Serbia - Turkey 81-58 Serbia rolled over Turkey to reach the championship game in Lignano Sabbiadoro. Marko Guduric (197-SG-95) posted 21 points to lead the winners. Turkey eked out a 17:16 lead after the opening quarter. However Serbia turned things around in the next period. They jumped in front to accumulate a 37:25 halftime lead. Serbia boosted the gap in the third quarter. They registered a 56:38 advantage heading into the fourth stanza. Serbia kept their opponents at bay throughout the final quarter and rallied to the win. Ognjen Jaramaz (193-G-95, agency: Beo Basket) produced 14 points for the winners. Berk Ugurlu (191-PG-96) responded with 12 points for Turkey.
Spain - France 70-61 Alberto Abalde (200-F/G-95) scored 18 points to lead Spain past France into the championship game. Spain accumulated a 15:10 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Spain secured a 35:30 halftime advantage. They boosted the gap in the third term. Spain entered the fourth period up by 9 points 54:45. They protected it well throughout the final frame and rallied to the victory. Juancho Hernangomez (198-F-95) delivered 17 points in the victory. Arthur Rozenfeld (179-PG-95) responded with 19 points for France.
Lithuania - Latvia 80-82 OT Latvia snatched a tough overtime win over their Baltic counterparts Lithuania in the classification round. Kristaps Gluditis (191-G-95) stepped up with 22 points to pace the winners. Lithuania posted a 42:38 halftime lead. Latvia erased the deficit in the third term. They pulled within a single point at the third break. Latvia erased the deficit and forced overtime. Latvia drained 12 points in the extra period and iced the victory. Rolands Smits (207-F/C-95) posted 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Paulius Valinskas (190-SG-95) responded with 19 points for Lithuania.
Belgium - Czech Republic 81-96 Czech Republic trounced Belgium in the classification round in Italy. Martin Peterka (205-PF-95) tallied 18 points to lead the winners. Czech Republic accounted for a 26:19 lead after ten minutes. Belgium ensured a 45:42 halftime lead. But Czech Republic regained the advantage in the second half. They unloaded 54 points after the big break and marched to the win. Adam Pechacek (207-F/C-95) produced 16 points in the victory. Manu Lecomte (180-PG-95) responded with 29 points for Belgium.
Croatia - Greece 63-52 Croatia occupied the 17th overall position at the championship. They wrapped up their campaign with a comfortable victory over Greek counterparts. Goran Filipovic (180-PG-96) accounted for 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Croatia secured a 35:31 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 12-point lead at the final break and never looked back en route to the win. Andrija Coric (200-F-95, agency: PEPI SPORT) delivered 11 points for Croatia. Andreas Christodoulou (197-SF-95) answered with 10 points for Greece.
Bosnia - Bulgaria 88-78 OT Bosnia and Herzegovina earned the 19th overall position at the championship. They wrapped up their campaign with an overtime success over Bulgaria. Dejan Ivkovic (197-SF-95) stepped up with 20 points to lead the winners. Bosnia and Herzegovina piled up a 35:29 halftime lead. But Bulgaria struck right back with a 26:16 rally in the third term. Bosnia and Herzegovina however rescued the game scoring 21 points in the fourth period and forcing overtime. They followed with a 16:6 run in the extra period and iced the victory. Adi Zahiragic (188-PG-95) had 18 points for the winners. Evgeni Hadjirusev (192-G-95) and Aleksandar Iliev (194-SG-96) responded with 14 points for Bulgaria.
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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