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European Championships U20 Final Standings
 1. Turkey
 2. Spain
 3. Serbia
 4. Croatia
 5. Lithuania
 6. Greece
 7. Israel
 8. France
 9. Poland
 10. Italy
 11. U.Kingdom
 12. Slovenia
 13. Russia
 14. Germany
 15. Bulgaria
 16. Latvia
 17. Czech Rep.
 18. Montenegro.
 19. Sweden
 20. Hungary
Points Per Game
 Aleksandar VEZENKOV
  CYP
  (206-PF-95)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Vezenkov, Aris19.3 
 2. Mikovic, Mornar B.18.3 
 3. Peterka, BK Pardu.16.3 
 4. Smits, Fuenlabrada16.0 
 5. Jankovic, Verviers.15.5 
 6. Menco, Hapoel J-M14.4 
 7. Rebec, Helios14.2 
 8. Nelson, Cal-Irvine14.0 
 9. Agravanis, Olympia.13.9 
 10. Osman, Anadolu13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandar VEZENKOV
  CYP
  (206-PF-95)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Vezenkov, Aris11.2 
 2. Jankovic, Verviers.9.4 
 3. Witlinski, Anwil9.3 
 4. Mikovic, Mornar B.9.0 
 5. Jaiteh, Nanterre8.6 
 6. Hernangomez, Sevil.8.4 
 7. Pasecniks, VEF Ri.8.1 
 8. Brzoja, Evansville7.6 
 9. Gromovs, Jurmala7.6 
 10. Bolcina, Krka7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Matic REBEC
  (178-PG-95)
  Avg: 9
 1. Rebec, Helios9.0 
 2. Sharon, Hapoel H.5.9 
 3. Young, Cal-Irvine5.2 
 4. Annaev, Dynamo MO4.8 
 5. Grzelinski, WKK W.4.7 
 6. Nelson, Cal-Irvine4.4 
 7. Plavnieks, VEF Riga4.3 
 8. Nikolic, Spars S.4.2 
 9. Bochoridis, Aris4.0 
 10. Perl, Falco KC4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Alberto DIAZ
  (185-PG-94)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Diaz, Unicaja2.5 
 2. Kulagin, Triumph1.9 
 3. Rebec, Helios1.8 
 4. Liapis, PAOK1.8 
 5. Young, Cal-Irvine1.7 
 6. Simon, Falco KC1.7 
 7. Ugrai, s.Oliver.1.6 
 8. Ozmizrak, Besiktas1.6 
 9. Karamfilov, Beroe1.6 
 10. Varadi, Falco KC1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Emircan KOSUT
  (216-C-95)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Kosut, Anadolu Ef.2.2 
 2. Desyatnikov, Trium.1.9 
 3. Pasecniks, VEF Ri.1.8 
 4. Tejic, Crvena Z.1.8 
 5. Lawson, W.Kentucky1.6 
 6. Gromovs, Jurmala1.6 
 7. Agravanis, Olympia.1.5 
 8. Tarolis, Zalgiris1.5 
 9. Bigby-W., Montana1.4 
 10. Jaiteh, Nanterre1.3 
European Championships U20 Stage Two Standings
Group E
 1. Serbia 4-1 
 2. Spain 3-2 
 3. Lithuania 3-2 
 4. Greece 2-3 
 5. Slovenia 2-3 
 6. U.Kingdom 1-4 
Group F
 1. Croatia 4-1 
 2. France 4-1 
 3. Turkey 4-1 
 4. Israel 2-3 
 5. Italy 1-4 
 6. Poland 0-5 
Group G (positions 13-20)
 1. Latvia 2-1 
 2. Bulgaria 2-1 
 3. Sweden 1-2 
 4. Montenegro. 1-2 
Group H (positions 13-20)
 1. Russia 2-1 
 2. Germany 2-1 
 3. Hungary 2-1 
 4. Czech Rep. 0-3 
European Championships U20 Stage One Standings
Group A
 1. Lithuania 4-0 
 2. U.Kingdom 2-2 
 3. Greece 2-2 
 4. Hungary 1-3 
 5. Latvia 1-3 
Group B
 1. Serbia 4-0 
 2. Spain 2-2 
 3. Germany 2-2 
 4. Slovenia 2-2 
 5. Sweden 0-4 
Group C
 1. Turkey 4-0 
 2. Croatia 3-1 
 3. Italy 2-2 
 4. Montenegro. 1-3 
 5. Czech Rep. 0-4 
Group D
 1. France 3-1 
 2. Israel 3-1 
 3. Poland 2-2 
 4. Russia 2-2 
 5. Bulgaria 0-4 

Cedi Osman - the MVP (Photo: FIBA Europe)


Turkey claim the title in Crete (Photo: FIBA Europe)

Starting five
#s#
Cedi Osman
Osman
Metin Turen
Turen
Metecan Birsen
Birsen
Kartal Ozmizrak
Ozmizrak
Tayfun Erulku
Erulku
#e#5
4Deniz Cevik 194-SG-94 Maliye Milli Turkey
5Dogukan Sanli 191-G-95 Besiktas Turkey
6Cedi Osman 201-SG-95 Anadolu Efes Turkey
7Metin Turen 206-F-94 Darussafaka Turkey
8Metecan Birsen 205-SF-95 Fener.Ulker Turkey
9Emircan Kosut 216-C-95 Anadolu Efes Turkey
10Efekan Cosar 195-SG-94 Pertevniyal Turkey
11Kartal Ozmizrak 189-PG-95 Besiktas Turkey
12Berk Demir 203-PF-95 Pertevniyal Turkey
13Talat Alp Altunbey 204-PF-94 Banvit BK Turkey
14Muhsin Yasar 205-F/C-95 Tofas Turkey
15Tayfun Erulku 192-SG-94 Mersin Turkey


Erhan Toker Head Coach Tofas Turkey


Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Awards 2014 - Jul 21, 2014

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 1st Team 2014
Matic Rebec
Rebec
Cedi Osman
Osman
Aleksandar Vezenkov
Vezenkov
Nikola Jankovic
Jankovic
Guillermo Hernangomez
Hernangomez

Best Player: Cedi Osman (201-SG-95) of Turkey
Best Guard: Cedi Osman (201-SG-95) of Turkey
Best Forward: Aleksandar Vezenkov (206-PF-95) of Bulgaria
Best Center: Guillermo Hernangomez (208-C-94) of Spain

1st Team
PG: Matic Rebec (178-PG-95) of Slovenia
SG: Cedi Osman (201-SG-95) of Turkey
PF: Aleksandar Vezenkov (206-PF-95) of Bulgaria
PF: Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) of Serbia
C: Guillermo Hernangomez (208-C-94) of Spain

2nd Team
PG: Mikhail Kulagin (188-PG-94) of Russia
SG: Tayfun Erulku (192-SG-94) of Turkey
F: Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) of Lithuania
F/C: Rolands Smits (202-F/C-95) of Latvia
C: Mouhammadou Jaiteh (205-C-94) of France

3rd Team
SG: Nikolay Stoyanov (195-SG-94) of Bulgaria
G/F: Benedek Varadi (195-G/F-95) of Hungary
F: Axel Bouteille (199-F-95) of France
C: Anzejs Pasecniks (215-C-95) of Latvia
C/F: Karlo Zganec (206-C/F-95) of Croatia

Honorable Mention
Dimitrios Agravanis (208-PF-94) of Greece
Aleksej Nikolic (188-PG-95) of Slovenia
Rafael Menco (198-F-94) of Israel
Milija Mikovic (205-C-94) of Montenegro
Kavell Bigby-Williams (6'9''-PF-95) of England
Martin Peterka (203-PF-95) of Czech Republic
Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) of Poland
Kacper Borowski (205-PF-94) of Poland



Turkey claim the title in Crete - Jul 20, 2014

FINAL
Turkey - Spain 65-57
Turkey are the new U20 European Champions! They defeated Spain in the title clash in Crete tonight. The victory marked the first ever title for the Turkish team. Cedi Osman (201-SG-95) stepped up with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Spain recorded an 18:14 lead after the first period. But Turkey respodned with a 21:10 run in the second frame. They accounted for a 35:28 halftime lead. Spain got within just two points at the final intermission. However Turkey held their opponents to just 11 points in the fourth period and celebrated a historic victory. Talat Alp Altunbey (204-PF-94) scored 10 points in the victory. Oriol Pauli (201-G-94) responded with 17 points for Spain.
3-4 Place
Serbia - Croatia 79-66
Serbia outgunned Croatia to celebrate Bronze medals in Crete. Marko Tejic nailed 16 points to pace the winning side. Ognjen Jaramaz (191-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) connected for 15 points in the victory. Serbia used a 22:12 run in the third term to clear off to a 13-point distance. They never looked back afterwards. Karlo Zganec (206-C/F-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Croatia.

5-6 Place
Lithuania - Greece 77-73
Lithuania finished fifth at the championship. They upset hosting Greece in the final game at the tournament. Augustinas Jankaitis (206-F-94) dropped 15 points to pace the winners. Lithuania secured a 46:32 halftime advantage. Greece cut the deficit at 5-point mark at the final intermission. The Hellenes tried hard to avoid the defeat but Lithuania hung on firm to snatch the victory. Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) netted 14 points for the winners. Kyprianos Maragkos (206-F-94) responded with 24 points for Greece.

7-8 Place
Israel - France 68-55
Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace Israel past France for the seventh-place finish in Crete. Israel eked out a 3-point lead at the interval. They went on a 23:13 run in the third term to clear off for good. Tomer Ginat (202-PF-94) netted 15 points for the winners. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (205-C-94) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds for France.

9-10 Place
Poland - Italy 79-75
Poland held off Italy in the clash for the ninth overall position. Poland grabbed a 44:35 halftime lead. The Azzurri narrowed the gap at 4-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. However Poland did not allow their opponents to get any closer marching to the win. Kacper Borowski (205-PF-94) had 19 points for Poland. Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) netted 17 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for the winners. Mirco Turel (192-SG-94) responded with 18 points for Italy.
11-12 Place
Slovenia - United Kingdom 82-85
Great Britain clinched the 11th position at the championship. They knocked down Slovenia in the final game in Crete. Luke Nelson (190-G-95) stepped up with 25 points for the winners. Great Britain accounted for a 14-point lead after the first frame. They stayed in charge throughout the rest of the encounter to seal the winning outcome. Alex Young (185-G-94) delivered 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Matic Rebec (178-PG-95) responded with 20 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds for Slovenia.

17-18 Place
Czech Republic - Montenegro 83-55
Czech Republic recorded a crucial victory in Crete. They fired past Montenegro to avoid relegation. Prokop Slanina (207-C-95) delivered 25 points and 13 rebounds for Czech Republic. Martin Peterka (203-PF-95) netted 22 points in the victory. Vasilije Vusovic (191-SG-94) and Milija Mikovic (205-C-94) responded with 12 points each for Montenegro.


Spain and Turkey to clash for title in Crete - Jul 19, 2014

SEMIFINALS
Croatia - Spain 61-63
Spain escaped with a narrow thrilling win over Croatia in the semifinal battle in Crete tonight. Oriol Pauli (201-G-94) sank a jumper with a fraction of second left in regulation to seal the victory for the Spaniards. Sebastian Saiz (206-F-94) chipped in 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the winners. Spain will now take on Turkey in the Final tomorrow. Spain established a 35:31 halftime lead. Croatia responded with a 17:7 run in the third term to spur ahead. But Spain turned things around late in the and snatched a tough victory. Edgar Vicedo (201-F-94) tossed in 11 points for Spain. Tomislav Gabric (204-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) responded with 19 points for Croatia.

Serbia - Turkey 53-66
Turkey advanced into the European Championship Final. They upset Serbia in the first semifinal at the tournament today. Cedi Osman (201-SG-95) notched 19 points for the winners. Turkey accounted for a 39:18 halftime lead. Serbia pulled within 11 points at the final intermission but Turkey held their opponents to just 11 points in the final stanza and snatched victory. Tayfun Erulku (192-SG-94) delivered 15 points for Turkey. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 16 points and 12 rebounds for Serbia.
5-8 Place
Greece - France 81-72
Greece will play for the fifth place at the home European Championship. They toppled France in the classification round clash tonight. Dimitrios Agravanis (208-PF-94, agency: Octagon Europe) nailed 28 points to pace the Hellenes. Greece secured a 39:28 halftime lead. France got within 3 points at the final intermission. Greece scored 23 points in the fourth stanza and sealed the winning outcome. Kyprianos Maragkos (206-F-94) chipped in 15 points for the winners. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (205-C-94) replied with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Les Bleus.

Israel - Lithuania 75-81
Lithuania outgunned Israel in the classification round clash in Crete. Lukas Lekavicius (180-PG-94) came up with 16 points for the Baltic team. Donatas Tarolis (202-F-94, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 7 rebounds for Lithuania. They went on a 43:30 run in the second and third quarters combined and withheld comeback efforts from Israel in the final term. Marius Grigonis had 11 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Golan Gutt (192-SG-94) replied with 15 points for Israel.
13-14 Place
Germany - Russia 47-52
Russia finished their campaign in Crete in the 13th place. They defeated Germany in the final game at the tournament. Andrey Desyatnikov (220-C-94) and Serdar Annaev (185-PG-94) scored 10 points each for the winners. Russia piled up a 21:11 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the reminder of the contest. Robin Jorch (208-PF-94) fired 14 points for Germany.

15-16 Place
Latvia - Bulgaria 72-74
Bulgaria clinched the 15th position at the tournament as they nipped Latvia in Crete today. Aleksandar Vezenkov (206-PF-95, college: Xavier) tallied 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Latvia enjoyed a 36:28 halftime lead. But Bulgaria unloaded 46 points in the second half to seal the victory. Nikolay Stoyanov (195-SG-94) chipped in 14 points for the winners. Rolands Smits (202-F/C-95) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Latvia.

19-20 Place
Sweden - Hungary 58-54
Sweden sweetened the relegation pill with a tough victory over Hungary in the final game at teh European Championship. Johan Lofberg (199-SG-95) chipped in 15 points for the Scandinavian team. Nicholas Spires (210-C-94) added 14 points for Sweden. Hungary enjoyed a 29:20 halftime lead. But Sweden used a 23:14 run in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Zoltan Perl (195-G-95, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) produced 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Hungary.


Croatia, Serbia, Turkey and Spain advance into semifinals in Crete - Jul 18, 2014

Quarterfinals
Croatia - Greece 82-68
Croatia knocked down Greece to advance into the semifinal stage in Crete. Filip Bundovic (205-C/F-94) came off the bench to unleash 27 points for the Croats. They earned a 42:37 halftime lead. The visitors stretched the margin at 15-point lead at the final intermission. The Hellenes could not recover in the fourth frame and surrendered at the end. Dominik Mavra (195-SG-94) provided 17 points for the winners. Kyprianos Maragkos (206-F-94) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Greece.

Serbia - Israel 90-86 2OT
Serbia and Israel went the distance of two overtimes before deciding on the winner. Serbia proved the strength at the end punching the semifinal ticket. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 19 points and 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Ognjen Jaramaz (191-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 21 points in the victory. Rafael Menco (198-F-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) responded with 28 points and 8 rebounds for Israel.

Turkey - Lithuania 79-65
Turkey advanced into the semifinal stage of the European Championship. They fired past Lithuania in the quarterfinal today. Cedi Osman (201-SG-95) chipped in 24 points for the winners. Turkey unleashed 32 points in the first quarter to take a 19-point lead. The Baltic team cut the deficit at 11-point mark at the interval but Turkey quickly restored a comfortable advantage in the third term and coasted to the victory. Metin Turen (206-F-94, agency: 1x1 Sports) accounted for 16 points and 9 rebounds for Turkey. Justas Tamulis (194-SF-94) topscored with 14 points for Lithuania.

Spain - France 50-46
Spain held off France in a tough quarterfinal battle in Crete tonight. Alberto Diaz (185-PG-94) came up with 14 points to pace the winners. The teams were tied at at 23 after twenty minutes. Spain secured a 4-point lead at the final intermission. France and Spain exchanged baskets throughout the fourth stanza. Spain held on to the lead in the dying minutes and sealed the victory. Guillermo Hernangomez (208-C-94) posted 11 points in the win. Axel Bouteille (199-F-95) and Benjamin Sene (186-PG-94) responded with 11 points each for France.
9-12 Place
Italy - United Kingdom 76-67
Italy defeated Great Britain in the classification round today. Mirco Turel (192-SG-94) produced 16 points for the Azzurri. Great Britain secured a 41:38 halftime lead. But Italy used a 22:12 run in the fourth term to seal the victory. Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) recorded 14 points for the Azzurri. Kavell Bigby-Williams (206-PF-95) replied with 17 points for Great Britain.

Slovenia - Poland 60-79
Poland upset Slovenia in Crete tonight. Jakub Garbacz (197-G/F-94) accounted for 20 points in the victory. Poland went on a 25:6 run in the second quarter to clear off for good. Kacper Borowski (205-PF-94) chipped in 14 points for the winners. Jure Ritlop (202-PF-95) replied with 11 points for Slovenia.
13-16 Place
Russia - Bulgaria 67-63
Russia toppled Bulgaria in the classification round battle. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout three quarters. But Russia went on an 18:12 run in the fourth stanza to seal the victory. Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-PF-94, agency: Alti Sport) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds for Russia. Serdar Annaev (185-PG-94) had 14 points in the win. Nikolay Stoyanov (195-SG-94) answered with 17 points for Bulgaria.

Latvia - Germany 62-67
Germany edged Latvia in the classification round clash. Ismet Akpinar (192-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Germany went on a 17:8 run in the third term to clear off for good. Johannes Thiemann (203-PF-94) netted 14 points and collected 12 rebounds in the victory. Rolands Smits (202-F/C-95) responded with 14 points for Latvia.

17-20 Place
Hungary - Montenegro 59-70
Veselin Kovacevic (202-F-94) netted 15 points to pace Montenegro past Hungary in Crete today. Milija Mikovic (205-C-94) accounted for 14 points in the victory. Montenegro accounted for 23:14 lead after ten minutes and protected the lead well throughout the rest of the encounter. Kristof Bognar (204-C/F-94, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) replied with 16 points for Hungary.

Sweden - Czech Republic 58-81
Czech Republic made a step towards securing Division A place for the next season as they knocked down Sweden in the classification round. Lukas Festr (185-PG-94) scored 24 points in the victory. Prokop Slanina (207-C-95) and Martin Peterka (203-PF-95) delivered 21 points each for Czech Republic. Walter Lindstrom (180-PG-95) responded with 15 points for Sweden.


Results and Stats from Day 8 in Crete. Everything is ready for Quarterfinals - Jul 16, 2014

Group E
Slovenia - Greece 67-84
Greece edged Slovenia in a must-win battle and sealed the quarterfinal birth. Michail Liapis (192-G-95) scored 22 points in the victory. The hosts piled up a 45:33 halftime advantage and protected it well throughout the second half. Georgios Diamantakos (215-C-95) and Dimitrios Agravanis (208-PF-94, agency: Octagon Europe) netted 16 points each for the Hellenes. Matic Rebec (178-PG-95) responded with 33 points for Slovenia.

United Kingdom - Spain 59-76
Spain gained the third straight victory at the Second Stage of the tournament. They fired past Great Britain to occupy the second position in Group E. Alberto Diaz (185-PG-94) and Guillermo Hernangomez (208-C-94) scored 16 points each for the Spanish team. Luke Nelson (190-G-95) asnwered with 17 points for Great Britain. Spain used a 30:16 run in the third term to clear off for good.

Serbia - Lithuania 73-54
Serbia wrapped up their Second Stage campaign with victory. They knocked down Lithuania to gain 4-1 record on top of Group E. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to pace the winners. Serbia accumulated a 40:28 halftime lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the second half and sealed the winning outcome. Stefan Pot and Ognjen Jaramaz accounted for 12 points each in the victory. Augustinas Jankaitis (206-F-94) responded with 14 points for Lithuania.

Group F
France - Turkey 68-64
France held off Turkey in the final game of the Second Stage of the tournament. The win however did not allow France to improve their postion in Group F. They finished third just behind Croatia and Turkey. Axel Bouteille (199-F-95) nailed 15 points and collected 11 rebounds for Les Bleus as they prepare to take on Spain in the quarterfinal clash. Turkey responded with 17 points from Tayfun Erulku (192-SG-94). They will face Lithuania in the playoff battle.

Croatia - Poland 75-56
Croatia defeated Poland to occupy the top position in Group F. Karlo Zganec (206-C/F-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) delivered 15 points to pace Croatia at 4-1 record. They accumulated a 12-point halftime lead. The margin grew at 21-point mark at the final intermission and Croatia breezed to the victory at the end. Tomislav Gabric (204-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) produced 12 points for the winners. Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) responded with 15 points for Poland.

Israel - Italy 79-67
Israel defeated Italy in the key game for the fourth position in Group F. Israel therefore advanced into the playoffs and would face Serbia next. Italy finished fifth in the ladder. Rafael Menco (198-F-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) posted 21 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Egor Koulechov (196-F-94) and Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) scored 13 points each for Israel. Mirco Turel (192-SG-94) responded with 20 points for the Azzurri.

Group G
Latvia - Sweden 75-64
Rolands Smits (202-F/C-95) fired 28 points to pace Latvia past Sweden in the classification round Group G. Latvia clinched the top position in the pool with the victory. The Baltic side grabbed a 44:36 halftime lead. They held Sweden to 28 points in the second half to pull away with the victory. Davis Geks and Anzejs Pasecniks netted 12 points each in the victory. Nicholas Spires (210-C-94) responded with 18 points and 12 rebounds for Sweden.

Montenegro - Bulgaria 81-82 OT
Bulgaria claimed the second straight win in Crete. They held off Montenegro in overtime to avoid the relegation games. Kris Minkov (196-SG-94) stepped up with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Aleksandrov Vezenkov finished with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the Bulgarian team. Milija Mikovic (205-C-94) responded with 30 points and 16 rebounds for Montenegro.

Group H
Hungary - Germany 53-63
Germany defeated Hungary to finish second in Group H. Johannes Thiemann (203-PF-94) stepped up with 24 points for the winners. Hungary eked out a 12:11 lead after the first period. Germany however held Hungary to just 5 points in the next quarter to take a 29:17 halftime advantage. Hungary narrowed the deficit at 3-point mark before the fourth frame but Germany unloaded 28 points in the fourth stanza to seal the win. Robin Jorch (208-PF-94) accounted for 12 points for the winners. Tibor Ban (185-G-95, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 13 points for Hungary.

Czech Republic - Russia 57-76
Russia fired past Czech Republic to earn the top position in classification round Group H. Mikhail Kulagin (188-PG-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) chipped in 22 points and collected 7 rebounds for the winners. Czech Republic grabbed a 20:17 lead after the opening quarter. But Russia used a 20:9 run in the second frame to pull ahead for good. Aleksey Babushkin (196-F-94) chipped in 10 points for the winners. Martin Peterka (203-PF-95) responded with 15 points for Czech Republic.


Results and Stats from Day 7 in Crete - Jul 15, 2014

Group E
Lithuania - Slovenia 63-62
Lithuania are now at 3-1 record as they nipped Slovenia. Justas Tamulis (194-SF-94) chipped in 11 points to pace the Baltic side. Slovenia ensured a 38:25 halftime lead. However Lithuania responded with a 38:24 rally in the second half to seal the winning outcome. Tomas Dimsa and Augustinas Jenkaitis had 10 points each in the victory. Matic Rebec (178-PG-95) answered with 16 points adn 10 assists for Slovenia.

Spain - Greece 60-58
Spain held off Greece for 2-2 record in Group E. Alberto Abalde (200-F/G-95) posted 14 points to pace the Spaniards. Spain grabbed a 22:12 lead after the first frame. Greece however bounced back in the next two quarters. The Hellenes surged ahead for a 5-point lead at the final intermission. Spain responded with a 19:12 rally in the fourth frame to eke out an important win at the end. Sebastian Saiz (206-F-94) produced 13 points and 10 boards in the victory. Eleftherios Bochoridis (193-PG-94) responded with 12 points, 7 assists and 6 boards in the defeat.

United Kingdom - Serbia 57-74
Serbia fired past Great Britain to improve at 3-1 record in Group E. Marko Tejic (209-C/F-95) nailed 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Serbia piled up a 39:26 halftime lead. Serbia controlled the tempo in the second half and rallied to the victory. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 15 points and pulled down 16 boards for the winners. Luke Nelson (190-G-95) responded with 18 points for Great Britain.

Group F
Croatia - France 63-55
Croatia registered the second victory at the start of the Second Stage of the European Championship. Marin Maric (208-C-94) recorded 15 points to pace them past France. Croatia piled up a 34:22 halftime lead and protected it well throughout the second half. Tomislav Gabric (204-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) netted 11 points for the winners. Alexandre Chassang (204-PF-94) replied with 12 points for France.

Turkey - Israel 79-66
Tayfun Erulku (192-SG-94) scored 22 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 5 assists to pace Turkey past Israel. Cedi Osman (201-SG-95) tallied 17 points as Turkey improved at 4-0 record in Group F. Israel led by five points at the first intermission. But Turkey erased the deficit to take a 38:34 halftime lead. Turkey went on a 25:13 run in the fourth frame to seal the winning outcome. Rafael Menco, Naor Sharon (193-PG-95, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) and Egor Koulechov (196-F-94) delivered 11 points each in the loss.

Poland - Italy 52-61
Italy earned the first win at the European Championship Second Stage. Stefano Bossi (185-PG-94, agency: Players Group) recorded 15 points to pace the Azzurri past Poland. Italy earned a 30:23 halftime lead. Italy went on a 27:12 run in the third term to clear off for good. Francesco Candussi (211-PF-94) chipped in 9 points for the winners. Jakub Patoka (200-F-94) responded with 9 points for Poland.

Group G
Bulgaria - Sweden 78-57
Bulgaria recorded the initial win in Crete. They held off Sweden in classiciation round Group G. Aleksandar Vezenkov (206-PF-95, college: Xavier) tallied 30 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Bulgaria accounted for a 26:7 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the margin at 22-point mark at the interval and never looked back en route to the win. Nikolay Stoyanov (195-SG-94) netted 11 points for Bulgaria. Walter Lindstrom (180-PG-95) responded with 15 points for Sweden.

Montenegro - Latvia 60-59
Montenegro snatched a tough home win over Latvia for 1-1 record in classification round Group G. Milija Mikovic (205-C-94) posted 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the Balkan team. Latvia gained a 41:29 halftime advantage. But Montenegro stiffened defensively in the second half. They held Latvia to just 18 points in the half to seal the winning outcome. Nikola Zizic (197-G/F-94) accounted for 11 points and 15 rebounds in the victory. Anzejs Pasecniks (215-C-95, college: VEF skola) responded with 18 points and 11 rebounds for Latvia.

Group H
Russia - Germany 70-58
Russia earned the first victory in the classification round. They outscored Germany for 1-1 record in Group H. Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-PF-94, agency: Alti Sport) netted 20 points for the winners. Russia went on a 38:29 second half run to seal the victory. Alexander Martynov (196-G-95) chipped in 12 points for the winning side. Robin Jorch (208-PF-94) responded with 15 points for Germany.

Czech Republic - Hungary 64-73
Zoltan Perl (195-G-95, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) posted 15 points and 7 assists to lead Hungary past Czech Republic. Hungary used a 31:10 run in the third term to gain a 17-point lead before the fourth term. The Czech team cut the deficit in the final stanza but could not avoid the defeat. Benedek Varadi (195-G/F-95, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) nailed 14 points and collected 11 rebounds for the winners. Prokop Slanina (207-C-95) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Czech Republic.


Results and Stats from Day 6 in Crete. The Start of Second Stage - Jul 14, 2014

Group E
Spain - Lithuania 65-62
Spain gained a tough victory over Lithuania to victoriously open their Second Stage campaign in Crete. Edgar Vicedo (201-F-94) netted 19 points to pace the Spaniards as they improved at 1-2 record in Group E. Spain dominated in the first three quarters. They posted a 13-point lead heaidng into the fourth frame. But Lithuania went on a strong late rally and nearly erased the deficit. Spain held on by the skin of their teeth and snatched a crucial win. Alberto Abalde (200-F/G-95) chipped in 14 points for the winners. Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) answered with 17 points for Lithuania.

Greece - Serbia 70-69
Greece nipped Serbia at the start of the Second Stage. Eleftherios Bochoridis (193-PG-94) nailed 17 points and collected 7 rebounds to pace the hosts. Georgios Diamantakos (215-C-95) sank a free throw with 19 seconds remaining in regulation to seal the win for the Hellenes. Dimitrios Agravanis (208-PF-94, agency: Octagon Europe) had 16 points in the win. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 18 points for Serbia. Djoko Salic (209-C-95) chipped in 13 points in the defeat.

Slovenia - United Kingdom 75-52
Slovenia outgunned Great Britain for the first win in the Second Stage of the tournament. Jan Rizman (196-SG-94) stepped up with 17 points to pace the winners. Slovenia piled up a 35:24 halftime lead. They stretched the gap at 18-point mark at the final break and cruised to the victory Aleksej Nikolic (188-PG-95) netted 14 points for Slovenia. Jordan Spencer answered with 12 points for Great Britain.

Group F
Italy - France 65-66
France escaped with a narrow one-point victory over Italy to gain 3-0 record in Group F. Axel Bouteille (199-F-95) stepped up with 19 points to pace Les Bleus. France secured a 31:26 halftime lead. Italy pulled within 3 points at the final intermission. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the fourth frame but France were able to sneak to the victory at the end. Timothe Luwanu (198-F-95) topscored with 18 points for France. Niccolo De Vico responded with 12 points for Italy.

Israel - Croatia 76-80 OT
Croatia needed overtime to tame Israel in Group F. Marin Maric (208-C-94) came up with 22 points and 17 rebounds to lead the winners. Israel enjoyed a 39:29 halftime lead. But Croatia came back from the deficit to force overtime. They held Israel to just 4 points in the extra period to eke out win. Karlo Zganec (206-C/F-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) had 16 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists in the win. Adam Ariel (192-G/F-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) responded with 28 points for Israel.

Poland - Turkey 51-59
Turkey fired past Poland at the start of the Second Stage of the tournament. Kartal Ozmizrak (189-PG-95) stepped up with 17 points to pace the charge. Turkey grabbed a 34:27 halftime lead. They boosted the gap at 12-point mark at the final break and hung on to win the game. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) chipped in 10 points for Turkey. Kacper Borowski (205-PF-94) responded with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Poland.

Group G
Sweden - Montenegro 65-47
Nicholas Spires (210-C-94) scored 15 points to pace Sweden past Montenegro in Crete. The Scandinavian team raced to a 22:17 lead after ten minutes. Montenegro cut the distance at halftime. But Sweden used an 18:6 run in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Niklas Larsson (199-SF-94) accounted for 11 points in the victory. Masan Vrbica (190-G/F-94) answered with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Montenegro.

Latvia - Bulgaria 69-63
Latvia held off Bulgaria in the classification round Group G. Rolands Smits posted 17 points and 10 rebounds for Latvia. Anzejs Pasecniks (215-C-95, college: VEF skola) netted 14 points in the victory. Bulgaria led by three points at halftime. But Latvia evened things up in the third term and finished off their opponents with a 17:11 surge in the fourth quarter. Denislav Vutev (206-C-94, agency: Promotex) topscored with 15 points for Bulgaria.

Group H
Germany - Czech Republic 78-42
Germany cruised past Czech Republic at the beginning of the relegation round. Malik Mueller (189-G-94) notched 19 points to lead the winners. Germany used a massive 21:2 run in the fourth term to silence their counterparts. Johannes Thiemann (203-PF-94) produced 10 points in the victory. Martin Peterka (203-PF-95) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds for Czech Republic.

Hungary - Russia 59-58
Hungary held off Russia at the start of the classification round. Benedek Varadi nailed 14 points in the victory. Hungary registered a 34:28 halftime lead. They protected the advantage in the second half snatching a tough victory at the end. Zoltan Perl (195-G-95, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) had 11 points for Hungary. Alexander Martynov (196-G-95) posted 12 points for Russia.


Results and Stats from Day 5 in Crete. The End of Preliminary Round - Jul 12, 2014

Group A
Lithuania - United Kingdom 81-73
Lithuania stayed on the winning track in Crete. They held off Great Britain to finish the preliminary round with 4 wins in as many games. Tomas Dimsa (195-F/G-94) scored 20 points to lead the winners. Great Britain grabbed a 35:32 halftime lead. But Lithuania went on a 28:18 run in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) had 17 points for the Lithuanian side. Alex Young (185-G-94) answered with 19 points for Great Britain.

Latvia - Hungary 84-67
Latvia earned the first win at the European Championship. They knocked down Hungary for 1-3 record in Group A. Davis Geks (183-SG-95) stepped up with 24 points to pace the Baltic side. Rolands Smits (202-F/C-95) added 16 points for the winners. Marton Molnar (206-PF-94, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) accounted for 18 points for Hungary. Latvia rallied to a 49:41 lead at halftime and protected it well throughout the second half.

Group B
Spain - Sweden 68-59
Spain held off pesky Sweden to finish their preliminary round campaign at 2-2 record. Guillermo Hernangomez (208-C-94) accounted for 19 points and 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Spain used a 24:9 run in the first frame to build a comfortable lead. Sweden cut it to just 6 points heading into the fourth quarter but Spain fired 20 points in the final frame and escaped with the victory. Dario Brizuela (196-PG-94) netted 14 points for the winning side. Walter Lindstrom (180-PG-95) responded with 17 points for Sweden.

Serbia - Germany 76-68 OT
Jovan Novak (190-PG-94) exploded with 32 points to pace Serbia past Germany in overtime. Serbia built a comfortable 13-point lead heading into the fourth frame. But Germany went on a 19:6 run in the fourth stanza to force overtime. Serbia however picked up the tempo again in the extra period and sealed the winning outcome. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94, agency: Octagon Europe) had 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Maximilian Ugrai (202-SF-95) answered with 16 points for Germany.

Group C
Croatia - Czech Republic 72-46
Croatia secured the third victory in European Championship Group C. They overcame Czech Republic behind 17 points from Filip Bundovic (205-C/F-94). Croatia piled up a 41:24 halftime advantage. Croatia maintained the lead throughout the second half and cruised to the victory. Dominik Mavra (195-SG-94) netted 10 points for the winning side. Martin Peterka (203-PF-95) answered with 11 points for Czech Republic.

Italy - Montenegro 88-84 OT
Italy needed overtime to defeat Montenegro in the crucial battle for the third place in Group C. Francesco Candussi tossed in 24 points and grabbed 13 boards to pace the Azzurri. Montenegro grabbed a 35:28 halftime lead. But Italy went on a 24:15 run in the fourth quarter to force extra period. They held Montenegro to just 7 points in the overtime and snatched a tough win. Mirco Turel connected for 17 points, while Simone Fontecchio added 20 points and 10 boards in the win. Milija Mikovic answered with 25 points and 11 rebounds for Montenegro.

Group D
Russia - Poland 71-75
Poland outgunned Russia and advanced into the Second Stage of the tournament. Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) stepped up with 19 points and 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Jakub Garbacz (197-G/F-94) added 15 points for the Polish side. Poland used a 19:10 run in the third term to gain a decisive lead. Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-PF-94, agency: Alti Sport) replied with 15 points for Russia.

Bulgaria - Israel 68-82
Israel outgunned Bulgaria to occupy the second position in Group D ladder. Rafael Menco (198-F-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) was responsible for 19 points for Israel. Bulgaria led by one after ten minutes 18:17 but Israel responded with a 23:13 rally in the second term and never looked back afterwards. Golan Gutt (192-SG-94) had 16 points in the win. Aleksandar Vezenkov (206-PF-95, college: Xavier) answered with 29 poins and 13 boards for Bulgaria.


Results and Stats from Day 4 in Crete - Jul 11, 2014

Group A
United Kingdom - Greece 69-66
Luke Nelson (190-G-95) sank a late three-pointer to propel Great Britain past hosting Greece in Group A thriller tonight. The victory carried Great Britain at 2-1 record in the ladder. Nelson accounted for 18 points to pace the winners. It was a close battle from start to finish. It all came down to the final seconds when Luke Nelson delivered the crucial blow. Elliott Sentance (191-SG-94) added 12 points for the winners. Eleftherios Bochoridis (193-PG-94) answered iwth 14 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists as the Hellenes fell at 2-2 record.

Hungary - Lithuania 62-76
Lithuania overcame Hungary for the third straight win in Crete. Donatas Tarolis (202-F-94, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 20 points and 9 rebounds for the Baltic team as they remained on top of Group A. Lithuania claimed a 24:16 lead after ten minutes and stayed in charge throughout the rest of the way. Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) chipped in 13 points for Lithuania. Benedek Varadi (195-G/F-95, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) answered with 14 points for Hungary.

Group B
Germany - Slovenia 63-60
Germany came from behind in the second half and outscored Slovenia for the second win in Group B. Maximilian Ugrai (202-SF-95) delivered 14 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winning side. Slovenia grabbed a 41:36 halftime lead. But Germany went on an 18:11 run in the fourth term to snatch victory. Malik Mueller (189-G-94) contributed 13 points in the win. Tomaz Bolcina (206-C-94) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Slovenia. Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94) had 12 points in the defeat.

Sweden - Serbia 49-75
Serbia stayed undefeated at the European Championship. They fired past Swedish counterparts for the third consecutive victory. Nikola Rebic (188-PG-95) stepped up with 18 points to pace the Balkan team. Serbia led by just 3 points at halftime. But they used a 42:19 run in the second half to seal the victory. Ognjen Jaramaz (191-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) netted 15 points for the winners. Niklas Larsson (199-SF-94) responded with 12 points for the Scandinavian team.

Group C
Montenegro - Croatia 62-72
Croatia survived a tough challenge from Montenegro to post the second victory in Crete. Mislav Brzoja (198-F/G-94) and Dominik Mavra (195-SG-94) accounted for 13 points each for the Croats. They built a 42:28 halftime lead. Montenegro went on a determined comeback rally in the second half but Croatia held on to win the clash. Milija Mikovic (205-C-94) had 18 points and 14 boards for Montenegro.

Czech Republic - Turkey 64-81
Turkey are now 4-0 at the tournament following a comfortable win over Czech Republic. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) scored 24 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and distributed 6 assists to pace Turkey to yet another victory. They piled up a 50:33 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the win. Tayfun Erulku (192-SG-94) had 13 points for Turkey. Czech Republic answered with 19 points from Martin Peterka (203-PF-95).

Group D
Israel - Russia 58-56
Israel toppled Russia to gain 2-1 record in Group D. Rafael Menco (198-F-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) netted 17 points to pace the winners. Russia recorded a 17:9 lead ten minutes into the encounter. But Israel cut the deficit and eventually pulled ahead for a 3-point lead before the final term. Russia tried hard to come out winners but stopped just short of victory. Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) netted 8 points in the win. Stanislav Ilnistskiy responded with 15 points for Russia.

Poland - France 60-67
France outgunned Poland for 3-1 record on top of Group D. Guerschon Yabusele (200-PF-95) connected for 12 points in the victory. Poland led by four points at the interval 33:29. But France held their opponents to just 27 points in the second half and eked out a tough win. Benjamin Sene (186-PG-94) topscored with 13 points for Les Bleus. Jakub Garbacz (197-G/F-94) responded with 16 points for Poland as they slipped at 1-2 record.


Results and Stats from Day 3 in Crete - Jul 10, 2014

Group A
Lithuania - Latvia 74-43
Lithuania coasted past Latvia for the second win in a row in Crete. Gediminas Zalalis (205-C-95) stepped up with 14 points off the bench for the winners. Lithuania piled up a 32:19 halftime lead and never looked back afterwards. Denis Krestinin (200-F-94, agency: Beo Basket) had 12 points for the winners. Rolands Smits (202-F/C-95) answered with 12 points for Latvia.

Greece - Hungary 67-65
Greece snatched a tough narrow win over Hungary to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Michalis Kamperidis (206-F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace the Hellenes. Hungary led by two points after the first frame and the teams were tied heading into the fourth quarter. But the hosts managed to sneak to a narrow win at the end. Dimitrios Agravanis (208-PF-94, agency: Octagon Europe) had 13 points for the winners. Zoltan Perl (195-G-95, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) responded with 17 points for Hungary. Kristof Bognar (204-C/F-94, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) had 12 points in the loss.

Group B
Serbia - Spain 70-61
Serbia celebrated the second consecutive victory at the European Championship as they held off Spain in Group B action today. Mihajlo Andric (202-F-94, agency: Beo Basket) and Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94, agency: Octagon Europe) netted 16 points each for the Balkan team. Serbia used a 22:12 run in the first period to clear off. They boosted the margin to as many as 13 points at the final break and held on to win the game. Ognjen Jaramaz (191-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 9 points in the victory. Dario Brizuela (196-PG-94) responded with game-high 21 points for Spain.

Slovenia - Sweden 70-58
Slovenia outscored Sweden en route to the second win in Group B. Aleksej Nikolic (188-PG-95) stepped up with 22 points to lead the charge. Slovenia grabbed a 30:24 halftime lead. Sweden pulled within 4 points at the final intermission but Slovenia unloaded 25 points in the final frame to seal the win. Erjon Kastrati, Tomaz Bolcina and Matic Rebec netted 10 points each for the winning team. Nathan Dawit (192-SG-94) replied with 16 points for Sweden.

Group C
Turkey - Montenegro 86-83
Turkey held off Montenegro to climb at 3-0 record on top of Group C. Kartal Ozmirzak delivered 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Turkey started the game aggressively building a 50:32 halftime lead. Montenegro tried to put together a comeback rally in the final frame but came up short of win at the end. Tayfun Erulku (192-SG-94) and Cedi Osman (201-SG-95) had 13 points each in the victory. Nikola Zizic (197-G/F-94) replied with 18 points for Montenegro.

Croatia - Italy 80-67
Croatia opened win count at the tournament. They prevailed against Italy in their second game in Crete to improve at 1-1 record in Group C. Tomislav Gabric (204-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) netted 18 points to pace the Croats. They opened a 28:11 lead ten minutes into the game and protected it well throughout the rest of the way. Paolo Marinelli had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Croatia. Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) and Aristide Landi (203-PF-94) responded with 14 points for the Azzurri.

Group D
France - Israel 75-63
Mouhammadou Jaiteh (205-C-94) stepped up with 21 points to pace France past Israel in Crete. The victory propelled Les Bleus at 2-1 record on top of Group D. Alexandre Chassang (204-PF-94) contributed 15 points and 9 caroms for France. Israel led by two points after ten minutes of action but they conceded a 15:30 blow in the third term and could not recover. Adam Ariel (192-G/F-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) produced 15 points for Israel.

Russia - Bulgaria 77-64
Russia outgunned Bulgaria to remain perfect at the tournament. Pavel Krechetov (188-PG-94) was responsible for 14 points in the win. Bulgaria piled up a 32:28 halftime lead. But Russia unleashed 49 points in the second half to secure the winning outcome. Mikhail Kulagin (188-PG-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) provided 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Alexander Martynov (196-G-95) had 11 points in the win. Aleksandar Vezenkov (206-PF-95, college: Xavier) answered with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Bulgaria.


Results and Stats from Day 2 in Crete - Jul 9, 2014

Group A
Hungary - United Kingdom 53-44
Hungary knocked down Great Britain in their opening game at the European Championship. Benedek Varadi (195-G/F-95, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) provided 14 points for the winners. Great Britain enjoyed a 27:25 halftime lead. But Hungary stiffened defensively in the second half. They held their opponents to just 17 points and celebrated victory. Kristof Bognar (204-C/F-94, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) had 10 points for the Hungarian side. Kavell Bigby-Williams (206-PF-95) answered with 12 points and 9 rebounds for Great Britain.

Latvia - Greece 77-79
Greece earned the first victory at home European Championship. The hosts held off Latvia in a tough battle in Group A. Eleftherios Bochoridis (193-PG-94) scored 21 points to pace the Hellenes. The teams were tied at 31 after twenty minutes of action. But Greece scored 48 points in the second half to snatch a narrow win. Dimitrios Agravanis (208-PF-94, agency: Octagon Europe) netted 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the home team. Anzejs Pasecniks (215-C-95, college: VEF skola) answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Latvia.

Group B
Sweden - Germany 47-82
Germany cruised past Sweden for the opening win in Crete. Ismet Akpinar (192-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 17 points to pace the charge. Germany built a 37:26 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the win. Maximilian Ugrai (202-SF-95) contributed 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Niklas Larsson (199-SF-94) scored 12 points for Sweden.

Spain - Slovenia 63-71
Slovenia surprised Spain in Group B action on Wednesday. Matic Rebec (178-PG-95) came up with 22 points, 10 assists and 5 rebounds to pace the winners. Slovenia used a 21:14 run in the second frame to take a 6-point halftime lead. Spain got within one point at the final intermission but Slovenia capped the regulation on a 19:11 run to seal the win. Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94) accounted for 15 points and 10 boards in the victory. Guillermo Hernangomez (208-C-94) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Spain. Dario Brizuela (196-PG-94) had 16 points in the defeat.

Group C
Italy - Turkey 66-90
Turkey thumped Italy for the second straight win in Crete. Dogukan Sanli (191-G-95, agency: 1x1 Sports) stepped up with 14 points to pace the winning side. Turkey used a 23:10 run in the second frame to establish a 46:32 halftime lead. They kept the Azzurri at bay throughout the second half cruising to the victory. Emircan Kosut (216-C-95) had 13 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Aristide Landi (203-PF-94) answered with 18 points for Italy.

Montenegro - Czech Republic 84-70
Montenegro registered their first win at the tournament. The Balkan team outscored Czech Republic in the opener. Milija Mikovic (205-C-94) connected for 22 points in the victory. Montenegro opened a 19-point halftime lead. They protected it well throughout the second half to seal the winning outcome. Nikola Zizic (197-G/F-94) had 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for Montenegro. Prokop Slanina (207-C-95) and Radovan Kouril chipped in 13 points apiece for Czech Republic.

Group D
Bulgaria - France 76-77
France snatched a tough win over Bulgaria in the second round of action. Boris Dallo (194-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) netted 21 points to lead Les Bleus. Bulgaria and France were knotted up at 42 after twenty minutes of action. They were still leveled at the end of the third quarter. Boris Dallo made the difference in this one scoring a late bucket and sealing the win for France. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (205-C-94) and Guerschon Yabusele (200-PF-95) finished with 13 points each for the winners. Aleksandar Vezenkov (206-PF-95, college: Xavier) delivered 24 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.

Israel - Poland 74-49
Israel got to the winning start of their European Championship campaign. They knocked down Poland for 1-0 record in Group C. Golan Gutt (192-SG-94) scored 16 points for the winning team. Israel dominated from start to finish. They secured a 38:18 halftime lead and coasted to the victory after the long break. Adam Ariel (192-G/F-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) netted 15 points for Israel. Damian Jeszke (202-F-95, agency: AB Agency) answered with 10 points for Poland.


Results and Stats from Day 1 in Crete - Jul 8, 2014

Group A
United Kingdom - Latvia 64-62
Alexander Young sank 17 points to pace Great Britain past Latvia in the opening game for both teams in Greece. It was a roller-coaster action. Great Britain jumped to a 25:17 lead after ten minutes. But Latvia turned things around taking a 7-point lead at the final break. But Great Britain used a 20:11 run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Luke Nelson (190-G-95) chipped in 13 points for the winners. Rolands Smits (202-F/C-95) answered with 18 points and 14 rebounds for Latvia.

Greece - Lithuania 65-73
Lithuania got to the winning start of their European Championship campaign. They knocked down Greece in the opener. Justas Tamulis (194-SF-94) stepped up with 15 points to pace the Baltic team. Lithuania recorded a 38:34 halftime lead. They stretched the margin to 7 points at the final intermission and protected it well throughout the final quarter. Augustinas Jankaitis (206-F-94) finished with 12 points for the winners. Eleftherios Bochoridis (193-PG-94) had 20 points for the Hellenes.

Group B
Slovenia - Serbia 61-73
Serbia overcame a slow start to edge Slovenian counterparts in the first game at the European Championship. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94, agency: Octagon Europe) was pivotal with 23 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Slovenia jumped to a 20:14 lead after the first period. But Serbia cut the deficit and eventually surged ahead for a 3-point halftime lead. Serbia used a 23:12 rally in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Jovan Novak (190-PG-94) had 17 points in the victory. Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94) responded with 17 points for Slovenia.

Germany - Spain 53-65
Spain rallied past Germany in Group B opener. Edgar Vicedo (201-F-94) scored 14 points to pace the winners. Germany secured a 19:15 lead after the first frame. But Spain used a 38:22 second half to win the game. Guillermo Hernangomez (208-C-94) provided 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Kenneth Ogbe (198-SG-94) and Maximilian Ugrai (202-SF-95) responded with 10 points each in the defeat.

Group C
Czech Republic - Italy 60-84
Italy stunned Czech Republic for the first victory at the European Championship. Mirco Turel (192-SG-94) produced 19 points for the Azzurri. Italy cleared off to a 46:29 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) netted 16 points for the winners. Martin Peterka (203-PF-95) responded with 23 points for Czech Republic.

Turkey - Croatia 70-66 OT
Talat Alp Altunbey netted 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds as Turkey outlasted Croatia in overtime. The teams were tied at 58 heading into the extra period. But Turkey sank 12 points in overtime to tame their opponents. Cedi Osman (201-SG-95) provided 13 points for the winners. Tomislav Gabric (204-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) responded with 17 points for Croatia.

Group D
France - Russia 65-66
Russia eked out a tough win over France in the opening game at the tournament. Mikhail Kulagin and Alexander Martynov (196-G-95) scored 13 points each for Russia. France secured a 4-point lead before the fourth quarter. But Russia held their opponents to just 11 points in the final stanza and stole the win. Igor Kanygin (207-F/C-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) netted 12 points for the winners. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (205-C-94) responded with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Les Bleus.

Poland - Bulgaria 85-78
Poland held off Bulgaria in their first game in Crete. Jan Grzelinski (180-PG-94) tallied 21 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds for Poland. Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) added 16 points in the victory. The teams were tied at 36 after the first half. But Poland unleashed 49 points in the second part of the encounter to snatch victory. Aleksandar Vezenkov (206-PF-95, college: Xavier) topscored with 20 points and 15 rebounds for Bulgaria.





by Greg
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