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European Championships U20 Final Standings
 1. Lithuania
 2. France
 3. Spain
 4. Serbia
 5. Germany
 6. Latvia
 7. Slovenia
 8. Greece
 9. Turkey
 10. Italy
 11. Russia
 12. Ukraine
 13. Sweden
 14. Montenegro
 15. Estonia
 16. Georgia
Points Per Game
 Marko MUGOSA
  (195-F-93)
  Avg: 18
 1. Mugosa, MNT18.0 
 2. Sanadze, GEO17.2 
 3. Burjanadze, GEO16.4 
 4. Larentzakis, GRE16.3 
 5. Prepelic, SLO16.3 
 6. Eriksson, SWE15.9 
 7. Nikolic, MNT15.2 
 8. Omic, SLO15.1 
 9. Pustovyi, UKR14.9 
 10. Antonakis, GRE14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vyacheslav BOBROV
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Bobrov, UKR8.9 
 2. Burjanadze, GEO8.4 
 3. Omic, SLO7.7 
 4. Nikolic, MNT7.7 
 5. Gaddefors, SWE7.1 
 6. Trushkin, RUS7.1 
 7. Gobert, FRA7.0 
 8. Jean-Charles, FRA6.8 
 9. Pavic, MNT6.8 
 10. Norman, SWE6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Klym ARTAMONOV
  UKR
  (183-PG-93)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Artamonov, UKR5.3 
 2. Prepelic, SLO4.9 
 3. Cizauskas, LTU4.6 
 4. Westermann, FRA4.3 
 5. Pajovic, MNT4.1 
 6. Laane, EST4.0 
 7. Traini, ITA3.9 
 8. Pkhakadze, GEO3.8 
 9. Antonakis, GRE3.6 
 10. Rupnik, SLO3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dovydas REDIKAS
  (195-G-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Redikas, LTU2.1 
 2. Pozas, ESP2.0 
 3. Lagana, ITA1.9 
 4. Larentzakis, GRE1.7 
 5. Dokuyan, TUR1.5 
 6. Timma, LAT1.5 
 7. Eroglu, TUR1.5 
 8. Heckmann, GER1.3 
 9. Edge, TUR1.3 
 10. Barrera, ESP1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Gobert, FRA3.9 
 2. Pustovyi, UKR2.3 
 3. Nurger, EST1.4 
 4. Orlenko, RUS1.3 
 5. Nikolic, MNT1.3 
 6. Silins, LAT1.2 
 7. Tessitori, ITA1.1 
 8. Omic, SLO1.0 
 9. Gaddefors, SWE0.9 
 10. Vaitiekunas, LTU0.9 
European Championships U20 Stage Two Standings
Group E
 1. Serbia 5-0 
 2. Germany 3-2 
 3. Greece 2-3 
 4. France 2-3 
 5. Russia 2-3 
 6. Ukraine 1-4 
Group F
 1. Slovenia 5-0 
 2. Lithuania 2-3 
 3. Spain 2-3 
 4. Latvia 2-3 
 5. Turkey 2-3 
 6. Italy 2-3 
Group G (positions 13-16)
 1. Sweden 4-1 
 2. Montenegro 3-2 
 3. Estonia 2-3 
 4. Georgia 1-4 
European Championships U20 Stage One Standings
Group A
 1. Serbia 3-0 
 2. Germany 2-1 
 3. France 1-2 
 4. Montenegro. 0-3 
Group B
 1. Russia 3-0 
 2. Greece 2-1 
 3. Ukraine 1-2 
 4. Estonia 0-3 
Group C
 1. Spain 3-0 
 2. Turkey 2-1 
 3. Latvia 1-2 
 4. Georgia 0-3 
Group D
 1. Slovenia 3-0 
 2. Italy 2-1 
 3. Lithuania 1-2 
 4. Sweden 0-3 

Best Player: Leo Westermann (Photo: FIBA Europe)


Lithuania are new champions! (Photo: FIBA Europe)

Starting five
#s#
Edgaras Ulanovas
Ulanovas
Dovydas Redikas
Redikas
Egidijus Mockevicius
Mockevicius
Vytenis Cizauskas
Cizauskas
Rolandas Jakstas
Jakstas
#e#5
4 Paulius Vaitiekunas 205-PF-92 Triobet Lithuania
5 Deividas Pukis 193-G/F-92 Sakalai Lithuania
6 Evaldas Aniulis 192-SG-92 High School USA
7 Edgaras Ulanovas 197-G-92 Baltai Kaunas Lithuania
8 Dovydas Redikas 195-G-92 Lietuvos rytas Lithuania
9 Rokas Giedraitis 198-SF-92 ABRO-Univ. Lithuania
10 Egidijus Mockevicius 207-C-92 S.Marciulionio Lithuania
11 Tautvydas Sabonis 202-F-92 Clinicas Rincon Spain
12 Zygimantas Skucas 200-SF-92 Zalgiris-Sabonio Lithuania
13 Vytenis Cizauskas 190-SG-92 Baltai Kaunas Lithuania
14 Rolandas Jakstas 199-F-92 Zalgiris-Sabonio Lithuania
15 Arnas Butkevicius 198-SF-92 Sakalai Lithuania

Kazys Maksvytis Head Coach Neptunas Lithuania
Egidijus Vasiliauskas Assistant ABRO-Univ. Lithuania
Robertas Giedraitis Assistant Juventus Lithuania


Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Awards 2012 - Jul 23, 2012

Eurobasket.com All-Tournament 1st Team 2012
#s#
Leo Westermann
Westermann
Klemen Prepelic
Prepelic
Edgaras Ulanovas
Ulanovas
Daniel Diez
Diez
Rudy Gobert
Gobert
#e#5

Best Player: Leo Westermann (198-G-92) of France
Best Guard: Leo Westermann (198-G-92) of France
Best Forward: Daniel Diez (203-F-93) of Spain
Best Center: Rudy Gobert (212-C-92) of France
Best Coach: Kazys Maksvytis of Lithuania

1st Team
G: Leo Westermann (198-92) of France
G: Klemen Prepelic (194-92) of Slovenia
G: Edgaras Ulanovas (197-92) of Lithuania
F: Daniel Diez (203-93) of Spain
C: Rudy Gobert (212-92) of France

2nd Team
PG: Tobias Borg (183-93) of Sweden
SG: Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-93) of Greece
G/F: Marcus Eriksson (196-93) of Sweden
F: Ojars Silins (201-93) of Latvia
C: Artem Pustovyi (215-92) of Ukraine

3rd Team
PG: Klym Artamonov (183-93) of Ukraine
G: Nenad Miljenovic (194-93) of Serbia
SF: Viktor Gaddefors (203-92) of Sweden
F: Bogdan Bogdanovic (197-92) of Serbia
C: Alen Omic (215-92) of Slovenia

Honorable Mention
Anastasios Antonakis (204-PF-92) of Greece
Danilo Nikolic (206-C-93) of Montenegro
Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) of Lithuania
Janis Timma (201-F/G-92) of Latvia
Spyridon Motsenigos (193-SG-92) of Greece
Livio Jean-Charles (204-PF-93) of France
Berkay Candan (204-F-93) of Turkey
Awudu Abass (196-G-93) of Italy
Vladislav Trushkin (201-F-93) of Russia
Rait-Riivo Laane (179-PG-93) of Estonia
Vyacheslav Bobrov (202-F-92) of Ukraine
Beka Burjanadze (203-F-94) of Georgia


Lithuania are new champions! - Jul 22, 2012

FINAL
Lithuania - France 50-49
Lithuania are new U20 European champions. They survived a thriller against France in the title clash tonight to celebrate the first title since 1996. Egidijus Mockevicius (207-C-92) scored 11 points to lead the Baltic team. Lithuania looked to be en route to a rout in the opening quarter. They outscored France 24:11 in the first frame. France however slowed down their opponents. They limited Lithuania to 12 points and cut the deficit to 12 points at halftime 36:24. France got closer in the third quarter. After trailing by 16 points early in the stanza France managed to get within 7 points at the final intermission 36:43. France used a 7:1 run late in regulation to draw things level at 49 with 33 seconds remaining. Zygimantas Skucas (200-SF-92) knocked down one free throw to put Lithuania in front. France had a lot of time to save the game however Westermann committed a turnover and Lithuania triumphed at the end. Zygimantas Skucas finished with 10 points, while Vytenis Cizauskas added 9 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Axel Toupane (200-G/F-92) answered with 16 points for France. Livio Jean-Charles and Rudy Gobert had 9 points each in the loss.

3-4 place
Serbia - Spain 66-67
Spain stepped up on the pedestal at U20 European Championship. They held off Serbia in a thrilling consolation final tonight. Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) scored 16 points to lead the winners. Serbia and Spain stayed neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 18:18 after ten minutes. The lead changed hands for several times throughout close second quarter. Serbia eventually eked out a 33:32 halftime lead. Spain surged ahead midway through the third quarter. They maintained the lead and posted a 52:49 advantage at the final intermission. Serbia regained the lead and posted a 60:55 lead midway through the final term. Serbia were still up by two with 13 seconds remaining 66:64. But Alejandro Abrines drained a late three-pointer to ensure a tough win for Spain at the end. Francisco Guerra (214-C-92) posted 13 points, while Alejandro Abrines added 11 points for the winners. Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Serbia. Djordje Drenovac had 10 points in the losing effort.

5-6 place
Latvia - Germany 63-80
Germany earned the fifth place at U20 European Championship. They prevailed against Latvia on the final day of the competition. Johannes Voigtmann (210-C-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 15 points to lead the winning team. Latvia led by three points after the opening quarter 16:13. Germany narrowed the gap in the second frame. They trailed by just a single point at halftime 32:33. Germany went on a decisive rally in the third quarter. They fired 26 points and clinched a 12-point lead before the final stanza. Germany stayed in charge throughout the fourth quarter and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Leon Tolksdorf (201-F-93) and Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) delivered 11 points each for the winners. Arturs Bricis (196-SG-92) answered with 16 points for Latvia. Marcis Vitols and Ojars Silins netted 9 points each in the losing case.

7-8 place
Greece - Slovenia 61-80
Slovenia entertained the home crowd with victory on the final day of U20 European Championship. The hosts fired past Greece to occupy the 7th overall position. Alen Omic (215-C-92) came up with 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the home team. Slovenia led from start to finish. The hosts built a 20:11 lead after ten minutes. Slovenia boosted the margin in the second quarter. They secured a 39:29 halftime lead. Slovenia maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. The hosts secured a 13-point advantage with one period remaining. Slovenia scored 20 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Marko Pajic (204-F/C-92) had 15 points, while Luka Rupnik netted 13 points for the winners. Anastasios Antonakis (204-PF-92) answered with 20 points for Greece. Spyridon Motsenigos notched 14 points in the losing case.
Group G
Georgia - Sweden 67-81
Sweden celebrated victory on the final day of U20 European Championship. They overcame Georgia to clinch 5-1 record on top of classification round Group G. Charles Barton (192-PG-92), Viktor Gaddefors (203-SF-92) and William Gutenius (205-F/C-92) accounted for 15 points each for the winners. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 21:21 after ten minutes. Sweden eked out a narrow 43:42 halftime lead. Sweden boosted the margin in the third term. They fired 27 points in the quarter to ensure a 17-point lead before the fourth frame. Georgia outscored the Scandinavian team in the final stanza but could not avoid the loss at the end. Eriksson banked 11 points for the winners. Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) answered with 27 points and 8 rebounds for Georgia. Merab Bokolishvili had 10 points in the loss.

Montenegro - Estonia 87-71
Montenegro finished their U20 European Championship campaign on a high note. They defeated Estonia in Group G action. Marko Mugosa (198-F-93) scored 24 points to lead the charge. Estonia ensured a quick start. They accounted for a 26:18 lead at the first break. Montenegro bounced back in the second quarter. They cut the distance to just 3 points at halftime 36:39. Montenegro pulled in front in the third term. They recorded a 56:53 lead with one quarter to go. Montenegro unloaded 31 points in the fourth quarter and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) delivered 18 points for the Balkan team. Andrej Pajovic added 17 points for the winners. Martin Paasoja (191-G-93) answered with 24 points for Estonia. Jaan Puidet netted 16 points in the loss.


France and Lithuania to play for the title in Slovenia - Jul 21, 2012

SEMIFINALS
Spain - France 59-66
France entered the Final of U20 European Championship. They shot down the reigning champions Spain in the semifinal clash tonight. France will now take on Lithuania for the title. Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) provided 16 points to pace the winners. France led by a single point after the opening quarter 16:15. Spain however denied the deficit as the teams arrived at halftime tied at 31. Les Bleus pulled in front once again in the third term. Invirnizzi gave France a 43:33 lead midway through the third quarter. Alejandro Abrines helped Spain stay close as they narrowed the deficit at 3-point mark at the final break 44:47. France jumped to a 9-point lead midway through the final stanza. Spain never got closer than 4 points in the final minutes and had to surrender at the end. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) provided 12 points, while Kevin Thalien added 9 points in the victory. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) answered with 17 points and 13 boards for Spain. Alejandro Abrines had 15 points in the loss.

Serbia - Lithuania 68-73
Lithuania beat the odds and advanced into the U20 European Championship Final. They defeated Serbia in the first semifinal clash tonight. Serbia entered the encounter undefeated but determined performance from the Baltic side helped them punch the ticket into the title game. Zygimantas Skucas (200-SF-92) scored 14 points to lead the winners. Lithuania jumped to a 21:17 lead at the first break. Lithuania stayed in charge throughout the second quarter. They established a 37:30 halftime advantage. Serbia however picked up the tempo in the third quarter. They cut the deficit to a single point with one period remaining 53:52. Bogdan Bogdanovic (197-F-92) put Serbia in front 66:65 with just over a minute remaining in regulation. But Edgaras Ulanovas and Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) drained six free throws in the dying seconds to give victory to Lithuania. Vytenis Cizauskas accounted for 13 points, while Paulius Vaitiekunas and Edgaras Ulanovas had 11 points each for the winners. Bogdan Bogdanovic netted 16 points for Serbia. Aleksandar Cvetkovic provided 15 points in the losing case.
5-8 places
Germany - Slovenia 65-53
Germany sent hosting Slovenia to the second straight loss at the U20 European Championship. The teams clashed in 5th-8th place classification round tonight and Germany came out winners. Ole Wendt (190-PG-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) posted 18 points to lead the charge. Slovenia looked better in the opening quarter. They posted a 21:10 lead ten minutes after the start. But Germany turned things around in the second quarter. They took over and narrowed the gap at 5-point mark at halftime 30:35. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third stanza. Slovenia ensured a 6-point lead before the final term. However Germany capped the regulation on a stunning 18:0 run to snatch the victory. Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) posted 14 points and 9 rebounds for Germany. Besnik Bekteshi added 9 points for the winners. Marko Pajic (204-F/C-92) and Miha Lapornik (192-G-93) responded with 10 points each for Slovenia. Alen Omic had 9 points in the loss.

Latvia - Greece 76-74
Latvia clinched a narrow win over Greece in the classification round of U20 European Championship. The Baltic team will now play for the fifth overall position on the final day of the tournament. Greece enjoyed a confident start to the game. The Hellenes posted a 24:16 lead after ten minutes. Latvia cut the deficit in the second quarter. The Baltic team narrowed the gap at 5-point mark at halftime 37:42. Latvia got closer in the third period. They trailed by only 2 points heading into the final stanza. Greece were up by two with 44 seconds remaining. But Bricis converted two free throws and then Arnolds Helmanis (201-PF-92) followed a three-pointer miss by Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: FCM) with a layup to seal the victory for Latvia. Arnolds Helmanis and Arturs Bremers (190-G-92) accounted for 12 points each for Latvia. Andris Misters added 11 points for the winners. Giannoulis Larentzakis answered with game-high 31 points for Greece. Petros Melissaratos provided 15 points and 9 rebounds in the losing case.
11-12 places
Russia - Ukraine 83-63
Russia claimed the 11th overall position at U20 European Championship. They overcame Ukraine in the final game at the tournament for both teams. Denis Zakharov (193-PG-93) scored 14 points to lead the effort. Russia led from start to finish. They posted a 19:14 lead at the first intermission. Russia boosted the margin in the second term. They established a 41:34 halftime lead. Russia kept Ukraine at distance throughout the third term. They piled up a comfortable 14-point lead heading into the fourth quarter 61:47. Russia outscored their opponents in the final frame and sealed an easy win at the end. Alexander Varnakov (185-PG-92) accounted for 13 points, while Gleb Goldyrev added 12 points for the winners. Olexandr Mishula (187-G-92) answered with 14 points for Ukraine. Vyacheslav Bobrov and Klym Artamonov netted 12 points each in the loss.
Group G
Estonia - Sweden 54-91
Sweden remains in U20 European Championship Division A. They knocked down Estonia to improve at 4-1 record in Group G tonight. Sweden thus secured the top two finish in the group and remained in Division A for the next season. Estonia will face Montenegro in the decisive battle for one remaining Division A spot. Six Swedish players scored in double figures to lead the winners. Viktor Gaddefors (203-SF-92) topscored with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Sweden led from start to finish. They accumulated an 18:13 lead ten minutes into the game. The margin grew at 14-point mark at halftime. Sweden unleashed 29 points in the third quarter to secure a 29-point lead at the final break. Estonia never recovered suffering a heavy defeat at the end. Charles Barton, Jonathan Person, Tobias Borg and Marcus Eriksson nailed 12 points each for the winners. Oliver Metsalu (196-G-93) responded with 15 points for Estonia. Rait-Riivo Laane notched 10 points in the loss.

Montenegro - Georgia 83-82
Montenegro clinched an important third win in the classification round in Group G. They snatched a narrow victory over Georgia to improve at 3-2 record. Georgia fell at 1-4 record and practically got relegated into Division B. Marko Mugosa (198-F-93) accounted for 22 points to lead the charge. Montenegro stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. The Balkan team grabbed a 26:7 lead after ten minutes. Georgia however quickly stopped the bleeding and tried to bounce back. They cut the deficit at 8-point mark at the interval 40:32. Georgia narrowed the gap at 5-point mark at the final intermission. Beka Burjanadze and Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) eventually tied things up at 78 with just over a minute left in regulation. Danilo Nikolic and Grabovica immediately came up with four points in a row for Montenegro. Georgia got within one 82:83 but literally ran out of time to save the game. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) had 15 points, while Danilo Nikolic added 14 points for Montenegro. Duda Sanadze delivered 20 points and 11 rebounds for Georgia. Beka Burjanadze netted 18 points in the loss.


Spain, Serbia, Lithuania and France reach semifinals in Slovenia - Jul 20, 2012

Quarterfinals

Serbia - Latvia 74-65
Serbia will play in U20 European Championship semifinal. They overcame Latvian counterparts tonight to stay in the title race. The Balkan team will now take on another Baltic side Lithuania in the semifinal clash. Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) accounted for 16 points and 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Serbia started strongly. They held Latvia to 12 points in the first quarter posting a 6-point lead at the first break. The margin grew at 10-point mark early in the second quarter. But Latvia found the way to return into contest. Bremers even put the Latvian side in front 29:27. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) capped the first half with two free throws to draw things level at 29. Vitols, Helmanis and Janis Timma (201-F/G-92, agency: FCM) put Latvia ahead by 7 points early in the second half 38:31. But Serbia answered right back to ensure a narrow 51:49 lead at the final intermission. Bogdan Bogdanovic (197-F-92) hit a triple to ignite a 13:0 run midway through the fourth frame as Serbia cleared off for good in this one. Nenad Miljenovic notched 14 points, while Bogdan Bogdanovic delivered 11 points for the winners. Janis Timma responded with 16 points for Latvia. Arturs Bricis had 15 points in the losing case.

Lithuania - Greece 79-43
Lithuania advanced into semifinal round of U20 European Championship. They knocked down Greece in the first quarterfinal of the day in Slovenia. Edgaras Ulanovas (197-G-92) accounted for 18 points to lead the winners. Lithuania opened the game with a stifling defence. They held Greece to 10 points in the first quarter posting a 5-point lead. Lithuania boosted the margin in the second quarter. The Baltic team accumulated a 38:23 halftime advantage. Lithuania cleared off in the third quarter. They unloaded 29 points to secure a comfortable 36-point cushion heading into the fourth frame. Lithuania never looked back afterwards coasting to the victory. Zygimantas Skucas (200-SF-92) delivered 14 points, while Vytenis Cizauskas added 11 points, 7 assists and 5 boards for the winners. Petros Melissaratos (205-F/C-93) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Greece. Spyridon Motsenigos and Kostas Tsaprounis netted 6 points each in the loss.

Germany - Spain 47-73
Spain will play in the U20 European Championship semifinals. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Spain past Germany. The reigning champions led from start to finish. They built a 13:8 lead ten minutes into the game. The margin grew throughout the second quarter. Spain ensured a 33:24 halftime lead. Spain did not slow down in the third quarter. The defending champions ensured a 14-point buffer heading into the fourth frame. Spain held Germany to 8 points in the final quarter and sealed the victory at the end. Alejandro Abrines posted 13 points, while Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) added 14 points for the winning side. Dennis Schroeder (185-PG-93) responded with 9 points for Germany. Philipp Neumann and Daniel Theis had 8 points each in the loss.

Slovenia - France 54-77
France advanced into U20 European Championship semifinals. They shocked hosting Slovenia handing those the first defeat at the tournament in the quarterfinal clash tonight. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) unleashed 21 points and issued 7 assists to lead Les Bleus. Slovenia got to a confident start. They posted a 19:15 lead at the first intermission. The teams stayed close throughout the second quarter. The hosts accounted for a 32:28 halftime lead. But things took a wrong turn for the home team in the third quarter. Leo Westermann knocked down 9 points to ignite a 26:8 run from Les Bleus as they posted a 54:40 lead with ten minutes remaining. Leo Westermann helped France gain a 66:42 lead midway through the fourth quarter and France never looked back en route to the victory. Axel Toupane (200-G/F-92) netted 19 points, while Rudy Gobert added 16 points and 12 rebounds for France. Klemen Prepelic (194-G-92) answered with 17 points for Slovenia. Gezim Morina netted 11 points in the loss.

9-12 Place
Russia - Italy 68-69
Italy overcame Russia in the classification round at U20 European Championship. Traini knocked down a free throw late in regulation to seal the victory for the Azzurri. Italy will now take on the winners of Ukraine vs. Turkey clash for the ninth overall position at the tournament. Russia got to a flying start. They piled up a 24:13 lead after ten minutes. Russia boosted the margin in the second term. They established a 40:25 halftime lead. But Italy turned the tables in the second half. They held Russia to 7 points in the third frame to cut the deficit to just two points at the final break. Italy gained a 62:54 lead midway through the fourth frame. Russia recovered and tied things up after three-pointer from Denis Zakharov. But Traini sank one free throw and clinched the victory for Italy. Amedeo Tessitori (205-C-94) posted 17 points, while Fabio Mian (196-F-92) had 13 points for the winners. Alexander Varnakov (185-PG-92) answered with 12 points for Russia. Denis Zakharov netted 10 points in the loss.

Turkey - Ukraine 74-47
Turkey will play for the 9th overall position at U20 European Championship. They held off Ukraine to set up the clash versus Italy. Ukraine will face Russia for the 11th overall position. Erbil Eroglu (195-PG-93) knocked down 14 points to lead Turkey. Turkey stunned Ukraine in the opening frame. They went on a 22:8 run to ensure a comfortable lead. Turkey stayed in control throughout the second quarter. They piled up a 40:22 halftime lead. Turkey maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They ensured a 26-point lead at the final intermission. Turkey and Ukraine exchanged baskets throughout the fourth term as Ertugrul Erdogan team coasted to the victory. Ramazan Tekin (212-C-93) notched 12 points, while Ugur Dokuyan accounted for 10 points for the winners. Vyacheslav Bobrov (202-F-92) answered with 9 points and 10 rebounds for Ukraine. Olexandr Misyats had 8 points in the losing case.

Group G
Montenegro - Sweden 86-48
Montenegro clinched the second win at the U20 European Championship classification round. They overcame Sweden to improve at 2-2 record staying hopeful about remaining in Division A. Marko Mugosa (198-F-93) scored 23 points to pace the winners. Montenegro thumped their opponents in the first half. The Balkan team built a 21:9 lead at the first break. They stayed on top throughout the second quarter. Montenegro built a 41:22 halftime advantage. The Balkan side exploded with 33 points in the third term to boost the lead to 39-point mark at the final intermission and cruised to the victory at the end. Danilo Nikolic (206-C-93) posted 22 points and 11 rebounds for Montenegro. Vukota Pavic added 11 points in the victory. Marcus Eriksson (196-G/F-93) answered with 16 points for Sweden. Viktor Gaddefors, Tobias Borg and Fredrik Andersson notched 8 points each in the loss.

Georgia - Estonia 75-72
Georgia accounted for the first win at the U20 European Championship. They held off Estonia in the fourth round of action in classification round Group G. Beka Burjanadze (203-F-94) scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Georgia improved at 1-3 record in the ladder. Estonia in the meantime fell at 2-2. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 17:17 at the first break. Estonia pulled in front in the second quarter. They accumulated a 36:33 halftime lead. Estonia gained a 6-point lead midway through the third quarter but Georgia managed to narrow the deficit at 2-point mark 53:55. Beka Burjanadze scored 7 points early in the fourth period as Georgia pulled ahead 60:56. Estonia drew things level at 69 with under two minutes remaining. But Beka Burjanadze and Duda Sanadze dropped six free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Georgia. Revaz Rogava (185-PG-93) notched 15 points, while Duda Sanadze added 11 points for the winners. Rannar Raap (190-G/F-92) answered with 15 points for Estonia. Oliver Metsalu had 14 points in the loss.


Quarterfinalists are set in Slovenia - Jul 18, 2012

Group E
Germany - Ukraine 74-81
Ukraine posted the first win at the Second Stage of U20 European Championship. They defeated Germany to finish at 1-4 record in Group E. Germany slipped at 3-2 record. Olexandr Mishula (187-G-92) stepped up with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Ukraine led from start to finish. They ensured an 18:11 lead ten minutes into the game. Ukraine boosted the margin to 8 points at halftime 38:30. The teams increased the tempo in the third quarter. Ukraine and Germany exchanged baskets as Volodymyr Koval team led by 8 points with one quarter remaining. Germany got within three points with 14 seconds remaining in regulation but Mysiats and Bobrov sank four free throws in a row and sealed the victory for Ukraine. Sergiy Zagreba (212-C-94) posted 14 points, while Olexandr Misyats added 12 points for the winning side. Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) answered with 17 points for Germany. Johannes Voigtmann netted 14 points in the loss.

Russia - Serbia 61-84
Serbia finished the Second Stage of U20 European Championship on a winning note. They held off Russian counterparts to clinch the top position in Group E at 5-0 record. Russia fell at 2-3 record after the loss. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 15 points to lead well-balanced effort from the Balkan team. Serbia cleared off in the first quarter. They accumulated a 22:13 lead after ten minutes of action. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Serbia managed to secure a 37:28 halftime lead. The third frame became decisive. The Serbian side unleashed 30 points in the stanza to pile up a comfortable 67:42 lead at the final intermission. Russia never recovered in the final term suffering a massive loss at the end. Bogdan Bogdanovic (197-F-92) accounted for 14 points, while Djordje Drenovac and Stefan Nastic had 12 points each in the victory. Denis Zakharov (193-PG-93) answered with 20 points for Russia. Alexander Varnakov chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Greece - France 72-55
Greece punched U20 European Championship quarterfinals ticket. They defeated France in a crucial battle in Group E to make it into the playoffs. The victory also left Russia out of title contention. Spyridon Motsenigos (193-SG-92) accounted for 18 points, 6 boards and 3 assists to pace the Hellenes. France held their opponents to 10 points in the opening quarter to take a 3-point lead. Greece bounced back and secured a 27:26 halftime advantage. Greece pulled in front in the third quarter. They exploded with 23 points and built a comfortable 15-point lead before the final frame. The Hellenes unloaded 22 points in the fourth quarter to keep their opponents at bay and celebrating a vital win at the end. Anastasios Antonakis (204-PF-92) accounted for 15 points, while Petros Melissaratos and Fotios Zoumpos had 12 points each in the victory. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points for France. Hugo Invernizzi netted 11 points in the loss.

Group F
Slovenia - Spain 70-63
Slovenia ensured the sixth straight win at the U20 European Championship. They finished the Second Stage of the tournament with the victory over the reigning champions Spain to enter the quarterfinals undefeated. Alen Omic (215-C-92) accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Slovenia led by four points at the first break 18:14. Spain got as close as a single point at halftime 31:32. However the hosts took over in the third term. Slovenia boosted the lead to 11 points midway through the period 45:34. Spain managed to trim the deficit. Alejandro Abrines (198-F-93) capped the frame with a three-pointer as Spain trailed by 9 points at the final intermission 43:52. Spain sparked the intrigue when they cut the deficit to four points 63:67 with 23 seconds to go in regulation. But Lapornik answered with a triple to calm things down. Klemen Prepelic (194-G-92) finished with 12 points, while Eva Rupnik added 10 points in the victory. Alejandro Abrines answered with 18 points for Spain. Jose Pozas had 14 points in the losing case.

Italy - Latvia 78-94
Latvia made a big step towards U20 European Championship quarterfinals as they marched past Italy on the final day of the Second Stage. Janis Timma (201-F/G-92, agency: FCM) stepped up with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory. Latvia strongly started the game. The Baltic team built a 19:14 lead after ten minutes. Latvia unloaded 28 points in the second quarter to pull away. They ensured a 47:30 halftime lead. Latvia maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They built a comfortable 71:47 lead with one period remaining. Italy managed to cut the deficit to 11 points but Latvia stayed calm and secured a confident win at the end. Ojars Silins (201-F-93) posted 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, while Arturs Bricis added 18 points for the winners. Amedeo Tessitori (205-C-94) answered with 16 points for Italy. Fabio Mian and Marco Lagana had 13 points each in the loss.

Turkey - Lithuania 45-76
Lithuania clinched a vital win over Turkey in their quest for U20 European Championship quarterfinal birth. Edgaras Ulanovas (197-G-92) nailed 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to pace the winners. Both teams are now tied at 2-3 record and await the result of the last game of the day in Group F to get to know their fate. Lithuania gave little chance for their opponents in this one. The Baltic team started the game aggressively and secured a 22:14 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew deeper in the second quarter. Lithuania ensured a 46:23 halftime lead. Lithuania did not slow down in the third frame. They held Turkey to just 5 points and established a 32-point buffer with one quarter remaining. Turkey outscored Lithuania in the fourth quarter but to no avail. Rokas Giedraitis (198-SF-92) delivered 12 points, while Vytenis Cizauskas had 10 points in the victory. Samet Geyik (205-PF-93) responded with 12 points and 7 rebounds for Turkey. Safak Edge had 8 points in the loss.

Group G
Montenegro - Estonia 72-76
Estonia celebrated the second win at the U20 European Championship classification round. They knocked down Montenegrin counterparts to improve at 2-1 record. Jaan Puidet (192-G/F-92) scored 20 points and pulled down 6 boards to lead the charge. Montenegro fell at 1-2 record after the loss. Estonia enjoyed a narrow 20:19 lead after ten minutes. Montenegro pulled in front for a 38:36 halftime lead. The teams stayed close throughout the third quarter. Grabovica capped the period with a layup to ensure a 54:53 lead for Montenegro. The Balkan team stretched the lead to 5 points early in the fourth quarter. But Jaan Puidet and Saare triggered an 11:1 run late in regulation to give Estonia a 71:67 lead. Rauno Nurger (207-C-93) and Rannar Raap then went deadly in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Estonia. Rauno Nurger posted 12 points, while Rannar Raap contributed 10 points in the victory. Danilo Nikolic (206-C-93) answered with 24 points and 10 rebounds for Montenegro. Marko Mugosa finished with 20 points in the losing case.

Georgia - Sweden 64-87
Sweden registered the third straight win at the classification round of U20 European Championship. They knocked down Georgia to stay undefeated in Group G. Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) came up with 22 points to lead the winners. Georgia fell at 0-3 record. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 21:21 at the first break. Sweden pulled ahead in the second quarter. The Scandinavians ensured a 43:39 halftime advantage. Sweden cleared off in the third quarter. They entered the fourth frame up by as many as 17 points 70:53. Georgia never recovered in the final frame and Sweden cruised to the victory at the end. Viktor Gaddefors (203-SF-92) accounted for 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Jonathan Person added 15 points for the winners. Beka Burjanadze (203-F-94) answered with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Georgia. Duda Sanadze had 18 points in the loss.


Results and Stats from Day 2 of Second Stage - Jul 17, 2012

Group E
Ukraine - France 62-75
France registered the second straight win at the Second Stage of U20 European Championship. They knocked down Ukrainian counterparts in Group E. France thus improved at 2-2 record, while Ukraine slipped at 0-4. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 18 points and 5 assists to pace Les Bleus. France got to a sloppy start. Ukraine capitalized building a 21:15 lead ten minutes into the game. But France gradually adjusted their offence. They unloaded 26 points in the second quarter to gain a 4-point halftime lead. France boosted the lead in the third quarter. They ensured a 64:51 lead at the final break. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the fourth frame as France coasted to the victory. Axel Toupane (200-G/F-92) posted 13 points, while Hugo Invernizzi contributed 12 points for the winners. Artem Pustovyi (215-C-92, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 23 points for Ukraine. Vyacheslav Bobrov netted 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the loss.

Serbia - Greece 86-69
Serbia secured the fifth straight win at the U20 European Championship. They fired past Greece to improve at 4-0 record in Group E. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 16 points to lead the winners. Serbia and Greece traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 21:21 after ten minutes. Serbia pulled ahead for a narrow 38:37 halftime lead. The Balkan team surged ahead in the third quarter. Serbia unleashed 28 points to leave Greece far behind. The Hellenes faced a massive 17-point deficit before the fourth term. Serbia and Greece scored 20 points apiece in the final quarter as the Balkan team coasted to the victory. Bogdan Bogdanovic (197-F-92) accounted for 15 points, while Luka Mitrovic added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Anastasios Antonakis (204-PF-92) notched 21 points for Greece. Giannoulis Larentzakis had 16 points in the loss.

Germany - Russia 74-59
German U20 National Team registered the second straight win at the Second Stage of European Championhip in Slovenia. They overcame Russia to improve at 3-1 record in Group E. Russia in the meantime suffered the second loss in a row and fell at 2-2 record. Johannes Voigtmann (210-C-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) came up with 15 points to lead the winners. Russia enjoyed a 17:16 lead ten minutes into the game. But Germany turned things around in the second quarter. They went on a 12:2 run midway through the period to ensure a 30:25 lead. Germany finished the half up by 8 points 37:29. Germany maintained the lead throughout the third term. They accumulated a 50:41 advantage at the final intermission. Germany opened the fourth frame with 9 points in a row to clear off. They never looked back cruising to the victory at the end. Patrick Heckmann (198-G/F-92) accounted for 12 points, while Daniel Theis added 11 points in the victory. Vladislav Trushkin (201-F-93) answered with 11 points for Russia. Aleksandr Gudumak netted 9 points in the loss.

Group F
Spain - Italy 76-78
Italy recorded the first win at the second stage of U20 European Championship. They knocked down Spain in Group F to catch up with their opponents at 2-2 record in the ladder. Awudu Abass (196-G-93) came up with 24 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Spain led by as many as 6 points after ten minutes 28:22. But Italy slowed the reigning champions down in the second frame. The Azzurri got within 4 points at halftime 39:35. Italy denied the deficit and pulled in front for a 57:56 lead with ten minutes remaining. Pozas gave Spain a 66:63 lead midway through the final frame but Italy surged back in front. The Azzurri posted a 74:66 lead with under two minutes to go. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) and Alejandro Abrines kept Spain hopeful narrowing the deficit to just two points 76:78 but Servera missed a potential winner and Italy got away with a narrow win. Andrea Traini (184-PG-92) posted 18 points for Italy. Marco Ceron added 7 points in the victory. Daniel Diez answered with 17 points for Spain. Alejandro Abrines finished with 14 points in the losing case.

Lithuania - Latvia 75-78
Latvia remained in the quest for the quarterfinal spot after they narrowly defeated Lithuania in Group F action. Arnolds Helmanis (201-PF-92) and Janis Timma (201-F/G-92, agency: FCM) scored 15 points each to pace the winners. Latvia jumped to a 21:20 lead ten minutes into the game. Lithuania denied the deficit and surged ahead for a 40:39 halftime lead. Latvia restored the advantage in the third quarter. They held their Baltic neighbours to just 13 points in the period to ensure a 3-point lead before the fourth frame. The lead changed hands for several times throughout intense final quarter. Janis Timma and Silins gave Latvia a 76:73 lead with 12 seconds to go. Redikas narrowed the deficit but Marcis Vitols went perfect from the stripe and sealed the victory for Latvia. Marcis Vitols posted 13 points for the winners. Edgaras Ulanovas (197-G-92) answered with 15 points for Lithuania. Arnas Butkevicius posted 14 points in the loss.

Turkey - Slovenia 71-72
Slovenia remained undefeated at U20 European Championship. The hosts knocked down Turkey for the fifth straight win tonight. Klemen Prepelic (194-G-92) came up with 29 points to lead the winners. Slovenia are now at 4-0 record, while Turkey slipped at 2-2 in Group F. Turkey grabbed a 21:19 lead ten minutes into the game. Slovenia erased the distance and eked out a narrow 41:39 halftime lead. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third quarter. Calban capped the period with six points in a row to give the visitors a 60:56 lead. The lead grew at 8-point mark midway through the final quarter 66:58. However Gezim Morina (204-C/F-92) scored 6 points in an 8:2 run from Slovenia that cut the margin to two points. Klemen Prepelic and Alen Omic put the hosts in front 70:69. Tekin gave the lead back to Turkey but Gezim Morina converted a layup to seal the victory for Slovenia. Gezim Morina accounted for 13 points, while Alen Omic posted 12 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Berkay Candan (204-F-93) answered with 15 points for Turkey. Ayhan Onur Kentli had 9 points in the loss.

Group G
Sweden - Estonia 69-66
Sweden grab thrilling win over Estonia the Classification Round for 13th to 16th Place. The Scandinavian team overcame the Baltic state 69:66 at the U20 European Championship. Estonia took 18:15 lead after the first period and added 16-11 in the second frame. They could not however win the game although posting the victory in the last quarter. Sweden needed massive 25-13 surge in the third period to seal the victory. Jonathan Person (192-PG-93, agency: JEMsports) stepped up with 21 points and Marcus Eriksson notched 18. Viktor Gaddefors posted 12, while Charles Barton chipped in with 8. Martin Paasoja (191-G-93) answered with 14 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Oliver Metsalu added 12. Rait-Riivo Laane, Jaan Puidet and Rauno Nurger each scored 10. Sweden will play Georgia on Wednesday in Stozice Arena in Ljubljana, while Estonia will face Montenegro, who are also yet to open their victory count.

Georgia - Montenegro 65-81
Montenegro rolled over Georgia in the Classification Round for 13th to 16th Place. The Balkan team overcame the Georgian side 81:65 at the U20 European Championship in Division A. Montenegro did not waste time and went on a big lead. They had 26:8 surge in the first period and led 43:28 at the halftime. Georgia won the third period 22-21 as Pkhakadze reduced to 60:50. Vukota Pavic scored four free throws for 64:50 and then Danilo Nikolic (206-C-93) brought 68:58. Ratkovic was the last scorer for the winners in a 16-point victory. Marko Mugosa (198-F-93) led the way with 21 points and Danilo Nikolic added 18 points and 11 rebounds. Pavle Raickovic posted 14, while Vukota Pavic collected 8 points and 14 rebounds. Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) ended up with 22 points in the losing case and Beka Burjanadze had 20. On Wednesday, Montenegro will try to make it two victories in a row in their game against Estonia, while Georgia will seek a first victory against Sweden.


Start of Second Stage in Slovenia - Jul 16, 2012

Group E
Ukraine - Serbia 53-82
Serbia defeated Ukraine at the start of the Second Stage of U20 European Championship. The victory propelled Aleksandar Dzikic team at 3-0 record on top of Group E. Ukraine fell at 0-3 record. Serbia and Ukraine kept close throughout the opening quarter. The Balkan team eked out a 23:20 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Serbia managed to pull ahead in the second quarter. They established a 42:31 halftime advantage. The margin grew at 19-point mark midway through the third term. Serbia entered the fourth quarter up by 19 points 65:46. Serbia piled up a 24-point lead early in the fourth frame and cruised to the victory afterwards. Stefan Nastic (210-C-92) finished with 15 points to lead Serbia. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points, while Nemanja Besovic and Djordje Drenovac accounted for 10 points each in the victory. Artem Pustovyi (215-C-92, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points for Ukraine. Klym Artamonov netted 13 points in the loss.

France - Russia 81-62
France earned the first win at the Second Round of the U20 European Championship in Slovenia. They overcame Russia for 1-2 record in Group E. Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) came up with 19 points to lead the charge. France strongly entered the game. They held their opponents to 9 points in the first frame to take a 9-point lead. France extended the advantage in the second quarter. They posted a 37:25 halftime advantage. Les Bleus maintained the lead throughout the third frame. They entered the fourth quarter up by 15 points and never looked back en route to the win. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 17 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds for France. Louis Labeyrie netted 14 points in the win. Aleksandr Gudumak (204-F-93) and Aleksandr Razumov notched 12 points each in the loss.

Greece - Germany 68-90
Germany registered the first win at the Second Stage of U20 European Championship. They knocked down Greece for 2-1 record in Group E. Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) stepped up with 24 points to lead the winners. Germany exploded with 28 points in the opening quarter to stun their opponents. The Hellenes found themselves trailing by 19 points after ten minutes. Germany boosted the lead in the second term. They accumulated a 48:27 halftime advantage. Germany kept Greece at bay throughout the third term. They entered the fourth frame up by 22 points. Greece never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Daniel Theis (206-C/F-92) posted 17 points, while Dennis Schroeder produced 11 points for the winners. Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: FCM) answered with 20 points for Greece. Anastasios Antonakis netted 17 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 6 assists in the loss.

Group F
Lithuania - Spain 82-60
Lithuania handed Spain the first loss at the U20 European Championship. Edgaras Ulanovas (197-G-92) came up with 28 points and 6 rebounds to lead Lithuania to the opening win in Group F. Lithuania led from the start. They built a 20:18 lead at the first intermission. The Baltic team stretched the margin to 6 points at halftime 40:34. Lithuania left Spain behind in the third quarter. The Baltic team went on a decisive 24:10 run to establish a comfortable 20-point lead at the final intermission. Lithuania never looked back then cruising to the victory at the end. Egidijus Mockevicius (207-C-92) notched 20 points and 7 rebounds, while Paulius Vaitiekunas, Zygimantas Skucas and Vytenis Cizauskas netted 8 points each for Lithuania. Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) answered with 15 points for Spain. Alejandro Abrines and Julen Olaizola chipped in 11 points each in the loss.

Italy - Turkey 68-95
Turkey victoriously opened the Second Stage of U20 European Championship. They stunned Italy to gain 2-1 record in Group F. Safak Edge (188-PG-92) came up with 18 points to lead the winners. Italy fell at 1-2 record after the defeat. Turkey opened the game with 18 points in a row to shock Italy. Turkey built a 25:8 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the margin to 24 points at the interval 52:28. Things did not change in the third quarter. Turkey maintained the lead posting a 73:52 advantage with one period remaining. Italy never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Ramazan Tekin (212-C-93) posted 16 points, while Ahmet Tuncer contributed 12 points for the winning side. Marco Lagana (193-G-93) answered with 20 points for Italy. Andrea Traini and Lorenzo Saccaggi had 7 points apiece in the loss.

Latvia - Slovenia 62-69
Slovenia posted the fourth straight win at the U20 European Championship. The hosts held off Latvia to improve at 3-0 record in Group F of the Second Stage of the tournament. Alen Omic (215-C-92) posted 14 points to pace the hosts. Latvia got to a flying start. The visitors grabbed a 20:14 lead after ten minutes. Slovenia quickly came back to life. They took over in the second quarter and tied things up at 37 at halftime. Slovenia surged ahead in the third quarter. They held the Baltic team to 13 points in the period to take a 4-point lead heading into the final frame. Latvia got within three points late in regulation however Rupnik, Matej Rojc (198-G-93) and Gezim Morina sealed the winning outcome for the hosts from the stripe. Gezim Morina and Matej Rojc finished with 11 points each for the winners. Janis Timma (201-F/G-92, agency: FCM) responded with 17 points for Latvia. Kaspars Silins netted 15 points in the loss.

Group G
Estonia - Georgia 87-73
Estonia clinched the first win at the U20 European Championship in Slovenia. They knocked down Georgia at the start of classification round action in Group G. Rauno Nurger (207-C-93) came up with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winning team. Estonia led by just three points after the opening quarter 19:16. The Baltic team stretched the lead in the second quarter. They posted a 43:36 halftime advantage. Georgia narrowed the deficit in the third term. Beka Burjanadze (203-F-94) drew things level at 52 finally. Phhakadze then put Georgian in front 55:52 but Estonia quickly recovered and regained a 63:60 lead at the final intermission. They opened the fourth quarter on a 15:3 rally to clear off. Estonia then coasted to the victory at the end. Jaan Puidet (192-G/F-92) accounted for 14 points, while Martin Paasoja and Rannar Raap contributed 13 points each for the winners. Beka Burjanadze answered with 21 points for Georgia. Irakli Alkhanaidze netted 17 points in defeat.

Montenegro - Sweden 64-72
Sweden recorded the first win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Montenegro in classification round Group G. Marcus Eriksson (196-G/F-93) scored 21 points to lead the winners. Montenegro jumped to an early lead. They ensured a 20:11 lead after ten minutes. Sweden cut the deficit in the second quarter. The Scandinavian team narrowed the deficit at 3-point mark at the interval 31:28. Sweden got within two points at the third break 50:52. Sweden tipped off the fourth frame on a 14:2 rally to ensure a 64:54 lead. They never looked back claiming an important victory at the end. Viktor Gaddefors (203-SF-92) posted 20 points and 10 rebounds for Sweden. Tobias Borg and Jonathan Person netted 11 points each in the win. Marko Mugosa (198-F-93) answered with 19 points for Montenegro. Danilo Nikolic netted 18 points in the loss.


The end of preliminary round in Slovenia - Jul 14, 2012

Group A
France - Serbia 67-70
Serbia recorded the third straight win at the U20 European Championship. They defeated France to improve at 3-0 record and clinched the top position in Group A. Nemanja Besovic (221-C-92) came up with 17 points for the winners. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. France pulled ahead in the second frame. Les Bleus ensured a 31:25 halftime advantage. But Serbia picked up the tempo in the third term. They erupted for 29 points in the third frame to take a 5-point lead at the final intermission. France narrowed the gap and eventually pulled in front for a 67:66 lead with just over two minutes remaining. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (183-PG-93) and Nemanja Besovic answered with four points in a row sealing the victory for Serbia. Aleksandar Cvetkovic produced 14 points, while Nenad Miljenovic added 13 points for the winners. Livio Jean-Charles (204-PF-93) answered with 17 points for France. Louis Labeyrie had 16 points in the loss.

Montenegro - Germany 55-71
German U20 National Team earned the second win at the European Championship in Slovenia. They held off Montenegro to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Montenegro fell at 0-3 record after the loss. Mathis Monninghoff (200-F/G-92, college: Gonzaga) posted 15 points to lead the winners. Montenegro had their backs against the wall and started the game aggressively. They limited Germany to 12 points in the opening quarter to take a 6-point lead. Germany denied the deficit and eked out a 34:33 halftime advantage. Germany went on a 21:6 run in the third frame to clear off. They established a 16-point cushion heading into the fourth frame. Montenegro failed to recover and had to surrender at the end. Johannes Richter (206-PF-93) notched 13 points, while Leon Tolksdorf added 10 points for the winners. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) answered with 15 points for Montenegro. Danilo Nikolic led all scorers with 18 points in the loss.

Group B
Greece - Russia 64-66
Russia snatched a tough win over Greece in the third round of action at U20 European Championship in Slovenia. Russia went on an 8:0 run in the last two and a half minutes of regulation to sneak past Greece and remain undefeated at the tournament. Greece fell at 2-1 record in Group B. Russia jumped to a 19:16 lead ten minutes into the game. The Hellenes answered right back posting a 38:37 halftime advantage. The Hellenes dominated the third quarter. They held their opponents to just 9 points in the quarter taking a 12-point lead before the fourth frame. Greece still enjoyed a 6-point buffer with just over two minutes remaining in regulation but a late heroics from Goldyrev and Vladislav Trushkin (201-F-93) sealed the win for Russia. Vladislav Trushkin finished with 15 points, while Aleksandr Gudumak (204-F-93) added 12 points for the winners. Spyridon Motsenigos (193-SG-92) answered with 17 points for Greece. Giannoulis Larentzakis delivered 15 points in the loss.

Estonia - Ukraine 69-72
Ukraine finished third in Group B at the U20 European Championship Division A in Slovenia. The Ukrainian team edged Estonia 72:69 in Day 3 opener. Estonia finished the group without victories. Ukraine started the game better and reached 21:15 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Olexandr Misyats nailed three at the start of the second and Artem Pustovyi (215-C-92, agency: Beo Basket) made two free throws for 28:20. Later Olexandr Mishula (187-G-92) nailed two three-pointers in a row and Puidet closed the half at 39:31. Klym Artamonov (183-PG-93) and Olexandr Mishula scored for 51:45, but the victory was not that easy for Ukraine. Rauno Nurger and Rannar Raap closed the third frame at 56:48, while Martin Paasoja (191-G-93) cut it to 2 points. Rait-Riivo Laane made two free throws for 67:66, but Ukraine won the game as Krutous and Klym Artamonov scored the last points at the very end. Artem Pustovyi stepped up with 22 points and 17 boards, while Olexandr Mishula netted 13. Vyacheslav Bobrov poured in 12, whilst Klym Artamonov and Olexandr Misyats scored 8 apiece. Martin Paasoja answered with 18 points in the losing case and Rannar Raap added 16. Rait-Riivo Laane brought 11, whilst Rauno Nurger nailed 10.

Group C
Georgia - Spain 49-111
Spain claimed the third straight win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Georgia to finish the preliminary round undefeated on top of Group C. Jorge Sanz (188-PG-93) and Daniel Diez (203-F-93) led the winners scoring 17 points each. Georgia suffered the third straight loss and would play in relegation round. Spain fired 29 points in the opening quarter to surge ahead. They recorded a 16-point lead after ten minutes. The margin grew at 29-point mark at the interval 54:25. Spain controlled the tempo after the big break. They unloaded 32 points in the third term to ensure a 42-point buffer and never looked back en route to the win. Jaime Fernandez accounted for 15 points for Spain. Beka Burjanadze (203-F-94) delivered 15 points for Georgia. Duda Sanadze accounted for 10 points in the loss.

Turkey - Latvia 64-61 OT
Turkey outscore the Baltic side at the U20 European Championship Division A in Slovenia. The Turkish team improved to 2-1 record in Group C after a thrilling 64:61 victory. Latvia meanwhile fell at 1-2 record on the third place in the group. It was the decisive game for the second place in the group. Turkey grabbed 20:17 lead after the first period, but Latvia bounced back with 20-15 in the second frame. Moreover the Baltic State added defensive 9-6 in the third quarter for 5-point advantage before the fourth quarter. They could however score in the last four minutes and allowed Cantitiz and Samet Geyik (205-PF-93) to tie the score at 54:54. In overtime Safak Edge (188-PG-92) scored a buzzer-beater for the final success. Safak Edge stepped up with 14 points to lead all the winners. Samet Geyik nailed 10, while Ayhan Onur Kentli chipped in with 8. Ojars Silins (201-F-93) finished the game with 24 points in defeat and Arturs Bricis nailed 16.

Group D
Slovenia - Lithuania 87-81
Slovenia posted the third straight win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Lithuania to finish the preliminary round undefeated. The hosts claimed the top spot in Group C. Klemen Prepelic (194-G-92) and Alen Omic (215-C-92) accounted for 20 points each in the victory. Slovenia grabbed a narrow 17:15 lead after ten minutes. They boosted the lead in the second quarter. Slovenia established a 42:30 halftime lead. Lithuania tried to recover in the third term. They erupted for 28 points to cut the deficit at 7-point mark at the final intermission. Lithuania got within three points midway through the fourth frame but Slovenia quickly boosted the margin to 12 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Marko Pajic accounted for 16 points for the home team. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) answered with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Lithuania. Edgaras Ulanovas had 14 points in the loss.

Sweden - Italy 62-87
Italy posted the second straight win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Swedish counterparts to improve at 2-1 record in Group D. Fabio Mian (196-F-92) scored 16 points and collected 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Sweden suffered the third loss in a row. The Scandinavian team fired 24 points in the opening quarter to take a 6-point lead. But the Azzurri slowly denied the deficit. They trailed by just two points at halftime 34:36. Italy went on a 25:12 run in the third quarter to ensure a 59:48 lead at the final break. Sweden could not recover as they conceded 28 points in the fourth frame and had to surrender at the end. Marco Lagana notched 12 points, while Andrea Traini and Amedeo Tessitori posted 10 points each in the victory. Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) answered with 23 points for Sweden. Viktor Gaddefors (203-SF-92) provided 18 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.


Results and Stats from Day 2 in Slovenia - Jul 13, 2012

Group A
Montenegro - France 68-102
Six players score in double digits as France rout Montenegro at Day 2 of the U20 European Championship in Division A. France erupted with 102:68 win for 1-1 record. France erupted with 34 points in the first period showing an outstanding game and percentage in the court. They added 21-10 in the second frame and led 55:33 at the halftime. The French outfit did not slow down in the second half and also won both quarters. They reached three digit numbers after the last two shots in the game. Luka Radovic and Pelos scored in the last minute of the game for the final result bringing 102:68 victory. Axel Toupane (200-G/F-92) paced all the winners with 17 points and Vincent Pourchot (222-C-92) nailed 16. Livio Jean-Charles ended up with 14 points, while Louis Labeyrie and Dzenan Kurtic posted 11 each. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) produced 16 points in the losing effort and Luka Radovic had 14. Andrej Pajovic delivered 11 and Marko Mugosa scored 10.

Germany - Serbia 45-69
Serbia clinched the second consecutive win at the U20 European Championship. Bogdan Bogdanovic (197-F-92) knocked down 21 points to lead the winners. Germany fell at 1-1 record after the loss in Group A. Serbia grabbed the lead early on. They posted an 18:9 lead at the first break. Serbia stretched the margin to 13-point mark at halftime 35:22. Serbia maintained the lead throughout the third frame. They ensured a 20-point buffer at the interval 52:32. Germany never recovered in the fourth quarter as Serbia coasted to the victory at the end. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (183-PG-93) nailed 13 points, while Djordje Drenovac added 10 points in the winning case. Patrick Heckmann (198-G/F-92) answered with 12 points for Germany. Philipp Neumann netted 11 points in the loss.

Group B
Estonia - Greece 69-91
Greece registered the second straight win at the start of the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Estonia tonight to seal the next round appearance. Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: FCM) stepped up with 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. The Hellenes left Estonia far behind in the opening quarter. Greece ignited a 28:13 run to clear off. They stretched the lead to as many as 17 points at halftime 45:28 at the interval. Estonia slowed their opponents down a bit in the third term. The Baltic team cut the deficit to 16 points at the final intermission. But Greece unloaded 25 points in the fourth quarter to seal a comfortable win at the end. Anastasios Antonakis (204-PF-92) finished with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, while Fotios Zoumpos added 14 points for the winners. Rannar Raap (190-G/F-92) answered with 13 points for Estonia. Rait-Riivo Laane netted 12 points and 6 assists in the loss.

Ukraine - Russia 75-81
Russia improved to 2-0 record in Group B of the U20 European Championship. The team needed 81:75 win over Ukraine to keep them winless. Russia won the opening tip 4:0 and Razumov later scored for 13:8. Tikhonin and Denis Zakharov (193-PG-93) later closed the first period at 22:13 and then Vladislav Trushkin (201-F-93) brought 30:19. Klym Artamonov and Vyacheslav Bobrov reduced to 33:29, while Zaryazhko closed the half at 40:34. Ukraine managed to cut it to 7 points midway through the third frame, but Russia erupted for 64:51 lead after thirty minutes. Gleb Goldyrev and Denis Zakharov kept the difference at 10 points, while Vladislav Trushkin made the final result in the game. Vladislav Trushkin top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Denis Zakharov nailed 13. Gleb Goldyrev posted 12, while Artem Vikhrov delivered 9. Olexandr Mishula (187-G-92) ended up with 23 points in the losing effort and Vyacheslav Bobrov collected 15 points and 11 rebounds. Artem Pustovyi had 14, whilst Klym Artamonov delivered 9.

Group C
Spain - Latvia 64-51
Spain recorded the second straight win at the U20 European Championship in Slovenia. The reigning champions took care of Latvian counterparts in Group C. Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) scored 19 points as Spain improved at 2-0 record, while Latvia fell at 1-1. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first half. The scoreboard read 11:11 ten minutes into the game. Spain eked out a 22:21 halftime lead. Spain increased the tempo in the third quarter. They delivered 21 points in the third frame to ensure a 43:36 lead at the final break. Spain unloaded 21 points in the fourth quarter sealing a comfortable win at the end. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) notched 15 points for Spain. Jose Pozas contributed 10 points in the victory. Davis Coders (188-PG-92) responded with 11 points for Latvia. Arnolds Helmanis finished with 8 points in the loss.

Georgia - Turkey 67-103
Turkey started Day 2 at the U20 European Championship with the victory over Georgia. The team improved to 1-1 record after 103:67 win. The score was tied at 7:7 and then Beka Burjanadze gave Georgia their lead at 9:7. Turkey meanwhile replied with a 13-0 run and then closed the period at 25:16. Georgia replied with 22-16 in the second frame and reduced to 3 points at the halftime. Turkey started the third quarter with six unanswered points in the first 30 seconds as part of a 14-2 run, after which the Turkish side never looked back. Turkey added 36-17 in the last quarter to score three digit number. Berkay Candan (204-F-93) exploded with 36 points and 10 rebounds, while Ramazan Tekin (212-C-93) and Safak Edge (188-PG-92) nailed 12 each. Samet Geyik followed them with 8 points in a win. Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) replied with 25 points in the losing effort and Irakli Alkhanaidze as well as Beka Burjanadze poured in 12 each. Nodar Tenieshvili ended up with 10 points in a loss.

Group D
Sweden - Slovenia 69-70
Slovenia withheld a furious challenge from Sweden to record the second straight win at the U20 European Championship. Alen Omic (215-C-92) scored 24 points to pace the hosts. Sweden in the meantime suffered the second straight loss at the tournament. The lead changed hands throughout the opening quarter. The teams appeared tied at 18 after ten minutes. Sweden grabbed a 22:18 lead early in the second quarter but the hosts quickly denied the deficit. Slovenia capped the first half with five points in a row to take a 38:35 lead. Slovenia boosted the lead to 5 points midway through the third quarter. They arrived at the final break up by one 49:48. The teams continued to go neck and neck throughout the final frame. Klemen Prepelic (194-G-92) gave Slovenia a 63:61 lead with under two minutes remaining. However Borg and Marcus Eriksson answered with five straight points to put Sweden in front. Klemen Prepelic and Marko Pajic returned the lead to the hosts 70:69 with 11 seconds remaining. Marcus Eriksson had a chance to save the game for the Scandinavians but missed a late jumper. Klemen Prepelic accounted for 13 points, while Marko Pajic added 11 points for the winners. Jonathan Person (192-PG-93, agency: JEMsports) answered with 20 points for Sweden. Marcus Eriksson netted 14 points in the loss.

Italy - Lithuania 89-82
Italy celebrated the first win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Lithuania in what can be crucial game for both teams. Marco Ceron (194-G-92) exploded with 29 points to pace the Azzurri. Both teams are now tied at 1-1 record in Group D. Lithuania aggressively opened the game. They scored first seven points in the game and maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter. Lithuania posted a 24:15 lead at the first break. The margin grew at 10-point mark early in the second quarter. But Italy managed to recover as they narrowed the deficit to just a single point 38:39 at halftime. Marco Ceron put the Azzurri in charge at the start of the second half. Italy gradually built a 67:58 advantage at the final intermission. The margin grew at 20-point mark midway through the fourth quarter. Lithuania cut the distance to 7 points but still lost the game. Amedeo Tessitori (205-C-94) posted 15 points, while Marco Lagana contributed 11 points for the winners. Edgaras Ulanovas (197-G-92) answered with 23 points for Lithuania. Vytenis Cizauskas had 15 points in the loss.


Results and Stats from Day 1 in Slovenia - Jul 12, 2012

Group A
Serbia - Montenegro 91-73
Serbia recorded the first win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Montenegro in Balkan clash in Group A. Serbia stunned their opponents in the first quarter. They went on a 27:11 run to clear off. Serbia poured in 25 points in the second frame to stay in charge. They accumulated an 18-point halftime lead. Montenegro changed the complexion of the game after the big break. They stiffened defence holding Serbia to 13 points in the third term. Montenegro cut the deficit to 9 points with a period remaining. But the Serbs exploded with 26 points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Nemanja Besovic (221-C-92) accounted for 18 points, while Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) added 16 points for the winners. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) answered with 15 points for Montenegro. Marko Mugosa had 14 points in the loss.

France - Germany 52-54
German U20 National Team snatched a narrow victory over French counterparts at the start of the European Championship in Slovenia. Johannes Voigtmann (210-C-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) came up with 10 points to pace well-balanced effort from the winners. It was a well-matched battle from start to finish. Germany won on a late layup from Dennis Schroeder. France jumped to a 12:4 lead early in the encounter. Germany cut the deficit to trail by a single point 11:12 at the first break. Bekteshi scored five points in a row midway through the second term to put Germany in front 20:17. The German side ensured a 28:26 halftime lead. The lead changed hands throughout intense third quarter. Germany eked out a 41:40 lead heading into the fourth frame. The teams went neck and neck and Thalien drew things level at 52 with just under two minutes to go in regulation. Schroder came up with a late layup for Germany and sealed the victory for the team. Mathis Monninghoff (200-F/G-92) provided 9 points, while Patrick Heckmann and Dennis Schroeder contributed 8 points each in the victory. Axel Toupane (200-G/F-92) answered with 11 points for France. Livio Jean-Charles netted 10 points in the loss.

Group B
Greece - Ukraine 89-86 OT
Greek U20 National Team recorded the initial win at the European Championship. They survived overtime thriller to tame Ukraine. Anastasios Antonakis (204-PF-92) scored 21 points to lead the Hellenes. The teams traded leads throughout the opening quarter. Shundel capped the period with a jumper to knot things up at 24. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the second quarter. Panagiotaras finally put Greece ahead 41:39 at halftime. Ukraine pulled in front in the third term. Klym Artamonov, Pavlo Krutous and Shundel gave them a 58:51 lead. Ukraine entered the fourth period up by 6 points 65:59. Greece trailed by six points with just over two minutes remaining in regulation but Tsaprounis, Giannoulis Larentzakis (195-SG-93, agency: FCM) and Anastasios Antonakis forced overtime scoring six points in a row. Spyridon Motsenigos unloaded 8 points in the extra period to seal the victory for Greece. Spyridon Motsenigos accounted for 19 points, while Giannoulis Larentzakis added 16 points for the winners. Artem Pustovyi (215-C-92, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 19 points for Ukraine. Pavlo Krutous, Klym Artamonov and Olexandr Misyats finished with 13 points each in the loss.

Russia - Estonia 86-58
Russia clinched a comfortable win in the first game at the U20 European Championship in Slovenia. They knocked down Estonian counterparts in Group B. Vladislav Trushkin (201-F-93) scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for the winners. Russia cleared off to a 21:14 lead after ten minutes. They fired 26 points in the second term to boost the margin to 14 points. Russia controlled the tempo in the third quarter. They secured a 69:45 lead heading into the fourth frame. Russia did not slow down in the final period and raced to the victory at the end. Alexander Varnakov (185-PG-92) knocked down 12 points, while Alexander Tikhonin added 11 points for the winners. Oliver Metsalu (196-G-93) answered with 11 points for Estonia. Jaan Puidet provided 10 points in the loss.

Group C
Turkey - Spain 60-79
Spanish U20 National Team tipped off their European Championship campaign with win. The reigning champions marched past Turkey in Group C. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) scored 21 points to lead the winners. Turkey surprised their opponents early in the game. They grabbed a 21:18 lead after ten minutes. But Spain reacted with a massive 29:14 run in the second quarter to accumulate a 12-point lead at halftime 47:35. Spain controlled the tempo in the third quarter. They ensured a 14-point buffer before the final stanza 63:49. Spain held their opponents to 11 points in the final period to seal a confident win at the end. Alejandro Abrines (198-F-93) posted 13 points, while Jaime Fernandez and Alejandro Barrera had 12 points each for the winners. Safak Edge (188-PG-92) answered with 12 points for Turkey. Ugur Dokuyan and Samet Geyik provided 10 points each in the loss.

Latvia - Georgia 88-50
Latvia left no chance for Georgia in the opening game at the U20 European Championship for both teams. Janis Timma (201-F/G-92, agency: FCM) stepped up with 21 points, 10 rebounds, 6 steals and 4 assists as Latvia cruised to the first win in Group C. Latvia left their opponents behind in the first term. The Baltic team triggered a 21:11 run in the first ten minutes. The gap just kept on growing in the second quarter. Latvia accumulated a 40:22 halftime lead. Latvia stayed in full control in the second half. They posted a 62:35 advantage with one quarter remaining and never looked back en route to the victory. Ojars Silins (201-F-93) knocked down 12 points, while Marcis Vitols added 11 points for Latvia. Merab Bokolishvili (198-G-92) notched 15 points for Georgia. Duda Sanadze provided 12 points in the loss.

Group D
Slovenia - Italy 81-68
Slovenia enjoyed the start of the home U20 European Championship. The hosts held off Italian counterparts in Group D opener. Marko Pajic (204-F/C-92) scored 16 points to lead the home team. Slovenia jumped ahead early in the game. They posted a 23:17 lead after ten minutes. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Slovenia enjoyed a 43:34 halftime lead. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third term. Italy finally denied the deficit as Marco Lagana (193-G-93) drew things level at 46. But Slovenia finished the period strongly to regain a 9-point lead 63:54. Lapornik and Klemen Prepelic (194-G-92) opened a 15-point lead early in the final quarter and Slovenia never looked back en route to the win. Klemen Prepelic accounted for 14 points, while Luka Rupnik and Alen Omic added 13 points each for Slovenia. Marco Lagana replied with 18 points for Italy. Andrea Traini netted 14 points in the losing case.

Lithuania - Sweden 80-71
Lithuania celebrated the first win at the U20 European Championship. They held off Sweden in Group D opener. Dovydas Redikas (195-G-92) nailed 24 points, made 7 steals and issued 3 assists to lead the Baltic team. Sweden pulled ahead early in the encounter. The Scandinavians relied on a high-flying game from Marcus Eriksson (196-G/F-93) to lead 21:17 at the first break. Lithuania denied the deficit and ensured a 41:39 halftime lead. The margin grew over 10-point mark in the third term. Lithuania ensured a 61:50 lead at the final intermission. Sweden cut the deficit to 7 points in the fourth quarter but Lithuania hang on to eke out victory at the end. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) posted 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Paulius Vaitiekunas and Zygimantas Skucas had 6 points each in the win. Marcus Eriksson answered with 30 points for Sweden. Jonathan Person had 11 points in the loss.





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