Ukraine Claim Big Win Against Israel

18.07.2012

U16 WOMEN DIVISION B

Ukraine clinched their fourth straight victory in the U16 European Championship Women Division B and improved to 3-2 in Group E with a 53-38 win over Israel.

Elena Fedchenko's team made sure they wouldn't get sucked into possible a three-way tie in Group E with the Israelis (1-4), who were eliminated from contention for a spot in the Quarter-Finals.

Alina Batkovska led Ukraine with 15 points while Ol'ga Yatskovets continued her domination on the boards.

She had 21 rebounds to go with her 12 points.

The game was tied at 8-8, but Ukraine finished the first quarter on a 10-1 run to go in front to stay.

"That game showed our team has character," Fedchenko said.

"The girls pulled themselves together and played the game I want them to play."

Israel coach Nathan Tal bemoaned his team's inability to score.

"Defensively we did a great job to stop Ukraine's talented team of players at 53 points," he said.

"Our problem was offensively, after working so hard at defense, our shots were bad.

"We need to change our mentality on offense and we'll definitely do that."

 

POLAND WIN SIXTH CONSECUTIVE GAME

Poland will go into the Quarter-Finals of the tournament on a roll.

Janusz Wierzbicki's side won for the sixth time in as many games by prevailing in a battle for first place against Slovenia on Wednesday.

In a very tight affair, the Poles only led 47-44 early in the fourth quarter but went on a 13-2 run to take command for good.

Poland's 1.90m power forward Amalia Rembiszewska had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Slovenia, Latvia and Bulgaria all finished with 3-2 records and joined the Poles from Group F in the last eight.

Portugal improved to 4-1 in Group E with a 65-50 victory over Denmark.

Simone Costa poured in 15 points and Maria Kostourkova weighed in with 14 and four rebounds.

Portugal coach Ana Neves said: "Our plan was to rotate players, to give minutes to other players, who didn't play that much in previous games.

"We knew this game wouldn't change our qualification.

"So it was a good game for us.

"I think we played well. Denmark was a good opponent and I think they gave value to our victory."

Sarah Mortensen had 11 rebounds, two steals and three blocks to go with her 12 points for Denmark (0-5).

"It was the third time we have out-rebounded the opponent and it's not an easy thing to do against a team like Portugal," Denmark coach Thomas Arne Silfen said.

"So it was not the question of effort. It came down to percentages.

"I give credit to Portugal for the game. With a bit of an inexperienced team, it is a great learning experience for the team.

"We'll keep fighting. The girls are getting better game by game.

"I'm satisfied with that."

 

FINLAND REMAIN UNDEFEATED

Finland claimed their sixth victory in as many games by knocking off Lithuania, 71-62.

The Finns pulled away in the fourth quarter, scoring 14 of the first 18 points in the frame.

Tuuli Menna led Finland with 23 points and eight rebounds.

Laura Juskaite, scored 18 points and grabbed 13 boards for Lithuania.

Latvia and Bulgaria are headed to the Quarter-Finals on the back of wins in Group F.

Kitija Laksa poured in 14 points for Latvia as they won 65-55 over Luxembourg.

The Baltic side led 50-29 at the end of the third quarter and then eased home to victory.

Bulgaria needed overtime to beat Belarus, 76-73.

Neli Jekova of Bulgaria split two free-throws at the end of regulation to force the extra period, and then Teodora Dineva made a go-ahead jump shot with 3:48 to play in the overtime.

That basket made it 74-72 and Bulgaria held on for a narrow win.


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