Russia - Italy 68-77 Italy will play in the U20 European Championship Final. They outgunned Russia in the semifinal clash tonight. Italy will face Latvia for the title tomorrow. Awudu Abass (196-SF-93, agency: Players Group) came up with 18 points to lead the Azzurri. Italy eked out an 18:16 lead after ten minutes. The Azzurri maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 40:34 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Italy secured a 55:49 lead heading into the fourth frame. Awudu Abass and Matteo Imbro gave the Azzurri a 63:49 lead early in the final term. Russia fought bravely but could not overcome a massive deficit as Italy coasted to the win at the end. Amedeo Della Valle (192-SG-93) chipped in 12 points, while Marco Lagana and Matteo Imbro had 10 points each for the winners. Alexander Zakharov (204-F/G-93) answered with 19 points for Russia. Aleksandr Gudumak had 15 points in the loss.
Latvia - Spain 64-63 Latvia claimed the ticket into the championship game of the U20 European Championship. They continued their impressive Tallinn campaign with a thrilling victory over Spain in the semifinal clash tonight. Janis Berzins (201-SF-93, agency: Players Group) stepped up with 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the winners. Latvia had to deal with a slow start. Spain quickly surged ahead and accumulated a 21:13 lead after ten minutes. But Latvia picked up the tempo in the second frame. The Baltic team narrowed the distance to just a single point at halftime 35:36. Latvia pulled in front in the third term. They limited Spain to just 13 points in the period to gain a 51:49 lead heading into the fourth frame. Spain quickly surged ahead early in the fourth term. They ensured a 58:55 lead midway through the final term. Silins scored four points in a row for Latvia to give them a 62:60 lead. Vives tied things up at 62 but Andrejs Grazulis put Latvia in front again at 64:62. Vives then split free throws and Spain failed to capitalize on two missed free throws from Janis Berzins. Ingus Jakovics (186-PG-93, college: Liepaja-2) and Andrejs Grazulis netted 12 points each for the winners. Jaime Fernandez (186-G-93) answered with 17 points for Spain. Daniel Diez had 14 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.
Turkey - Lithuania 70-68 Turkey narrowly defeated Lithuania in the classification round of U20 European Championship. Samet Geyik (205-PF-93) dunked the ball with second left in regulation to propel Turkey to win. Turkey will now face Greece for the 5th overall position at the tournament. Lithuania will wrap their campaign against Montenegro tomorrow. Turkey controlled the rhythm in the first half. They gained an 18:12 lead after ten minutes Turkey boosted the gap in the second quarter. They accumulated a 38:30 halftime advantage. Lithuania narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Baltic team got within three points at the final intermission. Lithuania opened the fourth frame on a 9:0 run to pull in front. Turkey erased the deficit and grabbed the lead back but Paulius Semaska (184-PG-93) gave Lithuania a 68:65 advantage with 53 seconds remaining. Altin drained a triple to level things up at 68 and then Samet Geyik dunked for the victory. Erbil Eroglu (194-PG-93) chipped in 14 points, while Ramazan Tekin netted 12 points in the win. Ignas Vaitkus (189-SF-93) answered with 13 points for Lithuania. Paulius Semaska had 12 points in the defeat.
Montenegro - Greece 52-67 Greece will play for the fifth overall position at the U20 European Championship. They outgunned Montenegro to set up the clash with Turkey on the final day of the tournament. Montenegro will face Lithuania tomorrow. The Hellenes set the tone early in this one. Greece gained a 26:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Montenegro slowly built up the tempo in the second frame. They cut the deficit at 11-point mark at halftime 26:37. Greece stretched the gap in the third period. They accumulated an 18-point buffer before the fourth frame. Montenegro limited Greece to 11 points in the final stanza but could not threaten the margin and surrendered at the end. Ioannis Papapetrou notched 18 points to lead the winners. Dimitrios Agravanis (208-PF-94, agency: FCM) netted 16 points in the victory. Danilo Nikolic (206-C-93) and Vasilije Vusovic (191-SG-94) responded with 10 points each for Montenegro. Marko Mugosa had 9 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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