Serbia - Montenegro 91-73 Serbia recorded the first win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Montenegro in Balkan clash in Group A. Serbia stunned their opponents in the first quarter. They went on a 27:11 run to clear off. Serbia poured in 25 points in the second frame to stay in charge. They accumulated an 18-point halftime lead. Montenegro changed the complexion of the game after the big break. They stiffened defence holding Serbia to 13 points in the third term. Montenegro cut the deficit to 9 points with a period remaining. But the Serbs exploded with 26 points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Nemanja Besovic (221-C-92) accounted for 18 points, while Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) added 16 points for the winners. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) answered with 15 points for Montenegro. Marko Mugosa had 14 points in the loss.
France - Germany 52-54 German U20 National Team snatched a narrow victory over French counterparts at the start of the European Championship in Slovenia. Johannes Voigtmann (210-C-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) came up with 10 points to pace well-balanced effort from the winners. It was a well-matched battle from start to finish. Germany won on a late layup from Dennis Schroeder. France jumped to a 12:4 lead early in the encounter. Germany cut the deficit to trail by a single point 11:12 at the first break. Bekteshi scored five points in a row midway through the second term to put Germany in front 20:17. The German side ensured a 28:26 halftime lead. The lead changed hands throughout intense third quarter. Germany eked out a 41:40 lead heading into the fourth frame. The teams went neck and neck and Thalien drew things level at 52 with just under two minutes to go in regulation. Schroder came up with a late layup for Germany and sealed the victory for the team. Mathis Monninghoff (200-F/G-92) provided 9 points, while Patrick Heckmann and Dennis Schroeder contributed 8 points each in the victory. Axel Toupane (200-G/F-92) answered with 11 points for France. Livio Jean-Charles netted 10 points in the loss.
Greece - Ukraine 89-86 OT Greek U20 National Team recorded the initial win at the European Championship. They survived overtime thriller to tame Ukraine. Anastasios Antonakis (204-PF-92) scored 21 points to lead the Hellenes. The teams traded leads throughout the opening quarter. Shundel capped the period with a jumper to knot things up at 24. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the second quarter. Panagiotaras finally put Greece ahead 41:39 at halftime. Ukraine pulled in front in the third term. Klym Artamonov, Pavlo Krutous and Shundel gave them a 58:51 lead. Ukraine entered the fourth period up by 6 points 65:59. Greece trailed by six points with just over two minutes remaining in regulation but Tsaprounis, Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: FCM) and Anastasios Antonakis forced overtime scoring six points in a row. Spyridon Motsenigos unloaded 8 points in the extra period to seal the victory for Greece. Spyridon Motsenigos accounted for 19 points, while Giannoulis Larentzakis added 16 points for the winners. Artem Pustovyi (215-C-92, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 19 points for Ukraine. Pavlo Krutous, Klym Artamonov and Olexandr Misyats finished with 13 points each in the loss.
Russia - Estonia 86-58 Russia clinched a comfortable win in the first game at the U20 European Championship in Slovenia. They knocked down Estonian counterparts in Group B. Vladislav Trushkin (201-F-93) scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for the winners. Russia cleared off to a 21:14 lead after ten minutes. They fired 26 points in the second term to boost the margin to 14 points. Russia controlled the tempo in the third quarter. They secured a 69:45 lead heading into the fourth frame. Russia did not slow down in the final period and raced to the victory at the end. Alexander Varnakov (185-PG-92) knocked down 12 points, while Alexander Tikhonin added 11 points for the winners. Oliver Metsalu (196-G-93) answered with 11 points for Estonia. Jaan Puidet provided 10 points in the loss.
Turkey - Spain 60-79 Spanish U20 National Team tipped off their European Championship campaign with win. The reigning champions marched past Turkey in Group C. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) scored 21 points to lead the winners. Turkey surprised their opponents early in the game. They grabbed a 21:18 lead after ten minutes. But Spain reacted with a massive 29:14 run in the second quarter to accumulate a 12-point lead at halftime 47:35. Spain controlled the tempo in the third quarter. They ensured a 14-point buffer before the final stanza 63:49. Spain held their opponents to 11 points in the final period to seal a confident win at the end. Alejandro Abrines (198-F-93) posted 13 points, while Jaime Fernandez and Alejandro Barrera had 12 points each for the winners. Safak Edge (188-PG-92) answered with 12 points for Turkey. Ugur Dokuyan and Samet Geyik provided 10 points each in the loss.
Latvia - Georgia 88-50 Latvia left no chance for Georgia in the opening game at the U20 European Championship for both teams. Janis Timma (201-F/G-92, agency: FCM) stepped up with 21 points, 10 rebounds, 6 steals and 4 assists as Latvia cruised to the first win in Group C. Latvia left their opponents behind in the first term. The Baltic team triggered a 21:11 run in the first ten minutes. The gap just kept on growing in the second quarter. Latvia accumulated a 40:22 halftime lead. Latvia stayed in full control in the second half. They posted a 62:35 advantage with one quarter remaining and never looked back en route to the victory. Ojars Silins (201-F-93) knocked down 12 points, while Marcis Vitols added 11 points for Latvia. Merab Bokolishvili (198-G-92) notched 15 points for Georgia. Duda Sanadze provided 12 points in the loss.
Slovenia - Italy 81-68 Slovenia enjoyed the start of the home U20 European Championship. The hosts held off Italian counterparts in Group D opener. Marko Pajic (204-F/C-92) scored 16 points to lead the home team. Slovenia jumped ahead early in the game. They posted a 23:17 lead after ten minutes. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Slovenia enjoyed a 43:34 halftime lead. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third term. Italy finally denied the deficit as Marco Lagana (193-G-93) drew things level at 46. But Slovenia finished the period strongly to regain a 9-point lead 63:54. Lapornik and Klemen Prepelic (194-G-92) opened a 15-point lead early in the final quarter and Slovenia never looked back en route to the win. Klemen Prepelic accounted for 14 points, while Luka Rupnik and Alen Omic added 13 points each for Slovenia. Marco Lagana replied with 18 points for Italy. Andrea Traini netted 14 points in the losing case.
Lithuania - Sweden 80-71 Lithuania celebrated the first win at the U20 European Championship. They held off Sweden in Group D opener. Dovydas Redikas (195-G-92) nailed 24 points, made 7 steals and issued 3 assists to lead the Baltic team. Sweden pulled ahead early in the encounter. The Scandinavians relied on a high-flying game from Marcus Eriksson (196-G/F-93) to lead 21:17 at the first break. Lithuania denied the deficit and ensured a 41:39 halftime lead. The margin grew over 10-point mark in the third term. Lithuania ensured a 61:50 lead at the final intermission. Sweden cut the deficit to 7 points in the fourth quarter but Lithuania hang on to eke out victory at the end. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) posted 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Paulius Vaitiekunas and Zygimantas Skucas had 6 points each in the win. Marcus Eriksson answered with 30 points for Sweden. Jonathan Person had 11 points 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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