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carlo
08-02-2011, 07:00 PM
The 2011 U18 Euro Championship Div. A will be competed in Oradea (Romania) 4-14 August.
From the preparation games played in the last period, the most brilliant teams were Belgium, France, Russia, Spain and Turkey. Very impressive was also Croatia (winner of Serbia and Spain), but will play in the Div. B.
Spain should add 3 players from the U19 team that has recently earned the silver medal in Chile, Yurena Diza, Inma Zanoguera and all star Astou Ndour, the best center at the World’s championships.
Italy too, having lost several friendlies in preparation to the championship, is expected to be strengthened by 3 players from the U19 team, Francesca Dotto, who will join her twin sister Caterina, Alessandra Formica and Marta Masoni, who should add some height & weight to an otherwise undersized team.
At this stage it’s not clear whether further U19 players are expected to be utilized by other teams (maybe Russia, while France has already defined its final roster: http://www.ffbb.com/_edf/page_m.php?d=campagnes&p=equipes&id_equ=7&s=2011).

Here the official Fiba page:

http://u18women.fibaeurope.com/en/

wardjdim
08-02-2011, 08:11 PM
The Belgian team has been together for many years now and, after a season at Eurocup for some of the players with the Lotto Young Cats (Meesseman, Delaere, Adams, Devliegher) as well as a fine season for Julie Vanloo, whose move to Iowa State will not take place until next season, their generation looks promising

They might have a good and experienced team (2nd in Europe U16, 4th in the World etc., players having experience with the senior NT at ages 16-17) but without Emma Meesseman, they wouldn't stand a chance. This is a very special player, a la Enes Kanter, good footwork, great rebounding, slashing skills, decent mid-range shot. She has been the team's (and tournament's) option #1. Besides Amanda Zahui from Sweden, there is no other superstar in this tournament but Meesseman. But, unlike Zahui, Meesseman has 2nd and 3rd options to keep the game going if she is double teamed

carlo
08-03-2011, 06:29 AM
The Belgian team has been together for many years now and, after a season at Eurocup for some of the players with the Lotto Young Cats (Meesseman, Delaere, Adams, Devliegher) as well as a fine season for Julie Vanloo, whose move to Iowa State will not take place until next season, their generation looks promising

They might have a good and experienced team (2nd in Europe U16, 4th in the World etc., players having experience with the senior NT at ages 16-17) but without Emma Meesseman, they wouldn't stand a chance. This is a very special player, a la Enes Kanter, good footwork, great rebounding, slashing skills, decent mid-range shot. She has been the team's (and tournament's) option #1. Besides Amanda Zahui from Sweden, there is no other superstar in this tournament but Meesseman. But, unlike Zahui, Meesseman has 2nd and 3rd options to keep the game going if she is double teamed

Agree, but would add Olivia Epoupa (Fr) to the potential superstars, she's not been so brilliant this year but was the 2010 U16 Euro MVP and played very well at the U17 World's championship. Not forgetting Spain's Astou Ndour and maybe Russia Ksenia Tikhonenko if they play and are still OK after the long Chilean competition/travel etc.
Then waiting maybe for some nice surprise, let's see.

stefanobet(.com)
08-03-2011, 06:55 AM
Always the same team are favourite: Spain, France, Russia

stefanobet(.com)
08-03-2011, 03:26 PM
Belgium final team:

4 Louise-Marie Platteau 17/05/1995 1m71 G
5 Julie Vanloo 10/02/1993 1m72 PG
6ntonia Delaere 01/08/1994 1m79 SG
7 Sien Devliegher 21/01/1993 1m75 GF
8 Lien Delmulle 24/02.1993 1m80 F
9 Jolien Goyvaerts 04/05/1994 1m72 G
10 Evi Heyse 08/05/1993 1m80 C
11 Emma Meesseman 13/05/1993 1m92 C
12 Liza Biebuyck 22/05/1993 1m73 GF
13 Lynn Delvaux 24/07/1993 1m81 F
14 Heleen Adams 24/08/1994 1m73 SG
15 Hatti Bende Belobi 07/09/1994 1m85 C

This is simply the best team of Europe. Meeseman and Vanloo can score 50 points in evrey match against every opponent. Delare and Devliegher are good players and the level is very high

GSBasket
08-03-2011, 06:12 PM
TURKEY

Olcay Çakır (Fenerbahçe)
İlayda Tokmak (Galatasaray)
Merve Aydın (Mersin Büyükşehir Belediyesi)
Ferda Yıldız (Antalya Koleji)
Ayşe Cora (Galatasaray)
Betül Kalfalı (İstanbul Üniversitesi)
Didem Nakaş (İstanbul Üniversitesi)
Elif Emirtekin (Botaşspor)
Melike Yalçınkaya (Ceyhan Belediyesi)
Nadya Zuyeva (Botaşspor)
Gizem Sezer (İstanbul Üniversitesi)
Özge Kavurmacıoğlu (Fenerbahçe)

I wonder Ayse Cora's performance who was signed with Galatasaray few days ago. She played u20 Championship last month.

http://u20women.fibaeurope.com/en/cid_FtjjjX0gGxw6o2JYq5YD90.playerID_70214.compID_F BoLIZ9eGMw1MS4DX8h1D2.season_2011.roundID_8164.tea mID_376.html

stefanobet(.com)
08-03-2011, 07:45 PM
In last year edition, best Turkey player was Özge Kavurmacıoğlu with 5 double-double in 8 match... (17.1 point, 11.1 reb avg).

Cora play badly.

stefanobet(.com)
08-03-2011, 07:47 PM
In last year edition, best Turkey player was Özge Kavurmacıoğlu with 5 double-double in 8 match... (17.1 point, 11.1 reb avg).

Cora play badly.

Özge Kavurmacıoğlu was best Turkey player in: point, rt, as, st, bs!! In every statistic was the best!

stefanobet(.com)
08-04-2011, 04:31 PM
Impressive Belgium

carlo
08-04-2011, 04:39 PM
In last year edition, best Turkey player was Özge Kavurmacıoğlu with 5 double-double in 8 match... (17.1 point, 11.1 reb avg)

...


She also starred at the 2010 U17 World's with 14.6ppg and 7.9rpg, highest for her team and Ayse Cora was the second high scorer with 11.1.

carlo
08-04-2011, 07:26 PM
The opening day ended with a first surprise as home team Romania edged Russia 52-50, despite the presence of ex U19 Ksenia Tikhonenko (scoring a double double).
All favorite teams won, with Belgium and Spain the most impressive, while France showed a great defence but shot poorly.
Also Holland, Sweden and Serbia fared well in this first day, with the Scandinavians winning a close game with Turkey.
Despite being reinforced by 3 ex U19 players, Italy lost to Serbia after having been steamrolled at the start 0-13 and never being able to get back in the game.

wardjdim
08-05-2011, 12:17 AM
Good first day. No conclusions. The poor shooting of France and the poor rebounding of Belgium were the question-marks of the day

Several little shocks. Romania is not a poor team after all. And Serbia is going to battle for a medal, as they seem very dedicated. The Italian team has a big battle with Belgium tomorrow. More rested team, Belgium

Russia, quite a question-mark as well. I can't believe they lost to the hosting team. A sluggish Turkish team lost to Sweden without Zahui playing well. Weird. And, on the other hand, Netherlands proves to be a decent opponent here

Edit: Meesseman missed an opportunity for the books. The leading rebounder for almost any competition she ever participated, she got 23 points, 11 steals (!) and only 5 boards

This would've been a killer triple-double with steals, rather rare at any level. By the way, isn't it a record? Or it's a record for Ukraine, the 42 turnovers?

stefanobet(.com)
08-05-2011, 07:27 AM
No agree..

Italy is badly. 3 U19 players are tired and the rest of players are low level. Belgium can win against Italy with more 20 points of difference. Italy is also too light.

Serbia is not too good (is Italy badly!!). Serbia miss some important players to injury. I think today match against Ucraina is very tought for her.

Slovenia is not good, Spain easy win.

Belgium and Spain are best team. After I see France and Russia.

carlo
08-05-2011, 07:16 PM
Today Italy strongly challenged favorite Belgium and both teams were tied at 51 with less than 5’ left, but Belgium had more fuel and made a final rush while Italian girls insisted on shooting from 3s, missing several baskets and finally surrendered to Meesseman & Co.
Nothing is lost for the Italians, but they need to play again strongly with Ukraine tomorrow.
Spain crushed Poland with the most impressive game of the day, while France outscored Czech Republic 37-16 in the second half earning another win. PG Esther Niamke had 18pts while shooting 4/5 from 3s.
Netherlands, Serbia and Sweden all are 2-0 and expected to go through the next round.
Russia continued its negative streak with Turkey and now is risking to fail the qualifications.

Billy
08-06-2011, 09:02 AM
Sweden won rather easily against Romania and have therefor won the group from what I can gather. They play a meaningless group game against Russia today, a team that have been eliminated(!) already.
A bit of a shocker but thats the way things go I guess.

carlo
08-06-2011, 09:12 AM
That's right, Russia is eliminated irrespectively from today's result.
Rather surprising imo.

carlo
08-06-2011, 07:20 PM
Prelimin round completed, with Spain, Belgium, Sweden and France the most impressive teams in these first 3 days.
The qualification round seems to be well balanced with the top 4 teams evenly spread in the two groups.

stefanobet(.com)
08-07-2011, 08:48 AM
Spain is another planet..

Win this EC against Belgium in final. I think easy.

Sweden is good team and I think fight against France for bronze medal. I think Swede is a little bit good than France

stefanobet(.com)
08-08-2011, 12:22 PM
Lituania has (maybe) the worst team of ever:eek:

carlo
08-08-2011, 02:50 PM
It's a good match with Russia...today another loss with Slovakia.

carlo
08-09-2011, 07:59 PM
The "Big 4" contenders are all cruising through the qualification round.
Tomorrow the big clash Spain-Sweden and Belgium-France to define the first places.
With another loss (to Czech Republic) Italy is almost out the best 8, today again had very poor shooting (21%) and was outrebounded.
Russia registered the first win !

carlo
08-12-2011, 07:32 PM
In today's quarters, while Spain and France crushed their respective opponents (Holland and Poland) the two last games provided enough thrill.
Serbia, ahead by 4 with 1' to play missed a crucial ft and shot by its top scorer Kovacevic and Sweden won by 1pt.
Belgium was down 51-58 with 3' to go, but went on a 9-0 run over a Turkish team that had been ahead in the 2nd half. Emma Meesseman again with a huge double-double (24+12).
Semi finals:
France-Sweden
Spain-Belgium

In a classification game Czech Republic edged Romania in the OT after host team had a strong come back to tie the score at the end of Q4, and will play Italy for the 9th place.

Russia won its 3rd straight game over Slovakia, taking the lead of the "relegation group".

carlo
08-13-2011, 07:25 PM
In today's biggest upset Belgium defeated super favorite Spain 65-63.
Spain was ahead for most of the game and led 63-54 with 4' to go. At this point Belgian team rallied furiously scoring 11 unanswered points. At -7" with the score tied, Emma Meesseman was fouled and connected both FT.
Both Meesseman and Julie Vanloo had 21pts, while Astou Ndour got another double-double (22-10) for Spain.

In the title game Belgium will challenge tomorrow powerhouse France, that crushed Sweden 80-37.

In its 4th straight win, Russia reached first in the tournament 100pts destroying Ukraine (106-51) and avoiding relegation. Had Russia played so well at the beginning, would have easily reached at least the quarters.

carlo
08-14-2011, 07:03 PM
Belgium is gold, dominating France in the title game 77-49.
Emma Meesseman had 25pts (she should deserve the MVP award!) and Julie Vanloo 18. No French player scored in double digits. Belgium team scoring was 49% (vs 29% of France).
In the qualifications French team beat Belgium by 20, but the game today was close just in the first Q.

Spain earned the bronze, bouncing back from yesterday deception, defeating Sweden.

Netherlands 5th over Poland

Turkey 7th beating Serbia

Czech Republic 9th fighting off Italy

Then, Slovenia, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and relegated Ukraine and Lithuania.

wardjdim
08-14-2011, 07:32 PM
Bravo to Belgium (my early pick for winning it all). Golden generation overall!

Bravo to Antonia Delaere, my proud avatar ;)

carlo
08-14-2011, 09:09 PM
Belgium center Emma Meesseman named tournament MVP.

Also named to the All Star team:

G Julie Vanloo, Belgium
G Esther Niamke, France
SF Andrea Vilarò, Spain
C Astou Ndour, Spain

http://u18women.fibaeurope.com/en/coid_a5bDDMBYJcEWoprh-P6JM0.articleMode_on.html

carlo
08-15-2011, 06:24 AM
Croatia won the Div B title behind MVP Ivana Tikvic (who averaged 20ppg and 12.6rpg) defeating Greece, led by All Star Artemis Spanou.
Both finalists are promoted to Div A.
Croatia, not with its best possible selection, defeated several Div A teams in preparation of the championship, among them Spain.