Russia are the FIBA Europe U16 champions since 1997. They scored the first 10 points of the game and never looked back as they defeated Croatia (71-53) with 11 players getting on the score sheet.
Anna Shchetina (left-white) had the honour of leading the team's scoring with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Croatia's hopes in the final disappeared when top scorer Andrijana Cvitkovic (left-red) with 17 points fouled out of the game.
France picked up their third successive U16 European Championship bronze medal after beating Serbia (50-44) in a closely fought match.
France pulled away late in the final quarter by scoring 9-of-12 free throws.
Valériane Ayayi and Olivia Epoupa led the French attack with 11 points each while Natasa Kovacevic from Serbia was the top scorer of the match with 13 points.
The final day of the 2010 FIBA Europe Championship in Kozani and Ptolemaida was a short programme with just six matches.
Spain defeated Turkey in the match for 5th place (45-39).
The Netherlands finished the tournament in the way they started with a victory. In the Benelux derby they came out on top (65-56) to claim 7th place.
Kourtney Treffers picked up her 7th double-double of the tournament in leading her side to victory.The classification matches for the 9th to 11th place was played on the semi-final day (day 8).
Sweden won the Nordic derby against Finland (64-62) in overtime to take 11th place while the Czech Republic beat the hosts, Greece (78-52) to finish 9th.
Lithuania finally notched up a victory by beating Italy (62-58) while the relegation group came to an end with Belarus beating Poland (55-50).
Look back on the news from the semi-finals - day 8
Russia 71-53 Croatia (final)
13th - 16 place classification games:
Italy 58-62 Lithuania
Valériane Ayayi's (pictured) turn-around hook shot has become a well known move in this tournament. Yet Serbia allowed her the space and time to score with this move off the first attack in the game.
The teams played cautiously for the first six minutes (7-7) while playing strong defensively.
Aleksandra Stanacev was the only player who managed to score after a two-minute barren spell. The spectators had to wait until the last 30 seconds of the first quarter for more scores.
First it was Marijana Corto from Serbia. This shot was quickly followed by a baseline trey by Lidija Turcinovic from France.
Natasa Kovacevic finished the scoring in the first quarter by splitting a pair of free throws as Serbia edged the first quarter (12-10).
Olivia Epoupa who had opened her account from the free-throw line in the second quarter was the driving force as France went on a 10-0 run for the first significant lead of the contest (22-14) with 15 minutes played.
Serbia changed defensive systems which stopped France from scoring for a while.
Epoupa once again found a way through for France which resulted in the game opening up and both sides trading baskets for the rest of the quarter.
France went into the locker room ahead (28-19).
Sanja Mandic's quick turn of pace caused France problems early in the third quarter and led to her scoring on a couple of occasions.
France managed to maintain the advantage with counter attacks despite being on the back foot.
Kovacevic started to conduct the plays for Serbia and her team continued to chip away at the French lead.
Kovacevic was left open just beyond the arc 45° to the basket and calmly hit the trey for the last score of the quarter (34-39).
The tension got to both teams at the start of the final quarter as they missed shot after shot. They turned the ball over time and time again.
After three minutes of missing Kristina Topuzovic finally scored a basket for Serbia to make it a 3-point game (36-39).
France were not able to score from open play and did all their scoring from the free-throw line: Ayayi made 2 while Axelle Koundouno (right) split a pair.
Again it was Kovacevic who completed the Serbian comeback to tie the game (42-42) with just over four minutes to play.
The French coach switched to a high-court pressing system which put a stop to the Serbian attack.
Epoupa restored the French lead with a free throw before a trey by Awa Sissoko knocked the wind out of the Serbian team (46-42) with three minutes to play.
France finished the game making several trips to the free-throw line (50-42) to secure the fifth bronze medal in the age group for France and the third consecutive FIBA Europe bronze medal.
In the end Mandic scored a consolation basket for the last points of the game for Serbia (44-50).
For France Ayayi and Epoupa led the scoring with 11 points.
Return to the FIBA index the top of page
Olivia Epoupa is the MVP (Most Valuable Player) of the U16 European Championship Women in Ptolemaida and Kozani.
She learned her trade at Paris Basket 18 (PB18) before heading off to the CFBB. This is her second U16 championship. Earlier in the summer Epoupa also played for France in the U17 FIBA World Championship Women.
She led France in all categories except for block shots.
She is joined in the all-tournament team by Lana Packovski from Croatia, Natasa Kovacevic from Serbia, Kourtney Treffers from the Netherlands and Anna Shchetina from Russia.
The Netherlands also won the fair-play award.
Return to the FIBA index the top of page
GO Back to the top of the page