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Final Standings
 1. Greece
 2. France
 3. Spain
 4. Italy
 5. Lithuania
 6. Turkey
 7. Montenegro
 8. Croatia
 9. Russia
 10. Latvia
 11. Serbia
 12. Ukraine
 13. Slovenia
 14. Germany
 15. Israel
 16. Belgium
Points Per Game
 Robin BENZING
  (208-F-89)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Benzing, GER22.2 
 2. Sehovic, MNT17.6 
 3. Bogdanovic, CRO17.3 
 4. Dragic, SLO16.3 
 5. Vragovic, CRO16.0 
 6. Jackson, FRA16.0 
 7. Antonov, RUS15.6 
 8. Rabaseda, ESP15.6 
 9. Vucevic, MNT15.5 
 10. Tomas, E.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikola VUCEVIC
  MNT
  (210-F-90)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Vucevic, MNT10.8 
 2. Ivlev, RUS10.1 
 3. Blaus, LAT9.0 
 4. Tomas, ESP8.3 
 5. Raposo Laure., FRA8.3 
 6. Tymofeyenko, UKR8.1 
 7. Samb, ESP7.1 
 8. Bilan, CRO7.0 
 9. Iarochevitch, BEL6.7 
 10. Muric, S.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dmitriy KHVOSTOV
  (191-G-89)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Khvostov, RUS6.1 
 2. Diot, FRA5.2 
 3. Steinbach, BEL4.8 
 4. Sehovic, MNT4.0 
 5. Sloukas, GRE3.9 
 6. Skverer, ISR3.7 
 7. Janavicius, LTU3.4 
 8. Heurtel, FRA3.4 
 9. Radic, CRO3.3 
 10. Covic, S.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Xavier RABASEDA
  (199-G-89)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Rabaseda, ESP2.8 
 2. Dragic, SLO2.5 
 3. Diot, FRA2.4 
 4. Janavicius, LTU2.3 
 5. Ivanovic, MNT2.1 
 6. Papanikolaou, GRE2.0 
 7. Vujasinovic, SLO2.0 
 8. Aguilar, ESP2.0 
 9. Juskevicius, LTU1.8 
 10. Serron, B.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nikola VUCEVIC
  MNT
  (210-F-90)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Vucevic, MNT1.9 
 2. Aguilar, ESP1.8 
 3. Bogris, GRE1.8 
 4. Samb, ESP1.6 
 5. Pleiss, GER1.5 
 6. Papanikolaou, GRE1.4 
 7. Blaus, LAT1.3 
 8. Bircevic, SRB1.3 
 9. Benzing, GER1.2 
 10. Kuzminskas, L.1.2 
Qualification Round
Group E
 1. Spain 4-1 
 2. France 4-1 
 3. Greece 4-1 
 4. Italy 1-4 
 5. Latvia 1-4 
 6. Russia 1-4 
Group F
 1. Lithuania 4-1 
 2. Croatia 3-2 
 3. Montenegro 3-2 
 4. Turkey 2-3 
 5. Ukraine 2-3 
 6. Serbia 1-4 
Group G
 1. Slovenia 3-0 
 2. Germany 2-1 
 3. Israel 1-2 
 4. Belgium 0-3 
 Preliminary Round
Group A
 1. Spain 3-0 
 2. Russia 2-1 
 3. Latvia 1-2 
 4. Slovenia 0-3 
Group B
 1. France 3-0 
 2. Greece 2-1 
 3. Italy 1-2 
 4. Belgium 0-3 
Group C
 1. Lithuania 3-0 
 2. Montenegro 2-1 
 3. Turkey 1-2 
 4. Israel 0-3 
Group D
 1. Ukraine 2-1 
 2. Croatia 2-1 
 3. Serbia 1-2 
 4. Germany 1-2 

Greece won EC U20 Div.A Championship (Photo: FIBA)

Greek National Team 2009
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4 Evangelos Mantzaris (190-G-90) of DASH Peristeri Athens
5 Spyros Mourtos (190-G-90) of Aris Thessaloniki
6 Efthymios Tsakaleris (207-C-89) of Anagennisi Floga
7 Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90) of Real Madrid II (ESP)
8 Charalampos Giannopoulos (206-F-89) of Olympiakos S.F.P.
9 Evangelos Sakellariou (196-F/G-89) of HSBC Pagrati Athens
10 Kostas Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) of Aris Thessaloniki
11 Kostas Sloukas (197-G-90) of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus

12 Vlantimir Giankovits (202-C-90) of Panionios ON Telecoms Athens
13 Georgios Bogris (209-C/F-89) of Ilysiakos Athens
14 Leonidas Kaselakis (202-C-90) of Ilysiakos Athens

15 Zisis Sarikopoulos (213-C-90) of Ohio State University (USA)
Head Coach: Kostas Missas
Coach Assistant: Georgios Dikaioulakos

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 2009 - Jul. 27, 2009 
1st Team 2009
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Best Player:
Kostas Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) of Greece
Best Guard: Antoine Diot (191-G-89) of France
Best Forward: Kostas Papanikolaou of (203-F/G-90) Greece
Best Center: Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89) of France * played also as power forward
Best Coach: Kostas Missas of Greece

1st Team
PG: Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90) of Greece
G: Antoine Diot (191-G-89) of France
SF: Kostas Papanikolaou of Greece
F: Pere Tomas (202-F-89) of Spain
F/C: Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89) of France

2nd Team
G: Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) of France
SG: Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) of Greece
SF: Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) of Croatia
PF: Nikola Vucevic (210-F-90) of Montenegro
F/C: Fernando Raposo Laurencio (206-F/C-89) of France

3rd Team
SG: Tommaso Raspino (196-G-89) of Italy
SG: Xavier Rabaseda (199-G-89) of Spain
G/F: Sead Sehovic (201-C/F-89) of Montenegro
PF: Vladimir Ivlev (204-F-90) of Russia
PF: Robin Benzing (208-F-89) of Germany

Honorable Mention
Mamadou Samb (207-C/F-89) of Spain
Zygimantas Janavicius (193-G-89) of Lithuania
Adas Juskevicius (193-G/F-89) of Lithuania
Ibrahim Yildirim (188-G-90) of Turkey
Semen Antonov (203-F-89) of Russia
Lauris Blaus (204-C-90) of Latvia
Bojan Subotic (206-F/C-90) of Serbia
Zoran Dragic (195-G-89) of Slovenia


Hellas is the Champion - Jul. 26, 2009 
The amazing kids from Hellas after the European championship last year and the second place in the world three weeks ago, they won another European championship succeeding something that no other team has actually succeeded the last twenty years. After winning the French NT 90-85, Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90), Kostas Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) and his palls won two golden medals in European level and one silver medal in World level in just one year!!
Seven players including all five starters scored in double figures led by tournament MVP Kostas Papanikolaou's 15 points as the golden generation added Hellas's first ever U20 gold to U18 gold in 2008 and silver from this month's U19 FIBA World Championship.
Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90), Georgios Bogris (208-C/F-89) and Charalampos Giannopoulos (201-F-89) all scored 14 points; Leonidas Kaselakis (202-C-90) had 11 points; and Nikolaos Pappas and Vladimir Jankovic (203-F-90) each chipped in 10 points.
France guard Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) poured in a game-high 32 points and Antoine Diot (191-G-89) - selected as a member of the All-Tournament Team - added 21 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. And fellow All-Tournament Team colleague Kevin Saraphin chipped in 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks.
France had the better start to the game using Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89)'s inside advantage against Bogris to grab a 12-7 lead. And Les Bleus were ahead 14-11 when the Greeks started hitting from long range. Pappas began the run and Papanikolaou drained long balls from both sides of the court in helping Greece build a 22-16 lead after one period.
Kostas Missas 's men remained hot in the second quarter with Sloukas hitting from down town and Papanikolaou's third trifecta opening a 12-point bulge - 28-16. And it was 31-19 when France began to pull back into the game without Zisis Sarikopoulos, Papanikolaou and Sloukas in the French line-up.
Jackson and Kevin Seraphin had room to operate, combining for all 13 points in a 13-6 run to bring Jean-Aymi Toupane's team within 37-32. And Thomas Heurtel (188-G-89)'s break away layup made it 39-37. Jankovic answered with a three-point play and Pappas hit from long range with the shot clock running down and the Greek lead was 45-39 at intermission.
Jackson nailed triples from both sides to lead an 8-0 France run out of the break for a 47-45 lead. Heurtel later hit from the right wing and Jackson followed with another three-ball as France built the lead to 59-50.
Greece, however, would score on their next six possessions, including two Charalampos Giannopoulos three-pointers for a 64-61 Greek lead after three periods.
Charalampos Giannopoulos's next triple gave the hosts a 10-point gap - 71-61. The French were able to trim the deficit back to five points, but the Greeks were just too balanced and motivated.
'Everybody is exhausted. That's the reason we won because we all gave everything we had,' said the Hellene center Zisis Zisis Sarikopoulos (213-C-90), who was one of seven Greek players to win both medals this summer.
'This is a special moment. Another gold and first in Europe. We want to enjoy this moment. Every medal is special. This is special because we are at home in Rhodes with our friends and family,' said Pappas, a member of the U19 All-Tournament Team in New Zealand.
'Oh man, I am very tired, very tired. I want to go somewhere far away. Away from everybody and relax.'
'It's fabulous. I don't know how to tell you how I feel. This summer, this year closed the best way. I am in the clouds. It's amazing, perfect. Today is our day
,' added Bogris.


Day: 9 (Finals) - Jul. 26, 2009
FINAL

Greece - France 90-85

Greek U20 National Team triumphed at home European Championship. They thus snapped the hegemony of Serbia in Europe winning the first title since 2002. Seven Greek players scored in double digits to pace the Hellenes to the huge success. France also got things to be proud of as they have shown the best result ever at the tournament. They finished in the third position in 2002. Kostas Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) finished with 15 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Greece. Georgios Bogris (209-C/F-89), Charalampos Giannopoulos and Konstantinos Sloukas added 14 points each in the victory. Edwin Jackson responded with game-high 32 points and 8 boards for France. Antoine Diot chipped in 21 points, pulled down 7 boards and issued 6 assists in the loss.

11th place

Serbia - Ukraine 83-56

Serbia claimed the 11th spot at the U20 European Championship in Greece. They held off Ukraine in the final game at the tournament today. Ukraine beat Serbia in the preliminary round but a Slobodan Klipa team took revenge. Ukraine opened their campaign with two victories but then suffered six consecutive defeats to occupy just the 12th position in the final ladder. Aleksandar Mitrovic (202-G-90) netted 18 points to pace Serbia. Dragan Milosavljevic and Bojan Subotic added 12 points apiece for the winners. Stanislav Tymofeyenko responded with 16 points and 7 boards for Ukraine. Anton Schepkin had 12 points in the losing effort.

3rd place

Spain - Italy 75-72

Spain stepped up on the podium at the U20 European Championship in Greece. They defeated Italy to earn the bronze medals today. Italy finished in the fourth position. Pere Tomas (202-F-89) scored 18 points and pulled down 6 boards to pace Spain. Pablo Aguilar had 14 points for Spain. Sergio De La Fuente netted 13 points and 7 boards for the winners. Paolo Rotondo responded with 12 points for Italy. Daniele Sandri had 11 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

5th place

Turkey - Lithuania 72-77

Lithuania clinched the fifth position at the U20 European Championship in Greece. They wrapped up their campaign with victory over Turkey today. Adas Juskevicius (193-G/F-89) tallied 21 points and 6 boards for Lithuania. Sarunas Vasiliauskas added 19 points in the winning effort. Ibrahim Yildirim responded with 19 points for Turkey. Melih Mahmutoglu had 12 points in the loss.

7th place

Croatia - Montenegro 76-77

Montenegrin U20 National Team clinched the 7th overall spot at the European Championship in Greece. They held off Croatia in thriller to claim the place. Sead Sehovic (201-C/F-89) was back to his usual form with 19 points, 5 boards and 5 assists for Montengro. Milos Savovic knocked down 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Montenegro. Nikola Djokovic added 11 points in the win. Miro Bilan responded with 23 points for Croatia. Bojan Bogdanovic had 15 points and 1o caroms in defeat.

9th place

Latvia - Russia 66-89

Russia earned the 9th spot at the U20 European Championship in Greece. They outgunned Latvia today to complete the action at the tournament. Andrey Kirdyachkin (202-F/C-90) poured in 22 points to lead Russia to the victory in this one. Semen Antonov dropped 13 points and grabbed 8 boards for Russia. Vladimir Ivlev had 11 points in the winning effort. Andris Justovics responded with 13 points for Latvia. Lauris Blaus delivered 12 points in the losing case.


Day: 8 (Semi-Finals) - Jul. 25, 2009 
SEMIFINALS

Spain - Greece 76-87

Greece U20 became the first Finalist of the U20 European Championship as they satisfied all their fans. The home side produced 87:76 to advance to the Final. Even though Greece scored the first two points, Spain replied with 8-0 run and then had 16:11 lead. Tomas closed the first period at 19:11 for the guests. Tomas also made 24:15 and Aguilar posted for 10-point difference. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) sent the teams to the lockers for 39:31 as the teams disappeared in the lockers. Lopez made the biggest difference in the game for 46:34, however Greece came back into the game. Papanikolaou reduced to 56:55, while Giannopoulos gave his team 58:56 advantage. After that time it was hard to follow the Greek side. The latter looked so good in the court and overwhelmed the opponents. Greece pulled ahead by 70-63 only to see Mamadou Samb cut the deficit to 72:69 with just over two minutes left. Most of the points the hosts scored from the free throw line to advance to the Final. Konstantinos Sloukas top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Giannopoulos nailed 16, while Bogris added 12. Rabaseda ended up with 19 points in the losing effort. Aguilar had 16 and Tomas netted 15.

Italy - France 68-94
France rightfully became the second Finalist of the U20 European Championship in Greece. The favorites outscored Italy 94:68 for the ticket into the decisive game. That was the last game of the day and kept the second place to advance to the Finals spotless for at least the majority of the time. French side easily started with 12:0 run and Seraphin scored for 16:5. Da Silveira scored for 23:9, while Raposo closed the frame at 26:14. Italy recovered in the second quarter and Truccolo reduced to 28:24. Sandri posted for 45:36 and Saccaggi was the last to score at the half for 45:39. That was all however in the game for Italians. France dominated the rest of the game and grabbed the ticket to the Final. The favorites won the third period 22-13 to have 67:52 after thirty minutes. Diot made a three for 75:53 and Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) added two for 77:58. France scored 27 points in the last stanza to seal 94:68 victory. Edwin Jackson top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Seraphin nailed 14, whilst Heurtel followed them with 11. Truccolo ended up with 15 points in defeat and Saccaggi posted 12.

5-8 places

Turkey - Croatia 78-69
Turkey U20 won over Croatia U20 in the first game of the Classification Round for 5th to 8th Places. The Turkish side won the second half to celebrate 78:69 victory. Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90) led the way with 19 points as Turkey will play tomorrow for the 5th place. Kilicli nailed 12, while Yildirim had 11. Vragovic ended up with 16 points for Croatia. Karlovic posted 14, while Delas added 13.

Lithuania - Montenegro 80-72
Lithuania U20 will play for the 5th place at U20 European Championship. The Baltic side won the second game of the Classification Round for 5th to 8th Places over Montenegro U20 80:72 due to the last period. Edgars Zelionis (208-C-89) was unstoppable with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Janavicius notched 17, while Vasiliauskas and Juskevicius added 11 each. Sehovic finished the game with 23 points and Ivanovic scored 13.


Hellas - Croatia 77-68 - Jul. 24, 2009 
Hellas Croatia 77-68 and Hellas wins the 6th out of 7 games in a row.
The Hellenic NT has qualified in the semis after winning earlier today the Croatian NT with 77-68. The amazing trio of Pappas, Bogris and Sloukas was magnificent and didnt let the Croatians to do their game, even though Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) and Vragovic gave their best. Bojan Bogdanovic (who's team-mate of Pappas in Bilbao) scored 14 points while Vragovic netted 12 points.
Georgios Bogris (209-C/F-89) with 17 points and 10 rebounds, Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90) with 18 points and 4 assists and Kostas Sloukas with 16 points and 6 rebounds and 4 assists, were the top performers from Missas troops. It is worth mentioned the defencive skills of the talented Papanikolaou who's 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 block shots were more than helpfull for the Hellenic team.


Day: 7 (Quarter-Finals) - Jul. 24, 2009 
9-12 spots
Ukraine - Russia 54-65
Russia won the second game of the day at the Classification Round for 9th to 12th Places. The Russian team overcame Ukraine 65:54 to play for the 9th place in France. Semen Antonov (203-F-89) led the way with 19 points and 13 rebounds as Russia will face Latvia next. Ivlev netted 12, while Zakharov and Grigoryev collected 10 apiece. Tonchenko finished the game with 16 points and Tymofeyenko scored 13.

Latvia - Serbia 74-67
Latvia won over Serbia in the first game of the Classification Round for 9th to 12th Places. The Baltic side beat the opponents 74:67 in Greece to play for the 9th place on Sunday. Zeidaks top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Janis Kaufmanis (185-G-89) nailed 15, while Bertans and Dusels notched 11 each. Bunic finished the game with 20 points in defeat as Serbia will hope for the 11th place. Subotic nailed 17, while Markovic scored 11.

Group G

Slovenia - Belgium 79-67
Slovenia U20 won the Classification Round of the U20 European Championship. The team finished with 3-0 record beating Belgium 79:67. The latter lost all three games and will eliminate to Division B. Zoran Dragic (195-G-89) top-scored for the winners with 22 points. Kovacevic and Lekic followed him with 10 points each for the top place. Iarochevitch collected 16 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Libert added 11.

Israel - Germany 72-75
Germany U20 remains in Division A after a thrilling win over Israel U20. The team had 75:72 victory at their last game of the U20 European Championship.Robin Benzing (208-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Schoeps nailed 18, while Schwethelm posted 13. Simhon ended up with 16 points in defeat, Daniel netted 14, while Shoutvin collected 14 points and 10 boards.

Quarterfinals

Lithuania - Italy 68-69
Italy U20 upset the Lithuanian squad for the Semifinal birth of U20 European Championship. Italy created a 69:68 shocking win after 22-7 in the last stanza. Although Lithuania was the favorite of the game, Italy started with 3:0 run. The team had 9:3 and 11:5 in the opening tip of the game. The Baltic side tied the game at 11:11 and after 10-5 run finished the opening quarter at 25:18. Italy needed another reply for 28:28, but the favorites had 36:31 at the halftime. Janavicius extended the lead to 46:31, while Lipkevicius gave his team 49:33. It seemed that the intrigue was over, however Italy was far to give up. Trailing 14 points after 30 minutes of the game Italy trailed also in the whole last period, but not 7 seconds of it. Rullo made a three for the shocking 69:68 victory to send his team to the Semifinals. Daniele Sandri top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Raspino and Rullo nailed 9 each. Juskevicius ended up with 16 points in defeat as Lithuania will play for the 5-8 places. Janavicius notched 13, while Kuzminskas had 11.

Croatia - Greece 68-77
Greece outscored Croatia at home of the U20 European Championship to reach the Semifinals. The hosts of the tournament overpower the opponents 77:68 mostly due to the third period. Croatai opened the game from the perimeter and then Bilan made it 10:7. Even though Greece resisted a lot, Croatia had a minimum lead after the first 10 minutes. The lead continued for the next three minutes as well, but then Greece grabbed the advantage. Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) made 26:25 for the hosts and Greece had 35:33 at the halftime. Croatia continued to fight and knotted the game at 42:42 on Vragovic's three-pointer. After 20-13 Greece however enjoyed 55:46 advantage. Kunce's team pulled to within 55:50 early in the fourth quarter to bring the intrigue back into the game. Zisis Sarikopoulos hit inside to push the margin back to 61:50, while Bogris made it 65:57. Nikolaos Pappas brought the hosts the exciting 77:68 victory. Nikolaos Pappas was responsible for 18 points to advance to the semis. Bogris nailed 17, while Sloukas notched 16. Bogdanovic ended up with 14 points in the losing effort, whilst Vragovic netted 12.

Spain - Turkey 77-60
Spain U20 advanced to the semifinals of U20 European Championship. The top team of Group E overcame the fourth team of Group F Turkey 77:60. Spain were the favorites before the game and started to prove it from the beginning of the game. The team produced the first five points of the game and had 7:1 in the opening tip. Turkey reduced the gap a bit, however lost the first frame 25:12. The game became even in the second period but the difference remained the same. After 20-19 in the quarter Spain had 45:31 at the halftime. Tomas gave the team 47:31, while Xavier Rabaseda (199-G-89) brought 51:34 in the beginning of the third quarter. Turkey managed to cut it to 11 after Ozcan nailed at the end of thirty minutes. Moreover Onen gave his team 58:49 in the start of the last quarter. That was all the Turkish side could do in the game as Spain produced 19-13 in the last stanza to seal the victory. Xavier Rabaseda top-scored for the winners with 18 points for the semifinal birth. Tomas netted 14, while Samb scored 13. Ozcan ended up with 18 points in defeat, while Mahmutoglu added 11.

France - Montenegro 68-47
France U20 rightfully overcame Montenegro at the U20 European Championship to advance to the Semifinals. The favorites won all the frames over the opponents for 68:47 victory. France started with five consecutive points and then had 10:2 lead. Lalic reduced to 13:10, while Sehovic kept the difference at 17:14. After 17:15 the favorites produced an 8-0 run for 25:17 midway through the second period. Vucevic closed the second quarter for 35:24 as the teams went to the lockers. Sambe scored six points in France's 10-2 run out of the changing room. Antoine Diot (191-G-89) and Ona-Embo knocked down three-balls later in the third for a 53:39 lead after three periods. In the last stanza the French outfit started to pay more attention to defense and limited the opponents to 8 points. France finished the game with 15-8 for the total 68:47 victory. Antoine Diot and Sambe paced all the winners with 12 points, while four other players netted 9 each. Vucevic ended up with 20 points and 13 boards, whilst Sehovic added 9.


Day: 6 (Qualifying Round) - Jul. 22, 2009 

Group E


Russia - Italy 59-67
Italy had the narrow catch as they jumped to the final train heading to the quarterfinals at the U20 European Championship. Italy overcame Russia in the final game of the Qualifying Round to clinch the fourth spot in Group E. Russia in the meantime slipped at the sixth position in the pool. Italy will now face Lithuania in the quarterfinal on Friday. Russia will take on Ukraine in the classification round for the 9th-12th place. Riccardo Truccolo (188-G-89) finished with 17 points for Italy. Tommaso Raspino had 11 points in the victory. Vladimir Ivlev answered with 23 points and 13 boards for Russia.

France - Spain 76-84
Spanish U20 National Team grabbed the second win at the Qualifying Round in European Championship. They held off previously unbeaten France to improve at 4-1 record in Group E. Spain thus claimed the top spot in Group E and would face Turkey in the quarterfinals. France will meet with Montenegro at the next stage. Xavier Rabaseda (199-G-89) knocked down 23 points for Spain. Mamadou Samb added 18 points and 13 rebounds in the winning case. Antoine Diot responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds for France. Carl Ona-Embo and Edwin Jackson had 14 points each in the losing case.

Greece - Latvia 77-71
Greek U20 team posted the third straight win at the European Championship. They held off Latvia to secure 4-1 record in Group E. Latvia slipped at 1-4 record in the fourth position in the pool. Georgios Bogris (209-C/F-89) and Kostas Papanikolaou provided 16 points apiece for Greece. Nikolaos Pappas added 13 points in the win. Janis Strelnieks responded with 19 points for Latvia. Lauris Blaus had 17 points and 10 boards for the Baltic team.
In a game without any interest from the Hellenic team as the game before found the Spaniards in the top position after winning the French NT 84-76 automatically, due to the FIBAs system, the Hellenic team no matter what would have been in the third spot of the Group with French in the second. The Hellenic team though played for its fans and proved once more that game by game they are becoming better and better. In this game top scorer was Papanikolaou with 16 points and 7 rebounds followed by Bogris with 16 points and 5 rebounds. The game was a continuous monologue for Missas troops as they Latvians were quite bad from the parameter while its top performers in the previous games were facing great problems due to the very good defense by Sloukas, Pappas and Papanikolaou.

Group F

Montenegro - Serbia 73-70

Montenegro outscored Serbia in a dramatic game at the U20 European Championship in Greece today. Montenegro improved at 3-2 record to occupy the third spot in Group F. They would face France in the quarterfinal on Friday. Serbia came up short of the playoffs and would play against Latvia for the 9th-12th spot. Nikola Vucevic (210-F-90) posted 18 points and 13 boards for Montenegro. Milos Savovic had 12 points, while Nikola Djokovic chipped in 11 points for the winners. Aleksandar Mitrovic answered with 18 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for Serbia. Bojan Subotic had 13 points in the loss.

Croatia - Turkey 75-62
Croatian U20 National Team earned important win in the final game of the Qualifying Round of the European Championship. Croatia held off Turkey today to improve at 3-2 record in Group F. Turkey slipped at 2-3 record. Miro Bilan (210-C/F-89) finished with 18 points and 16 boards, while Bojan Bogdanovic added 18 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Karlo Vragovic delivered 16 points for Croatia. Ilkan Karaman, Can Ozcan and Birkan Batuk responded with 11 points apiece for Turkey. Mahmutoglu chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Ukraine - Lithuania 51-83
Lithuanian U20 National Team clinched the top spot in Group F of the European Championship. They dismantled Ukraine to finish the Qualifying Round at 4-1 record. Ukraine suffered the fourth straight defeat at the tournament and slipped at 2-3 record in the pool. Lithuania thus advanced into the quarterfinals and would face the fourth team from Group E. Adas Juskevicius (193-G/F-89) knocked down 19 points and issued 7 assists for Lithuania. Mindaugas Kuzminskas added 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Vladyslav Tonchenko responded with 19 points and 6 boards for Ukraine. Ruslan Otverchenko netted 9 points in defeat.

Group G

Israel - Slovenia 63-85

Slovenia edged Israel at the U20 European Chmapionship. Slovenia won all the quarters for 85:63 victory in the Classification Round. Marko Vranjkovic (202-F/C-90) top-scored for the winners with 24 points for 1-0 record. Zoran Dragic nailed 18, while Dino Muric collected 10 points and 13 boards. Tal Karpelesz ended up with 11 points in defeat, while Anton Shoutvin and Amit Simhon added 10 each.

Germany - Belgium 85-53
Germany U20 won the opener of the Classification Round in Greece. The winners did not allow any of the opponents players to reach the double digits defeating them 85:53. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 20 points for 1-0 record. Pleis nailed 17, while Harris posted 13. Steinbach was the top-scorer for Belgium with 9 points. Quentin Serron, Jonathan Malherbe and Olivier Troisfontaines followed him with 8 points in the losing effort.


Day: 5 (Qualifying Round) - Jul. 21, 2009 

Group E


Italy - Latvia 77-81
Latvian U20 National Team overcame Italy in the second game of the Qualifying Round of the European Championship in Greece. Latvia thus improved at 1-3 record in Group E and stayed hopeful about the playoffs. Italy slipped at 0-4 record at the bottom of the ladder. Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) scored 19 points to lead Latvia. Janis Strelnieks and Kristers Zeidaks had 14 points apiece for the winners. Roberto Rullo responded with 17 points for Italy. Stefano Gentile knocked down 16 points in defeat.

Spain - Greece 67-70
Greece overcame Spain at the Qualifying Round action at the U20 European Championship today. The Hellenes caught up with the Spaniards on top of Group E. Both teams now enjoy 3-1 record on top of the standings. It all came down to the final seconds in this one. Kostas Sloukas (197-G-90) and Papanikolaou scored 5 free throws in the final 66 seconds of regulation to seal the winning outcome for Greece. Nikolaos Pappas finished with 14 points and 7 boards for Greece. Kostas Sloukas added 13 points, while Georgios Bogris had 12 in the victory. Pere Tomas replied with 21 points and 13 rebounds for Spain. Xavier Rabaseda netted 12 points in the losing case.
Hellas Spain 70-67 and another tremendus victory for Kostas Missas youngsters...
The Hellenic NT won the unbeaten team of Spain and simply needs a single win over Latvia tomorrow to qualify in the semi finals. The game was a monologue for the Hellenic team of Coach Kostas Missas as it took an early lead due to the team spirit and the great sense of the court in all the edges. Even though the Spaniards were amazing in the paint, they ended up with 23 offensive rebounds! And 22 defensive they were really very bad from the three point line as they finished the game with the unbelievable 5% with 2 out of 19 shots.
Top scorer for the Hellenic team was the captain of the team Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) who scored 14 points while Bogris was very close to an amazing triple double figure as he scored 12 points, 9 rebounds and 8 block shots. Very mature game from Kostas Sloukas (197-G-90) with his 14 points becomes better and better game by game, the young talented guard is obviously that he needed games and minutes in the court and it will be really pity to remain in Olympiakos as he didn't play at all year long. Kostas Sloukas scored 6 out of 6, free throw in the last crucial seconds of the game and helped a lot his team to grab the victory at the end. Very passionated game by Vladimir Jankovic (203-F-90) who netted 10 points but played excellent defence at the fourth quarter, while Kostas Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) was not so good in his offence but his defence and the last crucial rebound gave the victory to the Hellenic NT. Leonidas Kaselakis (202-C-90) scored 12 and helped a lot in the rebounding area as Zisis Sarikopoulos (213-C-90) played for 9 minutes only.
The game went up to 16 points for Hellas, but very fast the Spaniards with De la Fuentes (22 points) cut the deficit and over-scored the Hellenic team in the third quarter by one point. The Hellenes were very passionate and scored two consecutive three pointers in the most crucial minute of the game being able to increase the deficit once more to eight before the Spaniards with their first three pointer (1 out of 17 at that point) cut the deficit to 5 and then with four free throws from the charity line to cut it even more to one. The last minutes were tremendous with the Hellenic team winning the game in the details. The Spaniards in general were doubting nearly all the calls of the referees and were very aggressive in each and every call, one may be simply say that if a 19 years old boy is like that what will be when it reaches the age of 25?? Probably he will be having fights in the court, a simple answer could be
Te Hellenes have a record of 3-1 and the Spaniards the same but they lost tonight so they are behind the Hellenic team..

Russia - France 60-81
France extended their unbeaten run at the U20 European Championship. Russia could not match the Les Bleus today as France celebrated the 5th straight win at the tournament. The victory propelled France to 4-0 record on top of Group E. Russia in the meantime slipped at 1-3 record and now must win against Italy to hope for qualification into the next round. Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) provided 24 points for France. Thomas Heurtel added 13 points, while Lamine Sambe netted 11 points in the win. Andrey Kirdyachkin responded with 13 points and 6 boards for Russia. Viacheslav Zaytsev delivered 10 points in defeat.

Group F

Lithuania - Croatia 93-83
Lithuania U20 improved to 3-1 record in Group F of the Qualifying Round at the U20 European Championship. The Baltic side produced 93:83 in the first game of Day 5 in Greece. Zygimantas Janavicius top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Adas Juskevicius nailed 17, while Simas Buterlevicius (199-F-89) added 16. Bojan Bogdanovic shined for Croatia with 28 points and Karlo Vragovic had 13. Croatia is 2-2 in the group and will play against Turkey tomorrow.

Serbia - Turkey 52-63
After an easy win over Ukraine, Turkey celebrated another victory in Greece. The team had 63:52 over Serbia at the Qualifying Round at the U20 European Championship. Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90) top-scored for the winners with 16 points for 2-2 record. Erolcan Cinko nailed 13, while Melih Mahmutoglu netted 10. Nikola Markovic ended up with 13 points and Covic added 10. Tomorrow Turkey will face Croatia and Serbia will play against Montenegro.

Montenegro - Ukraine 72-60
Montenegrin U20 National Team posted the first win at the European Championship Qualifying Round. They toppled Ukraine for 2-2 record in Group F. Ukraine in the meantime suffered the third straight defeat in Greece and appeared tied with Montenegro at 2-2. Ukraine will face the group leaders Lithuania, while Montenegro will play against Serbia in the decisive games tomorrow. Sead Sehovic (201-C/F-89) poured in game-high 36 points to lead the charge. Nikola Vucevic was helpful with 19 points and 11 boards. Stanislav Tymofeyenko answered with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Denys Lukashov netted 9 points in defeat.


Day: 4 (Qualifying Round) - Jul. 20, 2009 

Group E


Greece - Russia 73-71
Greece stepped closer to qualifying to the quarterfinals at the U20 European Championship in Greece. They held off Russia in heart-stopping battle in Rhodes to improve at 2-1 record in Group E. Russia in the meantime slipped at 1-2 in the fourth position in the pool. Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) became the hero for the hosts as he drained a jump short with 2 seconds on the clock to seal the victory. Georgios Bogris nailed 17 points and collected 7 rebounds to lead Greece. Leonidas Kaselakis contributed 14 points, 5 boards and 5 assists for the hosts. Semen Antonov replied with game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds for Russia. Maxim Zakharov delivered 12 points in defeat.

Hellas did it again!
What if Russians were magnificent from the parameter, what if they had more rebounds, what if they had much better three pointers, the Hellenic passion and basketball IQ counted once more and the Hellenic team won heroically the game with 73-71 making the initial step to the qualifications in the semi finals.
The first quarter was more or less equal with the two teams and the two head coaches trying to figure out the techniques and the strong points of each other. Kaselakis with his 8 points and his perfect game in the paint was the top scorer of the first quarter in the weak advantage of just a point for the Hellenic team, 23-22.
In the second quarter things changed and the Russians with their strong point, the parameter shooting took the initiatives and over scored the Hellenic team up to seven points before Bogris mainly and Sloukas cut the deficit and by the end of the first half the score became 34-36 for the Russians.
The third quarter was a real derby with the Hellenic team getting some crucial points from Papanikolaou and Pappas while Sloukas was the main character in this quarter which brought the talented Hellenes in a leading role with 60-54. Bogris was the top scorer of the quarter while from the Russians great game from Antonov who was the leading scorer and rebounder of the Russian team.
The last and final quarter was a really heart attacking game as the two teams had their ups and downs and the leading was changing nearly with every other offence, finally just a second before the end, Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90) who was actually called a fourth foul at the end of the third quarter and remain out of the game for more than 12 minutes, scored the winning basket with an amazing drive and over at least two Russians defending their basket.
Top scorer for the Hellenic team was Georgios Bogris (209-C/F-89) who netted 17 points and 8 rebounds followed by the all time and all weather Leonidas Kaselakis (202-C-90) with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Very good game from the always steady Papanikolaou and Sloukas 11 points and 5 assists, while Pappas scored the most crucial shot of the game and Giannopoulos scored the two three pointers when the ball was really very heavy for most Hellenes. Antonov had 22 points from the Russians while Zaharov added 12.

Latvia - France 82-84
France extended their unbeaten run at the U20 European Championship in Greece. They toppled Latvia to secure the fourth straight win at the tournament. France thus improved at 3-0 record in Group E of the Qualifying round of the competition. Latvia slipped at 0-3 record at the bottom of the ladder. Antoine Diot (191-G-89) finished with 21 points and 7 boards for France. Kevin Seraphin added 13 points, while Thomas Heurtel and Fernando Raposo Laurencio had 11 points each in the win. Janis Strelnieks and Dairis Bertans answered with 20 points each for Latvia. Blaus netted 13 points and collected 9 rebounds in defeat.

Italy - Spain 60-62
Spain posted the fourth straight win at the U20 European Championship. They narrowly defeated Italy to improve at 3-0 record in Group E of the Qualifying Round. Italy had the chance to eke out victory but Spain proved cold-blooded in tense final seconds to escape with tough victory at the end. Sergio De La Fuente notched 20 points and 10 rebounds for Spain. Mamadou Samb (207-C/F-89) added 12 points, while Pere Tomas had 11 points and 11 boards in the win. Tommaso Raspino answered with 13 points and 9 boards for Italy. Paolo Rotondo netted 12 points in the loss.

Group F

Turkey - Ukraine 93-44
Turkish U20 team revitalized their title ambitions at the European Championship with an overwhelming victory over Ukraine at the start of the Qualifying Round. Ukraine advanced from the top position in preliminary Group D but came face to face with cruel reality of must-win stage of the competition to get good lesson from Turkey. Erolcan Cinko (188-G-90) paced the charge with 13 points for Turkey. Ibrahim Yildirim and Can Ozcan finished with 11 points apiece in the balanced winning effort. Roman Dmytrenko responded with 7 points for Ukraine as they title ambitions suffered a major setback. Vladyslav Tonchenko, Anton Tuz and Ruslan Otverchenko finished with 6 points apiece.

Serbia - Lithuania 76-67
Serbian U20 National Team revived their title ambitions at the European Championship in Greece. They toppled Lithuania in Group F of the Qualifying Round to stay in the race. Lithuania in the meantime suffered the first defeat at the tournament after three wins at the start. Bojan Subotic (206-F/C-90) was responsible for 21 points to lead Serbia. Stefan Stojacic knocked down 13 points for Serbia. Aleksandar Mitrovic added 10 points in the victory. Simas Buterlevicius answered with 15 points for Lithuania. Sarunas Vasiliauskas and Zygimantas Janavicius had 12 points each in the loss.

Croatia - Montenegro 76-70
Croatia opened the Qualifying Round of the U20 European Championship with victory. Croatia nipped Montenegro to climb at 2-1 record in Group F. Montenegro fell at 1-2 record after the defeat. Karlo Vragovic (191-G-89) piled up 18 points for Croatia. Bojan Bogdanovic netted 13 points, while Matej Karlovic notched 12 points in the winning case. Sead Sehovic replied with 19 points for Montenegro. Nikola Djokovic banked 17 points in defeat.

Group G

Slovenia - Germany 86-77
Slovenian U20 National Team celebrated their first win at the European Championship in Greece. They shot down German counterparts in Rhodes today. The victory propelled a Radomir Miljanovic team on top of the classification round Group G. Zoran Dragic was instrumental in the win with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Luka Dimec produced 16 points for Slovenia. Marko Vranjkovic added 14 points in the victory. Elias Harris (199-F-89) answered with 15 points and 9 boards for Germany. Robin Benzing had 14 points in the loss.

Belgium - Israel 71-92
Israel got to a roaring start of the classification round campaign at the U20 European Championship. They dismantled Belgian team to post the first win at the tournament. Anton Shoutvin (206-C/F-89, agency: Arik Krayn Services) and Amit Simhon finished with 21 points each for Israel. Sean Daniel contributed 17 points for the winners. Jorn Steinbach, Alexandre Libert and Ioannis Iarochevitch had 15 points in the loss. Belgium outrebounded Israel 44:32 but committed 23 turnovers and sank only 39% from the field. Israel shot 50% from the field in the win.


Day: 3 (Preliminary Round) - Jul. 18, 2009 

Group A


Spain - Latvia 73-66
Spain overcame Latvia to complete preliminary round action undefeated at the U20 European Championship in Greece. Spain claimed the top spot in Group A sending Latvia at 1-2 record. Pere Tomas (202-F-89) orchestrated the win with 25 points and 11 boards. Sergio De La Fuente finished with 17 points for Spain. Mamadou Samb added 12 points and 9 boards in the victory. Janis Strelnieks had 18 points for Latvia. Dairis Bertans and Kristers Zeidaks netted 14 points apiece in defeat.

Slovenia - Russia 55-66
Russian team sent Slovenia out of the Qualifying Round at the U20 European Championship in Division A. Russia U20 improved to 2-1 record as they cruised past Slovenia U20 66:55 in Rhodes. Antonov top-scored for the Russian team with 21 points. Maxim Grigoryev (191-G-90) notched 18, while Ivlev collected 10 points and 14 boards. Vranjkovic produced 18 points and Dragic delivered 13 points in defeat.

Group B

France - Greece 81-71
France edged Greece in the top game of Group B at the U20 European Championship. The French team overcame the hosts of the tournament 81:71 with the massive last period. Jackson top-scored for the winners with 24 points that won the group 3-0. Thomas Heurtel (188-G-89) nailed 17, while Seraphin had 15 points and 10 boards. Pappas ended up with 18 points in defeat as Greece advanced with 2-1 record. Sloukas posted 16 and Giannopoulos had 14 points.

Belgium - Italy 78-87
Italy U20 advances to the Qualifying Round of the U20 European Championship in Division A. The team improved to 1-2 after the win over Belgium 87:78 to send them to the Classification Round. Tommaso Raspino (196-G-89, agency: Players Group) and Martinoni were responsible for 17 points each for the winners. Sandri tallied 11 for the initial victory. Libert notched 15 points in defeat, Iarochevitch nailed 14 and Troisfontaines added 13.

Group C

Turkey - Lithuania 59-65
Lithuania U20 remains undefeated at the U20 European Championship in Division A. The Baltic side needed 21-9 in the third period to seal 65:59 victory in Group C. Buterlevicius top-scored for the winners with 17 points for 3-0 record. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (204-F-89) collected 13 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Motiejunas netted 10. Mahmutoglu finished the game with 16 points in defeat as Turkey fell at 1-2. Ozcan and Gen posted 9 points each as Turkey advanced to the Qualifying Round.

Montenegro - Israel 66-50
Montenegrin U20 National Team posted the second win at the European Championship in Greece. They held off Israel to climb on top of Group C for now. Israel slipped at 0-3 record and would have to fight in the classification round to avoid elimination. Nikola Vucevic (210-F-90) secured 18 points and 16 rebounds to lead Montenegro. Milos Savovic added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Sean Daniel responded with 11 points for Israel. Anton Shoutvin had 10 points in defeat.

Group D

Croatia - Serbia 82-74
Croatia U20 won the second game at the U20 European Championship in Division A to clinch the second position in Group D. Croatia overcame Serbia 82:74 to finish the Preliminary Round with 2-1 record. Miro Bilan (210-C/F-89) and Bogdanovic combined 46 points for the winners and Vragovic added 15. Bunic and Stojacic ended up with 16 points in the losing effort.

Ukraine - Germany 62-75
Germany needed the win more than the opponents and improved to 1-2 at the U20 European Championship. Germany beat Ukraine 75:62 in their last game of the Preliminary Round. Philipp Schwethelm (201-F-89, agency: Court Side) paced all the winners with 18 points. Schoeps finished the game with 17, while Stuckey had 11. Tymofeyenko brought his team 15 points and Lukashov had 13 in 23 minutes.


Day: 2 (Preliminary Round) - Jul. 17, 2009 

Group A


Slovenia - Spain 71-89
Spain posted the second straight win at the U20 European Championship. They edged Slovenia in Group A action today. Spain remained on top of the ladder, while Slovenia slipped at 0-2 in the fourth position. Pere Tomas (202-F-89) knocked down 14 points and grabbed 7 boards to lead Spain. Mamadou Samb had 13 points, while Sergio De La Fuente finished with 12 points in the victory. Miljan Kovacevic responded with 14 points for Slovenia. Marko Vranjkovic had 12 points in defeat.

Russia - Latvia 68-62
Russia celebrated the first win at the U20 European Championship in Greece. They prevailed against Latvian counterparts to improve at 1-1 record in Group A. Latvia in the meantime slipped at 1-1 record. Semen Antonov (203-F-89) stepped up for Russia tallying 25 points and 5 boards in the win. An Alexander Vasin team fired 24 points in the pivotal third quarter to clear off to a 10-point distance that proved unassailable for Latvia. Vladimir Ivlev tallied 11 points and 13 boards for Russia. Viacheslav Zaytsev and Dmitriy Khvostov added 10 points apiece in the win. Dairis Bertans answered with 18 points for Latvia. Janis Kaufmanis had 12 points in the losing effort.

Group B

Belgium - France 61-78
France U20 edged Belgium in Rhodes at the U20 European Championship. The team jumped to 2-0 after 78:61 over the Belgian squad in Group B. France looked very ambitious in the game and rightfully deserved the victory. Libert nailed the last three-pointer for the winners, while Serron closed the game with a lay-up. Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89) top-scored for the winners with 17 points, Thomas Heurtel had 13 and Ona-Embo posted 10. Libert and Ioannis Iarochevitch brought 12 points each in defeat.

Italy - Greece 66-79
Greece celebrated the second straight win at the U20 European Championship in Rhodes. The hosts improved to 2-0 after 79:66 victory in Group B. Georgios Bogris (209-C/F-89) notched 20 points for the hosts of the tournament and Kostas Papanikolaou added 17. Vlantimir Giankovits finished the game with 11 points in a win, while Niccolo Martinoni nailed 17 in defeat and Roberto Rullo had 14.

Hellas Ibeat easily the Italian NT with 79-66 and qualified in the next round with 2 out of 2 games.
Kostas Missas golden boys of Basketball succeeded their second consecutive win in Ialyssos, Rodos last night and today will play against the French NT for the first or second spot in the group. The Hellenic NT was much better in all the game which was a derby for three quarters, the Italian NT was really tough and their fouls were sometimes (if not most of the times) tough and on purpose, fortunately for them the men in gray thought differently..
The Hellenes had an impressive entrance in the court as they started with a 7-0 with the usual suspects being the top performers, Georgios Bogris (209-C/F-89), Pappas and their pals but the Italians mostly with Rotondo and Martinoni cut the deficit with the score going to its minimum by the end of the first quarter 22-21.
The second quarter was also very impressive for Kostas Missas players that took a lead of 34-22 with Georgios Bogris scoring 12 points but the Italians once more came back and closed the half time with the decent for them 43-39.
During the third quarter the story was more or less the same with the Italians balancing the game due to some false balls from the Hellenic NT but Papanikolaou took the initiatives and brought the Hellenic team in the leading role with 56-52 by the end of the 3rd quarter.
In the fourth quarter the 2000 basketball fans watched a spectacular game as the young talented Hellenes played the definition of the total and team basketball. With a crescendo of three pointers (Papanikolaou, Kostas Sloukas (197-G-90) and Leonidas Kaselakis (202-C-90)) the deficit went to the 10 points (71-61) and the Italians at that specific point started to play street basketball, that was their end! The final score was 79-66 while the quarters in detail were: 21-22, 39-43, 52-56, and 66-79
The MVP of the game was Kostas Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) with his 17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 block shots, from a close distance was the center of the team Georgios Bogris with his 20 points and his 7 rebounds while Vladimir Jankovic (203-F-90) at the fourth and most crucial quarter was the top performer with his passion and basketball skills, he scored 11 points.
From the Italian team, Martinoni 17 and Rotondo 17 were the top scorers

Group C

Montenegro - Turkey 61-58
Well-balanced offensive effort and suffocating defense helped Montenegro to post the first win at the U20 European Championship in Greece. Montenegro prevailed against Turkey to improve at 1-1 record in Group C. Turkey suffered the first defeat in Greece. Nikola Djokovic (190-G-89) and Sead Sehovic scored 12 points apiece for Montenegro. Nikola Vucevic had 11 points and 11 boards for the winning team. Erolcan Cinko responded with 15 points for Turkey. Ilkan Karaman and Tufan Onen had 6 points each in the loss.

Israel - Lithuania 68-118
Lithuania U20 became the leader of Group C as they smashed Israel U20 in Day 2. The Baltic side won all the frames to register 118:68 victory. Simas Buterlevicius top-scored for the winners with 19 points for 2-0 record. Vasiliauskas nailed 18, whilst Zygimantas Janavicius posted 17. Amit Simhon delivered 14 points in the losing case. Daniel and Yotam Shiran nailed 10 apiece as Israel dropped to 0-2.

Group D

Ukraine - Croatia 86-79
Ukraine held off Croatia for the second consecutive win at the U20 European Championship in Greece. Ukraine trailed by 5 points heading into the fourth quarter but went on a 24:12 run to sink Croatia. A Volodymyr Polyakh team remained on top of Group D at 2-0 record. Croatia slipped at 1-1 record in the second position. Denys Lukashov (190-G-89) nailed 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Ukraine. Stanislav Tymofeyenko had 17 points and 11 boards, while Olexiy Shchepkin netted 15 points in the winning charge. Karlo Vragovic responded with 30 points for Croatia. Antonio Ostric finished with 13 points in defeat.

Germany - Serbia 77-79
Serbian U20 team posted the initial win at the European Championship in Greece. They eked out a last-second victory over Germany to improve at 1-1 record in Group D. Germany suffered the second straight loss and remained at the bottom of the standings. The teams were tied at 77 with ten seconds remaining. But this time was just enough for Dragan Milosavljevic to win the game for Serbia as he converted a buzzer-beating lay-up. Filip Covic (178-G-89) finished with 23 points for Serbia. Stefan Stojacic had 17 points, while Dusko Bunic delivered 9 points in the victory. Elias Harris answered with 24 points for Germany. Robin Benzing added 23 points in defeat.


Day: 1 (Preliminary Round) - Jul. 17, 2009 

Group A


Spain - Russia 84-72
Spanish U20 National Team opened their European Championship campaign with victory. They held off Russia in Group A today. Xavier Rabaseda (199-G-89) knocked down impressive 36 points to pace Spaniards. Sergio De La Fuente finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Spain. Mamadou Samb added 12 points and 13 boards in the win. Maxim Grigoryev responded with 20 points for Russia. Vladimir Ivlev had 15 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Latvia - Slovenia 93-86
Latvian U20 selection celebrated the win in the opening game at the European Championship in Rhodes, Greece. They prevailed against Slovenia in overtime. The victory lifted Latvia on top of Group A. Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) finished with 29 points for Latvia. Janis Strelnieks added 21 points, while Lauris Blaus had 15 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Luka Dimec responded with 16 points for Slovenia. Dino Muric posted 15 points and 7 rebounds in the losing case.

Group B

France - Italy 74-66
France celebrated the first win at the U20 European Championship that started today in Greece. They took on Italy in the opening game. France managed to prevail to climb at 1-0 record in preliminary Group B. France will next face Belgium, while Italy will try to rebound against Greece. Edwin Jackson (190-G-89) scored 16 points to lead the Les Bleus. Thomas Heurtel added 14 points, while Kevin Seraphin had 10 points and 5 boards for the winners. Niccolo Martinoni topscored for Italy with 13 points. Matteo Da Ros finished with 10 points in the losing effort.

Greece - Belgium 80-58
Greek U20 Team opened the home European Championship with confident win. A Konstantinos Missas team outgunned Belgium to improve at 1-0 record in preliminary Group B. Georgios Bogris (209-C/F-89) knocked down 16 points and 6 boards for Greece. Charalampos Giannopoulos had 14 points, while Nikolaos Pappas added 13 points for the Hellenes. Quentin Serron responded with 14 points and 6 boards for Belgium. Ioannis Iarochevitch banked 11 points in defeat. Greece will next face Italy, while Belgium will play against France.

The Hellenic NT cruised to a comfortable 80-58 victory over Belgium in their Group B opener at the U20 European Championship in an important game for the hosts as they try to integrate the core of their team. The team trained together only one time before the game as seven players from Hellas's silver medal-winning team at the FIBA U19 World Championship were trying to find their way in the new coach Kostas Missas's system after joining the team this week.
The game was a derby only the first quarter as after that the U19 World All-Tournament team member Nikos Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90) and the Leonidas Kaselakis together with Georgios Bogris (209-C/F-89) did just fine against the Belgians with five players scoring in double figures.
Georgios Bogris led the way with 16 points while Charalampos Giannopoulos scored 14, Nikolaos Pappas had 13, Leonidas Kaselakis collected 12 points and eight rebounds, and Kostas Papanikolau chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds. Paul Vernaeck's team was paced by Quentin Serron's 14 points, while Ioann Iarochevitch added 11 points. The biggest deficit in the game was 31 points just a couple of minutes before the end..

Group C

Turkey - Israel 76-75
Turkey and Israel opened Group C of the U20 European Championship in Rhodes. Turkey needed an overtime to prevail Israel 76:75 in the opener. Melih Mahmutoglu (187-G-90) nailed a three with a buzzer for the exciting win. Yildirim paced all the winners with 12 points for 1-0 record. Gen and Karaman ended up with 11 points apiece and Ozcan added 10. Shoutvin finished the game with 19 points, while Daniel scored 14.

Lithuania - Montenegro 73-71
Lithuania U20 overpower Montenegro U20 in the second game of Group C in Greece. The Baltic side won the game 73:71 at U20 European Championship in Rhodes. Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90) paced all the winners with 15 points and 8 rebounds for 1-0 record. Juskeviciuc nailed 12, while Kuzminskas scored 9. Sehovic erupted with 27 points in the losing case and Vucevic collected 16 points and 13 boards.

Group D

Croatia - Germany 91-86
Croatia U20 won the opener of Group D at the U20 European Championship. The team needed overtime to beat Germany U20 91:86. Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) wins the battle over Benzing as both players shined in the first day. Bojan Bogdanovic was unstoppable with 32 points for 1-0 record. Bilan notched 19, while Marcinkovic posted 16. Benzing shined for Germany with 33 points and Doreth added 21.

Serbia - Ukraine 60-72
Ukraine U20 won the opener of their U20 European Championship in Division A. In the last game of the day the team overcame Serbia U20 70:62. Denys Lukashov (190-G-89) top-scored for the winners with 17 points for 1-0 record. Tymofeyenko, Shchepkin and Zaytsev added 10 points each. Milosavljevic finished the game with 20 points in defeat and Mitrovic posted 9.


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