FIBA Europe U16 European Championship Women Division B, day 5
Qualification round summary of day 2

Day five of the FIBA Europe U16 European Championship Women Division B in Skopje provided plenty of excitement in the battle for qualification for the quarter-final in Group E.

The quarter-final picture is not clear and a calculator may be required in the end to determine who is in and out.

Hungary maintained their unbeaten record with an easy win against Slovenia (79-36).

Hungary led (23-10) at the end of the first quarter and finished the game off with a 21-0 second-quarter run to lead (43-10) at the interval.

Amadea Szamos was again the top player for Hungary. She scored 17 points, picked up 10 rebounds and came up with 6 steals in 27 minutes on court.

If Slovenia beat Bulgaria in their final match they will qualify for the next round.

Bulgaria required overtime to get past Denmark in a U16 Division B classical match, full of passion. Both teams turned the ball over 27 times during the 45 minutes.

Five players from Bulgaria fouled out. But with top scorer Iva Kostova´s 28 points they hung on to win (78-73)

Yet it was Veronika Petkova who saved Bulgaria from defeat in regulation time by hitting a couple of free throws to force over-time.

Bulgaria led from start to finish during overtime to win. Denmark had a bad day from the charity stripes with 25-of-46.

This defeat sends them to the bottom of the group. They must beat Portugal and hope on certain results to stay in the competition.

Portugal got 18 points from Joana Canastra as they beat Latvia (51-40).

Bulgaria, Portugal and Slovenia are all tied in second place while Latvia and Denmark are just one point behind.

In Group F, Germany dropped their first game of the tournament (70-74) against England.

Chantel Charles had a game to remember for England with 21 points, 5 assists and 7 steals and 1 block.

Germany were once again led by Carla Bellscheidt who scored her 20th point of the game to bring the teams level (70-70) with just over a minute to play.

Shequila Joseph put England in front for good with a drive to the basket for 2 points and a foul which she converted.

Romania beat Ireland (54-46) in a scrappy game. The Irish were very physical and ended up committing 35 fouls against 9 from their opponents. Romania used this to their advantage as they went 30-from-48 from the charity stripes.

Iulia Raileanu led the Romanian's attack with 21 points. Ireland are with this defeat out of the running for the quarter-final and finish bottom of the group.

The Slovak Republic beat Israel (69-45) in the last game of the day to keep their perfect record.

Michaela Raková was the key player for the winners with a double-double of 17 points and 21 rebounds.

All the results from the second day of the qualification round

Portugal 51-40 Latvia
Denmark 73-78 Bulgaria
Hungary 79-36 Slovenia

England 74-70 Germany
Ireland 46-54 Romania
Slovak Republic 69-45 Israel

Results of the classification games:

Macedonia 68-55 Switzerland
Ukraine 69-48 Luxembourg

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Date created: 18 August 2010

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