France and Lithuania to play for the title in Slovenia - Jul 21, 2012
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Spain - France 59-66 France entered the Final of U20 European Championship. They shot down the reigning champions Spain in the semifinal clash tonight. France will now take on Lithuania for the title. Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) provided 16 points to pace the winners. France led by a single point after the opening quarter 16:15. Spain however denied the deficit as the teams arrived at halftime tied at 31. Les Bleus pulled in front once again in the third term. Invirnizzi gave France a 43:33 lead midway through the third quarter. Alejandro Abrines helped Spain stay close as they narrowed the deficit at 3-point mark at the final break 44:47. France jumped to a 9-point lead midway through the final stanza. Spain never got closer than 4 points in the final minutes and had to surrender at the end. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) provided 12 points, while Kevin Thalien added 9 points in the victory. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) answered with 17 points and 13 boards for Spain. Alejandro Abrines had 15 points in the loss.
Serbia - Lithuania 68-73 Lithuania beat the odds and advanced into the U20 European Championship Final. They defeated Serbia in the first semifinal clash tonight. Serbia entered the encounter undefeated but determined performance from the Baltic side helped them punch the ticket into the title game. Zygimantas Skucas (200-SF-92) scored 14 points to lead the winners. Lithuania jumped to a 21:17 lead at the first break. Lithuania stayed in charge throughout the second quarter. They established a 37:30 halftime advantage. Serbia however picked up the tempo in the third quarter. They cut the deficit to a single point with one period remaining 53:52. Bogdan Bogdanovic (197-F-92) put Serbia in front 66:65 with just over a minute remaining in regulation. But Edgaras Ulanovas and Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) drained six free throws in the dying seconds to give victory to Lithuania. Vytenis Cizauskas accounted for 13 points, while Paulius Vaitiekunas and Edgaras Ulanovas had 11 points each for the winners. Bogdan Bogdanovic netted 16 points for Serbia. Aleksandar Cvetkovic provided 15 points in the losing case.
Germany - Slovenia 65-53 Germany sent hosting Slovenia to the second straight loss at the U20 European Championship. The teams clashed in 5th-8th place classification round tonight and Germany came out winners. Ole Wendt (190-PG-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) posted 18 points to lead the charge. Slovenia looked better in the opening quarter. They posted a 21:10 lead ten minutes after the start. But Germany turned things around in the second quarter. They took over and narrowed the gap at 5-point mark at halftime 30:35. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third stanza. Slovenia ensured a 6-point lead before the final term. However Germany capped the regulation on a stunning 18:0 run to snatch the victory. Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) posted 14 points and 9 rebounds for Germany. Besnik Bekteshi added 9 points for the winners. Marko Pajic (204-F/C-92) and Miha Lapornik (192-G-93) responded with 10 points each for Slovenia. Alen Omic had 9 points in the loss.
Latvia - Greece 76-74 Latvia clinched a narrow win over Greece in the classification round of U20 European Championship. The Baltic team will now play for the fifth overall position on the final day of the tournament. Greece enjoyed a confident start to the game. The Hellenes posted a 24:16 lead after ten minutes. Latvia cut the deficit in the second quarter. The Baltic team narrowed the gap at 5-point mark at halftime 37:42. Latvia got closer in the third period. They trailed by only 2 points heading into the final stanza. Greece were up by two with 44 seconds remaining. But Bricis converted two free throws and then Arnolds Helmanis (201-PF-92) followed a three-pointer miss by Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: FCM) with a layup to seal the victory for Latvia. Arnolds Helmanis and Arturs Bremers (190-G-92) accounted for 12 points each for Latvia. Andris Misters added 11 points for the winners. Giannoulis Larentzakis answered with game-high 31 points for Greece. Petros Melissaratos provided 15 points and 9 rebounds in the losing case.
Russia - Ukraine 83-63 Russia claimed the 11th overall position at U20 European Championship. They overcame Ukraine in the final game at the tournament for both teams. Denis Zakharov (193-PG-93) scored 14 points to lead the effort. Russia led from start to finish. They posted a 19:14 lead at the first intermission. Russia boosted the margin in the second term. They established a 41:34 halftime lead. Russia kept Ukraine at distance throughout the third term. They piled up a comfortable 14-point lead heading into the fourth quarter 61:47. Russia outscored their opponents in the final frame and sealed an easy win at the end. Alexander Varnakov (185-PG-92) accounted for 13 points, while Gleb Goldyrev added 12 points for the winners. Olexandr Mishula (187-G-92) answered with 14 points for Ukraine. Vyacheslav Bobrov and Klym Artamonov netted 12 points each in the loss.
Estonia - Sweden 54-91 Sweden remains in U20 European Championship Division A. They knocked down Estonia to improve at 4-1 record in Group G tonight. Sweden thus secured the top two finish in the group and remained in Division A for the next season. Estonia will face Montenegro in the decisive battle for one remaining Division A spot. Six Swedish players scored in double figures to lead the winners. Viktor Gaddefors (203-SF-92) topscored with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Sweden led from start to finish. They accumulated an 18:13 lead ten minutes into the game. The margin grew at 14-point mark at halftime. Sweden unleashed 29 points in the third quarter to secure a 29-point lead at the final break. Estonia never recovered suffering a heavy defeat at the end. Charles Barton, Jonathan Person, Tobias Borg and Marcus Eriksson nailed 12 points each for the winners. Oliver Metsalu (196-G-93) responded with 15 points for Estonia. Rait-Riivo Laane notched 10 points in the loss.
Montenegro - Georgia 83-82 Montenegro clinched an important third win in the classification round in Group G. They snatched a narrow victory over Georgia to improve at 3-2 record. Georgia fell at 1-4 record and practically got relegated into Division B. Marko Mugosa (198-F-93) accounted for 22 points to lead the charge. Montenegro stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. The Balkan team grabbed a 26:7 lead after ten minutes. Georgia however quickly stopped the bleeding and tried to bounce back. They cut the deficit at 8-point mark at the interval 40:32. Georgia narrowed the gap at 5-point mark at the final intermission. Beka Burjanadze and Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) eventually tied things up at 78 with just over a minute left in regulation. Danilo Nikolic and Grabovica immediately came up with four points in a row for Montenegro. Georgia got within one 82:83 but literally ran out of time to save the game. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) had 15 points, while Danilo Nikolic added 14 points for Montenegro. Duda Sanadze delivered 20 points and 11 rebounds for Georgia. Beka Burjanadze netted 18 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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