Germany - Israel 89-73 Germany rolled past Israel to advance into the quarterfinal stage. Jan Niklas Wimberg (206-F-96) posted 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Germany accounted for a 43:38 halftime lead. They fired 27 points in the third term to take a 10-point lead at the final intermission. Germany maintained the lead throughout the fourth quarter and marched to the win. Andreas Obst (192-SG-96, agency: BeoBasket) produced 15 points for Germany. Tamir Blatt (180-PG-97) responded with 15 points and 7 assists for Israel.
Spain - Hungary 87-66 Spain eased past Hungary in the eighthfinal clash in Helsinki. Santiago Yusta (200-F/G-97) led well-balanced effort with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Spain unloaded 30 points in the first period to take a 20-point lead. They cruised to the victory afterwards. Francisco Alonso, Sergi Garcia (191-PG-97) and Yankuba Sima (211-C-96) had 10 points each for the winning side. Balint Mocsan (193-G-97) responded with 17 points for Hungary.
Finland - Lithuania 62-81 Lithuania had little problems reaching the quarterfinal stage in Helsinki. They upset hosting Finland in the playoffs today. Tautvydas Paliukenas (192-SG-96) posted 20 points to lead the visitors. Lithuania ignited a 26:11 run in the second term to take a 16-point halftime lead. They followed with a 25:14 run in the third term and cleared off for good. Martynas Echodas (204-C/F-97) produced 17 points in the victory. Lauri Markkanen (213-PF-97) responded with 22 points and 8 boards for Finland.
Turkey - France 82-75 Turkey beat France to advance into the next round of action in Helsinki. Omer Yurtseven (213-F/C-98) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. France and Turkey stayed neck and neck throughout the first half. The scoreboard read 39:39 at the interval. However Turkey spurred ahead in the third term. They piled up a 61:55 lead at the final break. Turkey sank 21 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the win. Yigit Arslan (195-SG-96, agency: Octagon Europe) delivered 15 points for the winners. Elie Okobo (188-SG-97) responded with 23 points for France.
Ukraine - Belgium 95-73 Ukraine coasted past Belgium to reach the quarterfinal stage. Sergiy Pavlov (199-PF-97, agency: AproK Sports Group) stepped up with 18 points for Ukraine. Belgium accounted for 27:24 lead at the first break. But Ukraine went on a 52:26 rally in the next two quarters to surge ahead for good. Oleksandr Kobets (194-SF-96) provided 15 points in the win. Thomas Akyazili (188-PG-97) answered with 13 points for Belgium.
Serbia - Italy 65-70 Italy overcame Serbia to remain in the title hunt. Diego Flaccadori (194-PG-96) came up with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the Azzurri. Serbia looked solid in the first half. They piled up a 36:30 halftime lead. They extended the gap at 8-point mark at the final break. But Italy responded with a strong 25:12 run in the fourth term and stunned Serbia. Daniel Donzelli (200-SG-96) had 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Vasilije Vucetic (209-F/C-96) replied with 16 points for Serbia.
Czech Republic - Slovenia 79-77 OT Czech Republic survived overtime to nip Slovenia in the eighthfinal clash. Matej Svoboda (200-F-96) was pivotal with 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Czech Republic eked out a 34:33 halftime lead. They stretched the lead at 5-point mark heading into the fourth frame. Slovenia denied the deficit in the next period and forced overtime. Czech Republic fired 13 points in the extra period and sealed the winning outcome. Martin Roub (203-C-97) had 19 points for the winners. Sandi Grubelic (190-PG-96, agency: XL Basketball Agency) responded with 18 points for Slovenia.
Sweden - Latvia 53-66 Latvia stayed in the title race in Helsinki. They rallied past Sweden in the playoffs. Rihards Lomazs (187-G-96) scored 17 points to lead the winners. Latvia established a 35:19 halftime lead. They protected the lead throughout the second half and raced to the win. Klavs Cavars (205-C-96) produced 12 points for Latvia. Sheriff Drammeh (186-G-96) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds 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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