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09/08/2017
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Day 4: Slovenia stun previously unbeaten Italy in Round of 16

Sopron (FIBA U18 European Championship 2017) - Slovenia stunned previously unbeaten Italy to reach the Quarter-Finals during riveting Round of 16 action on Day 4.

Slovenia led for much of the contest before Italy fought back ensuring a thrilling finish. Two made free-throws by Zala Friskovec with three seconds left secured Slovenia's 53-51 victory. Friskovec starred with 21 points and 9 rebounds, while Sara Madera scored 16 points for Italy.

Defending champions France survived a major scare with a thrilling come-from-behind 63-60 victory over Russia. France trailed by 10 points early in the last quarter before rediscovering their championship mettle to pull off a memorable comeback victory.

Continuing the gripping games, Serbia claimed a tight 66-60 victory over Latvia. Serbia were in command early, leading by 17 points in the first-half before Latvia stormed back. They led by just 1 point with 22 seconds left until Nevena Naumcev hit a clutch three-pointer in the defining moment of the game.

In a fitting way to end the Round of 16, Belgium prevailed 58-55 over a gritty Lithuania. Belgium started fast against a cold-shooting Lithuania, who eventually found their stroke as the game wore on. Belgium's Eva Hambursin hit a clutch jumper to give her side a buffer with seconds left. Billie Massey was a defensive force with 14 rebounds and 5 blocks, while Gabija Segzdaite scored 13 points for Lithuania.

Earlier, hosts Hungary overcame a sluggish start to easily defeat Croatia 67-41. They trailed by 6 points after the first quarter but then clicked into gear to dominate the rest of the contest.

Tournament favorites Spain cruised to a 72-46 victory over Turkey. They started strong to lead 24-6 after the first quarter and the game was essentially over from there.

The Czech Republic's fairytale tournament continued when they defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina 75-55. After a tight first-half, the Czech Republic came out to dominate the second-half with Veronika Vorackova having a fine all-round game with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists.

At the start of Day 4, Sweden reached the Quarter-Finals with a convincing 72-61 victory over Greece. Their star player Klara Lundquist outplayed counterpart Elena Tsineke to finish with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Tsineke battled hard to manage 16 points and 10 rebounds.

The Quarter-Finals on Day 5 will be:

Spain v France

Sweden v Czech Republic

Hungary v Belgium

Serbia v Slovenia

 You can follow how the day's play unfolded on Live Updates

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