Poland - Switzerland 86-75 Poland finally won the game after the two losses in a row in Division B of the European Championship. Poland improved to 2-2 after 86:75 win over Switzerland in Sarajevo. Both teams were tied at 8:8, while Dubas brought 12:9 for the Swiss side. Szumelda-Krzycki closed the first period at 28:22 and Zyskowski gave Poland plus 10 in the start of the second frame. Poland won also the second period 23-17 as Parzenski sent the squads to the lockers at 51:39. Poland did not even think of slowing down and after 23-13 reached 74:52 after thirty minutes. Switzerland however was too far to give up and did their best to recover. Jeremy Jaunin (170-PG-91) nailed three to reduce to 77:66, while Gardner Louissaint (196-F-91) scored four in a row for 83:72. Dubas was the last to score in the game for 86:75 that became the final score. Sokolowski stepped up with 19 points for 2-2 record. Sebastian Szymanski (186-G-91, agency: Promotex) scored 18 and Mlynarski netted 10. Dubas replied with 20 points in the losing effort, whilst Gardner Louissaint nailed 12.
Romania - FYR Macedonia 49-64 FYR Macedonia opened win count at U20 European Championship in Division B. They held off Romania to improve at 1-3 record in Group A. Romania meanwhile fell at 2-2 record after the loss. Nikola Gajdadjiev (193-G-92) stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners. The teams traded baskets early in the encounter but FYR Macedonia used an 8:2 run late in the starting quarter to take a 19:12 lead. Romania got within a single points midway through the second term but Nikola Gajdadjiev triggered another 8:0 spurt as FYR Macedonia grabbed a 36:27 lead. They finished the first half up by 10 points 38:28. Nikola Gajdadjiev and Lazar Petrov boosted the lead to 16 points midway through the third term. FYR Macedonia posted a 52:40 lead with one quarter remaining. FYR Macedonia kept their opponents at bay throughout the final frame and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Lazar Petrov finished with 15 points, while Dzaner Osman added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Vlad Corpodean (197-F-91) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Romania. Bogdan Tibirna provided 14 points in the loss. Romania got outrebounded 34:48 and shot woeful 8% from beyond the arc (2/26).
Estonia U20-Georgia U20 87-88
The last game of Day 4 at the European Championship became the most interesting as Estonia and Georgia entered the court undefeated and struggled for the top place in Group A. Tornike Shengelia (207-G/F-91) wins the battle over Rain Veideman (192-G-91) as his Georgia celebrated 87:86 win. Gerogia won the opening quarter 21:16 and Dvalishvili scored for 27:18 in the start of the second. Estonia won the second frame 27-24 and reduced to 2 points at the halftime. Georgia pushed the tempo a bit in the third period and went on a bigger lead. Tornike Shengelia increased to 63:58 scoring his 26 points at that time. Beqa Chikviladze (195-G-91) drove a lay-up to close the third period at 68:62. The last quarter Georgia started even better and went on the final surge and could win the game due to the last shot. At first Tenieshvili and Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) nailed threes for 77:66 and Tornike Shengelia scored his 29 points for 79:66. Kaldre and Puidet reduced to 79:71 with 5 minutes to play, but Tornike Shengelia scored for 81:71. Rain Veideman meanwhile scored seven points in a row for 81:78 to post his 25th points with almost 4 minutes to go. Tornike Shengelia made two free throws for 83:78 and Rain Veideman brought 87:86 with 12 seconds. Bokolishvili however made the last successful shot to bring the necessary win for Georgia. Tornike Shengelia erupted with 33 points and 15 rebounds for perfect 4-0 record. Beqa Chikviladze ended up with 17 and Duda Sanadze nailed 14. Rain Veideman exploded with 34 points in defeat and Martin Dorbek (191-G-91) scored 16.
Bulgaria - Slovakia 65-58 Bulgaria earned the second win at U20 European Championship in Division B. They shot down Slovak Republic to improve at 2-1 record in Group B. Slovak Republic on the other hand fell at 2-1 record after the loss. Stanislav Tsonkov (192-G-91) scored 16 points to pace the winners. Bulgaria pulled in front midway through the starting quarter. Slovak Republic stayed close but Bulgaria managed to take a 19:16 lead at the first break. Bulgaria opened the second frame with seven points in a row to boost the lead. They kept Slovak Republic at distance in the reminder of the period posting a 39:35 halftime lead. Jaroslav Moravek (200-F/C-92) however put Slovak Republic in front midway through the third term. Plamen Hristov (197-F/G-91), Radev and Dafinov regained the lead for the Bulgarian side as they entered the final frame up by 2 points 50:48. Bulgaria nailed 7 points in a row at the start of the fourth period to take a 9-point advantage. Plamen Hristov made a double-digit lead with three minutes remaining. Slovak Republic never got back to life and had to surrender at the end. Konstantin Koev provided 15 points for Bulgaria. Plamen Hristov added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Jaroslav Moravek responded with 21 points and 16 rebounds for Slovak Republic. Tomas Mrvis accounted for 14 points in defeat.
Denmark - Holland 78-72 Denmark celebrated the third straight win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They overcame Netherlands to stay on top of Group B. Netherlands in the meantime slipped at 1-3 record in the ladder. Jonas Bergstedt (210-C-91) stepped up with 21 points and 16 rebounds to pace the winners. Denmark jumped in front early in the encounter and maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter. They posted a 21:16 lead after ten minutes. Brandt helped the Dutch team level things up at 32 late in the first half. But Bennedsen secured a 36:33 halftime lead for the Scandinavian team. Netherlands used a 7:0 run midway through the third quarter to pull in front. But Denmark recovered once again posting a 56:51 lead with one quarter remaining. Gyamfi and Jonas Bergstedt stretched the gap to 13 points early in the final period. Netherlands went on an 8:2 rally cutting the deficit but Berstedt and Thomas Laerke (194-G/F-91) hit three free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Denmark. Thomas Laerke accounted for 20 points for Denmark. Alexander Bak (193-F-91) contributed 17 points in the victory. Dimeo Van Der Horst answered with 19 points for Netherlands. Leon Williams finished with 16 points in the loss.
Czech Republic - Finland 76-62 Czech Republic U20 wins Group C in Sarajevo at the U20 European Championship. The team recorded the fourth straight victory after 76:62 over Finland. Czech Republic won the opening tip 8-0 and never looked behind in the game. Carl Lindbom (204-F-91) however reduced to 17:15, while Ondrej Balvin (215-C-92) made a dunk for 27:18. Czech Republic added 24-17 in the second frame for 41:30 at the halftime. The third stanza was decisive in the game as it proved the winner. The favorites added 25-11 and Jaros closed the frame at 66:41. Finland managed to win the last stanza 21-10 to reduce the gap in the game. Peterka led the way with 17 points, while Ondrej Balvin collected 13 points and 11 rebounds. Tomas Vyoral (188-PG-92) followed them with 11 points and Halada nailed 10. Kopio and Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) posted 13 points each in defeat and Carl Lindbom netted 10.
Portugal - Luxembourg 76-56 Portugal improved to 3-1 record at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The team rolled over Luxembourg 76:56 in Day 4. Portugal easily started with 9-0 run and then enjoyed 15-2 lead. Carlos Ferreirinho (200-F/G-91) made a jump shot at the end of the frame for 29:9. Luxembourg was too far to give up and erupted with 24-12 in the second period. Trailing 20:39, they reduce to 39:32 exploding with 12-0 run. Wilson sent the teams to the lockers at 41:33. It was still hot in the court after the third quarter when Portugal managed to add 14-9. They also won the last period 21-14 to seal the victory. Miguel Queiroz (202-C/F-91) was unstoppable with 20 points and 18 rebounds, while Carlos Ferreirinho netted 18. Cardoso ended up with 15 and Azevedo notched 12. Wolzfeld produced 14 points in defeat and Wilson scored 13.
United Kingdom - Norway 78-64 Great Britain post the second straight win in Sarajevo at the European Championship. After defeating Luxembourg U20 last night, they overcame Norway U20 78:64. It was a tough start for both teams that stayed close to each other. The team from Great Britain grabbed 19-18 after the first 10 minutes and then both teams nailed 11 points each in the second frame. The final push the winners made in the third period winning it 27-18. Bouna Ndiaye and Karamo Jawara (200-F-91) reduced to 57:52 early in the fourth, while Alasdair Fraser scored for 59:52. Alasdair Fraser closed an 8-0 run for the team from Great Britain and Bohn broke the silence for his side. Alex Marcotullio (190-G-91) scored for 71:54 with 5 minutes to go when it finally became known about the winner. Bouna Ndiaye and Alasdair Fraser later exchanged the shots, while Karamo Jawara reduced to 73:58. Alex Marcotullio nailed three for 76:61 and Karamo Jawara scored again for 76:64. Van Oostrum made the final score in the game as his side is with 2-2 record. Alasdair Fraser paced all the winners with 23 points and Ryan Richards followed him with 20. Karamo Jawara ended up with 25 points in the losing case and Berg netted 16.
Israel - Belarus 111-88 Israel scored 111 points to win over Belarus in Day 4 of the U20 European Championship. The team allowed the team from Belarus to post 88 in Division B game on Sunday. Belarus scored first 4 points in the game, while Timor gave the winning side 8:6. The first period became offensive in the court and Israel took 27:17 lead. Moreover the teams scored 70! Points in the second frame as Israel won 39-31 to increase to 66:48 at the halftime. Sean Labanowski (203-F/C-92) and Lavie scored for 71:50, while Tom Havkin (202-F-91, agency: Avi Zilberman) closed the period at 87:68. Ber Aven scored a lay-up at 100:73 with 5 minutes to go and then Israel saved the victory. Jonathan Sztarkman (188-PG-91) stepped up with 27 points for the winners and Tishman nailed 17. Lavie scored 13, whilst Timor had 11. Vitali Liutych (198-G/F-92) ended up with 28 points in the losing effort and Salauyou scored 16.
Iceland - Belgium 69-80 Belgium wins Group D of the European Championship in Division B. The top team celebrated the fourth consecutive win in the first game of Day 4 and will have a break tomorrow. Belgium edged Iceland 80:69 as Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91) erupted with 26 points and 5 rebounds. Belgium started strong taking 22:6 in the middle of the first period. Iceland however finished the quarter with a big run as Aegir Steinarsson closed it for 24:29. Belgium replied with 13-0 run and Dennis Donkor scored for 42:24. Haukur Palsson (198-F-92) reduced to 62:41, while Aegir Steinarsson closed the third frame at 69:52. Iceland won the fourth period 17-11 for the final 80:69 result. Maarten Rademakers (205-C/F-91) nailed 12 points for the winners and Pierre-Antoine Gillet netted 11. Haukur Palsson collected massive 28 points and 11 rebounds in defeat and Aegir Steinarsson notched 15.
FINAL Lithuania - Spain 55-68 Spain celebrated the title in Helsinki. They overcame Lithuania in the championship game tonight. Marc Garcia (199-SF-96) came up with 21 points to lead the champions. Spain broke away in the second frame. They established a 40:32 halftime lead. Lithuania narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Baltic team pulled within 6 points at the final intermission. Spain however triggered a 16:9 rally in the fourth stanza and marched to the victory. Ramon Vila tal... [read more]
Lithuania - Spain 55-68 Spain celebrated the title in Helsinki. They overcame Lithuania in the championship game tonight. Marc Garcia (199-SF-96) came up with 21 points to lead the champions. Spain broke away in the second frame. They established a 40:32 halftime lead. Lithuania narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Baltic team pulled within 6 points at the final intermission. Spain however triggered a 16:9 rally in the fourth stanza and marched to the victory. Ramon Vila tallied 18 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. Ignas Fiodorovas (196-SG-96) responded with 13 points for Lithuania. Kristupas Zemaitis (191-G-96) had 11 points in the defeat.
Turkey - Germany 76-61 Turkey outscored Germany to clinch the Bronze medals in Helsinki. Berk Ugurlu (191-PG-96) delivered 17 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds for the winning side. Germany eked out a 36:34 halftime lead. They arrived at the final intermission up by two points. But Turkey picked up the tempo in the fourth frame. They went on a 29:12 surge in the final quarter and sealed the victory. Mert Cevik (200-G/F-96) notched 16 points for the winners. Andreas Obst (192-SG-96, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 11 points for Germany.
Italy - Latvia 86-79 Italy finished fifth in Helsinki. They wrapped up their campaign with a narrow win over Latvia. Diego Flaccadori (194-PG-96) delivered 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the Azzurri. Italy eked out a 43:42 halftime lead. They went on a 29:13 run in the third term to clear off for good. Leonardo Candi (190-PG-97) chipped in 11 points for the winners. Davis Gutmanis (195-F-97) responded with 17 points for Latvia.
Czech Republic - Ukraine 105-103 Czech Republic survived a determined comeback rally from Ukraine in the fourth quarter to secure a tough victory in their final game in Helsinki. Simon Pursl (200-F/G-97) delivered 29 points to lead the Czech team to the 7th position. Czech Republic drained 32 points in the second quarter to take an 8-point halftime lead. Czech Republic sank 29 points in the third term to secure an 11-point lead at the final intermission. Ukraine drilled 27 points in the fourth stanza but came up short of victory. Martin Roub (203-C-97) had 17 points for the winners. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (203-SG-97) answered with 21 points for Ukraine.
Slovenia - Sweden 82-77 Slovenia claimed the ninth position in Helsinki. Sandi Grubelic (190-PG-96, agency: XL Basketball Agency) posted 17 points to lead the winners. Slovenia accumulated a 38:33 halftime lead. Sweden pulled within a single point at the final intermission. Slovenia poured in 28 points in the fourth frame to celebrate the victory. Urban Durnik (201-PF-97) had 16 points for the winners. Anton Kobylak-Berglund (200-G-96) answered with 21 points for Sweden.
Serbia - Israel 88-60 Serbia finished their campaign in Helsinki on a high note. They cruised past Israel to earn the 11th position. Vanja Marinkovic (198-SG-97, agency: BeoBasket), Stefan Lazarevic (197-SG-96) and Stefan Simic (195-F/G-96, agency: BeoBasket) scored 14 points each for the winners. Serbia jumped to a 44:25 halftime lead. They kept Israel at bay throughout the second half and raced to the win. Orr Leumi responded with 20 points for Israel.
France - Belgium 79-70 France outgunned Belgium to avoid relegation. Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot (202-SF-96, agency: Comsport) posted 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead les Bleues. Belgium eked out a 40:39 halftime lead. France sank 22 points in the third term to spur ahead. They limited Belgium to just 11 points in the fourth quarter and marched to the win. Elie Okobo (188-SG-97) had 18 points for the winners. Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda (184-PG-96) responded with 20 points for Belgium.
Finland - Hungary 91-70 Finland breezed past Hungary for the 15th position at the championship. Lauri Markkanen (213-PF-97) posted 26 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Finland jumped to a 50:32 halftime lead. They followed with a 24:19 run in the third term to clear off for good. Joonas Tahvanainen (198-F-96) had 23 points for the Finnish team. Geza Andrassy (197-F-96) responded with 11 points for Hungary.
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