Czech Republic - Israel 72-61 Czech Republic and Israel head to Division A, while the Czechs proved their ambitions from the start of the tournament. The team overcame Israel 72:61 in the Semifinal game of the U20 European Championship in Division B. Czech Republic opened the game with 15:12 and improved to 7 points early in the second. Jaromir Bohacik (197-G/F-92) scored for 24:17 and Martin Kriz (202-F-93) brought 33:24. Later Ondrej Balvin (216-C-92) and Timor exchanged the late baskets in the quarter for 37:31 at the halftime. Czech Republic also won the third period 20-19 and increased to 7 points after three quarters. They needed 15-11 in the last stanza to win the game. Ondrej Balvin top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 16 rebounds, while Martin Kriz added 20 points and 15 rebounds. Jaromir Bohacik notched 16 and Mares had 9. Or Solomon (197-F-93) ended up with 16 points and 15 boards in the losing case, whilst Timor scored 15. Oz Blayzer (199-F-92) nailed 11 and Dawson delivered 9.
Bulgaria - Croatia 79-85 Croatia upset the hosts, while both teams head to Division A of the U20 European Championship. The Croatian team overcame Bulgaria 85:79 and will play in top division next year with 3 other Semifinalists. More than 1500 fans to support Bulgaria in Sofia. The hosts started with 24:13 and dominate the first half. Croatia only managed to reduce to 9 points at the end of the second period as Roko Jurlina (194-G-93) scored for 45:36. The third quarter belonged to Croatia and after 29-17 in it, the guests grabbed 65:62. Rogic scored for 72:64, while Vukovic brought 76:68. Krstanovic and Sirko brought the final victory for the winners. Sirko paced all the winners with 29 points, while Vukovic collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Rogic had 10, whilst Roko Roko Jurlina and Markulin delivered 9 each. Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 19 points in the losing effort and Georgi Boyanov (200-F-93) brought 12. Zahariev and Dimitrov poured in 11 each, whilst Simeonov scored 10.
Poland - Finland 83-70 Poland step closer to the 5th place at U20 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame Finland 83:70 in the start of the Classification Round for 5th to 8th Places. Poland went on a 4-0 run and Michalak scored for 8:2. Gielo and Karnowski brought 21:18, while Akpaso tied the game at 21:21. Later Michalak and Vaenerberg exchanged the late baskets in the first period and Jaroslaw Zyskowski (201-G-92) drove a lay-up for 34:26 early in the second. Akpaso again reduced to 42:41, while Jaroslaw Zyskowski closed a 10-0 run at the half for 52:41. Poland added 20-15 in the third period and led 14 points in the start of the fourth period. Finland answered with 14-11 in the frame but lost the game. Gielo top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Karnowski nailed 14. Jaroslaw Zyskowski delivered 13 and Michalak as well as Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) had 11 each. Alex Murphy (203-F-93) poured in 30 points in the losing effort, whilst Akpaso scored 13.
United Kingdom - Belgium 101-100 OT Great Britain needed overtime to beat Belgium at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Great Britain grabbed 101:100 victory over Belgium and will play tomorrow for the 5th place. Belgium grabbed 23:17 after the first period. Great Britain however played better in the second frame and after 29-18 in the second quarter took 46:41 advantage. Moreover Great Britain added 21-18 in the third frame for 67:59 after 30 minutes. Obasohan Ojomoh (183-PG-93) however managed to help Belgium and sent the teams to overtime after the last two shots in the fourth quarter. Great Britain produced a 14-13 surge in overtime to seal the victory. Alasdair Fraser (203-F-92) stepped up with 37 points and Sayers nailed 20. Van Oostrum Devon collected 13 points, 12 assists and 8 rebounds, while Hart posted 13. Schwartz replied with 26 points and 15 rebounds in defeat and Obasohan Ojomoh as well as Boukichou scored 20. Lecomte delivered 14, whilst Lasisi added 13.
FYR Macedonia - Switzerland 71-80 Switzerland clinch 15th place in Division B of the U20 European Championship. The Swiss side finished the tournament with the win over F.Y.R. of Macedonia 80:71 as the latter ended up on the 16th place. Both teams realized the importance of the last game at the tournament. They desired to finish on the higher place and showed their best on Saturday night. F.Y.R. of Macedonia took 19:18 after the first 10 minutes in the court and added 12-9 in the second frame for 4-point lead at the halftime. The second half however belonged to the Swiss side. They won the third period 28-17 and finished the game with 25-23 in the last stanza. Evrard Atcho (207-C/F-92) erupted with 27 points and 10 rebounds, while Savoy added 22. Marko Mladjan (206-F-93) finished the game with 11 points and Bozovic scored 8. Boban Stajic (185-PG-93) produced 25 points in defeat and Goran Markovski (195-G/F-92) added 21.
Luxembourg - Hungary 94-86 Luxembourg sent Hungary to the last spot in Sofia as they beat them in the last game for both teams. Luxembourg outscored Hungary 94:86 at the Classification Game for 17th to 18th Place. Luxembourg took 16:14 after the first period and added 28:27 at the second period. Steffen and Bellwald scored for 55:49 and the latter also brought 64:58. Hungary started to play better in the end of the frame and grabbed 69:68 at the end of the quarter. Tursics and Meszaros gave Hungary 73:70 advantage, but Hungary could not win. Luxembourg won the quarter 26-17 and clinched the 17 places in Sofia. Louis Arendt (187-F/G-93) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Max Schmit (182-PG-92) netted 15. Steffen delivered 13 points in a winning effort. Mate Meszaros finished the game with high 27 points and Peter Jakab (187-G-93) delivered 17. Somenek ended up with 15, whilst Tursics notched 8.
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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