Holland - Romania 80-54 Netherlands stormed past Romania for the second win in Group A. Yannick Franke (194-G-96) posted 24 points to lead the Dutch team as they sealed the Second Stage place. Netherlands accounted for a 38:27 halftime lead. They boosted the gap at 21-point mark at the final intermission and cruised to the win. Vincent Nguyen (178-PG-95) provided 11 points for Netherlands. Bogdan Pogacean (198-C-95) and Csongor-Jozsef Barbasi (179-PG-96) netted 11 points each for Romania.
Austria - Finland 70-85 Finland beat Austria for the third consecutive victory in Group A. They rolled past Austria to clinch the top position. Alexander Madsen (205-F/C-95, agency: Dynamics Global Management) scored 26 points to pace the winners. Finland unleashed 54 points in the first half to gain a 15-point halftime lead. They protected the advantage throughout the second half and rolled to the win. Ozan Odabasi (202-F/C-95) accounted for 15 points for Finland. Benjamin Blazevic (204-F/C-95) answered with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for Austria.
Montenegro - Georgia 100-59 Montenegro stayed on the winning track in Hungary. They crushed Georgia to clinch the fourth consecutive victory in Group B. Emir Hadzibegovic (204-PF-96) notched 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Balkan team. Montenegro unloaded 60 points in the first half and piled up a 31-point advantage. They maintained a comfortable lead throughout the second half and cruised to the victory. Zoran Nikolic (211-C-96) tossed in 14 points in the win. Levan Maskhulia (196-SF-96) answered with 13 points for Georgia.
Kosovo - Luxembourg 72-91 Luxembourg registered the third victory in Group B and advanced into the Second Stage of the championship. Joe Kalmes (200-F/C-95) notched 18 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Luxembourg recorded a 45:25 halftime lead. Luxembourg protected the lead throughout the second half and earned the second position in the ladder. Leonard Mekaj (182-PG-95) topscored with 24 points and 6 assists for Kosovo.
FYR Macedonia - Switzerland 73-63 FYR Macedonia toppled Switzerland for the third consecutive victory in Group C. Ljubomir Mladenovski (207-C-95) chipped in 16 points and collected 11 rebounds to pace the winners. FYR Macedonia accounted for a 36:30 halftime lead. Switzerland narrowed the gap at 4-point mark at the final break. But FYR Macedonia fired 23 points in the fourth term and raced to the win. Adem Mekic (195-G-95) tossed in 15 points for the winners. Axel Louissaint (197-G/F-96) replied with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Switzerland.
Armenia - Belarus 49-88 Belarus knocked down Armenia to improve at 2-1 record in Group C. Yauheni Beliankou (198-F-95) notched 19 points to lead the winners. Belarus opened a 23:13 lead after ten minutes. They extended the gap at 16-point mark at the interval. Belarus ignited a 26:6 surge in the third term and never looked back en route to the victory. Roman Rubinshteyn (195-G-96) and Maksim Salash (206-C/F-96) had 17 points each for the winners. Artem Tavakalyan (198-F-95) responded with 13 points for Armenia.
Sweden - Albania 97-50 Sweden recorded the fourth win in a row in Szekesfehervar. They drubbed Albania to stay undefeated. Valter Lindstrom (180-PG-95) posted 19 points for the Scandinavian team. Sweden piled up a 47:28 halftime lead. Sweden followed with a 50:22 second half surge and sealed the victory. Adam Ramstedt (206-SF-95) tossed in 14 points for the winners. Celis Taflaj (195-G-98) answered with 20 points for Albania.
Moldova - Slovakia 65-106 Slovak Republic stormed past Moldova to register the second victory in Group D. Marek Masiar (183-F-96) chipped in 26 points to lead the winners. Slovak Republic piled up a comfortable 48:33 halftime lead. They sank 58 points in the second half and coasted to the victory. Robert Rozanek (180-PG-96) delivered 19 points for Slovak Republic. Oleg Adamov (176-PG-96) replied with 17 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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