Bulgaria - Slovakia 69-61 Bulgaria outsmart Slovak Republic at the U20 European Championship Division B. The hosts of the tournament improved to 2-0 record after 69:61 win in Group A. Slovak Republic fell at 0-2 record in the group. Bulgaria should thank the fans for their support that saw 25:18 lead at the end of the first period. The hosts added 19-16 in the second frame and led 10 points at the halftime when Georgi Boyanov (200-F-93) and Galata exchanged the late baskets in the half. Slovak Republic did not give up and responded with 19-13 in the third quarter to reduce to 57:53 at the end of thirty minutes. They tried hard to take the lead but Bulgaria pushed the tempo for good to win the game. Dimitar Dimitrov (202-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Tenchev nailed 16. Simeonov delivered 13 and Alexandros Vezenkov (204-F/G-95) scored 8. Tot ended up with 14 points, whilst Galata poured in 12. Jaroslav Moravek (204-F/C-92) collected 11 points and 13 rebounds and Luley nailed 8.
Austria - Israel 39-75 Israel start Day 3 with the win over Austria. The team tied both records at 1-1 after a comfortable 75:39 victory at the U20 European Championship Division B in Sofia. Israel took the lead from the very beginning and dominated the court. They finished the first period with 22-12 and never looked behind after. Both teams nailed 12 points each in the second frame as Dawson closed the half at 34:24. The third period was a nightmare for the Austrian team that scored only 5 points. Israel erupted with 19 and Altit scored for 53:29. Israel added 22-10 in the last stanza to win the game. Bar Timor (191-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) paced all the winners with 17 points and Lavie notched 11. Or Solomon (197-F-93) delivered 9, while Ariely scored 8. Filip Kramer (200-SF-92) posted 9 points in the losing effort and Mair added 6.
Belgium - Luxembourg 103-56 Belgium needed a strong second half to edge Luxembourg at the U20 European Championship Division B. The team improved to 2-1 record after a comfortable 103:56 win. Belgium opened the game with 11 consecutive points and Schwartz nailed three for 21:7. Schmit and Arendt closed the first period at 24:12, while Khalid Boukichou (208-C-92) scored for 28:16. Schmit reduced to 30:24, but then Obasohan Ojomoh (183-PG-93) and Elias Lasisi (192-G/F-92) closed the half at 43:31. Later the court was dominated by only one team-Belgium. They erupted with 35-11 in the third quarter and Obasohan Ojomoh scored for 78:41. Belgium added 25-14 in the last stanza for the final result. Tomorrow Belgium will face Netherlands at the Arena Armeec II. Luxembourg will take on F.Y.R. of Macedonia in the second game.
FYR Macedonia - Poland 49-83 Poland thrash F.Y.R. of Macedonia in Sofia in day 3 at the U20 European Championship Division B. The Polish side proved the ambitions for the top division after 83:49 victory. They improved to 3-0 record on top of the group, while the losing side fell at 0-2 record. Poland flew with 21:4 lead in the first period and continued their dominance in the whole game. F.Y.R. of Macedonia managed to reduce to 15 points after 19-17 in the second frame. Przemyslaw Karnowski (214-C-93) and Michalak brought 46:31 and Gielo closed the run at 54:31. Goran Markovski (195-G/F-92) and Kowalczyk later exchanged the baskets to close the third period at 65:37. Poland added 18-12 in the last stanza to seal the victory. Gielo top-scored for the winners with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Sokolowski netted 12. Michalak and Piotr Niedzwiedzki (210-F-93) followed them with 11 points apiece. Goran Markovski answered with 22 points and 11 rebounds in defeat and Boban Stajic (185-PG-93) added 7.
United Kingdom - Denmark 71-60 Great Britain pip Denmark at the U20 European Championship Division B. They improved to 3-0 record in Group C after 71:60 victory. Both teams were undefeated before the meeting with each other. Great Britain started with 18-12, but allowed the opponents to reduce the gap. Denmark bounced back with 20-16 to cut it to 34:32 at the halftime. Hertz later gave Denmark 44:41 lead, while Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) tied it all at 44:44. The latter also gave his team 50:44 advantage after three quarters and then Fraser scored for 58:47. Devon Van Oostrum and Dossing exchanged the late baskets at the end of the game for the final result. Devon Van Oostrum stepped up with 18 points for the winners. Fraser nailed 17, while Sayers added 13. Esben Reinholt (196-G-93) answered with 15 points in the losing effort as Denmark tied its record at 1-1. Anders Haas (185-PG-92) notched 10, while Eleraky collected 9 points and 11 rebounds.
Portugal - Croatia 65-79 Croatia keep Portugal winless at the U20 European Championship Division B. Croatia beat them 79:65 for 2-1 record in Group C. Portugal meanwhile fell at 0-2. Croatia was too good for the opponent in the first period and grabbed 28:14 lead. They dominated the first half and added a 16-15 burst in the second frame as Luka Panduric (192-G-93) scored for 44:27. Portugal was too far to give up and erupted with 20-3 run when Wildner reduced to 47:44. Moreover Grosso and Sergio Lugo Santos (198-F-92) closed the third period at 56:54. Later Sergio Lugo Santos tied it all at 60:60, but Croatia responded with a 10-0 run and Franko Sango (200-PF-92) brought 75:62. Sirko meanwhile scored the last points in the winning effort. Sirko led the way with 17 points and Rogic as well as Luka Panduric poured in 12 apiece. Krstanovic collected 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Franko Sango posted 10. Sergio Lugo Santos delivered 14 points in defeat and Wildner added 11.
Switzerland - Finland 64-90 Finland beat Switzerland to tie both records at U20 European Championship Division B. The Finnish side needed 90:64 win for the initial win. The first quarter belonged to the Swiss side that grabbed 25:15 after the first 10 minutes. In the rest of the game Finland however dominated the court. They needed a 26-8 burst to take 41:33 halftime advantage. Moreover Finland won the third and the last quarters. They produced a 24-14 in the third quarter and finished the game with 25-17 in the last period. Marko Mladjan (206-F-93) and Valimaa exchanged the late baskets for their teams to bring the final result on the board. Markus Molenius (203-F-92) stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Caven added 18. Murphy delivered 15, while Seppala notched 12. Savoy and Marko Mladjan ended up with 16 points in the losing effort. Bozovic delivered 9, whilst Jeremy Landenbergue (182-PG-93) scored 8.
Czech Republic - Hungary 82-51 Czech Republic stun Hungary to stay perfect at the U20 European Championship Division B. The Czechs improved to 2-0 record after 82:51 win in Group D. Hungary meanwhile fell at 0-2. Czech Republic opened the game with a confident lead and reached 21-12 after the first period. They added massive 24-8 in the second frame and enjoyed 45:20 halftime advantage. The second half also belonged to the favourites. They won the third period 21-16 and finished the game with 16-15 in the last stanza. Urbanek and Meszaros exchanged the last successful shots at the end of the game for the final result in the game. Martin Kriz (202-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 13 points, while Ondrej Balvin (216-C-92) and Bohacik nailed 10 apiece. Vaclav Honomichl (189-G-92) followed them with 9 points. Kovacs and Kerpel-Fronius finished the game with 9 points each in defeat.
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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