Superb Spain Soar Into Quarter-Finals

19 August 2013
13. Laia Flores (Spain)
Laia Flores ened with an efficient 10 points for Spain

The air of invincibility which currently surrounds red-hot Spain continued at the U18 European Championship Women in Vukovar as they safely reached the last eight of the competition with a 71-45 success against the Czech Republic.

It was another powerhouse performance by Spain who missed the podium completely last year, but look like one of the favourites and eager to make amends.

They made relatively light work of despatching the Czech Republic, although were helped by their opponents spilling the ball far too frequently.

The Czechs did have to contend with some pressure, but also committed a host of unforced ball-handling errors throughout the game, eventually finishing with 34 turnovers.

Spain showcased their trademark running game and were in danger of blowing the Czech team away early when they jumped into a 23-11 lead.

Whilst the Czechs briefly stemmed the tide, there was just nothing they could do to bridge the gap as the game unfolded.

Spain continued to utilise their quickness and superior ball movement to great effect and only ever looked like increasing their lead further - and so it proved.

Laia Flores added an efficient 10 points in victory, making five-of-seven from the floor and whilst Leticia Romero did not enjoy her most productive night, but still brought her excellent defensive game by grabbing seven steals.


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