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July 2016
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Lithuania and Slovenia win promotion, one more place in Division A still up for grabs

PODGORICA (FIBA U20 Women's European Championship 2016 Division B) - Lithuania and Slovenia booked their tickets to the Final and to Division A for 2017 whilst Hungary and Czech Republic will fight for the last Division A spot.

Hungary came within five points of Slovenia with two-and-a-half minutes remaining, but the the Slovenes had the answer. Anna-Maria Prezelj, Zala Lesek and Alma Potocnik ended the match on a 5-0 run to give Slovenia a 66-56 win, worthy of a place in the Final.

Slovenia had trouble under their basket, allowing Hungary 16 offensive rebounds. But that did not influence the final score, as Hungary only managed nine second-chance points in the game, compared to seven for their opponents. Slovenia led from start to finish to set up another rendezvous with the only team that has beaten them in the tournament so far.

That team is Lithuania. Still undefeated, still forcing a lot of turnovers from their opposition and producing easy baskets, Lithuania defeated Czech Republic 72-51 in the other Semi-Final. Czech Republic gave the ball away 26 times and Lithuania turned it into 24 points. Points in the paint were also a key factor - Lithuania were a +30 (42-12) in that category.

Daugile Sarauskaite shot 7-of-11 from the field to collect her fourth double-double of the Championship with 21 points and 17 rebounds. Dalia Belickaite finished with 15 points and six steals, Laura Juskaite added 14 points and Sarune Melinauskaite had a further 10 for Lithuania. Eva Kopecka had 11 points for Czechs.

Lithuania and Slovenia also won promotion to Division A, while Hungary and Czech Republic will fight for the final promotion spot on Sunday. Hungary won their first match-up 72-57 back on Day 2.

Great Britain and Montenegro will play for the 5th spot. Great Britain defeated Romania 62-42 and Montenegro were bettered Croatia 71-61 in the Classification Games 5-8. Israel enjoyed a comfortable 79-40 win over Bulgaria, and Belarus outscored Ireland 69-35 in Classification Group 9-13.