opponents completely, winning the second frame 20-3, which basically put the game beyond doubt.
Czech Republic head coach Romana Ptackova used all 12 players, with every player registering on the score sheet and logging at least 12 minutes.