Iceland - Greece 70-67 Iceland shocked the crowd in Chalkida as they eliminated Greece from the title race tonight. Kari Jonsson (190-G-97) came up with 29 points and 8 rebounds as Iceland advanced into Final and sealed their Division A birth. Greece posted a 37:32 halftime advantage. But Iceland stepped up defensively in the second half. They held the Hellenes to just 12 points in the third term and pulled ahead for a 2-point lead. Iceland sank 19 points in the fourth quarter and delivered a sensational victory. Jon Gudmundsson (192-G-96) had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Vasileios Charalampopoulos (205-SF-97) responded with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Greece.
Montenegro - Croatia 90-74 Montenegro clinched Division A birth. They overcame Croatia in the semifinal clash in Chalkida tonight. Five players scored in double digits for the winners. Aleksa Ilic (205-F-96, agency: BeoBasket) provided 19 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Montenegro accumulated a 40:32 halftime lead. Croatia pulled within 5 points at the final intermission. But Montenegro poured in 25 points in the final quarter and got away with a valuable victory. Zoran Nikolic (211-C-96) provided 16 points and 10 caroms for Montenegro. Borna Kapusta (182-PG-96) responded with 25 points for Croatia.
Georgia - Bosnia 49-89 Bosnia and Herzegovina thumped Georgia in the classification round. Five players scored in double digits for the Balkan team. Edin Atic (201-G/F-97) led the effort with 22 points. Bosnia went on a 31:11 run in the second term to secure a 23-point halftime lead. Bosnia followed with a 43:26 second half run to seal the win. Markus Loncar (213-C-96) and Kenan Karahodzic (209-C/F-96) netted 13 points apiece in the victory. Levan Maskhulia (200-SF-96) answered with 14 points and 12 rebounds for Georgia.
Poland - United Kingdom 78-74 Poland held off Great Britain in the classification round. Dominik Olejniczak (213-C-96) delivered 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Great Britain jumped to a 28:22 lead after the opening frame. But Poland managed to recover. They used a 20:13 rally in the fourth term to snatch a narrow victory. Igor Wadowski (196-PG-96, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 16 points for the winners. Pharroh Gordon (198-F-96) responded with 23 points for Great Britain.
Portugal - Romania 56-62 Romania fired past Portugal in the classification round. Emanuel Cate (206-C-97) tallied 17 points, 19 rebounds and 2 assists for the winning side. Romania established a 44:22 halftime advantage. Portugal picked up the tempo in the second half. They pulled within 10 points at the final intermission. Portugal stayed aggressive throughout the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat. Nicolae-Bogdan Nicolescu had 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Carlos Cardoso (183-PG-97) answered with 18 points for Portugal.
Russia - Ireland 90-35 Russia coasted past Ireland behind 17 points from Fedor Shpakov (200-F-97). Russia dominated from start to finish. They piled up a comfortable 40:13 halftime lead. Russia followed with a 50:22 second half rally to ice the win. Daniil Sinegubov (203-F-96) tossed in 15 points for Russia. Jordan Blount (198-G-97) responded with 11 points for Ireland.
FYR Macedonia - Slovakia 92-75 Filip Bakoch (204-C-96) posted 24 points and 11 rebounds as FYR Macedonia rallied past Slovakia. FYR Macedonia accumulated a 50:36 halftime lead. Slovakia pulled within 6 points at the final intermission. But FYR Macedonia used a 23:12 run in the fourth term to seal the win. Dejan Srbinovski (186-G-97) had 17 points and 9 assists for the winners. David Abraham (190-F-96) and Filip Halmes (199-F-97) answered with 12 points each for Slovakia.
Belarus - Holland 76-43 Belarus knocked down Netherlands in the classification round. Maksim Salash (206-C/F-96, agency: Alti Sport) posted 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the winners. Belarus piled up a 40:26 halftime lead. They stayed in charge throughout the second half. Belarus breezed to the victory as Mikita Stasilevich (195-G/F-96) had 15 points for the winners. Jan Driessen (202-G/F-96) responded with 11 points for Netherlands.
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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