Holland - Montenegro 55-68 Montenegro opened the Second Stage with a comfortable victory over Netherlands. Petar Popovic (188-PG-96) recorded 14 points in the win. Montenegro piled up a 36:26 halftime lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second half and rolled to the victory. Vasilije Bacovic (206-C-96) had 13 points for the winners. Yannick Franke (194-G-96) responded with 22 points for Netherlands.
Finland - Luxembourg 101-83 Ozan Odabasi (202-F/C-95) scored 24 points and 14 rebounds to pace Finland past Luxembourg. The winners improved at 2-0 record in Group E. Finland eked out a 55:54 halftime lead. However Finland went on a strong 28:11 rally in the fourth frame and sealed the victory. Shawn Hopkins (195-G/F-95) had 17 points for the winners. Philippe Gutenkauf (181-PG-95) answered with 22 points for Luxembourg.
Belarus - Sweden 65-82 Sweden beat Belarus for 2-0 record in the classification round Group F. Adam Ramstedt (206-SF-95) stepped up with 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Sweden opened a 32:28 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 10-point mark at the final intermission. Sweden unloaded 26 points in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Tim Schuberg (188-G-95) had 14 points and 15 assists for the winners. Yauheni Beliankou (198-F-95) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds for Belarus.
FYR Macedonia - Hungary 54-63 Hungary opened the Second Stage with victory. The hosts outgunned FYR Macedonia for 1-1 record in Group F. Zoltan Perl (195-G/F-95, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) stepped up with 26 points to pace the winners. FYR Macedonia eked out a 32:31 halftime lead. But Hungary turned things around in the second half. The hosts held their opponents to just 22 points after the big break and rallied to the victory. Marko Filipovics (199-F-96) and Benedek Varadi (195-G-95, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) had 11 points each for the winners. Andrej Magdevski (190-PG-96) responded with 20 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds for FYR Macedonia.
Austria - Georgia 67-91 Georgia got to the winning start of the classification round. They toppled Austria for 1-2 record in Group G. Six players scored in double digits for Georgia. Levan Maskhulia (196-SF-96) netted 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in the victory. Georgia triggered a 58:31 second half run and iced the victory. Giorgi Turdziladze (195-F/G-97) chipped in 14 points for Georgia. Benjamin Blazevic (204-F/C-95) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Austria.
Kosovo - Romania 81-69 Kosovo beat Romania to take 2-1 record in Group G. Samir Zekiqi (202-F-95) registered 21 points to lead Kosovo. They jumped to a 42:32 halftime lead. Kosovo unloaded 25 points in the fourth frame and rallied to the win. Leonard Mekaj (182-PG-95) had 20 points and 10 assists for the winning side. Adrian Oprea (193-F-95) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Romania.
Armenia - Moldova 81-55 Armenia fired past Moldova in H. Andrey Konstantinov (196-F-95) tallied 22 points and 6 rebounds to lead the winners. Armenia stunned their opponents in the first period. They jumped to a 29:5 lead after the opening quarter. Armenia piled up a 49:21 halftime advantage. They maintained the lead throughout the second half cruising to the win. Artem Tavakalyan (198-F-95) accounted for 17 points in the victory. Oleg Adamov (176-PG-96) responded with 18 points for Moldova.
Albania - Switzerland 51-63 Axel Louissaint (197-G/F-96) posted 20 points and 10 rebounds to pace Switzerland past Albania. Switzerland piled up a comfortable 31:17 halftime lead. Switzerland boosted the gap at 19-point lead at the final intermission. Albania narrowed the gap in the fourth term but could not avoid the loss. Paul Gravet (203-PF-95) chipped in 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Celis Taflaj (195-G-98) responded with 15 points for Albania.
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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