Lithuania - Hungary 128-69 Lithuania celebrated the first win in Helsinki. They thrashed Hungary for 1-1 record in Group A. Eight players scored in double figures for the winners. Laurynas Birutis (215-C/F-97) netted 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the Baltic team. Lithuania unleashed 60 points in the first half to open a 27-point halftime lead. Lithuania followed with a 41-point effort in the third term and run away for good. Martynas Varnas (196-G/F-97) totaled 17 points for the winning side. Balint Mocsan (193-G-97) accounted for 32 points for Hungary.
Germany - Turkey 63-67 Turkey knocked down Germany for the second straight victory in Group A. Yigit Arslan (195-SG-96, agency: Octagon Europe) notched 15 points to lead the winners. Turkey accounted for a 22:11 lead after ten minutes. But Germany used a 28:12 surge to gain a 39:34 halftime lead. Germany extended the gap at 8-point mark at the final intermission. Turkey responded with a 23:11 rally in the fourth term and iced the victory. Omer Yurtseven (213-F/C-98) provided 14 points for the winning side. Andreas Obst (192-SG-96, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 17 points for Germany.
France - Israel 66-86 Israel stormed past France for the second straight win in Group B. Six players scored in double digits for the winners. Daniel Koperberg (208-F-97) topscored with 21 points for Israel. They drove to a 44:32 halftime lead. Israel boosted the gap at 22-point mark at the final intermission. France narrowed the deficit in the fourth stanza but had to surrender at the end. Roi Huber (184-PG-97) chipped in 12 points for the winners. Elie Okobo (188-SG-97) answered with 22 points for France.
Finland - Spain 91-90 OT Finland earned the first win in Helsinki. They nipped Spain in overtime thriller. Lauri Markkanen (213-PF-97) posted 33 points and 7 rebounds to lead the hosts. The teams were tied at 45 at the interval. Finland jumped to a 5-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. But Spain unloaded 25 points in the next period to force overtime. Finland however outscored their opponents in the extra period to secure a vital victory. Okko Jarvi (192-F-96) and Tomas Murphy (205-F/C) finished with 13 points each for the winners. Marc Garcia (199-SF-96) responded with 23 points and 10 rebounds for Spain.
Latvia - Slovenia 78-71 Latvia beat Slovenia for 1-1 record in a highly contestant Group C. Klavs Cavars (205-C-96) delivered 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Baltic side. Slovenia enjoyed a 14:9 lead after ten minutes. But Latvia erased the deficit and secured a 31:29 halftime lead. Slovenia dropped 27 points in the third term to regain the lead. But Latvia came up with a 28:15 run in the fourth stanza to ice the win. Verners Kohs (206-F-97) had 18 points for Latvia. Nejc Martincic (182-PG-97) responded with 21 points for Slovenia.
Ukraine - Serbia 90-69 Oleksandr Kobets (194-SF-96) nailed 20 points to lead Ukraine past Serbia. Ukraine got to a very strong start. They accumulated a 25:14 run in ten minutes. Ukraine maintained the lead throughout the second frame and built a 46:34 halftime lead. Ukraine followed with a 44-point effort in the second half to seal the victory. Sergiy Pavlov (199-PF-97, agency: AproK Sports Group) tossed in 17 points for the winning side. Slobodan Jovanovic (193-SG-97) responded with 13 points for Serbia.
Belgium - Italy 64-89 Italy rolled past Belgium to open win count in Helsinki. Diego Flaccadori (194-PG-96) posted 16 points and 6 assists to lead the Azzurri. Italy accumulated a 41:28 halftime lead. They boosted the gap at 17-point mark at the final intermission and coasted to the win in the fourth stanza. Federico Mussini (185-G-96) provided 13 points for the Azzurri. Sigfredo Casero-Ortiz (185-G-97) responded with 13 points for Belgium.
Czech Republic - Sweden 67-61 Czech Republic secured the second victory in a row in Helsinki. They overcame a slow start to beat Sweden in Group D. Matej Svoboda (200-F-96) came up with another big performance scoring 22 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Sweden established a 22:7 lead after ten minutes. But Czech Republic used a 21:8 rally in the third term to take a 3-point lead. They sank 23 points in the fourth stanza to ice the win. Filip Kroutil (185-PG-96) delivered 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Sheriff Drammeh (186-G-96) responded with 25 points for Sweden.
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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