Hungary have caught up with Ukraine in the standings after a win at Portugal. Allie Quigley led the way for Hungary with 23 points. Hungary have games against Israel and Ukraine in the final week of competition.
Israel remained barely alive after an unlikely win at home against Belarus. Belorussians led by 2 points with less then 20 seconds remaining before their leading scorer Tatyana Troina turned the ball over, tried to make up for the TO by fouling, but was whistled with an unsportsmanlike foul. Doron made one of two FT’s, but in the ensuing Israeli possession Liron Cohen drove to the basket, scoring two and drawing a foul, she made the FT and suddenly Israel were up two points with 6 seconds remaining. In their final possession Troina again turned the ball over for Belarus.
That loss meant that Belarus were unable to clinch a place in EuroBasket tonight and Israel still has a very narrow chances to qualify.
|Portugal – Hungary 53-73
Portugal: Freitas 10, Nascimento 10, Correia 9
Hungary: Quigley 23, Horti 13, Szecsi 10
|Israel – Belarus 60-58
Israel: Doron 11, Ganor 11, Levitsky 10, Cohen 10
Belarus: Troina 18, Verameyenka 14, Anufryienka 8, Tarasava 8
Serbia kept themselves in contention with a 43 point win at Switzerland. Milica Ivanovic led the way for Serbians with 17 points, three other Serbian players also scored in double digits. Serbia are now preparing for their pivotal game on Wednesday against Poland. They will need to win by two or more points to surpass Poland in the standings.
Montenegro failed to clinch a spot at Poland on Saturday, but will be able to do that on Wednesday by hosting the winless Estonia. Apart from the Dubljevic injury, this game also featured a five to ten minute break in the fourth quarter due to lights going out. Poland led for the whole first half, but lost the lead in the third quarter before regaining it in the second part of fourth quarter. Only Poland’s Weronika Idczak and Montenegro’s Milica Jovanovic were able to reach double digits in scoring.
|Switzerland – Serbia 45-88
Switzerland: Giroud 13, Rol 13, Kershaw 10
Serbia: Ivanovic 17, A.Dabovic 16, Matic 11, Skoric 11, M.Dabovic 9
|Poland – Montenegro 53-50
Poland: Idczak 11, Walich 7, Losi 7
Montenegro: Jovanovic 13, Skerovic 8, Perovanovic 8, Turcinovic 8
Lithuania were down one point with 2 minutes remaining but failed to convert on their last five possessions, allowing Slovak Republic escape with a narrow two point win.
Oddly enough it was Lithuania who qualified for EuroBasket Women 2013 because Slovenia after their third ACL injury failed to defeat Netherlands. Lithuania hold the tiebreaker against Slovenia as well as they would qualify in case of a three way tie also involving Slovak Republic.
Slovak Republic can punch their ticket on Wednesday at Netherlands with a win, rendering the last round useless.
|Slovak Republic – Lithuania 60-58
Slovak Republic: Jalcova 11, Jurcenkova 9, Kupcikova 8, Lukacovicova 8
Lithuania: Petronyte 20, Sulciute 14, Linkeviciene 10
|Netherlands – Slovenia 73-64
Netherlands: Beld 18, Ligthart 13, Broring 11, Halman 11, van den Adel 9
Slovenia: Trebec 23 (10 reb), Pirsic 18 (13 reb), Baric 8, Panic 8
Apart from Lithuania in Group C, only Group D resolved races for the top two places.
Spain secured their place with a win at Germany after leading comfortably for 38 minutes. Germany attempted a late comeback but it fell short. In the clinching game Spain were led by the veteran trio of Amaya Valdemoro, Elisa Aguilar and Anna Montanana.
Sweden cruised to a place in EuroBasket Women 2013 against Bulgaria. That will be their first final tournament since 1987.
Remaining 4 games will have no meaning whatsoever.
|Germany – Spain 55-61
Germany: Bar 21, Breitreiner 10, Austmann 8
Spain: Valdemoro 18, Aguilar 10, Montanana 10
|Sweden – Bulgaria 71-54
Sweden: Halvarsson 21, F.Eldebrink 15, Aili 8
Bulgaria: Zlatanova 17, Perostyska 11, Peteva 7
Greece have taken their fate in their own hands after a win at home against Latvia. Greeks opened a double digit lead in the second quarter and never looked back. Remaining game was only about getting the tiebreaker against Latvians who had defeated Greeks by 17 points in Riga. Despite leading at time even by 22 points, the hosts failed to hold on to it, winning by “only” 14. If Greece defeats Italy on Wednesday, they are almost in, with the final hurdle being the winless Luxembourg. Latvians meanwhile have to defeat Finland and hope Italy does the same to Greece or if Greece wins, they have to hope Greece or Finland will lose their final games of the qualifiers.
Italy are now one win away from qualification after they handed Luxembourg their seventh loss. To qualify Italy need a win either against Greece or Finland.
|Greece – Latvia 63-49
Greece: Sotiriou 13, Spanou 11, Chatzinikolaou 10
Latvia: Tamane 11 (10 reb), Putnina 7, Krastina 7
|Luxembourg – Italy 66-88
Luxembourg: L.Hetting 15, Mossong 13, Bausch 12, T.Hetting 9, Schmit 9
Italy: Spreafico 19, Sottana 17, Zanoni 13, Masciadri 13
*e means the teams are eliminated for EuroBasket Women 2013 contention
*x marks teams that have clinched spots in EuroBasket Women 2013