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European Championships U18 Final Standings
 1. Turkey
 2. Croatia
 3. Spain
 4. Latvia
 5. Lithuania
 6. Serbia
 7. France
 8. Russia
 9. U.Kingdom
 10. Italy
 11. Greece
 12. Czech Rep.
 13. Bosnia
 14. Ukraine
 15. Bulgaria
 16. Slovenia
Points Per Game
 Aleksandar VEZENKOV
  CYP
  (205-SF-95)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Vezenkov, Aris22.4 
 2. Nelson, Reading R.19.0 
 3. Diamantakos, Pana.18.4 
 4. Rebec, Helios17.1 
 5. Fedorchenko, Trium.17.0 
 6. Fontecchio, Oknopl.15.8 
 7. Martynov, N.Novgor.14.9 
 8. Sabonis, Clinic.14.0 
 9. Peterka, BK Pardu.13.7 
 10. Zganec, KK Zagreb13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Domantas SABONIS
  LTU
  (205-F/C-96)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Sabonis, Clinic.11.4 
 2. Diamantakos, Pana.11.0 
 3. Vezenkov, Aris10.2 
 4. Porzingis, Cajasol10.0 
 5. Zganec, KK Zagreb9.1 
 6. Peterka, BK Pardu.9.1 
 7. Sakhniuk, BC Kyiv8.9 
 8. Okoroh, Derby T.8.1 
 9. Birsen, Fener.Ulker7.8 
 10. Veljkovic, Mega V.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Matic REBEC
  (180-PG-95)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Rebec, Helios8.1 
 2. Sipahi, Tofas5.0 
 3. Zahiragic, Spars S.4.6 
 4. Martin, Real Madrid4.6 
 5. Kouril, Lucentum4.3 
 6. Marinelli, KK Sp.4.2 
 7. Inglis, Roanne3.9 
 8. Dang, Un.Olimpija3.7 
 9. Gluditis, U183.4 
 10. Jugovic, Partizan.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Matic REBEC
  (180-PG-95)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Rebec, Helios3.7 
 2. Soluade, Clinic.2.7 
 3. Sans, Prat Juvent.2.4 
 4. Boyarkin, BC Do.2.1 
 5. Novak, Geoplin Slo.2.0 
 6. Martynov, N.Novgor.2.0 
 7. Ozmizrak, Besiktas2.0 
 8. Spyridonidis, Ilys.1.9 
 9. Dang, Un.Olimpija1.9 
 10. Nelson, Reading R.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristaps PORZINGIS
  LAT
  (210-C-95)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Porzingis, Cajasol4.9 
 2. Kosut, Pertevniyal3.0 
 3. Okoroh, Derby T.2.2 
 4. Guven, Karsiyaka1.6 
 5. Dolensek, Geopli.1.3 
 6. Zganec, KK Zagreb1.2 
 7. Veljkovic, Mega V.1.1 
 8. Diop, Alava1.1 
 9. Bigby-W., Lewisham.1.1 
 10. Slanina, Angelico.0.9 
European Championships U18 Stage Two Standings
Group E
 1. Russia 4-1 
 2. Serbia 3-2 
 3. France 3-2 
 4. Lithuania 3-2 
 5. Czech Rep. 2-3 
 6. Bosnia 0-5 
Group F
 1. Turkey 4-1 
 2. Spain 3-2 
 3. Latvia 3-2 
 4. Italy 2-3 
 5. Croatia 2-3 
 6. U.Kingdom 1-4 
Group G
 1. Greece 3-0 
 2. Ukraine 2-1 
 3. Slovenia 1-2 
 4. Bulgaria 0-3 
European Championships U18 Stage One Standings
Group A
 1. France 3-0 
 2. Lithuania 2-1 
 3. Serbia 1-2 
 4. Slovenia 0-3 
Group B
 1. Czech Rep. 2-1 
 2. Russia 2-1 
 3. Greece 1-2 
 4. Bosnia 1-2 
Group C
 1. Spain 2-1 
 2. Italy 2-1 
 3. Latvia 2-1 
 4. Bulgaria 0-3 
Group D
 1. Croatia 2-1 
 2. Turkey 2-1 
 3. Ukraine 1-2 
 4. U.Kingdom 1-2 

Kenan Sipahi - the MVP (Photo: Fiba Europe)


Turkey celebrate title in Latvia (Photo: Fiba Europe)

Starting five
#s#
Dogukan Sanli
Sanli
Kenan Sipahi
Sipahi
Metecan Birsen
Birsen
Kerem Kanter
Kanter
Mehmet Sanli
Sanli
#e#5
Berk Ugurlu 191-G-96 Fener.Ulker Turkey
Dogukan Sanli 191-G-95 Besiktas Turkey
Kenan Sipahi 198-PG-95 Tofas Turkey
Ogulcan Baykan 195-SG-96 Pertevniyal Turkey
Metecan Birsen 205-SF-95 Fener.Ulker Turkey
Mert Ciner 196-F-95 Darussafaka Turkey
Okben Ulubay 200-F-97 Pertevniyal Turkey
Kerem Kanter 203-PF-95 High School USA
Berk Demir 203-F-95 Pertevniyal Turkey
Akif Guven 206-C-96 Karsiyaka Turkey
Emircan Kosut 216-C-95 Pertevniyal Turkey
Mehmet Sanli 205-C-95 Fener.Ulker Turkey

Taner Gunay Head Coach
Hasan Serbest Assistant
Fatih Elbas Assistant Tofas Turkey
Tufan Sabah Assistant


Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Awards 2013 - Jul 29, 2013

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 1st Team 2013
Kenan Sipahi
Sipahi
Paolo Marinelli
Marinelli
Domagoj Bosnjak
Bosnjak
Andzejs Pasecniks
Pasecniks
Kristaps Porzingis
Porzingis

MVP: Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95) of Turkey
Best Guard: Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95) of Turkey
Best Forward: Domagoj Bosnjak (197-F/G-95) of Croatia
Best Center: Kristaps Porzingis (210-C-95) of Latvia

1st Team
PG: Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95) of Turkey
G: Paolo Marinelli (191-G-95) of Croatia
F/G: Domagoj Bosnjak (197-F/G-95) of Croatia
C: Andzejs Pasecniks (211-C-95) of Latvia
C: Kristaps Porzingis (210-C-95) of Latvia

2nd Team
G: Viacheslav Fedorchenko (190-G-95) of Russia
PG: Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) of Slovenia
SF: Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) of Bulgaria
F/C: Domantas Sabonis (205-F/C-96) of Lithuania
C: Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) of Greece

3rd Team
G: Luke Nelson (192-G-95) of U.Kingdim
SF: Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) of Turkey
G/F: Alexander Martynov (195-G/F-95) of Russia
PF: Damien Inglis (204-PF-95) of France
C/F: Karlo Zganec (206-C/F-95) of Croatia

Honorable Mention
Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) of Turkey
Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) of Greece
Agusti Sans (195-SG-95) of Spain
Milenko Veljkovic (216-C-95) of Serbia
Axel Bouteille (198-F-95) of France
Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) of Italy
Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) of Czech Rep.
Kingsley Okoroh (216-C-95) of U.Kingdom



Turkey celebrate title in Latvia - Jul 28, 2013

FINAL
Turkey - Croatia 81-74
Turkey completed their sizzling U18 European Championship with victory in the title game tonight. They came from behind against Croatia to claim the first ever Gold at the tournament. Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95) netted 19 points and issued 6 assists to lead the winners. Croatia fount the right rhythm early in the encounter. Bosnjak and Lovro Mazalin (203-SF-97, agency: Beo Basket) gave them a 22:12 lead midway through the opening frame. Kenan Sipahi and Sanli cut the deficit at 6-point mark at the end of the first period. Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) and Demir put Turkey in front early in the second period. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the second term. Kenan Sipahi uttered the last word in the first half to give Turkey a 38:37 lead. Kenan Sipahi nailed 13 points in the third term for Turkey as they grabbed a 61:55 advantage into the fourth term. Croatia could not get closer than 6 points throughout the final period as Turkey marched to the historic win at the end. Okben Ulubay posted 12 points, while Metecan Birsen added 11 points for Turkey. Lovro Mazalin answered with 15 points for Croatia. Paolo Marinelli chipped in 14 points in the loss.
3-4 Place
Spain - Latvia 57-56
Juan Hernangomez drained a three-pointer with just two seconds left in regulation to propel Spain to a hard-fought victory over Latvia in the consolation final at the U18 European Championship. Agusti Sans (195-SG-95) posted 18 points to lead Spain in scoring. It was an exciting matchup. Latvia got to the better start. The hosts grabbed a 17:12 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the lead in the second term. Latvia accumulated a 32:25 halftime advantage. But Spain revived the intrigue in the third term. The visitors held Latvia to 11 points in the quarter and got within 2 points at the final break. Marc Garcia drained a triple to level things up at 54 with 24 seconds remaining in regulation. Plavnieks sank two free throws to give Latvia the lead but Juan Hernangomez hit from beyond the arc to seal the win for Spain. David Iriarte (206-F/C-95) produced 11 points, while Marc Garcia posted 9 points in the win. Davis Geks (191-SG-95) answered with 13 points for Latvia. Kristaps Porzingis had 11 points and 15 boards in the loss.

5-6 Place
Lithuania - Serbia 63-56
Lithuania claimed the victory on the final day of the U18 European Championship. They outscored Serbia to clinch the 5th position at the tournament. Domantas Sabonis (205-F/C-96) and Paulius Valinskas (191-SG-95) had 12 points each to lead the winners. Lithuania found themselves trailing by four points after the opening quarter 9:13. The Baltic team picked up the tempo in the second frame. They cut the deficit at three-point mark 28:31 at halftime. Lithuania broke through in the third term. They went on a massive 22:10 run in the quarter to secure a 50:41 advantage at the final break. Milenko Veljkovic (216-C-95) and Ljubenkovic dragged Serbia within three points 54:57 with just over a minute remaining in regulation. But Paulius Valinskas and Suliauskas dropped four free throws to win the game for Lithuania. Lukas Grabauskas delivered 9 points for the winners. Milenko Veljkovic answered with 20 points and 15 boards for Serbia. Vasilije Vucetic had 10 points in the loss.

7-8 Place
Russia - France 51-89
France wrapped up their U18 European Championship campaign on a high note. Les Bleus fired past Russia to gain the 7th overall position. Paul Rigot (201-F/G-95) scored 23 points and grabbed 11 boards to lead France. Russia played well in the first period. They accumulated an 18:13 lead after ten minutes. But France responded with a 29-point tally in the second term to gain a 42:31 halftime lead. France stretched their lead in the third term. Les Bleus rallied to a comfortable 68:40 advantage at the final intermission. France held Russia to just 11 points in the fourth term and cruised to the victory at the end. Damien Inglis (204-PF-95) delivered 20 points and 17 rebounds, while William Pfister and Etienne Ory had 12 points each for the winners. Viacheslav Fedorchenko (190-G-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) answered with 16 points, 10 boards and 5 assists for Russia. Ilia Popov dropped 10 points in the loss.

9-10 Place
Italy - United Kingdom 59-69
England came up with another impressive performance at their debut U18 European Championship Division A campaign. They shot down Italy to occupy the 9th position. Luke Nelson (192-G-95) posted 20 points to lead the winning side. Italy looked the better side in the first period. The Azzurri gained a 15:11 lead after ten minutes. Italy maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They registered a 29:25 halftime lead. But England turned the tables in the third term. They opened it on a 7:2 run to surge ahead. England opened a double-digit lead late in the period. Pierfrancesco Oliva put the Azzurri within 8 points 38:46 at the final break. Italy got within four points midway through the fourth period however Luke Nelson drained two timely three-pointers and England never looked back en route to the victory. Morayoninuoluwa Soluade (198-F/G-95) posted 13 points, while Jules Dang added 11 points for the winners. Jacopo Vedovato (205-C-95) responded with 11 points for Italy. Pierfrancesco Oliva had 9 points in the loss.
11-12 Place
Greece - Czech Republic 85-65
Greece finished at the 11th position at the U18 European Championship. The Hellenes recorded a comfortable 20-point win over Czech counterparts on the final day of the tourney. Konstantinos Mitoglou (200-PF-96) notched 15 points and 8 rebounds for Greece. Greece led by two points after ten minutes of action 17:15. They stretched the lead in the second frame. The Hellenes arrived at the interval up by 9 points 41:32. The margin grew in the third term. Greece stayed dominant as they piled up a 21-point advantage before the final stanza. Czech Republic scored 21 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss at the end. Vasileios Toliopoulos (185-PG-96) chipped in 12 points, while Michail Liapis, Dimitrios Stamatis and Thomas Kottas finished with 10 points each for the winners. Jiri Soula (187-SG-95) answered with 13 points for Czech Republic. Prokop Slanina had 12 points in the defeat.

13-14 Place
Bosnia - Ukraine 96-85 2OT
Bosnia and Herzegovina will stay in U18 European Championship Division A in the next season. They survived a double-overtime thriller against Ukraine to clinch the 13th place avoiding relegation. Ukraine will have to play in Division B next season. Imran Polutak (209-C-96) nailed 29 points and grabbed 21 boards to pace the winners. Ukraine was the dominant side in the first half. They grabbed an 18:16 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine boosted their lead in the second frame. They established a 44:28 halftime lead. But Bosnia and Herzegovina refused to surrender. They went on a massive 31:16 run in the third period to cut the deficit at a single point 59:60 at the third break. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the fourth frame. Oleksandr Kobets gave Ukraine a 74:71 lead with 13 seconds remaining. But Gacic scored a free throws and then Imran Polutak tipped the ball in after Gacic missed his second attempt to force overtime. The teams combined for just 10 points in the first extra period and had to enter the second overtime to decide on the winner. Bosnia and Herzegovina exploded with 17 points in it and snatched a crucial victory. Stefan Lakic (196-F/G-95) finished with 17 points, while Aleksandar Lazic added 14 points for the winners. Oleksandr Kobets answered with 21 points for Ukraine. Igor Boyarkin chipped in 19 points in the loss.

15-16 Place
Slovenia - Bulgaria 75-82
Bulgaria claimed the first win at the U18 European Championship. Incidentally it happened on the last day of the tournament. They outgunned Slovenia to clinch the 15th place at the championship. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) tallied 32 points and 16 boards to pace the winners. Bulgaria fired 26 points in the first frame but Slovenia stuck around. They trailed by just one points 25:26 at the first break. Slovenia erased the deficit as the teams entered the second half tied at 44. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. Bulgaria and Slovenia were locked at 63-all after thirty minutes. Aleksandar Vezenkov scored 6 points in a row midway through the final term to give Bulgaria a 78:71 lead. Bulgaria protected the lead in the dying minutes to escape with the victory at the end. Evgeni Hadzhirusev finished with 19 points, while Aleksandar Milov had 12 points for the winners. Jan Dolensek (202-PF-95) and Ziga Zatezic responded with 13 points each for Slovenia.


Croatia and Turkey advance into Final - Jul 27, 2013

Semifinal
Turkey - Spain 77-75
Turkey snatched a narrow victory over Spain in the second semifinal clash at the U18 European Championship in Riga tonight. Kerem Kanter (203-PF-95) posted 22 points and 8 rebounds to lead Turkey into the championship game. They will now face Croatia for the title. Spain will play versus Latvia in the consolation final tomorrow. Spain dominated throughout three first quarters. They took a 22:19 lead after ten minutes of action. Alberto Martin (185-PG-95) boosted the margin to double digits midway through the second term 35:23. Turkey managed to cut the deficit at 7-point mark at the interval 34:41. Spain stayed in control throughout the third period. They established a 53:44 lead heading into the final stanza. But Turkey went on a massive 24:2 run early in the fourth period to take a 68:56 lead. Hernangomez and Sans tried to revive the intrigue as their back-to-back three-pointers put Spain within one with 3 seconds remaining. But Sipahi sank one free throw to seal the win for Turkey at the end. Dogukan Sanli (191-G-95, agency: 1x1 Sports) chipped in 16 points, while Kartal Ozmizrak added 10 points for the winners. Alberto Martin, Jose Nogues (204-PF-95) and Ilimane Diop provided 12 points each in the loss.

Latvia - Croatia 68-72
Croatia earned the victory over hosting Latvia to reach Final at the U18 European Championship. Paolo Marinelli (191-G-95) nailed 16 points, grabbed 5 boards and distributed 5 assists to lead the winners. Latvia aggressively started the game. The hosts built a 23:18 lead after ten minutes. They dominated throughout the second frame. Latvia established a 39:30 halftime lead. But Croatia turned things around in the third period. The Balkan team ignited a 20:9 run to arrive at the final intermission up by 2 points 48:50. Croatia nailed 10 points straight points at the start of the final stanza to secure a 60:48 lead. Ivars Zvigurs (198-SF-95) and Geks cut the deficit at just two points 63:65 with less than two minutes remaining. However Domagoj Bosnjak accounted for 5 points and Paolo Marinelli added two more from the stripe as Croatia escaped with the victory. Karlo Zganec (206-C/F-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) had 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Domagoj Bosnjak added 13 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Ivars Zvigurs answered with 18 points for Latvia. Andzejs Pasecniks had 17 points in the loss.
5-8 Place
Russia - Lithuania 77-84
Lithuania will play for the fifth place at the U18 European Championship. They outgunned Russian counterparts in Riga today. Domantas Sabonis (205-F/C-96) posted 19 points to lead the winners. Russia looked better side early in the game. They posted a 24:19 lead ten minutes into the game. Russia stayed in charge throughout the second frame. They accumulated a 42:35 halftime lead. But the Baltic team gradually came back into the contest. Lithuania narrowed the deficit to a single point 57:58 at the final break. Lithuania unloaded 27 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the win at the end. Zydrunas Jurgutis (180-PG-95) netted 17 points, while Ricardas Verbickas added 15 points for the winners. Alexander Martynov (195-G/F-95) answered with 20 points for Russia. Sergey Zhulkov chipped in 16 points in the loss.

Serbia - France 77-66
Serbia will play for the fifth position at the U18 European Championship. They held off France to set up the clash versus Lithuania on Sunday. France will face Russia on the final day of the tournament. Ognjen Jaramaz (191-PG-95) stepped up with 26 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Serbia started off strong. They nailed 24 points in the opening frame and gained a 7-point lead after the starting quarter. France cut the deficit in the second period. Les Bleus adjusted defensively and got within one 35:36 at halftime. France put their noses in front early in the third term but not for long. Serbia used a 13:2 run to secure a 53:44 lead midway through the third term. The Balkan team entered the fourth period up by 6 points 56:50. Dejan Davidovac and Ognjen Jaramaz gave Serbia a 62:52 lead early in the fourth frame and they never looked back en route to the victory. Vasilije Vucetic (206-C/F-96) provided 14 points, while Dejan Davidovac added 13 points for the winners. Damien Inglis (204-PF-95) answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds for France. Etienne Ory and Lenny Charles-Catherine had 9 points apiece in the defeat.
9-12 Place
Czech Republic - United Kingdom 62-85
England clinched the second straight win at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Czech Republic in the classification round today. Luke Nelson (192-G-95) topscored with 22 points for the winners. England eked out a 20:19 lead after ten minutes of action. They stretched the gap in the second period. England arrived at the interval up by 8 points 43:35. Czech Republic struggled to get closer in the third term. England accounted for a 62:53 lead at the final intermission. They went on a massive 23:9 run in the final quarter and sealed the victory at the end. Jules Dang (195-PG-96) netted 12 points, while Tyrell Isaacs added 11 points for the winning side. Jiri Soula (187-SG-95) answered with 15 points for Czech Republic. Martin Peterka had 10 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Italy - Greece 82-62
Italy edged Greece in the 9th-12th place classification round at the U18 European Championship. The Azzurri will now take on the winners of Czech Republic vs. England clash for the ninth position at the tournament. Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) netted 19 points and grabbed 6 boards to lead the winners. The Hellenes snatched a 21:18 lead after the starting period. Italy picked up the tempo in the second term. They ignited a 20:12 run to build a 38:33 halftime advantage. The Azzurri maintained the lead throughout the third period. They arrived at the final intermission up by 7 points 58:51. Italy went on a 24:11 rally in the final term to seal the victory. Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) provided 19 points for Italy. Vittorio Nobile added 10 points for the winners. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) and Georgios Papadionysioy had 11 points each in the loss.
13-16 Place
Bulgaria - Bosnia 57-72
Bosnia and Herzegovina stepped closer to avoiding relegation at the U18 European Championship. They overcame Bulgaria and would fight for the rescuing 13th position in the ladder. Davor Karamatic (200-F-95) posted 23 point and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Bulgaria got to the better start in the first period. They posted a 16:12 lead after ten minutes. Bosnia and Herzegovina cut the deficit in the second term. They got within a single point at halftime 30:29. The breakthrough for Bosnia happened in the third term. They went on a massive 25:9 run in the quarter to gain a 15-point lead heading into the fourth term. The teams traded baskets throughout the final stanza as Bosnia secured the victory at the end. Sandro Gacic (196-SG-96) netted 20 points, while Nedim Tunovic added 6 points for the winners. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Bulgaria. Evgeni Hadzhirusev chipped in 9 points in the losing case.

Slovenia - Ukraine 63-68
Ukraine gained a crucial win at the U18 European Championship. They overcame Slovenia in Riga today to stay hopeful of their Division A spot for the next season. Ukraine will fight against relegation versus Bosnia and Herzegovina tomorrow. Slovenia lost their Division A spot with the loss tonight. Yevgen Sakhniuk (201-PF-95) posted 17 points for the winners. Ukraine eked out a 13:11 lead after ten minutes of action. They boosted the gap in the second term. Ukraine accumulated a 32:27 halftime lead. Slovenia however denied the deficit in the third term. Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) put them in front 37:36. Slovenia led by as many as six points but Ukraine evened things up at 46 heading into the fourth frame. Ukraine opened the fourth frame with eight points in a row to surge ahead. Matic Rebec and Jure Ritlop erased the deficit and gave Slovenia a 56:54 lead. Slovenia led by five points 60:55 with under three minutes remaining. But Ukraine sparked an 11:0 rally to clinch a 66:60 lead with 50 seconds remaining. Zatezic drained a triple but Yevgen Sakhniuk sank a jumper after an offensive rebound to seal the win for Ukraine. Stanislav Kudrya (189-PG-95) chipped in 15 points, while Andrii Shalamov added 12 points for the winners. Matic Rebec answered with 20 points, 10 assists and 6 boards for Slovenia. Jure Ritlop and Jan Dolensek had 11 points each in the loss.


Croatia, Latvia, Turkey and Spain reach semifinals in Latvia - Jul 26, 2013

Quarterfinals
France - Spain 59-68
Spain completed semifinal picture at the U18 European Championship. They defeated France to set up the clash versus Turkey tomorrow. Marc Garcia (197-SF-96) notched 18 points to lead the winners. Spain jumped to an early lead. They scored first nine points of the game. France cut the deficit but trailed 13:18 after ten minutes. Spain maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 34:26 halftime advantage. Les Bleus got within one point 34:35 early in the third term. Eliezer and Pontens capped the quarter with five straight points to ensure a 50:49 lead for France. Nogues and Marc Garcia drained triples early in the fourth frame to put Spain back in charge. Marc Garcia nailed seven straight points for the Spaniards to secure a 67:57 lead with just over two minutes remaining. France scored just two points in the reminder of the contest as Spain claimed the victory. Agusti Sans (195-SG-95) and Alberto Martin netted 12 points each for Spain. Guerschon Yabusele (200-PF-95) and Axel Bouteille (198-F-95) tossed in 14 points apiece for France.

Latvia - Lithuania 71-54
Latvia advanced into the semifinal stage of the U18 European Championship. The hosts outscored Lithuania today. Kristaps Porzingis (210-C-95) scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winning side. Latvia held their Baltic neighbours to just 11 points in the first frame to gain a 5-point lead. Lithuania picked up the tempo in the second period. They fired 24 points and tied things up at 35 after twenty minutes. Latvia regained the lead in the third period. They used a 9:1 run to take a 46:39 lead. The hosts entered the fourth period up by 9 points 56:47. Gluditis gave the home side a 64:49 lead for the home side midway through the fourth frame. Lithuania could not recover in the reminder of the contest as Latvia cruised to the victory. Rolands Smits (202-F/C-95) posted 12 points, while Ivars Zvigurs and Andzejs Pasecniks had 10 points each for the winners. Gediminas Zalalis (205-C-95) answered with 13 points for Lithuania. Domantas Sabonis had 11 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Turkey - Serbia 71-67
Turkey claimed the semifinal appearance at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Serbia to book the semifinal ticket. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) posted 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winning side. Serbia got to a slightly better start to the game. They snatched a 21:17 lead after ten minutes of action. But Turkey responded adequately and erased the deficit in the second frame. Turkey pulled ahead for a 38:36 halftime advantage. Turkey and Serbia exchanged baskets throughout the third period. The lead changed hands for several times before Dogukan Sanli (191-G-95, agency: 1x1 Sports) made it 51:49 for Turkey with ten minutes remaining. Ugurlu opened the fourth frame with four straight points to ensure a 6-point lead for Turkey. Dogukan Sanli made it 67:57 for Turkey with just over four minutes remaining. Jaramaz and Rade Zagorac (201-G/F-95) dragged Serbia within 5 points 62:67 but Metecan Birsen drained a timely three-pointer to keep Turkey in charge. Brano Djukanovic and Jaramaz sparked hope for Serbia cutting the deficit at three-point mark 67:70 but Serbia failed to convert in the final 23 seconds of regulation and lost the battle. Dogukan Sanli chipped in 13 points, while Okben Ulubay had 12 points for the winners. Rade Zagorac answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Serbia. Brano Djukanovic had 12 points in the loss.

Russia - Croatia 72-82
Croatia have become the first semifinalists at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They overcame Russia in the first quarterfinal clash at the tournament. Paolo Marinelli (191-G-95) posted 22 points and 9 assists to lead the charge. Croatia started the game strong. They gained a 19:8 lead late in the first period. Croatia accumulated a 23:12 advantage after ten minutes. The margin kept on growing throughout the second period. Croatia ensured a 44:29 halftime lead. Marko Arapovic and Paolo Marinelli gave Croatia a 48:29 advantage early in the third period. But Russia refused to give up. They narrowed the deficit at 8-point mark at the final break 48:56. Viktorov and Viacheslav Fedorchenko (190-G-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) dragged Russia within six points 70:76 with just over a minute remaining. However Mazalin dunked and then Paolo Marinelli sank two free throws to give Croatia a 10-point cushion with 39 seconds remaining. Coric added two more points and Croatia got away with the victory at the end. Karlo Zganec (206-C/F-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) netted 15 points, while Marko Arapovic added 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Viacheslav Fedorchenko answered with 23 points and 9 rebounds for Russia. Alexander Martynov chipped in 19 points in the loss.
9-16 Place
Bosnia - Greece 36-63
Greece celebrated victory in the 9th-16th place classification round of U18 European Championship. They defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina to secure the Division A birth for the next season. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) netted 19 points to lead the Hellenes. Greece set the tone early in the game. They registered a 19:10 lead after ten minutes. The Hellenes boosted the gap in the second frame. Greece arrived at halftime up by 17 points 34:17. Greece kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. They established a 48:30 advantage at the final break. Bosnia and Herzegovina managed just 6 points in the fourth period and had to surrender at the end. Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) netted 13 points, while Georgios Papadionysioy chipped in 8 points for the winners. Imran Polutak (209-C-96) and Davor Karamatic (200-F-95) answered with 8 points apiece for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

United Kingdom - Ukraine 71-58
England clinched the crucial win in their U18 European Championship campaign. They outgunned Ukraine to secure Division A birth for the next season. Luke Nelson (192-G-95) provided 19 points to lead the winners. Ukraine will fight against relegation in the classification round for 13th-16th place. Ukraine snatched a narrow 15:14 lead after ten minutes. England surged ahead in the second period. They sneaked to a 31:30 halftime lead. England extended their lead in the third term. They held Ukraine to 15 points in the period and established a 52:45 advantage heading into the fourth term. England kept Ukraine at distance throughout the final period. They limited their opponents to just 13 points in the quarter and raced to the victory at the end. Kingsley Okoroh (216-C-95) posted 16 points and 15 rebounds, while Jules Dang added 11 points for the winners. Oleksandr Kobets (192-SF-96) responded with 11 points for Ukraine. Yevgen Sakhniuk chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Czech Republic - Slovenia 87-79
Czech Republic avoided the jittery classification round for the 13th-16th place as they edged Slovenia in the classification game today. Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) posted 21 points and 16 boards to lead the winners. Czech Republic will now play for the 9th place at the tournament. Slovenia will try to avoid relegation in the 13th-16th place classification round. Czech Republic poured in 20 points in the first period and built a 5-point lead. Slovenia dropped 24 points in the second term to cut the deficit at 3-point mark 42:39. Slovenia stayed aggressive in the third term. They erased the deficit and squared things at 62-all with ten minutes remaining. Ziga Zatezic put Slovenia in front at the start of the fourth frame. But Czech Republic used an 11:2 run midway through the final stanza to surge ahead. They kept Slovenia at safe distance throughout the final minutes and secured the victory at the end. Radovan Kouril (185-PG-95) posted 18 points, while Martin Peterka and Jiri Soula finished with 16 points each for the winners. Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) answered with 21 points, 8 assists and 6 boards for Slovenia. Ziga Zatezic chipped in 19 points in the losing case.

Italy - Bulgaria 67-57
Italy will fight for the 9th position at the U18 European Championship. They defeated Bulgaria in the classification round today and avoided the relegation scares in the final days of the tournament. Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) posted 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge. Italy unloaded 25 points in the opening frame to take the lead. They enjoyed a 5-point advantage heading into the second period. The Azzurri went on a commanding 20:8 run in the second term to ensure a 45:28 halftime lead. But Bulgaria were not done just yet. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) and Venelin Hristov sparked a 22:10 surge from Bulgaria as they cut the deficit at 5-point mark at the final break. Aleksandar Vezenkov put Bulgaria within three points early in the fourth term 52:55. But Italy capped the regulation with five points in a row and snatched a tough win at the end. Lorenzo Baldasso (190-G-95) chipped in 12 points, while Tommaso Laquintana and Daniel Donzelli had 7 points apiece in the victory. Aleksandar Vezenkov answered with 12 points and 13 boards for Bulgaria. Venelin Hristov had 12 points in the loss.


Eight teams remain in title race in Latvia - Jul 24, 2013

Group E
Russia - France 70-60
Russia wrapped up their Second Stage campaign at U18 European Championship with victory. They fired past France to earn the top position in Group E. Russia will now take on Croatia in the playoffs. France will face Spain in the quarterfinals. Russia claimed a 19:16 lead after ten minutes. But Les Bleus turned things around in the second frame. They pulled in front for a 33:28 advantage at halftime. Russia cut the deficit in the third term. They got within two points at the final intermission. Zhulkov and Gavrilov put Russia in front early in the fourth frame. France quickly regained the advantage but not for long. Russia used a 15:0 run to gain a 68:57 lead with 14 seconds remaining. Viacheslav Fedorchenko (190-G-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) provided 16 points to lead Russia. Alexander Martynov (195-G/F-95) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for the winners. Damien Inglis (204-PF-95) answered with 9 points for France. Axel Bouteille and Etienne Ory had 8 points each in the loss.

Czech Republic - Serbia 70-99
Serbia claimed the third straight win at the U18 European Championship. They outmuscled Czech Republic to punch quarterfinal ticket. Brano Djukanovic (194-SG-95) netted 20 points to lead the winners. Czech Republic got eliminated from the title race with the loss. Serbia fired 23 points in the opening quarter to post a 7-point lead. They stayed red hot offensively in the second frame. Serbia dropped 25 points and piled up a 48:33 halftime advantage. Serbia did not slow down after the big break. They erupted for 25 points in the third term to gain a 19-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Czech Republic could not slow down their opponents as Serbia cruised to the victory at the end. Ognjen Jaramaz (191-PG-95) nailed 19 points, while Milenko Veljkovic added 10 points for the winners. Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) answered with 14 points for Czech Republic. Martin Peterka had 13 points in the loss.

Lithuania - Bosnia 78-60
Lithuania clinched the quarterfinal ticket at the U18 European Championship. They fired past Bosnia and Herzegovina to improve at 3-2 record in Group E. Bosnia and Herzegovina got eliminated from the title race falling at 0-5 record. Lithuania enjoyed a 20:15 lead after ten minutes of action. The Baltic team stretched the gap in the second frame. They secured a 43:31 halftime advantage. Lithuania controlled the tempo in the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 16 points. Lithuania kept Bosnia and Herzegovina at safe distance throughout the fourth frame and marched to the victory at the end. Domantas Sabonis (205-F/C-96) posted 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Haroldas Saprykinas (188-SG-95) and Augustas Suliauskas (180-PG-95) had 12 points each for the winners. Imran Polutak (209-C-96) answered with 17 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sandro Gacic nailed 14 points in the loss.

Group F
Croatia - Italy 92-78
Croatia clinched a vital win over Italy in the final game of the Second Stage at U18 European Championship. The winners clinched the fourth position in Group F. Croatia will now take on Russia in the playoffs. Italy will play in the classification round now. Croatia set the tone early in the game. They opened the game with seven straight points. They ensured a 21:18 lead after ten minutes. Domagoj Bosnjak (197-F/G-95) opened a double-digit lead midway through the second frame. Croatia maintained it to enter the second half up by 10 points 40:30. Croatia did not loosen the grasp in the third period. They boosted the margin at 16-point mark at the final intermission 71:55. Fontecchio opened the fourth frame with back-to-back triples to keep Italy hopeful. But Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) answered with his consecutive triples midway through the fourth frame and Croatia raced to the victory at the end. Domagoj Bosnjak finished with 26 points to lead the winners. Tomislav Gabric added 17 points in the victory. Marco Spissu (181-G-95) and Tommaso Laquintana answered with 14 points each for Italy.

Turkey - Spain 68-76
Spain claimed the second win at the U18 European Championship Second Stage and booked the place in the quarterfinals. They overcame Turkey for 3-2 record in Group F. Agusti Sans (195-SG-95) nailed 18 points to lead the winners. Turkey slipped at 4-1 record on top of the ladder. Spain gained an 18:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Turkey quickly erased the deficit as they sank 22 points for a 36:33 halftime lead. Spain cut the deficit and eventually tied things up at 54-all after thirty minutes of action. Spain used an 11:0 run early in the fourth frame to claim a 10-point lead and never looked back en route to the win. David Iriarte (206-F/C-95) netted 17 points, while Alberto Abalde added 14 points for Spain. Kerem Kanter (203-PF-95) responded with 11 points for Turkey. Akif Guven had 10 points in the losing effort.

Latvia - United Kingdom 68-56
Latvia overcame England in the final game of the U18 European Championship Second Stage for both teams. Kristaps Porzingis (210-C-95) netted 17 points to lead the winners. Latvia improved at 3-2 record in Group F. England fell at 1-4 record outside the quarterfinal zone. Latvia secured a 17:13 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts boosted the gap in the second term. Latvia held England to 8 points and ensured a 37:21 halftime cushion. They kept England at bay throughout the third term. Latvia piled up a 56:38 advantage before the fourth quarter. England cut the distance in the final period but still finished way short of win. Rolands Smits (202-F/C-95) nailed 13 points, while Davis Geks added 11 points and 10 boards for the winning side. Luke Nelson (192-G-95) answered with 19 points for England. Tyrell Isaacs and Jules Akodo had 10 points each in the loss.

Group G
Slovenia - Greece 62-76
Greece registered the third consecutive win at the U18 European Championship. They fired past Slovenia for 3-0 record on top of Group G. Slovenia fell at 1-2 record in the third position in the group. Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) nailed 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the charge. Greece claimed a 19:10 lead after ten minutes of action. But Slovenia struck back in the second frame. They narrowed the deficit at 2-point mark at halftime 30:32. Slovenia pulled ahead early in the third term. The Hellenes needed a strong rally late in the period to snatch a 53:52 lead at the final break. Ioannis Kouzeloglou (204-PF-95) and Chatzinikolas drained back-to-back triples early in the fourth frame to put Greece up by 9 points 61:52. Dimitrios Stamatis knocked down 5 straight points to spark a 9:0 run from Greece that gave them a comfortable 70:53 lead with just over three minutes remaining. They never looked back en route to the victory. Ioannis Kouzeloglou provided 19 points, while Dimitrios Stamatis added 17 points for the winners. Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) answered with 23 points for Slovenia. Jure Ritlop had 7 points in the loss.

Bulgaria - Ukraine 56-66
Ukraine claimed the third win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They defeated Bulgaria for 2-1 record in Group G. Illya Sydorov (183-PG-96) posted 20 points to lead the winners. Bulgaria fell at 0-3 record after the defeat. Bulgaria led by four points after the opening frame 18:14. Ukraine picked up the tempo to cut the deficit in the second term. Ukraine trailed by three points at halftime 39:36. Bulgaria held their opponents to just 8 points in the third term to balloon the lead. They ensured a 5-point advantage at the final intermission. Ukraine opened the fourth frame on a 12:2 run to surge ahead. They held Bulgaria to only 7 points in the fourth period and snatched victory at the end. Oleksandr Antypov (202-F-95) netted 11 points, while Pavel Lebedintsev contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) answered with 24 points and 9 rebounds for Bulgaria. Nikolay Vangelov chipped in 8 points in the loss.


Day 2 of Second Stage in Latvia - Jul 23, 2013

Group E
Lithuania - Russia 59-68
Russia survive Lithuanian battle at the U18 European Championship. Russia posted a 68:59 win for 3-1 record in Group E. Lithuania meanwhile dropped at 2-2 record and will need a victory tomorrow in order to advance to the Quarterfinals. Russia have booked a spot in the U18 European Championship quarter-finals. They started the game with an 18-7 lead but saved 8 points advantage at the halftime. Alexander Martynov (195-G/F-95) opened the second half for 35:25 lead and Viacheslav Fedorchenko (190-G-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) scored for 41:32. Gavrilov later scored three free throws for 48:34 deficit. Lithuania closed the game with a 25-20 run but managed to reduce to final 9 points. Viacheslav Fedorchenko stepped up with 21 points for the winners and Ivan Viktorov netted 14. Alexander Martynov brought 12, whilst Ilya Popov had 6. Ricardas Verbickas (186-G-95) answered with 15 points in defeat and Domantas Sabonis had 12. Haroldas Saprykinas nailed 10 points and Augustas Suliauskas added 7.

France - Czech Republic 71-73
Czech Republic claimed a valuable victory over France at the Second Stage of the U18 European Championship. Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) posted 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Czech team to 2-2 record in Group E. France slipped at 3-1 record after the loss. Czech Republic stayed dominant throughout the first half. They enjoyed a 21:15 lead after ten minutes of action. Czech Republic maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They ensured a 42:35 halftime advantage. But Les Bleus turned things around in the third term. France stiffened defensively and spurred ahead for a narrow 56:54 lead at the final break. But Matej Svoboda and Peterka connected from beyond the arc as Czech Republic quickly regained the lead in the fourth frame. Pechacek soon made it an 8-point game. Damien Inglis (204-PF-95) and Axel Bouteille (198-F-95) dragged France within two 71:73 late in regulation but Czech Republic held on to snatch the victory. Jiri Soula (187-SG-95) finished with 13 points, while Radovan Kouril and Matej Svoboda netted 11 points each for the winners. Axel Bouteille responded with 21 points for France. Damien Inglis chipped in 14 points in the losing effort.

Bosnia - Serbia 51-77
Serbia earned the second consecutive win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They bruised Bosnia and Herzegovina for 2-2 record in Group E. Vasilije Vucetic (206-C/F-96) paced balanced effort with 10 points. Bosnia and Herzegovina fell at 0-4 record in the ladder. Serbia jumped to an early 22:9 lead. They held Bosnia to 7 points in the second period to ensure a 45:16 halftime advantage. Serbia boosted their lead in the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by as many as 32 points. Bosnia and Herzegovina outscored their opponents in the fourth frame but could not threaten Serbia at the end. Dejan Davidovac and Bozidar Babovic produced 9 points each for the winning side. Imran Polutak (209-C-96) answered with 16 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dino Alic chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Group F
United Kingdom - Italy 37-57
Italy rout England on Tuesday night of the U18 European Championship in Division A. The Italian side improved to 2-2 record after a 57:37 win. England meanwhile fell at 1-3 record in Group F. Both teams entered the game with 1-2 records and looked forward achieving the second victory. Italy erupted with a 12-2 surge in the first period and had 8-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover Italy dominated the second half as well and posted two victories. They came up with 12-8 run in the third quarter and finished the game with 21-13 rally. Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) paced all the winners with 19 points and Nicola Akele (195-G-95) nailed 10. Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) delivered 9, whilst Jacopo Vedovato had 8. Kingsley Okoroh (216-C-95) answered with 8 points in defeat and Morayoninuoluwa Soluade had 7. Jules Dang Akodo delivered 6 points in the losing effort.

Latvia - Turkey 62-64
Turkey just prevailed over Latvia at the U18 European Championship today. Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) nailed 19 points to lead Turkey as they climbed at 4-0 record on top of Group F. Latvia fell at 2-2 record after the defeat. The hosts surged ahead in the opening frame. Latvia ensured a 20:13 lead following ten minutes of action. Turkey cut the deficit in the second stanza. They got within 4 points at the interval 34:30. Turkey erased the deficit in the third term. Solid defence helped them enter the fourth frame tied with Latvia at 47. The lead changed hands throughout intense fourth frame. Okben Ulubay sparked a 10:0 run for Turkey as they claimed a 64:59 lead with 31 seconds remaining. Andzejs Pasecniks (211-C-95, college: VEF skola) dropped a three-pointer to put Latvia closer but they ran out of time. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) chipped in 10 points, while Kartal Ozmizrak had 9 points for the winners. Andzejs Pasecniks answered with 24 points for Latvia. Kristaps Porzingis had 13 points and 12 boards in the loss.

Spain - Croatia 64-63
Spain secured the first win at the Second Stage of the U18 European Championship. They narrowly defeated Croatia for 2-2 record in Group F. Agusti Sans (195-SG-95) came up with 25 points to lead the winning team. Croatia fell at 1-3 record after the defeat. The Croats opened the game with five straight points. They dominated throughout the opening quarter and raced to a 17:11 lead after ten minutes. Spain cut the deficit in the second frame but could not pull ahead. Croatia arrived at the interval up by two points 37:35. Agusti Sans triggered a 14:0 run in the third period as Spain surged ahead for a 52:43 lead. Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) and Mazalin erased the deficit and put team on level terms at 54. Ilimane Diop (209-C-95), Marc Garcia and Agusti Sans gave Spain a 64:56 advantage with under three minutes remaining. However Marko Arapovic (208-C/F-96) and Mazalin restored the intrigue trimming the deficit to a single point 63:64. Agusti Sans and Bosnjak traded misses in the dying seconds as Spain got away with a tough win. Ilimane Diop accounted for 12 points, while Jose Nogues, Juan Hernangomez and Marc Garcia had 6 points each for the winners. Tomislav Gabric and Marko Arapovic answered with 13 points each for Croatia.

Group G
Ukraine - Greece 51-76
Greece registered the second consecutive win at the classification round Group G of the U18 European Championship. They overwhelmed Ukraine for 2-0 record. Alexandros Spyridonidis (190-PG-95) nailed 18 points for the winners. Greece eked out a 16:13 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine turned things their way in the second frame. They surged ahead and snatched a 28:27 halftime advantage. But the Hellenes struck back after the big break. Greece went off the locker rooms firing from all guns. They unleashed 34 points in the third stanza to ensure a massive 24-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Ukraine could not recover from the blow as Greece marched to the victory in the fourth stanza. Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) netted 16 points, while Dimitrios Stamatis chipped in 13 points for the winners. Oleksandr Antypov (202-F-95) answered with 12 points for Ukraine. Igor Boyarkin had 10 points in the losing case.

Bulgaria - Slovenia 77-85
Slovenia celebrated the first win at the classification round of U18 European Championship. They defeated Bulgaria for 1-1 record in Group G. Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) nailed 29 points, issued 13 assists, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 4 steals to orchestrate victory. Bulgaria slipped at 0-2 record. The teams traded baskets throughout the opening frame. Bulgaria and Slovenia were tied at 22-all after ten minutes. Things did not change in the second frame. The teams went neck and neck throughout the reminder of the first half. The scoreboard read 37:37 at halftime. Bulgaria pulled ahead in the third period. They erupted for 30 points and gained a 7-point lead at the final intermission. But Slovenia found the way to recover. Matic Rebec nailed 10 points in the quarter triggering a 25:10 run that sealed the win for his team. Ziga Zatezic (196-SG-95) finished with 14 points, while Domen Janc added 10 points for the winners. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) answered with 30 points and 10 rebounds for Bulgaria. Aleksandar Milov chipped in 11 points in the loss.


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Second Stage starts in Latvia - Jul 22, 2013

Group E
Serbia - Russia 102-57
Serbia celebrated a comfortable win over Russia at the start of the Second Stage at the u18 European Championship. Aleksa Jugovic (190-G-95) nailed 23 points as Serbia jumped at 1-2 record in Group E. Russia fell at 2-1 record after the defeat. Serbia eked out a 21:18 lead after intense first quarter. The Balkan team started to get away in the second frame. They held Russia to 7 points to gain a 39:25 halftime advantage. Russia collapsed defensively in the third term. Serbia accounted for 34 points in the period and raced to a 73:41 lead at the final break. Serbia unloaded 29 points in the fourth period and sealed a comprehensive win at the end. Milenko Veljkovic (216-C-95) notched 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Brano Djukanovic added 13 points in the victory. Viacheslav Fedorchenko (190-G-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) responded with 14 points and 12 rebounds for Russia. Vladislav Staratelev had 9 points in the losing case.

Bosnia - France 42-60
France posted the fourth consecutive win at the U18 European Championship. They opened the Second Stage campaign with a comfortable win over Bosnia and Herzegovina. Axel Bouteille (198-F-95) dropped 18 points to lead the charge. France spurred ahead early in the game and recorded an 18:10 lead after ten minutes. But Bosnia and Herzegovina narrowed the deficit in the second stanza. They got within five points at halftime 26:31. Les Bleus mounted the pressure on their opponents in the third period. France jumped to a 10-point advantage at the final intermission. Les Bleus held their opponents to just 4 points in the fourth quarter and secured the winning outcome. Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot (198-SF-96) chipped in 9 points, while Etienne Ory, Damien Inglis and Petr Cornelie added 6 points each for the winners. Stefan Lakic (196-F/G-95) and Davor Karamatic (200-F-95) responded with 12 points apiece for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Gacic delivered 8 points in the losing case.

Czech Republic - Lithuania 57-96
Lithuania victoriously opened the Second Stage of the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They knocked down Czech Republic in Group E opener. Lithuania improved at 2-1 record, while Czech Republic fell at 1-2. Lithuania came up with a barrage of three-pointers in the opening quarter to clear off. The Baltic team exploded with 30 points in the first ten minutes and piled up a 21-point lead. Czech Republic stopped the bleeding in the second frame. They narrowed the deficit at 19-point mark at halftime. But Lithuania mounted the pressure in the third term. They unloaded 26 points in the period and entered the fourth stanza up by 25 points 74:49. Lithuania did not slow down in the fourth term and cruised to the victory at the end. Ricardas Verbickas (186-G-95) and Haroldas Saprykinas (188-SG-95) nailed 17 points each for Lithuania. Lukas Grabauskas added 14 points in the winning case. Martin Peterka (206-PF-95) answered with 15 points for Czech Republic. Prokop Slanina had 12 points in the loss.

Group F
United Kingdom - Spain 75-66 OT
England gained the second win at the U18 European Championship. Luke Nelson (192-G-95) scored 29 points, grabbed 6 boards and 5 assists to carry England past Spain at the start of the Second Stage of the tournament. It was a close battle from start to finish. England snatched an 18:14 lead after ten minutes. Spain reacted with an aggressive defensive effort in the second frame. They held England to 10 points and surged ahead for a 28:33 halftime lead. Spain boosted the margin at 8-point mark at the third intermission. But England erased the deficit in the fourth frame. Jules Akodo (186-G-96) put them in front 61:59 with just over three minutes remaining. Garcia and Sans gave Spain a 63:61 lead but Isaacs sank a jumper to force overtime. England held Spain to just 3 points in the extra period and claimed a loud victory at the end. Jules Akodo and Morayoninuoluwa Soluade delivered 10 points each for the winning side. Ilimane Diop (209-C-95) answered with 20 points for Spain. Alberto Martin had 17 points in the losing case.

Italy - Turkey 68-75
Turkey claimed the victory at the start of the Second Stage at U18 European Championship. They knocked down Italy to improve at 3-0 record on top of Group F. Italy fell at 1-2 record after the defeat. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) netted 17 points to lead the winners. Turkey exploded with 26 points in the opening frame to gain an 8-point lead. Italy turned things around in the second stanza. They went on a 21:11 run to establish a 39:37 halftime lead. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third quarter. The Azzurri entered the fourth frame up by two points 46:44. But it was not enough. Turkey used a 15:5 run midway through the fourth frame to gain a 71:65 lead. They never looked back en route to the victory. Emircan Kosut (216-C-95) chipped in 12 points, while Kenan Sipahi contributed 10 points and 8 assists for the winners. Daniel Donzelli (199-SG-96) answered with 15 points for Italy. Simone Fontecchio chipped in 12 points in the losing case.

Croatia - Latvia 65-72
Latvia celebrated victory at the start of the U18 European Championship Second Stage. They held off Croatia for 2-1 record in Group F. Croatia secured a narrow 20:19 lead after ten minutes. Latvia surged ahead in the second period. The hosts held their opponents to 13 points and registered a 36:33 halftime lead. Latvia boosted the gap in the third term. The Baltic team stayed aggressive defensively in the quarter as Croatia managed just 10 points. Latvia built an 11-point lead heading into the final stanza. Croatia nailed 22 points in the fourth frame but could not overcome the deficit. Kristaps Gluditis (192-G-95) netted 15 points, while Kristaps Porzingis (210-C-95), Davis Geks and Rihards Lomazs dropped 10 points each for the winners. Marko Arapovic (208-C/F-96) answered with 15 points for Croatia. Karlo Zganec had 14 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

Group G
Greece - Bulgaria 88-65
Greece registered the first win at the classification round of U18 European Championship. They outgunned Bulgaria for 1-0 record in Group G. Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) nailed 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the winners. Greece eked out a 22:19 lead after ten minutes. Bulgaria stiffened defensively in the second frame and did not allow the Hellenes to run away. Greece enjoyed a 35:32 halftime lead. But Greece stepped on the gas in the third period. They erupted for 28 points and cleared off to a 16-point distance at the final break. Greece fired 25 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the victory at the end. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) netted 18 points, while Alexandros Spyridonidis added 12 points in the victory. Aleksandar Milov (197-G-95) responded with 18 points for Bulgaria. Aleksandar Vezenkov added 13 points in the loss.

Slovenia - Ukraine 60-65
Ukraine registered the second consecutive victory at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They overcame Slovenian counterparts at the start of the classification round in Group G. Illya Sydorov (183-PG-96) nailed 19 points to lead the winners. Ukraine grabbed a 15:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Slovenia cut the deficit and eventually pulled ahead in the second quarter. They accumulated a 35:27 halftime advantage. Slovenia boosted the gap in the third term. They accounted for a 53:42 advantage before the final stanza. But Ukraine opened the fourth frame on a 19:2 run to take a 61:55 lead. Yevgen Sakhniuk (201-PF-95) and Kobets sealed the win for Ukraine late in regulation. Yevgen Sakhniuk posted 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Igor Boyarkin added 11 points in the win. Ziga Zatezic (196-SG-95) answered with 19 points for Slovenia. Matic Rebec had 16 points in the losing effort.


The End of Preliminary Round in Latvia - Jul 20, 2013

Group A
Lithuania - Serbia 74-70 OT
Lithuania outplayed Serbia for the second win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. Lithuania thus gained 2-1 record in the second place in Group A. Serbia fell at 1-2 record and occupied the third position in the standings. Domantas Sabonis (205-F/C-96) posted 22 points and 22 rebounds to lead the effort for Lithuania. Serbia got to the better start. They accumulated a 22:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Lithuania cut the deficit in the second frame. Aggressive defence helped the Baltic team get within 3 points at halftime 31:34. Serbia stretched the gap in the third term. They entered the fourth quarter up by 7 points. But Lithuania found the way to recover. Domantas Sabonis organized a 7:0 run from Lithuania as they spurred ahead 62:60 midway through the final term. Vasilije Pusica (190-G-95) gave Serbia a 64:62 lead but Domantas Sabonis capped regulation with a layup to force overtime. Haroldas Saprykinas and Grabauskas teamed up for 8 points in the extra period to win the game for Lithuania. Augustas Suliauskas (180-PG-95) netted 14 points, while Haroldas Saprykinas added 9 points for the winners. Vasilije Pusica answered with 19 points for Serbia. Aleksa Jugovic had 11 points in the loss.

Slovenia - France 51-66
France claimed the third consecutive victory at the start of the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Slovenia to claim the top position in Group A. Charly Pontens (189-G-95) led balanced offensive effort with 11 points. Slovenia fell at 0-3 record after the defeat and would fight against relegation. France jumped to a 25:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Slovenia bounced back in the second frame. They picked up the tempo and cut the deficit to 7 points at halftime 27:34. Slovenia got even closer in the third term. They trailed by just 5 points at the final intermission. However Les Bleus organized an 18:8 rally in the fourth frame to seal the win. William Pfister (204-PF-95) and Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot (198-SF-96) chipped in 10 points each for France. Jan Novak (185-PG-95) answered with 12 points for Slovenia. Jure Ritlop delivered 11 points in the losing effort.

Group B
Greece - Russia 74-70
Greece celebrated the first win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They held off Russia in the final game of their preliminary round campaign. Greece could not progress through into the Second Stage of the tournament. Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) stepped up with 33 points and 15 rebounds to lead the winners. Russia enjoyed a 21:19 lead after ten minutes of action. But the Hellenes denied the deficit in the second term. They surged ahead for a 36:31 halftime advantage. Greece maintained the lead throughout the third period. They accumulated a 7-point lead at the final intermission. Viacheslav Fedorchenko (190-G-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) scored 7 points in a row for Russia midway through the final stanza to put them within one 65:66. Alexander Martynov (195-G/F-95) later sank three free throws to tie things up at 68. However Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) nailed four points for Greece in the final 90 seconds of the game to seal the victory. He finished with 14 points for the Hellenes. Alexandros Spyridonidis added 7 points for the winning side. Alexander Martynov and Viacheslav Fedorchenko answered with 17 points each for Russia.

Bosnia - Czech Republic 65-69
Czech Republic gained the second win at the U18 European Championship. They overcame Bosnia and Herzegovina to improve at 2-1 record in Group B. Adam Pechacek notched 18 points to lead the winners. Both Czech Republic and Bosnia made it into the Second Stage of the competition. Bosnia posted a 16:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Czech Republic erased the deficit and pulled ahead for a narrow 28:26 halftime lead. Bosnia increased the tempo in the third term. They exploded with 23 points in the period to enter the fourth stanza up by 5 points. But Adam Pechacek nailed two triples early in the fourth term to put Czech Republic in front. Soula and Svoboda made it 60:53 for the Czech team with under two minutes remaining. Radovan Kouril (185-PG-95) and Martin Peterka went deadly from the stripe in the dying seconds and sealed the win for Czech Republic. Martin Peterka finished with 17 points and 11 boards for Czech Republic. Radovan Kouril added 14 points for the winners. Bojan Lulic (196-SF-95) answered with 13 points for Bosnia. Stefan Lakic netted 12 points in the loss.

Group C
Italy - Latvia 70-69
Italy handed the first defeat to hosting Latvia at the U18 European Championship. Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) capped the regulation with a layup to snatch the win for Azzurri. The victory propelled Italy at 2-1 record but they remained third in Group C ladder. Italy posted a 20:15 lead after ten minutes of action. Latvia stepped on the gas in the second frame. They fired 26 points to narrow the gap at just two-point mark at halftime 43:41. Latvia surged ahead in the third term. The hosts limited the Azzurri to only 8 points in the period and gained a 7-point lead before the fourth frame. Latvia led by 9 points midway through the final stanza but Marco Spissu drained two triples and Tommaso Laquintana added another one as Italy tied things up at 66. Geks and Simone Fontecchio exchanged baskets before Andzejs Pasecniks (211-C-95, college: VEF skola) made it 69:68 for Latvia with 57 seconds remaining. But Simone Fontecchio converted a layup to seal the win for the Azzurri. Simone Fontecchio finished with 28 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Marco Spissu added 12 points in the victory. Armands Ginters answered with 17 points for Latvia. Andzejs Pasecniks had 16 points in the loss.

Bulgaria - Spain 57-69
Spain advanced into the Second Stage of the U18 European Championship. They overcame Bulgarian counterparts on the final day of the preliminary round. Spain improved at 2-1 record, while Bulgaria slipped at 0-3 in Group C. Alberto Abalde netted 19 points for the winning side. Spain eked out just a one-point lead after ten minutes of action 19:18. They stretched the lead in the second frame. Spain accumulated a 43:29 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Spain made it 57:43 at the final break. Bulgaria cut the deficit in the fourth frame but came up way short of victory at the end. David Iriarte (206-F/C-95) chipped in 18 points, while Jose Nogues (204-PF-95) added 16 points for the Spaniards. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) topscored with 28 points and 9 rebounds for Bulgaria. Aleksandar Milov had 5 points in the loss.

Group D
Ukraine - Turkey 89-88 OT
Yevgen Sakhniuk (201-PF-95) nailed a late jumper in overtime and Ukraine escaped with a tough overtime victory over Turkey. The victory however did not allow Ukraine to progress into the Second Stage. Yevgen Sakhniuk delivered 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Turkey slipped at 2-1 record after the defeat. Ukraine got a 7:2 start to the game. But Turkey quickly erased the deficit and teams went neck and neck throughout the opening frame. They entered the second stanza tied at 23. The lead changed hands throughout the second period. Ukraine had the last laugh as they snatched a 39:36 halftime advantage. Guven and Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) quickly put Turkey in front in the third term. Dogukan Sanli made it 55:45 for Turkey midway through the period. They entered the final stanza up by 11 points 64:53. But Ukraine managed to erase the deficit. Shalamov drained a triple to level things up at 75 with under two minutes remaining in regulation. Ozmizrak sank a free throw to give Turkey a narrow lead but Igor Boyarkin (185-PG-95) answered with a freebie to send the game into overtime. The teams traded baskets before Yevgen Sakhniuk nailed a decisive jumper and sealed the win for Ukraine. Igor Boyarkin finished with 15 points, while Oleksandr Antypov added 13 points in the win. Okben Ulubay responded with 22 points, 7 assists and 6 boards for Turkey. Dogukan Sanli chipped in 20 points in the loss.

United Kingdom - Croatia 65-89
Croatia clinched a comfortable win over England on the final day of the preliminary round at U18 European Championship. The victory allowed Croatia to occupy the second position in Group D. Both teams progressed into the Second Stage of the tournament. Croatia quickly gained the lead and raced to a 21:12 advantage after ten minutes. They kept England at distance throughout the second frame. The Balkan team accumulated a 46:33 halftime lead. Croatia extended the margin in the third period. They established a comfortable 25-point lead at the final break. England managed to outscore their opponents in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss. Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) delivered 21 points for the winners. Dorian Jelenek (200-SF-95) added 16 points for the Croats. Luke Nelson (192-G-95) answered with 25 points for England. Morayoninuoluwa Soluade and Kingsley Okoroh had 10 points each in the loss.


Division A: Results and Stats from Day 2 in Latvia - Jul 19, 2013

Group A
France - Serbia 65-62
France edged Serbia for the second straight win at the start of the U18 European Championship. Les Bleus remained on top of Group A. Damien Inglis (203-PF-95) was instrumental in the victory tallying 20 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists. Serbia led by six points after ten minutes of action 22:16. The Balkan team maintained the lead throughout the second period. They ensured a 38:32 halftime advantage. But Inglis and Etienne Ory (178-PG-96) opened the second half with back-to-back three-pointers to erase the deficit. They also triggered a 13:0 run from Les Bleus as they gained a 45:38 lead. Serbia managed to erase it as the teams entered the fourth frame tied at 52. Serbia led by two points 60:58 with just over five minutes to go in regulation. Inglis and Etienne Ory made it then 63:60 for France. Aleksa Jugovic cut the distance but Bouteille scored the final two points in the game sealing the victory for Les Bleus. Etienne Ory finished with 17 points, while Guerschon Yabusele contributed 6 points for the winners. Rade Zagorac (201-G/F-95) answered with 13 points for Serbia. Aleksa Jugovic had 11 points and 8 assists in the loss.

Slovenia - Lithuania 69-74
Lithuania claimed the opening win at the U18 European Championship. They fired past Slovenia for 1-1 record in Group A. Paulius Valinskas (191-SG-95) nailed 14 points to lead the winners. Slovenia suffered the second straight defeat at the tournament. Slovenia got to a storming start to the game. They ensured a 30:12 lead after ten minutes. But Lithuania found the way to bounce back. They tuned in defensively and held their opponents to just 7 points in the second term. Lithuania cut the deficit at three-point mark at halftime. Slovenia extended their lead to double digits again in the third frame. Matic Rebec made it 53:43 for the hosts. Ritlop capped the period with a layup to give Slovenia a 57:47 lead. But Lithuania went on a massive 20:3 run midway through the fourth frame to take a 69:62 lead. They did not surrender the advantage in the reminder of the contest and sealed the victory at the end. Domantas Sabonis (205-F/C-96) added 12 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. Ziga Zatezic (196-SG-95) answered with 23 points for Slovenia. Matic Rebec had 20 points and 8 assists in the losing effort.

Group B
Czech Republic - Russia 69-71
Russia eked out the second straight win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They held off pesky Czech Republic today to stay on top of Group B. Alexander Martynov (195-G/F-95) and Viacheslav Fedorchenko (190-G-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) had 22 points each to lead the winners. Czech Republic fell at 1-1 record after the defeat. The Czech team was in control throughout the first half. They grabbed a 24:18 lead after the starting quarter. Czech Republic stretched the gap in the second frame. They established a 48:38 halftime advantage. Czech Republic held Russia to just 12 points in the third term to secure what seemed to be a comfortable 12-point lead before the final stanza 62:50. But Russia refused to surrender. Viacheslav Fedorchenko drained backt-to-back three-pointers midway through the final stanza to put Russia within three 63:66. Alexander Martynov, Viacheslav Fedorchenko and Maleyko gave Russia a 71:68 lead with under two minutes remaining. Pechachek nailed a free throw but missed the second one and later Radovan Kouril (180-PG-95) missed a jumper as Russia got away with the win. Alexander Gankevich netted 8 points for Russia. David Radovan Kouril answered with 11 points for Czech Republic. Marek Mares had 9 points in the losing effort.

Bosnia - Greece 52-51
Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrated the first win at the U18 European Championship. They held off Greece for 1-1 record in Group B. Aleksandar Lazic (198-F/G-96) nailed 13 points to lead the Balkan team. The Hellenes fell at 0-2 record after the defeat. Bosnia and Herzegovina limited their opponents to just 6 points in the first frame to take a 2-point lead. Bosnia maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They recorded a 23:19 halftime advantage. Greece cut the deficit in the third term. The Hellenes pulled ahead for a 32:31 advantage before the fourth frame. Aleksandar Lazic, Lakic and Imran Polutak (205-C-96) gave Bosnia and Herzegovina a 48:43 lead with three minutes remaining. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) and Chatzinikolas dragged Greece within one 51:52 with 39 seconds remaining. Lulic missed two free throws but Dimitrios Stamatis could not capitalize missing a jumper late in regulation. Imran Polutak had 10 points, while Sandro Gacic added 8 points for the winning side. Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) answered with 13 points and 11 rebounds for Greece. Dimitrios Stamatis chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Group C
Bulgaria - Italy 48-97
Italy recorded the first win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. The Azzurri recovered after the starting loss and thrashed Bulgaria for 1-1 record in Group C. Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) posted 21 points to pace the winners. Bulgaria fell at 0-2 record after the defeat. Italy opened the game with an aggressive defence and held Bulgaria to just 6 points in the first ten minutes. The Azzurri unloaded impressive 30 points in the second period to take a 47:20 halftime lead. Italy stayed red hot in the third term. They poured in 27 points in the period to pile up a 75:36 advantage at the final intermission. Italy limited Bulgaria to just 12 points in the fourth frame and raced to the victory at the end. Nicola Akele netted 16 points, while Pierfrancesco Oliva (202-SF-96) chipped in 12 points for the winning side. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) answered with 21 points for Bulgaria. Evgeni Hadzhirusev had 11 points in the loss.

Spain - Latvia 61-66
Latvia claimed the second consecutive victory at the start of the U18 European Championship. The hosts upset Spain to take 2-0 record on top of Group C. Andzejs Pasecniks (211-C-95, college: VEF skola) tallied 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the winning side. Latvia eked out a 13:11 lead after the starting quarter. The hosts stayed in front throughout the second frame. Latvia accumulated a 28:25 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout intense third term. Latvia arrived at the final intermission up by three points 47:44. Latvia went on a 10:0 run early in the fourth frame to ensure a 57:46 advantage with just over six minutes remaining. Spain responded with a furious run to level things up at 61. Davis Geks answered with a triple to silence Spain and then sank two free throws to seal the victory for the home team. Kristaps Gluditis (192-G-95) netted 13 points, while Kristaps Porzingis and Davis Geks added 11 points each for Latvia. Alberto Martin (185-PG-95) answered with 16 points for Spain. Alberto Abalde delivered 12 points in the losing case.

Group D
Croatia - Turkey 76-84
Turkey registered the second straight win at the U18 European Championship campaign. They held off Croatia to remain on top of Group D. Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95) netted 21 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 6 assists to lead the winners. Croatia fell at 1-1 record after the defeat. Croatia looked confident start at the start of the game. They fired 27 points in the opening ten minutes to ensure a 5-point lead. Turkey stopped the rot in the second frame. They adjusted defensively and cut the deficit to 2 points at halftime 45:43. Turkey exploded with a 22:12 rally in the third term. They surged ahead and secured an 8-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Baykan and Emircan Kosut (216-C-95) gave Turkey a 72:57 lead early in the fourth frame. Croatia sparked the intrigue as they managed to clip the deficit at 5-point mark 71:76 with just over three minutes to go. However Kenan Sipahi and Kanter netted four points and Turkey raced to the win at the end. Cedi Osman (195-SG-95) and Emircan Kosut delivered 13 points each for Turkey. Domagoj Bosnjak (197-G/F-95) answered with 19 points for Croatia. Tomislav Gabric had 14 points in the loss.

United Kingdom - Ukraine 93-81
England earned the historic victory in Liepaja today. They overcame Ukraine for the first ever success in Division A of the U18 European Championship. Luke Nelson (190-G-95) accounted for 25 points to lead the winning side. Ukraine posted 22 points in the first frame to take a one-point lead. Ukraine stretched the lead in the second quarter. They established a 41:34 halftime advantage. But England turned things around in the third frame. They erupted for 25 points and surged ahead for a 59:57 advantage at the final break. Luke Nelson, Isaacs and Benjamin Mead gave England a 71:61 lead midway through the fourth frame. Ukraine narrowed the margin at 5-point mark but England stayed calm as they soon opened a double-digit advantage. Kingsley Okoroh (216-C-95) made it 91:78 for England with 27 seconds remaining and they cruised to the victory in the reminder of the contest. Kingsley Okoroh posted 14 points, while Benjamin Mead had 11 points for the winners. Yevgen Sakhniuk (201-PF-95) and Andrii Shalamov (96) netted 20 points each for Ukraine as they slipped at 0-2 record.


Division A: Results and Stats from Day 1 in Latvia - Jul 18, 2013

Group A
Serbia - Slovenia 88-56
Serbia claimed the first win at the U18 European Championship. They held off Slovenia in Group A action in Ventspils. Rade Zagorac (201-G/F-95) netted 13 points to lead the charge. Serbia quickly cleared off in the opening frame. They posted a 22:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Serbia extended the lead in the second frame. They ensured a 46:21 halftime advantage. The Serbian team kept Slovenia at distance throughout the third period. They secured a comfortable 64:38 buffer heading into the fourth frame. Serbia unloaded 24 points in the final stanza to seal the win. Ognjen Jaramaz (191-PG-95) and Stefan Ljubenkovic (95) finished with 12 points each for Serbia. Pusica had 11 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists in the victory. Jure Ritlop (203-PF-95) chipped in 9 points for Slovenia. Ziga Zatezic and Janc had 7 points each in the loss.

Lithuania - France 58-67
France got to the winning start of their U18 European Championship campaign. They held off ambitious Lithuania in the opener in Group A. Charly Pontens (189-SG-95) fired 19 points to lead Les Bleus. France held Lithuania to 11 points in the first period to take a 5-point lead. Les Bleus stretched the gap in the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 11 points 33:22. But the Baltic team tuned in offensively in the third term. They organized a 23:16 rally in the third quarter to cut the deficit 4-point mark at the final break. France however responded with a stifling defence in the fourth frame and escaped with the win at the end. Axel Bouteille (197-F-95) netted 14 points, while Olivier Yao-Delon and Petr Cornelie had 6 points each for the winners. Domantas Sabonis (205-F/C-96) answered with 19 points and 16 boards for Lithuania. Augustas Suliauskas, Ricardas Verbickas and Lukas Grabauskas had 8 points each in the loss.

Group B
Russia - Bosnia 68-55
Russia clinched the first win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina in the opening day of the competition. Mikhail Maleyko (206-PF-96) and Alexander Martynov (195-G/F-95) stepped up with 13 points each to lead the winning team. Bosnia and Herzegovina snatched a 20:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Russia improved defensively in the second quarter. They held their opponents to just 7 points in the period and surged ahead for a 28:27 halftime lead. Russia outgunned the Bosnian counterparts 22:10 in the third term to take off. Bosnia and Herzegovina struggled to catch up with their opponents in the final period as Russia marched to the victory. Alexander Gankevich (201-PF-95) netted 12 points, while Fedorchenko added 11 points in the win. Imran Polutak (205-C-96) answered with 12 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Stefan Lakic and Bojan Lulic provided 9 points each in the loss.

Greece - Czech Republic 67-68
Czech Republic claimed a narrow win at the start of the U18 European Championship. They snatched a tough one-point victory over Greece. Martin Peterka (201-PF-95) scored 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge. Czech Republic confidently opened the game. They held Greece to just 13 points in the first period and posted a 4-point lead. But the Hellenes gradually adjusted their performance. They cut the deficit to just one point 28:29 at halftime. Czech Republic maintained the lead in the third term. They entered the fourth frame up by three points. Greece denied the deficit as Kouzeloglou drained a three-pointer for a 52:52 tie. But Martin Peterka answered with a triple and Czech Republic quickly cleared off to a 7-point lead. Radovan Kouril (180-PG-95) made it 66:58 for the Czech team with under two minutes remaining. Anastasios Spyropoulos and Kouzeloglou hit two three-pointers to narrow the gap but Greece simply ran out of time and lost the clash. Radovan Kouril had 17 points, 6 assists and 4 boards for Czech Republic. Alexandros Spyridonidis (190-PG-95) answered with 15 points for Greece. Anastasios Spyropoulos chipped in 12 points in the losing effort.

Group C
Italy - Spain 61-88
Spain recorded the first win at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Italy in the opener in Group C. Juan Hernangomez (198-F-95) scored 18 points to pace the winners. Spain made sure they grabbed the initiative early in the game. They erupted for 28 points in the first period to build a 12-point lead. Italy slowed their opponents down in the second frame. But Spain secured a 44:32 halftime lead. Spain boosted the lead in the third term. They ensured a comfortable 20-point advantage before the fourth period. Spain nailed 20 points in the fourth term and sealed the win at the end. Agusti Sans (195-SG-95) posted 16 points, while Alberto Abalde added 14 points for the winners. Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) answered with 16 points for Italy. Simone Fontecchio and Daniel Donzelli chipped in 12 points each in the loss.

Latvia - Bulgaria 85-57
Latvia claimed the opening win at the U18 European Championship. They defeated Bulgaria to gain 1-0 record in Group C. Andzejs Pasecniks (211-C-95, college: VEF skola) provided 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the hosts. Latvia got to a brisk start to the game. They poured in 24 points in the opening ten minutes and recorded a 4-point lead. The hosts unloaded 27 points in the second frame to extend the lead. They accumulated a 51:35 halftime advantage. Latvia did not loosen the grip in the third period. They held Bulgaria to 12 points in the quarter and boosted the margin to as many as 22 points. Latvia went on a 16:10 run in the final period and sealed the victory. Kristaps Porzingis (210-C-95) had 15 points and 11 boards, while Davis Geks had 11 points for the winning side. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) answered with 24 points and 17 rebounds for Bulgaria. Martin Vasiliev and Angel Peychinov netted 9 points apiece in the defeat.

Group D
Ukraine - Croatia 49-81
Croatia gained the opening win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They fired past Ukraine in Group D opener. Karlo Zganec (206-F/C-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) nailed 19 points to lead the winning side. Croatia gained a 16:8 lead after the opening quarter. Ukraine improved their performance in the second period. They cut the deficit at 7-point mark at the interval 23:30. However Croatia stamped their authority in the third period. The Balkan team went on a 26:14 run to clear off to a 19-point lead at the final intermission. Croatia finished off their opponents with a 25:12 run in the fourth period. Lovro Mazalin (203-SF-97, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 14 points, while Marko Arapovic provided 10 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Illya Sydorov and Oleksandr Kobets (192-SF-96) responded with 12 points each for Ukraine.

Turkey - United Kingdom 76-58
Turkey celebrated the first win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They defeated England in their starting game. Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95) posted 15 points to lead the winning side. Turkey accumulated a 21:18 lead after the opening quarter. But England capitalized on a sloppy offensive effort from the Turkish team to deny the deficit in the second frame. The English team grabbed a 36:34 halftime lead. Turkey regained the lead pretty quickly in the second half. They opened the half with a 7:0 run to spur in front. Turkey fired 21 points in the period to gain a 3-point lead. They exploded with a 21:6 rally in the final stanza to seal the winning outcome. Cedi Osman (195-SG-95) netted 14 points, while Metecan Birsen chipped in 13 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the winning side. Jules Akodo (186-G-96) answered with 12 points for England. Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye delivered 11 points in the losing case.




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