Poland - Belgium 71-59 Poland rout Belgium in Sofia in Day 2 of the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Polish side improved to 2-0 record after 71:59 in Group B. Amaury Gorgemans (212-C-92) brought Belgium the first lead and as it became clear after it was the last one. Grzegorz Grochowski (178-PG-93) closed an 8-0 run for the Polish team and then Ponitka scored for 20:10 at the end of the first period. Piotr Niedzwiedzki (210-F-93) and Bonarek scored for 28:20 and Gielo sent the teams to the lockers at 38:27. Both teams nailed 19 points each in the third quarter for 57:46 at the end of three quarters. Poland added 14-13 in the last stanza for the final result. Ponitka paced all the winners with 18 points and 16 rebounds. Przemyslaw Karnowski (214-C-93) nailed 14, while Grzegorz Grochowski posted 10. Obasohan Ojomoh (183-PG-93) answered with 21 points in the losing case and Amaury Gorgemans scored 12.
Luxembourg - Holland 56-64 OT Netherlands spoil Luxembourg's opener in Day 2 of the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Dutch team recovered from the loss in the first game from Poland and beat Luxembourg 64:56. Netherlands started with 20-8 in the first period and added 15-13 in the second frame. The second half however belonged to Luxembourg that managed to tie the game. They produced a 15-11 surge in the third frame and erupted with 19-9 in the fourth quarter as the board showed 55:55. In overtime Netherlands needed 9-1 to win the game. Sam De Haas top-scored for the winners with 13 points, while Ivan Filipan (193-G/F-92) and Stolk netted 10. Kasper Averink (183-PG-93, agency: Arete Sports Agency) collected 9 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Max Schmit (182-PG-92) delivered 18 points in defeat and Arendt had 9.
Croatia - United Kingdom 78-90 Great Britain surprise Croatia in Bulgaria at U20 European Championship in Division B. The team improved to 2-0 record in Group C after 90:78 victory. Croatia won the first period 15:13 but could not win the first half. Great Britain bounced back with 22-19 and Stewart brought his team 35:34 at the halftime. Moreover Great Britain added narrow 27-25 win in the third period and grabbed 3-point lead at the end of three quarters. Panduric nailed three for 67:64 lead for Croatia, but Great Britain needed a 26-12 finish to win the second straight game. Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) top-scored for the winners with 27 points and Fraser notched 17. Louis Sayers (199-SF-92) posted 14, while Washington added 13. Rogic finished the game with 20 points for Croatia that fell at 1-1 record. Bruno Markulin (192-SF-92) had 12 and Panduric chipped in with 10. The next game for GB is against Denmark, who started their tournament earlier in the day with a 79:77 victory over Belarus.
Denmark - Belarus 79-77 Denmark grabbed 79:77 win over Belarus in their start at U20 European Championship in Division B. The Danish side improved to 1-0 record while for Belarus it was the second straight loss. The teams exchanged several leads in the opening period and then Belarus won the end of the frame. Pronin and Robertas Ruzgatis (197-PF-93) scored for 25:19 and Robertas Ruzgatis opened the second frame at 28:22. Bigum tied the game at 28:28 and Eleraky gave Denmark 38:33 advantage. Philip Hertz (210-C/F-92) and Rungby scored for 49:39 but then Azaare closed the third period at 59:58 for Belarus. The latter led in the whole last stanza, but failed to win the game. Eleraky tied the game at 77:77 and then Esben Reinholt (196-G-93) brought the victory for Denmark. Philip Hertz led the way with 18 points and Haas nailed 16. Esben Reinholt delivered 12, while Dossing posted 10. Liutych finished the game with 19 points and Robertas Ruzgatis scored 17. Papruha poured in 11, while Zakhar collected 9 points and 10 boards.
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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