FIBA Europe 2012 U16 Champions are Spain

 Spain U16 players and staff celebrating in Miskolc after winning 2012 FIBA  Europe U16 European Championship final: © wMaria Cazorla, Medina, Angela Salvadores, Carla Romeu, Nogaye Lo Sylla, Cristina Molinuevo, Laura Quevedo, Laia Clavero, Elena Capella, Itsaso Conde, Laia Flores, Helena Orts, Sara Zaragoza

The 24th edition of the FIBA Europe U16 European Championship is coming to an end with the defending champions Spain taking on Italy in a repeat of the 2008 final with the Queens taking Gold again.

In the bronze medal match Russia's height was to count for them to win against a weakened Belgium team (53-41).

 German and Turkish U16 players in Miskolc at the 2012 FIBA Europe U16 European Championship ©

France finished in fifth place after an overtime victory against the Czech Republic (56-52). A three-pointer by Carla Biatrie with 50 seconds left to play in overtime sealed the victory for France.

The hosts Hungary easily won against the Slovak Republic (67-42) to be 7th overall.

Turkey remain in Division A after beating Serbia (76-59) after a wonderful display of point guard play by Serife Onar.

Emma Stach led Germany to victory against England (60-48). She scored 24 points. England are the only team not to taste victory in Miskolc.

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2012 U16 European Championship 
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 Ellen Maidman and Emma Stach Lena Wenke Maj vom Hofe Chyna Sawyers Ana Ilic Ezgi Manlaci Ezgi Manlaci Ollie Jerram Evelyn Adebay 2012 U16 European Championship
Maj vom Hofe Lisa Janko Chyna Sawyers Ana Ilic Firat Okul Lisa Berkani Turkish players celebrating Bojana Stevanovic and Rojin Karahan  Turkish players celebrating Melis Gülcan
Katia Clanet and Aneta Mainclová Eline Maesschalck Serena-Lynn Geldof and Ksenia Kuzmina Serena-Lynn Geldof and Ksenia Kuzmina Tatiana Sema Anastasia Borovykh Kyara Linskens Tatiana Sema Julie Allemand
Zhosselina Maiga Sofia Vespignani Annalisa Vitari Roberto Riccardi 2012 U16 European Championship Cecilia Zandalasin Sofia Vespignani Nogaye Lo Sylla Elena Capella and Francesca Russo Angela Salvadores
Maria Cazorla,Isabel Romano and Nogaye Lo Sylla Isabel Romano Maria Cazorla, Medina, Angela Salvadores, Carla Romeu, Nogaye Lo Sylla, Cristina Molinuevo, Laura Quevedo, Laia Clavero, Elena Capella, Itsaso Conde, Laia Flores, Helena Orts, Sara Zaragoza 
2012 U16 European Championship Laura Quevedo Arianna Landi and Helena Orts Martina Kacerik, Laia Flores and Cecilia Zandalasin  Maria Cazorla 2012 U16 European Championship trophy Cecilia Zandalasini

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 Spain U16 players celebrating in Miskolc after winning 2012 FIBA  Europe U16 European Championship final ©

Spain are crowned again

The two teams went on the attack from the start. Italy scored first after almost two minutes through Sofia Vespignani. But Spain were soon into the grove and led (15-6) at the midway point with three-pointers coming from Laura Quevedo and Elena Capella.

A quick time-out from Italy stopped Spain from scoring for a while.

Italy did score but Spain was on fire. First Laia Flores went on a drive to the basket and then hooked a shot with her right hand, which was followed by a baseline trey by Angela Salvadores (20-8) for the Spanish side to take a double-digit lead with eight minutes played.

Spain went 4-of-7 from beyond the arc in the first 10 minutes to further go in front (23-10).

There was electricity in the air at the start of the second quarter, first a three-pointer by Capella for Spain then an acrobatic 2-pointer by Isabel Romano for Italy.

 Picture strip from Spain and Italy playing the at the FIBA Europe 2012 U16 European Championship final ©

Italy started to run the floor hard and picked up several fast break
points but Spain still held the advantage (31-19) midway through the
second quarter.

Everything was working for Spain and nothing for Italy. Spain switched
defensive and offensive systems. For brief moments one could forget that they were U16 players as the play was executed like poetry in
motion as basketball was displayed by the U20 team in 2011.

Spain went into the locker room further ahead (40-20).

Spain continued their festival in long distance shooting while Italy continued to drive to the basket. Cecilia Zandalasini regained her scoring touch with 10 third-quarter points giving Italy some hope. But the deficit was still in double digits going into the final quarter (41-59).

The last quarter was played out by both teams in good spirit with Spain keeping their advantage to win (70-49) and holding on to
their FIBA Europe title.

Spain: Maria Cazorla 3, Angela Salvadores 20, Carla Romeu 1, Nogaye Lo Sylla 8, Cristina Molinuevo 0, Laura Quevedo 12, Laia Clavero 0, Elena Capella 6, Itsaso Conde 0, Laia Flores 18, Helena Orts 2, Sara Zaragoza 0

Italy: Sofia Vespignani 2, Isabel Romano 4, Arianna Landi 1, Martina Kacerik 2, Marzia Tagliamento 0, Cecilia Zandalasini 19, Alessia Cabrini 10, Arianna Beretta 7, Ilenia Cordola 0, Francesca Russo 0, Marta Lorenzin 0, Annalisa Vitari 4

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 Russia U16 players celebrating bronze in Miskolc after at the FIBA  Europe U16 European Championship final: Daria Ibragimova, Tatiana Sema, Nina Glonti, Daria Kolosovskaya, Anastasia Borovykh, Ksenia Levchenko, Olga Aksenova, Svetlana Boykova, Zhosselina Maiga, Olga Orlova; Elizaveta Bratchikova, Ksenia Kuzmina  

Taller Russians made the difference to gain bronze

It was a curious first quarter. Although Russia scored the first 4 points they did not look comfortable despite controlling the paint. Belgium on the other hand were hitting the shots that had failed to drop in their semi-final match.

Julie Allemand with a bandage around her head and absent during warm-up ad Kyara Linskens (8 points) were basically playing on one leg. Yet they still dominated the Russians in the hustle statistics for them to edge the first quarter with some clutch shooting from Eva Devliegher (13-12).

Belgium continued to move the ball around and opened up the first
significantlead of the match (21-14) with 4:30 to play. The Russian
coach called a time-out immediately. Belgium were not to score again
before the break.

A trey by Olga Orlova seemed to have sparked the Russians back into action as they also started to hustle in defense with the bench players being more active.

 Russia U16, Belgium and the Czech Republic U16 players on final day in Miskolc at the FIBA  Europe U16 European Championship final ©

Russia finished with a 9-0 run to lead at half time (23-21).

The third quarter was slow with just 4 points scored in the first
five minutes (24-24). So the Russian coach decided to give Daria Kolosovskaya a rest.

On Kolosovskaya's return to the court her side scored but still not a lot
was happening. Belgium were going through a spell in which the ball refused to drop. Despite the excellent defending, mainly zone, Russia's strength inside the paint enabled them to take a 5-point advantage into the final quarter (32-27).

Finally some acceleration in the pace by Russia and a three-pointer by
Ksenia Levchenko saw Russia open up a 10-point lead within a twinkle
of an eye (42-32) with 7 1/2 minutes still to play.

Belgium just lacked the energy of previous games to hit back and Russia were able to push the lead to 12 points (48-36) as money-time was approaching.

In the end the taller Russians used their height well with 32 points coming from inside the paint. They also defended better as they cruised to victory (53-41). Belgium's main two players were not 100% fit while the other players were not able to step up enough.

With this win Russia have picked up another FIBA Europe medal.

Belgium: Fauve Bastiaenssen DNP, Julie Allemand 7, Eline Maesschalck
DNP, Eva Devliegher 10, Sofia Ouahabi DNP, Phebe Raman 0, Emma
Uittenhove 2, Loes Breughe 2, Heleen Nauwelaers 0, Kyara Linskens 17,
Laeticia Mpoyi 3, Serena-Lynn Geldof 0

Russia: Daria Ibragimova DNP, Tatiana Sema 6, Nina Glonti 0, Daria
Kolosovskaya 12, Anastasia Borovykh 0, Ksenia Levchenko 8, Olga
Aksenova 4, Svetlana Boykova 9, Zhosselina Maiga 5, Olga Orlova 3,
Elizaveta Bratchikova 4, Ksenia Kuzmina 2

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 U16 Tournament team in Miskolc at the FIBA  Europe U16 European Championship final: Daria Kolosovskaya, Angela Salvadores, Cecilia Zandalasini, Ksenia Levchenko and Kyara Linskens ©

FIBA Europe Final day news

 Cecilia Zandalasini: MVP at the 2012 FIBA  Europe U16 European Championship  ©

The MVP of this FIBA Europe European Championship U16 was Cecilia Zandalasini (in picture) from Italy who was joined in the all tournament team by Daria Kolosovskaya and Ksenia Levchenko, both from Russia, Kyara Linskens from Belgium and Angela Salvadores from Spain.

And here are all the other news of the other matches played:

France led (17-9) against the Czech Republic by the end of the first quarter but then had to fight the rest of the way in a game that had seven lead changes and five ties.

Katia Clanet had her best game of the competition with a game
high 19 points while Gabriela Andelová was the leading scorer for the
Czech Republic with 14 points.

European U16 picture from Miskolc: Alx Duchet, Marylie Limousin, Lisa Berkani, Marie Milapie, Katia Clanet, Louise Dambach, Carla Blatrie, Maimouna Ba, Ornella Bankole, Mathilde Combes, Camille Cirgue, Angélina Turmel

In the 7th place match the Slovak Republic scored first and led for 18 seconds. Then the hosts took over and had the game won in 25 minutes (43-18). Hungary finally beat their opponents (67-42).

Croatia ended up on 9th place by defeating Greece (61-50) while Sweden garnered the 11th spot against the Netherlands (61-51).

Turkey saved their U16 FIBA Europe Division A status with a hard fought passionate victory against Serbia (76-59).

The game started at a frantic pace with three lead changes in the first five minutes with Turkey coming out on top (16-10). Turkey then stepped on the accelerator in type U16 fashion with Serife Omar setting the pace as they went on a run of 11 unanswered points for an early second lead (28-13).

Trailing (20-38) at the interval Serbia were forced to play high tempo basketball which was a delight to watch. But it was a case of "too little, too late".

Germany finished the competition with a comfortable victory against England (60-48) in the first game of the day.

The result changed nothing in terms of classification. Germany are 15th and England finish in 16th place. The German coach Alexandra Maerz found the magic words during a time-out during in the third quarter. She told her players to lift themselves up and that it was not the end of the world it was only basketball.

Germany went on 9-0 run and the rest is history.

We also have some news on Jennifer Crowder who was injured on day 8 who will have further tests when she returns to Germany and for the moment she has to use crutches.

 The U16 teams from Germany and England together after the final match at the 2012 FIBA  Europe U16 European Championship: Parris Wilkinson, Shanice Norton, Samanta Clement, Leah McDerment, Ellen Maidman , Rhianna-Mae Laing, Chyna Sawyers, Savannah Wilkinson,  Johanna Adenrele, Ellen Lewis, Sadie Russell, Evelyn Adebay,Marija Krstanovic, Alexandra Wilke, Nele Aha, Nele Aha, Lena Wenke, Paulina Körner, Paulina Körner, Nadjeschda Ilmberger, Patricia Broßmann, Marija Krstanovic, Alexandra Wilke, Nele Aha, Jennifer Crowder , Lena Wenke, Paulina Körner, Maj vom Hofe, Nadjeschda Ilmberger, Patricia Broßmann,Lisa Janko, Emma Stach, Cynthia Homburger
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