Estonian U16 National Team has just returned from Sweden. They participated at the traditional Nordic Cup tournament in Solna. Estonia unfortunately lost all of their five games. Iceland tipped off their campaign with a 58:48 victory over Estonia. The teams were tied at 28 at the end of the first half. But Iceland limited their opponents to 20 points in the second part of the game and claimed a comfortable victory at the end. Eva Kristjansdottir (180-F-97) posted 19 points and 7 boards for Iceland. Thora Jonsdottir added 16 points in the victory. Darja Dikalenko (163-PG-97) answered with 13 points for Estonia. Siiri Kliimson had 12 points in defeat. Next Finland took on Estonia. It was a lopsided affair as Finland cruised to a 92:37 victory. Selina Dockery came up with 19 points to pace Finland. Iina Salmenkivi had 18 points, while Sandra Karsten notched 12 points for the winning side. Laura Reissar (171-PG-97) and Mariann Adelbert (189-C-98) replied with 10 points each for Estonia. Estonia then surrendered against Sweden 25:66 to suffer the third straight loss. The home team established a 36:14 halftime lead. They held Estonia to 11 points in the second half to record a convincing win at the end. Olivia Bringefalt (188-PF-97) and Adriana Camber (174-F-97) dropped 12 points each for Sweden. Kristen Seman added 9 points in the victory. Laura Reissar answered with 7 points for Estonia. Estonia next took on Denmark. The Estonian youngsters came up with arguably the best performance at the tournament but still could not avoid a 52:70 loss. Estonia stuck around throughout the first quarter. They trailed by just 2 points after the opening quarter 16:18. Denmark stretched the lead to 8 points at halftime 28:36. The gap continue to grow in the second half as Denmark eventually got away with a comfortable win. Enna Pehadzic (176-G/F-97) stepped up with 23 points and 8 boards for Denmark. Sarah Mortensen added 19 points and 11 boards for the winners. Kadri Uiga (183-F-97) responded with 13 points and 10 boards for Estonia. Darja Dikalenko netted 10 points in the loss. Estonia also lost their final game at the tournament. They yielded against Norway 36:58. Andrea Raa stepped up with 17 points for the winners. Ulrikke Hoff had 9 points for Norway. Laura Reissar replied with 12 points for Estonia.
FCR Media/Rapla KK claimed NKML title in Estonia. They beat Tallinna Ulikool 3-1 in the Final series clinching the 92-80 win last night. Pirgit Puu (168-G-88) top-scored for the winners with 30 points and Laina Mesila-Kaarmann (186-C/F-87) notched 22. Francis Donders followed them with 15 points in a win. Samantha Mackay (173-G-91, college: Dayton, agency: Interperformances) replied with 24 points in the losing effort, whilst Rosemary Rits(180-F-92) nailed 16. [read more]
TLU (University of Tallinn) led the game for whole 40 minutes and won the Game 2 of Estonian Championship finals against Rapla 77:64 (37:26) to even the series to 1:1. Viive Kai Rebane (183-F-89, college: Binghamton) led the winners with a great double-double - 25+14 rbs. Trine Kasemagi (190-C-95) added 18 + 12 rbs and Mirjam Nikolai(178-G-86) 16 + 5 ast. Laila Mesila-Kaarmann had 23 points in losing effort. TLU dominated the rebounds by a huge margin - 46:24 (offensive - 13:4). The hos... [read more]
TLU (University of Tallinn) led the game for whole 40 minutes and won the Game 2 of Estonian Championship finals against Rapla 77:64 (37:26) to even the series to 1:1. Viive Kai Rebane (183-F-89, college: Binghamton) led the winners with a great double-double - 25+14 rbs. Trine Kasemagi (190-C-95) added 18 + 12 rbs and Mirjam Nikolai (178-G-86) 16 + 5 ast. Laila Mesila-Kaarmann had 23 points in losing effort. TLU dominated the rebounds by a huge margin - 46:24 (offensive - 13:4).
The hosts went ahead 19:4 with less than seven minutes played, making 9/14 but also having three offensive rebounds while Rapla made only 2 of their first 10 shots. TLU won the 1st quarter 23:12 and had a double-digit lead for most of the 2nd quarter. In 3rd, Rapla closed the gap to 6 but a 9:2 run by TLU took them firmly ahead 48:35. It was 54:47 with a quarter to go and the defending champions couldn't reach closer than 6 points whereas Sam Mackay made a crucial three-pointer and TLU maintained a total dominance under opponents' board to stay safe.
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