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.
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.
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.
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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