The second day of action at the Pannergy FIBA Europe U18 European Championship marked the end of promotion ambitions for two teams, England and Switzerland. On the brighter note eight teams booked their places for the qualifying round (2nd round).
Michael Ball, the coach from England, was left wondering what could have been after seeing his team fall to Bulgaria (62-69). He had high hopes this year after last year's 8th place finish and more or less repeated the preparation this year with training camps in Hungary.
However a defeat against Group A rivals Germany in the first game meant that his team needed to win another game to stand a chance of staying in the competition.
Going into the interval leading (31-30) and with Iva Kostova in foul problems things were looking good.
However Bulgaria regained the lead midway through the third quarter and stayed in front for the rest of the game. Kostova managed her foul problems and scored 28 points to see Bulgaria through.
However England's elimination was only confirmed later in the evening with Belarus beating Germany in a nail biting finish (53-50).
The elimination of Switzerland from the promotion race so early does not come as a shock because they are still developing their youth international programmes for women's basketball. At the same time Group B has three teams with rich youth programmes.
Switzerland were not able to recover from their heavy loss against the hosts on day 1 and fell (49-71) to Portugal. Joana Jesus did most of the damage with 22 points.
In the other group game Croatia beat Hungary (60-49).
This implies that the six teams from Group A and B make up Group E for the qualifying round are: Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary and Portugal.
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14 August 2011: Belgium beat France for the title
13 August 2011: France and Belgium qualify for the final
12 August 2011: France joins Belgium, Spain and Sweden in semi-final
11 August 2011: The Czech Republic, Italy, Romania and Slovenia miss quarter-finals
10 August 2011: Italy and Romania close to be eliminated
08 August 2011: Belgium, France, Spain and Sweden already in quarter-finals
06 August 2011: Lithuania, Slovak Republic and Ukraine in relegation group
05 August 2011: Russia eliminated while Slovenia bounce back
04 August 2011: France start well while Emma Meesseman from Belgium shines
14 August 2011: Croatia complete Grand Slam in picking up the trophy
13 August 2011: Croatia and Greece win promotion
12 August 2011: Hungary fall to Latvia while Croatia, Finland & Greece are still in the race
11 August 2011: Quarter-finals pairing set
10 August 2011: Finland, Croatia and Belarus remain unbeaten
09 August 2011: Hungary have a big win while Finland dominate the Nordics
07 August 2011: 12 teams ready for the second phase
06 August 2011: Promotion dreams for England and Switzerland are over
05 August 2011: Hungary keep home fans happy