Lithuania - Slovenia 63-62 Lithuania are now at 3-1 record as they nipped Slovenia. Justas Tamulis (194-SF-94) chipped in 11 points to pace the Baltic side. Slovenia ensured a 38:25 halftime lead. However Lithuania responded with a 38:24 rally in the second half to seal the winning outcome. Tomas Dimsa and Augustinas Jenkaitis had 10 points each in the victory. Matic Rebec (178-PG-95) answered with 16 points adn 10 assists for Slovenia.
Spain - Greece 60-58 Spain held off Greece for 2-2 record in Group E. Alberto Abalde (200-F/G-95) posted 14 points to pace the Spaniards. Spain grabbed a 22:12 lead after the first frame. Greece however bounced back in the next two quarters. The Hellenes surged ahead for a 5-point lead at the final intermission. Spain responded with a 19:12 rally in the fourth frame to eke out an important win at the end. Sebastian Saiz (206-F-94) produced 13 points and 10 boards in the victory. Eleftherios Bochoridis (193-PG-94) responded with 12 points, 7 assists and 6 boards in the defeat.
United Kingdom - Serbia 57-74 Serbia fired past Great Britain to improve at 3-1 record in Group E. Marko Tejic (209-C/F-95) nailed 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Serbia piled up a 39:26 halftime lead. Serbia controlled the tempo in the second half and rallied to the victory. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 15 points and pulled down 16 boards for the winners. Luke Nelson (190-G-95) responded with 18 points for Great Britain.
Croatia - France 63-55 Croatia registered the second victory at the start of the Second Stage of the European Championship. Marin Maric (208-C-94) recorded 15 points to pace them past France. Croatia piled up a 34:22 halftime lead and protected it well throughout the second half. Tomislav Gabric (204-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) netted 11 points for the winners. Alexandre Chassang (204-PF-94) replied with 12 points for France.
Turkey - Israel 79-66 Tayfun Erulku (192-SG-94) scored 22 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 5 assists to pace Turkey past Israel. Cedi Osman (201-SG-95) tallied 17 points as Turkey improved at 4-0 record in Group F. Israel led by five points at the first intermission. But Turkey erased the deficit to take a 38:34 halftime lead. Turkey went on a 25:13 run in the fourth frame to seal the winning outcome. Rafael Menco, Naor Sharon (193-PG-95, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) and Egor Koulechov (196-F-94) delivered 11 points each in the loss.
Poland - Italy 52-61 Italy earned the first win at the European Championship Second Stage. Stefano Bossi (185-PG-94, agency: Players Group) recorded 15 points to pace the Azzurri past Poland. Italy earned a 30:23 halftime lead. Italy went on a 27:12 run in the third term to clear off for good. Francesco Candussi (211-PF-94) chipped in 9 points for the winners. Jakub Patoka (200-F-94) responded with 9 points for Poland.
Bulgaria - Sweden 78-57 Bulgaria recorded the initial win in Crete. They held off Sweden in classiciation round Group G. Aleksandar Vezenkov (206-PF-95, college: Xavier) tallied 30 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Bulgaria accounted for a 26:7 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the margin at 22-point mark at the interval and never looked back en route to the win. Nikolay Stoyanov (195-SG-94) netted 11 points for Bulgaria. Walter Lindstrom (180-PG-95) responded with 15 points for Sweden.
Montenegro - Latvia 60-59 Montenegro snatched a tough home win over Latvia for 1-1 record in classification round Group G. Milija Mikovic (205-C-94) posted 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the Balkan team. Latvia gained a 41:29 halftime advantage. But Montenegro stiffened defensively in the second half. They held Latvia to just 18 points in the half to seal the winning outcome. Nikola Zizic (197-G/F-94) accounted for 11 points and 15 rebounds in the victory. Anzejs Pasecniks (215-C-95, college: VEF skola) responded with 18 points and 11 rebounds for Latvia.
Russia - Germany 70-58 Russia earned the first victory in the classification round. They outscored Germany for 1-1 record in Group H. Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-PF-94, agency: Alti Sport) netted 20 points for the winners. Russia went on a 38:29 second half run to seal the victory. Alexander Martynov (196-G-95) chipped in 12 points for the winning side. Robin Jorch (208-PF-94) responded with 15 points for Germany.
Czech Republic - Hungary 64-73 Zoltan Perl (195-G-95, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) posted 15 points and 7 assists to lead Hungary past Czech Republic. Hungary used a 31:10 run in the third term to gain a 17-point lead before the fourth term. The Czech team cut the deficit in the final stanza but could not avoid the defeat. Benedek Varadi (195-G/F-95, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) nailed 14 points and collected 11 rebounds for the winners. Prokop Slanina (207-C-95) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Czech Republic.
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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