The Czech Republic, France, Netherlands and Spain all went into the final day with a chance of coming away with the winner's trophy, something that to our knowledge has not happened before.
With the change in FIBA Europe rules this year with three teams facing relegation from Division A, the four bottom teams from each group will play in the relegation round from which ONLY one team survives. So the fight to avoid the relegation round will be more intense.
Although relegation was not an option in Poinçonnet, the losers of the first game between the Czech Republic and the Netherlands knew that they could leave the tournament empty handed.
Their match was intense from the tip-off, the Czech Republic were not intimated by the speed or the physical nature of the Dutch team and ended up winning by a comfortable margin (65-53).
This result meant that Spain could not win the tournament and if France lost then they would be last.
As U15 Spain beat France by 25 points. But for this match Spain had to do without the services of Itsaso Conde who had injured her foot on day 2.
France led early on (11-7) but the teams were tied (14-14) at the end of the first quarter.
France stepped on the accelerator at the start of the second quarter with an 8-0 run. Spain never really recovered and scored just 4 points during the quarter.
France led (31-18) at the break and managed to defend their advantage all through the third quarter. Evaristo Pérez was more fired up than his players and talked his way into a technical.
All the same France led (46-33) going into the final quarter. Spain had a little run to trail by 8 points at one stage but got no closer.
France won the game (54-46) to lift the trophy. The Czech Republic ended up with the second place trophy, while Spain had to be content with third place and the gallant Dutch were left with the wooden spoon.
France 54-46 Spain (14-14, 17-4) 15-15, 8-13)
France: Duchet 5, Limousin 6, Balle Bonza, Bouderra, Combes 2, Dambach 7, Blatrie 12, Bakadio 5 , Milapie 4, Cirgue 9, Turmel, Bankole 4.
Spain: Vicente, Salvadores 11, Cazorla 5, Lo 2, Molinuevo 5, Quevedo 17, Clavero 2, Capella, Conde, Begona Calvo, Zaragoza, Romeo 4.
Youth basketball awards
MVP: Alix Duchet (in picture above) Top scorer: Laura Cornelius (15 ppg)
All Tournament team: Emese Hof (Netherlands), Klára Křivánková (Czech Republic), Ángela Salvadores (Spain), Laura Cornelius (Netherlands), Alix Duchet (France).
Final standings and results:
1. France 2. Czech Republic 3. Spain 4. Netherlands
Saturday: Czech Republic 52-50 Spain; France 57-61 Netherlands
Sunday: Spain 61-56 Netherlands; France 64-55 Czech Republic
Monday: Netherlands 53-65 Czech Republic; France 54-46 Spain
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26 April 2011: Spain beat France to win the competition
24 April 2011: Demonstration by France and Spain on day 1
23 April 2011: The French roster for 2011
05 April 2010: France beat Spain, while Poland defeated Belgium
04 April 2010: France and Spain remain undefeated
03 April 2010: Good start for France and Spain
02 April 2010: Belgium, France, Poland and Spain prepared for Poinçonnet
14 April 2009: Recap: France beat Spain for the title
25 March 2008: Recap: Spain too strong for France