Ukraine - France 62-75 France registered the second straight win at the Second Stage of U20 European Championship. They knocked down Ukrainian counterparts in Group E. France thus improved at 2-2 record, while Ukraine slipped at 0-4. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 18 points and 5 assists to pace Les Bleus. France got to a sloppy start. Ukraine capitalized building a 21:15 lead ten minutes into the game. But France gradually adjusted their offence. They unloaded 26 points in the second quarter to gain a 4-point halftime lead. France boosted the lead in the third quarter. They ensured a 64:51 lead at the final break. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the fourth frame as France coasted to the victory. Axel Toupane (200-G/F-92) posted 13 points, while Hugo Invernizzi contributed 12 points for the winners. Artem Pustovyi (215-C-92, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 23 points for Ukraine. Vyacheslav Bobrov netted 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the loss.
Serbia - Greece 86-69 Serbia secured the fifth straight win at the U20 European Championship. They fired past Greece to improve at 4-0 record in Group E. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 16 points to lead the winners. Serbia and Greece traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 21:21 after ten minutes. Serbia pulled ahead for a narrow 38:37 halftime lead. The Balkan team surged ahead in the third quarter. Serbia unleashed 28 points to leave Greece far behind. The Hellenes faced a massive 17-point deficit before the fourth term. Serbia and Greece scored 20 points apiece in the final quarter as the Balkan team coasted to the victory. Bogdan Bogdanovic (197-F-92) accounted for 15 points, while Luka Mitrovic added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Anastasios Antonakis (204-PF-92) notched 21 points for Greece. Giannoulis Larentzakis had 16 points in the loss.
Germany - Russia 74-59 German U20 National Team registered the second straight win at the Second Stage of European Championhip in Slovenia. They overcame Russia to improve at 3-1 record in Group E. Russia in the meantime suffered the second loss in a row and fell at 2-2 record. Johannes Voigtmann (210-C-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) came up with 15 points to lead the winners. Russia enjoyed a 17:16 lead ten minutes into the game. But Germany turned things around in the second quarter. They went on a 12:2 run midway through the period to ensure a 30:25 lead. Germany finished the half up by 8 points 37:29. Germany maintained the lead throughout the third term. They accumulated a 50:41 advantage at the final intermission. Germany opened the fourth frame with 9 points in a row to clear off. They never looked back cruising to the victory at the end. Patrick Heckmann (198-G/F-92) accounted for 12 points, while Daniel Theis added 11 points in the victory. Vladislav Trushkin (201-F-93) answered with 11 points for Russia. Aleksandr Gudumak netted 9 points in the loss.
Spain - Italy 76-78 Italy recorded the first win at the second stage of U20 European Championship. They knocked down Spain in Group F to catch up with their opponents at 2-2 record in the ladder. Awudu Abass (196-G-93) came up with 24 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Spain led by as many as 6 points after ten minutes 28:22. But Italy slowed the reigning champions down in the second frame. The Azzurri got within 4 points at halftime 39:35. Italy denied the deficit and pulled in front for a 57:56 lead with ten minutes remaining. Pozas gave Spain a 66:63 lead midway through the final frame but Italy surged back in front. The Azzurri posted a 74:66 lead with under two minutes to go. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) and Alejandro Abrines kept Spain hopeful narrowing the deficit to just two points 76:78 but Servera missed a potential winner and Italy got away with a narrow win. Andrea Traini (184-PG-92) posted 18 points for Italy. Marco Ceron added 7 points in the victory. Daniel Diez answered with 17 points for Spain. Alejandro Abrines finished with 14 points in the losing case.
Lithuania - Latvia 75-78 Latvia remained in the quest for the quarterfinal spot after they narrowly defeated Lithuania in Group F action. Arnolds Helmanis (201-PF-92) and Janis Timma (201-F/G-92, agency: FCM) scored 15 points each to pace the winners. Latvia jumped to a 21:20 lead ten minutes into the game. Lithuania denied the deficit and surged ahead for a 40:39 halftime lead. Latvia restored the advantage in the third quarter. They held their Baltic neighbours to just 13 points in the period to ensure a 3-point lead before the fourth frame. The lead changed hands for several times throughout intense final quarter. Janis Timma and Silins gave Latvia a 76:73 lead with 12 seconds to go. Redikas narrowed the deficit but Marcis Vitols went perfect from the stripe and sealed the victory for Latvia. Marcis Vitols posted 13 points for the winners. Edgaras Ulanovas (197-G-92) answered with 15 points for Lithuania. Arnas Butkevicius posted 14 points in the loss.
Turkey - Slovenia 71-72 Slovenia remained undefeated at U20 European Championship. The hosts knocked down Turkey for the fifth straight win tonight. Klemen Prepelic (194-G-92) came up with 29 points to lead the winners. Slovenia are now at 4-0 record, while Turkey slipped at 2-2 in Group F. Turkey grabbed a 21:19 lead ten minutes into the game. Slovenia erased the distance and eked out a narrow 41:39 halftime lead. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third quarter. Calban capped the period with six points in a row to give the visitors a 60:56 lead. The lead grew at 8-point mark midway through the final quarter 66:58. However Gezim Morina (204-C/F-92) scored 6 points in an 8:2 run from Slovenia that cut the margin to two points. Klemen Prepelic and Alen Omic put the hosts in front 70:69. Tekin gave the lead back to Turkey but Gezim Morina converted a layup to seal the victory for Slovenia. Gezim Morina accounted for 13 points, while Alen Omic posted 12 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Berkay Candan (204-F-93) answered with 15 points for Turkey. Ayhan Onur Kentli had 9 points in the loss.
Sweden - Estonia 69-66 Sweden grab thrilling win over Estonia the Classification Round for 13th to 16th Place. The Scandinavian team overcame the Baltic state 69:66 at the U20 European Championship. Estonia took 18:15 lead after the first period and added 16-11 in the second frame. They could not however win the game although posting the victory in the last quarter. Sweden needed massive 25-13 surge in the third period to seal the victory. Jonathan Person (192-PG-93, agency: JEMsports) stepped up with 21 points and Marcus Eriksson notched 18. Viktor Gaddefors posted 12, while Charles Barton chipped in with 8. Martin Paasoja (191-G-93) answered with 14 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Oliver Metsalu added 12. Rait-Riivo Laane, Jaan Puidet and Rauno Nurger each scored 10. Sweden will play Georgia on Wednesday in Stozice Arena in Ljubljana, while Estonia will face Montenegro, who are also yet to open their victory count.
Georgia - Montenegro 65-81 Montenegro rolled over Georgia in the Classification Round for 13th to 16th Place. The Balkan team overcame the Georgian side 81:65 at the U20 European Championship in Division A. Montenegro did not waste time and went on a big lead. They had 26:8 surge in the first period and led 43:28 at the halftime. Georgia won the third period 22-21 as Pkhakadze reduced to 60:50. Vukota Pavic scored four free throws for 64:50 and then Danilo Nikolic (206-C-93) brought 68:58. Ratkovic was the last scorer for the winners in a 16-point victory. Marko Mugosa (198-F-93) led the way with 21 points and Danilo Nikolic added 18 points and 11 rebounds. Pavle Raickovic posted 14, while Vukota Pavic collected 8 points and 14 rebounds. Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) ended up with 22 points in the losing case and Beka Burjanadze had 20. On Wednesday, Montenegro will try to make it two victories in a row in their game against Estonia, while Georgia will seek a first victory against Sweden.
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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