Ukraine Shut Down Lithuania Late To Win

16 July 2012

The best game of the opening day of Second Round action at the U16 European Championship for Women Division B in Tallinn was one of the last as Ukraine beat Lithuania 65-58.

The win was vital for Ukraine as they had gone into the Second Round with no wins and two defeats.

The Lithuanians, who had won their previous two games at the U16 European Championship Division B, led 57-56 after Laurita Jurciute buried a jumper with 4:33 remaining.

Ukraine responded almost immediately, with 16-year-old center Ol'ga Yatskovets nailing a jump shot.

Shooting guard Vita Gorobets, who had 22 points and nine rebounds, followed with another for Ukraine to make it 60-57.

Elena Fedchenko's team ended up shutting out Lithuania the rest of the way.

Iryna Zhmurko and Anastasiya Polovynka were also immense for Ukraine.

The former had 11 points and 10 rebounds and the latter contributed nine points and 10 boards.

Agne Cerneckyte finished with 22 points for Lithuania, while Laura Juskaite added 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Lithuania center Daugile Sarauskaite also weighed in with 10 points and eight boards.


Finland won for fourth time in as many games, beating Denmark, 77-33.

Tuuli Menna had 19 points for the Finns, who took control when outscoring the Danes 14-4 in the first quarter.

They extended the lead to 37-12 by half-time and cruised the rest of the way.

Finland coach Antti Koskelainen said: "We knew from beginning that we were better than them.

"Our main question was: 'Can we play the game on our level from the beginning to the end?' I think we did.

"It was a good victory for our girls."

Denmark have now lost all of their games in Tallinn.

"It is a young group of players who are playing this kind of tournament for the first time," Denmark coach Thomas Arne Silfen said of his squad.

"It takes experience. Our decisions today weren't the best, the percentages were not in our favor.

"And with that, it was an uphill battle which was decided before the game had ended."

Also in Group E, Portugal prevailed 55-42 over Israel.

Maria Kostourkova had 21 points and 15 rebounds as the Portuguese improved to 2-1.

"It was a hard and difficult game for us," Portugal coach Ana Neves said.

"We put a lot of thought into the game and explored the big players and turned it to our advantage.

"Israel was a tough opponent and it was an important victory for us."

Israel slumped to 1-2.

"Our big problem was defensive rebounds," Israel coach Nathan Tal said.

"It was good that we could stop Portugal at 55 points, but our offensive decisions were bad.

"We didn't manage to get easy points and that was the difference between two teams today.

"In a tournament like this, you take it day by day.

"Tomorrow will be a new story."

The Israelis face undefeated Finland on Tuesday.


Poland and Slovenia are at the top in Group F with 3-0 records.

Karolina Pobozy poured in 24 points and corralled eight rebounds as Poland romped to a 77-49 victory over Belarus.

Down 18-14 at the end of the opening quarter, the Poles hit back and outscored Belarus 24-9 in the second frame to take command.

Slovenia were also big winners, downing Luxembourg, 66-43.

Trailing 9-8 at the end of the first frame, Slovenia turned on the style in the second period and outscored Luxembourg 25-7 to put the result beyond doubt.

Latvia are now 2-1 after a 59-54 victory over Bulgaria.

Bulgaria threw a scare into the Baltic side, pulling to within a single point with 6:45 left in the last quarter.

Maria Kamburova's jumper capped a 7-0 Belarus run and trimmed the Latvia lead to 51-50.

Latvia kept their noses in front and won with Kitija Laksa scoring 24 points.

In a Classification Game, hosts Estonia prevailed 60-55 over Romania.

Kadri Ann Lass ended up with 18 points and eight rebounds for Estonia.

Shooting guard Tatjana Razguliajeva chipped in six points, 10 boards and five assists.

Estonia coach Janne Rits saids: "We finally managed to get our game going.

"We had done a lot of homework with video analysis and managed to derive right conclusions from them.

"Our defensive tactics justified themselves and we managed to play to our strengths."

A frustrated Romania coach, Veronica Gavrila, said: "We had difficulties.

"We lost the ball a lot of times.

"We didn't have creativity to come out of those situations and it feels like we don't have the spirit of winning."


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