The Slovenia Times

Slovenia crowned U18 women's European champions


Slovenia made history by winning their first ever U18 Women's European Basketball Championship crown, having cruised to the title without losing a single game at tournament in Turkey.

Slovenia beat France 63:61 in a gripping final in Konya on 9 July.

Lea Bartelme scored 22 points for Slovenia, to go with 6 rebounds and 5 assists, and the team's best shooter, Ajša Sivka contributed 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Both Bartelme and Sivka made the All-Star Five of the tournament and Sivka was also named most valuable player.

The team's coach Ernest Novak described the achievement as incredible.

"We played really well throughout the tournament, we grew from game to game and showed incredible maturity in the most important game," he said, congratulating the girls and the staff.

Slovenia v France highlights, FIBA

Going into the final, Slovenia beat Finland, Germany and Czechia in the preliminary round, Israel in the best of 16, Hungary in the quarter-finals and Serbia in the semis.


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