Posted by Arild Sandven
&ball;June 30, 2022
An 11-0 run early in the fourth period was a decision for Norway’s U16 boys, who became the first Norwegian team on the boys’ side to beat Estonia in the Nordic championship.
U16 men Norway – Estonia 66-63
U16 women Norway – Estonia 60-77
U18 men Norway – Estonia 54-106
With 66-63 came the beloved U16 team’s first victory in a championship, after they got backwards in the opening match against Iceland (10-25 after the 1st period) and lost 77-91.
At the same time, it was Norway’s second victory in five hours and a solid sequel to the U18 girls’ triumph against the Estonians. And thus the first time a Norwegian team beats Estonia in one of the boys’ classes in the Nordic championship, where the Estonians are specially invited as the sixth team.
– Extremely nice to land the first victory, and a team winner, stated team captain and playmaker Oscar Hellebust.
– The intensity and pressure we met against Iceland in the first match was something completely different than what we meet in Norway, but today we were better equipped and had made a good plan, the Ullern player said.
11-0 races decided
In an even and intense match, Estonia led 56-55 a few minutes in the fourth period when Norway went to:
Elias Demoniere drove to punish and put both, Ludvik Bergseng put a three-point, Elias hit from outside, Sivert Nordheim drove free in the field and hit – and Oscar Hellebust pulled on several Estonian defenders before serving a completely free William Kruse. 11-0 in three minutes and Norwegian 10-point lead 66-56 with 4:23 left.
It seemed run down, but presumably the Norwegian guys thought so too – and relaxed a bit. You do not do that with impunity against a tough Baltic opponent.
– We lose a little head and lose momentum in the match, Baard Stoller acknowledged.
– We have built a 10-point lead and are far too satisfied with our soul. But 10 points is not so much in the basket, and we must focus more on what it takes to secure the lead. But our defense at the end was very good. And winning regular matches like this is good for the self-confidence and development of the team, the U16 national team coach believes.
Dominant guard duo
Oscar Hellebust avoided the error problems that put him outside 20 of the first 30 minutes in Iceland on Wednesday, and steered solidly from the point guard.
Together with Elias Demoniere, he forms the best guard pair Norwegian basketball has had in a U-national team in many years. Elias from Centrum Tigers had a great match, became the top scorer with 19 points and put Estonia’s defense to great tests with his speed and his toxic driver.
Dante Olsen got started early, became the attacking weapon he has been in Centrum all season – and ended up with 14 points.
– Dante stands out and Oscar and Elias are very important because they control so much of our game. But players like Ludvik (Bergseng) and William (Kruse) take important backs at the end, and the big players are good at moving, sliding and blocking the opportunity for Estonia to get into the paint. Thus, they stay on the outside and do not get as good shots, explains Baard Stoller.
– Defensively I think is better today against Iceland yesterday, we work harder and are better at removing the transition game to the opponent, they are not allowed to run in as many points.
The Norwegian teams again have Finland, Denmark and Sweden the last three days in the Nordic – normally the three strongest teams.
– We probably have the three toughest matches in the tournament again and have to lift ourselves even more to compete with the Finns, Danish and Swedish, says Stoller.
Scoring Norway: Elias Demoniere 19, Dante Olsen 14, Oscar Hellebust 13, Sivert Nordheim 8, Ludvik Bergseng 6, William Ljones Kruse 3, Luka Zivkovic-Tønder 2, Kristoffer Teigland 1.
Top scorer Estonia: Kermo Sepik 19.
1.94 center to large for Norway
The U16 girls led over Estonia towards the end of the second period (31-29), were two points behind at the break (36-38) and delivered a new, good match in the Nordics – after it was 55-69 against Iceland on Wednesday .
But especially one of the Estonian girls became too difficult to stop:
1.94 m tall Lisa Sirgi towered under both curves and finished with 16 points and 19 rebounds.
In Norway, Lina Blanco opened in style with 8 points after 4 of 4 in the field, but the Ulriken forward had to go out on the bench after a slight overhaul. Hopefully she is back in the last matches against Finland, Denmark and Sweden.
Lisa Priestley became the top scorer for the second day in a row, while both Ida Johansen and Hannah Kristoffersson lifted themselves big in battle and ended up with 10 points each.
Scoring Norway: Sophia Priestley 12, Ida Johansen 10, Hannah Kristoffersson 10, Lina Blanco 8, Aurora Grieg Toyomasu 8, Fanny Dyngeland-Sundén 6, Anna Linnea Hovig Wikstrøm 6.
Top scorer Estonia: Lisa Sirgi and Emma-Mia Küttis 16.
Heavy for the U18 boys
The U18 national team for men has got to know the tough Nordic level in the oldest class, and has conceded over 100 points in both the first two matches. Against Estonia it was 52-106 after Norway had been run from the start and was below 12-28 after the first period.
On Friday, they meet the Finns who beat Sweden 88-68 and who are favorites to win the tournament, while Denmark who are opponents on Saturday lost 71-75 to the Icelandic team who beat Norway 103-76 in an opening match which was far smoother and the end result Narrator.
Scoring Norway: Aksel Hvalgård Borg 11, Amar Pinjo 8, Oliver Bergstad 7, Jonas Øye Hansen 7, Fredrik Kleivdal 7, Bjørn Vestre 6, Christopher Dalland 5, Niklas Sandström 2, Chiemeka Okeke-Nwakamma 1.
Top scorer Estonia: Kaspar Clemet Kuusmaa 20.