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Final Standings
1. Spain
2. Italy
3. Russia
4. France
5. Germany
6. Turkey
7. Montenegro
8. Latvia
9. Sweden
9. Ukraine
11. Slovenia
11. Greece
13. Serbia
14. Lithuania
15. Austria
16. Croatia
Points Per Game
 Nikola MIROTIC
  MNT
  (209-F/C-91)
  Avg: 27
 1. Mirotic, ESP27.0 
 2. Dubljevic, MNT22.4 
 3. Nedovic, SRB19.6 
 4. Gentile, ITA18.2 
 5. Fournier, FRA16.9 
 6. Omic, SLO16.3 
 7. Katsivelis, GRE15.4 
 8. Muric, SLO15.0 
 9. Aldemir, TUR14.8 
 10. Sastre Morro, ESP14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Furkan ALDEMIR
  (207-F-91)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Aldemir, TUR15.9 
 2. Mirotic, ESP10.0 
 3. Dubljevic, MNT9.7 
 4. Theis, GER8.7 
 5. Todorovic, MNT7.9 
 6. Muric, SLO7.4 
 7. Koksal, TUR7.0 
 8. Czerapowicz, SWE7.0 
 9. Omic, SLO6.9 
 10. Kulvietis, LTU6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Josep FRANCH
  (194-PG-91)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Franch, ESP5.1 
 2. Lebedintsev, UKR4.9 
 3. Span, SLO4.3 
 4. Redikas, LTU4.0 
 5. Nedovic, SRB3.8 
 6. Dukanovic, MNT3.7 
 7. Peciukeviciu., LTU3.7 
 8. Lypovyy, UKR3.4 
 9. Dambrauskas, LTU3.2 
 10. Koksal, TUR3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Evan FOURNIER
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Fournier, FRA1.9 
 2. De Nicolao, ITA1.8 
 3. Person, SWE1.5 
 4. Todorovic, MNT1.4 
 5. Strebkov, RUS1.4 
 6. Nedovic, SRB1.4 
 7. Sandul, UKR1.3 
 8. Ioakeimidis, GRE1.3 
 9. Moraschini, ITA1.3 
 10. Giffey, GER1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Artem PUSTOVYI
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Pustovyi, UKR2.4 
 2. Meiers, LAT1.9 
 3. Gobert, FRA1.7 
 4. Georgakis, GRE1.7 
 5. Aldemir, TUR1.7 
 6. Polonara, ITA1.6 
 7. Bubalo, CRO1.6 
 8. Chrysikopoul., GRE1.6 
 9. Mirotic, ESP1.4 
 10. Cervi, ITA1.4 
European Championships U20 Standings
Group E
1. France 5-0
2. Russia 4-1
3. Montenegro 3-2
4. Latvia 2-3
5. Sweden 1-4
6. Slovenia 0-5
Group F
1. Spain 5-0
2. Italy 4-1
3. Turkey 2-3
4. Germany 2-3
5. Ukraine 1-4
6. Greece 1-4
Group Places 13-16
1. Serbia 6-0
2. Lithuania 3-3
3. Austria 2-4
4. Croatia 1-5
 
European Championships U20 Standings
Group A
1. Russia 2-1
2. Montenegro 2-1
3. Slovenia 1-2
4. Serbia 1-2
Group B
1. France 3-0
2. Sweden 1-2
3. Latvia 1-2
4. Croatia 1-2
Group C
1. Spain 3-0
2. Greece 2-1
3. Turkey 1-2
4. Austria 0-3
Group D
1. Italy 2-1
2. Germany 2-1
3. Ukraine 1-2
4. Lithuania 1-2
 

Spain won EC U20 Div.A Championship in Bilbao (Photo: FIBA)


Spain U20 2011

Starting five
#s#
Jose Pozas
Pozas
Joan Sastre Morro
Sastre Morro
Nacho Llovet
Llovet
Josep Franch
Franch
Nikola Mirotic
Mirotic
#e#5
4 Jose Simeon 187-PG-91 Valencia Spain
5 Jose Pozas 181-PG-92 Clinicas Rincon Spain
6 Joan Sastre Morro 201-F-91 Cajasol Spain
7 Nacho Llovet 202-C-91 Prat Juventud Spain
8 Alberto Jodar 204-F/C-91 Real Madrid II Spain
9 Alejandro Barrera 199-F-92 Prat Juventud Spain
10 Josep Franch 194-PG-91 DKV Joventut Spain
11 Joan Tomas 201-F-92 DKV Joventut Spain
12 Nikola Mirotic 209-F/C-91 Real Madrid Spain
13 Miguel Lorenzo 205-C/F-91 Clinicas Rincon Spain
14 Borja Arevalo 193-G-91 Knet Rioja Spain
15 Jose Maria Gil 207-C/F-91 Real Madrid II Spain

Juan Antonio Orenga Head Coach
Jesus Sala Assistant Knet Rioja Spain
Joan Penarroya Assistant Andorra Spain


Spain celebrate title in Bilbao! - Jul 24, 2011
FINAL
Spain - Italy 82-70
Spain triumphed at the U20 European Championship in Bilbao. The hosts prevailed against Italy in the Final. Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) tallied 29 points and 11 rebounds to pace Spain to the crown. He became undisputable MVP of the tournament. Spain grabbed a 6:2 lead early in the encounter but Italy soon erased the deficit. Andrea de Nicolao and Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) made it 13:8 for Italy late in the opening quarter. Spain however regained the lead 17:16 at the first break. Nikola Mirotic stepped up for the hosts in the second quarter. He unloaded 11 points in the stanza as Spain cleared off to a 42:35 halftime lead. Jodar and Tomas drained three-pointers early in the third stanza as Spain grabbed a 50:40 advantage. Spain ensured a comfortable 13-point lead with one quarter remaining 68:55. The home team tipped off the fourth quarter with four points in a row to enlarge the lead. Andrea de Nicolao scored 7 points in a 9:0 surge from Italy as the Azzurri cut the distance to 8 points 64:72. But Nikola Mirotic and Josep Franch (194-PG-91) went perfect from the stripe in the dying minutes as Spain sealed the victory. Josep Franch contributed 19 points, 7 assists and 5 boards, while Alejandro Barrera (199-F-92) added 10 points in the victory. Riccardo Moraschini (195-G-91) responded with 17 points for Italy. Alessandro Gentile provided 14 points in the loss.
3-4 place
Russia - France 50-66
France stepped onto the pedestal at U20 European Championship in Spain. They fired past Russia in the consolation final tonight. Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) scored 20 points to lead the winners. France opened the game with eight points in a row. They stayed in charge posting a 21:10 lead after ten minutes. Toupane and Mendy stretched the gap to 15 points early in the second quarter. France kept Russia at bay rolling to a 39:21 halftime advantage. Russia could not get closer than 14 points throughout the third term. Les Bleus entered the final period up by 16 points 50:34. Pavel Antipov (203-F-91) scored four consecutive points at the start of the fourth quarter to drag Russia within 12 points but Evan Fournier came up with 12 points in the frame to lead France to the victory. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) secured 11 points, while Mael Lebrun (198-F-91) contributed 7 points in the win. Nikita Balashov (206-F-91) replied with 15 points for Russia. Pavel Antipov finished with 8 points in defeat.
5-6 place
Germany - Turkey 60-49
Germany claimed the fifth place at the U20 European Championship. They wrapped up their campaign with victory over Turkey. Niels Giffey (200-G/F-91) stepped up with 20 points, 5 boards and 5 assists to lead the winners. Germany opened the game with eight points in a row. They maintained the lead and rallied to a 17:11 advantage at the first break. But Turkey answered with a 10:0 run early in the second term to surge ahead. The teams stayed close throughout the reminder of the half but Germany managed to eke out a 27:24 halftime lead. The lead changed hands throughout the third period. Niels Giffey capped the quarter with four points in a row as Germany pulled ahead 41:38. Germany used a 7:0 run midway through the fourth quarter to take a 50:41 lead. Soon Niels Giffey and Daniel Theis (207-C-92) boosted the lead to 11 points and Germany never looked back afterwards. Daniel Theis finished with 12 points and 9 rebounds, while Mathis Monninghoff (200-F/G-92) added 9 points in the victory. Sertac Sanli (212-F/C-91, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 18 points for Turkey. Pertev Onguner (196-G-91) had 9 points in the loss.
7-8 place
Montenegro - Latvia 85-76
Montenegrin U20 National Team finished European Championship on a high note. They toppled Latvia to claim the seventh overall position in the standings. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) had another solid game for Montenegro as he came up with 26 points and 13 boards. The lead changed hands for several times before Montenegro capped the opening frame with a 9:2 run to post a 21:13 lead. Montenegro opened the second term with five points in a row to open up a double-digit lead. Latvia cut the deficit to 7 points midway through the period another strong quarter finish from the Balkan team allowed them to record a 45:26 halftime lead. Montenegro boosted the gap to 20 points in the third quarter. They arrived at the final break leading by 21 points 67:46. Latvia erupted for 30 points in the fourth frame but just sweetened the pill at the end. Milutin Dukanovic (190-PG-91) accounted for 16 points, while Marco Todorovic (199-F-92) finished with 13 points in the victory. Arturs Bricis (193-PG-92) answered with 23 points for Latvia. Martins Meiers (206-C-91) chipped in 17 points in the loss.
Group G
Croatia - Serbia 63-81
Serbia wrapped up their European Championship campaign with victory. They defeated Croatia to improve at 6-0 record in Group G. Nemanja Nedovic (192-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) scored 15 points to pace the winners. Croatia fell at 1-5 record and said bye to Division A. Serbia dominated right from the start. They outscored Croatia 23:10 in the first period. Serbia maintained the lead throughout the second term. They established a 44:30 halftime advantage. Serbia opened the second half on a 6:2 run to take an 18-point advantage. They kept Croatia at bay rallying to a 66:48 lead at the final intermission. Serbia never looked back in the fourth period and drove to a comfortable win at the end. Branislav Djekic (207-F/C-91, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 10 points, while Nemanja Jaramaz (201-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 9 points in the win. Domagoj Bubalo (214-C-91) answered with 19 points for Croatia. Ivan Mikulic (194-G-91) notched 9 points in the loss.

Austria - Lithuania 62-78
Lithuania showed their arguable best game in the most crucial moment of the U20 European Championship. They defeated Austria to secure Division A place for the next season. Giedrius Staniulis (205-C/F-91) scored 17 points and collected 18 rebounds to lead the winners. Austria joined Croatia on their way to Division B. Lithuania showed their ambitions with a 17:0 run midway through the opening quarter. They cleared off to a 28:11 lead at the first break. Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) and Dambrauskas boosted the margin to 21-point early in the second term. But Austria did not surrender as they cut the deficit to 13 points at halftime 31:44. Lithuania kept their opponents at safe distance throughout the third quarter. They posted a 60:45 lead with one quarter remaining. The Baltic team used a 7:0 rally midway through the fourth period to establish a 69:48 lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Darius Tarvydas (200-F-91) scored 13 points, while Dovydas Redikas contributed 11 points for Lithuania. Anton Maresch (192-G-91) responded with 18 points for Austria. Lukas Linzer (191-G-91) netted 10 points in defeat.


Italy and Spain enter championship game in Bilbao - Jul 23, 2011
SEMIFINALS
France - Italy 66-77
Italy became the first finalists at U20 European Championship in Spain. The Azzurri prevailed against France in the first semifinal in Bilbao tonight. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) scored 21 points to pace the charge. The lead changed hands throughout the opening quarter. Alessandro Gentile, Moraschini and Traini gave Italy a 23:20 lead after ten minutes. Baldi and Moraschini ensured a 35:27 lead for the Azzurri midway through the second quarter. Italy maintained the lead and established a 42:37 advantage at the interval. Les Bleus tipped off the second half with five points in a row to erase the deficit. The teams exchanged baskets before Andrea De Nicolao (185-G-91) made it 57:56 for Italy heading into the fourth frame. Three-pointers from Andrea De Nicolao and Alessandro Gentile boosted the margin to 7 points midway through the fourth period 65:58. Baldi, Andrea De Nicolao and Moraschini secured a 9-point lead for Italy with just over two minutes to go. France had too little time to change things and Italy rolled to the victory at the end. Achille Polonara (202-F-91) nailed 15 points and grabbed 6 boards, while Andrea De Nicolao netted 12 points in the win. Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) responded with 19 points for France. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) had 11 points in defeat.

Spain - Russia 87-60
Spain advanced into the championship game at U18 European Championship. The hosts overcame Russia to set up the title clash against Italy. Russia found no defensive remedy against unstoppable Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91). He tallied 37 points and 8 rebounds to pilot the hosts into the Final. Spain used a 14:0 run midway through the starting quarter to take a 16:5 lead. The hosts controlled the tempo posting a 29:17 lead after ten minutes. But a barrage of three-pointers helped Russia claw their way back into the game in the second term. Korshakov levelled things up at 37. Spain answered with a 7:2 run to take a 44:39 halftime lead. Mirotic and Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) stretched the gap to 14-point mark late in the third period. Korshakov tried to revive the intrigue as he dragged Russia within 13 points early in the fourth period but Mirotic, Arevalo and Joan Sastre Morro quickly restored a 20-point advantage and Spain did not look back en route to the win. Joan Sastre Morro provided 23 points in the win. Pavel Antipov (203-F-91) replied with 10 points for Russia. Nikita Barinov (200-F-91) and Ruslan Tumanov netted 8 points each in the loss.
5-8 place
Germany - Montenegro 80-61
Germany outscored Montenegro in the classification round for 5th-8th place at U20 European Championship in Spain. Mathis Monninghoff (200-F/G-92) scored 17 points to lead the winners. Germany will now take on the winners of Latvia vs. Turkey clash for the fifth overall position. Germany pulled in front late in the opening quarter. They posted a 22:17 lead at the first break. Wendt and Niels Giffey (200-G/F-91) made it 32:22 midway through the second quarter. Germany maintained the lead posting a 35:27 halftime advantage. Germany stayed comfortably in front throughout the third term before Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) unloaded 5 points in a row to narrow the gap at 8-point mark 44:52 heading into the fourth quarter. But Germany quickly restored a safe 17-point lead in the fourth period and never looked back en route to the win. Daniel Theis nailed 13 points, while Niels Giffey and Danilo Barthel (206-F-91, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) contributed 12 points each in the victory. Bojan Dubljevic responded with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Montenegro. Marco Todorovic (199-F-92) had 11 points in the loss.

Latvia - Turkey 71-74
Turkey earned victory in the classification round for 5th-8th place of U20 European Championship. They stormed back from a 14-point deficit in the fourth frame to knock down Latvia. Turkey will now take on Germany for the fifth position. Latvia will face Montenegro in the clash for the seventh place at the tournament. The first period saw a close battle that ended in a 17:17 draw. Latvia opened the second quarter on a 9:1 run to surge ahead. They stayed in front piling up a 39:26 halftime advantage. The margin grew at 16-point mark midway through the third quarter. Latvia entered the fourth period up by 14 points 59:45. But Turkey recovered in the fourth quarter. They tipped it off on a 13:0 run. Meiers stopped the draught with a free throw but Turkey reacted with back-to-back treys from Huseyin Koksal (195-F-91) and grabbed a 64:60 lead. Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) and Huseyin Koksal soon enlarged the gap to 6 points and Turkey hung on to win the game after all. Huseyin Koksal notched 25 points and 8 rebounds to lead Turkey. Furkan Aldemir added 16 points and 15 rebounds in the victory. Arturs Bricis (193-PG-92) answered with 15 points for Latvia. Mareks Mejeris (207-F-91, agency: Players Group) netted 9 points in the loss.
9-10 place
Ukraine - Sweden 69-79
Sweden finished their U20 European Championship campaign on a high note. They shot down Ukraine to clinch the 9th overall place at the tournament. Viktor Gaddefors (200-F-92) stepped up with 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead Sweden. Sweden stayed in charge throughout the opening quarter. The Scandinavian team posted a 23:20 lead at the first break. Ukraine used an 8:2 run in the second frame to pull ahead 30:27. The lead then changed hands for several times before Sweden made it 40:38 at halftime. Christopher Czerapowicz (200-SF-91), Andreas Person (190-G-91) and Viktor Gaddefors stretched the gap to 8 points early in the third quarter. Engtrom and Christopher Czerapowicz ensured a 52:40 lead for the Swedish team. They arrived at the final break leading by 10 points 63:53. Ukraine never got closer than 9 points in the fourth period and had to yield at the end. Andreas Person provided 14 points, while Christopher Czerapowicz contributed 13 points in the victory. Oleksandr Lypovyy (199-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 18 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for Ukraine. Maksym Sandul (207-C-91) netted 11 points in the loss.
11-12 place
Greece - Slovenia 67-80
Slovenia claimed the eleventh position at the U20 European Championship in Spain. They overcame Greece in the final game of the tournament for both teams. Edo Muric (202-F-91) stepped up with 20 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Slovenia used a 10:0 run midway through the starting quarter to take a 13:5 lead. Slovenia ensured a 23:9 lead at the first break. Slovenia boosted the margin to 13 points but Spyridon Motsenigos (194-G/F-92) drained a pair of three-pointers to ignite an 8:0 run from the Hellenes as they cut the deficit to 5 points. Slovenia managed to stay in front posting a 36:28 lead at the interval. Slovenia kept Greece at distance throughout the third quarter. They arrived at the final break up by 10 points 54:44. Spyridon Motsenigos dragged Greece within five points midway through the final term but it was as close as they could get. Slovenia quickly restored a safe cushion and rolled to the win at the end. Alen Omic (213-C-92) had 17 points and 19 rebounds, while Marko Pajic (204-F-92) netted 15 points in the victory. Sokratis Psaropoulos (191-PG-92, agency: FCM) replied with 24 points for Greece. Spyridon Motsenigos had 16 points in the loss.
Group G
Croatia - Lithuania 68-92
Lithuania celebrated the second win at the classification round of U20 European Championship. They prevailed against Croatia to improve at 2-3 record in Group G. Lithuania will take on Austria in the decisive game for both teams in their fight for Division A survival. Croatia fell at 1-4 record after the loss and had their hopes go dim in the survival battle. Lithuania capped the first period on a 10:3 run to take a 26:17 lead. They opened the second period with 10 points in a row to ensure a 36:17 lead. But Duje Dukan (208-F-92) drained three triples in a 19:1 run from Croatia as they cut the deficit to a single point 36:37. The Croatian team finally pulled in front and establish a 45:44 halftime advantage. Lithuania returned in front with a 10:1 run midway through the third quarter. They arrived at the final break leading by as many as 11 points 70:59. The Baltic team triggered a 12:0 rally at the start of the final quarter to clear off for good in this one. Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) netted 19 points for Lithuania. Arnas Butkevicius (199-F-92) had 17 points in the victory. Ivan Batur (203-G/F-91) and Duje Dukan responded with 11 points each for Croatia.

Serbia - Austria 101-47
Serbia drubbed Austria in the classification round of U20 European Championship. Thus the Serbian team posted the fifth straight win in the battle against relegation. Nemanja Nedovic (192-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 26 points to pace the winners. Austria fell at 2-3 record and would fight for their life against Lithuania tomorrow. Serbia posted a 19:15 lead after ten minutes of action. Serbia opened the second quarter on a 9:2 run to ensure a 28:17 lead. The margin kept on growing throughout the second quarter. The Balkan team secured a 41:22 halftime lead. Danilo Andjusic (197-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Nemanja Nedovic teamed up for 17 points in the third quarter as Serbia stretched their lead to as many as 40 points 70:30. Austria never recovered in the final period and had to surrender at the end. Danilo Andjusic netted 23 points, while Dusan Ognjenovic (216-C-91) added 12 points in the victory. Daniel Friedrich (180-G-92) answered with 17 points for Austria. Mathias Gunka (205-C/F-91) and Erik Fruhwirth (204-C/F-91) netted 8 points each in the loss.



Russia, France, Spain and Italy enter semifinals in Bilbao - Jul 22, 2011
Quarterfinals
Russia - Turkey 64-57
Russia will play in U20 European Championship semifinals. They outscored Turkey tonight. Dmitry Korshakov (201-F-91) scored 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the win. Russia overcame an awful start to snatch a tough win at the end. Turkey led by three points after ten minutes of action 13:10. Safak Edge (188-PG-92) and Koksal made it 19:10 at the start of the second frame. Turkey maintained the lead and arrived at halftime up by 11 points 34:23. Russia opened the second half with eight points in a row to narrow the deficit. Soon Andrey Zubkov (205-G/F-91), Barinov and Dmitry Korshakov pulled Russia in front 41:38. They entered the fourth quarter up by two points 43:41. Turkey answered with a 6:0 run early in the fourth period to regain the lead. But back-to-back three-pointers from Andrey Zubkov, Strebkov and Tumanov gave Russia a 54:47 advantage. Turkey got within three points but Andrey Zubkov and Dmitry Korshakov went deadly from the stripe to seal the victory for Russian in the dying seconds. Andrey Zubkov notched 13 points, while Nikita Balashov (206-F-91) added 11 points in the winning effort. Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) responded with 13 points and 23 boards for Turkey. Safak Edge had 11 points in defeat.

Italy - Montenegro 78-67
Italy advanced to the semifinal stage at the U20 European Championship in Spain. They overcame Montenegrin counterparts in the quarterfinal tonight. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) fired 27 points to lead the charge. Italy stormed in front right from the start. They posted a 16:2 lead midway through the opening quarter. Italy entered the second quarter up by 19 points 25:6. Italy kept Montenegro at safe distance in the second frame. The Azzurri posted a 39:29 lead at the interval. Miroslav Damjanovic (196-G-91) and Spasojevic dragged Montenegro within three points at the start of the second half 36:39. Italy did not allow Montenegro to get any closer as the Azzurri headed into the fourth frame ahead by three 50:47. But Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Dukanovic finally put Montenegro in charge 51:50 early in the final frame. But italy reacted with a 9:0 run to regain control. Nicolo Melli (205-F-91) then scored 6 points in the final three minutes of the game to seal the victory for Italy. Nicolo Melli produced 23 points and 11 boards, while Riccardo Moraschini (195-G-91) added 10 points for the winners. Bojan Dubljevic answered with 17 points and 12 rebounds for Montenegro. Miroslav Damjanovic netted 11 points in the loss.

France - Germany 68-59
France are the first semifinalists of the U20 European Championship. They overcame Germany in the first quarterfinal of the day. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) scored 19 points to pace Les Bleus. The teams stayed close in the opening period. France managed to eke out a 16:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Leo Westermann erupted for back-to-back triples midway through the second term as the margin grew at 6-point mark. Soon Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91) boosted the lead to 11 points 32:21. France finished the first half up by 9 points 32:23. Leo Westermann ensured a 15-point advantage for France in the third term as they started to get away. Daniel Theis (207-C-92) organized a 10:0 run from Germany as they cut the deficit. However Joffrey Lauvergne and Henry Kahudi (193-G-91) returned a 13-point buffer for Les Bleus with one quarter to go. Dennis Kramer (209-F-92) unloaded eight points in a row midway through the fourth frame as Germany narrowed the deficit at 7 points 54:61. Dennis Kramer then pulled Germany within 5 points but Mendy, Henry Kahudi and Wilfried Yeguete (203-F-91) silenced French opponents in the dying seconds. Wilfried Yeguete finished with 13 points, while Henry Kahudi, Joffrey Lauvergne and Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) added 10 points each in the victory. Dennis Kramer responded with 16 points for Germany. Daniel Theis chipped in 11 points in defeat.

Spain - Latvia 77-70
Spain needed to work hard to book their spot at the semifinal stage of the U20 European Championship. The hosts narrowly defeated Latvia in the last quarterfinal battle in Bilbao tonight. Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) fired 27 points to lead the home team. Spain fired 27 points in the opening quarter to post a 6-point lead. But Latvia turned things around in the second quarter. They went on a 10:2 run midway through the period to take a 36:33 lead. Janis Antrops (193-G-91, agency: Interperformances) capped the half with a three-pointer as Latvia ensured a 41:35 advantage. Janis Antrops and Lejasmeiers stretched the margin to 8 points midway through the third term. Spain answered with a 13:5 run to make it 59:59 with one quarter to go. The hosts opened the final term on a 9:0 rally. Latvia cut the distance to 4 points but Pozas, Josep Franch (194-PG-91) and Llovet made it 76:66 for the home team with 18 seconds to go and Spain eventually secured the victory. Josep Franch scored 14 points, while Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) had 12 points and 13 boards in the win. Janis Antrops answered with 15 points for Latvia. Armands Osins (185-PG-91, agency: FCM) and Ugis Pinete (194-F-91) finished with 10 points each in the loss.
9-12 place
Sweden - Greece 73-66
Sweden overcame Greece in the classification round of U20 European Championship. They will now take on the winners of Ukraine vs. Slovenia clash for the ninth overall place at the tournament. Christopher Czerapowicz (200-SF-91) had another big night for Sweden with 23 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Sweden opened the game with a 14:2 run. The Scandinavian side ensured a 25:6 lead at the first break. Sweden boosted the margin to 22 points early in the second quarter 32:10. Greece trailed by as many as 19 points at the interval 26:45. Sweden opened the second half on a 12:3 rally. They piled up a 63:38 advantage with one quarter remaining. The Hellenes went on a fierce comeback effort in the final quarter. They got as close as 5 points with 37 seconds remaining. But Alexander Lindqvist (202-F-91) and Christopher Czerapowicz sank four free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory. Alexander Lindqvist netted 11 points, while Viktor Gaddefors (200-F-92) provided 10 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Manolis Koukoulas (211-C-91) notched 15 points for the Hellenes. Spyridon Motsenigos (194-G/F-92) nailed 14 points in the loss.

Ukraine - Slovenia 97-79
Ukraine registered their third win at the U20 European Championship in Spain. They prevailed against Slovenia in the classification round game. Oleksandr Lypovyy (199-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Ukraine will now take on Sweden for the ninth overall place. Slovenia will face Greece for the 11th position. The teams stayed close in a high-flying first quarter. Ukraine recorded a 28:27 lead at the first break. They enlarged the margin to 5 points at the interval 51:46. Ukraine kept their opponents at bay throughout the third frame. They arrived at the final intermission up by 12 points. The Ukrainian team did not slow down in the final quarter and rolled to the victory at the end. Artem Pustovyi (216-C-92) and Oleksandr Mishula (187-G-92) accounted for 20 points apiece in the win. Alen Omic (213-C-92) answered with 25 points and 11 boards for Slovenia. Edo Muric (202-F-91) knocked down 16 points in the loss.
Group G
Austria - Croatia 61-59
Austria stepped closer to securing their place in the U20 European Championship Division A for the next season. They overcame Croatia by two points to improve at 2-2 record in Group G. Croatia fell at 1-3 record in the standings. Anton Maresch (192-G-91) came up with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Austria opened the game with eight points in a row. They maintained the lead throughout the starting quarter to take a 16:9 lead at the first break. Austria used a 7:0 run midway through the second quarter to post a 30:14 lead. Austria arrived at halftime up by 14 points 34:20. Boris Barac (206-F-92) drained four triples in a row at the start of the second half as the Croats got within four points. Boris Barac accounted for 14 points in the third quarter alone to give Croatia a 48:45 lead with one quarter remaining. Croatia stretched the margin to 8 points midway through the final frame but Austria bounced back. They levelled things up at 59 with just over a minute remaining. The teams exchanged misses before Anton Maresch hit a winning buzzer-beater. Thomas Klepeisz (187-G-91) hit 12 points for Austria. Romed Vieider (196-F-91) netted 9 points in the victory. Boris Barac answered with 19 points for Croatia. Ivan Mikulic (194-G-91) had 14 points in the losing effort.

Lithuania - Serbia 67-75
Serbia registered the fourth straight win at the classification round of U20 European Championship. They held off Lithuania to stay on top of Group C. Lithuania in the meantime slipped at 1-3 record and appeared on the verge of relegation. Nemanja Nedovic (192-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) scored 18 points to pace the winners. Lithuania used a 7:2 run late in the opening quarter to record a 22:16 lead. Serbia opened the second term with back-to-back three-pointers to level things up. Lithuania regained the advantage and rallied to a 39:35 halftime lead. But Serbia opened the third frame on an 8:0 run to put their noses in front. Lithuania squared things up once again but eventually Serbia eked out a 52:50 lead with one quarter remaining. Duran and Milovanovic stretched the gap to 6 points at the start of the final quarter. Paulius Dambrauskas (191-G-91) and Staniuilis levelled things up at 62. Blagojevic, Branislav Djekic and Nemanja Jaramaz (201-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) made it 71:63 for Serbia with just over two minutes remaining. Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) and Butkevicius tried hard to keep Lithuania in the game but Nemanja Jaramaz went deadly from the stripe sealing the victory for Serbia. Branislav Djekic provided 14 points, while Nemanja Jaramaz added 11 points in the winning effort. Dovydas Redikas answered with 22 points for Lithuania. Paulius Dambrauskas and Giedrius Staniulis (205-C/F-91) netted 11 points each in the loss.


Qualifying Round is over. Quarterfinals are set in Bilbao - Jul 20, 2011
Group E
Montenegro - Latvia 61-56
Montenegro outscored Latvia in Qualifying Round Group E at U20 European Championship. They prevailed against Latvia to clinch the third position in the pool. Latvia finished in the fourth spot in the ladder. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored with 18 points and 7 boards for the Balkan team. Montenegro led for the bigger part of the starting period but Pinete and Osins gave Latvia a 10:9 lead at the first intermission. Latvia maintained the lead before Montenegro used an 8:0 run to put their noses back in front 24:18. Montenengro then rallied to a 34:32 halftime advantage. Bojan Dubljevic scored 7 points in a 9:0 run from Montenegro at the start of the third frame. They limited Latvia to just 6 points in the quarter to build a 46:38 lead with one quarter remaining. Latvia struggled to get within striking distance in the fourth frame as Montenegro cruised to the victory. Marco Todorovic (199-F-92) produced 12 points and 11 boards, while Halil Kanacevic (203-F-91) added 8 points in the victory. Arturs Bricis (193-PG-92) and Mareks Mejeris (207-F-91, agency: Players Group) responded with 13 points apiece for Latvia.

Sweden - Slovenia 69-68
Sweden registered the first win at the Qualifying Round of U20 European Championship. They held off Slovenia behind 16 points from Alexander Lindqvist (202-F-91). Sweden clinched the fifth place in Group E. Slovenia finished in the sixth position in the ladder. Slovenia and Sweden exchanged baskets throughout the opening frame. Christopher Czerapowicz (200-SF-91) and Engstrom fired five points in a row as Sweden posted a 22:16 lead at the first break. Sweden maintained the lead throughout the second period. They established a 39:36 lead at halftime. Nikolic triggered an 11:2 run that gave Slovenia a 51:50 lead at the final break. The teams stayed close throughout the fourth frame. They entered the final two minutes of relegation tied at 63. Viktor Gaddefors (200-F-92) and Andreas Person (190-G-91) made it 67:63 but Span hit from downtown and Besedic followed with two free throws as Slovenia pulled in front 68:67 with 27 seconds remaining. Andreas Person responded with a layup as Sweden escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Viktor Gaddefors posted 11 points, while Andreas Person and Christopher Czerapowicz netted 10 points each in the win. Marko Pajic (204-F-92) replied with 21 points for Slovenia. Mitja Smrdelj (201-F-91) had 17 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

France - Russia 70-57
France finished the U20 European Championship Qualifying Round on a high note. They beat Russia to extend their unbeaten run. Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) stepped up with 24 points and 6 boards to lead Les Bleus. France clinched the top spot in Group E. Russia finished in the second position at 4-1 record. France gave Russia little chance right from the start. Les Bleus posted a 14:3 lead midway through the starting quarter. France arrived at the first break up by 9 points 21:12. Evan Fournier boosted the margin to 17 points in the second frame. France arrived at halftime leading 38:21. Evan Fournier made it a 20-point game in the third quarter. Russia used an 8:0 run to cut the deficit but Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) made it 58:40 for France heading into the fourth frame. France never slowed down in the final quarter rolling to a comfortable win at the end. Leo Westermann netted 9 points, while Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91) added 8 points for the winning side. Ruslan Tumanov (190-G-91) responded with 14 points for Russia. Pavel Antipov (203-F-91) had 9 points in the loss.
Group F
Germany - Turkey 49-71
Turkish U20 National Team celebrated the second consecutive win at the European Championship in Spain. They held off Germany today to improve at 2-3 record in Group F. Germany on the other hand fell at 2-3 record after the loss. Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) tallied 17 points and 25 rebounds to pace Turkey. Turkey stormed into the game. They posted a 16:6 lead midway through the starting quarter. Turkey eased to a 28:11 lead after ten minutes of action. Can Mutaf (193-G-91) stretched the margin to 18-point mark midway through the second quarter. Germany managed to narrow the deficit at 16-point mark at the interval 29:45. Turkey opened the second half on a 14:0 run to leave Germany far behind. The Turkish team entered the fourth frame up by as many as 28 points 61:33. Germany never recovered in the reminder of the contest and Turkey rallied to the victory. Can Mutaf provided 16 points, while Huseyin Koksal (195-F-91) added 15 points and 12 rebounds in the winning effort. Daniel Theis (207-C-92) answered with 12 points for Germany as they suffered the second loss in a row. Niels Giffey (200-G/F-91) finished with 11 points.

Greece - Ukraine 73-79
Ukraine finished U20 European Championship Qualifying Round with victory. They held off Greece for 1-4 record in Group F. Ukraine thus claimed the fifth position in the ladder. Greece slipped at the sixth position. Ukraine will now take on Slovenia, while Greece will face Sweden in the classification round for 9th-12th place. Vyacheslav Bobrov (202-F-92) unloaded 10 points in the starting quarter as Ukraine ensured a 21:13 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine kept Greece at bay throughout the second frame. Ukraine arrived at halftime up by 7 points 36:29. Volodymyr Bryukhovetskyy team tipped off the second half with ten unanswered points to boost the lead. Ukraine piled up a 61:42 advantage with ten minutes remaining. The Hellenes went on an 11:2 run to cut the distance to 12 points midway through the fourth quarter. Manolis Koukoulas (211-C-91) triggered a 9:0 surge later on as Greece got within six points. Antonakis drained a triple as the Hellenes narrowed the deficit to just two points 70:74 with 41 seconds to go. But Mishula nailed four free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Ukraine. Vyacheslav Bobrov finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Ukraine. Andriy Lebedintsev (187-PG-91) added 12 points for the winners. Dimitrios Katsivelis (194-G-91) and Manolis Koukoulas answered with 22 points each for Greece. Sokratis Psaropoulos (191-PG-92, agency: FCM) had 12 points in defeat.

Italy - Spain 85-90
Spain celebrated the sixth straight win at the U20 European Championship. They narrowly defeated Italy in exciting clash in Bilbao to clinch the top spot in Group F. Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) stepped up with 27 points, 12 boards and 4 assists to lead the hosts. Spain will now take on Latvia, while Italy will face Montenegro in the quarterfinals. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the opening quarter. But eventually Spain eked out a 24:21 lead. Nikola Mirotic scored four points in a row at start of the second period to set the tone. Spain outgunned Italy 26:16 in the quarter to establish a 50:37 halftime lead. The margin grew at 17-point mark before the Azzurri went on a 9:2 run to cut the deficit at 9 points with one quarter remaining 60:69. Italy fought hard as they got within a single point with 53 seconds remaining. Franch and Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) hit one free throw each and Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) answered with his own two as Italy stayed close. But then Alessandro Gentile missed both of his free throw attempts and Nikola Mirotic punished Italy from the stripe to seal the winning outcome for Spain. Joan Sastre Morro provided 14 points, while Joan Tomas (201-F-92) added 13 points in the victory. Alessandro Gentile responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds for Italy. Michele Vitali (195-G-91) and Riccardo Cervi (215-C-91) had 13 points each in defeat.
Group G
Austria - Lithuania 68-91
Lithuania snapped their four-game losing streak at U20 European Championship. They overcame Austria in classification round today. Austria looked better in the starting quarter. They led right from the start recording a 25:24 advantage ten minutes into the game. Lithuania pulled in front midway through the second quarter but Austria reacted with a 7:0 run to regain control. Austria posted a 44:40 lead at halftime. Staniulis scored six points in a row to trigger a 9:0 run from Lithuania as they surged ahead 61:55 with two minutes to go in the third quarter. The Baltic team entered the final quarter up by five points 64:59. Saulius Kulvietis (203-F-91) triggered a 13:0 surge from Lithuania at the start of the fourth quarter. The Baltic team cleared off and marched to the victory at the end. Saulius Kulvietis tallied 22 points and 13 rebounds for Lithuania. Paulius Dambrauskas (191-G-91) accounted for 19 points in the victory. Thomas Klepeisz (187-G-91) replied with 17 points for Austria. Anton Maresch (192-G-91) netted 13 points in the loss.

Serbia - Croatia 80-79
Serbia came from behind to silence Croatia at U20 European Championship. The victory propelled Serbia to 3-0 record in Group G. It was a tough battle from start to finish. Croatia had their backs against the wall looking desperately for a win. They opened the game with six points in a row and led throughout the starting quarter. Boris Barac (206-F-92) made it 20:18 for Croatia at the first break. Mikulic stretched the margin to 6 points early in the second quarter. Croatia used a 7:0 run to take a 37:29 lead with under four minutes remaining in the first half. But Serbia reacted with an 8:2 rally of their own to surge ahead 40:39. The teams stayed close throughout the third quarter. The lead changed hands for several times before Serbia ensured a 60:58 lead with one quarter remaining. Boris Barac and Mikulic organized a 14:3 run as Croatia posted a 72:63 lead midway through the fourth frame. Jaramaz and Danilo Andjusic (197-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) helped Serbia to erase the deficit 75:75 with just over two minutes to go. The teams exchanges strikes before Nemanja Nedovic (192-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) converted a three-point play giving Serbia an 80:79 lead with four seconds to go. Dukan had a chance to win the game for Croatia but missed a desperate three-pointer. Nemanja Nedovic finished with 27 points and 7 assists for Serbia. Danilo Andjusic added 14 points in the victory. Boris Barac answered with 23 points for Croatia. Domagoj Bubalo (214-C-91) accounted for 18 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.


Qualifying Round Day 2 in Bilbao - Jul 19, 2011
Group E
Latvia - Slovenia 89-84
Latvia celebrated the first win at the Qualifying Round of U20 European Championship. They prevailed against Slovenia to improve at 2-2 record in Group E. Slovenia fell at 0-4 record. Mareks Mejeris (207-F-91, agency: Players Group) provided 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge. Mareks Mareks Mejeris notched 7 points in the opening frame as Latvia posted a 21:13 lead at the first break. Latvia cleared off to a 7-point distance in the second term. Butjankovs opened a double-digit lead late in the first half 41:31. Latvia ensured a 44:37 halftime advantage. But Slovenia quickly erased the deficit and soon Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) pulled his team in front. Slovenia entered the final frame up by five points 68:63. Mareks Mejeris triggered a 16:0 run that put Latvia on top 85:73. Slovenia made a fierce comeback effort cutting the deficit at 3 points 82:85. Lejasmeiers and Antrops hit four free throws in the dying seconds to seal the winning outcome for Latvia. Martins Meiers (206-C-91) notched 18 points and 9 rebounds for Latvia. Ugis Pinete (194-F-91) added 17 points, 5 boards and 5 assists in the victory. Klemen Prepelic answered with 17 points for Slovenia. Alen Omic (213-C-92) answered with 16 points in the loss.

Russia - Sweden 67-65
Russia posted the second straight win at the U20 European Championship Qualifying Round. They overcame Sweden to climb at 4-0 record in Group E. Sweden slipped at 0-4 record in the ladder. Russia went on a 10:0 run midway through the opening quarter to post a 23:10 lead. They ensured a 26:18 lead at the first break. Sweden erased the deficit in the second quarter. The Scandinavian side tied things up at 30. Soon Czerapowicz, Nordstrom and Andreas Person (190-G-91) put Sweden in front. But Ruslan Tumanov (190-G-91) capped the first half with a three-pointer as Russia regained advantage 39:38. Russia went on a 12:0 run at the start of the third quarter to boost the margin to 13 points 51:38. Russia entered the fourth frame up by 10 points 58:48. Lindqvist nailed 8 points in a row at the beginning of the fourth quarter to cut the deficit. Andrey Zubkov (205-G/F-91) and Tkachenko maintained the advantage for Russia however Viktor Gaddefors (200-F-92) put Sweden as close as two points 65:67 with 8 seconds remaining. Pavel Antipov commited a turnover giving Sweden a chance to save the game. But Czerapowicz missed a jumper and Russia had a narrow escape at the end. Andrey Zubkov delivered 13 points, while Ruslan Tumanov added 12 points in the victory. Viktor Gaddefors answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Sweden. Andreas Person netted 12 points in defeat.

Montenegro - France 49-58
France continued their unbeaten run at the U20 European Championship. They overcame Montenegro tonight to improve at 4-0 record in Qualifying Round Group E. Romain Hillotte (195-G-91) scored 12 points to lead the effort. Montenegro fell at 2-2 record after the loss. France got to a flying start as they enjoyed an 8:2 lead midway through the first frame. Montenegro got closer but Romain Hillotte capped the period with a three-pointer as France grabbed a 16:10 advantage. Les Bleus maintained the lead throughout the low-scoring second period. France arrived at halftime up by three points 22:19. Montenegro tried hard but could not erase the deficit in the third quarter. They faced a 6-point deficit heading into the fourth frame 32:38. Romain Hillotte, Yeguete and Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) opened a double-digit lead for France in the final period. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Halil Kanacevic (203-F-91) dragged the Balkan team within 6 points but it was as close as Montenegro could get. France stayed calm in the dying minutes and registered a well-deserved win at the end. Leo Westermann nailed 11 points, while Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91) accounted for 9 points in the victory. Bojan Dubljevic had 17 points and 7 rebounds for Montenegro. Halil Kanacevic finished with 10 points in defeat.
Group F
Ukraine - Turkey 61-64
Turkey enjoyed the first win at the Qualifying Round of U20 European Championship. They eked out a tough victory over Ukraine to climb at 1-3 record in Group F. Sertac Sanli (212-F/C-91, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 18 points to lead the effort. Ukraine suffered the second straight loss in the group action and fell at 0-4 record. Turkey opened the game with six points in a row but Ukraine turned things around pretty quickly and arrived at the first break up by 6 points 21:15. Ukraine stayed in charge throughout the second frame. Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) and Sertac Sanli managed to get Turkey within one point 35:36 at halftime. Ukraine opened the second half on a 7:0 run and rallied to a 51:44 advantage at the final intermission. Turkey got within two points following a 5:0 spurt at the start of the fourth quarter. Ukraine boosted the margin back to 8 points with under five minutes remaining. Can Mutaf (193-G-91) and Sertac Sanli drained back-to-back three-pointers and Koksal followed with a layup as Turkey denied the deficit 59:59. Furkan Aldemir put Turkey in front 60:59 with under three minutes to go. Lebedintsev answered with a jumper but Sertac Sanli connected from the arc to secure a 63:61 lead for Turkey. Sertac Sanli followed several misses from Ukrainian players with a free throw and Turkey clinched the victory. Furkan Aldemir netted 16 points and pulled down 7 rebounds, while Can Mutaf had 14 points in the win. Maksym Sandul (207-C-91) answered with 14 points and 12 boards for Ukraine. Vyacheslav Bobrov (202-F-92) and Oleksandr Mishula (187-G-92) nailed 9 points each in defeat.

Spain - Germany 73-58
Spain registered the fifth straight win at the U20 European Championship. This time the hosts overcame Germany to improve at 4-0 record in Group F. Germany slipped at 2-2 record after the loss. Spain jumped in front from the first minutes and maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter. They posted a 17:12 lead after ten minutes. Germany opened the second frame on an 8:2 rally to pull in front. Soon the visitors grabbed a 28:21 advantage. Germany arrived at the big break up by two points 30:28. The lead changed hands for several times early in the third period but Spain then went on an 11:1 surge to build a 51:42 advantage. Germany got within three points early in the final quarter but Josep Franch (194-PG-91) and Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) quickly silenced the opponents as Spain cruised to the victory at the end. Nikola Mirotic tallied 22 points and 12 boards for Spain. Josep Franch added 14 points in the win. Daniel Theis (207-C-92) answered with 11 points for Germany. Mathis Monninghoff (200-F/G-92) netted 10 points in defeat.

Greece - Italy 59-64
Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) scored 23 points to pace Italy to the fourth straight win at the U20 European Championship. Italy held off Greece to take 4-0 record in Group F. Greece fell at 1-3 record after the loss. It was a really close battle in the opening quarter. The teams exchanged baskets before Greece were able to eke out an 18:16 lead into the second term. Italy opened the second term with a 6:0 run to surge ahead. The Azzurri led for some time before Greece capped the half on a 6:0 run to ensure a 32:30 advantage. Alessandro Gentile nailed nine points in a row midway through the third quarter to put the Azzurri in front 49:41. Italy arrived at the final break up by 9 points 55:46. Greece cut the deficit to just three points but Alessandro Gentile followed with four straight points to keep Italy in front. Andrea De Nicolao (185-G-91) sealed the victory with four consecutive points late in regulation. Achille Polonara (202-F-91) accounted for 14 points and 6 boards for Italy. Andrea De Nicolao netted 8 points in the winning effort. Dimitrios Katsivelis (194-G-91) answered with 12 points for Greece. Manolis Koukoulas (211-C-91) provided 10 points in the losing effort.
Group G
Austria - Serbia 64-83
Serbia recorded the second straight win at the U20 European Championship Classification Round. They shot down Austria to climb at 2-0 record in Group G. Austria in the meantime fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Danilo Andjusic (197-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 16 points and 6 rebounds to lead Serbia in this one. Serbia opened the game with five straight points and controlled the tempo in the starting frame. They recorded a 23:12 lead at the first intermission. Serbia kept in charge throughout the second quarter. They capped with a 7:0 run to take a 45:29 halftime lead. Serbia did not loosen the grasp in the third frame. They arrived at the final break up by 14 points 64:50. Serbia tipped off the fourth quarter with a 9:0 surge and never looked back en route to the victory. Branislav Djekic tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Nemanja Jaramaz (201-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points in the victory. Jozo Rados (203-C-93) responded with 13 points for Austria. Carlos Novas (197-F-92) and Thomas Klepeisz (187-G-91) finished with 10 points apiece in defeat.

Lithuania - Croatia 76-82
Lithuania lost their second straight game at the U20 European Championship Classification Round. They surrendered against Croatia to slip at 0-2 record in Group G. Croatia on the other hand celebrated the first win and improved at 1-1 record in the ladder. Domagoj Bubalo (214-C-91) stepped up with 25 points to pace the Croats. Saulius Kulvietis (203-F-91) unloaded 12 points in the starting quarter but Croatia overcame this effort posting a 21:18 lead at the first break. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the second quarter. Finally Roko Rogic (185-G-92) hit a jumper to make it 44:43 for Croatia at halftime. The teams stayed close throughout the third frame. Staniulis scored six points late in the quarter to give the Baltic team a 67:62 lead with one period remaining. Dambrauskas stretched the gap to 7 points at the beginning of the fourth quarter. However Barac soon drained three triples in a row to put Croatia back on top. Domagoj Bubalo and Babic made it 77:73 for Croatia with under three minutes to go. Biruta and Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) cut the deficit but Domagoj Bubalo and Ivan Batur (203-G/F-91) accounted for five consecutive points and Croatia celebrated a crucial win at the end. Roko Rogic nailed 14 points, while Ivan Batur produced 13 points in the victory. Saulius Kulvietis replied with 17 points for Lithuania. Dovydas Redikas had 14 points and 7 assists in defeat.


Preliminary round comes to an end in Bilbao - Jul 16, 2011
Group A
Serbia - Slovenia 80-102
Slovenia caught the last train into U20 European Championship Qualifying Round. They stunned Serbia tonight to clinch the third position in preliminary round Group A. Marko Pajic (204-F-92) scored 24 points to pace Slovenia. In the meantime Serbia will team up with another European big basketball nations Lithuania and Croatia in the battle against relegation in classification round. The teams traded baskets early in the encounter but Slovenia used a 12:0 run to take a 21:11 lead late in the first period. Slovenia arrived at the first break up by 9 points 23:14. Slovenia maintained the lead throughout the second period. They posted a 46:37 halftime lead. The teams forgot about defence in the high-flying third term. They teamed up for 64 points in the quarter. Serbia got within six points but Slovenia capped the term with a 16:2 rally to build an 84:63 lead with one quarter remaining. Slovenia quickly boosted the margin to 29 points and never looked back en route to the crucial win. Alen Omic (213-C-92) delivered 21 points and 8 rebounds for Slovenia. Edo Muric (202-F-91) added 19 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Nemanja Nedovic (192-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 26 points for Serbia. Nemanja Jaramaz (201-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) had 18 points in the loss.

Montenegro - Russia 66-68
Russia recorded the second straight win at U20 European Championship. They nipped Montenegro to catch up their opponents in Group A ladder. Both teams ensured the Qualifying Round appearance. Andrey Zubkov (205-G/F-91) and Nikita Balashov (206-F-91) nailed 13 points apiece to pace the winners. Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down 7 points in the opening quarter to secure Montenegro lead. Pastukhov however capped the frame with three points in a row to narrow the gap at just a single point 17:18. Russia used an 8:1 run midway through the second frame to grab a 27:21 lead. But Montenegro quickly erased the deficit and restored a 35:33 advantage at halftime. The teams traded baskets throughout intense third frame. Montenegro ensured a narrow 55:52 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Andrey Zubkov and Nikita Balashov put Russia in charge 61:60 midway through the fourth period. The teams exchanged points for several minutes before Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) made it 66:65 for the Balkan team with 55 seconds remaining. However Ivan Strebkov penetrated into the paint, converted a layup and got fouled. He followed with an accurate free throw to seal the victory for Russia. Pavel Antipov (203-F-91) produced 9 points in the winning effort. Bojan Dubljevic posted 25 points and 10 rebounds for Montenegro. Nikola Ivanovic and Milutin Dukanovic (190-PG-91) had 12 points each in the loss.
Group B
Sweden - Croatia 70-56
Sweden celebrated the first win at the U20 European Championship in Spain. They shocked Croatia to catch the last train into the Qualifying Round from Group B. Christopher Czerapowicz (200-SF-91) tallied 17 points and 13 rebounds to pace the Scandinavian team. Croatia in the meantime fell into classification round and would try to avoid elimination in the next three games. Croatia and Sweden stayed close throughout the first frame. Croatia posted a 16:14 lead after ten minutes. But Sweden bounced back cutting the deficit. The teams entered the second half all tied at 32. Sweden shifted the gear in the third term. They used a 7:1 run midway through the quarter to take a 41:39 lead. Christopher Czerapowicz knocked down four points late in the quarter as the Scandinavians posted a 52:46 lead with one quarter remaining. Cutura opened the fourth frame with a layup but Sweden answered with 12:2 rally to clear off. Croatia never recovered afterwards as Sweden marched to the victory at the end. Viktor Gaddefors (200-F-92) knocked down 13 points, while Alexander Lindqvist (202-F-91) added 12 points and 9 rebounds for Sweden. Boris Barac (206-F-92) answered with 14 points for Croatia. Ivan Mikulic (194-G-91) finished with 12 points in the loss.

France - Latvia 79-46
France registered the third win in a row at U20 European Championship. They thumped Latvia to improve at 3-0 record in Group B. Latvia finished in the third position in the pool qualifying into the next round of action. Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) topscored with 23 points for Les Bleus. Evan Fournier unloaded 15 points in the opening quarter to ensure good start for France. Les Bleus grabbed a 24:12 lead at the first break. France opened the second period with back-to-back three-pointers to set the tone. Latvia scored just three points in the period as France established a 38:15 halftime lead. Les Bleus maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by 32 points 59:27. Latvia increased the tempo in the fourth quarter but France easily matched the effort and cruised to the victory at the end. Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91) nailed 14 points in the winning effort. Martins Meiers (206-C-91) answered with 13 points for Latvia. Edmunds Dukulis (204-C-92, agency: Players Group) had 11 points in the loss.
Group C
Austria - Spain 47-120
Spain eased to the third straight win at U20 European Championship. The hosts trounced Austrian counterparts to finish with a perfect 3-0 record in Group C. Austria on the other hand suffered the third loss in a row and stayed at the bottom of the ladder. Spain led from start to finish. The hosts erupted for 27 points in the opening frame to build a 15-point lead. Spain unloaded 38 points in the second period to aggravate the damage. They established a 65:22 halftime lead. Spain refused to slow down after the big break. They went on a full steam in the third quarter scoring 31 points and building an unassailable 96:37 lead with one quarter remaining. Spain just cruised on in the fourth term and celebrated yet another impressive win at the end. Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) tallied 28 points and 7 rebounds in just 16 minutes on the court. Alberto Jodar (204-F/C-91) contributed 18 points for the winners. Carlos Novas (197-F-92) answered with 12 points for Austria. Anton Maresch (192-G-91) had 11 points in defeat.

Turkey - Greece 63-78
Greece registered the second win at the U20 European Championship. They rallied past Turkey to finish in the second place in Group C. Turkey also advanced into Qualifying Round despite the loss. They claimed the third position in the ladder. Dimitrios Katsivelis (194-G-91) stepped up with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to pace the Hellenes. Greece stunned Turkey in the first frame. They went on a massive 27:8 run in the opening seven minutes. Greece posted a 29:14 lead ten minutes into the encounter. But Turkey struck back as they tipped off the second period with 12 points in a row. Greece reacted with a 10:0 run of their own. They quickly boosted the margin to 17 points. Dimitrios Katsivelis gave the Hellenes a 20-point lead midway through the third frame. Turkey stayed hopeful as they managed to narrow the deficit at 12 points with one quarter remaining 50:62. But Greece gave little chance for their opponents in the fourth stanza and rolled to a confident win at the end. Spyridon Motsenigos (194-G/F-92) nailed 12 points for Greece. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (206-F-92) added 11 points, 6 boards and 6 assists in the victory. Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) replied with 19 points and 17 rebounds for Turkey. Sertac Sanli (212-F/C-91, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 10 points in the loss.
Group D
Ukraine - Italy 54-70
Italy recorded the second consecutive win at the U20 European Championship in Spain. They rallied past Ukraine to improve at 2-1 record in Group D. The victory thus guaranteed the Qualifying Round birth for the Azzurri. Achille Polonara (202-F-91) knocked down 15 points to pace the winners. Ukraine will await the result of Lithuania vs. Germany clash to get to know their fate. Andrea De Nicolao (185-G-91) sparked a 9:0 run from the Azzurri late in the first period to take a 16:11 lead. Achille Polonara came up with 6 points in the second period as Italy maintained the advantage. Moreover they established a 33:23 halftime lead. Italy went on a 12:0 rally in the third term as the margin grew at 22-point mark 48:26. Italy entered the fourth quarter up by 22 points 52:30. Achille Polonara and Cervi boosted the gap to 25 points early in the fourth frame before Ukraine showed some character. Mishula, Sandul and Andriy Lebedintsev (187-PG-91) cut the deficit at 16-point mark at the end. Nicolo Melli (205-F-91) nailed 12 points, while Andrea De Nicolao added 10 in the victory. Andriy Lebedintsev answered with 14 points for Ukraine. Pavlo Krutous (195-G/F-92) had 8 points in the loss.

Lithuania - Germany 74-88
Germany wrapped up U20 European Championship preliminary round with victory. They knocked down Lithuania to clinch the second place in Group D. Lithuania in the meantime suffered the second loss and would battle against relegation in classification round now. Niels Giffey (200-G/F-91) paced well-balanced effort from Germany with 16 points. Augustas Peciukevicius (191-G-91) unloaded 11 points in the first period to keep Lithuania in charge. The Baltic team erupted for 31 points to build a 5-point lead. But Ole Wendt (190-G-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) and Barthel quickly erased the deficit in the second frame. The teams traded baskets before Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) made it 45:44 for Lithuania at halftime. Germany opened the second half on a 6:0 run to surge ahead. Lithuania managed just seven points in the third term to face a 9-point deficit before the fourth quarter. Germany tipped off the fourth quarter with a 7:2 run to take a 14-point lead. Kulvietis and Augustas Peciukevicius gave Lithuania hope as they dragged the team within 6 points with just over two minutes remaining. But Theis, Klein and Ole Wendt converted a bunch of free throws late in regulation to seal the victory for Germany. Mathis Monninghoff (200-F/G-92) and Ole Wendt produced 15 points each for Germany. Augustas Peciukevicius produced 18 points, 6 boards and 6 assists for Lithuania. Dovydas Redikas added 13 points in the loss.


Preliminary round comes to an end in Bilbao - Jul 16, 2011
Group A
Serbia - Slovenia 80-102
Slovenia caught the last train into U20 European Championship Qualifying Round. They stunned Serbia tonight to clinch the third position in preliminary round Group A. Marko Pajic (204-F-92) scored 24 points to pace Slovenia. In the meantime Serbia will team up with another European big basketball nations Lithuania and Croatia in the battle against relegation in classification round. The teams traded baskets early in the encounter but Slovenia used a 12:0 run to take a 21:11 lead late in the first period. Slovenia arrived at the first break up by 9 points 23:14. Slovenia maintained the lead throughout the second period. They posted a 46:37 halftime lead. The teams forgot about defence in the high-flying third term. They teamed up for 64 points in the quarter. Serbia got within six points but Slovenia capped the term with a 16:2 rally to build an 84:63 lead with one quarter remaining. Slovenia quickly boosted the margin to 29 points and never looked back en route to the crucial win. Alen Omic (213-C-92) delivered 21 points and 8 rebounds for Slovenia. Edo Muric (202-F-91) added 19 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Nemanja Nedovic (192-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 26 points for Serbia. Nemanja Jaramaz (201-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) had 18 points in the loss.

Montenegro - Russia 66-68
Russia recorded the second straight win at U20 European Championship. They nipped Montenegro to catch up their opponents in Group A ladder. Both teams ensured the Qualifying Round appearance. Andrey Zubkov (205-G/F-91) and Nikita Balashov (206-F-91) nailed 13 points apiece to pace the winners. Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down 7 points in the opening quarter to secure Montenegro lead. Pastukhov however capped the frame with three points in a row to narrow the gap at just a single point 17:18. Russia used an 8:1 run midway through the second frame to grab a 27:21 lead. But Montenegro quickly erased the deficit and restored a 35:33 advantage at halftime. The teams traded baskets throughout intense third frame. Montenegro ensured a narrow 55:52 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Andrey Zubkov and Nikita Balashov put Russia in charge 61:60 midway through the fourth period. The teams exchanged points for several minutes before Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) made it 66:65 for the Balkan team with 55 seconds remaining. However Ivan Strebkov penetrated into the paint, converted a layup and got fouled. He followed with an accurate free throw to seal the victory for Russia. Pavel Antipov (203-F-91) produced 9 points in the winning effort. Bojan Dubljevic posted 25 points and 10 rebounds for Montenegro. Nikola Ivanovic and Milutin Dukanovic (190-PG-91) had 12 points each in the loss.
Group B
Sweden - Croatia 70-56
Sweden celebrated the first win at the U20 European Championship in Spain. They shocked Croatia to catch the last train into the Qualifying Round from Group B. Christopher Czerapowicz (200-SF-91) tallied 17 points and 13 rebounds to pace the Scandinavian team. Croatia in the meantime fell into classification round and would try to avoid elimination in the next three games. Croatia and Sweden stayed close throughout the first frame. Croatia posted a 16:14 lead after ten minutes. But Sweden bounced back cutting the deficit. The teams entered the second half all tied at 32. Sweden shifted the gear in the third term. They used a 7:1 run midway through the quarter to take a 41:39 lead. Christopher Czerapowicz knocked down four points late in the quarter as the Scandinavians posted a 52:46 lead with one quarter remaining. Cutura opened the fourth frame with a layup but Sweden answered with 12:2 rally to clear off. Croatia never recovered afterwards as Sweden marched to the victory at the end. Viktor Gaddefors (200-F-92) knocked down 13 points, while Alexander Lindqvist (202-F-91) added 12 points and 9 rebounds for Sweden. Boris Barac (206-F-92) answered with 14 points for Croatia. Ivan Mikulic (194-G-91) finished with 12 points in the loss.

France - Latvia 79-46
France registered the third win in a row at U20 European Championship. They thumped Latvia to improve at 3-0 record in Group B. Latvia finished in the third position in the pool qualifying into the next round of action. Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) topscored with 23 points for Les Bleus. Evan Fournier unloaded 15 points in the opening quarter to ensure good start for France. Les Bleus grabbed a 24:12 lead at the first break. France opened the second period with back-to-back three-pointers to set the tone. Latvia scored just three points in the period as France established a 38:15 halftime lead. Les Bleus maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by 32 points 59:27. Latvia increased the tempo in the fourth quarter but France easily matched the effort and cruised to the victory at the end. Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91) nailed 14 points in the winning effort. Martins Meiers (206-C-91) answered with 13 points for Latvia. Edmunds Dukulis (204-C-92, agency: Players Group) had 11 points in the loss.
Group C
Austria - Spain 47-120
Spain eased to the third straight win at U20 European Championship. The hosts trounced Austrian counterparts to finish with a perfect 3-0 record in Group C. Austria on the other hand suffered the third loss in a row and stayed at the bottom of the ladder. Spain led from start to finish. The hosts erupted for 27 points in the opening frame to build a 15-point lead. Spain unloaded 38 points in the second period to aggravate the damage. They established a 65:22 halftime lead. Spain refused to slow down after the big break. They went on a full steam in the third quarter scoring 31 points and building an unassailable 96:37 lead with one quarter remaining. Spain just cruised on in the fourth term and celebrated yet another impressive win at the end. Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) tallied 28 points and 7 rebounds in just 16 minutes on the court. Alberto Jodar (204-F/C-91) contributed 18 points for the winners. Carlos Novas (197-F-92) answered with 12 points for Austria. Anton Maresch (192-G-91) had 11 points in defeat.

Turkey - Greece 63-78
Greece registered the second win at the U20 European Championship. They rallied past Turkey to finish in the second place in Group C. Turkey also advanced into Qualifying Round despite the loss. They claimed the third position in the ladder. Dimitrios Katsivelis (194-G-91) stepped up with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to pace the Hellenes. Greece stunned Turkey in the first frame. They went on a massive 27:8 run in the opening seven minutes. Greece posted a 29:14 lead ten minutes into the encounter. But Turkey struck back as they tipped off the second period with 12 points in a row. Greece reacted with a 10:0 run of their own. They quickly boosted the margin to 17 points. Dimitrios Katsivelis gave the Hellenes a 20-point lead midway through the third frame. Turkey stayed hopeful as they managed to narrow the deficit at 12 points with one quarter remaining 50:62. But Greece gave little chance for their opponents in the fourth stanza and rolled to a confident win at the end. Spyridon Motsenigos (194-G/F-92) nailed 12 points for Greece. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (206-F-92) added 11 points, 6 boards and 6 assists in the victory. Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) replied with 19 points and 17 rebounds for Turkey. Sertac Sanli (212-F/C-91, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 10 points in the loss.
Group D
Ukraine - Italy 54-70
Italy recorded the second consecutive win at the U20 European Championship in Spain. They rallied past Ukraine to improve at 2-1 record in Group D. The victory thus guaranteed the Qualifying Round birth for the Azzurri. Achille Polonara (202-F-91) knocked down 15 points to pace the winners. Ukraine will await the result of Lithuania vs. Germany clash to get to know their fate. Andrea De Nicolao (185-G-91) sparked a 9:0 run from the Azzurri late in the first period to take a 16:11 lead. Achille Polonara came up with 6 points in the second period as Italy maintained the advantage. Moreover they established a 33:23 halftime lead. Italy went on a 12:0 rally in the third term as the margin grew at 22-point mark 48:26. Italy entered the fourth quarter up by 22 points 52:30. Achille Polonara and Cervi boosted the gap to 25 points early in the fourth frame before Ukraine showed some character. Mishula, Sandul and Andriy Lebedintsev (187-PG-91) cut the deficit at 16-point mark at the end. Nicolo Melli (205-F-91) nailed 12 points, while Andrea De Nicolao added 10 in the victory. Andriy Lebedintsev answered with 14 points for Ukraine. Pavlo Krutous (195-G/F-92) had 8 points in the loss.

Lithuania - Germany 74-88
Germany wrapped up U20 European Championship preliminary round with victory. They knocked down Lithuania to clinch the second place in Group D. Lithuania in the meantime suffered the second loss and would battle against relegation in classification round now. Niels Giffey (200-G/F-91) paced well-balanced effort from Germany with 16 points. Augustas Peciukevicius (191-G-91) unloaded 11 points in the first period to keep Lithuania in charge. The Baltic team erupted for 31 points to build a 5-point lead. But Ole Wendt (190-G-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) and Barthel quickly erased the deficit in the second frame. The teams traded baskets before Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) made it 45:44 for Lithuania at halftime. Germany opened the second half on a 6:0 run to surge ahead. Lithuania managed just seven points in the third term to face a 9-point deficit before the fourth quarter. Germany tipped off the fourth quarter with a 7:2 run to take a 14-point lead. Kulvietis and Augustas Peciukevicius gave Lithuania hope as they dragged the team within 6 points with just over two minutes remaining. But Theis, Klein and Ole Wendt converted a bunch of free throws late in regulation to seal the victory for Germany. Mathis Monninghoff (200-F/G-92) and Ole Wendt produced 15 points each for Germany. Augustas Peciukevicius produced 18 points, 6 boards and 6 assists for Lithuania. Dovydas Redikas added 13 points in the loss.



Results and Stats from Day 1 in Bilbao - Jul 14, 2011
Group A
Montenegro - Slovenia 80-77
Montenegro victoriously opened their U20 European Championship campaign. They overcame Slovenia in a tough clash in Group A. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 30 points and 12 rebounds to pace the winners. Milutin Dukanovic (190-PG-91) hit a winning three-pointer with four seconds remaining in regulation. Slovenia dominated in the first half. They posted a 21:17 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Back-to-back three-pointers from Edo Muric (202-F-91) gave Slovenia a 41:29 lead midway through the second term. Slovenia followed with eight points in a row to establish a 49:31 halftime lead. However Montenegro used an 11:0 run midway through the third term to cut the deficit. They trailed by eight points with one quarter remaining 56:64. Dubljevic erupted for seven points to drag Montenegro as close as three points 69:72. Montenegro soon pulled in front 75:72 with under three minutes to go. Prepelic and Alen Omic (213-C-92) levelled things up at 77 but a treble from Milutin Dukanovic sealed the outcome. Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) netted 15 points, while Milutin Dukanovic added 12 points and 8 assists for Montenegro. Alen Omic answered with 28 points for Slovenia. Edo Muric provided 16 points in the loss.

Russia - Serbia 62-72
Serbian U20 National Team registered the first win at European Championship in Spain. They outscored Russia to improve at 1-0 record in Group A. Nemanja Jaramaz (201-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 15 points to lead the winners. Russia opened the game with seven points in a row. Serbia needed some time to tune in as they grabbed an 18:15 lead late in the quarter. Serbia entered the second quarter up by a single point 18:17. The lead changed hands for several times before Serbia pulled in front and recorded a 46:36 lead at the interval. Serbia kept Russia at bay throughout the third term. The Balkan team established a 60:49 lead heading into the final frame. Fidiy and Ivan Strebkov (185-PG-91) pulled Russia within six points with just over three minutes remaining. But Branislav Djekic and Andjusic answered with six points in a row and Serbia marched to the victory at the end. Nemanja Nedovic (192-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) provided 13 points for Serbia. Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) added 12 points in the win. Ivan Strebkov replied with 13 points for Russia. Artem Gorlanov (196-G-91) accounted for 11 points in the loss.
Group B
Sweden - Latvia 57-59
Mareks Mejeris (207-F-91, agency: Players Group) (207-F-91, agency: Players Group) knocked down a buzzer-beating jumper to propel Latvia past Sweden on the first day of U20 European Championship in Bilbao, Spain. Janis Antrops (193-G-91, agency: Interperformances) scored 13 points to lead Latvia in the opening win in Group B. Latvia dominated in the starting quarter. They opened a 21:13 lead late in the period. Latvia entered the second frame up by 8 points 25:17. Pinete gave Latvia a 10-point advantage at the start of the second term. The Scandinavians however were able to get within 4 points at halftime 35:39. Viktor Gaddefors (200-F-92) finally nailed four points in a row to level things up at 43 midway through the third term. The teams headed into the final quarter tied at 48. Sweden used a 7:0 run midway through the fourth period to gain a 57:51 lead. However Dukulis and Davis Lejasmeiers (190-G-91) erased the deficit. Person missed his attempt and Mareks Mejeris punished Sweden at the buzzer. Mareks Mejeris finished with 12 points, while Davis Lejasmeiers added 10 points in the victory. Viktor Gaddefors replied with 14 points for Sweden. Alexander Lindqvist (202-F-91) had 11 points in the loss.

Croatia - France 33-49
France celebrated victory in U20 European Championship opener. They outgunned Croatia in a defensively-minded Group B clash in Bilbao, Spain. Les Bleus limited their opponents beyond 10 points in every quarter and celebrated a comprehensive win at the end. Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) stepped up with 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) ensured a 7:2 start for France. Les Bleus earned a 12:8 lead after ten minutes. Croatia got within one midway through the second term but the misses mounted they faced a 15:25 halftime deficit. France stretched the gap to 14 points in the third term. They entered the fourth quarter up by 12 points 36:24. Les Bleus tipped off the final term on a 9:0 run and never looked back en route to the victory. Leo Westermann delivered 10 points and 8 rebounds, while Rudy Gobert (213-C-92) added 6 points in the win. Ivan Batur (203-G/F-91) answered with 10 points for Croatia. Ante Cutura (203-F/C-91, agency: Interperformances) netted 9 points in the loss.
Group C
Austria - Greece 51-69
Greece registered the victory in the U20 European Championship opener. The Hellenes overcame pesky Austria in Group C. Greece erupted for 28 points in the fourth quarter to tame their opponents. Sokratis Psaropoulos (191-PG-92, agency: FCM) and Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (206-F-92) accounted for 16 points apiece in the victory. Mares and Jozo Rados (203-C-93) teamed up to give Austria a dreamy start. The Division A newcomers posted a 16:4 lead early in the game. Austria stayed in charge and recorded a 21:18 lead after ten minutes. Greece erased the deficit and surged ahead 30:29 midway through the second term. But Austria capped the half with five points in a row to post a 34:30 advantage. Austria did not allow Greece to deny the deficit as they entered the fourth term up by two points 43:41. But Greece finally shook off sloppiness in the final term. The Hellenes unleashed 28 points in the period and rallied to a confident win at the end. Spyridon Motsenigos (194-G/F-92) netted 11 points in the winning effort. Anton Maresch (192-G-91) replied with 15 points for Austria. Jozo Rados notched 13 points in the loss.

Spain - Turkey 90-41
Spain eased past Turkey in U20 European Championship opener for both teams. The hosts led from start to finish registering a comfortable win at the end. Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) nailed 16 points to pace the hosts. The teams stayed close in the opening minutes. But Spain capped the first period with a 12:0 surge to clear off 24:12. Spain continued to enlarge the lead throughout the second quarter. The home team established a 39:20 halftime advantage. Spain just mounted the lead in the third quarter. They entered the fourth period up by insurmountable 40 points 67:27. Spain never looked back en route to the victory then. Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) nailed 15 points, while Josep Franch (194-PG-91) added 13 points in the win. Huseyin Koksal (195-F-91) answered with 10 points for Turkey. Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) provided 6 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
Group D
Italy - Lithuania 77-82
Lithuania earned the first win at U20 European Championship in Spain. The Baltic team overcame Italy in Group D opener. Saulius Kulvietis (203-F-91) was pivotal with 32 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. They exchanged baskets to enter the second term tied at 18. Italy pulled in front 27:21 early in the second period. But Lithuania quickly erased the deficit. Italy and Lithuania arrived at halftime tied at 39. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the third quarter. Lithuania capped the third term with five points in a row to take a 58:55 advantage. Dovydas Redikas and Saulius Kulvietis boosted the margin to 11 points midway through the fourth frame. Butkevicius and Dovydas Redikas went deadly from the stripe in the final seconds and Lithuania celebrated victory at the end. Dovydas Redikas finished with 12 points, 7 assists and 5 boards, while Augustas Peciukevicius (191-G-91) added 11 points for the winners. Achille Polonara (202-F-91) answered with 18 points for Italy. Andrea De Nicolao (185-G-91) netted 15 points in the loss.

Ukraine - Germany 68-72
Germany recorded the initial victory at U20 European Championship. They held off Ukraine in the opener. Patrick Heckmann (198-F/G-92) knocked down 22 points to pace the effort. Germany used a 12:0 run midway through the opening quarter to clear off. Germany posted a 20:11 lead at the first break. Germany maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Oleksandr Lypovyy (199-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Iegorov capped the half with five points in a row as Ukraine cut the deficit at 7 points 23:30 at the interval. Ukraine narrowed the gap to only 3 points early in the second half. Germany responded with a 13:2 run to restore a 14-point lead 46:32. Frank Menz team entered the fourth period up by 11 points 48:37. Germany still led by 11 points with just over five minutes remaining. But Mishula unloaded 9 points in a row, while Andriy Lebedintsev (187-PG-91) and Oleksandr Lypovyy followed with two triples as Ukraine cut the distance to just three points. Andriy Lebedintsev sank two free throws as the margin grew thinner. Mathis Monninghoff (200-F/G-92) and Patrick Heckmann accounted for five points next to give some breathing space for Germany. A bunch of misses from Ukrainian players allowed Germany to escape with a tough win at the end. Mathis Monninghoff produced 15 points, while Daniel Theis (207-C-92) added 11 points for the winners. Andriy Lebedintsev replied with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for Ukraine. Oleksandr Lypovyy netted 16 points in the loss.



Results and Stats from Day 1 in Bilbao - Jul 14, 2011  
Group A
Montenegro - Slovenia 80-77
Montenegro victoriously opened their U20 European Championship campaign. They overcame Slovenia in a tough clash in Group A. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 30 points and 12 rebounds to pace the winners. Milutin Dukanovic (190-PG-91) hit a winning three-pointer with four seconds remaining in regulation. Slovenia dominated in the first half. They posted a 21:17 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Back-to-back three-pointers from Edo Muric (202-F-91) gave Slovenia a 41:29 lead midway through the second term. Slovenia followed with eight points in a row to establish a 49:31 halftime lead. However Montenegro used an 11:0 run midway through the third term to cut the deficit. They trailed by eight points with one quarter remaining 56:64. Dubljevic erupted for seven points to drag Montenegro as close as three points 69:72. Montenegro soon pulled in front 75:72 with under three minutes to go. Prepelic and Alen Omic (213-C-92) levelled things up at 77 but a treble from Milutin Dukanovic sealed the outcome. Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) netted 15 points, while Milutin Dukanovic added 12 points and 8 assists for Montenegro. Alen Omic answered with 28 points for Slovenia. Edo Muric provided 16 points in the loss.

Russia - Serbia 62-72
Serbian U20 National Team registered the first win at European Championship in Spain. They outscored Russia to improve at 1-0 record in Group A. Nemanja Jaramaz (201-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 15 points to lead the winners. Russia opened the game with seven points in a row. Serbia needed some time to tune in as they grabbed an 18:15 lead late in the quarter. Serbia entered the second quarter up by a single point 18:17. The lead changed hands for several times before Serbia pulled in front and recorded a 46:36 lead at the interval. Serbia kept Russia at bay throughout the third term. The Balkan team established a 60:49 lead heading into the final frame. Fidiy and Ivan Strebkov (185-PG-91) pulled Russia within six points with just over three minutes remaining. But Branislav Djekic and Andjusic answered with six points in a row and Serbia marched to the victory at the end. Nemanja Nedovic (192-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) provided 13 points for Serbia. Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) added 12 points in the win. Ivan Strebkov replied with 13 points for Russia. Artem Gorlanov (196-G-91) accounted for 11 points in the loss.
Group B
Sweden - Latvia 57-59
Mareks Mejeris (207-F-91, agency: Players Group) (207-F-91, agency: Players Group) knocked down a buzzer-beating jumper to propel Latvia past Sweden on the first day of U20 European Championship in Bilbao, Spain. Janis Antrops (193-G-91, agency: Interperformances) scored 13 points to lead Latvia in the opening win in Group B. Latvia dominated in the starting quarter. They opened a 21:13 lead late in the period. Latvia entered the second frame up by 8 points 25:17. Pinete gave Latvia a 10-point advantage at the start of the second term. The Scandinavians however were able to get within 4 points at halftime 35:39. Viktor Gaddefors (200-F-92) finally nailed four points in a row to level things up at 43 midway through the third term. The teams headed into the final quarter tied at 48. Sweden used a 7:0 run midway through the fourth period to gain a 57:51 lead. However Dukulis and Davis Lejasmeiers (190-G-91) erased the deficit. Person missed his attempt and Mareks Mejeris punished Sweden at the buzzer. Mareks Mejeris finished with 12 points, while Davis Lejasmeiers added 10 points in the victory. Viktor Gaddefors replied with 14 points for Sweden. Alexander Lindqvist (202-F-91) had 11 points in the loss.

Croatia - France 33-49
France celebrated victory in U20 European Championship opener. They outgunned Croatia in a defensively-minded Group B clash in Bilbao, Spain. Les Bleus limited their opponents beyond 10 points in every quarter and celebrated a comprehensive win at the end. Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) stepped up with 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) ensured a 7:2 start for France. Les Bleus earned a 12:8 lead after ten minutes. Croatia got within one midway through the second term but the misses mounted they faced a 15:25 halftime deficit. France stretched the gap to 14 points in the third term. They entered the fourth quarter up by 12 points 36:24. Les Bleus tipped off the final term on a 9:0 run and never looked back en route to the victory. Leo Westermann delivered 10 points and 8 rebounds, while Rudy Gobert (213-C-92) added 6 points in the win. Ivan Batur (203-G/F-91) answered with 10 points for Croatia. Ante Cutura (203-F/C-91, agency: Interperformances) netted 9 points in the loss.
Group C
Austria - Greece 51-69
Greece registered the victory in the U20 European Championship opener. The Hellenes overcame pesky Austria in Group C. Greece erupted for 28 points in the fourth quarter to tame their opponents. Sokratis Psaropoulos (191-PG-92, agency: FCM) and Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (206-F-92) accounted for 16 points apiece in the victory. Mares and Jozo Rados (203-C-93) teamed up to give Austria a dreamy start. The Division A newcomers posted a 16:4 lead early in the game. Austria stayed in charge and recorded a 21:18 lead after ten minutes. Greece erased the deficit and surged ahead 30:29 midway through the second term. But Austria capped the half with five points in a row to post a 34:30 advantage. Austria did not allow Greece to deny the deficit as they entered the fourth term up by two points 43:41. But Greece finally shook off sloppiness in the final term. The Hellenes unleashed 28 points in the period and rallied to a confident win at the end. Spyridon Motsenigos (194-G/F-92) netted 11 points in the winning effort. Anton Maresch (192-G-91) replied with 15 points for Austria. Jozo Rados notched 13 points in the loss.

Spain - Turkey 90-41
Spain eased past Turkey in U20 European Championship opener for both teams. The hosts led from start to finish registering a comfortable win at the end. Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) nailed 16 points to pace the hosts. The teams stayed close in the opening minutes. But Spain capped the first period with a 12:0 surge to clear off 24:12. Spain continued to enlarge the lead throughout the second quarter. The home team established a 39:20 halftime advantage. Spain just mounted the lead in the third quarter. They entered the fourth period up by insurmountable 40 points 67:27. Spain never looked back en route to the victory then. Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) nailed 15 points, while Josep Franch (194-PG-91) added 13 points in the win. Huseyin Koksal (195-F-91) answered with 10 points for Turkey. Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) provided 6 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
Group D
Italy - Lithuania 77-82
Lithuania earned the first win at U20 European Championship in Spain. The Baltic team overcame Italy in Group D opener. Saulius Kulvietis (203-F-91) was pivotal with 32 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. They exchanged baskets to enter the second term tied at 18. Italy pulled in front 27:21 early in the second period. But Lithuania quickly erased the deficit. Italy and Lithuania arrived at halftime tied at 39. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the third quarter. Lithuania capped the third term with five points in a row to take a 58:55 advantage. Dovydas Redikas and Saulius Kulvietis boosted the margin to 11 points midway through the fourth frame. Butkevicius and Dovydas Redikas went deadly from the stripe in the final seconds and Lithuania celebrated victory at the end. Dovydas Redikas finished with 12 points, 7 assists and 5 boards, while Augustas Peciukevicius (191-G-91) added 11 points for the winners. Achille Polonara (202-F-91) answered with 18 points for Italy. Andrea De Nicolao (185-G-91) netted 15 points in the loss.

Ukraine - Germany 68-72
Germany recorded the initial victory at U20 European Championship. They held off Ukraine in the opener. Patrick Heckmann (198-F/G-92) knocked down 22 points to pace the effort. Germany used a 12:0 run midway through the opening quarter to clear off. Germany posted a 20:11 lead at the first break. Germany maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Oleksandr Lypovyy (199-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Iegorov capped the half with five points in a row as Ukraine cut the deficit at 7 points 23:30 at the interval. Ukraine narrowed the gap to only 3 points early in the second half. Germany responded with a 13:2 run to restore a 14-point lead 46:32. Frank Menz team entered the fourth period up by 11 points 48:37. Germany still led by 11 points with just over five minutes remaining. But Mishula unloaded 9 points in a row, while Andriy Lebedintsev (187-PG-91) and Oleksandr Lypovyy followed with two triples as Ukraine cut the distance to just three points. Andriy Lebedintsev sank two free throws as the margin grew thinner. Mathis Monninghoff (200-F/G-92) and Patrick Heckmann accounted for five points next to give some breathing space for Germany. A bunch of misses from Ukrainian players allowed Germany to escape with a tough win at the end. Mathis Monninghoff produced 15 points, while Daniel Theis (207-C-92) added 11 points for the winners. Andriy Lebedintsev replied with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for Ukraine. Oleksandr Lypovyy netted 16 points in the loss.


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