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August 2018
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Czech Republic survive overtime thriller; Spain impress with dominant display

KAUNAS (FIBA U16 Women's European Championship 2018) - Four teams remain unbeaten after the second day of action, but Czech Republic and Spain took dramatically different paths to their perfect records.

Czech Republic have swiftly established themselves as the tournament's entertainers, following their nailbiting victory over France on the first day with an even more nerve-wracking match against Turkey.

The Turkish team dominated the first half, taking a 14-point lead to the locker room, but an emphatic third quarter saw the game turn on its head. It took Turkey more than seven minutes to score a field goal after the interval, by which time their lead had been wiped out.


Turkish captain Derin Erdogan stepped up to knock down a massive three-pointer to send the game to overtime, and still the rollercoaster continued until Simona Fiserova converted the game-winner, giving Czech Republic the 62-60 victory.

 France's later emphatic victory over Belgium ensured that Czech Republic will finish top of Group A, with the Belgians locked into last place.

Spain stamped on Netherlands early with an incredible 35-0 opening to their Group B encounter. Remarkably, the Dutch ended up winning the rest of the match 47-44, but the damage had been emphatically done.

Latvia cruised past Serbia in the other match in Group B, with all 12 Latvian and Spanish players getting on the scoreboard.

Italy secured top spot in Group C with a 74-36 victory over Poland, while Hungary defeated Croatia.

Russia will finish in first place in Group D after taking down hosts Lithuania. Germany's defeat of Denmark consigned the latter to last spot in the group.

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