FYR Macedonia - Montenegro 44-67 Montenegro earned the second straight victory in Chalkida. They beat FYR Macedonia to stay perfect in Group A. Zoran Nikolic (211-C-96) netted 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Montenegro. They earned a 15:8 lead ten minutes into the game. Montenegro went on a 37:20 run in the second half and eased to the victory. Aleksandar Ilic (98) and Mihailo Radunovic (202-F-96) posted 10 points each for the winners. Andrej Magdevski (192-PG-96) responded with 13 points for FYR Macedonia.
Portugal - Armenia 70-54 Portugal registered the first victory at the tournament. They rallied past Armenia in the opener. Francisco Amiel (186-PG-96) stepped up with 24 points to lead the winners. Portugal claimed a 22:13 lead. Armenia pulled within 4 points at the interval. But Portugal held their opponents to just 23 points in the second half and marched to the victory. Diogo Brito (190-PG-97) finished with 18 points for Portugal. Aram Arslanian (192-PF-98) responded with 16 points for Armenia.
Poland - Belarus 80-51 Poland stormed past Belarus for the first victory in Group B. Dominik Olejniczak (213-C-96) and Bartosz Jankowski (193-G/F-96) delivered 13 points each for the winners. Poland earned a 27:13 lead after the first period. They boosted the gap at 20-point mark at the final intermission. Poland held Belarus to 12 points in the fourth stanza and eased to the win. Marcel Ponitka had 8 points for the winners. Andrey Stavrovskiy (185-PG-97) responded with 10 points for Belarus.
Iceland - Russia 71-65 Iceland opened win count at the tournament. They overcame Russia as both teams appeared tied at 1-1 in Group B. Jon Gudmundsson (192-G-96) stepped up with 32 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Russia rallied to a 25:9 lead after ten minutes. But Iceland picked up the tempo in the next quarters. They evened things up at 51 heading into the fourth term. Iceland then triggered a 20:14 run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Kari Jonsson (190-G-97) provided 14 points for the winners. Vladislav Staratelev (196-F/G-96) responded with 20 points for Russia.
United Kingdom - Ireland 66-56 Great Britain fired past Ireland in Group C action. Kyle Carey (198-F/G-97) came up with 18 points to lead the winners. Great Britain led by just a single point at halftime 33:32. They extended the margin at 5-point mark heading into the fourth term. Great Britain followed with a 17:12 run in the fourth quarter to ice the victory. Jules Akodo (188-G-96) provided 14 points for the winners. Jordan Blount (198-G-97) responded with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Ireland.
Greece - Holland 68-36 Greece experienced little problems en route to the second straight victory at the championship. The hosts overcame Netherlands for 2-0 record in Group C. Vasileios Charalampopoulos (205-SF-97) posted 16 points to lead the Hellenes. Greece piled up a 33:17 halftime lead. They stretched the margin at 26-point mark before the fourth term and cruised to the victory in the final stanza. Vasileios Toliopoulos posted 11 points for the winners. Joey Liem (194-G-96) and Sjoerd Koopmans (195-G/F-97) had 7 points each for Netherlands.
Kosovo - Albania 62-55 Kosovo opened win count in Chalkida. They held off Albania for the first win. Blendi Kadusha (188-G-96) posted 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Albania eked out a 30:29 halftime lead. But Kosovo jumped to a 44:43 lead before the final term. They followed with an 18:12 run in the fourth stanza to seal the victory. Rinor Peci (187-PG-97) netted 14 points for the winners. Celis Taflaj (201-SF-98) answered with 19 points for Albania.
Bulgaria - Croatia 47-81 Croatia knocked down Bulgaria for the second straight win in Greece. Mladen Vujicevic (203-F/C-96) came up with 16 points for the winning side. Croatia recorded a 38:28 halftime lead. They went on an 18:5 run in the third term to clear off for good. Roko Badzim netted 13 points for the winners. Rumen Vasilev (205-C/F-96) answered with 19 points for Bulgaria.
Bosnia - Slovakia 97-51 Bosnia and Herzegovina cruised past Slovakia for the opening win in Group D. Haris Curevac (195-SG-96) came up with 14 points to lead the effort. Bosnia used a 25:6 run in the second term to clear off. They followed with a 52-point second half outburst to seal the win. Aleksandar Lazic (201-F/G-96) netted 13 points for the winners. David Abraham (190-F-96) responded with 11 points for Slovakia.
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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