France - Serbia 67-70 Serbia recorded the third straight win at the U20 European Championship. They defeated France to improve at 3-0 record and clinched the top position in Group A. Nemanja Besovic (221-C-92) came up with 17 points for the winners. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. France pulled ahead in the second frame. Les Bleus ensured a 31:25 halftime advantage. But Serbia picked up the tempo in the third term. They erupted for 29 points in the third frame to take a 5-point lead at the final intermission. France narrowed the gap and eventually pulled in front for a 67:66 lead with just over two minutes remaining. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (183-PG-93) and Nemanja Besovic answered with four points in a row sealing the victory for Serbia. Aleksandar Cvetkovic produced 14 points, while Nenad Miljenovic added 13 points for the winners. Livio Jean-Charles (204-PF-93) answered with 17 points for France. Louis Labeyrie had 16 points in the loss.
Montenegro - Germany 55-71 German U20 National Team earned the second win at the European Championship in Slovenia. They held off Montenegro to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Montenegro fell at 0-3 record after the loss. Mathis Monninghoff (200-F/G-92, college: Gonzaga) posted 15 points to lead the winners. Montenegro had their backs against the wall and started the game aggressively. They limited Germany to 12 points in the opening quarter to take a 6-point lead. Germany denied the deficit and eked out a 34:33 halftime advantage. Germany went on a 21:6 run in the third frame to clear off. They established a 16-point cushion heading into the fourth frame. Montenegro failed to recover and had to surrender at the end. Johannes Richter (206-PF-93) notched 13 points, while Leon Tolksdorf added 10 points for the winners. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) answered with 15 points for Montenegro. Danilo Nikolic led all scorers with 18 points in the loss.
Greece - Russia 64-66 Russia snatched a tough win over Greece in the third round of action at U20 European Championship in Slovenia. Russia went on an 8:0 run in the last two and a half minutes of regulation to sneak past Greece and remain undefeated at the tournament. Greece fell at 2-1 record in Group B. Russia jumped to a 19:16 lead ten minutes into the game. The Hellenes answered right back posting a 38:37 halftime advantage. The Hellenes dominated the third quarter. They held their opponents to just 9 points in the quarter taking a 12-point lead before the fourth frame. Greece still enjoyed a 6-point buffer with just over two minutes remaining in regulation but a late heroics from Goldyrev and Vladislav Trushkin (201-F-93) sealed the win for Russia. Vladislav Trushkin finished with 15 points, while Aleksandr Gudumak (204-F-93) added 12 points for the winners. Spyridon Motsenigos (193-SG-92) answered with 17 points for Greece. Giannoulis Larentzakis delivered 15 points in the loss.
Estonia - Ukraine 69-72 Ukraine finished third in Group B at the U20 European Championship Division A in Slovenia. The Ukrainian team edged Estonia 72:69 in Day 3 opener. Estonia finished the group without victories. Ukraine started the game better and reached 21:15 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Olexandr Misyats nailed three at the start of the second and Artem Pustovyi (215-C-92, agency: Beo Basket) made two free throws for 28:20. Later Olexandr Mishula (187-G-92) nailed two three-pointers in a row and Puidet closed the half at 39:31. Klym Artamonov (183-PG-93) and Olexandr Mishula scored for 51:45, but the victory was not that easy for Ukraine. Rauno Nurger and Rannar Raap closed the third frame at 56:48, while Martin Paasoja (191-G-93) cut it to 2 points. Rait-Riivo Laane made two free throws for 67:66, but Ukraine won the game as Krutous and Klym Artamonov scored the last points at the very end. Artem Pustovyi stepped up with 22 points and 17 boards, while Olexandr Mishula netted 13. Vyacheslav Bobrov poured in 12, whilst Klym Artamonov and Olexandr Misyats scored 8 apiece. Martin Paasoja answered with 18 points in the losing case and Rannar Raap added 16. Rait-Riivo Laane brought 11, whilst Rauno Nurger nailed 10.
Georgia - Spain 49-111 Spain claimed the third straight win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Georgia to finish the preliminary round undefeated on top of Group C. Jorge Sanz (188-PG-93) and Daniel Diez (203-F-93) led the winners scoring 17 points each. Georgia suffered the third straight loss and would play in relegation round. Spain fired 29 points in the opening quarter to surge ahead. They recorded a 16-point lead after ten minutes. The margin grew at 29-point mark at the interval 54:25. Spain controlled the tempo after the big break. They unloaded 32 points in the third term to ensure a 42-point buffer and never looked back en route to the win. Jaime Fernandez accounted for 15 points for Spain. Beka Burjanadze (203-F-94) delivered 15 points for Georgia. Duda Sanadze accounted for 10 points in the loss.
Turkey - Latvia 64-61 OT Turkey outscore the Baltic side at the U20 European Championship Division A in Slovenia. The Turkish team improved to 2-1 record in Group C after a thrilling 64:61 victory. Latvia meanwhile fell at 1-2 record on the third place in the group. It was the decisive game for the second place in the group. Turkey grabbed 20:17 lead after the first period, but Latvia bounced back with 20-15 in the second frame. Moreover the Baltic State added defensive 9-6 in the third quarter for 5-point advantage before the fourth quarter. They could however score in the last four minutes and allowed Cantitiz and Samet Geyik (205-PF-93) to tie the score at 54:54. In overtime Safak Edge (188-PG-92) scored a buzzer-beater for the final success. Safak Edge stepped up with 14 points to lead all the winners. Samet Geyik nailed 10, while Ayhan Onur Kentli chipped in with 8. Ojars Silins (201-F-93) finished the game with 24 points in defeat and Arturs Bricis nailed 16.
Slovenia - Lithuania 87-81 Slovenia posted the third straight win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Lithuania to finish the preliminary round undefeated. The hosts claimed the top spot in Group C. Klemen Prepelic (194-G-92) and Alen Omic (215-C-92) accounted for 20 points each in the victory. Slovenia grabbed a narrow 17:15 lead after ten minutes. They boosted the lead in the second quarter. Slovenia established a 42:30 halftime lead. Lithuania tried to recover in the third term. They erupted for 28 points to cut the deficit at 7-point mark at the final intermission. Lithuania got within three points midway through the fourth frame but Slovenia quickly boosted the margin to 12 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Marko Pajic accounted for 16 points for the home team. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) answered with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Lithuania. Edgaras Ulanovas had 14 points in the loss.
Sweden - Italy 62-87 Italy posted the second straight win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Swedish counterparts to improve at 2-1 record in Group D. Fabio Mian (196-F-92) scored 16 points and collected 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Sweden suffered the third loss in a row. The Scandinavian team fired 24 points in the opening quarter to take a 6-point lead. But the Azzurri slowly denied the deficit. They trailed by just two points at halftime 34:36. Italy went on a 25:12 run in the third quarter to ensure a 59:48 lead at the final break. Sweden could not recover as they conceded 28 points in the fourth frame and had to surrender at the end. Marco Lagana notched 12 points, while Andrea Traini and Amedeo Tessitori posted 10 points each in the victory. Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) answered with 23 points for Sweden. Viktor Gaddefors (203-SF-92) provided 18 points and 12 rebounds 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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