Latvia - Italy 82-51 Latvia stormed past Italy for the first victory at the Second Stage. Kristaps Guditis stepped up with 21 points to lead the Baltic side. Latvia got to a very strong start. They jumped to a 40:15 halftime lead. Latvia unloaded 42 points in the second half and cruised to the victory. Rolands Smits (207-F/C-95) posted 17 points in the winning effort. Alessandro Spatti (203-F-95) responded with 12 points for Italy.
Belgium - Serbia 74-76 Serbia snatched a tough victory over Belgium to remain undefeated in Lignano Sabbiadoro. Marko Tejic (209-C/F-95) stepped up with 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Serbia trailed by as many as 11 points after ten minutes. But they used a strong 20:9 run in the second frame to secure a 34:34 draw at halftime. Serbia sank 26 points in the third term to take an 8-point lead. They withheld a determined comeback effort from Belgium in the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Nikola Rebic (188-PG-95) finished with 15 points in the victory. Thomas Akyazili (188-PG-97) responded with 19 points for Belgium.
France - Israel 70-47 France recorded the second straight victory at the Second Stage of the championship. They beat Israel for 3-1 record in Group E. Timothe Luwawu (197-SF-95) and Petr Cornelie (211-F/C-95, agency: Comsport) stepped up with 14 points each to lead Les Bleues. France piled up a 35:26 halftime lead. They used a 20:7 rally in the third quarter to take a comfortable 22-point lead at the final break. France held Israel to just 14 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the victory. Paul-Lou Duwiquet (193-G-95) had 12 points and 6 assists in the win. Naor Sharon (193-PG-95) and Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) responded with 8 points each for Israel.
Germany - Ukraine 61-52 Germany outlasted Ukraine to gain the first victory in Group F. They improved at 1-3 record. Christian Sengfelder (202-C/F-95) tallied 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Germany piled up a 37:34 halftime lead. Germany accounted for a 49:44 advantage at the final intermission. They held Ukraine to just 8 points in the fourth term and sealed the victory. Andreas Obst (192-SG-96, agency: Beo Basket) netted 11 points for the winners. Oleksandr Antypov (202-F-95) answered with 11 points and 11 rebounds for Ukraine.
Czech Republic - Turkey 67-75 Turkey gained the second victory at the Second Stage. They knocked down Czech Republic to improve at 4-0 record in Group E. Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) scored 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the winners. Turkey eked out a 21:18 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the margin at 6-point mark at the interval 45:39 halftime lead. Turkey held their opponents to just 28 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Kartal Ozmizrak (189-PG-95) netted 16 points, dished out 6 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds for the winners. Martin Peterka (205-PF-95) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds for Czech Republic.
Spain - Lithuania 68-62 Spain beat Lithuania to jump at 4-0 record on top of Group F. Alberto Martin (184-PG-95) scored 22 points to pace the winners. Lithuania ensured a 31:26 halftime lead. However Spain dropped 24 points in the third term to take a 3-point advantage at the final intermission. Spain held their opponents to just 15 points in the fourth term to rally to the victory. Alberto Abalde (200-F/G-95) delivered 12 points for the winners. Paulius Valinskas (190-SG-95) responded with 15 points for Lithuania.
Russia - Croatia 83-71 Russia recorded the second straight victory in Group G. They held off Croatia for 2-0 record. Ivan Viktorov (196-F-95, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 24 points to pace the winners. Russia accumulated a 45:30 halftime lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second half cruising to the victory. Alexandr Gankevich (201-PF-95) provided 18 points and 12 rebounds for Russia. Josip Jukic (205-F/C-96) answered with 14 ponts and 6 boards for Croatia.
United Kingdom - Bulgaria 77-51 Great Britain earned the second straight victory in Group G. They knocked down Bulgaria to gain 2-0 record. Luke Nelson (190-G-95) stepped up with 17 points to pace the winners. Great Britain secured a 41:23 halftime lead. They held Bulgaria to just 7 points in the third term to clear off for good. Kavell Bigby-Williams (206-F-95) and Jules Akodo (188-G-96) accounted for 12 points apiece in the victory. Evgeni Hadjirusev (192-G-95) netted 12 points in the defeat.
Slovenia - Greece 78-72 2OT Slovenia survived double-overtime thriller to beat Greece in Group H. Blaz Mesicek (197-G/F-97) posted 27 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Greece accumulated a 21:11 lead after the openining frame. But Slovenia denied the deficit and ensured a 6-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Greece used a 15:9 run in the next period to force overtime. But Slovenia withstood the challenge and eked out a tough victory in the second extra period. Aleksej Nikolic (190-PG-95) accounted for 25 points for Slovenia. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) and Andreas Christodoulou (197-SF-95) finished with 12 points each for Greece.
Poland - Bosnia 62-66 Bosnia and Herzegovina recorded the first victory in Group H. They knocked down Poland for 1-1 record. Dejan Ivkovic (197-SF-95) provided 16 points to lead the charge. Bosnia and Herzegovina opened a 35:23 halftime lead. They extended the gap at 14-point mark at the final intermission. Poland responded with a 22:12 rally in the fourth term but could not avoid the defeat. Imran Polutak (209-C-96) had 12 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Mariusz Konopatzki (192-PG-96) responded with 15 points for Poland.
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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