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Quarterfinals are set in Tallinn - Jul 17, 2013

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Group E
Turkey - Greece 72-70
Turkey claimed the second win at the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship. They sneaked past Greek counterparts to clinch the top position in Group E. Greece suffered the first defeat at the tournament and occupied the second position in Group E ladder. Erbil Eroglu (194-PG-93) nailed 23 points to lead the winners. Turkey will now take on Russia, while Greece will face Spain in the quarterfinal stage. Turkey stunned the Hellenes with a strong start. They raced to a 20:11 lead after ten minutes. Turkey and Greece exchanged baskets throughout the second period. Turkey ensured a 36:27 halftime lead. But Greece turned the tables in the third period. They went on a 12:0 run to surge ahead 41:39. Ioannis Papapetrou made it 54:47 late in the period. Turkey cut the deficit at just one point 53:54 at the final break. Turkey used an 11:0 run early in the fourth quarter to surge ahead. Greece pulled within two points with 83 seconds remaining. But Tayfun Erulku (192-SG-94) converted a three-point play and won the game for Turkey. Tayfun Erulku chipped in 19 points, while Ramazan Tekin added 11 points for the winning side. Eleftherios Bochoridis (196-PG-94) answered with 24 points for Greece. Ioannis Papapetrou had 20 points in the loss.

Lithuania - Croatia 70-65
Lithuania clinched the quarterfinal ticket at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Croatia in the final game at the Second Stage of the tournament to claim the third position in Group E. Vaidas Kariniauskas (197-SF-93) scored 24 points and issued 9 assists for the winners. Croatia fell at 1-4 record at the bottom of the ladder. Lithuania and Croatia exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. The teams were locked at 14-all after ten minutes. Lithuania pulled ahead in the second frame. The Baltic team gained a 33:27 halftime lead. Croatia cut the deficit in the third period. They got within 5 points at the final break. Luka Panduric (190-PG-93) put Croatia within three points early in the fourth term. However Lithuania answered with 9 points in a row to clear off. Luka Panduric put Croatia within five points late in regulation however Junkevicius and Chatkevicius sealed the win for the Baltic team. Martynas Paliukenas (195-SF-93) netted 16 points, while Rytis Juknevicius added 11 points in the victory. Luka Panduric and Domagoj Samac answered with 13 points each for Croatia.

Montenegro - Germany 75-64
Masan Vrbica (190-G/F-94) nailed 30 points to lead Montenegro past Germany in Group E of the U20 European Championship in Tallinn. Montenegro therefore made it into the quarterfinal stage. Germany slipped at 2-3 record just outside the playoff zone. Montenegro lost two of their opening games in Group E. But they entered this one full of confidence. The Balkan team cleared off to a 22:12 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Montenegro ensured a 40:28 halftime lead. Germany picked up the rhythm in the third term. They were able to cut the deficit at 9-point mark at the final intermission. But Montenegro exploded with 21 points in the fourth period to seal the win. Milos Latkovic (196-SF-93) netted 16 points, while Danilo Nikolic added 9 points in the winning effort. Bogdan Radosavljevic (213-C-93) answered with 22 points for Germany. David Brembly tossed in 11 points in the loss.

Group F
France - Latvia 79-74
France stopped Latvian winning streak but failed to qualify for the U20 European Championship quarterfinals. William Howard (201-SF-93) nailed 17 points to pace Les Bleus. Latvia suffered the first defeat in Tallinn. It did not prevent them from clinching the top spot in Group F though. Latvia will now take on Montenegro in the quarterfinals. France fired 27 points in the opening quarter to surge ahead. They recorded an 8-point lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout highly intense second frame. France secured a 48:40 halftime lead. Les Bleus held Latvia to just 11 points in the third term to boost the gap at 15-point mark. But Latvia were able to cut the deficit to 2 points with 17 seconds remaining. Harley nailed three late free throws to seal the win for France. Alexandre Chassang (202-PF-94) netted 14 points, while Hugo Invernizzi added 12 points for the winning side. Peteris Rekis (197-PF-93) answered with 16 points for Latvia. Andrejs Grazulis had 12 points in the losing effort.

Spain - Slovenia 72-75
Slovenia came up with a strong performance at the U20 European Championship today. They knocked down Spain but came up short of desired quarterfinal birth. Slovenia had to win by 16 points or more to qualify into the playoffs. Spain in the meantime finished in the third position in the ladder. Slovenia controlled the game according to plan in the opening quarter. They grabbed a 23:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Slovenia did not allow Spain to get any closer in the second frame. Slovenia ensured an 11-point halftime buffer 41:30. But Spain turned things their way in the third quarter. They went on an 11:2 run midway through the period to cut the deficit to three points 45:48. Guillem Vives (191-PG-93) drained back-to-back triples to put Spain in front 51:50. Luka Rupnik (186-PG-93) capped the period with a free throw as the teams entered the fourth frame tied at 51. Guillem Vives drilled another triple early in the fourth quarter as Spain jumped ahead. But Slovenia went on a 10:0 run midway through the period to regain the lead. Luka Rupnik made it 68:60 for Slovenia soon after. But Guillem Vives once again connected from beyond the arc to keep Spain in the game. He added two more triples to his shooting frenzy as Spain narrowed the gap at just one point 71:72 with 37 seconds remaining. Lapornik and Luka Rupnik hit three free throws to make it 75:71 for Slovenia and they escaped with the win at the end. Luka Rupnik delivered 20 points for Slovenia. Ziga Dimec (212-C-93) added 17 points, while Tomaz Bolcina had 13 points and 13 boards for the winners. Guillem Vives answered with 24 points for Spain. Daniel Diez had 21 points and 9 boards in the losing effort.

Italy - Russia 88-70
Italy will play at the quarterfinal stage of the U20 European Championship. They breezed past Russia today to clinch 3-2 record in Group F. Russia fell at 2-3 record but can still qualify if Spain beat Slovenia later today. Aristide Landi (203-PF-94) stepped up with 26 points to lead the winners. Italy stepped on the gas early in the game. They unloaded 27 points in the opening quarter to gain a 13-point lead. Russia narrowed the gap in the second frame. They got within 10 points at halftime 35:45. But Italy stayed red hot offensively in the second half. They unloaded 26 points in the third period piling up a 17-point advantage before the final term. Italy held Russia to 16 points in the fourth period and claimed an important victory at the end. Awudu Abass (196-SF-93, agency: Players Group) produced 18 points, while Amedeo Della Valle added 13 points for the winners. Aleksandr Gudumak (203-PF-93) answered with 17 points for Russia. Vladislav Trushkin chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Group G
Israel - Czech Republic 77-76
Israel claimed a key victory in their U20 European Championship campaign. They nipped Czech Republic to retain their Division A spot for the next season. Tom Maayan (188-PG-93) scored 16 points to lead the winners. Czech Republic fell at 0-3 record in Group G and would fight against relegation in the next stage. Israel set the tone early in the game. They fired 20 points in the first ten minutes and recorded a 20:15 lead. But Czech Republic bounced back in the second quarter. They ignited a 23:12 rally to ensure a 38:32 halftime lead. Czech Republic maintained the lead throughout the third term. They entered the fourth period up by 7 points 54:47. But Israel found the way to recover. They went on a 13:2 run midway through the period to ensure a 60:58 lead. Israel then sparked a 6:0 run to gain a 71:64 advantage with under two minutes remaining. Ausprink and Martin Kriz (204-PF-93) (204-PF-93) dragged Czech Republic within two points with 6 seconds remaining. But Or Solomon converted a timely jumper and Kyzlinks three-pointer could not change a thing. Golan Gutt (192-SG-94) had 14 points for Israel. Shawn Dawson added 13 points for the winners. Samuel Faifr (200-PF-93) and Martin Kriz responded with 22 points each for Czech Republic.

Serbia - Ukraine 75-69
Serbia celebrated the key win in the classification round at U20 European Championship. They knocked down Ukraine to reach the games for the 13th-16th places. Ukraine will try to avoid relegation in the battle for the 17th-20th spots. Sasa Avramovic (194-PG-93, agency: Beo Basket) scored 19 points to lead the winners. Serbia stormed into the game. They unloaded 28 points in the first period to gain a 9-point advantage. Ukraine slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. Vladyslav Koreniuk (207-C-94) dragged his team within 3 points at halftime 43:40. Ukraine opened the second half on a 13:0 run to gain a 53:43 lead. But Serbia recovered well enough to gain a 60:58 lead at the final intermission. They did not allow Ukraine to deny the deficit in the final frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Pavle Reljic (195-G-93) finished with 11 points, while Krstic added 10 points for Serbia. Koreniuk answered with 16 points and 16 boards for Ukraine. Artamonov had 16 points in the losing effort.

Group H
Bulgaria - Estonia 68-58
Bulgaria registered the third straight win at the classification round of U20 European Championship. They upset hosting Estonia to win Group H. Bulgaria therefore secured Division A place for the next season. Estonia will fight against relegation in the 17th-20th places classification round. Bulgaria eked out a 19:17 lead after ten minutes. The teams slowed down in the second frame. They teamed up for just 18 points in the quarter as Bulgaria remained in front 28:26. Bulgaria cleared off to an 8-point distance midway through the third term. However Martin Paasoja and Mihkel Schleicher (205-C-93) dragged the hosts within one point 46:47 at the final break. Oliver Metsalu put the home side in front early in the fourth period. The lead changed hands for several times before Minkov and Karamfilov gave Bulgaria a 59:54 lead. Dimitar Dimitrov sparked a 9:0 run from the visitors as they accumulated a 68:56 lead and rolled to the victory. Pavlin Ivanov (195-SG-93, agency: Beo Basket) posted 16 points, while Dimitar Dimitrov added 12 points and 14 boards in the victory. Mihkel Schleicher responded with 12 points for Bulgaria. Oliver Metsalu and Martin Paasoja chipped in 11 points each in the loss.

Georgia - Sweden 62-66
Sweden claimed a crucial win over Georgia in the classification round at the U20 European Championship. The Scandinavian team improved at 2-1 record in Group H and avoided relegation. They will now figth for the 13th overall position at the tournament. Georgia will play against relegation in the 17th-20th place classification round. Georgia got to a slightly better start to the game. They ensured a 19:16 lead after the opening quarter. But Sweden erased the deficit in the second frame. The scoreboard read 35:35 at halftime. Sweden and Georgia exchanged baskets throughout the third term. They entered the fourth frame tied at 52-all. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the fourth frame. Finally Nicholas Spires (210-C-94) and Jonathan Person hit four points in a row and Sweden kept Georgia scoreless in the final three minutes of the game to snatch the victory. Niklas Larsson (199-SF-94) netted 15 points to lead Sweden. Nicholas Spires added 12 points and 15 boards, while Jonathan Person contributed 11 points for the winning side. Revaz Rogava (191-G-93) answered with 19 points for Georgia. Otar Pkhakadze had 16 points in the defeat.   

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European Championships U20 Final Standings
 1. Greece
 2. Israel
 3. France
 4. Spain
 5. Serbia
 6. Lithuania
 7. Germany
 8. Iceland
 9. Turkey
 10. Ukraine
 11. Montenegro.
 12. Sweden
 13. Italy
 14. Slovenia
 15. Czech Rep.
 16. Latvia
European Championships U20 Final Standings Div.B
 1. Romania
 2. Croatia
 3. U.Kingdom
 4. Russia
 5. Poland
 6. Belgium
 7. Georgia
 8. Portugal
 9. Finland
 10. Holland
 11. Hungary
 12. Kosovo
 13. FYR Macedon.
 14. Albania
 15. Belarus
 16. Slovakia
 17. Armenia
 18. Ireland
 19. Azerbaijan
 20. Malta
 21. Moldova
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Sviatoslav MYKHAILIUK
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Mykhailiuk, UKR20.4 
 2. Popovic, MNT18.4 
 3. Echodas, LTU17.1 
 4. Yurtseven, TUR17.0 
 5. Birutis, LTU17.0 
 6. Hlinason, ISL16.7 
 7. Zoosman, ISR16.3 
 8. Wagner, GER16.1 
 9. Blatt, ISR16.0 
 10. Marinkovic, SRB15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Birgander, SWE13.8 
 2. Popovic, MNT12.2 
 3. Hlinason, ISL11.6 
 4. Yurtseven, TUR11.4 
 5. Sjoberg, SWE9.0 
 6. Echodas, LTU8.9 
 7. Okeke, ITA8.1 
 8. Birutis, LTU8.1 
 9. Skapintsev, UKR8.0 
 10. Noua, FRA7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Tamir BLATT
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Blatt, ISR10.1 
 2. Beliauskas, LTU6.3 
 3. Garcia, ESP5.6 
 4. Sisko, SLO5.3 
 5. Beyschlag, GER5.3 
 6. Peno, SRB5.0 
 7. Korkmaz, TUR4.8 
 8. Birkans, LAT4.7 
 9. Mykhailiuk, UKR4.4 
 10. Bakic, MNT4.0 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Korkmaz, TUR2.6 
 2. Wagner, GER2.6 
 3. Koniaris, GRE2.4 
 4. Zotov, UKR2.3 
 5. Zoosman, ISR1.9 
 6. Mykhailiuk, UKR1.7 
 7. Thorbjarnars., ISL1.7 
 8. Sisko, SLO1.7 
 9. Beyschlag, GER1.6 
 10. Yilmaz, TUR1.6 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Hlinason, ISL3.1 
 2. Yurtseven, TUR2.1 
 3. Durmaz, TUR2.1 
 4. Cekic, MNT1.9 
 5. Simanic, SRB1.8 
 6. Birutis, LTU1.7 
 7. Macura, SLO1.6 
 8. Birgander, SWE1.6 
 9. Tote, ITA1.4 
 10. Tkachenko, UKR1.3 
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