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.
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.
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.
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.
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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