Serbia - Latvia 74-65 Serbia will play in U20 European Championship semifinal. They overcame Latvian counterparts tonight to stay in the title race. The Balkan team will now take on another Baltic side Lithuania in the semifinal clash. Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) accounted for 16 points and 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Serbia started strongly. They held Latvia to 12 points in the first quarter posting a 6-point lead at the first break. The margin grew at 10-point mark early in the second quarter. But Latvia found the way to return into contest. Bremers even put the Latvian side in front 29:27. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) capped the first half with two free throws to draw things level at 29. Vitols, Helmanis and Janis Timma (201-F/G-92, agency: FCM) put Latvia ahead by 7 points early in the second half 38:31. But Serbia answered right back to ensure a narrow 51:49 lead at the final intermission. Bogdan Bogdanovic (197-F-92) hit a triple to ignite a 13:0 run midway through the fourth frame as Serbia cleared off for good in this one. Nenad Miljenovic notched 14 points, while Bogdan Bogdanovic delivered 11 points for the winners. Janis Timma responded with 16 points for Latvia. Arturs Bricis had 15 points in the losing case.
Lithuania - Greece 79-43 Lithuania advanced into semifinal round of U20 European Championship. They knocked down Greece in the first quarterfinal of the day in Slovenia. Edgaras Ulanovas (197-G-92) accounted for 18 points to lead the winners. Lithuania opened the game with a stifling defence. They held Greece to 10 points in the first quarter posting a 5-point lead. Lithuania boosted the margin in the second quarter. The Baltic team accumulated a 38:23 halftime advantage. Lithuania cleared off in the third quarter. They unloaded 29 points to secure a comfortable 36-point cushion heading into the fourth frame. Lithuania never looked back afterwards coasting to the victory. Zygimantas Skucas (200-SF-92) delivered 14 points, while Vytenis Cizauskas added 11 points, 7 assists and 5 boards for the winners. Petros Melissaratos (205-F/C-93) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Greece. Spyridon Motsenigos and Kostas Tsaprounis netted 6 points each in the loss.
Germany - Spain 47-73 Spain will play in the U20 European Championship semifinals. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Spain past Germany. The reigning champions led from start to finish. They built a 13:8 lead ten minutes into the game. The margin grew throughout the second quarter. Spain ensured a 33:24 halftime lead. Spain did not slow down in the third quarter. The defending champions ensured a 14-point buffer heading into the fourth frame. Spain held Germany to 8 points in the final quarter and sealed the victory at the end. Alejandro Abrines posted 13 points, while Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) added 14 points for the winning side. Dennis Schroeder (185-PG-93) responded with 9 points for Germany. Philipp Neumann and Daniel Theis had 8 points each in the loss.
Slovenia - France 54-77 France advanced into U20 European Championship semifinals. They shocked hosting Slovenia handing those the first defeat at the tournament in the quarterfinal clash tonight. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) unleashed 21 points and issued 7 assists to lead Les Bleus. Slovenia got to a confident start. They posted a 19:15 lead at the first intermission. The teams stayed close throughout the second quarter. The hosts accounted for a 32:28 halftime lead. But things took a wrong turn for the home team in the third quarter. Leo Westermann knocked down 9 points to ignite a 26:8 run from Les Bleus as they posted a 54:40 lead with ten minutes remaining. Leo Westermann helped France gain a 66:42 lead midway through the fourth quarter and France never looked back en route to the victory. Axel Toupane (200-G/F-92) netted 19 points, while Rudy Gobert added 16 points and 12 rebounds for France. Klemen Prepelic (194-G-92) answered with 17 points for Slovenia. Gezim Morina netted 11 points in the loss.
Russia - Italy 68-69 Italy overcame Russia in the classification round at U20 European Championship. Traini knocked down a free throw late in regulation to seal the victory for the Azzurri. Italy will now take on the winners of Ukraine vs. Turkey clash for the ninth overall position at the tournament. Russia got to a flying start. They piled up a 24:13 lead after ten minutes. Russia boosted the margin in the second term. They established a 40:25 halftime lead. But Italy turned the tables in the second half. They held Russia to 7 points in the third frame to cut the deficit to just two points at the final break. Italy gained a 62:54 lead midway through the fourth frame. Russia recovered and tied things up after three-pointer from Denis Zakharov. But Traini sank one free throw and clinched the victory for Italy. Amedeo Tessitori (205-C-94) posted 17 points, while Fabio Mian (196-F-92) had 13 points for the winners. Alexander Varnakov (185-PG-92) answered with 12 points for Russia. Denis Zakharov netted 10 points in the loss.
Turkey - Ukraine 74-47 Turkey will play for the 9th overall position at U20 European Championship. They held off Ukraine to set up the clash versus Italy. Ukraine will face Russia for the 11th overall position. Erbil Eroglu (195-PG-93) knocked down 14 points to lead Turkey. Turkey stunned Ukraine in the opening frame. They went on a 22:8 run to ensure a comfortable lead. Turkey stayed in control throughout the second quarter. They piled up a 40:22 halftime lead. Turkey maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They ensured a 26-point lead at the final intermission. Turkey and Ukraine exchanged baskets throughout the fourth term as Ertugrul Erdogan team coasted to the victory. Ramazan Tekin (212-C-93) notched 12 points, while Ugur Dokuyan accounted for 10 points for the winners. Vyacheslav Bobrov (202-F-92) answered with 9 points and 10 rebounds for Ukraine. Olexandr Misyats had 8 points in the losing case.
Montenegro - Sweden 86-48 Montenegro clinched the second win at the U20 European Championship classification round. They overcame Sweden to improve at 2-2 record staying hopeful about remaining in Division A. Marko Mugosa (198-F-93) scored 23 points to pace the winners. Montenegro thumped their opponents in the first half. The Balkan team built a 21:9 lead at the first break. They stayed on top throughout the second quarter. Montenegro built a 41:22 halftime advantage. The Balkan side exploded with 33 points in the third term to boost the lead to 39-point mark at the final intermission and cruised to the victory at the end. Danilo Nikolic (206-C-93) posted 22 points and 11 rebounds for Montenegro. Vukota Pavic added 11 points in the victory. Marcus Eriksson (196-G/F-93) answered with 16 points for Sweden. Viktor Gaddefors, Tobias Borg and Fredrik Andersson notched 8 points each in the loss.
Georgia - Estonia 75-72 Georgia accounted for the first win at the U20 European Championship. They held off Estonia in the fourth round of action in classification round Group G. Beka Burjanadze (203-F-94) scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Georgia improved at 1-3 record in the ladder. Estonia in the meantime fell at 2-2. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 17:17 at the first break. Estonia pulled in front in the second quarter. They accumulated a 36:33 halftime lead. Estonia gained a 6-point lead midway through the third quarter but Georgia managed to narrow the deficit at 2-point mark 53:55. Beka Burjanadze scored 7 points early in the fourth period as Georgia pulled ahead 60:56. Estonia drew things level at 69 with under two minutes remaining. But Beka Burjanadze and Duda Sanadze dropped six free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Georgia. Revaz Rogava (185-PG-93) notched 15 points, while Duda Sanadze added 11 points for the winners. Rannar Raap (190-G/F-92) answered with 15 points for Estonia. Oliver Metsalu had 14 points 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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