Luxembourg - Portugal 66-74 Portugal improved at 4-1 record in Sarajevo following a tough victory over Luxembourg. Henrique Piedade (189-SF-94) scored 18 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and issued 4 assists for the winners. Luxembourg secured a 40:36 halftime lead. But Portugal went on a 21:15 run in the third term to surge ahead. They held their opponents to just 11 points in the fourth stanza to seal the victory. Diogo Ventura (189-PG-94) provided 17 points in the victory. Bob Melcher (189-G-94) answered with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for Luxembourg.
Belgium - Estonia 92-39 Belgium thrashed Estonia to remain in the race for top two places in Group A. Manu Lecomte (175-PG-95) registered 23 points as Belgium improved at 4-1 record following the victory. Belgium opened a 42:23 halftime lead and stayed in charge throughout the second half. Naim El Khounchar delivered 19 points for the winners. Hendrik Ruut (191-PG-94) responded with 11 points for Estonia.
Cyprus - Romania 61-45 Cyprus recorded the first victory at the tournament. They prevailed against Romania for 1-4 record in Group A. Stefanos Iliadis (185-PG-94) nailed 25 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners. Cyprus piled up a 7-point lead before the fourth frame. They held Romania to just 9 points in the final stanza to seal the victory. Symeon Antoniou had 12 points for Cyprus. Vlad Cobzaru (201-C-95) responded with 10 points and 10 rebounds for Romania.
Holland - Finland 68-66 Netherlands eked out a narrow win over Finland to take 4-1 record in Group B. Jito Kok (206-C-94) posted 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Dutch team. Finland enjoyed a 37:34 halftime lead. But Netherlands erased the deficit as the teams entered the fourth stanza tied at 51. Netherlands held their opponents to just 15 points in the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome. Mike Schilder produced 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Shane Hammink added 11 points in the victory. Niko Mattila (192-SG-94) responded with 19 points for Finland.
Belarus - Austria 78-63 Belarus posted the fifth consecutive victory at the tournament as they fired past Austria. Belarus used a 29:9 run in the first quarter to take a comfortable lead. They kept Austria at distance throughout the rest of the way. Siarhei Kazlou (203-F/C-95) posted 14 points, while Yauheni Beliankou added 12 points in the win. Laurence Mueller (178-PG-94) replied with 17 points for Austria.
Switzerland - Georgia 76-79 Georgia came from behind in the second half to edge Switzerland for the second win in Sarajevo. Beka Burjanadze (203-PF-94) was a usual contributor for Georgia with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Switzerland recorded a 38:37 halftime lead. But Georgia dropped 42 points in the second part of the game to snatch a narrow victory. Irakli Mikeladze and Nodar Gogodze had 16 points each in the win. Arnaud Cotture (203-PF-95) responded with 28 points for Switzerland.
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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