|Maria Goula's 22 points were a team-high for Greece, who face Croatia in the game for ninth place on Sunday.|
GREECE VS NETHERLANDS
Greece came back to scrape a narrow win over the Netherlands, 56-53, in the first game of the U16 European Championship Women Classification Round for 9th to 12th place.
The Dutch team had a lead during much of the time, reaching a 10-point advantage in the second quarter that was recovered by the Greeks.
Profiting from fewer turnovers and a perfect performance from the free throw line, the Hellenic team grabbed their first lead with only 3:34 minutes to play, 50-49.
Maria Goula, with 20 points, Christiana Gerostergiou and Pinelopi Pavlopoulou, with 13 points each, were the top scorers in the Greek team, while Fleur Kuijt, with 10 points and seven rebounds, had the best performance for the Dutch.
CROATIA VS SWEDEN
Croatia proved stronger than tSweden, 69-61, in the University Sports Hall, but a fourth-quarter run from the Swedes transformed a game that seemed decided into a thriller.
The Croatians grabbed the lead early in the game and cruised during the first three quarters, with Iva Slonjsak and Ivana Dojkic, with 17 and 15 points respectively, showcasing their talent.
But, feeling overconfident, Croatia got more turnovers than the Swedish, and almost let escape their tremendous 22-point lead at the end of the third quarter.
Conducted by Elinn Ljunggren's late effort, who finished the game with 15 points, the Swedish team made a statement about their will to grab a second win in this championship.
Sweden will play the Netherlands in the game for 11th place, while Croatia and Greece will face each other in the game for ninth place.