Global Vision FIBA Europe U18
Four teams remain perfect at the top
What is happening to Russia?

 Arena Antonia Alexe ©

The four best teams from the preliminary round of the 2011 FIBA Europe Global Vision U18 Championship have maintained their unbeaten records and qualified for the quarter-final.

In the relegation group, also known as the 13th-16th place classification the Slovak Republic and Ukraine recorded their first wins of the tournament.

In Group E, Sweden more or less steamrolled their way to victory against Slovenia. Sweden scored the first 14 points of the game and stayed in front all the way to the end.

Slovenia who are much smaller physically than the Swedish players managed to reduce the deficit slightly by the end of the first quarter (8-16) and remained on the tail of Sweden entering the locker room (19-26).

Sweden stepped up at the start of the third quarter with a 21-4 run to end the game as a contest and then paced themselves to victory (64-42).

Amanda Zahui was again the leading scorer with 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Alina Gjerkes led Slovenia with 11 points.

 Özge Kavurmacioglu and Olcay Cakir © FIBA Europe / Viktor Rébay

The Turkish duo of Özge Kavurmacioglu (22 points and 11 rebounds) and Olcay Cakir (21 points) (both in picture) once again came to the rescue for Turkey as their side required overtime to beat Poland (76-65).

Poland were leading (63-59) with 16 seconds to play when Cakir came into action. She hit a tough shot and then on Poland's next attack she stole the ball. But she was fouled on her way to the basket.

She calmly hit the free throws to tie the game. Magdalena Koperwas tried for Poland on the buzzer to seal the victory but her attempt was off target.

Turkey dominated overtime for the win. Dominika Miloszewska led Poland with 19 points and 8 rebounds.

In the final game Spain cruised past the hosts Romania (73-25). Spain scored the first 10 points of the game and led (13-5) by the end of the first quarter.

Spain put together an 11-0 run during the second quarter to kill the contest by the interval (34-13).

All 11 Spanish players got on the score sheet with nobody playing more than 22 minutes. Astou Ndour was the only player in double digits with 13 points for the winners while Sonia Ursu was the top scorer for Romania with 10.

From Group E, Sweden and Spain have qualified for the quarter-finals while Turkey are one victory away.

France and Belgium on track for group decider

France have qualified for the quarter-final after beating Italy (47-40). But this is a match that neither coach would want to watch again.

 Romane Bernies © FIBA Europe / Viktor Rébay  France led from start to finish and opened the game (6-1) but went into the locker room leading with a slender advantage (22-16). France hit just 7 shots from open play in 33 attempts during the first 20 minutes.

Italy did not do much better with just 6-25. Neither side was having much luck from the free-throw line either.

The two teams were less defensive during the second half of the match but that did not improve the scoring rate. Romane Bernies (in picture) was the only player from France able to score frequently from open play as her side stretched their advantage (34-25) going into the final quarter.

Ashley Ravelli (12 points) sparked the Italians into action in the last quarter with 60 seconds left to play (40-45).

This was as close as they got as France stepped up defensively without committing any fouls to keep the Italians away from the basket.

French players: Romane Bernies 11 (2 assists), Claire Stievenard 2, Esther Moisan Niamke 7, Olivia Epoupa 0, Mamignan Touré 5, Alice Nayo 1, Sara Chevaugeon 7, Margaux Galliou-Loko 7 (12 rebounds), Jodie Cornelie 5, Lola De Angelis 2, Christelle Diallo 2, Marie Mbuyamba 0

 Belgium U18 players qualify for quarter-final  ©

Earlier in the day Belgium almost blew a 19-point lead away to in the end hold off the Czech Republic (75-68).

The Czech Republic trailed (66-69) with the game in the final minute.

Emma Meesseman split a pair of free throws. Then with about 18 seconds left to play a trey by Antonia Delaere (21 points) finally knocked out the Czech Republic.

Meesseman once again had a complete statistic line with 17 points, 12 rebounds, 4 steals and 6 blocks. Monika Satoranská and Radka Brhelová scored 12 points each for the Czech Republic.

Belgium and France remain perfect with 4 wins each since the start of the competition and have qualified for the quarter-final.

In the other match in Group F, Serbia held off the Netherlands (60-51) with Natasa Kovacevic scoring 21 points and collecting 10 rebounds.

The Netherlands led (30-22) at the interval. Yet once Kovacevic and Aleksandra Stanacev got going for Serbia the Netherlands were in trouble.

Serbia also did not allow Loyce Betonvil any space to work. She failed to score a single point.

Kourtney Treffers' appearance for the Netherlands resulted in 14 points in 14 minutes to lead the scoring.

Relegation group - Russia still without a win

 Russia U18 players © FIBA Europe / Viktor Rébay  Russia are yet to win a game at the 2011 FIBA Europe Global Vision U18 Championship after falling (64-56) to the Slovak Republic.

Sabína Oroszová led the way with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Angelika Slamová dished out 6 assists while scoring 14 points. Barbora Bálintová helped out offensively with 15 points.

The Slovak Republic led from start to finish but were grateful for their opponents' free-throw woes. Russia went 19-of-32 in this exercise.

The Russians players (above in picture) have five more games to save their FIBA Europe Division A status in U18 basketball.

The Ukraine also recorded their first win with a victory against Lithuania (59-41).

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Date created: 8 August 2011

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