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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.
5-8 places
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.
11-12 places
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.
Group G
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.   

Tamir Blatt All-European Championships U20 Awards 2017 - 3 months ago All-European Championships U20 1st Team 2017
Tamir Blatt
Antonios Koniaris
Vasileios Charalampopoulos
Amine Noua
Tryggvi Hlinason
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Roko Badzim All-European Championships U20 Division B Awards 2017 - 3 months ago All-European Championships U20 Division B 1st Team 2017
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Greece celebrate title in Crete - 3 months ago
FINAL Greece - Israel 65-56 Greece celebrated Gold in Crete. The Hellenes prevailed against Israel to clinch the title. Antonios Koniaris (196-PG-97) came up with 15 points to lead the champions. Israel silenced the home crowd with a 16:9 start to the game. But Greece quickly picked up the tempo. The Hellenes went on a 17:7 run in the second term to gain a 26:23 halftime lead. Greece poured in 22 points in the third quarter to gain a 7-point lead. The home side kept Israel at distance th...   [read more]

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Men Women
European Championships U20 Final Standings
 1. Greece
 2. Israel
 3. France
 4. Spain
 5. Serbia
 6. Lithuania
 7. Germany
 8. Iceland
 9. Turkey
 10. Ukraine
 11. Montenegro.
 12. Sweden
 13. Italy
 14. Slovenia
 15. Czech Rep.
 16. Latvia
European Championships U20 Final Standings Div.B
 1. Romania
 2. Croatia
 3. U.Kingdom
 4. Russia
 5. Poland
 6. Belgium
 7. Georgia
 8. Portugal
 9. Finland
 10. Holland
 11. Hungary
 12. Kosovo
 13. FYR Macedon.
 14. Albania
 15. Belarus
 16. Slovakia
 17. Armenia
 18. Ireland
 19. Azerbaijan
 20. Malta
 21. Moldova
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Sviatoslav MYKHAILIUK
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Mykhailiuk, UKR20.4 
 2. Popovic, MNT18.4 
 3. Echodas, LTU17.1 
 4. Yurtseven, TUR17.0 
 5. Birutis, LTU17.0 
 6. Hlinason, ISL16.7 
 7. Zoosman, ISR16.3 
 8. Wagner, GER16.1 
 9. Blatt, ISR16.0 
 10. Marinkovic, SRB15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Birgander, SWE13.8 
 2. Popovic, MNT12.2 
 3. Hlinason, ISL11.6 
 4. Yurtseven, TUR11.4 
 5. Sjoberg, SWE9.0 
 6. Echodas, LTU8.9 
 7. Okeke, ITA8.1 
 8. Birutis, LTU8.1 
 9. Skapintsev, UKR8.0 
 10. Noua, FRA7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Tamir BLATT
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Blatt, ISR10.1 
 2. Beliauskas, LTU6.3 
 3. Garcia, ESP5.6 
 4. Sisko, SLO5.3 
 5. Beyschlag, GER5.3 
 6. Peno, SRB5.0 
 7. Korkmaz, TUR4.8 
 8. Birkans, LAT4.7 
 9. Mykhailiuk, UKR4.4 
 10. Bakic, MNT4.0 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Korkmaz, TUR2.6 
 2. Wagner, GER2.6 
 3. Koniaris, GRE2.4 
 4. Zotov, UKR2.3 
 5. Zoosman, ISR1.9 
 6. Mykhailiuk, UKR1.7 
 7. Thorbjarnars., ISL1.7 
 8. Sisko, SLO1.7 
 9. Beyschlag, GER1.6 
 10. Yilmaz, TUR1.6 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Hlinason, ISL3.1 
 2. Yurtseven, TUR2.1 
 3. Durmaz, TUR2.1 
 4. Cekic, MNT1.9 
 5. Simanic, SRB1.8 
 6. Birutis, LTU1.7 
 7. Macura, SLO1.6 
 8. Birgander, SWE1.6 
 9. Tote, ITA1.4 
 10. Tkachenko, UKR1.3 
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