Romania - Luxembourg 72-69 Romania takes the last ticket to the Quarterfinals as they beat Luxembourg at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The hosts grabbed valuable 72:69 win in the last game of the Group Stage. It was the game for the second victory at the tournament and the last ticket to the next stage. Luxembourg started the game with 16:9 lead, but Romania replied with a 27-16 surge. Again Luxembourg looked better in the third quarter and managed to grab 1-point lead after 30 minutes. Gilles Polfer (188-SG-93) nailed three for 58:57 after three quarters. Again Gilles Polfer and then Alex Laurent (196-PF-93) scored for 64:59, but Luxembourg could not upset the hosts. Romania made the final push and sealed the necessary win. Movileanu Adrian top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Alexandru Olah (213-C-93) collected 18 points and 22 rebounds. Cristiean Horia followed them with 8 points in a win. Alex Laurent erupted with 30 points in the losing effort and Melcher Bob nailed 13. Gilles Polfer scored 11 and Mersch Steven brought 5.
Hungary - United Kingdom 60-65 United Kingdom advanced to the quarterfinals with the perfect record at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They overcame Hungary 65:60 to finish the group with a 5-0 record. Hungary meanwhile finished third in the group with 3-2 record. Hungary surprised the group leader with a 20-13 start, but could not keep the lead for a long time. United Kingdom replied with a 22-8 surge to take 35:28 advantage after a Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) shot. United Kingdom added 21-16 rally in the third period and led 56:44 after 30 minutes. Hungary closed the game with a 16-9 surge to reduce to final 5 points. Devon Van Oostrum top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Hart Joe netted 11. Thomas-Edwards Raphell posted 9, while Lewis Nick added 6. Luka Markovic (197-F/G-93) notched 15 points in the losing effort and Allen Rosco had 13. Adam Kovacs (200-G/F-93, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) scored 10, while Czinger Zoltan notched 7.
Slovakia - Poland 64-89 Poland secure the win over Slovakia in the start of Day 5 at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Poland improved to 4-1 record after an 89:64 win. Poland started the game with 21:16 lead and added massive 31-16 in the second frame. Moreover Poland posted a 21-13 rally in the third period as Bonarek nailed three for 73:43. Viktor Juricek (208-F-93) reduced to 73L45 early in the last stanza and Novysedlak made two free throws for 74:49. Michalak Michal and Borowski however made sure Poland celebrated an easy victory at the end. Michalak Michal top-scored for the winners with 19 points, while Karnowsk Przemyslaw collected 17 points and 13 rebounds. Gielo Tomasz brought 12 and Matczak Filip nailed 9. Vladimir Brodziansky (206-PF-94) answered with 17 points in defeat and Viktor Juricek had 16. Cekovsky Michal collected 11 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.
Holland - Switzerland 65-74 Switzerland rout Holland, both head to the Quarterfinals at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Swiss side posted a 74:65 victory to finish second with 3-2 record. Holland finished the group with 2-3 record on the fourth place. Switzerland opened the game with 13-12 rally and added 20-19 rally in the second frame. The third quarter was decisive in the game and gave the Swiss side a 29-15 surge and led 16 points after 30 minutes of the game. Holland answered with 19-12 rally at the end and reduced to 9 final points. Dusan Mladjan (198-SG-86, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 23 points and Daniel Andjelkovic (200-PF-94) notched 17. Lehmann Marco posted 11, while Kostic Branislav had 9. Yannick Van Der Ark answered with 16 points and Olaf Schaftenaar (206-C-93) as well as Bleeker Kevin had 9 each. Averink Kasper and Bouwknecht Maarten ended up with 8 points apiece.
Belgium - Finland 70-61 Belgium wins Group B with a perfect 5-0 record. The team overcame Finland 70:61 and advanced to the Quarterfinals. The latter finished with 1-4 record and will play at the Classification Round. Belgium won the first period 16:14, but the Finnish team tied the game at the halftime. The third period became decisive in the game as Belgium needed a 21-12 to seal the victory. Both teams netted 17 points each in the final period for the final result. Vlamynck Glenn paced all the winners with 14 points and Lecomte Emmanuel had 12 points and 10 assists. Francois Xavier-Robert netted 10, while Yoeri Schoepen (196-C-94) added 8. Caven Joonas delivered 23 points in the losing effort and Rajala Julius brought 12. Lehtoranta Joonas had 8 points and Joni Herrala (191-G-94) chipped in with 6.
Portugal - Cyprus 75-70 Portugal advanced to the 1/4 Finals with the win over Cyprus at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The team needed a 75:70 win for 3-2 record on the third place. Cyprus meanwhile finished the group with 1-4 record and will play at the Classification Round. Both teams scored 18 points in the first period and then Portugal took 2-point lead at the halftime after a 23-21 rally in the second frame. Cyprus answered with a 15-12 run in the third period as Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) gave his team 54:53 lead after 30 minutes. Rafael Eleftheriou (200-G-94) kept Cyprus in front at 68:67, while Portugal pushed the tempo at the end to seal the victory. Bastos Pedro stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Piedade Henrique as well as Cardoso Miguel had 11 each. Joao Ribeiro (201-PF-93) followed them with 9 points in a win. Iliadis Stefanos erupted with 31 points in defeat and Roberto Alexander Mantovani had 16 points and 14 rebounds. Rafael Eleftheriou delivered 9 points in a 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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