Another set of 8 games took place in Day 3 of the European Championship U18 Division B in Tel Aviv, Israel and the groups start to mold.
In Group A Switzerland celebrated their debut win following a 63-55 victory over Slovak Republic as Zoran Zivanovic hit 14 for the winners and Jozef Oravec had 10 for the upset side. The Swiss team jump to a 1-2 record while the Slovaks count their 2nd loss in a row.
|Rannar Raap scored 14 points in his team's win over Luxembourg|
The Czech Republic faced the Netherlands in a battle between two unbeaten teams, and it was clear before the buzzer which side has the upper hand as the Czechs took a 68-52 win and improved to 2-0, while their opponent dropped to 2-1.
Group B featured two one-sided games when Hungary beat Portugal 71-56 and Belgium were better than Scotland by 17, 73-56, and keep the Scottish team winless after 2 games at the bottom of the group.
Hungary saw Balazs Kerpel-Fronius hit 15 and lead his team to their first victory in 2 games, while Belgium improved to 3-0 as Anthony Goetgeluck scored 13 and Yannick Desiron had 12 points and 13 rebounds. Portugal is 2nd in the group with a 1-2 record.
England improved to 2-1 in Group C after a 73-53 win over Romania behind 17 points by John Stewart and a 4th quarter blitz that doubled the gap, and downed Romania to 0-2.
"We are making a big progress in the tournament and learning from each game," shared England coach Tim Lascelles.
"We are improving defensively but I don't think we got to the peak of our ability overall. As long as we keep improving good things will happen!"
The hosts from Israel tied record with Belarus at 2-0 following an 85-72 victory over Denmark, who lost for the 3rd time in a row. Bar Timor led Israel with 18 points, 4 steals and 2 blocks while Noam Laish added 17. Soren Dossing was the top scorer of the Danish team with 24 points.
Group D witnessed Estonia jump to 3-0 after an 86-71 triumph versus Luxemourg. Janari Jöesaar had 20 points and 3 blocks for the winners while Luxembourg dropped to 0-2 as Ben Melcher and Gilles Polfer scored 17 each.
"I was afraid of this game because it was a must win game for us," said Estonia's coach Indrek Ruut.
"Last year we were in the same situation and we won only in overtime.
"Luxembourg is an undersized and fighting team and they played very good, we weren't prepared for that. Luckily we won," he admitted.
Austria enjoyed a big 84-72 win over Georgia to take a 1-2 record Carlos Novas shone with 20 points and Jozo Rados added 16 points and no less than 18 rebounds. Duda Sanadze scored 27 for Georgia who still seek for their first win after 2 games.