Romania - Finland 64-89 Finland posted the second straight victory at the championship. They beat Romania to stay undefeated in Group A. Five players scored in double digits for Finland. Alexander Madsen (205-F/C-95, agency: Dynamics Global Management) and Shawn Hopkins (195-G/F-95) finished with 14 points each for the winners. Finland registered a 47:27 halftime lead. They protected the advantage throughout the second half and marched to the win. Vlad Cobzaru (203-C-95) replied with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Romania.
Holland - Austria 60-56 Netherlands outscored Austria for the opening victory in Group A. Yannick Franke (194-G-96) stepped up with 24 points to lead the winners. Netherlands used a 14:9 run in the second term to build a 30:25 halftime lead. Netherlands boosted the gap at 6-point mark at the final intermission. Austria narrowed the distance in the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat. Julius van Sauers (200-SF-95) had 12 points for the winners. Marvin Ogunsipe (204-F-96) responded with 12 points for Austria.
Kosovo - Montenegro 55-94 Montenegro coasted past Kosovo to improve at 3-0 record on top of Group B. Mihailo Radunovic (202-F-96) accounted for 13 points in the victory. Montenegro piled up a 53:22 halftime advantage. They never looked back afterwards cruising to the win. Milovan Draskovic (211-C-95, agency: Interperformances) connected for 12 points in the victory. Leonard Mekaj (182-PG-95) answered with 15 points for Kosovo.
Portugal - Georgia 57-55 Portugal earned the second victory in Szekesfehervar. They held off Georgia for 2-1 record in Group B. Pedro Meireless (184-G/F-95) scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the winners. Georgia built a 35:31 halftime lead. Portugal however spurred ahead in the third term. They eked out a 44:43 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Portugal held their opponents to just 12 points in the final stanza and raced to the victory. Agenor Rolo (193-F-95) accounted for 12 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Nugzar Abuladze (182-G-95) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Georgia.
Switzerland - Belarus 64-74 Belarus beat Switzerland to gain 1-1 record in Group C. Maksim Salash (206-C/F-96) knocked down 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the winners. Belarus accounted for a 48:28 halftime lead. Switzerland narrowed the gap in the third term and pulled within 11 points at the final break. But Belarus hung on throughout the fourth quarter and rallied to the victory. Siarhei Kazlou (203-C/F-95) provided 16 points in the win. Paul Gravet (203-PF-95) responded with 13 points for Switzerland.
FYR Macedonia - Armenia 81-45 FYR Macedonia coasted past Armenia to gain 2-0 record on top of Group C. Andrej Magdevski (190-PG-96) stepped up with 30 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. FYR Macedonia built a 23:8 lead after the opening quarter. They went on a 39:16 rally in the second half and sealed the victory. Ljubomir Mladenovski (207-C-95) accounted for 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Artem Tavakalyan (198-F-95) replied with 20 points for Armenia.
Hungary - Albania 81-52 Hungary beat Albania to improve at 2-1 record in Group D. Zoltan Perl (195-G/F-95, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) scored 28 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Hungary accumulated a 38:21 halftime lead. Hungary sank 25 points in the third quarter to take a comfortable 24-point lead before the fourth term. Hungary never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory. Marko Filipovics (199-F-96) provided 16 points in the win. Matias Ndreko (95) answered with 17 points for Albania.
Moldova - Sweden 41-96 Five players scored in double digits as Sweden breezed past Moldova. Erika Johansson (173-G-94) accounted for 15 points for the Scandinavian team. Sweden built a comfortable 50:30 halftime lead. They limited Moldova to only 11 points in the second half and raced to the win. Tim Schuberg (188-G-95) provided 12 points in the victory. Vladislav Golban (195-SF-95) responded with 12 points 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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