Promotion at the 2011 FIBA Europe Pannergy U18 European Championship in Miskolc went to Croatia and Greece.
Croatia maintained their perfect record in seeing off Latvia in a sea-saw battle (83-73) while Greece ended the perfect run of Finland (67-45).
Croatia came into the tournament as one of the favourites and set the tone with comfortable victories against Portugal (78-54) and hosts Hungary (60-49) during the preliminary round.
They passed through the qualifying round with no problems but had a little scare with top player Ivana Tikvic (below in picture) who was not able to play in the quarter-final.
Tikvic was back for the semi-final against Latvia and was the driving force for her team with 32 points and 20 rebounds.
Tikvic's 13 points during the second quarter helped her team reduce a 10-point first-quarter deficit to just 4 points going into the break (36-40).
What made her performance more remarkable is that she had picked up her 3rd foul during the second quarter.
For Latvia Renate Reine was the main offensive weapon finishing the game with 26 points.
Latvia went into the final quarter leading by a single point but fell behind almost immediately as the Croatian support cast took over.
Ruzica Dzankic's back to back scores were neutralised by a trey by Reine as the teams were level for the first time in the game (59-59) with seven minutes to play.
A three-ball by Tikvic put Croatia back in front. But 40 seconds later Latvia had the advantage back after 2 points by Agate Geka and a pair of free throws by Reine.
Croatia switched to a full court press and with some fast transition play took the lead for good with scores by Ivana Blazevic, Dzankic and a three-ball by Ana-Marija Begic (69-64).
Latvia still had four minutes to come up with some magic. But with only Reine able to score and a three-pointer by Geka, they did not have enough fire power and alternatives to get the lead back.
Croatia finished strong and even ended the game with a buzzer beater for a (83-73) victory.
Leave FIBA Europe U18 European Championship 2011 page and go to U18 history
Return to the top of page
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