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Group:  D | 02.08.2014, 16:00h
Group:  D | 02.08.2014, 16:00h
58-57
14 - 1217 - 2113 - 1714 - 7
14 - 1217 - 2113 - 1714 - 7
Venue: Debrecen (HUN) |
Spectators: 80 |
Referees: Igor Dragojevic (MNE), Charalampos Santos (CYP), Rafael Ganiev (RUS)

GAME REPORT


Slovakia Claim Consolation Victory

7. Viktória Havranová (Slovak Republic)
Viktória Havranová and Slovak Republic won by the slimmest of margins versus Latvia

Slovakia held on to secure their first win of the U16 European Championship Women, surviving a tumultuous last minute to beat Latvia 58-57.

Turning Point: Latvia were held to just two points in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter as Slovakia inched ahead, but after Viktória Havranová's baseline jumper put her team four points clear, Slovakia went scoreless themselves in the final three minutes. An offensive foul was called on an inbounds play to scupper Latvia's last chance, and having played it clean earlier in the period, they weren't able to quickly put Slovakia on the line. They were handed an unlikely lifeline as Laura Grabe forced a steal and raced upcourt, but she was cut off on her way to the basket and her attempted pass couldn't find a team-mate as time expired.

Game Heroes: Julia Lelkes and Nikola Kovacikova led Slovakia with 13 points apiece, and Lelkes and Havranová each had five steals. Sabine Lipe's double-double was in vain for Latvia, who were led by Luize Septe's 14 points.

Stats Don't Lie: Missing two of their starters affected the fluidity of Latvia's offence, and they recorded only four assists in the contest as they struggled to create sufficient easy baskets.

They Said: "Today's game didn't decide anything, so we rested two of the starting five who have small injuries, just to get a rest for them. Our goal is to make the top eight, and let's see what happens then" - Latvia head coach Ainars Cukste

The Bottom Line: Latvia will still take four points through to the second round, having defeated fellow Group D qualifiers Belgium and France. Slovakia will compete with last year's promoted trio Portugal, Serbia and Denmark in classification action, starting on Monday.

Accumulated statistics

32.4%

22/68
FG
M/A

29.3%

17/58

34.5%

20/58
FG2P
M/A

31.8%

14/44

20.0%

2/10
FG3P
M/A

21.4%

3/14

63.2%

12/19
FT
M/A

47.6%

20/42

43

12/31
RT
RO/RD

52

18/34

10

AS

4

16

TO

20

15

ST

10

3

BS

2

28

PF

18

58

Pts

57

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