Sign in
View: Mobile | Desktop
 
FOLLOW US:  Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn  RSS
Men Women
Upcoming Events
Dec 16: ECJ: European Champ.s U18 starts
Authors:
Join Us!!! We are looking for someone to help us cover European Championships U20 basketball. Please send us an e-mail.



Check also WOMEN European Championships U20 2010
  

Final Standings
 1. France
 2. Greece
 3. Spain
 4. Croatia
 5. Russia
 6. Montenegro
 7. Serbia
 8. Ukraine
 9. Lithuania
 10. Italy
 11. Latvia
 12. Slovenia
 13. Turkey
 14. Germany
 15. Holland
 16. Czech Rep.
Points Per Game
 Nikos PAPPAS
  (194-G-90)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Pappas, GRE22.1 
 2. Otverchenko, UKR18.8 
 3. Gentile, ITA17.3 
 4. Natyazhko, UKR17.2 
 5. Mihailovic, MNT16.9 
 6. Satoransky, CZE15.8 
 7. Mirotic, ESP15.3 
 8. Dubljevic, MNT15.0 
 9. Ivlev, RUS14.8 
 10. Lypovyy, UKR14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Furkan ALDEMIR
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Aldemir, TUR11.6 
 2. Ivlev, RUS11.4 
 3. Musli, SRB8.4 
 4. Natyazhko, UKR8.4 
 5. Dubljevic, MNT7.8 
 6. Llovet, ESP7.8 
 7. Kherrazi, NED7.1 
 8. Papanikolaou, GRE7.0 
 9. Delas, CRO7.0 
 10. Zirbes, GER6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew ALBICY
  (178-G-90)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Albicy, FRA5.9 
 2. Satoransky, CZE5.4 
 3. Prostran, CRO5.3 
 4. Yildirim, TUR3.9 
 5. Krumins, LAT3.8 
 6. Franch, ESP3.7 
 7. Nedovic, SRB3.6 
 8. Peciukeviciu., LTU3.4 
 9. Zadnik, SLO3.0 
 10. Sapiega, LTU2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew ALBICY
  (178-G-90)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Albicy, FRA3.1 
 2. Satoransky, CZE2.6 
 3. Papanikolaou, GRE2.4 
 4. Pappas, GRE2.3 
 5. Stuckey, GER2.2 
 6. Sastre Morro, ESP2.1 
 7. Yildirim, TUR2.1 
 8. Lypovyy, UKR2.1 
 9. Kherrazi, NED2.1 
 10. Perez, ESP2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Furkan ALDEMIR
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Aldemir, TUR1.7 
 2. Musli, SRB1.4 
 3. Biligha, ITA1.1 
 4. Blaus, LAT1.1 
 5. Natyazhko, UKR1.1 
 6. Meiers, LAT1.0 
 7. Radosevic, CRO1.0 
 8. Rozitis, LAT1.0 
 9. Papanikolaou, GRE1.0 
 10. Dubljevic, MNT1.0 
Qualifying Round Standings
Group E
 1. Greece 5-0 
 2. Ukraine 3-2 
 3. Serbia 2-3 
 4. Montenegro 2-3 
 5. Lithuania 2-3 
 6. Latvia 1-4 
Group F
 1. Spain 4-1 
 2. Croatia 4-1 
 3. France 3-2 
 4. Russia 2-3 
 5. Italy 1-4 
 6. Slovenia 1-4 
Group G
 1. Germany 3-1 
 2. Holland 2-2 
 3. Turkey 2-2 
 4. Czech Rep. 1-3 
Preliminary Round Standings
Group A
 1. Greece 3-0 
 2. Ukraine 2-1 
 3. Latvia 1-2 
 4. Czech Rep. 0-3 
Group B
 1. Serbia 2-1 
 2. Montenegro 2-1 
 3. Lithuania 2-1 
 4. Turkey 0-3 
Group C
 1. France 3-0 
 2. Russia 2-1 
 3. Italy 1-2 
 4. Holland 0-3 
Group D
 1. Spain 2-1 
 2. Croatia 2-1 
 3. Slovenia 1-2 
 4. Germany 1-2 

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


France U20 2010

#s#
Andrew Albicy
Albicy
Nicolas Lang
Lang
Alexis Tanghe
Tanghe
Christophe Leonard
Leonard
Tanguy Ramassamy
Ramassamy
#e#5
4 Jonathan Rousselle 188-G-90 Gravelines France
5 Lens Aboudou 192-G-90 Dijon France
6 Andrew Albicy 178-G-90 Paris-Levallois France
7 Maxime Courby 200-F-90 Gravelines France
8 Paul Lacombe 194-G-90 ASVEL France
9 Nicolas Lang 196-G-90 Chalon France
10 Alexis Tanghe 208-F/C-90 Dijon France
11 Alexandre Gavrilovic 205-C-91 Strasbourg France
12 Christophe Leonard 199-F-90 Cholet France
13 Tanguy Ramassamy 204-C-90 Pau-Lacq-Ort. France
14 Ferdinand Prenom 202-C-91 Dijon France
15 Henri Kandolo 194-G-91 Le Mans France

Jean-Aime Toupane Head Coach Pau-Lacq-Ort. France
Laurent Vila Assistant Le Mans France
Laurent Hantz Assistant


Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Awards 2010 - Jul 18, 2010

All-Tournament 1st Team
#s#
Andrew Albicy
Albicy
Nikos Pappas
Pappas
Mario Delas
Delas
Konstantinos Papanikolaou
Papanikolaou
Nikola Mirotic
Mirotic
#e#5

MVP: Andrew Albicy (178-G-90) France
Co-Best Guard: Andrew Albicy (178-G-90) France and Nikos Pappas (194-G-90) Greece
Best Forward: Konstantinos Papanikolaou (204-F/C-91) Greece
Best Center: Nikola Mirotic (208-F/C-91) Spain
Best Defensive Player: Furkan Aldemir (205-F-91) Turkey
Best Coach: Jean-Aime Toupane France

1st Team
G: Nikos Pappas (194-90) Greece
G: Andrew Albicy (178-90) France
C/F: Mario Delas (208-90) Croatia
F/C: Konstantinos Papanikolaou (204-91) Greece
F/C: Nikola Mirotic (208-91) Spain

2nd Team
G: Paul Lacombe (194-90) France
G: Konstantinos Sloukas (197-90) Greece
F: Vladimir Ivlev (204-90) Russia
F: Furkan Aldemir (205-91) Turkey
C: Bojan Dubljevic (205-91) Montenegro

3rd Team
G: Josep Franch (198-91) Spain
G/F: Alessandro Gentile (198-92) Italy
G/F: Ruslan Otverchenko (192-90) Ukraine
C: Kyryl Natyazhko (208-90) Ukraine
C: Dejan Musli (214-91) Serbia

Honorable Mention
Nemanja Nedovic (192-G-91) Serbia
Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) Montenegro
Tomas Satoransky (196-G/F-91)
Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) Spain
Leon Radosevic (208-C-90) Croatia
Ignacio Llovet (202-C-91) Spain
Eimantas Bendzius/a> (203-F-90) Lithuania
Kristers Zeidaks (202-F-90)
Maik Zirbes (205-C-90) Germany


France triumphs at U20 European Championship in Croatia - Jul. 18, 2010 
Final
Greece - France 62-73
France triumphs at U20 European Championship in Croatia as the winners surprised Greece U20 in the Final. Taking an easy 19-6 lead after the opening quarter, France managed to win the game and revenged for the last year loss. Last year Greek U20 National Team triumphed at home European Championship. Seven Greek players scored in double digits to pace the Hellenes to the huge success. The amazing kids from Hellas after the European championship last year won another European championship succeeding something that no other team has actually succeeded the last twenty years with 90:85 win. Tonight the teams were tied at 6:6, while France shocked Greece with 18-0 run to take 24:6 in the beginning of the second period. Greece had no match in the first half for the French side and trailed 22:41 as Mantzaris hit a three-pointer. Sloukas later reduced to minus 13, while Pappas closed the third frame at 39:56. He also reduced with his side to 58:63 with 2 minutes in the game. Kandolo however nailed a three and Andrew Albicy (178-G-90) brought another five points for 70:51. Lacombe made the last two free throws in the game to triumph with France. Andrew Albicy led the way with 20 points for the winners and Lacombe poured in 14. Lang, Leonard and Rousselle delivered 6 points each for the title. Pappas ended up with 22 points for the Greek side and Mantzaris netted 12.

Places 3-4
Croatia - Spain 79-86 OT
Spain U20 clinched Bronze as they beat the hosts of the U20 European Championship Men 2010 in Croatia. Spain needed overtime to take 86:79 victory. Spain easily took the lead in the opening quarter and finished it with 18:9 lead. Franch Josep made it 26:19 and Sastre scored for 33:22. Gil sent the teams to the lockers as Spain enjoyed 41:30 at the halftime. Spain managed to get their noses in front and they stayed until the late comeback by Croatia. The latter trailed 56-45 heading into the last ten minutes as Simeon made such a difference. The home team started scoring from everywhere and soon tied up the game before surging ahead. Radosevic tied the game at 71:71 as the teams continued in overtime. Spain looked better in the extra time and took the lead from the very beginning. They won the last 5 minutes 15-8 to take the total success in the game and the third place in the Championship. Franch Josep top-scored for the winners with 23 points to taste third place. Nikola Mirotic (208-F/C-91) followed him with 20 points and 15 rebounds, while Sastre added 19. Butorac Dino ended up with 18 points for the hosts and Delas Mario notched 16.

Places 5-6
Russia - Montenegro 70-60
Russia U20 grabbed the 5th place at the U20 European Championship in Croatia. The team overcame Montenegro U20 70:60 although trailing at the halftime. Russia scored the first two points in the game and later had 5:2. Mihailovic Vladimir however tied the game at 7:7 and Dubljevic Bojan brought his side 17:12. Morozov made jump shot at the end of the period for 17:14. Montenegro led for the several minutes in the quarter but then Andreev tied the game at 20:20. The teams were tied two more times in the quarter, while Mihailovic Vladimir gave his team 31;27 at the halftime. An 8-0 run helped Russia after the break as they started to dominate the court. Morozov later scored for 44:27 and Valiev posted for 49:42. Dukanovic closed the quarter at 51:47 as he made a jump shot at the end of thirty minutes. Russia held off the opponents in the last frame and reached the necessary victory. Vladimir Ivlev (204-F-90) brought the last points in the game for the final 70:60 win. Vladimir Ivlev paced all the winners with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Polokhin Denis nailed 12, while Valiev Evgeny scored 11. Dubljevic Bojan ended up with 18 points in defeat and Mihailovic Vladimir netted 13.

Places 7-8
Serbia - Ukraine 107-93
Serbia U20 clinched the 7th place at the U20 European Championship in Croatia. In the Classification Game for 7th to 8th Places Serbia beat Ukraine 107:93 in the last game for both teams. Ukraine disappointed their fans with 4 losses in the end of the tournament, however it is great for the team to finish in the top 8. Nedovic Nemanja opened the game for the winners and then he increased to 10:3. Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) led his team to 24:10 and Nedovic Nemanja closed the period at 26:15. The second period became the most productive in the game as both teams nailed 59 points in 10 points. Ukraine managed to ti the game at the halftime at 50:50. Serbia meanwhile started the third period with 7-0 run and then Nedovic Nemanja scored for 62:55. Ukraine responded with 9-0 run to take 64:62 as Otverchenko Ruslan nailed a three pointer. Natyazhko Kyryl tied the game at the end of third period for 75:75. Serbia notched 32 points in the last period for 107:93 victory as Andjusic and Kondratyev brought the last points for their teams. Djekic Branislav paced all the winners with 22 points to finish on the 7th place. Andreja Milutinovic notched 20, while Nedovic Nemanja scored 17. Otverchenko Ruslan ended up with 25 points in the losing effort, while Natyazhko Kyryl collected 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Group G
Turkey - Czech Republic 72-62
Turkey U20 remains in Division A as they sent Czech Republic U20 to Division B after the last victory at the Relegation Round. Tonight Turkey produced 72:62 victory to take 4-2 record in the Relegation Round and will continue in Division A next year. Turkey trailed 2:8 in the opening tip and lost the first quarter 11:13. Aldemir Furkan tied the game at 13:13 and later Turkey grabbed 19:13 advantage. Ibrahim Yildirim (188-G-90) brought his side 33:22 as the teams disappeared in the lockers. Karaman Ilkan increased the lead to 38:22, while Peterka cut it to 45:31 from the perimeter. Ibrahim Yildirim closed another quarter giving his team 49:39. It seemed the game was over as Turkey had 63:48 in the middle of the last stanza. Czech Republic however had nothing to lose and answered with 9-0 run for 63:57 as Satoransky made a jump shot. Ibrahim Yildirim was again the last to score in the frame for the final victory. Ibrahim Yildirim led the way with 17 points and Aldemir Furkan collected 16 points and 16 rebounds. Karaman Ilkan followed them with 13 points in a win. Peterka Ondrej finished the night with 23 points and 10 rebounds in the losing case and Satoransky Tomas netted 12. Czech Republic U20 as well as Netherlands have to start in Division B next year.

Germany - Holland 73-57
Germany and Netherlands fought in the last game of the Relegation Round to remain in Division A. Germany just like last year survived once again courtesy of a 75:57 win. Germany started with 5-0 lead and improved to 11:2 in the middle of the quarter. Kherrazi closed the period for the Dutch team that trailed 20:10 after 10 minutes. Wohlfarth-Bottermann Jonas scored for 27:12 and Land made it 32:20. T.J. DiLeo (188-G) made two free throws at the end of the half 33:22. In the beginning of the third period the German side started to increase the lead as T.J. DiLeo scored for 41:23. He also made a shot for 50:30, while Schmitz made it 53:32. Monse Steven made the last shot in the end of the third quarter for 59:36. Holland U20 realized the importance of the game however could only reduce the gap due to the win in the last period. The Dutch team won the last frame 21-14 but lost the game and will be eliminated now to Division B. Czech Republic U20 as well as Netherlands have to start in Division B next year. T.J. DiLeo paced all the winners with 20 points for the winners. Wohlfarth-Bottermann Jonas notched 14, while Monse Steven scored 10. Kloof Charlon ended up with 11 points in the losing effort and Jeroen van Vugt posted 10.


Div. B Day: 3 (Preliminary Round) - Jul. 18, 2010 
Group A
Israel - Hungary 86-78
Israeli U20 team registered the second win at the European Championship in Division B. They fired past Hungary for 2-1 record in Group A. Jacob Cohen had another solid performance as he tallied 27 points and 6 rebounds. Israel went on a 13:0 run in the opening quarter to build a 22:11 lead. Nesterenko capped the starting frame with a lay-up to establish a 29:19 advantage at the first pause. Ferdinand Morgen (206-F/C-90) dragged Hungary within just three points early in the second term. Mohasci and Norbert Takacs (197-G/F-90) stepped up for Hungary late in the first half as they posted a 43:40 lead at halftime. Janos Eilingsfeld (198-F/C-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services), Lakosa and Norbert Takacs gave Hungary a 58:45 lead midway through the third quarter. But Israel erased the deficit trailing by a single point 64:65 heading into the fourth term. Hungary tipped off the final stanza with four points in a row but Israel responded with a 15:0 run of their own to surge ahead for good. Hungary never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Yotam Shiran (198-F-90, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) provided 18 points and 9 rebounds for Israel. Tal Karpelesz (194-F-90) added 15 points and 9 caroms for the winning team. Norbert Takacs replied with 18 points for Hungary. Ferdinand Morgen and Janos Eilingsfeld had 15 points each in defeat.

Georgia - Sweden 79-73
Georgia opened the win count at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They held off Sweden tonight to improve at 1-2 record in Group A. Sweden suffered the first defeat and slipped at 2-1 record. Tornike Shengelia (205-G/F-91) notched 23 points and 13 rebounds to pace the winners. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the starting frame. Georgia went on a 9:0 run late in the quarter and posted a 19:11 advantage into the second term. Sweden pulled closer in the second frame. They trailed by just three points 32:35 at the interval. Person and Lindqvist helped Sweden grab a 42:41 lead early in the third stanza. But Georgia quickly returned into the drivers seat as they entered the final quarter up by 2 points 55:53. Christopher Czerapowicz (197-F-91) drained a three-pointer at the start of the fourth period to put Sweden back in charge. Akaki Lomouri and Beqa Chikviladze (195-G-91) exploded with back-to-back triples midway through the fourth term to give Georgia a 66:60 advantage. The margin grew at 7-point mark after another long bomb from Beqa Chikviladze. Giorgi Sharabidze and Tornike Shengelia added five points from the charity stripe and Georgia did not look back en route to the win in the final moments. Giorgi Sharabidze tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Beqa Chikviladze produced 15 points for Georgia. Christopher Czerapowicz answered with 15 points for Sweden. Pierre Hampton (198-F-91) nailed 13 points in the loss.

Group B
Bulgaria - Switzerland 104-59
Aleksandar Georgiev (203-F-90) scored 25 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and issued 5 assists to lead Bulgaria to the third consecutive win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They outgunned Switzerland to improve at 3-0 record on top of Group B. Switzerland in the meantime suffered the third loss in a row to remain at the bottom of the ladder. The teams traded baskets early in the encounter. But Aleksandar Georgiev and Tihomir Zhelev sparked a 20:4 run from Bulgaria as they grabbed a 23:10 lead at the first pause. Bulgaria tipped off the second stanza on an 11:0 run to boost their lead. They controlled the rhythm and eased to a 50:19 advantage at halftime. Aleksandar Georgiev drained another triple at the start of the third term to set the tone for the second half. Bulgaria stayed dominant and ensured a 72:40 buffer heading into the fourth quarter. Switzerland had little to answer with in the fourth frame and Bulgaria cruised to the win at the end. Emil Binev (198-F-91) produced 19 points for the winners. Vasil Kyosev (195-G-90) added 10 points in the victory. Christophe Varidel (185-G-89) and Roman Albrecht (208-C-90) responded with 11 points each for Switzerland. Gardner Louissaint (196-F-91) had 10 points in the loss.

Finland - Portugal 98-99
Portugal recorded the second win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They survived double-overtime drama to tame Finland in Gorup B. Finland slipped at 1-2 record after the bitter defeat. Finland earned a 15:9 lead midway through the opening quarter. But Portugal were able to narrow the gap at 3-point mark at the first break. Lindbom scored five quick points for Finland as they took a 21:13 lead early in the second stanza. But Portugal used a 10:2 rally to surge in front midway through the second term. Finland bounced back and established a 44:41 lead at halftime. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the third period. Guerreiro capped the stanza with a three-pointer to give Portugal a 63:60 lead. Barroso opened the fourth term with another trey to boost the lead for Portugal. But Roope Ahonen (186-G-90) and Sasu Salin (190-G-91) teamed up to put Finland back in charge. Roope Ahonen gave Finland an 81:78 lead with 61 seconds remaining. Portugal answered with three points from Pedro Catarino (184-G-90) and Diogo Correia (185-G-90) to draw things level and force overtime. Finland led by four points in the extra period but wasted the advantage. Pedro Catarino and Jose Miguel Barbosa (176-G-90) denied the distance and forced seconds extra period. Diogo Correia and Jose Miguel Barbosa put Portugal in charge in the second overtime. Lindbom narrowed the gap and had the chance to level things up but misses one free throw allowing Portugal to escape with a narrow victory at the end. Diogo Correia and Pedro Catarino provided 17 points each for Portugal. Jose Miguel Barbosa produced 15 points in the victory. Sasu Salin answered with 29 points for Finland. Roope Ahonen had 22 points in the losing effort.

Group C
Belgium - United Kingdom 52-73
Great Britain U20 selection recorded the second win at the European Championship in Division B. They overwhelmed Belgium in Group C for 2-1 record. Belgian team slipped at 1-2. Andrew Lawrence (185-G-90) notched 16 points to lead the British side. Great Britain went on a 9:2 run late in the opening quarter to gain an 18:12 lead. Great Britain opened the second term on a massive 19:3 run to clear off. They enjoyed a comfortable 42:22 lead at the interval. But Belgium answered with an 11:0 rally at the beginning of the third term to pull closer. Maarten Rademakers and Gillet dragged Belgium within 14 points at the final break. Great Britain kept their opponents at bay in the fourth quarter. Belgium never got closer than 12 points and had to surrender at the end. Ovie Soko (203-F-91) tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds for Great Britain. Myles Hesson (195-F-90) nailed 9 points in the winning effort. Thomas De Thaey (197-F-91) provided 15 points and 8 rebounds for Belgium. Jean Salumu (193-F-90) finished with 11 points in the loss.

Denmark - Austria 64-63
Denmark recorded the first win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They nipped hosting Austria in Group C action. Mathias Seilund (201-F-90) knocked down 17 points to lead the effort. Denmark improved at 1-2 record, while Austria suffered the first loss and slipped at 2-1. The teams stayed close in the opening quarter. Denmark and Austria were tied at 18 ten minutes into the encounter. The Scandinavian team stepped on the gas in the second term. Denmark cleared off to a 7-point advantage at halftime 38:31. Austria tried to bounce back right after the main break. The home side accounted for 20 points in the third term and narrowed the deficit. The low-scoring fourth quarter turned a tough battle. Neither side was able to dominate but Denmark proved stronger. They hung on to escape with the important win at the end. Jonas Bergstedt (207-C-91) tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds for Denmark. Jonathan Gilling (203-F-91) and Mikael Nielsen (178-G-90) provided 10 points each for the winners. Anton Maresch (191-G-91) answered with 13 points for Austria. Romed Vieider (196-F-91) knocked down 12 points in the loss.

Group D
Norway - Slovakia 68-58
Norway toppled Slovak Republic at the U20 European Championship in Division B tonight. Anders Stien (195-G-90) knocked down 17 points to pace the Scandinavian team to the third win at the tournament. Norway improved at 3-1 record and climbed on top of preliminary round Group D. Slovak Republic in the meantime slipped at 2-2 record. Norway shocked their opponents in the opening frame. The Scandinavian team held their opponents scoreless in the first ten minutes to enjoy a 15:0 lead at the first break. Anders Stien gave Norway an 18:0 lead at the start of the second term. Michal Kozar (191-F-90) finally broke the scoring draught for Slovak Republic. They gradually found the rhythm and narrowed the gap to 7 points at halftime. Tomas Mrvis (195-F-91) dragged Slovak Republic as close as 3 points midway through the third quarter. But Norway recovered and posted a 48:42 advantage at the final pause. Anders Stien opened a double-digit lead for Norway at the start of the fourth frame. Slovak Republic never got within striking distance and suffered the second loss at the tournament. Aksel Bolinz (206-F-90) produced 13 points and 10 rebounds for Norway. Thomas Mjoes (181-G-90) added 12 points in the winning effort. Tomas Mrvis and Michal Kozar replied with 14 points each for Slovak Republic. Marchyn accounted for 12 points in the loss.

Romania - Poland 73-96
Poland continued their perfect run in Austria. They prevailed against Romania to stay undefeated at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Poland improved at 4-0 record and jumped on top of Group D. Romania on the other hand suffered the fourth straight defeat at the tournament. Poland opened the game with seven points in a row to set the tone. Romania tried to stay close as they narrow the distance to just three points late in the frame. But Poland capped the quarter with four points in a row and took a 25:18 advantage. Sulima opened a double-digit lead for Poland midway through the second frame. Poland rallied to a 47:33 halftime advantage. Poland went on a 7:0 run in the third quarter to boost the margin to 19 points. Poland entered the fourth quarter up by 20 points 67:47. Romania could not challenge the margin and had to digest the fourth loss in a row. Aleksander Czyz (201-F-90) produced 22 points and 9 rebounds for Poland. Piotr Pamula (195-G-90) added 18 points, while Sebastian Szymanski (186-G-91) had 12 points in the victory. Bogdan Tibirna (208-C-91) answered with 21 points for Romania. Cristian Corneanu notched 10 points in the loss.

Slovakia - Belarus 64-53
Slovak Republic posted the second win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They prevailed against Belarus to improve at 2-1 record on top of Group D ladder. Belarus suffered the third loss and slipped at 1-3 record. Belarus opened the game confidently. They led 8:2 early in the encounter but Slovak Republic gradually took over. They rallied to a 16:12 advantage at the first pause. Slovak Republic tipped off the second term with four points in a row to boost the margin. Matej Marchyn (192-F-90) hit a three-pointer to open a double-digit advantage. Slovak Republic enjoyed a 38:22 buffer at the interval. Belarus went on a 9:0 run midway through the third frame to get within 9 points. Slovak Republic stopped the bleeding and recorded a 47:37 advantage at the final break. Matej Marchyn and Michal Kozar widened the gap to as many as 16 points early in the fourth term and Slovak Republic did not look back en route to the win. Michal Kozar nailed 11 points for Slovak Republic. Peter Mikulik (185-G-90) and Matej Marchyn accounted for 10 points each in the winning effort. Uladzimir Krysevich answered with 12 points for Belarus. Aliaksei Kachan (187-G-91) netted 10 points in the loss.

Poland - Norway 91-70
Poland clinched the third straight win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They shot down Norway to climb on top of Group D. Norway in the meantime suffered the first defeat and slipped at 2-1 record. Aleksander Czyz paced balanced effort with 17 points. The teams stayed neck and neck in the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 20:20 at the first break. Poland opened the second frame with an 11:1 run to clear off. Poland mounted the pressure and rallied to a 50:27 advantage at halftime. Norway responded with an 11:3 run at the beginning of the third term to narrow the margin. But Poland stayed cool and they ensured a 68:46 buffer before the fourth quarter. Mokros fired back-to-back three-pointers to stretch the gap to as many as 26 points early in the final term. Poland maintained the advantage in the reminder of the contest and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Jakub Wojciechowski (211-C-90) nailed 11 points for Poland. Konrad Nowakowski (186-G/F-91) and Jaroslaw Mokros (201-F-90) had 10 points each in the win. Karamo Jawara (198-F-91) answered with 21 points for Norway. Aksel Bolinz had 14 points in the loss.


Day: 8 (Semi-Finals) - Jul. 17, 2010 
Semifinals
Greece - Croatia 71-56
Greece became the first finalists of the U20 European Championship. They tamed hosting Croatia tonight to advance into the championship game. Nikos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) knocked down 23 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the Hellenes. Mario Delas, Ivan Batur and Planinic gave Croatia a 17:9 lead late in the opening quarter. But Nikos Pappas and Georgakis helped Greece cut the deficit at just three points 16:19 at the first break. Greece opened the second term with seven points in a row to jump ahead. Tomislav Zubcic and Leon Radosevic dragged Croatia closer. Greece however stayed cool and posted a 32:27 lead at halftime. Six unanswered points from Greece allowed those to take some breathing space at 38:27. Evangelos Mantzaris opened a double-digit advantage for the visitors midway through the third term. Greece stayed in charge as they entered the fourth quarter up by 9 points 53:44. Dosen and Ramljak kept Croatia hopeful early in the fourth quarter. Nikos Pappas and Kaselakis quickly denied any hopes for Croatia with five points in a row. The margin grew at 14-point mark late in the fourth quarter and Croatia could not answer in the time remaining. Konstantinos Papanikolaou notched 14 points and 7 rebounds for Greece. Evangelos Mantzaris had 12 points in the win. Mario Delas responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds for Croatia. Ivan Batur finished with 11 points in the loss.

France - Spain 86-83
France U20 clinched the Final ticket to the U20 European Championship as they upset Spain U20 in the last game of the Semifinal clash. France played better and even 86:83 could hardly describe their win. Tanghe scored first for the winners and then Spain dominated in the first period. The latter took the lead in the opening tip and led to 23:16 after 10 minutes. France buried Ukraine from the perimeter in the Quarterfinal and used the same weapon in the game versus Spain. Aboudou nailed another one for 27:26 in the middle of the second period. Albicy made the last four points in the half to give France 40:33 halftime advantage. Leonard scored three for 58:47 and Lacombe made a free throw for 62:55 at the end of thirty minutes. Spain however started the last quarter with 7-0 run and tied the game. Sastre made a jump shot for 62:62 on the board, but France had never looked behind. Albicy's and Lacombe three three-pointers shocked Spain for 82:75 with 30 seconds in the game. Franch Josep tried really hard for his team at the end and reduced to 86:83, but his teammate Martinez missed the chance to send the teams to overtime as he missed from the arc. Paul Lacombe (194-G-90) stepped up with 23 points and Albicy Andrew posted 19. Tanghe Alexis followed them with 10 points for the win. Franch Josep replied with 22 points in the losing effort and Sastre Morro Joan notched 19.

Places 5-8

Ukraine - Montenegro 61-84
Montenegro U20 stays alive for the 5th place at the U20 European Championship Men 2010. The team revenged for the loss over Ukraine in the Qualifying Round and beat them 81:64. Ukraine suffered the third loss in a row and again looked poor in the court. Montenegro scored first three points and Dukanovic made the scored 18:2. Sandul made the last basket in the opening quarter for 20:6. Radovic Nemanja nailed two for 27:8 and Dukanovic upset Ukraine for 31:11. Ukraine however managed to reduce the gap at the halftime trailing 31:37. In the third quarter Montenegro kept the lead and increased to 10 points to lead in the majority of the period. Mihailovic Vladimir closed the third frame at 61:49 after 24-18 with his team in the third frame. Radovic Nemanja and Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) increased the lead to 78:56 in the middle of the last period when it became clear about the winner. Damjanovic scored the last point for the winners to give them the final 84:61 victory. Mihailovic Vladimir was unstoppable with 30 points. Bojan Dubljevic nailed 14, while Radovic Nemanja scored 12. Natyazhko Kyryl collected 20 points and 7 rebounds, while Otverchenko Ruslan added 15. Ukraine will play tomorrow for the 7th spot.

Russia - Serbia 92-80
Russia earned the right to fight for the fifth position at the U20 European Championship. They toppled Serbia tonight and would face Montenegro in the final game of the tournament tomorrow. Serbia will play against Ukraine for the seventh overall place. Aleksandr Karpukhin knocked down 22 points to lead Russia to the victory in this one. Russia and Serbia traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. They were tied at 23 at the first break. Aleksandr Karpukhin and Denis Polokhin drained back-to-back trebles to put Russia in charge midway through the second term. Russia capped the first half with 7 points in a row to get a 44:29 advantage. Aleksandr Karpukhin and Valiev tipped off the third term with 6 consecutive points to boost the lead. Russia maintained the margin and entered the fourth quarter up by 18 points 67:49. Vladimir Ivlev (204-F-90) and Pavel Antipov stretched the gap to 25 points at the start of the fourth term and Russia did not look back en route to the victory. Vladimir Ivlev notched 19 points and 11 rebounds for Russia. Pavel Antipov added 14 points in the victory. Bojan Subotic answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Serbia. Nemanja Nedovic had 13 points in the losing effort.

Places 9-10
Lithuania - Italy 74-73
Lithuania U20 clinched the 9th place at the U20 European Championship in Croatia. In the last game of the Classification Game for 9th to 10th Place the Baltic side rolled over Italy U20 74:73. Drungilas made a jump shot in the beginning of the game and then Italy took control of the court. The latter grabbed 20:13 at the end of 10 minutes and looked forward to keep the success. Crotta nailed three for 27:13, while Casella made a jump shot for 31:23. Sapiega sent the teams to the lockers for 38:29, but then as it became clear Lithuania managed to win the game. Although they won the third frame 25-21 the boards showed 59:54 for Italy. Moreover Biligha made it 61:54 to open the last stanza. Staniulis Giedrius meanwhile reduced to 63:61 and later his basket reached 70:70. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) and Dambrauskas Paulius exchanged the baskets for 72:72 and Alessandro Gentile tied it later at 73:73. Dambrauskas Paulius however was the last to score from the free throw line and brought he victory as well as the 9th place for Lithuania. Staniulis Giedrius paced all the winners with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Orelikas Gediminas nailed 14, while Dambrauskas Paulius scored 13. Alessandro Gentile chipped in 19 points in defeat and Sandri Daniele scored 12 as Italy finished on the 10th place.

Places 11-12

Slovenia - Latvia 73-76
Latvia finished their U20 European Championship campaign on a high note. They held off Slovenian counterparts to claim the 11th position. Martins Laksa stepped up with 22 points for the winners. The teams changed baskets in the opening frame. Martins Laksa notched 8 points in the frame to give a narrow 23:22 lead for Latvia. Haralds Karlis fired from downtown to ignite a 12:0 run from Latvia at the start of the second term. Edo Muric and Mirza Sarajlija (187-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) dragged Slovenia closer with back-to-back trebles but Latvia hung on to win the first half 39:37. Luka Dimec drew things level midway through the third quarter. The teams kept it close for some time as Lauris Blaus gave Latvia a 55:54 lead with ten minutes left. Rozitis and Lauris Blaus ensured a 68:63 advantage for Latvia with under five minutes to go. Girts Celms and Martins Laksa stretched the margin to 7 points with under three minutes remaining. Cebasek exploded with two treys to narrow the deficit at 3 points with 23 seconds left but the teams went scoreless in the remaining seconds and Latvia snatched a tough win. Lauris Blaus notched 14 points for Latvia. Girts Celms netted 13 points in the winning effort. Edo Muric answered with 19 points for Slovenia. Mirza Sarajlija and Luka Dimec produced 12 points each in the loss.

Group G
Turkey - Germany 74-68
Turkey U20 overcame Germany U20 74:68 as both teams stay alive for remaining in Division A. Both teams are with 3-2 record each after the game on Saturday. Mahmutoglu Melih opened the game with a jump shot, while Germany grabbed 11:6 later in the period. Schmitz Simon nailed three for 19:9 and Ibrahim Yildirim (188-G-90) closed the period at 21:15. Germany continued to play better in the beginning of the second frame and Wohlfarth-Bottermann made it 28:20. Turkey reduced the game at the end of the period and Mahmutoglu Melih tied the game at 34:34. Moreover Ibrahim Yildirim nailed 4 points in a row for 43:38 with 7 minutes in the third. Karaman scored from the perimeter for 58:49 at the end of thirty minutes. The intrigue however was not lost and Germany pulled back in the end of the game. Monse and Schmitz Simon scored two three-pointers in a row for 69:65, but Turkey replied with 4 consecutive points. Aldemir Furkan brought the final victory for the Turkish side. Aldemir Furkan paced all the winners with 16 points and Ibrahim Yildirim notched 13. Mahmutoglu Melih and Karaman Ilkan posted 10 points apiece in a win. Schmitz Simon replied with 22 points in defeat and Zirbes Maik added 15.

Czech Republic - Holland 71-81
Netherlands stayed in the fight to remain in Division A of the U20 European Championship. They posted important victory against Czech Republic to remain ambitious about their Division A chances. The loss meant relegation to Division B for the Czech team. Netherlands pulled ahead early in the clash but Czech Republic replied. They went on a 13:2 run late in the period to take a 24:13 advantage. Czech Republic enjoyed a 27:15 advantage at the first pause. The Dutch denied the deficit and pulled ahead 32:31 with under four minutes to go. But Czech Republic regained control late in the half and went into the locker room up by four points 41:37. Tomas Vyoral and Kohout boosted the margin to 6 points in the third term just to watch the Dutchmen erase the distance and take 58:57 lead into the fourth quarter. It all came down to the final minutes in this one. Kloof, Kherazzi and Craig Osaikhwuwuomwam went deadly in the dying stages to seal the winning outcome for Netherlands. Jessey Voorn (193-G-90, agency: R.H.Consultancy) knocked down 18 points for Netherlands. Craig Osaikhwuwuomwam provided 16 points in the winning effort. Tomas Vyoral responded with 20 points for Czech Republic. Tomas Satoransky had 19 points and 9 assists in the loss.


Day: 7 (Quarter-Finals) - Jul. 16, 2010 
QUARTERFINALS
Spain - Montenegro 64-50
Spain U20 breezed into the semi-finals of the U20 European Championship Men 2010 after a spectacular win over Montenegro U20. The Spanish outfit needed 64:50 win to advance to the next stage. Ljujic opened the game for the team from Montenegro and Franch tied the game at the opening tip. Franch and Samojlovic exchanged the threes in the end of the quarter for 16:14. The score was tied several times, while Llovet Ignacio made 33:23. Ljujic reduced the gap to 36:30 when the teams disappeared in the lockers. In the third frame the teams stayed within 7-10 points and Spain managed to increase to more points at the end of thirty minutes. Munoz scored last two free throws in the quarter for 55:41. Mihailovic Vladimir nailed three-pointer for his team, while Sastre brought the first points in the last frame. No matter how hard Montenegro tried to recover, Spain deserved the win more. Sastre Morro Joan top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Nikola Mirotic (208-F/C-91) nailed 14, while Llovet Ignacio added 10. Spain will face now France in the semifinal. Mihailovic Vladimir replied with 13 points in the losing effort and Dubljevic Bojan scored 8.

Greece - Russia 74-55
Greece U20 became the first Semifinalist of the U20 European Championship. The undefeated favorite edged Russia 74:55 in the Quarterfinal opener of the Day. Russia shocked Greece with 10-0 start, but the defending champions replied for 6:11. Trailing 16:11, Greece tied the game the teams finished the quarter at 18:18. Russia was in front for the majority of the second period as well, while Greece nailed the last five points in the period for 33:31 halftime deficit. Moreover Greece used a 10-0 run in the third quarter and destroyed the opponents with 21-6 in the frame. Mantzaris made a jump shot for 54:37 after 30 minutes. Klyuchnikov and Valiev reduced to 54:41 and Antipov nailed three for 62:47. Greece however was tough and did not allow the Russian team to catch them up with. Mantzaris poured in the last three-pointer in the game for the final success. Nikos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) erupted with 27 points and 9 rebounds. Papanikolaou Konstantinos collected 18 points and 9 rebounds, while Mantzaris Evangelos netted 9. Ivlev Vladimir and Pichkurov Vladimir delivered 8 points each in the losing effort. Greece will now wait for the winner of Croatia-Serbia to face in the Semifinal.

Ukraine - France 57-80
France U20 take the Semifinal spot at the U20 European Championship Men 2010. The French side needed 31-12 in the start to celebrate 80:57 total win over Ukraine U20. Ukraine could be happy already clinching the place in the Quarterfinal. The team however did their best for more, but failed immediately in the start versus France. The latter shocked Ukraine with 16-2 in the opening tip and reached 31:12 at the end of 10 minutes. France never looked behind after and enjoyed 46:27 at the halftime. Aboudou Lens made it 50:30 and Lang nailed three for 58:25. Dolenko closed the third period from the perimeter as Ukraine trailed 46:62 after 30 minutes. Natyazhko reduced to minus 13 with 7 minutes in the game, while Lacombe increased to 77:57. France finished the game with 9-0 run to seal the victory. Alexis Tanghe (208-F/C-90, agency: Beo Basket) poured in 19 points for the winners as France became the second Semifinalist after Greece. Aboudou Lens netted 13, while Lacombe Paul added 10. Otverchenko Ruslan finished the game with 17 points in the losing effort. Natyazhko Kyryl collected 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Dolenko Oleksandr chipped in 14.

Croatia - Serbia 76-75
The game between Croatia U20 and Serbia U20 became the last Quarterfinal battle at the U20 European Championship Men 2010. It became also the most interesting game of the day and the most exciting. Mario Delas (208-C/F-90) scored the final points in the last seconds to celebrate 76:75 win with Croatia. Both teams exchanged the baskets in the first period. Radosevic made a dunk for 28:25, while Nedovic reduced to 28:27 with a minute in the half. Batur however sent the teams to the lockers making a jump shot for 30:27 halftime lead. Serbia came back with a better mood and percentage and grabbed the lead at the end of the third period. At first Milutinovic made it 50:44, while Croatia posted the last five points in the third quarter. Musli opened the last stanza for 52:49 and Nedovic later made it 54:51. Jaramaz made a jump shot for 58:53 to upset the hosts. Mitrovic made a jump shot for 62:56 and then Jaramaz and Batur exchanged the shots from the perimeter. Musli took 67:61 advantage with the guests as he scored his 17th point with 2 minutes in the game. Again Djekic and Butorac scored a three-pointer each for 70:66 advantage with 45 seconds in the game. Mitrovic made the score 73:67 from the free throw line, while Butorac immediately posted a shot from the perimeter for 73:70 with 14 seconds. Zubcic reduced to 73:72 with 12 seconds and Mitrovic increased to 75:72, while Butorac made two free throws for 75:74. He missed the third free throw but Mario Delas grabbed the rebound and scored the final points for 76:75 victory. Mario Delas top-scored for the winners with 16 points to advance to the semifinals with the hosts. Radosevic nailed 14, while Batur posted 11. Musli answered with 17 points in the losing effort, Mitrovic netted 16 and Subotic added 12.


9-12 places
Lithuania - Slovenia 74-72
Lithuania U20 won the first game of the Classification Round for 9th to 12th Places in Croatia. The Baltic state rolled over Slovenia U20 74:72. Both teams started offensively and nailed almost 50 points in the first 10 minutes. Lithuania grabbed 28:20 as Dimec closed the quarter for the Slovenia team. The latter reduced the game in the beginning of the second frame and tied it at 32:32. Moreover Muric and later Buda gave Slovenia the minimum lead in the half. Peciukevicius however kept the Baltic side with 39:37 at the halftime. In the third period Slovenia took control in the game and enjoyed 48:42 deficit. Giedrius Staniulis closed an 8-0 run for Lithuania to give them 50:48. The teams were tied three times in the last period but in the end Lithuanians looked perfect from the free-thro line. Dambrauskas and Giedrius Staniulis scored some free throws to celebrate the win with their team. Paulius Dambrauskas stepped up with 12 points and Lithuania will play for the 9th place tomorrow. Augustas Peciukevicius (191-G-91) chipped in 11, while Giedrius Staniulis scored 10. Dino Muric ended up with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Slovenia will hope for 11th. Marko Vranjkovic nailed 12 and Luka Dimec added 11.

Group G
Germany - Czech Republic 75-59
Maik Zirbes (205-C-90) leads Germany over the Czechs in the Classification Round of U20 European Championship in Division A. The German team improved to 3-1 beating the opponents 75:59. Czech Republic U20 started with 7-0 in the opening tip, but could not stay tough in the game. Land Erik reduced the game at 11:11 and Vargas brought Germany 18:11. Peterka Ondrej meanwhile nailed three at the end of the first period for 21:19. Germany exploded with three three-pointers in a row in the start of the second period and increased to 27:19. Monse later made 36:24 and Maik Zirbes scored for 42:27. He also made the last five points for the winners at the half as Germany took 47:31 advantage before the second half. Maik Zirbes again scored the first four for Germany to open the third period. Barthel followed him with a jump shot for 58:31. Soucek cut it to 58:37 at the end of thirty minutes. The last period belonged to the Czechs that won it 22-17, while the game itself was successful for Germany. Maik Zirbes was unstoppable with 31 points and 12 rebounds. Huelsewede Robert followed him with 8, while DiLeoT.J. and Land Erik scored 7 each. Satoransky Tomas ended up with 15 points, while Peterka Ondrej notched 13.

Holland - Turkey 70-66
Holland U20 beat Turkey U20 for 2-2 record for both at the Classification Round of the U20 European Championship Men 2010. The Dutch team rolled over the opponents 70:66 in Croatia. Kloof Charlon opened the game for the Dutch team and Karaman made a dunk for the Turkish team. The latter looked much better in the opening quarter and surprised Holland with 26:8 after 10 minutes. Batuk later closed Turkish 8-0 run for 39:23, but Holland managed to reply. Jessey Voorn (193-G-90, agency: R.H.Consultancy) helped his team with 6-0 run for 39:29 at the halftime. Turkey kept 10 points deficit in the majority of the third frame, while Mladenovic brought his side to 53:47 after third quarter. Moreover Jessey Voorn started the last period from the perimeter and reduced to 53:50. Kherrazi made a jump shot later in the frame for 56:55 lead of his team. The teams exchanged the leads several times and weer tied at 66:66. Holland scored the last four points in the game to seal the victory and tied both records at 2-2. Jessey Voorn poured in 14 points for the winners to remain alive for Division A. Kloof Charlon and van Vugt Jeroen posted 13 each, while Kherrazi Mohammed scored 10. Mahmutoglu Melih finished the game with 17 points and Batuk Birkan notched 14.


Div. B Day: 2 (Preliminary Round) - Jul. 16, 2010 
Group A
Georgia - Israel 81-88
Israeli U20 selection earned the first win at the European Championship in Division B. They knocked down Georgia to improve at 1-1 record in Group A. Jacob Cohen (210-C-90) orchestrated the victory with 34 points and 9 rebounds for Israel. Georgia slipped at 0-2 record after the defeat. Jacob Cohen knocked down 13 points in the starting frame to ensure a brave start of Israel. They grabbed an 18:15 lead at the first break. Georgia opened the second term with eight points in a row to surge in front. But it was Jacob Cohen who returned the lead to Israel midway through the second stanza. Georgia stayed close and three-pointers from Beqa Chikviladze (195-G-91) and Giorgi Sharabidze (208-C-90) ensured a 42:41 lead for Georgia at halftime break. Israel jumped into the lead in the third quarter. They built a 64:61 lead into the fourth quarter. Bakradze opened the final period with a three-pointer to draw things level. But Israel used a 6:0 run midway through the quarter to post an 80:75 advantage. Tishman and Reis proved deadly from the charity stripe in the dying seconds to ice the win for Israel. Tamir Ariely (189-G-90, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) notched 14 points for Israel. Yotam Shiran (198-F-90, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) contributed 11 points in the winning effort. Giorgi Sharabidze answered with 19 points for Georgia. Beqa Chikviladze had 17 points in the losing case.

Sweden - Hungary 87-67
Swedish U20 team posted the second straight win at the European Championship in Division B. They toppled Hungarian counterparts to climb at 2-0 record in Group A. Hungary in the meantime slipped at 1-1 record. Christoffer Ryan (196-G-90) top-scored with 16 points for the winners. Janos Eilingsfeld (198-F/C-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) helped Hungary to a 10:4 start to the game. Janos Eilingsfeld finished the starting quarter with impressive 15 points as the teams were tied at 22 ten minutes into the encounter. Christoffer Ryan took the stage at the start of the second term as he helped the Scandinavian team to an 8-point buffer. Christopher Czerapowicz capped the first half with a treble as Sweden accumulated a 41:32 advantage. Janos Eilingsfeld dragged Hungary within five midway through the third quarter. However Sweden used a 12:2 run to take some breathing space at 62:44. They entered the final quarter up by 18 points 66:48. Andreas Person (188-G-91) fired from downtown to allow Sweden enjoy a 21-point advantage at the start of the fourth quarter. The Sweden did not look back in the reminder of the contest and recorded well-deserved win at the end. Christopher Czerapowicz nailed 12 points for the winners. Andreas Person, Kassim Nagwere (187-G-90) and Carl Engstrom (213-C-91) had 10 points each for Sweden. Janos Eilingsfeld replied with 28 points for Hungary. Ferdinand Morgen (206-F/C-90) had 9 points in the loss.

Group B
Portugal - Switzerland 70-68
Portugal ensured the initial victory at the European Championship in Division B. Jose Miguel Barbosa (176-G-90) knocked down 13 points to lead them to a narrow two-point win over Switzerland. Portugal thus climbed at 1-1 record in Group B. Switzerland in the meantime suffered the second defeat in a row. Portugal stayed in front throughout the tense first frame. They posted a 16:14 advantage at the first break. Switzerland drew things level early in the second frame and later Louissaint put them in front 22:20. Christophe Varidel (185-G-89) knocked down five points late in the half as the Swiss team claimed a 29:25 advantage at halftime. Federico Fridel (196-F-91) and Christophe Varidel fired from downtown as Switzerland accumulated a 38:27 advantage early in the third period. Portugal stayed behind during the stanza and entered the final frame down by 9 points 44:53. But triples from Miguel Queiroz and Jose Miguel Barbosa pulled Portugal closer at the start of the fourth period. Christophe Varidel and Federico Fridel maintained the lead for the Swiss team with three-pointers but not for long. Portugal went on a 6:0 run to take a 60:59 lead with just over a minute to go. Portugal stayed cool in the final seconds and celebrated a hard-fought win at the end. Diogo Correia (185-G-90) and Joao Guerreiro (205-F-90) provided 12 points each for Portugal. Pereira and Barroso notched 10 points apiece in the victory. Christophe Varidel answered with 27 points for Switzerland. Federico Fridel netted 12 points in the loss.

Finland - Bulgaria 49-63
Bulgaria recorded the second straight win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They held off Finland in Austria today to top preliminary Group B. Finland in the meantime suffered the first defeat and slipped at 1-1. Hristo Zahariev (197-G/F-90) ensured a quick start for Bulgaria. He scored 6 points early in the encounter to help Bulgaria to a 16:6 lead. Bulgaria earned a 21:13 advantage at the first break. Aleksandar Georgiev (203-F-90) opened the second quarter with a jumper to open a double-digit advantage. Finland however limited their opponetns to just 9 points in the frame and trailed by only five points at halftime 25:30. Finland got within 3 points early in the third quarter. But unstoppable Goergiev stepped up for the Balkan team once again and Bulgaria entered the fourth period up by 9 points 47:38. Bulgaria tipped off the fourth quarter with four points in a row and did not loosen the grip until victory. Aleksandar Georgiev tallied 23 points and 10 rebounds to pace Bulgaria. Hristo Zahariev added 12 points for the winners. Roope Ahonen (186-G-90) answered with 22 points for Finland. Sasu Salin (190-G-91) finished with 13 points in the losing effort.

Group C
Denmark - Belgium 55-76
Belgian U20 team recorded their first win at the European Championship in Division B. They toppled Denmark for 1-1 record in Group C. Denmark dropped the second straight game at the tournament and remained at the bottom of the ladder. Terry Deroover (180-G-91) stepped up with 23 points to lead Belgium. Terry Deroover knocked down 7 points late in the starting quarter helping Belgium accumulate a 20:10 lead. Belguim began the second term with six points in a row to boost the lead. They posted a 40:20 buffer at the interval. Denmark could not get things together in the third period. They were down by 18 points with ten minutes to go. Denmark got as close as 14 points early in the fourth frame but Belgium quickly restored a safe cushion and coasted to the win at the end. Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91) accounted for 16 points and 8 rebounds. Thomas De Thaey (197-F-91) provided 18 points and 8 rebounds for Belgium. Mathias Seilund (201-F-90) answered with 13 points for Denmark. Thomas Laerke (193-F-91) finished with 10 points in the loss.

Austria - United Kingdom 91-71
Austria recorded the second straight win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They outgunned Great Britain for 2-0 record in Pool C. Great Britain slipped at 1-1 record after the defeat. Jesse Seilern (189-G-90) and Anton Maresch (191-G-91) came up with 21 points each to pace the hosts. Neighbour gave the British team an 11:7 lead early in the game. Marcotullio and Ovie Soko stretched the lead to 7 points late in the quarter. Great Britain finished the first term up by 7 points 27:20. Andrew Lawrence (185-G-90) opened the second term with a three-pointer to boost the gap to 10 points. However Anton Maresch and Jesse Seilern teamed up for a late rally that put Austria ahead 44:43. Great Britain however eked out a 45:44 advantage at the main break. Romed Vieider (196-F-91) and Jesse Seilern exploded with back-to-back trebles at the start of the third term as the hosts jumped in front. Jesse Seilern and Rasid Mahalbasic (210-F/C-90) soon ensured a double-digit advantage for Austria. Jesse Seilern and Linzer knocked down two treys late in the third period as the home side built a massive 18-point buffer. Great Britain narrowed the deficit to 12 points at the beginning of the fourth period but another outburst from beyond the arc gave Austria the lead they never surrendered. Romed Vieider knocked down 15 points for Austria. Rasid Mahalbasic added 11 points in the winning effort. Andrew Lawrence answered with 18 points for Great Britain. Ovie Soko nailed 15 points in the loss.

Group D
Norway - Romania 70-63
Norway maintained their winning run at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They overcame Romania today for the second straight win at the tournament. Anders Stien (195-G-90) knocked down 16 points to lead the charge. Norway improved at 2-0 record, while Romania slipped at 0-3 in Group D. Norway were able to clear off to a 17:10 lead midway through the opening quarter. But Romania responded with a 13:2 run of their own to jump in front. Anders Stien and Mjoes capped the period with five points in a row and Norway took a 24:23 lead. Roy Nwachukwu (192-F-90) opened the second term with ten points in a row to set things rolling for Norway. They kept Romania scoreless for almost 7 minutes in the quarter and earned a 39:23 lead. The halftime scoreboard read 48:33 for Norway. The Scandinavians tipped off the third term with a 7:2 run. They stayed in charge and recorded a 63:49 lead before the final quarter. Mjoes and Anders Stien boosted the gap to 18 points at the start of the fourth quarter. And though Romania closed the game on a 10:3 rally they were unable to save it. Roy Nwachukwu produced 15 points and 9 rebounds for Norway. Stian Berg (186-G-91) added 9 points in the victory. Ioan Pop (175-G-90) answered with 12 points for Romania. Bogdan Tibirna (208-C-91) had 9 points in the losing effort.

Belarus - Poland 56-87
Poland posted the second win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They looked solid and had little problems against Belarus. The victory propelled Robert Jakubiak team to 2-0 record, while Belarus slipped at 1-2 in Group D. Poland opened the game on a 12:2 run. Belarus however used an 11:0 run to surge in front late in the quarter. Poland bounced back and recorded a narrow 25:23 lead at the first break. Piotr Pamula (195-G-90) and Czyz helped Poland to a quick start in the second quarter. Jakub Wojciechowski (211-C-90) opened a double-digit lead for Poland midway through the quarter. Piotr Pamula capped the first half with a three-pointer as Poland enjoyed a 51:31 advantage. The Polish team went on a 10:0 run in the third quarter as the margin grew at 27 points. Poland maintained the lead and eased to the victory in the reminder of the contest. Piotr Pamula notched 23 points for Poland. Krzysztof Sulima (202-C-90) added 10 points, while Jakub Wojciechowski provided 9 in the win. Maksim Dabravolski (198-G-91) and Uladzimir Krysevich (208-C-91) answered with 10 points each for Belarus. Viktar Ausepian (205-F-91) accounted for 9 points in the loss.

Poland - Slovakia 98-54
Poland left no chance for Slovak Republic at the U20 European Championship in Division B clash. Poland claimed a clinical victory and improved at 1-0 record in Group D. Slovak Republic slipped at 1-1 record after the defeat. Sebastian Szymanski knocked down 20 points to pace the winners. Kozar opened the scoring but Poland quickly gained control. They ensured a 12:4 lead midway through the opening quarter. Back-to-back three-pointers from Pamula gave Poland a 19:9 advantage. Poland maintained the lead and established a 30:18 buffer at the first break. Otto Ulman opened the second term with four points in a row to narrow the deficit. But Slovak Republic could not get any closer. Poland marched to a 48:35 buffer at halftime. Kozar, Otto Ulman and Matej Marchyn helped Slovak Republic spark the intrigue at the start of the third term as they pulled within 7 points. But Sebastian Szymanski organized a 15:0 rally as Poland cleared off to a safe distance. They piled up a 27-point buffer heading into the fourth term and never looked back en route to the victory. Aleksander Czyz produced 13 points and 9 rebounds for Poland. Jakub Wojciechowski added 13 points in the win. Otto Ulman answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Slovak Republic. Matej Marchyn and Andrej Kuffa netted 9 points each in the loss.

Romania - Belarus 60-66
Belarusian U20 selection bounced back after a stunning loss in the opening round of the U20 European Championship in Division B. They prevailed against Romania to improve at 1-1 record in Group D of the tournament. Romania in the meantime suffered the second straight loss in Austria. The lead changed throughout the opening frame. But Belarus capped it with a 7:2 run to earn a 20:12 advantage at the first break. Rolland Torok (202-C-90) allowed Romania to get within 5 early in the second term. Vlad Corpodean (197-F-91) fired six points as Romania got within 3 points late in the first frame. Romania followed with an 8:2 run to earn a 31:28 halftime advantage. Krysevich knocked down five points to ignite a 9:1 run from Belarus as they regained the lead in the third term. Valiantsin Ihnatchyk (192-G-91) allowed Belarus to enjoy a 53:44 buffer entering the final term. Pop narrowed the gap to just two points with 21 seconds remaining in regulation. However Valiantsin Ihnatchyk fired four free throws in the dying seconds to seal the win for Belarus. Valiantsin Ihnatchyk produced 16 points and 8 rebounds for Belarus. Siarhei Hancharonak (204-C-91) added 12 points in the winning effort. Vlad Corpodean answered with 17 points for Romania. Rolland Torok finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.


Day: 6 (Qualifying Round) - Jul. 14, 2010 
Group E
Serbia - Greece 62-63
Greece U20 finished on top of Group E and even clinching the top place the day before the last game, they proved the ambitions for another gold. Greece rolled over Serbia 63:62 to take 5-0 record in Group E. Serbia gave a good lesson for Greece and opened with 16-10 in the opening quarter. Mantzaris tied the game at 18:18 and Greece took later 30:25. Greece was in front for the whole third period and finished it with 46:43 win. Sloukas brought Greece 50:48 with 7 minutes in the game. Serbia meanwhile took 55:53 with 4 minutes in the fourth quarter. Mitrovic made a three-pointer fro 58:53, while Musli increased the lead to 60:53. Nikos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) brought Greece back to 60:55 and Sloukas and again Nikos Pappas made it 60:58. Musli increased to 62:59 and Papanikolaou brought the defending champions to 62:61. Moreover Nikos Pappas gave Greece 63:62 with 5 seconds in the game that was the final shot for the win. Papanikolaou Konstantinos poured in 15 points for the winners. Nikos Pappas notched 14, whilst Sarikopoulos Zisis scored 11. Musli Dejan answered with 14 points and Mitrovic Aleksandar added 10.

Ukraine - Lithuania 65-100
The game between Ukraine and Lithuania became the last one in Group E of the U20 European Championship Men 2010 in Makarska. The Baltic state had an easy 100:65 win to improve to 2-3 record but it was not enough for the Quarterfinal birth. Ukraine had no chance to change the position as Greece beat Serbia that remained Ukraine on the second spot no matter the team won or lost. Bendzius and Otverchenko exchanged the three-pointers in the opening tip and then the game was tied only at 17:17. Lithuania pushed the tempo creating a 12-0 run and never looked behind after. They increased the advantage to 50:36 at the halftime when Darius Tarvydas (200-F-91) and Natyzhko exchanged the jump shots. After 24-16 in the third frame Lithuania had 74:52 after thirty minutes. Katzevicius scored two for 92:61, while Orelik made 93:62. Although there were only two minutes left Lithuania tried to score three-digit number. Darius Tarvydas made two dunks in a row to bring 97:62 and Katzevicius made two free throws for 99:62. Dzyuba posted three for Ukraine at the end, while Katzevicius brought 100 on the board. Bendzius top-scored for the winners with 23 points as Lithuania finished with 2-3 record. Orelik and Darius Tarvydas followed him with 15 points each. Natyazhko collected 18 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort and Noskov notched 14.

Montenegro - Latvia 70-57
Montenegro U20 beat Latvia U20 70:57 to open the last day of the Qualifying Round. The winners improved to 2-3 and buried the Baltic side chances for the 1/4 Finals. It was the game for the second win for both teams as Montenegro used a 4-0 run from the start. Moreover the team increased to 11:4, while Laksa reduced the gap at 17:13 at the end of the first period. Montenegro started again better and reached 26:17 in the start of the second frame as Dubljevic Bojan scored for 26:17. Blaus Lauris pulled Latvia back to 30:29 with a minute in the half. Dubljevic Bojan again increased the lead for the winners to give them 37:29. Mihailovic Vladimir closed another run for 41:29 to open the third frame. The game that remained carousel brought Latvia back to 41:40 as they responded with 11-0 run. Mihailovic Vladimir was the last to post in the third period for 53:42. Samojlovic drove a lay-up for 60:44 in the last period when it became clear that Montenegro would benefit from the game. Ljujic with a fre throw closed the game to give the second victory for his team. Mihailovic Vladimir stepped up with 18 points for the winners. Dubljevic Bojan collected 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Filip Samojlovic (183-G-90, agency: Interperformances) notched 13. Blaus Lauris ended up with 14 points for the Baltic State and Osenieks Oto added 10.

Group F
Croatia - Italy 77-63
Croatia U20 clinched the second place in Group F beating Italy U20. The hosts of the U20 European Championship Men 2010 finished with 4-1 record after 77:60 victory. Italy surprised the hosts with 5 consecutive points in the opening tip. Butorac later tied it at 6:6, while Mario Delas (208-C/F-90) brought the first lead. Croatia started to play better and Ramljak closed the opening quarter at 16:11. Another five points in a row brought them 21:11 as Batur made a free throw. Mario Delas made a dunk for 34:24, while Giampaoli sent the team to the lockers for 34:27 score on the board. Italy came back to the court in a better mood and took 44:39 after 10-0 run midway through the frame. The hosts however made some important baskets to return to 54:49 after three quarters. Croatia improved to 77:60 with a minute in the game as Ramljak made a dunk. Pascolo reduced the gap a bit after a lay-up and then a free throw for 77:63. As it became clear later he brought the final result on the board. Batur led the way with 14 points as Croatia finished with 4-1 record. Mario Delas notched 13, while Ramljak added 12. Biligha and Pascolo answered with 12 points each in the losing effort. Italy finished Group F with 1-4 record.

Russia - Slovenia 68-82
Slovenia U20 upset Russia U20 82:68 however the latter advanced to the Quarterfinals with the poor 2-3 record. Slovenia U20 finished with 1-4 record Group F of the U20 European Championship Men 2010 in Makarska. Slovenia surprised with 5-0 run in the start and got 15:2 in the middle of the frame. Fedor Klyuchnikov (192-G-90) scored from the perimeter for 22:12 and Antipov closed 8-0 run for 20:22. Slovenia again took the lead and was in front for the whole second period. Muric Edo sent the teams to the lockers with 41:26 halftime advantage. He also increased the lead to 10 points in the middle of the third frame and Vranjkovic remained Slovenia with 57:47 deficit. Sarajlija was the last to score in the frame for 63:48 advantage after three quarters. Although Russia won the last period 20-19 in the final period they could not come closer to the winners. Muric Dino made a dunk in the end of the game for the final success. Vranjkovic Marko poured in 25 points for the winners. Muric Dino notched 12, while Muric Edo produced 10. Ivlev Vladimir collected 10 points and 14 rebounds in the losing effort, whilst Karpukhin Aleksandr, Morozov Aleksandr and Fedor Klyuchnikov added 8 each.

Spain - France 69-66
Mirotic pulls Spain U20 over the French side at the U20 European Championship Men 2010 in Makarska. The Spaniards overcame France U20 69:66 to finish with 4-1 record Group F. It was an easy start for Spain that scored the first 7 points in the game. Simeon made a lay-up for 14:2 and Sastre delivered two for 19:8. Hernandez finished the quarter with two free throws for 21:11 lead. Sastre nailed three for 26:11, while France started to catch up later in the frame. Andrew Albicy (178-G-90) reduced to 26:21 and Leonard closed the half at 33:30. It was hot in the court in the third period but Spain stayed in front for the whole time. No matter how close France tried to cut the score, Spain enjoyed 51:45 at the end of the third quarter. Mirotic Nikola increased the advantage at 55:45, but Courby tied the game at 56:56 after 11-1 French run. They exchanged the lead several times, while Mirotic Nikola gave Spain 68:63. Franch made the last free throw in the game for the final 69:66 score. Mirotic Nikola collected 30 points and 12 rebounds for the winners, while Munoz Alvaro nailed 11. Andrew Albicy ended up with 15 points as France finished with 3-2 record. Aboudou Lens notched 13, while Courby Maxime posted 12.

Group G
Czech Republic - Turkey 61-70 OT
Turkey U20 needed overtime to beat Czech Republic U20 70:61. With 13-4 they improved to 2-1 record at the Classification Round of the U20 European Championship Men 2010 in Makarska. Turkey started the game with 4-0 and grabbed only 13:11 later in the period. Peterka scored two at the end of it for 15:14 advantage after 10 minutes. Kraz made a jump shot for 22:16 and Balvin scored for 26:19. Trailing 24:28, Turkey finished the half with 6-0 run to take 32:28 halftime advantage. Turkey again went on a lead and enjoyed 39:33 as Sanli made a jump shot. Karaman posted two as Turkey had 44:37, while Incekara increased the deficit to 51:39 at the end of thirty minutes. When Mutaf made a jump shot for 53:39 it seemed the intrigue was over. Czech Republic U20 however managed to tie the game and Kohout sent the teams to overtime. In extra time Turkey took the lead from the very beginning and held off the opponents for the second win. Furkan Aldemir (205-F-91) collected 16 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Mahmutoglu Melih notched 15, while Yildirim Ibrahim added 14. Satoransky Tomas finished the night with 20 points in defeat, while Balvin Ondrej posted 9.

Netherlands U20-Germany U20 57-67

Germany U20 improved to 2-1 record at the Classification Round of the U20 European Championship Men 2010. In the last game of the day the team edged Netherlands U20 67:57.
Zirbes top-scored for the winners with 14 points. Schmitz nailed 13, while Maurice Stuckey (187-G-90, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 12. Voorn answered with 16 points in the losing effort, while Kherrazi collected 15 points and 10 rebounds.


Div. B Day: 1 (Preliminary Round) - Jul. 14, 2010 
Group A
Israel - Sweden 67-71
Sweden earned the first win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They held off Israeli counterparts in Group A opener. Christoffer Ryan (196-G-90) knocked down 20 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 3 assists to lead the effort. The teams looked well-matched in the starting quarter. The lead changed hands before Karpelesz and Ariely gave Israel a 15:13 lead at the first break. Nagwere opened the second term with a three-pointer to put Sweden in charge. The Scandinavians maintained the advantage throughout the second stanza and posted a 37:35 advantage at the interval. Christoffer Ryan knocked down 7 points and Alexander Lindqvist (202-F-91) added three more as Sweden opened a 9-point buffer early in the third quarter. An 8:0 run from the Swedish team helped those accumulate a 15-point lead late in the quarter. Sweden stayed comfortable in front until Nimrod Tishman (195-G-91) exploded with back-to-back three-pointers and dragged Israel within 6 midway through the fourth term. Andreas Person (188-G-91) came up with timely buckets late in regulation to ice the victory for the Scandinavians. Alexander Lindqvist knocked down 14 points for Sweden. Christopher Czerapowicz (197-F-91) and Andreas Person added 9 points each in the win. Jake Cohen (208-F-90) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Israel. Nimrod Tishman and Karpelesz provided 9 points each in the loss.

Hungary - Georgia 83-67
Hungarian U20 team opened their European Championship in Division B quest with victory. They toppled Georgia to improve at 1-0 record A. Janos Eilingsfeld (198-F/C-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) came up with 19 points and 8 rebounds to pace Hungary. Tornike Shengelia (205-G/F-91) opened the scoring in this one. Georgia soon grabbed a 10:5 lead and rallied to a 13:11 advantage at the first break. Hungary drew things level early in the second term but Georgia triggered a 6:0 run to clear off once again. Tornike Shengelia helped Georgia grab a 9-point cushion in the second frame. They stayed in charge and wrapped up the first half up by 7 points 34:27. Hungary however gradually leveled things up. They used a 10:2 run late in the third quarter to surge in front 53:46. Hungary entered the fourth frame up by 3 points at 56:53. Ferdinand Morgen (206-F/C-90) unloaded five points in a row to boost the margin at the start of the fourth period. Three-pointers from Helmeszi and Norbert Takacs gave Hungary a 74:57 lead with under four minutes to go. Georgia failed to respond and Hungary coasted to the victory in the dying minutes. Ferdinand Morgen knocked down 14 points for Hungary. Andras Helmeczi (192-G-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) added 11 points in the winning effort. Tornike Shengelia responded with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for Georgia. Giorgi Sharabidze (208-C-90) produced 14 points in the loss.

Group B
Bulgaria - Portugal 91-86
Bulgaria and Portugal opened their European Championship in Division B campaign. They clashed in Austrian Oberwart. Bulgaria came out winners as they eked out a difficult overtime victory at the end. Aleksandar Georgiev (203-F-90) knocked down 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the charge. Bulgaria used a 9:0 run to gain a 12:5 lead midway through the opening stanza. They maintained the lead and finished the first stanza up by two 19:17. Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90, agency: Interperformances) kept Bulgaria in charge early in the second quarter. However back-to-back three-pointer from Soares and Joao Guerreiro (205-F-90) helped Portugal clinch the lead. The advantage changed hands for several times before Diogo Correia (185-G-90) sealed the first half outcome at 38:36. Diogo Correia and Joao Guerreiro opened the third stanza with five points in a row to give Portugal an 7-point lead. The gap soon grew at 10-point mark. But Bulgaria bounced back cutting the distance to just 6 points with ten minutes to go. Hristo Zahariev (197-G/F-90) and Slavchev dragged Bulgaria closer at the start of the fourth frame. Bozhidar Avramov tied things up at 74 with 28 seconds to go in regulation. The teams did not score a point in the reminder of the regular time and headed into overtime. Bozhidar Avramov and Aleksandar Georgiev tipped off the extra period with five points in a row. Silva revived the intrigue with four points of his own but Tihomir Zhelev, Aleksandar Georgiev and Vasil Kyosev allowed Bulgaria to run away for good in this one. Bozhidar Avramov nailed 18 points for Bulgaria. Hristo Zahariev added 15 points in the winning case. Joao Guerreiro accounted for 20 points for Portugal. Diogo Correia notched 18 points in the loss.

Switzerland - Finland 64-92
Finland proved strength against Switzerland at the start of the U20 European Championship in Division B. Roope Ahonen (186-G-90) knocked down 18 points and Finland cruised to the opening victory in Group B. Finland set the tone early. They tipped off the encounter with a 9:2 run. Korhonen opened a double-digit lead for Finland late in the starting quarter 23:13. Finland enjoyed a 25:16 advantage at the first pause. Roope Ahonen drained back-to-back trebles to stretch the margin early in the second frame. The Finnish team stayed in charge as they finished the half up by 11 points 41:30. Sasu Salin (190-G-91) , Carl Lindbom (204-F-91) and Roope Ahonen gave Finland a massive 25-point buffer midway through the third quarter. Alexi Alanen capped the period with a three-pointer as the scoreboard read 69:46. Sasu Salin opened the fourth frame with a trey and Finland did not look back on the way to the victory. Carl Lindbom accounted for 15 points for Finland. Alexi Alanen added 13 points, while Sasu Salin notched 12 in the win. Christophe Varidel (185-G-89) responded with 21 points for Switzerland. Peter Ishiodu (196-F-91) finished with 13 points in defeat.

Group C
Belgium - Austria 79-88
Austria overcame a slow start to earn the victory in their home U20 European Championship in Division B opener. The hosts faced Belgium in Group C and had their fans worried for some time before securing a tough win. Rasid Mahalbasic (210-F/C-90) was pivotal as he tallied 27 points and 12 rebounds for the home team. Belgium silenced the crowd with 13:0 start to the game. Austria needed some to recover from the shock. They trailed 22:28 at the first break. Radis Mahalbasic and Klepeisz triggered a comeback rally from the hosts. Four points in a row from Jesse Seilern (189-G-90) drew things level at 37 midway through the second term. Jesse Seilern capped the half with two triples to give Austria a 52:43 advantage. The home side tipped off the third term with four consecutive points to open up a double-digit lead. The teams entered the final quarter with Austria leading by 14 points. Belgium never recovered in the fourth quarter and had to give up at the end. Jesse Seilern knocked down 20 points for Austria. Romed Vieider (196-F-91) and Moritz Lanegger (188-G-90, agency: Interperformances) had 13 points each in the win. Thomas De Thaey (197-F-91) replied with 22 points for Belgium. Dennis Donkor nailed 18 points in the losing case.

United Kingdom - Denmark 79-65
Great Britain claimed the first win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They toppled Denmark in Group C to improve at 1-0 record. Ovie Soko (203-F-91) led all scorers with 24 points. Denmark opened the game with five points in a row but Great Britain quickly responded. They denied the deficit to lead 16:15 ten minutes into the encounter. The lead changed hands throughout the tense second frame. William Neighbour (203-F-90) and Mackay gave Great Britain a 39:33 advantage at halftime. The British team opened the third term with four points in a row to open a double-digit lead. Lawrence three-pointer marked a 20-point lead for Great Britain as they suddenly were in full control. Denmark faced a 20-point deficit at the start of the fourth period. The Scandinavians were able to get within 12 in the final term but Great Britain wisely kept at distance and sealed the winning outcome at the end. William Neighbour notched 21 points for Great Britain. Alex Marcotullio (191-G) added 8 points in the win. Jonas Bergstedt (207-C-91) answered with 16 points for Denmark. Mathias Seilund (201-F-90) finished with 13 points in the loss.

Group D
Belarus - Norway 35-80
Norway opened their U20 European Championship in Division B campaign in style. They marked their ambitions with a drubbing of Belarus in Group D in Gussing, Austria. Anders Stien (195-G-90) nailed 13 points to lead Norway. Norway opened the game with nine points in a row. Dabravolski and Viktar Ausepian (205-F-91) brought Belarus to life but not for long. Norway posted a 21:9 lead at the first break. The Scandinavian team tipped off the second frame with a 13:0 rally to clear off. The scoreboard read 36:13 for Norway at halftime. Belarus showed some signs of finding the rhythm late in the third term as they capped it with four points in a row but the margin was too large as Norway enjoyed a 27-point buffer. Belarus accounted for 14 points in the final stanza but Norway responded with 32 points to celebrate a confident win at the end. Aksel Bolinz (206-F-90) notched 11 points for Norway. Stian Berg (186-G-91) added 10 points in the winning effort. Aliaksandr Hrumiantsau (206-F-91) answered with 9 points for Belarus. Viktar Ausepian finished with 6 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Slovakia - Romania 76-62
Slovak Republic opened their U20 European Championship in Division B campaign on a high note. They rallied past Romania in Group D first round. Michal Kozar (191-F-90) led well-balanced effort with 14 points. The first frame proved decisive in this one. Consecutive treys from Zidzik, Ulman and Michal Kozar shocked Romania giving Slovak Republic a 22:6 lead midway through the quarter. Slovak Republic earned a 28:8 advantage at the first break. They used a 5:0 rally to boost the margin to as many as 23 points in the second quarter. Marek Jass (194-G-90) capped the first half with five points in a row to give Slovaks a 45:27 buffer at halftime. Romania entered the third period on a 5:0 run. But Slovak Republic remained cool and they kept their opponents at bay. Nevertheless Romania had a trace of hope as they were down by 15 points heading into the fourth term. Adrian Gutoaia (195-C-90) tipped off the fourth period with a three-pointer to give hope for Romania. They were able to get within 8 points midway through the final term but Slovak Republic did not allow their opponents to score a single point in the reminder of the contest and celebrated a confident win at the end. Matej Marchyn (192-F-90) nailed 13 points for the winners. Marek Jass finished with 11 points for Slovak Republic. Adrian Gutoaia answered with game-high 35 points for Romania. Bogdan Tibirna (208-C-91) added 7 points in defeat.


Day: 5 (Qualifying Round) - Jul. 13, 2010 
Group E
Lithuania - Latvia 72-75
Latvia earned the first win at the Qualifying Round of the U20 European Championship in Croatia. They held off Lithuania in the intense clash tonight. Latvia thus improved at 1-3 record and caught up with Lithuania in Group E. Latvia went on a 13:0 run in the opening quarter to post a 15:5 lead. They rallied past shocked Lithuania to a 25:15 advantage at the first intermission. The Latvian team maintained the lead well throughout the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 11 points 41:30. Osins and Martins Laksa boosted the gap to 16 points at the start of the third term. Latvia enjoyed a 60:49 advantage at the final break. Lithuania went on a desperate rescue mission in the fourth quarter. Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) opened the final term with five points in a row. Lithuania worked hard to get within only four points with just over three minutes remaining. Augustas Peciukevicius (191-G-91) and Drungilas dragged Lithuania as close as one point with 62 seconds left in regulation 71:72. However Celms came up with three points late in the game and sealed the winning outcome for Latvia. Lauris Blaus (204-C-90) accounted for 19 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Kristers Zeidaks (202-F-90) produced 16 points for Latvia. Augustas Peciukevicius responded with 18 points for Lithuania. Eimantas Bendzius had 16 points in the losing effort.

Greece - Montenegro 83-79 OT
The first game of Qualifying Round Day 2 started with an interesting clash of the defending champions versus Montenegro. Greece U20 needed overtime to beat Montenegro U20 83:79. Montenegro U20 started better and took 19-18 lead after the first 10 minutes. Radovic increased the lead to 26-18 and then Nikos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) tied it all at 31:31. Moreover he gave his side 32:31 lead at the halftime. Again Montenegro took the lead in the third period and finished the frame having 53:48 advantage. Montenegro had 2-point lead with 2 seconds in the fourth period, while Nikos Pappas made two free throws. The score was tied at 72:72 at the end of the last period as both teams needed overtime to find out the winner. Montenegro grabbed 75:74 in the first minutes of extra time Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) gave Greece 76:75. Later Konstantinos Sloukas and Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) exchanged the free throws, while Stojanovic nailed three for 79:77 lead. Greece had 81:79 with 18 seconds to go, while Konstantinos Sloukas made two free throws for the final success. Nikos Pappas paced all the winners with 22 points for 4-0 record in Group E. Leonidas Kaselakis (201-C-90) followed him with 17, while Konstantinos Sloukas and Georgios Georgakis (205-C-91, agency: FCM) added 13. Vladimir Mihailovic erupted with 25 points in defeat as Montenegro fell at 1-3. Radovic scored 14, while Stojanovic netted 12.

Ukraine - Serbia 66-64
Ukraine and Serbia struggled for the third victory in the Qualifying Round of U20 European Championship. Ukraine booked their place at the Quarterfinal round beating Serbia 66:64. After a tough start both teams continued to battle in the court until the last seconds. Ukraine enjoyed 40:32 lead as Ruslan Otverchenko (192-G/F-90) made his 15th points to send the teams to the lockers. Subotic made a lay-up to open the third period in the game. Arnautovic nailed another three for 40:37, while Aleksandar Mitrovic (202-F-90) tied the game at 40:40 as Serbia completed their 8-0 run. Maksym Sandul (207-C-91) scored four points for Ukraine to give the lead back at 44:42. Serbia took the lead at 46:44 as Aleksandar Mitrovic scored from the perimeter and another three-pointer from the player brought 49:47 with 3 minutes in the third. Kyryl Natyazhko (208-C-90) nailed two for 50:49 and Noskov tied the game at 52:52 at the end of the third period. Andjusic made a dunk to open the last period and Jaramaz later gave Serbia 62:54. Kyryl Natyazhko cut it to 62:56, while Aleksandar Mitrovic increased the lead to 64:59. Ruslan Otverchenko nailed three reducing for 64:62 with 2 minutes in the quarter. He made another shot from the long distance for 65:64 with 44 seconds to go. Kyryl Natyazhko made one free throw for the final victory. Ruslan Otverchenko paced all the winners with 21 points. Maksym Sandul collected 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Kyryl Natyazhko added 11. Aleksandar Mitrovic scored 15 and Nemanja Jaramaz notched 12 in defeat.

Group F
Slovenia - Italy 65-80
Italy claimed the first win at the U20 European Championship Qualifying Round. They held off Slovenia today to improve at 1-3 record in Pool F. Slovenia in the meantime slipped at 0-4 record. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) stepped up with 22 points to lead Italy to the win. Slovenia organized an 8:0 run midway through the opening quarter to take a 17:10 lead. But Vitali and Roberto Rullo (192-G-90) capped the period with seven points in a row for Italy as they drew things level at 17. Vitaly tipped off the second term with a three-pointer as the Azzurri surged ahead. The teams stayed neck and neck before Alessandro Gentile knocked down seven consecutive points and helped Italy gain a 37:28 lead late in the half. Roberto Rullo capped the half with a jumper giving Italy a 39:30 advantage. Roberto Rullo and Alessandro Gentile stretched the margin to 14 points at the start of the third term. Slovenia responded late in the quarter as they went on a 9:0 rally to get within three. Italy responded immediately as they capped the frame on a 6:1 run to restore a safe cushion. Triples from Daniele Sandri and Giacomo Sanguinetti allowed the Azzurri to enjoy a 12-point lead midway through the final stanza. Italy did not look back en route to the win at the end. Roberto Rullo knocked down 17 points for Italy. Paul Biligha (200-C-90) added 10 points in the winning effort. Jakob Cebasek (198-G/F-91) responded with 15 points for Slovenia. Edo Muric had 12 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Russia - Spain 70-68
Russia U20 handed Spain U20 their first loss as they won the thriller 70:68 in Group F. Russia improved to 2-2 record, while Spain fell at 3-1. Russia opened the game with 5 consecutive points and enjoyed 19:13 lead at the end of the first period. Martinez nailed three for 21:21, while Grigoriy Andreev (195-G/F-90) made 33:27 at the halftime. Vladimir Ivlev (204-F-90) increased to 35:27 but Spain was too far to give up. Hernandez brought them 39:37 and Gil tasted 44:41 with Spain at the end of three quarters. Russia trailed 1 point before Grigoriy Andreev nailed a three-pointer for 60:58. Bychkov was perfect from the free throw line for 62:58 and Munoz nailed three for 62:61. Later Valiev and Mirotic exchanged the baskets for 64:63, while the latter tied at at 64:64. Grigoriy Andreev made the last six points for the winners and brought them the necessary victory. Franch made a lay-up in the very end for the final score. Vladimir Ivlev collected massive 19 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Grigoriy Andreev nailed 15, while Vladimir Pichkurov (194-G-90) posted 12. Ignacio Llovet (202-C-91) ended up with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Hernandez notched 12, whilst Mirotic added 11.

France - Croatia 40-65
Croatia improved at 3-1 record in Group F of the U20 European Championship. They coasted past France in the second game of the Qualifying Round. Mario Delas (208-C/F-90) knocked down 15 points to lead the hosts. France slipped at 3-1 record after the loss. Croatia opened the game with six points in a row. They maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter and established a 17:8 advantage ten minutes into the game. Paul Lacombe (194-G-90) and Albicy opened the second term with six points for France as the margin was cut. Ferdinand Prenom (202-C-91) and Paul Lacombe put France ahead midway through the second term 21:20. However Mario Delas unleashed 7 quick points as the home side earned 30:23 advantage. Croatia sealed a 30:27 lead at halftime. The hosts tipped off the third term with nine points in a row to surge in front. Croatia maintained the lead and posted a 46:35 advantage at the final intermission. Tomislav Zubcic, Ivan Batur and Dino Butorac exploded with three-pointers early in the fourth quarter as Croatia grabbed a comfortable lead and never looked back en route to the win. Leon Radosevic (208-C-90) finished with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for the home team. Josip Bilinovac (195-G-90) added 12 points for the winners. France answered with 11 points from Ferdinand Prenom. Paul Lacombe had 10 points in the losing effort.

Group G
Germany - Turkey 65-75
Turkey stepped away from the edge as they knocked down Germany in the relegation round of the U20 European Championship. Turkey and Germany are now tied at 1-1 record in Group G. Furkan Aldemir (205-F-91) tallied 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort. Turkey stormed into the game as they quickly gained a 15:4 lead. T.J. DiLeo (188-G) woke Germany up with 6 points in a row. The Bundesteam soon surged ahead but Furkan Aldemir allowed Turkey to take a 21:18 lead at the first break. The advantage changed hands for several times throughout the second quarter. Incekara capped the half with a jumper to give Turkey a 37:34 lead. Furkan Aldemir and Melih Mahmutoglu (187-G-90) boosted the margin to 7 points early in the third term. They ensured a 16-point buffer for the Turkish team later in the period. Turkey entered the fourth stanza up by 14 points 59:45. Germany got within 6 points late in the fourth quarter but it was as closer as they could get. Turkey controlled the situation and recorded a well-deserved win at the end. Melih Mahmutoglu produced 20 points for Turkey. Birkan Batuk (198-F-90) added 10 points in the victory. Simon Schmitz (188-G-90) replied with 19 points for Germany. T.J. DiLeo had 14 points in the loss.

Holland - Czech Republic 67-75
Czech Republic U20 beat Netherlands U20 75:67 to tie both records at 1-1 at the Classification Round of the U20 European Championship. Tomas Satoransky (196-G/F-91) was unstoppable for the winners as both of them will try to remain in Division A depending on their last game. Kherrazi opened the game for the Dutch side and Tomas Satoransky responded immediately for the winners. After 22:22 at the end of the frame and Van Schaik scored for 26:22. Soucek later brought the lead back to 29:28, but Jessey Voorn (193-G-90, agency: R.H.Consultancy) gave the Dutch team 37:31. Tomas Satoransky tied the game at 37:37 as the teams disappeared in the lockers. Moreover the run continued until 44:37 when Tomas Vyoral (190-G-92) made two free throws. The latter also increased the lead to 55:39 later in the frame. Kherrazi reduced the gap to 58:47 at the end of thirty minutes. The intrigue was however not lost as Van Der Horst Dimeo brought 58:54. Moreover another three-pointer from Van Schaik made the score 60:57 for the Czechs. The latter managed however to keep the score for good and even increased the deficit at the end. Tomas Vyoral posted last two free-throws for the final 75:67. Tomas Satoransky poured in 24 points for the winners. Tomas Vyoral nailed 20, while Ondrej Peterka (192-F-91) notched 12. Jessey Voorn ended up with 15 points in the losing effort, while Van Der Horst Dimeo scored 13.


Day: 4 (Qualifying Round) - Jul. 12, 2010 
Group E
Montenegro - Ukraine 75-88
Ukraine U20 surprise Montenegro U20 in Crikvenica to start the Qualifying Round with 2-1 record. Ruslan Otverchenko (192-G/F-90) and Natyazhko Kyryl combined for 50 points to seal another win for Ukraine. Montenegro started with four points in a row and had 17:13 later in the period. Ukraine however exploded later int he game and immediately created a 16-0 run for 29:17 lead. From that time they never looked behind and reached the necessary victory. After 22-13 in the second frame they reached 47:30 advantage. Stojanovic cut it to 40:50 and Mihailovic made a lay-up for 50:60. Dubljevic Bojan closed the third quarter at 54:65 and still kept the hope for his team. Ukraine did not allow the opponents to reduce for more and even increased to 81:67 when Ruslan Otverchenko made two-free throws. Natyazhko Kyryl made the lay-up in the end of the game for the final success. Ruslan Otverchenko exploded with 32 points. Natyazhko Kyryl collected 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Lypovyy Oleksandr notched 17. Dubljevic Bojan finished the night with 29 points in defeat, while Mihailovic Vladimir scored 13. Tomorrow Ukraine will meet Serbia, while Montenegro will face Greece.

Latvia - Serbia 57-70
Serbia U20 improved to 2-1 record beating Latvia U20 in the last game of Group E Qualifying Round Day 1. The winners overcame Latvia U20 70:57 in Crikvenica. Trailing 2:9 in the opening tip Serbia tied the game at 9:9 and won the opening quarter 18:13. Dekic brought 25:15 and Andjusic scored from the perimeter for 35:25 at the halftime. Latvia managed to win the third period 19-18, while the last quarter brought the intrigue back into the game. Serbia had 53:44 with 8 minutes in the game, while Blaus made a jump shot for 53:46. Blaus scored another three points in the game to reduce to 49:53, but Nemanja Nedovic (192-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) posted three for 56:49. It was another shot from Blaus for 56:51 and again Nemanja Nedovic made two free throws for 58:51. Zeidaks and Musli exchanged the baskets for 60:53 and then the teams had some difficulties on scoring another basket. Laksa later reduced to 60:55, while Milutinovic increased the lead for Serbia at 62:55. Nemanja Nedovic made it 64:55 and Laksa kept Latvia alive at 64:57 with two minutes in the game. The top-scorer for Serbia scored one more free throw, while Mitrovic brought another two for 67:57. Dekic made the final 70:57 win for the Serbian squad. Nemanja Nedovic top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Mitrovik and Musli netted 14 each. Blaus finished the night with 19 points and Zeidaks scored 16.

Lithuania - Greece 70-75
Greece U20 opened the Qualifying Round with the win and remained the only undefeated team in Group E. The team rolled over Lithuania U20 75:70 due to the second half. Sarikopoulos gave the winners the first lead and another lay-up from the player brought 14:10. Lithuania tied the game several times, while Greece grabbed 26:20 after 10 minutes. Staniulis tied it again at 30, while Slezas gave the Baltic side 39:38 advantage. Again the score was tied at 41:41 as the teams disappeared in the lockers. Both squads stayed tough in the third quarter and as a result the board showed 50:50 with 3 minutes in the frame. Georgakis kept Greek side in front 56:55 after 30 minutes. In the last frame however Greece broke the intrigue and took the bigger lead. They increased to 71:61 as Kaselakis made a lay-up. Nikos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) made the last two free throws at the end for the final success. Nikos Pappas stepped up with 18 points for the winners. Sloukas Konstantinos notched 14, while Papanikolaou Konstantinos added 13. Paulius Dambrauskas (191-G-91) poured in 13 points in the losing effort as Lithuania fell at 1-2. Sapiega Matas and Orelikas Gediminas delivered 12 points each in defeat.

Group F
Croatia - Russia 75-61
Makarska enjoyed the last game of the first day in the Qualifying Round of the U20 European Championship as the hosts overcame Russia U20 75:61. The Croatian side won the opening quarter and added two victories in the second half. Leon Radosevic (208-C-90) opened the scoring account for Croatia while Antipov responded for the guests. After 14:14, Croatia pushed the tempo in the end of the quarter to take 25:16 lead. Moreover Planinic made it 31:19 and Delas scored for 34:24. Russia meanwhile replied with 12-2 run to tie the game at 36:36 when Klyuchnikov made two free throws. Bilinovac was the last to post in the half to bring Croatia 40:36 advantage. In the third period Croatia had 5-10 points deficit and kept the lead. Planinic with a lay-up brought his side to 57:50 after thirty minutes in the court. Russia tried to stay closer, but the hosts always replied for the guests' baskets. Antipov reduced to 66:59, but Leon Radosevic, Olivari and Bilinovac delivered for 73:59. Zubcic made the final shot to celebrate 75:61 win with Croatia. Leon Radosevic led the way with 18 points as Croatia improved to 2-1 record. Delas notched 15, while Bilinovac scored 12. Bychkov, Ivlev and Antipov answered with 10 points each in the losing effort.

Slovenia - France 43-50
French U20 selection tipped off the Qualifying Round of the European Championship with win. They toppled Slovenia in Group F. France thus improved at 3-0 record, while Slovenia slipped at 0-3. Alexis Tanghe led Les Bleus with 11 points in this low-scoring affair. The teams limped offensively in the first frame. They combined for only 10 points in the quarter with the teams being tied at 5. The lead changed hands for several times in the second period before France pulled ahead. Les Bleus earned a 16:13 lead at halftime. Edo Muric put Slovenia in charge early in the third frame but France reacted quickly. They went on a 9:0 run to post a 27:20 advantage. Slovenia bounced back again to narrow the margin to a single point at the final break 28:29. Edo Muric and Jakob Cebasek helped Slovenia put their noses in front. However Andrew Albicy (178-G-90) and Lacombe came up with some costly points late in regulation as France ran away for good. Christophe Leonard knocked down 10 points for France. Andrew Albicy added 9 points in the victory. Uros Zadnik replied with 10 points for Slovenia. Edo Muric, Jakob Cebasek and Luka Dimec had 7 points apiece in the loss.

Italy - Spain 56-78
Spanish U20 team opened the Qualifying Round of the European Championship with victory. They toppled Italy to improve at 3-0 record in Group F. Italy in the meantime slipped at 0-3. Ignacio Llovet came up with 18 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge. Spain went on a 12:2 run midway through the opening quarter to clear off. Spain finished the first frame leading by 10 points 20:10. Sastre and Gil tipped off the second term with four points to boost the margin. But Italy responded with 10:0 run to get closer. Andrea Casella and Stefano Crotta exploded with three-pointers as Italy leveled things up at 32 late in the first half. Stefano Crotta capped the half with a lay-up to give Italy a 34:33 advantage. Spain used a 9:0 run midway through the third quarter to retain the lead. Ignacio Llovet and Simeon soon ensured a 54:43 advantage for Spaniards late in the third term. Martinez and Josep Franch (198-G-91) helped Spain to boost the margin to 17 points midway through the fourth term. Italy never recovered in the reminder of the contest and had to surrender at the end. Josep Franch knocked down 18 points for Spain. Alvaro Munoz added 8 points in the victory. Alessandro Gentile responded with 16 points for Italy. Daniele Sandri had 8 points in the losing effort.

Group G
Czech Republic - Germany 68-73
Germany outscored Czech Republic in the opening game of the Relegation Round of the U20 European Championship. Germany needed overtime to tame pesky Czech Republic. T.J. DiLeo knocked down 20 points to pace the effort. Germany used a 9:1 run late in the first quarter to take a 16:11 lead. But Czech Republic opened the second frame on a 7:0 run to step in front. Germany stole back the lead but Kraz and Tomas Satoransky capped the first half with four points in a row to give the Czech team a 22:21 advantage. Tomas Voslajer drained back-to-back three-pointers at the start of the third term to boost the lead. Germany responded with seven straight points midway through the third term to regain control. They posted a 40:34 advantage heading into the fourth stanza. Roller-coaster action continued in the final period. Tomas Voslajer, Martin Kriz, Tomas Satoransky and Tomas Vyoral allowed Czech Republic to enjoy a 46:42 advantage midway through the fourth term. Germany denied the deficit and Maurice Stuckey gave the Bundesteam a 55:52 lead with 50 seconds to go in regulation. But Tomas Satoransky accounted for three points in the dying seconds to force overtime. The teams kept it close in the extra period but Schmitz and Steven Monse (200-F-90) hit five free throws in the late stages to seal the winning outcome for Germany. Steven Monse knocked down 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for Germany. Maurice Stuckey added 10 points in the winning effort. Tomas Voslajer responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds for Czech Republic. Tomas Vyoral and Tomas Satoransky had 11 points each in the loss.

Turkey - Holland 63-68
Netherlands posted the first win at the U20 European Championship. The Dutch team held off Turkey in the opening game of the Classification round campaign. Turkey led throughout the bigger part of the clash but Netherlands came from behind late in regulation and eked out victory. Aldemir helped Turkey to a quick start. They earned a 10:7 lead midway through the opening quarter. Netherlands drew things level but Aldemir and Koksal allowed Turkey to take a 19:14 lead at the first break. Turkey used an 11:o run to post a 30:16 advantage midway through the second quarter. Charlon Kloof ignited a 7:0 run to bring Netherlands closer. Jessey Voorn capped the half with a three-pointer as the Dutch team trailed by six points at halftime 31:37. Three-pointers from Jessey Voorn helped Netherlands to get within two in the third term. But Turkey stayed calm as they recorded a 50:47 advantage at the final intermission. Melih Mahmutoglu (187-G-90) and Ilkan Karaman dragged Turkey to a 7-point lead Mohammed Kherrazi answered with seven points of his own as Netherlands knotted things up at 60. Mohammed Kherrazi then triggered an 8:0 run to help the Dutchmen gain a 67:62 advantage with 21 seconds remaining. Melih Mahmutoglu answered with just one free throw in the remaining seconds and Netherlands celebrated an important victory at the end. Mohammed Kherrazi knocked down 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead Netherlands. Jessey Voorn added 14 points in the victory. Melih Mahmutoglu replied with 15 points for Turkey. Ilkan Karaman had 14 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.


Day: 3 (Preliminary Round) - Jul. 10, 2010 
Group A
Ukraine - Czech Republic 85-75
Ukraine completed the minimum task as they advanced from Pool A into the Qualifying Round of the U20 European Championship. Volodymyr Polyakh team held off Czech Republic tonight to improve at 2-1 record. The Czech team on the other hand suffered the third straight defeat and would try to save their Division A status in relegation round. Czech Republic dominated in the opening quarter. They overcame a slow first seconds of the encounter to gain an 18:11 lead midway through the stanza. Czech Republic posted a 20:16 lead at the first break. But Ukraine stunned their opponents at the start of the second quarter. They went on a 10:0 run to pull in front. Czech Republic fought back the lead but not for too long as Ukraine established a 39:36 advantage at halftime. Tense and nervous game continued in the third quarter. Czech Republic snatched the advantage back and maintained it throughout the period. They entered the final ten minutes of the clash up by 2 points 62:60. Five points in a row from Kraz ensured a 75:71 lead for the Czech team with just over four minutes to go. However Ukraine went on a 14:0 run to close the game and celebrated an impressive victory at the end. Oleksandr Lypovyy (200-G-91) provided 22 points for Ukraine. Ruslan Otverchenko added 20 points, while Kyryl Natyazhko had 17 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Ondrej Peterka answered with 23 points for Czech Republic. Tomas Satoransky posted 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss.

Greece - Latvia 82-53
Greece earned the third straight win at the U20 European Championship in Croatia. They outscored Latvia to win preliminary Group A. Both Greece and Latvia advanced into the Qualifying Round of the tournament. Nikos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) led the charge with 19 points. Greece opened the game with four points in a row and maintained the lead well throughout the opening stanza. They earned a 21:5 lead midway through the stanza. Greece unloaded 30 points in the first ten minutes to enjoy a 30:12 lead. Greece maintained the lead well throughout the second frame. The Hellenes posted a 43:25 advantage at halftime. Latvia were able to get within 15 points midway through the third term. The teams were divided by 16 points with one quarter remaining 62:46. Nikos Pappas and Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) gave the Hellenes a 20-point buffer midway through the fourth quarter. Latvia had nothing to answer with and surrendered at the end. Zisis Sarikopoulos notched 14 points and 11 rebounds for Greece. Konstantinos Sloukas added 11 points in the victory. Kristers Zeidaks replied with 19 points for Latvia. Armands Osins delivered 7 points in the loss.

Group B
Turkey - Montenegro 61-63
Montenegro U20 advanced to the Qualifying Round of the U20 European Championship 2010 sending Turkey U20 out of it after another loss. Montenegro U20 celebrated 63:61 to finish Group B with 2-1 record. Dubljevic and Kilicli exchanged the baskets in the opening tip, while Incekara brought Turkey 17:9. Montenegro replied with some good basket and Batuk Birkan kept Turkey in front after the first period at 20:17. It was a tough start for both teams in the second period and both of them had difficulties to score. The game was tied at 22:22 after 5 minutes in the second frame. Milutin Djukanovic (188-G-91) nailed a three-pointer for 32:29 halftime advantage. Mahmutoglu Melih tied it again at 38:38 and Milutin Djukanovic made the same at 45:45. Samojlovic Filip made a jump shot from the arc for 50:49 with 10 minutes to go. With six minutes to play, Turkey led 55:53 but soon afterwards began to lose their composure and shockingly failed to convert on nine straight possessions. Milutin Djukanovic top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Mihailovic Vladimir and Samojlovic Filip followed him with 12 points apiece. Mahmutoglu Melih ended up with 16 points for Turkey that fell at 0-3. Batuk Birkan delivered 12, while Karaman Ilkan collected 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Lithuania - Serbia 69-80
Serbia U20 overcame Lithuania U20 80:69 and won Group B of the U20 European Championship. Both teams however advanced to the Qualifying Round finishing with 2-1 records. Serbia opened the game with 7-0 run and had 14:7 as Nedovic Nemanja made a jump shot. His shot was also last in the opening quarter as Serbia kept 24:21 lead. Due to 21-14 in the second frame Serbian squad improved to 45:35 at the halftime. They continued their 17-0 run in the third period and reached 56:35 lead with 6 minutes in the quarter. Drungilas reduced to 45:61 at the end of the third period. Lithuania won also the last frame to cut it to the final result in the game. Dejan Musli (214-C-91) poured in 20 points to lead all the winners. Milutinovic Andreja collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Nedovic Nemanja added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Bendzius Eimantas ended up with 17 points in the losing case. Drungilas Adomas netted 16, while Peciukevicius Augustas scored 12.

Group C
France - Russia 60-59
France U20 won Group C of the U20 European Championship 2010 as they beat Russia U20 in Croatia. Les Bleus needed 60:59 victory to finish on top, while two advanced to the next round. Andrew Albicy (178-G-90) opened the game for the French side and Ramassamy's shot brought 8:7 lead. Russia however won the end of the opening frame as Klyuchnikov Fedor gave his side 16:10. Valiev increased the lead to 21:14, while Pateev brought the advantage for Russia back at 23:22. France looked better in the rest of the half and Prenom Ferdinand sent the teams to the lockers for 34:28. The winners controlled the quarter until the last 4 minutes when Polokhin tied it at 38:38. The game was also tied at 46:46 at the end of thirty minutes. It was a really good game as both teams deserved to win due to their performance. After 51:51 France scored some important baskets and never looked behind after that. Andrew Albicy made it 60:58, while Klyuchnikov Fedor scored one from the free throw line for the final result. Prenom Ferdinand poured in 11 points to lead all the winners. Andrew Albicy and Leonard Christophe followed him with 10 points each in a win. Andreev Grigoriy responded with 18 points as Russia finished with 2-1 record. Ivlev Vladimir netted 17, while Klyuchnikov Fedor scored 10.

Italy - Holland 77-65
Italian U20 selection recorded the first win at the European Championship. They edged Netherlands to occupy the third position in Pool C. Italy thus advanced into the Qualifying Round. Netherlands slipped at 0-3 record and finished in the fourth place in the group. They will play in Relegation Round. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) paced the Azzurri with 25 points and 8 rebounds. The lead changed hands throughout the opening quarter. Vitali capped the period with a three-pointer to give Italy a 21:17 lead. Netherlands opened the second term with six points in a row to surge in front. But Italy quickly regained the advantage and rallied to a 38:34 advantage at the interval. A seesaw action continued in the third frame. The Dutchmen pulled ahead just to see their opponents take a 54:50 lead at the final break. Alessandro Gentile and Roberto Rullo helped the Azzurri to a 9-point buffer at the start of the fourth quarter. The gap soon grew at 11-point mark and Italy cruised to the win at the end. Roberto Rullo knocked down 12 points for Italy. Paul Biligha added 9 points for the winners. Mohammed Kherazzi responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Netherlands. Craig Osaikhwuwuomwam delivered 13 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.

Group D
Germany - Slovenia 54-75
Slovenia U20 condemn Germany U20 to Classification Round as they beat them tonight. Slovenia meanwhile registered a stop at the Qualifying Round after 75:54 win. It did not look bad for Germany in the beginning of the game as they started well and had 9:2 lead. Stuckey Maurice made a three-pointer in the end of the period for 18:14 after 10 minutes. At 24:24 there was little sign that the Germans would end up trailing by double digits as they left the court at the midway point of the game. Zadnik Uros closed an 11-0 run for Slovenia that enjoyed 33:24 advantage. Moreover Buda scored for 42:27 to shock the German side again. Dino Muric (199-F-90) was the last to score at the end of thirty minutes for 55:42. Germany was too far to give up and Schmitz reduced to 51:57. Another 13-0 run from the Slovenia side was too much for Germany. Dino Muric led the way with 25 points and Zadnik Uros notched 12. Stuckey Maurice produced 13 points in the losing case as his team dropped to 1-2. Monse Steven and Zirbes Maik delivered 9 points each in a loss.

Croatia - Spain 59-64
Spain U20 edged the hosts of the U20 European Championship. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round after finishing the group with 2-1 records with 64:59 Spanish win. Croatia started with 4-0 run and had 15:13 after the opening quarter. The teams exchanged the lead several times in the second quarter however Croatia held the score at the halftime. Both teams went to the lockers for 27:26 lead for the hosts. Spain meanwhile took the control of the game in the third period. Munoz Alvaro made a jump shot for 44:30 and Llovet Ignacio scored for 49:35. Delas Mario reduced the gap to 38:49 at the end of thirty minutes. Croatia managed to win the last stanza 21-15 however could not remain undefeated. Josep Franch (198-G-91) was perfect from the free throw line bringing Spain the necessary win. Llovet Ignacio top-scored for the winners with 17 points as Spain won the group with 2-1 record. Josep Franch nailed 15, while Munoz Alvaro added 12. Delas Mario ended up with 10 points in the losing effort. Zubcic Tomislav, Butorac Dino and Bilinovac Josip posted 9 points apiece.


The amazing Mr. Pappas! - Jul. 10, 2010 

Nikolaos Pappas is most definitely the MVP of the Hellenic team U20 in these first two games of the U20 European championship. The talented guard is averaging 27ppg, 4apg, 2spg and 4rpg, amazing stats for the young super star of Kolossos Rodou. The astonishing fad though is not that the charismatic player is at this point (with the today's facts) probably the top guard at his age world widely, but the fact that currently not even a single Hellenic top class team (not that Kolossos Rodou and Coach Sferopoulos are not to be counted as such) asked for this Greek basketball jewel to enter their team. Nor the champion team of Panathinaikos, or the cup holder team of Olympiakos neither even the third positioned Maroussi nor the basketball cultured team of Aris asked to 'employ' this pure talent. This phenomenon is purely Greek. The specific player's talent is not something new, his abilities and his basketball IQ is well known in the basketball fields. He was the captain of the Hellenic NT U18 which won the top spot in the world while he was among the crucial parts of the Hellenic U20 NT to win the European competition some weeks after the world league in Auckland of New Zealand.
Nikolaos Pappas is a limited edition guard and is a pity why the teams (at least) in Greece do not offer him a position in their roster rather than employing bosman players of a doubtful value and with a lot of money.

Lastly, it is more obvious than ever, especially in the case of Pappas, that the players in order to reach a good contract needs not only their rich talent but a lot of other elements such as marketing, a well networked agent and definitely lobbying with good representatives in order to be able to play basketball in a high level and in a very good club.

Eurobasket.com wishes all the best to the specific player and hopefully after another successful and fruitful tournament he will be able at least to join a team (preferably in the Greek league) which will allow him to play basketball in a eurolegue level..


Day: 2 (Preliminary Round) - Jul. 9, 2010 

Group A
Greece - Ukraine 88-76
Greece U20 grabbed 2-0 record on top of Group A at the U20 European Championship in Makarska, Croatia. Greece U20 handed Ukraine U20 their first 88:76 loss as the latter dropped to 1-1. Konstantinos Papanikolaou (204-F/C-91) opened the game from the perimeter and Greece later took 8:2 lead. Noskov responded for 13:9, while Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) delivered for 19:9. Konstantinos Papanikolaou made it 26:17 at the end of the first frame. He also scored another Alley-oop for 37:21 in the middle of the second period. Ukraine however remained hot and replied for 39:30 as Maksym Sandul drove a lay-up. Konstantinos Sloukas sent the teams to the lockers for 45:36 halftime advantage. In the third period Ukraine had a great chance to catch up. Otverchenko nailed a three-pointer for 56:52, while Noskov scored three for 70:66 at the beginning of the last frame. Greece needed a 9-0 run to seal the victory. Osnach brought the last three points for Ukraine, but it was not enough for the total success. Nikos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) poured in 28 points for the winners and Konstantinos Papanikolaou netted 26. Konstantinos Sloukas followed them with 16 points. Kyryl Natyazhko (208-C-90) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort. Denis Noskov (200-F-90) notched 17, while Maksym Sandul collected 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Latvia - Czech Republic 84-53
Latvia bounced back after the starting loss at the U20 European Championship in Croatia. They knocked down Czech Republic to improve at 1-1 record in preliminary Pool A. Czech Republic now fell at 0-2. Martins Meiers (202-C-91) came up with 21 points to lead the Baltic team. The Czech team earned a 12:2 lead at the start of the game. But Latvia quickly rebounded. They capped the period on an 11:6 run to narrow the deficit at just one point 19:20 at the break. Latvia tipped off the second frame with seven points in a row to surge ahead. Five points from Armands Osins triggered a 10:0 run from Latvia as they established a 39:28 advantage late in the second term. Latvia posted a 41:31 cushion at the big break. The margin grew at 19-point mark midway through the third term. Krumins crowned the frame with a jumper as Latvia entered the fourth quarter up by 18 points 63:45. The Baltic side opened the final frame with 10 points in a row and did not look back on the way to the victory. Martins Laksa (200-F-90) and Kristers Zeidaks (202-F-90) produced 17 points each for Latvia. Kristers Zeidaks added 12 rebounds in the winning effort. Tomas Satoransky (196-G/F-91) replied with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for Czech Republic. Ondrej Kohout (203-F-91) and David Jelinek (194-G-90) finished with 10 points apiece in the loss.

Group B
Serbia - Montenegro 59-68
Montenegrin National Team posted the first win at the U20 European Championship in Croatia. They held off their neighbors Serbia in the second round to improve at 1-1 record. Serbia in the meantime fell at 1-1 in preliminary Group B. Serbia posted 4:0 lead early in the game. They maintained the advantage till the final seconds of the quarter but Montenegro denied the deficit and leveled things up at 18 ten minutes into the game. Samojlovic, Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) and Radovic pulled Montenegro to a 7-point lead at the start of the second term. The margin grew at 10-point mark midway through the second quarter. Montenegro finished the first half up by 9 points 34:25. Petar Stojanovic (185-G-90) and Milutin Djukanovic (188-G-91) gave the Montenegrin team a 16-point lead in the third stanza. Aleksandar Mitrovic single-handedly dragged Serbia as close as 11 points at the final break. Serbia pulled within 6 points with under three minutes remaining but Montenegro stayed calm. Petar Stojanovic and Milutin Djukanovic sealed the winning outcome from the charity stripe in the dying seconds. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 22 points and collected 7 rebounds for Montenegro. Petar Stojanovic added 11 points, while Vladimir Mihailovic and Milutin Djukanovic had 8 points apiece in the victory. Dejan Musli (214-C-91) responded with 13 points for Serbia. Aleksandar Mitrovic had 12 points in the loss.

Lithuania - Turkey 85-69
Lithuania recorded the second straight win at the U20 European championship in Croatia. They toppled Turkey tonight to stay on top of Group B. Turkey on the other hand dropped the second straight encounter. Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) stepped up with 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead the Baltic team. Lithuania marked their ambitions early in the encounter. They outscored Turkey 20:9 for a comfortable lead at the first break. Lithuania fired from all guns in the second term accounting for 26 points. The margin grew at 15 points at the interval. Turkey stayed competitive in the third quarter. They knocked down 24 points to narrow the deficit at 13 points with ten minutes to go. But Eimantas Bendzius and Dambrauskas knocked down quick five points to help Lithuania gain breathing space. The Baltic team stayed in charge throughout the rest of the journey and claimed the second win at the tournament. Matas Sapiega (180-G-90) knocked down 12 points for Lithuania. Tautvydas Slezas (207-C-90, agency: Interperformances) and Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) added 11 points each in the win. Furkan Aldemir (205-F-91) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds for Turkey. Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90) and Ibrahim Yildirim (188-G-90) notched 10 points each in the loss.

Group C
France - Italy 61-58
French U20 selection posted the second straight win at the European Championship in Croatia. This time it was however a different story for Jean-Ayme Toupane team. They toiled to eke out a tough victory over Italy at the end. Christophe Leonard (199-F-90) and Paul Lacombe (194-G-90) finished with 16 points each to pace Les Bleus. Italy fell at 0-2 record after the defeat. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the opening quarter. Gavrilovic capped it with a lay-up to give France a 13:11 advantage. Paul Lacombe and Christophe Leonard boosted the gap to 7 points at the beginning of the second term. France maintained the lead during the second term. Andrew Albicy (178-G-90) crowned the first half with three free throws to give Les Bleus a 35:24 buffer. A 6:0 run from the French team allowed them to breathe freely having a 17-point advantage. But the Azzurri did not surrender. They closed the period on a 10:0 run to trim the deficit at 3-point mark 43:46. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) dragged Italy even close at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Sandri and Alessandro Gentile ensured a 52:51 lead for Italy midway through the quarter. However a 5:1 spurt at the end of the game sealed the winning outcome for France. Andrew Albicy provided 10 points in the victory. Alessandro Gentile answered with 22 points for Italy. Roberto Rullo (192-G-90) knocked down 16 points in the loss.

Russia - Holland 79-71
Russian 20 selection posted the second straight win at the European Championship in Croatia. They held off Netherlands to stay on top of preliminary Pool C. Netherlands stayed winless after two round of action. Grigoriy Andreev (195-G/F-90) stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners. It was a tough intense battle in the opening ten minutes. Netherlands tried to match every baskets from Russia and trailed by just 7 points at the first pause 18:25. Antipov and Vladimir Ivlev (204-F-90) stretched the margin to 11 points at the start of the second term. Netherlands did not allow their counterparts to run away as they narrowed the gap to 5 points midway through the quarter. Jessey Voorn (193-G-90, agency: R.H.Consultancy) capped the half with a triple to trim the deficit at three points 41:44 at the interval. Grigoriy Andreev ignited a 15:2 run from Russia as they accumulated a 71:54 advantage at the final intermission. Netherlands tipped off the fourth quarter with five consecutive points but Russia stayed dominant as they rallied to a confident win at the end. Vladimir Ivlev tallied 15 points and 13 rebounds for Russia. Fedor Klyuchnikov (192-G-90) notched 13 points in the win. Charlon Kloof (188-G-90) answered with 16 points for Netherlands. Jessey Voorn delivered 14 points in the loss.

Group D
Spain - Slovenia 66-61
Spain celebrated the first win at the U20 European Championship in Croatia. They held off Slovenia in preliminary Group D. Josep Franch (198-G-91) knocked down 18 points to pace the effort. The lead changed hands throughout the opening frame. Spain steadied the rhythm late in the quarter and posted a 21:14 lead at the first break. Jose Maria Gil (207-F/C-91) and Ignacio Llovet (202-C-91) stretched the margin to 13 points midway through the second term. Munoz capped the half with two free throws as Spain earned a 36:20 advantage. Cebasek dragged Slovenia within 11 points midway through the third stanza. Dimec gave Slovenia hope late in the quarter as they trailed by 10 points. Mirza Sarajlija (187-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) pulled Slovenia as close as 8 points with under two minutes remaining. But the team simply ran out of time as Spain hung on to win this one. Ignacio Llovet secured 14 points for Spain. Jose Maria Gil added 12 points in the victory. Blaz Mahkovic (194-F-90) replied with 14 points for Slovenia. Mirza Sarajlija had 12 points in the loss.

Croatia - Germany 66-54
Croatia U20 improved to 2-0 record in Group D of the U20 European Championship 2010. The hosts handed Germany U20 their first loss beating them 66:54 in one of the last two games in Day 2. The hosts started with 19-14 in the opening quarter and added 18-17 in the second. Zirbes nailed two to open the third frame as Germany trailed 33:37 at that time. The hosts enjoyed 46:37 advantage with 3 minutes in the third period. Sime Olivari (190-G-90) scored for 49:39, while German side reduced to 49:41. Another baskets from Maurice Stuckey (187-G-90, agency: Pro One Sports) and Schmitz brought 49:44 after three quarters. Bilinovac scored three for 54:47 and DiLeo brought the guests within 56:49. Sime Olivari made it 58:49 and being on fire he brought 61:49 for Croiatia. Zirbes reduced for 61:52, while the teams had difficulties to score in another few minutes. Leon Radosevic (208-C-90) posted for 64:52 with 2 minutes in the last stanza when it became clear about Croatian win. Sime Olivari made the free throw at the end of the game for the final 66:54 win. Mario Delas (208-C/F-90) stepped up with 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and Sime Olivari collected 14 points and 7 rebounds. Leon Radosevic followed them with 12 points in a win. Maurice Stuckey and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (207-C-90) answered with 12 points in the losing effort.


Day: 1 (Preliminary Round) - Jul. 8, 2010 
Group A
Ukraine - Latvia 91-70
Ukraine U20 and Latvia U20 opened Group A of the European Championships U20 in Croatia. Ukrainian side won all the quarters of the game to celebrate the win in the opener. Oleksandr Lypovyy (200-G-91) nailed a three-pointer in the beginning of the game, while Karlis responded from the same distance. The teams exchanged some baskets in the opening tip but Ukraine took 19:14 later in the period. Meiers reduced to 20:19 in the start of the second frame. Ukraine immediately created an 8-0 run and never looked behind after. Kyryl Natyazhko (208-C-90) scored two for 40:27 to close the first half. Another 9-2 run gave Ukraine 49;29 and it became clear at that time that they would benefit from the game. The third quarter however was even as the teams finished it with 26-25 for the winners. Kondratyev was the last to score in the third period for 66:52. Oto Osenieks (202-F-90) brought intrigue back into the game as he reduced to 66:59 together with the Baltic state. Ukraine needed another 10-0 run to seal the necessary victory. Kosenkov brought 91:70 on the board after the free throw at the end. Oleksandr Lypovyy was unstoppable with 28 points. Ruslan Otverchenko (192-G/F-90) nailed 21, while Kyryl Natyazhko added 18. Oto Osenieks and Martins Meiers (202-C-91) produced 15 points each in the losing effort.

Czech Republic - Greece 67-92
Greece U20 made a successful start at the U20 European Championship. The team outscored Czech Republic U20 92:67 in Crikvenica. Greece opened the game with 6 consecutive points and then had 10:2 lead. Konstantinos Papanikolaou (204-F/C-91) made it 17:6, while Georgakis closed the first period at 24:8. Konstantinos Papanikolaou shocked the opponents for 30:10 in the start of the second frame. Greek side continued their dominance and reached 45:27 at the halftime. Greece also added 26-25 int he third period and had 71:52 at the end of thirty minutes. The end of the game did not have any intrigue as the winners easily reached the win in the opener. Pappas made a three-pointer for 82:64 to answer for all the quarters in the game. Vyoral scored just one from the free throw line but then missed a three-pointer. Papanikolaou drove a lay-up for 84:65, while Kazelakis and Katsivelis increased for 88:65. Kohout later reduced to 92:67 with a minute to go. Nikos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) stepped up with 26 points for the winners. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) nailed 16, while Konstantinos Papanikolaou collected 14 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. David Jelinek (194-G-90) delivered 17 points in the losing case. Ondrej Kohout (203-F-91) and Tomas Vyoral (190-G-92) produced 11 points each in defeat.

Group B
Montenegro - Lithuania 63-72
Lithuania posted the first win at the U20 European Championship in Croatia. They toppled Montenegro in overtime to improve at 1-0 record in Group B. Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) and Adomas Drungilas (203-C-90) knocked down 15 points each to pace the effort. Montenegro opened the game confidently. They grabbed a 5:0 lead and maintained the margin throughout the starting quarter. The Balkan team led by 6 points at the first break 17:11. Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) fired a three-pointer early in the second term to give Montenegro a 24:15 advantage. The gap grew at 10-point mark midway through the second term. But Lithuania managed to cut it back to 6 points at halftime 24:30. Lithuania stormed into the second half with 9 points in a row. Eimantas Bendzius and Adomas Drungilas soon gave the Baltic team an 8-point lead. Lithuania finished the third term up by four 47:43. Adomas Drungilas helped Lithuania earn a 10-point advantage in the fourth quarter but Montenegro found the way to deny the margin. Vladimir Mihailovic converted a layup late in regulation to send the game into overtime. Adomas Drungilas and Eimantas Bendzius stepped up again for Lithuania in extra period and sealed the winning outcome. Paulius Dambrauskas notched 10 points and 6 rebounds for Lithuania. Augustas Peciukevicius (191-G-91) had 11 points and 8 assists in the win. Vladimir Mihailovic responded with 20 points for Montenegro. Nikola Ljujic (202-F-91) finished with 14 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Turkey - Serbia 67-82
Serbian team earned the first win at the U20 European Championship in Croatia. They fired down Turkey in preliminary Group B. Branislav Djekic (206-F/C-91, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down 20 points to lead the charge. Serbia went on a 10:0 run early in the game taking a 15:4 advantage. Serbia maintained the lead and finished the opening quarter up by five points 23:18. Turkey did not allow Croatia to run away in the second frame. They stayed close before Nedovic and Aleksandar Mitrovic (202-F-90) capped the first half with six points in a row as Serbia gained a 41:33 buffer. The third frame brought little change in the complexion of the encounter. Turkey entered the fourth stanza down by 8 points 57:49. Birkan Batuk dragged the Turkish team within 6 points at the start of the fourth frame but three-pointers from Aleksandar Mitrovic, Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) and Branislav Djekic killed the intrigue in this one. Serbia gained control and cruised to the victory at the end. Andreja Milutinovic nailed 15 points for Serbia. Dejan Musli had 12 points and 10 caroms in the winning effort. Melih Mahmutoglu (187-G-90) answered with 12 points for Turkey. Ibrahim Yildirim (188-G-90) finished with 11 points in the losing case.

Group C
Italy - Russia 68-73
Russia U20 started the European Championship with the victory over Italy U20. Trailing 10 points after the opening quarter Russia needed the late push to win 73:68. For the first two minutes the teams tried to check each other and could not score at all. Bychkov opened the scoring account for the winners, while Daniele Sandri (195-F/G-90) made a jump shot for Italy. The latter started to play better in the frame and reached 21:11 in the end of it. Andreev cut it to 21:17 in the start of the second period, while Fedor Klyuchnikov (192-G-90) reduced to the minimum. Later in the quarter Vladimir Ivlev (204-F-90) brought the lead for Russia at 35:34. Sanguinetti nailed a three-pointer in the end of the half for Italy, but Russia had 38:37 at the halftime. Both squads were tied at 39, 48 and 49, but then Russia pushed the tempo for good. Karpukhin made it 57:51 to close the third period of the game. Sanguinetti reduced later for 62:65, but Fedor Klyuchnikov and Polokhin brought the win for Russia from the free throw line. Vladimir Ivlev collected 18 points and 13 rebounds for the first success. Fedor Klyuchnikov notched 11 and Pavel Antipov (203-F-91) added 10. Giacomo Sanguinetti (180-G-90) poured in 16 points for the Italian side. Daniele Sandri and Gentile Alessandro followed him with 13 points apiece.

Holland - France 54-66
French U20 selection opened their European Championship campaign with victory. They held off the Dutch counterparts in preliminary Group C action. France needed a 6:0 run midway through the opening quarter to clear off. Paul Lacombe (194-G-90) knocked down 4 points in a row to cap the starting quarter as France earned an 8-point lead 19:11. Lens Aboudou (192-G-90) and Paul Lacombe stretched the margin to 11 points at the start of the second frame. Andrew Albicy (178-G-90) kept Les Bleus ahead throughout the second term. France enjoyed a 35:27 lead at halftime. Les Bleus kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. They entered the fourth quarter up by 15 points 51:36. The French team opened a twenty-point lead midway through the fourth stanza and never looked back en route to the victory. Andrew Albicy knocked down 15 points to pace France. Lens Aboudou and Alexis Tanghe (208-F/C-90, agency: Beo Basket) added 10 points each in the winning effort. Jessey Voorn (193-G-90, agency: R.H.Consultancy) answered with 17 points for Netherlands. Mohammed Kherrazi (200-F-90, agency: R.H.Consultancy) had 11 points and 9 boards in the loss.

Group D
Germany - Spain 63-61
Simon Schmitz (188-G-90) knocked down a buzzer-beating triple to propel Germany to the opening win at the U20 European Championship in Croatia. Germany upset Spain in preliminary Group D opener. Simon Schmitz finished with 18 points for the winners. The first frame turned into neck and neck battle. Neither side dominated and the scoreboard read 16:16 at the first break. The teams continued to stay close before Akeem Vargas (191-G-90) unloaded six points in a row giving Germany a 37:30 lead. Akeem Vargas and Simon Schmitz stretched the margin to 10 points at the start of the third quarter. Ignacio Llovet (202-C-91) and Alvaro Munoz (195-F-90) capped the period with 5 points in a row as Spain pulled as close as 5 points 44:49. Ignacio Llovet added four more points at the start of the fourth quarter as Spain narrowed the deficit to a single point 48:49. Simeon soon drained a three-pointer as Spain surged ahead. The teams again exchanged baskets until Simon Schmitz came up with late heroics to win the game for Germany. Akeem Vargas finished with 16 points in the win. T.J. DiLeo (188-G) and Maik Zirbes (205-C-90) finished with 11 points each for the German team. Ignacio Llovet responded with 17 points and 11 rebounds for Spain. Alvaro Munoz knocked down 13 points in the loss.

Slovenia - Croatia 65-72
Croatia posted the first win at the home U20 European Championship. The hosts held off Slovenia in the exciting battle to close Day 1. The teams stayed close from start to finish. The lead changed hands for several times in the opening frame but Slovenia were up by two points at the first break 20:18. Marko Vranjkovic (204-F/C-90) opened the second term with a three-pointer as Slovenia stretched the lead. The home side responded with nine points in a row to step in charge. Croatia increased the tempo and posted a 34:30 lead at the interval. Jakob Cebasek tipped off the second half with a three-pointer as the teams went neck and neck. Luka Dimec (207-F/C-90) soon regained the lead for Slovenia. Mario Delas (208-C/F-90) and Tomislav Zubcic teamed up for the hosts as Croatia bounced back taking a 52:44 advantage midway through the third term. But things changed once again as Slovenia wrapped up the term with 11 straight points to post a 55:52 lead with ten minutes remaining. Ivan Ramljak (203-F-90) and Mario Delas quickly returned the advantage to Croatia in the fourth quarter and later they helped the hosts accumulate a 70:60 buffer with under three minutes remaining. Slovenia found no way to answer and had to surrender at the end. Mario Delas and Ivan Ramljak produced 13 points each for Croatia. Leon Radosevic (208-C-90) finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Luka Dimec tallied 15 points and 7 rebounds for Slovenia. Marko Vranjkovic had 14 points in the loss.



Site Map:
Eurobasket.com Member Services: Other Basketball Sites:
Copyright (c) 1998-2016 Eurobasket Inc. Disclaimer

WARNING:
Do not copy, redistribute, publish or otherwise exploit information that you download from the site !
Do not encumber, license, modify, publish, sell, transfer or transmit, or in any way exploit, any of the content of the site, nor will you attempt to do so.