Sweden - Montenegro 79-50 Sweden edged Montenegro to reach the title game in Hungary. Valter Lindstrom (180-PG-95) posted 30 points to lead the Scandinavian team. Montenegro rolled to a 26:15 lead after ten minutes. But Sweden went on a massive 40:12 run in the next two periods to secure a 17-point lead. Sweden sank 24 points in the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome. Johan Lofberg (199-SG-95) delivered 15 points for the winners. Vasilije Bacovic (206-C-96) answered with 12 points for Montenegro.
Finland - Hungary 69-58 Finland advanced into the title game in Szekesfehervar. They edged Hungary in the semifinal clash. Finland therefore sealed their Division A promotion for the next season. Ozan Odabasi (202-F/C-95) stepped up with 27 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Finland accounted for a 27:24 halftime lead. They unloaded 42 points in the second half and rallied to the win. Tuomas Hirvonen (180-PG-96) delivered 14 points for Finland. Zoltan Perl (195-G/F-95, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) answered with 20 points for Hungary.
Belarus - Luxembourg 89-60 Belarus cruised past Luxembourg in the classification round today. Maksim Salash (206-C/F-96) tallied 18 points and 19 rebounds to pace Belarus to the victory. Luxembourg eked out a 24:22 lead after ten minutes. But Belarus grabbed a 42:35 halftime advantage. They followed with a 25:11 rally in the third term to open a comfortable 21-point lead at the final interrmission and cruised to the victory afterwards. Yauheni Beliankou (198-F-95) provided 18 points in the win. Vic Heuschling (198-PF-96) responded with 12 points for Luxembourg.
Holland - FYR Macedonia 68-47 Netherlands rallied past FYR Macedonia in the classification round of the championship. Yannick Franke (194-G-96) stepped up with 19 points to pace the Dutch youngsters. Netherlands piled up a 40:20 halftime lead. They protected the advantage throughout the second half and marched to the victory. Vincent Nguyen (178-PG-95) accounted for 16 points in the win. Andrej Magdevski (190-PG-96) responded with 13 points for FYR Macedonia.
Portugal - Romania 50-59 Romania earned the first victory at the championship. They topped Portugal in Group G. Marius Ciotlaus (196-SF-96) recorded 19 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Portugal accumulated a 29:20 halftime lead. But Romania turned things around in the third term. They triggered a 21:10 rally in the third term to surge ahead. Romania held their opponents to 11 points in the fourth frame and marched to the win. Rasty Dimitris had 13 points in the victory. Daniel Relvao (190-C-96) replied with 9 points for Portugal.
Austria - Kosovo 67-64 Austria defeated Kosovo for 2-2 record in Group G. Ian Moschik (203-PF-96) tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Austria eked out a 16:14 lead after ten minutes. Kosovo narrowed the gap at one-point mark at the interval 32:31. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. Austria entered the fourth period up by a single point 47:46. They sank 20 points in the final quarter and sealed the victory. Georg Wolf (188-SG-95) provided 16 points for the winners. Arian Mehmeti (202-F/C-95) responded with 19 points and 11 rebounds for Kosovo.
Slovakia - Switzerland 83-67 Slovak Republic rallied past Switzerland in Group H. Robert Rozanek (180-PG-96) stepped up with 27 points to pace the winners. Slovak Republic accounted for a 34:32 halftime lead. Slovak Republic sank 26 points in the third term to build a 12-point lead. They knocked down 23 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory. Dalibor Hlivak (190-G-95) had 11 points in the win. Juraj Kozic (198-SF-95) answered with 18 points for Switzerland.
Armenia - Albania 80-51 Armenia improved at 3-1 record in Group H. They stormed past Albania behind 16 points and 7 rebounds from Andrey Konstantinov (196-F-95). Armenia accumulated a 33:27 halftime lead. Armenia held their opponents to just 24 points in the second half and rolled to the victory. Mikael Pogosian (203-C-95) added 16 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds for Armenia. Celis Taflaj (195-G-98) and Mirind Ferra (185-PG-95) answered with 16 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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