Youth international basketball stories from Skopje of day 1



The fifth edition of the Youth International Basketball U18 European Championship Women Division B tipped off on 6 August 2008 in Skopje, Macedonia.

MacedoniaDue to changes in the venue we have only been able to cover live the Group C and D matches of the first day. As the opening ceremony was held after the Group C and D matches had finished, a we could however cover Macedonia's match from Group B against Slovenia.

You will be able to scroll down and read the match reports of interest as the links become live:

Denmark 58 - 72 Bosnia
Scotland 43 - 118 Latvia
Hungary 77 - 62 Finland
Belgium 100 - 68 England
Macedonia 74 - 73 Slovenia

Furthermore you will be able to listen to after-match comments in English by the Belgium head coach about the objectives of Belgium in this youth international basketball competition:

The other youth international basketball match results of the first day for Group A and B are as follows:

Group A:
Germany 63 - 35 Switzerland
Luxembourg 49 - 72 Greece
(Lynn Schreiner from Luxembourg got hurt and her competition might be over. However she was the top scorer for her team with 13 points. Greece's top scorers were Niki-Maria Tsakiridou and Aikaterini Kontali with 16 points apiece.)

Group B:
Estonia 64 - 58 Israel
(For Estonia Triin Mitt scored 17 points and took 12 rebounds. Israel's top scorer was Naama Shafir with 19 points.)


Bosnia opened youth international basketball championship with a win

Denmark started the game very aggressively and scored the first 6 points of the match. Bosnia finally got on the score board as Irena Vranviv concluded a fast break.

Tamara Kapor then put Bosnia in front with a first trey. This was quickly followed by a mid-distance floater (7-6). Denmark continued to move the ball around and use their speed to drive to the basket.

Matea TavicThey also double-teamed Matea Tavic (left) as they opened the first significant lead of the first half (21-14) with Ida Preetzman leading the way with 5 and Ida Krogh with 4 points.

Bosnia switched to zone at the start of the second period which unsettled their opponents as they scored 7 quick points.

Preetzmann used her speed inside the box to draw fouls as Denmark struggled with the zone.

Both teams adjusted to the heat and exchanged basket for basket until the end of the quarter with Bosnia going into the locker room in front (37-32).

The second half of the match belonged to Tavic as she went to work offensively. Yet all credit to Denmark who continued to play their game and never gave up. Bosnia went on to win (72-58).

Tavic led the scoring with 25 points, followed in double figures by Vrancic with 14 points.

The top scorer for Denmark was Preetzmann with 10 points.


Latvia having it easy against Scotland

sabine Niedola and Anete Steinberga

Latvia took early control of the game. Despite problems with their shot selection they were leading (16-4) with just five minutes played.

Scotland managed to get things going through Rebecca Allison. Latvia finished the first period with a comfortable lead (28-12).

In the second quarter Latvia then put together a 16-0 run to kill the game as a contest (51-15) and went into the interval with a 40-point advantage (57-17).

Latvia after the gameScotland ran their hearts out for the rest of the game but were just no match for Latvia. Their opponents went into the final quarter leading (90-29) and went on to win comfortably (118-41).

Latvia had eight players in double digits with Liene Priede leading the way with 16 points. Mairi Buchan led the scoring for Scotland with 17 points.


Hungary powered past Finland in the second half

Kia Ignatius Kia Ignatius (left) was in a hurry to get things going for Finland and was fouled on her first drive to the boards. She then split a pair of free-throws.

The pace was fast. But neither side was able to score for more than two minutes before the first score from open play: Reka Balint (below no. 13) finished a Hungarian fast break with a lay-up.

Hungary then went on to dominate the possession of the ball but were not able to convert their advantage into points and only led (6-3) at the midway point in the first period.
Réka Balint and Dorottya Györi

Both teams continued to run up and down the court using a lot of energy while both coaches were also busy in giving out a lot of instructions. Finland finally regained the advantage as Johanna Lemmetty hit a trey (10-8).

However Hungary were back on level terms almost immediately with the successful finish of a fast break by Dorottya Györi (right). Still Finland recovered to edge the first period (16-12).

Both teams continued to play at pace and to take risks in a lively exchange of baskets. Finland stayed in front (22-19) as their defence kept back the Hungarians.

With Hungary switching to a 2-3 zone Finland was slowed down offensively. Both teams were tied (23-23) as Balint from Hungary managed to hit a baseline jumper.

Finland's head coach immediately called for a time-out. However nothing changed as Hungary went back in front as Noémi Ruppert scored on the next attack.

By the time Györi hit a pair of free-throws (27-23) the Finnish players were called for another time-out. Finland finally broke their deadlock as Ignatius hit a couple of free-throws.

But once again Hungary hit back on a fast break. They maintained their advantage and went into the interval leading (31-27).

Finland's misery continued in the third period. Within 90 seconds they conceded 7 points. Then they were back on the bench as their coach called for another time-out.

Hungary continued with their fast transition and stretched their lead to (42-29) with 6:30 left to play in the third quarter.

Finland were unable to deal with the Hungarian defence and continued to turn the ball over and miss the easy shots. On the other hand Hungary continued to score at will and stretched their lead to 20 points off the back of a shot from down-town by Balint (55-35).

Ignatius from Finland decided to take on Hungary alone and scored her side's last 5 points of the quarter to reduce the deficit slightly (40-55).

Hungary U18 time-out What Finland do well under pressure are their long shots. So they managed to claw their way back and reduced their deficit to 8 points (55-63). But their Achilles heal in turning over the ball stopped them from closing the gap to worry their opponents.

Hungary held on to their advantage (68-57) as the game went into money-time. Finland collapsed leaving Hungary to score at will and win (77-62).

Balint led the scoring with 18 points for Hungary while Ignatius top-scored for Finland with 13 points.


Belgium made it look easy as they beat England

Mestdagh Noemie Mayombo Jana RamanThe start of the match was about offensive scoring between Kim Mestdagh (below no. 8) for Belgium and Mary Durojaye for England who scored 6 points each. Belgium then switched to full court press and scored 7 unanswered points to lead (13-6) with Noémie Mayombo and Jana Raman (left no. 4 and no. 12) doing the offensive damage. England made some changes but still left Mestdagh open to hit her third three-pointer in her third attempt as Belgium held on to their advantage (19-11). Belgium continued to hit three-pointers at will and increased their advantage (28-19). England fought back to close the gap. However Belgium held onto their lead (32-26) by the end of the first period. Belgium started the second period at pace and quickly opened a significant lead (42-28) as England struggled at both ends of the court. The game went through a scrappy phase with not much scoring as both sides attempted to impose their style. Belgium still had the better of the exchanges and maintained their lead (50-31) with Miete Celus being the centre of focus offensively during that spell. Belgium went into the interval leading (55-35) due to the coolness of Raman's and Mayombo's free-throwing. Belgium opened the second half with a couple of more treys (61-35) to consolidate their lead. By the time England’s bench called a time-out Belgium’s advantage had increased (63-39). England’s defensive problem got worse as their key players were then in foul problems. Belgium had free runs to the basket and scored at will to go ahead by 30 points (70-39). England recovered towards the end of the third period to bring down their deficit (46-71). In the beginning of the fourth quarter Belgium quickly went past the 30-point mark again (80-49) as they continued to control the game with Raman scoring 5 consecutive points. Belgium bench looking onThen Hannah Shaw fouled out with her fifth personal foul, which did not help England’s cause. Furthermore Mestdagh hit her sixth trey of the game as Belgium continued to keep England at bay (88-54). The game fizzled out with plenty of fouls and free-throws. Belgium went on win (98-65). Top scorers for Belgium were Raman with 22 points, followed by Mestdagh with 20 points, including 6-of-12 from beyond the arc. Three other players were in double digits. For England Shaw led the scoring with 14 points, followed by Katrin Chiemeka with 13 and Durojaye with 10 points. Arvid Diels Arvid Diels, the head coach of Belgium U18, is proud of his team and is looking forward to the possibility of playing in the semi-finals.


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Money-time success for Macedonia

We had to wait for over two minutes for the first basket to be scored which came from Slovenian Lea Jagodic.

The pace then picked up as the home side scored back to back baskets from Ana Tanturvska and Bisera Rajcinoska. Their joy was short lived as Teja Oblak hit one from beyond the arc to give the advantage back to Slovenia.

Slovenia slowly took control of the game and put a 10-0 run together to lead at the end of the first period (20-9).

The second period was rather technical as neither side was able to put a run together. Nika Baric picked up her fourth personal foul with about four minutes left to play in the second quarter with Slovenia leading (29-15).

The hosts tried to take advantage of her absence. When Tanurovska hit her first trey of the night and her 11th point (22-32) it appeared that they would come back. However Slovenia did not concede any more points and went into the interval leading (36-22).

MacedoniaMacedonia came out more aggressively after the break and outscored their opponents (18-4) to come to within 1 point (39-40) at the midway point of the third period after Jelena Antik hit a baseline jumper.


The two teams were level (42-42) after Antik split a pair from the free-throw line. The pace of the game picked up and Oblak for Slovenia came to the rescue offensively with two jump shots and an assist to give her side back the lead (48-46).

The hosts - who shot only 3-of-11 in the first half of the game - went 7-for-10 in the third period. They were leading again as Tanturovska hit a trey from the top of the arc with less than five seconds left in the quarter (53-50). Then Baric's quarter ending buzzer-attempt rimmed out.

Macedonia did not drop their intensity and after scores from Antik and Simona Janeveska extended their advantage (59-53). Slovenia were left with no option but to chase the game and drew level (63-63) with five minutes to play.

Both teams switched to full-court press as they attempted to stop each other's offensively. While Tanturovska stopped scoring for Macedonia, Baric started to find her way to the basket. Both sides were level once again (68-68) as money-time approached.

Tanurovska ended her barren spell with a shot from down-town to give the hosts the edge at the start of money-time (71-70). Antik then decided that with 1:10 left to play that she should hit one from beyond the arc (74-70).

With 19 seconds left to play Baric went for a drive into the box and fed out the ball to Oblak who hit a three-point baseline jumper.

A time-out was called immediately and from the inbound Slovenia had no choice but to foul. They managed to foul twice without getting the ball back. As a result Macedonia went on to win (74-73).

For Macedonia in double digits were Tanturovska with 34 points and Antik with 18 points.

Top scorers for Slovenia were Oblak with 18 points, followed by Baric and Jagodic with 15 points apiece. The only other player in double figures with 10 points was Polona Zalar.


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Date created: 06 August 2008


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