Youth international basketball
8 teams left for 2009 U16 European Championship Women title



 2009 Belarus U16 team picture ©
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youth international basketball smiles for Belarus

Belarus was the first team to smile on this day as they secured a victory (66-62) against Germany.

Hungary kept their hopes alive of staying in this division with a victory against Sweden (79-64).

For Germany their two-year stay in the top division is over and they will play in Division B next season.

The seven teams left in the Qualification Round still had a chance of picking up one of the four places left to qualify for the quarter-final.

However after the drama and excitement on day 5, day six was rather flat as many of the teams were unable to lift their game.

In Group E, Belgium ended Serbia’s adventure with a (63-50) win.

 Finland U16 team picture ©
 Ciamillo-Castoria  Finland also bowed out falling to Turkey (45-61) which meant that Spain had qualified before the evening playing Italy in the last group game.

Spain ended up beating Italy (76-71) and finished in second place while Italy dropped to 4th place in the match of the day with a total of 18 three-pointers.

In Group F, there were tears of joy for the Czech Republic as they cruised past Poland (84-63). Then Poland’s qualification depended on Greece losing to Lithuania.

This did not happen as Greece beat Lithuania easily (65-37) with Artemis Spanau scoring 21 points and capturing 12 rebounds.

France lost (41-57) to Russia and as a result finished second in the group.

You can read our youth international basketball group summaries by selecting the link below or scrolling down the page.

No chance for Finland and Serbia while Belgium finish on top

Russia top group and Poland bow out

The quarter-final pairings are as follows:

Belgium vs. Greece
Spain vs. Czech Republic
Russia vs. Italy
France vs. Turkey

You can also watch video highlights from the days action.


Finland and Serbia have to wait another year

 Belgium U16 team picture - Naples 2009 © Ciamillo-Castoria

In Group E, Belgium already qualified by eliminating Serbia from the competition (63-50) with another masterly display by Julie Vanloo who top scored with 24 points. She also came away with 2 assists and 3 steals.

Serbia required a victory to hope for qualification for the next phase. They did not get off to a good start and trailed (4-9) with four minutes left to play in the first period.

Belgium were playing fast flowing basketball and finished the first period with a flourish to lead (15-8) going into the second quarter.

Then Serbia fought back and reduced their deficit to 2 points (15-17) early on. But this was as close as they were to get in troubling Belgium.

Belgium went into the locker room leading (29-22) and ended the game as a contest by the end of the third period leading (48-29).

The Belgium coach gave his bench players the chance to play in the final quarter.

Belgium’s victory put them on top of Group E while Serbia will play in the 9th- 12th place classification.

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 Turkey U16 team picture 2009 © Ciamillo-Castoria  Turkey ended the dreams of Finland with a (61-45) victory but it was not as comfortable as the score line suggests.

The first 20 minutes of the game were an excellent advertisement for youth international basketball at this level with both sides giving all and coming up with some remarkable finishing.

All the same Turkey are more experienced than Finland. They went into the locker room leading (36-26).

Finland like to run with the ball and stormed back after the break with a 13-3 run. This brought them right back in the game (39-42) with four minutes left in the quarter.

However the moment Finland ran out of steam they lost the game.

Turkey quickly regained control.

With Gulsah Duman scoring again from beyond the arc (52-41) the advantage was restored with three minutes left in the quarter.

Afterwards the game fizzled out with Turkey in front (54-43) going into the final period.

Nothing happened in the last quarter. Finland’s only 2 points came from the free-throw line.

Duman led the Turkish scoring with 13 points of which 12 points came from beyond the arc.

Youth International Basketball Box Scores.


 Italy U16 team picture - U16 FIBA Europe European Championship Women Division A © Ciamillo-Castoria  Spain and Italy produced a classic game of youth international basketball with three-pointers flying in from all direction.

Italy connected 12 times from beyond the arc, while Spain managed to hit 6.

The two teams played at a first pace from the tip-off with the hosts having the best of the early exchange to lead (9-4).

However Spain, playing against the home ground, went on a 13-0 run that included treys from Yurena Diaz and Elena De Alfredo to lead (17-9).

Veronica Dell'Olio ended the Italian barren spell. But Spain had the upper hand and ended up winning the first period (27-16).

Spain continued their onslaught in the second period. They extended their lead (34-20) with just over three minutes played.

Francesca Dotto fired in a three-pointer for Italy which got the home fans going as well as her team-mates.

The next few minutes became an Italian three-point show with Sara Bocchetti, Elettra Ferretti and Stella Panella all connecting.

Spain still led (40-38) and weathered the storm to go into the interval leading (48-38) thanks to some inspirational play from Andrea Vilaró.

Italy regained the touch from behind the arc after the break. Dotto and Ferretti were finding their mark and eventually Italy regained the lead after Ashley Ravelli connected from the land of many from the baseline (55-52).

Spain had to dig deep with 4 ½ minutes left to play in the quarter and managed to find their way to the free-throw line on a couple of occasions.

However it was Italy that went into the final quarter ahead (63-62) thanks to a trey by Alice Mandelli.

Vilaró from Spain showed that three-pointers are not the only form of scoring with a nice baseline move drive to the basket for Spain.

However it was a three-pointer by De Alfredo for Spain that silenced the home crowd briefly as Spain went into the lead (67-65).

Dotto for Italy fired in another shot from the land of many. But once again Vilaró came to the rescue for Spain.

 Spain U16 team picture - 2009 Naples © Ciamillo-Castoria  The teams were level for the last time with about 20 seconds left when Dotto connected once again from beyond the arc (71-71).

Spain were to respond in kind with a baseline three-pointer from Vilaró, her 18th point of the game, to regain the lead for the last time.

Italy did have one more effort from beyond the arc which fell short. Spain finished the game with a couple of free-throws to win (76-71).

Youth International Basketball Box Scores.



Greece are more than happy

The Czech Republic beat Poland (83-64) and have booked their ticket for the quarter-final. The tears of joy from the coaches said it all.

 The Czech Republic U16 team picture - 2009 ©
 Ciamillo-Castoria  The Czech Republic did not have the best start to the European Championship with defeats against Hungary and Russia.

They only qualified for the qualification round on point average after beating Greece (57-54).

The Czech Republic did everything right in the first period and led (25-6) and had the game won by the interval leading (52-22).

Kamila Selucká led a balanced Czech Republic attack with 12 points. Barbora Ondrejková added 11 points while Monika Satoranská and Nela Veselá added 10 points each.

Beata Jaworska scored 15 points for Poland. Magdalena Koperwas had 18 points but was also credited with 10 turnovers.

Youth International Basketball Box Scores.


 Greece U16 2009 team picture ©
 Ciamillo-Castoria  Greece picked up the last qualification spot in the group with a comfortable victory against Lithuania (65-37).

Artemis Spanou did most of the damage with 21 points, 12 rebounds and a couple of assists for Greece.

Greece led all the way except for 20 seconds when the teams were tied (7-7) in the first period.

Greece led (20-11) after the first period and (30-23) at the interval.

Lithuania disappeared during the second half of the game and Greece were left with a free run to continue their youth international basketball challenge.

Youth International Basketball Box Scores.


 Russia U16 team picture - 2009 ©
 Ciamillo-Castoria  Russia ended the unbeaten record of France (57-41) in the group decider game.

With both teams already qualified the match itself never really took off.

For France Christelle Diallo was quick off the mark to score the first points of the game with less than 10 seconds on the clock.

Diallo scored the first 9 points for France as they led (9-3) with five minutes played.

She was then taken out of the game and Russia finished the first period with a 7-0 run to level the game (11-11).

Ksenia Tikhonenko scored the first 4 points of the second period as Russia went into the lead (15-11), a lead which they kept till the end of the game.

France were all over the place during the second period and only scored 4 points. Russia took full advantage and went into the locker room leading (27-15).

The game did not get any better during the third period and Russia went into the final period ahead (37-25).

The last quarter was more enjoyable with France bringing down their deficit to 5 points (32-37) after a trey from Caroline Plust with eight minutes left to play.

There was a quick exchange of baskets. With just under seven minutes to play, Russia’s lead was down to 3 points (39-36).

A change in defensive tactics by Russia and scoring from Ekaterina Fedorenkova put an end to France’s comeback.

Russia scored 12 unanswered points to lead (52-36).

France started to shoot from beyond the arc but only connected once. As a result they allowed the group title to go to Russia.

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Plenty of drama on day 5 with only Lithuania losing out

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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Date created: 05 August 2009


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