Youth international basketball excitement in Naples on day 5



 U16 Division A poster 2009 The youth international basketball U16 European Championships Women Division A in Naples has finally taken off.

For the first time since the start of the competition there were no blow-outs.

France are the only team undefeated after five days. You can read our full youth international basketball game report by clicking this: Greece 54-59 France or scrolling down the page.

The only team out of the race for a place in the quarter-final is Lithuania. So the matches on day 6 will be very interesting.

With all the excitement of the day we have summaries of the day’s action. You can read about the group of interest by selecting the link below or scrolling down the page.

Belgium secure qualification in Group E

Lithuania eliminated from Group F

You can also watch video highlights from day 5 action.


France came back from far to hold off Greece

Both teams started cautiously. But good defending from Greece enabled them to take control of the game with a trey from Artemis Spanou with 90 seconds played.

France did get on the scoreboard with a free-throw by Christelle Diallo. Yet it was Greece playing the better basketball as they maintained their advantage (6-3) after four minutes.

Elisavet Politopoulou at Naples 2009 playing against France U16 ©Pinelli / PascarellaFrance were looking lost on the court and Greece took full advantage with Elisavet Politopoulou's (right) pace as she scored 5 points. A trey by Anastasia Slouka consolidated their advantage.

Nothing was going right for France as they continued to miss their shots. This allowed Greece to move more than 10 points clear with just 8 minutes played (5-17).

Greece ended the first period leading (19-6).

France started to become aggressive in the second period and started to find their way to the basket. However Greece maintained control and led (30-15) with five minutes remaining in the quarter.

France started to wake up. A trey by Sara Chevaugeon finally sparked France into action. Olivia Epoupa started to press Politopoulou from Greece and France put together a 7-0 run.

Greece were then forced to up the tempo and finally we were having a youth international basketball match of division A status.

Greece held on to their advantage and went into the locker room ahead (34-27).

The third period was enjoyable end to end basketball. Neither team was able to put a run together.

Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi at Naples 2009 © Ciamillo-Castoria Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (left) from Greece was causing France all kinds of problems as her side went into the final quarter still in front (46-39).

Chevaugeon from France hit her second trey and only the third from 17 attempts from France to open the scoring in the final period.

Both teams went on the defensive and scoring became more difficult.

Slouka hit a couple of free-throws for Greece and Spanou added 2 more points in the paint for their team to maintain their advantage (50-42) with six minutes left to play.

Diallo was not ready to let this game go for France and scored the next 5 points for France.

This was followed by a steal by Epoupa who went on to score leaving France down by a single point (49-50) with 4 ½ minutes left to play.

Dimitris Bakogeorgos from Greece had called for a time-out so Epoupa had to wait before she could take her free-throw.

Epoupa hit her free-throw and seconds later she once again got the ball from Chatzigiakoumi to score for France and take the lead for the first time in the game (52-50).

However the two teams were level (52-52) when the game entered money-time.

Diallo has long arms and has perfected her hook shot.

So when Claire Stievenard put in the perfect pass into the paint for Diallo, she made the two steps and hooked in a shot. However seconds later she was called for a foul on Spanou.

Spanou hit the free-throws and the teams were level for the last time.

Diallo was in the thick of the action once again but missed her shot. However Margaux Galliou was on hand to pick up the defensive rebound and scored.

Then Galliou was on the defensive end with a block on Grigoria Pateraki.

Epoupa sealed the victory with her 14th point of the game with less than 13 seconds to play.

Greece had a time-out left which was used to draw up a three-point play. However Slouka's attempt was missed and France was safe.

Spanou fouled out and Steivenard with 2 seconds left to play split the pair of free-throws for France to win (59-54).

Epoupa led the French attack with 14 points and 6 steals while Diallo followed up with 13 points and 9 rebounds. For Greece Chatzigiakoumi and Spanou had 12 points each.

Youth International Basketball Box Scores.



Italy and Belgium already in quarter-final

Julie Vanloo leading Belgium U16 © Ciamillo-Castoria Belgium booked their ticket into the quarter-final by beating the host Italy (60-51). Julie Vanloo (left) from Belgium scored 22 points and Emma Messeman finished with a double-double of 17 points and 17 rebounds.

The game itself was close during the first half with Italy leading (17-15) by the end of the first period. The teams were level (30-30) at the interval.

Belgium started to take control during the third period. Thanks to a three-point buzzer beater by Ann Schyvens they went into the final quarter leading (48-41).

The last period was classical youth international basketball at this level. Belgium’s extra height gave them the advantage as they held on to win.

Caterina Dotto with 11 points led the scoring for Italy.

Youth International Basketball Box Scores.



Finland U16 - 2009 in Naples © Ciamillo-Castoria

Finland bounced back from their defeat against Italy on day 5 to beat Serbia (61-53).

The Finnish wolfs were led by Evita Iiskola who scored 16 points and took 9 rebounds.

The game itself went from one extreme to another as both sides had their moments and runs.

Finland appeared to have everything under control and were leading at the interval (39-24).

Serbia changed things around in the third period. They went on a 17-0 run to set up an interesting final quarter as they trailed by a single point (41-42).

Anette Juvonen from Finland settled her team's nerves with a trade-mark trey (48-41) with seven minutes to play. The two teams played cat and mouse for the remaining time with the Finnish team remaining focused to win (61-53).

Youth International Basketball Box Scores.


Olcay Cakir © FIBA EuropeIn the last game of the evening Turkey beat Spain (67-64). It was a tough game for both sides after their defeats on day 5.

Olcay Cakir (right) was the pillar for Turkey with 17 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, a couple of steals and a block for her 37 minutes work.

Turkey's energy in the first half enabled them to lead (38-27) at the interval.

Spain went to work after the break and outscored Turkey 13-3) to reduce their deficit to a single point.

Spain finally went into the lead with a Yurena Diaz< three-pointer. However Turkey were not abdicating and went into the final quarter leading (50-49) thanks to a shot from beyond the arc by Gulsah Duman.

The first three minutes of the final period were typical U16 youth international basketball that drove both coaches mad as the teams traded basket for basket (53-53).

Turkey were the first team to settle down and put together the decisive break 7-0 to lead (61-53) with four minutes left to play.

As expected three-pointers started to fly in from all over the court from Spain. But Turkey also showed that they can score from beyond the arc.

Turkey still led by a single point as the game entered the last minute. Cakir scored the only points for Turkey during the last minute as Turkey held on for a crucial victory that keeps them in the hunt for a quarter-final place.

Youth International Basketball Box Scores.

Belgium and Italy have qualified for the quarter-finals.

If Finland and Serbia lose in the final games then they are eliminated. If they win then, depending on what happens in the other games, the calculators will be out.


France and Russia are okay while Lithuania are out

Russia lost to Poland (61-65) but are still assured qualification for the quarter-final. They can still win the group if they beat France in the final game.

For Poland this victory gives them a chance of staying in the competition. A victory in their next game against the Czech Republic will see them through and eliminate Greece.

Poland’s victory against Russia was made more remarkable by the fact that Russia led (33-23) at the interval.

Magdalena Koperwas © Ciamillo-Castoria Poland fought back to lead at the end of the third period (42-41). The final period was a test of nerves for the coaches. The game was only decided in the last 30 seconds with the teams tied (61-61).

Magdalena Koperwas (left) was fouled with about 10 seconds left to play.

She calmly scored the two free-throws. Russia then messed up their last attack and and Koperwas was left free to score her 13th point of the game to secure the Polish victory (65-61).

For Russia Ksenia Tikhonenko scored 23 points and had 12 rebounds while Karolina Puss with 13 points led the Polish attack.

Youth International Basketball Box Scores.


Tereza Vyoralová ©  Ciamillo-Castoria Lithuania's roller coaster championship has come to an end as Tereza Vyoralová (right) and the Czech Republic (61-62) beat them on the buzzer.

The match itself was fast and entertaining and was youth international basketball at its best.

Lithuania started the match well and led (20-9) during the first quarter but just edged the first period (20-17).

Ieva Kazlauskaite and Vita Zilinskaite were playing their hearts out for Lithuania and made sure that their team went into the interval leading (36-29).

The Czech Republic turned things around in the third period and went into the final quarter leading (52-48).

The last period was a nail biter with the Czech Republic leading until the 39th minute.

Then Zilinskaite somehow tied the game with a next to impossible shot in front of the basket.

With about 21 seconds left to play Kazlauskaite was fouled. She split the pair and Lithuanian were leading (61-60).

With 11 seconds left to play the Czech Republic appeared calm for the first 9 as they set up the last play. The ball reached Kamila Selucká who then missed her shot.

Then it went hectic and you knew that it was 16-year old ones playing basketball, Beáta Adamcová won the rebound and just tossed the ball up as it came off the backboard.

Vyoralová managed to make contact with the ball and it dropped in and Lithuania was out of the Qualification Round.

Vyoralova led the scoring for the Czech Republic with 19 points. She also had 10 rebounds.

Youth International Basketball Box Scores.


France win against the Czech Republic in a defensive game

First phase comes to an end

France have no pity for Poland

France open with a victory against Lithuania

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Youth International Basketball Picture credits:

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Pinelli / Pascarella

FIBA Europe

Date created: 04 August 2009


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