Croatia - Bosnia 77-61 Croatia outgunned Bosnia and Herzegovina for the first victory in Italy. Tomislav Gabric (204-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) came up with 29 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina traded baskets throughout the first half. The teams were tied at 35 after twenty minutes. However Croatia used a strong 24:11 rally in the third term to jump ahead. They protected the lead well throughout the fourth quarter and rolled to the victory. Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95, agency: Homeland Sports Group) netted 17 points in the win. Nedim Buza and Imran Polutak responded with 19 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
France - Belgium 72-50 France accounted for the third straight victory in Group A. They rolled past Belgium to stay atop of the ladder. Timothe Luwawu (197-SF-95) delivered 17 points to lead Les Bleues. France accumulated a 36:26 halftime lead. France did not loosen the grasp in the second half and coasted to the victory at the end. Arthur Rozenfeld provided 10 points and 7 rebounds for France. Vincent Kesteloot (201-F-95) responded with 14 points for Belgium.
Latvia - Bulgaria 84-64 Latvia beat Bulgaria for the second victory in Group B. Rihards Lomazs (187-G-96) nailed 18 points to lead the Baltic side. Bulgaria sank 25 points in the first period to take a 2-point lead. But Latvia responded with a 22:10 run in the second quarter to surge ahead. Latvia maintained the lead throughout the second half and coasted to a well-deserved win at the end. Rolands Smits (207-F/C-95) finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Latvia. Ivko Ivkov and Aleksandar Iliev (194-SG-96) replied with 12 points each for Bulgaria.
Serbia - Israel 100-74 Serbia clinched the third straight victory in Italy. They fired past Israel to stay undefeated on top of Group B. Marko Guduric (197-SG-95) finished with 17 points to pace the Balkan team. Israel surprised Serbia with an aggressive. They registered a 27:21 lead. But Serbia gradually took over. They exploded with 79 points in the next three periods and marched to the win at the end. Ognjen Jaramaz (193-G-95, agency: Beo Basket) and Nikola Rebic (188-PG-95) accounted for 16 points each in the victory. Jonathan Morse (200-F-91) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds for Israel.
Spain - Ukraine 80-72 Spain outgunned Ukraine to stay undefeated in Lignano Sabbiadoro. Marc Garcia (197-SF-96, agency: Octagon Europe) paced well-balanced effort with 17 points. Spain trailed by a single point at the first break 20:21. But they used a 13:10 run in the second quarter to spur ahead. Spain unloaded 47 points in the second half and rallied to the victory. Alberto Martin (184-PG-95) delivered 14 points for the winners. Oleksandr Antypov (202-F-95) answered with 21 points and 6 rebounds for Ukraine.
Russia - Poland 81-56 Russia dropped Poland to celebrate the first victory in Lignano Sabbiadoro. Alexandr Gankevich (201-PF-95) accounted for 23 points to pace the winners. Russia accumulated a 42:27 halftime lead. They kept Poland at bay throughout the second half and marched to the victory. Ivan Ukhov (188-SF-95) and Ilya Popov (208-C-95, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) provided 12 points each for Russia. Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Poland.
Turkey - Slovenia 61-67 Slovenia overcame Turkey to take 2-2 record in Group D. Aleksej Nikolic (190-PG-95) posted 19 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Turkey got to a confident start. They recorded a 25:13 lead after the opening quarter. But Slovenia turned things around in the next periods. They pulled within 5 points at the final intermission. Slovenia then fired 25 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory. Blaz Mesicek and Jure Ritlop (205-PF-95) had 13 points each for the winners. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) and Emircan Kosut replied with 13 points each for Turkey.
Lithuania - Germany 61-52 Lithuania held off Germany to improve at 2-1 record in Group D. Zydrunas Jurgutis (180-PG-95) finished with 15 points for Lithuania. The Baltic side accounted for a 17:11 lead after the opening quarter. Germany however struck right back limiting their opponents to just 6 points and establishing a 33:23 halftime lead. Lithuania erased the deficit in the third stanza. They evened things up at 45 at the final break. Lithuania held Germany to only 7 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Edvinas Seskus (194-F/G-95) accounted for 11 points for Lithuania. Maximilian Ugrai (202-SF-95) responded with 11 points for Germany.
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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