Serbia - Lithuania 64-68 Lithuania edges Serbia in a thriller of the U20 European Championship in Group A. The Baltic side needed a very productive third period for 68:64 win. Serbia opened the game with 4-0 run and had 15:13 at the end of the first period. The team dominated the second quarter and reached 35:27 at the halftime. Lithuania however looked superb in the third quarter and managed to take control of the game. Mindaugas Kacinas (201-F-93) gave his side 42:41 midway through the second frame and Chatkevicius Laimonas brought 51:43. No matter how hard Serbia tried to win the game, Lithuania managed to escape with the narrow victory. Vaidas Kariniauskas (200-PG-93) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Chatkevicius Laimonas notched 13. Olisevicius Osvaldas added 10, whilst Mindaugas Kacinas netted 6. Mitrovic Luka answered with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Avramovic Sasa and Marinkovic Ivan had 10 each. Krstic Nemanja poured in 9 points in a loss.
Germany - Georgia 89-75 Germany beat Georgia in Group A opener of the U20 European Championship. The German side started with 89:75 win for the first victory. Tolksdorf Leon and Rogava Revaz scored the first baskets for the teams as Germany grabbed 23:15 at the end of the first period. They also won the second frame 24:14 and led 18 points at the halftime. Moreover Germany posted a 23-22 rally in the third quarter, but Georgia replied with 24-19 in the last stanza. Tsirekidze and Valeri Kvantaliani (204-C/F-94) scored the last points for Georgia to reduce to final 14 points. Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) paced all the winners with 25 points and Brase Hans netted 16. Ogbe Kenneth delivered 15 points, while Tolksdorf Leon had 14. Irakli Mikeladze (182-PG-94) finished the game with 19 points in defeat, whilst Valeri Kvantaliani notched 15. Rogava Revaz and Jintcharadze Kakhaber added 10 points in a loss.
Ukraine - Montenegro 58-83 Marko Mugosa (195-F-93) and Pavic Vukota combined for 52 points against Ukraine at the U20 European Championship. They helped Montenegro to win the game 83:58 in Day 1. Ukraine led also three times in the opening tip of the game. Trailing 4:6, Montenegro however erupted with a 9-0 run and grabbed 13:4 lead after Pavic Vukota's shot. Later Marko Mugosa closed the frame at 18:10 as his team continued their dominance in the rest of the game. Montenegro added 22-21 in the second period and led 9 points at the halftime. Moreover Montenegro won the third quarter 21-12 and finished the game with 22-15 rally. Marko Mugosa paced all the winners with 30 points and Pavic Vukota nailed 22. Masan Vrbica (190-G-94) delivered 8, while Mikovic Milija notched 7. Klym Artamonov (183-PG-93), Zagreba Sergiy and Furs Oleksandr brought 10 points each in the losing effort.
Turkey - Croatia 74-73 Ahmet Tuncer (193-G-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) brings Turkey the win over Croatia in one of the best games of the U20 European Championship Day 1. He drilled a jump-shot with five seconds on the clock to give his team a 74:73 win over Croatia. Turkey had an east start and enjoyed a 23:14 lead at the end of the first period. Croatia however replied immediately with a 20-13 surge and trailed 34:36 at the halftime. Turkey played again in the start of the third period and reached 54:45 after Dokuyan's shot. Croatia meanwhile created a 9-0 run to tie the game at 54:54 at the end of the third period. Both teams exchanged the lead several times in the last stanza, but Ahmet Tuncer brought Turkey the win over Croatia. Berkay Candan (204-F-93) led the way with 17 points and Erbil Eroglu (195-PG-93) netted 14. Tuncer Ahmet delivered 11, whilst Tekin Ramazan posted 7. Buovac Matej answered with 20 points in the losing effort and Marko Ramljak (201-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) as well as Samac delivered 13 points each. Sirko Henrik followed them with 11 points.
Latvia - Israel 87-59 Latvia victoriously opened their U20 European Championship campaign. They fired past Israel in Group C. Ingus Jakovics (185-PG-93, college: Liepaja-2) nailed 26 points to lead the effort. Latvia overcame a 4:12 start to the game to snatch a 20:18 lead at the first break. They stretched the gap in the second period. Latvia accumulated a 41:36 halftime advantage. The Baltic team opened the second half on a 12:2 run to spur ahead. Latvia arrived at the final intermission up by as many as 19 points 64:45. Latvia kept their opponents at bay throughout the fourth frame cruising to the victory. Kaspars Vecvagars (193-PG-93) chipped in 17 points, while Janis Berzins (202-F-93, agency: Players Group) added 15 points for Latvia. Tom Maayan responded with 14 points for Israel. Or Solomon had 9 points and 11 boards in the loss.
Spain - Russia 76-54 Spain recorded the first win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Russia in Group C opener. Daniel Diez stepped up with 23 points to pace the winners. Spain unloaded 27 points in the opening quarter to gain a 12-point lead. Russia slowed their opponents down in the second frame. They cut the deficit at 7-point mark at halftime 37:30. But Spain did not allow their counterparts to get any closer in the third term. The Spanish team built a 14-point lead before the fourth frame. They dominated throughout the final period and sealed the victory at the end. Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) notched 14 points, while Sebastian Saiz added 10 points for the winning side. Aleksandr Gudumak answered with 15 points for Russia. Artem Komolov (194-SF-93) netted 11 points in the losing effort.
Slovenia - Estonia 79-69 Slovenia opened win count at the U20 European Championship. They upset the fans in Tallinn by beating their favourites at the start of the tournament. Miha Lapornik (192-G-93) notched 21 points and 8 rebounds to lead Slovenia. Estonia ensured a brave start to the game. They poured in 25 points in the first period to take a 5-point lead. But Slovenia responded with a 27-point outburst in the second frame to snatch a 47:45 halftime lead. The visitors maintained the advantage throughout the third period. Slovenia accounted for a 64:60 lead before the fourth quarter. Estonia however scored just 9 points in the final frame and gave up the victory. Gregor Hrovat (196-G-94) had 17 points, while Matej Rojc added 12 points for the winning side. Martin Paasoja and Rait-Riivo Laane (182-PG-93) responded with 12 points apiece for Estonia.
Italy - France 76-70 Italy enjoyed the winning start to their U20 European Championship endeavor. They shot down France in Group D opener. Marco Lagana (195-G-93) nailed 16 points to lead the Azzurri. France seemed well in control in the opening quarter. They grabbed a 26:17 lead after ten minutes. But Italy gradually came back into the contest. They narrowed the gap at 6-point mark at halftime 36:42. The Azzurri denied the deficit at the third term. The teams were knotted up at 54 heading into the fourth period. Italy Marco Lagana and Imbro gave the Azzurri a 68:62 lead with under four minutes remaining. They protected it well throughout the reminder of the contest and sealed the win at the end. Awudu Abass notched 13 points, while Eric Lombardi and Matteo Chillo (202-PF-93) had 11 points each for the winners. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94, agency: Fusion Sports) and Hugo Invernizzi answered with 15 points each for France. Livio Jean-Charles had 14 points in the loss.
FINAL Lithuania - Spain 55-68 Spain celebrated the title in Helsinki. They overcame Lithuania in the championship game tonight. Marc Garcia (199-SF-96) came up with 21 points to lead the champions. Spain broke away in the second frame. They established a 40:32 halftime lead. Lithuania narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Baltic team pulled within 6 points at the final intermission. Spain however triggered a 16:9 rally in the fourth stanza and marched to the victory. Ramon Vila tal... [read more]
Lithuania - Spain 55-68 Spain celebrated the title in Helsinki. They overcame Lithuania in the championship game tonight. Marc Garcia (199-SF-96) came up with 21 points to lead the champions. Spain broke away in the second frame. They established a 40:32 halftime lead. Lithuania narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Baltic team pulled within 6 points at the final intermission. Spain however triggered a 16:9 rally in the fourth stanza and marched to the victory. Ramon Vila tallied 18 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. Ignas Fiodorovas (196-SG-96) responded with 13 points for Lithuania. Kristupas Zemaitis (191-G-96) had 11 points in the defeat.
Turkey - Germany 76-61 Turkey outscored Germany to clinch the Bronze medals in Helsinki. Berk Ugurlu (191-PG-96) delivered 17 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds for the winning side. Germany eked out a 36:34 halftime lead. They arrived at the final intermission up by two points. But Turkey picked up the tempo in the fourth frame. They went on a 29:12 surge in the final quarter and sealed the victory. Mert Cevik (200-G/F-96) notched 16 points for the winners. Andreas Obst (192-SG-96, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 11 points for Germany.
Italy - Latvia 86-79 Italy finished fifth in Helsinki. They wrapped up their campaign with a narrow win over Latvia. Diego Flaccadori (194-PG-96) delivered 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the Azzurri. Italy eked out a 43:42 halftime lead. They went on a 29:13 run in the third term to clear off for good. Leonardo Candi (190-PG-97) chipped in 11 points for the winners. Davis Gutmanis (195-F-97) responded with 17 points for Latvia.
Czech Republic - Ukraine 105-103 Czech Republic survived a determined comeback rally from Ukraine in the fourth quarter to secure a tough victory in their final game in Helsinki. Simon Pursl (200-F/G-97) delivered 29 points to lead the Czech team to the 7th position. Czech Republic drained 32 points in the second quarter to take an 8-point halftime lead. Czech Republic sank 29 points in the third term to secure an 11-point lead at the final intermission. Ukraine drilled 27 points in the fourth stanza but came up short of victory. Martin Roub (203-C-97) had 17 points for the winners. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (203-SG-97) answered with 21 points for Ukraine.
Slovenia - Sweden 82-77 Slovenia claimed the ninth position in Helsinki. Sandi Grubelic (190-PG-96, agency: XL Basketball Agency) posted 17 points to lead the winners. Slovenia accumulated a 38:33 halftime lead. Sweden pulled within a single point at the final intermission. Slovenia poured in 28 points in the fourth frame to celebrate the victory. Urban Durnik (201-PF-97) had 16 points for the winners. Anton Kobylak-Berglund (200-G-96) answered with 21 points for Sweden.
Serbia - Israel 88-60 Serbia finished their campaign in Helsinki on a high note. They cruised past Israel to earn the 11th position. Vanja Marinkovic (198-SG-97, agency: BeoBasket), Stefan Lazarevic (197-SG-96) and Stefan Simic (195-F/G-96, agency: BeoBasket) scored 14 points each for the winners. Serbia jumped to a 44:25 halftime lead. They kept Israel at bay throughout the second half and raced to the win. Orr Leumi responded with 20 points for Israel.
France - Belgium 79-70 France outgunned Belgium to avoid relegation. Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot (202-SF-96, agency: Comsport) posted 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead les Bleues. Belgium eked out a 40:39 halftime lead. France sank 22 points in the third term to spur ahead. They limited Belgium to just 11 points in the fourth quarter and marched to the win. Elie Okobo (188-SG-97) had 18 points for the winners. Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda (184-PG-96) responded with 20 points for Belgium.
Finland - Hungary 91-70 Finland breezed past Hungary for the 15th position at the championship. Lauri Markkanen (213-PF-97) posted 26 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Finland jumped to a 50:32 halftime lead. They followed with a 24:19 run in the third term to clear off for good. Joonas Tahvanainen (198-F-96) had 23 points for the Finnish team. Geza Andrassy (197-F-96) responded with 11 points for Hungary.
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