16 - 21
July 2019
14 Keso Barbakadze (GEO)
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Barbakadze's 20/20 vision sends Georgia into the Semi-Finals, Cyprus win Group B

CHISINAU (Moldova) - Semi-Finals are set in the FIBA U16 Women's European Championship, Division C, with Georgia and Cyprus looking like strong favorites to reach the Finals and win the event.

Georgia cleared Group A with a 71-37 win over Moldova on Game Day 1, and then just used the copy-paste technique to defeat Gibraltar 73-35. Keso Barbakadze, 6ft 4in (1.92m) tall center, put on a show, reaching 20/20 games on both occasions, with 23 points and 24 rebounds against Moldova, and 21 points and 23 rebounds, with 3 blocks, against Gibraltar.


Georgia will now face Scotland in the Semi-Finals, after Scotland found a way back from their opening day defeat to Cyprus. Wins over Wales and Malta took the three-time champions and last summer's runners-up back to the Semis, but stopping Barbakadze will be as tough of an assignment as they get.

Cyprus won Group B thanks to their one-two punch of Ioanna Kyprianou and Sofia Sttylianidi, who are combining for 26.4 points, 15.4 rebounds, 7.6 assists and 6.7 steals per game. Cyprus' perfect record will be tested in the Semis by the hosts, Moldova, who won the second-place battle in Group A with Gibraltar 62-36 with 23 points from Valeria Buzadji and 24 rebounds by Vlada Spinu.

The Semi-Finals will be played on Saturday, July 20, starting with Cyprus v Moldova at 15:45 GMT+03, followed by Georgia v Scotland at 18:00 GMT+03.