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Day 2 of Second Stage in Latvia - Jul 23, 2013

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Group E
Lithuania - Russia 59-68
Russia survive Lithuanian battle at the U18 European Championship. Russia posted a 68:59 win for 3-1 record in Group E. Lithuania meanwhile dropped at 2-2 record and will need a victory tomorrow in order to advance to the Quarterfinals. Russia have booked a spot in the U18 European Championship quarter-finals. They started the game with an 18-7 lead but saved 8 points advantage at the halftime. Alexander Martynov (195-G/F-95) opened the second half for 35:25 lead and Viacheslav Fedorchenko (190-G-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) scored for 41:32. Gavrilov later scored three free throws for 48:34 deficit. Lithuania closed the game with a 25-20 run but managed to reduce to final 9 points. Viacheslav Fedorchenko stepped up with 21 points for the winners and Ivan Viktorov netted 14. Alexander Martynov brought 12, whilst Ilya Popov had 6. Ricardas Verbickas (186-G-95) answered with 15 points in defeat and Domantas Sabonis had 12. Haroldas Saprykinas nailed 10 points and Augustas Suliauskas added 7.

France - Czech Republic 71-73
Czech Republic claimed a valuable victory over France at the Second Stage of the U18 European Championship. Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) posted 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Czech team to 2-2 record in Group E. France slipped at 3-1 record after the loss. Czech Republic stayed dominant throughout the first half. They enjoyed a 21:15 lead after ten minutes of action. Czech Republic maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They ensured a 42:35 halftime advantage. But Les Bleus turned things around in the third term. France stiffened defensively and spurred ahead for a narrow 56:54 lead at the final break. But Matej Svoboda and Peterka connected from beyond the arc as Czech Republic quickly regained the lead in the fourth frame. Pechacek soon made it an 8-point game. Damien Inglis (204-PF-95) and Axel Bouteille (198-F-95) dragged France within two 71:73 late in regulation but Czech Republic held on to snatch the victory. Jiri Soula (187-SG-95) finished with 13 points, while Radovan Kouril and Matej Svoboda netted 11 points each for the winners. Axel Bouteille responded with 21 points for France. Damien Inglis chipped in 14 points in the losing effort.

Bosnia - Serbia 51-77
Serbia earned the second consecutive win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They bruised Bosnia and Herzegovina for 2-2 record in Group E. Vasilije Vucetic (206-C/F-96) paced balanced effort with 10 points. Bosnia and Herzegovina fell at 0-4 record in the ladder. Serbia jumped to an early 22:9 lead. They held Bosnia to 7 points in the second period to ensure a 45:16 halftime advantage. Serbia boosted their lead in the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by as many as 32 points. Bosnia and Herzegovina outscored their opponents in the fourth frame but could not threaten Serbia at the end. Dejan Davidovac and Bozidar Babovic produced 9 points each for the winning side. Imran Polutak (209-C-96) answered with 16 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dino Alic chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Group F
United Kingdom - Italy 37-57
Italy rout England on Tuesday night of the U18 European Championship in Division A. The Italian side improved to 2-2 record after a 57:37 win. England meanwhile fell at 1-3 record in Group F. Both teams entered the game with 1-2 records and looked forward achieving the second victory. Italy erupted with a 12-2 surge in the first period and had 8-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover Italy dominated the second half as well and posted two victories. They came up with 12-8 run in the third quarter and finished the game with 21-13 rally. Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) paced all the winners with 19 points and Nicola Akele (195-G-95) nailed 10. Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) delivered 9, whilst Jacopo Vedovato had 8. Kingsley Okoroh (216-C-95) answered with 8 points in defeat and Morayoninuoluwa Soluade had 7. Jules Dang Akodo delivered 6 points in the losing effort.

Latvia - Turkey 62-64
Turkey just prevailed over Latvia at the U18 European Championship today. Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) nailed 19 points to lead Turkey as they climbed at 4-0 record on top of Group F. Latvia fell at 2-2 record after the defeat. The hosts surged ahead in the opening frame. Latvia ensured a 20:13 lead following ten minutes of action. Turkey cut the deficit in the second stanza. They got within 4 points at the interval 34:30. Turkey erased the deficit in the third term. Solid defence helped them enter the fourth frame tied with Latvia at 47. The lead changed hands throughout intense fourth frame. Okben Ulubay sparked a 10:0 run for Turkey as they claimed a 64:59 lead with 31 seconds remaining. Andzejs Pasecniks (211-C-95, college: VEF skola) dropped a three-pointer to put Latvia closer but they ran out of time. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) chipped in 10 points, while Kartal Ozmizrak had 9 points for the winners. Andzejs Pasecniks answered with 24 points for Latvia. Kristaps Porzingis had 13 points and 12 boards in the loss.

Spain - Croatia 64-63
Spain secured the first win at the Second Stage of the U18 European Championship. They narrowly defeated Croatia for 2-2 record in Group F. Agusti Sans (195-SG-95) came up with 25 points to lead the winning team. Croatia fell at 1-3 record after the defeat. The Croats opened the game with five straight points. They dominated throughout the opening quarter and raced to a 17:11 lead after ten minutes. Spain cut the deficit in the second frame but could not pull ahead. Croatia arrived at the interval up by two points 37:35. Agusti Sans triggered a 14:0 run in the third period as Spain surged ahead for a 52:43 lead. Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) and Mazalin erased the deficit and put team on level terms at 54. Ilimane Diop (209-C-95), Marc Garcia and Agusti Sans gave Spain a 64:56 advantage with under three minutes remaining. However Marko Arapovic (208-C/F-96) and Mazalin restored the intrigue trimming the deficit to a single point 63:64. Agusti Sans and Bosnjak traded misses in the dying seconds as Spain got away with a tough win. Ilimane Diop accounted for 12 points, while Jose Nogues, Juan Hernangomez and Marc Garcia had 6 points each for the winners. Tomislav Gabric and Marko Arapovic answered with 13 points each for Croatia.

Group G
Ukraine - Greece 51-76
Greece registered the second consecutive win at the classification round Group G of the U18 European Championship. They overwhelmed Ukraine for 2-0 record. Alexandros Spyridonidis (190-PG-95) nailed 18 points for the winners. Greece eked out a 16:13 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine turned things their way in the second frame. They surged ahead and snatched a 28:27 halftime advantage. But the Hellenes struck back after the big break. Greece went off the locker rooms firing from all guns. They unleashed 34 points in the third stanza to ensure a massive 24-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Ukraine could not recover from the blow as Greece marched to the victory in the fourth stanza. Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) netted 16 points, while Dimitrios Stamatis chipped in 13 points for the winners. Oleksandr Antypov (202-F-95) answered with 12 points for Ukraine. Igor Boyarkin had 10 points in the losing case.

Bulgaria - Slovenia 77-85
Slovenia celebrated the first win at the classification round of U18 European Championship. They defeated Bulgaria for 1-1 record in Group G. Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) nailed 29 points, issued 13 assists, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 4 steals to orchestrate victory. Bulgaria slipped at 0-2 record. The teams traded baskets throughout the opening frame. Bulgaria and Slovenia were tied at 22-all after ten minutes. Things did not change in the second frame. The teams went neck and neck throughout the reminder of the first half. The scoreboard read 37:37 at halftime. Bulgaria pulled ahead in the third period. They erupted for 30 points and gained a 7-point lead at the final intermission. But Slovenia found the way to recover. Matic Rebec nailed 10 points in the quarter triggering a 25:10 run that sealed the win for his team. Ziga Zatezic (196-SG-95) finished with 14 points, while Domen Janc added 10 points for the winners. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) answered with 30 points and 10 rebounds for Bulgaria. Aleksandar Milov chipped in 11 points in the loss.


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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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