Czech Republic - United Kingdom 63-55 Czech Republic and England advanced to the semis of the U18 European Championship in Division B. Czech Republic beat England 63:55 as both teams finished with 2-1 records on top of Group E. England started with 15-9 in the first period and dominated the first half. They managed to win also the second period for a 7-point lead at the halftime. Czech Republic meanwhile woke up in the second half and produced two victories for the final win. They won the third quarter 21-8 and finished the game with 17-15 in the last stanza. Svandrlik Jan and Radovan Kouril (180-PG-95) brought the final points for the winning side, while Nelson Luke closed the game at 63:55. Karel Ausprunk (200-F/C-94) paced all the winners with 17 points and Radovan Kouril notched 16. Svandrlik Jan posted 8, while Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) added 7. Nelson Luke answered with 17 points in the losing effort and Stivrins Lucas delivered 12. Graham Rowell followed them with 11 points in a loss.
Estonia - Israel 47-73 Israel blow Estonia to start Day 7 with the win. The Israeli team celebrated a 73:47 victory at the U18 European Championship in Division B for 2-1 record in Group E. Estonia meanwhile lost another games and fell at 0-3 record. Israel took 16-6 at the end of the first period and never looked behind after. They added 16-11 in the second frame for 32:17 at the halftime. Moreover the second half also belonged to the winning side. They produced 22-16 in the third period and finished the game with 19-14 in the last quarter. Egor Koulechov top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Rafael Menco (201-SF-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) netted 11. Adar Ben Aliza (206-C-94) delivered 10, while Naor Sharon notched 9. Martin Jurtom (198-PF-94) finished the game with 10 points in the losing effort, while Sander Saare (182-PG-94) and Sander Kruus had 7 each.
Belgium - Finland 74-86 Finland advanced to Top 4 of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Nordic side won Group F with 2-1 record after 86:74 win over Belgium. The latter finished with 1-2 record on the third place and will play for 5-8 places. Only the victory could bring the winning side the ticket to the Semifinals. Finland managed to win the first period 20-18, but Belgium answered with 22-17 in the second period for 40:37 advantage at the halftime. It was Finland to pull the lead back and grabbed 61:54 after three quarters when Niko Mattila (191-SG-94) closed the frame from the perimeter. Finland continued their dominance in the last stanza and clinched the necessary win. Lehtoranta Joonas paced all the winners with 27 points, while Julius Rajala (205-PF-94) collected 22 points and 12 rebounds. Kauhanen Mikael nailed 14 and Niko Mattila scored 13. Emmanuel Lecomte (180-G-95) finished the game with 21 points in the losing effort and Gijbels Mathijs brought 15. Mathias Van Steenwinkel (200-F-94) ended up with 10 points in defeat and Naim El Khounchar scored 9.
Bosnia - Montenegro 82-72 The hosts edge Montenegro in Sarajevo at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Bosnia and Herzegovina outscored Montenegro 82:72 and advanced to the Semifinals. Bosnia and Herzegovina started with 23:15 in front of 450 fans in the hall. They added 18-14 in the second frame for 41:29 at the halftime. They managed to keep 10-point advantage throughout the third quarter and finished with 59:50. No matter how hard Montenegro tried to upset the hosts, they could not match the favorites. Bosnia added 23-22 in the last stanza for the final 10-point win. Adin Vrabac (202-G/F-94) paced all the winners with 27 points and Buza Nedim had 21. Asim Ahmedic (200-PF-94) collected 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Glogovac Stefan notched 10. Milija Mikovic (205-C-94) answered with 16 points in defeat and Nikola Zizic (195-G-94) scored 14. Kovacevic Veselin delivered 12 points, while Draskovic Milovan chipped in with 8.
Austria - Hungary 71-69 Austria wins Group G of the Classification Round for 9th to 16th Place at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Austria beat Hungary 71:69 to seal the top place with 3-0 record. Hungary meanwhile finished with 2-1 record on the second place. It was the game of two different halves. Austria started well and won the game due to the first and last quarters. They opened the game with 29-15, but lost the second and the third periods. Simon gave Hungary 52:48 after three quarters played. Austria trailed 9 points with 8 minutes to go however won the game. Knor tied it all at 59:59 and then Jakob Poeltl (208-PF-95) brought 69:65. The latter also scored two from the free throw line to seal the victory with Austria. Jakob Poeltl erupted with 20 points and 17 rebounds for the winners and Bas Timur notched 13. Valentin Bauer (181-PG-94) poured in 11 and Guettl Benedikt added 7. Perl Zoltan answered with 22 points in the losing effort, while Gyorgy Goloman (204-PF-96) brought 15.
Slovakia - Romania 64-55 Slovak Republic taste the initial win in Group G at the Classification Round for 9th to 16th Place at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The winners overcame Romanian team 64:55 and improved to 1-2 record. Romanian finished the group without victories. It was the game for the initial success in the group. Romanian actually won the first period 16-13 and added 17-12 in the second frame. Both teams nailed 11 points each before the final push of the Slovakian side. Trailing 10 points with 9 minutes to go, Slovakia erupted with 28-9 surge to clinch the win. Last eight points the winners scored from the free throw line. Brodziansky Vladimir top-scored for the winners with 15 points and 16 rebounds, while Nemcok Vladimir added 14. Matejcik Martin finished the game with 13 and Vladimir Michalek (183-SG-94) nailed 11. Cobzaru Vlad ended up with 14 points for another loss of the team. Damian Andrei scored 12, whilst Vlad Popovici (200-PF-94) chipped in with 6.
Portugal - Iceland 77-75 OT Portugal needs overtime to win Group H at the Classification Round for 9th to 16th Place. The team overcame Iceland 77:75 and won the group with 3-0 record. Iceland grabbed the lead after the first period as Valsson Valur scored for 20:14. Torfason Stefan increased the advantage to 11 points, but the victory came out from the team. Miguens Andre gave Portugal 33:31 lead and the latter grabbed 40:39 at the halftime. In the third period the teams exchanged the lead several times before Portugal took 57:51 after three quarters. Iceland trailed for the whole fourth period until Sigurdarson Matthias's three pointer with the buzzer for 69:69. Due to 8-6 in overtime Portugal however managed to win the thriller. Gallina Joao led the way with 17 points and Miguens Andre followed him with 14. Diogo Ventura (189-PG-94) scored 10, while Miranda Jose delivered 9. Sigurdarson Matthias ended up with 20 points in defeat, while Valsson Valur poured in 15 points. Torfason Stefan collected 13 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Hermannsson Martin notched 11.
Holland - Sweden 79-76 The Dutch side edge Sweden at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Holland needed 79:76 win over the Scandinavian side for 2-1 recrd in Group H of the Classification Round for 9th to 16th Place. Sweden meanwhile finished with 1-2 record. Both teams nailed 23 points each in the first period and continued their battle later in the half. Holland scored another 23 points in the second frame and it was enough to take 4-point lead at the halftime. Sweden replied with 19-18 in the thrid period but could not win the game. Jito Kok (205-C-94) and Maarten Bouwknecht (185-PG-94) brough the last points for the winners as Holland grabbed 79:76 win. Jito Kok paced all the winners with 15 points and Floris Versteeg netted 14. Mike Schilder deliveerd 11, while Maarten Bouwknecht added 9. Alexander Gorski ended up with 25 points in the losing effort and Nicholas Spires had 16. Caleb Musie followed them with 12 points in a loss.
Luxembourg - Belarus 87-89 Belarus wins Group I of the Classification Round for 17th to 22nd Place with 2-0 record. The team overcame Luxembourg 89:87 in the last day of the Group Stage at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Luxembourg opened the game with 26:22, but could not keep the lead at the halftime. Belarus controlled the second frame and grabbed 48:47 after 26-21 in the quarter. Malakhau Luka gave Belarus 66:58 late in the third quarter, but Thomas Grun (194-PG-95) closed the frame at 66:62. It was tough at the end of the game in the court as both teams exchanged the lead several times. Hoeser Jo tied it all at 87:87, while Anton Vashkevich (203-F/C-94) gave his side the final points. Patupchyk Yahor and Anton Vashkevich paced all the winners with 16 points each, while Astashou Dzmitry notched 15. Chumakou Kiryl and Malakhau Luka followed them with 11 points apiece. Hoeser Jo erupted with 36 points in the losing effort and Thomas Grun scored 18. Melcher Bob posted 16, while Wolff Yann chipped in with 8.
Georgia - Norway 91-66 Beka Burjanadze (203-PF-94) leads Georgia over Norway at the U18 European Championship in Division B. He erupted with 23 points and 14 rebounds in a 91:66 win at the Classification Round for 17th to 22nd Place. Georgia improved to 2-0 record, while Norway fell at 0-2. Georgia started well and reached 23:16 after the first period. They added 26-16 in the second frame for 49:32 halftime advantage. Beka Burjanadze scored for 51:37 and Ramishvili later brought 62:39. Tomaradze nailed three to close the period at 68:47 and then Georgia easily led the game to the victory. Ramishvili Nika posted 17 points and Giorgi Tsirekidze (202-C-94) added 16. Valeri Kvantaliani (202-PF-94) delivered 9 points in the winning effort. Fjaerestad Espen scored 14 points in defeat, while Seach Nicholas and Blatancic Nikola had 10 each.
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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