Sweden Finish Strong For Opening Win

09 July 2011

13. Farhiya Abdi (Sweden)
Farhiya Abdi had a more than solid double-double for Sweden with 20 points and 11 rebounds
Sweden pulled away late on to start their U20 European Championship Women Division B Group A campaign with a 64-51 win over Hungary. 

The well-fancied Swedes found themselves in a tough battle as Hungary were only five points down, 50-45, with six minutes to go.

But key baskets from Binta Drammeh and Jennifer Kucukkaya saw Sweden pull clear as they fond an extra gear.

Fariya Abdi finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds while Cleopatra Forsman-Goga had 14 points and 11 rebounds.

"We looked very nervous, especially in the first half," said coach Frederik Joulamo. "We didn't shoot well today, even though we have good shooters in the team.

"But we did made progress on our rebounding and took a lot of offensive rebounds."

In Division B, Greece overcame a poor second quarter to collect their second win of the tournament, beating Belgium 53-47.

Greece only scored three points in the entire second quarter, but took control after half-time as Artemis Spanou came to life.

She finished with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Anastasia Slouka had 16 points.

"I will say the same thing I said yesterday," said coach Dimitris Bakogeorgos. "We have the yongest team here, with only three players born in 1991 and 1992. But we still want to win every game."

Portugal and the Czech Republic both enjoyed big wins on the second day of competition to join Greece in securing a quarter-final place.

Portugal moved top of Group A with a 74-49 demolition of Bulgaria.

Michelle Brandao scored 17 points while Maria Correia added 13 and Telma Fernandes 11.

"This was a very positive performance for us," said coach Eugenio Rodriguez. "We controlled the game from start to finish. Now we have two more games to reach our maximum level because we will need it later in the competition."

In Group B, the Czech Republic moved to 2-0 with an 84-49 spanking of Austria.

Alena Hanusa led the way with 21 points and seven rebounds.

In the final game of the day, Israel edged out Estonia 60-59 on Bar Galinski's three-pointer with 23 seconds left.

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