Croatia - Spain 61-63 Spain escaped with a narrow thrilling win over Croatia in the semifinal battle in Crete tonight. Oriol Pauli (201-G-94) sank a jumper with a fraction of second left in regulation to seal the victory for the Spaniards. Sebastian Saiz (206-F-94) chipped in 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the winners. Spain will now take on Turkey in the Final tomorrow. Spain established a 35:31 halftime lead. Croatia responded with a 17:7 run in the third term to spur ahead. But Spain turned things around late in the and snatched a tough victory. Edgar Vicedo (201-F-94) tossed in 11 points for Spain. Tomislav Gabric (204-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) responded with 19 points for Croatia.
Serbia - Turkey 53-66 Turkey advanced into the European Championship Final. They upset Serbia in the first semifinal at the tournament today. Cedi Osman (201-SG-95) notched 19 points for the winners. Turkey accounted for a 39:18 halftime lead. Serbia pulled within 11 points at the final intermission but Turkey held their opponents to just 11 points in the final stanza and snatched victory. Tayfun Erulku (192-SG-94) delivered 15 points for Turkey. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 16 points and 12 rebounds for Serbia.
Greece - France 81-72 Greece will play for the fifth place at the home European Championship. They toppled France in the classification round clash tonight. Dimitrios Agravanis (208-PF-94, agency: Octagon Europe) nailed 28 points to pace the Hellenes. Greece secured a 39:28 halftime lead. France got within 3 points at the final intermission. Greece scored 23 points in the fourth stanza and sealed the winning outcome. Kyprianos Maragkos (206-F-94) chipped in 15 points for the winners. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (205-C-94) replied with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Les Bleus.
Israel - Lithuania 75-81 Lithuania outgunned Israel in the classification round clash in Crete. Lukas Lekavicius (180-PG-94) came up with 16 points for the Baltic team. Donatas Tarolis (202-F-94, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 7 rebounds for Lithuania. They went on a 43:30 run in the second and third quarters combined and withheld comeback efforts from Israel in the final term. Marius Grigonis had 11 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Golan Gutt (192-SG-94) replied with 15 points for Israel.
Germany - Russia 47-52 Russia finished their campaign in Crete in the 13th place. They defeated Germany in the final game at the tournament. Andrey Desyatnikov (220-C-94) and Serdar Annaev (185-PG-94) scored 10 points each for the winners. Russia piled up a 21:11 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the reminder of the contest. Robin Jorch (208-PF-94) fired 14 points for Germany.
Latvia - Bulgaria 72-74 Bulgaria clinched the 15th position at the tournament as they nipped Latvia in Crete today. Aleksandar Vezenkov (206-PF-95, college: Xavier) tallied 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Latvia enjoyed a 36:28 halftime lead. But Bulgaria unloaded 46 points in the second half to seal the victory. Nikolay Stoyanov (195-SG-94) chipped in 14 points for the winners. Rolands Smits (202-F/C-95) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Latvia.
Sweden - Hungary 58-54 Sweden sweetened the relegation pill with a tough victory over Hungary in the final game at teh European Championship. Johan Lofberg (199-SG-95) chipped in 15 points for the Scandinavian team. Nicholas Spires (210-C-94) added 14 points for Sweden. Hungary enjoyed a 29:20 halftime lead. But Sweden used a 23:14 run in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Zoltan Perl (195-G-95, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) produced 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Hungary.
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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