Italy save FIBA Europe A status while France will play for fifth place

With only four teams left for the FIBA Europe title the only match of interest in the minor classifications involved Italy who were chasing to save their status in Division A.

France rolled into the fifth place classification game

Romane Bernies, Agathe Degorces, Claire Stievenard, Alice Nayo, Margaux Galliou-Loko, Hélèna Akmouche, Sara Chevaugeon, Adja Konteh, Jodie Cornelie, Sarah Ousfar, Christelle Diallo, Marie Mbuyamba

France had no problems in beating Belarus (71-35) with most of the players getting on the score sheet. At the end of the first quarter France took hold of the game for good with a 6-0 run that enabled them to open up a double-digit lead (20-10).

The rest of the match turned into a high profile exhibition match for France. Only Christelle Diallo with 4 personal fouls in eight minutes playing time was not able to get into her rhythm and fouled out with 1:58 to play.

In the other classification game for fifth place, Sweden beat Ukraine (81-76) in a hotly contested game with 10 lead changes.

However Sweden were ahead for most of the time and used the duo of Farhiya Abdi (20 points), and Binta Drammeh (19 points) to cancel out the 39 points of Alina Iagupova from Ukraine.

Sweden and France will face each other in the fifth place match.

Poland beat Serbia (72-66) in the match for ninth place while Lithuania finished 11th after holding off the Slovak Republic (57-54).

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Francesca Dotto Stella Panella Francesca Dotto and Nene Diene Alice Nori Giovanna Pertile Frankie Whitby Giulia Maffenini Clara Salvini Clara Salvini,Nene Diene and Jessica Hurd Gemma Bullard
Rosie Hynes Erin Mc Garrachan Virginia Galbiati Jessica Hurd Francesca Dotto Nene Diene Frans Griffioen Jean-Marc JEHANNO Jodie Cornelie Romane Bernies
Margaux Galliou-Loko Jodie Cornelie Hélèna Akmouche Sara Chevaugeon Romane Bernies Marie Mbuyamba Sara Chevaugeon

Italy keep FIBA Europe A status

Francesca Dotto, Caterina Dotto, Giulia Maffenini, Virginia Galbiati, Marta Granzotto, Giovanna Pertile, Nene Diene, Stella Panella, Alice Nori, Irene Cigliani, Veronica Dell'Olio, Clara Salvini

Italy had to work very hard to get past a well organised Great Britain side (69-58) and clinch the relegation group title with one game to spare.

Italy have not been able to overun their opponents and really had to thank the Dotto twins (Francesca and Caterina) who scored 23 and 16 points each in the victory. For Great Britain Jessica Hurd and team captain Erin Mc Garrachan scored 14 points.

In the video interview with Antonino Molino, the Italian coach explained the difficulty he had with players' availability, injury and sickness. But he added he was relieved to have won this group.

Latvia found out before playing Portugal that they were relegated so their match had no value. All the same Latvia won (53-51).

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