Luxembourg - FYR Macedonia 68-87 FYR Macedonia opened win count at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They knocked down Luxembourg to improve at 1-2 record in Group B. Goran Markovski (195-G/F-92) notched 26 points and 19 rebounds to lead the winners. Luxembourg remained winless at 0-3 record. FYR Macedonia strongly entered the game. They left Luxembourg behind after ten minutes 19:7. FYR Macedonia maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 41:28 halftime lead. The Balkan team erupted for 29 points in the third term to ensure a 19-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Luxembourg never recovered as FYR Macedonia cruised to the victory at the end. Predrag Pajic (198-SG-93) accounted for 16 points, while Boban Stajic and Igor Ivanovic (185-PG-93) had 14 points each in the win. Tom Steffen (194-F-93) answered with 21 points and 11 rebounds for Luxembourg. Tim Schmit had 16 points in the loss.
Holland - Belgium 33-77 Belgium recorded the third win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They knocked down Netherlands to improve at 3-1 record on top of Group B. Obasohan Ojomoh (183-PG-93) came up with 21 points to lead the winners. Netherlands fell at 1-2 record after the loss. Belgium enjoyed a 15:8 lead after ten minutes of action. They held the Dutch team to 3 points in the second quarter to take a massive 30-point halftime lead 41:11. Belgium stayed dominant in the second half. They stretched the lead to 40 points at the third break and never looked back en route to the victory. Amaury Gorgemans (212-C-92) accounted for 12 points, while Loic Schwartz (198-G/F-92) added 11 points in the winning case. Ivan Filipan (193-G/F-92) answered with 8 points for Netherlands. Roel Aarts (201-PF-93) had 4 points in the loss.
Denmark - Portugal 73-74 Portugal closed Day 4 with the win over Denmark at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Miguel Cardoso (184-PG-93) made one free throw at the end of the game that was enough for 74:73 victory. Denmark opened the game with 20:17, but trailed one point at the halftime. Wildner scored last 12 points in the second period for 41:40 halftime advantage. Denmark meanwhile scored the last points in the third period and grabbed 58:56 lead after three quarters. Wildner later scored for 71:63, but the victory was not that easy for Portugal. Esben Reinholt (196-G-93) tied the game at 73:73 in the last minute, while Hertz had a chance to bring the win. He missed a three-pointer as Denmark lost 73:74. Wildner led the way with 24 points and Fernandes posted 15. Miguel Cardoso also brought 15 points, while Pedro Belo (214-C/F-92) delivered 7. Esben Reinholt and Olsen answered with 16 points each in the losing effort. Eleraky collected 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Bigum had 9.
Belarus - United Kingdom 69-61 Belarus surprise Great Britain in Day 4 of the U20 European Championship. Belarus tasted the initial victory in Group C after 69:61 victory. Great Britain meanwhile suffered the first loss and dropped at 1-3 record. Great Britain was the favorite of the game and started with 17:15 lead. Sayers increased to 27:22, but Belarus won the rest of the half. Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) closed the half from the free throw line for 34:33 halftime advantage. In the third quarter Aliaksandr Semianiuk (209-F-93) and Vitali Liutych nailed threes for 52:43 and then Belarus also added 4-0 run in the start of the last stanza. Although Great Britain finished the game with a 6-0 run they managed only to cut it to 8 points. Vitali Liutych stepped up with 21 points and Henadziy Zakhar (198-SF-92) netted 12. Aliaksandr Semianiuk poued in 10 points and Papruha notched 9. Fraser replied with 16 points in the losing effort, while Onyejebolise Chuku (196-F-93) collected 13 points and 13 boards. Washington followed them with 12 points in a 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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