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Division A


Quarterfinal Round
Group E
1.Serbia/M. 3-0
2.Slovenia 2-1
3.France 1-2
4.Lithuania 0-3
Group F
1.Turkey 2-1
2.Italy 2-1
3.Croatia 1-2
4.Greece 1-2
Classification Round
Group G
1.Russia 3-0
2.Spain 2-1
3.Belarus 1-2
4.Hungary 0-3
Group H
1.Bulgaria 2-1
2.Israel 2-1
3.Germany 1-2
4.Latvia 1-2

Preliminary Round
Group A

1.Serbia/M. 3-0
2.Croatia 2-1
3.Belarus 1-2
3.Latvia 0-3
Group B
1.Italy 2-1
2.Slovenia 2-1
3.Israel 2-1
3.Hungary 0-3

Group C

1.France 2-1
2.Turkey 2-1
3.Russia 2-1
3.Germany 0-3

Group D

1.Greece 2-1
2.Lithuania 2-1
3.Bulgaria 1-2
3.Spain 1-2
Division B
Quarterfinal Round
Group E
1.Poland 2-1
2.Georgia 2-1
3.Ukraine 1-2
4.Czech R. 1-2
Group F
1.Finland 3-0
2.Macedon. 2-1
1.Austria 1-2
2.Belgium 0-3
Classification Round
Group G
1.Portugal 3-0
2.Iceland 2-1
3.Ireland 1-2
4.Slovakia 0-3

Group H

1.Holland 3-0
2.Sweden 2-1
3.Switzerl. 1-2
4.U.Kingd. 0-3
Preliminary Round
Group A
1.Poland 3-0
2.Belgium 2-1
3.Ireland 1-2
4.U.Kingd. 0-3
Group B
1.Finland 3-0
2.Georgia 2-1
3.Holland 1-2
4.Iceland 0-3
Group C
1.Czech R. 2-1
2.Macedon. 2-1
3.Slovakia 1-2
4.Switzerl. 1-2

Group D

1.Austria 2-1
2.Ukraine 2-1
3.Sweden 1-2
4.Portugal 1-2
Check also WOMEN European Champs. U20 2006

Serbia and Montenegro won European U20 Championship (Photo: FIBA)
Georgia won Division B Championship (Photo: FIBA)

   Fiba Announced The Awards - July 24, 2006






All Tournament Team:
Luca Vitali (201-G-86) of Premiata Montegranaro (ITA)
Cenk Akyol (200-G-87) of Efes Pilsen Istanbul (TUR)
Ersan Ilyasova (208-F-87) of Milwaukee Bucks (USA)
Emir Preldzic (204-F-87) of Geoplin Slovan Ljubljana (SLO)
Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86) of Partizan Beograd (SRB)
MVP: Ersan Ilyasova (208-F-87) of Milwaukee Bucks (USA)

   Serbia and Montenegro U20 is champion of Europe !! - July 23, 2006

Nikola Pekovic

Serbia and Montenegro U20 National Team is new champion of Europe! In the final game they beat host team Turkey 64:58 and finished tournament without defeat. Tadija Dragicevic scored free throw just 15 seconds before the end and gave Serbia & Montenegro plus four. Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86) and Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86) scored 18 points each while Pekovic had 8 more rebounds. This is first U20 European Championships title for S&M since 1998.

   FINAL!! Turkey-Serbia - July 22, 2006
In the second semi-final game of Saturday Turkey, the hosts faced a ten man Slovenia, one of the surprises of the EC. Turkey started well in front of a hot crowd and dominated the game offensively. Slovenia used a 2-3 zone and relied on outside shots to stay n the game. 5 triples by Klobucar and Preldzic narrowed the gap to 7 points at the end of the first quarter. The visitors started to go to the rim and cut the lead to three as Turkey took advantage of a deep bench to open up a 7 point deficit at the half. In the second half Turkey toughened up and used a 17-5 serie to make it 60-41. Even though Oguz Savas and Cenk Akyol (200-G-87) left for the bench due to foul trouble, Hakan Demirel rallied his team in the 3rd quarter. Slovenia, failed to match the intensity shown by Turkey and Nihat Izic's side dominated the entire quarter. Turkey will play Serbia&Montenegro in the final tomorrow. In U-20 level Turkey reached to final for the first time in the history as the 1986-87 generation played the final two times at junior and cadet level but failed to grab the championship.
Turkey (96): Hakan Demirel 17, Cenk Akyol (200-G-87) 28, Ersan Ilyasova14, Oguz Savas 10, Semih Erden 9, Onat Akis 0, Can Altintig 2, Berent Kavaklioglu 2, Serhat Cetin 2, Engin Bayav 6, Omer Asik 2, Cemal Nalga 4
Slovenia (62): Preldzic 18, Klobucar 21, Hohler 7, Vidmar 6, Remus 6, Ambros, Glabas , Perko 2, Krusic 2

   SRB To The Final After Double Over Time - July 22, 2006
In the first semi final clash of Saturday, a brave Italian team faced a tough S&M squad. Italy got off to a good and the sharp shooter Vitali gave his team a 6 point lead but Tepic&Pekovic duo rallied Serbia. Italy switched to one and box to contain Tepic but it didnt work and Serbia led the first quarter 23-15. In the second quarter Italy managed to slow down Serbia on the defensive end and Thursday's hero Antunetti came off the bench and did a fine job to bring the 3 point lead to Italy. On the other hand Dragicevic, Tepic and Bakic of Serbia were into foul trouble and they struggled against Italy's zone so the blues led the first half 42-35 thanks to Antonutti who poured in 13 points. Serbia opened the third quarter where both sides struggled on offence with a 9-2 serie and tied the score at 44 but Italy toughned up and led the quarter by 1. In the last quarter both sides missed wide open looks and the game went to OT after Vitali's free throws. Both sides were able to produce only 8 points in OT so there was nothing but a second overtime. Da Tome and Vitali were fouled out and Serbia made Italy pay for it in second over time as they created a 11-5 difference to secure a place for the final. Serbian sensation Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86) added 23 points and 8 boards although he was only able to stay on the floor for 25 minutes due to foul trouble.

S&M(89): Tadija Dragicevic 6, Milenko Tepic 14, Boris Bakic 0, Novica Velickovic (DND), Dragan Labovic (DND), Nenad Mijatovic 21, Branko Jereminov 0, Miljan Rakic 3, Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86) 23, Ivan Paunic 2, Nikola Dragovic 11, Ivan Maras 9
Italy(83): Alessandro Piazza 4, Carmine Cavallaro 0, Ivan Scarponi 0, Francesco Gergati 0, Gino Cuccarolo 2, Michele Antonutti 22, Luca Vitali 20, Matteo Canavesi 6, Alberto Chiumenti 2, Luigi Da Tome 6, Brian Sacchetti 7, Luca Lechthaler 14

   Croatia Stunned Lithuania - July 22, 2006

Luka Drezga

Croatia and Lithuania met for the classification fight at Ataturk Sports Hall. Croatia coach Brajkovic decided to start with big man Ante Tomic next to Jure Lalic and dominated on the boards as he expected. After a quarter in which Croatia used the paint with Lalic and Lithuania went to the basket as much as possible(17-18). Croatia contained Kalnietis and nailed the triples one by one as the Greens suffered from the perimeter (0/103p - all in the second quarter). Red team finished the third quarter with a 14-3 serie thanks to Damjan Rudez and led the first half by 17. The second half was no different than the first one and Croatia easily opened the gap up to 27 points with fast breaks and three pointers but Lithuania cut the lead to 19 at the end. Lithuania side suffered from the perimeter once again and failed to play though defence. On the other side Luka Drezga (194-G-87), Damjan Rudez and Stanko Barac totally chipped in - all off the bench - 43 points. Croatia will play France for the fifth place and Lithuania&Greece will fight for the seventh.

Lithuania(62): Aidas Viskontas 0, Andrius Aleksandrovas 0, Zydrunas Kelys 2, Martynas Pocius 14, Tautvydas Barstys 7, Mantas Simonavicius 6, Giedrius Kurtinaitis 19, Povilas Butkevicius 9, Vilmantas Dilys 1, Mantas Kalnietis 1, Remigijus Trakimas 2, Paulius Abramavicius 1
Croatia(81): Josip Blaljic 1, Luka Drezga (194-G-87) 20, Rok Stipcevic 9, Andrija Stipanovic 7, Marko Batina 4, Ivan Papac 2, Damjan Rudez 13, Hrvoje Kovacevic 2,Stanko Barac 10, Ante Tomic 4, Drazen Bubnic 3, Jure Lalic 6

Souarata Cisse

   France Dominated Greece For 5th Place - July 22, 2006 In the first day of classification round Greece and France came face to face at Ataturk Sports Hall. Greece's skillful point guard  Igor Milosevic picked up an injury early in the first quarter and then came the Greek turnovers. Greece turned 17 balls over in the first half and despite Antonios Mantzaris' effort, Benoit Gillet's shooting skills and streak points by Aldo Curti helped France lead the first half by 7. In the third quarter Greece switched to zone and cut the lead to 4 then France called a time out. Cisse and Curti were back to the game and Florimont's effort at the both ends of the floor never let Greece come closer and France opened the gap up to 17 points with Gillet's buzzer beater. In the rest of the game Greece had no solution for the turnovers without Igor Milosevic but with Verginis at the point guard position as French star Cisse put on a good show and led his team to 76-50 victory. Greece outrebounded France (41-29) but turned 30 balls over and had problems to defend the perimeter so French side posted a win easier than expected.
France(76): Marc Antoine Pellin 2, Benoit Giilet 11, Michel Ipouck (DND), Souarata Cisse (196-G/F-86) 16, Michael Mokongo 16, Nicholas Taccoen 0, Aldo curti 9, Gary Florimont 12, Jason Bach 3, Thibaut Blanque 7, Julien Bestron 0, Charles Lombahe-Kahudi (DND)
Greece(50): Iason Gkountis 9, Igor Milosevic 0, Dimitrios Verginis 8, Petros Noeas 0, Dimitrios Lolas 0, Dimitrios Karodolamis 4, Antonios Mantzaris 12, Dimitrios Katiakos 7, Ilias Tevetzidis 2, Dusan Sakota 6, Stavros Toutziarakis 0, Eleftherios Neofytidis 2

   Turkey Through The Semis Despite The Loss - July 21, 2006

Ersan Ilyasova

Turkish U20 NT already secured the first spot in Group F faced Greece left with no semi final chances in the last day of quarter final round. Turkey coach Nihat Izic decided to use his bench players and sideline the starters but without Hakan Demirel Turkey struggled and the score was tied at 14 at the end of first quarter. In the second period Turkey turned the balls over due to point guard problem and Greece opened the quarter with Dusan Sakota (209-F-86)'s 8 points in a row. The visitors continued playing true transition basketball under the leadership of Igor Milosevic (192-G-86) and opened the gap up to 13 at the half. Turkey got off to a good start in the second half and Greece switched to zone and let the three point shoot out begin. 7 of 8 field goals made during those minutes were all triples ( 5 of them were by the hosts) and a 17-6 Turkey run cut the lead to 4 before the last quarter. Greece switched back to man to man defence but this time Turkey used zone when Sakota was on fire and trailed by 10. Ersan Ilyasova (208-F-87)'s extraordinary effort in the last quarter never let Greece go away even though Igor Milosevic (192-G-86) was at his best. Ilyasova who stayed on the floor for the entire second half went to the line when the score was 78-80. He missed both free throws and Turkey also wasted a chance in the last second so Greece posted it's first win in the quarter final round. On the other hand tomorrow Turkey will face Slovenia for the final ticket.

Turkey(78): Onat Akis 0, Semih Erden 0, Can Altintig 5, Ersan Ilyasova (208-F-87) 27, Berent Kavaklioglu 16, Serhat Cetin 7, Engin Emre Bayav 8, Omer Asik 2, Cemal Nalga 0, Oguz Savas 13, Cenk Akyol (DND), Hakan Demirel (DND)
Greece(80): Iason Gkountis 2, Igor Milosevic (192-G-86) 19, Dimitrios Verginis 4, Petros Noeas 2, Dimitrios Lolas 2, Dimitrios Karadolamis 0, Antonios Mantzaris 0, Dimitrios Katiakos 11, Ilias Tevetzidis 7, Dusan Sakota (209-F-86) 23, Eleftherios Neofytidis (DND), Stavros Toutziarakis (DND)

Michele Antonutti

   Italy Slammed Croatia - July 21, 2006 In a win or go home situation Italy stunned Croatia and secured a place in the semis. Croatia took the lead early in the first quarter thanks to skillful center Jure Lalic but Antonutti's off the bench effort was even good enough to match Stipanovic's big effort at the both ends of the floor and the score was tied at 39 at the half. The second half was no different than the first as Italy relied on outside shots and Croatia produced more baskets in the paint but Italian star Luigi Da Tome finally stepped in to the game and helped Antonutti and Lechtaler. On the other hand Croatia lost the control and the blues unexpectedly grabbed the semi final ticket with a 14-0 run and Vitali's free throws. Michele Antonutti (203-G/F-86, agency: Interperformances)'s all off the bench 23 points and Luigi Da Tome's double double led Italy to victory and they will play S&M in the semis.
Croatia(74): Josip Blaljic (DND), Luka Drezga 3, Rok Stipcevic 11, Andrija Stipanovic 12, Marko Batina 9, Ivan Papac (DND), Damjan Rudez 6, Hrvoje Kovacevic 5, Stanko Barac (DND), Ante Tomic 1, Drazen Bubnic 8, Jure Lalic 19
Italy(86): Alessandro Piazza 3, Carmine Cavallaro 0, Ivan Scarponi (DND), Francesco Gergati 2, Gino Cuccarolo 0, Michele Antonutti (203-G/F-86, agency: Interperformances) 23, Luca Vitali 15, Matteo Canavesi 8, Alberto Chiumenti 0, Luigi Da Tome 17, Brian Sacchetti 5, Luca Lechthaler 13

   EC U-20 - S&M too strong for Slovenia - July 20, 2006

Emir Preldzic

After playing two overtimes vs. Lithuania U-20 yesterday, Slovenians didn't manage to beat the Serbian and Montenegrian U-20 NT. Slovenians have had the lead (69-66) untill 7 seconds to the end of fourth quarter, but then Klobucar did foul on 3 point shooting Tepic, who got and scored all free throws. The game went to overtime where Slovenians were just too tired to be able to beat the favourites from Serbia and Montenegro for this years EC 2006 medal. The best player for Slovenia was Emir Preldzic (204-F-87) with 32 points, 7 rebounds and 5 asists. The best S&M player was Tepic who scored last three FT's for the overtime. He ended the game with 12 points and 4 rebounds. The high scorer for S&M was Bakic with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 1 asist. Slovenia U-20 and S&M U-20 go to semi-finals of European Championship where they will face first two placed teams from group F (Turkey, Croatia, Italy, Greece).
Slovenia U-20 vs. Serbia and Montenegro U-20 - 78:85
Scorers for Slovenia - Emir Preldzic (204-F-87) 32, Glavas 13, Klobucar 5, Perko 2, Hohler 4, Vidmar 20, Remus 2
Scorers for S&M - Dragicevic 2, Tepic 12, Bakic 23, Mijatovic 4, Pekovic 4, Paunic 16, Dragovic 14, Maras 10

   Turkey Outplayed Croatia - Jul 20, 2006
In a packed arena Turkey dominated game from the beginning to the end and cruised past Croatia easier than expected. This time Turkish team was on the floor with it's strongest line up, Hakan Demirel, Cenk Akyol (200-G-87), Ersan Ilyasova (208-F-87) and Oguz Savas. Turkey got off to a good start and took over early in the first quarter and never looked back. The visitors failed to match the intensity shown by Turkey and could not prevent the turnovers against pressure. Ersan Ilyasova (208-F-87)'s 16 points in the first quarter helped Turkey lead the first half despite Oguz Savas' early foul trouble. In the third quarter Croatia resisted and cut the lead to ten points but Cenk Akyol (200-G-87) shooting skills and Hakan Demirel's play making abilities rallied Turkey and Croatia sidelined the starters and started to focus on the next game. For Turkey Cenk Akyol (200-G-87) and Ersan Ilyasova (208-F-87) scored 18 points a piece. On the other hand Croatian center Stanko Barac (217-C-86) came off the bench and added 16.

Turkey - Croatia 91-72 (28-13,43-31,71-53,91-72)
Turkey: Onat Akis 0, Semih Erden 15, Can Altintig 0, Cenk Akyol (200-G-87) 18, Ersan Ilyasova (208-F-87) 18, Berent Kavaklioglu 9, Serhat Cetin 8, Emre Bayav , Omer Asik 0, Cemal Nalga 2, Oguz Savas 10, Hakan Demirel 11
Croatia: Josip Blazic 2, Luka Drezga 6, Rok Stipcevic 5, Andrija Stipanovic 13, Makro Batina 3, Ivan Papac 5, Damjan Rudez 10, Hrvoje Kovacevic 6, Stranko Stanko Barac (217-C-86) 16, Drazen Bubnic 4, Jure Lalic 2

   Serbia and Montenegro U20 outplayed Lithuania 101-68 - Jul 20, 2006
Serbia and Montenegro U20 smashed Lithuania 101:68 in the first game of quarter final round on European championship in Turkey and recorded fourth win in the row. SRB was better rival from the start. Nikola Dragovic (203-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) again led his team scoring 20 points with 5 rebounds for just 14 playing minutes.
All players except Rakic got their chance to play in this game.
Next game of SRB U20 National tem is today against France at 18h.
Serbia and Montenegro – Lithuania 101-68 (25:22,28:10,17:22,31:14)
Serbia and Montenegro: Dragicevic 4, Tepic 11, Bakic 9 (5 rebs), Valickovic 7, Labovic 4, Mijatovic 7 (6 as), Jereminov 10, Pekovic 10, Paunic 5, Nikola Dragovic 20 (5 rebs), Maras 14 (5 rebs), DNP: Rakic.
Lithuania: Viskontas, Aleksandrovas 3, Kelys, Pocius 20, Simonavicius, Kurtinaitis 1, Butkevicius 2 (5 rebs), Dilys 8, Kelneitis 14, Trakimas, Abramavicius 18, DNP: Barstys.

   EC U-20 - Slovenia wins, amazing performance by Klobucar! - Jul 19, 2006
Slovenia U-20 has today played their second game in the second group of the competition at EC U-20 in Izmir, Turkey. They have managed to win the Lithuania U-20 NT after two close overtimes. Slovenians were trailing by -10 at the half time, but then made a great comeback and had chance at the end of the fourth quarter to win the game, but Jaka Klobucar (193-G-87) wasn't able to hit the last shot for two. The game went to overtime. Again the first overtime ended with tied result. In the second overtime amazing performance by Pocius at Lithuanian side held their NT in the lead (34 points, 9 rebounds, 3 asists) , but then Pocius fouled out and Slovenians won the game on the wings of Jaka Jaka Klobucar (193-G-87) who scored tournament high 44 points, 11 rebounds, 3 steals and Preldzic who scored 24 points, 11 rebounds and had also 5 asists.

Slovenia U-20 vs. Lithuania U-20 - 100:94
Scorers for Slovenia - Preldzic 24, Glavas 4, Jaka Klobucar (193-G-87) 44, Hohler 6, Vidmar 11, Krusic 10, Remus 1
Scorers for Lithuania - Aleksandrovas 23, Pocius 34, Simonavicius 3, Butkevicius 4, Dilys 11, Kalnietis 12, Trakimas 4, Abramavicius 3

   Early Final Today - Jul 19, 2006
Turkey and Croatia will come face to face in Izmir today and it's expected to be the best clash of the U20 EC. Both sides have played solid D so far and never lost concentration on the defensive end. Croatia is very effective on the perimeter thanks to big guy Jure Lalic (212-C-86) -very impressive center- who always finds the open man when the doubleand triple team comes. Croatian guard Hrvoje Kovacevic (192-G-86, agency: XL Croatian BC) who was tested by Efes Pilsen last year is also another offensive threat with his fundemental and pyshical advantage. Rok Stipcevic (189-G-86) sometimes reminds Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: XL Croatian BC) but it looks like he might have a brighter future. Croatian team is nevery in a hurry on offense as they keep delivering the ball till they find the open guy. On the other hand Turkey plays the games in a packed arena and the crowd is very supportive. Oguz Savas (208-C-87) ' dominance in the paint, Cenk Akyol (200-G-87) 's shooting skills and Ersan Ilyasova (208-F-87)'s effort on the both sides of the floor rally the hosts. All the guys are fighting when it comes to play defence so today's game will be nothing but fun.

   EC U-20 - Slovenia beats France - Jul 18, 2006
Slovenia U-20 NT has beaten France U-20 NT at European Championship in Izmir, Turkey. Slovenia is in 1/4 in the same group with Lithuania, France and Serbia & Montenegro. The best players for Slovenia were trio Gasper Vidmar (205-C/F-87)-Klobucar-Preldzic. Gasper Vidmar (205-C/F-87) scored 20 points, 4 rebounds, Klobucar 19 points 4 rebounds, 4 steals and Preldzic with another double-double 11 points and 10 rebounds. The best player for France was Mokongo with 29 points, 2 asists and 4 steals. Slovenia controled the game untill the last quarter, when France came close to Slovenians and almost managed to hit the last 3 pointer for the win.

Slovenia U-20 vs. France U-20 - 67-65
Scorers for Slovenia - Preldzic 11, Klobucar 19, Perko 10, Hohler 2, Gasper Vidmar (205-C/F-87) 20, Remus 5
Scorers for France - Cisse 14, Mokongo 29, Taccoen 6, Curti 6, Florimont 2, Bestron 8

   EC U-20 - Slovenia beats Israel - Jul 16, 2006
Slovenian U-20 NT has beaten Israeli U-20 NT in third EC U-20 match in Izmir, Turkey. Slovenians controled the game from the beginning and didn't allow Israeli players to produce many points. The best player for Slovenian U-20 NT was Gasper Vidmar (205-C/F-87) with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Preldzic again showed his potential by registrering another double-double with 14 points, 14 rebounds and 4 asists. On the other side, Israeli player Nir had 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Slovenia U-20 vs. Israel U-20 - 73:68
Scorers for Slovenia - Preldzic 14, Glavas 11, Klobucar 13, Hohler 13, Gasper Vidmar (205-C/F-87) 22
Scorers for Israel - Hanochi 19, Farhi 2, Berkowitz 2, Nir 20, Kadir 14, Ohayon 11 

   Third win of Serbia and Montenegro U20 NT - Jul 16, 2006
After win over Latvia and Belarus, Serbia and Montenegro U20 National Team beat Croatia 72:78 and they finished on the top position of group A on European Championship in Turkey. SRB had maximum advantage on the beginning of the third quarter 52:63 but Croatia came on minus 4, 68:72 just 30 seconds before the end. In next offense they made a turnover and foul. Dragovic was concentrated and added 2 free throws for plus 6 and it was clear the SRB will record third win. Nikola Dragovic (203-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) was the best for winners again adding 22 points and 6 rebounds while Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86) scored 15 with 6 rebounds for just 20 playing minutes.

Croatia – Serbia and Montenegro 72:78
Croatia: Blajic, Drezga, Stipcevic 13, Batina 2, Rudez 5 (6 rebs), Kovacevic 11 (8 rebs), Barac 8, Tomic 11, Bubric 3, Lalic 19 (6 rebs)
DNP: Stipanovic, Papac.
Serbia and Montenegro:
Tepic 4 (7 rebs), Bakic, Velickovic 8, Mijatovic 11 (4 as), Rakic, Pekovic 15 (6 rebs), Paunic 11 (7 rebs, 4 as), Dragovic 22 (6 rebs), Maras 7
DNP: Dragicevic, Jereminov, Labovic.

   Serbia and Montenegro U20 NT beat Belarus 57:81 - Jul 15, 2006
Serbia and Montenegro U20 National Team made second win on European Championship in Turkey. They easy outplayed Belarus with plus 24, 57:81. SRB played great second quarter and after half time already had plus 18. New member of SRB champion Partizan Milenko Tepic (200-G-87) was totally unstoppable and led his team netting 24 points with 8 rebounds and 4 assists.
Head coach Miroslav Nikolic after the game said: “We played much better than in the first game and we broke Belarus with strong rhythm. Except o Tadija Dragicevic, who is not 100% ready after the injury, all players got the chance to play. Our next game is against Croatia. We scouted them very well. They are very good team who is very strong in the paint. Our first task is to defend their centers. We should play very aggressive if we want to win.”
Belarus – Serbia and Montenegro 57:81 (17:19,10:26,19:16,11:20) Belarus:Trastsinetski 9, Yafremau 6, Skrypko, Gandlin 3, Shylovich 4, Meshcharakou 7, Ostrykau Y. 2, Shustau 6, Kaniushenka, Parkhouski 14 (6 rebs)
DNP: Ostrykau V.
Serbia and Montenegro: Tepic 24 (8 rebs, 4 as), Bakic 1, Velickovic 4, Labovic 9 (7 rebs), Mijatovic 10 (4 as), Jereminov 6, Rakic 3, Pekovic 11, Paunic 12, Dragovic 6 (7 rebs), Maras 4
DNP: Dragicevic.

   EC U-20 - Slovenia lost in last seconds - Jul 15, 2006
After beating Hungary U-20 NT, Slovenia U-20 NT failed to beat Italy U-20 NT. Slovenians lost to Italy in last seconds of the game, the best player for Slovenia U-20 was Jaka Klobucar with 18 points, 4 rebounds, 1 asist and 3 stolen balls. The game was close all the time, Slovenians did some mistakes in last seconds of the game and that cost them victory. The best player for Italy U-20 was Da Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) with 14 points and 7 rebounds.

Slovenia U-20 vs. Italy U-20 - 70:74
Scorers for Slovenia - Preldzic 13, Glavas 9, Klobucar 18, Perko 2, Hohler 6, Vidmar 11, Krusic 6, Remus 5
Scorers for Italy - Piazza 7, Cavanaro 5, Antonutti 2, Vitali 8, Canavesi 15, Chiumenti 2, Da Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) 14, Sacchetti 6, Lechthaler 15

   First win of SRB U20 National Team on EC in Turkey - Jul 14, 2006
Serbia and Montenegro U20 National Team won the first game on European Championship in Turkey. They beat Lativia 72:61 mostly owing to fantastic last quarter when they totally outplayed rivals 18:3. Latvians didn’t score for the last 5:56. Nikola Dragovic (203-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) netted the most points for winners, 20 points with 4 rebounds. Nenad Mijatovic (195-G-87) followed him adding 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

Head coach of U20 NT Miroslav Nikolic after the game said: “ Game was very tough and Latvia showed that they are very inconvenient team. In the first half we had 16-1 for three points but on the half time I succeeded to “wake up” the players. Dragovic and Mijatovic made their shots and we pushed up our defense. At the end Lativa scored just 61 points on the game what is result of our great defense”.


Serbia and Montenegro – Latvia  72:61 (23:20,11:22,20:16,18:3)

Serbia and Montenegro: Tepic 8 (5 rebs), Bakic 2, Velickovic 4, Labovic, Mijatovic 14 (6 rebs, 4 as), Jereminov, Rakic 4 (4 as, 3 st), Pekovic, Paunic 12 (5 rebs), Dragovic 20 (4 rebs), Maras 8 (7 rebs)

DNP: Dragicevic.

Lativa: Jaunzems, Kalve 22 (7 rebs, 3 as), Strelis 2, Brencans 3, Jeromanovs 14 (5 rebs, 7 as), Cavars 17 (8 rebs), Klavins 14, Zakis 3 (6 rebs)

DNP: Rozitis, Ledins, Piternieks, Trops.

   Turkey crushed Germany - Jul 14, 2006
In the last game of opening day in U20 EC which is held in Izmir, Turkey faced Germany and grabbed a very well deserved win by 38. The hosts started the game with Hakan Demirel, Can Altintig, Cenk Akyol (200-G-87), Semih Erden and Oguz Savas (208-C-87). The explosive forward Ersan Ilyasova (208-F-87) started the game on the bench. Turkey got off to a good start as Oguz Savas (208-C-87)' moves in the paint and Cenk Akyol (200-G-87)'s shooting skills opened up a double digit lead in the first quarter. Despite Hakan Demirel's foul trouble Turkey did not stop and comfortably dominated rest of the game at the both ends of the floor thanks to Ersan Ilyasova (208-F-87) who came off the bench and nailed a game high 22 points. On the other hand Germany was simply not good as they turned many balls over and struggled offensively and failed to prevent the fast breaks. Turkey did everything well except the free throws. They managed to stay in the game defensively from the beginning to the end and held the visitors at 45. Efes Pilsen's sharp shooter Cenk Akyol (200-G-87), big man Oguz Savas (208-C-87) and Ersan Ilyasova (208-F-87) of Milwaukee Bucks totally added 54 points. On the other hand Germany was far away from being impressive except center Jan-Christian Both (210-C-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who scored a team high 12 points all in the paint. Turkey now takes the first place in Group C and will face a tough France tomorrow to clinch the first spot.

Turkey(83): Onat Akis 5, Semih Erden 2, Can Altintig 9, Cenk Akyol (200-G-87) 20, Ersan Ilyasova (208-F-87) 22, Berent Kavaklioglu 0, Serhat Cetin 2, Engin Bayav 0, Omer Asik 6, Cemal Nalga 5, Oguz Savas (208-C-87) 12, Hakan Demirel 0
Germany(45): Achmadschah Zazai 0, Robert Kulawick 7, Nikita Khartshenkov 5, Konstantin Karamatskos 2, Lucca Staiger 2, Marius Huth 9, Leo Niebuhr 2, Oliver Komarek 4, Johannes Lischka, Jannik Freese 2, Jan-Christian Both (210-C-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) 12

   EC U-20 - Slovenia wins first game - Jul 14, 2006
Slovenia U-20 NT is currently taking part at European Championship U-20 in Izmir, Turkey. They are in the group with Hungary, Italy and Isreal. Today they've played the first game vs. Hungary U-20 NT and they've won it by big difference. The best player for Slovenia U-20 was Emir Preldzic (199-G-87) with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 asists. The next game our NT U-20 will play tomorrow at 20:30 vs. Italy U-20 NT.

Slovenia U-20 vs. Hungary U-20 - 92:60
Scorers for Slovenia - Preldzic 21, Ambroz 3, Glavas 10, Klobucar 5, Perko 11, Hohler 11, Vidmar 13, Remus 14, Brcina 4
Scorers for Hungary - Hosszu 7, Farkas 7, Szabo 7, Vesztergom 2, Hendlein 2, Will 2, Varadi 7, Vida 6, Szabo 8, Toth 12

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