FIBA Europe U16 Division A France lose to Russia in overtime Belgium and Spain qualify for final
France's dream of playing at the 2012 U17 FIBA World Championship came to an end with an overtime defeat against Russia (67-80).
In the top two games Belgium and Spain came up on top and meet in the European Championship final game.
The 8th day of action in the Cagliari city sport hall started with the classification games for fifth place.
In the first game Greece beat Sweden (74-50) with once again Anna Stamolamprou leading the scoring. She finished the game with 30 points and 10 rebounds.
The game remained closed during the first 20 minutes with Sweden leading at half time (30-29). Sweden were able to stay in contact while Regan Magarity was scoring. On the field her foul problems restricted her play-time in the last 15 minutes.
Greece took full advantage to open a 9-point lead (54-45) going into the final quarter and never looked back.
In the second match, France and Russia pushed each other to the limit.
France led (63-59) with two minutes remaining in regulation time. However they failed to score again while Yana Degtyarskaya with a pair of free throws and 2 other points tied the game (63-63) with about 40 seconds to play.
Neither team scored again and the game went into overtime.
Russia dominated the extra period 17-4 to win the game (80-67). Assitan Koné (in picture) from France was the best player in the game with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Aby Gaye added 16 points.
The Russians were more balanced in attack with four players in double digits: Ekaterina Tsukanova: 15 points, Elizaveta Komarova: 13 points while Yuliya Chaykovskaya and Degtyarskaya scored 12 points each.
France's and Sweden's defeats also marked the end of the qualification for the U17 FIBA World Championships for Women in 2012.
Belgium required a 13-0 third-quarter blitz to regain the advantage against hosts Italy to progress to the European Championship final (54-43).
For Belgium Hind Ben Abdelkader was the leading player with a game high 29 points. No other player from Belgium reached double digits.
For Italy Elisa Penna was the leading scorer with 14 points.
In the second semi-final Spain led from start to finish to qualify for the 7th U16 European Championship Division A final.
Spain increased their advantage progressively all through the game to win (79-52). Maria Arrojo's double-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds was the key in this victory. Only Leticia Romero recorded a double digit score with 11 points.
For Turkey Nurcan Basaran led the scoring with 13 points.
Spain have not lost a match in this competition and have scored 70 points or more in all games played so far. Only Turkey have scored more than 50 points against them.
Elsewhere Finland have been relegated from the division after losing to Poland (59-75), while Serbia have secured their place next year in this division by beating Croatia (70-60).
Croatia need to beat Poland by more than 3 points in the final relegation game to stay in the top division.