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.
Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Awards 2012 - Aug 20, 2012
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MVP: Dario Saric (208-F/C-94) of Croatia
Best Guard: Nikola Radicevic (194-G-94) of Serbia
Best Forward: Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) of Serbia
Best Center: Dario Saric of Croatia
Best Coach: Jaksa Vulic of Croatia
G: Nikola Radicevic (194-94) of Serbia
G: Mikhail Kulagin (188-94) of Russia
F: Marius Grigonis (198-94) of Lithuania
PF: Nikola Jankovic (205-94) of Serbia
Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B Awards 2012 - Aug 20, 2012
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MVP: Jusuf Nurkic (212-C-94) of Bosnia
Best Guard: Radovan Kouril (180-PG-95) of Czech Rep.
Best Forward: Egor Koulechov (194-SF-94) of Wingate Acad.
Best Center: Jusuf Nurkic (212-C-94) of Bosnia
PG: Radovan Kouril (180-95) of Czech Rep.
PG: Luke Nelson (189-95) of United K.
SF: Egor Koulechov (194-94) of Israel
PF: Jakob Poeltl (208-95) of Austria
C: Jusuf Nurkic (212-9 [read more]
Croatia celebrate the title in Vilnius - Aug 19, 2012
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Croatia - Lithuania 88-76
Croatia celebrated the first U18 European Championship title since 2002. They overcame hosting Lithuania in the championship game tonight to clinch the trophy. Dario Saric (208-F-94) came up with another sizzling performance tallying 39 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assist to lead the winners. Croatia opened the game on a 10:3 run. Dario Saric soon gave Croatia a 17:5 lead. He finished with 12 points in the opening quarter as Croatia earned a 22:15 lead [read more]
Croatia - Lithuania 88-76 Croatia celebrated the first U18 European Championship title since 2002. They overcame hosting Lithuania in the championship game tonight to clinch the trophy. Dario Saric (208-F-94) came up with another sizzling performance tallying 39 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assist to lead the winners. Croatia opened the game on a 10:3 run. Dario Saric soon gave Croatia a 17:5 lead. He finished with 12 points in the opening quarter as Croatia earned a 22:15 lead. The visitors accumulated a 31:19 lead early in the second quarter. But Lekavicius helped Lithuania cut the deficit to just three points at halftime 33:36. Lekavicius and Gintvanis organized a 6:2 run from the hosts as they posted a 40:38 lead early in the third quarter. But Croatia quickly returned the lead and surged ahead for a 58:53 advantage at the final break. Saric came up with 12 more points in the fourth quarter as Croatia marched to the victory. Tomislav Gabric (201-F-95) posted 14 points, while Jakov Mustapic added 11 points for the winners. Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) had 17 points for Lithuania. Jokubas Gintvainis and Justas Tamulis finished with 15 points each in the loss.
Russia - Serbia 56-66 Serbia stepped onto the pedestal at U18 European Championship. They defeated Russia to clinch the Bronze medals. Stefan Pot (195-G-94) came up with 21 points to lead the winners. Serbia and Russia stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 20:20 after ten minutes. Serbia pulled ahead in the second quarter. They eked out a narrow 35:33 halftime lead. Serbia extended the lead in the third quarter. The Balkan team ensured a 7-point lead at the final intermission. Serbia did not loosen the grasp in the final term and rolled to the victory at the end. Doko Salic (209-C-95) accounted for 15 points, while Nikola Rebic added 7 points for the winners. Igor Kanygin (207-F/C-94) answered with 12 points for Russia. Mikhail Kulagin had 11 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
Latvia - Spain 51-80 Spanish U18 National Team earned the fifth position at the European Championship. They thumped hosting Latvia on the final day of the tournament. Ilimane Diop (209-C-95) paced former champions with 16 points. Spain held Latvia to 5 points in the opening quarter to take a 7-point lead. Spain erupted for 31 points in the second quarter to stretch the margin. The Spaniards piled up a 43:17 halftime lead. Latvia struggled to come back to life in the third quarter. They faced a massive 29-point deficit heading into the fourth frame. Spain never looked back in the final quarter marching to a comfortable win at the end. Guillermo Hernangomez (209-C-94) posted 12 points, while Juan Saiz added 11 points for the winners. Elvis Endzels (180-PG-94) answered with 11 points for Latvia. Armands Ginters had 9 points in the loss.
Bulgaria - Italy 65-84 Italy clinched the 7th position at U18 European Championship. They defeated Bulgaria on the last day of the tournament. Amedeo Tessitori (204-PF-94) came up with 28 points to lead the Azzurri. Italy fired 25 points in the opening quarter to surge ahead. They ensured a 12-point lead after ten minutes. Italy boosted the margin in the second quarter. The Azzurri piled up a 45:25 halftime lead. Bulgaria could not change the complexion of the encounter in the third quarter. Italy stayed in charge taking a 24-point lead into the fourth frame. Bulgaria outscored their opponents in the final period but could not avoid the loss at the end. Mirco Turel (192-SG-94) finished with 12 points, while Tommaso Laquintana added 9 points for the winners. Kris Minkov (198-SF-94) answered with 15 points for Bulgaria. Anton Dikov had 10 points in the loss.
Denmark - Germany 65-97 Germany capped their U18 European Championship campaign with victory. They drubbed Denmark but could not avoid the relegation to Division B. France also won their game and Les Bleus became the only team to save Division A spot from Group G. Germany exploded with 28 points to surge ahead in the opening quarter. They ensured a 4-point lead at the first break. Germany stretched the margin in the second quarter. They piled up a comfortable 27-point lead at the big break. Denmark narrowed the gap in the third quarter. They cut the distance at 23-point mark at the final break. Germany outgunned their opponents 22:12 in the final stanza and sealed the victory at the end. Mauricio Marin (192-G-94) posted 15 points to lead the winners. Johannes Thiemann (203-F-94) added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Germany. Jacob Jensen (211-C-94) answered with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Denmark. Rasmus Hansen and Rasmus Larsen netted 11 points apiece in the loss.
France - Poland 76-52 France finished their U18 European Championship campaign on a high note. They defeated Poland to ensure Division A spot for the next season. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) came up with 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the winners. France surged ahead right from the start. Les Bleus posted 19:13 lead after ten minutes. France maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They ensured a 38:29 halftime lead. France stretched the margin in the third quarter. They held their opponents to 12 points in the period to take a 17-point lead at the final break. Poland managed just 11 points in the fourth term and France cruised to the victory at the end. Antony Labanca (191-SF-94) posted 15 points, while Alexandre Chassang and Kevin Harley had 12 points each for the winners. Jakub Schenk (184-PG-94) replied with 15 points for Poland. Kacper Borowski netted 11 points in the loss.
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