Sweden upset Greece for Division B title, Finland win bronze
PODGORICA (FIBA U16 Women's European Championship 2018, Division B) – Sweden claimed the FIBA U16 Women's European Championship 2018, Division B title after shocking the previously undefeated Greece in Saturday's title duel.
The Sanna Strom and Julia Nystrom-led Swedes registered a 51-41 victory in the Final to claim gold in Podgorica, pulling away with the lead late in the fourth quarter.
Strom was the game's leading scorer with a 15-point and 6-rebound effort, while Nystrom chipped in with 14 points. The team's stand-out Matilda Ekh was next in line in the low-scoring bout with 9 points, as Sweden were a +17 team with her on the floor.
Sweden got revenge against Greece in the sweetest way possible
Eleni Bosgana was the only Greek player in double figures with 13 points, but went just 5-of-25 from the field. Christina Anastasopoulou added 8 points and 14 rebounds, while the tournament's MVP Ioanna Chatzileonti finished with 5 points and 10 boards.
The teams had also met in the Group Phase, with Greece coming out on top in the first fixture, 67-53. In fact, Greece had won all of their games by double figures heading into the title game, but Sweden stopped them to get their second gold at this even, 12 years after winning it all in Jyvaskyla.
There was a happy ending in store for Finland, who regained Division A status for the first time since 2011 after easing by Belarus 86-52 in the Third-Place Game to claim the last remaining promotion ticket.
Finland joined Sweden and Greece through to Division A
Janette Aarnio put the Finns on the podium with a well-rounded 19-point, 9-rebound and 5-assist performance, while Alexandra Ailus and Teresa Seppala also left a mark on the game, scoring 15 points apiece.
For Belarus, Iryna Venskaya and Ulyana Basalyha both had 11 points, as Aliaksandra Chyzheuskaya collected 10 points in losing effort.
Having suffered their only defeat in the Quarter-Finals, Israel wrapped up the tournament with another victory, beating Romania 59-47 in the Classification Game 5-6. Yarden Garzon capped a stellar campaign in Podgorica with a game-high 23 points and 10 rebounds for the winners, while Eva Petrof collected 20 points for the opposing side.
Israel signed off on a high note
Portugal clinched 7th place in the final standings with a 77-68 victory against Slovenia, while Estonia outdueled Ukraine 54-50 in overtime in the Classification Game 9-10. The tournament hosts Montenegro also ended their campaign with a win, topping Norway 64-43 behind an 11-point, 4-rebound and 6-assist effort by Jovana Savkovic.
Meanwhile, Slovakia managed to keep their noses in front in a close-fought 49-47 contest against Ireland in the Classification Game 13-14. Great Britain lined up next, having edged Switzerland 52-49 in overtime and Luxembourg finished 17th following a 57-50 victory against Bulgaria.
In the bottom part of the table, Iceland got a 65-54 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina, as Kosovo defeated the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 64-49 in the Classification Game 21-22. Not in action on the final day, Albania finished last in the standings.