Bosnia and Herzegovina wins Gold at home tournament - Aug 19, 2012
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Bosnia - Czech Republic 76-64 Bosnia and Herzegovina wins Gold at home tournament at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The hosts overcame Czech Republic 76:64 as both teams will play in Division A next year. More than 700 fans came to support the local team in Sarajevo. Bosnia and Herzegovina took 17:16 at the end of the first period and then added massive 20-8 in the second frame. Both teams scored 21 points each in the third quarter and the host did not mind the narrow loss in the last stanza. Czech Republic won the last period 19-18 but could not upset the hosts. Ahmedic was the last to score for the winners and Ausprunk Karel closed the game at 76:64. Nedim Buza (201-SF-95) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Jusuf Nurkic (212-C-94) collected 18 points and 11 rebounds. Adin Vrabac (202-G/F-94) posted 11, whilst Glogovac Stefan nailed 8. Radovan Kouril (180-PG-95) ended up with 25 points and Ausprunk Karel posted 11.
United Kingdom - Finland 73-59 England advanced to Division A for the next season. The team overcame Finland 73:59 in the game for the third place in the last game of the competition. The victory gave England a third place finish in the U18 Men European Championship Division B and secured them a spot in Division A for next season. An 11-0 start to the game looked to have given Steve Bucknall's side one foot in Division A, but the Finns retaliated and were just three points adrift after the first quarter. Joni Herrala (190-G-94) made two free throws for 19:16 after the opening frame and Kauhanen later reduced to 30:27. Rowell Graham (197-F-94) made it 45:35 early in the third and Tyrell Isaacs (183-PG-95) scored for 58:45. He also scored the quarter for 15-point advantage. Finland managed to win the last period but could not upset the British side. Kingsley Okoroh (213-C-95) and Rowell Graham top-scored for the winners with 15 points each. Tyrell Isaacs nailed 13, while Nelson Luke posted 12. Joni Herrala answered with 11 points in the losing effort, while Joonas Lehtoranta (183-SG-94) and Rajala Julius had 10 apiece.
Montenegro - Estonia 85-77 Masan Vrbica (190-G-94) leads Montenegro to the 5th place at the U18 European Championship in Division B. He scored 22 points as his team beat Estonia 85:77. The latter finished on the 6th position. Estonia looked better in the first 10 minutes of the game and won the first period 23-15. The rest of the game however belonged to the Montenegrin side that won three other quarters. Montenegro produced 19-16 in the second frame and then added 20-18 in the third quarter. Moreover the last quarter became decisive in the game as Montenegro needed 31-20 win for the final success. Masan Vrbica was the last to score in the game for the winners. Vasilije Vusovic (191-G-94) posted 13 points for the winners, while Mikovic Milija and Vaso Popovic (184-G-94) had 11 each. Jurtom Martin finished the game with 29 points in the losing effort and Vene Kent nailed 15. Saare Sander brought 13, whilst Tambre Georg had 7 points and 10 rebounds.
Israel - Belgium 74-63 Israel steps higher than Belgium in Sarajevo at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Israeli team won 74L63 and finished on the 7th place. Belgium meanwhile dropped to the 8th position. The teams fired some three-pointers in the first period as Rafael Menco (201-SF-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) and Stevens Stijn closed the period from the arc at 16:14. Kikus nailed three for 23:22 and he later closed the half at 30:26. Koulechov Egor and Ariel scored for 43:32, while Segev Itay increased the lead to 52:40 at the end of the third period. Belgium won the fourth quarter 23-22 but reduced to 11 points at the end. Rafael Menco stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Koulechov Egor collected 19 points and 12 rebounds. Segev Itay nailed 11, while Ariel Adam brought 10. Mathijs Gijbels (204-PF-95) finished the game with 16 points in the losing effort and Stevens Stijn scored 11. Emmanuel Lecomte (180-G-95) followed them with 7 points in a loss.
Holland - Portugal 74-61 Holland clinched 9th place in Division B as in the last game they beat Hungary 74:61. The Dutch side took the higher spot as Hungary finished on the 10th position. Both teams hoped for the higher place and deserved it. They showed great game at the tournament and looked well in Sarajevo. Holland started with 18-12 and added massive 24-11 in the second period. Moreover they produced 19-15 in the third quarter as Maarten Bouwknecht (185-PG-94) closed the frame at 61:38. Gameiro and Julius van Sauers opened the fourth frame for each side and then Diogo Ventura (189-PG-94) cut it to 67:45. Kok Jito made it 71:47 and B. van Vliet closed the game at 74:61. Hammink Shane and Kok Jito top-scored for the winners with 15 points each. Diogo Ventura replied with 18 points in defeat, while Miguens Andre added 7.
Austria - Hungary 52-67 Hungary clinches 11th spot at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame Austria 67:52 for a higher place. Hungary easily reached 21-9 at the end of the first period, but Austria stayed tough in the first half. They answered with 23-13 in the second frame for 32:34 at the halftime. Hungary increased the lead to 9 points at the end of the third period when Varga Marton made 48:39 after thirty minutes. Hungary added 19-13 in the last stanza for the final result in the game. Timur Bas (198-PF-94) top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Jakob Poeltl (208-PF-95) collected 10 points and 12 rebounds. Djordje Djordjevic (194-F-94) and Valentin Bauer (181-PG-94) followed them with 9 points each in a win. Zoltan Perl (194-G-95) replied with 22 points in the losing effort and Goloman Gyorgy added 10. Varga Marton notched 9, while Velkey Janos had 8.
Iceland - Sweden 84-81 Iceland beat Sweden to finish the campaign on the 13th place. The team overcame the opponents 84:81 as the latter finished on the 14th place at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Sweden took 21-15 in the first period and led 5 points at the halftime. Jadersten gave Sweden 39:34 as the teams disappeared in the lockers. Matthias Sigurdarson (185-PG-94) meanwhile tied the game at 41:41 and Lofberg Johan later made the same at 50:50. Iceland however looked better at the end of the frame and reached 68:59 after thirty minutes. Sweden did their best to reduce the gap and cut it to 82:80, but Valur Valsson (182-PG-94) made the last two free throws to seal the victory with his team. Hermannsson Martin paced all the winners with 26 points and Matthias Sigurdarson netted 18. Valur Valsson followed them with 12 points in a win. Alexander Gorski (193-SG-94) answered with 16 points in the losing effort, while Lofberg Johan scored 14. Nicholas Spires (209-PF-94) notched 11 and Larsson Niklas produced 10.
Slovakia - Romania 47-65 Romania edge Slovakia in their last game of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Romanian side grabbed 65:47 win to finish on the 15th place. Slovakia meanwhile ended up on the 16th position. Not too many people came to see the last game of the teams. Romania took 12:11 lead at the end of the first period and added 15-7 in the second frame. Vlad Cobzaru (201-C-95) scored for 27:18 as the teams disappeared in the lockers. Romania also scored the first 4 points in the third period and won it 23-9. Stoicoviciu Vlad closed the period at 50:27 and then Romania did not mind to slow down. Slovakia won the last stanza 20-15 but could reduce only to 18 points. Vlad Cobzaru top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Mehmet Hortoglu (192-SG-95) and Stoicoviciu Vlad posted 10 each. Vladimir Brodziansky (206-PF-94) netted 19 in defeat and Rozim Robert brought 8.
Belarus - Georgia 62-72 Georgia finished Division B on a high note as they beat Belarus in the last game for both teams. Georgia overcame the opponents 72:62 and finished on the 17th place. Belarus meanwhile clinched the 18th place at the U18 European Championship. Georgia won the first period 16-13 and added 19-16 in the second frame. Nika Ramishvili (179-SG-94) brought 37:31 early in the third, while Abuladze nailed three for 9-point advantage. Belarus managed to respond with a massive run and Vashkevich brought 43:42. Abuladze meanwhile nailed another three for 51:46 at the end of the third period. Georgia came up with a narrow 21-16 victory in the last period fro the final success. Burjanadze Beka top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Nika Ramishvili notched 15. Giorgi Tsirekidze (202-C-94) followed them with 10 points. Kiryl Chumakou (194-SF-95) replied with 15 points and Tsimafei Yeusiyevich (190-SF-95) had 11. Astashou Dzmitry scored 10, while Bliznets Pavel delivered 8.
Luxembourg - Norway 85-59 Luxembourg sent Norway to the 20th place at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Luxembourg needed an 85:59 win to finish on the step higher. Both teams tried to finish the campaign with the victory, however Luxembourg deserved it more. Although they trailed 11-14 in the first period, they managed to produce 26-9 in the second frame and added massive 36-16 in the last stanza. Goergen and Gutenkauf scored the last points for the winners to seal the victory. Hoeser Jo top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Wolff Yann collected 13 points and 12 rebounds. Thomas Grun (194-PG-95) also scored 13, while Gengler Alain had 12. Espen Fjaerestad (192-SG-94) replied with 13 points in the losing effort and Lepovic Marko added 9 points and 12 rebounds. Vuk Krivokapic (193-SF-95) produced 8 points in defeat. Both teams made the same number of Assists 14. Norway meanwhile had more steals 13 versus 5.
Scotland - Switzerland 51-55 Switzerland sent Scotland to the last position in Sarajevo at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Swiss side grabbed 55:51 win to finish on the 21st place. Scotland meanwhile finished the campaign on the last place. It was the game for the last position in the tournament and the teams struggled until the end. They both scored 12 points each in the first period and only after that Switzerland erupted with 17-4 for 29:16 lead at the halftime. Joshua McGilvray (201-C-95) helped his team to come closer to 35:30, while Verga nailed three for 41:31. Malcolm reduced to 43:44 and Joshua McGilvray brought 47:46 lead with 3 minutes to go. Nicholas Sim (180-PG-95) gave Scotland 51:50 but those points were the last in the game for his side. Switzerland finished the game with a 5-0 run and clinched the higher place. Daniel Andjelkovic (200-PF-94) paced all the winners with 21 points and Kostic Branislav netted 11. Nicholas Sim produced 19 points in the losing effort, whilst Joshua McGilvray and Nicholson Jack 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.
France and Lithuania to clash for title in Samsun - 1 month ago
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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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