Montenegro - Portugal 66-36 Montenegro registered the third straight win at the tournament. They cruised past Portugal to remain undefeated in Group A. Petar Popovic (191-PG-96, agency: BeoBasket) and Ognjen Carapic (195-SG-98, agency: BeoBasket) delivered 10 points each to lead well-balanced effort. Montenegro claimed a 29:20 halftime lead. They went on a 22:8 run in the fourth quarter to ease to the victory. Aleksa Ilic (205-F-96, agency: BeoBasket) tossed in 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the winners. Diogo Brito (190-PG-97) responded with 8 points for Portugal.
Georgia - FYR Macedonia 85-61 Georgia outgunned FYR Macedonia for the first victory in Group A. Levan Maskhulia (200-SF-96) posted 18 points to lead the effort. Georgia opened a 30:8 lead after ten minutes. They extended the margin at 33-point mark at halftime. Georgia never looked back after the big break cruising to the victory. Davit Lomidze (197-G-97) chipped in 16 points for the winners. Andrej Magdevski (192-PG-96) responded with 10 points for FYR Macedonia.
Russia - Poland 60-70 Poland claimed the second straight victory in Chalkida. They upset Russia to improve at 2-0 record on top of Group B ladder. Dominik Olejniczak (213-C-96) posted 13 points to lead the effort. Poland piled up a 39:26 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 22 points at the final break and stayed in front till the final buzzer. Jakub Niziol (201-G/F-96) finished with 10 points for Poland. Russia replied with 14 points from Kirill Pisklov (195-PG-96).
Estonia - Iceland 72-75 Iceland recorded the second victory in Group B. They held off Estonia behind 19 points from Petur Birgisson (185-G-96). Iceland opened a 45:37 halftime lead. They boosted the gap at 13-point mark heading into the fourth frame. Estonia came up with a determined comeback rally in the final stanza but came up short at the end. Kari Jonsson (190-G-97) had 14 points for the winners. Taavi Jurkatamm (200-SG-97) responded with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Estonia.
Albania - Greece 35-97 Greece breezed past Albania for the third straight win in Chalkida. The hosts led from start to finish in this one. The Hellenes recorded a 48:20 halftime lead. They unleashed 49 points in the second half and eased to the win. Vasileios Toliopoulos (186-PG-96, agency: Octagon Europe) posted 29 points for the hosts. Vasileios Charalampopoulos (205-SF-97) delivered 18 points in the victory. Celis Taflaj (201-SF-98) responded with 11 points for Albania.
Kosovo - United Kingdom 58-72 Great Britain outscored Kosovo for the third consecutive victory in Chalkida. Pharroh Gordon (198-F-96) came up with 17 points for the winners. Great Britain accumulated a 34:28 halftime lead. They established an 8-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Great Britain sank 22 points in the fourth term and sealed the win. Jules Akodo (188-G-96) totaled 15 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for the British team. Andi Shehu (200-F-97) responded with 13 points and 8 caroms for Kosovo.
Holland - Ireland 58-64 OT Ireland outgunned Netherlands in overtime to open win count in Group C. Sean Flood (188-PG-96) tossed in 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the Irish side. Ireland secured a 17:9 lead after ten minutes. They arrived at the third break up by 7 points. But Netherlands limited their opponents to just 5 points in the fourth term to force overtime. Ireland rebounded in the extra period and sank 13 points to seal the win. Stephen O'Hanlon (180-G-97) notched 15 points for the winning side. Joey Liem (194-G-96) replied with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Dutch side.
Croatia - Bosnia 70-66 Croatia withheld a fierce opposition from Bosnia and Herzegovina en route to the third win at the tournament. Lovro Mazalin (204-SF-97, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory. Bosnia reeled off to a 24:13 lead after the opening frame. But Croatia pulled within 5 points at halftime. Bosnia regained control in the third term. They entered the fourth frame up by 8 points but it proved not enough at the end. Croatia ignited a commanding 25:13 run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Luka Bozic (199-PG-96, agency: Octagon Europe) tossed in 13 points for the winners. Aleksandar Lazic (201-F/G-96) responded with 22 points and 13 rebounds for Bosnia.
Romania - Bulgaria 76-49 Romania breezed past Bulgaria for the first victory in Group D. Emanuel Cate (206-C-97) stepped up with 19 points and 15 rebounds to lead the winners. Romania dominated throughout the entire game. They recorded a 40:22 halftime lead. Romania kept Bulgaria at distance throughout the second half and marched to the win. Sebastian Ionescu (185-PG-97) netted 17 points for the winners. Andrey Ivanov (206-F/C-96) responded with 13 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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