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Division A: Results and Stats from Day 2 in Latvia - Jul 19, 2013

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Group A
France - Serbia 65-62
France edged Serbia for the second straight win at the start of the U18 European Championship. Les Bleus remained on top of Group A. Damien Inglis (203-PF-95) was instrumental in the victory tallying 20 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists. Serbia led by six points after ten minutes of action 22:16. The Balkan team maintained the lead throughout the second period. They ensured a 38:32 halftime advantage. But Inglis and Etienne Ory (178-PG-96) opened the second half with back-to-back three-pointers to erase the deficit. They also triggered a 13:0 run from Les Bleus as they gained a 45:38 lead. Serbia managed to erase it as the teams entered the fourth frame tied at 52. Serbia led by two points 60:58 with just over five minutes to go in regulation. Inglis and Etienne Ory made it then 63:60 for France. Aleksa Jugovic cut the distance but Bouteille scored the final two points in the game sealing the victory for Les Bleus. Etienne Ory finished with 17 points, while Guerschon Yabusele contributed 6 points for the winners. Rade Zagorac (201-G/F-95) answered with 13 points for Serbia. Aleksa Jugovic had 11 points and 8 assists in the loss.

Slovenia - Lithuania 69-74
Lithuania claimed the opening win at the U18 European Championship. They fired past Slovenia for 1-1 record in Group A. Paulius Valinskas (191-SG-95) nailed 14 points to lead the winners. Slovenia suffered the second straight defeat at the tournament. Slovenia got to a storming start to the game. They ensured a 30:12 lead after ten minutes. But Lithuania found the way to bounce back. They tuned in defensively and held their opponents to just 7 points in the second term. Lithuania cut the deficit at three-point mark at halftime. Slovenia extended their lead to double digits again in the third frame. Matic Rebec made it 53:43 for the hosts. Ritlop capped the period with a layup to give Slovenia a 57:47 lead. But Lithuania went on a massive 20:3 run midway through the fourth frame to take a 69:62 lead. They did not surrender the advantage in the reminder of the contest and sealed the victory at the end. Domantas Sabonis (205-F/C-96) added 12 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. Ziga Zatezic (196-SG-95) answered with 23 points for Slovenia. Matic Rebec had 20 points and 8 assists in the losing effort.

Group B
Czech Republic - Russia 69-71
Russia eked out the second straight win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They held off pesky Czech Republic today to stay on top of Group B. Alexander Martynov (195-G/F-95) and Viacheslav Fedorchenko (190-G-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) had 22 points each to lead the winners. Czech Republic fell at 1-1 record after the defeat. The Czech team was in control throughout the first half. They grabbed a 24:18 lead after the starting quarter. Czech Republic stretched the gap in the second frame. They established a 48:38 halftime advantage. Czech Republic held Russia to just 12 points in the third term to secure what seemed to be a comfortable 12-point lead before the final stanza 62:50. But Russia refused to surrender. Viacheslav Fedorchenko drained backt-to-back three-pointers midway through the final stanza to put Russia within three 63:66. Alexander Martynov, Viacheslav Fedorchenko and Maleyko gave Russia a 71:68 lead with under two minutes remaining. Pechachek nailed a free throw but missed the second one and later Radovan Kouril (180-PG-95) missed a jumper as Russia got away with the win. Alexander Gankevich netted 8 points for Russia. David Radovan Kouril answered with 11 points for Czech Republic. Marek Mares had 9 points in the losing effort.

Bosnia - Greece 52-51
Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrated the first win at the U18 European Championship. They held off Greece for 1-1 record in Group B. Aleksandar Lazic (198-F/G-96) nailed 13 points to lead the Balkan team. The Hellenes fell at 0-2 record after the defeat. Bosnia and Herzegovina limited their opponents to just 6 points in the first frame to take a 2-point lead. Bosnia maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They recorded a 23:19 halftime advantage. Greece cut the deficit in the third term. The Hellenes pulled ahead for a 32:31 advantage before the fourth frame. Aleksandar Lazic, Lakic and Imran Polutak (205-C-96) gave Bosnia and Herzegovina a 48:43 lead with three minutes remaining. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) and Chatzinikolas dragged Greece within one 51:52 with 39 seconds remaining. Lulic missed two free throws but Dimitrios Stamatis could not capitalize missing a jumper late in regulation. Imran Polutak had 10 points, while Sandro Gacic added 8 points for the winning side. Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) answered with 13 points and 11 rebounds for Greece. Dimitrios Stamatis chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Group C
Bulgaria - Italy 48-97
Italy recorded the first win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. The Azzurri recovered after the starting loss and thrashed Bulgaria for 1-1 record in Group C. Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) posted 21 points to pace the winners. Bulgaria fell at 0-2 record after the defeat. Italy opened the game with an aggressive defence and held Bulgaria to just 6 points in the first ten minutes. The Azzurri unloaded impressive 30 points in the second period to take a 47:20 halftime lead. Italy stayed red hot in the third term. They poured in 27 points in the period to pile up a 75:36 advantage at the final intermission. Italy limited Bulgaria to just 12 points in the fourth frame and raced to the victory at the end. Nicola Akele netted 16 points, while Pierfrancesco Oliva (202-SF-96) chipped in 12 points for the winning side. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) answered with 21 points for Bulgaria. Evgeni Hadzhirusev had 11 points in the loss.

Spain - Latvia 61-66
Latvia claimed the second consecutive victory at the start of the U18 European Championship. The hosts upset Spain to take 2-0 record on top of Group C. Andzejs Pasecniks (211-C-95, college: VEF skola) tallied 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the winning side. Latvia eked out a 13:11 lead after the starting quarter. The hosts stayed in front throughout the second frame. Latvia accumulated a 28:25 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout intense third term. Latvia arrived at the final intermission up by three points 47:44. Latvia went on a 10:0 run early in the fourth frame to ensure a 57:46 advantage with just over six minutes remaining. Spain responded with a furious run to level things up at 61. Davis Geks answered with a triple to silence Spain and then sank two free throws to seal the victory for the home team. Kristaps Gluditis (192-G-95) netted 13 points, while Kristaps Porzingis and Davis Geks added 11 points each for Latvia. Alberto Martin (185-PG-95) answered with 16 points for Spain. Alberto Abalde delivered 12 points in the losing case.

Group D
Croatia - Turkey 76-84
Turkey registered the second straight win at the U18 European Championship campaign. They held off Croatia to remain on top of Group D. Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95) netted 21 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 6 assists to lead the winners. Croatia fell at 1-1 record after the defeat. Croatia looked confident start at the start of the game. They fired 27 points in the opening ten minutes to ensure a 5-point lead. Turkey stopped the rot in the second frame. They adjusted defensively and cut the deficit to 2 points at halftime 45:43. Turkey exploded with a 22:12 rally in the third term. They surged ahead and secured an 8-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Baykan and Emircan Kosut (216-C-95) gave Turkey a 72:57 lead early in the fourth frame. Croatia sparked the intrigue as they managed to clip the deficit at 5-point mark 71:76 with just over three minutes to go. However Kenan Sipahi and Kanter netted four points and Turkey raced to the win at the end. Cedi Osman (195-SG-95) and Emircan Kosut delivered 13 points each for Turkey. Domagoj Bosnjak (197-G/F-95) answered with 19 points for Croatia. Tomislav Gabric had 14 points in the loss.

United Kingdom - Ukraine 93-81
England earned the historic victory in Liepaja today. They overcame Ukraine for the first ever success in Division A of the U18 European Championship. Luke Nelson (190-G-95) accounted for 25 points to lead the winning side. Ukraine posted 22 points in the first frame to take a one-point lead. Ukraine stretched the lead in the second quarter. They established a 41:34 halftime advantage. But England turned things around in the third frame. They erupted for 25 points and surged ahead for a 59:57 advantage at the final break. Luke Nelson, Isaacs and Benjamin Mead gave England a 71:61 lead midway through the fourth frame. Ukraine narrowed the margin at 5-point mark but England stayed calm as they soon opened a double-digit advantage. Kingsley Okoroh (216-C-95) made it 91:78 for England with 27 seconds remaining and they cruised to the victory in the reminder of the contest. Kingsley Okoroh posted 14 points, while Benjamin Mead had 11 points for the winners. Yevgen Sakhniuk (201-PF-95) and Andrii Shalamov (96) netted 20 points each for Ukraine as they slipped at 0-2 record.   

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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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