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Serbia, Croatia, Russia and Lithuania enter semifinals in Vilnius - Aug 17, 2012

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Spain - Russia 56-58
Russia came up with a huge upset in the first quarterfinal of the day at U18 European Championship. They overcame the defending champions Spain to reach the semis. Russia just made it into the quarterfinals but taught the Spaniards a good lesson claiming the spot in the next round. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 15:15 after ten minutes. Russia pulled ahead in the second frame. They limited Spain to just 8 points in the period to ensure a 6-point halftime lead 29:23. Spain tried to bounce back in the third quarter. They opened it with 9 points in a row to surge ahead. But Russia returned advantage and eked out a 42:40 lead before the final frame. Kulagin and Rostislav Karenin (201-F/C-94) opened the final period with 8 consecutive points as Russia accumulated a 50:40 lead. Spain denied the deficit as Guillermo Hernangomez (209-C-94) tied things up at 56 with 46 seconds remaining. Igor Kanygin (207-F/C-94) dunked for Russian lead and then Spain could not score in the final 35 seconds as Russia got away with victory. Rostislav Karenin and Igor Kanygin provided 10 points each for Russia. Alexander Gankevich and Serdar Annaev added 8 points each for the winners. Alberto Diaz and Guillermo Hernangomez answered with 18 points each for Spain.

Bulgaria - Serbia 79-88
Serbia reach Semifinals in Vilnius as they won the Quarterfinal clash over Bulgaria. The Serbian side won 88:79 at the U18 European Championship in Division A. Serbia took 20:15 at the end of the first period but led only 1 point at the halftime. Bulgaria answered with 24-20 in the second frame as the board showed 40:39 after Denislav Vutev and Cvorovic baskets. Serbia later erupted with a 9-0 run to take 50:41 lead and Andric scored for 61:53. Nikola Radicevic (194-G-94) made two free throws to close the third period at 66:60. No matter how hard Bulgaria tried to recover they could not beat Serbia. Nikola Radicevic brought the final 10 points for the winners for the final result. Stefan Pot (195-G-94) stepped up with 24 points to lead Serbia to the semis. Nikola Radicevic collected 21 points and 11 assists, while Nikola Jankovic added 13. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) produced 16 points in the losing effort and Denislav Vutev scored 15. Kris Minkov notched 14, whilst Deyan Karamfilov had 8.

Lithuania - Latvia 65-53
Lithuania earned the place in U18 European Championship semifinals. They came out winners from the Baltic clash in the quarterfinal today. Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) scored 16 points to lead Lithuania past Latvia. Lithuania and Latvia stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Lithuania snatched a 15:14 lead at the first break. The hosts (teams played in Vilnius) stretched the margin in the second quarter. They ensured a 30:26 halftime lead. Lithuania opened a 7-point lead midway through the third term but Latvia denied it and spurred ahead for a 37:36 lead. Lithuania quickly returned the advantage and entered the fourth frame up by 4 points 47:43. Rokas Gustys and Lekavicius extended the lead to 10 points 59:49 with under two minutes to go. Latvia could not recover and had to surrender at the end. Denis Krestinin (202-PF-94) accounted for 9 points for Lithuania. Rokas Gustys added 8 points in the victory. Davis Geks (183-G/F-95) answered with 12 points for Latvia. Armands Ginters netted 10 points in defeat.

Croatia - Italy 76-69
Croatia made it into U18 European Championship semifinals. They overcame Italy to complete the semifinal picture. Jakov Mustapic (193-G-94) posted 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Croatia entered the game recognized as big time favorite. However the Azzurri challenged their opponents and trailed by a single point 19:20 after ten minutes. Croatia intensified their defence in the second term. They limited Italy to 9 points in the quarter to surge ahead for a 35:28 halftime lead. Croatia finally cleared off in the third term. They opened a 15-point lead midway through the period. Italy faced a 16-point deficit heading into the final stanza. The Azzurri did not surrender and trimmed the distance to just 7 points with just over two minutes remaining in regulation. However Gabric drained a killer three-pointer and then Jakov Mustapic added two accurate free throws as Croatia gained an 11-point buffer. Imbro and Turel kept Italy hopeful with a pair of triples but they simply ran out of time to challenge the margin. Karlo Zganec (205-F/C-95) finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Mislav Brzoja and Dario Saric added 12 points each for the winners. Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) answered with 17 points for Italy. Amedeo Tessitori had 13 points in defeat.
9-12 Place
Turkey - Ukraine 70-60
Turkey will play for the 9th place at U18 European Championship. They defeated Ukraine in the classification round encounter today. Turkey will face Slovenia tomorrow. Ukraine will cap their campaign against Greece. Turkey and Ukraine stayed on level terms throughout the opening quarter. Turkey eked out a 14:13 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine bounced back in the second quarter. They denied the deficit and drew things level at 24. Turkey increased the tempo after the big break. They knocked down 21 points in the third stanza and opened a 4-point lead. The margin grew at 10-point mark with under three minutes remaining. Ukraine did not recover as Turkey rallied to a relatively easy win at the end. Kerem Kanter (203-PF-95) posted 14 points for Turkey. Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95) added 11 points, while Burak Yildizli had 10 points for the winners. Yevgen Sakhniuk (201-PF-95) answered with 14 points for Ukraine. Stanislav Kudrya had 11 points in the loss.

Greece - Slovenia 73-78
Slovenia prevailed against Greece in the classification round of U18 European Championship. Slovenia will now take on the winners of Turkey vs. Ukraine clash for the 9th place tomorrow. Slovenia eked out a 19:17 lead ten minutes into the game. Greece got within a single point at halftime 39:40. But Slovenia managed to deepen the margin in the third quarter. They extended the lead to as many as 10 points at the final break. The Hellenes got within two points 71:73 with just over three minutes to go. However Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) knocked down five free throws in the dying minutes to seal the victory for Slovenia. Tomaz Bolcina (206-F/C-94) and Andraz Rogelija (187-PG-95) finished with 13 points for the winners. Matic Rebec topscored with 20 points in the victory. Diamantis Slaftsakis (200-SF-94) answered with 20 points for Greece. Dimitrios Agravanis netted 15 points in the loss.

Group G
Poland - Germany 52-74
Germany stays in the fight to remain in U18 European Championship in Division A. They defeated Poland today to improve at 3-1 record in relegation round Group G. Poland slipped at 0-4 record and lost the chance to stay in top division for next year. David Taylor (188-PG-95) scored 14 points to lead the winners. Germany eked out a 22:15 lead after ten minutes. Poland lived up to the challenge and turned the tables in the second quarter. They went on a run to take a 35:34 halftime lead. Germany stiffened defensively in the third quarter. They held Poland to just 5 points in the period and grabbed a 50:40 lead into the fourth frame. Germany scored 24 points in the final frame and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Malik Mueller (188-G-94) accounted for 11 points, while Dominic Lockhart and Johannes Thiemann added 10 points each in the victory. Damian Jeszke (202-PF-95) answered with 13 points for Poland. Mikolaj Witlinski had 9 points in the loss.

France - Denmark 76-70
France won over Denmark at the Classification Round for 13th to 16th Place at the U18 European Championship. The French side grabbed 76:70 victory. Denmark surprised the opponents 28-22 in the first period. France replied with 18-16 in the second period and reduced to 4 points at the halftime. Moreover France erupted with 22-12 in the third period and never looked behind after. Both teams nailed 14 points each in the last stanza for the final result in the game. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 31 points and 16 rebounds, while Alexandre Chassang (203-PF-94) posted 14. Antony Labanca delivered 12, while Benjamin Sene scored 8. Peter Moeller (190-PG-94) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort and Rasmus Larsen had 17. Kristoffer Gertz finished the game with 11 points in defeat.   

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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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