Hungary's bid for promotion at the 2011 FIBA Europe Pannergy U18 European Championship for Women Division B has come to an end after a crushing defeat by Latvia (80-59).
Hungary have struggled all through this competition in staying focused for 40 minutes. They paid the prize against a well organised Latvian team.
Hungary were looking good at the start of the game and moved 10 points clear (16-6) with four minutes played.
Noémi Czirják (19 points) was having a field day as Hungary dominated the first eight minutes (24-7).
Latvia finally woke up and finished the quarter with an 11-2 run at the end of the first quarter (18-26).
Back to back three-pointers by Agate Geka at the start of the second quarter brought Latvia right back into the game.
Although Hungary adjusted their defensive system to stop Latvia from having easy shots from long range, Latvia continued to attack and managed to draw level with Geka's third three-pointer of the quarter (36-36) with 17 minutes played.
Hungary managed to weather the storm. With 5 points from Fanni Szabó (10 points) they went into the locker room (41-39) ahead.
The fist five minutes of the third quarter was evenly contested with Latvia gaining the advantage (51-48) thanks to Geka (17 points).
Hungary started to tire and Latvia 5-point advantage (55-50).
Latvia completed a 10-0 run that they had started during the third quarter with a three-pointer by Krista Bridina (11 points).
Hungary had eight minutes to make up the deficit (50-63).
Latvia more or less hit shot after shot in an impressive spell of counter attacking basketball as they finished with a 17-7 run to win the game (80-59).
Ance Aizsila and Renate Reine (right) scored 14 points each while Guna Lagzdina chipped in 10 points.
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FIBA Europe / Dukovski D
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