Greece - Montenegro 70-47 Greece earned the sixth straight win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Montenegro to improve at 4-0 record on top of Group E. Ioannis Papapetrou (203-SF-94) finished with 17 points to lead the winners. Montenegro slipped at 1-3 record after the defeat. Greece earned a 16:12 lead after ten minutes of action. They held Montenegro to just 7 points in the second frame and registered an 11-point halftime lead 30:19. The Hellenes went on a stunning 29:7 run in the third term to clear off. They entered the final period up by 33 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Giannis Antetokounmpo (208-G/F-94, agency: FCM) produced 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Dimitrios Agravanis added 11 points for the winners. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93, agency: Dynamics Global Management) answered with 12 points for Montenegro. Milija Mikovic netted 10 points in the loss.
Lithuania - Turkey 48-52 Turkey snatched a narrow win over Lithuania on the second day of the Second Stage at the U20 European Championship. The victory propelled Turkey at 3-1 record, while Lithuania fell at 2-2 record in Group E. Turkey gained a 14:10 lead after the opening stanza. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Turkey enjoyed a 27:22 halftime advantage. Turkey kept the Baltic team at bay throughout the third period. Lithuania scored just 4 points in the quarter to face a 9-point deficit before the final stanza. The margin grew at 12-point mark midway through the fourth term. Lithuania managed to narrow the gap late in regulation but never threatened the Turkish lead. Samet Geyik (205-PF-93) chipped in 21 points to lead the winners. Erbil Eroglu (194-PG-93) added 10 points, while Berkay Candan and Ramazan Tekin added 7 points each for Turkey. Vaidas Kariniauskas (197-SF-93) answered with 9 points for Lithuania. Ignas Vaitkus had 8 points in the loss.
Croatia - Germany 66-61 Croatia claimed the first win at the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship. They defeated Germany to catch up with their opponents at 1-3 record in Group E. Matej Buovac (200-G/F-93) nailed 16 points to lead the winners. Croatia spurred ahead early in the encounter. They gained a 10:3 lead midway through the first period. Croatia posted an 18:9 lead after ten minutes. Germany slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. They ignited a 17:11 run to cut the deficit three points at halftime 26:29. Tolksdorf and David Brembly (197-SG-93) gave Germany a 30:29 lead early in the third period. The teams exchanged baskets before Croatia capped the term with a 6:2 run stealing a 49:43 lead. Croatia opened the fourth frame on a 6:0 run to boost the gap at 12-point mark 55:43. Germany responded with a massive 11:0 rally to jump ahead 59:58. But Boban drained a triple to stop the rot and then Henrik Sirko (200-F-93) and Juraj Segaric converted five free throws to seal the victory for Croatia. Henrik Sirko netted 13 points, while Juraj Segaric added 12 for the winners. David Brembly responded with 13 points for Germany. Alexander Blessig had 11 points in the defeat.
Spain - France 70-52 Spain clinched a confident win over France at the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship. The victory allowed Spain gain 2-2 record in Group F. France suffered the second consecutive defeat and slipped at 1-3 record. Spain stayed dominant throughout the first quarter. They recorded a 17:7 lead after ten minutes. France stopped the rot in the second period. They got within 7 points at halftime 29:22. But Spain regained control in the third term. They exploded with 23 points to secure a 14-point lead before the fourth term. Spain dropped 18 points in the final stanza and sealed a comfortable victory at the end. Guillem Vives (191-PG-93) nailed 16 points and issued 7 assists for the winners. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) added 15 points for Spain. Alexandre Chassang (202-PF-94), Hugo Invernizzi and Mouhammadou Jaiteh had 11 points each for France.
Latvia - Italy 88-81 Latvia clinched the sixth straight victory at the U20 European Championship. They fired past Italy for 4-0 record on top of Group F. Ojars Silins (208-PF-93) nailed 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the charge. Italy slipped at 2-2 record after the defeat. Latvia opened the game with seven straight points. They soon opened a 13:2 lead and maintained it throughout the opening quarter. The Baltic team entered the second period up by 7 points 23:16. Latvia kept Italy at distance throughout the second quarter. They ensured a 42:32 halftime advantage. The Baltic team erupted for 28 points in the third term to boost the lead at 16-point mark at the final intermission. The Azzurri cut the deficit at 7-point mark with under two minutes remaining but could not get any closer in the reminder of the contest. Ingus Jakovics (186-PG-93, college: Liepaja-2) had 17 points, while Janis Berzins added 16 points for the winners. Awudu Abass (196-SF-93, agency: Players Group) answered with 21 points for Italy. Matteo Imbro had 18 points in the losing case.
Slovenia - Russia 69-88 Russia claimed the second consecutive win at the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Slovenia to gain 2-2 record in Group F. Slovenia on the other hand suffered the second straight defeat and slipped at 1-3 record. Denis Zakharov (193-PG-93) came up with 20 points to pace the winners. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first period. Slovenia and Russia entered the second quarter tied at 19-all. Russia stepped on the gas in the second period. They exploded with 25 points to gain a 44:37 halftime lead. Russia took off in the third term. They went on a 23:14 run to ensure a comfortable 16-point lead at the final intermission 67:51. Russia poured in 21 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory at the end. Vladislav Trushkin (200-SF-93) nailed 15 points, while Maksym Sakharov added 14 points for the winning side. Ziga Dimec (212-C-93) and Miha Lapornik (196-SG-93) tossed in 14 points apiece in the loss.
Israel - Serbia 62-66 Serbia clinched the third straight win at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Israel to improve at 2-0 record in Group G. Israell fell at 1-1 record in the ladder. Ivan Marinkovic (209-PF-93) came up with 15 points and 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Serbia eked out an 18:16 lead after the opening quarter. They boosted the gap in the second frame. The Balkan team accumulated a 36:28 halftime advantage. Israel finally found the right rhythm in the third quarter. They went on a 19:14 rally and cut the deficit 3 points at the final break. Serbia however limited their opponents to just 15 points in the fourth stanza and raced to the win at the end. Luka Mitrovic (205-PF-93) and Nenad Miljenovic delivered 11 points apiece for the winners. Tom Maayan answered with 11 points for Israel. Egor Koulechov (195-F-94) topscored with 16 points and 13 boards in the loss.
Czech Republic - Ukraine 83-89 Ukraine celebrated the first win at the classification round Group G at the U20 European Championship. They prevailed against Czech Republic in Tallinn today. Vladyslav Koreniuk scored 22 points to lead the winners. It was all about Ukraine in the first three periods. They poured in 29 points in the first ten minutes to gain a 10-point lead. Ukraine stretched the gap to as many as 15 points at the interval 41:56. Ukraine stayed in control throughout the third quarter. They raced to a comfortable 23-point lead before the final stanza. But Czech Republic did not surrender. They ignited a massive rally in the final period to get within 6 points 81:87 with 52 seconds remaining. But Klym Artamonov sank two free throws to calm things down as Ukraine got away with the victory. Anatoliy Shundel (194-SG-93) chipped in 21 points, while Klym Artamonov netted 18 points, 9 assists and 3 boards in the victory. Martin Kriz (204-PF-93) answered with 25 points for Czech Republic. Samuel Faifr banked 12 points in the loss.
Estonia - Sweden 69-77 Sweden snapped three-game losing skid at the U20 European Championship. They beat Estonia to improve at 1-1 record in classification round Group H. Both teams are now tied at the second position in the ladder. The hosts confidently opened the game. Estonia ensured a 23:18 lead after ten minutes of action. The hosts boosted the gap in the second frame. They accumulated a 42:32 halftime advantage. But the Scandinavian team turned things around in the third term. They triggered a 25:12 rally to surge ahead. Estonia could not recover from the blow in the final period. They scored just 15 points and yielded at the end. Marcus Eriksson (200-SG-93) provided 24 points to lead Sweden. Jonathan Person (190-PG-93) added 16 points for the winning side. Rait-Riivo Laane (187-G-93) answered with 21 points for Estonia. Rauno Nurger had 16 points in the loss.
Bulgaria - Georgia 85-44 Bulgaria posted the second straight win at the start of the classification round at the U20 European Championship. They outgunned Georgia to take 2-0 record on top of Group H. Kris Minkov (198-SG-94) chipped in 15 points to lead the effort. Bulgaria started the game in a convincing manner. They outscored Georgia 21:9 in the opening ten minutes. Bulgaria stayed red hot offensively in the second frame. They erupted for 27 points to ensure a 48:21 halftime lead. Georgia struggled to match their opponents in the second half. Bulgaria opened a comfortable 66:30 lead heading into the fourth period. They did not slow down and coasted to the victory at the end. Kiril Kirilov, Aleks Simeonov and Dimitar Dimitrov provided 12 points each for the winners. Otar Pkhakadze (190-PG-93) answered with 14 points for Georgia. Temuri Phkhadze chipped in 10 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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