Chasing gold and the return to Division A

Chasing the Gold… Tournament review after Day 5

4 teams will enter stage two of the competition with a perfect 4-0 record. But none of them had it easy.

  Slovenia were pushed to the final minutes of their game against Ireland, Clare Melia was in fine form for the Irish amassing 25 points. Slovenia finally found a player who could slow her down when Sofric checked into the game with 5 minutes to go. The experience of Friskovec and Kroselj showed down the stretch and Slovenia will benefit from two days rest.

  Sweden also didn’t have it all their own way, Denmark nearly proved to be the thorn in their side. The game was tied 51-51 with 3 minutes to go but Lundquist and Uhrstrom came up with big 3 pointers and clutch FT’s to give my pre-tournament favorites a perfect record.

 Poland needed the fantastic performance of Makurat to get passed the Greek onslaught, in a very physical game the 2000 born PG was in fine form ending with a Triple double double 13 pts, 12 rebs 11 assists.

  

Group D was in my opinion the most competitive with only the host nation looking unlikely to secure a single win. Bizarrely on paper they have the best result against Belarus who hold a perfect record. However I was at the game and the coach removed his starters after the first two minutes so the result is not a reflection on the other teams in Group D Lithuania could make noise in the top 8 

I think there will be some great games in the coming days, best wishes to all players and coaches I wish I could be there but for me it’s off to Porto for Division A 

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