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July 2016
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Czech Republic take last Semi-Final spot, Lithuania win Group F

PODGORICA (FIBA U20 Women's European Championship 2016 Division B) - Czech Republic claimed the final Semi-Final ticket in Podgorica, defeating Romania 75-52 in the decisive Group E match-up.

Czech Republic controled the game from the beginning, but Romania held on to a 7-point deficit at the half and were within 10 points heading into the fourth quarter. Czech Republic then ran away with the game, winning the final period 25-12.

Romania struggled from the field, connecting on just 15-of-61 shots (24.6%), and the three-point area was of particular concern. Romania shot 2-of-21, while Czech Republic scored 11 of their 19 attempts from beyond the arc.

Petra Holesinska was the game hero with 24 points on 5-of-7 shooting night from long range. The only other Czech player in double figures was Michaela Gaislerova with 13. Paula Lenart had a 10-point, 13-rebound double-double for Romania.

The Czechs will play against Lithuania in the Semi-Finals. Lithuania won first place in Group F with a 77-66 triumph over Slovenia. Outside shooting was impressive on both sides, as Slovenia hit 7-of-17 three-pointers, but that was not enough since Lithuania shot 14-of-33 from deep. Second-chance points were hurting Slovenia even more, as Lithuania grabbed 27 offensive rebounds in the game.

Erika Kregzdyte scored five three-pointers and a game-high 23 points. Laura Juskaite added 11 points in just 13 minutes on the floor. Althea Gwashavanhu led four Slovenians in double figures with 17 points.

Slovenia will play Hungary in the Semi-Final. A 45-39 defeat to Croatia did not hurt Hungary, as they have already secured the first place in Group E. Montenegro took third place in Group F with a 75-58 victory against Great Britain.

Two games were played in the Classification Group 9-13. Ukraine stand at 2-0 atop of the group after a 73-66 win over Bulgaria, while Israel and Belarus are both at 1-1 following their match-up. Israel celebrated their first win of the Championship, 55-45 with 15 points by Yarden Valentin Danan.