Armenia - FYR Macedonia 56-67 FYR Macedonia registered the opening victory in Group A. They held off Armenia for 1-0 record. Viktor Efremovski (191-SF-98) nailed 21 points for the winners. Armenia ensured a 29:26 halftime lead. FYR Macedonia tied things up at 41 heading into the fourth frame. They drained 26 points in the final quarter and iced the win. Andrej Magdevski (192-PG-96) chipped in 15 points for the winners. Steven Enoch (211-F/C-97) responded with game-high 22 points and 9 rebounds for Armenia.
Montenegro - Georgia 78-55 Montenegro victoriously opened their championship campaign. They outgunned Georgia in the opener. Petar Popovic (191-PG-96, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 17 points to pace the winners. Montenegro established a 41:32 halftime lead. Montenegro held their opponents to just 23 points in the second half and raced to the win. Milos Krivokapic (185-PG-96) tossed in 12 points for the Balkan team. Davit Lomidze (197-G-97) responded with 13 points for Georgia.
Belarus - Iceland 73-68 Belarus knocked down Iceland to open win count in Chalkida. Maksim Salash (206-C/F-96, agency: Alti Sport) stepped up with 24 points and 9 caroms for the winners. Belarus opened a 21:12 lead after the first period. Iceland pulled within 7 points at the interval. But Belarus maintained the lead throughout the second half and marched to the victory. Maksim Liutych (200-F-97) netted 16 points and collected 9 rebounds in the win. Kari Jonsson (190-G-97) delivered 24 points, 7 steals and 6 rebounds for Iceland.
Russia - Estonia 61-49 Russia overcame a slow start to tame Estonia in the opener. Kirill Pisklov (195-PG-96) stepped up with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Estonia got to a confident start. They established a 35:25 halftime lead. But Russia went on a furious 20:2 run in the fourth stanza and avoided an upset. Daniil Sinegubov (203-F-96) posted 10 points for Russia. Norman Kabin (188-PG-97, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 10 points for Estonia.
Albania - United Kingdom 44-62 Great Britain beat Albania for the first win at the tournament. Pharroh Gordon (198-F-96) produced 12 points for the winners. Great Britain earned a 34:23 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 17-point mark at the final break and never looked back en route to the win. Josh Steel (193-SF-97) chipped in 10 points for the winners. Bruno Zyka (184-SG-97) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Albania.
Holland - Kosovo 69-40 Netherlands stormed past Kosovo for the opening victory at the tournament. Terrence Bieshaar (208-C-97) posted 10 points for the winning side. Netherlands piled up a 43:14 halftime lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second half and cruised to the victory. Joey Liem (194-G-96) and Mack Bruining (188-PG-97) had 8 points each for the winners. Andi Shehu (200-F-97) responded with 12 points for Kosovo.
Ireland - Greece 47-93 Hosting Greece celebrated a comfortable victory in the first game at the championship. They drubbed Ireland in Group C. Five players scored in double digits for the Hellenes. Greece built a 34:20 halftime lead. The hosts unleashed 59 points in the second half and eased to the victory. Antonios Koniaris (196-PG-97) delivered 13 points for Greece. Dimitrios Stamatis and Thomas Kottas had 12 points each for the home side. Eoghan Kiernan (208-F/C-96) and Jordan Blount (198-G-97) topscored with 8 points each for Ireland.
Slovakia - Bulgaria 73-83 Bulgaria outscored Slovak Republic at the start of their championship campaign. Aleksandar Iliev (196-SG-96) came up with 22 points for the winning side. Bulgaria established a 36:32 halftime lead. Bulgaria extended the margin at 15-point lead at the final intermission. Slovak Republic sank 29 points in the fourth term but could not avoid the defeat. Nikolay Vanguelov (212-C-96) delivered 15 points for the winning side. Robert Rozanek (190-G-96) answered with 25 points for Slovak Republic.
Croatia - Romania 100-67 Lovro Mazalin (204-SF-97, agency: BeoBasket) fired 22 points as Croatia thumped Romania in the opener. Croatia recorded a 41:30 halftime lead. Croatia unloaded 40 points in the third term to clear off for good. Roko Badzim (197-G-97, agency: XL Basketball Agency) delivered 19 points for the winners. Emanuel Cate (206-C-97) responded with 18 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists for Romania.
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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