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30.07.2010

Classification Round

Klym Artamonov (Ukraine)
Klym Artamonov enjoyed a good night with 25 points 4 rebounds and 5 assists

Day 4 of the Classification Round featured two upsets as Bulgaria wrote their debut win in the group to keep a good chance for survival, while Ukraine recovered and became the first team to beat Germany.

With two games left to decide the fate of the teams Germany is still on top with a 3-1 record followed by Sweden and Ukraine with 2-2 each while Bulgaria is yet at the bottom, only now with a more positive record of 1-3.

After the tough loss to Sweden two days ago Ukraine fully recovered with a huge 74-59 win over Germany.

The 15 point margin will bestow Ukraine the tiebreaker advantage in case of a head-to-head tie with Germany, after the first game was won by Germany by almost the exact same score 73-59.

Despite one of the weakest performance of Olexiy Len in the championship who had 6 points and 5 rebounds Ukraine managed to put together a great game and dominate the court in the 2nd half after holding a 35-33 lead at the break.

Germany made too many mistakes on offense, turned the ball over and were held to 7 points in the 3rd quarter as Klym Artamonov and Oleksandr Prokopenko executed on the court.

The two guards finished as the top scorers of Ukraine with Artamonov having 25 and his team-mate reaching 17 and 7 rebounds.

Germany saw Philipp Neumann back in shape with 17 points and 11 rebounds while Mathias Mönninghoff had 13 with 8 rebounds.

In the 2nd game Bulgaria celebrated a 73-70 win over Sweden that was actually their first win of the competition.

Sweden won the first game between the two by 22 points and will have to regain their confidence towards the last two games to avoid a possible drop.

Samuel Francis (Bulgaria)
Samuel Francis dished out 5 assists to go with his 5 points

A close game for 40 minutes was eventually in the hands of Bulgaria who held on to it with brave, as Sweden were on top for the last time in the 25th minute, and after that needed to chase their rivals all the time.

Despite that, Bulgaria took a 62-54 lead with less than 5 minutes to play Sweden used a three pointer by Viktor Gaddefors to make it just a one point game within 3 minutes, but failed to convert more than that and saw Pavlin Ivanov and his gang celebrate their first win.

Tencho Tenchev led the winners with 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Ivanov had 11.

Marcus Eriksson was the top scorer of Sweden with 21 points, all of them from the three point line to reach 7 hits in 11 attempts although he missed the last ball to send the game to overtime. Jonathan Person had another good all-around performance with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists while Gaddefors added 13.


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