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European Championships U18 2007 - Men Basketball


Division A  Division B  Division C  

European Championships U18 2007 Div.A logo
European Championships U18 2007 Div.B logo
E.Championships U18 Qualifying Round Standings Div. A
Group E
1. Greece 5-0
2. Latvia 4-1
3. France 3-2
4. Turkey 2-3
5. Israel 1-4
6. Estonia 0-5
Group F
1. Serbia 4-1
2. Lithuan. 4-1
3. Spain 4-1
4. Croatia 1-4
5. Russia 1-4
6. Germany 1-4

E.Championships U18
Preliminary Round Standings Div. A
Group A
1. Latvia 3-0
2. France 2-1
3. Estonia 1-2
4. Italy 0-3
Group B
1. Greece 3-0
2. Turkey 2-1
3. Israel 1-2
4. Bulgaria 0-3
Group C
1. Serbia 3-0
2. Spain 2-1
3. Russia 1-2
4. Romania 0-3
Group D
1. Lithuan. 3-0
2. Slovenia 1-2
3. Croatia 1-2
4. Germany 1-2

E.Championships U18
Classification Round Standings Div.B
Group G
1. Finland 3-1
2. Slovakia 2-2
4. Austria 2-2
5. Holland 1-3
Group H
1. Portugal 2-2
2. Norway 1-3
3. Ireland 2-2
4. Luxembo. 1-3

E.Championships U18 Standings Qualifying Round Div.B
Group E
1. Poland 3-0
2. Belgium 2-1
3. Czech R. 1-2
4. Sweden 0-3
Group F
1. Monten. 3-0
2. Ukraine 2-1
3. Bosnia 1-2
4. Hungary 0-3

E.Championships U18
Preliminary Round Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Belgium 4-0
2. Czech R. 2-2
3. Slovakia 2-2
4. Austria 2-2
5. Denmark 0-4
Group B
1. Poland 3-1
2. Sweden 3-1
3. Finland 3-1
4. Holland 1-3
5. Armenia 0-4
Group C
1. Ukraine 4-0
2. Bosnia 3-1
3. Ireland 2-2
4. Luxembo. 1-3
5. Switzer. 0-4
Group D
1. Monten. 4-0
2. Hungary 3-1
3. Portugal 2-2
4. Norway 1-3
5. U.Kingd. 0-4

Championships U18
Final Standings Div. A
1. Serbia
2. Greece
3. Latvia
4. Lithuan.
5. Spain
6. France
7. Croatia
8. Turkey
9. Germany
10. Russia
11. Israel
12. Estonia
13. Italy
14. Bulgaria
15. Slovenia
16. Romania

E.Championships U18
Preliminary Round Standings Div.B
1. Belgium
2. Ukraine
3. Poland
4. Monten.
5. Sweden
6. Czech R.
7. Bosnia
8. Hungary
9. Finland
10. Slovakia
11. Norway
12. Portugal
13. Austria
14. Holland
15. Luxembo.
16. Ireland
17. Denmark
18. U.Kingd.
19. Switzer.
20. Armenia

Div. A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 K. Koufos, GRE 26.5
2 H. Zahariev, BUL 23.2
3 M. Macvan, SRB 19.3
4 R. Rubio, ESP 19.1
5 E. Jackson, FRA 18.8
Rebounds Per Game
1 K. Koufos, GRE 13.0
2 R. Pitshon, ISR 10.4
3 M. Macvan, SRB 10.3
4 A. Renzi, ITA 9.8
5 T. Pleiß, GER 9.3
Assists Per Game
1 M. Matalon, GRE 4.8
2 R. Rubio, ESP 4.8
3 Z. Janavicius, LTU 4.5
4 D. Khvostov, RUS 4.3
5 S. Sokk, EST 4.1

Div .B Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 A. Kanervo, FIN 24.5
2 J. Taylor, SWE 21.3
3 S. Mjoes, NOR 20.1
4 L. Schwartz, LUX 18.8
5 Mahalbasic, AUT 18.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 C. Fonseca, POR 15.4
2 J. Vesely, CZE 12.4
3 J. Mwema, BEL 11.4
4 Mahalbasic, AUT 11.0
5 D. Sestic, BIH 10.6
Assists Per Game
1 N. Lalic, MNT 7.1
2 S. Sehovic, MNT 4.9
3 J. Steinbach, BEL 4.6
4 M. Lanegger, AUT 4.1
5 S. Kilmartin, IRL 3.9
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Serbia won European Championships U18 Men 2007 (Photo: Fiba)
  
Serbia The European Championships U18 Men 2007 Winner (Photo: Fiba)

Serbian U18 National Team 2007



Katnic


Stojacic


Cvetkovic


Markovic


Macvan
4 Filip Covic (178-G-89) of FMP II Beograd
5 Stevan Tapuskovic (201-F-89) of Partizan II Beograd
6 Stefan Zivanovic (196-F-89) of KK Beovuk 72 Beograd
7 Branko Lazic (194-G-89) of FMP II Beograd
8 Dusan Katnic (193-G-89) of BC Mega Ishrana Beograd
9 Dejan Cvoro (193-G-89) of Partizan II Beograd
10 Stefan Stojacic (197-G-89) of BC Mega Ishrana Beograd
11 Dusan Cvetkovic (205-F-89) of KK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje (MNT)
12 Nikola Maravic (210-C-89) of BC Mega Ishrana Beograd
13 Ivan Smiljanic (198-F-89) of FMP II Beograd
14 Nikola Markovic (207-F/C-89) of KK Beovuk 72 Beograd
15 Milan Macvan (206-F/C-89) of FMP II Beograd
Head Coach: Dejan Mijatovic
Coach Assistant: Oliver Vidin

 Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 2007 Awards

1st Team


Koufos


Macvan


Bertans


Rubio


Jackson

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 MVP Kosta Koufos (213-F/C-89) of Greece

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 1st Team
Kosta Koufos of Greece
Milan Macvan (206-F/C-89) of Serbia
Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) of Latvia
Ricard Rubio (192-G-90) of Spain
Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) of France

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 2nd Team
Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90) of Greece
Stefan Stojacic (192-G-89) of Serbia
Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90) of Lithuania
Karlo Vragovic (191-G-89) of Croatia
Hristo Zahariev (197-G-90) of Bulgaria

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 3rd Team
Dogus Balbay (185-G-89) of Turkey
Dusan Katnic (193-G-89) of Serbia
Lauris Mizis (195-G/F-89) of Latvia
Raviv Pitshon (202-C-89) of Israel
Marios Matalon (188-G-89) of Greece


Division A: Serbia comes back to the throne - Aug. 13, 2007
Serbia U18 - Greece U18 92:89
Serbian U18 team repeated 2005 and became the new European champions. In a dramatic Final they managed to overcome a 16-point deficit in the second frame to celebrate a narrow 92:89 victory over Greece. This summer became really unbelievable for Serbian youngsters as U16, U18 and U20 teams all triumphed in respective European championships.
Greece entered the title clash as the only undefeated team at the tournament. And they started to prove their status straight away. Nikoloas Theodorakos' three pointer marked an early 15:9 lead for Greek side. They dominated the first frame and established a 29:22 lead at the end of it. Konstantinos Koufos (216-C-89) nailed 6 points early in the second frame to lift Greece to a 35:24 distance. Another bunch of misses from Serbian players allowed Greece to extend the gap to 45:31 on Charalampos Giannopoulos (201-F-89, agency: FCM) trey with less than 3 minutes remaining. Konstantinos Sloukas (187-G-90) added four straight points for Greece at the end of the first half and they enjoyed a 51:39 advantage at halftime.
Stefan Stojacic (197-G-89) nailed 8 points in the first part of the third term to inspire Serbian comeback. They cut the deficit to 6 points 51:57 midway through the quarter. However Greece withstood the attempt and responded with consecutive three pointers from Konstantinos Koufos and Konstantinos Sloukas to cap the frame. Serbia entered the fourth quarter trailing by as many as 10 points 58:68. But Dusan Katnic (193-G-89) reignited Serbia with a trey at the start of the final term. Milan Macvan (206-F/C-89) added a free throw and another three point attempt from Stefan Stojacic put Serbia back into contest. They narrowed the lead and finally surged ahead as Milan Macvan chipped in 4 consecutive points with less than 4 minutes left. Katnic later added three points and Stojacic was perfect from free throw line to give Serbian squad a 87:78 lead with 48 seconds remaining. Greece used free throws to stay in race as they cut Serbian lead to 4 points with 14 seconds on the clock 87:91. Then Konstantinos Koufos dunked one home to put Greece as close as 2 points with 13 seconds in the game. Filip Covic (178-G-89) answered with one made free throw and Greece had 11 seconds to force overtime. However first Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) and then Charalampos Giannopoulos missed their shots to lose the Final.
Milan Macvan became Serbian Player of the Game with 32 points and 14 boards. Stefan Stojacic nailed 21 points, while Dusan Katnic provided 20 points. Konstantinos Koufos, who was named tournament's MVP, paced Greece with 33 points and 13 boards. Konstantinos Sloukas poured in 18 points and Charalampos Giannopoulos produced 14 points in defeat.

Serbia U18: Milan Macvan 32+14 boards, Stefan Stojacic 21, Dusan Katnic 20
Greece U18: Konstantinos Koufos 33+13 boards, Konstantinos Sloukas 20, Charalampos Giannopoulos 14



Division B: Belgium wins the tournament - Aug. 12, 2007
Final

Belgium U18 - Ukraine U18 86:58
Belgium U18 National team triumphed at the European championship in Bulgaria. They stun Ukraine 86:58 to claim the top spot in Division B of the European basketball. Both Ukraine and Belgium will join Division A next year. Both teams entered the Final game with a 7-1 record and looked forward to improving it.
The game started closely enough but Olivier Troisfontaines (194-G/F-89) nailed a three pointer midway through the first frame to give Belgium a 18:10 lead. They later drove to a 22:14 advantage at the end of the quarter. Lorenzo Giancaterino (190-F-90) opened the second quarter with a long jumper and put Belgium up by 11 points 25:14. Olexiy Chygrynov (190-G-89) hit a trey with under three minutes left in the first half to cut the deficit to 6 points 27:33. However Belgium held on to the lead and finished the first half ahead 37:30.
Ukraine tried to stay in the contest throughout the third frame but 12:0 run in the last three minutes allowed Belgium to run away to a 62:39 distance. Lorenzo Giancaterino connected from beyond the arc early in the fourth term to spoil Ukrainian hopes for a positive result. Ukraine struggled from all ranges and just watched their opponents to pile up the lead. Belgium coach let the bench log some minutes at the end of the encounter but the gap never kept on growing and reached 28-point mark at the end.
Jean Mwema (195-F-89) topscored for Belgium with 16 points and 6 rebounds in the Final. Lorenzo Giancaterino added 15 points for the winners. Ruslan Otverchenko (192-F-90) scored 16 points for Ukraine. Olexiy Shchepkin (194-G-89) had 11 points in defeat.

Belgium U18: Jean Mwema 16, Lorenzo Giancaterino 15
Ukraine U18: Ruslan Otverchenko 16, Olexiy Shchepkin 11


3rd-4th spots

Poland U18 - Montengro U18 80:68
Poland U18 team celebrated a narrow win over Montenegro to clinhc the 3rd spot in the European championship Division B. Polish team led by 12 points at halftime 44:32. Jaroslaw Mokros opened the second half with a three pointer to set the tone for the rest of the encounter. Poland secured a 64:47 advantage entering the fourth term. Nikola Lalic jumper cut the deficit to 10 points for Montenegro 56:66. But they never managed to come closer and had to surrender at the end.
Adam Waczynski (197-F-89) topscored for Poland with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Jakub Wojciechowski (209-C-90) provided 14 points and 11 boards for the winners. Igor Lutersek (203-C-89) scored 23 points for Montenegro. Sead Sehovic (200-G-89, agency: Ultimate Sports Agency) netted 16 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished out 6 assists in a losing case.

Poland U18: Adam Waczynski 22+10 boards, Jakub Wojciechowski 14+11 boards
Montenegro U18: Igor Lutersek 23, Sead Sehovic 16


5th-6th spots

Sweden U18 - Czech Republic U18 91:56
Sweden U18 national team demolished Czech team to finish the European championship in Sofia at the 5th place. Sweden controlled the game right from the start and drove to a 18:14 lead after the opening quarter. Jeffery Taylor (198-G/F-89) poured in 6 points in the last 3 minutes of the first half to ensure a 44:33 advantage for Sweden at halftime. Swedish guard scored first 5 points for his team in the third term to keep them ahead 49:41. Czech Republic managed only 6 points in the final 7 minutes of the third stanza and were trailing 47:68 at the start of the fourth quarter. Christopher Ryan (194-G-90) knocked down a three pointer and Jeffery Taylor added another 5 points to lift Sweden to a massive 76:50 advantage midway through the final term. Czech Republic had no chances for a positive outcome and Sweden eased to an overall victory at the end.
Jeffery Taylor produced 22 points and 10 boards for Sweden. Christopher Ryan contributed 16 points for the winners. Jan Vesely (204-F-90) had 16 points and 9 boards for Czech Republic. Jan Spacek (195-F-89) added 14 points in a loss.

Sweden U18: Jeffery Taylor 22+10 boards, Christopher Ryan 16
Czech Republic U18: Jan Vesely 16+9 boards, Jan Spacek 14


7th-8th spots

Hungary U18 - Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 78:79
Hungary U18
: David Vojvoda (191-G/F-90) 26, B1lint Horti 13
Bosnia and Herzegovina U18: Danko Sestic (197-F-89) 20+14 boards, Dejan Jeftic (200-F-89) 19+11 boards


9th-10th spots

Finland U18 - Slovak Republic U18 80:76
Finland U18: Juho-Matti Lehtoranta (191-G-89) 23, Antti Kanervo (191-G/F-89) 21
Slovakia U18: Maros Repasky (182-G-89) 39, Boris Kovalik (-89) 11


11th-12th spots

Norway U18 - Portugal U18 62:58
Norway U18: Torgrim Sommerfeldt (196-G-89) 15+10 boards, Stian Mjoes (185-G-89) 15
Portugal U18: Andre Silva (180-G-88) 16, Claudio Fonseca (206-C-89) 14+11 boards



Division A: Everything is set for the Final - Aug. 12, 2007
3rd-4th spots

Latvia U18 - Lithuania U18 74:72
Latvian U18 team clinched the third spot at the European championship in Spain. They outscored Lithuania in the dramatic Bronze medals game today. Lithuania failed to repeat their last season's success when they finished the tournament at the third place.
Lithuania got to a slightly better start of the game and they enjoyed an early 6:2 advantage. The lead then changed hands seven times before the teams drew the scoreline at 34 at hafltime. Sarunas Vasiliauskas nailed three straight points to lift Lithuania to a 41:36 lead early in the third quarter. They maintained the gap throughout the third term and completed it in front 57:53.
Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90) chipped in 8 points at the start of the final quarter to put Lithuania ahead 65:56. However first Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) connected from afar and then Lauris Blaus converted a layup to close the gap with just over 3 minutes left. Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C-89) ensured a 2-point lead for Lithuania 70:68 with under 2 minutes on the clock. But Janis Kaufmanis (184-G-89) was perfect from free throw line to make it a 70:70 game with 49 seconds to play. Vasiliauskas missed his shot, while Kaufmanis responded with a two-point play to put Latvia up 72:70. Zygimantas Janavicius (192-G-89) once again tied the scoreline at 72 with 9 seconds left in regulation but it was not the end. Janis Strelnieks hit a jumper to seal the victory for Latvian team.
Dairis Bertans and Lauris Mizis (195-G/F-89) produced 14 points apiece for Latvia. Janis Kaufmanis contributed 11 points in a winning clause. Donatas Motiejunas paced Lithuania with 22 points and 10 boards. Vaidas Cepukaitis had 17 points and 13 boards in defeat.

Latvia U18: Dairis Bertans 14, Lauris Mizis 14, Janis Kaufmanis 11
Lithuania U18: Donatas Motiejunas 22+10 boards, Vaidas Cepukaitis 17+13 boards

5th-6th spots

Spain U18 - France U18 92:85
Spanish U18 team rebounded after a sour loss from Lithuania in the qualifying round and finished the home European championship in style. They recorded two consecutive victories that lifted them to the 5th place in the final ladder. Today Spain overcame France in the battle for the 5th spot. Spain dominated the game from early on and rolled to a 22:19 lead after the first quarter. Sergio De La Fuente ensured 8 points in the second frame to leave Spain in front 46:38 at halftime.
French players outplayed 3 points in the third quarter and entered the fourth term trailing by 5 points 59:64. Raphael Wilson (196-F-89) nailed a three pointer and Edwin Jackson (190-G-89) added another one to draw teams midway through the frame. But Spain immediatelly reacted with consecutive treys from Pablo Aguilar (203-F-89) and Luis Parejo (196-G-89) to restore a 81:76 lead. France climbed as close as 3 points with 22 seconds left 85:88. But a perfect free throw shooting at the dying stage helped Spain survive and celebrate victory.
Pablo Aguilar led Spain with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Ricard Rubio (192-G-90) secured 21 points and 8 assists for the winners. Edwin Jackson netted 27 points for France. Antoine Diot (191-G-89) produced 24 points in a loss.
Spainiards shot 50% from close range and solid 48.1% from three point range. France at the same time dominated the boards 41:32.

Spain U18: Pablo Aguilar 22+11 boards, Ricard Rubio 21+8 assists
France U18: Edwin Jackson 27, Antoine Diot 24

7th-8th spots

Croatia U18 - Turkey U18 90:81
Croatia ended the U18 European championship in Spain with a win over Turkey. This lifted them to an overall 7th spot. Turkey had a perfect start to the game as they enjoyed an early 26:13 advantage. But Croatian players completed the first frame with a 10:0 run and cut the gap to 3 points 23:26. Turkey though did not allow Croatia to spur ahead in the second quarter and maintained advantage throughout the frame. They led by as many as 2 points at halftime 44:42. Croatia stayed at a striking distance before Mario Delas (204-F/C-90) connected from afar to finally put them in front with 57 seconds left in the third quarter. Can Ozcan (200-F-89) however responded with a jumper to tie the scoreline at the end of the quarter. The game remained close enough in the first part of the fourth term before Croatia paved their way to a safe 10+ lead with less than two minutes to go in the game. Turkey scored 6 consecutive points in the dying stage but it never helped them to escape loss.
Karlo Vragovic (191-G-89) scored team-high 21 points for Croatia. Marino Sarlija (205-F/C-89) and Miro Bilan (210-C/F-89) netted 16 points apiece for the winners. Turkey answered with 27 points and 6 boards from Can Ozcan. Birkan Batuk (198-F-90) delivered 20 points in a losing effort.

Croatia U18: Karlo Vragovic 21, Marino Sarlija 16, Miro Bilan 16
Turkey U18: Can Ozcan 27, Birkan Batuk 20

9th-10th spots

Russia U18 - Germany U18 53:70
Russian U18 team was not able to succeed on the last day of the European championship in Madrid. They were badly beaten by German team 53:70 to complete their campaign at the 10th place.
Russia enjoyed an early lead as Semen Antonov (203-F-89) opened the score with a layup. Later Valentin Novikov hit a three pointer to put Russia ahead 7:4. However Germany pulled back late in the frame and secured a narrow 15:12 advantage at the end. The lead changed hands couple of times throughout the second quarter but Germany finally enjoyed a 33:30 gap at halftime.
The second half opened with a 13:2 run from Germany as they cleared off to a safe 46:32 distance. They capped the third term with 6 unanswered points and led by as many as 19 points entering the final frame 54:36.
Russian players struggled to cut the deficit and came back into the contest and Germany easily cruised past their opponents to an overall victory.
Elias Harris (200-F-89) led all scorers with 16 points. Philipp Schwethelm (200-F-89) added 13 points, while Tibor Pleiss (213-F/C-89) had 12 points and 15 boards for the winners. Ivan Pavlov (202-C-89) paced Russian team with 12 points. Dmitri Khvostov (191-G-89) provided 10 points in defeat.
Russia converted 43.2% of two pointers and only 17.9% from beyond the arc. They were also outrebounded by Germany 39:44.

Russia U18: Ivan Pavlov 12, Dmitri Khvostov 10
Germany U18: Elias Harris 16, Philipp Schwethelm 13, Tibor Pleiss 12+15

11th-12th spots

Israel U18 - Estonia U18 68:59
Israeli U18 national team completed their European championship campaign with a win over Estonia. This victory marked the 11th overall place for Israel. Estonia lost their 4th straight encounter and finished the tournament at the 12th spot.
Estonia though looked better at the start of the game. Karl Vimberg scored 4 points late in the opening frame to lift Estonia to a 16:11 lead. They secured a 19:16 advantage after the first frame and held on to it throughout the second quarter. The teams approached halftime with a 36:33 Estonian lead. Siim-Sander Vene (200-F-90) and Gert Merisalu (189-G-89) combined 8 points for Estonia early in the third quarter to give them a 44:35 lead. Israel just managed to cut the deficit to 8 points at the end of the frame on Hen Gonshor (190-G-89, agency: Arik Krayn Services)'s trey. However breakthrough for Israeli team came in the fourth stanza. Hen Gonshor connected from outside and Raviv Pitshon (202-C-89) added two points for Israel to tie the scoreline. Estonian team merely stopped and scored only 3 points in the final 5 minutes of action giving away the win. Raviv Pitshon capped the game with 4 consecutive points and clebrated the victory together with his teammates.
Raviv Pitshon topscored for Israel with 27 points and 21 rebounds. Hen Gonshor contributed 14 points for the winners. Siim-Sander Vene replied with 18 points for Estonia. Gert Merisalu had 10 points in a losing effort.

Israel U18: Raviv Pitshon 27+21 boards, Hen Gonshor 14
Estonia U18: Siim-Sander Vene 18, Gert Merisalu 10



Division B: Ukraine and Belgium will play in the title decider - Aug. 12, 2007
Semifinals

Ukraine U18 - Poland U18 77:56
Ukrainian team edged Poland in the first semifinal of the U18 European championship in Sofia, Bulgaria. Thus Ukraine became the first finalist of the tournament and guaranteed Division A birth in their next European campaign.
However the victory was not so easy for Ukrainians as they final scoreline might tell. Poland looked much better as the start of the encounter and gained an early 18:5 lead with just over 3 minutes remaining in the first quarter. Polish guard Tomasz Snieg (187-G-89) secured 7 points in this successful period. However Denys Lukashov (187-G-89), Igor Dranchenko (191-G-89) and Olexiy Chygrynov (190-G-89) all connected from beyond the arc in the last 3 minutes of the opening quarter to cut the deficit to 16:25.
Ukraine continued to use three point artillery in the second frame and posted an impressive 17:2 run midway through the quarter to gain a 34:27 advantage. They held on to the lead and completed the first half ahead 38:32. Ivan Poliezhaiev (202-F-89) and Oleksandr Tischenko fired another consecutive three pointers in the third term to extend the lead to 54:39. Poland struggled to match Ukrainian accuracy and fell far behind. Ukraine enjoyed a 70:52 distance on another Poliezhaiev's long jumper with less than three minutes remaining in regulation. Poland had nothing to reply with and surrendered at the end.
Olexiy Shchepkin (194-G-89) led Ukraine with 18 points. Denys Lukashov chipped in another 12 points for the winners. Piotr Pamula (190-G-90) and Adam Waczynski (197-F-89) scored 12 points apiece to pace Poland. Tomasz Snieg had 9 in a loss.

Ukraine U18: Olexiy Shchepkin 18, Denys Lukashov 12
Poland U18: Piotr Pamula 12, Adam Waczynski 12

Belgium U18 - Montenegro U18 64:56
Belgium joined Ukraine in the U18 European championship Final. They needed to overcome Montengro in a fierce semifinal yesterday. Montengro entered the semifinal undefeated and hoped to extend their winning streak however Belgium used a solid accuracy and a very tidy defensive performance to snap Montenegrin winning streak.
Though the start of the encounter did not forecast anything good for Belgium. Montengro proved their favorite status as they confidently rolled to a 20:6 advantage after the opening frame. But Belgium was never taken aback and began to recover in the second quarter. Jorn Steinbach (180-G-89) nailed 10 points early in the second frame to cut the deficit to 3 points 20:23. Belgium point guard added two more free throws and Jean Mwema (195-F-89) connected from afar in the last minute of the first half to lift Belgium ahead 29:28.
Both teams kept it close throughout the biggest part of the third quarter before Belgium sparked with a 10:0 run to complete the term and extended the lead to 48:39.
Montenegro desperately tried to save the contest and came as close as 5 points on Nikola Ivanovic's three pointer with just over 3 minutes remaining. But Belgium wisely secured the distance at the dying stage and advanced into the Final.
Jean Mwema led all scorers with 22 points and 15 boards. Jorn Steinbach netted 21 points for the winners. Igor Lutersek (203-C-89) answered with 18 points and 11 rebounds for Montenegro. Sead Sehovic (200-G-89, agency: Ultimate Sports Agency) finished with 13 points and 8 boards in defeat.

Belgium U18: Jean Mwema 22+15 boards, Jorn Steinbach 21
Montenegro U18: Igor Lutersek 18+11 boards, Sead Sehovic 13

5th-8th spots

Czech Republic U18 - Hungary U18 68:58
Czech Republic U18 team celebrated a tough victory over Hungary to fight for the 5th spot. They will clash with Sweden later tonight. Hungary will take on Bosnia and Herzegovina for the 7th-8th places.
The teams played a close basketball in the starting frame and were tied at 10 after it. Czech Republic finally managed to clear off their opponents late in the second quarter as they spurred to a 27:24 lead at halftime. However Hungary regained the lead late in the third frame as Matyas Szanati (190-G-89) nailed a jumper and Adam Hanga (200-G/F-89, agency: FCM) converted a free throw 46:44. They held on to it through a bigger part of the final term before Jan Vesely (204-F-90) dunked the ball home and put Czech Republic back in the lead 58:56 with less than 3 minutes to go. Vojtech Hruban later dropped 4 straight points to spur Czech Republic to a 62:58 distance with 81 seconds remaining. Jan Spacek and Jan Vesely combined 4 free throws to seal a 66:58 a win for Czech Republic in the dying seconds.
Jan Vesely led Czech team with 22 points and 20 rebounds. Jakub Krakovic (-90) added 12 points for the winners. Adam Hanga netted 24 points for Hungary. Peter Szabo (-89) had 7 points in a losing effort.
Czech Republic dominated the boards 52:36. They also limited Hungarian side to only 29.3% from two point range, converting 47.9% themselves.

Czech Republic U18: Jan Vesely 22+20 boards, Jakub Krakovic 12
Hungary U18: Adam Hanga 24, Peter Szabo 7

Sweden U18 - Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 82:64
Swedish U18 team secured a battle for the 5th spot yesterday. They defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina in classification round and will now face Czech Republic. Bosnia plays against Hungary today.
Sweden drove to an early 22:14 advantage after the opening frame. The gap grew to 44:31 at halftime as Sweden shot more accurately from close range. Bosnia and Herzegovina had a momentum midway through the third frame as they managed to cut the deficit to 7 points on Danko Sestic (197-F-89) jumper. However David Hult (205-C-89) chipped in 4 consecutive points to restore a 13-point advantage for Sweden. Bosnia tried hard to cut the gap in the final frame and came as close as 9 points 6 minutes into the term. But Jeffery Taylor (198-G/F-89) nailed 7 straight points for Sweden and put them away to a 77:62 distance with 70 seconds left in regulation. Bosnia and Herzegovina never recovered and suffered a defeat.
Jeffery Taylor topscored for Sweden with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Christopher Ryan (194-G-90) and David Hult secured 10 points apiece for the winners. Igor Vreca (195-G-89) netted 17 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Nemanja Nikolic (197-F-89) had 16 points in a losing clause.
Sweden shot solid 55.6% from two point range and 66.7% from free throw line.

Sweden U18: Jeffery Taylor 19, Christopher Ryan 10, David Hult 10
Bosnia and Herzegovina U18: Igor Vreca 17, Nemanja Nikolic 16



Division A: Serbia and Greece are through to the Final - Aug. 12, 2007
Semifinals

Serbia U18 - Latvia U18 82:71
Serbia became the first U18 European championship finalists yesterday. They stormed past Latvia in the fourth quarter to celebrate an overall 82:71 victory. Serbia will now clash with Greece in the tournament decider today. Latvia will play against Lithuania for Bronze medals.
Latvian Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) opened the game with a three pointer to set the tone for the encounter and marked Latvian ambitions. The lead then changed hands numerous times before Mikus Sokolovs (192-G-89) nailed a jumper and Dairis Bertans added a free throw to secure a 20:17 lead for Latvia after the starting frame. The game was still a bunch of nerves and drama in the second quarter and Serbia used Nikola Markovic (207-F/C-89) 's trey at the end of the frame to surge ahead 35:32.
Neither team could accumulate any decent advantage throughout the third stanza and Serbia just managed to hold on to 51:49 gap entering the final term. They however used a 6:0 run early in the fourth quarter to clear off to a 57:50 distance. Latvuia missed a couple of nice opportunities and Serbia immediatelly capitalized spurring in front to a 71:57 lead with just over 3 minutes remaining. Janis Strelnieks (185-G-89) responded with a long jumper to cut the deficit but Serbia were unstoppable. Dusan Katnic (193-G-89) and Filip Covic (178-G-89) scored a pair of free throws each, while Milan Macvan (206-F/C-89) added another jump shot to put Serbia ahead 77:61 with 90 seconds left in regulation. Latvia capped the game with 7:1 run but it never helped. Serbia are in the Final!
Dusan Katnic netted 22 points for Serbia. Milan Macvan secured another 20 points and 15 boards for the winners. Dairis Bertans topscored for Latvia with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Janis Kaufmanis (184-G-89) had 13 points in a loss.

Serbia U18: Dusan Katnic 22, Milan Macvan 20+15 boards
Latvia U18: Dairis Bertans 24+10 boards, Janis Kaufmanis 13

Greece U18 - Lithuania U18 86:78
Greek team joined Serbia in the European championship Final. They edged Lithuania shortly after Serbian success. Greek centre Konstantinos Koufos (216-C-89) was remarkable in thsi one as he provided 37 points, 20 rebounds and 5 blocks to seal the win for Greece. Lithuania did not find a weapon against his impressive performance and had to surrender at the end.
Konstantinos Koufos and Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) combined 17 points in the first frame to lift Greece to a 21:19 lead. Lithuania however quickly bounced back and Mindaugas Kuzminskas (202-F-89) ' dunk put them in front 26:25 midway through the second frame. Greece answered with a massive 19:2 run and left Lithuania far behind 44:28 with 2 minutes to play in the first half. Lithuania were able to cut the deficit to 10 points at halftime 36:46.
Almost a perfect shooting accuracy helped Lithuanian squad to narrow the gap and regain the advantage late in the third quarter 58:57. But once again Konstantinos Koufos and Nikolaos Pappas combined their effort to post 7 straight points and grab a 64:58 lead for Greece. The game remained very close in the dying stages and Lithuania trailed by only 3 points with just under 3 minutes on the clock. Marios Matalon (188-G-89) then dropped two points and Nikolaos Pappas fired two from free throw line to ensure a 82:76 advantage for Greece with 70 seconds left. Pappas later was once again perfect from the stripe and Charalampos Giannopoulos notched another jumper to bury Lithuanian hopes for Final birth.
Nikolaos Pappas finished with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Greece. Marios Matalon added 16 points and 9 assists for the winners. Vytenis Lipkevicius (196-F-89) scored 22 points and pulled down 11 boards for Lithuania. Adas Juskevicius (193-G/F-89) had 16 points in defeat.

Greece U18: Konstantinos Koufos 37+20 boards, Nikolaos Pappas 19, Marios Matalon 16+9 assists
Lithuania U18: Vytenis Lipkevicius 22+11 boards, Adas Juskevicius 16

Classification round for the 5th-8th spots

France U18 - Croatia U18 75:59
French U18 team started the classification round for the 5th-8th spots with a comprehensive victory over Croatia. They will now face the winner of a Spain vesrus Turkey clash for the 5th place tomorrow.
France allowed Croatia to gain a 6:5 lead 3 minutes into the game but then Edwin Jackson (190-G-89) nailed a jumper to put France ahead for good. They secured a narrow advantage 14:12 after the opening frame. Edwin Jackson converted a bunch of free throws late in the second quarter to give France a comfortable 41:27 advantage at halftime. France continued to dominate after the break and led by as many as 16 points with less than 2 minutes to go in the third stanza. However Pavle Marcinkovic (197-G-89) connected from beyond the arc and Marino Sarlija (205-F/C-89) added three more points to cut the deficit to 10 points entering the fourth quarter 47:57.
Sarlija opened the final term with another two-pointer but it was as close as Croatia managed to get. France responded with 10:3 run to establish a 67:52 gap midway through the frame. Croatia were not able to deliver any comeback attempt and lost the encounter.
Edwin Jackson led all scorers with 28 points for France. Luc Louves (205-F/C-89) contributed 12 points and 9 boards for the winners. Pavle Marcinkovic chipped in 15 points for Croatia. Karlo Vragovic (191-G-89) and Marino Sarlija had 13 points apiece in defeat.
Croatia outrebounded the winners 44:40 but lost the contest of accuracy. France converted 48.9% of two pointers and 31.3% from outside, whike Croatia shot just 37.2% from close range and 20% from afar.

France U18: Edwin Jackson 28, Luc Louves 12+9
Croatia U18: Pavle Marcinkovic 15, Karlo Vragovic 13, Marino Sarlija 13


Spain U18 - Turkey U18 84:64
Spanish U18 team celebrated a confident victory over Turkey in the classification round for the 5th-8th places yesterday. They will now play against France for the 5th spot later today. Turkey will fight for the 7th place against Croatia.
Spain enjoyed an early 28:23 lead after the opening frame. Pablo Aguilar (203-F-89) netted 12 points for Spain in the first quarter. Spanish centre continued to deliver consistently and his trey marked a 41:28 advantage for home side. Ricard Rubio (192-G-90) then added another three pointer to lift Spain to 44:28 lead midway through the second quarter. Turkey sparked in the center of the third term and cut the gap to 13 points 43:56. However Luis Parejo (196-G-89) connected from the outside and Aguilar scored another jump shot to stay ahead 61:46. Turkey refused to say die and capped the third stanza with 4 consecutive points which allowed them to come back within 9 points 55:64.
But it was as close as Turkey could have got that evening. Aguilar and Rubio combined their effort to ignite Spaniards and led them to an overall victory.
Pablo Aguilar topscored for Spain with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Ricard Rubio contributed 19 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 6 steals for the winners. Can Ozcan (200-F-89) answered with 17 points for Turkey. Birkan Batuk (198-F-90) delivered 12 points in a losing clause.

Spain U18: Pablo Aguilar 25, Ricard Rubio 19+8 assists
Turkey U18: Can Ozcan 17, Birkan Batuk 12



Montenegro and Poland stays unbeaten in Division B - Aug. 10, 2007
11.08.2007
Semifinals
Montenegro-Belgium
Poland-Ukraine

The Qualifying Round finished up in the Division B last night. Two teams left with 0 in the column of their losses. Montenegro and Poland are the teams now that deserve the Finals more than any other team. Ukraine and Belgium will try to upset them in the semifinals in order to stay alive.

Poland beat Belgium 67:55 due to the last spurt of 21:12. Waczynski and Mokros (196-F-90) led the winners with 12 points. Jean Mwema (195-F-89) top-scored for Belgium with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Poland finishes the Group with 3-0, while Belgium reaches the semifinals with 2-1.
In another game of the group Czech Republic beat Sweden 71:69. Jeffery Taylor (196-G-89) 's 27 points and 15 rebounds were not enough for Sweden as Vojtech Hruban (197-F-89) produced 15 points for the winners.
In Group F Montenegro beat Ukraine in the game for the first place 67:66. Nikola Lalic led the way with 21 points. Denys Lukashov (187-G-89) and Olexiy Chygrynov (190-G-89) netted 18 points for Ukraine.
Bosnia demolished Hungary 87:66 to finish third in the group. Dino Hodzic (190-G-90) had a great game scoring 35 points for Bosnia.



Division A: The semifinals are ready - Aug. 10, 2007
11.08.2007

SEMIFINALS

Serbia-Latvia

Greece-Lithuania

GROUP E
Greece U18-Latvia U18 83:73 (17-18, 23-21, 19-14, 24-20)
Latvia U18 and Greece U18 were the only undefeated teams in Group E before the game with each other. In the last day of the Qualifying Round Greece won 83:73 sending Latvia to the second spot. Konstantinos Koufos (216-C-89) was again unstoppable with 30 points and 13 rebounds. Charalampos Giannopoulos (201-F-89, agency: FCM) produced 21 points and 9 rebounds, while Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) posted 15. Lauris Mizis (195-G/F-89) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort.

Both teams realized that it was not the game to die. The game started with the two teams being like rookies in the game as they both were trying to identify the weak points of their rivals. Latvia won the opening quarter 18:17 due to Vilcins' jump shot.
Oskars Virsis (192-G-89) and Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) put away a couple of nice treys to keep Latvia close while Greece missed some free throws as the gap closed to 40:39 to Greece at half-time.
In the third and most crucial quarter though, Konstantinos Koufos together with Ioakeimidis increased the deficit for Greece to seven points by the end of the third quarter. Greece overcame also in the last with 24:20 to stay the only undefeated team in the tournament.

On the 11th of August Latvia will face Serbia in the first semifinal. The latter finished with 4-1 record being the top of the group F. In another semifinal Greece will meet Lithuania.

Greece U18: Konstantinos Koufos 30+13 rebs, Charalampos Giannopoulos 21+9 rebs, Nikolaos Pappas 15
Latvia U18: Lauris Mizis 16, Oskars Virsis 14, Dairis Bertans 12

Turkey U18-Estonia U18 84:58 (25-15, 17-19, 23-9, 19-15)

Turkey finished 4th in Group E of the Qualifying Round of U18 European Championship for men. In the last game of the Round Turkey beat Estonia 84:58 and left them with no wins in the second Round. Birkan Batuk (198-F-90) led the winners with 19 points. Tufan Onen produced 10, while Volkan Incekara (192-G-90) chipped in 9 points. Siim-Sander Vene (200-F-90) netted 13 points in defeat.

Ozcan opened the game for Turkey with a three pointer to give the 'always' lead for his team. Turkey enjoyed 25:15 lead after the first 10 minutes.
In the second quarter Estonia came back to the game and after Klementsov's two the score was 33:30. To feel more comfortable in the game Turkey led to 42:34 at the half.
In a terrible third quarter for the Estonians only three of their players found the basket. Turkey continued to shoot well all over the court, pulling away to a 24 point lead. The game ended up with 84:58 for Turkey that finished with 2-3 in the group.

Turkey due to the win will play for the 5-8 places. Estonia meanwhile will have battles for 9/12 spots.

Turkey U18: Birkan Batuk 19, Tufan Onen (202-F-89) 10, Volkan Incekara 9
Estonia U18: Siim-Sander Vene 13, Klementsov 8

Israel U18-France U18 53:90 (12-20, 21-23, 10-21, 10-26)

France U18 finishes third in the group E of U18 European Championship for Men. In the game over Israel the team won 90:53 and left Israel on the 5th spot. Antoine Diot (191-G-89) top-scored for the winners with 21 points. Luc Louves (205-F/C-89) scored 14, while Christophe Leonard (198-F-90) added 12. Raviv Pitshon (202-C-89) was the best for the Israeli team scoring 17 points and making 11 rebounds.

Zinderman opened the game with a free throw to give Israel the only lead 1-0. France answered with 17:5 after Wilson hit a three. An opening quarter ended up at 20:12 for the French squad.
Even Israel stayed tough in the second quarter France kept their ten points advantage. Antoine Diot with a three sent the teams to the lockers with 43:33.
In the second half we saw only one team that controlled the game-France. Christophe Leonard made the score 58:41 and it was clear at that time that France would win. It was him again to close the third with 64:43. In the last quarter France used a 26:10 spurt to make the score inappropriate for Israel.

Israel U18: Raviv Pitshon 17+11 rebs, Daniel 10, Hen Gonshor (190-G-89, agency: Arik Krayn Services) 10
France U18: Antoine Diot 21, Luc Louves 14, Christophe Leonard 12

GROUP F

Lithuania U18-Serbia U18 75:71 (25-20, 19-16, 9-20, 22-15)
Lithuania U18 advanced in the semifinal of U18 European Championship. In a key game of the day the Baltic team rolled over the leader of the group Serbia 75:71. A confident win in the first half was broken with 9:20 for Serbia. Spanish spectators that desired the win for the Serbs in order Spain clinch second place were disappointed as Lithuania grabbed the win. Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90) (213-C-90) led the winners with 22 points and 10 rebouns. Lukas Vasiliauskas (193-G/F-90) posted 14, while Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C-89) collected 12. Stefan Stojacic (197-G-89) top-scored for Serbia with 16 points.

Lithuania grabbed the lead in the opening tip and after Juskevicius's two the score was 11:5. In order to stay on task Markovic closed the first for Serbia with 25:20. A good deficit could create Lithuania in the second quarter as they finished at 44:36.
In the third quarter Serbia dominated in the court.Another three-pointer from Covic gave Serbia a 56:53 lead going in to the final stretch. Serbia stayed in front for 5 more minutes in the last quarter until Lukas Vasiliauskas tied the game at 60. A Vytenis Lipkevicius three pointer started a run of 11-2 to Lithunania that put them ahead 73:67. Lithuania led the game to 75:71 to get the ticket to the semifinal.

Lithuania U18: Donatas Motiejunas 22+10 rebs, Lukas Vasiliauskas 14, Vaidas Cepukaitis 12
Serbia U18: Stefan Stojacic 16, Milan Macvan (206-F/C-89) 13

Croatia U18-Spain U18 78:89 (21-34, 23-21, 24-18, 10-16)

Spain U18 overcame Croatia in the last day of the Qualifying Round. The victory lifted them to 4-1 record which was enough to advance but only from another Group. In the game after them Lithuania beat Serbia and three teams finished the group with 4-1 record. Unfortunately for the hosts of the Championship, due to the games between each other Spain had the worst result.
In the game over Croatia Spain stormed in the beginning of the game and controlled the rest of it. Pablo Aguilar (203-F-89) led the winners with 24 points. Pere Tomas (201-F-89) nailed 20, while De La Fuente added 16. Mario Delas (204-F/C-90) collected 23 points in the losing effort.

A 7-0 run in the game was exchanged to 34:21 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Croatia threatened to come back slightly, but never drew closer than to within nine points. Pablo Aguilar dunk ended the half with Spain 55:44 ahead.
In the second half Croatia could step closer with the score 73:68. An 8-0 run from Spain at the start of the final quarter buried the visitors. Spain won 89:78 but finished third in the group and as well as Croatia will play for the 5/8 place.

Croatia U18: Mario Delas 23, Karlo Vragovic (191-G-89) 20
Spain U18: Pablo Aguilar 24, Pere Tomas 20, De La Fuente 16

Germany U18-Russia U18 83:77 (23-20, 17-10, 20-18, 23-29)

Russia U18 lost the last game of the Qualifying Round in U18 European Championship for Men, however with 1-4 record finished 5th in the Group. Germany beat the Russia squad 83:77, but ended up last with the same record. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) paced the winners with 23 points. Tibor Pleiss (213-F/C-89) collected 17 points and made 14 rebounds, while Christian Standhardinger (201-F-89) added 15. Semen Shashkov (202-F-89) top-scored for Russia with 27 points and 13 rebounds.

Russia U18 dominated in the first quarter, however let Germany to win the quarter. Semen Shashkov's three reduced to 20:23. Germany was unstoppable in the next period due to which they increased to 10 points lead. Robin Benzing pulled away to 40:30 lead at half-time.

In the third quarter nothing had changed definetely as German team stayed in front. A jump-shot by Schwethelm made the score 60:48 before the last 10 minutes. What Russia could do was to reduce to 4 points. Semen Antonov (203-F-89) with a free throw made the score 78:74, but then Germany increased to 83:77.

Russia and Germany will play for the 9-12 places in the tournament. This is for sure not the goal that was before the Championship.

Germany U18: Robin Benzing 23, Tibor Pleiss 17+14 rebs, Christian Standhardinger 15
Russia U18: Semen Shashkov 27+13 rebs, Dmitri Khvostov (191-G-89) 13, Semen Antonov 13


 Division B: Qualifying round begins - Aug. 9, 2007
As it was the end of the Preliminary Round recently the teams did not even have a day-off before the next round. Last night eight best teams so far started the Qualifying Round.
Belgium and Poland celebrated the wins in Group E. For the only indefeated team in Group A, Belgium it was another comfortable win. Even though the team lost the first quarter to Sweden they triumphed 91:68 win. Jorn Steinbach (180-G-89) led the winners with 22 points. Jeffery Taylor (196-G-89) netted 14 for Sweden.

Meanwhile Poland luckily escaped from Czech Republic. Trailing 12 points in the first half the team finished with 80:78 victory due to 25:17 and 24:18 in the last quarters. Adam Waczynski (197-F-89) paced the winners with 28 points. Jan Vesely (204-F-90) collected 20 points and made 15 rebounds in defeat.

In Group F Ukraine and Montenegro share the first place. Ukraine did not have any problems against Hungary beating them 82:56. Denys Lukashov (187-G-89) and Olexiy Shchepkin top-scored with 15 points each.
Montenegro also easily overcame Bosnia 93:69. Igor Lutersek (203-C-89) shone with 36 points and 10 rebounds. Ukraine and Montenegro see each other tonight.



 Division A: three teams stay unbeaten - Aug. 9, 2007 
Today will be the last day of the Qualifying Round in Division A of U18 European Championship for Men. Last night only three teams stayed undefeated in the tournament and two that are from Group E advanced already into the semifinals.

Greece and Latvia will have tonight a small final, which will be the game for the first place in Group E. Both teams remain undefeated in the tournament and booked already the tickets to the semifinal. Greece had a thriller against France and won 82:81. Konstantinos Koufos (216-C-89) led the winners with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 7 blocks.
Latvia had also a tough game defeating Turkey 73:68. Trailing 10 points after the first 10 minutes of the game Latvia overcame the oppponent. Lauris Mizis (195-G/F-89) led the way with 26 points. Dogus Balbay (184-G-89) produced 27 for Turkey.
Israel and Estonia solved the task for the first win and Israel being a bit stronger won 70:69. Anton Shoutvin (206-C-89) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 6 rebounds.

Group F
1. Greece 4/0
2. Latvia 4/0
3. France 2/2
4. Turkey 1/3
5. Israel 1/3
6. Estonia 0/4

In Group E Serbia improved to 4-0 and remains the only team without losses. The team smashed Germany 107:59 with Milan Macvan's 18 points.
In the key game of the day Spain took a massive step towards the semis with a tough 87:82 win over Lithuania. Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90) was the top scorer for Lithuania with 17 points. Ricard Rubio (192-G-90) led the Spaniards with 33 points.
Russia overcame Croatia 71:63 and got the first win in the Qualifying Round. Valentin Novikov (195-F-89) paced the winners with 21 points.

Group F
1. Serbia 4/0
2. Lithuania 3/1
3. Spain 3/1
4. Croatia 1/3
5. Russia 1/3
6. Germany 0/4


 Division B: The end of the Preliminary Round - Aug. 8, 2007 
The Preliminary Round ended up in Sofia as all the teams in four groups played 4 games each. Two best teams from the group advanced to the Qualifying Round, the others went into Classification.

Belgium stayed undefeated in the group with 4-0 record. The win over Slovakia gave Czech Republic the ticket to the next round. Slovak Republic U18 lost the very important game after which the team was sent to the Classification Round. Playing with the leader of the group, Slovakia was defeated by Belgium 56:74. Jorn Steinbach led the winners with 29 points. Jean Mwema (195-F-89) posted 16 points and made 10 rebounds, while Olivier Troisfontaines ended up with 12. Miroslav Kral (189-G-89) top-scored with 23 points and Peter Dorazil finished with 22 points and 19 rebounds for Slovakia. Miroslav Kral with a three gave Slovakia 10 points lead in the second quarter. A 41:27 lead at the half was more than enough to advance. Meanwhile Belgium proved that the team is the leader in teh group and produced a great second half. The team made 17-3 run and Jorn Steinbach gave Belgium 45:44 lead in the end of the third. A 27:7 in the third quarter demolished Slovakia. Belgium won the last 20:8 and the game 74:56.
Czech Republic U18 grabbed the second ticket from group A to the Qualifying round in Division B. In the last game of the group not only the win was enough for the team. A 94:78 victory and the Belgium win over Slovakia gave them the second place. Jakub Mikulec and Jan Spacek led the winners with 17 points. Jan Vesely (204-F-90) supported them with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Morten Sahlertz (-89) and Rasmus Soeby scored 50 points together for Denmark.
Denmark, the team with no wins opened the game well. After 18:12 in the end of the first Denmark finished at 18:16. Later on Czech Republic was the team that led the score. At first in the beginning of the second quarter the team tied the game after Jan Vesely made a lay-up, then 44:38 sent the teams to the lockers.
In the third quarter the Czechs felt more confident and dominated in the court. Kudlacek with a jump-shot submited a 67:51 advantage. Denmark could bring an intrigue back into the game reducing to 68:79. It was only for some time as Czech Republic finished with 94:78.

Poland beat Sweden in group B 83:72 as both teams proceeded to the Qualifying Round. Finland having the same result, 3-1 due to the games with each other went to the Classification Round. The team smashed Armenia 133:37 with 29 points from Antti Kanervo (191-G/F-89).

Ukraine and Bosnia advanced to the next round even before the game with each other as both teams stayed on top with 3-0. Ukraine won the game 71:69 to finish first. Denys Lukashov (187-G-89) led the winners with 21 points. Ireland beat Switzerland 55:49 with Dara McKeon's 22 points.

In group D Montenegro and Hungary qualified the day before as well. In the game between each other Montenegro celebrated a 76:61. Nikola Lalic (188-G-89) top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Portugal overcame England 71:65 as Joao Filipe Valente Soares ended up with 17 points.


 Division A: The 1st day of the Qualifying Round - Aug. 8, 2007
GROUP E

Israel U18-Latvia U18 78:91 (17-18, 22-18, 17-21, 22-34))

Latvia U18 won the first game of the Qualifying Round in U18 European Championship. The team remained the undefeated in the tournament defeating Israel 91:78. Only in the last quarter the Baltic team could prove its superiority as Israel led for the whole game. Oskars Virsis (192-G-89) led the winners with 24 points and 7 rebounds.Dairis Bertans (191-G-89) (191-G-89) nailed 21, while Janis Kaufmanis (184-G-89) added 16. Anton Shoutvin (206-C-89) top-scored with 24 points and 12 rebounds in the lossing effort.

The first quarter gave the clear idea that Israel having 0-2 in the Round would not lose the gave easily. Israel reached a ten point lead 38:28 with the end of the half approaching. Two three pointers in the last minutes luckily left Latvia in the game.
In the second half it looked that Latvia should go on, but Israel stayed tough. Only in the last quarter the team had no strength and realized that it did all the best in the last three. Latvia took a control and led the game to 91:78 win. The victory lifted Latvia to 3-0 to share the first spot with Greece. Israel covres the bottom at 0-3 as well as Estonia.

Israel U18: Anton Shoutvin 24+12 rebs, Raviv Pitshon (202-C-89) 9, Hen Gonshor (190-G-89, agency: Arik Krayn Services) 9
Latvia U18: Oskars Virsis 24+7 rebs, Dairis Bertans (191-G-89) 21, Janis Kaufmanis 16

Turkey U18- France U18 68:82 (21-26, 16-22, 16-21, 15-13)

France U18 increased to 2-1 in the Qualifying Round of U18 European Championship. In the game for the second win in the group both France and Turkey desired it, but France won the battle. Edwin Jackson (190-G-89) paced the winners with 21 points. Christophe Leonard (198-F-90) and Diot supported him with 16 points. Dogus Balbay (184-G-89) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort.

France U18 opened the game with 2-0, but got a three from Melih Mahmutoglu (192-G-90) right after that. The rest of the first quarter was controlled by the French squad that increased to 26:21.
The first 10 points advantage the favorites got after Edwin Jackson nailed a jump-shot. He made France to celebrate 41:31 lead. Both squads went to the interims with 48:37.
Things got worse for Turkey as from 5:00 in the third quarter they missed seven consecutive shots. France continued to dominate, growing a 69:50 lead to effectively close out the Turks. In the last quarter Turkey scored more the France but it was not enough to win. France improves to 2-1, while Turkey falls at 1-2.

Turkey U18: Dogus Balbay 18, Melih Mahmutoglu 13
France U18: Edwin Jackson 21, Christophe Leonard (198-F-90) 16, Diot 16

Greece U18-Estonia U18 87:56 (27-18, 12-17, 26-11, 22-13)

Estonia U18 after a dramatic win over Italians lost the first game of the Qualifying Round. Greece, being the leader of the group downed Estonia 87:56. Konstantinos Koufos (216-C-89) paced the winners with 23 points and 8 rebounds, while Charalampos Giannopoulos (201-F-89, agency: FCM) produced 17 points and 9 rebounds. Siim-Sander Vene (200-F-90) top-scored for the Baltic state with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Henri Polakene (187-G-89) netted 10, while Margus Klementsov (169-G-89) scored 8 points.

Estonia started poor and got 9 consecutive points from the Greek players. The first 2 points Estonia scored only after 3 minutes of the game. Siim-Sander Vene made a jump-shot to cut the lead a little bit. Sloukas gave Greece 27:18 lead after the first 10 minutes of the game.
The second quarter was a good one for Estonia as they reduced to 39:35 at the half. That seemed to be the turning point for Greece, who at the start of the third quarter went on a 13-2 run to build a big 52:37 lead. As hard as Estonia could try they trailed 46:63 after three quarters.
In the last period Greece did not stop and as a result they increased to 87:56 making it the final score.

It was the third loss for Estonian team in U18 European Championship. The next game the team plays tonight against Israel.

Greece U18: Konstantinos Koufos 23+8 rebs, Charalampos Giannopoulos 17+9 rebs
Estonia U18: Siim-Sander Vene 17+7 rebs, Henri Polakene 10, Margus Klementsov 8

GROUP F
Lithuania U18-Russia U18 79:65 (17-12, 19-16, 18-19, 25-18)

Lithuania U18 stays undefeated in U18 European Championship. In the first game of the Qualifying Round the team downed Russia 79:65. With a tough game throughout the first three quarters Lithuania pushed the tempo in the last. Zygimantas Janavicius (192-G-89) paced the winners with 16 points. Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C-89) finished the game with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Vytenis Lipkevicius (196-F-89) added 14 and Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89) and Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90) had 10. Semen Shashkov (202-F-89) top-scored for Russia with 15 points and 13 rebounds. For the team it was the third loss and now they are on the bottom with 0-3.

It was Russian team that started the game being in front. Russia went on a 7-0 run in the opening tip to bring intrigue into the game. After a bright start, however, the Russians just seemed to stop playing and end the quarter 17:12 down as Lithuania came back with an amazing run.
In the second quarter tried to increase to 10 points, but satisfied with 36:28 at the half. Vaidas Cepukaitis in the third brought Baltic team 42:32. Pavlov with a jump-shot reduced again to 54:47 before the last quarter. In the fourth period Lithuania was the favorite in the court. The team won the quarter 25:18 and achieved the first win in the Qualifying Round that lifted them to 3-0.


Lithuania U18: Zygimantas Janavicius 16, Vaidas Cepukaitis 14+13 rebs, Vytenis Lipkevicius 14, Sarunas Vasiliauskas 10, Donatas Motiejunas 10
Russia U18: Semen Shashkov 15+13 rebs, Valentin Novikov (195-F-89) 14
 
 

Croatia U18-Serbia U18 81:84 ( 26-17, 14-26, 19-23, 22-18 )
A win over Germany took lots of strength as Croatia lost the first game of the Qualifying Round. Serbia, being the leader of the group beat Croatia 84:81. A good game and a great support by the spectators made the game very interesting. Milan Macvan (206-F/C-89) and Stefan Stojacic (197-G-89) led the winners with 21 points, while Dusan Katnic (193-G-89) added 15. Filip Kruslin (200-G-89) nailed 20 points in the losing effort. Mario Delas (204-F/C-90) netted 17 and Marino Sarlija (205-F/C-89) added 16.

Croatia opened the game with 6 points in a row and thanked the spectators who were chearing loud. Marino Sarlija made the score 23:10 that was a bit of surprise in the court. Croatia held the lead and had 26:17 after the first 10 minutes of the game.
In the second Serbia hit their first trey of the game through Nikola Markovic during an 8-0 run at the start of the quarter which turned the game into a contest. Milan Macvan helped the team to take 34:31 lead. Stefan Stojacic with a three put Serbia with 43:40 at the half time.
In the third quarter Croatia slowed down. Markovic gave Serbia 53:42 in the center of the quarter. His team kept 7 points before the final period. With three seconds left and against deafening noise from the crowd Milan Macvan converted his second free throw to give his side a 84:80 lead. Marcinkovic could only reduce to 81:84.

Croatia U18: Filip Kruslin 20, Mario Delas 17, Marino Sarlija 16
Serbia U18: Milan Macvan 21, Stefan Stojacic 21, Dusan Katnic 15
 
Germany U18-Spain U18 56:82 (17-19, 18-23, 11-23, 10-17)

Spain U18 improves to 2-1 in the Qualifying Round of the U18 European Championship in their own country. A victory in every quarter gave them 82:56 over Germany. Ricard Rubio (192-G-90) led the winners with 20 points. Pablo Almazan (203-C-89) collected 16 points and made 11 rebounds, while De La Fuente added 15. Elias Harris (200-F-89) top-scored for Germany with 13 points.

The first quarter did not promise a difference in the end of more than 10 points. Spain and Germany stayed close to each other and only 19:17 left spain in front. Spain found its game later in the second and when Xavier Rabaseda (199-G-89) scored two more the advantage became 37:27. Benzing cut it to 42:35 as both teams disappeared in the lockers.
The game lost the interest in the third quarter till the end. Spain was too good for the opponents and dominated in the court. Of course it was highly appreciated by the fans who supported their team. The hosts won the third 23:11 and even at that time did not worry about the game. The last quarter was also won by them 17:10 that brought them a first win in the Qualifying Round.

Germany U18: Elias Harris 13
Spain U18: Ricard Rubio (192-G-90) 20, Pablo Almazan 16+11 rebs, De La Fuente 15


Division B continues without day-offs - Aug. 7, 2007
GROUP A

Czech Republic U18-Austria U18 71:81 (16-15, 17-28, 27-12, 11-26)

Czech Republic U18 fell at 1-2 in the Group A after being defeated by Austria. In Day 4 of U18 European Championship the last quarter was the disaster for the Czechs. Austria pushed them to 26:11 and won 81:71. Seilern led the winners with 31 points. Moritz Lanegger (188-G-90) (188-G-90) produced 17 pointrs and made 11 rebounds, while Rasid Mahalbasic (203-F-90) added 11. David Jelinek (194-G-90, agency: PPGroup) top-scored for the Czechs with 15 points.

The game started with both teams playing offensive basketball. An even game led to 16:15 for Czech Republic after the first 10 minutes. The second quarter was the break up in the game as Austria took 10-points lead. With 28:17 in the second Austria steped in front with 43:33.
In the third quarter the Czechs felt the second feeling and created a 27:12 run. Kudlacek's three gave his team 60:55 before the last 10 minutes. A 71:70 lead was the last for Czech Republic U18 in the game. Austria dominated in the end of the game and won it 81:71.

Czech Republic U18: David Jelinek 15, Vojtech Hruban (197-F-89) 14, Jakub Mikulec (203-F-89) 12+10 rebs
Austria U18: Seilern 31, Moritz Lanegger 17+11 rebs, Rasid Mahalbasic 11

Slovak Republic U18-Denmark U18 87:83 (25-18, 18-20, 18-21, 26-24)

Slovak Republic U18 overcame Denmark in Day 4 of U18 European Championship. A 25:18 lead in the first quarter allowed them to keep 87:83 win. Peter Dorazil (198-C-89) led the winners with 21 points and made 12 rebounds. Miroslav Zilik (-89) ended up with 13 points, while Miroslav Kral (189-G-89) added 12. Denmark was paced by Asger Kongstad (-89) who scored 15 points.

Slovak Republic U18 had 3-5 points lead from time to time in the opening quarter. Peter Dorazil with a jump-sot made the score 25:17 as both teams left the first. The team increased to 9 points after Peter Dorazil again scored a basket. Hasan made the biggest lead for Slovakia 37:24.

Denmark meanwhile reduced in the second quarter and trailed 43:38 at the half. In the third quarter Soeby hit a three a brought Denmark 53:51. A 71:70 was the last lead however for Denmark. With no strength left the team failed in the end. Slovak Republic U18 made 11-1 run to finish the game at 87:83.

Slovak Republic U18: Peter Dorazil 21+12 rebs, Miroslav Zilik 13, Miroslav Kral 12
Denmark U18: Asger Kongstad 15, Morten Sahlertz (-89) 14

GROUP B

Finland U18-Holland U18 86:65 (23-14, 29-17, 14-19, 20-15)

Hollnad u18 fell at the 4th place and now has 1-3 record. It happedned as the teams lost to Finland 86:65. Antti Kanervo (191-G/F-89) led the winners with 30 points. Juho-Matti Lehtoranta (191-G-89) ended up with 17, while Toivo Virtanen (-89) added 13. Jonas van der Poel scored 12 points in the losing effort.
Finland started very nice and led the game to a happy end. Holland could only win the thitd quarter 19:14.

Finland U18: Antti Kanervo 30, Juho-Matti Lehtoranta 17, Toivo Virtanen 13
Holland U18: Jonas van der Poel (190-F-90) 12, Kramer 10

Sweden U18-Armenia U18 90:32 (25-11, 22-4, 25-9, 18-8)

Sweden U18 destroyed Armenia in Day 4 of U18 European Championship. A 90:32 win was a great step to the first place in the group. Andreas Karlsson (194-F-89) and Bengt Pettersson (-89) led the winners with 13 points each. John Gaddefors (-89) supported them with 11. Aghajanyan Andranik Novents (-89) was the only one to reach the double digits nailing 13 points.
Sweden dominated in every quarter and there was no time when you could think of another team. Armenia lost only 8-18 in the last that was applaud by the specators.

Sweden U18: Andreas Karlsson 13, Bengt Pettersson 13, John Gaddefors 11
Armenia U18: Andranik Novents 13, Gevorg Mayilyan (-90) 6

GROUP C

Ireland U18-Luxembourg U18 75:72 (10-14, 21-22, 21-18, 23-18)

Ireland U18 got the first win in U18 European Championship. In the third game of the Preliminary Round the team beat Luxembourg 75:72. Trailing 5 points before the second half, Ireland progresses in the second. Craig Edmonds (198-F-89) led the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Anderson chipped in 13 and made 11 rebounds. Laurent Schwartz (177-G-89) nailed 22 points in the losing effort. Ireland is 1-2 in the group, while Luxembourg 1-3.

Ireland U18: Craig Edmonds 19+10 rebs, Anderson 13+11 rebs, Lacey 12, Kilmartin 12
Luxembourg U18: Laurent Schwartz 22, Christopher Jones (184-F-90) 18

Bosnia and Herzegovina U18-Switzerland U18 83:49 (21-16, 21-8, 18-18, 23-7)

Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 stays undefeated in U18 European Championship in Sofia, Division B. In the third game the team did not have any difficulties over Switzerland beating them 83:49. Dino Hodzic (190-G-90) led the way with 17 points. Sestic produced 13 points and made 13 rebounds, while Josip Naletilic (184-G-89) added 11. Marko Milicevic (194-G-89) netted 14 points in the losing effort.
It was not difficult to predict the game as both teams are already known tin the tournament. Bosnia proved the stability and mastership.

Bosnia and Herzegovina U18: Dino Hodzic 17,Sestic 13+13 rebs, Josip Naletilic 11
Switzerland U18: Marko Milicevic 14, Florent Ramseier (-89) 8

GROUP D

Hungary U18-Norway U18 79:47 (20-15, 15-10, 25-13, 19-9)

Norway U18 lost the third game in U18 European Championship for men. In the last game the team was beaten by Hungary 47:79. The latter as well as Montenegro stays undefeated in the Group. Adam Hanga (200-G/F-89, agency: FCM) led the winners with 17 points and 8 rebounds, while David Vojvoda (191-G/F-90) added 12. For Norway Stian Mjoes (185-G-89) top-scored with 15, points. Anders Stien (193-G-90) scored 11, while Torgrim Sommerfeldt (196-G-89) chipped in 8. Norway lost all the quarters, but most of the troubles had in the second half.

Hungary U18: Adam Hanga 17+8 rebs, David Vojvoda 12
Norway U18: Stian Mjoes 15, Anders Stien 11, Torgrim Sommerfeldt 8

England U18-Montenegro U18 60:72 (13-20, 9-22, 17-12, 21-18)

Montenegro tops the Group D of U18 European Championship for Men. In Day 4 of the tournament the team rolled over England 72:60. The latter has 0-3 record and covers the bottom. Sead Sehovic (200-G-89, agency: Ultimate Sports Agency) led the winners with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Milos Lopicic (213-C-90) and Nikola Lalic (188-G-89) supported him with 9 points each. Devan Bailey (183-F-89) produced 16 points in the losing effort.
Montenegro won the first two quarters and 20 points deficit before the half. It was more than enough to prepare for another game against Hungary for the 1st place in the group. The game is scheduled for tonight.

England U18: Devan Bailey 16, Patrick Nyeko (-89) 11
Montenegro U18: Sead Sehovic 18+13 rebs, Milos Lopicic 9, Nikola Lalic 9


 Division A: The end of the Preliminary Round  - Aug. 6, 2007 
The Preliminary Round finished up in the U18 European Championship for men. It brought some results and events that for sure will be desired by the reader. Italy and Slovenia as well as Romania and Bulgaria are out of Top 12.

In Group A Latvia ensured a perfect start to their U18 European championship campaign. They defeated France in the third round of action in Group A to stay unbeaten and advanced into the qualifying round of the tournament. France fell to 2-1 record, but successfully made it to the Top 12.
Dairis Bertans reigned the court in the opening frame and scoring 7 points helped Latvia to stay ahead 24:18. He opened the second quarter with another long jumper and set the tone for Latvian squad. They held on to a lead throughout the quarter and France managed just cut the gap to 3 points at halftime 36:39.
The teams kept it close in the third frame and only offensive burst from Dairis Bertans at the end of the stanza lifted Latvia to a 56:51 lead entering the fourth quarter. Janis Kaufmanis (184-G-89)' jumper marked a 69:60 Latvian dominance with 2 minutes left in regulation. However France replied with 7 consecutive points to narrow the gap to just 2 points with 1 minute left. But Janis Strelnieks dropped a two-point attempt and Janis Kaufmanis added a free throw to seal the victory for Latvia.
Dairis Bertans led Latvia with 23 points and 6 steals. Lauris Mizis (195-G/F-89) provided 12 points and 6 boards for the Baltic team. Raphael Wilson netted 15 points for France. Carl Ona-Embo delivered 11 points in defeat.

A big time first frame secured a winning outcome for Estonia against Italy yesterday. They rolled over Italy 31:15 in the opening frame and celebrated an important victory at the end. The win means Estonia will play in the qualifying round of the U18 European championship, while Italian team seek for their first victory in classification stage.
Andrea Saccaggi (192-G-89) knocked down a free throw 10 seconds into the game to give Italy their only lead. Karl-Ingemar Viilver responded with a jumper 18 seconds later to put Estonian team ahead for good. Karl Vimberg scored 9 points in the first quarter to give Estonia a 31:15 advantage. Italy managed to cut the deficit to 6 points on Stefano Gentile's jump shot midway through the second frame but Rain Raadik (204-C-89) capped the first frame with 7 straight points for Baltic team to secure a 43:31 distance at halftime.
Estonia easily maintained the gap throughout the third stanza and enjoyed a 56:46 dominance at the start of the final quarter. Saccaggi's free throw put Italy as close as 6 points with almost 7 minutes left in the game but once again Estonia showed they were in control of it. Karl Vimberg hit from outside and Siim-Sander Vene nailed another jump shot to spur in front to a safe 70:56 distance. Italy did not have enough strength to come back into this one and suffered the third straight defeat.
Rain Raadik led Estonia with 13 points. Karl Vimberg provided 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Andrea Saccaggi netted 17 points for Italy. Andrea Renzi had 16 points and 11 rebounds in a losing case.

In Group B Israel overcame Bulgaria 74:63. Isreali U18 National team delivered the right result on the last day of preliminary round of the Euroeapn championship in Spain. Bulgaria meanwhile suffered their third consecutive loss and continue their campaign in classification.
Both teams entered the contest desperate for a win to advance. In a tight first quarter Bulgaria used Simeon Mihaylov's two-point attempt at the end of the frame to win it 14:12. Bulgaria led by as many as 7 points with just under 3 minutes to go when Israel burst out with a spectacular 11:0 run and surged ahead 33:29 at halftime.
Israel found the touch from the field and started pouring all kind of shots in the third quarter. The gap kept on growing and reached a 56:46 mark enetering the fourth frame. Aleksandar Georgiev nailed a jumper midway through the last stanza to put Bulgaria back within 2 points 56:58. However Raviv Pitshon (202-C-89) responded with 4 points and Anton Shoutvin (206-C-89) added two more to lift Israel to a 65:58 distance with 2 minutes remaining. Bulgaria never managed to get back in this one and suffered another sour defeat.
Raviv Pitshon led all scorers with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Anton Shoutvin fired 18 points and pulled down 14 boards for the winners. Hristo Zahariev (196-G-90) secured 19 points for Bulgaria. Tsvetelin Ivanov (196-G-89) had 13 points in a losing effort.
Israel will now take on Estonia in qualifying round Group E. Bulgaria faces Romania in the relegation round.
In the other game in Group B Greece beat Turkey 82:67. Dogus Balbay (184-G-89) led Turkey in their losing effort with 22 points and nine rebounds. Konstantinos Koufos (216-C-89) had another excellent game with 25 points and 15 rebounds, as did Nikolaos Pappas with 16 points.

Serbia upset the hosts in Group C 85:76. Ricard Rubio (191-G-90) scored 25 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Milan Macvan (206-F/C-89) with a double-double of 19 points and 18 rebounds and Stefan Stojacic (197-G-89) with 24 points and 10 boards were on top of the winners. Russia grabbed the third spot, the first win and the ticket to the Qualifying Round defeating Romania 63:40. Valentin Novikov top-scored for Russia with 17 points.

Group D became the most unpredictable and interesting. Croatia that lost the first two games took Slovenian spot. In the last day of the Preliminary Round Croatia recorded an 88-73 win over Germany for a place in the next round. Filip Kruslin (198-G-89) finished with 29 points in a winning effort.
Lithuania upset Slovenia 70:59 and sent them out of the Qualifying Round. Vytenis Lipkevicius (196-F-89) top-scored with 17 points.


 Division B: Day 3 results - Aug. 6, 2007 
Day 3 of the U18 European Championship left 6 unbeaten teams in four groups. Belgium and Sweden stays sweet in groups A and B. Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina has zero in the losing column of Group C, while Hungary and Montenegro are undefeated in Group D.

Belgium improved to 3-0 in Group A defeating Denmark 74:57. Jean Mwema (195-F-89) was unstoppable for the winners nailing 25 points and making 15 rebounds. Slovak Republic tied at 1-1 after a victory over Austria 80:72. Maros Repasky (182-G-89) paced the winners with 24 points.

In Group B Sweden stays on top with 2-0 outscoring Holland 62:46. Jeffery Taylor (196-G-89) again top-scored for his team, this time with 17 points. Poland smashed Armenia 141:33 and made the same with the opponent as Serbia with Romania in Division A. Krzysztof Krajniewski (199-F-89) produced 20 points for the winners.

Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina keep Group C with two teams without losses. Both teams will see each other tomorrow in the first game of the day. Yesterday Ukraine demolished Switzerland 65:41 with 13 points from Denys Lukashov (187-G-89). Bosnia and Herzegovina overcame Luxembourg 95:78 as Danko Sestic (198-F-81) collected 26 points and made 18 rebounds.

In Group D Hungary and Montenegro are on top with 2-0. Hungary did not play yesterday, while Montenegro beat Portugal 95:62. Norway sent England to 0-2 after 83:59 win. Stian Mjoes (185-G-89) top-scored for the winners with 25 points.



 Division B: all the teams started the championship - Aug. 5, 2007
The second day of E18 European Championship of men brought the following results. All the team now in the division entered the Championship.

In Group A Czech Republic grabbed their first win at the U18 European championship in Bulgaria. They overcame Slovakia on Day 2 of action in Group A. Slovakia were more impressive at the start of the game as they established an early 17:10 lead in the first quarter. Czechs however closed the opening frame with a 5:0 run and trailed 15:17 at the start of the second quarter. The things looked brighter for Czech Republic in the second quarter as they managed to gain a 34:32 advantage at halftime.
Maros Repasky tied the scoreline early in the third stanza but Czech players responded with a 14:0 run to clear off to a 48:36 distance. They secured the gap and were in front 61:50 entering the final frame. Slovakia obviously struggled to find answers in the last part of the encounter and had to surrender in their first fixture at the tournament.
David Jelinek (194-G-90, agency: PPGroup) and Jan Vesely (204-F-90) scored 20 points apiece to ensure win for Czech Republic. Jakub Kudlacek contributed another 15 points for the winners. Maros Repasky paced Slovakian team with game-high 27 points and 6 steals. Miroslav Kral and Michal Maslik netted 14 points each in a loss.
Czech Republic were dominant under the rims 46:30 and shot more accurately from the field.
In another game Belgium defeated Austria 75:64. Olivier Troisfontaines top-scored for the winners with 18 points.
In Group B the Scandinavian derby was won by Sweden who outscored Finland 79:63. Jeffery Taylor (196-G-89) poured in 26 points and made 12 rebounds for Sweden. Poland beat Netherlands 71:51 with 18 points from Karol Gruszecki (-89).
Bosnia and Herzegovina started their campaigh with the win over Ireland in Group C. A 90:61 win was more than confident in the first game for the winners. Dino Hodzic led the way with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Ukraine reached the second win outscoring Luxembourg 85:70. Denys Lukashov (187-G-89) and Olexiy Shchepkin (194-G-89) produced 17 points for the winners.
England's first game was not a good start in group D. The team lost to Hungary 46:63. Gergely Toth (206-F-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Peter Szabo paced the way with 16 points. Montenegro demolished Portugal 95:62 as Nikola Lalic (188-G-89) scored 19 points and made 9 rebounds.



 Second day full coverage of Division A - Aug. 5, 2007
GROUP A

France U18-Italy U18 75:68 (16-13, 24-27, 17-10, 18-18)

France U18 celebrated the second win in U18 European Championship. The team overcame Italy 75:68 and left them without wins. The latter, in order to advance, will have to beat Estonia tonight. Edwin Jackson (190-G-89) (190-G-89) led the winners with 21 points. Antoine Diot (191-G-89) produced 16, while Raphael Wilson (196-F-89) scored 11. Andrea Renzi (210-F/C-89) top-scored for Italian side with 22 points.

Italy bombed first 5 points of the game but could only reduce to 16:13 in the first. France demonstrated a better game, however could not go too far. There was nothing to choose between the two sides in the first half, as the lead changed hands seven times before both teams went to the break tied on 40 points.

In the third quarter France went on a 11-0 run. With 44 points for each of the teams they produced a spurt that lasted to Ona-Embo's jump-shot. France stayed in front before the last 10 minutes of the game having 57:50. In the last quarter Italy had only a small chance to catch up. Cutolo's three made the score 66:62, however Italy could not struggle any more. France will have a game for the first place in the group against Latvia.

France U18: Edwin Jackson 21, Antoine Diot 16, Raphael Wilson 11
Italy U18: Andrea Renzi 22, Stefano Laudoni (194-G-89) 9

Latvia U18-Estonia U18 80:64 (19-18, 21-18, 18-9, 22-19)
Latvia U18 stayed unbeaten after the first two games in U18 European Championship in Spain. In the second game the team beat Estonia 80:64. For the latter it was a better game in comparison with the opener when they were smashed by the French squad. Oskars Virsis (192-G-89) and Dairis Bertans (191-G-89) led the winners with 18 points each. Lauris Mizis (195-G/F-89) supported them with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Sten Sokk (180-G-89) paced Estonia with 17 points in defeat.

Latvia and Estonia had different starts in the European Championships. Even before the game Latvia considered to be a favorite and they proved it truthfully. After a good start by the Latvian side, which saw them take the first nine points of the game without reply, the Estonians fought back with an 11-0 run of their own to overturn the deficit and take a 13-12 lead. Anyway Latvia stayed in front after the first, 19:18. In the second quarter Latvia increased to 30:22, but Sten Sokk sent the teams to the lockers with 40:36.

At the start of the third Latvia were able to go on a 12-0 run to take a 16 point lead and end the game as a contest. The team controlled the rest of the game and reached the second win.

Latvia U18: Oskars Virsis 18, Dairis Bertans 18, Lauris Mizis 13+15 rebs
Estonia U18: Sten Sokk 17, Henri Polakene (187-G-89) 14

GROUP B

Greece U18-Bulgaria U18 94:64(25-12, 25-15, 16-14, 28-23)
Bulgaria U18 lost the second straight game in U18 European Championsip. In the game against Greece Bulgaria had nothing to upset the favorite losing 64:94. Greece won all the quarters and the team seemed to be more confident in a win. Nikolaos Pappas (193-G-90, agency: FCM) led the winners with 21 points. Konstantinos Koufos (216-C-89) supported him with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Georgios Bogris (210-C-89) and Nikolas Theodorakos (-89) added 10. Bozhidar Avramov (194-G-90) and Hristo Zahariev (196-G-90) shone for Bulgaria with 19 points. Bulgaria will now play Israel tonight for the last place in the quarter final round.

Bulgaria U18 took the lead from the first seconds, but enjoyed it a bit more than a minute. Greece did not wait too much as Konstantinos Koufos made a dunk to give 4-3 lead. Greece never looked behind after that score increasing the lead from time to time. In the second quarter Ioakeimidis increased Greek's lead to 29:19. Konstantinos Koufos closed the second with 50:25 to answer al the questions about the winner.

As it was mentioned above bulgaria will have to win tonight in order to advance to the Qualifying Round. Their opponent Israel stays winless as well.

Greece U18: Nikolaos Pappas 21, Konstantinos Koufos 18+10 rebs, Georgios Bogris 10, Nikolas Theodorakos 10
Bulgaria U18: Bozhidar Avramov 19, Hristo Zahariev 19

 
Turkey U18-Israel U18 92:80 (27-25, 16-20, 26-15, 23-20)

Israel lost the second straight game at U18 European Championship in Spain. The result 80:92 do not reflect the game itself as even with three minutes remaining Israel were losing only 78:81. Melih Mahmutoglu (192-G-90) and Birkan Batuk (198-F-90) led the winners with 19 points. Ozcan collected 17 points in a winning effort. Sean Daniel (201-F-89) top-scored for Israeli team with 18 points.

Israel had a nice start and controlled the game in the opening quarter. Only due to Birkan Batuk's three Turkey could overtake 27:25. In the second quarter the game remained the same, but most of the time Turkey stayed in front. Ariely with a three helped Israel to be on top after 2, 45:43.

In the beginning of the second half Turkey dominated taking 9 points lead before the last quarter. Israel just would not give up and clawed their way back to take the lead 71:70 with seven minutes left of the game.Israel opened the last quarter with a 10-0 serie and took the lead back but Melih Melih Mahmutoglu and Dogus Balbay rallied Turkey for a 92:80 victory.

Turkey U18: Melih Mahmutoglu 19, Birkan Batuk 19, Ozcan 17
Israel U18: Sean Daniel 18, Shoutvin 17


GROUP C
Spain U18-Russia U18 98:64 (23-17, 23-13, 28-22, 24-12)
Spain U18 had no troubles in the second game over Russia. Having won 98:64 the hosts of U18 European Championship advanced to the Qualifying round with one more game remaining. Pere Tomas (201-F-89) led the winners with 20 points. De La Fuente and Ricard Rubio (191-G-90) both netted 16 points. Semen Antonov (203-F-89) produced 13 points in the losing effort. Russia will have now to beat Romania in order to advance.

Semen Antonov was the most noticable for the Russia team in the opening tip. For less than a minute he managed to do a defensive rebound, a turnover and scored first two points in the game. Unfortunately for his team that was the only lead in the game. Spain finished the first at 23:17. In the second quarter Russia fought hard to stay in touch with Spain, but found themselves struggling to keep up with their hosts largely due to the amount of free shots they were giving away.
Spain controlled the game at both ends, dominating in defensive rebounds and pulling down more of their own missed shots than the Russian defence. After 46:30 at the half Spain made some pushes to increase the score. Marco closed the third quarter with a jumper to give Spain 74:52. Parejo with a three ended up the game at 98:64.

Spain U18: Pere Tomas 20, De La Fuente 16, Ricard Rubio 16
Russia U18: Semen Antonov 13, Ivan Pavlov (202-C-89) 10

Serbia U18-Romania U18 145:37 (43-6, 29-7, 41-12, 32-12)
Serbia U18 recored a 145:37 win in U18 European Championship. The result became the highest win ever recorded in the tournament. With more than confident wins in all the quarters serbia destroyed Romania. Ivan Smiljanic (198-F-89) paced the winners with 28 points. Stevan Tapuskovic (201-F-89) posted 19, while Nikola Markovic (207-F/C-89) added 16. Mihai Urichianu (198-C-89) had more than a half of his team nailing 19 points.

It was apleasure to see that all the players who participated for Serbia scored at least a point. Taking a lead from the first seconds Serbia had 43 in the end of the first, that was even more than Romania reached in the end.
The second quarter had the same scenarium with Serbia on top. The team finished the half having 72:13.Nikola Markovic with a dunk brought Serbia 100 points. Mihai Urichianu's two closed the third with 113:25. The difference in the last quarter was 20 points and it gave 145:37 as a total.

Today Serbia will play against Spain for the first place in the group.

Serbia U18: Ivan Smiljanic 28, Stevan Tapuskovic 19, Nikola Markovic 16
Romania U18: Mihai Urichianu 19, Sabin Faur (196-C-90) 8

GROUP D

Slovenia U18-Germany U18 53:79 (15-26, 8-19, 13-15, 17-19)

Germany created a small sensation beating Slovenia in a second game of U18 European Championship. The latter beating Croatia in the opener 92:82 with 37 points from Dino Muric (198-F/C-90) could not show the same game. The 17-years old boy produced only 6 points due to the good defense of the Germans. Elias Harris (200-F-89) led the winners with 19 points. Philipp Schwethelm (200-F-89) had 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Robin Benzing (208-F-89) added 13. Zoran Dragic (194-G-89) and Bilic chipped in 11 points for Slovenia.

Germany did not start as well as they finished and gave Slovenia the lead in the beginning of the first quarter. With 3 minutes to play in the opening quarter Robin Benzing brought Germany 13:12 lead. Inspired by this the team finished the first 26:15. Joining Robin Benzing and Harris in double figures was Philipp Schwethelm, who scored a string of consecutive shots in the second quarter as Germany started to build a commanding lead of 45:23 by halftime.

In the third quarter the game became even as both teams kept the same lead. Germany finished the third 60:36 and could celebrate the win at that time. Another 19:17 victory in the last brought the team 79:53 win.

Slovenia U18: Zoran Dragic 11, Bilic 11
Germany U18: Elias Harris 19 points, Philipp Schwethelm 16 points and 12 rebounds, Robin Benzing 13

Lithuania U18-Croatia U18 86:68 (26-20, 21-18, 20-12, 19-18)

Lithuania stepped to the first place and is now the only undefeated team in the Group D. In the second game of the U18 European Championship the team beat Croatia 86:68. Zygimantas Janavicius (192-G-89) led the winners with 18 points. Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90) nailed 17, while Mindaugas Kuzminskas (202-F-89) and Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89) added 10 points. Filip Kruslin (198-G-89) top-scored for Croatia with 24 points. Croatia will have to beat Germany to advance.

It was a great start of the Baltic team that scored 8 points in a row. Cepukaitis's jump-shot was the last before Filip Kruslin opened the scoring points for the opponents. Mario Delas (204-F/C-90) brought Croatia to 13:16, however Lithuania stayed in front at 26:20.
In the second quarter Lithuania increased the lead to 9 points. Filip Kruslin made the score 47:38 as both teams went to the interims.
The third quarter was the benefit for the favorites as they produced 20:12 in it. Zygimantas Janavicius with a free throw gave the Baltic state 67:50 lead. It was no wonder as the team led the game to a happy end.

Lithuania U18: Zygimantas Janavicius 18, Donatas Motiejunas 17, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 10, Sarunas Vasiliauskas 10
Croatia U18: Filip Kruslin 24, Mario Delas 11+14 rebs


Division B first day results - Aug. 4, 2007
Austria U18-Denmark U18 74:71 (26-19, 13-15, 16-18, 19-19)

Austria U18 secured a first win in U18 European Championship for Men Division B. In the first game the team could hold the deficit that they achieved in the first quarter. Moritz Lanegger (188-G-90) led the winners with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Rasid Mahalbasic (203-F-90) chipped in with 15 points and the same number of rebounds, while Thomas Csebits (187-G-89) added 10. Jens Nielsen nailed 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in defeat.

Denmark won the opening tip and led throughout the opening tip of the first quarter. Their last lead was however at 14:12 when Falsvig made a lay-up. Austria won the first quarter 26:19 and looked forward to the second quarter.
In the second quarter Denmark never stayed in front, but they tied the game at 30 points each. Weissl gave Austria 39:34 lead in the end of the half.
In the third quarter Sahlertz gave Denmark a 44:43 lead. Moritz Lanegger still kept Austria in front with 55:52 before the last quarter. In the last quarter Austria even made 9 points advantage, but in the end satisfied with 74:71 win. Christensen tried to tie the game but did not score a three pointer.

Today Austria meets Belgium as Denmark will have a day-off.

Austria U18: Moritz Lanegger 23+10 rebs, Rasid Mahalbasic 15+15 rebs, Thomas Csebits 10
Denmark U18: Jens Nielsen 15+7 rebs, Soeby 12

Czech Republic U18-Belgium U18 54:75 (17-17, 18-14, 6-14, 13-30)

Belgium U18 opened Group A of the U18 European Championship for Men in Division B with a win over Czech Republic 75:54. The latter looked better in the first half, however were smashed in the second, especially in the last quarter. Jean Mwema (195-F-89) (195-F-89) led the winners with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Jorn Steinbach (180-G-89) added 18, while Frederic Biot (-89) and Olivier Troisfontaines (-89) scored 14. David Jelinek (194-G-90, agency: PPGroup) was the top in the scoring list of Czech Republic making 19 points.

Czech Republic U18 opened the game with 2-0 but it was them who luckily tied the score in the first. Kudlacek's lay-up made 17:17 as both teams finished the opening quarter.
In the second quarter Czech Republic were in front most of the time and deserved to go to the interims leading the score. Vojtech Hruban (196-G-89) scored 2 points as the board showed 35:31 for his team.
The game has changed completely in the second half. Belgium forced the opponents to make turnovers and Czech Republic stayed scoreless in the last 4 minutes. Moreover the team scored only 4 points in the quarter. In the last period Belgium stormed pat the opponent's defense and won 30:13. Belgium gets the first win and will meet Austria in the next game. Czech Republic will face Slovakia tonight.

Czech Republic U18: David Jelinek 19, Vojtech Hruban 14
Belgium U18: Jean Mwema 19+9 rebs, Jorn Steinbach 18, Frederic Biot 14, Olivier Troisfontaines 14

Netherlands U18-Armenia U18 103:40(32-15, 24-11, 21-8, 26-6)

Netherlands U18 did not have many troubles in the first game of the U18 European Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria. The team that appeared in the court aganst them was Armenia. The latter did their best but were smashed 103:40. Joshua Kramer (192-F-90) led the way with 21 points. Bob van den Enden (-89) ended up with 19, as Kherrazi scored 18 points and made 14 rebounds. Gevorg Mayilyan (-90) posted 12 in the losing effort.

Netherlands took a lead from the first minuutes of the game. Armenia saw only one time a tie when Andranik Novents (-89) tied at 2-2. It took Armenia more than 5 minutes to score another 2 points. The first quarter was ended as the teams had 32:15 for the favorites.
Kherrazi increased the lead to 20 points after he made a jump-shot. It was him again who made the difference 30 points in the end of the half.
In the second half instead of opened game Netherlands paid too much attention in defense. As a result the team left Armenia in 8 in the third and 6 in the last. Netherlands overwhelmed Armenia 103:40 to take the first spot in the group.

Netherlands U18: Joshua Kramer 21, Bob van den Enden 19, Kherrazi 18+14 rebs
Armenia U18: Gevorg Mayilyan 12, Andranik Novents 11+11 rebs


 Division A: the full coverage of Day 1 - Aug. 4, 2007
GROUP A

Estonia U18-France U18 36:64 (8-14, 11-16, 7-17, 10-17)

France U18 started their defensive title tournament with a win in the opener. In the first game of the U18 European Championship in Spain France smashed Estonia 64:36. There was no leader in the team, as almost everybody contributed into the victory. As a result
Frens Johwe Casseus (211-C-89) top-scored for the winners with only 9 points. Four other players ended up with 8 players. Antoine Diot (191-G-89), Jackson, Alexis Tanghe (205-C-90) and Wilson produced 8 points. Siim-Sander Vene (200-F-90) collected 10 points in the losing effort.

France U18 proved that the team will be also the favorite this year. A great defensive game left Estonia only in 36. France opened the game with 4-0 run that followed 14:8 after the first 10 minutes of the game.
Estonia reduced to 4 points in the beginning of the second quarter after Klementsov made a jump-shot. Christophe Leonard (198-F-90) 's lay-up did not bring any surprise in the end of the half with 30:19. It was again him who poured in a three in the end of the third and even at that time brought the win for the leaders. His shot gave France 47:26 before the last 10 minutes. France won the game and stepped to the first place in Group A.

Estonia U18: Siim-Sander Vene 10, Karl Vimberg (197-F-89) 7
France U18: Frens Johwe Casseus 9, Antoine Diot 8, Jackson 8, Alexis Tanghe 8, Wilson 8


Latvia U18 - Italy U18 76:74
Latvia U18 had a victorious start to their European championship campaign. They came from behind in the second half to narrowly edge Italy in Group A opener.
Italian team controlled the game in the first half. They took a 22:20 lead at the end of the first frame on Luca Tardito's jumper. Marco Portannese connected from the outside midway through the second frame to give Italy their biggest lead 39:33. Italy secured a 45:39 advantage at halftime. Latvia though spurred ahead after the break. Dairis Bertans converted a long jumper to regain the lead for Latvia three minutes into the quarter 47:46. The lead changed 7 times till the end of the third quarter but Latvia emerged leading 61:59.
The teams were tied at 73 with 90 seconds to go in the game. Later Roberts Mednis (204-C-89) nailed a jump shot to put Latvia in front 75:73 with 33 seconds left. Marco Portannese responded with one free throw to cut the deficit to 74:75 with 16 seconds remaining. Lauris Mizis got fouled and knocked dowm one of two free throws. Italy had 11 seconds to save the encounter but Marco Portannese committed a turnover and Italy had to surrender.
Roberts Mednis led Latvia with 18 points. Janis Kaufmanis (184-G-89) added 15 points for the winners. Niccolo Martinoni (202-G/F-89) paced Italy with game-high 22 points and 9 rebounds. Andrea Renzi (210-F/C-89) had 13 points and 8 rebounds in a losing clause.
Latvia will next play against Estonia. Italy takes on France in the second round.

Latvia U18: Roberts Mednis 18, Janis Kaufmanis 15
Italy U18: Niccolo Martinoni 22+9 boards, Andrea Renzi 13

GROUP B
Bulgaria U18 - Turkey U18 78:81
Bulgaria U18 national team had somewhat a sour start to their European championship campaign. They were dramatically beaten by Turkey in the opening game of Group B in Madrid.
Bulgaria drove to a narrow 19:18 advantage after the first frame. However Turkey started the second quarter with a 14:0 run and maintained the lead throughout the frame. Mukremin Kilicli dropped a jumper to give Turkey a maximim 54:37 advantage early in the third quarter. Bulgaria though responded with a 14:0 of their own and cut the deficit to just 3 points midway through the third stanza. Can Ozcan (200-F-89) capped the third quarter with a trey to establish a 65:55 advantage for Turkey.
Hristo Zahariev (196-G-90) scored 12 consecutive points for Bulgaria to get them back on track 5 minutes into the frame 74:77. The teams exchanged a couple of free throws to stay within three points with 4 minutes remaining. Dogus Balbay then scored two pointer to lift Turkey to 81:76 distance. Dimitre Marintchechki answered with a jumper to keep the distance at three points. However the teams then kept it scoreless for 2 last minutes and Turkey celebrated their first win at the tournament.
Can Ozcan ensured 21 points for Turkey. Birkan Batuk (198-F-90) poured in 14 points for the winners. Hristo Zahariev fired 22 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for Bulgaria. Bozhidar Avramov (194-G-90) had 21 points in a loss.
Bulgaria will next play against Greece in the second round. Turkey faces Israel tomorrow.

Bulgaria U18: Hristo Zahariev 22, Bozhidar Avramov 21
Turkey U18: Can Ozcan 21, Birkan Batuk 14

Israel- U18-Greece U18 70:75
Greece took the first win in U18 European Championship beating Israel 75:70. The first official game of Konstantinos Koufos (216-C-89) with the Greek National team was out of this world. The young talented all around center scored 21 points, dashed down 15 rebounds and block his rivals 6 timeswith one assist and three steals to voted as the MVP of the Day 1 for the Hellenic team in the Euroepan Championship which takes place in Madrid. Israel was led by Sean Daniel who posted 16 points.

Israel: Sean Daniel (201-F-89) 16, Pitshon 11, Gosnhor 11, Rom 2, Sabag 10, Soutvic 15, Skverer 5
Greece: Pappas 7, Ioakeimidis 6, Matalon 14, Giannopoulos 10, Arapis 2, Theodorakos 7, Sloukas 8, Konstantinos Koufos 21.

GROUP C
Russia U18-Serbia U18 56:69 (17-17, 23-15, 10-27, 6-10)
In the opener of group C Serbia outscored Russia 69:56. A 7 points lead before the half did not help Russian team that failed in the third quarter. Serbia used a 27:10 and then showed a great defense to go on top of the group. Milan Macvan (206-F/C-89) led the winners with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Dusan Katnic (193-G-89) finished with 14 points, while Nikola Markovic (207-F/C-89) chipped in 12. Russia was led by Valentin Novikov (195-F-89) who poured in 14 points.

Serbia took a lead from the first minutes of the game and held it throughout the first quarter. Thanks to Zaytsev's three with no time left Russia tied at 17:17. That gave Russian team more confidence in the second and again Zaytsev's three put Russia to 20:17 lead. The team was hardly caught by the Serbians who already trailed 32:40 at the half.
The third quarter was a disaster for Russian squad. Mijatovic's side swang the balance in their favour 59:50 by the end of the third. That meant that Serbia outscored the opponents with 27:10 in the period. In the end of the game the winning team used a tough defense to finish at 69:56.

Russia U18: Valentin Novikov 14, Dmitri Khvostov (191-G-89) 10
Serbia U18: Milan Macvan 21+15 rebs, Dusan Katnic 14, Nikola Markovic 12


Romania U18-Spain U18 46:95 (13-24, 10-28, 10-21, 13-22)
Spain U18 being the hosts of U18 European Championship in Division A celebrated the win in the opener. With 0-5 start Spain reinforced and smashed Romania 95:46. Pere Tomas (201-F-89) and Sergio De La Fuente produced 17 points each. Ricard Rubio (191-G-90) supported them with 16 points with just 16 minutes played. Mihai Urichianu (198-C-89) top-scored with 16 points and 7 rebounds in the losing effort.

At the start of the game Romania looked like they had come to make a game of it, running up a 5-0 lead in the first minutes. It took Spain less than 10 minutes to finish the first at 24:13. Some slick Spanish play saw the hosts score 15 unanswered points, ending the half with a 52:23 advantage. Already at that time there were no questions as for the winner of the game. The favorites increased to 30 points with 10 minutes remaining. Before Romania scored a free throw in the end of the quarter Pere Tomas nailed a three to have 73:32. Spain won the fourth quarter 22:13 and smashed the opponents in the first game 95:46.

Today Spain will meet Russia that lost to serbia in the opener. Romania will be tested by another favorite of the group, Serbia.

Romania U18: Mihai Urichianu 16+7 rebs, Andrei Bercean (188-G-89) 11
Spain U18: Pere Tomas 17, Sergio De La Fuente 17, Ricard Rubio 16

GROUP D
Croatia U18-Slovenia U18 62:72 (21-14, 9-19, 14-23, 18-16)
Slovenia U18 gets one in the win column defeating Croatia thanks to a 17-years old boy. Trailing 14:21 after the first quarter Slovenia won 72:62. Dino Muric (198-F/C-90) (198-F/C-90) destroyed Croatia with 37 points and 13 rebounds. Zoran Dragic (194-G-89)added 13 points and made 11 rebounds, while Marko Vranjkovic (201-F/C-90) netted 10. Marino Sarlija top-scored for Slovenia with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Croatia had a better start and went on a 11-3 spurt. Marino Sarlija (205-F/C-89) made an 11-points deficit with 21:10 in the end. Muric with a two and a free throw reduced to 21:14 after the first 10 minutes.
In the second quarter however the game swung the way of Slovenia, as a number of defensive fouls on Croatia's part gifted them a number of free shots which the Slovenians obligingly converted, in the process taking a 33:30 lead into the second half.
Marino Sarlija's jump shot gave Croatia their last lead at 37:36. After that Slovenia dominated in the court and controlled the game. The team increased to 12 points before the last ten minutes.
In the last quarter Dino Muric desired to score at least 40. He made however the last lay-up with 36 seconds remaining and left the game with 37 points.

Croatia U18: Marino Sarlija 18+11 rebs, Filip Kruslin (198-G-89) 12
Slovenia U18: Dino Muric 37+13 rebs, Zoran Dragic (194-G-89) 13+11 rebs, Marko Vranjkovic (201-F/C-90) 10

Germany U18-Lithuania U18 56:85 (8-21, 21-28, 13-19, 14-17)

Lithuania U18 started with a win in U18 European Championship destroying Germany 85:56. It was not a big deal for the team to win all the quarters and control the game. Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C-89) led the winners with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Zygimantas Janavicius (192-G-89) nailed 12, while Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90) added 11. Harris and Robin Benzing (208-F-89) posted 12 points each in defeat.

Lithuania U18 had a fantastic start in the game and took the lead from the first minutes. The team never looked behind and scored first 4 points of the game. The first quarter was ended when the teams had 21:8 for the Baltic team. In the second quarter Germany scored as much as Lithuania in the first quarter, 21, however got 28 from the opponent. As a result Lithuania stayed in front with 49:29.
The game was done as the second half was only the repetition for the next game.

The next game Lithuania will play today with Croatia. The latter lost the opener to Slovenia 62:72. Germany will face Slovenia and should change completely the strategy in order to get the first win.

Germany U18: Harris 12, Robin Benzing 12
Lithuania U18: Vaidas Cepukaitis 14+9 rebs, Zygimantas Janavicius 12, Donatas Motiejunas 11



 Sofia welcomes to Division B - Aug. 3, 2007
Division B will be settled down this year in Bulgaria. A great interest brought 20 teams that are divided into 4 groups with 5 teams in each. Group A will consist of Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark and Slovak Republic. Armenia, Finland, Netherlands, Poland and Sweden made up Group B. In Group C we will find Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ireland, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Ukraine. England, Hungary, Montenegro,Norway and Portugal were sent to Group D.
 

Last year Champion Romania went to Division A and now many teams have good chances to lift the trophy. Estonia that played in the Final with Romania will start in Division A as well. 2006 Tournament MVP Vlad Moldoveanu of Romania celebrated both triumphs.

The tournament in Division B will last from August 3 to August 12. In comparison with Division A it will not have any day-offs. The Qualifying round will start on the August 8th. The final is set up for the August 12, 19.00.
Eurobasket will be informing you about the news, stats and the results of the competition.


 Spain invites to U18 European Championship - Aug. 3, 2007
U18 European Championship has just started in Madrid region, Spain. Sixteen teams are divided into four groups with four teams in each. The hosts of the tournament made up Group C together with Romania, Serbia and Russia. The 2006 Champions France is in Group A with Italy, Estonia and Latvia. Lithuania that finished second in the previous tournament settled down in Group D with Croatia, Germany and Slovenia. And Group B consists of Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece and Israel.

Some games are already finished in the first day of the tournament. In group A Latvia had a victorious start to their European championship campaign. They came from behind in the second half to narrowly edge Italy in Group A opener.
Italian team controlled the game in the first half. They took a 22:20 lead at the end of the first frame on Luca Tardito's jumper. Marco Portannese (-G-89) connected from the outside midway through the second frame to give Italy their biggest lead 39:33. Italy secured a 45:39 advantage at halftime. Latvia though spurred ahead after the break. Dairis Bertans converted a long jumper to regain the lead for Latvia three minutes into the quarter 47:46. The lead changed 7 times till the end of the third quarter but Latvia emerged leading 61:59.
The teams were tied at 73 with 90 seconds to go in the game. Later Roberts Mednis (204-C-89) nailed a jump shot to put Latvia in front 75:73 with 33 seconds left. Marco Portannese responded with one free throw to cut the deficit to 74:75 with 16 seconds remaining. Lauris Mizis got fouled and knocked dowm one of two free throws. Italy had 11 seconds to save the encounter but Marco Portannese committed a turnover and Italy had to surrender.
Roberts Mednis led Latvia with 18 points. Janis Kaufmanis (184-G-89) added 15 points for the winners. Niccolo Martinoni (202-G/F-89) paced Italy with game-high 22 points and 9 rebounds. Andrea Renzi had 13 points and 8 rebounds in a losing clause.

Turkey beat Bulgaria in the opening game of Group B. Bulgaria drove to a narrow 19:18 advantage after the first frame. However Turkey started the second quarter with a 14:0 run and maintained the lead throughout the frame. Mukremin Kilicli dropped a jumper to give Turkey a maximim 54:37 advantage early in the third quarter. Bulgaria though responded with a 14:0 of their own and cut the deficit to just 3 points midway through the third stanza. Can Ozcan (200-F-89) (200-F-89) capped the third quarter with a trey to establish a 65:55 advantage for Turkey.
Hristo Zahariev scored 12 consecutive points for Bulgaria to get them back on track 5 minutes into the frame 74:77. The teams exchanged a couple of free throws to stay within three points with 4 minutes remaining. Dogus Balbay then scored two pointer to lift Turkey to 81:76 distance. Dimitre Marintchechki (198-F-90) answered with a jumper to keep the distance at three points. However the teams then kept it scoreless for 2 last minutes and Turkey celebrated their first win at the tournament.
Can Ozcan ensured 21 points for Turkey. Birkan Batuk (198-F-90) poured in 14 points for the winners. Hristo Zahariev fired 22 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for Bulgaria. Bozhidar Avramov had 21 points in a loss.
The results, stats and all the news will be available from Eurobasket daily reports.


 Scotland reigns in Division C - Jul. 21, 2007 
Group D

Scotland and Wales both comfortably beat Moldova and faced each other in the decisive game in Group D of the European championship in Wales. Sotland left no chances for the home side handing them a 86:62 defeat. Daniel Donelly chipped in 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Scotland. Daniel Sutherland added 19 points to help Scotland clinch the top spot. Wales responded with 19 points from Christopher Ian Pierce.

Moldova U18 - Wales U18 62:57
Moldova: Mihail Isac 16 points
Wales: Jordan Seeley 31

Scotland U18 - Moldova U18 80:55
Scotland: Daniel Donelly 24+12 boards
Moldova: Alexandr Popov 15+15 boards

Scotland U18 - Wales U18 86:62
Scotland: Daniel Donelly 20+9 boards
Wales: Christopher Ian Pierce 19

Group E

In the first game of this round Monaco thrashed Gibraltar 80:65 to stay on top. Posint strong first half Monaco faced little problems on their way to the victory. Kevin Bolla ensured 28 points and 9 rebounds for Monaco. Dylan Gomez replied with 30 points anb 13 boards for Gibraltar.
In the next day encounter Andorra needed some heroics to edge Monaco 86:84. They trailed by 3 points at the start of the final frame but survived dramatic dying seconds to come out victorious. Jose Del Castillo provided 22 points and 5 assists for Andorra. Monaco were paced by Mauri Tepa with 39 points and 8 rebounds.
Andorra then crushed Gibraltar in the last round game to claim the top spot in Group E. Andorra faced little obstacles on the way to their second win as they led by as many as 35 points at halftime. Jose Del Castillo once again topscored for Andorra with 37 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Sam Buxton had 25 points and 14 boards for Gibraltar.

Monaco U18 - Gibraltar U18 80:65
Monaco: Kevin Bolla 28 points, Maui Tepa 20
Gibraltar: Dylan Gomez 30+13 boards

Andorra U18 - Monaco U18 86:84
Andorra: Jose Del Castillo 22+12 boards, Daniel Morfeita 20+12
Monaco: Maui Tepa 39

Andora U18 - Gibraltar U18 129:79
Andorra: Jose Del Castillo 37+11 boards +10 assists
Gibraltar: Sam Buxton 25+14 boards

Group F

In Group F Azerbaijan grabbed their first win at the tournament against San Marino 74:66. The teams kept it close in the first half but Azerbaijan rushed ahead in the fourth and clebrated a victory. Rufat Mahmudzade finished with 18 points and 12 boards for the winners. Enrico Zanotti responded with 12 points for San Marino.
Malta then proved their strength against San Marino handing them a 95:76 loss. Samuel Deguara (223-C-91) netted 26 points and collected 17 boards for Malta.
In the decisive game in Group F Malta edged Azerbaijan 78:72. Azerbaijan led comfortably 41:29 at halftime but Malta revived in the second half and clinched a narrow win at the end.

Azerbaijan U18 - San Marino U18 74:66
Azerbaijan U18: Rufat Mahmudzade 18+12 boards
San Marino U18: Enrico Zanotti 16+14 boards

Malta U18 - San Marino U18 95:76
Malta: Samuel Deguara 26+17 boards
San Marino: Teodoro Casadei (180-G-89) 26

Malta U18 - Azerbaijan U18 78:72
Malta: Nigel Sultana 29
Azerbaijan: Rufat Mahmudzade 32+20 boards


 Preliminary round wraps up in Wales - Jul. 19, 2007 
Moldova U18 - San Marino U18 83:64
Moldova U18 National team outscored San Marino in their second game at the European championship in Wales. Moldova thus imroved to 2-0 record and qualified to Group D, where they will play together with hosting Wales and Scotland.
The victory came due to an impressive performance in the center of the game when Moldovian players overwhelmed their opponents to ensure necessary advantage. San Marino were ahead after the first frame 15:14 but 10 points from Denis Aculov lifted Moldova up and they posted a 39:36 lead at halftime. Aculov added another 4 points and 2 steals at the start of the third quarter to ignite Moldova to a 20:2 run that cleared them off for good. Leading comfortably 62:43 at the start of the fourth frame Moldova never allowed San Marino to perform any sort of comeback and celebrated a victory.
Alexandr Popov produced 17 points and 16 rebounds, while Vladimir Iziumov added another 17 to lead Moldova. Maxim Petrenco and Denis Aculov contributed 16 points apiece for the winners. San Marino responded with 19 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals from Teodoro Casadei. Enrico Zanotti had 13 points in a loss. Moldova outrebounded San Marino 60:37 and forced them to 30 turnovers. San marino also knocked down miserable 30.8% from free throw line.
Moldova will now face Wales today. San Marino takes on Azerbaijan in Group F.

Moldova U18: Alexandr Popov 17+16 boards, Vladimir Iziumov 17
San Marino U18: Teodoro Casadei 19, Enrico Zanotti 13.


Azerbaijan U18 - Andorra U18 84:119
Azerbaijan U18 team had another unsatisfactory result as they received a severe blow from Andorra 84:119. The loss saw them fell to 0-2 record in Group A at the European championship in Wales.
Azerbaijan struggled defensively and virtually could not stop Andorra in any way. Daniel Mofreita was on fire for Andorra team as he poured in 41 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to reign on the court. Azerbaijan committed massive 43 turnovers and could not find the touch from free throw line converting just 50%.
Andorra led by 13 points after the starting frame 32:19 and remained in front at halftime 47:35. Azerbaijan had a momentum midway through the third quarter when they cut the lead to just 4 points 54:58 but Andorra reacted immediatelly and cleared off to a safe 74:60 distance entering the final frame. Azerbaijan defence collapsed in the fourth stanza allowing Andorra to fly over the court nailing 45 points and sealing their first win at the tournament.
Jose Del Castillo finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds for Andorra. Jordi Alfaya Garcia had 14 points for the winners. Azerbaijan were paced by Rufat Mahmudzade with 36 points and 22 rebounds. Goshgar Ibadullayev chipped in 14 points in defeat. Azerbaijan will continue their action in Group F where they first meet San Marino today. Andorra will play in Group E and faces Monaco tomorrow.


Azerbaijan U18: Rufat Mahmudzade 36+22 boards, Goshgar Ibadullayev 14
Andorra U18: Daniel Mofreita 41+13 boards, Jose Del Castillo 28+11 boards.


Scotland U18 - Malta U18 102:68
Scotland faces no problems as they faced Malta in their second game at the Europaen championship in Wales. The win saw them occupy the top spot in Group C. They will now play in Group D alongside wales and Moldova.



 U18 European championship in Division C continues - Jul. 18, 2007
Scotland U18 - Monaco U18 81:64
Scotland started the U18 European championship with a confident win over Monaco yesterday. Scotland struggled to find the rhythm at the start of the game but delivered a nice performance at the end to celebrate a 81:64 victory.
Monaco played their second game at the tournament seemed to be more adjusted at the beginning of this one as they rolled to a 22:12 lead after the opening frame. Olivier Fantino nailed 9 points in the first quarter to help Monaco dominate. Monaco maintained the advantage early in the second frame but Scotland took the initiative midway through the quarter and posted 14:0 run to surge ahead. Scottish team ensured a 36:29 lead at halftime and continued to mount the gap after the break. Scotland were up 63:49 entering the final frame and never allowed Monaco to perform any sort of comeback.
Daniel Donnelly (-F-90) (-F-90) topscored for Scotland with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Daniel Sutherland (183-G-89) produced 17 points in a win. Monaco replied with game-high 31 points from Olivier Fantino. Kevin Bolla chipped in 16 points for losing side.
Monaco were limited to just 26 rebounds, while Scottish team pulled down 46 boards. Scotland also knocked down 57.1% of field goals and 90.9% of free throws.
Monaco remained on top of Group D with 1-1 record. Scotland are now at 1-0 and faces Malta today.

Scotland U18: Daniel Donnelly 22+12 boards, Daniel Sutherland 17, Martin Lipton 14
Monaco U18: Olivier Fantino 31, Kevin Bolla 16.

Azerbaijan - Wales 36:103
Azerbaijan would better forget the start of the U18 European championship in Division C. In their oepning game of the tournament they faced hosting Wales and suffered a massive blow. Wales simply destroyed Azerbaijan team 103:36 and recorded the second straight win.
The game started as a nightmare for Azerbaijan squad as they were kept scoreless for almost 7 starting minutes and trailed 0:20. Wales drove to a 27:8 advantage after the first frame and never stopped on the way to their next victory. They opened the second quarter with another 9:0 run to maintain an overwhelming dominance. Establishing a 50:16 lead at halftime Wales entertained the fans with a spectacalar attacking basketball and cruised to an impressive win at the end.
Christopher Pearce (-89) (-89) delivered 26 points and 16 boards to lead the action. Adam Rickwood added another 26 points, while Scott Seeley (191-G-81) (191-G-81) recorded the first triple-double of the tournament finishing with 14 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds for the winners. Azerbaijan responded with 13 points and 15 boards from Amil Hamzayev (200-C-90). Wales had a huge advantage in every aspect of the game. They outrebounded their opponents 66:39 and forced them to 34 turnovers. The home side held Azerbaijan to just 14.3% from the field.
Wales remained on top of Group A with 2-0 record. Azerbaijan will now face Andorra in the battle for the second spot in the group.

Azerbaijan U18: Amil Hamzayev 13+15 boards, Kamal Muradov 9
Wales U18: Christopher Pearce 26+16 boards, Adam Rickwood 26, Scott Seeley 14+14 assists+10 boards.

Moldova had a victirious start to the U18 European championship in Cardiff. In the first game at the tournament Moldovian team easily overcame their opponents from Gibraltar 85:62. The teams kept it leveled for about starting 4 minutes before Moldova sailed away. Mihail Isac drained a trey and then added a jumper to put Moldova ahead for good. Moldova established a 20;12 advantage after the opening quarter and never gave it up. They extended the lead to 42:23 at halftime and faced little problems in the second half desite giving away the final frame. The win saw Moldova improve to 1-0 record, while Gibraltar remained on top of Group B with 1-1 record.
Alexandr Popov produced 20 points and 11 rebounds for Moldova. Mihail Isac added 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. Gibraltar were paced by Sam Buxton with 26 points and 14 boards. Dylan Gomez had 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in a loss.
Moldova dominated the boards 51:29. They also capitalised on Gibraltar low shooting percentage as they converted just 56.5% of free throws. Moldova at the same time committed 26 turnovers.
Moldova plays against San Marino today.

Moldova U18: Alexandr Popov 20+11 boards, Mihail Isac 16, Vladimir Iziumov 11
Gibraltar U18: Sam Buxton 26+14 boards, Dylan Gomez 14.


Wales welcomes U18 European championship in Division C - Jul. 17, 2007
The action in European U18 basketball tipped off yesterday as Division C got under way. Nine teams were divided into three groups where thay will play round-robin format and the winners of the groups will comprise another group to fight for the title. All the teams that occupy the second place will be placed in another group that will hold classification games for the 4th-6th spots. Remaining three teams will battle for the 7th-9th place.
The tournament began yesterday in Cardiff and will continue for 5 days. Wales opened the competition against Andorra. The home side faced little problems on the way to their first victory 96:68. Setting a comfortable lead 46:33 at halftime Wales never allowed Andorra to come closer. Christopher Ian Christopher Pearce (-89) led all scorers with 29 points and 10 rebounds for Wales. Jordan Seeley provided 19 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds for the winners. Andorra responded with 27 points and 12 boards from Jose Del Castillo. Wales climbed on top of Group A standings and faces Azerbaijan today.
In Group B Gibraltar celebrated Day 1 win over San Marino 78:66. Gibraltar trailed early in the game but managed to change the cource of the game in the second quarter and secured an overall success. Gibraltar will play against Moldova in Day 2 action.
In Group C Malta suffered a stunning defeat in the opening game. They were rallied over by Monaco 49:72 to fell to 0-1 record. Malta had a slow start to the game and Monaco capitalized on it. They spurred to a 20:13 lead early in the game and actually never gave it up. Piling up a double digit advantage at halftime 44:25 Monaco cruised to an overall victory at the end of this game.
Monaco topped Group C with a 1-0 record. They will next take on Scotland later tonight. Malta will wait till tomorrow to try to improve their record against Scottish team.

Wales U18 - Andorra U18 96:68
Gibraltar U18 - San Marino U18 78:66

Monaco U18 - Malta U18 72:49

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