Sweden Gets Slovakia Out Of Quarter Finals Slovakia 57-Sweden 59

With a spot in quarter finals at stake both teams went out strong, playing tough defense and trading during all the first quarter to finish tied at 16. 12 from Sweden points came from Fahriya Adbi and Salome Kabegano who scored 7 and 5 pts respectively.
In the second Sweden came out with a 10-0 run, leaving Slovakia scoreless in the first three minutes and leading to Martin Pospisil timeout after which his team stepped up defensively, only allowing Sweden 2 pts in the next 2:30 but just scoring five points that although lead to Sweden timeout with 28-21 at the score.

After the timeout defense and fouls took the starring role since with 4:30 remaining for the break none of the teams would score a field goal. From the charity stripe Sweden got its biggest lead, 35-21, and from there too Slovakia closed the gap to enter the break trailing 37-26.
After the break tough defenses and struggling offenses came back. With a big defensive effort Slovakia managed to close the gap and getting into two points after a basket from Sabina Oroszova with 2:45 remaining, 43-41, but just then Sweden scored five straight points to take a break (48-41) before entering the fourth 50-44 ahead.

Slovakia got into two points again after two minutes, 53-51, leading to Fredrik Jolulamo’s timeout. Then the trade was every two minutes. Amanda Zahui would make it 55-51 after 2 minutes, and Marta Palenikova made it 55-53 with 3:30 remaining and then the trade begin to go “faster” and with 50 seconds remaining Martina Kissová tied the game 57-57. Mia Hakim drew the foul in the next Sweden offense and scored the freebies for the victory, 59-57. Slovakia could not even draw a foul in a game in whigh officials let a lot of play and Slovakia wouldn’t make it to quarter finals.

Farhiya Adbi scored 20 pts for Sweden and Amanza Zahuí added 16 pts and 13 boards.
In Slovakia Martina Kissová had 18 pts, Marta Paleniková 16 and Sabina Oroszova 12 and 7 boards.

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