Bulgaria Scrape Win Against Luxembourg



Latvia won for the second time in a row at the U16 European Championship Division B in Tallinn on Saturday.

The Baltic side beat Belarus, 52-34, in Group D, with Kitija Laksa scoring 17 points and Paula Luke adding seven and a game-high 12 rebounds.

Latvia took command in the first quarter.

Down 4-2, they reeled off 14 unanswered points and never turned back.

Latvia led by as many as 28 in the second half and rolled to victory.

Slovenia are the Group D leaders with a perfect 3-0 record after a 77-22 demolition of Norway.

Teja Dimec had 18 points and eight rebounds for Slovenia, who also got 11 points and 13 boards from Pia Prasnikar.


In Group C, Bulgaria scraped a 60-58 victory over Luxembourg.

Teodora Dineva had 24 points, 13 rebounds and four steals for the Bulgarians, who trailed 58-55 with 1:52 remaining after Luxembourg's Mia Pauly nailed a jump shot.

Iva Georgieva trimmed the deficit to one with a jumper for Bulgaria and then Magdalena Nedelova buried another to out Bulgaria in front, 59-58, with 43 seconds still to play.

Pauly launched a potential go-ahead three-ball with 25 seconds to go and missed, but Cathrin Wolff grabbed the offensive rebound.

Her pass was then intercepted, though, by Nedelova.

Georgieva made one of two free-throws with seven seconds to go for Bulgaria for the final point of the contest.

The win was a vital one as it lifted the Bulgarians into second place in Group C behind Poland with a 2-1 record.

The Poles improved to 3-0 with a 67-62 victory over Romania.

Amalia Rembiszewska finished with 11 points and seven rebounds for Poland, who withstood a comeback attempt in the fourth quarter by the Romanians.

With 5:52 to play, Romania cut what had been a nine-point deficit to just one when Mihaela Maxim drilled a jump shot.

Monika Radomska went to the other end and buried a three-ball for Poland.

After a basket by Paula Lenart left Romania down by just two, Patrycja Klatt hit a shot from the arc for Poland.

Romania fell to 0-3 with the setback.


In Group A, Finland handed Portugal their first defeat, winning 58-44, to stay unbeaten at 3-0.

The Finns, who dominated the first quarter and outscored the Portuguese 22-7, got 15 points and 12 rebounds from Tuuli Menna in the contest.

Hosts Estonia slumped to a third straight defeat, falling 67-50 to Ukraine.

Vita Gorobets had 22 points as Ukraine improved to 1-2.

In the only Group B game of the day, Israel defeated Denmark, 68-57.

The Israelis improved to 1-1 with Eden Porat pouring in 17 points and grabbing nine rebounds.

Caroline Wich finished with nine points and eight rebounds for the Danes.


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