Slovenia - Greece 67-84 Greece edged Slovenia in a must-win battle and sealed the quarterfinal birth. Michail Liapis (192-G-95) scored 22 points in the victory. The hosts piled up a 45:33 halftime advantage and protected it well throughout the second half. Georgios Diamantakos (215-C-95) and Dimitrios Agravanis (208-PF-94, agency: Octagon Europe) netted 16 points each for the Hellenes. Matic Rebec (178-PG-95) responded with 33 points for Slovenia.
United Kingdom - Spain 59-76 Spain gained the third straight victory at the Second Stage of the tournament. They fired past Great Britain to occupy the second position in Group E. Alberto Diaz (185-PG-94) and Guillermo Hernangomez (208-C-94) scored 16 points each for the Spanish team. Luke Nelson (190-G-95) asnwered with 17 points for Great Britain. Spain used a 30:16 run in the third term to clear off for good.
Serbia - Lithuania 73-54 Serbia wrapped up their Second Stage campaign with victory. They knocked down Lithuania to gain 4-1 record on top of Group E. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to pace the winners. Serbia accumulated a 40:28 halftime lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the second half and sealed the winning outcome. Stefan Pot and Ognjen Jaramaz accounted for 12 points each in the victory. Augustinas Jankaitis (206-F-94) responded with 14 points for Lithuania.
France - Turkey 68-64 France held off Turkey in the final game of the Second Stage of the tournament. The win however did not allow France to improve their postion in Group F. They finished third just behind Croatia and Turkey. Axel Bouteille (199-F-95) nailed 15 points and collected 11 rebounds for Les Bleus as they prepare to take on Spain in the quarterfinal clash. Turkey responded with 17 points from Tayfun Erulku (192-SG-94). They will face Lithuania in the playoff battle.
Croatia - Poland 75-56 Croatia defeated Poland to occupy the top position in Group F. Karlo Zganec (206-C/F-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) delivered 15 points to pace Croatia at 4-1 record. They accumulated a 12-point halftime lead. The margin grew at 21-point mark at the final intermission and Croatia breezed to the victory at the end. Tomislav Gabric (204-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) produced 12 points for the winners. Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) responded with 15 points for Poland.
Israel - Italy 79-67 Israel defeated Italy in the key game for the fourth position in Group F. Israel therefore advanced into the playoffs and would face Serbia next. Italy finished fifth in the ladder. Rafael Menco (198-F-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) posted 21 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Egor Koulechov (196-F-94) and Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) scored 13 points each for Israel. Mirco Turel (192-SG-94) responded with 20 points for the Azzurri.
Latvia - Sweden 75-64 Rolands Smits (202-F/C-95) fired 28 points to pace Latvia past Sweden in the classification round Group G. Latvia clinched the top position in the pool with the victory. The Baltic side grabbed a 44:36 halftime lead. They held Sweden to 28 points in the second half to pull away with the victory. Davis Geks and Anzejs Pasecniks netted 12 points each in the victory. Nicholas Spires (210-C-94) responded with 18 points and 12 rebounds for Sweden.
Montenegro - Bulgaria 81-82 OT Bulgaria claimed the second straight win in Crete. They held off Montenegro in overtime to avoid the relegation games. Kris Minkov (196-SG-94) stepped up with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Aleksandrov Vezenkov finished with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the Bulgarian team. Milija Mikovic (205-C-94) responded with 30 points and 16 rebounds for Montenegro.
Hungary - Germany 53-63 Germany defeated Hungary to finish second in Group H. Johannes Thiemann (203-PF-94) stepped up with 24 points for the winners. Hungary eked out a 12:11 lead after the first period. Germany however held Hungary to just 5 points in the next quarter to take a 29:17 halftime advantage. Hungary narrowed the deficit at 3-point mark before the fourth frame but Germany unloaded 28 points in the fourth stanza to seal the win. Robin Jorch (208-PF-94) accounted for 12 points for the winners. Tibor Ban (185-G-95, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 13 points for Hungary.
Czech Republic - Russia 57-76 Russia fired past Czech Republic to earn the top position in classification round Group H. Mikhail Kulagin (188-PG-94, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) chipped in 22 points and collected 7 rebounds for the winners. Czech Republic grabbed a 20:17 lead after the opening quarter. But Russia used a 20:9 run in the second frame to pull ahead for good. Aleksey Babushkin (196-F-94) chipped in 10 points for the winners. Martin Peterka (203-PF-95) responded with 15 points 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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