Croatia - Greece 82-68 Croatia knocked down Greece to advance into the semifinal stage in Crete. Filip Bundovic (205-C/F-94) came off the bench to unleash 27 points for the Croats. They earned a 42:37 halftime lead. The visitors stretched the margin at 15-point lead at the final intermission. The Hellenes could not recover in the fourth frame and surrendered at the end. Dominik Mavra (195-SG-94) provided 17 points for the winners. Kyprianos Maragkos (206-F-94) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Greece.
Serbia - Israel 90-86 2OT Serbia and Israel went the distance of two overtimes before deciding on the winner. Serbia proved the strength at the end punching the semifinal ticket. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 19 points and 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Ognjen Jaramaz (191-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 21 points in the victory. Rafael Menco (198-F-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) responded with 28 points and 8 rebounds for Israel.
Turkey - Lithuania 79-65 Turkey advanced into the semifinal stage of the European Championship. They fired past Lithuania in the quarterfinal today. Cedi Osman (201-SG-95) chipped in 24 points for the winners. Turkey unleashed 32 points in the first quarter to take a 19-point lead. The Baltic team cut the deficit at 11-point mark at the interval but Turkey quickly restored a comfortable advantage in the third term and coasted to the victory. Metin Turen (206-F-94, agency: 1x1 Sports) accounted for 16 points and 9 rebounds for Turkey. Justas Tamulis (194-SF-94) topscored with 14 points for Lithuania.
Spain - France 50-46 Spain held off France in a tough quarterfinal battle in Crete tonight. Alberto Diaz (185-PG-94) came up with 14 points to pace the winners. The teams were tied at at 23 after twenty minutes. Spain secured a 4-point lead at the final intermission. France and Spain exchanged baskets throughout the fourth stanza. Spain held on to the lead in the dying minutes and sealed the victory. Guillermo Hernangomez (208-C-94) posted 11 points in the win. Axel Bouteille (199-F-95) and Benjamin Sene (186-PG-94) responded with 11 points each for France.
Italy - United Kingdom 76-67 Italy defeated Great Britain in the classification round today. Mirco Turel (192-SG-94) produced 16 points for the Azzurri. Great Britain secured a 41:38 halftime lead. But Italy used a 22:12 run in the fourth term to seal the victory. Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) recorded 14 points for the Azzurri. Kavell Bigby-Williams (206-PF-95) replied with 17 points for Great Britain.
Slovenia - Poland 60-79 Poland upset Slovenia in Crete tonight. Jakub Garbacz (197-G/F-94) accounted for 20 points in the victory. Poland went on a 25:6 run in the second quarter to clear off for good. Kacper Borowski (205-PF-94) chipped in 14 points for the winners. Jure Ritlop (202-PF-95) replied with 11 points for Slovenia.
Russia - Bulgaria 67-63 Russia toppled Bulgaria in the classification round battle. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout three quarters. But Russia went on an 18:12 run in the fourth stanza to seal the victory. Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-PF-94, agency: Alti Sport) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds for Russia. Serdar Annaev (185-PG-94) had 14 points in the win. Nikolay Stoyanov (195-SG-94) answered with 17 points for Bulgaria.
Latvia - Germany 62-67 Germany edged Latvia in the classification round clash. Ismet Akpinar (192-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Germany went on a 17:8 run in the third term to clear off for good. Johannes Thiemann (203-PF-94) netted 14 points and collected 12 rebounds in the victory. Rolands Smits (202-F/C-95) responded with 14 points for Latvia.
Hungary - Montenegro 59-70 Veselin Kovacevic (202-F-94) netted 15 points to pace Montenegro past Hungary in Crete today. Milija Mikovic (205-C-94) accounted for 14 points in the victory. Montenegro accounted for 23:14 lead after ten minutes and protected the lead well throughout the rest of the encounter. Kristof Bognar (204-C/F-94, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) replied with 16 points for Hungary.
Sweden - Czech Republic 58-81 Czech Republic made a step towards securing Division A place for the next season as they knocked down Sweden in the classification round. Lukas Festr (185-PG-94) scored 24 points in the victory. Prokop Slanina (207-C-95) and Martin Peterka (203-PF-95) delivered 21 points each for Czech Republic. Walter Lindstrom (180-PG-95) responded with 15 points for Sweden.
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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