Finland - Holland 68-54 Finland toppled Netherlands in the opening game at the tournament. Oskar Michelsen (206-F-95) accounted for 13 points to pace the winners. Netherlands ensured a 28:24 halftime advantage. But Finland triggered a 23:10 run in the third term to spur ahead. They sank 21 points in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Ozan Odabasi (202-F/C-95) chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Julius van Sauers (200-SF-95) responded with 19 points for Netherlands.
Austria - Romania 84-79 Austria held off Romania to open win count at the championship. Benjamin Blazevic finished with 19 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Romania grabbed a 40:36 halftime lead. But Austria pulled within a single point at the final intermission. They went on a 21:15 run in the fourth quarter to snatch the win. Georg Wolf (188-SG-95) finished iwth 16 points and 6 rebounds for Austria. Vlad Cobzaru (203-C-95) responded with 15 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.
Portugal - Kosovo 65-50 Portugal rallied past Kosovo in the opening game at the championship. Sergio da Silva accounted for 20 points to pace the winners. Kosovo recorded a 14:10 lead after ten minutes. But Portugal erased the deficit and posted a 29:24 halftime lead. They dominated throughout the second half and marched to a well-deserved win at the end. Daniel Relvao (190-C-96) accounted for 16 points and 16 boards for Portugal. Samir Zekiqi (202-F-95) responded with 14 points for Kosovo.
Luxembourg - Montenegro 62-70 Montenegro dropped Luxembourg to improve at 1-0 record in Group B. Petar Popovic (188-PG-96) finished with 14 points to lead the winners. Montenegro opened a 44:36 halftime lead. They protected it well throughout the second half cruising to the victory. Zoran Nikolic (211-C-96) accounted for 13 points for the Balkan team. Joe Kalmes (200-F/C-95) topscored with 13 points for Luxembourg.
Belarus - FYR Macedonia 72-77 Andrej Magdevski (190-PG-96) scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to pace FYR Macedonia past Belarus in Group C. FYR Macedonia built a 35:30 halftime advantage. Belarus however erased the deficit and pulled ahead for a 4-point lead at the final break. But FYR Macedonia responded with 27:16 run of their own in the fourth quarter and iced the win. Filip Bakoch (204-C-96) had 15 points and 9 caroms for the winners. Yauheni Beliankou (198-F-95) answered with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for Belarus.
Armenia - Switzerland 71-57 Armenia got to a flying start of their championship campaign. They rallied past Switzerland for 1-0 record. Artem Tavakalyan (198-F-95) came up with 20 points to lead the winners. Armenia piled up a 37:27 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 21-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. Switzerland narrowed the deficit in the final term but could not avoid the defeat. Nikita Zakharov (194-F-95) accounted for 14 points for Armenia. Paul Gravet (203-PF-95) responded with 10 points and 10 rebounds for Switzerland.
Slovakia - Sweden 62-85 Sweden coasted past Slovak Republic in the first game in Hungary. Johan Lofbert posted 26 points to pace the winners. Sweden jumped to a comfortable 53:27 halftime lead. They kept Slovak Republic at safe distance throughout the second half and rolled to the victory. Adam Ramstedt (206-SF-95) delivered 15 points for Sweden. Jakub Meress (200-PF-96) responded with 18 points for Slovak Republic.
Hungary - Moldova 100-35 Hungary fired past Moldova in the opener. Five players scored in double digits for the hosts. Zolt stepped up with 16 points to pace Hungary. The hosts dominated from start to finish. They established a 52:13 halftime lead. Hungary never looked back afterwards marching to the victory. Marko Filipovics (199-F-96) produced 12 points for Hungary. Nicolae Nesuscii and Iulian Lisii (195-PF-95) responded with 10 points each for Moldova.
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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