Spain - Lithuania 65-62 Spain gained a tough victory over Lithuania to victoriously open their Second Stage campaign in Crete. Edgar Vicedo (201-F-94) netted 19 points to pace the Spaniards as they improved at 1-2 record in Group E. Spain dominated in the first three quarters. They posted a 13-point lead heaidng into the fourth frame. But Lithuania went on a strong late rally and nearly erased the deficit. Spain held on by the skin of their teeth and snatched a crucial win. Alberto Abalde (200-F/G-95) chipped in 14 points for the winners. Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) answered with 17 points for Lithuania.
Slovenia - United Kingdom 75-52 Slovenia outgunned Great Britain for the first win in the Second Stage of the tournament. Jan Rizman (196-SG-94) stepped up with 17 points to pace the winners. Slovenia piled up a 35:24 halftime lead. They stretched the gap at 18-point mark at the final break and cruised to the victory Aleksej Nikolic (188-PG-95) netted 14 points for Slovenia. Jordan Spencer answered with 12 points for Great Britain.
Italy - France 65-66 France escaped with a narrow one-point victory over Italy to gain 3-0 record in Group F. Axel Bouteille (199-F-95) stepped up with 19 points to pace Les Bleus. France secured a 31:26 halftime lead. Italy pulled within 3 points at the final intermission. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the fourth frame but France were able to sneak to the victory at the end. Timothe Luwanu (198-F-95) topscored with 18 points for France. Niccolo De Vico responded with 12 points for Italy.
Israel - Croatia 76-80 OT Croatia needed overtime to tame Israel in Group F. Marin Maric (208-C-94) came up with 22 points and 17 rebounds to lead the winners. Israel enjoyed a 39:29 halftime lead. But Croatia came back from the deficit to force overtime. They held Israel to just 4 points in the extra period to eke out win. Karlo Zganec (206-C/F-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) had 16 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists in the win. Adam Ariel (192-G/F-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) responded with 28 points for Israel.
Poland - Turkey 51-59 Turkey fired past Poland at the start of the Second Stage of the tournament. Kartal Ozmizrak (189-PG-95) stepped up with 17 points to pace the charge. Turkey grabbed a 34:27 halftime lead. They boosted the gap at 12-point mark at the final break and hung on to win the game. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) chipped in 10 points for Turkey. Kacper Borowski (205-PF-94) responded with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Poland.
Sweden - Montenegro 65-47 Nicholas Spires (210-C-94) scored 15 points to pace Sweden past Montenegro in Crete. The Scandinavian team raced to a 22:17 lead after ten minutes. Montenegro cut the distance at halftime. But Sweden used an 18:6 run in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Niklas Larsson (199-SF-94) accounted for 11 points in the victory. Masan Vrbica (190-G/F-94) answered with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Montenegro.
Latvia - Bulgaria 69-63 Latvia held off Bulgaria in the classification round Group G. Rolands Smits posted 17 points and 10 rebounds for Latvia. Anzejs Pasecniks (215-C-95, college: VEF skola) netted 14 points in the victory. Bulgaria led by three points at halftime. But Latvia evened things up in the third term and finished off their opponents with a 17:11 surge in the fourth quarter. Denislav Vutev (206-C-94, agency: Promotex) topscored with 15 points for Bulgaria.
Germany - Czech Republic 78-42 Germany cruised past Czech Republic at the beginning of the relegation round. Malik Mueller (189-G-94) notched 19 points to lead the winners. Germany used a massive 21:2 run in the fourth term to silence their counterparts. Johannes Thiemann (203-PF-94) produced 10 points in the victory. Martin Peterka (203-PF-95) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds for Czech Republic.
Hungary - Russia 59-58 Hungary held off Russia at the start of the classification round. Benedek Varadi nailed 14 points in the victory. Hungary registered a 34:28 halftime lead. They protected the advantage in the second half snatching a tough victory at the end. Zoltan Perl (195-G-95, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) had 11 points for Hungary. Alexander Martynov (196-G-95) posted 12 points for Russia.
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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