Spain - Italy 82-70 Spain triumphed at the U20 European Championship in Bilbao. The hosts prevailed against Italy in the Final. Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) tallied 29 points and 11 rebounds to pace Spain to the crown. He became undisputable MVP of the tournament. Spain grabbed a 6:2 lead early in the encounter but Italy soon erased the deficit. Andrea de Nicolao and Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) made it 13:8 for Italy late in the opening quarter. Spain however regained the lead 17:16 at the first break. Nikola Mirotic stepped up for the hosts in the second quarter. He unloaded 11 points in the stanza as Spain cleared off to a 42:35 halftime lead. Jodar and Tomas drained three-pointers early in the third stanza as Spain grabbed a 50:40 advantage. Spain ensured a comfortable 13-point lead with one quarter remaining 68:55. The home team tipped off the fourth quarter with four points in a row to enlarge the lead. Andrea de Nicolao scored 7 points in a 9:0 surge from Italy as the Azzurri cut the distance to 8 points 64:72. But Nikola Mirotic and Josep Franch (194-PG-91) went perfect from the stripe in the dying minutes as Spain sealed the victory. Josep Franch contributed 19 points, 7 assists and 5 boards, while Alejandro Barrera (199-F-92) added 10 points in the victory. Riccardo Moraschini (195-G-91) responded with 17 points for Italy. Alessandro Gentile provided 14 points in the loss.
Russia - France 50-66 France stepped onto the pedestal at U20 European Championship in Spain. They fired past Russia in the consolation final tonight. Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) scored 20 points to lead the winners. France opened the game with eight points in a row. They stayed in charge posting a 21:10 lead after ten minutes. Toupane and Mendy stretched the gap to 15 points early in the second quarter. France kept Russia at bay rolling to a 39:21 halftime advantage. Russia could not get closer than 14 points throughout the third term. Les Bleus entered the final period up by 16 points 50:34. Pavel Antipov (203-F-91) scored four consecutive points at the start of the fourth quarter to drag Russia within 12 points but Evan Fournier came up with 12 points in the frame to lead France to the victory. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) secured 11 points, while Mael Lebrun (198-F-91) contributed 7 points in the win. Nikita Balashov (206-F-91) replied with 15 points for Russia. Pavel Antipov finished with 8 points in defeat.
Germany - Turkey 60-49 Germany claimed the fifth place at the U20 European Championship. They wrapped up their campaign with victory over Turkey. Niels Giffey (200-G/F-91) stepped up with 20 points, 5 boards and 5 assists to lead the winners. Germany opened the game with eight points in a row. They maintained the lead and rallied to a 17:11 advantage at the first break. But Turkey answered with a 10:0 run early in the second term to surge ahead. The teams stayed close throughout the reminder of the half but Germany managed to eke out a 27:24 halftime lead. The lead changed hands throughout the third period. Niels Giffey capped the quarter with four points in a row as Germany pulled ahead 41:38. Germany used a 7:0 run midway through the fourth quarter to take a 50:41 lead. Soon Niels Giffey and Daniel Theis (207-C-92) boosted the lead to 11 points and Germany never looked back afterwards. Daniel Theis finished with 12 points and 9 rebounds, while Mathis Monninghoff (200-F/G-92) added 9 points in the victory. Sertac Sanli (212-F/C-91, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 18 points for Turkey. Pertev Onguner (196-G-91) had 9 points in the loss.
Montenegro - Latvia 85-76 Montenegrin U20 National Team finished European Championship on a high note. They toppled Latvia to claim the seventh overall position in the standings. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) had another solid game for Montenegro as he came up with 26 points and 13 boards. The lead changed hands for several times before Montenegro capped the opening frame with a 9:2 run to post a 21:13 lead. Montenegro opened the second term with five points in a row to open up a double-digit lead. Latvia cut the deficit to 7 points midway through the period another strong quarter finish from the Balkan team allowed them to record a 45:26 halftime lead. Montenegro boosted the gap to 20 points in the third quarter. They arrived at the final break leading by 21 points 67:46. Latvia erupted for 30 points in the fourth frame but just sweetened the pill at the end. Milutin Dukanovic (190-PG-91) accounted for 16 points, while Marco Todorovic (199-F-92) finished with 13 points in the victory. Arturs Bricis (193-PG-92) answered with 23 points for Latvia. Martins Meiers (206-C-91) chipped in 17 points in the loss.
Croatia - Serbia 63-81 Serbia wrapped up their European Championship campaign with victory. They defeated Croatia to improve at 6-0 record in Group G. Nemanja Nedovic (192-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) scored 15 points to pace the winners. Croatia fell at 1-5 record and said bye to Division A. Serbia dominated right from the start. They outscored Croatia 23:10 in the first period. Serbia maintained the lead throughout the second term. They established a 44:30 halftime advantage. Serbia opened the second half on a 6:2 run to take an 18-point advantage. They kept Croatia at bay rallying to a 66:48 lead at the final intermission. Serbia never looked back in the fourth period and drove to a comfortable win at the end. Branislav Djekic (207-F/C-91, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 10 points, while Nemanja Jaramaz (201-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 9 points in the win. Domagoj Bubalo (214-C-91) answered with 19 points for Croatia. Ivan Mikulic (194-G-91) notched 9 points in the loss.
Austria - Lithuania 62-78 Lithuania showed their arguable best game in the most crucial moment of the U20 European Championship. They defeated Austria to secure Division A place for the next season. Giedrius Staniulis (205-C/F-91) scored 17 points and collected 18 rebounds to lead the winners. Austria joined Croatia on their way to Division B. Lithuania showed their ambitions with a 17:0 run midway through the opening quarter. They cleared off to a 28:11 lead at the first break. Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) and Dambrauskas boosted the margin to 21-point early in the second term. But Austria did not surrender as they cut the deficit to 13 points at halftime 31:44. Lithuania kept their opponents at safe distance throughout the third quarter. They posted a 60:45 lead with one quarter remaining. The Baltic team used a 7:0 rally midway through the fourth period to establish a 69:48 lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Darius Tarvydas (200-F-91) scored 13 points, while Dovydas Redikas contributed 11 points for Lithuania. Anton Maresch (192-G-91) responded with 18 points for Austria. Lukas Linzer (191-G-91) netted 10 points in defeat.
FINAL Lithuania - Spain 55-68 Spain celebrated the title in Helsinki. They overcame Lithuania in the championship game tonight. Marc Garcia (199-SF-96) came up with 21 points to lead the champions. Spain broke away in the second frame. They established a 40:32 halftime lead. Lithuania narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Baltic team pulled within 6 points at the final intermission. Spain however triggered a 16:9 rally in the fourth stanza and marched to the victory. Ramon Vila tal... [read more]
Lithuania - Spain 55-68 Spain celebrated the title in Helsinki. They overcame Lithuania in the championship game tonight. Marc Garcia (199-SF-96) came up with 21 points to lead the champions. Spain broke away in the second frame. They established a 40:32 halftime lead. Lithuania narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Baltic team pulled within 6 points at the final intermission. Spain however triggered a 16:9 rally in the fourth stanza and marched to the victory. Ramon Vila tallied 18 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. Ignas Fiodorovas (196-SG-96) responded with 13 points for Lithuania. Kristupas Zemaitis (191-G-96) had 11 points in the defeat.
Turkey - Germany 76-61 Turkey outscored Germany to clinch the Bronze medals in Helsinki. Berk Ugurlu (191-PG-96) delivered 17 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds for the winning side. Germany eked out a 36:34 halftime lead. They arrived at the final intermission up by two points. But Turkey picked up the tempo in the fourth frame. They went on a 29:12 surge in the final quarter and sealed the victory. Mert Cevik (200-G/F-96) notched 16 points for the winners. Andreas Obst (192-SG-96, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 11 points for Germany.
Italy - Latvia 86-79 Italy finished fifth in Helsinki. They wrapped up their campaign with a narrow win over Latvia. Diego Flaccadori (194-PG-96) delivered 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the Azzurri. Italy eked out a 43:42 halftime lead. They went on a 29:13 run in the third term to clear off for good. Leonardo Candi (190-PG-97) chipped in 11 points for the winners. Davis Gutmanis (195-F-97) responded with 17 points for Latvia.
Czech Republic - Ukraine 105-103 Czech Republic survived a determined comeback rally from Ukraine in the fourth quarter to secure a tough victory in their final game in Helsinki. Simon Pursl (200-F/G-97) delivered 29 points to lead the Czech team to the 7th position. Czech Republic drained 32 points in the second quarter to take an 8-point halftime lead. Czech Republic sank 29 points in the third term to secure an 11-point lead at the final intermission. Ukraine drilled 27 points in the fourth stanza but came up short of victory. Martin Roub (203-C-97) had 17 points for the winners. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (203-SG-97) answered with 21 points for Ukraine.
Slovenia - Sweden 82-77 Slovenia claimed the ninth position in Helsinki. Sandi Grubelic (190-PG-96, agency: XL Basketball Agency) posted 17 points to lead the winners. Slovenia accumulated a 38:33 halftime lead. Sweden pulled within a single point at the final intermission. Slovenia poured in 28 points in the fourth frame to celebrate the victory. Urban Durnik (201-PF-97) had 16 points for the winners. Anton Kobylak-Berglund (200-G-96) answered with 21 points for Sweden.
Serbia - Israel 88-60 Serbia finished their campaign in Helsinki on a high note. They cruised past Israel to earn the 11th position. Vanja Marinkovic (198-SG-97, agency: BeoBasket), Stefan Lazarevic (197-SG-96) and Stefan Simic (195-F/G-96, agency: BeoBasket) scored 14 points each for the winners. Serbia jumped to a 44:25 halftime lead. They kept Israel at bay throughout the second half and raced to the win. Orr Leumi responded with 20 points for Israel.
France - Belgium 79-70 France outgunned Belgium to avoid relegation. Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot (202-SF-96, agency: Comsport) posted 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead les Bleues. Belgium eked out a 40:39 halftime lead. France sank 22 points in the third term to spur ahead. They limited Belgium to just 11 points in the fourth quarter and marched to the win. Elie Okobo (188-SG-97) had 18 points for the winners. Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda (184-PG-96) responded with 20 points for Belgium.
Finland - Hungary 91-70 Finland breezed past Hungary for the 15th position at the championship. Lauri Markkanen (213-PF-97) posted 26 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Finland jumped to a 50:32 halftime lead. They followed with a 24:19 run in the third term to clear off for good. Joonas Tahvanainen (198-F-96) had 23 points for the Finnish team. Geza Andrassy (197-F-96) responded with 11 points for Hungary.
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