Italy - France 57-55 Italy handed the first defeat to France at the tournament. The Azzurri snatched a tough narrrow win at the end. Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) stepped up with 15 points to pace the hosts. Italy opened a 17:15 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the lead at as many as 10 points at the final intermission. France went on a 17:9 run in the fourth quarter but came up short of victory at the end. Luca Vencato delivered 11 points in the winning effort. Guerschon Yabusele (201-PF-95, agency: Comsport) responded with 13 points for France. Petr Cornelie (211-F/C-95, agency: Comsport) had 11 points in the defeat.
Belgium - Croatia 85-68 Belgium fired past Croatia for the third victory in Group A. Manu Lecomte (180-PG-95) stepped up with 32 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds for the winners. Croatia eked out an 18:17 lead after the opening quarter. Belgium rebounded in the second term and posted a 36:32 halftime lead. Belgium fired 25 points in the third quarter and ensured a 15-point lead at the final intermission. They sank 24 points in the fourth term and sealed the victory. Vincent Kesteloot (201-F-95) had 16 points and 11 boards in the win. Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95, agency: Homeland Sports Group) responded with 16 points for Croatia.
Greece - Serbia 62-80 Serbia coasted past Greece to take the fourth consecutive victory in Group B. Rade Zagorac (205-G/F-95, agency: Beo Basket) posted 18 points and 6 rebounds in the win. Serbia accumulated a 34:26 halftime lead. Serbia unleashed 46 points in the second half and marched to the victory. Nikola Rebic (188-PG-95) and Ognjen Jaramaz (193-G-95, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 12 points each for Serbia. Michail Liapis (192-G-95) topscored with 16 points for Greece.
Israel - Latvia 70-67 Israel celebrated the third victory in Group B. They held off Latvia for 3-1 record. Naor Sharon (193-PG-95) posted 19 points to pace the winners. Latvia led by four points at the interval 33:29. But Israel turned things around in the second half. They narrowed the gap at 2-point mark at the final break and then followed with a 24-point effort in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) finished with 11 points and 8 reboudns for Israel. Rolands Smits (207-F/C-95) responded with 27 points and 17 rebounds for Latvia.
Czech Republic - Russia 72-53 Martin Peterka (205-PF-95) tallied 18 points and 12 rebounds to pace Czech Republic past Russia. The winners gained 3-1 record in Group C. Russia spurred ahead to a 36:25 halftime lead. But Czech Republic turned the tables in the second half. They went on a strong 47:17 rally and sealed the victory. Radovan Kouril (184-PG-95) posted 14 points and 8 assists for Czech Republic. Alexandr Gankevich (201-PF-95) answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Russia.
Poland - Spain 52-72 Spain remained undefeated in Lignano Sabbiadoro. They rallied past Poland for the fourth consecutive victory. Juancho Hernangomez (198-F-95) accounted for 14 points for Spain. They opened a 24:14 lead after ten minutes. Spain maintained the advantage throughout the reminder of the contest and breezed to the win. Marc Garcia (197-SF-96, agency: Octagon Europe) had 13 points for Spain. Grzegorz Kulka (203-PF-96) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds for Poland.
United Kingdom - Lithuania 49-56 Lithuania rolled past Great Britain for the third win in Group D. Edvinas Jurgutis came up with 14 points to pace the winners. Lithuania opened a 32:23 halftime lead. The Baltic team extended the gap at 12-point mark at the final break and marched to the win. Erikas Kubilius (191-G-95) connected for 9 points in the victory. Kavell Bigby-Williams (206-F-95) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Great Britain.
Germany - Turkey 53-62 Turkey topped Germany to gain 3-1 record on top of Group D. Kartal Ozmizrak (189-PG-95) and Emircan Kosut (216-C-95) knocked down 13 points each for the winners. Germany built a 28:26 halftime lead. Turkey reacted with a 20:10 rally in the third quarter to spur ahead. Turkey held their opponents to just 15 points in the fourth quarter and secured the victory. Tolga Gecim (202-PG-96) had 12 points in the win. Christian Sengfelder (202-C/F-95) replied with 14 points and 6 rebounds 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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