United Kingdom - Poland 71-83 Poland clinch Division B title at the U20 European Championship. The Polish side overcame United Kingdom 83:71 in the Final game. Both teams advanced to Division A for the next year. Both teams met each other in the same group at the start of the tournament when United Kingdom posted the win. This time Poland looked better and started with 23:18 lead. United Kingdom managed to tie the score at the halftime, while the second half belonged again to Poland. The latter posted a 20-11 surge in the third period and then won the last stanza 21-18. Grochowski Grzegorz top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-C-93) collected 13 points and 16 rebounds. Ponitka Mateusz brought 13, while Michalak Michal had 12. Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) erupted with 29 points in the losing effort and Nick Lewis (190-G-93) nailed 8. Graham Rowell, Stewart John and Thomas-Edwards Raphell added 7 points in a loss.
Group 3rd place
Hungary - Belgium 70-69 Hungary surprise Belgium for the third place at the U20 European Championship. The Hungarian side grabbed a 70:69 win in the game for the third place at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Belgium won the first five games, but lost last two to finish 4th. Hungary won the first period 24-13 and led 11 points at the halftime. Belgium did everything they could to win the game but managed only to reduce to 1 point. Hazard and Mollekens Arno reduced to 63:58 and then the latter made two free throws for 65:62. Laszlo Polyak (191-PG-93, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) nailed three for 70:65 and Vlamynck replied with the final shot in the game. Markovic Luka top-scored for the winners with 27 points and Rosco Allen (216-PF-93) netted 18. Kovacs Adam delivered 13, while Laszlo Polyak netted 6. Emmanuel Lecomte (175-PG-95) answered with 20 points in the losing effort and Mollekens Arno netted 13. Schoepen Yoeri brought 11 and Hazard Louis had 7.
Switzerland - Portugal 68-74 Portugal clinch 5th place in Pitesti at the U20 European Championship. The team overcame Switzerland 74:68 in Division B. Portugal grabbed 27:14 lead at the end of the first period and added 21-19 rally in the second frame. After 17-17 in the third period the board showed 65:50 for the winners. Switzerland however did not give up and responded with a late 18-9 surge. Lehmann made two free throws for the final 74:68 result. Cardoso Miguel and Pedro Bastos (186-PG-94) stepped up with 15 points each, while Artur Castela (200-C/F-93) nailed 13. Correia de Sa Emanuel collected 10 points and 10 rebounds. Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 18 points and 14 rebounds in defeat, whilst Kostic Branislav had 14. Hoxha Arben netted 10, while Affolter Christian brought 9.
Holland - Romania 62-71 Romania ensure the last win at the U20 European Championship. The hosts outscored Holland 71:62 in the game for 7-8 places. Holland upset the hosts with 23-12 lead in the first period, but Romania erupted with an 18-6 surge in the second frame for 30:29 halftime advantage. Again Holland won the third period 17-13, but the host needed massive 28-16 run in the last period to seal the victory. Romania produced a 14-0 run midway through the last stanza to take 57:52 lead. Stoicoviciu and Bouwknecht exchanged the free throws at the end for the final result. Alexandru Olah (213-C-93) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Stoicoviciu Vlad added 15. Adrian Movileanu (195-F-93) scored 11 and Damian Andrei had 10. Hidde Arjans Vos ended up with 13 points and Dexter Hope (185-PG-93) added 12. Bleeker Kevin collected 10 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Roel Aarts (201-PF-93) also scored 10.
Luxembourg - Slovakia 67-68 Slovakia escaped with the narrow win over Luxembourg in their last game at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Slovakian side posted a 68:67 win to finish on the 9th spot. Luxembourg dropped to the 12th position. Luxembourg surprised the opponents with 23-15 lead and managed to win also the third period 30-21. Slovakia however enjoyed a 15-8 rally in the second period and finished the game with 17-6 burst in the last stanza. Trailing 62:67 with 5 minutes to go, Slovakia did not allow Luxembourg to score in the rest of the game and created a 6-0 run to win the game. Vladimir Brodziansky (206-PF-94) led the way with 17 points and 14 rebounds, while Dedecek Viktor had 14. Jakub Novysedlak (188-PG-93) brought 13, while Tot Oliver had 9. Alex Laurent (196-PF-93) answered with 26 points and 12 rebounds, while Ittenbach Chris added 17. Melcher Bob notched 8 and Martin Raphael posted 7.
Finland - Cyprus 66-57 Finland finished 10th after the win over Cyprus at the U20 European Championship. The Nordic side finished the tournament with a 66:57 win, while Cyprus ended up on the 11th spot. Cyprus won the first period 15-12, but failed in the second frame. The Finnish side erupted with a 22-6 surge to take 3:21 lead at the halftime after a Kauppinen shot. Cyprus however was too far to give up and grabbed 41:39 lead after a massive run. Finland meanwhile closed the quarter with a 9-0 run and took 50:45 advantage. Finland added 16-12 rally in the last stanza to seal the victory. Joonas Lehtoranta (194-SG-94) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Topias Palmi (190-SG-94) as well as Dolenc Daniel had 9 each. Mantovani Roberto Alexander ended up with 17 points and 15 rebounds in defeat and Viktoras Ieronymidis (200-G/F-95) had 15. Iliadis Stefanos scored 9 points and Antoniou Symeon chipped in with 6.
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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