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.
The Draw of 2016 Championship - 5 months ago
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The Draw for the 2016 U20 European Championship took place in Munich tonight. Please find the results below: Division A (Helsinki, Finland) Group A: Turkey, Hungary, Germany, Lithuania Group B: Spain, Israel, Finland, France Group C: Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Latvia Group D: Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Czech Republic. Division B (Halkida, Greece) Group A: Portugal, Montenegro, FYR Macedonia, Armenia, Georgia Group B: Poland, Russia, Iceland, Belarus, Estonia Group C: Great Britain, Greec... [read more]
The Draw for the 2016 U20 European Championship took place in Munich tonight. Please find the results below:
Division A (Helsinki, Finland) Group A: Turkey, Hungary, Germany, Lithuania Group B: Spain, Israel, Finland, France Group C: Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Latvia Group D: Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Czech Republic.
Division B (Halkida, Greece) Group A: Portugal, Montenegro, FYR Macedonia, Armenia, Georgia Group B: Poland, Russia, Iceland, Belarus, Estonia Group C: Great Britain, Greece, Netherlands, Kosovo, Ireland, Albania Group D: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Bulgaria, Slovak Republic, Romania.
FIBA Europe Board confirmed the hosts of the youth tournament for 2016 today. U20 European Championship will be held in Helsinki, Finland. The tournament is scheduled to take place from 16th through 24th of July. Division B will take place in Halkida, Greece. The dates for Division B will be 15th-24th of July. U18 European Championship is slated to take place in Samsun, Turkey. The dates are confirmed as 30th of July through 7th of August. Division B will be held in Skopje, FYR Macedoni... [read more]
FIBA Europe Board confirmed the hosts of the youth tournament for 2016 today. U20 European Championship will be held in Helsinki, Finland. The tournament is scheduled to take place from 16th through 24th of July. Division B will take place in Halkida, Greece. The dates for Division B will be 15th-24th of July. U18 European Championship is slated to take place in Samsun, Turkey. The dates are confirmed as 30th of July through 7th of August. Division B will be held in Skopje, FYR Macedonia from 29th of July through 7th of August. Division C will be played in San Marino. U16 European Championship will be held in Radom, Poland. The competition will take place from 12th through 20th of August. Sofia, Bulgaria will host Division B tournament. Cyprus will welcome the Division C tournament.
Best Player: Marko Guduric (197-SG-95) of Serbia Best Guard: Manu Lecomte (5'11''-PG-95) of Belgium Best Forward: Marko Guduric (197-SG-95) of Serbia Best Center: Emircan Kosut (216-C-95) of Turkey 1st Team PG: Manu Lecomte (5'11''-PG-95) of Belgium PG: Nikola Rebic (188-PG-95) of Serbia SG: Marko Guduric (197-SG-95) of Serbia F: Juancho Hernangomez (198-F-95) of Spain C: Emircan Kosut (216-C-95) of Turkey 2nd Team PG: Aleksej Nikolic (190-PG-95) of Slovenia SF: Nedim Buza (205-SF-95)... [read more]
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