Italy - Serbia 61-67 Serbia earned the first victory at the Second Stage of the tournament. They overcame hosting Italy for 3-0 record on top of Group E. Marko Tejic (209-C/F-95) and Nikola Rebic (188-PG-95) accounted for 12 points each for the winners. Serbia eked out a 33:32 halftime lead. They used a strong 19:10 run in the third term to take a 10-point advantage. The Azzurri denied the deficit in the fourth quarter but Serbia hung on late in regulation and sealed the winning outcome. Ognjen Jaramaz (193-G-95, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 15 points for the winners. Marco Spissu (183-G-95) responded with 12 points for Italy.
Israel - Belgium 68-79 Manu Lecomte (180-PG-95) and Vincent Kesteloot (201-F-95) scored 24 points each to pace Belgium past Israel at the start of the Second Stage. Belgium ensured a 36:29 halftime lead. They sank 24 points in the third quarter to boost the gap at 9-point mark at the final intermission. Belgium limited Israel to just 17 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Ismael Bako (208-C-95) notched 16 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. Naor Sharon (193-PG-95) responded with 14 points, 6 boards and 6 assists for Israel.
Latvia - France 50-57 France opened the Second Stage campaign with victory. They edged Latvia for 2-1 record in Group E. Lucas Dussoulier (203-G/F-96) scored 11 points to lead well-balanced effort from Les Bleues. France built a 25:15 halftime lead. Latvia cut the distance at 6-point mark at the final break. But France notched 19 points in the fourth frame and secured the victory. Paul-Lou Duwiquet and Arthur Rozenfeld (179-PG-95) had 8 points each in the win. Ervins Meznieks-Zahars (191-G/F-96) and Rolands Smits (207-F/C-95) responded with 10 points each for Latvia.
Ukraine - Turkey 62-79 Turkey used a massive 29:13 rally in the fourth quarter and silenced Ukraine at the start of the Second Stage. Emircan Kosut (216-C-95) posted 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Ukraine ensured a 37:34 halftime lead. But Turkey turned things around in the second half. They went on a strong 29:13 rally in the fourth frame and coasted to the victory. Kartal Ozmizrak (189-PG-95) and Ege Arar replied with 11 points each for Turkey. Anton Dziuba (204-F-95) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Ukraine.
Germany - Spain 40-75 Spain breezed past Germany for the first victory in Group F. Alberto Abalde (200-F/G-95) and Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) notched 11 points each for the winners. Spain dominated from start to finish. They established a 38:18 halftime advantage. Spain held their opponents to just 22 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Dino Dizdarevic (194-G-95) and Christian Sengfelder (202-C/F-95) netted 8 points each for Germany.
Lithuania - Czech Republic 69-79 Czech Republic held off Lithuania for the opening victory in Group F. David Skranc (196-C/F-96) scored 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the Czech team. They accumulated a 38:24 halftime lead. Lithuania narrowed the gap in the second half but never got within striking distance as Czech Republic rolled to the win. Martin Peterka (205-PF-95) tallied 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Edvinas Seskus (194-F/G-95) answered with 20 points for Lithuania.
Bulgaria - Russia 61-84 Ivan Viktorov (196-F-95, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) posted 20 points and 6 rebounds to lead Russia past Bulgaria at the start of the classification round. Russia piled up a 35:25 halftime lead. Russia unloaded 30 points in the third quarter to record a 21-point lead at the final intermission. Russia maintained the lead throughout the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Alexandr Gankevich (201-PF-95) accounted for 14 points in the victory. Aleksandar Milov (197-G-95) answered with 14 points for Bulgaria.
Croatia - United Kingdom 64-68 Great Britain earned the first victory at the championship. They nipped Croatia at the start of the classification round. Joshua McSwiggan (201-F-95) provided 13 points to lead the winners. Croatia eked out a 21:20 lead after ten minutes. However Great Britain spurred ahead to take a 40:32 halftime lead. Croatia pulled within 2 points at the final break. But Great Britain limited Croatia to just 12 points in the fourth quarter and marched to the win. Morayo Soluade (196-G/F-95) and Kavell Bigby had 10 points each for the British side. Luka Bozic (199-PG-96) answered with 14 points for Croatia.
Greece - Poland 71-80 OT Poland needed overtime to outscore Greece at the start of the classification round. Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) scored 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Greece piled up a 35:23 halftime lead. But Poland erased the deficit in the second half. They forced overtime and sealed the win scoring 15 points in the extra five minutes. Jakub Niziol (201-SG-96) delivered 22 points for Poland. Andreas Christodoulou (197-SF-95) accounted for 23 points for Greece.
Bosnia - Slovenia 59-63 Slovenia held off Bosnia and Herzegovina in Group H. Sedin Karavdic provided 15 points for the winners. Slovenia accumulated a 25:18 lead after ten minutes. But Bosnia and Herzegovina erased the deficit in the next two quarters. They snatched a 47:46 lead at the final intermission. But Slovenia responded with a 17:12 run in the fourth term and celebrated victory. Blaz Mesicek (197-G/F-97) chipped in 13 points, collected 9 rebounds and dished out 6 assists for the winning side. Nedim Buza (205-SF-95) replied with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Bosnia.
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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