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European Championships U20 Final Standings
 1. Serbia
 2. Spain
 3. Turkey
 4. France
 5. Latvia
 6. Czech Rep.
 7. Lithuania
 8. Belgium
 9. Italy
 10. Israel
 11. Germany
 12. Ukraine
 13. Slovenia
 14. Poland
 15. U.Kingdom
 16. Russia
 17. Croatia
 18. Greece
 19. Bosnia
 20. Bulgaria
Points Per Game
 Manu LECOMTE
  BEL
  (180-PG-95)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Lecomte, BEL19.6 
 2. Mesicek, SLO16.6 
 3. Buza, BIH16.6 
 4. Nikolic, SLO16.4 
 5. Peterka, CZE15.7 
 6. Kesteloot, BEL15.3 
 7. Antypov, UKR14.6 
 8. Smits, LAT14.6 
 9. Nelson, ENG14.4 
 10. Hernangomez, ESP14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Domantas SABONIS
  LTU
  (209-F/C-96)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Sabonis, LTU13.2 
 2. Antypov, UKR10.4 
 3. Bigby-W., ENG10.1 
 4. Smits, LAT9.1 
 5. Hernangomez, ESP8.5 
 6. Bako, BEL8.0 
 7. Gankevich, RUS8.0 
 8. Peterka, CZE7.8 
 9. Witlinski, POL7.6 
 10. Buza, BIH7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Radovan KOURIL
  (184-PG-95)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Kouril, CZE5.5 
 2. Gavrilov, RUS4.3 
 3. Nikolic, SLO4.0 
 4. Ozmizrak, TUR3.7 
 5. Plavnieks, LAT3.6 
 6. Nelson, ENG3.6 
 7. Lecomte, BEL3.6 
 8. Sharon, ISR3.4 
 9. Sidorov, UKR3.3 
 10. Martin, ESP3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Morayo SOLUADE
  ENG
  (196-G/F-95)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Soluade, ENG2.4 
 2. Buza, BIH2.4 
 3. Ozdemiroglu, TUR2.3 
 4. Akele, ITA2.2 
 5. Guduric, SRB2.2 
 6. Akodo, ENG2.0 
 7. Ozmizrak, TUR2.0 
 8. Lomazs, LAT1.9 
 9. Boyarkin, UKR1.8 
 10. Duwiquet, FRA1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Emircan KOSUT
  (216-C-95)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Kosut, TUR2.9 
 2. Bigby-W., ENG1.7 
 3. Diop, SEN1.6 
 4. Lawson, ENG1.4 
 5. Bako, BEL1.3 
 6. Yabusele, FRA1.3 
 7. Witlinski, POL1.2 
 8. Cornelie, FRA1.2 
 9. Skranc, CZE1.2 
 10. Hernangomez, ESP1.2 
European Championships U20 Stage Two Standings
Group E
 1. Serbia 5-0 
 2. France 3-2 
 3. Latvia 2-3 
 4. Belgium 2-3 
 5. Italy 2-3 
 6. Israel 1-4 
Group F
 1. Spain 5-0 
 2. Turkey 4-1 
 3. Czech Rep. 2-3 
 4. Lithuania 2-3 
 5. Germany 2-3 
 6. Ukraine 0-5 
Group G (Places 13-20)
 1. Russia 3-0 
 2. U.Kingdom 2-1 
 3. Croatia 1-2 
 4. Bulgaria 0-3 
Group H (Places 13-20)
 1. Poland 2-1 
 2. Slovenia 2-1 
 3. Greece 1-2 
 4. Bosnia 1-2 
European Championships U20 Stage One Standings
Group A
 1. France 3-1 
 2. Belgium 3-1 
 3. Italy 2-2 
 4. Bosnia 1-3 
 5. Croatia 1-3 
Group B
 1. Serbia 4-0 
 2. Israel 3-1 
 3. Latvia 2-2 
 4. Greece 1-3 
 5. Bulgaria 0-4 
Group C
 1. Spain 4-0 
 2. Czech Rep. 3-1 
 3. Ukraine 2-2 
 4. Russia 1-3 
 5. Poland 0-4 
Group D
 1. Turkey 3-1 
 2. Lithuania 3-1 
 3. Germany 2-2 
 4. Slovenia 2-2 
 5. U.Kingdom 0-4 


Serbia earn title in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Photo: FIBA Europe)

Starting five
#s#
Alberto Martin
Martin
Alberto Abalde
Abalde
Agustin Sans
Sans
Jose Nogues
Nogues
Ilimane Diop
Diop
#e#5
4Francisco Alonso 188-G-96 NC-Greensboro USA
5Alberto Martin 184-PG-95 UCAM Murcia Spain
6Alberto Abalde 200-F/G-95 Prat Spain
7Agustin Sans 195-G-95 Prat Spain
8Xavier Moix 190-SG-95 FC Barcelona II Spain
9Marc Garcia 197-SF-96 La Bruixa d'Or Spain
10Ander Martinez 199-F-95 Estudiantes Spain
11Ruben Guerrero 211-F-95 S.Florida USA
12Yankuba Sima 211-C-96 St.John's USA
13Jose Nogues 205-PF-95 Prat Spain
14Juancho Hernangomez 198-F-95 Estudiantes Spain
15Ilimane Diop 210-C-95 Laboral Kutxa Spain


Francisco Redondo Head Coach Real Madrid II Spain

Sergio Jimenez Assistant Fuenlabrada Spain

Salvador Camps Assistant Moycullen Ireland


Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Awards 2015 - Jul 22, 2015

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 1st Team 2015
Manu Lecomte
Lecomte
Nikola Rebic
Rebic
Marko Guduric
Guduric
Juancho Hernangomez
Hernangomez
Emircan Kosut
Kosut

Best Player: Marko Guduric (197-SG-95) of Serbia
Best Guard: Manu Lecomte (5'11''-PG-95) of Belgium
Best Forward: Marko Guduric (197-SG-95) of Serbia
Best Center: Emircan Kosut (216-C-95) of Turkey

1st Team
PG: Manu Lecomte (5'11''-PG-95) of Belgium
PG: Nikola Rebic (188-PG-95) of Serbia
SG: Marko Guduric (197-SG-95) of Serbia
F: Juancho Hernangomez (198-F-95) of Spain
C: Emircan Kosut (216-C-95) of Turkey

2nd Team
PG: Aleksej Nikolic (190-PG-95) of Slovenia
SF: Nedim Buza (205-SF-95) of Bosnia
PF: Alexandr Gankevich (201-PF-95) of Russia
PF: Martin Peterka (205-PF-95) of Czech Rep.
F/C: Domantas Sabonis (6'10''-F/C-96) of Lithuania

3rd Team
PG: Kartal Ozmizrak (189-PG-95) of Turkey
F: Oleksandr Antypov (202-F-95) of Ukraine
G/F: Blaz Mesicek (197-G/F-97) of Slovenia
F/C: Rolands Smits (207-F/C-95) of Latvia
C: Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) of Spain

Honorable Mention
Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) of Poland
Timothe Luwawu (197-SF-95) of France
Kavell Bigby-Williams (6'9''-F-95) of England
Vincent Kesteloot (201-F-95) of Belgium
Christian Sengfelder (6'8''-C/F-95) of Germany
Tomislav Gabric (204-PF-95) of Croatia
Andreas Christodoulou (197-SF-95) of Greece



Serbia earn title in Lignano Sabbiadoro - Jul 19, 2015

FINAL
Serbia - Spain 70-64
Serbia are crowned U20 European champions. They overcame Spain in the title game in Lignano Sabbiadoro. Ognjen Jaramaz (193-G-95, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 19 points and 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Marko Guduric (197-SG-95) added 14 points and 6 rebounds to be named the MVP. Spain eked out a 21:20 lead after the first period. But Serbia gradually took over. The Balkan team accumulated a 37:36 halftime lead. Serbia held Spain to just 9 points in the third term to open a 53:45 lead heading into the fourth frame. Serbia boosted the gap at double digits early in the final period. But Spain pulled within striking distance late in regulation. However Marko Guduric sank an improbable contested key layup and Serbia got away with the victory. Rade Zagorac (205-G/F-95, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 11 points for the winners. Juancho Hernangomez (198-F-95) answered with 18 points and 9 boards for Spain. Marc Garcia (197-SF-96, agency: Octagon Europe) delivered 17 points in the loss.
3-4 Place
Turkey - France 84-74
Turkey climbed onto the pedestal in Lignano Sabbiadoro. They edged France in the consolation final to earn the Bronze medals. Kartal Ozmizrak (189-PG-95) and Muhsin Yasar (205-F/C-95) provided 13 points each to pace the winners. Turkey recorded a 46:27 halftime lead. Les Bleues narrowed the deficit in the third term. They pulled within 12 points at the final intermission. France went for 26 points in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the defeat. Berk Ugurlu (191-PG-96) tossed in 11 points for the winners. Timothe Luwawu (197-SF-95) responded with 19 points for France. Petr Cornelie (211-F/C-95, agency: Comsport) delivered 12 points in the loss.

5-6 Place
Latvia - Czech Republic 77-66
Latvia earned the fifth place in Lignano Sabbiadoro. They beat Czech Republic in the final game of the tournament. Linards Jaunzems (198-F-95) provided 16 points for the winners. Czech Republic piled up a 35:28 halftime lead. But the Baltic side turned things around in the second half. They went on a 49:31 second half run and rallied to the victory. Rihards Lomazs (187-G-96) and Davis Geks (192-SG-95) accounted for 15 points each for the winners. Martin Peterka (205-PF-95) responded with 13 points and 9 rebounds for Czech Republic.

7-8 Place
Lithuania - Belgium 77-70
Domantas Sabonis (209-F/C-96) posted 19 points and 18 rebounds for Lithuania as they outgunned Belgium for the 7th place in Lignano Sabbiadoro. Belgium posted a 40:30 halftime lead. But Lithuania turned things around after the big break. The Baltic team dropped 47 points in the second half and snatched a tough victory. Rytis Pipiras (201-F-95) accounted for 15 points in the win. Vincent Kesteloot (201-F-95) answered with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Belgium.

9-10 Place
Italy - Israel 77-69
Italy celebrated the ninth position at the European Championship. They beat Israel in the final game at the tournament. Marco Spissu (183-G-95) stepped up with 15 points for the hosts. Italy registered a 46:32 halftime lead. Israel narrowed the gap at 6-point mark at the final intermission. The Azzurri limited Israel to just 11 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Simone Fontecchio (199-SF-95, agency: Players Group) and Jacopo Vedovato (205-C-95) had 13 points each for the hosts. Jonathan Morse (200-F-91) responded with 24 points and 7 boards for Israel.
11-12 Place
Ukraine - Germany 62-72
Germany occupied the 11th position at the championship. They held off Ukraine in the final game of the tournament. Daniel Mayr (217-C-95) scored 15 points to lead the winners. Germany piled up a 42:32 halftime lead. They stayed in charge throughout the second half and marched to the victory. Christian Sengfelder (202-C/F-95) had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Germany. Illya Sidorov (184-PG-96) answered with 12 points for Ukraine.

13-14 Place
Slovenia - Poland 86-43
Slovenia capped their championship campaign with a comfortable victory over Poland. Blaz Mesicek (197-G/F-97) posted 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Slovenia opened a 24:13 lead after ten minutes. They went on a 19:4 rally in the third term to take a comfortable 22-point lead at the final intermission. Slovenia finished the game on a 26:7 rally and sealed the victory. Jan Barbaric (185-G-95) accounted for 13 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Jakub Niziol (201-SG-96) responded with 12 points for Poland.

15-16 Place
Russia - United Kingdom 62-86
Great Britain capped the tournament on a winning note. They edged Russia for the 15th position finish. Luke Nelson (190-G-95) came up with 26 points and 8 assists for Great Britain. Russia snatched a 21:20 lead ten minutes into the game. But Great Britain bounced back with a 23:10 rally in the second frame to take a 12-point halftime lead. Great Britain unloaded 43 points in the second half and drove to the win. Benjamin Lawson (216-F-95) produced 18 points in the victory. Alexander Antonikovskiy (202-F-95, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) responded with 16 points and 10 rebounds for Russia.


Serbia, Turkey, Spain and France advance into semis - Jul 18, 2015

Quarterfinals
Serbia - Lithuania 82-69
Serbia outgunned Lithuania to remain in the title quest. Five players scored in double digits for Serbia. Marko Guduric (197-SG-95) posted 17 points to lead the winners. Serbia used a massive 30:8 rally in the second quarter to open a comfortable 47:21 halftime lead. Lithuania tried to bounce back in the third term. They pulled within 17 points at the final break. The Baltic team dropped 24 points in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the loss. Dejan Davidovac (202-SF-95) had 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Edvinas Seskus (194-F/G-95) and Paulius Valinskas (190-SG-95) had 19 points each for Lithuania.

Turkey - Latvia 72-58
Turkey thumped Latvia to reach the semifinal stage. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) accounted for 17 points and 6 rebounds in the victory. Turkey got to a very strong start. They accounted for a 22:11 lead after ten minutes. Latvia narrowed the gap in the next two quarters. They got within 5 points at the final break. But Turkey dropped 24 points in the fourth frame and raced to the victory. Kartal Ozmizrak (189-PG-95) chipped in 15 points for the winners. Kristaps Gluditis (191-G-95) answered with 17 points for Latvia.

Spain - Belgium 67-55
Spain fired past Belgium to stay in the title hunt. Juancho Hernangomez (198-F-95) posted 17 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Belgium eked out a 33:32 halftime lead. But Spain turned things around in the third term. They held Belgium to just 7 points and accounted for a 51:40 advantage. Spain stayed aggressive defensively in the fourth quarter and coasted to the win. Marc Garcia (197-SF-96, agency: Octagon Europe) delivered 14 points for Spain. Vincent Kesteloot (201-F-95) replied with 17 points for Belgium.

France - Czech Republic 80-58
France advanced into the semifinal stage. They knocked down Czech Republic in the opening quarterfinal of the day. Guerschon Yabusele (201-PF-95, agency: Comsport) tallied 13 points for Les Bleues. France built a 42:31 halftime lead. They scored 23 points in the third term to take a 19-point lead at the final intermission. France held Czech Republic to just 12 points in the fourth term and rallied to the win. Petr Cornellie tallied 11 points and 10 rebounds for France. Martin Peterka (205-PF-95) responded with 11 points for Czech Republic.
9-12 Place
Italy - Ukraine 73-48
Italy fired past Ukraine in the battle for the ninth place. Simone Fontecchio (199-SF-95, agency: Players Group) stepped up with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the Azzurri. Italy accounted for a 45:22 halftime lead. Italy limited Ukraine to just 26 points in the second half and cruised to the victory. Giacomo Zilli (206-F-95) tossed in 12 points for the winners. Volodymyr Orlov (208-C-95, agency: BrezoPro) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Ukraine.

Germany - Israel 46-54
Israel toppled Germany in the classification round. Naor Sharon (193-PG-95) posted 15 points to lead the winners. Germany accounted for a 17:12 lead after ten minutes. Israel however bounced back in the second frame. They spurred ahead for a 33:29 halftime lead. Germany got within 3 points at the final intermission. However Israel held their opponents to just 7 points in the fourth term and rallied to the win. Nimrod Levi (204-C-95) chipped in 11 points for the winners. Maximilian Ugrai (202-SF-95) responded with 7 points for Germany.
13-16 Place
Poland - United Kingdom 86-84 OT
Poland survived an overtime thriller to tame Great Britain. Igor Wadowski (193-G-96) capped the regulation with a three-pointer to force overtime. Then Jakub Niziol (201-SG-96) sank a crucial three-pointer to help Poland got away with an important victory. Igor Wadowski scored 20 points to pace the winners. Jakub Niziol added 19 points and 6 rebounds for Poland. Luke Nelson (190-G-95) responded with 26 points and 8 assists for Great Britain. Kavell Bigby-Williams (206-F-95) had 22 points and 10 rebounds in the win.

Russia - Slovenia 65-78
Slovenia made one step away from relegation beating Russia in the classification round. Aleksej Nikolic (190-PG-95) posted 21 points to lead the winners. Slovenia eked out a 35:34 halftime lead. They used a 26:16 run in the third term to open an 11-point advantage. Slovenia kept Russia at bay throughout the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Jan Barbaric (185-G-95) and Blaz Mesicek (197-G/F-97) had 9 points each for the winners. Ilya Popov (208-C-95, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) answered with 11 points and 8 rebounds for Russia.

17-20 Place
Greece - Bulgaria 74-67
Greece coasted past Bulgaria in the classification round in Italy today. Michail Liapis (192-G-95) and Anastasios Spyropoulos (204-F-95, agency: Octagon Europe) posted 14 points each for the winners. Bulgaria piled up a 42:36 halftime lead. However Greece limited Bulgaria to just 25 points in the second half and rallied to the victory. Evgeni Hadjirusev (192-G-95) responded with 16 points for Bulgaria.

Croatia - Bosnia 76-45
Croatia cruised past Bosnia and Herzegovina in the classification round today. Josip Gulam (188-PG-95) recorded 15 points to pace the winners. Croatia built a 40:22 halftime lead. Croatia maintained the lead throughout the second half and coasted to the victory. Luka Bozic (199-PG-96) scored 12 points for the winners. Nedim Buza (205-SF-95) responded with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Serbia and Spain will clash for title in Lignano Sabbiadoro - Jul 18, 2015

SEMIFINALS
Serbia - Turkey 81-58
Serbia rolled over Turkey to reach the championship game in Lignano Sabbiadoro. Marko Guduric (197-SG-95) posted 21 points to lead the winners. Turkey eked out a 17:16 lead after the opening quarter. However Serbia turned things around in the next period. They jumped in front to accumulate a 37:25 halftime lead. Serbia boosted the gap in the third quarter. They registered a 56:38 advantage heading into the fourth stanza. Serbia kept their opponents at bay throughout the final quarter and rallied to the win. Ognjen Jaramaz (193-G-95, agency: Beo Basket) produced 14 points for the winners. Berk Ugurlu (191-PG-96) responded with 12 points for Turkey.

Spain - France 70-61
Alberto Abalde (200-F/G-95) scored 18 points to lead Spain past France into the championship game. Spain accumulated a 15:10 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Spain secured a 35:30 halftime advantage. They boosted the gap in the third term. Spain entered the fourth period up by 9 points 54:45. They protected it well throughout the final frame and rallied to the victory. Juancho Hernangomez (198-F-95) delivered 17 points in the victory. Arthur Rozenfeld (179-PG-95) responded with 19 points for France.
5-8 Place
Lithuania - Latvia 80-82 OT
Latvia snatched a tough overtime win over their Baltic counterparts Lithuania in the classification round. Kristaps Gluditis (191-G-95) stepped up with 22 points to pace the winners. Lithuania posted a 42:38 halftime lead. Latvia erased the deficit in the third term. They pulled within a single point at the third break. Latvia erased the deficit and forced overtime. Latvia drained 12 points in the extra period and iced the victory. Rolands Smits (207-F/C-95) posted 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Paulius Valinskas (190-SG-95) responded with 19 points for Lithuania.

Belgium - Czech Republic 81-96
Czech Republic trounced Belgium in the classification round in Italy. Martin Peterka (205-PF-95) tallied 18 points to lead the winners. Czech Republic accounted for a 26:19 lead after ten minutes. Belgium ensured a 45:42 halftime lead. But Czech Republic regained the advantage in the second half. They unloaded 54 points after the big break and marched to the win. Adam Pechacek (207-F/C-95) produced 16 points in the victory. Manu Lecomte (180-PG-95) responded with 29 points for Belgium.
17-18 Place
Croatia - Greece 63-52
Croatia occupied the 17th overall position at the championship. They wrapped up their campaign with a comfortable victory over Greek counterparts. Goran Filipovic (180-PG-96) accounted for 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Croatia secured a 35:31 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 12-point lead at the final break and never looked back en route to the win. Andrija Coric (200-F-95, agency: PEPI SPORT) delivered 11 points for Croatia. Andreas Christodoulou (197-SF-95) answered with 10 points for Greece.

19-20 Place
Bosnia - Bulgaria 88-78 OT
Bosnia and Herzegovina earned the 19th overall position at the championship. They wrapped up their campaign with an overtime success over Bulgaria. Dejan Ivkovic (197-SF-95) stepped up with 20 points to lead the winners. Bosnia and Herzegovina piled up a 35:29 halftime lead. But Bulgaria struck right back with a 26:16 rally in the third term. Bosnia and Herzegovina however rescued the game scoring 21 points in the fourth period and forcing overtime. They followed with a 16:6 run in the extra period and iced the victory. Adi Zahiragic (188-PG-95) had 18 points for the winners. Evgeni Hadjirusev (192-G-95) and Aleksandar Iliev (194-SG-96) responded with 14 points for Bulgaria.


Quarterfinals are set in Lignano Sabbiadoro - Jul 16, 2015

Group E
Israel - Italy 64-75
Italy knocked down Israel but could not make it into the quarterfinal stage at the home championship. Simone Fontecchio (199-SF-95, agency: Players Group) accounted for 17 points for the Azzurri. Italy built a comfortbale 41:24 halftime lead. Israel pulled within 8 points at the final intermission but Italy limited their opponents to just 13 points in the fourth frame and iced the victory. Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) and Marco Spissu had 12 points each for the winners. Orr Leumi (192-G/F-96) responded with 16 points for Israel.

Serbia - France 64-53
Serbia fired past France to stay undefeated in Italy. Serbia improved at 5-0 record and clinched the top position in Group E. Rade Zagorac (205-G/F-95, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 14 points to lead the Balkan team. Serbia piled up a massive 44:21 halftime lead. They protected it well throughout the second half and marched to the victory. Dejan Davidovac (202-SF-95) provided 12 points in the win. Timothe Luwawu (197-SF-95) responded with 15 points for France.

Belgium - Latvia 66-75
Latvia beat Belgium to claim the third position in Group E. Rolands Smits (207-F/C-95) stepped up with 26 points to pace the winners. Both Latvia and Belgium made it into the quarterfinal stage. Belgium piled up a 43:28 halftime advantage. But Latvia turned things around in the second half. They unloaded 47 points after the big break and rallied to the victory. Kristaps Gluditis (191-G-95) netted 12 points in the win. Manu Lecomte (180-PG-95) responded with 17 points for Belgium.

Group F
Lithuania - Ukraine 70-57
Lithuania fired past Ukraine to seal their quarterfinal appearance. Domantas Sabonis (209-F/C-96) had 18 points, 28 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the Baltic team. Ukraine enjoyed a 14:9 lead after ten minutes. But Lithuania gradually took over. They recorded a 3-point lead at the final break. Lithuania went on an 18:8 run in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Edvinas Seskus (194-F/G-95) accounted for 12 points in the win. Yevgen Balaban (198-PF-96) responded with 12 points for Ukraine.

Turkey - Spain 48-57
Spain fired past Turkey and sealed the top spot finish in Group F. Juancho Hernangomez (198-F-95) had 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Spain opened a 28:20 halftime lead. Spain stayed in control throughout the second half and raced to the victory. Marc Garcia (197-SF-96, agency: Octagon Europe) delivered 13 points for the winners. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) responded with 11 points for Turkey.

Czech Republic - Germany 71-74
Germany capped their Second Stage campaign with a narrow win over Czech Republic. Maximilian Ugrai (202-SF-95) posted 14 points to lead the winners. Germany and Czech Republic were tied at 34 at the interval. Germany spurred ahead in the third term. They eked out a 54:47 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Czech Republic unloaded 24 points in the final frame but could not avoid the defeat. Christian Senfelder finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Adam Pechacek (207-F/C-95) responded with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Czech Republic.

Group G
Croatia - Bulgaria 81-49
Croatia cruised past Bulgaria in the classification round. Goran Filipovic and Luka Bozic delivered 14 points each for the winners. Croatia opened a 41:28 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 23-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95, agency: Homeland Sports Group) had 13 points for the winners. Aleksandar Milov (197-G-95) responded with 11 points for Bulgaria.

Russia - United Kingdom 80-73
Russia overcame Great Britain to go undefeated in the classification round Group G. Ilya Popov (208-C-95, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) delivered 25 points to top-score for the winners. Russia piled up a 48:28 halftime lead. They withheld a fierce comeback rally from Great Britain in the second half and secured the winning outcome. Ivan Ukhov (188-SF-95) had 20 points and 6 rebounds for Russia. Morayo Soluade (196-G/F-95) responded with 19 points for Great Britain.

Group H
Poland - Slovenia 58-50
Igor Wadowski (193-G-96) scored 14 points to pace Poland past Slovenia in Group H. Poland used a 19:9 run in the first period to clear off. Slovenia got within 5 points at the interval. But Poland stayed in charge throughout the second half and marched to the victory. Artur Wlodarczyk (182-PG-96) had 10 points for the winners. Aleksej Nikolic answered with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Slovenia.

Bosnia - Greece 56-75
Greece fired past Bosnia in the final game in Group H. Andreas Christodoulou (197-SF-95) had 12 points for the Hellenes. Greece held Bosnia and Herzegovina scoreless in the second period to pile up a 32:19 halftime lead. Greece boosted the gap at 21-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Ioannis Chatzinikolas (196-G/F-95) had 9 points in the victory. Nedim Buza (205-SF-95) responded with 15 points and 11 rebounds for Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Day 2 of Second Stage in Lignano Sabbiadoro - Jul 15, 2015

Group E
Latvia - Italy 82-51
Latvia stormed past Italy for the first victory at the Second Stage. Kristaps Guditis stepped up with 21 points to lead the Baltic side. Latvia got to a very strong start. They jumped to a 40:15 halftime lead. Latvia unloaded 42 points in the second half and cruised to the victory. Rolands Smits (207-F/C-95) posted 17 points in the winning effort. Alessandro Spatti (203-F-95) responded with 12 points for Italy.

Belgium - Serbia 74-76
Serbia snatched a tough victory over Belgium to remain undefeated in Lignano Sabbiadoro. Marko Tejic (209-C/F-95) stepped up with 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Serbia trailed by as many as 11 points after ten minutes. But they used a strong 20:9 run in the second frame to secure a 34:34 draw at halftime. Serbia sank 26 points in the third term to take an 8-point lead. They withheld a determined comeback effort from Belgium in the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Nikola Rebic (188-PG-95) finished with 15 points in the victory. Thomas Akyazili (188-PG-97) responded with 19 points for Belgium.

France - Israel 70-47
France recorded the second straight victory at the Second Stage of the championship. They beat Israel for 3-1 record in Group E. Timothe Luwawu (197-SF-95) and Petr Cornelie (211-F/C-95, agency: Comsport) stepped up with 14 points each to lead Les Bleues. France piled up a 35:26 halftime lead. They used a 20:7 rally in the third quarter to take a comfortable 22-point lead at the final break. France held Israel to just 14 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the victory. Paul-Lou Duwiquet (193-G-95) had 12 points and 6 assists in the win. Naor Sharon (193-PG-95) and Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) responded with 8 points each for Israel.

Group F
Germany - Ukraine 61-52
Germany outlasted Ukraine to gain the first victory in Group F. They improved at 1-3 record. Christian Sengfelder (202-C/F-95) tallied 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Germany piled up a 37:34 halftime lead. Germany accounted for a 49:44 advantage at the final intermission. They held Ukraine to just 8 points in the fourth term and sealed the victory. Andreas Obst (192-SG-96, agency: Beo Basket) netted 11 points for the winners. Oleksandr Antypov (202-F-95) answered with 11 points and 11 rebounds for Ukraine.

Czech Republic - Turkey 67-75
Turkey gained the second victory at the Second Stage. They knocked down Czech Republic to improve at 4-0 record in Group E. Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) scored 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the winners. Turkey eked out a 21:18 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the margin at 6-point mark at the interval 45:39 halftime lead. Turkey held their opponents to just 28 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Kartal Ozmizrak (189-PG-95) netted 16 points, dished out 6 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds for the winners. Martin Peterka (205-PF-95) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds for Czech Republic.

Spain - Lithuania 68-62
Spain beat Lithuania to jump at 4-0 record on top of Group F. Alberto Martin (184-PG-95) scored 22 points to pace the winners. Lithuania ensured a 31:26 halftime lead. However Spain dropped 24 points in the third term to take a 3-point advantage at the final intermission. Spain held their opponents to just 15 points in the fourth term to rally to the victory. Alberto Abalde (200-F/G-95) delivered 12 points for the winners. Paulius Valinskas (190-SG-95) responded with 15 points for Lithuania.

Group G
Russia - Croatia 83-71
Russia recorded the second straight victory in Group G. They held off Croatia for 2-0 record. Ivan Viktorov (196-F-95, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 24 points to pace the winners. Russia accumulated a 45:30 halftime lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second half cruising to the victory. Alexandr Gankevich (201-PF-95) provided 18 points and 12 rebounds for Russia. Josip Jukic (205-F/C-96) answered with 14 ponts and 6 boards for Croatia.

United Kingdom - Bulgaria 77-51
Great Britain earned the second straight victory in Group G. They knocked down Bulgaria to gain 2-0 record. Luke Nelson (190-G-95) stepped up with 17 points to pace the winners. Great Britain secured a 41:23 halftime lead. They held Bulgaria to just 7 points in the third term to clear off for good. Kavell Bigby-Williams (206-F-95) and Jules Akodo (188-G-96) accounted for 12 points apiece in the victory. Evgeni Hadjirusev (192-G-95) netted 12 points in the defeat.

Group H
Slovenia - Greece 78-72 2OT
Slovenia survived double-overtime thriller to beat Greece in Group H. Blaz Mesicek (197-G/F-97) posted 27 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Greece accumulated a 21:11 lead after the openining frame. But Slovenia denied the deficit and ensured a 6-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Greece used a 15:9 run in the next period to force overtime. But Slovenia withstood the challenge and eked out a tough victory in the second extra period. Aleksej Nikolic (190-PG-95) accounted for 25 points for Slovenia. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) and Andreas Christodoulou (197-SF-95) finished with 12 points each for Greece.

Poland - Bosnia 62-66
Bosnia and Herzegovina recorded the first victory in Group H. They knocked down Poland for 1-1 record. Dejan Ivkovic (197-SF-95) provided 16 points to lead the charge. Bosnia and Herzegovina opened a 35:23 halftime lead. They extended the gap at 14-point mark at the final intermission. Poland responded with a 22:12 rally in the fourth term but could not avoid the defeat. Imran Polutak (209-C-96) had 12 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Mariusz Konopatzki (192-PG-96) responded with 15 points for Poland.


The Start of Second Stage in Lignano Sabbiadoro - Jul 14, 2015

Group E
Italy - Serbia 61-67
Serbia earned the first victory at the Second Stage of the tournament. They overcame hosting Italy for 3-0 record on top of Group E. Marko Tejic (209-C/F-95) and Nikola Rebic (188-PG-95) accounted for 12 points each for the winners. Serbia eked out a 33:32 halftime lead. They used a strong 19:10 run in the third term to take a 10-point advantage. The Azzurri denied the deficit in the fourth quarter but Serbia hung on late in regulation and sealed the winning outcome. Ognjen Jaramaz (193-G-95, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 15 points for the winners. Marco Spissu (183-G-95) responded with 12 points for Italy.

Israel - Belgium 68-79
Manu Lecomte (180-PG-95) and Vincent Kesteloot (201-F-95) scored 24 points each to pace Belgium past Israel at the start of the Second Stage. Belgium ensured a 36:29 halftime lead. They sank 24 points in the third quarter to boost the gap at 9-point mark at the final intermission. Belgium limited Israel to just 17 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Ismael Bako (208-C-95) notched 16 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. Naor Sharon (193-PG-95) responded with 14 points, 6 boards and 6 assists for Israel.

Latvia - France 50-57
France opened the Second Stage campaign with victory. They edged Latvia for 2-1 record in Group E. Lucas Dussoulier (203-G/F-96) scored 11 points to lead well-balanced effort from Les Bleues. France built a 25:15 halftime lead. Latvia cut the distance at 6-point mark at the final break. But France notched 19 points in the fourth frame and secured the victory. Paul-Lou Duwiquet and Arthur Rozenfeld (179-PG-95) had 8 points each in the win. Ervins Meznieks-Zahars (191-G/F-96) and Rolands Smits (207-F/C-95) responded with 10 points each for Latvia.

Group F
Ukraine - Turkey 62-79
Turkey used a massive 29:13 rally in the fourth quarter and silenced Ukraine at the start of the Second Stage. Emircan Kosut (216-C-95) posted 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Ukraine ensured a 37:34 halftime lead. But Turkey turned things around in the second half. They went on a strong 29:13 rally in the fourth frame and coasted to the victory. Kartal Ozmizrak (189-PG-95) and Ege Arar replied with 11 points each for Turkey. Anton Dziuba (204-F-95) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Ukraine.

Germany - Spain 40-75
Spain breezed past Germany for the first victory in Group F. Alberto Abalde (200-F/G-95) and Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) notched 11 points each for the winners. Spain dominated from start to finish. They established a 38:18 halftime advantage. Spain held their opponents to just 22 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Dino Dizdarevic (194-G-95) and Christian Sengfelder (202-C/F-95) netted 8 points each for Germany.

Lithuania - Czech Republic 69-79
Czech Republic held off Lithuania for the opening victory in Group F. David Skranc (196-C/F-96) scored 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the Czech team. They accumulated a 38:24 halftime lead. Lithuania narrowed the gap in the second half but never got within striking distance as Czech Republic rolled to the win. Martin Peterka (205-PF-95) tallied 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Edvinas Seskus (194-F/G-95) answered with 20 points for Lithuania.

Group G
Bulgaria - Russia 61-84
Ivan Viktorov (196-F-95, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) posted 20 points and 6 rebounds to lead Russia past Bulgaria at the start of the classification round. Russia piled up a 35:25 halftime lead. Russia unloaded 30 points in the third quarter to record a 21-point lead at the final intermission. Russia maintained the lead throughout the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Alexandr Gankevich (201-PF-95) accounted for 14 points in the victory. Aleksandar Milov (197-G-95) answered with 14 points for Bulgaria.

Croatia - United Kingdom 64-68
Great Britain earned the first victory at the championship. They nipped Croatia at the start of the classification round. Joshua McSwiggan (201-F-95) provided 13 points to lead the winners. Croatia eked out a 21:20 lead after ten minutes. However Great Britain spurred ahead to take a 40:32 halftime lead. Croatia pulled within 2 points at the final break. But Great Britain limited Croatia to just 12 points in the fourth quarter and marched to the win. Morayo Soluade (196-G/F-95) and Kavell Bigby had 10 points each for the British side. Luka Bozic (199-PG-96) answered with 14 points for Croatia.

Group H
Greece - Poland 71-80 OT
Poland needed overtime to outscore Greece at the start of the classification round. Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) scored 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Greece piled up a 35:23 halftime lead. But Poland erased the deficit in the second half. They forced overtime and sealed the win scoring 15 points in the extra five minutes. Jakub Niziol (201-SG-96) delivered 22 points for Poland. Andreas Christodoulou (197-SF-95) accounted for 23 points for Greece.

Bosnia - Slovenia 59-63
Slovenia held off Bosnia and Herzegovina in Group H. Sedin Karavdic provided 15 points for the winners. Slovenia accumulated a 25:18 lead after ten minutes. But Bosnia and Herzegovina erased the deficit in the next two quarters. They snatched a 47:46 lead at the final intermission. But Slovenia responded with a 17:12 run in the fourth term and celebrated victory. Blaz Mesicek (197-G/F-97) chipped in 13 points, collected 9 rebounds and dished out 6 assists for the winning side. Nedim Buza (205-SF-95) replied with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Bosnia.


The End of First Round in Lignano Sabbiadoro - Jul 12, 2015

Group A
Italy - France 57-55
Italy handed the first defeat to France at the tournament. The Azzurri snatched a tough narrrow win at the end. Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) stepped up with 15 points to pace the hosts. Italy opened a 17:15 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the lead at as many as 10 points at the final intermission. France went on a 17:9 run in the fourth quarter but came up short of victory at the end. Luca Vencato delivered 11 points in the winning effort. Guerschon Yabusele (201-PF-95, agency: Comsport) responded with 13 points for France. Petr Cornelie (211-F/C-95, agency: Comsport) had 11 points in the defeat.

Belgium - Croatia 85-68
Belgium fired past Croatia for the third victory in Group A. Manu Lecomte (180-PG-95) stepped up with 32 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds for the winners. Croatia eked out an 18:17 lead after the opening quarter. Belgium rebounded in the second term and posted a 36:32 halftime lead. Belgium fired 25 points in the third quarter and ensured a 15-point lead at the final intermission. They sank 24 points in the fourth term and sealed the victory. Vincent Kesteloot (201-F-95) had 16 points and 11 boards in the win. Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95, agency: Homeland Sports Group) responded with 16 points for Croatia.

Group B
Greece - Serbia 62-80
Serbia coasted past Greece to take the fourth consecutive victory in Group B. Rade Zagorac (205-G/F-95, agency: Beo Basket) posted 18 points and 6 rebounds in the win. Serbia accumulated a 34:26 halftime lead. Serbia unleashed 46 points in the second half and marched to the victory. Nikola Rebic (188-PG-95) and Ognjen Jaramaz (193-G-95, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 12 points each for Serbia. Michail Liapis (192-G-95) topscored with 16 points for Greece.

Israel - Latvia 70-67
Israel celebrated the third victory in Group B. They held off Latvia for 3-1 record. Naor Sharon (193-PG-95) posted 19 points to pace the winners. Latvia led by four points at the interval 33:29. But Israel turned things around in the second half. They narrowed the gap at 2-point mark at the final break and then followed with a 24-point effort in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) finished with 11 points and 8 reboudns for Israel. Rolands Smits (207-F/C-95) responded with 27 points and 17 rebounds for Latvia.

Group C
Czech Republic - Russia 72-53
Martin Peterka (205-PF-95) tallied 18 points and 12 rebounds to pace Czech Republic past Russia. The winners gained 3-1 record in Group C. Russia spurred ahead to a 36:25 halftime lead. But Czech Republic turned the tables in the second half. They went on a strong 47:17 rally and sealed the victory. Radovan Kouril (184-PG-95) posted 14 points and 8 assists for Czech Republic. Alexandr Gankevich (201-PF-95) answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Russia.

Poland - Spain 52-72
Spain remained undefeated in Lignano Sabbiadoro. They rallied past Poland for the fourth consecutive victory. Juancho Hernangomez (198-F-95) accounted for 14 points for Spain. They opened a 24:14 lead after ten minutes. Spain maintained the advantage throughout the reminder of the contest and breezed to the win. Marc Garcia (197-SF-96, agency: Octagon Europe) had 13 points for Spain. Grzegorz Kulka (203-PF-96) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds for Poland.

Group D
United Kingdom - Lithuania 49-56
Lithuania rolled past Great Britain for the third win in Group D. Edvinas Jurgutis came up with 14 points to pace the winners. Lithuania opened a 32:23 halftime lead. The Baltic team extended the gap at 12-point mark at the final break and marched to the win. Erikas Kubilius (191-G-95) connected for 9 points in the victory. Kavell Bigby-Williams (206-F-95) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Great Britain.

Germany - Turkey 53-62
Turkey topped Germany to gain 3-1 record on top of Group D. Kartal Ozmizrak (189-PG-95) and Emircan Kosut (216-C-95) knocked down 13 points each for the winners. Germany built a 28:26 halftime lead. Turkey reacted with a 20:10 rally in the third quarter to spur ahead. Turkey held their opponents to just 15 points in the fourth quarter and secured the victory. Tolga Gecim (202-PG-96) had 12 points in the win. Christian Sengfelder (202-C/F-95) replied with 14 points and 6 rebounds for Germany.


Day 4 in Lignano Sabbiadoro - Jul 11, 2015

Group A
Croatia - Bosnia 77-61
Croatia outgunned Bosnia and Herzegovina for the first victory in Italy. Tomislav Gabric (204-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) came up with 29 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina traded baskets throughout the first half. The teams were tied at 35 after twenty minutes. However Croatia used a strong 24:11 rally in the third term to jump ahead. They protected the lead well throughout the fourth quarter and rolled to the victory. Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95, agency: Homeland Sports Group) netted 17 points in the win. Nedim Buza and Imran Polutak responded with 19 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

France - Belgium 72-50
France accounted for the third straight victory in Group A. They rolled past Belgium to stay atop of the ladder. Timothe Luwawu (197-SF-95) delivered 17 points to lead Les Bleues. France accumulated a 36:26 halftime lead. France did not loosen the grasp in the second half and coasted to the victory at the end. Arthur Rozenfeld provided 10 points and 7 rebounds for France. Vincent Kesteloot (201-F-95) responded with 14 points for Belgium.

Group B
Latvia - Bulgaria 84-64
Latvia beat Bulgaria for the second victory in Group B. Rihards Lomazs (187-G-96) nailed 18 points to lead the Baltic side. Bulgaria sank 25 points in the first period to take a 2-point lead. But Latvia responded with a 22:10 run in the second quarter to surge ahead. Latvia maintained the lead throughout the second half and coasted to a well-deserved win at the end. Rolands Smits (207-F/C-95) finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Latvia. Ivko Ivkov and Aleksandar Iliev (194-SG-96) replied with 12 points each for Bulgaria.

Serbia - Israel 100-74
Serbia clinched the third straight victory in Italy. They fired past Israel to stay undefeated on top of Group B. Marko Guduric (197-SG-95) finished with 17 points to pace the Balkan team. Israel surprised Serbia with an aggressive. They registered a 27:21 lead. But Serbia gradually took over. They exploded with 79 points in the next three periods and marched to the win at the end. Ognjen Jaramaz (193-G-95, agency: Beo Basket) and Nikola Rebic (188-PG-95) accounted for 16 points each in the victory. Jonathan Morse (200-F-91) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds for Israel.

Group C
Spain - Ukraine 80-72
Spain outgunned Ukraine to stay undefeated in Lignano Sabbiadoro. Marc Garcia (197-SF-96, agency: Octagon Europe) paced well-balanced effort with 17 points. Spain trailed by a single point at the first break 20:21. But they used a 13:10 run in the second quarter to spur ahead. Spain unloaded 47 points in the second half and rallied to the victory. Alberto Martin (184-PG-95) delivered 14 points for the winners. Oleksandr Antypov (202-F-95) answered with 21 points and 6 rebounds for Ukraine.

Russia - Poland 81-56
Russia dropped Poland to celebrate the first victory in Lignano Sabbiadoro. Alexandr Gankevich (201-PF-95) accounted for 23 points to pace the winners. Russia accumulated a 42:27 halftime lead. They kept Poland at bay throughout the second half and marched to the victory. Ivan Ukhov (188-SF-95) and Ilya Popov (208-C-95, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) provided 12 points each for Russia. Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Poland.

Group D
Turkey - Slovenia 61-67
Slovenia overcame Turkey to take 2-2 record in Group D. Aleksej Nikolic (190-PG-95) posted 19 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Turkey got to a confident start. They recorded a 25:13 lead after the opening quarter. But Slovenia turned things around in the next periods. They pulled within 5 points at the final intermission. Slovenia then fired 25 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory. Blaz Mesicek and Jure Ritlop (205-PF-95) had 13 points each for the winners. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) and Emircan Kosut replied with 13 points each for Turkey.

Lithuania - Germany 61-52
Lithuania held off Germany to improve at 2-1 record in Group D. Zydrunas Jurgutis (180-PG-95) finished with 15 points for Lithuania. The Baltic side accounted for a 17:11 lead after the opening quarter. Germany however struck right back limiting their opponents to just 6 points and establishing a 33:23 halftime lead. Lithuania erased the deficit in the third stanza. They evened things up at 45 at the final break. Lithuania held Germany to only 7 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Edvinas Seskus (194-F/G-95) accounted for 11 points for Lithuania. Maximilian Ugrai (202-SF-95) responded with 11 points for Germany.


Day 3 in Lignano Sabbiadoro - Jul 10, 2015

Group A
Bosnia - France 55-62
France overcame Bosnia and Herzegovina to stay perfect in Italy. France used a 22:8 run in the second period to secure a 36:29 halftime lead. Bosnia pulled within 3 points at the final intermission. But France held their opponents to just 9 points in the fourth term and spurred ahead for the victory. Axel Bouteille (200-G/F-95, agency: Comsport) knocked down 25 points for France. Paul-Lou Duwiquet (193-G-95) had 12 points in the victory. Stefan Lakic (196-F/G-95) answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Belgium - Italy 66-60
Belgium outgunned Italy to improve at 2-0 record in Group A. Manu Lecomte (180-PG-95) stepped up with 19 points to pace the winners. Italy grabbed a 37:32 halfitme lead but could not held on it. Belgium tied things up at 49 heading into the fourth quarter. They held the hosts to just 11 points in the final term and surged to the victory. Vincent Kesteloot finished with 15 points for Belgium. Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) answered with 14 points for the Azzurri.

Group B
Bulgaria - Serbia 61-104
Serbia registered the second victory in Lignano Sabbiadoro. They stormed past Bulgaria to stay undefeated in Group B. Marko Guduric (197-SG-95) finished with 21 points to pace the winners. Serbia unleashed 66 points in the first half to gain a 23-point halftime advantage. Serbia did not slow down after the big break and cruised to the victory. Petar Rakicevic had 14 points for Serbia. Aleksandar Milov (197-G-95) replied with 16 points for Bulgaria.

Israel - Greece 69-64
Israel toppled Greece to improve at 2-0 record in Group B. Naor Sharon (193-PG-95) posted 16 points to lead the charge. Israel accumulated a 36:22 halftime lead. They withheld a furious comeback effort from Greece in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) finished with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Israel. Andreas Christodoulou (197-SF-95) responded with 15 points for Greece.

Group C
Ukraine - Russia 66-59
Ukraine gained 2-1 record in Group C as they outgunned Russia. Oleksandr Antypov (202-F-95) delivered 21 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Russia stayed in front throughout the first half. They accumulated a 33:27 halftime lead. But Ukraine turned things around in the second half. They used a strong 26:16 rally in the fourth quarter to snatch the victory. Anton Dziuba (204-F-95) tossed in 11 points for Ukraine. Ilya Popov (208-C-95, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) answered with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Russia.

Poland - Czech Republic 67-102
Czech Republic fired past Poland to take 2-1 record in Group C. Martin Peterka (205-PF-95) was pivotal with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Czech Republic connected for 60 points in the first half to secure a 31-point lead. They controlled the tempo in the second half cruising to the victory. David Skranc (196-C/F-96) delivered 15 points for the winners. Grzegorz Kulka (203-PF-96) responded with 17 points for Poland.

Group D
Slovenia - Lithuania 60-85
Lithuania stamped Slovenia en route to the initial win in Group D. Paulius Valinskas (190-SG-95) stepped up with 19 points to pace the Baltic team. Lithuania grabbed a 48:38 halftime lead. They held Slovenia to just 22 points in the second half and cruised to the victory. Domantas Sabonis (209-F/C-96) had 12 points and 15 boards for Lithuania. Blaz Mesicek (197-G/F-97) responded with 19 points for Slovenia.

Germany - United Kingdom 64-53
Germany celebrated the second straight win in Lignano Sabbiadoro. They held off Great Britain in Group D. Joschka Ferner (202-F-96) stepped up with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Germany accounted for a 30:24 halftime lead. They extended the gap at 12-point mark before the fourth quarter. Germany never looked back afterwards marching to the win. Maximilian Ugrai (202-SF-95) delivered 11 points for Germany. Benjamin Lawson (216-F-95) responded with 11 points and 9 rebounds for Great Britain.


Day 2 in Lignano Sabbiadoro - Jul 8, 2015

Group A
Italy - Bosnia 69-73
Bosnia and Herzegovina recorded the opening victory in Group A. They upset hosting Italy for 1-1 record. Nedim Buza (205-SF-95) was unstoppable with 28 points and 10 rebounds for the visitors. Italy enjoyed a 35:33 halftime lead. But Bosnia bounced back with a 20:12 run in the third quarter to pull ahead. They withheld comeback efforts from the Azzurri in the fourth quarter and snatched an important victory. Stefan Lakic (196-F/G-95) netted 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the winners. Jacopo Vedovato (205-C-95) responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts.

France - Croatia 72-55
France got to the winning start of their European Championship campaign. They knocked down Croatia in the opener. Axel Bouteille (200-G/F-95, agency: Comsport) stepped up with 21 points to pace Les Bleues. France accumulated a 36:25 halftime lead. They protected it well throughout the second half and raced to the win. Guerschon Yabusele (201-PF-95, agency: Comsport) netted 16 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95, agency: Homeland Sports Group) responded with 11 points for Croatia.

Group B
Greece - Bulgaria 60-51
Greece opened win count in Lignano Sabbiadoro. They overcame Bulgaria for 1-1 record in Group B. Michail Liapis (192-G-95) tallied 19 points to lead the Hellenes. Greece opened a 28:23 halftime lead. They protected the lead well throughout the second half marching to the victory. Alexandros Spyridonidis (182-PG-95) had 10 points for the winners. Ivko Ivkov (195-G/F-95) replied with 17 points for Bulgaria as they fell at 0-2 record.

Serbia - Latvia 69-56
Serbia posted the first victory in Italy. They edged Latvian counterparts for 1-0 record in Group B. Serbia eked out a narrow 32:31 halftime lead. They sank 21 points in the third term to open a 5-point lead at the final break. Serbia held Latvia to just 8 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Marko Tejic (209-C/F-95) and Dejan Davidovac (202-SF-95) had 11 points each for the winners. Ervins Meznieks-Zahars (191-G/F-96) answered with 14 points for Latvia.

Group C
Czech Republic - Ukraine 90-68
Czech Republic coasted past Ukraine for 1-1 record in Group C. Martin Peterka (205-PF-95) dominated the paint scoring 21 points and pulling down 8 rebounds for the winners. Czech Republic accounted for a 43:35 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 19-point mark at the final intermission. They never looked back afterwards marching to the win. Adam Pehachek produced 18 points for the Czech team. Oleksandr Antypov (202-F-95) replied with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Ukraine.

Russia - Spain 60-69
Spain opened 2-0 record in Group C. They edged Russia to stay undefeated. Juancho Hernangomez (198-F-95) came up with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Russia jumped to a 16:6 lead ten minutes into the game. But Spain improved offensively in the second quarter. They drained 26 points in the second term to take a 32:31 halftime lead. Russia regained the advantage in the third term however Spain tossed in 23 points in the final period and iced the victory. Ilimane Diop accounted for 12 points and 7 rebounds for Spain. Alexander Martynov (196-G-95) posted 16 points in the loss.

Group D
United Kingdom - Slovenia 72-80
Slovenia overcame a slow start to tame Great Britain for the first victory in Group D. Aleksej Nikolic (190-PG-95) was pivotal with 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Great Britain piled up a 50:39 halftime lead. But Slovenia stiffened defensively in the second half. They limited Great Britain to just 22 points after the long break and got away with a tough win at the end. Jan Barbaric and Vlatko Cancar (201-SF-97) had 11 points each for Slovenia. Kavell Bigby-Williams (206-F-95) replied with 18 points and 12 rebounds for Great Britain.

Lithuania - Turkey 50-66
Turkey celebrated the second consecutive victory at the championship. They knocked down Lithuania for 2-0 record in Group D. Kartal Ozmizrak (189-PG-95) netted 14 points for the winners. Turkey accumulated a 34:25 halftime lead. Turkey boosted the gap at 19-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. Lithuania cut the deficit in the fourth term but could not avoid the loss. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) provided 12 points for Turkey. Domantas Sabonis (209-F/C-96) answered with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Lithuania.


Day 1 in Lignano Sabbiadoro - Jul 7, 2015

Group A
Croatia - Italy 50-53
Alessandro Cappelletti (186-PG-95) scored 14 points to pace Italy past Croatia in the opener. The Azzurri opened a 16:6 lead after the opening quarter. Croatia pulled within four points at halftime 23:27. Italy boosted the margin at 10-point mark at the final intermission. Croatia worked hard to avoid the defeat in the fourth frame but the hosts hung on to snatch the win. Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) tossed in 13 points for the hosts. Tomislav Gabric (204-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) answered with 16 points and 11 rebounds for Croatia.

Bosnia - Belgium 51-59
Belgium knocked down Bosnia and Herzegovina to earn the opening victory in Group A. Manu Lecomte (180-PG-95) posted 21 points to pace the winners. Belgium piled up a 41:23 halftime lead. Bosnia responded with a 17:2 run in the third term to pull within 3 points at the final intermission. Belgium though limited Bosnia to just 11 points in the fourth quarter and rallied to the win. Andy Van Vliet (210-F/C-95) accounted for 9 points in the victory. Imran Polutak (209-C-96) replied with 17 points for Bosnia.

Group B
Latvia - Greece 61-50
Latvia fired past Greece to open win count at the championship. Ervins Meznieks-Zahars (191-G/F-96) stepped up with 12 points to lead the Baltic team. Greece accounted for a 30:27 halftime lead. Latvia however limited their opponents to just 8 points in the third term and pulled ahead. They followed with a 19:12 run in the fourth period and sealed the victory. Rihards Lomazs (187-G-96) netted 11 points in the win. Andreas Christodoulou (197-SF-95) netted 10 points in the defeaet.

Bulgaria - Israel 68-79
Orr Leumi (192-G/F-96) posted 19 points to pace Israel past Bulgaria in Group B. Israeli dominated in the first half. They raced to a 47:26 halftime lead. Bulgaria narrowed the deficit at 9-point mark at the final break. But Israeli nailed 21 points in the fourth quarter and rolled to the win. Roman Sorkin (205-PF-96) finished with 15 points for Israel. Ivko Ivkov (195-G/F-95) answered with 17 points for Bulgaria.

Group C
Spain - Czech Republic 71-54
Spain fired past Czech Republic in the opening game in Group C. Juancho Hernangomez (198-F-95) stepped up with 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Spain accumulated a 38:34 halftime lead. Spain dropped 20 points in the fourth frame and raced to the win. Alberto Abalde (200-F/G-95) tossed in 12 points for Spain. Adam Pechacek (207-F/C-95) dropped 18 points and collected 7 rebounds for Czech Republic.

Ukraine - Poland 79-55
Ukraine dominated from start to finish en route to a comfortable victory over Poland. Oleksandr Antypov (202-F-95) came up with 21 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Ukraine established a 46:32 halftime lead. Ukraine triggered a 22:7 run in the fourth term and cruised to the victory. Sergii Pryimak (203-G/F-96) and Oleksandr Kobets (194-SF-96) had 11 points each for the winning side. Jakub Niziol (201-SG-96) answered with 16 points for Poland.

Group D
Slovenia - Germany 63-68
Germany got to the winning start of their campaign in Lignano Sabbiadoro. They overcame Slovenia in Group D. Andreas Obst (192-SG-96, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 15 points for the winners. Germany piled up a 37:30 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 14-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Ismet Akpinar (192-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) tossed in 11 points for Germany. Blaz Mesicek (197-G/F-97) topscored with 16 points for Slovenia.

Turkey - United Kingdom 59-57 OT
Turkey needed overtime to tame ambitious Great Britain at the start of the championship in Italy. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) provided 10 points for the winners. Turkey claimed a 34:25 halftime lead. Great Britain narrowed the gap in the third term and eventually tied things up to force overtime. Kartal Ozmizrak (189-PG-95) netted 9 points for the winners. Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye (188-G-96) replied with 13 points for Great Britain.





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