Belarus - Israel 56-82 Israel pip Belarus in Bosnia at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Israeli team celebrated an 82:56 win for 3-1 record in Group A. The team from Belarus suffered the third loss and dropped at 1-3 record. Israel went on a lead from the first minutes and reached 26:18 after the first period. They added a 7-0 run early in the second frame for 33:18 after Ariel's shot. Belarus did not give up and Patupchyk reduced to 39:35. Israel meanwhile responded with some important baskets and increased later to 15 points. Eliav Ohanon (199-F-94) and Bliznets closed the third period at 62:45, while Kikus brought 70:47. Israel won the fourth period 20-11 and sealed the victory. Egor Koulechov (194-SF-94) stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Segev Itay netted 12. Eliav Ohanon and Sealine Daniel delivered 10 points each. Kiryl Chumakou (194-SF-95) posted 10 points in the losing effort, while Ilyukevich Viktar and Aladka Ivan had 9 apiece.
Romania - Scotland 81-53 Romania keep Scotland winless at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame the opponents 81:53 for 2-2 record in Group A. Scotland meanwhile fell at 0-4 record. Scotland won the opening tip 8:2, while Romanian team replied with an 18-0 run. Vlad Tincu (188-SG-94) later closed the period at 23:10 and Ene brought 27:12. Romania led 12 points midway through the second frame, but Nicholas Sim (180-PG-95) reduced to 39:34 at the halftime. The second half was decisive in the game as Romania posted two victories in it. They produced 20-11 in the third period and added 22-8 in the last stanza. Popovici Vlad led the way with 18 points and Vlad Stoicoviciu (190-SG-94) netted 12. Hortoglu Mehmet delivered 11, while Vlad Tincu and Cobzaru Vlad scored 8 each. Nicholas Sim replied with 11 points in the losing effort and Craig Malcolm (191-SF-94) scored 9.
Hungary - United Kingdom 58-63 England keep the leading position in Group A of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team improved to 4-0 record on top of the group after 83:58 win over Hungary. Although England won the first period 18-13, they could not win the first half. Hungary answered with 25-9 in the second frame and grabbed 38:27 at the halftime. Moreover Perl Zoltan brought 40:27 and Bognar increased to 44:30. Hungary however could not win. England needed a strong end of the third period for 48:44 and then Isaacs Tyrell gave them 51:50 early in the fourth. Kingsley Okoroh (213-C-95) and Isaacs Tyrell brought the final points from the free throw line to remain undefeated. Luke Nelson (189-PG-95) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Isaacs Tyrell had 13. Sentance Elliott followed them with 10 points, whilst Kingsley Okoroh collected 7 points and 16 rebounds. Perl Zoltan answered with 14 points in the losing effort and Benedek Varadi (194-G/F-95) added 13 points and 12 rebounds. Kristof Bognar (206-C/F-94) ended up with 11 points and 13 rebounds, while Goloman Gyorgy notched 8.
Slovakia - Estonia 65-67 Estonia wins thriller to remain undefeated at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team grabbed valuable 67:65 win over Slovak Republic for 3-0 record on top of Group B. The latter meanwhile fell at 0-3 record. It was a slow start in the game as the teams scored only 21 points in the first 10 minutes. Slovakia had 11:10 and then Hendrik Ruut (190-PG-94) gave Estonia 14:13 advantage early in the second. Tambre Georg closed the half at 33:24 as Estonia won the frame 23-13. Slovakia also scored 13 points in the third period, but it was enough to tie the margin only for the period. Kent Vene (192-SG-94) brought 48:40 early in the fourth, while Hendrik Ruut and Saare Sander ensured the latest baskets for the winners. Saare Sander and Kent Vene top-scored for the winners with 14 points each for a perfect record. Hendrik Ruut nailed 13, while Tambre Georg added 12. Brodziansky Vladimir and Matejcik Martin replied with 19 points each in the losing effort. Vladimir Nemcok (183-PG-95) had 12, while Rozim Robert collected 8 points and 12 rebounds.
Czech Republic - Austria 90-56 Czech Republic edge Austria in Sarajevo for 3-0 record on top of Group B. The team needed 90:56 win to keep the perfect record. Austria meanwhile fell at 2-2 in the middle of the group. Czech Republic started with 24:21 and dominated the first half. They added 23-18 in the second period to take 47:39 after 20 minutes of the game. Another 12-0 run midway through the second frame gave them 61:41 lead. Hrabovsky later closed the period at 65:45 and Ausprunk Karel brought 67:45 early in the last period. Czech Republic added massive 25-11 in the last stanza for the final result in the game. Radovan Kouril (180-PG-95) posted 16 points to lead the charge and Ausprunk Karel had 15. Festr Lukas poured in 13, while Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) added 10 points and 10 rebounds. Jakob Poeltl (208-PF-95) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort, while Laurence Mueller (178-PG-94) notched 11. Bas Timur poured in 10, while Bauer Valentin scored 9.
Switzerland - Finland 51-67 Julius Rajala (205-PF-94) leads Finland over Switzerland in the last game of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Nordic side grabbed 67:51 win for 3-1 record on top of Group C. Now 4 teams have the same record on top of the group, while Switzerland fell at 0-4 record. Finland posted 23:13 in the first period and never looked behind after. They added 17-8 in the second frame and grabbed 40:21 halftime advantage. Daniel Andjelkovic (200-PF-94) tried hard for the Swiss side and it was him to bring 40:23 early in the third. He also closed the third period for 51:32. Switzerland managed to win the last stanza 19-16 but lost the game by 16 points. Julius Rajala top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Niko Mattila (191-SG-94) followed him with 9. Joni Herrala (190-G-94) and Maki Iikka delivered 8 points each in a victory. Daniel Andjelkovic posted 16 in defeat, while Schittenhelm Leo scored 9.
Norway - Montenegro 77-87 Montenegro ease past Norway at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The winners improved to 3-1 record to share the top place in Group C with Sweden and Iceland. Norway meanwhile fell at 0-4 record. Montenegro started the game with 14-12, but did not expect a massive surge from Norway. The latter erupted with 28-19 in the second period as Espen Fjaerestad (192-SG-94) brought 40:28. Montenegro replied with a 7-0 run to trail 5 points early in the third and then Vasilije Vusovic (191-G-94) gave them 46:44 advantage. The teams exchanged the lead several times and Norway grabbed 66:65 with 10 minutes to go. The last quarter meanwhile belonged to Montenegro that needed 22-11 burst to seal the victory. Milos Pajovic (205-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Vukovic Nenad had 11. Vasilije Vusovic poured in 10, whilst Kovacevic Veselin and Djurovic Luka scored 9 apiece. Espen Fjaerestad replied with 20 points in defeat and Vuk Krivokapic (193-SF-95) scored 15. Blatancic Nikola netted 14, while Seach Nicholas delivered 9.
Sweden - Iceland 92-83 Sweden and Iceland open Day 4 of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Scandinavian side grabbed 92:83 to tie both records in Group C at 3-1. Iceland suffered their first loss. Both teams started strong and scored 25 points each in the first period. Sweden managed to score another 25 in the second frame, while Iceland posted only 13. In the third period both teams nailed another 20 points each, while the battle continued in the last stanza. Although Iceland won the period 25-22 they reduced only to 9 final points. Musie Caleb top-scored for the winners with 21 points for the third victory. Ramstedt Adam, Gorski Alexander and Nicholas Spires (209-PF-94) added 14 each, while the latter also grabbed 17 boards. Elvar Fridriksson (180-PG-94) finished the game with 22 points in the losing effort, while Martin Hermannsson (190-SG-94) notched 20. Valsson Valur delivered 11 points in defeat.
Georgia - Belgium 53-65 Belgium won over Georgia in Group D of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Belgium side grabbed 2-1 record after 65:53 win to take the second place in the group. Georgia meanwhile fell at 0-3 record. Belgium took the lead in the first period and reached 17-10 after the first 10 minutes. Moreover Belgium added 18-14 in the second period and enjoyed 35:24 at the halftime as Lecomte Emmanuel closed the half. Irakli Mikeladze (180-PG-94) reduced to 35:27 early in the third and he later closed the period at 45:50. Georgia however could not come closer. Belgium needed 15-8 surge in the last stanza to seal the victory. Lecomte Emmanuel and Mathias Van Steenwinkel (200-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 16 points each. El Khounchar Naim followed them with 11 points in a win. Beka Burjanadze (203-PF-94) replied with 21 points and 17 rebounds in the losing effort. Irakli Mikeladze scored 13, while Tsirekidze Giorgi added 10.
Holland - Bosnia 58-66 Bosnia and Herzegovina conquer Group D of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame Holland 66:58 for 4-0 record on top. The Dutch side meanwhile dropped at 1-2 record. Bosnia and Herzegovina entered the game as a favorite but lost the first period 15-23. The rest of the game however they proved the ambitions for the higher places and grabbed the victory. Buza Nedim closed the half at 31:32 for Bosnia and Herzegovina and Nurkic Jusuf gave his side the narrow win early in the third. The teams exchanged the lead several times, while Nurkic Jusuf tied it all at 48:48 to close the third frame. Bosnia and Herzegovina finished the game with a 6-0 run for a necessary win. Buza Nedim paced all the winners with 21 points and Nurkic Jusuf collected 19 points and 11 rebounds. Vrabac Adin scored 9, while Vukovic Marko added 6. Schilder Mike answered with 16 points in defeat, while Shane Hammink (198-F-94) added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Jito Kok (205-C-94) had 12 points and 11 boards, whilst Bouwknecht Maarten nailed 11.
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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