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The End of Preliminary Round in Latvia and Lithuania - Aug 11, 2012

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Group A
Spain - Serbia 83-68
Spain stayed undefeated at the end of preliminary round of U18 European Championship. The defending champions defeated Serbia to clinch the top position in Group A with 3-0 record. Serbia suffered the first loss to slip at 2-1 record. Josep Perez (184-PG-94) stepped up with 18 points, 6 boards and 6 assists for the winners. Spain surged ahead in the first term. The reigning champions dominated to post a 23:14 lead after ten minutes. But Serbia found the weapons to strike back. The Balkan team denied the deficit and snatched a 37:35 halftime lead. But Spain answered with a massive rally in the third term. They erupted for 31 points in the quarter building a 19-point lead at the final break. Serbia cut the distance to 12 points but could not get any closer surrendering at the end. Guillermo Hernangomez (209-C-94) scored 13 points, while Alberto Diaz and Ilimane Diop added 12 points each for Spain. Nikola Radicevic (194-G-94) answered with 15 points for Serbia. Luka Andusic netted 13 points in the loss.

Ukraine - Germany 60-57
Ukraine registered the initial victory at the U18 European Championship. They held off Germany in the decisive battle for both teams in Group A. Vladyslav Koreniuk (206-C-94) nailed 19 points to lead the winners as they advanced to the next stage of the tournament after the victory. Ukraine held Germany to 13 points in the opening quarter to take a 3-point lead. But Germany answered with an aggressive defence in the second term. They limited Ukraine to 8 points to surge ahead. The German team accumulated a 29:24 halftime advantage. Germany extended the lead in the third quarter. David Taylor (188-PG-95) posted 6 points in the period and Germany entered the fourth quarter up by 8 points 50:42. Ukraine used an 8:1 run to cut the deficit to a single point 55:56. Lugovtsov drained a triple to put Ukraine in front 58:57 with just over a minute remaining. Shevchenko stretched the lead to three points and then David Taylor missed a three-point attempt as Ukraine escaped with a key victory at the end. Igor Boyarkin (185-PG-95) notched 10 points, 8 assists and 5 boards, while Volodymyr Pishchikov and Stanislav Kudrya added 6 points each for the winners. David Taylor and Malik Mueller (188-G-94) responded with 12 points each for Germany.

Group B
Lithuania - Italy 81-71
Lithuania finished the preliminary round of U18 European Championship undefeated. They overcame Italy to clinch the top position in Group B. Justas Tamulis (194-SF-94, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 30 points to lead the Baltic team. Italy fell at 2-1 record and occupied the second position in the ladder. The teams went neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. The hosts eked out a 24:23 lead after ten minutes. Italy changed the complexion of the game in the second quarter. The Azzurri slowed the hosts down holding Lithuania to just 12 points in the frame. Italy pulled ahead for a 41:36 halftime lead. Lithuania however regained control in the third term. They went on a 13:3 rally to take a 54:49 advantage. Denis Krestinin capped the frame with a three-pointer to give Lithuania a 62:53 advantage. Lekavicius and Justas Tamulis connected from beyond the arc early in the fourth frame and Lithuania cruised to the victory at the end. Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) notched 17 points, while Denis Krestinin added 16 points for the winners. Matteo Imbro (192-PG-94) responded with 24 points for Italy. Luca Vencato and Amedeo Tessitori contributed 11 points each in the loss.

Denmark - Greece 55-64
Greece advanced into the next round of U18 European Championship. They survived a tough battle versus Denmark to gain the first win at the tournament. Dimitrios Agravanis (208-F-94, agency: FCM) scored 18 points as Greece improved at 1-2 record in the third place in Group B. Denmark fell at 0-3 record. The Scandinavian team got to the better start. They accumulated a 19:17 lead after ten minutes. Greece however stiffened their defence and held the Danish side to 6 points in the second quarter. The Hellenes posted a 32:25 halftime lead. Denmark surged back in front in the third term. The Scandinavian side accumulated a 47:43 lead with one quarter remaining. The Hellenes proved character in the final frame. They tipped off the fourth frame with a 10:2 run to spur in front. The margin grew at 7-point mark with under a minute to go and Greece hung on to escape with the victory. Michalis Kamperidis (203-F-94) provided 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Eleftherios Bochoridis added 12 points for the winners. Rasmus Larsen (212-C-94) answered with 16 points and 13 boards for Denmark. David Knudsen netted 14 points in the loss.

Group C
Latvia - Bulgaria 58-69
Bulgaria finished U18 European Championship preliminary round in a blistering fashion. They knocked down hosting Latvia to claim the top position in Group C. Latvia finished second after the defeat. The victory of Bulgaria also means that France will now play in the relegation round. Bulgaria surged ahead early in the encounter. The visitors posted an 18:16 lead at the first break. Bulgaria stretched the lead in the second quarter. They extended the margin to 12 points at halftime 41:29. Bulgaria maintained the advantage throughout the third term. They entered the fourth period up by 13 points 54:41. Latvia tipped off the fourth frame with back-to-back triples to get closer. But Bulgaria soon restored an 11-point lead and cruised to the victory at the end. Denislav Vutev (206-C-94) posted 18 points, while Nikolay Stoyanov (195-SF-94) added 13 points for the winners. Ivars Zvigurs (195-G/F-95) answered with 11 points for Latvia. Davis Geks had 10 points in the loss.

Turkey - France 66-56
Turkey clinched the crucial win over France in the third round of preliminary action at U18 European Championship. The victory means Turkey advances into the next round of action. France will have to wait for the result of Latvia vs. Bulgaria clash to get to know their fate. Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95) and Cedi Osman (195-SG-95) scored 11 points each to lead well-balanced Turkish effort in the initial victory for the team. Turkey jumped in front in the opening quarter. Aggressive defence helped them accumulate a 15:11 lead after ten minutes. Turkey boosted the lead in the second quarter. They accumulated a 39:29 halftime advantage. France stopped the rot in the third term. Les Bleus got within 8 points at the final intermission. But Turkey held their opponents to 11 points in the final stanza and sealed the victory at the end. Tayfun Erulku (193-SG-94) netted 10 points for the winners. Benjamin Sene (186-PG-94) responded with 22 points for France. Mouhammadou Jaiteh had 15 points and 12 boards in the loss.

Group D
Croatia - Russia 74-63
Croatia stayed on the winning track at U18 European Championship. They thumped Russia to improve at 3-0 record on top of Group D. Dario Saric (208-F-94) put on another amazing performance finishing with 32 points, 13 boards and 2 assists before fouling out. Russia fell at 2-1 record after the loss. Russia ensured the better start. They posted a 21:19 lead ten minutes into the game. Croatia adjusted defensively in the second quarter. They tipped off the period with 12 points in a row. Croatia gained the tempo and ensured a 37:33 halftime lead. The margin grew at 16-point mark midway through the third term. Russia cut the deficit to 10 points at the final break 47:57. Russia narrowed the margin to 4 points midway through the fourth term. But Croatia sparked with a 7:0 run and cleared off for good. Mislav Brzoja (196-F/G-94) notched 16 points for the winners. Mikhail Kulagin (188-G-94) answered with 14 points for Russia. Serdar Annaev had 11 points and 6 assists in the loss.

Slovenia - Poland 69-63
Slovenia registered the first win at the U18 European Championship. They overcame Poland in the crucial game for both teams at the preliminary round. The victory allowed Slovenia to stay in the title race. Poland slipped at 0-3 record and fell into the relegation round. Tomaz Bolcina (206-F/C-94) posted 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the winners. Poland jumped to an early lead. They established a 23:12 lead at the first break. But Slovenia silenced their opponents in the second quarter. They ignited a 28:8 run to secure a 9-point halftime lead. Poland cut the deficit in the third stanza. They got within 6 points at the final intermission 48:51. Sovenia and Poland exchanged baskets throughout the final term. Poland cut the distance to 3 points with one minute remaining. But Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) and Nikolic hit five free throws in the dying stages to seal the victory at the end. Matic Rebec notched 21 points and 8 assists, while Gregor Hrovat added 10 points for the winning side. Kacper Radwanski (189-G/F-94) responded with 17 points for Poland. Mikolaj Witlinski and Kacper Borowski had 12 points apiece in the loss.   

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European Championships U18 Final Standings
 1. Serbia
 2. Spain
 3. Lithuania
 4. Turkey
 5. Italy
 6. France
 7. Greece
 8. Bosnia
 9. Russia
 10. Finland
 11. Germany
 12. Ukraine
 13. Montenegro.
 14. Slovenia
 15. Slovakia
 16. Latvia

European Championships U18 Final Standings Div.B
 1. Croatia
 2. U.Kingdom
 3. Estonia
 4. Israel
 5. Poland
 6. Holland
 7. Bulgaria
 8. Denmark
 9. Belgium
 10. Iceland
 11. Portugal
 12. Hungary
 13. Czech Rep.
 14. Sweden
 15. Romania
 16. FYR Macedon.
 17. Austria
 18. Georgia
 19. Switzerland
 20. Belarus
 21. Albania
 22. Azerbaijan
 23. Luxembourg
 24. Ireland
European Championships U18 Standings
Group A
 1. Cyprus 2-1 
 2. Kosovo 2-1 
 3. Norway 2-1 
 4. Armenia 0-3 
Group B
 1. Malta 3-0 
 2. Moldova 2-1 
 3. San Marino 1-2 
 4. Gibraltar 0-3 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Avg: 21
 1. Campara, BIH21.0 
 2. Sanon, UKR19.3 
 3. Simonovic, MNT17.7 
 4. Moraitis, GRE16.8 
 5. Saybir, TUR16.4 
 6. Atar, TUR16.4 
 7. Martinez, ESP15.9 
 8. Velicka, LTU15.3 
 9. Fevrier, FRA15.0 
 10. Kralj, SLO14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Jantunen, FIN12.6 
 2. Zeliznak, SVK8.4 
 3. Simonovic, MNT8.4 
 4. Pecarski, SRB8.3 
 5. Atar, TUR7.9 
 6. Kadasi, SVK7.4 
 7. Herkenhoff, GER7.4 
 8. Ehigitor, ESP7.2 
 9. Shashkov, RUS7.1 
 10. Velicka, LTU7.0 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Velicka, LTU6.4 
 2. Pajola, ITA5.0 
 3. Akay, TUR5.0 
 4. Vulikic, SRB4.9 
 5. Heinonen, FIN4.4 
 6. Klavzar, SLO4.0 
 7. Moraitis, GRE4.0 
 8. Cuevas, ESP3.7 
 9. Uskokovic, SRB3.7 
 10. Atelbauers, LAT3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Yusuf SANON
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Sanon, UKR3.4 
 2. Trapani, ITA3.1 
 3. Moraitis, GRE2.8 
 4. Kamperidis, GRE2.6 
 5. Grytsak, UKR2.6 
 6. Heinonen, FIN2.4 
 7. Khomenko, RUS2.4 
 8. Zampini, ITA2.3 
 9. Jantunen, FIN2.3 
 10. Heine, SLO2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Guglielmo CARUSO
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Caruso, ITA1.9 
 2. Kadasi, SVK1.7 
 3. Vigori, ITA1.4 
 4. Jantunen, FIN1.3 
 5. Pavelka, SVK1.3 
 6. Atar, TUR1.3 
 7. Voinalovych, UKR1.3 
 8. Grytsak, UKR1.3 
 9. Sarr, FRA1.2 
 10. Simonovic, MNT1.1 
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