FIBA Europe U20 European Championship Women Div B, quarter-finals

 Great Britain qualify for semi-final ©

In the Fiba Europe U20 European Championship Women Division B quarter-finals, group rivals, the Czech Republic and Great Britain, have booked their ticket for the semi-finals. The Slovak Republic are the third team to reach the semi-finals, followed by Portugal.

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Great Britain 72-65 Israel

Czech Republic 71-37 Greece

Slovak Republic 49-46 Hungary

Portugal 59-40 Belgium

FIBA Europe U20 European Championship Women from day five

Great Britain qualify for semi-final

 Great Britain ready for Israel © In the quarter-finals of the FIBA Europe U20 European Championship Women Division B, Great Britain got off to an electric start with 6 points from Rebecca Allison in an (8-1) start with less than two minutes played. Adan Inbar, the Israeli head coach called for an immediate time-out. Mary Durojaye's physical approach paid off as she scored under the basket in the middle of three players. Mairi Buchan completed the Great Britain 10-0 run. Israel were on the back foot but started to play more aggressively. Shira Shecht drew a foul on a drive to the basket.  Great Britain playing Israel © womensbasketball-in-france.comHowever Great Britain continued to win the battle in the paint to maintain the advantage (15-8) with with just over two minutes to play in the quarter. Great Britain bulldozed their way to a first-quarter lead (23-8). Nothing changed in the second quarter: Damian Jennings continued to turn his roster and Great Britain went 20 points clear (33-11) with just over 14 minutes played.  Great Britain u20 playing Israel u20 © womensbasketball-in-france.comThe pace slowed down and Great Britain went into the locker room ahead (39-20). The third quarter was all about defense as Great Britain concentrated on limiting the effect of Naama Shafir. The Great Britain's coaching staff continued their policy of frequent changes that enabled most of the players to get on the score sheet as they stretched their advantage going into the final quarter (59-34) with a top-of-key rainbow three-pointer by Ella Clark (59-36). Yet the Israelis managed to score with Shecht on the buzzer to make it (36-59). Israel had not given the game up and were more adventurous at the start of the final quarter keeping Great Britain scoreless for almost four minutes while scoring 4 points.  Great Britain u20 playing Israel u20 © womensbasketball-in-france.comIsrael kept on chipping away at the score and with 96 seconds left to play they trailed (61-68) to set up a tense finish. Great Britain hung on to win (72-65) with Tamzin Barroilhet with a 2+1 and a couple of free-throws by Durojaye. Three Great Britain players were in double digits and 11 from 12 players were on the score sheet. Shafir led the scoring with 23 points for Israel.

 Damian Jennings © womensbasketball-in-france.comGB coach Damian Jennings sums up the match in a few words and congratulates his team for their 32 minutes of good performance.

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Czech Republic overrun Greece after a slow start

 Czech Republic still on course for the final © womensbasketball-in-france.comIn a slow start to the game Angeliki Nikolopoulou from Greece opened the scoring from the free-throw line.

The first point from open play came from Lenka Bartáková after almost four minutes of play.

Neither side was able to make a basket and Greece regained the lead with almost perfect free-throw shooting from Anna Kavasila (7-3).

The coach from the Czech Republic asked his players to step up and Katerina Zavázalová hit a baseline three-pointer for the last points of the quarter (6-7).

The second quarter was no better than the opening as both teams played slowly.

The Czech Republic started to make better shot selections and went in front for the first time with another trey by Bartáková with three minutes played (14-11).

The Czech Republic went on to hit a couple more three-pointers as they took control of the game and went into the locker room leading (28-16).

Greece were unable to get anything going. Alena Hanusová was having a field day as the Czech Republic went into the final quarter ahead (47-28).

The game fizzled out with the Czech Republic winning (71-37).

Top scorer for the Czech Republic was Hanusová with 18 points while Greece had Kavasila who scored 13 points.

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Slovak Republic stun Hungary in overtime

 The joy of Slovak Republic U20 after qualifying for semi-final © The Slovak Republic had a disastrous start with their coach picking up a technical foul within the first three minutes. In addition they allowed Hungary to score 7 unanswered points. The Slovakian players were rather static for most of the first quarter allowing free runs for Hungary to take the first quarter (15-6). In the second quarter the Slovak Republic picked themselves up and started chasing after the score. With 2:54 minutes left to play, they were down by 3 points (16-19) with the catalyst Barbora Novocká.  Klaudia Lukacovicová and Orsolya Szécsi © womensbasketball-in-france.comImmediately after the trey by Novocká, Klaudia Lukacovicová won her first duel at the offensive end against Orsolya Szécsi to score (both players in picture). The Hungarian coach called for a time-out and calmed his players down while disrupting his opponents' flow. The last points came from Györgyi Öri for Hungary to go into the interval leading (23-18).  Dominika Baburova © womensbasketball-in-france.comBoth sides huffed and puffed for the first five minutes in the third quarter with the Slovak Republic levelling the score (25-25) with Dominika Baburova (left) scoring, followed by Veronika Cernáková with a baseline jumper. The pendulum then swung into favour of the Slovak Republic forcing the Hungarians to take a time-out at (28-31). Going into the fourth quarter, the Slovak Republic maintained their lead (33-30). The game came to life in the last two minutes of regular time when Mirjam Sipos fired in a trey for Hungary to edge in front briefly. But Cernáková was down the other end so fast to level the score once again. The crowd had no time to catch their breath with Réka Bálint putting Hungary back in front with a drive into the paint. However Lukacovicová put the teams back on level terms again with a baseline hook shot.  Players from Hungary and the Slovak Republic © womensbasketball-in-france.comBaburova fired in a shot from beyond the half-court a split second after the buzzer went off. So the game went into overtime (39-39). The fifth quarter was a ding-dong affair that reached its climax in the last 30 seconds. Bálint hit a baseline jumper with 14 seconds to play to bring Hungary to within 1 point. The Hungarians took seven seconds before fouling Baburova, who then hit her free-throws. Hungary had one more attempt to tie the game. But this time Bálint's shot fell short and the Slovak Republic won (49-46). In double-double were Lukacovicová for the winners with 18 points and 12 rebounds while for Hungary it was Szécsi with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
 Zeljko Vukicevic © The girls sang happy birthday to coach Zeljko Vukicevic after winning the game. Zeljko Vukicevic explains in his native language that his players had a lot of heart to get this win. He knows that the match against the Czech Republic should be tough because he thinks that they are a very good team and the favourites for this FIBA competition.

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Portugal in semi-final for second time

 Portugal U20 celebrate with coach after qualifing for semi-final © As expected the two teams would not waste time in getting into the game with Maria Correia and Emmanuella Mayombo exchanging three-pointers. The two players traded baskets for the first five minutes (12-12) before Portugal made the first break of the match with a 6-0 run that resulted in a Belgium time-out.  Belgium and Portugal playing in Macedonia © womensbasketball-in-france.comBelgium recovered their composure. Despite losing the fight in the paint with the last 6 points by Nele Poffyn the teams shared the first quarter (20-20). Belgium and Portugal continued playing fast basketball with Miete Celus trying to inspire her team with drives to the basket although she was blocked by Sofia Da Silva and Luiana Livulo. Yet Kim Snauweart picked up the loose ball to score to keep Belgium on the tail of Portugal (22-24) after five minutes of this quarter. However Portugal continued with their three-point offensive tactic with Michelle Brandao showing the art of it (29-22).  Belgium and Portugal playing in Macedonia © womensbasketball-in-france.comThis resulted in an immediate time-out by the Belgium's. Although the Belgian players were trying hard to imitate the three-point tactic of their opponents, their attempt failed for Portugal to go further ahead (31-22). The players from Belgium used so much energy in contesting the rebounds that they had nothing left for the offensive duties. Portugal took full advantage and went into the final quarter leading (50-33). Belgium found their legs in the final quarter and started to chip away at the lead. When Lieve Rombouts connected from the land of many, Manuel A. Rodríguez the head coach from Portugal asked for a time-out despite leading (52-40). The time-out proved to be fatal for Belgium as they failed to score again in this year's quarter-final of the FIBA Europe U20 European Championship Women Division B competition. For Portugal Correia led the scoring with 18 points while Da Silva chipped in 15 and Brandao 11 in the victory (59-40).
 Manuel A. Rodríguez © womensbasketball-in-france.comThe Portugal coach Manuel A. Rodríguez (speaking in English) talks about the defense of this team and the nickname of "fight club".

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Date created: 23 July 2010

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