Germany - Turkey 71-65 Germany defeated Turkey at the start of the Second Stage at the U20 European Championship. Bogdan Radosavljevic (213-C-93) nailed 19 points to lead the winners. Germany jumped at 1-2, while Turkey slipped at 2-1 record in Group E. Germany stayed in charge throughout the first half. They registered an 18:13 lead after the opening quarter. Turkey lagged behind throughout the second period. They faced an 8-point halftime deficit 29:37. Turkey stepped on the gas in the third term. They cut the deficit at 4-point mark with ten minutes remaining. But Germany exploded with 20 points in the fourth term and escaped with victory at the end. Leon Tolksdorf (202-SF-93) netted 12 points, while Kenneth Ogbe added 10 points for Germany. Ramazan Tekin (214-C-93) answered with 15 points for Turkey. Samet Geyik chipped in 12 points in the loss.
Montenegro - Lithuania 56-63 Lithuania registered the first win at the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship. They overcame Montenegro for 2-1 record in Group E. Mindaugas Kacinas (210-C-93) nailed 15 points to lead the winners. Lithuania capped the regulation with an 11:0 run and snatched what seemed to an improbable victory after the first half. It was all going Montenegro way in the first half. The Balkan team posted a 17:5 lead after the opening ten minutes. They stretched the margin at 13-point mark at the interval 34:21. But Lithuania came back to life in the second half. They narrowed the gap at 7-point mark at the final intermission. Lithuania then burst out with an 11:0 rally late in regulation and sealed the victory. Vaidas Kariniauskas (197-SF-93) delivered 11 points, while Martynas Paliukenas added 10 points for the winners. Marko Mugosa (198-PF-93) responded with 16 points for Montenegro. Danilo Nikolic had 12 points in the losing effort.
Croatia - Greece 68-77 Greece needed a huge run to beat Croatia at the U20 European Championship. They posted a 16-0 run in the first half for 77:68 win. Greece took 18:16 lead at the end of the first period, but trailed 18:21 early in the second frame. Greek side immediately erupted with a 16-0 run to take 34:21 lead. Henrik Sirko (200-F-93) cut it to 36:30 at the halftime, while Papapetrou later nailed three for 48:39. Samac closed the third period at 56:49 and then Boban Antonio reduced to just two points. Larentzakis Giannoulis however score the last 6 points for the winners to take 3-0 record in Group E. Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: FCM) paced all the winners with 25 points and Dimitrios Agravanis (208-PF-94, agency: FCM) added 14. Antetokounmpo Giannis collected 12 points and 15 rebounds, whilst Bochoridis Eleftherios had 9. Henrik Sirko answered with 17 points in defeat and Boban Antonio netted 12. Ramljak Marko and Panduric Luka poured in 11 points each in a loss.
Russia - France 65-61 Russia clinched victory at the start of the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship. They defeated France to improve at 1-2 record in Group F. Russia therefore caught up with Les Bleus in the ladder. Andrey Loginov (203-PF-93) chipped in 13 points to lead the winners. Russia claimed a 16:13 lead after the opening quarter. France denied the deficit and pulled ahead for a 32:31 halftime lead. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. France were able to secure a narrow 51:48 lead at the final intermission. Boris Dallo and Invernizzi gave Les Bleus a 55:50 advantage midway through the fourth term. Russia answered with a 7:2 run to level things up at 57 with under four minutes to go. The teams were tied at 61-all with 85 seconds remaining. Aleksandr Gudumak (203-PF-93) came up with a layup and then Trushkin hit two free throws to win the game for Russia. Aleksandr Gudumak notched 11 points, while Alexander Zakharov added 10 points for the winning side. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (205-C-94, agency: Fusion Sports) answered with 19 points and 11 boards for France. Boris Dallo delivered 15 points in the loss.
Italy - Spain 76-73 Italy clinched the first win at the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship. They held off Spain in Group F opener. Amedeo Della Valle (192-SG-93) came up with 27 points to lead the Azzurri. The lead changed hands throughout the first period. Spain eked out a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. The seesaw action continued in the second frame. Spain secured a narrow 37:35 halftime lead. The Spanish side boosted the gap in the third term. They limited their opponents to just 16 points to open an 8-point cushion before the final frame. The Azzurri used an 11:2 run to take a 65:64 lead midway through the final stanza. Amedeo Della Valle came up with six points in a row to give Italy a 71:66 lead. Jaime Fernandez pulled Spain within one 70:71 but Amedeo Della Valle scored five points in the final 24 seconds of regulation to seal the victory for Italy. Michele Ruzzier (178-PG-93) netted 12 points, while Matteo Chillo added 10 points for the winners. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) answered with 20 points for Spain. Jaime Fernandez had 13 points in the loss.
Slovenia - Latvia 72-78 Latvia improved to 3-0 record in Group F at the U20 European Championship. The Baltic side posted a 78:72 win over Slovenia on Monday. Both teams scored 20 points each in the first period. Latvia also netted 20 points in the second frame and it was enough to take 9-point advantage at the halftime. Slovenia however was too far to give up and posted two narrow victories in the second half. They won the third period 19-17 and the last stanza 22-21, but it was not enough to win the game. Ingus Jakovics (186-PG-93, college: Liepaja-2) stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Ojars Silins (208-PF-93) nailed 16. Grazulis Andrejs posted 14, while Berzins Janis added 13. Tomaz Bolcina (208-C-94) replied with 14 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, while Dimec Ziga had 13. Rupnik Luka poured in 12 and Lapornik Miha brought 10.
Serbia - Czech Republic 91-66 Serbia claimed the opening win at the classification round of U20 European Championship. They knocked down Czech Republic to improve at 1-0 record in Group G. Luka Mitrovic (205-PF-93) provided 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge. Serbia set the tone early in the game. They poured in 26 points in the first quarter to gain a 12-point lead. Czech Republic narrowed the deficit in the second frame. They got within 3 points at halftime 36:33. But Serbia unleashed 26 points in the third quarter and ran away to a 13-point distance at the final intermission. Serbia stayed red hot offensively in the final frame. They drained 29 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory. Nemanja Krstic (202-SF-93) had 19 points, while Ivan Marinkovic (209-PF-93) added 17 points for the winners. Martin Kriz answered with 16 points for Czech Republic. Dalibor Fait netted 15 points in the loss.
Ukraine - Israel 72-84 Israel registered a come-from-behind victory over Ukraine at the start of classification round action at the U20 European Championship. Or Solomon (202-PF-93) notched 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead Israel at 1-0 record in Group G. Ukraine seemed in control throughout the first half. They recorded a 25:20 lead after the opening stanza. Ukraine maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 43:37 halftime advantage. But Israel turned the tables in the third frame. They triggered a 20:10 run in the quarter to spur ahead. Israel exploded with 27 points in the fourth stanza and sealed the win at the end. Egor Koulechov (195-F-94) posted 21 points, while Tomer Ginat added 10 points for the winning side. Vladyslav Koreniuk (207-C-94) answered with 23 points for Ukraine. Anatoliy Shundel chipped in 13 points in the loss.
Georgia - Estonia 52-74 Estonia victoriously opened the classification round campaign at the U20 European Championship. The hosts handled Georgia to gain 1-0 record in Group H. Martin Paasoja (194-SG-93) stepped up with 25 points to lead the winning side. Estonia claimed a 20:16 lead after the opening quarter. They boosted the lead in the second frame. Estonia accumulated a 42:28 halftime advantage. The hosts limited Georgia to just 7 points in the third quarter to secure a 24-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Georgia outscored their opponents in the final frame but just sweetened the pill at the end. Rait-Riivo Laane (187-G-93) and Oliver Metsalu delivered 12 points each for the winners. Otar Pkhakadze (190-PG-93) responded with 13 points for Georgia. Revaz Rogava netted 10 points in the loss.
Sweden - Bulgaria 57-61 Bulgaria posted the initial victory at the U20 European Championship. They held off Sweden at the start of the classification round Group H action. Angel Natskin (182-PG-93) nailed 14 points to lead Bulgaria. Sweden earned a 15:11 lead ten minutes into the clash. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. The Scandinavian team secured a 29:25 halftime lead. Sweden were able to stretched the gap at 8-point mark in the third term but Bulgaria cut it back to four 39:43 with ten minutes to go. Dimitar Dimitrov (202-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) hit quick five points midway through the fourth stanza to level things up at 50. Angel Natskin and Ivanov connected from beyond the arc to put Bulgaria in front 58:55 with 33 seconds remaining. Simeonov, Ivanov and Nikolay Stoyanov hit free throws late in regulation to seal the win for Bulgaria. Dimitar Dimitrov had 12 points, while Nikolay Stoyanov added 11 points for the winners. Samuel Eliasson (93) responded with 15 points for Sweden. Tobias Borg and Jonathan Person dropped 11 points apiece in the losing effort.
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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