Montenegro - Latvia 61-56 Montenegro outscored Latvia in Qualifying Round Group E at U20 European Championship. They prevailed against Latvia to clinch the third position in the pool. Latvia finished in the fourth spot in the ladder. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored with 18 points and 7 boards for the Balkan team. Montenegro led for the bigger part of the starting period but Pinete and Osins gave Latvia a 10:9 lead at the first intermission. Latvia maintained the lead before Montenegro used an 8:0 run to put their noses back in front 24:18. Montenengro then rallied to a 34:32 halftime advantage. Bojan Dubljevic scored 7 points in a 9:0 run from Montenegro at the start of the third frame. They limited Latvia to just 6 points in the quarter to build a 46:38 lead with one quarter remaining. Latvia struggled to get within striking distance in the fourth frame as Montenegro cruised to the victory. Marco Todorovic (199-F-92) produced 12 points and 11 boards, while Halil Kanacevic (203-F-91) added 8 points in the victory. Arturs Bricis (193-PG-92) and Mareks Mejeris (207-F-91, agency: Players Group) responded with 13 points apiece for Latvia.
Sweden - Slovenia 69-68 Sweden registered the first win at the Qualifying Round of U20 European Championship. They held off Slovenia behind 16 points from Alexander Lindqvist (202-F-91). Sweden clinched the fifth place in Group E. Slovenia finished in the sixth position in the ladder. Slovenia and Sweden exchanged baskets throughout the opening frame. Christopher Czerapowicz (200-SF-91) and Engstrom fired five points in a row as Sweden posted a 22:16 lead at the first break. Sweden maintained the lead throughout the second period. They established a 39:36 lead at halftime. Nikolic triggered an 11:2 run that gave Slovenia a 51:50 lead at the final break. The teams stayed close throughout the fourth frame. They entered the final two minutes of relegation tied at 63. Viktor Gaddefors (200-F-92) and Andreas Person (190-G-91) made it 67:63 but Span hit from downtown and Besedic followed with two free throws as Slovenia pulled in front 68:67 with 27 seconds remaining. Andreas Person responded with a layup as Sweden escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Viktor Gaddefors posted 11 points, while Andreas Person and Christopher Czerapowicz netted 10 points each in the win. Marko Pajic (204-F-92) replied with 21 points for Slovenia. Mitja Smrdelj (201-F-91) had 17 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.
France - Russia 70-57 France finished the U20 European Championship Qualifying Round on a high note. They beat Russia to extend their unbeaten run. Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) stepped up with 24 points and 6 boards to lead Les Bleus. France clinched the top spot in Group E. Russia finished in the second position at 4-1 record. France gave Russia little chance right from the start. Les Bleus posted a 14:3 lead midway through the starting quarter. France arrived at the first break up by 9 points 21:12. Evan Fournier boosted the margin to 17 points in the second frame. France arrived at halftime leading 38:21. Evan Fournier made it a 20-point game in the third quarter. Russia used an 8:0 run to cut the deficit but Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) made it 58:40 for France heading into the fourth frame. France never slowed down in the final quarter rolling to a comfortable win at the end. Leo Westermann netted 9 points, while Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91) added 8 points for the winning side. Ruslan Tumanov (190-G-91) responded with 14 points for Russia. Pavel Antipov (203-F-91) had 9 points in the loss.
Germany - Turkey 49-71 Turkish U20 National Team celebrated the second consecutive win at the European Championship in Spain. They held off Germany today to improve at 2-3 record in Group F. Germany on the other hand fell at 2-3 record after the loss. Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) tallied 17 points and 25 rebounds to pace Turkey. Turkey stormed into the game. They posted a 16:6 lead midway through the starting quarter. Turkey eased to a 28:11 lead after ten minutes of action. Can Mutaf (193-G-91) stretched the margin to 18-point mark midway through the second quarter. Germany managed to narrow the deficit at 16-point mark at the interval 29:45. Turkey opened the second half on a 14:0 run to leave Germany far behind. The Turkish team entered the fourth frame up by as many as 28 points 61:33. Germany never recovered in the reminder of the contest and Turkey rallied to the victory. Can Mutaf provided 16 points, while Huseyin Koksal (195-F-91) added 15 points and 12 rebounds in the winning effort. Daniel Theis (207-C-92) answered with 12 points for Germany as they suffered the second loss in a row. Niels Giffey (200-G/F-91) finished with 11 points.
Greece - Ukraine 73-79 Ukraine finished U20 European Championship Qualifying Round with victory. They held off Greece for 1-4 record in Group F. Ukraine thus claimed the fifth position in the ladder. Greece slipped at the sixth position. Ukraine will now take on Slovenia, while Greece will face Sweden in the classification round for 9th-12th place. Vyacheslav Bobrov (202-F-92) unloaded 10 points in the starting quarter as Ukraine ensured a 21:13 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine kept Greece at bay throughout the second frame. Ukraine arrived at halftime up by 7 points 36:29. Volodymyr Bryukhovetskyy team tipped off the second half with ten unanswered points to boost the lead. Ukraine piled up a 61:42 advantage with ten minutes remaining. The Hellenes went on an 11:2 run to cut the distance to 12 points midway through the fourth quarter. Manolis Koukoulas (211-C-91) triggered a 9:0 surge later on as Greece got within six points. Antonakis drained a triple as the Hellenes narrowed the deficit to just two points 70:74 with 41 seconds to go. But Mishula nailed four free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Ukraine. Vyacheslav Bobrov finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Ukraine. Andriy Lebedintsev (187-PG-91) added 12 points for the winners. Dimitrios Katsivelis (194-G-91) and Manolis Koukoulas answered with 22 points each for Greece. Sokratis Psaropoulos (191-PG-92, agency: FCM) had 12 points in defeat.
Italy - Spain 85-90 Spain celebrated the sixth straight win at the U20 European Championship. They narrowly defeated Italy in exciting clash in Bilbao to clinch the top spot in Group F. Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) stepped up with 27 points, 12 boards and 4 assists to lead the hosts. Spain will now take on Latvia, while Italy will face Montenegro in the quarterfinals. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the opening quarter. But eventually Spain eked out a 24:21 lead. Nikola Mirotic scored four points in a row at start of the second period to set the tone. Spain outgunned Italy 26:16 in the quarter to establish a 50:37 halftime lead. The margin grew at 17-point mark before the Azzurri went on a 9:2 run to cut the deficit at 9 points with one quarter remaining 60:69. Italy fought hard as they got within a single point with 53 seconds remaining. Franch and Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) hit one free throw each and Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) answered with his own two as Italy stayed close. But then Alessandro Gentile missed both of his free throw attempts and Nikola Mirotic punished Italy from the stripe to seal the winning outcome for Spain. Joan Sastre Morro provided 14 points, while Joan Tomas (201-F-92) added 13 points in the victory. Alessandro Gentile responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds for Italy. Michele Vitali (195-G-91) and Riccardo Cervi (215-C-91) had 13 points each in defeat.
Austria - Lithuania 68-91 Lithuania snapped their four-game losing streak at U20 European Championship. They overcame Austria in classification round today. Austria looked better in the starting quarter. They led right from the start recording a 25:24 advantage ten minutes into the game. Lithuania pulled in front midway through the second quarter but Austria reacted with a 7:0 run to regain control. Austria posted a 44:40 lead at halftime. Staniulis scored six points in a row to trigger a 9:0 run from Lithuania as they surged ahead 61:55 with two minutes to go in the third quarter. The Baltic team entered the final quarter up by five points 64:59. Saulius Kulvietis (203-F-91) triggered a 13:0 surge from Lithuania at the start of the fourth quarter. The Baltic team cleared off and marched to the victory at the end. Saulius Kulvietis tallied 22 points and 13 rebounds for Lithuania. Paulius Dambrauskas (191-G-91) accounted for 19 points in the victory. Thomas Klepeisz (187-G-91) replied with 17 points for Austria. Anton Maresch (192-G-91) netted 13 points in the loss.
Serbia - Croatia 80-79 Serbia came from behind to silence Croatia at U20 European Championship. The victory propelled Serbia to 3-0 record in Group G. It was a tough battle from start to finish. Croatia had their backs against the wall looking desperately for a win. They opened the game with six points in a row and led throughout the starting quarter. Boris Barac (206-F-92) made it 20:18 for Croatia at the first break. Mikulic stretched the margin to 6 points early in the second quarter. Croatia used a 7:0 run to take a 37:29 lead with under four minutes remaining in the first half. But Serbia reacted with an 8:2 rally of their own to surge ahead 40:39. The teams stayed close throughout the third quarter. The lead changed hands for several times before Serbia ensured a 60:58 lead with one quarter remaining. Boris Barac and Mikulic organized a 14:3 run as Croatia posted a 72:63 lead midway through the fourth frame. Jaramaz and Danilo Andjusic (197-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) helped Serbia to erase the deficit 75:75 with just over two minutes to go. The teams exchanges strikes before Nemanja Nedovic (192-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) converted a three-point play giving Serbia an 80:79 lead with four seconds to go. Dukan had a chance to win the game for Croatia but missed a desperate three-pointer. Nemanja Nedovic finished with 27 points and 7 assists for Serbia. Danilo Andjusic added 14 points in the victory. Boris Barac answered with 23 points for Croatia. Domagoj Bubalo (214-C-91) accounted for 18 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.
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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