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Historic first title for Germany; Hungary land bronze and Ireland relegated
UDINE (FIBA U18 Women's European Championship 2018) - Germany have won their maiden FIBA U18 Women's European Championship title by taking down Spain on a historic night in Udine.
In a remarkable journey, Germany not only collected their first ever silverware in the top flight with a pulsating 54-67 success against Spain, but did so just 12 months after rising up from Division B.
Germany benefited from a lightning start as Leonie Fiebich caught fire and dropped 18 first-half points to have Germany ahead 43-24 at half-time.
Despite losing star center Nyara Sabally to injury before the interval, Germany showed they were able to come together as a team in impressive fashion, to deny Spain a fifth title in their tenth Final.
Sabally eventually returned to the bench to join her teammates and it was tears of joy that were being shed on the final buzzer as Germany celebrated their landmark win.
The Third-Place game was much closer as Hungary won a classic against Latvia 58-56. It was a day when Hungary had to dig it out in a real team effort.
They took their second medal at the event, having also won the bronze back in 2004.
Meanwhile, Ireland had to endure the agony of being the last nation to drop through the Division B trap door as they were pipped 71-63 a relieved Bosnia and Herzegovina who prospered from 11 points and 18 boards from Sara Heljic. Ireland will join Sweden and Slovenia in the second tier next summer.
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