FIBA Europe U16 European Championship Women Division A, day 5
The Czech Republic, Finland and Greece are out

Greece U16  © FIBA Europe

The second day of FIBA Europe qualification round did not go well for the hosts Greece who were beaten (36-60) by Turkey.

Greece required a victory to stay in the competition. However a poor first quarter sealed their fate.

They managed to score just 2 free throws and trailed (2-17) after the first 10 minutes.

Greece were unable to trouble Turkey for the rest of the game.

In the rest of Group F action, Spain once again came out strong during the final quarter to deny the Czech Republic a victory in the qualification round (50-44).

Spain closed down the gap in the second half with a tightened defense and also shot the ball more accurately from the field.

Marlés Balart was the highest scorer for Spain with 14 points including 11 rebounds to go with her 2 assists, steals and blocks. Her team-mate Elena De Alfredo contributed 12 points.

For the Czech Republic only Tereza Vyoralová was in double digits with 13 points.

The match of the day turned into a youth basketball classic between Belgium and the Netherlands. The game was decided in overtime with Belgium winning (65-64).

With the lead changing several times, it was Harriet Bende who put Belgium in front for good with 90 seconds left to play. Antonia Delaere then did the rest from the free-throw line.

Belgium's top scorers were Delaere and Hind Ben Abdelkader with 18 and 17 points respectively followed by Heleen Adams with 10 points.

Kourtney Treffers' 26 points and 11 rebounds were not enough to edge the game.

As it stands Belgium and the Netherlands will join Spain and Turkey in the quarter-final.

France still undefeated in their FIBA Europe U16 European Championship Women campaign

Serbia crushed Finland (64-38), a victory that keeps their hopes alive for a place in the quarter-final. Finland on the other hand are eliminated.

France also had an easy day as they paced themselves to victory against Sweden (65-50). All the French players were given play-time.

For France Olivia Epoupa, Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi were in double digits with 12 points each, followed by Awa Sissoko with 10 points while Paulina Hersler was the top scorer with 9 points for Sweden.

Sweden and Serbia face each other in the next game with the winner qualifying for the quarter-final.

Croatia secured a place in the quarter-final by beating Russia (73-67) in a game where Lana Packovski's free throws at a crucial moment and her positive energy gave her side the confidence to take the win.

Packovski calmly went 4-of-4 from the free-throw line in the last 30 seconds to put an end to the Russian perfect record.

For Croatia Packovski top scored with 23 points while Ruzica Dzankic and Ana-Marija Begic were also in double digits with 17 and 11 points apiece.

12 points by Julia Gladkova and Polina Sych and 11 points by Zhanna Byazrova were not enough for their side to secure another victory.

Look back on the news from Qualification round day one

All the day's results:

Serbia 64-38 Finland
Russia 67-73 Croatia
Sweden 50-65 France

Czech Republic 44-59 Spain
Turkey 60-36 Greece
Netherlands 64-65 Belgium

Belarus 36-57 Italy
Poland 55-48 Lithuania

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Date created: 17 August 2010

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