Croatia - Italy 50-53 Alessandro Cappelletti (186-PG-95) scored 14 points to pace Italy past Croatia in the opener. The Azzurri opened a 16:6 lead after the opening quarter. Croatia pulled within four points at halftime 23:27. Italy boosted the margin at 10-point mark at the final intermission. Croatia worked hard to avoid the defeat in the fourth frame but the hosts hung on to snatch the win. Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) tossed in 13 points for the hosts. Tomislav Gabric (204-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) answered with 16 points and 11 rebounds for Croatia.
Bosnia - Belgium 51-59 Belgium knocked down Bosnia and Herzegovina to earn the opening victory in Group A. Manu Lecomte (180-PG-95) posted 21 points to pace the winners. Belgium piled up a 41:23 halftime lead. Bosnia responded with a 17:2 run in the third term to pull within 3 points at the final intermission. Belgium though limited Bosnia to just 11 points in the fourth quarter and rallied to the win. Andy Van Vliet (210-F/C-95) accounted for 9 points in the victory. Imran Polutak (209-C-96) replied with 17 points for Bosnia.
Latvia - Greece 61-50 Latvia fired past Greece to open win count at the championship. Ervins Meznieks-Zahars (191-G/F-96) stepped up with 12 points to lead the Baltic team. Greece accounted for a 30:27 halftime lead. Latvia however limited their opponents to just 8 points in the third term and pulled ahead. They followed with a 19:12 run in the fourth period and sealed the victory. Rihards Lomazs (187-G-96) netted 11 points in the win. Andreas Christodoulou (197-SF-95) netted 10 points in the defeaet.
Bulgaria - Israel 68-79 Orr Leumi (192-G/F-96) posted 19 points to pace Israel past Bulgaria in Group B. Israeli dominated in the first half. They raced to a 47:26 halftime lead. Bulgaria narrowed the deficit at 9-point mark at the final break. But Israeli nailed 21 points in the fourth quarter and rolled to the win. Roman Sorkin (205-PF-96) finished with 15 points for Israel. Ivko Ivkov (195-G/F-95) answered with 17 points for Bulgaria.
Spain - Czech Republic 71-54 Spain fired past Czech Republic in the opening game in Group C. Juancho Hernangomez (198-F-95) stepped up with 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Spain accumulated a 38:34 halftime lead. Spain dropped 20 points in the fourth frame and raced to the win. Alberto Abalde (200-F/G-95) tossed in 12 points for Spain. Adam Pechacek (207-F/C-95) dropped 18 points and collected 7 rebounds for Czech Republic.
Ukraine - Poland 79-55 Ukraine dominated from start to finish en route to a comfortable victory over Poland. Oleksandr Antypov (202-F-95) came up with 21 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Ukraine established a 46:32 halftime lead. Ukraine triggered a 22:7 run in the fourth term and cruised to the victory. Sergii Pryimak (203-G/F-96) and Oleksandr Kobets (194-SF-96) had 11 points each for the winning side. Jakub Niziol (201-SG-96) answered with 16 points for Poland.
Slovenia - Germany 63-68 Germany got to the winning start of their campaign in Lignano Sabbiadoro. They overcame Slovenia in Group D. Andreas Obst (192-SG-96, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 15 points for the winners. Germany piled up a 37:30 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 14-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Ismet Akpinar (192-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) tossed in 11 points for Germany. Blaz Mesicek (197-G/F-97) topscored with 16 points for Slovenia.
Turkey - United Kingdom 59-57 OT Turkey needed overtime to tame ambitious Great Britain at the start of the championship in Italy. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) provided 10 points for the winners. Turkey claimed a 34:25 halftime lead. Great Britain narrowed the gap in the third term and eventually tied things up to force overtime. Kartal Ozmizrak (189-PG-95) netted 9 points for the winners. Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye (188-G-96) replied with 13 points for Great Britain.
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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