Youth international Basketball festival in Eilat comes to an end



 Hungary with the the Gold Medals © WomensBasketball-in-france.com

The final day of the youth international basketball event in Division B is just for final classifications.

In this division the only prize is promotion and that has already been attained by Hungary and Slovenia in the semi-final matches.

After the match for gold the MVP and the all-star team for the European Championship Women U18 Division B 2009 in Eilat, Israel were announced:

 2009 U18 Division B all star team © WomensBasketball-in-france.com

The most valuable person is like last year Nika Baric (Slovenia).

The all-star team members are Nika Baric, Avigiel Cohen (Israel), Sonja Greinacher (Germany), Ida Krogh (Denmark) and Krisztina Raksányi (Hungary).

You can read about our youth international basketball live game report from the finals for third and first place matches by clicking on the link or scrolling down the page:

Hungary 60-47 Slovenia

 Finja Schaake  © Eli Stern IT SportsIn the match for the bronze medal Germany got off to a flying start with five three-pointers of which Svenja Brunckhorst hit three for her side to lead (15-3) after four minutes.

Germany controlled the pace of the game for the rest of the quarter to lead (26-11).

Israel recovered during the second period. But Germany continued to shoot from far and went into the locker room leading (40-28).

Germany controlled the pace of the game and maintained the advantage (53-39) midway through the third period.

Germany stopped firing in long-distance shots but did most of the damage on the fast break and went into the final quarter ahead (60-41).

This game did not produce any fireworks. The final quarter was played out quickly with Germany holding on to the advantage to win (79-62).

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 Germany and Israel after the game  © Eli Stern IT Sports


German and Israeli players together after the match

Hungary's dream comes true

 It all over © WomensBasketball-in-france.com

Slovenia had to play the last match of the championship without Nika Baric.

However they dominated the first five minutes of the game as they switched from playing inside with Tjasa Gortnar and Lea Jagodic to outside with the shooting of Bojana Duric and Polona Zalar to take an early lead (13-4).

Judith Balogh called for a time-out.

 Réka Bálint © Limor Noah IT SportsAfterwards Réka Bálint (right) took over offensively for Hungary as she scored 7 points for her side to quickly reduce the deficit (13-18).

Damir Grgic, the Slovenian coach, had been pacing his line for some time and finally called for a time-out.

His mood did not change when Krisztina Raksányi fired in a jump shot for Slovenia. However Sandra Japundza made him smile as she hit a jump shot for the last score of the first period (20-15) to win the first quarter.

Hungary put a block on Slovenia for almost four minutes in the second period as they searched for solutions offensively.

They first went for the speed and high jumping skills of Anna Mansaré. Then they reverted back to the running skills of Melinda Késöi as they regained the lead (23-22) with just over four minutes to play in the second period.

 Slovenian players in defense © Limor Noah IT SportsSlovenia fell further behind as Bálint first completed a fast break with a jump shot in the paint before hitting a rainbow three-pointer from the top of the key.

Jagodic ended the baren spell for Slovenia with their only field score of the quarter. However it was Hungary that went into the locker room ahead (31-24).

The two teams traded baskets regularly for five minutes with Hungary holding on to the lead (39-31).

Slovenia started to push and Jagodic scored 5 points including a trey.

This made Hungary react. Raksányi who had been having a quiet game responded with her trade mark drive fade-away jump shot.

This was quickly followed by a back to back three-pointer from Késöi as Hungary regained control once more. The Hungarian team headed into the final quarter leading (49-38).

The final quarter started slowly as Slovenia looked for ways to break down the Hungarian defense.

Hungary defended well and with five minutes to play they led (53-41).

Tina Jakovina hit a trey for Slovenia and the deficit was under 10 points.

Judith Balogh, the Hungarian coach, called for a time-out to settle her team's nerves.

What she did not want was a trey from Julija Lojen from Slovenia.

Raksányi from Hungary came back with some big plays including a three-pointer. Hungary were safe then and went on to win (60-47).

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Youth international basketball news from Division A

France to meet Spain in final

France hold off Latvia

The quarter-final pairing

France and Spain Remain undefeated

France in pole position for qualification round

France already in Qualification round

Division B news

Hungary and Slovenia win promotion

Finland, Greece and Portugal win the last places

Finland, Greece and Portugal join the last 8

Germany and Slovenia qualify quarter-final

Bosnia, Hungary and Israel already in quarter-final

The Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland are out of the competition

Israel make home advantage count

Slovenia, Germany and Greece qualify for next round

Israel open with a win with 28 points from Cohen

U18 European Championship Women Division B 2009 is hosted by Israel

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Eli Stern - IT Sports
Limor Noah -IT Sports

Date created: 12 July 2009


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