Italy - Lithuania 75-72 OT Italy survived overtime drama to reach the semifinal stage at the U20 European Championship. The Azzurri overcame Lithuania in the quarterfinal thriller in Tallinn today. Eric Lombardi (200-PF-93) posted 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Italy. Lithuania nailed 23 points in the opening quarter to gain a 5-point lead. The Baltic team controlled the tempo in the second quarter. They held Italy to just 9 points in the frame to gain a 33:27 halftime advantage. But Italy turned things around in the third quarter. The Azzurri went on a 19:11 run to snatch a 46:44 lead at the third break. The lead changed hands throughout dramatic fourth frame. Kariniauskas gave Lithuania 65:61 lead with 18 seconds remaining in regulation. Awudu Abass (196-SF-93, agency: Players Group) answered with a triple to put Italy within one. Paliukenas sank two free throws but Amedeo Della Valle drained a late three-pointer to send the game into overtime. Marco Lagana nailed 4 points in the extra period and Italy held their opponents to 5 points in the extra period to rally to the victory. Awudu Abass chipped in 14 points, while Marco Lagana added 9 points in the win. Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-PF-93) replied with 14 points for Lithuania. Laimonas Chatkevicius and Mindaugas Kacinas netted 10 points apiece in the loss.
Greece - Spain 60-82 Spain reached the semifinal stage at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Greece to set up the clash with Latvia in the semis. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) knocked down 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Spain were up by four points after the starting quarter 20:16. Greece stuck around in the second frame. The Hellenes got within three points at halftime 37:40. But Spain took off in the third term. They ignited a massive 22:8 run to establish a 17-point advantage at the final intermission. Spain kept the Hellenes at distance throughout the fourth term. They knocked down 20 points and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Jaime Fernandez (186-G-93) produced 21 points and 6 assists, while Alejandro Suarez added 14 points for the winning side. Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: FCM) answered with 15 points for Greece. Eleftherios Bochoridis chipped in 13 points in the losing case.
Latvia - Montenegro 78-73 Latvia advanced into the semifinal stage of the U20 European Championship. They fired past Montenegro today. Kaspars Vecvagars (193-PG-93) came up with 25 points to lead the Baltic team. Montenegro set their ambitions high at the tournament and surged ahead to prove it early in the encounter. The Balkan team exploded with 27 points in the first frame to take a 7-point lead. Latvia stiffened defensively in the second quarter. They held Montenegro to just 10 points in the period and accumulated a 39:37 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout low-scoring third period. Latvia secured a 2-point lead heading into the fourth term. Jakovics and Kaspars Vecvagars gave Latvia a double-digit lead midway through the fourth frame. The gap soon grew at 14-point mark and Latvia held on to it until the final buzzer. Andrejs Grazulis (202-C-93) and Ojars Silins (208-PF-93) netted 15 points each for Latvia. Milos Latkovic (196-SF-93) answered with 18 points for Montenegro. Vukota Pavic delivered 15 points in the loss.
Turkey - Russia 70-82 Russia became the first semifinalists at the U20 European Championship in Estonia. They held off Turkey in the first quarterfinal of the day in Tallinn. Denis Zakharov (193-PG-93) stepped up with 24 points and 6 assists to lead the winners. Russia grabbed the lead right from the start. They outgunned somewhat sloppy Turkish side for a 26:7 lead at the first break. Turkey picked up the tempo in the second period but Russia matched their effort. The scoreboard read 50:31 at halftime. Turkey cut the deficit by just one point in the third term. They poured in 24 points in the fourth frame but Russia easily withstood the challenge and claimed the victory. Maksim Sakharov (195-SG-93) netted 14 points, while Artem Komolov added 13 points in the win. Ramazan Tekin (214-C-93) answered with 15 points for Turkey. Ahmet Tuncer responded with 13 points for the losing side.
France - Germany 71-62 France claimed the victory over Germany in the classification round at the U20 European Championship. They shot down Germany to set up the clash versus Slovenia for the 9th position. Germany will wrap up their campaign against Croatia. Germany stayed in charge throughout the first half. They led by two points 13:11 after ten minutes. Germany extended their lead in the second frame. They accumulated a 33:30 halftime advantage. But Les Bleus spurred in front in the third frame. They netted 21 points to sneak into a 51:47 lead after three quarters of action. France did not allow Germany any closer throughout the fourth frame and marched to the win at the end. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (205-C-94, agency: Fusion Sports) had 16 points to lead France. Hugo Invernizzi (196-SF-93) and William Howard (201-SF-93) contributed 15 and 14 points respectively. Bogdan Radosavljevic (213-C-93) answered with 15 points for Germany. Mauricio Marin had 10 points in the loss.
Croatia - Slovenia 78-90 Slovenia prevailed against Croatia in the classification round at the U20 European Championship in Tallinn. The winners will now play for the ninth overall position at the tournament. Miha Lapornik (196-SG-93) notched 19 points to lead Slovenia. Croatia enjoyed a 23:19 lead after ten minutes of action. But Slovenia cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within one point at halftime 42:41. The lead changed hands throughout the third term. But Croatia secured a 61:59 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Ziga Dimec, Miha Lapornik and Bolcina organized a 10:0 run to put Slovenia up by 8 points with three minutes remaining. They maintained the lead in the reminder of the contest and secured the winning outcome at the end. Luka Rupnik (186-PG-93) had 18 points and 10 assists, while Ziga Dimec added 18 points for the winners. Antonio Boban (204-PF-93) and Domagoj Samac (206-F-93) answered with 18 points apiece for Croatia.
Bulgaria - Israel 76-69 Bulgaria earned the fourth consecutive win at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Israeli counterparts to set up the clash versus Serbia for the 13th overall position at the tournament. Aleks Simeonov (200-PF-93) netted 16 points to lead the charge. Bulgaria registered a 21:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Israel slowed down their opponents in the second frame. The Israelis got within 6 points at the interval 36:30. But Bulgaria stepped on the gas in the third term. They gained a 12-point lead at the final break. Egor Koulechov and Rafael Menco (201-SF-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) dragged Israel within five points midway through the fourth frame but Bulgaria delivered when it mattered the most and escaped with the win at the end. Dimitar Stoyanov (187-G-93) netted 15 points, while Pavlin Ivanov had 11 points for the winners. Rafael Menco replied with 17 points for Israel. Igor Mayor chipped and Egor Koulechov chipped in 10 points apiece in the loss.
Serbia - Sweden 82-65 Serbia prevailed against Sweden in the classification round of the U20 European Championship today. Nemanja Krstic (202-SF-93) came up with 22 points to lead the winners. Serbia will now take on Bulgaria for the 13th overall position at the tournament. Sweden will wrap up their campaign against Israel. Serbia opened the game with four straight points and maintained the lead throughout the starting quarter. They registered a 23:12 lead after ten minutes. Serbia cleared off to a 14-point distance at halftime 41:27. The Balkan team extended the lead in the third period. They arrived at the final intermission up by 22 points 63:41. Sweden fired 24 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss at the end. Ivan Marinkovic (209-PF-93) netted 13 points and grabbed 12 boards, while Nemanja Bezbradica added 12 points for the winners. Marcus Eriksson (200-SG-93) answered with 28 points for Sweden. Arvid Isaksson had 8 points in the loss.
Estonia - Czech Republic 68-94 Czech Republic overcame Estonia to stay hopeful of securing Division A place for the next season. They will now face Ukraine in the decisive game in Tallinn. Estonia got relegated with the loss and would face Georgia for the 19th place at the tournament. Czech Republic fired 27 points in the first frame to take a 3-point lead. They stayed in charge throughout the second period. Czech Republic accounted for a 48:39 halftime advantage. They unloaded 28 points in the third term to grab a 23-point lead before the fourth frame. Estonia could not recover from the blow scoring just 15 points in the final stanza and losing the game. Martin Kriz (204-PF-93) stepped up with 24 points and 14 rebounds for Czech Republic. Karel Ausprunk (203-C-94) added 14 points in the victory. Oliver Metsalu (197-SG-93) answered with 16 points for Estonia. Rait-Riivo Laane chipped in 13 points in the losing effort.
Ukraine - Georgia 75-47 Ukraine are now step away from punching Division A ticket for the next season. They outscored Georgia to enter the fight with Czech Republic for Division A survival. Vladyslav Koreniuk (207-C-94) posted 26 points and 19 rebounds to lead the winners. Ukraine dominated the game. They snatched a 14:10 lead after the opening frame. Ukraine kept Georgia at bay throughout the second frame. They registered a 33:20 halftime advantage. Ukraine boosted the lead in the third term. They went on a 22:9 rally to ensure a comfortable 55:29 advantage at the final intermission. Ukraine nailed 20 points in the fourth frame to seal the win at the end. Maksym Lutsenko (197-SF-93) finished with 13 points and 14 boards, while Klym Artamonov added 11 points for the winners. Valeri Kvantaliani (204-PF-94) answered with 11 points and 12 rebounds for Georgia. Revaz Rogava chipped in 9 points in the defeat.
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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