FIBA Europe U20
European Championship
Eight teams for the title

The pairing for the knock-out phase of the FIBA Europe U20 European Championship for Division A is complete. Eight teams compete for the title of European champions starting with the quarter-finals.

The remaining eight teams compete in the 9th - 16th Classification Round with the objective of saving their status in Division A for next year (2014).

FIBA Europe modified the relegation rules this season by bringing back the teams eliminated from the second round into the relegation battle.

The teams placed from 14th to 16th place then drop down to Division B.

The draw for the quarter-finals and 9th - 16th Classification games are are as follows:

Quarter-finals

Serbia vs. Italy
Turkey vs. Slovak Republic
Spain vs. Russia
France vs. Belarus

9th-16th Classification games

Greece vs. Hungary
Germany vs. Ukraine
Sweden vs. Poland
Netherlands vs. Lithuania

Group F - Sweden, unlucky losers

Ksenia Tikhonenko (above in picture) decided to come out and show her talent with 19 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks to help Russia take down Sweden (50-40) and advance to the quarter-finals.

Sweden dug a deep hole for themselves by allowing their opponents a 14-point advance at the 22-minute mark. 

Sweden used a lot of energy in chasing down the score. With consecutive three-pointers by Ulrica Holmqvist, Matilda Claesson and Helena Kur their side trailed by a single point (35-36) with 7:30 left to play.

They got no closer and now have to battle for their place in Division A, while Russia are still in the race for the FIBA Europe European Champions winners trophy.

Italy led from start to finish against Germany (77-64) with Ilaria Milazzo having her best game of the championship with a game-high 24 points.

Turkey brought an end to the perfect record of France (38-32) in a match that both teams quickly want to forget.

France ended up winning Group E on the FIBA Europe three-way tiebreaker rule. Turkey had to settle for second place while Italy finished third.

Belarus, Serbia and the Slovak Republic survive Group F

Belarus and the Slovak Republic official team pictures from the 2013 U20 European Championship for  Women Division A

If the Slovak Republic had beaten Belarus, then they would have qualified for the quarter-finals without the FIBA rule book and the calculators to be brought out.

However Belarus, with 20 points and 11 rebounds by their top scorer  Maryia Papova, won the match (56-47). Their victory set up a long wait to know their fate in the competition.

With Serbia beating Greece (57-50) in the following game, the qualification picture became clear. The Netherlands - without playing - and Greece failed to advance.

Greece had reduced their deficit (50-51) with a couple of minutes to play but this time they did not come back. Their 18-point defeat to the Slovak Republic on the opening day were costly for them in the three-way tie with the Slovak Republic and Belarus.

Spain are the only team in Samsun with a perfect record in this tournament. They walloped the Netherlands (60-39) in the final game from Group E.

Ukraine top exhibition Group G

Oleksandra Chek

Ukraine needed to beat Poland by 7 points necessary to top the group. A three-pointer by Miriam Uro-Nile with four seconds to play pushed them over the margin required. For the team-mates of Oleksandra Chek (in picture), the victory (57-48), their second one of this FIBA Europe U20 European Championship for Women A sets them up for the 9th - 16th place Classification Round.

Agne Cerneckyte led Lithuania to victory against (48-44) Hungary in the final game from this classification group. Hungary go into the final phase of the competition on a losing streak of six games.


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Date created: 10  July 2013

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Group F results:

Sweden 40-50 Russia

Italy 77-64 Germany

Turkey 38-32 France

Group E results:

Slovak Republic 47-56 Belarus

Serbia 57-50 Greece

Spain 60-39 Netherlands

Group G results:

Ukraine 57-48 Poland
Hungary 44-48 Lithuania