Lithuania - Greece 74-77 Greece wins Group A in Tallinn at the U20 European Championship. The Greek side won over Lithuania 77:74 in the top game of the group. The Baltic suffered their first loss and finished the group with 3-1 record on the second place. Both teams came to the derby undefeated. Greece started with 19-9 lead and added 20-18 rally before the halftime. Lithuania however erupted with 28-10 surge in the third period. At first Lthuania shocked the opponents with an 18-0 run and enjoyed a 48:45 midway through the period. Later Lekys Simonas nailed three for 55:47 at the end of the frame. Greece meanwhile was too far to give up and trailing 51:57 came up with a 14-0 run to take 66:57 lead. Greece managed to keep the victory as Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: FCM)made 4 free throws at the end of the game. Giannoulis Larentzakis stepped up with 27 points and Papapetrou Ioannis delivered 19. Petros Melissaratos (206-C-93) collected 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Bochoridis Eleftherios had 9. Martynas Paliukenas (195-SF-93) answered with 18 points in the losing case, while Jogela Tauras notched 15. Kariniauskas Vaidas brought 7 and Riauka Zygimantas as well as Lekys Simonas had 6 each.
Georgia - Serbia 52-89 Serbia posts the initial win at the U20 European Championship. The Serbia side overcame Georgia 89:52 in the start of Day 5 in Tallinn. Georgia remained winless at the tournament. Both teams entered the game without victories. Serbia won the opening period 21:16 and added massive 27-15 surge in the second frame. Serbia also looked better in the second half and dominated both periods. The Balkan side won the third period 20-7 and finished the game with 21-14 rally. Luka Mitrovic (205-PF-93) paced all the winners with 16 points and Nemanja Krstic (202-SF-93) added 14. Reljic Pavle poured in 12, while Avramovic Sasa scored 10. Shota Gelazonia (205-C-94), Valeri Kvantaliani (204-PF-94) and Nika Ramishvili (182-G-94) netted 8 points each. Rogava Revaz and Grdzelidze Levani brought 6 points each.
Croatia - Sweden 87-75 Croatia claimed a crucial win at the U20 European Championship Group B. They defeated Sweden to improve at 2-2 record. Croatia thus occupied the third position in the ladder and advanced into the Second Stage of the competition. Antonio Boban (204-PF-93) nailed 23 points to lead the charge. Croatia led by a single point 22:21 after ten minutes of action. Sweden surged ahead in the second frame. The Scandinavian team eked out a 41:37 halftime advantage. Croatia regained the lead in the third period. They held Sweden to 14 points in the period and posted a 57:55 lead heading into the fourth frame. Croatia unleashed 30 points in the fourth stanza and snatched a key win at the end. Henrik Sirko netted 16 points, while Marko Ramljak (202-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points for the winning side. Marcus Eriksson (200-SG-93) answered with 32 points for Sweden. Tobias Borg delivered 17 points in the loss.
Montenegro - Turkey 71-84 Turkey claimed the third victory in the U20 European Championship in Tallinn today. They knocked down Montenegro to win preliminary round Group B. Montenegro suffered the first defeat at the tournament and finished second. Tayfun Erulku (192-SG-94) nailed 21 points to lead the winning side. Turkey stormed into the game. They unloaded 24 points in the opening quarter to ensure an 8-point lead. Turkey dominated throughout the second stanza. They held their opponents to 10 points in the period building a 49:26 halftime lead. Montenegro tuned in the third quarter. The Balkan team slowly adjusted their rhythm and cut the deficit by three points. Montenegro fired 23 points in the fourth frame but it was not enough to revive the intrigue in this one. Ramazan Tekin (214-C-93) chipped in 13 points, while Erbil Eroglu had 12 points and 7 assists for the winners. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93, agency: Dynamics Global Management) answered with 25 points for Montenegro. Marko Mugosa had 15 points in the loss.
Russia - Bulgaria 75-67 Russia gained the second win at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Bulgaria to qualify into the Second Stage of the tournament. Aleksandr Gudumak (203-PF-93) nailed 18 points to pace the winners. Bulgaria fell at 0-4 record after the defeat. Russia confidently opened the game. They posted a 20:15 lead after the opening quarter. Bulgaria cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within 3 points at the interval 35:32. But Russia picked up the tempo in the third period. They unloaded 22 points and established a 9-point advantage before the fourth frame 57:48. The margin grew at 16-point mark midway through the fourth quarter and Russia never looked back again. Andrey Loginov (203-PF-93) netted 13 points, while Artem Komolov added 10 points for the winners. Dimitar Dimitrov (202-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) answered with 20 points for Bulgaria. Nikolay Grozev chipped in 13 points in the loss.
Israel - Spain 61-63 Spain wrapped up their preliminary round campaign at the U20 European Championship with a difficult victory over Israel. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) scored 23 points to lead Spain. Spain improved at 3-1 record and finished second in Group C. Israel fell at 1-3 record and did not make it into the Second Stage of the tournament. They will now fight against relegation in the classification round. Spain seemed in control throughout the first half. They posted a 17:15 lead after ten minutes Spain boosted the lead to 5 points at halftime 34:29. But Israel came back into the contest in the third period. They held Spain to 9 points and cut the deficit to a single point 42:43 at the final break. Maayan gave Israel a 51:49 lead midway through the fourth frame. Daniel Diez stepped up for Spain in the crucial moment. He nailed five points to give them a 61:57 lead with 70 seconds remaining. Maayan answered with four points in a row to level things up at 61. But Jaime Fernandez (186-G-93) converted a layup with 5 seconds remaining in regulation to seal the win for Spain. He finished with 22 points for the winners. Egor Koulechov (195-F-94) responded with 21 points for Israel. Or Solomon had 12 points and 12 boards in the loss.
France - Czech Republic 79-62 France registered the third win at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Czech Republic to gain 3-1 record on top of Group D. Czech Republic suffered the fourth straight loss at the tournament. France stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. Les Bleus posted a 19:7 lead after ten minutes of action. Czech Republic cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within 10 points at halftime 23:33. But France stepped on the gas in the third term. They exploded with 23 points to ensure a 13-point buffer before the fourth period. Les Bleus stayed aggressive throughout the final frame and secured a comfortable win at the end. Livio Jean-Charles (203-PF-93, agency: Beo Basket) and Hugo Invernizzi (196-SF-93) netted 19 points for France. Alexandre Chassang (202-PF-94) added 12 points for the winners. Tomas Kyzlink (195-SG-93) answered with 22 points for Czech Republic. Martin Kriz chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
Estonia - Italy 78-90 Italy finished their U20 European Championship preliminary round campaign with victory. They defeated hosting Estonia to occupy the second position in Group D ladder. Estonia finished fourth and failed to qualify for the Second Stage. Italy rallied to a 22:14 lead after ten minutes. The Azzurri unloaded 31 points in the second frame to clear off to a 13-point halftime distance. Estonia slowed their opponents down in the third term. The hosts went on a 19:11 run to cut the deficit at 5-point mark before the fourth frame. But Italy unloaded 26 points in the fourth period and sealed the win at the end. Amedeo Della Valle (192-SG-93) posted 20 points for Italy. Matteo Imbro (190-PG-94) added 16 points for the visitors. Rait-Riivo Laane (187-G-93) responded with game-high 24 points for Estonia. Mihkel Schleicher had 14 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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