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Croatia and Turkey advance into Final - Jul 27, 2013

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Turkey - Spain 77-75
Turkey snatched a narrow victory over Spain in the second semifinal clash at the U18 European Championship in Riga tonight. Kerem Kanter (203-PF-95) posted 22 points and 8 rebounds to lead Turkey into the championship game. They will now face Croatia for the title. Spain will play versus Latvia in the consolation final tomorrow. Spain dominated throughout three first quarters. They took a 22:19 lead after ten minutes of action. Alberto Martin (185-PG-95) boosted the margin to double digits midway through the second term 35:23. Turkey managed to cut the deficit at 7-point mark at the interval 34:41. Spain stayed in control throughout the third period. They established a 53:44 lead heading into the final stanza. But Turkey went on a massive 24:2 run early in the fourth period to take a 68:56 lead. Hernangomez and Sans tried to revive the intrigue as their back-to-back three-pointers put Spain within one with 3 seconds remaining. But Sipahi sank one free throw to seal the win for Turkey at the end. Dogukan Sanli (191-G-95, agency: 1x1 Sports) chipped in 16 points, while Kartal Ozmizrak added 10 points for the winners. Alberto Martin, Jose Nogues (204-PF-95) and Ilimane Diop provided 12 points each in the loss.

Latvia - Croatia 68-72
Croatia earned the victory over hosting Latvia to reach Final at the U18 European Championship. Paolo Marinelli (191-G-95) nailed 16 points, grabbed 5 boards and distributed 5 assists to lead the winners. Latvia aggressively started the game. The hosts built a 23:18 lead after ten minutes. They dominated throughout the second frame. Latvia established a 39:30 halftime lead. But Croatia turned things around in the third period. The Balkan team ignited a 20:9 run to arrive at the final intermission up by 2 points 48:50. Croatia nailed 10 points straight points at the start of the final stanza to secure a 60:48 lead. Ivars Zvigurs (198-SF-95) and Geks cut the deficit at just two points 63:65 with less than two minutes remaining. However Domagoj Bosnjak accounted for 5 points and Paolo Marinelli added two more from the stripe as Croatia escaped with the victory. Karlo Zganec (206-C/F-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) had 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Domagoj Bosnjak added 13 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Ivars Zvigurs answered with 18 points for Latvia. Andzejs Pasecniks had 17 points in the loss.
5-8 Place
Russia - Lithuania 77-84
Lithuania will play for the fifth place at the U18 European Championship. They outgunned Russian counterparts in Riga today. Domantas Sabonis (205-F/C-96) posted 19 points to lead the winners. Russia looked better side early in the game. They posted a 24:19 lead ten minutes into the game. Russia stayed in charge throughout the second frame. They accumulated a 42:35 halftime lead. But the Baltic team gradually came back into the contest. Lithuania narrowed the deficit to a single point 57:58 at the final break. Lithuania unloaded 27 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the win at the end. Zydrunas Jurgutis (180-PG-95) netted 17 points, while Ricardas Verbickas added 15 points for the winners. Alexander Martynov (195-G/F-95) answered with 20 points for Russia. Sergey Zhulkov chipped in 16 points in the loss.

Serbia - France 77-66
Serbia will play for the fifth position at the U18 European Championship. They held off France to set up the clash versus Lithuania on Sunday. France will face Russia on the final day of the tournament. Ognjen Jaramaz (191-PG-95) stepped up with 26 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Serbia started off strong. They nailed 24 points in the opening frame and gained a 7-point lead after the starting quarter. France cut the deficit in the second period. Les Bleus adjusted defensively and got within one 35:36 at halftime. France put their noses in front early in the third term but not for long. Serbia used a 13:2 run to secure a 53:44 lead midway through the third term. The Balkan team entered the fourth period up by 6 points 56:50. Dejan Davidovac and Ognjen Jaramaz gave Serbia a 62:52 lead early in the fourth frame and they never looked back en route to the victory. Vasilije Vucetic (206-C/F-96) provided 14 points, while Dejan Davidovac added 13 points for the winners. Damien Inglis (204-PF-95) answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds for France. Etienne Ory and Lenny Charles-Catherine had 9 points apiece in the defeat.
9-12 Place
Czech Republic - United Kingdom 62-85
England clinched the second straight win at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Czech Republic in the classification round today. Luke Nelson (192-G-95) topscored with 22 points for the winners. England eked out a 20:19 lead after ten minutes of action. They stretched the gap in the second period. England arrived at the interval up by 8 points 43:35. Czech Republic struggled to get closer in the third term. England accounted for a 62:53 lead at the final intermission. They went on a massive 23:9 run in the final quarter and sealed the victory at the end. Jules Dang (195-PG-96) netted 12 points, while Tyrell Isaacs added 11 points for the winning side. Jiri Soula (187-SG-95) answered with 15 points for Czech Republic. Martin Peterka had 10 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Italy - Greece 82-62
Italy edged Greece in the 9th-12th place classification round at the U18 European Championship. The Azzurri will now take on the winners of Czech Republic vs. England clash for the ninth position at the tournament. Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) netted 19 points and grabbed 6 boards to lead the winners. The Hellenes snatched a 21:18 lead after the starting period. Italy picked up the tempo in the second term. They ignited a 20:12 run to build a 38:33 halftime advantage. The Azzurri maintained the lead throughout the third period. They arrived at the final intermission up by 7 points 58:51. Italy went on a 24:11 rally in the final term to seal the victory. Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) provided 19 points for Italy. Vittorio Nobile added 10 points for the winners. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) and Georgios Papadionysioy had 11 points each in the loss.
13-16 Place
Bulgaria - Bosnia 57-72
Bosnia and Herzegovina stepped closer to avoiding relegation at the U18 European Championship. They overcame Bulgaria and would fight for the rescuing 13th position in the ladder. Davor Karamatic (200-F-95) posted 23 point and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Bulgaria got to the better start in the first period. They posted a 16:12 lead after ten minutes. Bosnia and Herzegovina cut the deficit in the second term. They got within a single point at halftime 30:29. The breakthrough for Bosnia happened in the third term. They went on a massive 25:9 run in the quarter to gain a 15-point lead heading into the fourth term. The teams traded baskets throughout the final stanza as Bosnia secured the victory at the end. Sandro Gacic (196-SG-96) netted 20 points, while Nedim Tunovic added 6 points for the winners. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Bulgaria. Evgeni Hadzhirusev chipped in 9 points in the losing case.

Slovenia - Ukraine 63-68
Ukraine gained a crucial win at the U18 European Championship. They overcame Slovenia in Riga today to stay hopeful of their Division A spot for the next season. Ukraine will fight against relegation versus Bosnia and Herzegovina tomorrow. Slovenia lost their Division A spot with the loss tonight. Yevgen Sakhniuk (201-PF-95) posted 17 points for the winners. Ukraine eked out a 13:11 lead after ten minutes of action. They boosted the gap in the second term. Ukraine accumulated a 32:27 halftime lead. Slovenia however denied the deficit in the third term. Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) put them in front 37:36. Slovenia led by as many as six points but Ukraine evened things up at 46 heading into the fourth frame. Ukraine opened the fourth frame with eight points in a row to surge ahead. Matic Rebec and Jure Ritlop erased the deficit and gave Slovenia a 56:54 lead. Slovenia led by five points 60:55 with under three minutes remaining. But Ukraine sparked an 11:0 rally to clinch a 66:60 lead with 50 seconds remaining. Zatezic drained a triple but Yevgen Sakhniuk sank a jumper after an offensive rebound to seal the win for Ukraine. Stanislav Kudrya (189-PG-95) chipped in 15 points, while Andrii Shalamov added 12 points for the winners. Matic Rebec answered with 20 points, 10 assists and 6 boards for Slovenia. Jure Ritlop and Jan Dolensek had 11 points each in the loss.   

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Serbia clinch Gold in Slovakia - 12 days ago
FINAL Spain - Serbia 62-74 Serbia celebrated Gold medals in Slovakia. They topped Spain in the title game. Nikola Miskovic (207-G/F-99) posted 23 points to lead the champions. The victory marked the first Gold for Serbia since 2009. Spain eked out a 29:28 halftime lead. But Serbia stepped on the gas in the second half. They used a 21:11 run in the third term to take a 9-point lead. Serbia poured in 25 points in the fourth quarter to rally to the win. Marko Pecarski (208-C-00) had 14 poin...   [read more]

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European Championships U18 Final Standings
 1. Serbia
 2. Spain
 3. Lithuania
 4. Turkey
 5. Italy
 6. France
 7. Greece
 8. Bosnia
 9. Russia
 10. Finland
 11. Germany
 12. Ukraine
 13. Montenegro.
 14. Slovenia
 15. Slovakia
 16. Latvia

European Championships U18 Final Standings Div.B
 1. Croatia
 2. U.Kingdom
 3. Estonia
 4. Israel
 5. Poland
 6. Holland
 7. Bulgaria
 8. Denmark
 9. Belgium
 10. Iceland
 11. Portugal
 12. Hungary
 13. Czech Rep.
 14. Sweden
 15. Romania
 16. FYR Macedon.
 17. Austria
 18. Georgia
 19. Switzerland
 20. Belarus
 21. Albania
 22. Azerbaijan
 23. Luxembourg
 24. Ireland
European Championships U18 Standings
Group A
 1. Cyprus 2-1 
 2. Kosovo 2-1 
 3. Norway 2-1 
 4. Armenia 0-3 
Group B
 1. Malta 3-0 
 2. Moldova 2-1 
 3. San Marino 1-2 
 4. Gibraltar 0-3 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Avg: 21
 1. Campara, BIH21.0 
 2. Sanon, UKR19.3 
 3. Simonovic, MNT17.7 
 4. Moraitis, GRE16.8 
 5. Saybir, TUR16.4 
 6. Atar, TUR16.4 
 7. Martinez, ESP15.9 
 8. Velicka, LTU15.3 
 9. Fevrier, FRA15.0 
 10. Kralj, SLO14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Jantunen, FIN12.6 
 2. Zeliznak, SVK8.4 
 3. Simonovic, MNT8.4 
 4. Pecarski, SRB8.3 
 5. Atar, TUR7.9 
 6. Kadasi, SVK7.4 
 7. Herkenhoff, GER7.4 
 8. Ehigitor, ESP7.2 
 9. Shashkov, RUS7.1 
 10. Velicka, LTU7.0 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Velicka, LTU6.4 
 2. Pajola, ITA5.0 
 3. Akay, TUR5.0 
 4. Vulikic, SRB4.9 
 5. Heinonen, FIN4.4 
 6. Klavzar, SLO4.0 
 7. Moraitis, GRE4.0 
 8. Cuevas, ESP3.7 
 9. Uskokovic, SRB3.7 
 10. Atelbauers, LAT3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Yusuf SANON
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Sanon, UKR3.4 
 2. Trapani, ITA3.1 
 3. Moraitis, GRE2.8 
 4. Kamperidis, GRE2.6 
 5. Grytsak, UKR2.6 
 6. Heinonen, FIN2.4 
 7. Khomenko, RUS2.4 
 8. Zampini, ITA2.3 
 9. Jantunen, FIN2.3 
 10. Heine, SLO2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Guglielmo CARUSO
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Caruso, ITA1.9 
 2. Kadasi, SVK1.7 
 3. Vigori, ITA1.4 
 4. Jantunen, FIN1.3 
 5. Pavelka, SVK1.3 
 6. Atar, TUR1.3 
 7. Voinalovych, UKR1.3 
 8. Grytsak, UKR1.3 
 9. Sarr, FRA1.2 
 10. Simonovic, MNT1.1 
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