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Spain crowned champions again while Serbia survive on final day in Udine
UDINE (FIBA U16 Women's European Championship 2016) - Spain's domination of the FIBA U16 Women's European Championship continued after they added to their unprecedented title haul by beating Germany 64-48 in Udine.
Taking their tenth title in total and fourth in the last six years, Spain overpowered Germany 64-48 in a result which not only catapulted them to the coveted silverware, but extracted revenge for an overtime loss earlier in the competition. A nice shooting effort from Maria Torreblanca headlined a super team effort as she scored 10 points, while Maria Pendande finished with 11 points and 7 boards.
France ended a six-year wait to climb onto the podium at the event and took the bronze medal to deny Italy a repeat of their third place finish in Matosinhos last year. A dazzling first-half saw France take control as they built up a 21-point advantage and while Italy rallied after the break, France eased over the finishing line and recorded a 68-50 victory. They were led by Kenza Salgues who had an excellent shooting night and finished with 16 points.
After the games involving medals, the other main headline was provided by Serbia and their center Jelena Mitrovic. Her incredible double-double of 23 points and 23 rebounds, wrapped up a gripping 77-74 win against Portugal to help Serbia retain their Division A status and condemn Portugal to the last relegation place.
Croatia enjoyed themselves as they cemented fifth place in a similarly exciting match-up against Lithuania as they collected a 54-51 success. Former champions Czech Republic took Belarus apart 84-58 as 14 points from Katerina Galickova helped them take eighth.
Turkey opened in Udine with four defeats, but outpaced Latvia to finish with three consecutive wins and ninth place. Russia beat Hungary into eleventh with a hard-fought 63-56 success, while Sweden won the match-up with fellow relegation side, Slovak Republic.
Spain beat Germany 64-48
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