Youth international basketball comments from Skopje



U18 Latvian players before the matchThere will be two or three match reports per day from the youth international basketball tournament for the seventh and eighth day from Skopje.

For the 13th August you find a summary of the day highlights including audio comments from the coaches and players.

Results:

Estonia 64-58 Germany
Slovenia 84-52 Greece
Belgium 67-51 Hungary
Latvia 79-46 Netherlands

U18 Latvian players before the match Israel 76-70 Luxembourg
Portugal 69-49 Austria
Ireland 65-66 Bosnia and Herzegovina
England 84-70 Finland
Scotland 78-88 FYR of Macedonia
Denmark 78-62 Switzerland


Former Challes-les-Eaux player, the Bosnian head coach, speaks about her team's progress

France based players for England had a good game

The Macedonian Basketball Federation will be putting together a photo gallery: www.basketball.org.mk


Belgium’s ticket for the semi-final

Dorottya Györi and Lien Lentacker There were no fireworks to start this match although Belgium dominated the possession against Hungary and went (9-0) up after a couple of baskets by Miete Celus. József Horváth, the Hungarian head coach, immediately called for a time-out as he looked for a solution to motivate his players. However it was Belgium changing the system and accelerating the pace. They continued to score at will with Kim Mestdagh concluding the (19-0) start with a pair of free-throws. Hungary finally got on the score board as Krisztina Raksanyi scored from behind the arc after six minutes of play. The Belgium head coach, Arvid Diels, was not too happy as his side dropped the pressure despite them ending the first period with (25-7). Jana Raman was leading the scoring with 9 points. Hungary after the gameDuring the second period Belgium struggled offensively. There was only Raman’s trey from the field to show for their efforts during the first five minutes. Meanwhile Hungary were chipping away at their deficit (29-12). Hungary, led by Reka Balint, continued to trouble the Belgium defence by running at them more and more. Still Belgium managed to go into the break with a (35-20) lead thanks to two late scores by Raman. Hungary had no choice but to chase the game if they were hoping to qualify for the semi-final. They started the third period with good intentions. They put in some quick points but were not able to close the gap significantly as Noémie Mayombo was left to run the floor and score on two occasions (44-30). The game then became stale with Belgium controlling the affairs. Hence they went into the final quarter leading (52-38). Hungary just appeared to be too tired after their overtime game against Latvia and were not able to find the energy to threaten Belgium. Hence Belgium won (67-51). For Belgium Raman had 18 points, Mayombo 15 and Celus 10 points. Hungary’s Balint put in 14 while Gyuri put in 12 points. After-match comments in French by Anne-Sophie Strubbe and Jana Raman from Belgium and in English by the Hungarian coach, József Horváth. József Horváth József Horváth speaks about the defeat and the tough game against Latvia the previous day. He goes on to explain that they will play better tomorrow.


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Anne-Sophie Strubbe (no. 5 in picture) explains that despite the victory they have to play much better if they want to get to the final.

while Jana Raman adds that they need to play like in the match against Latvia.


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Estonia controlled Germany

German U18 players looking on The first half of the match was completely dominated by Estonia (37-27) despite a couple of runs by the German side. However the last two quarters were more exciting as both sides increased their tempo. Germany were chasing the game. Yet Kerttu Jallai was always on hand to maintain the Estonian lead (51-40) going into the final period. Estonia controlled the game until the end to win (64-58). Jallai led the scoring with 23 points for Estonia. Triin Mitt and Kerli Haas both scored 10 points apiece. For Germany Pia Mankertz led the scoring with 13 points. Jenni Menz and Emina Karic had 12 and 11 points respectively. Kerttu Jallai and Triin Mitt Jallai and Mitt’s comments: Triin Mitt (no. 7 in picture) explains that the good team spirit helps them to win games as they are not the strongest team in the competition.

while Kerttu Jallai (no. 9 in picture) explains in Estonian that the team plays together, wins together, loses together and stays together.


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Slovenia outplayed Greece

Slovenia U18 celebrating after beating GreeceThe round of observation did not last long as Slovenia rushed out to a (7-3) lead with less than three minutes on the clock. They controlled the game with Ines Kerin hitting a three-pointer. This action was followed by a run from Nika Baric through the Greek defence and then back to the baseline before driving to the basket to score (14-3). Slovenia continued their three-point festival as Kerin hit her third trey of the quarter, shortly followed by Nika Baric‘s own. Niki-Maria Tsakiridou showed that Greece have three-point shooters by hitting one from the baseline. Slovenia U18 bench looking onThen Greece left Kerin open again for her to hit her 4th three-pointer of the game (26-11). Slovenia closed the first period (28-15). In the second quarter Slovenia were not able to shoot as well. Furthermore Greece finally settled into their game. Yet Slovenia went into the interval leading (44-30). During the third period Slovenia killed the game as a contest (64-38). But they suffered the loss of Anja Klavzar who fell badly towards the end of this quarter. Then Julija Lojen, who came on for the first time in the game, hit a trey as the last score before the final quarter. The last ten minutes turned into a demonstration as the Slovenian bench took over affairs and cruised to victory (84-52). In double figures for Slovenia were Kerin with 23 points. Gortnar and Baric had 12 points apiece. After-match comments: Tjasa GortnarTjasa Gortnar speaks about the team's progress since the start of the competition. She also explains that they are not under any pressure.


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Bosnia qualified for 9th place play-off

Let Go Bosnia and Herzegovina


Jadranka Savic Jadranka Savic speaks about the team's progress since the start of the competition.


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France based players for England had a good game

England win at lastTamzin Barroilhet from Bourges Basket, basketball academy (centre de formation) and Pleyber Christ bound Katrin Chiemeka both finished in double-digit scores as England ended negative series.

Kia Ignatius caused England problems early on as Finland opened (8-2). However England were back on level terms after a Barroilhet trey and 1 free-throw by Hannah Shaw (8-8).

Then England went in front briefly as Charlotte Stoddart finished a move under the basket. Yet Finland went ahead again through Ignatius and a trey by Johanna Lemmetty (10-11).

Afterwards England were to regain the lead as Nicki Avery hit a jumper to go into the second quarter (22-17).

In a lively second period, in which both sides made plenty of changes, England maintained their advantage at the interval (35-30).

The third quarter became more technical with England holding on to their lead (57-52).

The two teams were level again (59-59) as Titta Lepistö hit a jumper with 7:26 to play in the final period.

The pace picked up as both sides started to trade baskets. Ignatius from Finland continued to cause England problems. However Chiemeka settled England’s nerve with her fourth trey of the game (72-65) with just over three minutes to play.

England held on to win (84-70).

Top scorers for England were Chiemeka with 24 points, followed by Stoddart with 17 and Barroilhet with 16 points.

For Finland Meri Eerikinharju put in 20 points, Ignatius 16 and Lepistu 14 points.


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Date created: 13 August 2008


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