Greece Stay Perfect, Sweden Roll

12.07.2011

Roundup

13. Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (Greece)
Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi and Greece are 4-0 now and are looking ahead to a match-up with the Czech Republic for first place in Group B

Greece and the Czech Republic will battle it out for first place in Group B at the U20 European Championship Women Division B on Wednesday after both teams improved to 4-0 in the tournament.

Greece beat Israel 60-48 while the Czechs enjoyed a 73-44 rout of Belgium.

Georgia Kantara led Greece to victory with 22 points, while Israel had 17 points from Hadar Gutin and 12 from Bar Galinski.

"We are the youngest team here, but we play good basketball," said Greece coach Dimitris Bakogeorgos. "We have proved this one more time.

"Now we need one more win to top the group."

But the Czechs will have a big say in that after another impressive performance.

Petra Zaplatova had 15 points while Lenka Bartakova finished with 14.

Noemi Mayombo led a disappointing Belgium team with 11 points.

Also in Group B, Austria stayed alive as they beat Estonia 68-54 for their first win.

A big game from Milena Lazarevic made the difference as she scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in 26 minutes of action.

9. Salome Kabengano (Sweden)
Salome Kabengano and Sweden are 3-0 now and already clinched top spot in Group A

"We are delighted with the win, because we know Estonia have great players," said coach Franz Zderadicka. "We stuck to our game plan and forced the tempo, and I'm delighted with my teams' performance and dedication."

Mailis Pokk had 21 points and six rebounds for Estonia.

In Group A, hosts FYR Macedonia continue to seek their first win after suffering an 87-47 rout at the hands of the impressive Sweden.

Sweden used a huge second quarter, outscoring the Macedonians 28-7, to take control of the game, having trailed early on.

"We underestimated them at the beginning, and we played bad defense, but later we find our usual rhythm," said coach Frederik Joulamo. "We shot the ball well and I think this will help motivate us for the rest of the tournament."

Macedonia must now look to the game against Hungary for their last chance at a group stage win.

"We played a great first quarter, but couldn't maintain that level," said coach Lidija Milkova. "Our problems started with foul trouble, and we couldn't find a way to beat their press. We have to congratulate Sweden. They were the better team.

"Our most important game is now with Hungary as it is our last chance to reach the quarter-finals. We have to play with great heart and give our absolute best on the court."

Maria Andrade, with 17 points, led Portugal to a close 67-63 win over Hungary to finish their Preliminary Round with three wins and only one loss to group winners Sweden.

The game was wide open with only 26 seconds to play when Bettina Baksa made it 65-63 with a jumper.

But after Michelle Brandao had split a pair of free throws, Hungary failed to get a shot off and force overtime.

Daniela Domingues added 16 points for Portugal while Bernadett Balla had 14 in defeat.


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