Bulgaria - Austria 75-62 Bulgaria wins Group A and heads to the Second Round with a perfect record. The hosts of the U20 European Championship in Division B overcame Austria 75:62 in the last game of the group. The hosts of the tournament opened the game with 16-9 and showed their dominance in the second quarter as well. Bulgaria produced a comfortable 30:23 surge in the second frame for 46:32 at the halftime. Moreover Bulgaria won the third quarter 18-13 and led 19 points after three quarters. Austria bounced back with 17-11 in the last period but could not match the favorites in the game. Georgi Boyanov (200-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) notched 14. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93) chipped in with 13, while Dimitrov collected 10 points and 10 rebounds. Kramer ended up with 13 points and 10 boards, while Maximilian Hopfgartner (206-PF-92) added 12 in defeat.
Slovakia - Israel 60-79 Israel opened Day 5 with the win over Slovak Republic at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Israel advanced to the Second Round with 2-1 record after 79:60 victory. Slovak Republic will play in the Classification Round for 9-18 places. Israel took 20:12 after the first period and added 22-17 in the second frame. The winning side never looked behind and produced a 21-7 in the third period. Slovak Republic won the last stanza 24-16 and reduced to 19 points at the end. Altit paced all the winners with 18 points and Solomon netted 13. Lavie poured in 9, while Ram Elias-Pour (207-C-93) and Timor added 8 each. Maurizio Galata (203-F-92) replied with 17 points in the losing effort as Slovak Republic finished the group with 0-3 record. Tot posted 11 and Dedecek notched 8.
FYR Macedonia - Holland 56-61 Netherlands beat F.Y.R. of Macedonia to close Day 5 at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Dutch team overcame the opponent 61:56 in the last game of the First Round. Both teams will continue at the Classification for 9-18 places. Netherlands started with 16:13, but the game was tough for them in the second frame. F.Y.R. of Macedonia needed 14-9 in the second frame for 37:35 halftime advantage. The second half however belonged to the Dutch team. They won the third period 20-16 and finished the game with 16-13 in the last quarter. Goran Markovski (195-G/F-92) nailed three for 57:56, while Kasper Averink (183-PG-93, agency: Arete Sports Agency), Sam De Haas (193-G/F-92, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) and Bart Stolk (206-C-93) closed the game for the winners. Goran Markovski top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Pajic had 12. Kasper Averink answered with 18 points in defeat, while Filipan and Bart Stolk added 11 apiece.
Poland - Luxembourg 119-64 Poland wins Group B in Division B at the U20 European Championship. The Polish side destroyed Luxembourg 119:64 in the last game for 4-0 record on top. The latter finished the group undefeated. Poland expected to win the game and proved it with 30:22 in the first period. They added massive 34-18 in the second frame for 64:40 at the halftime. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) nailed three in the start of the third quarter and led to 28:9 in the period. Moreover Poland needed a 27-15 in the last stanza for three digits on the board. Mateusz Ponitka stepped up with 26 points, while Michalak and Przemyslaw Karnowski (214-C-93) had 23 points each. Tomasz Gielo (205-F-93) followed them with 11 points for a perfect record. Arendt answered with 21 points in defeat, Tim Schmit (195-F/G-95) added 12 and Schmit Max scored 11.
Croatia - Denmark 75-54 Croatia headed to Second Stage after the win over Denmark at the end of Day 5 in Sofia. Croatia overcame Denmark 75:54 at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Croatia easily opened the game with 15:6 lead and never looked behind after. They erupted with 26-14 in the second frame and enjoyed 41:20 halftime advantage. The tempo had slowed down in the second half and both teams showed equal game in the court. At first Croatia won the third period 18-17, while Denmark replied with 17-16 in the last period. Roko Rogic (187-PG-92) and Esben Reinholt (196-G-93) exchanged the shots in the end of the game for the final result. Roko Rogic led the way with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Sango had 17. Stipe Krstanovic (204-F/C-93) notched 14 and Sirko finished the game with 7 points. Philip Hertz (210-C/F-92) delivered 11 in defeat and Esben Reinholt poured in 10.
Portugal - Belarus 64-63 Portugal edged Belarus in Sofia at the U20 European Championship 64:63. Both teams are eliminated from the Second Stage and will play for 9-18 places. Portugal won another heart-breaker in the tournament. After a thrilling 74:73 win over Denmark last night, the team trailed 9 points after the first period but won the game. Portugal produced a 23-17 and then added 15-14 in the third quarter. Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) later tied the game at 60:60 and then gave his team 63:62 lead. Santos and Cardoso made one free throw each for the total success. Wildner top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Cardoso notched 9. Vitali Liutych ended up with 24 points in defeat, while Ruzgatis had 9. Portugal finished the group with 2-2 record, while Belarus ended up with 1-3 record.
Czech Republic - Switzerland 65-58 Czech Republic sent Switzerland to the Classification Round at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Czechs won the group with 3-0 record after 65:58. Switzerland finished last in the group with 1-2 record. Ondrej Balvin (216-C-92) and Mladjan exchanged the early baskets and then the Czechs posted a 5-0 run. Jaromir Bohacik (197-G/F-92) scored for 12:7 and Halada nailed three for 22:19. Switzerland played better in the second frame, however Ondrej Balvin tied the game at 33:33 at the halftime. Also in the third period the teams stayed close to each other and only Ondrej Balvin's shot at the end of the frame gave his team 52:50 lead. Czech Republic won the last stanza 13-8 and sealed the third straight win. Ondrej Balvin paced all the winners with 17 points and 13 rebounds for a perfect record. Jaromir Bohacik nailed 13, while Kriz notched 12. Savoy produced 26 points in the losing effort and Bozovic notched 8.
Hungary - Finland 85-70 Finland into Round 2 despite loss from Hungary at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Hungary won 85:70 but it was not enough to advance to the Second Stage. Both teams finished with 1-2 record as well as Switzerland, but only Finland will play for 1-8 places. Finland won the opening period 20:14 but lost the rest of the game. Hungary replied with 24-14 in the second frame and produced two victories in the second half. They needed a 21-16 in the third period and won the last stanza 26-20 in the last period. Meszaros top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Bence Bodor (206-F/C-92, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) netted 11. Laszlo Polyak (190-G-93) followed them with 10 points for the initial victory. Alex Murphy (203-F-93) finished the game with 15 points and Caven scored 14. Villematti Kopio (182-PG-92) posted 13, whilst Heinonen had 9.
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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