Serbia - Lithuania 82-69 Serbia outgunned Lithuania to remain in the title quest. Five players scored in double digits for Serbia. Marko Guduric (197-SG-95) posted 17 points to lead the winners. Serbia used a massive 30:8 rally in the second quarter to open a comfortable 47:21 halftime lead. Lithuania tried to bounce back in the third term. They pulled within 17 points at the final break. The Baltic team dropped 24 points in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the loss. Dejan Davidovac (202-SF-95) had 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Edvinas Seskus (194-F/G-95) and Paulius Valinskas (190-SG-95) had 19 points each for Lithuania.
Turkey - Latvia 72-58 Turkey thumped Latvia to reach the semifinal stage. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) accounted for 17 points and 6 rebounds in the victory. Turkey got to a very strong start. They accounted for a 22:11 lead after ten minutes. Latvia narrowed the gap in the next two quarters. They got within 5 points at the final break. But Turkey dropped 24 points in the fourth frame and raced to the victory. Kartal Ozmizrak (189-PG-95) chipped in 15 points for the winners. Kristaps Gluditis (191-G-95) answered with 17 points for Latvia.
Spain - Belgium 67-55 Spain fired past Belgium to stay in the title hunt. Juancho Hernangomez (198-F-95) posted 17 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Belgium eked out a 33:32 halftime lead. But Spain turned things around in the third term. They held Belgium to just 7 points and accounted for a 51:40 advantage. Spain stayed aggressive defensively in the fourth quarter and coasted to the win. Marc Garcia (197-SF-96, agency: Octagon Europe) delivered 14 points for Spain. Vincent Kesteloot (201-F-95) replied with 17 points for Belgium.
France - Czech Republic 80-58 France advanced into the semifinal stage. They knocked down Czech Republic in the opening quarterfinal of the day. Guerschon Yabusele (201-PF-95, agency: Comsport) tallied 13 points for Les Bleues. France built a 42:31 halftime lead. They scored 23 points in the third term to take a 19-point lead at the final intermission. France held Czech Republic to just 12 points in the fourth term and rallied to the win. Petr Cornellie tallied 11 points and 10 rebounds for France. Martin Peterka (205-PF-95) responded with 11 points for Czech Republic.
Italy - Ukraine 73-48 Italy fired past Ukraine in the battle for the ninth place. Simone Fontecchio (199-SF-95, agency: Players Group) stepped up with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the Azzurri. Italy accounted for a 45:22 halftime lead. Italy limited Ukraine to just 26 points in the second half and cruised to the victory. Giacomo Zilli (206-F-95) tossed in 12 points for the winners. Volodymyr Orlov (208-C-95, agency: BrezoPro) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Ukraine.
Germany - Israel 46-54 Israel toppled Germany in the classification round. Naor Sharon (193-PG-95) posted 15 points to lead the winners. Germany accounted for a 17:12 lead after ten minutes. Israel however bounced back in the second frame. They spurred ahead for a 33:29 halftime lead. Germany got within 3 points at the final intermission. However Israel held their opponents to just 7 points in the fourth term and rallied to the win. Nimrod Levi (204-C-95) chipped in 11 points for the winners. Maximilian Ugrai (202-SF-95) responded with 7 points for Germany.
Poland - United Kingdom 86-84 OT Poland survived an overtime thriller to tame Great Britain. Igor Wadowski (193-G-96) capped the regulation with a three-pointer to force overtime. Then Jakub Niziol (201-SG-96) sank a crucial three-pointer to help Poland got away with an important victory. Igor Wadowski scored 20 points to pace the winners. Jakub Niziol added 19 points and 6 rebounds for Poland. Luke Nelson (190-G-95) responded with 26 points and 8 assists for Great Britain. Kavell Bigby-Williams (206-F-95) had 22 points and 10 rebounds in the win.
Russia - Slovenia 65-78 Slovenia made one step away from relegation beating Russia in the classification round. Aleksej Nikolic (190-PG-95) posted 21 points to lead the winners. Slovenia eked out a 35:34 halftime lead. They used a 26:16 run in the third term to open an 11-point advantage. Slovenia kept Russia at bay throughout the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Jan Barbaric (185-G-95) and Blaz Mesicek (197-G/F-97) had 9 points each for the winners. Ilya Popov (208-C-95, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) answered with 11 points and 8 rebounds for Russia.
Greece - Bulgaria 74-67 Greece coasted past Bulgaria in the classification round in Italy today. Michail Liapis (192-G-95) and Anastasios Spyropoulos (204-F-95, agency: Octagon Europe) posted 14 points each for the winners. Bulgaria piled up a 42:36 halftime lead. However Greece limited Bulgaria to just 25 points in the second half and rallied to the victory. Evgeni Hadjirusev (192-G-95) responded with 16 points for Bulgaria.
Croatia - Bosnia 76-45 Croatia cruised past Bosnia and Herzegovina in the classification round today. Josip Gulam (188-PG-95) recorded 15 points to pace the winners. Croatia built a 40:22 halftime lead. Croatia maintained the lead throughout the second half and coasted to the victory. Luka Bozic (199-PG-96) scored 12 points for the winners. Nedim Buza (205-SF-95) responded with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists 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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