Italy - Bosnia 69-73 Bosnia and Herzegovina recorded the opening victory in Group A. They upset hosting Italy for 1-1 record. Nedim Buza (205-SF-95) was unstoppable with 28 points and 10 rebounds for the visitors. Italy enjoyed a 35:33 halftime lead. But Bosnia bounced back with a 20:12 run in the third quarter to pull ahead. They withheld comeback efforts from the Azzurri in the fourth quarter and snatched an important victory. Stefan Lakic (196-F/G-95) netted 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the winners. Jacopo Vedovato (205-C-95) responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts.
France - Croatia 72-55 France got to the winning start of their European Championship campaign. They knocked down Croatia in the opener. Axel Bouteille (200-G/F-95, agency: Comsport) stepped up with 21 points to pace Les Bleues. France accumulated a 36:25 halftime lead. They protected it well throughout the second half and raced to the win. Guerschon Yabusele (201-PF-95, agency: Comsport) netted 16 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95, agency: Homeland Sports Group) responded with 11 points for Croatia.
Greece - Bulgaria 60-51 Greece opened win count in Lignano Sabbiadoro. They overcame Bulgaria for 1-1 record in Group B. Michail Liapis (192-G-95) tallied 19 points to lead the Hellenes. Greece opened a 28:23 halftime lead. They protected the lead well throughout the second half marching to the victory. Alexandros Spyridonidis (182-PG-95) had 10 points for the winners. Ivko Ivkov (195-G/F-95) replied with 17 points for Bulgaria as they fell at 0-2 record.
Serbia - Latvia 69-56 Serbia posted the first victory in Italy. They edged Latvian counterparts for 1-0 record in Group B. Serbia eked out a narrow 32:31 halftime lead. They sank 21 points in the third term to open a 5-point lead at the final break. Serbia held Latvia to just 8 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Marko Tejic (209-C/F-95) and Dejan Davidovac (202-SF-95) had 11 points each for the winners. Ervins Meznieks-Zahars (191-G/F-96) answered with 14 points for Latvia.
Czech Republic - Ukraine 90-68 Czech Republic coasted past Ukraine for 1-1 record in Group C. Martin Peterka (205-PF-95) dominated the paint scoring 21 points and pulling down 8 rebounds for the winners. Czech Republic accounted for a 43:35 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 19-point mark at the final intermission. They never looked back afterwards marching to the win. Adam Pehachek produced 18 points for the Czech team. Oleksandr Antypov (202-F-95) replied with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Ukraine.
Russia - Spain 60-69 Spain opened 2-0 record in Group C. They edged Russia to stay undefeated. Juancho Hernangomez (198-F-95) came up with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Russia jumped to a 16:6 lead ten minutes into the game. But Spain improved offensively in the second quarter. They drained 26 points in the second term to take a 32:31 halftime lead. Russia regained the advantage in the third term however Spain tossed in 23 points in the final period and iced the victory. Ilimane Diop accounted for 12 points and 7 rebounds for Spain. Alexander Martynov (196-G-95) posted 16 points in the loss.
United Kingdom - Slovenia 72-80 Slovenia overcame a slow start to tame Great Britain for the first victory in Group D. Aleksej Nikolic (190-PG-95) was pivotal with 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Great Britain piled up a 50:39 halftime lead. But Slovenia stiffened defensively in the second half. They limited Great Britain to just 22 points after the long break and got away with a tough win at the end. Jan Barbaric and Vlatko Cancar (201-SF-97) had 11 points each for Slovenia. Kavell Bigby-Williams (206-F-95) replied with 18 points and 12 rebounds for Great Britain.
Lithuania - Turkey 50-66 Turkey celebrated the second consecutive victory at the championship. They knocked down Lithuania for 2-0 record in Group D. Kartal Ozmizrak (189-PG-95) netted 14 points for the winners. Turkey accumulated a 34:25 halftime lead. Turkey boosted the gap at 19-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. Lithuania cut the deficit in the fourth term but could not avoid the loss. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) provided 12 points for Turkey. Domantas Sabonis (209-F/C-96) answered with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Lithuania.
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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