Montenegro - France 68-102 Six players score in double digits as France rout Montenegro at Day 2 of the U20 European Championship in Division A. France erupted with 102:68 win for 1-1 record. France erupted with 34 points in the first period showing an outstanding game and percentage in the court. They added 21-10 in the second frame and led 55:33 at the halftime. The French outfit did not slow down in the second half and also won both quarters. They reached three digit numbers after the last two shots in the game. Luka Radovic and Pelos scored in the last minute of the game for the final result bringing 102:68 victory. Axel Toupane (200-G/F-92) paced all the winners with 17 points and Vincent Pourchot (222-C-92) nailed 16. Livio Jean-Charles ended up with 14 points, while Louis Labeyrie and Dzenan Kurtic posted 11 each. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) produced 16 points in the losing effort and Luka Radovic had 14. Andrej Pajovic delivered 11 and Marko Mugosa scored 10.
Germany - Serbia 45-69 Serbia clinched the second consecutive win at the U20 European Championship. Bogdan Bogdanovic (197-F-92) knocked down 21 points to lead the winners. Germany fell at 1-1 record after the loss in Group A. Serbia grabbed the lead early on. They posted an 18:9 lead at the first break. Serbia stretched the margin to 13-point mark at halftime 35:22. Serbia maintained the lead throughout the third frame. They ensured a 20-point buffer at the interval 52:32. Germany never recovered in the fourth quarter as Serbia coasted to the victory at the end. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (183-PG-93) nailed 13 points, while Djordje Drenovac added 10 points in the winning case. Patrick Heckmann (198-G/F-92) answered with 12 points for Germany. Philipp Neumann netted 11 points in the loss.
Estonia - Greece 69-91 Greece registered the second straight win at the start of the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Estonia tonight to seal the next round appearance. Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: FCM) stepped up with 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. The Hellenes left Estonia far behind in the opening quarter. Greece ignited a 28:13 run to clear off. They stretched the lead to as many as 17 points at halftime 45:28 at the interval. Estonia slowed their opponents down a bit in the third term. The Baltic team cut the deficit to 16 points at the final intermission. But Greece unloaded 25 points in the fourth quarter to seal a comfortable win at the end. Anastasios Antonakis (204-PF-92) finished with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, while Fotios Zoumpos added 14 points for the winners. Rannar Raap (190-G/F-92) answered with 13 points for Estonia. Rait-Riivo Laane netted 12 points and 6 assists in the loss.
Ukraine - Russia 75-81 Russia improved to 2-0 record in Group B of the U20 European Championship. The team needed 81:75 win over Ukraine to keep them winless. Russia won the opening tip 4:0 and Razumov later scored for 13:8. Tikhonin and Denis Zakharov (193-PG-93) later closed the first period at 22:13 and then Vladislav Trushkin (201-F-93) brought 30:19. Klym Artamonov and Vyacheslav Bobrov reduced to 33:29, while Zaryazhko closed the half at 40:34. Ukraine managed to cut it to 7 points midway through the third frame, but Russia erupted for 64:51 lead after thirty minutes. Gleb Goldyrev and Denis Zakharov kept the difference at 10 points, while Vladislav Trushkin made the final result in the game. Vladislav Trushkin top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Denis Zakharov nailed 13. Gleb Goldyrev posted 12, while Artem Vikhrov delivered 9. Olexandr Mishula (187-G-92) ended up with 23 points in the losing effort and Vyacheslav Bobrov collected 15 points and 11 rebounds. Artem Pustovyi had 14, whilst Klym Artamonov delivered 9.
Spain - Latvia 64-51 Spain recorded the second straight win at the U20 European Championship in Slovenia. The reigning champions took care of Latvian counterparts in Group C. Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) scored 19 points as Spain improved at 2-0 record, while Latvia fell at 1-1. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first half. The scoreboard read 11:11 ten minutes into the game. Spain eked out a 22:21 halftime lead. Spain increased the tempo in the third quarter. They delivered 21 points in the third frame to ensure a 43:36 lead at the final break. Spain unloaded 21 points in the fourth quarter sealing a comfortable win at the end. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) notched 15 points for Spain. Jose Pozas contributed 10 points in the victory. Davis Coders (188-PG-92) responded with 11 points for Latvia. Arnolds Helmanis finished with 8 points in the loss.
Georgia - Turkey 67-103 Turkey started Day 2 at the U20 European Championship with the victory over Georgia. The team improved to 1-1 record after 103:67 win. The score was tied at 7:7 and then Beka Burjanadze gave Georgia their lead at 9:7. Turkey meanwhile replied with a 13-0 run and then closed the period at 25:16. Georgia replied with 22-16 in the second frame and reduced to 3 points at the halftime. Turkey started the third quarter with six unanswered points in the first 30 seconds as part of a 14-2 run, after which the Turkish side never looked back. Turkey added 36-17 in the last quarter to score three digit number. Berkay Candan (204-F-93) exploded with 36 points and 10 rebounds, while Ramazan Tekin (212-C-93) and Safak Edge (188-PG-92) nailed 12 each. Samet Geyik followed them with 8 points in a win. Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) replied with 25 points in the losing effort and Irakli Alkhanaidze as well as Beka Burjanadze poured in 12 each. Nodar Tenieshvili ended up with 10 points in a loss.
Sweden - Slovenia 69-70 Slovenia withheld a furious challenge from Sweden to record the second straight win at the U20 European Championship. Alen Omic (215-C-92) scored 24 points to pace the hosts. Sweden in the meantime suffered the second straight loss at the tournament. The lead changed hands throughout the opening quarter. The teams appeared tied at 18 after ten minutes. Sweden grabbed a 22:18 lead early in the second quarter but the hosts quickly denied the deficit. Slovenia capped the first half with five points in a row to take a 38:35 lead. Slovenia boosted the lead to 5 points midway through the third quarter. They arrived at the final break up by one 49:48. The teams continued to go neck and neck throughout the final frame. Klemen Prepelic (194-G-92) gave Slovenia a 63:61 lead with under two minutes remaining. However Borg and Marcus Eriksson answered with five straight points to put Sweden in front. Klemen Prepelic and Marko Pajic returned the lead to the hosts 70:69 with 11 seconds remaining. Marcus Eriksson had a chance to save the game for the Scandinavians but missed a late jumper. Klemen Prepelic accounted for 13 points, while Marko Pajic added 11 points for the winners. Jonathan Person (192-PG-93, agency: JEMsports) answered with 20 points for Sweden. Marcus Eriksson netted 14 points in the loss.
Italy - Lithuania 89-82 Italy celebrated the first win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Lithuania in what can be crucial game for both teams. Marco Ceron (194-G-92) exploded with 29 points to pace the Azzurri. Both teams are now tied at 1-1 record in Group D. Lithuania aggressively opened the game. They scored first seven points in the game and maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter. Lithuania posted a 24:15 lead at the first break. The margin grew at 10-point mark early in the second quarter. But Italy managed to recover as they narrowed the deficit to just a single point 38:39 at halftime. Marco Ceron put the Azzurri in charge at the start of the second half. Italy gradually built a 67:58 advantage at the final intermission. The margin grew at 20-point mark midway through the fourth quarter. Lithuania cut the distance to 7 points but still lost the game. Amedeo Tessitori (205-C-94) posted 15 points, while Marco Lagana contributed 11 points for the winners. Edgaras Ulanovas (197-G-92) answered with 23 points for Lithuania. Vytenis Cizauskas had 15 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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