Portugal - United Kingdom 74-66 Portugal overcame England in Day 4 in Division B of the European Championship. The Portuguese team edged England 74:66 for the initial victory, while England dropped at 1-3 record. England won the opening quarter 21:18 as Esprit closed the first 10 minutes in the game. Trailing 18:26, Portugal created a massive run for 28:28 and then grabbed 40:32. Esprit reduced to 42:39 at the halftime as England won the second period 24-18. The later tied the game in the middle of the third but Portugal took the lead back. Graham tipped in Esprit's miss making it 68:57 and force a Portugal timeout and further scores from Jamie Batish and Esprit saw England down by just six going into the final three minutes of the game. Diogo Ventura (185-PG-94)'s free throws made it an eight point game with just under two minutes remaining, before Wilson cut Portugal's lead to 70:66. Diogo Ventura made the last four free throws at the end for the final success. Diogo Ventura top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Jonah Callenbach (192-C/F-93) netted 13. Joao Grosso (199-F-94) and Miranda ended up with 9 points each in the winning effort. Thomas-Edwards posted 16 in defeat and Esprit had 14.
Denmark - Estonia 63-49 Denmark won the third straight game in Division B of the European Championship. The Danish side rolled over Estonia 63:49 on Sunday for 3-0 record, while the Baltic side dropped to 1-2. Estonia won the opening tip, but Denmark produced a better end of the first frame. Rungby and Kevin Larsen closed the opening quarter at 16:10 and the latter gave the Scandinavian team 20:10 later in the second. Kustas Poldoja (190-F-93) and Maur Below (174-PG-93) reduced to 25:24, however Denmark enjoyed 30:24 halftime advantage. Due to 16-12 in the third quarter the Danish side improved to 46:36 entering the last quarter. When Esben Reinholt (196-G-93) scored four points in a row for 53:38 it became cleat about the winner of the game. Esben Reinholt also closed the game from the free throw line for the final result. Kevin Larsen paced all the winners with 14 points, while Moller and Esben Reinholt supported him with 13 points each. Laane finished the game with 13 points and Liivamagi nailed 9.
Israel - Norway 105-43 Israel humiliate Norway at the Division B of the European Championship. The winners improved to 2-1 record sending the Norwegian team to 0-3 record after 105:43 win. Norway surprised the favorites with 4 consecutive points int he start of the game, but it was the last lead for them. Israel responded with 7-0 run and took 7:4. Laish and Blatancic exchanged the baskets for 26:12 at the end of the first frame. In the second period Israel erupted with 27-10 for 53:22 halftime advantage. Lev scored the first five points in the third period for 58:25, while Schonning scored for 73:33. Chris Ndow (195-F/G-93) closed the third period from the free throw line for 79:34. Israel added 26-9 in the last stanza and reached three digits winning number. Or Solomon (196-F-93) stepped up with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Lev netted 22. Ram Elias-Pour (208-C-93) poured in 11, whilst Egor Koulechov (194-F-94) added 9 points and 16 rebounds. Chris Ndow produced 9 points in defeat, while Gjestemoen, Fjaerestad and Lepovic netted 6 apiece.
Switzerland - Sweden 58-68 Switzerland succumb to Sweden in Varna at the Division B of the European Championship. The Scandinavian side celebrated 68:58 for 3-1 record. The Swiss side meanwhile suffered their third straight loss and remains on the bottom of the standings in Group D. William Magarity (207-F-93) scored the first points for the winners, but Gaillard nailed three for 3:2 Swiss lead. Later in the first quarter the Swiss side remained scoreless and could not score for about 8 minutes. Sweden erupted with 23-0 run to take 25:3 lead in the start of the second frame. Louis Kagny (194-G/F-93) broke the silence for Switzerland and the latter actually started to play better. Clint N'Dumba-Capela (202-F-94) reduced to 33:20, while Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) sent the teams to the lockers at 41:20. In the third quarter the Swiss side stepped closer after 10-9 for 50:30. After 28-18 in the last stanza the board showed 10-point Swedish victory. Person closed the game from the free throw line. Tobias Borg stepped up with 18 points for the victory and Person notched 13. Clint N'Dumba-Capela collected 16 points and 21 rebounds in the losing effort, while Mladjan posted 14.
FINAL Lithuania - France 68-75 France conquered Gold medals in Samsun. They defeated Lithuania in the championship game tonight. Frank Ntilikina (196-PG-98) posted 31 points to lead the winners. The victory marked the first Gold for Les Bleues since 2006. France dominated in the first half. They recorded a 36:28 halftime lead. Lithuania narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Baltic state pulled within 3 points at the final intermission. But France stayed in charge. They sank 22 poin... [read more]
Lithuania - France 68-75 France conquered Gold medals in Samsun. They defeated Lithuania in the championship game tonight. Frank Ntilikina (196-PG-98) posted 31 points to lead the winners. The victory marked the first Gold for Les Bleues since 2006. France dominated in the first half. They recorded a 36:28 halftime lead. Lithuania narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Baltic state pulled within 3 points at the final intermission. But France stayed in charge. They sank 22 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the victory. Sekou Omar Doumbouya (202-F/G-00) provided 15 points and 9 rebounds for the champions. Arnoldas Kulboka (205-SF-98) responded with 28 points for Lithuania. Gytis Masiulis (206-F/C-98) chipped in 12 points in the loss.
Germany - Italy 68-74 Italy stepped onto the podium in Samsun. They knocked down Germany to capture the third position. Alessandro Lever (202-F/C-98) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Azzurri. Italy accumulated a 36:29 halftime lead. The Azzurri extended the margin at 15-point mark at the final break and never looked back en route to the win. Davide Moretti (188-PG-98) had 17 points for the winners. Isaiah Hartenstein (211-PF-98) responded with 24 points for Germany.
Spain - Bosnia 77-65 Spain finished fifth in Samsun. They overcame Bosnia and Herzegovina in the final game at the tournament. Ignacio Rosa (204-F/C-99) stepped up with 27 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Spain accumulated a 38:34 halftime lead. They followed with a 24:16 run in the fourth term to ice the win. Sergi Martinez and Aleix Font (192-F/G-98, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 14 points apiece for the winners. Darko Talic (198-SF-98) answered with 14 points for Bosnia.
Russia - Finland 82-67 Grigory Motovilov (193-G-98, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 21 points to pace Russia past Finland in the final game of the championship. Russia posted a 19:13 lead ten minutes into the game. Finland erased the deficit and pulled ahead for a 32:31 halftime lead. Russia bounced back after the long break. They unloaded 51 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Sergey Klyuev (204-C-98) chipped in 19 points in the win. Edon Maxhuni (186-PG-98) responded with 18 points for Finland.
Greece - Serbia 74-67 Greece beat Serbia to clinch the 9th position at the championship. Michail Lountzis (196-PG-98) came up with 19 points and 10 boards for the Hellenes. Serbia recorded a 43:36 halftime advantage. But Greece stiffened defensively in the second half. They limited Serbia to just 24 points after the big break and marched to the victory. Dimitrios Moraitis (194-PG-99) chipped in 18 points in the win. Novak Music (188-PG-98, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 17 points and 6 assists for Serbia.
Slovenia - Turkey 71-63 Slovenia topped Turkey to claim the 11th position at the championship. Matic Vesel (204-F-98) scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the visitors. Slovenia used a 16:8 run in the second term to take a 33:26 halftime lead. Slovenia boosted the gap at 10-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Gaber Ozegovic (196-F-98) had 14 points for the winners. Yigitcan Saybir (201-F-99) and Eray Akyuz (187-G-00) responded with 14 points each for Turkey.
Latvia - Croatia 90-76 Latvia rescued their Division A place. They cruised past Croatia to avoid relegation. Roberts Blumbergs (204-F/C-97) produced 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead the winners. Croatia jumped to a 25:22 lead after ten minutes. But Latvia responded with a 49:26 run in the next two periods to spur ahead. Croatia drained 25 points in the final term but could avoid the defeat. Arturs Strautins (198-SF-98) accounted for 19 points and 10 boards for the winners. Leo Cizmic (206-F-98, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 18 points for Croatia.
Sweden - Israel 66-90 Israel capped their championship campaign with victory. They topped Sweden to earn the 15th position. Miron Ruina (202-C-98) came up with 23 points and 9 boards for the winners. Israel claimed a 41:39 halftime lead. They sank 24 points in the third term to boost the gap at 10-point mark. Israel followed with a 25:11 run in the fourth quarter and rallied to the win. Yovel Zoosman (199-G/F-98) and Yonatan Rabinowitz (185-PG-98) chipped in 13 points each in the victory. Alan Zekovic (195-F/G-98) answered with 16 points for Sweden.
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SEMIFINALS Italy - France 72-82 France outgunned Italy to advance into Final. Frank Ntilikina (196-PG-98) posted 23 points and 9 assists to lead les Bleues. Italy eked out a 19:18 lead after ten minutes. France unloaded 28 points in the second frame to take a 46:31 halftime lead. The Azzurri pulled within 8 points at the final intermission. But France dropped 26 points in the fourth quarter and iced the win. Bathiste Tchouaffe (195-SG-98) had 16 points for the winners. Alessandro Lever (... [read more]
Italy - France 72-82 France outgunned Italy to advance into Final. Frank Ntilikina (196-PG-98) posted 23 points and 9 assists to lead les Bleues. Italy eked out a 19:18 lead after ten minutes. France unloaded 28 points in the second frame to take a 46:31 halftime lead. The Azzurri pulled within 8 points at the final intermission. But France dropped 26 points in the fourth quarter and iced the win. Bathiste Tchouaffe (195-SG-98) had 16 points for the winners. Alessandro Lever (202-F/C-98) responded with 25 points for Italy.
Germany - Lithuania 62-69 Lithuania fired past Germany to advance into the title game in Turkey. Arnoldas Kulboka (205-SF-98) came up with 24 points and 9 boards to lead the Baltic state. Lithuania eked out a 31:30 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 6-point mark at the final intermission. Lithuania protected the advantage throughout the fourth term and raced to the victory. Arnas Velicka (192-PG-99) tossed in 18 points, issued 6 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds for the winners. Kostja Mushidi (195-G/F-98, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 33 points and 8 boards for Germany.
Finland - Bosnia 72-95 Bosnia and Herzegovina cruised past Finland in the classification round. Dzanan Musa (204-SG-99, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up with 28 points and 7 assists for the winners. Bosnia piled up a comfortable 45:31 halftime lead. Bosnia dropped 28 points in the fourth quarter and cruised to the win. Amar Gegic (200-PG-98) tossed in 16 points for Bosnia. Edon Maxhuni (186-PG-98) responded with 18 points for Finland.
Spain - Russia 70-55 Spain rallied past Russia in the classification round clash today. Sergi Martinez (201-PF-99) came up with 24 points and 14 rebounds to pace the winners. Spain established a 44:33 halftime lead. Spain held their opponents to just 22 points in the second half and raced to the win. Aleix Font (192-F/G-98, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 13 points and 10 boards in the victory. Andrei Lopatin (206-SF-98) responded with 13 points for Russia.
Greece - Slovenia 70-68 Greece will play for the ninth overall position in the championship. They beat Slovenia in the classification round clash tonight. Georgios Kalaitzakis (198-PG-99) scored 13 points for the winners. Greece jumped to a 20:9 lead after ten minutes. Slovenia erased the deficit in the next two quarters. The teams entered the fourth stanza tied at 52. Greece sank 18 points in the final term and managed to get away with a narrow win. Dimitrios Moraitis (194-PG-99) accounted for 12 points for the Hellenes. Gaber Ozegovic (196-F-98) answered with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Slovenia.
Turkey - Serbia 58-73 Serbia upset hosting Turkey in the classification round clash in Samsun. Stefan Momirov (192-G-99) topscored with 15 points for Serbia. They jumped to a 36:26 halftime lead. Serbia boosted the lead at 16-point mark at the final break and never looked back en route to the win. Aleksa Radanov (202-SF-98) had 12 points and 8 boards for the winners. Turkey answered with 20 points from Ragip Atar (210-C-99).
Croatia - Israel 87-84 Croatia topped Israel in the crucial clash in the relegation round. Josip Barnjak (190-G/F-98) came up with 20 points for the winners. Croatia sank 29 points in the second term to open an 8-point lead. Israel pulled within three points at the final intermission. But Croatia held their ground in the fourth term and raced to a vital win. Leo Cizmic (206-F-98, agency: Octagon Europe) and Pavao Pajic (203-F/C-98, agency: XL Basketball Agency) delivered 11 points each for the winners. Miron Ruina (202-C-98), Michael Brisker (183-SG-98) and Yonatan Rabinowitz (185-PG-98) answered with 14 points each for Israel.
Sweden - Latvia 82-91 Latvia rallied past Sweden and stepped closer to rescuing their Division A spot. Roberts Blumbergs (204-F/C-97) scored 25 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Latvia eked out a 47:46 halftime lead. They followed with a 24:16 run in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Arturs Strautins (198-SF-98) accounted for 17 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Felix Lemetti (182-PG-99) responded with 25 points for Sweden as they got relegated.
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