Lithuania and Croatia will play in championship game - Aug 18, 2012
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Russia - Croatia 57-61 Russia gave Croatia all those could handle before losing the semifinal battle in Vilnius today. Croatia survived the exhausting thriller to enter the title game at U18 European Championship. The Croats will now take on hosting Lithuania for the title. Dario Saric (208-F-94) orchestrated the victory with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Croatia held their opponents to 11 points and grabbed a 4-point lead after ten minutes of action. But Russia turned things around in the second quarter. They went on a 24:9 rally to establish a 35:24 halftime lead. Croatia had to show their best in the second half to avoid upset. Russia first stretched the gap at 19-point mark in the third quarter. Croatia finally woke up and answered with an 18:4 run to cut the deficit at 5-point mark. Croatia triggered an 11:3 run at the start of the final stanza to pull in front 53:50. Maric and Gabric gave Croatia a 57:52 lead with 18 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Mikhail Kulagin (188-G-94) drained a triple to narrow the gap but Dominik Mavra (195-SG-94) sank four free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory at the end. Mislav Brzoja (196-F/G-94) accounted for 12 points, while Dominik Mavra added 6 points for the winners. Mikhail Kulagin answered with 15 points and 13 boards for Russia. Stanislav Ilnitskiy had 11 points in the loss.
Lithuania - Serbia 69-67 Lithuania became the first U18 European Championship finalists. The hosts narrowly defeat Serbia in the first semifinal of the day. Augustinas Jankaitis (202-C-94) and Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) scored four points in a row in the final minute of regulation as Lithuania came from behind to celebrate victory. Simas Raupys finished with 18 points for the hosts. Lithuania jumped ahead early in the encounter. The hosts secured a 21:15 lead after ten minutes. Simas Raupys made it 31:23 for Lithuania midway through the second term. Serbia however managed to narrow the deficit at just three-point mark at halftime 35:38. Serbia opened the second half with six points in a row to surge ahead. Lithuania returned the lead but the teams stayed close throughout the reminder of the period. The Baltic team gained a 52:51 lead at the final break. The visitors ignited an 11:2 rally to post a 62:54 lead midway through the final frame. Lithuania struck right back and pulled in front 65:64. Andric drained a triple for a 67:65 Serbian advantage with just over a minute remaining. But first Augustinas Jankaitis drew things level and then Marius Grigonis sealed the victory for Lithuania. Augustinas Jankaitis accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds, while Marius Grigonis provided 10 points for the winners. Luka Andusic (191-G-94) and Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) answered with 18 points each for Serbia.
Italy - Spain 63-70 Spain overcame Italy in the classification round of U18 European Championship. The former champions will now take on Latvia for the fifth overall position at the tournament. Oriol Pauli (201-G-94) scored 19 points to lead the winners. Italy got to a flying start. They exploded with 25 points in the first quarter to take a 9-point lead. But Spain silenced their opponents in the second quarter. They limited the Azzurri to just 5 points to ensure a 37:30 halftime lead. Spain maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They secured an 8-point buffer heading into the fourth frame. Italy cut the margin at 3-point mark with under three minutes remaining. But Alberto Diaz came up with four points in the final 42 seconds to seal the victory for Spain. Guillermo Hernangomez (209-C-94) had 16 points, while Alberto Diaz added 12 points for the winners. Amedeo Tessitori (204-PF-94) answered with 20 points for Italy. Simone Fontecchio had 16 points in the loss.
Latvia - Bulgaria 81-64 Latvia celebrated a comfortable win over Bulgaria in the classification round of U18 European Championship. Edgars Stelmahers (185-G/F-94) posted 16 points to lead the winners. Latvia will now play for the fifth overall position at the tournament. Latvia started the game strongly. They accounted for 24 points in the first ten minutes to take an 8-point lead. Bulgaria struck right back in the second term. The visitors held Latvia to 12 points in the quarter and gained a 37:36 halftime lead. But Latvia were back in the drivers seat in the third quarter. They knocked down 26 points in the third frame to ensure a 7-point lead into the fourth term. Latvia held Bulgarian counterparts to 9 points in the final stanza and celebrated victory at the end. Ilja Gromovs (207-C-94) posted 12 points, while Toms Leimanis and Roberts Krastins added 11 points each for the winners. Kris Minkov (198-SF-94) responded with 14 points for Bulgaria. Deyan Karamfilov netted 11 points in the loss.
Slovenia - Turkey 61-81 Turkey occupied the 9th overall position at U18 European Championship. They knocked down Slovenia tonight. Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95) led the effort with 18 points, 11 assists and 6 rebounds for the winners. Turkey gained a 19:17 lead ten minutes into the game. They maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. Turkey posted a 38:35 halftime lead. They unleashed 29 points in the third quarter to clear off. Turkey piled up a 23-point lead into the final stanza 67:54. Slovenia cut the deficit in the fourth quarter but just sweetened the pill at the end. Talat Altunbey (204-PF-94) provided 16 points, while Tayfun Erulku netted 10 points for the winners. Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) answered with 16 points for Slovenia. Tomaz Bolcina had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
Ukraine - Greece 69-83 Greece clinched the 11th overall position at U18 European Championship. The capped their campaign with victory over Ukraine. Dimitrios Agravanis (208-F-94, agency: FCM) and Diamantis Slaftsakis (200-SF-94) scored 17 points each to lead the winners. Ukraine stayed in front throughout the opening quarter. They recorded a 20:18 lead after ten minutes. Greece denied the deficit in the second term. The Hellenes drew things level at 40 heading into the second half. Greece started to get away in the third quarter. The Hellenes ensured a 9-point lead before the final quarter. Greece limited their opponents to 14 points in the final stanza and rolled to the victory at the end. Filippos Kalogiannidis had 16 points, while Eleftherios Bochoridis finished with 15 points, 6 boards and 5 assists in the win. Yevgen Sakhniuk (201-PF-95) replied with 13 points for Ukraine. Vladyslav Koreniuk netted 10 points in the loss.
Germany - France 60-57 Germany stayed hopeful in the fight for Division A survival at U18 European Championship. They defeated France to jump at 4-1 record in Group G. Paul Zipser (201-PG-94) came up with 18 points to pace the winners. France slipped at 4-1 record after the loss. Germany entered the game firing from all guns. They jumped in front and ensured a 23:10 lead after ten minutes. France tuned in defensively in the second quarter. They trimmed the deficit at 4-point mark 24:28. France denied the deficit in the third quarter. They pulled ahead for a 39:36 lead at the final intermission. However Germany quickly surged ahead in the final period. They kept France behind throughout intense final period and managed to secure a narrow win at the end. David Taylor (188-PG-95) finished with 10 points, while Johannes Thiemann added 9 points for the winners. Benjamin Sene (186-PG-94) answered with 18 points for France. Mouhammadou Jaiteh had 16 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.
Denmark - Poland 54-59 Poland celebrated the first win at the classification round of U18 European Championship. They defeated Denmark for 1-4 record in Group G. Kacper Radwanski (189-G/F-94) scored 10 points to lead well-balanced effort from the Polish team. Denmark looked more determined in the opening quarter. The Scandinavian team gained a 16:8 lead ten minutes into the game. But Poland turned things around in the second quarter. They went on a 23:9 rally to ensure a 31:25 halftime lead. Denmark got within a two-point distance at the final break 38:40. Mortensen drew things level at the start of the final quarter. But Poland proved the difference late in regulation. Kacper Radwanski drained a triple, while Nowicki and Dzierzak added four points to seal the victory for Poland. Kacper Borowski (203-F/C-94) netted 9 points, while Mikolaj Witlinski contributed 8 points for the winners. Rasmus Larsen (212-C-94) answered with 11 points and 11 rebounds for Denmark. David Knudsen had 11 points in the loss.
Draws completed for FIBA U18 European Championships 2017 Divisions A and B - 30 days ago
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The draws have been completed for the FIBA U18 European Championships 2017, Divisions A and B. The draw had originally been scheduled to take place on 10 December, but was delayed until Thursday afternoon in Munich, given the postponement of the FIBA U18 European Championship 2016 Division A, from late July to mid-December. The seeding of the draws was based on the results of the FIBA U16 European Championships in 2015. 16 teams were drawn into four groups to contest the Group Phase of Di... [read more]
The draws have been completed for the FIBA U18 European Championships 2017, Divisions A and B. The draw had originally been scheduled to take place on 10 December, but was delayed until Thursday afternoon in Munich, given the postponement of the FIBA U18 European Championship 2016 Division A, from late July to mid-December. The seeding of the draws was based on the results of the FIBA U16 European Championships in 2015. 16 teams were drawn into four groups to contest the Group Phase of Division A, which will take place in Slovak Republic from 29 July to 6 August. The Division A Group Phase groups are as follows: Group A: Turkey, Germany, Montenegro, Russia Group B: Spain, Serbia, Italy, Ukraine Group C: Lithuania, Finland, Greece, Slovenia Group D: Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Latvia, Slovak Republic
Meanwhile, 24 teams will travel to Estonia to compete for the Division B title from 28 July to 6 August. The Group Phase of Division B will consist of four groups of six teams, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the Quarter-Finals. The Division B Group Phase groups are as follows: Group A: Great Britain, Sweden, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Albania Group B: Croatia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Iceland, Belarus Group C: Israel, Poland, Portugal, Austria, Romania, Azerbaijan Group D: Estonia, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Ireland, FYR Macedonia. Courtesy of: fiba.com
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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