Two more spots snatched up, five remaining
PODGORICA (FIBA U16 Women's European Championship 2018, Division B) – There will be plenty of drama in store for the final day of Group Phase action at the FIBA U16 Women's European Championship 2018, Division B with five of the Quarter-Final spots up for grabs in Podgorica.
Slovenia and Greece were the only teams to secure their places in the next round on Monday, joining the already qualified Portugal, who locked in the Group B crown before the first rest day of the tournament.
A 70-30 victory against Estonia saw Slovenia improve to a 3-1 mark in the group to clinch second place in the standings behind the undefeated Portugal. Blaza Ceh and Vanja Manojlovic led the scoring for Slovenia with 12 points apiece, while Ula Ude chipped in with 11 points in limited playing time. In the other game of the group outside the Quarter-Final race, Slovakia topped Bulgaria 66-60.
Slovenia and Portugal have claimed both of the Quarter-Final spots in Group B
Meanwhile, Greece clipped their main Group A rivals Sweden in a 67-53 contest to climb to a perfect 4-0 record and get peace of mind before the final day of the Group Phase.
Eleni Bosgana led the victors with 27 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals, while Ioanna Chatzileonti amassed 18 points and 18 rebounds.
Finland topped Belarus to put themselves in pole position to advance in Group D
Finland moved atop the Group D standings with 4-0 record after a 77-74 win over Belarus, who had gone undefeated before falling to the Kati Ollilainen and Janette Aarnio-led Fins. Both players collected 15 points apiece, with Ollilainen also collecting 5 rebounds and 7 assists and Aarnio adding 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Iryna Venskaya had a game-high 18 points for Belarus in 40 minutes of playing time.
Despite maintaining their unbeaten status in Group D, Finland will need the results to go their way on Tuesday to finish up their job, as Ukraine kept themselves in the Quarter-Final race with a 60-38 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Already out of contention for promotion, Norway finally got on the board in the Montenegrin capital by easing by Albania with a one-sided 73-35 scoreline, as Maria Myklebust led the effort with a 14-point and 15-rebound double-double with 4 assists.
Israel are one of four undefeated teams in Podgorica
In Group D, Yarden Garzon had another big game for Israel, who romped all over Romania to move their marker to 4-0. Having entered the contest as the only other unbeaten team in the group, Romania were handed a hefty 73-39 defeat, with Garzon putting up 15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in just 25 minutes of playing time.
Meanwhile, Ireland preserved their hopes of going through, having improved to a 3-1 mark with a close-fought 58-55 win over Switzerland. Luxembourg defeated Kosovo 79-59 to round out the day's action. Ireland must defeat Israel on Tuesday to advance.