Latvia - Slovenia 89-84 Latvia celebrated the first win at the Qualifying Round of U20 European Championship. They prevailed against Slovenia to improve at 2-2 record in Group E. Slovenia fell at 0-4 record. Mareks Mejeris (207-F-91, agency: Players Group) provided 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge. Mareks Mareks Mejeris notched 7 points in the opening frame as Latvia posted a 21:13 lead at the first break. Latvia cleared off to a 7-point distance in the second term. Butjankovs opened a double-digit lead late in the first half 41:31. Latvia ensured a 44:37 halftime advantage. But Slovenia quickly erased the deficit and soon Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) pulled his team in front. Slovenia entered the final frame up by five points 68:63. Mareks Mejeris triggered a 16:0 run that put Latvia on top 85:73. Slovenia made a fierce comeback effort cutting the deficit at 3 points 82:85. Lejasmeiers and Antrops hit four free throws in the dying seconds to seal the winning outcome for Latvia. Martins Meiers (206-C-91) notched 18 points and 9 rebounds for Latvia. Ugis Pinete (194-F-91) added 17 points, 5 boards and 5 assists in the victory. Klemen Prepelic answered with 17 points for Slovenia. Alen Omic (213-C-92) answered with 16 points in the loss.
Russia - Sweden 67-65 Russia posted the second straight win at the U20 European Championship Qualifying Round. They overcame Sweden to climb at 4-0 record in Group E. Sweden slipped at 0-4 record in the ladder. Russia went on a 10:0 run midway through the opening quarter to post a 23:10 lead. They ensured a 26:18 lead at the first break. Sweden erased the deficit in the second quarter. The Scandinavian side tied things up at 30. Soon Czerapowicz, Nordstrom and Andreas Person (190-G-91) put Sweden in front. But Ruslan Tumanov (190-G-91) capped the first half with a three-pointer as Russia regained advantage 39:38. Russia went on a 12:0 run at the start of the third quarter to boost the margin to 13 points 51:38. Russia entered the fourth frame up by 10 points 58:48. Lindqvist nailed 8 points in a row at the beginning of the fourth quarter to cut the deficit. Andrey Zubkov (205-G/F-91) and Tkachenko maintained the advantage for Russia however Viktor Gaddefors (200-F-92) put Sweden as close as two points 65:67 with 8 seconds remaining. Pavel Antipov commited a turnover giving Sweden a chance to save the game. But Czerapowicz missed a jumper and Russia had a narrow escape at the end. Andrey Zubkov delivered 13 points, while Ruslan Tumanov added 12 points in the victory. Viktor Gaddefors answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Sweden. Andreas Person netted 12 points in defeat.
Montenegro - France 49-58 France continued their unbeaten run at the U20 European Championship. They overcame Montenegro tonight to improve at 4-0 record in Qualifying Round Group E. Romain Hillotte (195-G-91) scored 12 points to lead the effort. Montenegro fell at 2-2 record after the loss. France got to a flying start as they enjoyed an 8:2 lead midway through the first frame. Montenegro got closer but Romain Hillotte capped the period with a three-pointer as France grabbed a 16:10 advantage. Les Bleus maintained the lead throughout the low-scoring second period. France arrived at halftime up by three points 22:19. Montenegro tried hard but could not erase the deficit in the third quarter. They faced a 6-point deficit heading into the fourth frame 32:38. Romain Hillotte, Yeguete and Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) opened a double-digit lead for France in the final period. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Halil Kanacevic (203-F-91) dragged the Balkan team within 6 points but it was as close as Montenegro could get. France stayed calm in the dying minutes and registered a well-deserved win at the end. Leo Westermann nailed 11 points, while Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91) accounted for 9 points in the victory. Bojan Dubljevic had 17 points and 7 rebounds for Montenegro. Halil Kanacevic finished with 10 points in defeat.
Ukraine - Turkey 61-64 Turkey enjoyed the first win at the Qualifying Round of U20 European Championship. They eked out a tough victory over Ukraine to climb at 1-3 record in Group F. Sertac Sanli (212-F/C-91, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 18 points to lead the effort. Ukraine suffered the second straight loss in the group action and fell at 0-4 record. Turkey opened the game with six points in a row but Ukraine turned things around pretty quickly and arrived at the first break up by 6 points 21:15. Ukraine stayed in charge throughout the second frame. Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) and Sertac Sanli managed to get Turkey within one point 35:36 at halftime. Ukraine opened the second half on a 7:0 run and rallied to a 51:44 advantage at the final intermission. Turkey got within two points following a 5:0 spurt at the start of the fourth quarter. Ukraine boosted the margin back to 8 points with under five minutes remaining. Can Mutaf (193-G-91) and Sertac Sanli drained back-to-back three-pointers and Koksal followed with a layup as Turkey denied the deficit 59:59. Furkan Aldemir put Turkey in front 60:59 with under three minutes to go. Lebedintsev answered with a jumper but Sertac Sanli connected from the arc to secure a 63:61 lead for Turkey. Sertac Sanli followed several misses from Ukrainian players with a free throw and Turkey clinched the victory. Furkan Aldemir netted 16 points and pulled down 7 rebounds, while Can Mutaf had 14 points in the win. Maksym Sandul (207-C-91) answered with 14 points and 12 boards for Ukraine. Vyacheslav Bobrov (202-F-92) and Oleksandr Mishula (187-G-92) nailed 9 points each in defeat.
Spain - Germany 73-58 Spain registered the fifth straight win at the U20 European Championship. This time the hosts overcame Germany to improve at 4-0 record in Group F. Germany slipped at 2-2 record after the loss. Spain jumped in front from the first minutes and maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter. They posted a 17:12 lead after ten minutes. Germany opened the second frame on an 8:2 rally to pull in front. Soon the visitors grabbed a 28:21 advantage. Germany arrived at the big break up by two points 30:28. The lead changed hands for several times early in the third period but Spain then went on an 11:1 surge to build a 51:42 advantage. Germany got within three points early in the final quarter but Josep Franch (194-PG-91) and Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) quickly silenced the opponents as Spain cruised to the victory at the end. Nikola Mirotic tallied 22 points and 12 boards for Spain. Josep Franch added 14 points in the win. Daniel Theis (207-C-92) answered with 11 points for Germany. Mathis Monninghoff (200-F/G-92) netted 10 points in defeat.
Greece - Italy 59-64 Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) scored 23 points to pace Italy to the fourth straight win at the U20 European Championship. Italy held off Greece to take 4-0 record in Group F. Greece fell at 1-3 record after the loss. It was a really close battle in the opening quarter. The teams exchanged baskets before Greece were able to eke out an 18:16 lead into the second term. Italy opened the second term with a 6:0 run to surge ahead. The Azzurri led for some time before Greece capped the half on a 6:0 run to ensure a 32:30 advantage. Alessandro Gentile nailed nine points in a row midway through the third quarter to put the Azzurri in front 49:41. Italy arrived at the final break up by 9 points 55:46. Greece cut the deficit to just three points but Alessandro Gentile followed with four straight points to keep Italy in front. Andrea De Nicolao (185-G-91) sealed the victory with four consecutive points late in regulation. Achille Polonara (202-F-91) accounted for 14 points and 6 boards for Italy. Andrea De Nicolao netted 8 points in the winning effort. Dimitrios Katsivelis (194-G-91) answered with 12 points for Greece. Manolis Koukoulas (211-C-91) provided 10 points in the losing effort.
Austria - Serbia 64-83 Serbia recorded the second straight win at the U20 European Championship Classification Round. They shot down Austria to climb at 2-0 record in Group G. Austria in the meantime fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Danilo Andjusic (197-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 16 points and 6 rebounds to lead Serbia in this one. Serbia opened the game with five straight points and controlled the tempo in the starting frame. They recorded a 23:12 lead at the first intermission. Serbia kept in charge throughout the second quarter. They capped with a 7:0 run to take a 45:29 halftime lead. Serbia did not loosen the grasp in the third frame. They arrived at the final break up by 14 points 64:50. Serbia tipped off the fourth quarter with a 9:0 surge and never looked back en route to the victory. Branislav Djekic tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Nemanja Jaramaz (201-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points in the victory. Jozo Rados (203-C-93) responded with 13 points for Austria. Carlos Novas (197-F-92) and Thomas Klepeisz (187-G-91) finished with 10 points apiece in defeat.
Lithuania - Croatia 76-82 Lithuania lost their second straight game at the U20 European Championship Classification Round. They surrendered against Croatia to slip at 0-2 record in Group G. Croatia on the other hand celebrated the first win and improved at 1-1 record in the ladder. Domagoj Bubalo (214-C-91) stepped up with 25 points to pace the Croats. Saulius Kulvietis (203-F-91) unloaded 12 points in the starting quarter but Croatia overcame this effort posting a 21:18 lead at the first break. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the second quarter. Finally Roko Rogic (185-G-92) hit a jumper to make it 44:43 for Croatia at halftime. The teams stayed close throughout the third frame. Staniulis scored six points late in the quarter to give the Baltic team a 67:62 lead with one period remaining. Dambrauskas stretched the gap to 7 points at the beginning of the fourth quarter. However Barac soon drained three triples in a row to put Croatia back on top. Domagoj Bubalo and Babic made it 77:73 for Croatia with under three minutes to go. Biruta and Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) cut the deficit but Domagoj Bubalo and Ivan Batur (203-G/F-91) accounted for five consecutive points and Croatia celebrated a crucial win at the end. Roko Rogic nailed 14 points, while Ivan Batur produced 13 points in the victory. Saulius Kulvietis replied with 17 points for Lithuania. Dovydas Redikas had 14 points and 7 assists in defeat.
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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