Day 3 recap: Helsinki drama, joy for Armenia and curtain raised in Piestany
MUNICH (Germany) - The third day of the FIBA U16 Women's European Challengers witnessed a thrilling win for Finland, a first success for a jubilant Armenia and the action getting underway in Piestany.
- Finland pip Germany in dramatic matchup in Helsinki Challenger
- Armenia defeat hosts Georgia in the Tbilisi Challenger
- Spain, Slovenia and France move to a flawless 3-0 in their respective Challengers
Day 3 Standout Performers:
Helsinki: Dominique Malonga (FRA) - 30 EFF / 23 PTS / 63% FG / 7 REB / 3 STL
Tbilisi: Mihaela Aleksovska (MKD) - 26 EFF / 32 PTS / 4 REB / 5 STL
Tbilisi: Marija Nikolov (MKD) - 24 EFF / 13 PTS / 5 REB / 6 AST / 7 STL
San Fernando: Keteryna Koval (UKR) - 32 EFF / 31 PTS / 10 REB
San Fernando: Petra Tomas (HUN) - 35 EFF / 29 PTS / 6 REB / 6 6 AST / 4 STL
Matosinhos: Ajsa Sivka (SLO) - 26 EFF / 17 PTS / 10 REB / 5 AST / 5 STL
Piestany: Natalia Tomajkova (SVK) - 21 EFF / 6 PTS / 19 REB
9/15 games played
Day 3 results: Challenger hosts Finland celebrated a dramatic 62-60 win against Germany after a triple inside the last minute by Wilma Tuomi helped them to seal the deal, as did 20 points from Elina Aarnisalo. France continued their dominant start after sweeping aside Greece 82-43, with Dominique Malonga on fire, racking up 23 points and 7 boards. There was also joy for Bulgaria after they took a 63-51 victory against Latvia behind Yana Kramfilova's 23 points.
San Fernando Challenger:
9/15 games played
Day 3 results: Hosts Spain are yet to taste defeat after they swept aside Croatia 69-38, with Awa Fam Thiam unstoppable after amassing 14 points and 17 rebounds. Hungary proved to be far too strong for Ukraine as they powered their way to a 90-62 success despite 31 points and 10 boards from Keteryna Koval in defeat. That's because Hungary had their own standout in Petra Tomas with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Meanwhile Serbia bounced back from their loss to Spain by hammering Lithuania 68-44 as Marija Avlijas showed out with 32 points.
9/15 games played
Day 3 results: Slovenia continued their winning streak after they roared past Czech Republic 84-67 off the back of Ajsa Sivska harvesting 17 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Defenses were on top as Belgium faced Russia and it was the latter who emerged victorious by 55-47. Poland picked up their first win as they inflicted disappointment on hosts Portugal with a 57-51 victory as Oliwia Pelka cemented a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.
3/15 games played
Day 3 results: There were smiles for Challenger hosts Slovakia as they started on the front foot with a crushing 94-40 win against Ireland. Natalia Tomajkova starred with a gigantic haul of 19 rebounds. Israel also opened up their account with a victory as they rode past Switzerland in a one-sided 68-37 triumph, while Romania blasted past Luxembourg 66-40 as Miky Panait came close to a triple-double with 11 points, 11 assists and 9 steals.
6/10 games played
Day 3 results:
Armenia celebrated their first win with a dramatic 60-58 success against Georgia as Ani Christina Mkrtchyan netted the winning basket with just 6 seconds remaining. It was a fitting conclusion as she stood out with 33 points and 12 rebounds. North Macedonia made it two wins from two games as they eased past Albania 72-46, thank mainly to 32 points from Mihaela Aleksova and an all-action show from Marija Nikolov who had 13 points, 7 steals, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds.