Estonia - Portugal 64-76 Portugal knocked down Estonia to improve at 3-0 record on top of Group A. Henrique Piedade (189-SF-94) stepped up with 21 points and 13 boards to pace the winning side. Estonia led by two points heading into the fourth frame. But Portugal went ona 29:15 run in the fourth stanza to seal the win. Diogo Ventura (189-PG-94) and Fernando Ferreira (198-F-94) had 16 points each in the victory. Sten Olmre (194-SG-95), Martin Jurtom (199-PF-94) and Brett Nomm (185-PG-94) had 12 points each for Estonia.
Cyprus - Luxembourg 48-72 Luxembourg posted the first victory in the European Championship in Division B. They knocked down Cyprus for 1-1 record in Group B. Raoul Grun (195-F-95) tallied 24 points to lead the winners. Yann Wolff (200-F/C-94) added 13 points and 13 boards in the victory. Stefanos Illiadis answered with 14 points for Cyprus.
Romania - Bosnia 40-96 Bosnia and Herzegovina fired past Romania for the third straight win at the tournament. Jusuf Nurkic (213-C-94) scored 24 points, grabbed 16 boards and issued 5 assists to lead the winners. Bosnia recorded a 60:25 halftime lead and cruised to the victory in the second half. Nedim Buza (205-F/G-95) and Adin Vrabac (203-G-94) netted 11 points each for the winners. Mirel Dragoste (185-PG-95) responded with 10 points for Romania.
Switzerland - Belarus 54-84 Belarus knocked down Switzerland to improve at 2-0 record in Group B. Maksim Salash (206-C/F-96) stepped up with 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Belarus built a 46:30 halftime lead. They dominated throughout the second half and coasted to the victory. Yauheni Beliankou (197-F-95) had 18 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Branislav Kostic (180-PG-94) responded with 14 points for Switzerland.
Finland - Austria 82-46 Finland bruised Austria for the second straight win in Sarajevo. Marcel Moore (200-F-94) stepped up with 17 points to pace the Finnish side. Finland went on a 28:9 run in the third term to build an unassailable lead. Alexander Madsen (205-F/C-95) tallied 14 points and 11 boards for the winners. Armin Domitner (201-C-94) replied with 9 points for Austria.
Georgia - Ukraine 69-71 Vladislav Korenyuk (207-C-94) converted a late layup to propel Ukraine past Georgia in the third round of preliminary action in Group B. The win put Ukraine on top of the ladder at 2-1 record. Korenyuk finished with 32 points and 13 boards for Ukraine. Beka Burjanadze (203-PF-94) answered with 30 points for Georgia as they fell at 1-2 record.
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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