June 26, 2021
The first two games in Valencia on Saturday related to qualification places for the next world championship. Jonquel Jones and Bosnia and Herzegovina went to work early to roll past Sweden 82-63 for one spot. Hosts Spain knew they had a tough test and it was Raisa Musina that led Russia to a 79-74 win. The result means that they must still wait for confirmation of their return to the global stage as Spain will knock them out if they win the gold medal at the Olympics.
Sweden vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina 63-82 SWE E. Eldebrink 14 Loyd 13 F. Eldebrink 9/6a Fontaine 9 Ekh 5 Johansson 4/6r Drammeh 4 E. Nystron 3 Lundquist 2 A. Nystrom 0 Visscher 0 Hersler DNP BIH Jones 34/19r Babic 17/7a Dzombeta 8 Dzebo 8 Deura 7 Tavic 4 Brcaninovic 3 Domuzin 1 A. Delic 0 N. Delic 0 Gajic DNP Vrancic DNP
Spain vs. Russia 74-79 ESP Cazorla 19 Ndour 15 Rodriguez 15 Carrera 11 Ouvina 8/6a Gil 2/6r Dominguez 2 Palau 2 Conde 0 Casas 0 Ginzo DNP Quevedo DNP RUS Musina 20/9r Levchenko 15/9a Vadeeva 14/10r Glonti 11/6r Shilova 9 Komarova 6 Kurilchuk 3 Shtanko 0 Goldyreva 0 Ogun 0 Shabanova DNP
The first semifinal saw Alex Bentley lead Belarus again, but they could not overcome Endy Miyem and France, losing 73-61. The second game was expected to be a good one and it more than lived up to the hype as Serbia edged the second half and just managed to fend off Belgium 74-73.
Belarus vs. France 61-73 BLR Bentley 23 Verameyenka 14/13r Hasper 6/8r Likhtarovich 6 Rytsikava 5 Papova 4 Ziuzkova 3 Tarasava 0 Inkina 0 Karasevich DNP Vasilevich DNP Brych DNP FRA Miyem 24/7r Johannes 9/7a Williams 8 Chartereau 7 Duchet 7 Gruda 6/10r Ciak 6/7r Vukosavljevic 5 Michel 1 Tchatchouang 0 Epoupa 0 Rupert DNP
Serbia vs. Belgium 74-73 SRB Vasic 16/8r Crvendakic 15 Jovanovic 9 Krajisnik 9 Anderson 8 Dabovic 6 Brooks 4/7r Cado 3 Skoric 2 Butulija 2 Dugalic 0 Jankovic DNP BEL Allemand 18 Delaere 14/8a K. Mestdagh 11 Meesseman 8/7r Linskens 8/6r H. Mestdagh 7 Bi. Massey 5 Geldof 2 Vanloo 0 Nauwelaers 0 Carpreaux DNP Be. Massey DNP