Israel - Italy 64-75 Italy knocked down Israel but could not make it into the quarterfinal stage at the home championship. Simone Fontecchio (199-SF-95, agency: Players Group) accounted for 17 points for the Azzurri. Italy built a comfortbale 41:24 halftime lead. Israel pulled within 8 points at the final intermission but Italy limited their opponents to just 13 points in the fourth frame and iced the victory. Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) and Marco Spissu had 12 points each for the winners. Orr Leumi (192-G/F-96) responded with 16 points for Israel.
Serbia - France 64-53 Serbia fired past France to stay undefeated in Italy. Serbia improved at 5-0 record and clinched the top position in Group E. Rade Zagorac (205-G/F-95, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 14 points to lead the Balkan team. Serbia piled up a massive 44:21 halftime lead. They protected it well throughout the second half and marched to the victory. Dejan Davidovac (202-SF-95) provided 12 points in the win. Timothe Luwawu (197-SF-95) responded with 15 points for France.
Belgium - Latvia 66-75 Latvia beat Belgium to claim the third position in Group E. Rolands Smits (207-F/C-95) stepped up with 26 points to pace the winners. Both Latvia and Belgium made it into the quarterfinal stage. Belgium piled up a 43:28 halftime advantage. But Latvia turned things around in the second half. They unloaded 47 points after the big break and rallied to the victory. Kristaps Gluditis (191-G-95) netted 12 points in the win. Manu Lecomte (180-PG-95) responded with 17 points for Belgium.
Lithuania - Ukraine 70-57 Lithuania fired past Ukraine to seal their quarterfinal appearance. Domantas Sabonis (209-F/C-96) had 18 points, 28 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the Baltic team. Ukraine enjoyed a 14:9 lead after ten minutes. But Lithuania gradually took over. They recorded a 3-point lead at the final break. Lithuania went on an 18:8 run in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Edvinas Seskus (194-F/G-95) accounted for 12 points in the win. Yevgen Balaban (198-PF-96) responded with 12 points for Ukraine.
Turkey - Spain 48-57 Spain fired past Turkey and sealed the top spot finish in Group F. Juancho Hernangomez (198-F-95) had 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Spain opened a 28:20 halftime lead. Spain stayed in control throughout the second half and raced to the victory. Marc Garcia (197-SF-96, agency: Octagon Europe) delivered 13 points for the winners. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) responded with 11 points for Turkey.
Czech Republic - Germany 71-74 Germany capped their Second Stage campaign with a narrow win over Czech Republic. Maximilian Ugrai (202-SF-95) posted 14 points to lead the winners. Germany and Czech Republic were tied at 34 at the interval. Germany spurred ahead in the third term. They eked out a 54:47 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Czech Republic unloaded 24 points in the final frame but could not avoid the defeat. Christian Senfelder finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Adam Pechacek (207-F/C-95) responded with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Czech Republic.
Croatia - Bulgaria 81-49 Croatia cruised past Bulgaria in the classification round. Goran Filipovic and Luka Bozic delivered 14 points each for the winners. Croatia opened a 41:28 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 23-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95, agency: Homeland Sports Group) had 13 points for the winners. Aleksandar Milov (197-G-95) responded with 11 points for Bulgaria.
Russia - United Kingdom 80-73 Russia overcame Great Britain to go undefeated in the classification round Group G. Ilya Popov (208-C-95, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) delivered 25 points to top-score for the winners. Russia piled up a 48:28 halftime lead. They withheld a fierce comeback rally from Great Britain in the second half and secured the winning outcome. Ivan Ukhov (188-SF-95) had 20 points and 6 rebounds for Russia. Morayo Soluade (196-G/F-95) responded with 19 points for Great Britain.
Poland - Slovenia 58-50 Igor Wadowski (193-G-96) scored 14 points to pace Poland past Slovenia in Group H. Poland used a 19:9 run in the first period to clear off. Slovenia got within 5 points at the interval. But Poland stayed in charge throughout the second half and marched to the victory. Artur Wlodarczyk (182-PG-96) had 10 points for the winners. Aleksej Nikolic answered with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Slovenia.
Bosnia - Greece 56-75 Greece fired past Bosnia in the final game in Group H. Andreas Christodoulou (197-SF-95) had 12 points for the Hellenes. Greece held Bosnia and Herzegovina scoreless in the second period to pile up a 32:19 halftime lead. Greece boosted the gap at 21-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Ioannis Chatzinikolas (196-G/F-95) had 9 points in the victory. Nedim Buza (205-SF-95) responded with 15 points and 11 rebounds for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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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