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European Championships U18 2011 - Men Basketball


Division A  Division B  Division C  



Check also WOMEN European Championships U18 2011
 
Final Standings
1. Spain
2. Serbia
3. Turkey
4. Italy
5. Lithuania
6. Poland
7. France
8. Croatia
9. Russia
10. Latvia
11. Germany
12. Slovenia
13. Ukraine
14. Greece
15. Czech Rep.
16. Finland

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. Poland 4-1 
 2. Turkey 3-2 
 3. Serbia 3-2 
 4. Croatia 3-2 
 5. Slovenia 1-4 
 6. Germany 1-4 
Group F
 1. Spain 5-0 
 2. France 4-1 
 3. Lithuania 3-2 
 4. Italy 2-3 
 5. Russia 1-4 
 6. Latvia 0-5 
Group G (Classif.)
 1. Germany 5-1 
 2. Ukraine 4-2 
 3. Sweden 2-4 
 4. Bulgaria 1-5 
European Championships U18 Standings
Group A
1. Croatia 3-0
2. Poland 2-1
3. Slovenia 1-2
4. Greece 0-3
Group B
1. Serbia 2-1
2. Turkey 2-1
3. Germany 2-1
4. Finland 0-3
Group C
1. Spain 3-0
2. France 2-1
3. Latvia 1-2
4. Czech Rep. 0-3
Group D
1. Lithuania 3-0
2. Italy 2-1
3. Russia 1-2
4. Ukraine 0-3


Spain celebrating championship title (Photo: FIBA)


Spanish U18 National Team 2011
Starting five
#s#
Guillermo Hernangomez
Hernangomez
Jaime Fernandez
Fernandez
Jorge Sanz
Sanz
Alejandro Redondo
Redondo
Julen Olaizola
Olaizola
#e#5
4 Guillem Vives 191-F/G-93 DKV Joventut Spain
5 Javier Medori 200-F/C-93 Estudiantes II Spain
6 Guillermo Hernangomez 203-C-94
7 Jaime Fernandez 187-G-93 Estudiantes Spain
8 Jorge Sanz 188-PG-93 Real Madrid Spain
9 Daniel Diez 199-F-93 Real Madrid Spain
10 Alejandro Suarez 205-F/C-93 DKV Joventut Spain
11 Alejandro Redondo 198-F/G-93 Unicaja Spain
12 Albert Homs 199-F-94 DKV Joventut Spain
13 Josep Perez 183-PG-94 Regal FC II Spain
14 Julen Olaizola 202-C/F-93 Real Madrid II Spain
15 Aitor Gomez 210-C-93 Regal Barca Spain

Luis Guil Head Coach UCAM Murcia Spain
Javier Juarez Assistant Alcazar Spain
Jaume Comas Assistant


Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Awards 2011 - Aug 1, 2011

Eurobasket.com All-Tournament 1st Team
#s#
Alejandro Redondo
Redondo
Vasilije Micic
Micic
Nenad Miljenovic
Miljenovic
Daniel Diez
Diez
Przemyslaw Karnowski
Karnowski
#e#5

MVP: Alejandro Redondo (198-F/G-93) of Unicaja Spain
Best Guard: Vasilije Micic (192-PG-94) of Mega Vizura Serbia
Best Forward: Alejandro Redondo (198-F/G-93) of Unicaja Spain
Best Center: Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) of SMS PZKosz Poland
Best Defensive Player: Volodymyr Gerun (205-C/F-94) of
Best Coach: Luis Guil of UCAM Murcia Spain

1st Team
PG: Vasilije Micic (192-94) of Mega Vizura Serbia
G: Nenad Miljenovic (194-93) of Partizan Serbia
F/G: Alejandro Redondo (198-93) of Unicaja Spain
F: Daniel Diez (199-93) of Real Madrid Spain
C: Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-93) of SMS PZKosz Poland

2nd Team
PG: Klym Artamonov (176-93) of Delikatesas Lithuania
G: Amedeo Della Valle (192-93) of Fastweb CM Italy
G: Mateusz Ponitka (196-93) of Tempcold AZS Poland
F: Marko Ramljak (203-93) of Zadar Croatia
C/F: Volodymyr Gerun (205-94) of

3rd Team
PG: Kenan Sipahi (192-95) of Tofas Turkey
G/F: Giannoulis Larentzakis (196-93) of Egaleo Greece
F: Martin Kriz (202-93) of USK Praha Czech Republic
F: Aleksandr Gudumak (204-93) of CSKA Russia
C: Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-94) of CFBB France

Honorable Mention
Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93) of Spartak V. Russia
Joonas Caven (210-C/F-93) of Pyrinto Finland
Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) of B.Muenchen Germany
Dennis Schroeder (184-G-93) of SU Medien Germany
Luka Rupnik (184-PG-93) of Geoplin Slovan Slovenia
Matteo Imbro (190-PG-94) of Comsum.it SI Italy
Tomas Kyzlink (197-F/G-93) of USK Praha Czech Republic
Mislav Brzoja (198-F/G-94) of Dubrava Croatia
Simonas Kymantas (204-C/F-93) of Aiscai Kaunas Lithuania
Berkay Candan (205-F-93) of Fener.Ulker Turkey
Michal Michalak (194-G-93) of Tempcold AZS Poland
Jean-Charles Livio (204-F/C-93) of ASVEL France
Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) of Estudiantes Spain


Spain recorded the ninth straight win to triumph in Wroclaw - Jul 31, 2011
FINAL
Serbia - Spain 65-71
Spain recorded the ninth straight win at the U18 European Championship and won the tournament in Wroclaw. The Spanish outfit triumphed in the game over Serbia 71:65 with the late push for Gold. The victory was really hard for the favorites of the tournament. Spain managed to take only 16:14 at the end of the first frame and Perez scored for 26:21. Jorge Sanz (188-PG-93) made two free throws for 37:33 and he also closed the half at 43:36. Serbia did not give up and bounced back for 51:54 after thirty minutes. Micic later reduced to 60:62, but Spain replied with a 7-2 run to seal the victory and the trophy. Jorge Sanz top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Abrines Redondo posted 16. Daniel Diez (199-F-93) followed them with 8 points in the winning effort. Micic and Mitrovic responded with 13 points each in defeat and Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin (201-F-93, agency: Beo Basket) as well as Miljenovic added 10 apiece.
3-4 place
Italy - Turkey 65-69
Turkey tastes Bronze in Poland at the U18 European Championship in Division A. The Turkish team needed 69:65 over Italy to finish third. The Italian team dropped to the fourth place despite leading scorer Amedeo Della Valle attempted to play after missing the last two games. Italy opened the game with 21-19 at the end of the first period and added 20-13 in the second frame. Edoardo Giovara (200-G-93) brought 41:32 at the end of the half as Italian team seemed to be confident in the game. In the second half Turkey however came back into the game. Tuncer gave the latter 51:50 after thirty minutes and another 18-15 in the last stanza brought the victory s well as the third place for Turkey. Tayfun Erulku (188-G/F-94) stepped up with 12 points and Tuncer netted 10, while three other teammates scored 8 apiece. Francesco Veccia (190-G-93) answered with 14 points in defeat and Imbro posted 13. Amedeo Tessitori (203-C-94) ended up with 12 points, while Mattia Magrini (190-G-93) chipped in 10.
5-6 place
Poland - Lithuania 66-78
Lithuania edged the hosts for the 5th place at the U18 European Championship in Division A. The Baltic side won 78:66 to send Poland to the 6th position. Both teams desired to finish the tournament with the victory. More than 2000 fans came to support the last game of the home side that started with 20:18 after the first period. Paulius Semaska (183-PG-93) and Osvaldas Olisevicius (196-F-93) sent he teams to the lockers for 38:35 as the Baltic side won the frame 20-15. Lithuania added 25-16 in the third quarter as Grigonis and Michal Michalak (194-G-93) exchanged the shots at the end of the frame. Both teams nailed 15 points apiece in the last stanza for the final result. Simonas Kymantas (204-C/F-93) led the way with 18 points and Osvaldas Olisevicius brought 16. Gudaitis netted 14, while Paulius Semaska and Grigonis delivered 10 apiece. Michal Michalak poured in 12 points in the losing effort and Ponitka scored 11.
7-8 place
France - Croatia 80-61
France celebrated victory on the final day of the U18 European Championship in Poland. Les Bleus outscored Croatia to claim the seventh overall position. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) stepped up with 18 points and 17 rebounds to pace the winners. France pulled in front early in the game and maintained the lead throughout the starting quarter. They ensured an 18:14 lead after ten minutes. Croatia opened the second term with seven points in a row to pull ahead. Croatia did not allow their opponents to deny the deficit rallying to a 44:37 halftime lead. Croatia stayed in front in the third term despite France being within striking distance for the better part of the frame. William Howard (201-F-93) converted a pair of three-pointers early in the final quarter to put France on top. France soon went on a deadly 17:0 run to run away for good in this one. Jean-Charles Livio provided 17 points, while William Howard added 16 points in the win. Matej Buovac and Mislav Brzoja (198-F/G-94) responded with 12 points each for Croatia. Josip Mikulic (210-F-93) delivered 11 points in the loss.
9-10 place
Latvia - Russia 58-64
Russia clinched 9th place in Division A, Latvia is 10th after the game against each other. The Russian team needed 64:58 win to finish on one step higher. Russia started the game confident and reached 16:6 after the first 10 minutes. Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93) brought 19:10 and Loginov scored the half at 26:22. The third period belonged to the Baltic side that first tied the game and even grabbed the lead at the end of the period. After 21-14 they enjoyed 43:40 entering the last stanza. Trailing 50:53, Russia erupted with 12-0 run to seal the victory. Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) paced all the winners with 15 points and 16 rebounds, while Gleb Goldyrev notched 11. Loginov scored 10, while Aleksandr Gudumak (204-F-93) and Karpenko added 6 apiece. Guntis Sipolins (200-F-93) netted 10 points in the losing effort and Grazulis chipped in 9.
11-12 place
Slovenia - Germany 73-86
Germany finished their U18 European Championship campaign on a high note. They overcame Slovenia to claim the 11th place at the tournament. Dennis Schroeder (184-G-93) stepped up with 22 points, 8 assists and 3 rebounds to lead the effort. Germany capped the first term on a 10:1 run to post a 20:12 lead. Richter opened a double-digit lead for Germany at the start of the second term but Slovenia immediately answered with 9 points in a row to narrow the deficit. Germany however cleared off soon to build an 18-point buffer late in the half. Slovenia narrow the gap at 11-point mark at halftime 30:41. Germany maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They registered a 67:53 lead at the final break. Slovenia never got closer than 10 points in the fourth period as Germany rolled to the win. Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) delivered 21 points and 8 rebounds, while Paul Zipser and Stephan Haukohl (200-F-93) added 11 points each in the win. Luka Rupnik responded with 20 points and 8 assists for Slovenia. Jan Osolnik (203-F-93) had 15 points in the loss.
Group G
Ukraine - Czech Republic 87-73
Ukraine sent Czech Republic to Division B of the U18 European Championship for 2012. Ukraine beat them 88:73 and won the Classification Round for 13-16 places. Czech Republic won and lost two games to finish on the 15th spot and as well as Finland will be eliminated to the lower Division. Ukraine won the opening period 23-21 and added massive 27-18 in the second period. Vladimir Gerun (206-C-94) made two free throws for 50:39 after the first 20 minutes in the court. Ukraine also won the third quarter 23-14 to increase to 20 points entering the last stanza. Czech Republic replied with 20-14 in the last stanza to reduce to 14 points. Vladimir Gerun paced all the winners with 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Klym Artamonov (176-PG-93) followed him with 24. Zhukovskyy scored 12 and Shundel posted 10. Tomas Kyzlink (197-F/G-93) answered with 16 points in defeat and Svandrlik nailed 13. Herman produced 12, while Bernath delivered 11.

Finland - Greece 55-68
Greece remain in Division A for the next year as they edged Finland at the U18 European Championship last day. Greece needed 68:55 for 2-2 record that was enough to take the 14th spot higher then Czech Republic and Finland. The latter two teams will be eliminated to Division B for the next year. Greece knew the importance of the victory and went on an 18-7 after the first period. Finland responded with 22-17 and reduced to 35:29 at the halftime. Moreover with 19-16 in the third period Naapi closed the third period with 51:48. Finland however could not come closer as Greece pushed the tempo for good at the very end. They won the last stanza 17-7 and won the game by 13 points. Giannoulis Larentzakis (196-G/F-93) chipped in 23 points to lead the charge, while Petros Melissaratos (202-C/F-93) collected 20 points and 10 rebounds. Dimitrios Agravanis (203-F-94) notched 10, while Zoumpos posted 9. Seppala netted 17 points in the losing effort and Naapi added 10.


Serbia and Spain advance into title game in Wroclaw - Jul 30, 2011
SEMIFINALS
Italy - Serbia 61-67
Serbia will play in U18 European Championship Final. They overcame Italy in a dramatic semifinal clash in Wroclaw tonight. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) scored 20 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 4 assists to lead the effort. Italy made it look easy early in the game. The Azzurri grabbed a 17:3 lead midway through the opening quarter. Italy rallied to a 24:12 lead after ten minutes. Italy boosted the gap to 15 points early in the second frame. Serbia crowned the first half with three points to narrow the deficit at 9-point mark 24:33. Matteo Imbro (190-PG-94), Veccia and Falluca gave Italy a 16-point lead early in the third term. But Serbia capped the period with eight points in a row to cut the deficit at 6-point mark. Nenad Miljenovic finally drew things level at 54 with just over three minutes remaining. Milosevic and Nikola Jankovic (203-F/C-94) put Serbia in charge 58:54 with under two minutes remaining. Magrini, Monaldi and Chillo put the Azzurri back in front 59:58 but Popovski and Nenad Miljenovic accounted for next 9 points as Serbia ran away with victory at the end. Vasilije Micic (192-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) and Nikola Jankovic produced 11 points each in the win. Matteo Imbro responded with 19 points for Italy. Amedeo Tessitori (203-C-94) netted 11 points and grabbed 14 boards in defeat.

Spain - Turkey 77-54
Spain recorded the eighth straight win at the U18 European Championship. They overcame Turkey to reach the championship game. Spain will take on Serbia tomorrow. Daniel Diez (199-F-93) stepped up with 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the winners. Turkey will play against Italy in the consolation final on Sunday. It was all about Spain from start to finish. They posted a 19:5 lead after ten minutes of action. The margin grew at 23-point mark midway through the second term. Spain arrived at halftime up by 24 points 40:16. Turkey struggled to restore intrigue in this one after the big break. They faced a 23-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter. Spain did not slow down in the fourth period and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Alejandro Redondo (198-F/G-93) provided 11 points and 7 rebounds, while Josep Perez (183-PG-94) added 10 points in the victory. Ahmet Tuncer (193-G-93) responded with 15 points for Turkey. Talat Altunbey (202-F-94) netted 10 points in defeat.
5-8 place
Croatia - Lithuania 60-87
Lithuania brushed past Croatia in the classification round of U18 European Championship. The Baltic team will now take on the winners of Poland vs. France clash for the fifth overall place. Arturas Gudaitis (208-C-93) stepped up with 27 points and 8 rebounds to lead Lithuania to the victory. Lithuania capped the opening frame with four points in a row to take a 21:13 lead. Lithuania tipped off the second term on a 9:2 run to boost the margin. The Baltic side established a 41:32 halftime lead. Lithuania knocked down 11 unanswered points early in the third quarter as the lead grew at 20-point mark. Lithuania entered the fourth quarter up by 21 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Marius Grigonis (194-F-94) nailed 16 points for Lithuania. Simonas Kymantas (204-C/F-93) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Marko Ramljak (203-F-93, agency: Interperformances) answered with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Croatia. Matej Buovac (198-G/F-93) netted 11 points in the loss.

Poland - France 70-66
Poland outscored France in the classification round of U18 European Championship. The hosts will now play against Lithuania for the fifth place at the tournament. France will wrap up their campaign against Croatia tomorrow. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the winners. France ensured an 18:12 lead late in the starting quarter. Poland opened the second quarter on a 10:2 run to surge ahead. Poland maintained the lead throughout the second frame posting a 36:31 halftime advantage. France responded with a 13:0 run midway through the third term as Les Bleus made it 50:42. But Poland spurred back in front earning a 55:50 advantage at the final break. The hosts triggered an 8:1 rally at the beginning of the final period to clear off to a 12-point cushion. France cut the deficit at just two points with 57 seconds remaining but Mateusz Ponitka and Szymkiewicz sank three free throws in the dying seconds to bring Poland to the victory. Michal Michalak (194-G-93) knocked down 13 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 4 assists, while Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) added 10 points for the hosts. Jean-Charles Livio (204-F/C-93) responded with 18 points for Les Bleus. Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) delivered 17 points in defeat.
Group G
Finland - Ukraine 52-75
Ukraine registered the fourth straight win at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Finland to improve at 4-1 record in Group G. Ukraine thus secured their Division A birth for the next season. Finland will play in Division B next year. Vladimir Gerun (206-C-94) tallied 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead the winners. Ukraine and Finland stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Ukraine capped the period with six points in a row to take a 20:18 lead. Finland used a 7:0 rally midway through the second quarter to surge ahead. The Finnish team posted a 36:34 halftime lead. Ukraine opened the second half with ten unanswered points to regain the lead. They maintained the lead and registered a 53:46 advantage at the final intermission. Ukraine went on a 22:2 surge at the start of the fourth period to leave Finland far behind and never looked back en route to the victory. Klym Artamonov (176-PG-93) tallied 15 points, 11 assists and 7 steals for the winners. Andriy Kobets (182-G-93), Illya Zhukovsky (190-F-93) and Oleksandr Furs (198-F-93) netted 10 points each in the victory. Joonas Caven (210-C/F-93) and Ilari Seppala (190-G-93) responded with 11 points each for Finland. Tommi Huolila (199-F-93) netted 10 points in defeat.

Greece - Czech Republic 78-59
Greece ensured their U18 European Championship Division A birth in the next season. They overcame Czech Republic tonight to improve at 3-2 record in Group G. Giannoulis Larentzakis (196-G/F-93) tallied 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Czech Republic fell at 2-3 record and would play in Division B next year. Greece stormed in front midway through the starting quarter. They posted a 28:11 lead at the first break. The Hellenes maintained the lead well enough throughout the second quarter. They posted a 44:23 halftime advantage. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third quarter as Greece secured a 19-point buffer heading into the fourth frame. The Hellenes never slowed down in the fourth term and rolled to a confident win at the end. Emmanouil Tselentakis (195-F-93) nailed 16 points, while Petros Melissaratos (202-C/F-93) added 12 points and 8 rebounds for Greece. Martin Kriz (202-F-93) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Czech Republic. Petr Herman (204-C-94) had 14 points in defeat.


Semifinals are set in Wroclaw - Jul 29, 2011
Quarterfinals
Spain - Croatia 64-50
Spain have become the first U18 European Championship semifinalists. They held off Croatia in the first quarterfinal of the day in Wroclaw. Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) scored 16 points to pace the winners. The teams went neck and neck throughout the first half. Spain eked out a 14:12 lead after ten minutes. But Croatia quickly erased the deficit and surged ahead. Olaizola capped the half with two free throws as the teams entered the second half all tied at 25. Spain crowned the third term with a 12:3 rally to pile up a 44:36 lead with one quarter remaining. Croatia got within five points at the beginning of the final frame but Spain quickly stretched the gap to 10 points and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Daniel Diez (199-F-93) delivered 9 points and 15 boards, while Alejandro Suarez (205-F/C-93) had 9 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Marko Ramljak (203-F-93, agency: Interperformances) answered with 14 points for Croatia. Mislav Brzoja (198-F/G-94) netted 12 points in the loss.

Turkey - Lithuania 80-70
Turkey will play at the U18 European Championship semifinals. They knocked down last seasons champions Lithuania in the quarterfinals tonight. Samet Geyik (206-F-93) scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Turkey jumped to an 18:8 lead early in the game. They maintained the lead posting a 24:14 advantage at the first break. Turkey did not loosen the grip in the second period. They posted a 43:31 halftime advantage. Lithuania used a 16:2 rally midway through the third term to level things up at 52. The Baltic team eventually surged ahead and secured a 61:56 advantage with one quarter remaining. Turkey answered with a 13:0 run early in the final stanza to pull ahead 69:63. Turkey never slowed down in the reminder of the contest and cruised to the victory at the end. Tayfun Erulku (188-G/F-94) and Ahmet Tuncer (193-G-93) produced 12 points apiece for the winners. Tomas Lekunas (195-F-93) answered with 15 points for Lithuania. Tauras Jogela (201-F-93) had 11 points in defeat.

Poland - Italy 52-70
Italy advanced into U18 European Championship semifinals. They upset hosting Poland tonight to stay in the title race. Matteo Imbro (190-PG-94) scored 17 points to lead the effort. Italy eked out a narrow 13:11 lead after ten minutes. They stepped on the gas in the second quarter. The Azzurri drained 23 points to arrive at halftime up by 16 points 36:20. Poland struggled offensively in the third period. Italy stretched the margin to as many as 22 points with one quarter remaining. Poland finally stopped the rot in the fourth period. The hosts got within 14 points but Italy stayed calm and eased to the victory at the end. Diego Monaldi (190-PG-93) provided 16 points, while Matteo Chillo (202-F/C-93) netted 14 points for the winners. Poland answered with 14 points and 10 rebounds from Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93). Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) chipped in 11 points in defeat.

France - Serbia 61-71
Serbia will play at U18 European Championship semifinals. They held off France tonight to set up semifinal clash with Italy. Nemanja Bezbradica (205-F/C-93) scored 19 points to lead the winners. France led 10:6 midway through the starting quarter but Serbia went on a 14:3 run late in the period to surge ahead. They posted a 23:15 lead at the first break. Nemanja Dangubic (196-G-93) opened a double-digit lead for Serbia at the start of the second quarter. Serbia led by 11 points with under three minutes remaining in the half however Les Bleus crowned the half with a 6:1 run to narrow the deficit. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) tipped off the second half with four points in a row to cut the deficit. William Howard (201-F-93) and Mouhammadou Jaiteh put France in charge midway through the third term 44:42. The teams entered the final period tied at 49. France grabbed a 54:49 lead at the beginning of the final frame. However Serbia reacted with an 8:0 run to regain the lead. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) and Nemanja Bezbradica made it 64:56 for Serbia with just over two minutes remaining. Les Bleus tried hard but Serbia wisely kept them at distance in the dying seconds and celebrated a difficult win at the end. Nenad Miljenovic nailed 15 points, while Nemanja Dangubic added 9 points in the win. Mouhammadou Jaiteh answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds for France. Benjamin John (188-G-93) and William Howard produced 11 points each in the loss.
9-12 places
Slovenia - Latvia 69-78
Latvia will play for the 9th place at the U18 European Championship. They toppled Slovenia in the classification round game today. Andrejs Grazulis (203-C/F-93) accounted for 13 points and 6 boards in the win. Latvia opened the game with aggressive defence. They limited Slovenia to just 8 points in the opening quarter building an 8-point lead. Latvia stretched the margin in the second period. The Baltic team arrived at halftime up by 14 points 35:21. But Slovenia did not surrender. They tipped off the second half with 14 points in a row to erase the deficit. Latvia managed to return the lead as they posted a 51:48 advantage with one quarter remaining. Kalnins and Klavs Strazdins made it 58:51 for Latvia midway through the fourth frame. Latvia soon opened up a double-digit lead and raced to the victory at the end. Rihards Ginters (193-F-93) provided 12 points, while Janis Berzins (200-F/G-93, agency: Players Group), Guntis Sipolins (200-F-93) and Klavs Strazdins added 8 points each in the win. Ziga Dimec (208-C/F-93) responded with 22 points for Slovenia. Miha Lapornik (192-G-93) had 16 points in the loss.

Russia - Germany 69-66
Russia came back from a 20-point deficit in the second quarter to tame Germany in the classification round of U18 European Championship. Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93) scored 15 points to pace the winners. Russia will take on Latvia for the ninth place at the tournament. Germany will face Slovenia for the 11th spot. Germany stormed into the game grabbing a 10:0 lead. They dominated in every facet of the encounter posting a 27:9 lead after ten minutes. Stephan Haukohl (200-F-93) gave the German team a 20-point lead midway through the second quarter. Russia capped the first half on a 13:1 run to narrow the deficit at 10 points 29:39. Germany regained a 13-point lead early in the third term. But Russia kept pressure on their opponents narrowing the deficit at 6-point mark with one quarter remaining 48:54. Russia went on a 10:1 rally to surge ahead 58:56 midway through the final term. The lead changed hands for several times before Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) and Ilya Rodionov made it 67:64 for Russia. Stephan Haukohl cut the deficit but Gleb Goldyrev sank two free throws to seal the win. Ilya Rodionov and Vladislav Trushkin contributed 11 points apiece for Russia. Yury Karpenko (185-PG-93) and Pavel Khrebtov (197-F-93) delivered 10 points each in the victory. Paul Zipser (195-G-94) responded with 21 points for Germany. Stephan Haukohl had 13 points in the loss.
Group G
Czech Republic - Finland 67-61
Czech Republic rallied to the second win in the classification round of U18 European Championship. They held off Finnish counterparts to jump at 2-2 record in Group G. Finland fell at 1-3 record on the brink of relegation. Czech Republic capped the opening frame on a 10:2 run to take a 21:12 lead. Martin Kriz (202-F-93) helped Czech Republic to a 28:15 advantage early in the second quarter. They maintained the lead and made it 36:27 at halftime. Finland got within two points midway through the third stanza. But Czech Republic recovered and entered the final frame ahead by 7 points 51:44. Daniel Dolenc (205-C-93) and Seppala dragged Finland within three points with under four minutes remaining 56:59. But it was as close as they could get. Martin Kriz and Bernath sealed the win for Czech Republic at the end. Martin Kriz stepped up with 25 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Jan Lycka (186-G-93) added 16 points for Czech Republic. Joonas Caven (210-C/F-93) answered with 19 points and 12 boards for Finland. Daniel Dolenc contributed 15 points in the loss.

Ukraine - Greece 68-60
Ukraine recorded the third straight win at the U18 European Championship. They held off Greek counterparts to jump at 3-1 record in Group G. Greece fell at 2-2 record after the defeat. Klym Artamonov (176-PG-93) delivered 21 points, 6 assists and 4 boards to pace the winners. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. Ukraine and Greece appeared tied at 19 after ten minutes of action. Ukraine opened the second term on a 10:1 run to surge in front. They maintained the lead posting a 38:29 advantage at the interval. Shundel opened the second half with a three-pointer to boost the lead. Larentzakis and Deligeorgis dragged the Hellenes within five points midway through the third term But Ukraine entered the fourth quarter up by seven points 51:44. The margin grew at 12-point mark midway through the fourth stanza but Greece ignited a 9:2 rally to narrow the deficit. However Klym Artamonov and Danylo Zuikov (185-PG-94) sank four free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Ukraine. Vladimir Gerun (206-C-94) contributed 16 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. Danylo Zuikov finished with 12 points in the win. Petros Melissaratos (202-C/F-93) answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Greece. Emmanouil Tselentakis (195-F-93) had 12 points in the loss.


Qualifying Round ends in Wroclaw - Jul 27, 2011
Group E
Serbia - Croatia 84-59
Serbia cruised past Croatia in the Qualifying Round Group E. The victory propelled Serbia to 3-2 record in the ladder. Vasilije Micic (192-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) and Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin scored 12 points each to lead well-balanced effort from Serbia. Croatia fell at 3-2 record after the defeat. Serbia led 10:2 early in the game. But Croatia erased the deficit and tied things up at 18 after ten minutes. Serbia used a 13:0 run midway through the second quarter to take a 32:21 lead. They maintained the advantage and arrived at halftime up by 11 points 47:36. Vasilije Micic established a 20-point lead midway through the third term 59:39. Serbia did not slow down entering the fourth quarter ahead by 24 points 71:47. Croatia scored just 12 points in the final term and had to surrender at the end. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 11 points, while Luka Mitrovic and Nemanja Krstic (198-F-93) netted 10 points each in the win. Mislav Brzoja answered with 14 points for Croatia. Marko Ramljak and Ante Smolic (204-C-93) finished with 11 points apiece in the loss.

Turkey - Slovenia 64-61
Turkey grabbed the valuable win at the end of the Qualifying Round in Division A of the U18 European Championship. The team edged Slovenia to finish with 3-2 record on the second place in Group E. Slovenia fell at 1-4 record and could not make it to the Quarterfinals. It was the game for the last spot from Group E to the Quarterfinal. Both teams in case of the victory could make to the Sweet Eight and only the last seconds sent Turkey to the 1/4 Finals. Slovenia however started with 16:12 and Skerbec scored for 22:15. Eroglu closed the second period at 35:27, while the winners pushed the margin to 42:30 before watching the Slovenians get back into the game with an 11-0 run to pull within 42:41. Tayfun Erulku (188-G/F-94) was the last to post in the third period and Tekin brought 60:53. Slovenia reduced the gap but could not even tie the game. Late baskets by Ugur Dokuyan (197-F-93) brought the necessary win for Turkey. Berkay Candan (205-F-93) paced all the Turks with 18 points and Tayfun Erulku notched 13. Luka Rupnik (184-PG-93) ended up with 17 points in the losing case, while Rojc and Lapornik added 9 apiece.

Poland - Germany 82-65
Poland wins Group E at the European Championship in Division A to advance from the top place to the Quarterfinals. The favorites of the group overcame Germany U18 82:65 and finished on top with 4-1 record. Germany fell at 1-4 record on the bottom of the standings. Poland pulled ahead 12-4 early on in front of the home crowd. Germany got back within 15-11 but then trailed 21-13 after one quarter. Niedzwiedzki scored for 35:26 and Michal Michalak (194-G-93) closed the period at 44:30. Poland did not even think of slowing down and won the third period 25-18. Jakub Koelner (182-PG-93) and Richter exchanged the late baskets for 69:48 at the end of the third period. Germany managed to win the last stanza 17-13, but could reduce only to 17-point end. Jakub Koelner and Michal Michalak led the way with 17 points each for another victory. Tomasz Gielo (204-F-93) netted 11, while Ponitka posted 10. Bekteshi replied with 16 points in defeat and Radosavljevic notched 14.

Group F
France - Russia 71-62
France posted the second straight win at the Qualifying Round of U18 European Championship. They held off Russian counterparts to improve at 4-1 record in Group F. Russia fell at 1-4 record after the defeat. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) stepped up with double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds for Les Bleus. France opened the game with ten points in a row. As Russia struggled to tune in France posted a 24:16 lead at the first break. However the second term was a different story. Russia went on a 13:0 run at the start of it to post a 29:24 lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the second term to ensure a 39:36 halftime advantage. Les Bleus needed an 8:0 run midway through the third period to pull ahead. Russia surged back in front but Invernizzi gave Les Bleus a 52:51 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Russia used an 8:0 rally to grab a 62:54 lead early in the fourth quarter. But France kept Russia scoreless afterwards crowning the regulation with 17 consecutive points and earning victory. William Howard (201-F-93) topscored with 15 points for France. Jean-Charles Livio added 12 points in the winning effort. Aleksandr Gudumak (204-F-93) responded with 16 points for Russia. Denis Levshin had 15 points in the loss.

Lithuania - Spain 75-84
Spain recorded another win at the Qualifying Round in Division A at the U18 European Championship. Five players scored in double figures as Spain remained undefeated with an 84-75 victory over Lithuania. The team won Group F with 5-0 record, while the Baltic side advanced with 3-2 record from the third place. Simonas Kymantas (204-C/F-93) and Abrines Redondo exchanged the baskets in the start of the game, while Spain pushed the tempo for good later in the first. Sanz scored for 29:12 and Perez brought 32:16. In the second quarter the margin remained more then 10 points and Grigonis sent the squads to the lockers at 50:40. Trailing 18 points in the third quarter, the Baltic side reduced to 67:60 at the end of thirty minutes. Simonas Kymantas cut it to 74:72 and later 76:74. Spain however remained tough and won another game in Poland. Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) and Diez paced all the winners with 19 points each, while the latter also grabbed 17 rebounds. Simonas Kymantas netted 23 points in defeat and Jogela scored 12.

Italy - Latvia 85-83 OT
Italy grab the last ticket to the Quarterfinals in Poland as they needed overtime to edge Latvia. In one of the best games of the last Day of the Qualifying Round in Division A, Italian team won 85:83 and advanced to 1/4 Finals. Latvia had a chance to take their spot, but knowing that only a victory by 25 points or more would be enough to advance to the final eight, did their best. Roberts Krumins (198-G/F-93) gave Latvia 15:12 and Sipolins brought 22:17. Diego Monaldi (190-PG-93) however responded with a jump shot at the end of the first period fro 23:22. The second quarter belonged to Latvia and they grabbed 44:35 at the halftime. Moreover after 16-14 in the third quarter the board showed 60:49 as Matteo Chillo (202-F/C-93) made a free throw. Italy meanwhile needed a final surge to tie the game at the end of the fourth period. In overtime they produced 8-6 to win the game. Matteo Chillo top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Veccia nailed 15. Mattia Magrini (190-G-93) posted 14, while Della Valle scored 11. Ojars Silins (201-F-93) collected 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Baltic team and Berzins had 15 points and 11 boards.

Group G
Czech Republic - Ukraine 72-76
Ukraine earned the second consecutive win at the U18 European Championship. They held off Czech Republic to climb at 2-1 record in classification round Group G. Klym Artamonov (176-PG-93) knocked down 20 points, issued 6 assists and grabbed 4 rebounds to lead the winners. Czech Republic fell at 1-2 record after the loss. Czech Republic pulled in front 17:10 midway through the starting quarter. They rallied to a 21:14 lead at the first break. Klym Artamonov and Danylo Zuikov teamed up for 19 points in the second frame as Ukraine spurred in front 41:36 at the interval. Czech Republic erased the deficit and eventually put their noses in front 56:54. But Kobets capped the third frame with a three-pointer as Ukraine grabbed a 57:56 lead. The lead changed hands throughout the fourth quarter. Klym Artamonov and Vladimir Gerun notched four points in a row as Ukraine took a 76:72 lead with ten seconds remaining. Tomas Kyzlink (197-F/G-93) and Festr missed three-pointers and Ukraine sealed the win at the end. Danylo Zuikov provided 18 points, while Vladimir Gerun added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the winning effort. Martin Kriz (202-F-93) answered with 32 points and 16 rebounds for Czech Republic. Tomas Kyzlink delivered 23 points and 9 caroms in defeat.

Greece - Finland 78-87
Finland registered the first win at the U18 European Championship. They held off Greece to improve at 1-2 record in classification round Group G. Joonas Caven (210-C/F-93) scored 26 points to lead the charge. The Hellenes fell at 2-1 record. Greece opened the game with ten points in a row. They stayed in charge throughout the opening quarter posting a 21:16 lead at the first break. Ilari Seppala scored eight points in a 10:0 run from the Finnish team in the second term as they grabbed a 30:29 lead. Finland arrived at halftime up by two points 42:40. Finland tipped off the second half with a 7:0 run to boost their lead. They kept Greece at distance posting a 67:55 advantage with one quarter remaining. Daniel Dolenc (205-C-93) and Tommi Huolila (199-F-93) opened a 16-point lead for Finland early in the fourth period. Greece went on a desperate comeback rally cutting the deficit at just three points with just over two minutes remaining. But Joonas Caven came up with timely four points to give Finland some breathing space. Ilari Seppala then hit four free throws in a row and sealed the win for Finland. Ilari Seppala delivered 22 points, while Tommi Huolila netted 14 points in the win. Giannoulis Larentzakis (196-G/F-93) answered with 20 points for Greece. Kyprianos Maragkos posted 17 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.


Qualifying Round Day 2 in Wroclaw - Jul 26, 2011
Group E
Poland - Serbia 70-61
Poland recorded the second straight win at the Qualifying Round of U18 European Championship. They held off Serbian counterparts for 3-1 record in Group E. Piotr Niedzwiedzki (209-F-93) came up with 22 points and 7 rebounds to pace the hosts. Serbia fell at 2-2 record after the defeat. Poland opened the game with a 9:2 run. Serbia cut the deficit but the hosts secured a 19:14 lead after ten minutes. The visitors tipped off the second term with nine points in a row to pull ahead. But Poland quickly regained the advantage and arrived at halftime up by two points 31:29. Piotr Niedzwiedzki knocked down five straight points early in the second half as Poland jumped to a 7-point advantage. Soon the hosts boosted the gap to 13 points 46:33. Poland headed into the fourth quarter up by 9 points 54:45. The home team tipped off the final term with 9 consecutive points to post an 18-point lead. Serbia went on a desperate rescue rally in the final minutes but came up short at the end. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) notched 14 points and 10 boards, while Tomasz Gielo (204-F-93) added 12 points in the victory. Vasilije Micic (192-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 13 points for Serbia. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) had 12 points in the loss.

Croatia - Turkey 66-72
Turkey overcame Croatia at the U18 European Championship in Wroclaw. Kenan Sipahi (192-PG-95) scored 16 points to pace Turkey as they improved at 2-2 record in Group E. Croatia suffered the first defeat at the tournament to fell at 3-1 record in the ladder. Turkey secured a 16:6 lead midway through the opening quarter. But Smolic scored 8 points in a 9:0 run from Croatia as they narrowed the deficit to a single 18:19 after ten minutes. Turkey regained an 11-point advantage midway through the second term. Croatia got within 7 points at the interval 32:39. Turkey maintained the lead throughout the third frame. They arrived at the final break up by as many as 15 points 49:64. The margin grew at 18-point mark early in the fourth quarter. Croatia responded with 14:0 run to narrow the gap to 4 points with two minutes remaining. Dokuyan stopped the rot for Turkey with two free throws and Croatia found no answer for this. Berkay Candan (205-F-93) notched 9 points, while Samet Geyik (206-F-93) delivered 8 points in the victory. Marko Ramljak (203-F-93, agency: Interperformances) answered with 17 points, 8 assists and 4 boards for Croatia. Stipe Krstanovic (204-F/C-93) had 16 points in defeat.

Germany - Slovenia 65-69
Slovenia kept alive in the race for the quarterfinal birth at the U18 European Championship. They overcame Germany for 1-3 record in Qualifying Round Group E. Germany fell at 1-3 record after the defeat. Slovenia will face Turkey, while Germany will play against Poland on the final day of the Qualifying Round tomorrow. The teams stayed close in the starting frame. Slovenia eked out a 15:14 lead after ten minutes. Slovenia used a 13:2 run in the second period to boost the margin to 12-point mark. Slovenia ensured a 40:23 halftime lead. Luka Rupnik (184-PG-93) gave Slovenia a 19-point advantage midway through the third quarter. But Germany answered with a 9:1 run to trim the deficit. Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) and Hartmann dragged Germany within eight points with one quarter remaining 45:53. Germany opened the final quarter with six points in a row to get within two points. Dennis Schroeder (184-G-93) and Richter pulled Germany within a single point 61:62 with 47 seconds to go. But Matej Rojc (198-G-93) and Luka Rupnik sank seven free throws in the reminder of the contest to seal the victory for Slovenia. Luka Rupnik delivered 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to pace the winners. Matej Rojc contributed 19 points and 7 rebounds for Slovenia. Dennis Schroeder responded with 19 points for Germany. Bogdan Radosavljevic had 15 points and 10 boards in defeat.
Group F
Spain - Italy 73-66
Spain celebrated the fifth straight win at the U18 European Championship. They held off Italy to improve at 4-0 record in Qualifying Round Group F. Daniel Diez (199-F-93) stepped up with 17 points and 12 rebounds to pace the winners. Italy fell at 1-3 record in the loss. Spain opened the game on a 13:2 run. Spain dominated in the opening quarter to post a 23:13 lead at the first break. Spain stayed in charge but Italy capped the first half with eight points in a row as the Azzurri cut the deficit at 6-point mark 26:32. Italy eventually pulled in front 48:46 midway through the third term. But Spain regained the lead late in the quarter 55:52. Spain went on an 11:0 run midway through the fourth stanza and drove to the victory at the end. Guillermo Hernangomez (203-C-94) notched 13 points and 8 rebounds for Spain. Alejandro Suarez (205-F/C-93) had 12 points in the winning effort. Mattia Magrini (190-G-93) and Matteo Imbro (190-PG-94) answered with 13 points apiece for Italy. Matteo Chillo (202-F/C-93) produced 11 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Russia - Latvia 72-64
Russia recorded the first win at the Qualifying Round of U18 European Championship. They overcame Latvia to improve at 1-3 record in Group F. Aleksandr Gudumak (204-F-93) tallied 17 points and 16 rebounds to lead the winners. Latvia fell at 0-4 record after the loss. The lead changed hands for numerous times throughout the opening quarter. Ojars Silins (201-F-93) capped the period with two free throws as Latvia grabbed an 18:16 lead. Krumins opened the second quarter with a three-pointer to boost the gap but Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93) ignited a 12:0 run that put Russia ahead by 7 points 28:21. Russia hung on to post a 37:36 lead at the interval. Russia stayed in charge in the third term. They arrived at the final break up by four points 48:44. Latvia erased the deficit and knotted things up early in the fourth period. Krumins put the Baltic team in charge 58:57 with under five minutes remaining. Aleksandr Gudumak scored four points in a 6:0 run from Russia as they regained control. Gleb Goldyrev, Loginov and Karpenko sank six free throws late in regulation as Russia rallied to a tough win at the end. Gleb Goldyrev netted 15 points for Russia. Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) had 12 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Rihards Ginters (193-F-93) and Ojars Silins answered with 13 points each for Latvia. Andrejs Grazulis (203-C/F-93) delivered 12 points in the loss.

France - Lithuania 61-56
France nipped Lithuania at U18 European Championship today. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace Les Bleus to the victory. France thus improved at 3-1 record and caught up with Lithuania in the ladder. Lithuania stunned France at the start of the game scoring nine points without a reply. The defending champions maintained the lead posting a 16:11 lead after ten minutes. France used a 10:2 run late in the second quarter to pull ahead 26:24. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third term. The lead changed for several times before Invernizze made it 41:37 for Les Bleus at the final break. Lithuania quickly erased the deficit early in the fourth period but France did not allow their opponents to surge ahead. Mouhammadou Jaiteh and Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) returned an 8-point lead for Les Bleus. France did not allow Lithuania closer than five points in the dying minutes and rolled to a confident win at the end. Ulysse Adjagba (185-PG-93) knocked down 13 points, while Jean-Charles Livio (204-F/C-93) and Hugo Invernizzi added 9 points each in the victory. Paulius Semaska (183-PG-93) responded with 15 points for Lithuania. Arturas Gudaitis (208-C-93) and Osvaldas Olisevicius (196-F-93) had 11 points each in the loss.
Group G
Ukraine - Finland 75-65 OT
Ukraine snapped their four-game losing streak at U18 European Championship. They held off Finland in overtime drama to climb at 1-1 record in classification round Group G. Danylo Zuikov (185-PG-94) accounted for 23 points and 7 rebounds to pace the winners. Joonas Caven (210-C/F-93) helped Finland earn 17:12 lead late in the opening quarter. Finland entered the second term up by two points 17:15. The Finnish team piled up a 9-point lead midway through the second quarter. Ukraine went on a 13:0 run to grab a 30:26 lead. They posted a 34:29 lead at the interval. The teams stayed close throughout the third term however Ukraine ensured a 49:46 lead at the final intermission. Naapi opened the final term with five points in a row as Finland pulled in front. The lead changed for several times before Daniel Dolenc (205-C-93) made it 63:60 with 32 seconds remaining. Danylo Zuikov answered with a triple to level things up at 63 with 12 seconds remaining. Joonas Caven had a chance to win the game for Finland but missed a jumper. Danylo Zuikov dropped 8 points in overtime as Ukraine rallied to the victory. Vladimir Gerun (206-C-94) tallied 19 points and 20 boards, while Klym Artamonov (176-PG-93) added 18 points, 6 boards and 4 assists in the win. Daniel Dolenc responded with 23 points for Finland. Joonas Caven accounted for 16 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Czech Republic - Greece 72-100
Greece celebrated the second straight win at the Classification Round of U18 European Championship in Wroclaw. They knocked down Czech Republic to improve at 2-0 record in Group G. Giannoulis Larentzakis (196-G/F-93) scored 29 points to lead the Hellenes. Czech Republic fell at 1-1 record. The lead changed hands throughout the opening quarter. But Czech Republic went on a 7:0 run late in the period to open a 17:11 advantage. They hung on to post a 20:17 advantage at the first break. Giannoulis Larentzakis unloaded 14 points in the second quarter as Greece took over. They piled up a 47:41 halftime lead. Greece opened a double-digit lead midway through the third term 57:47. The Hellenes went on a 12:2 rally to ensure a 23-point lead with one quarter remaining. Greece did not loosen the grip in the fourth quarter and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Kyprianos Maragkos (205-C-94) notched 22 points for Greece. Dimitrios Agravanis (203-F-94) added 11 points in the winning case. Jan Svandrlik (196-F-94) and Tomas Kyzlink (197-F/G-93) replied with 10 points apiece for Czech Republic.


Qualifying Round Day 1 in Wroclaw - Jul 25, 2011
Group E
Turkey - Poland 59-62
Poland earned the first win at the Qualifying Round of U18 European Championship. The hosts came back from 10-point halftime deficit to overcome Turkey. Poland improved at 2-1 record, while Turkey slipped at 1-2 in Group E ladder. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) knocked down 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners. Turkey capped the opening quarter on a 6:2 run to post a 24:18 lead at the first break. Turkey opened the second quarter on an 8:3 run and grabbed a 32:21 advantage. Turkey ensured a 41:31 lead at the interval. But Poland turned on the tempo in the third quarter. The hosts cut the deficit at just four points 48:52 with one quarter remaining. Piotr Niedzwiedzki (209-F-93) erased the deficit 57:57 midway through the fourth stanza. Poland used a 5:0 run to surge ahead 62:59 with just over a minute to. The teams went scoreless in the reminder of the contest as Poland ran away with the victory. Michal Michalak accounted for 13 points and 13 boards, while Piotr Niedzwiedzki added 12 points for the winners. Berkay Candan (205-F-93) and Samet Geyik (206-F-93) responded with 11 points each for Turkey. Ramazan Tekin (212-C-93) had 9 points in the loss.

Slovenia - Serbia 73-81
Serbia registered the first win at the Qualifying Round of U18 European Championship. They held off Slovenian counterparts to improve at 2-1 record in Group E. Djordje Milosevic (198-F/G-93) and Nemanja Dangubic (196-G-93) stepped up with 15 points each to lead the charge. Slovenia fell at 0-3 record after the loss. Serbia opened the game with eight points in a row but Slovenia found the way to recover. Luka Rupnik (184-PG-93) made it 19:18 for Slovenia at the first break. The lead changed for several times before Serbia went on an 11:2 run posting a 35:28 lead midway through the second quarter. Slovenia got back within two points 38:40 at halftime. The teams traded baskets throughout close third frame. Serbia managed to pull a narrow 60:57 lead into the fourth frame. Djordje Milosevic and Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) boosted the margin to 8 points midway through the fourth stanza 72:64. Soon the margin grew at 11-point mark and Serbia marched to the victory at the end. Luka Mitrovic accounted for 14 points in the winning effort. Luka Rupnik answered with 22 points for Slovenia. Ziga Dimec (208-C/F-93) top-scored with 26 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Germany - Croatia 51-52
Croatia registered the fourth straight win at the U18 European Championship. They held off Germany in thriller to improve at 3-0 record in Qualifying Round Group E. Mislav Brzoja (198-F/G-94) scored 22 points to pace the winners. Germany fell at 1-2 record after the loss. Germany set the tone early opening the game with an 8:2 run. But Croatia answered with a 12:2 run to ensure a 14:10 lead at the first break. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame as Croatia posted a 24:20 lead at halftime. Buovac and Mislav Brzoja stretched the gap to 8 points midway through the third term. But Germany answered with a 9:0 run to surge ahead. Junakovic capped the period with a three-pointer as Croatia grabbed a 37:35 advantage with one quarter to go. The lead changed hands for several times before Brzoja and Marko Ramljak (203-F-93, agency: Interperformances) made it 52:47 for Croatia with under two minutes remaining. Bekteshi and Zipser pulled Germany within a single point but it was not enough as Croatia escaped with a narrow win at the end. Marko Ramljak nailed 13 points, while Antonio Boban (200-F/G-93) had 5 points in the win. Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) and Dennis Schroeder (184-G-93) responded with 11 points each for Germany.
Group F
Russia - Spain 59-94
Spain cruised past Russia for the fourth straight win at the U18 European Championship. Alejandro Redondo (198-F/G-93) scored 21 points to lead the winners as they improved at 3-0 record in Group F. Russia fell at 0-3 record after the defeat. Spain opened the game with an 8:2 run but 10 points from Aleksandr Gudumak (204-F-93) gave Russia a 14:13 lead midway through the opening quarter. Spain managed to post a narrow 19:18 lead after ten minutes. Spain used a 10:0 run midway through the second term to open a 35:21 lead. Spain established a 43:29 halftime advantage. Spain opened the second half with six points in a row posting a 49:29 advantage. Spain marched confidently throughout the third term to record a 69:43 lead with one quarter remaining. Spain stayed in charge in the fourth stanza and rallied to a comprehensive win at the end. Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) nailed 19 points, while Jorge Sanz (188-PG-93) contributed 14 points in the victory. Aleksandr Gudumak responded with 22 points for Russia. Andrey Loginov (204-F-93) and Yury Karpenko (185-PG-93) netted 8 points each in the loss.

Italy - France 70-72
France nipped Italy in the Qualifying Round of U18 European Championship in Poland. The victory propelled France to 2-1 record, while Italy fell at 1-2 after the defeat. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) stepped up with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. France used an 8:1 run midway through the starting quarter as France posted a 21:16 lead. Les Bleus recorded a 23:18 lead at the first intermission. France boosted the margin to 9 points at the start of the second quarter. They stayed in front throughout the frame arriving at halftime up by 7 points 42:35. Gaspardo and Amedeo Della Valle (192-G-93) put Italy in front late in the third quarter 57:56. However Dinal answered with a pair of free throws as Les Bleus entered the fourth term up by one 58:57. Amedeo Della Valle regained the advantage for the Azzurri early in the final quarter but Clement Faroux (186-G-93) and Mouhammadou Jaiteh made it 70:65 for France with three minutes remaining. Amedeo Della Valle cut the deficit at just two points but Mouhammadou Jaiteh answered with a jumper and France hung on to snatch victory at the end. Clement Faroux nailed 10 points, while Boris Dallo (193-G-94) contributed 9 points in the win. Amedeo Della Valle notched 26 points for Italy. Amedeo Tessitori (203-C-94) had 22 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Latvia - Lithuania 45-86
Lithuania reeled past their Baltic neighbours at the start of the Qualifying Round at U18 European Championship. The defending champions clinched a comfortable win to climb at 3-0 record on top of Group F. Latvia on the other hand slipped at 0-3 record. Mantas Mockevicius (186-G-93) stepped up with 13 points to lead well-balanced effort from Lithuania. Latvia tipped off the game with four straight points but Lithuania quickly took over. Mantas Mockevicius scored 6 points in the first frame as Lithuania posted a 27:16 lead. Lithuania capped the second term on a 9:0 run to open a 21-point lead at halftime 47:26. Latvia conceded a 0:8 rally midway through the third term to face a massive 26-point deficit. Lithuania never slowed down posting a 66:38 lead with one quarter remaining. The defending champions experienced little opposition in the fourth quarter coasting to the victory at the end. Tomas Lekunas (195-F-93) and Arturas Gudaitis (208-C-93) notched 10 points each for Lithuania. Klavs Strazdins (191-G/F-93) answered with 8 points for Latvia. Ojars Silins (201-F-93) and Andrejs Grazulis (203-C/F-93) had 6 points each in the loss.
Group G
Greece - Ukraine 93-67
Greece celebrated the first win at the U18 European Championship. They shot down Ukraine in the relegation round opener. Giannoulis Larentzakis (196-G/F-93) stepped up with 31 points, 6 assists and 5 boards to pace the Hellenes. The teams traded lead throughout the opening frame. The scoreboard read 21:21 after ten minutes. Greece opened the second period with 10:0 run to clear off. Greece rallied to a 46:33 halftime advantage. Shundel and Vladimir Gerun (206-C-94) managed to pull Ukraine within 6 points late in the third quarter. But the Hellenes were able to post a 60:51 lead heading into the fourth stanza. Greece opened the final stanza on an 8:1 run and never looked back en route to the victory. Apollon Deligeorgis (191-PG-93) accounted for 20 points, 11 boards and 7 assists for Greece. Dimitrios Agravanis (203-F-94) netted 11 points in the victory. Vladimir Gerun answered with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Ukraine. Danylo Zuikov (185-PG-94) netted 12 points in defeat.

Finland - Czech Republic 55-72
Czech Republic opened win count at U18 European Championship. They overcame Finland in the first game of the classification round in Wroclaw. Martin Kriz (202-F-93) came up with 21 points, 22 boards and 5 assists to lead the winners. Czech Republic and Finland stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The Czech team eked out a 19:18 lead after ten minutes. Tomas Kyzlink (197-F/G-93) made it 26:20 lead early in the second frame. But Finland recovered late in the half. They capped the half with six points in a row to grab a 33:32 lead. Czech Republic tipped off the second half with a 15:2 run to regain the lead. They stayed in charge posting a 53:44 lead with one quarter to go. Finland never got closer than 7 points in the fourth period and had to surrender at the end. Tomas Kyzlink delivered 15 points and 16 boards for Czech Republic. Jan Lycka (186-G-93) accounted for 13 points in the victory. Ilari Seppala (190-G-93) answered with 13 points for Finland. Kalle Naapi (189-G-93) and Daniel Dolenc (205-C-93) contributed 10 points apiece in defeat.


Results and Stats from Day 3 in Wroclaw - Jul 23, 2011
Group A
Croatia - Poland 78-72
Croatia registered the third straight win at the U18 European Championship. They upset the hosts to clinch the top spot in Group A. Mislav Brzoja (198-F/G-94) notched 22 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge. Poland fell at 2-1 record after the loss and claimed the second place in the ladder. It all looked the Polish way in the opening frame. The hosts fired 27 points to ensure a 7-point lead into the second quarter. But Croatia used an 8:0 run midway through the second term to surge ahead. Michalak and Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) gave the lead back to Poland at halftime 37:34. Mateusz Ponitka stretched the gap to 7 points midway through the third period 47:40. Croatia answered with a 10:1 run to pull in front. They arrived at the final break leading by two points 53:51. Antonio Boban (200-F/G-93) and Stipe Krstanovic (204-F/C-93) ensured a 6-point lead for the visitors in the fourth quarter. Mateusz Ponitka stepped up for the hosts once again as Poland denied the deficit 67:67 with just over two minutes to go. However Antonio Boban followed with consecutive three-pointers and Matej Buovac (198-G/F-93) sank two free throws as Croatia ran away with the win at the end. Stipe Krstanovic notched 15 points and 11 boards, while Matej Buovac and Antonio Boban netted 11 points apiece in the victory. Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) responded with 17 points and 11 boards for Poland. Mateusz Ponitka accounted for 18 points in the loss.

Slovenia - Greece 66-64
Slovenia celebrated the first win at the U18 European Championship. They held off Greece in the crucial game in Group A. The victory allowed Slovenia to advance into the next round of action. Greece fell at 0-3 record and would fight against relegation in classification round. Luka Rupnik (184-PG-93) provided 14 points to lead the charge. The teams stayed close in the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 17:17 after ten minutes of action. Greece pulled in front early in the second quarter. But Slovenia capped the period with a 6:3 run to establish a 34:33 halftime lead. Luka Rupnik gave Slovenia a 7-point lead midway through the third term. Slovenia arrived at the final intermission up by eight points 53:45. Slovenia pulled in front for a 13-point lead following a 7:0 rally early in the fourth quarter 60:47. However the Hellenes sparked the intrigue with a 12:0 run that cut the deficit to just two points with 25 seconds remaining. Rok Gominsek (204-F-93) answered with a jumper and Slovenia escaped with a narrow win at the end. Matej Rojc (198-G-93) nailed 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Rok Gominsek netted 8 points in the victory. Emmanouil Tselentakis (195-F-93) answered with 11 points and 10 boards for Greece. Dimitrios Agravanis (203-F-94) and Fotios Zoumpos (191-G-93) notched 9 points each in the loss.
Group B
Finland - Germany 56-88
Germany registered the second win at the preliminary round of U18 European Championship. They overcame Finland to improve at 2-1 record in Group B. The win however did not allow Germany to finish higher than the third position in the ladder. Finland wrapped up their preliminary round campaign winless. Finland looked hopeful in the opening quarter. They grabbed a 17:16 lead after ten minutes. But Germany opened the second quarter on a 9:0 run to spur in front. Germany outscored their opponents 25:7 in the period to ensure a 41:24 halftime lead. Finland could not get any closer in the third quarter. Germany entered the fourth frame up by as many as 23 points 65:42. Things got just worse for the Finnish side late in the game as Germany coasted to the victory. Besnik Bekteshi (188-G-93) stepped up with 18 points to lead the effort. Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) added 16 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Joonas Caven (210-C/F-93) answered with 13 points for Finland. Kalle Naapi (189-G-93) netted 11 points in defeat.

Turkey - Serbia 82-75
Turkey wrapped up their preliminary round campaign at U18 European Championship with victory. They prevailed against Serbia to improve at 2-1 record. Turkey thus clinched the second position in the ladder just behind Serbia. Tayfun Erulku (188-G/F-94) stepped up with 21 points to pace the winners in this one. The lead changed hands for several times in the first quarter as Turkey eventually posted a 25:22 lead after ten minutes. Tayfun Erulku and Ugur Dokuyan made it 31:22 early in the second quarter. Turkey opened a double-digit lead midway through the second frame but Serbia were able to cut it back to 4 points at halftime 38:42. Djordje Milosevic (198-F/G-93) and Milic finally pulled Serbia in front in the third quarter. Mitrovic capped the period with a three-point play as Serbia went into the final quarter up by two points 62:60. Serbia were still up by to 69:67 with just over three minutes remaining. But Kenan Sipahi (192-PG-95) drained two triples in a row and then Ugur Dokuyan and Tayfun Erulku sank four free throws as Turkey sneaked past Serbia at the end. Samet Geyik (206-F-93) nailed 17 points for the winners. Kenan Sipahi contributed 13 points for Turkey. Vasilije Micic (192-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 19 points for Serbia. Djordje Milosevic notched 16 points in defeat.
Group C
Czech Republic - Latvia 46-71
Latvia advanced into the Qualifying Round at U18 European Championship in Wroclaw. They outgunned Czech Republic in the decisive game for both teams in Group C. Latvia thus improved at 1-2 record and clinched the third spot, while Czech Republic fell at 0-3 record and would play in relegation round. Janis Berzins (200-F/G-93, agency: Players Group) stepped up with 12 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Baltic side. Latvia opened the game with a strong 13:2 run. They erupted for 28 points in the period to take a 14-point lead after ten minutes. Latvia tipped off the second period on an 11:0 run to boost the margin to 25 points 39:14. Latvia ensured a comfortable 44:23 halftime lead. The third term was another sad story for Czech Republic. Latvia scored 10 points in a row at the beginning of the period to clear off. They rallied to a 56:31 lead with one quarter remaining. Latvia never looked back afterwards cruising to the first win at the tournament. Oskars Reinfelds (190-G-94) delivered 10 points for Latvia. Klavs Strazdins (191-G/F-93) and Andrejs Grazulis (203-C/F-93) added 9 points each in the victory. Tomas Kyzlink (197-F/G-93) responded with 14 points for Czech Republic. Petr Herman (204-C-94) netted 11 points in defeat.

France - Spain 63-72
Spain clinched the top spot in preliminary round Group C of U18 European Championship. They held off France to enter the Qualifying Round with a perfect record. Daniel Diez (199-F-93) tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. France and Spain stayed close in the opening quarter. The lead changed hands for several times before Sanz, Guillermo Hernangomez (203-C-94) and Fernandez secured a 23:18 lead for Spain at the first break. Spain stretched the margin to 9 points midway through the second frame. France managed to get within five points 33:38 at halftime. Les Bleus used a 6:0 run in the third term to get within a single point 42:43 but Daniel Diez reacted with a three-pointer to keep Spain on top. Spain entered the fourth quarter up by four points 50:46. France stayed within striking distance early in the fourth period but a pair of three-pointers from Alejandro Redondo (198-F/G-93) kept Spain in charge. Alejandro Redondo, Sanz and Daniel Diez made it 68:57 for the Spaniards with just over a minute to go. France could not recover and had to yield at the end. Alejandro Redondo provided 13 points, while Guillermo Hernangomez added 11 points and 7 boards in the victory. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) came up with 14 points and 10 boards for France. Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) netted 10 points in defeat.
Group D
Ukraine - Italy 80-85
Italy posted the second win at the U18 European Championship in Poland. They toppled Ukraine to improve at 2-1 record in Group D. Amedeo Della Valle (192-G-93) scored 20 points to lead the Azzurri. Ukraine fell at 0-3 record and would fight to avoid relegation in classification round for 13th-16th place. Ukraine had their backs against the wall entering the game. They gave a fierce battle to Italy in this one. The lead changed hands throughout the opening quarter as Monaldi finally made it 21:20 for the Azzurri. Amedeo Della Valli stretched the gap to 6 points midway through the second quarter. The seesaw action continued but Falluca had the last laugh in the half as his three-pointer secured a 38:37 advantage for Italy. Vladimir Gerun (206-C-94) and Klym Artamonov (176-PG-93) put Ukraine in front early in the second half. And once again the quarter turned out to be a close battle with neither side able to run away. Amedeo Tessitori (203-C-94) put Italy up by three points 60:57 with ten minutes to go. Amedeo Della Valli and Monaldi gave the Azzurri a 64:57 lead early in the final quarter but Ukraine erased the deficit. Klym Artamonov dragged Ukraine in charge 75:73 with just over four minutes to go. They were still by one 78:77 with under two minutes to go. Amedeo Tessitori and Amedeo Della Valli gave the lead back to Italy and later Amedeo Tessitori and Monaldi sealed the victory for Italy. Amedeo Tessitori nailed 19 points, while Matteo Imbro (190-PG-94) contributed 12 points in the winning effort. Vladimir Gerun answered with game-high 29 points and 14 boards for Ukraine. Klym Artamonov netted 26 points and issued 5 assists in the loss.

Russia - Lithuania 78-82
Lithuania kept their record spotless at U18 European Championship. The defending champions outscored Russia to clinch top spot in Group D. Russia slipped at 1-2 record in the third position in the ladder. Paulius Semaska (183-PG-93) scored 17 points to pace the Baltic team. Russia opened the game with nine points in a row. They stayed in charge throughout the opening quarter to record an 18:14 lead ten minutes into the game. Russia maintained the lead throughout the bigger part of the second term. But Lithuania capped the half with six points in a row to level things up at 33 after twenty minutes. The lead changed hands for numerous times throughout the third term. Finally Karpenko and Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) gave Russia 58:54 lead into the fourth quarter. Martynas Paliukenas (178-PG-93) triggered a 12:0 rally from Lithuania midway through the final stanza as they grabbed a 72:62 lead. Russia got back within six points but Lithuania stayed in control and raced to the victory at the end. Martynas Paliukenas provided 16 points, while Simonas Kymantas (204-C/F-93) had 12 points and 12 boards in the win. Vladislav Trushkin answered with 21 points and 13 boards for Russia. Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93) nailed 13 points in defeat.



Results and Stats from Day 2 in Wroclaw - Jul 22, 2011
Group A
Poland - Greece 68-61
Poland recorded the second straight win at U18 European Championship. The hosts overcame Greece to stay undefeated in Group A. Greece in the meantime suffered the second straight loss at the tournament. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) scored 17 points, collected 8 rebounds and issued 4 assists in the victory. Greece opened the game with five points in a row but Poland quickly erased the deficit. The hosts ensured a 19:15 lead after ten minutes. Poland maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 39:30 lead after the first half. Bochoridis, Petros Melissaratos (202-C/F-93) and Giannoulis Larentzakis (196-G/F-93) narrowed the gap at just a single point midway through the third frame. Giannoulis Larentzakis drained back-to-back triples to put the Hellenes in front 53:50 late in the quarter. Poland bridged the periods with an 11:0 rally to regain the lead. Soon Mateusz Ponitka boosted the gap to 10 points 66:56. Greece never recovered in the reminder of the contest and Poland earned a tough win at the end. Michal Michalak accounted for 14 points, while Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) and Piotr Niedzwiedzki (209-F-93) added 12 points each in the victory. Giannoulis Larentzakis answered with 17 points for Greece. Petros Melissaratos had 12 points in defeat.

Croatia - Slovenia 60-50
Croatia won the second straight game at the U18 European Championship. The team improved to 2-0 record in Group A after 60:50 win over Slovenia. The latter dropped to 0-2 record and will face Greece tomorrow at the end of the day. Slovenia grabbed the lead early with a 12-0 run for a 12-2 advantage, which was 16-8 after one quarter. Junakovic reduced to 23:18 and Mislav Brzoja (198-F/G-94) gave Croatia 28:25 at the end of the first half. In the third quarter the teams exchanged the leads several times, while Rojc tied the game at 33:33. Bosnjak gave Slovenia 39:38 and Buovac closed the third period for 41:39. The last quarter belonged only to Croatia that dominated the court. With 19-11 they increased to 10 points at the end of the game as Stipe Cubric (182-PG-93) was the last to score for the winners. Stipe Cubric paced all the winners with 15 points for the perfect record. Mislav Brzoja collected 14 points and 10 caroms, while Buovac scored 8. Luka Rupnik (184-PG-93) ended up with 13 points in the losing effort, whilst Ziga Dimec (208-C/F-93) had 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Group B
Turkey - Finland 87-57
Turkey registered the opening win at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Finland to climb at 1-1 record in Group B. Tayfun Erulku (188-G/F-94) and Ugur Dokuyan (197-F-93) scored 14 points each to pace the winners. Finland remained winless after the defeat. It looked quite good for Finland early on. They used a 13:0 run midway through the opening quarter to surge ahead. Kalle Naapi (189-G-93) opened up a double-digit lead for the Finnish team late in the period 18:8. Turkey managed to get within four points 14:18 at the first break. But Turkey went on a 16:0 run in the second frame to post a 31:24 lead. They soon followed with a 14:0 rally as the margin grew at 18-point mark. Turkey recorded a 44:28 lead at the interval. Turkey stayed in charge in the third quarter. They entered the fourth stanza up by 20 points and eased to the victory at the end. Erbil Eroglu (195-G-93) and Samet Geyik (206-F-93) dropped 10 points each in the win. Kalle Naapi responded with 15 points for Finland. Visa Tarjanne (195-F-93) had 11 points in the losing case.

Serbia - Germany 70-54
Serbia registered the second consecutive win at the U18 European Championship in Poland. They outscored Germany for 2-0 record in Group B. Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin (201-F-93, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 points to lead the effort. The lead changed hands throughout the opening frame before Serbia went on a 10:1 run to post a 23:12 lead. Serbia rallied to a 13-point lead at halftime. The Balkan team maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They entered the final frame up by as many as 13 points 52:39. Serbia scored four points in a row at the start of the final stanza to boost the lead. Germany had no answer in store as Serbia cruised to the victory in the fourth period. Vasilije Micic (192-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 11 points in the winning effort. Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) answered with 15 points for Germany. Dennis Schroeder (184-G-93) finished with 11 points in defeat.
Group C
Spain - Latvia 79-58
Spain celebrated the second consecutive victory at U18 European Championship. They defeated Latvia to stay unbeaten in Group C. Alejandro Redondo (198-F/G-93) scored 16 points to lead the winners. Latvia fell at 0-2 record after the defeat. Spain quickly jumped in front in this one and controlled the game in the opening period. The Spaniards posted an 18:8 lead after ten minutes. Perez and Diez began the second frame with five points in a row to stretch the lead. Spain maintained the lead well enough throughout the quarter. They registered a 43:19 advantage at the interval. Latvia could not get any closer in the third frame. Spain arrived at the final break leading by as many as 28 points 65:37. Latvia opened the final term on a 13:2 rally to narrow the deficit but Spain quickly stopped the rot and rolled to the victory at the end. Alejandro Suarez (205-F/C-93) netted 12 points, while Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) had 9 points in the winning effort. Janis Berzins (200-F/G-93, agency: Players Group) responded with 13 points for Latvia. Andrejs Grazulis (203-C/F-93) and Roberts Krumins (198-G/F-93) accounted for 7 points each in the loss.

France - Czech Republic 71-48
France registered the second straight win at the U18 European Championship. They prevailed against Czech Republic to jump at 2-0 record in Group C. Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) stepped up with 12 points to lead the effort. Czech Republic fell at 0-2 record. Hugo Invernizzi scored 6 points in the starting quarter as France grabbed a 22:10 lead at the first break. Czech Republic went on a 13:2 run midway through the second term to narrow the gap at 3 points 23:26. But Les Bleus restored a safe cushion as they posted a 36:27 lead at halftime. John and Faroux opened the third frame with back-to-back triples. France stayed in charge building a 53:37 lead with ten minutes to go. Hugo Invernizzi and Dinal boosted the gap to 21 points at the start of the fourth quarter and France never looked back en route to the win. Boris Dallo (193-G-94) produced 11 points, while Jean-Charles Livio (204-F/C-93) netted 9 points in the victory. Petr Herman (204-C-94) answered with 11 points for Czech Republic. Jan Lycka (186-G-93) and Josef Bajar (198-C/F-93) had 7 points each in the loss.
Group D
Russia - Ukraine 75-54
Russia celebrated the initial victory in Day 2 of the U18 European Championship. They edged Ukraine in Division A for 1-1 record after 75:54, while the Ukrainian team fell at 0-2. Russia used a 9-2 surge in the opening quarter to build their first cushion and led 20-10 after one period. Aleksandr Gudumak (204-F-93) scored for 33:21, while his three-pointer gave Russia 39:23 at the halftime. It was not even a moment in the game when Ukraine showed the effort to win the game. Russia dominated the court and rightfully added the victories in the third and the last quarters. With 24-22 Russia won the third period to take 63:45 advantage after thirty minutes. Ilya Rodionov (185-PG-93) brought 67:45 and Trushkin as well as Levshin brought 72:46. Levshin closed the game from the perimeter to bring the first victory for Russia in Poland. Aleksandr Gudumak paced all the winners with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93) notched 15. Khrebtov scored 12, while Ilya Rodionov netted 8. Danylo Zuikov (185-PG-94) produced 11 points in the losing effort and Volodymyr Gerun (205-C/F-94) nailed 10.

Lithuania - Italy 82-79
Lithuania celebrated the second straight win at the U18 European Championship in Poland. The defending champions held off Italy to improve at 2-0 record in Group D. Osvaldas Olisevicius (196-F-93) scored 23 points to lead the effort. Italy fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Lithuania opened the game with six points in a row and maintained the lead throughout the starting quarter. The Baltic team recorded a 23:19 lead after ten minutes. Magrini helped the Azzurri to level things up at 31 midway through the second term. Jogela triggered a 10:0 run from Lithuania as they secured a 45:36 halftime advantage. Lithuania kept their opponents at bay throughout the third period. They arrived at the final break leading by 8 points 61:53. The margin grew at 13-point mark midway through the final period but Italy never said die. Amedeo Della Valle (192-G-93), Imbro and Francesco Veccia (190-G-93) dragged the Azzurri within three points 71:74 with 31 seconds remaining. Chillo and Imbro narrowed the gap to only two points with 11 seconds to go but Narkevicius and Paulius Semaska (183-PG-93) dropped four free throws in a row to seal the win for Lithuania. Tomas Lekunas (195-F-93) notched 19 points, while Paulius Semaska added 10 points in the victory. Amedeo Della Valle responded with 24 points for Italy. Amedeo Tessitori and Francesco Veccia had 12 points each in the loss.



Results and Stats from Day 1 in Wroclaw - Jul 21, 2011
Group A
Greece - Croatia 45-61
Croatia opened win count at U18 European Championship. They held off Greece in Group A. Marko Ramljak (201-F/G-93, agency: Interperformances) scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the winners. Croatia capped the opening quarter with five points in a row to take a 12:7 lead. Mislav Brzoja (192-F/G-94) and Stipe Krstanovic (201-F/C-93) made it 27:15 for Croatia midway through the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 16 points 32:16. Stipe Krstanovic and Mislav Brzoja stretched the lead to 21 points midway through the third term. Croatia posted a 45:28 advantage with one quarter remaining. Marko Ramljak knocked down 7 points in the fourth quarter to pace Croatia to a comfortable win at the end. Mislav Brzoja had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the Croats. Stipe Krstanovic added 11 points in the victory. Emmanouil Tselentakis (195-F-93) answered with 11 points for Greece. Giannoulis Larentzakis (200-F-93) had 10 points in the loss.

Slovenia - Poland 58-89
Poland opened their U18 European Championship campaign in style. The hosts cruised past Slovenia in Group A. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) stepped up with 22 points to lead the charge. Poland used an 11:3 run midway through the opening quarter to surge ahead. Poland posted a 23:13 lead at the first intermission. Slovenia managed to get within 5 points in the second term but the hosts reacted with an 8:0 run to take a 13-point lead. Poland arrived at halftime up by 9 points 42:33. Poland maintained the lead throughout the third term. They posted a 62:45 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Slovenia never threatened the margin in the fourth frame as the hosts coasted to the victory. Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) netted 21 points for Poland. Michal Michalak (194-G-93) added 14 points in the victory. Jan Osolnik (203-F-93) replied with 13 points for Slovenia. Luka Rupnik (184-PG-93) finished with 11 points and 6 assists in the loss.
Group B
Finland - Serbia 49-101
Serbia registered the first win at the U18 European Championship in Poland. They trounced Finland in Group B opener. Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin netted 22 points to lead the Balkan side. Serbia dominated from start to finish. They posted a 24:12 lead after ten minutes. Steady Serbia maintained the pressure as they piled up a 47:24 halftime lead. Serbia never slowed down in the third quarter. They arrived at the final break up by as many as 37 points. Finland did not manage to slow their opponents down a bit as Serbia coasted to the victory at the end. Nemanja Krstic (198-F-93) scored 11 points, while six players scored 8 points each in the victory. Joonas Caven (203-C/F-93) answered with 22 points for Finland. Kalle Naapi (187-G-93) delivered 11 points in the loss.

Germany - Turkey 68-66
Germany eked out a tough win against Turkey in the first game of the U18 European Championship for both teams. Besnik Bekteshi (188-G-93) scored 15 points to lead the effort. Turkey and Germany stayed close in the first quarter. Ozen and Tekin capped the period with four points in a row as Turkey posted an 18:13 lead at the first break. Turkey maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 5 points 37:32. Germany opened the second half on a 10:0 run and surged ahead. Erulku answered with two triples as Turkey regained the lead. Besnik Bekteshi immediately stepped up with back-to-back trebles of his own as roller-coaster action continued. Germany arrived at the final intermission up by seven points 57:50. Turkey managed to get within four points with under three minutes remaining in regulation 60:64. Tayfun Erulku dragged the Turkish team within three points 62:65 with two minutes to go. Berkay Candan (205-F-93) and Kenan Sipahi put Turkey within two with 36 seconds to go. Haukohl missed a jumper but Germany grabbed an offensive rebound and gave no chance for Turkey. Dennis Schroeder (184-G-93) notched 13 points, while Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) added 11 points in the winning effort. Berkay Candan answered with 16 points for Turkey. Kenan Sipahi nailed 15 points in the loss.
Group C
Czech Republic - Spain 60-84
Spain earned the first win at the U18 European Championship in Poland. They overcame Czech Republic in Group C. Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) came up with 17 points, 8 assists and 5 boards to lead the effort. Czech Republic opened the game with four points in a row but Spain soon erased the deficit and surged ahead. Spain posted a 27:23 lead after ten minutes. Spain used a 9:2 run midway through the second term to boost the margin to 13 points. But Czech Republic capped the first half with eight points in a row to cut the margin to 5 points 38:43. Spain tipped off the second half with a 13:3 run to clear off. The Spaniards outscored their opponents 24:10 in the period to pile up an 84:60 lead with one quarter remaining. Spain never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory at the end. Daniel Diez (199-F-93) and Guillermo Hernangomez (203-C-94) scored 15 points each for Spain. Alejandro Redondo (196-F/G-93) netted 14 points in the win. Martin Kriz (202-F-93) responded with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Czech Republic. Tomas Kyzlink (197-G/F-93) had 12 points in defeat.

Latvia - France 46-66
France opened their U18 European Championship campaign with victory. They outlasted Latvia to gain the first win in Group C. William Howard (201-F-93) and Ulysse Adjagba (185-PG-93) stepped up with 14 points each to lead the effort. France and Latvia stayed close in a low-scoring first period. The teams were tied at 9 after ten minutes of action. Latvia opened the second period with five points in a row to surge ahead. Les Bleus answered with a 7:0 run late in the half to surge ahead 22:21. France tipped off the second half with a 12:0 run to clear off. They led throughout the quarter and entered the fourth frame up by 15 points 43:28. Ojars Silins (201-F-93) cut the distance to 10 points at the beginning of the fourth quarter but France quickly restored a safe cushion and cruised to the victory at the end. Jean-Charles Livio (204-F/C-93) accounted for 11 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Ojars Silins replied with 15 points for Latvia. Janis Berzins (201-F/G-93, agency: Players Group) netted 13 points in the losing effort.
Group D
Italy - Russia 89-48
Italy registered the first win at the U18 European Championship. The Azzurri breezed past Russia for 1-0 record in Group D. Amedeo Della Valle (193-G-93) scored 20 points to lead Italy. Italy started the game strong. They recorded a 19:9 lead midway through the first period. The Azzurri unloaded 27 points in the frame to ensure a 14-point lead. Italy opened the second quarter on a 7:1 run to deepen the damage. The Azzurri arrived at halftime up by as many as 23 points 49:26. Italy kept their opponents at bay throughout the third quarter. They posted a 75:41 lead at the final intermission. Italy limited Russia to just 7 points in the fourth quarter to rally to a confident win at the end. Francesco Veccia (190-G-93) produced 18 points in the victory. Raphael Gaspardo (204-F-93) added 13 points for Italy. Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Russia. Pavel Khrebtov (197-F-93) had 7 points in defeat.

Ukraine - Lithuania 51-84
Lithuania opened title defence with U18 European Championship with a comfortable win over Ukraine. Arturas Gudaitis (208-C-93) knocked down 14 points to lead the Baltic team to the starting win in Group D. Lithuania used a 13:0 run midway through the opening quarter to clear off. They ensured a 28:13 advantage at the first break. Lithuania tipped off the second frame with 12 unanswered points to boost the margin to 27 points. Lithuania eased to a 47:22 lead at the interval. They maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. Ukraine faced a massive 39:70 deficit at the final break. Lithuania limited their opponents to 12 points in the final stanza and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Simonas Kymantas (204-C/F-93), Osvaldas Olisevicius (196-F-93) and Tauras Jogela (201-F-93) nailed 12 points each for the winning team. Klym Artamonov (176-G-93) and Danylo Zuikov (185-PG-94) finished with 15 points each for Ukraine.

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