Portugal - Georgia 55-82 Georgia outgunned Portugal to gain 2-1 record in Group A. Davit Lomidze (197-G-97) finished with 25 points to pace the winners. Portugal jumped to a 17:13 lead after ten minutes. But Georgia responded with a stunning 29:1 run in the second term to surge ahead. Georgia extended the gap at 31-point mark heading into the fourth frame and never looked back en route to the win. Giorgi Turdziladze (207-C/F-97) netted 13 points for the winners. Diogo Brito (190-PG-97) responded with 10 points for Portugal.
Armenia - Montenegro 44-78 Montenegro recorded the fourth straight victory in Chalkida. They cruised past Armenia to stay undefeated. Vasilije Knezevic (202-C-96) delivered 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Montenegro unleashed 55 points in the second half to build a 35-point halftime lead. Armenia could not recover from the blow and had to surrender at the end. Ognjen Carapic (195-SG-98, agency: BeoBasket) posted 13 points for the winners. Aram Arslanian (192-PF-98) responded with 17 points for Armenia.
Poland - Estonia 60-48 Poland outgunned Estonia for the third consecutive victory in Chalkida. Marcel Ponitka (193-G-97) and Grzegorz Kulka (204-PF-96) finished with 14 points each for the winners. Poland went on a 20:2 run in the second term to open a 22-point halftime lead. Estonia cut the deficit at 11-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. But Poland maintained the advantage throughout the final stanza and raced to the win. Maciej Bojanowski (200-F-96) netted 9 points for the winners. Kregor Hermet (204-PF-97) responded with 15 points for Estonia.
Belarus - Russia 58-84 Russia beat Belarus to improve at 2-2 record in Chalkida. Kirill Pisklov (195-PG-96) came up with 27 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Russia stayed dominant in the first half. They piled up a massive 44:22 halftime lead. Russia maintained the lead throughout the second half and marched to the victory. Azat Tukmakov (190-SG-96) tossed in 14 points for Russia. Maksim Salash (206-C/F-96, agency: Alti Sport) responded with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Belarus.
Greece - Kosovo 103-44 Greece kept on winning in Chalkida. They hosts bruised Kosovo to stay perfect. Vasileios Toliopoulos (186-PG-96, agency: Octagon Europe) posted 19 points to lead the winners. Greece unloaded 60 points in the first half to gain a comfortable 39-point halftime lead. Greece eased to the victory in the second half. Georgios Tsalmpouris (216-PF-96, college: Iowa St.) produced 16 points for the winners. Ermir Gashi (200-F/C-97) and Andi Shehu (200-F-97) responded with 13 points each for Kosovo.
Ireland - Albania 67-47 Ireland improved at 2-2 record in Group C following a comfortable victory over Albania. Jordan Blount (198-G-97) tossed in 18 points, made 6 steals and 6 assists to lead the Irish team. Ireland accounted for a 23:6 lead after ten minutes. They extended the gap at 24-point mark at the final break and coasted to the victory in the fourth stanza. Eoghan Kiernan (208-F/C-96) produced 14 points for the winners. Celis Taflaj (201-SF-98) responded with 13 points for Albania.
United Kingdom - Holland 48-40 Great Britain outscored Netherlands to record the fourth consecutive victory at the tournament. Callum Lawson (196-F-96) provided 18 points to lead the British side. Netherlands earned a 13:8 lead ten minutes into the game. But Great Britain limited their opponents to just 2 points in the second term to secure a 16:15 halftime lead. They sank 21 points in the fourth quarter and rolled to yet another victory. Pharroh Gordon (198-F-96) delivered 7 points for the winners. Jan Driessen (202-G/F-96) responded with 14 points for Netherlands.
Bosnia - Romania 73-58 Bosnia and Herzegovina beat Romania for the second victory in Chalkida. Kenan Karahodzic (209-C/F-96) posted 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Bosnia established a 19:7 lead after ten minutes. Romania cut the deficit at 2-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. But Bosnia sank 26 points in the final stanza and iced the win. Edin Atic (201-G/F-97) posted 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Marius Ciotlaus (196-SF-96) responded with 18 points for Romania.
Slovakia - Croatia 54-92 Croatia secured the fourth straight victory at the tournament. They stormed past Slovakia in Group D action. Luka Bozic (199-PG-96, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Croatia piled up a 41:30 halftime lead. They followed with a strong 51:24 second half run to ice the victory. Borna Kapusta (182-PG-96) netted 16 points for the winners. Jakub Meress (200-PF-96) answered with 15 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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