Semi-Finals Completed In Tel Aviv


The list for the semi-finals participants is complete after Group E was decided as well on Thursday evening at Tel Aviv, Israel in the U18 European Championship Division B with Finland and Czech Republic fit in the list of four qualifiers.

The two teams to qualify to the title game will win the ticket to the Division A European Championship in 2011.

After Israel and Montenegro already qualified yesterday tonight was the turn of Czech Republic, Finland and Belgium to fight for the two remaining spots and once the smoke cleared it was the Belgium team to stay out of the race.

Finland finished on top of Group E and will meet the 2nd from the parallel group - Israel for a fight for a single ticket to the Division A.

In case Finland prevail next year will be their first appearance in Division A in any Men's youth category.

Israel dropped to Division B last summer and will do their best to make it a quick and forgotten episode after just one year.

The second pair will feature Montenegro and Czech Republic.

Here as well Montenegro hold a chance to qualify for the first time ever to Division A with their U18 team while the Czechs dropped with Israel last year to Division B and would love to climb back up already after one year.

Group E was finally decided in a three-way tie between Finland, Czech Republic and Belgium all tied with a 2-1 record, yet the tie-breakers left the team of Belgium in the 3rd place.

Belgium needed to beat Finland by 11 to secure the spot in the semi-finals but eventually won by just 2 points after overtime 55-53, leaving them in suspense to follow the game between Czech Republic and Bosnia and Herzegovina crossing fingers for the Czech to drop that didn't come.

Arne Steinbach scored 19 and stole 3 balls for the winners while Yannick Desiron added 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Finland saw Kilian Cato top their lists in points and rebounds with 14 and 9 while Osku Heinonen added 12 points.

Belgium reached the desired 10 points lead midway in the 3rd quarter but Finland answered with 12 points in a row to take the lead.

Luckily for Belgium Steinbach hit a three pointer to send the game to overtime tied at 49-49 and give them another chance, but Finland were in charge and allowed just a 2 point loss, more than enough for them to continue their journey.

The 2nd game of the day presented a very motivated team from Czech Republic against the already eliminated team of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the final win of the Czechs 72-53 says it all.

Tom?s Vyoral was the best scorer of the game with 17 points followed by Jan Svejda and Martin Kriz with 12 each. Marko Miletic collected 10 for the losing side.

The Czechs used a late 2nd quarter run to open a 9 point gap, and after the break stretched it to double-digits, which was more than enough to decide the game and earn the ride to the Division A ticket game.

In Group E it was eventually Israel who dropped the first game while Montenegro remained unbeaten after a 75-70 score over the local team.

Montenegro finished the group in the first place while Israel suffered their first loss and finished 2nd.

Radosav Spasojevic had a big day with 26 points and added 6 rebounds while Israel saw 18 points by Noam Laish and 11 by Guy Lavie.

Israel was down just 66-65 inside the last 5 minutes, but saw their opponent run 9-2 and decide the game before Laish hit a three pointer that didn't make a big difference.

In a meaningless game in this group England crushed Estonia 102-70, but both teams will participate next year again in the Division B championship.


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