Serbia - Spain 70-64 Serbia are crowned U20 European champions. They overcame Spain in the title game in Lignano Sabbiadoro. Ognjen Jaramaz (193-G-95, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 19 points and 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Marko Guduric (197-SG-95) added 14 points and 6 rebounds to be named the MVP. Spain eked out a 21:20 lead after the first period. But Serbia gradually took over. The Balkan team accumulated a 37:36 halftime lead. Serbia held Spain to just 9 points in the third term to open a 53:45 lead heading into the fourth frame. Serbia boosted the gap at double digits early in the final period. But Spain pulled within striking distance late in regulation. However Marko Guduric sank an improbable contested key layup and Serbia got away with the victory. Rade Zagorac (205-G/F-95, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 11 points for the winners. Juancho Hernangomez (198-F-95) answered with 18 points and 9 boards for Spain. Marc Garcia (197-SF-96, agency: Octagon Europe) delivered 17 points in the loss.
Turkey - France 84-74 Turkey climbed onto the pedestal in Lignano Sabbiadoro. They edged France in the consolation final to earn the Bronze medals. Kartal Ozmizrak (189-PG-95) and Muhsin Yasar (205-F/C-95) provided 13 points each to pace the winners. Turkey recorded a 46:27 halftime lead. Les Bleues narrowed the deficit in the third term. They pulled within 12 points at the final intermission. France went for 26 points in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the defeat. Berk Ugurlu (191-PG-96) tossed in 11 points for the winners. Timothe Luwawu (197-SF-95) responded with 19 points for France. Petr Cornelie (211-F/C-95, agency: Comsport) delivered 12 points in the loss.
Latvia - Czech Republic 77-66 Latvia earned the fifth place in Lignano Sabbiadoro. They beat Czech Republic in the final game of the tournament. Linards Jaunzems (198-F-95) provided 16 points for the winners. Czech Republic piled up a 35:28 halftime lead. But the Baltic side turned things around in the second half. They went on a 49:31 second half run and rallied to the victory. Rihards Lomazs (187-G-96) and Davis Geks (192-SG-95) accounted for 15 points each for the winners. Martin Peterka (205-PF-95) responded with 13 points and 9 rebounds for Czech Republic.
Lithuania - Belgium 77-70 Domantas Sabonis (209-F/C-96) posted 19 points and 18 rebounds for Lithuania as they outgunned Belgium for the 7th place in Lignano Sabbiadoro. Belgium posted a 40:30 halftime lead. But Lithuania turned things around after the big break. The Baltic team dropped 47 points in the second half and snatched a tough victory. Rytis Pipiras (201-F-95) accounted for 15 points in the win. Vincent Kesteloot (201-F-95) answered with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Belgium.
Italy - Israel 77-69 Italy celebrated the ninth position at the European Championship. They beat Israel in the final game at the tournament. Marco Spissu (183-G-95) stepped up with 15 points for the hosts. Italy registered a 46:32 halftime lead. Israel narrowed the gap at 6-point mark at the final intermission. The Azzurri limited Israel to just 11 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Simone Fontecchio (199-SF-95, agency: Players Group) and Jacopo Vedovato (205-C-95) had 13 points each for the hosts. Jonathan Morse (200-F-91) responded with 24 points and 7 boards for Israel.
Ukraine - Germany 62-72 Germany occupied the 11th position at the championship. They held off Ukraine in the final game of the tournament. Daniel Mayr (217-C-95) scored 15 points to lead the winners. Germany piled up a 42:32 halftime lead. They stayed in charge throughout the second half and marched to the victory. Christian Sengfelder (202-C/F-95) had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Germany. Illya Sidorov (184-PG-96) answered with 12 points for Ukraine.
Slovenia - Poland 86-43 Slovenia capped their championship campaign with a comfortable victory over Poland. Blaz Mesicek (197-G/F-97) posted 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Slovenia opened a 24:13 lead after ten minutes. They went on a 19:4 rally in the third term to take a comfortable 22-point lead at the final intermission. Slovenia finished the game on a 26:7 rally and sealed the victory. Jan Barbaric (185-G-95) accounted for 13 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Jakub Niziol (201-SG-96) responded with 12 points for Poland.
Russia - United Kingdom 62-86 Great Britain capped the tournament on a winning note. They edged Russia for the 15th position finish. Luke Nelson (190-G-95) came up with 26 points and 8 assists for Great Britain. Russia snatched a 21:20 lead ten minutes into the game. But Great Britain bounced back with a 23:10 rally in the second frame to take a 12-point halftime lead. Great Britain unloaded 43 points in the second half and drove to the win. Benjamin Lawson (216-F-95) produced 18 points in the victory. Alexander Antonikovskiy (202-F-95, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) responded with 16 points and 10 rebounds for Russia.
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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