Iceland - Georgia 94-54 Iceland stormed past Georgia to advance into the semifinals. Six players scored in double digits to lead the winners. Kristinn Palsson (198-G/F-97) and Hjalmar Stefansson (196-F-96) accounted for 15 points each for the Icelandic side. They reeled off to a massive 29:5 lead after the opening quarter. Iceland maintained the lead throughout the reminder of the encounter and sealed the victory. Jon Gudmundsson (192-G-96) had 13 points and 7 caroms for Iceland. Maizer Revazashvili (207-F-96) answered with 14 points for Georgia.
Greece - Bosnia 77-51 Vasileios Charalampopoulos (205-SF-97) finished with 23 points and 9 rebounds to carry Greece past Bosnia and Herzegovina in the quarterfinal clash. The hosts had to overcome a slow start. Bosnia grabbed an 18:11 lead ten minutes into the game. But Greece picked up the tempo in the next quarters. They went on a massive 66:33 rally to seal the victory. Thomas Kottas (206-C-96) provided 18 points for the Hellenes. Markus Loncar (213-C-96) and Kenan Karahodzic (209-C/F-96) answered with 14 points each for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Croatia - United Kingdom 69-53 Croatia remained in Division A birth quest. They overcame Great Britain en route to the semifinal stage in Chalkida. Goran Filipovic (180-PG-96) and Luka Bozic (199-PG-96, agency: Octagon Europe) delivered 15 points apiece in the victory. Croatia piled up a 35:27 halftime lead. They went on a 19:10 run in the third term to clear off for good. Lovro Mazalin (204-SF-97, agency: BeoBasket) helped with 13 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Jules Akodo (188-G-96) and Josh Steel responded with 12 points apiece for Great Britain.
Montenegro - Poland 63-51 Montenegro reached the semifinal stage in Chalkida. They beat Poland in the quarterfinal clash. Petar Popovic (191-PG-96, agency: BeoBasket) posted 16 points to lead the winning side. Montenegro established a 35:31 halftime lead. Poland pulled within 2 points at the final intermission. However Montenegro limited their opponents to just 6 points in the fourth frame and raced to the victory. Aleksa Ilic (205-F-96, agency: BeoBasket) had 9 points and 15 rebounds for the Balkan team. Bartosz Jankowski (193-G/F-96) responded with 14 points for Poland.
Russia - FYR Macedonia 92-59 Russia cruised past FYR Macedonia in the classification round. Daniil Sinegubov (203-F-96) stepped up with 15 points for the winners. Russia accumulated a 45:33 halftime lead. They went on a 24:8 run in the third term to clear off for good. Timofey Yakushin (194-PG-97) had 14 points in the win. Andrej Cvetkovski (192-PG-96) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds for FYR Macedonia.
Romania - Holland 71-54 Emanuel Cate (206-C-97) scored 20 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and issued 5 assists to lead Romania past Netherlands. Romania dominated in the first half. They claimed a 37:25 halftime lead. Romania extended the gap at 20-point mark at the final intermission and raced to the win. Marius Ciotlaus (196-SF-96) had 14 points for the winning side. Terrence Bieshaar (208-C-97) responded with 10 points for Netherlands.
Portugal - Belarus 75-74 Portugal nipped Belarus in Chalkida today. Francisco Amiel came up with 17 points to lead the winners. Belarus built a 37:28 halftime lead. However Portugal managed to rescue the game. They went on a 27:17 rally in the fourth term and snatched the win. Nuno Sa (200-F-97) delivered 13 points for the winners. Maksim Salash (206-C/F-96, agency: Alti Sport) responded with 15 points and 12 rebounds for Belarus.
Albania - Bulgaria 56-76 Bulgaria rallied past Albania in the classification round clash. Alex Ouandie (197-F-96) came up with 23 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Bulgaria piled up a 44:31 halftime lead. They did not slow down in the second half and cruised to the victory. Nikolay Vanguelov (212-C-96) and Rumen Vasilev (205-C/F-96) added 12 points each for the winners. Celis Taflaj (201-SF-98) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Albania.
Armenia - Estonia 74-68 Armenia outscored Estonia in the classification round. Steven Enoch (211-F/C-97) posted 30 points and 15 rebounds to lead the winners. Estonia eked out a 38:37 halftime lead. But Armenia responded with a 37:30 second half run to snatch a tough victory. Aram Arslanian (192-PF-98) provided 15 points for Armenia. Ivo-Van Tamm (198-PF-96) responded with 15 points and 11 caroms for Estonia.
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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