Youth international basketball history in Naples

This is the 21st edition of the youth international basketball European Championship Women U16 and the first time that Belgium have qualified for the final.

In 1995 Belgium won a bronze medal when they beat Spain (75-70) in the third place game.

Playing for Belgium on that day was Anne Wauters, Anke de Mondt, Nela Deyaert and Dana Boonen.

All these players have played in France at some time during their professional career and Dana Boonen is still playing in France.

On the Spanish side on the 6 August 1995 was Laia Palau who played in France with Bourges Basket and was in the Spanish EuroBasket 2009 team that won the bronze medal in Latvia.

You can read our match summaries by selecting the link below or scrolling down the page.

Belgium get past France

Spain too strong for Russia

The classification games for 5th place is important because Europe will be represented by five teams in the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship Women in France.

The hosts Italy recovered from their elimination of a medal to beat the Czech Republic (64-47) and will now face Turkey for the last spot.

Turkey had recuperated from their marathon match against France to beat Greece (60-52).

You can also watch FIBA Europe video highlightsfrom the days action.

Belgium U16 on top of the youth international basketball ladder

 Belgium qualify for the 2009 U16 European Championship Women ©  Ciamillo-Castoria

Belgium qualified for the final in beating France (73-58). Once again Emma Meesseman and Julie Vanloo put up big numbers for Belgium.

Meesseman scored 18 points and took 15 rebounds. She also came up with 5 blocks while Vanloo chipped in 16 points. However the star of the match was the latest Belgium not-so-secret weapon Lynn Delvaux (below right) with 24 points. Lynn Delvaux& copy;  FIBA Europe

France appeared to have recovered from their epic youth international basketball classic with Turkey the previous evening and traded baskets early with Belgium to lead (10-9) with a little over six minutes played.

Vanloo was to give Belgium the lead for good shortly after and Belgium won the first period (17-13).

Claire Stievenard fired in a trey at the start of the second period. But 7 unanswered points by Delvaux including a trey set Belgium on their way.

Meesseman was winning the battle inside against Cristelle Diallo for Belgium to go into the locker room leading (38-29).

France looked tired at the beginning of the third quarter. Within three minutes they were trailing (31-46). It never really looked that they could claw their way back.

The two teams traded baskets regularly for the last fifteen minutes with Belgium holding on for an important victory.

Neither side did well in free-throws. But Belgium’s important lead was enough for the low percentage in free-throws not to become a factor.

For France Stievenard led the scoring with 11 points which included a perfect 3-from-3 from beyond the arc.

Youth International Basketball Box Scores.

Spain love U16 Division A basketball

 Spain qualify for the 2009 U16 European Championship Women ©  Ciamillo-Castoria

In 2004 FIBA Europe created the division structure at youth international basketball level for U16, with Division A reserved for the top 16 teams.

Spain won the title in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008 and were second in 2007. They are back for the final number 6 after beating Russia (66-46).

Spain were quick out of the starting blocks and led (23-3) with less than eight minutes played and (41-16) by the interval to kill the game as a contest.

Spain then paced themselves for the rest of the game with Elena De Alfredo,Inmaculada Zanoguera and Carla Rodriguez all scoring 10 points each.

Youth International Basketball Box Scores.

Quadruple overtime for France

Smiles for Greece and disappointment for Finland,Poland and Serbia

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: 08 August 2009

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