Lithuania - France 50-49 Lithuania are new U20 European champions. They survived a thriller against France in the title clash tonight to celebrate the first title since 1996. Egidijus Mockevicius (207-C-92) scored 11 points to lead the Baltic team. Lithuania looked to be en route to a rout in the opening quarter. They outscored France 24:11 in the first frame. France however slowed down their opponents. They limited Lithuania to 12 points and cut the deficit to 12 points at halftime 36:24. France got closer in the third quarter. After trailing by 16 points early in the stanza France managed to get within 7 points at the final intermission 36:43. France used a 7:1 run late in regulation to draw things level at 49 with 33 seconds remaining. Zygimantas Skucas (200-SF-92) knocked down one free throw to put Lithuania in front. France had a lot of time to save the game however Westermann committed a turnover and Lithuania triumphed at the end. Zygimantas Skucas finished with 10 points, while Vytenis Cizauskas added 9 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Axel Toupane (200-G/F-92) answered with 16 points for France. Livio Jean-Charles and Rudy Gobert had 9 points each in the loss.
Serbia - Spain 66-67 Spain stepped up on the pedestal at U20 European Championship. They held off Serbia in a thrilling consolation final tonight. Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) scored 16 points to lead the winners. Serbia and Spain stayed neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 18:18 after ten minutes. The lead changed hands for several times throughout close second quarter. Serbia eventually eked out a 33:32 halftime lead. Spain surged ahead midway through the third quarter. They maintained the lead and posted a 52:49 advantage at the final intermission. Serbia regained the lead and posted a 60:55 lead midway through the final term. Serbia were still up by two with 13 seconds remaining 66:64. But Alejandro Abrines drained a late three-pointer to ensure a tough win for Spain at the end. Francisco Guerra (214-C-92) posted 13 points, while Alejandro Abrines added 11 points for the winners. Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Serbia. Djordje Drenovac had 10 points in the losing effort.
Latvia - Germany 63-80 Germany earned the fifth place at U20 European Championship. They prevailed against Latvia on the final day of the competition. Johannes Voigtmann (210-C-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 15 points to lead the winning team. Latvia led by three points after the opening quarter 16:13. Germany narrowed the gap in the second frame. They trailed by just a single point at halftime 32:33. Germany went on a decisive rally in the third quarter. They fired 26 points and clinched a 12-point lead before the final stanza. Germany stayed in charge throughout the fourth quarter and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Leon Tolksdorf (201-F-93) and Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) delivered 11 points each for the winners. Arturs Bricis (196-SG-92) answered with 16 points for Latvia. Marcis Vitols and Ojars Silins netted 9 points each in the losing case.
Greece - Slovenia 61-80 Slovenia entertained the home crowd with victory on the final day of U20 European Championship. The hosts fired past Greece to occupy the 7th overall position. Alen Omic (215-C-92) came up with 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the home team. Slovenia led from start to finish. The hosts built a 20:11 lead after ten minutes. Slovenia boosted the margin in the second quarter. They secured a 39:29 halftime lead. Slovenia maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. The hosts secured a 13-point advantage with one period remaining. Slovenia scored 20 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Marko Pajic (204-F/C-92) had 15 points, while Luka Rupnik netted 13 points for the winners. Anastasios Antonakis (204-PF-92) answered with 20 points for Greece. Spyridon Motsenigos notched 14 points in the losing case.
Georgia - Sweden 67-81 Sweden celebrated victory on the final day of U20 European Championship. They overcame Georgia to clinch 5-1 record on top of classification round Group G. Charles Barton (192-PG-92), Viktor Gaddefors (203-SF-92) and William Gutenius (205-F/C-92) accounted for 15 points each for the winners. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 21:21 after ten minutes. Sweden eked out a narrow 43:42 halftime lead. Sweden boosted the margin in the third term. They fired 27 points in the quarter to ensure a 17-point lead before the fourth frame. Georgia outscored the Scandinavian team in the final stanza but could not avoid the loss at the end. Eriksson banked 11 points for the winners. Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) answered with 27 points and 8 rebounds for Georgia. Merab Bokolishvili had 10 points in the loss.
Montenegro - Estonia 87-71 Montenegro finished their U20 European Championship campaign on a high note. They defeated Estonia in Group G action. Marko Mugosa (198-F-93) scored 24 points to lead the charge. Estonia ensured a quick start. They accounted for a 26:18 lead at the first break. Montenegro bounced back in the second quarter. They cut the distance to just 3 points at halftime 36:39. Montenegro pulled in front in the third term. They recorded a 56:53 lead with one quarter to go. Montenegro unloaded 31 points in the fourth quarter and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) delivered 18 points for the Balkan team. Andrej Pajovic added 17 points for the winners. Martin Paasoja (191-G-93) answered with 24 points for Estonia. Jaan Puidet netted 16 points in the loss.
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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