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Division A  Division B  Division C  



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Final Standings
 1. Lithuania
 2. Russia
 3. Latvia
 4. Serbia
 5. Croatia
 6. Poland
 7. France
 8. Greece
 9. Turkey
 10. Slovenia
 11. Spain
 12. Italy
 13. Germany
 14. Ukraine
 15. Sweden
 16. Bulgaria

Points Per Game
 Alessandro GENTILE
  (198-G/F-92)
  Avg: 23
 1. Gentile, ITA23.0 
 2. Valanciunas, LTU19.4 
 3. Chrysikopoul., GRE17.0 
 4. Len, UKR16.0 
 5. Pukis, LTU15.8 
 6. Ceron, ITA14.8 
 7. Bertans, LAT14.8 
 8. Artamonov, UKR14.7 
 9. Omic, SLO14.3 
 10. Ponitka, POL13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Valanciunas, LTU13.4 
 2. Len, UKR11.4 
 3. Pajic, SLO10.0 
 4. Gospodinov, BUL9.0 
 5. Gobert, FRA9.0 
 6. Neumann, GER8.4 
 7. Dukulis, LAT8.4 
 8. Chrysikopoul., GRE8.0 
 9. Omic, SLO7.9 
 10. Bertans, LAT7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Vytenis CIZAUSKAS
  (189-G-92)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Cizauskas, LTU5.7 
 2. Varnakov, RUS5.3 
 3. Artamonov, UKR5.1 
 4. Person, SWE4.3 
 5. Kulagin, RUS4.2 
 6. Katic, CRO4.1 
 7. Dafinov, BUL4.1 
 8. Rupnik, SLO4.0 
 9. Vecvagars, LAT4.0 
 10. Kwiatkowski, POL3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitry KULAGIN
  (195-G-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Kulagin, RUS2.6 
 2. Varnakov, RUS2.1 
 3. Marchenko, UKR2.0 
 4. Trushkin, RUS2.0 
 5. Rupnik, SLO2.0 
 6. Vujosevic, SRB1.9 
 7. Leon, FRA1.9 
 8. Heckmann, GER1.9 
 9. Gentile, ITA1.8 
 10. Timma, LAT1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Olexiy LEN
  (210-C-93)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Len, UKR4.3 
 2. Chrysikopoul., GRE2.7 
 3. Valanciunas, LTU2.7 
 4. Gobert, FRA1.7 
 5. Bertans, LAT1.6 
 6. Neumann, GER1.4 
 7. Bobrov, UKR1.4 
 8. Trushkin, RUS1.2 
 9. Najev, CRO1.2 
 10. Niedzwiedzki, POL1.2 
Qualifying Round Standings
Group E
 1. Lithuania 5-0 
 2. Latvia 3-2 
 3. Poland 2-3 
 4. France 2-3 
 5. Spain 2-3 
 6. Slovenia 1-4 
Group F
 1. Russia 4-1 
 2. Serbia 3-2 
 3. Croatia 3-2 
 4. Greece 3-2 
 5. Italy 1-4 
 6. Turkey 1-4 
Group G (Classif.)
 1. Germany 5-1 
 2. Ukraine 4-2 
 3. Sweden 2-4 
 4. Bulgaria 1-5 
Preliminary Round Standings
Group A
 1. Lithuania 3-0 
 2. Poland 2-1 
 3. Slovenia 1-2 
 4. Ukraine 0-3 
Group B
 1. Latvia 3-0 
 2. Spain 2-1 
 3. France 1-2 
 4. Sweden 0-3 
Group C
 1. Italy 2-1 
 2. Russia 2-1 
 3. Turkey 2-1 
 4. Bulgaria 0-3 
Group D
 1. Serbia 2-1 
 2. Croatia 2-1 
 3. Greece 2-1 
 4. Germany 0-3 


Lithuania celebrating championship title (Photo: FIBA)


Lithuanian U18 National Team 2010
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Edgaras Ulanovas
Ulanovas
Dovydas Redikas
Redikas
Vytenis Cizauskas
Cizauskas
Rolandas Jakstas
Jakstas
Jonas Valanciunas
Valanciunas
#e#5
4 Renaldas Simanavicius 184-G-92 Zalgiris-Sab. Lithuania
5 Deividas Pukis 193-G/F-92 Silute Lithuania
6 Evaldas Aniulis 188-G-92 Akademija Lithuania
7 Edgaras Ulanovas 197-F-92 Triobet Malsta Lithuania
8 Dovydas Redikas 193-G-92 Akademija Lithuania
9 Tadas Mazelis 194-G/F-92 Neptunas Lithuania
10 Egidijus Mockevicius 204-C-92 Akademija Lithuania
11 Tautvydas Sabonis 201-F-92 Unicaja II Spain
12 Zygimantas Skucas 200-F-92 Zalgiris-Sab. Lithuania
13 Vytenis Cizauskas 189-G-92 Aisciai Lithuania
14 Rolandas Jakstas 198-F-92 Zalgiris-Sab. Lithuania
15 Jonas Valanciunas 210-C-92 Lietuvos Rytas Lithuania

Kazys Maskvytis Head Coach Aisciai Lithuania
Marius Linartas Assistant Perlas Lithuania
Egidijus Vasiliauskas Assistant ABRO-Univ. Lithuania
Arvydas Gronskis Assistant Lietuvos Rytas Lithuania



All-tournament 1st Team

Eurobaske.com All-European Championships U18 Awards 2010 - Aug 1, 2010
Eurobasket.com All-Tournament 1st Team
#s#
Jonas Valanciunas
Valanciunas
Dmitry Kulagin
Kulagin
Bogdan Bogdanovic
Bogdanovic
Deividas Pukis
Pukis
Davis Bertans
Bertans
#e#5

MVP: Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) Lithuania
Best Guard: Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) Russia
Best Forward: Davis Bertans (200-F-92) Latvia
Best Center: Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) Lithuania
Best Defensive Player: Olexiy Len (210-C-93) Ukraine
Best Coach: Kazys Maskvytis Lithuania

1st Team
G: Dmitry Kulagin (195-92) Russia
G: Bogdan Bogdanovic (197-92) Serbia
G/F: Deividas Pukis (193-92) Lithuania
F: Davis Bertans (200-92) Latvia
C: Jonas Valanciunas (210-92) Lithuania

2nd Team
G/F: Alessandro Gentile (198-92) Italy
F: Vladislav Trushkin (200-93) Russia
F: Nikola Siladi (206-92) Serbia
C: Olexiy Len (210-93) Ukraine
C: Rudy Gobert (212-92) France

3rd Team
G: Jonathan Person (190-93) Sweden
F: Zygimantas Skucas (200-92) Lithuania
F: Sergey Karasev (200-93) Russia
F: Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (205-92) Greece
C: Alen Omic (213-92) Slovenia

Honorable Mention
Edmunds Dukulis (201-C-92) Latvia
Dario Saric (204-F/C-93) Croatia
Toni Katic (185-G-92) Croatia
Tomasz Gielo (204-F-93) Poland
Marko Pajic (204-F-92) Slovenia
Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) Germany
Dmytro Marchenko (202-F-92) Ukraine
Hristo Gospodinov (199-F-92) Bulgaria

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Gold for 12000 fans and Lithuania  - Aug. 1, 2010 


FINAL

Lithuania - Russia 90-61
Siemens Arena was packed with 12000 fans as Lithuania triumphed at U18 European Championship in Vilnius. The home side won all the games and cruised past Russia 90:61 in the Final. The hosts opened the game with 8-0 run and Karasev managed to bring the first points for Russia. The crowd helped Lithuania to take the lead as the hosts never looked behind. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) scored for 20:6 and Pukis nailed three for 28:9.Jonas Valanciunas made two free throws at the end of the period for 28:9. Lithuania opened the second period with 6:2 lead, but Russia started to play better later in the frame. With 22-18 in it Russia reduced to 46:31 at the halftime. A 7-0 run answered fro all the questions about the winner in the start of the third quarter. Skucas made a jump shot for 53:31 and Jonas Valanciunas gave the hosts 56:36. Sabonis kept the advantage closing the quarter at 63:43. Simanavicius nailed three for 68:48, while Pukis increased for 81:54. Mockevicius scored the last points of the Champions as Lithuania as a team and as a host did their best at the tournament. Jonas Valanciunas exploded with 31 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. Pukis nailed 21, while Simanavicius poured in 12. Karasev chipped in 15 points in the losing effort as Russia finished with Silver. Trushkin netted 13 and Bekkiev scored 11.



3rd place

Serbia - Latvia 49-75
Latvia grabbed Bronze in the border-country Lithuania at the U18 European Championship at Siemens Arena in Vilnius. In the game for the third place the Baltic state rolled over Serbia 75:49. Latvia actually responded for a big loss yesterday from Russia. Serbia however started better and finished the opening quarter with 16:14 lead. Helmanis from the perimeter brought the lead back to Latvia and Rostovs gave them 27:24. Rostovs closed the half at 30:28 for the Baltic State. Petkovic pulled back Serbia to 31:30 but it was the last lead for his team. With a 12-0 run Latvia reached 50:38 advantage and Misters scored for 52:40. Bogdanovic remained Serbia alive at 55:43 after three quarters. The last quarter however belonged only to one team as Latvia limited Serbia to just 6 points. The winners meanwhile scored 20 for the big win. Kaspars Vecvagars (190-G-93) scored the last points for the winners to taste bronze of the U18 European Championship. Bertans top-scored for the winners with 24 points. Kaspars Vecvagars poured in 13, while Helmanis scored 10. Bogdanovic finished the night with 12 points in the losing effort. Dumic and Petkovic notched 9 apiece as Serbia is 4th at the tournament.


5th place

Poland - Croatia 77-92
Croatia won the fifth spot with a 92:77 win over Poland at the U18 European Championship at Siemens Arena in Vilnius, Lithuania. Both teams also advanced to the U19 Fiba World Championship for the next year. Croatia and Poland wanted to finish on a high note and managed to solved their goals for the next year. Karnowski and Toni Katic (185-G-92) brought the first points for the winners and the teams exchanged the leads several times. Bartoszewicz closed the first quarter as Croatia however enjoyed 25:21 lead. Rogic scored the first 6 points in the second frame and Saric made it 33:22. Saric also nailed three later in the period for 46:31, while Ramljak was the last to score in the half for 59:40 as Croatia nailed 34 points in the second frame. Poland paid more attention to defense in the third quarter and limited the winners to 12 points. Barac closed the third frame at 71:57 as he made two free throws. There was no chance for Poland to catch up with the opponents as Croatia also won the last quarter. Saric scored for 90:72 and Sango posted two fro 92:77 at the final. Toni Katic shined with 20 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds, while Saric nailed 13. Rogic posted 12, while Barac and Ramljak netted 11 each. Gielo finished the game with 14 points and Grochowski scored 13.


7th place

Greece - France 75-77
France claimed 7th place in Vilnius, Greece is 8th due to the last game for both teams at the U18 European Championship. France won 77:75 due to the run in the last 4 minutes. Psaropoulos and Naurais were the first players to score for the squads in the opening tip. Motsenigos and Bigote later nailed three each for 17:15 at the end of the first. Invernizzi scored two from the perimeter for 29:24 and Bigote gave France 39:30. Chrysikopoulos with a jump shot closed the second frame at 36:43. The third quarter belonged to Greece that made a huge comeback. Chrysikopoulos firts tied the game at 54:54, while Mavrogiannis gave Greece 59:58 at the end of thirty minutes. Anastasios Antonakis (204-C/F-92) increased to 65:59 and Chrysikopoulos scored two more for 8-point deficit with 6 minutes to play. Keita tied it all at 67:67, while Gobert brought 75:69 for France that used a 16-2 run for the lead. Keita gave the winners the last points and Motsenigos reduced to two points with the buzzer. Invernizzi paced all the winners with 17 points. Gobert collected 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Bigote chipped in 10. Chrysikopoulos finished the night with 26 points in the losing effort and Motsenigos poured in 17.


Group G

Sweden - Ukraine 73-79
Ukraine U18 remains in Division A for the next year as they won do-or-die game over Sweden U18. In the last game of the U18 European Championship Ukraine rolled over the Scandinavian team 79:73 as Sweden will have to play in Division B next year. Ukraine finished with 4-2 record the Classification Round and Sweden dropped to 2-4. Definitely for both teams it was the most important game of the tournament. Eriksson nailed three for Sweden to give them 10:6 in the start, while Gaddefors scored for 14:8. Sweden played better in the first 10 minutes and as a result took 21:16 lead. The second quarter however belonged to the Ukrainian side as Artamonov brought 28:27 lead. Barton and Prokopenko exchanged the three-pointers in the end of the frame for 37:34 for Ukraine. Three times the score was tied in the third quarter, while Ukraine grabbed the lead again. Krutous netted three for 53:49 and Barton closed the third frame at 53:51. In the fourth period Ukraine was too good for the opponent and proved the ambitions for staying in Division A. Olexiy Len (210-C-93) scored four in a row for 70:58 and he later brought 75:65. Desport closed the game from the perimeter but Ukraine celebrated the necessary success. Olexiy Len erupted with 24 points and 20 rebounds to lead all the winners. Marchenko nailed 16, while Prokopenko scored 13. Person poured in 24 points in the losing effort and Eriksson scored 17.
Germany - Bulgaria 72-67
Germany trailed in the majority of the game to Bulgaria however won their last game 72:67. The German side will remain in Division A of the U18 European Championship for the next year, while Bulgaria will have to start from Division B. Neumann drove a lay-up at the very beginning and as it became clear it was the only lead in the first half for Germany. Bulgaria started to play their best and won the opening quarter 26:15. Simeonov scored for 29:18 and Dimitrov made a jump shot for 34:23. Germany managed to reduce a bit, while Tenchev sent the teams to the lockers for 42:34. It seemed that Germany would prove their ambitions in the third quarter when Breunig scored for 45:39. Ivanov and Francis nailed from the perimeter each for 56:45 advantage. Dafinov closed the frame with a jump shot for 58:45, while Ivanov opened the last quarter for 60:45. A 10-0 run pulled Germany back to 60:55 and Neumann tied it alter at 65:65. Wendt and later Patrick Heckmann (196-G/F-92) scored for 70:67 and remained Bulgaria scoreless in the last two minutes. The German side increased the win to 5 points as Neumann was perfect from the free throw line to celebrated the final victory with the winners. Patrick Heckmann paced all the winners with 13 points and 11 rebounds for 5-1 record. Theilig nailed 12, while Neumann collected 12 points and 11 rebounds. Tenchev ended up with 23 points in the losing effort and Ivanov added 17.




Day: 8 (Semi-Finals) - Jul. 31, 2010 


SEMIFINAL

Latvia - Russia 42-73
Russia destroyed Latvia for the big Final in Vilnius at the U18 European Championship. The Russian side separated the Baltic Final smashing Latvia 73:42 in the last game on Saturday. Loginov made the first jump shot for the winners, while Latvia bounced back with 6-0 run. Tikhonin and Apsitis exchanged the leads and Bekkiev tied the quarter at 11:11. The score was tied four times in the second period, while Russia finished the half with 8-0 run for 28:23 halftime advantage. In the second half the court was dominated only by one team that played awesome both in defense and offense. Russia reached 47:33 as Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) closed the third period in the game. In the last quarter Russia limited the opponents to just 9 points and easily won the semifinal. Trushkin made the last jump shot in the game for the final success. Sergey Karasev paced all the winners with 16 points for the big Final. Trushkin netted 13, while Loginov collected 12 points and 14 rebounds. Bertans responded with 12 points and Timma poured in 9. Tomorrow Russia will face Lithuania in the Final as an unbelievable 14-0 run in the last 6 minutes lifted the hosts to the Final of the U18 European Championship. Lithuania grabbed 67:66 victory over Serbia to remain undefeated.

Lithuania - Serbia 67-66
An unbelievable 14-0 run in the last 6 minutes lifts the hosts to the Final of the U18 European Championship. Lithuania grabbed 67:66 victory over Serbia to remain undefeated. Lithuania started as it was expected and reached 4-0 in the opening tip. Vujosevic reduced to 11:9, while the hists created a 6-0 run for 17:9. Vytenis Cizauskas (189-G-92) drove a lay-up for 22:14 at the end of the period. Right after that time Serbia started to play better. Besovic tied it all at 26:26 and Nastic closed the run at 34:26. Redikas sent the squads to the lockers for 37:34 as Serbia won the frame at 23-12. Skucas later tied it at 43:43 and Bogdanovic brought the defending champions 52:49. Jakstas was the last to score in the end of the third frame for 56:51. Serbia deserved the win more and even increased to 66:53 when Bogdanovic made a jump shot. Whatever happened to the guests after they could blame themselves. An unbelievable 14-0 run in the last 6 minutes gave Lithuania the minimum lead that became the most improtant victory at the Championship. Skucas made one free throw in the last seconds to bring the win for Lithuania. Vytenis Cizauskas led the way with 15 points and Pukis netted 12. Skucas and Redikas followed them with 11 points each. Vujosevic ended up with 15 points in the losing effort. Siladi netted 14, while Nastic scored 10.


5-8 places

Greece - Poland 55-74
Poland qualified to the FIBA U19 European Championship as they won over Greece in the 5-8 classification games in U18 European Championship at Siemens Arena in Vilnius. The Polish side needed 74:55 to play tomorrow for the 5th place. Ponitka opened the game from the perimeter and Gielo nailed three for 9:6. Poland never looked behind in the first quarter taking 16:13 advantage after the first 10 minutes. Melissaratos reduced to 20:17, while Karnowski increased for Poland at 31:21.The latter dominated the court in the frame and Ponitka closed the half at 39:27. The third quarter also belonged to the Polish side that stepped away from the opponents as Kwiatkowski scored for 50:38. Bartlomiej Bartoszewicz (201-F-92) made a jump shot at the end of the third quarter as Poland enjoyed 55:40 advantage. Ponitka brought 60:40, while Bartlomiej Bartoszewicz scored for 64:49. Michalak nailed three for 72:49 and Sokolowski made the last two free throws for the final victory. Ponitka stepped up with 24 points for the winners. Bartlomiej Bartoszewicz nailed 8, while Grochowski, Gielo and Karnowski netted 7 each. Antonakis finished the game with 13 points in the losing effort, while Melissaratos netted 10. Tomorrow Poland will face Croatia for the 5th place, while Greece will meet France for the 7th.

Croatia - France 67-61
Croatia clinched the place at the U19 World Championship for the next year as they won the very important game. Croatia U18 produced a 67:61 triumph over France in the 5-8 classification round of the European Championship at Siemens Arena in Vilnius. France, being the silver team last year started with a lay-up from Leon and Keita later scored for 10:9. He also closed the first period at 17:13. France continued to lead the game and Ceci increased to 25:15 in the start of the second quarter. Fauconnet scored for 32;19, while Gobert gave France the biggest lead at 36:23. Leon sent the squads to the lockers as France enjoyed 38:28 at the halftime. Croatia needed 11-0 run in the start of the third quarter for 39:38 advantage. After 21-10 in the frame Croatia grabbed 49:48 lead after three quarters. They never looked behind after and Ramljak nailed three for 62:52 lead midway through the last quarter. Deal was the last to score in the game, while Croatia clinched the place at the U19 World Championship for the next year. Dario Saric (204-F/C-93) stepped up with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Katic notched 12, whilst Barac scored 9. Ceci finished the night with 19 points in the losing effort and Leon added 10. Tomorrow Poland will face Croatia for the 5th place, while Greece will meet France for the 7th.


9-10 place

Turkey - Slovenia 74-71
Turkey beat Slovenia in the last game for both teams at the U18 European Championship. Turkey needed 74:71 to finish on the 9th spot. Omic gave Slovenia the first lead and Hodzic nailed three for 7:6 in the opening tip. Omic scored six in a row for 17:9, while Besedic shocked Turkey for 27:10 after the first quarter. Korkmaz brought the winners to 25:38, while scored for 31:45. Omic closed the half at 47:31 as the teams disappeared in the lockers. The second half however belonged to the Turkish side that at first produced 20-10 in the third frame. Tekin reduced to 56:51 and Vasl gave Slovenia 57:51 after three quarters. Vardal tied it all at 63:63 and Korkmaz tasted already 66:65 with Turkey. Korkmaz nailed just one for 74:68 and Marko Pajic (204-F-92) hit the last shot in the game. Edge that exploded in the first game for the team with 35 points, this time nailed 20. Korkmaz posted 14, while Tekin and Geyik added 9 each. Omic ended up with 17 points and 11 rebounds in defeat as Slovenia is 10th this year. Marko Pajic collected 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Rupnik added 12.


11-12 place

Spain - Italy 84-59
Spain clinched the 11th spot at the U18 European Championship beating Italy in their last game. Spain U18 rolled over the Italian side 84:59 as the teams head home. Of course it was not the game for the spot the teams hoped before the start of the U18 European Championship. Usually both countries qualify to the elite eight, however this time both of them had to appear in the court for the 11-12 places. Italy won the opening tip 5:4, while Guerra gave Spain 9:5. The latter had 19:12, while Italy finished with 5-0 run for 19:17 after the first 10 minutes. Acosta scored for 21:17 and Ventura increased to 35:26. Spain finished the frame with 4-0 run and took 41:30 halftime advantage. Moreover Tomas stepped up for 45:30 and Guerra netted for 53:37. Spain won the third frame 24-12 and took 65:42 after three quarters. In the last frame both teams just killed the time as the result and the positions were already known. Creus nailed three at the very end as the teams finished the U18 European Championship in 2010. Pere Oriola (206-F-92) top-scored for the winners with 19 points for the last win. Tomas netted 10, while Barrera scored 9. Montano ended up with 13 points in the losing effort and Ceron notched 9.


Group G

Sweden - Germany 49-78
Germany remains in the top Division for the next year as they improved to 4-1 record at the Classification Round of the U18 European Championship. Germany rolled over Sweden 78:49 winning all the quarters in the game. Germany started strong and scored the first 5 points in the game. Moreover they took 10:1 as Heckmann drove a lay-up. Kramer brought 18:6 and William Magarity (207-F-93) closed the opening quarter at 22:11. Wendt nailed three for 27:14, while Monninghoff increased to 34:17. Germany again limited Scandinavian team to just 11 points in a quarter for 46:22 halftime advantage. Gaddefors reduced to 49:26 and Taqi scored for 53:30. Breunig closed the three quarter at 60:34 as Germany could celebrate at that time. Kramer and Breunig opened the last stanza with the jump shots and Wendt gave them 66:38. Heckmann and Monninghoff notched from the perimeter and Heckmann brought 78:47. Nguyen made two free throws at the very end for the final score. Neumann and Monninghoff paced all the winners with 15 points each. Kramer collected 13 points and 11 rebounds. Gaddefors ended up with 10 points in the losing effort as Sweden fell at 2-3.Eriksson and William Magarity notched 9 points apiece in a loss. Tomorrow Sweden and Ukraine will battle for another second place to remain in Division A.

Ukraine - Bulgaria 104-63
Ukraine U18 sent Bulgaria U18 to Division B thrashing them on Saturday at the U18 European Championship. Ukraine improved to 3-2 record after 104:63 win, while Bulgaria dropped to 1-4. Ukraine started offensively and grabbed 32-19 after the first quarter. Gospodinov scored for 51:33 and Marchenko increased to 56:41. Ukraine enjoyed 61:44 as the teams went to the lockers. Both squads nailed 15 points each in the third period as Ukraine held off the opponents. The last quarter became a nightmare for Bulgaria that could not match the winners. Motorchuk scored for 99:63 and Mishula nailed three for three-digit number on the board. Virastiuk closed the game from the perimeter for the final success. V'Yacheslav Bobrov (202-F-92) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Artamonov nailed 18 points. Krutous and Len delivered 15 points each in a win. Gospodinov responded with 18 points in the losing effort and Ivanov scored 11. Germany will remain in the top Division for the next year as they improved to 4-1 record at the Classification Round of the U18 European Championship. Germany rolled over Sweden 78:49 winning all the quarters in the game. Tomorrow Sweden and Ukraine will battle for another second place to remain in Division A.


Day: 7 (Quarter-Finals) - Jul. 30, 2010 


QUARTERFINAL

Lithuania - Greece 84-51
Lithuania became the third semifinalists at the U18 European Championship in Vilnius today. They cruised past Greece to make into Final Four. Dovydas Redikas knocked down 19 points to pace the hosts. The teams traded baskets throughout close first quarter. Lithuania pulled ahead late in the frame posting a 19:16 lead ten minutes into the clash. Edgaras Ulanovas came up with six points early in the second term to give Lithuania a 26:19 advantage. The hosts used a 9:2 run to build a 35:22 lead midway through the second stanza. Cizauskas capped the half with a lay-up to ensure a 42:26 lead for Lithuania. The hosts continued their dominance in the third quarter. Deividas Pukis clinched a 19-point lead with a jumper late in the stanza. Lithuania built a comfortable 25-point advantage with ten minutes to go. Mavrogianis sparked a 7:0 run from the Hellenes in the final term but it did not help them too much as Lithuania steamrolled to the victory. Deividas Pukis notched 15 points and 7 rebounds for Lithuania. Zygimantas Skucas (200-F-92) added 12 points in the winning effort. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos accounted for 21 points and 8 rebounds for Greece. Sokratis Psaropoulos netted 9 points in the loss.

Latvia - Croatia 78-56
Latvia reached the semifinal stage of the U18 European Championship. They fired past Croatia in the quarterfinal battle today. Davis Bertans led balanced effort with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Latvia will now take on Russia in the semis. Croatia will play versus France in the classification games for the 5th-8th place. Edmunds Dukulis (201-C-92, agency: Players Group) and Davis Bertans teamed up for nine points in a row as Latvia posted a 21:11 lead late in the starting quarter. Latvia ensured a 23:17 advantage at the first break. Vecvagars opened the second term with a three-pointer as Latvia stretched the gap. Back-to-back three-pointers from Vecvagars and Janis Timma gave Latvia a 40:26 advantage midway through the second quarter. The Baltic team entered the second half up by 15 points 47:32. Latvia tipped off the third term with six points in a row to boost the lead. They rallied confidently posting a 60:41 lead into the fourth quarter. Boris Barac notched five points in a row to drag Croatia within 15 points early in the fourth stanza. But Latvia quickly restored a safe cushion and drove to the victory at the end. Janis Timma came up with 16 points for Latvia. Edmunds Dukulis added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Boris Barac replied with 15 points and 10 caroms for Croatia. Roko Rogic nailed 12 points in the loss.

Russia - France 73-68 OT
Russia became the first semifinalists of the U18 European Championship. They held off France in a dramatic overtime clash. Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) knocked down 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace the effort. Vladislav Trushkin and Alexander Varnakov ensure a quick start for Russia. However France capped the period on a 6:2 run to draw things level at 12. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the second quarter. Hugo Invernizzi crowned the first half with a lay-up to ensure a 30:26 lead for France. Karasev tipped off the second half with five points in a row as Russia retained the advantage. The Russian team rallied to a 42:38 lead with ten minutes to go. Diacono and Hugo Invernizzi returned the lead back to Les Bleus. Russia first knotted things up and then Goldyrev ensured a 59:54 lead for Russia with just over two minutes to go. France reacted with five points in a row to level things up at 59. Later Gobert missed both free throws, while Ceci's three-pointer rimmed off as the teams went into extra period. Gobert opened the scoring in overtime however Russia answered with ten consecutive points to pull ahead for good. Dmitry Kulagin netted 15 points for Russia. Alexander Varnakov added 13 points in the winning effort. Hugo Invernizzi accounted for 20 points for France. Mathis Keita had 12 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds in the loss.

Serbia - Poland 75-57
Serbia became the last Semifinalist of the U18 European Championship. The defending champions rolled over Poland U18 75:57 in the last Quarterfinal clash. Gujanicic gave the defending champions 2:0 and Dumic made a jump shot for 10:5. Ponitka tied the game at 14:14, while Bogdan Bogdanovic (197-G-92) closed the first period at 22:18. Michalak tied it all again at 26:26 and Michalak gave Poland 33:32 advantage. Vujosevic sent the teams to the lockers for 38:35. In the third period Serbia started to increase the lead and reached 47:35 as Vujosevic made a jump shot with 8 minutes in the frame. Bogdan Bogdanovic kept the double-digit lead at 53:43 and Siladi scored for 55:46. Vujosevic closed the quarter at 57:47 as Serbia won the frame with 19-12. Petkovic brought plus 18 in the game and Dumic made it 72:55. Bogdan Bogdanovic nailed three at the very end for the final success. Bogdan Bogdanovic paced all the winners with 14 points. Petkovic netted 13, while Vujosevic scored 12. Ponitka ended up with 20 points in the losing effort as Poland will play for the 5th-8th places. Michalak nailed 11, while Gielo added 10.





9-12 places

Spain - Turkey 60-66
Turkey snapped their three-game losing skid at the U18 European Championship in Lithuania. They toppled Spain to earn the right to fight for the ninth overall position at the tournament. Turkey will next face the winner of Italy vs. Slovenia clash. Safak Edge came up with 17 points, 5 boards and 3 assists for Turkey. Turkey marked their ambitions at the start of the game. They opened it with a 12:0 run to take the lead. Spain came back to live late in the quarter to narrow the deficit at 5-point mark 11:16. Turkey began the second frame strongly and grabbed an 11-point advantage. Turkey maintained the lead and ensured a 9-point buffer at halftime 28:37. Eroglu and Safak Edge helped Turkey to a 16-point lead early in the third quarter. The Turkish team headed into the fourth period up by 12 points but Spain managed to spark the intrigue. Joan Creus triggered a 7:0 run that put Spain within five points with 40 seconds to go. Korkmaz knocked down a free throw in the dying seconds, while Servera and Joan Creus missed from downtown to give the win away to Turkey. Muhammed Baygul netted 15 points for Turkey. Burak Yildizli added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Alejandro Barrera (199-F/C-92) had 14 points for Spain. Joan Tomas netted 9 points in the loss.

Italy - Slovenia 91-96 OT
Slovenia needed overtime to beat the Italian team at the last game of the U18 European Championship on Friday. Slovenia U18 won 96:91 after massive 20-15 in overtime in the game for 5-8 places. Marko Pajic (204-F-92) scored the first five points for Slovenia and Omic gave them 11:2. Italy responded with 13-0 run for 16:13 advantage as Mian made a jump shot. Prepelic closed the first period at 21:19 bringing the last six points for the winners. Slovenia was in front for the whole second period but managed to keep only 37:34 at the halftime. Marco Ceron tied the game at 37:37 and Mian gave Italy 44:43. After 21-20 for Slovenia in the third frame they enjoyed 58:54 lead after three quarters. Dimec scored for the biggest 69:59 lead, while Italy managed to tie the game at the end of the fourth period. Marco Ceron made two free throws for 76:76, but Span gave already Slovenia 90:83 midway through overtime. Rupnik made two free throws for the winners at the end and Marco Ceron closed the game from the perimeter. Marko Pajic top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 20 rebounds. Rupnik nailed 15, while Prepelic posted 13. Marco Ceron erupted with 34 points in the losing case. Mian netted 14, while Monaldi scored 13.

Group G

Bulgaria - Sweden 73-70
Bulgaria posted the first win at the classification round of the U18 European Championship in Lithuania. They toppled Sweden in Group G today. Bulgaria thus improved at 1-3 record, dropping the Scandinavians to 2-2. Dimitar Dimitrov accounted for 20 points to pace Bulgaria. Dimitar Dimitrov scored 7 points in the opening frame as Bulgaria surged ahead. They posted a 15:12 lead at the first intermission. Sirakov, Simeonov and Tencho Tenchev drained triples to ensure a 25:14 lead midway through the second term. However Sweden used a 12:1 run late in the half to take a 32:31 lead. The lead changed hands throughout the third stanza. Tencho Tenchev capped it with three free throws to give Bulgaria a 52:48 lead. Magarity and Jonathan Person (190-G-93, agency: JEMsports) drew things level at the start of the fourth period but Bulgaria immediately replied with a 10:2 spurt. Sweden trailed by only one point 67:68 with 42 seconds remaining however Dimitar Dimitrov and Dafinov helped Bulgaria to a 4-point lead and they hung on to win the game. Tencho Tenchev accounted for 18 points and 8 rebounds for Bulgaria. Pavlin Ivanov netted 11 points in the victory. Marcus Eriksson replied with 21 points for Sweden. Jonathan Person notched 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the loss.

Germany - Ukraine 59-74
Ukraine outscored Germany in the do-or-die game of the Classification Round to remain alive for remaining in Division A. The Ukrainian team produced 74:59 to improve to 2-2 record. Germany suffered their first loss to drop to 3-1. In case of victory Germany would claim Division A stay for the next year. It was also the last chance for Ukraine and the latter managed to reach the goal. Prokopenko gave Ukraine 7:4, while Klym Artamonov (176-G-93) tied it later at 12:12. He also made it equal at the end of the period for 15:15. Ukraine started the second frame with 7-0 run and Prokopenko nailed three for 22:15. Len scored fro 26:18, while Ney reduced for 30:28. Ukraine won the second stanza 20-18 as Prokopenko closed the half at 35:33. The third quarter became decisive in the game as Ukraine limited Germany to just 8 points. Bobrov made a lay-up at the end of the third frame for 53:40. Wendt remained Germany alive for 58:47 and Breunig scored for 60:54 Ukrainian team however played better at the very end and finished with 15-point advantage. Klym Artamonov nailed three for the final success. Klym Artamonov paced all the winners with 25 points and Prokopenko notched 17. Neumann collected 17 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort. Monninghoff nailed 13, while Wendt scored 8.


Day: 6 (Qualifying Round) - Jul. 28, 2010 


Group E

Latvia - Lithuania 75-78
Lithuania wins the Baltic Battle and remains the only undefeated team at the U18 European Championship in Vilnius. Lithuania rolled over Latvia 78:75 in the top game of the last day at the Qualifying Round. As it was expected the hosts started with 8-0 run and hoped for the easy win. Pukis gave Lithuania 15:4 and Simanavicius scored for 23:9. Coders and Bremers nailed however two three-pointers in the end of the frame for 25:15 after 10 minutes. Bertans later brought Latvia to 29:26 and Ulanovas increased to 40:28 for the hosts. Zygimantas Skucas (200-F-92) closed the half at 42:30 as Lithuania won the second period 17-15. The third quarter was a masterpiece for Latvia that produced 21-12 in it. Three shots from the perimeter gave Latvia 49:51, while Dukulis was the last to post in the third period at 54:51. No matter how hard Latvia tried to tie the game, they could not. The guests managed to come to 75:76 as Dukulis made two free throws. Cizauskas however scored last two for the hosts as Lithuania won their hardest game. Valanciunas erupted again with 22 points and 17 rebounds as Lithuania won the group with 5-0 record. Cizauskas nailed 16, while Pukis and Zygimantas Skucas added 10 each. Dukulis ended up with 20 points in the losing case as Latvia advanced to the Quarterfinals with 3-2 record. Bertans notched 14 and Vecvagars posted 13.

Poland - France 65-69
France beat Poland at the last game of the Qualifying Round at the U18 European Championship in Vilnius as both teams jumped to the Quarterfinals with the lucky 2-3 records. France needed narrow 69:65 win to finish fourth in Group E, while Poland adcanced from the third place. Karnowski started for Poland and Rudy Gobert (212-C-92) brought France 9:4. Bartoszewicz tied the game at 15:15, while Naurais closed the first period at 19:15. Trailing in the first part of the second frame Poland grabbed the lead later. Michalak at first tied the game at 25:25 and then Karnowski gave them 27:25. France managed to win the end of the frame with 7-0 to take 39:31 halftime advantage. Karnowski tied it again at 42:42 and Gielo scored for 49:45 as France enjoyed 4-point deficit at the end of thirty minutes. Due to 20-20 in the last period France celebrated the necessary victory. Poland meanwhile did not mind the narrow loss and advanced to the next stage from the higher spot. Ceci and Rudy Gobert paced all the winners with 13 points each, while Invernizzi netted 11. Michalak ended up with 15 points in the losing effort and Gielo added 13.

Spain - Slovenia 73-69
Spain U18 overcame Slovenia U18 73:69 at the first game of the last day at the Qualifying Round. Spain improved to 2-3 record and sent Slovenia out of the Quarterfinals of the U18 European Championship. Rojc opened the game for Slovenia and Omic gave them 15:14. Although the teams exchanged the leads several times in the period Slovenia grabbed 22:20 after 10 minutes of the game. Barrera tied it all at 24:24 and Ventura later made the same at 34:34. Omic still remained the Slovenian team in front at 37:36 at the halftime. Jaime Fernandez tied the game again at 39:39 and Barrera gave Spain 49:48. The latter also made the last jump shot in the third frame for 51:48 lead after three quarters. Spain took the bigger lead in the game as Jaime Fernandez brought them 65:58 with 5 minutes in the game. Francisco Guerra (212-C-92) with a dunk closed the last stanza and celebrated the victory with the team. Francisco Guerra paced all the winners with 19 points. Tomas Joan and Jaime Fernandez followed them with 10 points each. Omic ended up with 20 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort. Pajic collected 15 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Rupnik scored 9.



Group F

Serbia - Italy 97-52
Serbia won over Italy at the U18 European Championship in Vilnius. The defending Champions advanced to the Quarterfinals with 97:52 win as they improved to 3-2 record. Ondo gave Italy the first lead and Gentile scored for 9:6. Serbia led 16:15 midway through the period and created a 8-0 run for 24:15. Ceron closed the first frame at 24:18, while Serbia exploded with 18-0 run to take the bigger advantage. Drenovac made a jump shot for 42:18 and Bogdan Bogdanovic (197-G-92) nailed three for 47:30. Vujosevic opened the third quarter at 48:32 and Dumic scored for 53:36. Drenovac scored again for 60:41, while Bogdan Bogdanovic closed the third at 68:42. Siladi gave Serbia 71:42 at the start of the fourth quarter when it became clear that Serbia would benefit from the game. The defending champions nailed 29 points in the quarter and reached 97 points in the game. Besovic brought the last points for Serbia, while Mian scored last three for Italy. Siladi paced all the winners with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Vujosevic scored 13. Bogdan Bogdanovic and Drenovac added 11 points each in a win. Ceron ended up with 14 points in the losing case and Sabbatino notched 8. Italy finished the group with 1-4 record.

Russia - Greece 69-52
Russia U18 wins Group F as they outscored Greece U18 69:52. In the last game of the Qualifying Round at the U18 European Championship in Vilnius Russia advanced to the Quarterfinals from the top place, while Greece also will start from 1/4 Finals on Friday. Marinin and Kulagin gave Russia 5-0 lead, while Papadionysiou was the first to score for Greece. Russia later enjoyed 12-2 deficit and Bekkiev closed the first period at 23:12. Russia limited the opponents to just 4 points in the second period and stormed past them with 16-4. Marinin sent the squads to the lockers as Russia had 38:16 at the halftime. A 12-2 run helped Greece to remain alive and Psaropoulos reduced to 40:28. Karasev increased again to 54:37, while Varnakov closed the third quarter at 59:40. Motsenigos nailed three for 62:51 and Antonakis brought the last points for Greece. Karasev made a jump shot at the very end to seal the victory and the top place in the group with Russia. Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Kulagin nailed 11, whilst Karasev scored 10. Psaropoulos ended up with 18 points in the losing effort and Motsenigos notched 16.

Croatia - Turkey 82-77
Croatia beat Turkey and advanced to the 1/4 Finals of U18 European Championship. Toni Katic (185-G-92) shined for the winners as they rolled over the opponents 82:77. Turkey started with 4-0 run, while Croatia responded with 6-0. Saric later tied it all at 13:13, while Tekin gave the Turkish side 18:16 after the first period. The squads were also tied three times in the start of the second frame, while Barac brought Croatia 37:29. Zadravec sent the squads to the lockers for 41:31 at the halftime. Turkey opened the third frame with 7-0 run and Korkmaz reduced to 41:38. Saric later increased the lead to 52:42, while Geyik closed the third stanza at 57:51. Baygul kept the intrigue at 59:55 as the player made two free throws. Barac again scored for Croatoa to bring back 10-point advantage. Again Baygul scored for 72:69 and Korkmaz made it 74:72 with 2 minutes in the game. The teams exchanged the baskets again as Baygul brought 80:77. Zadravec made last two free throws in the game for the final success. Toni Katic collected 21 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Zadravec netted 19, while Saric added 14. Baygul responded with 19 points in the losing effort as Turkey fell at 1-4. Geyik nailed 15, whilst Korkmaz scored 13.



Group G

Bulgaria - Germany 58-65
Germany improved to 3-0 record in the Classification Round of the U18 European Championship. The team sent Bulgaria to 0-3 record after a 65:58 win at Lietuvos Rytas Arena in Vilnius, Lithuania. Germany will take on Ukraine when the Classification Round games renew on Friday while Bulgaria face Sweden in hope to revenge the big loss in the first game. Dimitar Dimitrov started from the arc and Neumann gave the first lead for Germany at 6:5. The teams were tied several times in the game, while Bright scored for 16:14 at the end of the first period. Sirakov later made a jump shot to tie the game at 20:20 and Kramer scored 6 in a row for 33:22. Tenchev however nailed two three-pointers in the end of the half for 33:28. Moreover Simeonov tied it all at 33:33 and Francis gave Bulgaria 42:41 lead. Breunig was the last to score in the end of the third frame for 46:45. Germany continued their run in the last frame and due to 19-13 won the game. Theilig brought the last points for the winners, while Tenchev closed the game at 65:58. Breunig top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Kramer nailed 14, while Wendt posted 11. Dimitar Dimitrov ended up with 17 points in the losing effort. Tenchev notched 12, while Simeonov scored 11.

Ukraine - Sweden 76-81
Sweden edged Ukraine in the Classification Round of the U18 European Championship at Siemens Arena in Vilnius. The Scandinavian team climbed to a 2-1 record at the end of the first round of games, while Ukraine dropped to 1-2. Sweden will try to continue the great momentum against Bulgaria while Ukraine will fight Germany in the next set of games. It was an easy start for Uktraine that took 5-0 from after three minutes. Marchenko scored for 16:5 and the teams left the first frame at 22:9. Bobrov gave Ukraine 24:13 and Artamonov delivered two fro 32:15. Marchenko nailed four at the end of the half for 39:25 halftime advantage. Nothing serious seemed to happen in the game, while Sweden erupted with 30 points in the third quarter. Jonathan Person (190-G-93, agency: JEMsports) nailed three for 58:55 as the squads finished three quarters. Artamonov scored for 72:59 with 5 minutes in the game, but Ukraine failed in the last five. A 15-0 run ruined Ukraine as Sweden took 74:72 with 2 minutes remaining. Ali Hussein brought the last points for Sweden that enjoyed the latest comeback. Eriksson paced all the winners with 17 points to 2-1 record. Gaddefors nailed 14, while Jonathan Person shined with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. Artamonov ended up with 22 points in the losing effort. Marchenko scored 20, while Prokopenko and Len added 13 each.


Day: 5 (Qualifying Round) - Jul. 27, 2010 


Group E

France - Slovenia 75-51
France U18 beat Slovenia U18 as both teams are tied with 1-3 records. France celebrated the first victory in the Qualifying Round of the U18 European Championship in Group E. Slovenia that upset Latvia last night was beaten by France who was smashed by Liuthuanias. The picture in the group is now unpredictable and will be decided in the last days. Omic opened the game for Slovenia and Hodzic scored for 10:3. France recovered immediately and Thomas Ceci (197-G-92) closed the first period at 21:14. France continued their run in the beginning of the second period and Gobert gave them 32:14. Thomas Ceci brought 40:21, while Hugo Invernizzi (196-F/G-93) sent the squads to the lockers for 44:26. France continued to dominate the court and after 20-10 in the third quarter they took 64:36 advantage. No matter how hard Slovenia tried to recover they could only win the last period 15-11. Jean-Charles made the last jump shot in the game for the final 75:51 win. Mathis Keita (192-G-92) top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Thomas Ceci nailed 15, while Hugo Invernizzi posted 9. Marko Pajic (204-F-92) ended up with 11 points in the losing effort and Luka Rupnik (184-G-93) scored 7.

Lithuania - Spain 77-58
Lithuania U18 continues their streak and improved to 4-0 record on top of Group E. The home side overcame Spain U18 77:58 in Vilnius at the U18 European Championship. Lithuania is too good in the Championship and is not even thinking of slowing down. In the game versus Spain they did not allow any of the players to score in double digits. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) opened the game for the hosts and Edgaras Ulanovas (197-F-92) nailed three for 10:5. Both teams finished the quarter with 20:14 and then Skucas brought the Baltic State 22:14. Pere Oriola (206-F-92) kept Spain alive at 35:27, while Barrera closed the half at 38:32. Jaime Fernandez (188-G-93) brought Spain back to 39:36, but then the hosts created a 7-0 run for 46:36. Due to 24-17 in the frame Lithuania grabbed 62:49 after three quarters. Spain had no chance int he final period to catch up with the opponents that proved the ambitions for the top places in the tournament. Sabonis nailed three at the end of the game for the final success. Jonas Valanciunas top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Deividas Pukis (193-G/F-92) nailed 19. Edgaras Ulanovas followed them with 9 points in a win. Pere Oriola and Jaime Fernandez responded with 9 points apiece in defeat.

Poland - Latvia 59-63
Latvia climbed at 3-1 record in Group E of the Qualifying Round at the U18 European Championship. They held off Poland tonight to occupy the second position in the ladder. Poland in the meantime fell at 2-2 record in the third spot. Latvia opened the game with four points in a row and maintained the lead throughout the starting quarter. They posted a 14:11 advantage at the first intermission. Davis Bertans (200-F-92) ensured a 9-point lead for Latvia early in the second quarter. Poland got within just three points late in the first half but Latvia responded with an 8:2 run to enjoy a 38:28 buffer at halftime. Kaspars Vecvagars and Edmunds Dukulis (201-C-92, agency: Players Group) organized a 6:0 run at the beginning of the third period to pull in front 44:28. They rallied to a 52:36 advantage at the final break. Poland used an 8:0 run to get within 10 points early in the final frame. Kwiatkowski and Dziemba pulled the Polish team closer with three-pointers. Ponitka narrowed the deficit to only three points with one minute remaining. But Latvia stayed calm and escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Davis Bertans had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Latvia. Edmunds Dukulis netted 11 points in the victory. Tomasz Gielo (204-F-93) replied with 13 points for Poland. Bartlomiej Bartoszewicz (201-F-92) accounted for 11 points in the loss.



Group F

Italy - Croatia 61-72
Toni Katic (185-G-92) and Dario Saric (204-F/C-93) top-scored for Croatia in the first game of Day 5 at the U18 European Championship in Group F. Croatia rolled over Italy 72:61 due to the second half. The win brings Croatia to a 2-2 balance before the last day of the round while Italy dropped to 1-3 but still hold a chance to qualify to the quarter-final round. Croatia will finish the Qualifying Round tomorrow against Turkey while Italy will try to finish the round on the good side against Serbia. Sabbatino gave Italy the first lead and Marco Ceron (192-G-92) kept the advantage at 10:8. Croatai managed to take the lead at the end of the frame and Toni Katic closed the period at 16:13. Italy played better in the second quarter as Sabbatino drove a lay-up for 26:20. Kucan nailed three at the end of the frame to show 32:31 on the board at the halftime. The third quarter became tough for both teams that exchanged the lead several times. Sgobba tied it all at 50:50 and Toni Katic closed the third period at 52:50. Moreover Croatia held Italy scoreless for about 7 minutes and had 58:50 with 3.30 minutes to go. Toni Katic was the last to score for the winners, while Bruno Ondo Mengue (193-G-92) made the final score in the game. Toni Katic and Dario Saric led the way with 19 points each, while Boris Barac (204-F-92) scored 13. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) again top-scored for the Italian side with 21 points and Marco Ceron added 12.

Greece - Turkey 79-65
Turkey U18 dropped to 1-3 record in Group E of the U18 European Championship. The team lost to Greece that had another masterpiece of Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (205-F-92). Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos opened the game for the winners and became again the hero of the game. Kampouris gave Greece 13:11 and Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos brought 17:15. Sokratis Psaropoulos (191-G-92) made two free throws at the end of the frame for 19:15. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos again opened another period for the winners and nailed three for 28:21. Turkey did their best to reduce the gap and Calban pulled them back to 38:37. After two minutes of silence in the third period the teams paid more attention to defense and as a result Turkey grabbed 16-15 in the frame. Dokuyan tied it all at 55:55, while Greece created a 7-0 run and never looked behind after. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos nailed two shots from the arc at the end for the final 79:65 win. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos exploded with 30 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Sokratis Psaropoulos nailed 16, while Anastasios Antonakis (204-C/F-92) collected 12 points and 11 rebounds. Can Korkmaz (187-G-92) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort, Muhammed Baygul (191-G-92) netted 13 and Dokuyan added 10.

Russia - Serbia 75-61
Russian U18 team recorded the second win at the Qualifying round of the European Championship. They held off Serbia to improve at 3-1 record in Group F. Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) knocked down 23 points, issued 8 assists and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the charge. Russia opened the game strongly. They earned a 12:4 lead midway through the starting quarter. Russia piled up a 21:14 lead at the first break. Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) opened a double-digit lead for Russia in the second quarter 30:20. They maintained the margin and earned a 36:25 lead at the interval. The gap grew at 16-point mark in the third stanza. Tamirlan Bekkiev notched five points in a row as Russia entered the fourth period up by 15 points 57:42. Tamirlan Bekkiev converted a lay-up at the start of the fourth quarter but Serbia answered with nine points in a row to pull closer. Russia responded and soon Dmitry Kulagin and Sergey Karasev gave the team a 73:59 advantage. Russia kept their opponents at bay in the reminder of the contest and recorded a well-deserved win at the end. Sergey Karasev notched 12 points for Russia. Alexander Tikhonin (205-F-92) and Vladislav Trushkin nailed 10 points apiece in the victory. Nikola Siladi (206-F-92) answered with 16 points for Serbia. Bogdan Bogdanovic (197-G-92) accounted for 12 points in the loss.



Group G

Germany - Sweden 73-66
Germany posted a key victory at the U18 European Championship. They held off Sweden and avoided relegation. Germany improved at 2-0 record on top of Group G. Sweden on the other hand slipped at 1-1 record and would fight for life against Ukraine in the final game. Germany surged ahead right from the start. They led throughout the opening quarter and posted a 22:13 advantage at the first break. Germany opened a 13-point advantage in the second quarter but Sweden quickly responded. They nipped the deficit at three-point mark at halftime 28:31. Wendt tipped off the second half with back-to-back triples to stretch the lead. Germany dominated in the frame and cruised to a massive 60:39 lead with ten minutes remaining. Sweden refused to give up in the final period. They fought bravely and cut the margin to just 4 points with 58 seconds remaining. However Ole Wendt (190-G-92) and Lars Wendt (190-G-92) knocked down three free throws in the dying seconds and sealed the win for Germany. Ole Wendt notched 18 points, while Martin Breunig (203-F-92) netted 13 points for Germany. Lars Wendt and Patrick Heckmann (196-G/F-92) added 12 points each in the winning case. Marcus Eriksson (196-G-93) responded with 15 points for Sweden. Charles Barton (188-G-92) finished with 14 points in the loss.

Bulgaria - Ukraine 75-79
Ukraine stepped closer to avoiding relegation at the U18 European Championship. They held off Bulgaria for the initial win at the tournament. Olexiy Len (210-C-93) stepped up with 26 points and 18 rebounds to lead the effort. Ukraine now improved at 1-1 record in Group G. Bulgaria in the meantime slipped at 0-2 record and fell into Division B. Olexiy Len ensured a 7:0 start for Ukraine. Bulgaria however went on a 13:0 run midway through the starting quarter to take a 17:9 lead. The teams finished the starting quarter tied at 22. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the second term before Ukraine sealed the outcome leading by five points 42:37. Klym Artamonov (176-G-93) and Olexiy Len opened a double-digit lead for Ukraine at the start of the second half. Bulgaria erased the deficit and surged ahead after a three-pointer from Pavlin Ivanov. But Olexiy Len stepped up once again for Ukraine giving the team a 56:55 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Bulgaria led by five points midway through the fourth stanza but could not capitalize. Olexiy Len triggered an 11:2 run that put Ukraine in charge 76:72. Iliev gave Bulgaria hope with a triple but Klym Artamonov and Krutous scored free throws in the dying seconds to ice the win. Klym Artamonov provided 18 points and 9 rebounds for Ukraine. Prokopenko netted 13 points in the win. Pavlin Ivanov responded with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Bulgaria. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93) and Samuel Francis (190-G-92) had 13 points apiece in the loss.



Day: 4 (Qualifying Round) - Jul. 26, 2010 



Group E

Slovenia - Latvia 76-74
Slovenia handed Latvia their first loss after three perfect games in Vilnius. Slovenia overcame the Baltic State 76:74 at the U18 European Championship on Monday. Latvia as it was expected started with the lead and took 4:0 in the opening tip. They were in front for the majority of the period, while Besedic gave Slovenia 14:13 at the end of the first quarter. Bertans took the lead back early in the second, while Timma scored for 22:17. Omic later tied it at 28:28 and Vasl gave Slovenia 38:32 as the squads went to the lockers. Timma later brought the advantage back to the Baltic State and Dukulis made it 47:45. Dimec tied it all at 55:55 at the end of the third frame. The last quarter became the real thriller in the court but Slovenia deserved the win more than the opponents. They led in the majority of the period and won the game. Omic paced all the winners with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Klemen Prepelic (190-G-92) nailed 14, while Hodzic scored 9. Dukulis responded with 16 points in the losing effort as Latvia fell at 2-1 in the group. Timma netted 15, whilst Misters scored 14.

France - Lithuania 63-104
Lithuania U18 proves the ambitions for the top place at the U18 European Championship in Vilnius. The home side became the only undefeated team and improved to 3-0 record in Group E destroying failing France 104:63. Lithuania started with 8-0 run in the game and enjoyed 13:2 when Ulanovas made a lay-up for the hosts. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) brought 21:13 and Ulanovas gave Lithuania 26:20. Gobert managed to keep the French side alive at the end of the first period at 26:22. The lead continued to grow in the second period as France had no match for the favorites. Jonas Valanciunas scored for 41:28 and Cizauskas delivered two for 52:36. Sabonis nailed three to send the teams to the lockers as Lithuania had 55:38. The third quarter became defensive in the game and France tried hard to stop the hosts. Lithuania won anyway the frame 19-15 and increased to 74:53 after three quarters. In the last stanza it was just one team in the court as Lithuania smashed the opponents with 30-10. Tadas Mazelis (194-G/F-92) made the last points for the winners to stay on top of the group. Jonas Valanciunas exploded with 34 points and 13 rebounds to lead the home side to another victory. Pukis notched 20, while Ulanovas and Redikas added 11 apiece. Diacono replied with 13 points in defeat and Invernizzi scored 12.

Spain - Poland 67-81
Spain U18 and Poland U18 met each other in the last game of the Qualifying Round on Monday. Poland won 81:67 and improved to 2-1 record in Group E of the U18 European Championship in Vilnius. Niedzwiedzki and Oriola exchanged the baskets in the opening tip, while Karnowski gave Poland 13:8. Poland kept the advantage for good and won the opening quarter 22:17 as Niedzwiedzki was the last to post in the frame. Although Poland led in the whole frame in another 10 minutes Diaz reduced to 27:29. Sokolowski meanwhile sent the teams to the lockers for 36:33 deficit. Only in the third quarter Albert Ventura (196-F-92) gave Spain 38:37 advantage and another lay-up from the Spainish top-scorer remained 40:39 lead. Poland responded with 7-0 run and Niedzwiedzki brought his team 46:40. Sokolowski was the last to score at the end of the third period for 56:51. Spain could not come closer and lost the fourth period 16-25. Karnowski gave Poland their last points for another victory. Gielo poured in 17 points for the winners, while Sokolowski collected 14 points and 11 rebounds. Niedzwiedzki also scored 14 points to taste the first victory with his team at the Qualifying Round. Albert Ventura responded with 17 points in the losing effort. Tomas nailed 16, while Acosta scored 10.



Group F

Greece - Italy 97-88
Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (205-F-92) again was the key player for Greece U18 that beat Italy U18 in Vilnius. The Greek side produced a 97:88 victory over the opponents at the U18 European Championship. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos scored the first 7 points for the winners, while Chillo made 9:7 for Italy. Kampouris brought Greece 14:13 and Psaropoulos drove a lay-up at the end of the period for 26:19. Motsenigos increased the lead to 33:25, while Pini scored for 40:30. Dermitzakis finished the half for 50:36 as Greece enjoyed 14-point advantage. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos even gave Greece plus 16, but Italy managed to reduce the gap. Ondo cut it to 67:60 and Ceron closed the third quarter at 69:62. Greece needed 28-26 in the last frame to win the game. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos was unstoppable with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Motsenigos followed him with 20 and Mavrogiannis scored 18. Gentile ended up with 21 points in the losing effort. Ceron notched 18, while Mian scored 17. The win gives the Greeks a big advantage in a group that started all tied, and now hold a 2-1 record while Italy dropped to 1-2. Tomorrow Greece and Turkey will go head to head while Italy will face Croatia.

Croatia - Russia 55-78
Russia edged Croatia at the U18 European Championship in Vilnius. In their first game of the Qualifying Round Russia celebrated 78:55 win. Barac and Kulagin exchanged the shots in the opening tip, while Varnakov later closed his team run for 18:10. Kulagin nailed three at the end of the first frame for 21:12. With another 10-0 run Russia opened the second frame and never looked behind after. Bekkiev increased to 37:14, while Kuryshkin gave Russia 39:20. Stefan Zadravec (190-G-92) sent the squads to the lockers as the board showed 39:25 after his shot. Russia also won the third period and enjoyed 22-point deficit after Karasev drove a lay-up. Croatia tried hard to reduce but could not win even the last frame. With 17-16 Russia led to 78:55 total win. Kulagin top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Karasev and Loginov followed him with 13 points each in a win. Stefan Zadravec ended up with 12 points in the losing case, while Saric and Barac added 9 apiece. Following the win Russia holds a 2-1 record in the standings while Croatia is behind with 1-2. Tomorrow Russia will meet Serbia as Croatia will take on Italy.

Turkey - Serbia 49-63
Serbia limited Turkey to just 49 points in the last game of Group F of the U18 European Championship in Vilnius. Serbia won 63:46 for 2-1 record on top of it. Geyik gave Turkey the first lead, while Serbia responded with 6-0 run. Vujosevic brought his team 13:7 and Besovic closed the first period at 15:13. Turkey climbed to 20:18, while Serbia needed another run for 30:18. Due to only 8 points in the frame Turkey trailed 21:35 at the halftime. In the last two quarters Turkey managed to score 14 in each. It was not enough in the third period when Serbia notched 17. The teams left the court before the final stanza as the board showed 52:35 for Serbia. Turkey won the last period 14-11 but could not score more than 50. Nikola Siladi (206-F-92) gave his side 63:47, while Korkmaz was the last to score in the game for 63:46. Nikola Siladi top-scored for the winners with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Besovic collected 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Lambic added 9. Korkmaz finished the night with 11 points in defeat, while Eroglu notched 10.



Group G

Ukraine - Germany 59-73
Germany made a step towards avoiding relegation at the U18 European Championship. They held off Ukraine at the start of the Classification round in Vilnius. Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) produced 24 points and 8 rebounds to lead the Bundesteam. Germany grabbed a 9:1 lead at the start of the game. They posted an 18:10 advantage at the first break. Germany enlarged the margin in the second quarter. They capped it with a 14:0 run to take a massive 39:18 advantage at halftime. Wendt opened the second half with a three-pointer to aggravate the damage. Ukraine struggled to find the rhythm as they faced an 18-point deficit before the fourth stanza. Prokopenko and Klym Artamonov dragged the Ukrainian side within 14 points early in the final term but Germany stayed calm and eased to the win at the end. Martin Breunig produced 14 points for Germany. Patrick Heckmann added 12 points in the win. Olexiy Len delivered 20 points and 17 rebounds for Ukraine. Klym Artamonov netted 13 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Sweden - Bulgaria 88-66
Sweden opened the Classification Round at the U18 European Championship with victory. They toppled Bulgaria to improve at 1-0 record in Group G. Marcus Eriksson (196-G-93) nailed 20 points to pace the effort. Bulgaria tipped off the game with five points in a row. Soon Bulgaria posted a 19:10 lead midway through the first stanza. They won the opening quarter by three points 22:19. Sweden answered with a 16:0 run in the second period to spur in front. The Scandinavians ensured a 35:32 lead at halftime. Sweden maintained the lead throughout the third stanza. They arrived at the final break up by 21 points 67:46. Bulgaria never recovered in the fourth stanza and gave up at the end. Charles Barton notched 15 points and 8 assists for Sweden. Jonathan Person netted 14 points in the winning case. Planimir Dafinov and Hristo Gospodinov nailed 12 points each in the loss. Dimitar Dimitrov accounted for 11 points and 6 rebounds for Bulgaria.


Day: 3 (Preliminary Round) - Jul. 24, 2010 


Group A

Lithuania - Slovenia 90-68
The hosts won Group A of the U18 European Championship as they celebrated the victories in all three games. In the last game of the group Lithuania edged Slovenia 90:68 for 3-0 record. Slovenia meanwhile finished the group with 1-2 as both teams advanced to the qualifying Round. Vilnius saw another good game of the home side that started with 6-0 in the opening tip. Slovenia took 11:10 in the middle of the period, while Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) drove a lay-up to finish the first period at 28:20. Sabonis gave the hosts 36:24 and Deividas Pukis (193-G/F-92) nailed three for 41:27. Simanavicius sent the teams to the lockers for 51:33 halftime advantage. Alen Omic (213-C-92) reduced to 53:39, while Besedic netted for 62:45. Simanavicius nailed three at the end of thirty minutes for comfortable 69:47 lead. The squads scored 21 points each in the last period that was enough for the hosts to win the third straight. Vytenis Cizauskas (189-G-92) was the last to score for Lithuania and Alen Omic made the final score on the board. Deividas Pukis and Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) paced all the winners with 18 points each as the latter alsoo grabbed 11 rebounds. Dovydas Redikas and Vytenis Cizauskas followed them with 14 points apiece. Alen Omic ended up with 22 points in the losing case. Klemen Prepelic (190-G-92) and Luka Rupnik (184-G-93) followed them with 12 points each.

Poland - Ukraine 76-67
Poland sent Ukraine to Classification Round as they beat them in Day 3 opener. The Polish side improved to 2-1 record after 76:67 win and advanced to the Qualification Round. Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) made a jump shot in the first attack for the Polish side and Gielo made 9:4. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93)'s three gave Poland 22:12, while Artamonov reduced to 23:20 at the end of 10 minutes. Poland held Ukraine winless for about 4 minutes in the start of the second frame and increased to 27:20. After defensive 12-11 in the second period Poland enjoyed 35:31 at the halftime. Ukraine was still far to give up and Mishula reduced to 41:38, while later Poland again went on a bigger lead. Michal Sokolowski (195-G-92) scored for 56:41 and Bobrov posted for 61:50 at the end of thirty minutes. Poland lost the last frame 15-17 but managed to win the game as Gielo brought the last points for the winners. Mateusz Ponitka and Przemyslaw Karnowski paced all the winners with 15 points each, while Michal Sokolowski netted 14. Vyacheslav Motorchuk (205-F/C-92) responded with 15 points in the losing effort as Ukraine remained winless. Olexiy Len (210-C-93) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds and Prokopenko added 11.



Group B

France - Sweden 57-42
France U18 takes the last ticket to the Qualifying Round from Group B as they rolled over Sweden in a do-or-die game of the day. France U18 escaped the Classification Round with a 57:42 victory as the latter fell at 0-3. The win lift France to a 1-2 record, enough for the 3rd spot in the group. France easily scored the first four points in the game and remained Sweden scoreless for about three minutes. The latter meanwhile later grabbed 7:4 lead and Jonathan Person (190-G-93, agency: JEMsports) enjoyed with them 12:10 after the first 10 minutes. France that finished second last year needed some changes and produced 13-6 in the second frame. Hugo Naurais (200-F-92) gave them 20:16 and Leon closed the half at 23:18. In a defensive style the teams continued the second half as they realized the importance of the mistake. Mathis Keita (192-G-92) scored for 34:30 and he made the last lay-up in the end of the third frame for 38:31. Gobert delivered two for 43:34 and Ceci gave the French outfit 48:37. Gobert made two free throws at the end of the game for the total success. Rudy Gobert (212-C-92) collected massive 14 points and 16 rebounds for the winners as they improved to 1-2 record. Mathis Keita nailed 11, while Hugo Naurais scored 7. Jonathan Person replied with 12 points in the losing effort, while Norman and Ali Moussa Hussein posted 6 each.

Latvia - Spain 75-70
Latvia surprised Spain in the top game of Group B at the U18 European Championship. The Baltic side win the group with 3-0 record after 75:70 victory. Spain finished with 2-1 record as both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round. Janis Timma (198-F-92) scored first three for Latvia and Arturs Bremers (187-G-92) increased for 14:7 in the middle of the first quarter. Another 12-0 run allowed the Baltic state to taste 24:9 advantage and Servera closed the frame at 26:11. Davis Bertans (200-F-92) gave Latvia 29:13 and Edmunds Dukulis made a jump shot for 34:20. Acosta cut it to 36:26 and Creus's three brought 41:34 at the halftime. Guerra delivered for 41:38 as the intrigue was back in the court. Ventura and Guerra scored for 51:48 as Spain demonstrated great game at that time. Latvia bounced back and Edmunds Dukulis closed the third quarter at 63:55. In the first 4 minutes of the last quarter the teams exchanged only once and then Spain tried hard to catch up. Fernandez reduced the gap to 73:70 with 40 seconds in the game. Arturs Bremers made last two free throws for the winners as Latvia celebrated the third straight win. Edmunds Dukulis and Davis Bertans led the way with 17 points each. Andris Misters (192-G-92), Arturs Bremers and Janis Timma posted 11 points each in a win. Alejandro Barrera (199-F/C-92) replied with 14 points in the losing effort and Joan Tomas (201-F-92) added 11.



Group C

Turkey - Bulgaria 66-52
Turkish U18 team earned the second win at the European Championship in Lithuania. They held off Bulgarian counterparts to improve at 2-1 record in Group C. Turkey made it to the Qualifying Round, while Bulgaria slipped at 0-3 record and would fight to remain in Division A in classification round games. Turkey confidently started the game as they maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter. They posted a 16:11 lead at the first break. Muhammed Baygul (191-G-92) knocked down eight points in a row to give Turkey a 28:17 lead midway through the second quarter. Bulgaria narrowed the deficit at 6-point mark at halftime 29:35. Turkey stayed in charge in the third stanza. They capped the period up by 12 points 50:38. Bulgaria never got closer than 10 points in the fourth quarter. Burak Yildizli (200-F-94) produced 23 points and 9 rebounds to pace Turkey. Muhammed Baygul accounted for 11 points in the winning effort. Planimir Dafinov (181-G-92) responded with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for Bulgaria. Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) had 11 points in the loss.

Italy - Russia 86-87
Russia earned a narrow win over Italy in the final game of the preliminary round of U18 European Championship. Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) knocked down 19 points and made 5 steals as Russia caught up with Italy at 2-1 record in Group C ladder. Italy however remained on top of the standings and advanced into the Qualifying round from the top place. Russia surged ahead early in the game. Italy soon recovered and the lead changed hands for several times before Loginov gave Russia a 23:22 advantage at the first pause. Russia opened the second quarter on a 10:1 run to boost the margin. But Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) fired three trebles in a row to keep Italy close to their opponents. Russia finished the first half up by 10 points 47:37. Vladislav Trushkin tipped off the second half with a three-pointer to enlarge the gap. The Azzurri quickly narrowed the distance as they headed into the fourth frame down by just 8 points 63:71. Giovanni Pini (205-F/C-92) and Alessandro Gentile dragged Italy within only 2 points with 21 seconds remaining. But Alexander Varnakov (185-G-92) proved deadly from the stripe as Russia sealed the win. Alexander Varnakov finished with 15 points, 6 assists, 3 boards and 3 steals for Russia. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) added 13 points in the victory. Alessandro Gentile had an outstanding performance for Italy as he notched 42 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Giorgio Sgobba (202-F-92) and Giovanni Pini netted 14 points each in the loss.



Group D

Serbia - Germany 68-61
Serbia U18 jumped to a 2-1 record after the win in the beginning of Day 3 in Lithuania. The team overcame Germany U18 as the latter dropped to 0-3 and will play in the Classification Round against the relegation to Division B. Gujanicic gave Serbia 5:1 lead in the opening tip of the game. Bogic Vujosevic (189-G-92) made it 14:7 and his lay-up in the end of the first period brought 21:14 on the board. Patrick Heckmann (196-G/F-92) reduced first to 24:20 and then to 26:23. He was the one to give Germany the first lead at 27:26, while Kramer added two for 31:26. After 17-9 in the second quarter Germany had 31:30 advantage at the halftime. Gujanicic made the score 45:38, while Bogdanovic kept them in front at 47:45 at the end of thirty minutes. Patrick Heckmann gave Germany 50:49 and Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) scored for the last lead of Germany. Serbian players nailed three shots from the perimeter to take the lead and won the game. Bogdan Bogdanovic (197-G-92) paced all the winners with 15 points and Vukasin Petkovic (198-F-92) nailed 14. Bogic Vujosevic followed them with 9 points in a win. Patrick Heckmann had a great night in the losing effort shining with 27 points. Martin Breunig (203-F-92) and Philipp Neumann ended up with 8 points apiece.

Greece - Croatia 61-73
Croatia won the top game over Greece 73:61 as both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round with 2-1 record in the top three places of Group D. The double-digit defeat sent Greece to the 3rd spot in the group, while Croatia finished 2nd only to the Serbian team that took the top place. It was one of the top games in Day 3 of the tournament and proved to be expected. Croatia went on a 8-1 lead and limited Greek side to just 4 points int he opening quarter. Roko Rogic (187-G-92) made a three-pointer in the end of it for 13:4 lead. The run continued until 21;4 when again Roko Rogic made a jump shot. Anastasios Antonakis (204-C/F-92) reduced to 22:10 and Tsalkitzis closed the half at 34:22. Again Croatia continued to dominate the court and Kukoc increased the lead to 43:24. Stefan Zadravec (190-G-92) scored for 49:29 and Saric kept the difference at 51:31. Sokratis Psaropoulos (191-G-92) cut it to 53:40, while Roko Rogic nailed three for 59:41 after three quarters. Greece was too far to give up and needed 10-0 run to reduce to 59:51. Chrysikopoulos scored for 69:61, but due to the end of the game they could not come closer. Filip Najev (205-F/C-92) nailed three for the total success of the Croatian side. Roko Rogic stepped up for the winners with 17 points, while Stefan Zadravec, Filip Najev and Toni Katic (185-G-92) scored 12 each. Anastasios Antonakis and Georgios Mavrogiannis (193-G-92) responded with 15 points each, whilst Sokratis Psaropoulos netted 12.


Day: 2 (Preliminary Round) - Jul. 23, 2010 



Group A

Poland - Lithuania 66-87
Lithuania became the leader of Group A as they rolled over Poland at the U18 European Championship. The hosts of the tournament improved to 2-0 record after 87:66 victory. Lithuania easily took control of the game and won the opening quarter 27:12. Renaldas Simanavicius (184-G-92) opened the second period for 29:12 and Pukis gave the hosts 31:16. Lithuania continued to dominate the court and Renaldas Simanavicius made it 39:23, while Redikas posted three for 52:26. Skucas made two free throws to send the teams to the lockers at 56:30. Sokolowski started the third frame for Poland and Gielo nailed for 68:42. Mockevicius and Renaldas Simanavicius brought the last points for the hosts in the third frame for 74:49. Poland meanwhile managed to win the last frame 17-13, but could reduce the gap only in the game. Grochowski made a jump shot for 87:66 as the teams finished their second game. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 18 rebounds, while Pukis also scored 16. Redikas followed them with 15 points in a win. Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) ended up with 13 in the losing effort as Poland tied their record at 1-1. Ponitka nailed 11, while Sokolowski scored 10.

Ukraine - Slovenia 59-79
Ukraine and Slovenia battle for the initial victory at the U18 European Championship as the latter improved to 1-1 in Group A. Slovenia edged Ukrainian side 79:59 to send them to 0-2. Slovenia scored the first 8 points in the game, while could not hold the lead. Len tied it at 10:10, while Marchenko gave Ukraine 14:13 advantage. Vasl scored from the perimeter for 21:19 after the first 10 minutes in the game. The score was tied three times in the second frame, while Slovenia managed to take 3-point deficit at the halftime. Prepelic and Besedic nailed three each for 36:33 halftime advantage. From that point Slovenia never looked behind after. They increased to 57:46 as Rojc closed the third frame. Rupnik delivered two for 61:48 and Prepelic posted three for 68:50. Rojc made two successful lay-ups at the very end to seal the first victory for Slovenia. Marko Pajic (204-F-92) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Rojc netted 12, while Span scored 11. Len responded with 21 points and 12 rebounds in defeat and Artamonov notched 13.



Group B

Latvia - France 61-58
France U18 lost their second game as they were upset by Latvia U18 in day 2 in Vilnius. The second team of last year Championship fell with 58:61 loss to drop at 0-2. Latvia meanwhile became the leader of Group B with 2-0 record. Bigote gave French side the first lead as the team desired to bounce back from the first loss in the opener. The teams exchanged the leads several times, while the Baltic side grabbed 21-19 after 10 minutes. They limited the French side to just 6 points in the second period and increased to 38:25 at the halftime. Moreover Timma upset the opponents to 45:28 in the middle of the third. France made a huge comeback and Gobert closed the gap to 52:48. Although Morin tied the game at 54:54, France could not step in front. Latvia got the lead back and celebrated 61:58 victory. Edmunds Dukulis (201-C-92, agency: Players Group) top-scored for the winners with 13 points. Misters nailed 12, while Timma scored 10. Bigote ended up with 16 points in the losing effort, while Gobert collected 15 points and 11 rebounds. Tomorrow France will meet Sweden, while Latvia will face Spain.

Spain - Sweden 95-57
Spain smashed Sweden 95:57 in the last game of the second day at the U18 European Championship. The Spanish side improved to 2-0 record sharing the top with Latvian team and will face them tomorrow for the top place in the group. Gaddefors brought Sweden the first lead and Norman gave Scandinavian team 9:4. Ventura tied the score at 11:11 and Spain never looked behind after that. Fernandez made a jump shot to close the first period at 24:16 and then Spain kept Swedish side scoreless for about three minutes. Fernandez scored for 36:18, while Barrera added two for 44:24. Diaz nailed three to send the teams to the lockers for 50:27. The third quarter was another proof for Spain in the court. They easily reached 60:33 as Miguel Servera (199-G-92) and later Mas scored from the free throw line. Miguel Servera again scored last two in the end of the quarter for 77:42 as it became clear at that time in Spanish dominance. With 18-15 Spain won the last quarter and celebrated the second straight win. Miguel Servera paced all the winners with 17 points. Tomas nailed 16, while Mas scored 13. Norman ended up with 12 points in the losing effort and Gaddefors notched 8.



Group C

Italy - Turkey 99-74
Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) pulled Italy over the Turkish side in the last game of Day 3 at the U18 European Championship. Italy won 99:74 to take 2-0 record on top of Group C, while Turkey tied their record at 1-1. Both teams exchanged the leads several times in the first period, while Italy took 21:16 in the opening quarter. Ceron increased the lead to 38:28 and Alessandro Gentile made it 46:32. Moreover Alessandro Gentile closed the half from the perimeter for 49:34. Turkey was too far to give up and responded with 21-16 int he third quarter. Alessandro Gentile remained Italy in front at 65:55 after 30 minutes. Chillo scored for 72:57 in the start of the last frame and Italy held off the opponents. Tekin made the score 79:61 making both free throws in the fourth period. Alessandro Gentile scored his 25th points and another three-pointer gave Italy 84:63. Tekin responded for 86:67 and Ozen nailed two for 86:69. Ceron later scored a three-pointer for 92:72, while Sabbation increased the lead to 94:72. Corrieri and Monaldi brought the last points for the total success. Alessandro Gentile erupted with 31 points for the winners to remain undefeated. Ceron nailed 24, while Chillo posted 12. Dokuyan ended up with 15 points and Korkmaz scored 11 in defeat. Geyik and Senli produced 10 points in the losing effort.

Russia - Bulgaria 88-57
Russia bounced back after two-overtime thriller loss from Turkey in the opener and beat Bulgaria in Day 2 of the U18 European Championship. An easy start led to 88:57 total win over the opponents. Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93) opened the game from the perimeter and he also brought 7:2 in the game. After 7:5 on the board Russia finished the first quarter with 20-0 run to take 27:7 advantage. Moreover the run continued until 29:5 when Bekkiev made a jump shot. Bulgaria had difficulties coming back into the game as Simeonov reduced to 33:19. Dafinov sent the squads to the lockers for 41:23 after two periods. Ivanov scored five in a row for his team to give 48:33 on the board. Simeonov remained the difference at 56:41, while Karasev closed Russian 7-0 run at the end of the third period for 63:41. The game was done for the winners, while they added another 25-16 in the last stanza for the bigger lead. Kulagin was the last to score for Russia, whilst Simeonov made the final score in the game. Gleb Goldyrev stepped up with 13 points for the winners as Russia improved to 1-1 record. Trushkin and Pisarchuk followed him with 11 points apiece. Simeonov and Ivanov netted 14 each, while Funtarov scored 10 in defeat.



Group D

Greece - Serbia 59-57
Greece became the leader of Group D in Lithuania as the team handed Serbia their first loss. The defending champions lost their first game and dropped at 1-1 after 57:59 loss. Serbia easily went on a 6-0 run and played really well in defense. Drenovac scored last two in the opening quarter for 14:9. Gujanicic brought 18:14, while Dumic delivered for 27:21. Drenovac closed the first half with a jump shot sending the teams to the lockers for 31:24. The second half as well as the third quarter belonged to Greece and Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (205-F-92) tied the game at 33:33. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos was the last to score in the period, while Serbia managed to keep 45:42 advantage. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos again tied it at 50:50, while another shot from the Greek player saw 55:55 on the board. Gujanicic gave Serbia the last lead at 57:55, but Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos made 57:57. Mavrogiannis was perfect from free throw line to give Greece 59:57 with 2.35 in the game. As it became clear those points were the last in the game as both teams remained scoreless in the end. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos paced all the winners with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Antonakis nailed 10, while Motsenigos scored 9. Gujanicic delivered 17 in the losing effort and Drenovac added 9.

Croatia - Germany 81-73
Croatia U18 beat Germany U18 in Group D of Day 2 of the U18 European Championship. The win lifts Croatia to 1-1 record, while Germany dropped to 0-2 before the deciding Day 3 tomorrow. Croatia won the opening tip 12:2 as Barac made a jump shot. Kramer nailed 8 points in a row for German to reduce to 16:13, while Neumann made it 20:19. Croatia won the first quarter 25:22 and looked forward to keep the lead in the rest of the game. Croatia started the second period with 11-0 run and never looked behind after. Zadravec scored for 43:33 and Saric sent the squads to the lockers for 46:39. Again Croatia started better another frame and created a 12-0 run. Katic posted two for 58:39 and then Germany responded with 10-0 run. Kramer scored four in the end of the third frame for 62:56. The intrigue remained in the last quarter as again Kramer reduced for 64:60. Moreover another three-pointer from the top-scorer made the score 75:73 with a minute to go. Croatia needed a 6-0 run to win the game at the end. Roko Rogic (187-G-92) and Dario Saric paced all the winners with 22 points each. Barac followed them with 11 points in a win. Kramer ended up with 25 points in the losing effort and Neumann scored 14.


Day: 1 (Preliminary Round) - Jul. 22, 2010 


Group A

Lithuania - Ukraine 81-61
The hosts won the first game over Ukraine at the start of the U18 European Championship in Vilnius. Led by Edgaras Ulanovas (197-F-92) Lithuania produced a 81:61 win over the opponents. Lithuania opened the game with 26:20 and pushed the tempo always in the game. Simanavicius drove a lay-up for 28:20 and Cizauskas nailed two for 36:25. Jakstas made a dunk to send the teams to the lockers for 42:29. Prokopenko reduced to 52:42, while Edgaras Ulanovas later nailed three for 55:44. Bobrov was perfect from the free throw line to cut it to 55:46 but Pukis closed the third period from the perimeter to make 58:46. Skucas nailed a shot for 64:48 in the start of the last stanza when it became clear that the hosts would win their opener. He nailed another three-pointer for 67:48 with 6.30 in the game, while Prokopenko scored his 23 points for 67:51. Mishula scored from the arc for 69:54, while Valanciunas delivered two for 73:54. Edgaras Ulanovas posted three for 76:54 and Artamonov was the last to score in the game for 81:61. Edgaras Ulanovas top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Valanciunas nailed 16, while Cizauskas added 12. Prokopenko finished the night with 23 points in defeat and Artamonov nailed 12.

Slovenia - Poland 82-89
Poland overcame Slovenia in the opener of Group A of the U18 European Championship in Vilnius. The Polish players won all the quarters to celebrate 89:82 victory. Slovenia opened the game with 5-0 lead, while Sokolowski gave Poland 13:12. Rupnik and Tomasz Gielo (204-F-93) exchanged the shots in the end of the opening quarter as Poland took 21:19 lead. Prepelic nailed three for 25:24 and a three-pointer from Rupnik kept Slovenia in front. Poland however also replied with some shots from the arc for 40:31 advantage. Sokolowski remained Poland in front at 49:44 finishing the half. Again Slovenia responded with some baskets as Omic brought 53:52 lead. Poland managed to win the rest of the quarter and grabbed 68:62 advantage after 30 minutes. They increased to 10 early in the last, while Span reduced to 85:82 with 1 minute to go. Tomasz Gielo made two free throws at the end of the quarter for the final success. Ponitka stepped up with 20 points for the winners to take 1-0 record with them. Tomasz Gielo nailed 17, while Sokolowski scored 16. Pajic responded with 16 points and 12 rebounds in defeat. Rupnik chipped in 15, whilst Span netted 13.



Group B

France - Spain 57-61
Spain surprised France at the U18 European Championship in the last game of Day 1. Spain rolled over France 61:57 for the first victory. Last year Serbian U18 National team clinched the European championship title! They held off hosting France in Metz today to repeat the 2007 success. France will do their best this year to forget the first loss. Spain opened the game with 8-0 run, but Keita reduced to 9:11. Bigote closed the opening quarter at 17:12 after 10 minutes. A 9-0 run helped France to take 21:17 and Jean-Charles made 25:22. Fernandez sent the teams to the lockers for 32:27 as the teams nailed 15 points each in the quarter. Spain kept the lead in the majority of the third quarter but France pulled back to 44:43 when Naurais made a jump shot. Alejandro Barrera (199-F/C-92) nailed two for Spain as the latter trailed 45:46 after three frames. The last frame became the excitement of the tournament and brought great performance from both teams. Both of them had a chance to win, but Spain managed to grab 1-0 record. Oriola and Tomas made 4 points at the end for the final success. Tomas and Alejandro Barrera top-scored for the winners with 15 points each, while Fernandez nailed 9. Keita ended up with 11 points in the losing effort. Bigote and Jean-Charles delivered 9 points each in defeat.

Sweden - Latvia 58-89
The game between Sweden U18 and Latvia U18 opened U18 European Championship in Vilnius today. The Baltic side grabbed 89:58 win in the opener due to the win in all quarters. Latvia started with 4 consecutive points and never looked behind after. Misters made a lay-up for 15:3 and Bertans Davis scored for 19:10. Rostovs closed the opening quarter at 27:16. Eriksson pulled Sweden to 29:20, while Latvia created 15-0 run immediately for 44:40 lead. Vitins sent the teams to the lockers for 46:28 halftime advantage. Bertans Davis later nailed tow three-pointers for 54:32 in the third frame. Gaddefors posted for 61:39 and Misters nailed two for 65:39. Edmunds Dukulis (201-C-92, agency: Players Group) made two free throws for 67:44 at the end of three quarters. The top-scorer made also three later in the fourth for 71:44, while Magone delivered for 78:49. Nguyen and Vitins exchanged the baskets at the very end as Latvia posted the win in the opener of U18 European Championship. Edmunds Dukulis paced all the winners with 22 points and Bertans Davis netted 19. Timma Janis and Misters followed them with 16 points each. Eriksson ended up with 11 points in the losing effort, whilst Gaddefors and Person netted 9 apiece.



Group C

Bulgaria - Italy 56-75
Italy beat Bulgaria 75:56 in the start of the U18 European Championship in Vilnius. Italy joined Turkey that needed two-overtime thriller to beat Russia U18 in the start of the U18 European Championship in Vilnius on top of the Group C. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) opened the game for the winners and Sabbatino shocked the opponents for 18:2. Dafinov drove a lay-up for 23:9 in the end of the first period. For the first two minutes of the second quarter the teams were scoreless as Mian broke the silence for 25:9. Monaldi nailed three at the end of the second quarter to give Italy 39:20. Sabbatino scored from the perimeter to give Italy 42:20 in the start of the third quarter. He nailed another one for 52:22, while Alessandro Gentile and Dimitrov exchanged the baskets for 61:37 later in the game. Bulgaria started to play better in the last stanza and won the period 19-14. Gospodinov was the last to post in the game and brought 75:56 on the board. Alessandro Gentile led the way with 21 points as Italy celebrated the first win. Pini collected 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Chillo and Sabbatino netted 10 each. Dimitar Dimitrov ended up with 16 points in the losing effort and Gospodinov brought 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Turkey - Russia 97-88 2OT
Turkey U18 needed two-overtime thriller to beat Russia U18 in the start of the U18 European Championship in Vilnius. Safak Edge (188-G-92) exploded for the winners as Turkey had 11-2 in the second overtime to win the opener. The teams exchanged the basket in the opening tip as Vardal made 11:6 for Turkey. The latter continued to play better until the end of the first period, while Varnakov reduced for 22:18. Russia continued their run and opened the second period with 7-0 run to take 25:22. Due to 21-8 in the frame they increased the lead to 39:30 at the halftime. Moreover Kulagin gave Russia plus 14 at 44:30. Karasev tasted the biggest lead with Russia at 59:44 closing the third frame. Russia also led 14 points with 5 minutes in the fourth quarter but could not keep the lead. Baygul nailed three for 72:72 to send the teams to extra periods. They both nailed 14 points in the first overtime, while Turkey looked better in the second one for the first victory in Vilnius. Safak Edge erupted with 35 points for the winners. Dokuyan notched 18, while Baygul chipped in 14. Karasev ended up with 17 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, while Kulagin scored 15.



Group D

Serbia - Croatia 65-57
Serbia opened the U18 European Championship at the Siemens Arena in Vilnius afternoon with a big 65:57 victory over Croatia in Group D. With this win Serbia takes a 1-0 record before their game tomorrow against Greece, while Croatia dropped to 0-1 and will try to write their debut victory against Germany the next day. Zadravec nailed three to open the game and Gujanicic later tied it at 6:6. Serbia grabbed the lead at 22:16 in the end of the first 10 minutes as Bogdanovic and Zadravec exchanged the baskets. The second quarter even more interesting and Percan tied it at 29:29. Siladi remained Serbian team in front at 34:32 after two quarters. Serbia took the bigger lead in the third quarter, however Barac reduced it again to 49:45. Katic later brought to 58:55, but Serbia kept the lead. Bogdanovic increased the lead to 63:55 and Dumic made the last jump shot 65:57. Bogdanovic led all the winners with 12 points, while Dumic and Djordje Drenovac (197-F-92, agency: Interperformances) added 10 each. Barac responded with 15 points in the losing effort and Zadravec chipped in 9. Last year Serbian U18 National team clinched the European championship title! They held off hosting France in Metz today to repeat the 2007 success. Danilo Andjusic stepped up with 22 points to lead the Serbian team to the big victory.

Germany - Greece 55-65
Greek U18 team overcame Germany U18 at the start of the European Championship. Greece needed 20-10 in the last period to win the game. Heckmann made the dunk for the German side, while Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (205-F-92) was the first to score for the Greek side. Both teams exchanged the leads several times as Psaropoulos gave Greece 14:12 after 10 minutes. Neumann tied the game at 18:18, while Heckmann nailed three for 22:21 German advantage. Antonakis drove a lay-up for 31:27 sending the teams to the lockers. Antonakis made a jump shot for 33:27, while Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos posted two free throws for 41:33. Theilig nailed three for 43:43, while Bright scored for 45:45 after thirty minutes. Greece went on a run in the start of the last frame. Breunig reduced to 50:47 and Bright pulled his team back 50:49. Due to 20-10 in the quarter Greece celebrated the necessary victory. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos brought the last points for Greece to take 1-0 record with them. Motsenigos top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Psaropoulos nailed 14, while Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos scored 10. Heckmann ended up with 20 points in the losing effort, Neumann scored 11 and Theilig added 9.


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