August 5th, 2012
European U18 Women's Basketball Championships (in Strumica, Macedonia)
Sport Hall Nikola Karev
Latvia 72 Austria 32
The last day of the tournament meant a number of classification matches. The one I decided to attend was the 5th/6th place match because it was at a hall I hadn't seen before. Again, the weather was awfully hot (40C), and the hall had almost no fresh air coming in. I don't think I had ever been so hot at an indoor sporting event.
The hall actually belongs to a local high school, and to be fair it was very rough around the edges. I was actually kind of surprised it was hosting a European Championships. The seating consisted of a few chairs on an elevated platform. Almost no one was at the match, just a few locals and some Austrian supporters.
As to be expected the match wasn't of the best quality. Both teams were tired, hot, and classification matches sometimes have little importance. Latvia didn't shoot as well in the 2nd half, and the score should have been much higher than it actually was.