Bosnia - Belgium 76-70 Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrated the title in Division B. They overcame Belgium in front of a supportive home crowd in Sarajevo to conquer the trophy. Jusuf Nurkic (213-C-94) came up with another remarkable performance tallying 34 points and 13 boards. Belgium jumped to a 23:16 lead after the opening quarter. Bosnia and Herzegovina bounced back in the second period as they grabbed a 39:38 halftime lead. The hosts held Belgium to just 11 points in the third term and opened a 9-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Belgium pulled closer in the final stanza but could not avoid the defeat at the end. Stefan Glogovac (205-PF-94) produced 19 points in the victory. Manu Lecomte (175-PG-95) responded with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Belgium.
Ukraine - Belarus 77-62 Ukraine gained a crucial win in Sarajevo. They defeated Belarus in the consolation final tonight and sealed their Division A promotion. Vladislav Korenyuk (207-C-94) tossed in 16 points for Ukraine. Viacheslav Petrov (203-PF-94) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Ukraine dominated in the first three quarters. They piled up a 23-point lead and never looked back in the fourth quarter. Siarhei Kazlou (203-F/C-95) responded with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Belarus.
Portugal - Holland 65-74 Netherlands secured the fifth position at the European Championship in Division B. They wrapped up their campaign by beating Portugal in the classification round. Jito Kok (206-C-94) netted 22 points and pulled down 9 boards for the winners. Mike Schilder (185-PG-94, agency: Court Side) added 13 points in the victory. Diogo Ventura (189-PG-94) responded with 14 points for Portugal.
Finland - Cyprus 88-52 Finland cruised past Cyprus on the final day of action in Sarajevo. Marcel Moore (200-F-94) delivered 18 points and 9 rebounds for the Finnish side. Finland led by just a single point after the first frame. But they sank 72 points in the next three quarters to seal the victory. Shawn Hopkins (195-G/F-95) netted 17 points for Finland. Stefanos Illiadis responded with 17 points for Cyprus.
Group 9-10 Place
Romania - Georgia 66-50 Romania outgunned Georgia to clinch the 9th overall position at the tournament. Adrian Oprea (193-F-95) came up with 14 points and 7 rebounds to pace the charge. Romania accounted for a 38:29 halftime lead. They held their opponents to just 21 points in the second half to cruise to the victory. Vlad Cobzaru (201-C-95) had 14 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Beka Burjanadze (203-PF-94) responded with 26 points for Georgia.
Austria - Estonia 52-51 Austria snatched a narrow win over Estonia to gain the 11th overall position at the tournament. Armin Domitner (201-C-94) scored 14 points to pace the winners. Austria piled up a 9-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Estonia went on a determined comeback rally in the final stanza but came up short of victory at the end. Valentin Bauer (181-PG-94) accounted for 11 points and 5 assists for the winners. Sander Saare (184-PG-94) responded with 15 points for Estonia.
Luxembourg - Switzerland 65-60 Luxembourg defeated Switzerland in the final game of the tournament. Bob Melcher (189-G-94) stepped up with 15 points and 8 rebounds as Luxembourg clinched the 13th overall position. Switzerland gained a 35:30 halftime lead. They stretched the gap at 6-point mark but Luxembourg went on a 19:8 run in the fourth frame to seal the win. Tim Schmit (195-F/G-95) delivered 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Alessandro Verga and Arnaud Cotture (203-PF-95) delivered 14 points each 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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