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Roundup: Kobryn Gives Poland A Boost

06 June 2015
EUROBASKET WOMEN 2015
13. Ewelina Kobryn (Poland)
Ewelina Kobryn played a major role in Poland's win

A powerful effort in the paint by Ewelina Kobryn collected Poland a morale boosting success against Group B rivals Italy in one of seven EuroBasket Women warm-up games on Friday evening.

 

KOBRYN TAKES POLES TO THRILLING WIN

With less than a week to go until the start of Final Round, Poland picked up a confidence boosting triumph as they rode to a thrilling 68-62 overtime victory against Italy.

Kobryn was the difference after she amassed a terrific 19 points and eight rebounds against one of the teams that Poland will face during the first phase in Oradea.

Naturalised guard Julie McBride also demonstrated her value with 16 points, while Italy once again found scoring difficult and nobody managed to harvest a double-digit points return.

 

DUMERC TAKES FRANCE TO FRIENDLY TITLE

As part of the same tournament involving Poland and Italy, over 2,000 supporters in Villeneuve watched France finish with an imperious record at the event as they came out on top in a defensively dominated encounter with Canada.

They won 50-42 as Celine Dumerc posted a team-high 14 points, although they almost squandered a 17-point advantage after Canada outscored them 20-4 in a scorching second half run.

 

TURKEY SCRAPE WIN WITHOUT YILMAZ

Lara Sanders picked up the slack in the paint for Turkey in the absence of Nevriye Yilmaz and registered a contribution of 17 points and seven rebounds, to help dig out a 65-61 win against Hungary.

Trailing when heading into crunch time, ten unanswered points down the stretch allowed Turkey to take victory, with Birsel Vardarli Demirmen also instrumental in the success with 12 points and six assists.

Frontcourt trio Dora HortiAnna Vajda and Tijana Krivacevic all racked up 13 points each in the defeat.

 

SECOND SUCCESS FOR SWEDES

There was a second win in as many days for Sweden against Latvia who took the opportunity to give their fringe players plenty of court time in pursuit of a place at the Final Round.

Sweden came away with a narrow 70-66 win as Frida Eldebrink poured in 19 points and Louice Halvarsson added 14 points.

Kate Aizsila also posted 14 points for Latvia.

 

Yelena Leuchanka (BLR)
Yelena Leuchanka and Belarus appear to be peaking at just the right time

LITHUANIA SLIDE TO LOSS AGAINST CHINA

A weakened Lithuania who were without the likes of kingpin Gintare Petronyte or veteran guard Sandra Linkeviciene fell to a tight 69-68 defeat to China.

Marina Solopova and Neringa Skadaite shared 24 points in the loss.

 

LEUCHANKA TAKES BELARUS TO CZECH WIN

Having beaten Czech Republic in a tight first meeting, Belarus made much lighter work of despatching their opponents in the second encounter as Yelena Leuchanka inspired a 68-64 victory.

While the final margin of success did not seem too overwhelming, Belarus were on top for most of the game and only a late Czech comeback added a more flattering outlook to the final result.

Leuchanka picked up yet another double-double after corralling 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Tatsiana Likhtarovich weighed in with 15 points.

Alena Hanusova led Czech Republic with 14 points and seven rebounds, with the losing side not fielding main scorer of late, Katerina Elhotova.

 

SPAIN ROMP PAST OPALS

Still without Sancho LyttleSpain stormed to an 80-51 win against Australia as Astou Ndour once again showed she is ready to step into the naturalised spot with 14 points and seven rebounds.

Alba Torrens contributed 12 points as the defending EuroBasket Women champions remained unbeaten in preparation for the competition.

 

IVEZIC TAKES DOWN SLOVAKIA

A 20-point performance by Jelena Ivezic and a strong second half display from Croatia facilitated an 81-76 win against Slovak Republic.

After a slow start to the contest which saw them down by eight points at the interval and struggling against Kristi Toliver who eventually scored 26 points for their opponents, Croatia came alive after the interval.

Mirna Mazic and Luca Ivankovic proved a handful in the paint with 22 points between them.

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