|23 July 2013|
U18 MEN DIV. B
|Jan Wimberg and Germany won their final First Round game but it was no enough to earn them a quarter-final spot|
The Netherlands qualified for the quarter-finals of the U18 European Championship Men Division B in Strumica, F.Y.R. of Macedonia despite a day five 65-48 defeat to Germany on Monday.
The two teams, along with Estonia, were tied on 4-1 records in Group B but the Netherlands and Estonia advanced by virtue of holding better points difference averages in games between the three teams.
Norway will join Germany in the classification games for ninth to 16th place after beating Georgia 80-67. Georgia and Austria filled the bottom two spots in the group and will go on to compete for 17th position.
Germany at least went out on a winning note after Jan Wimberg's first quarter jump shot sparked a 14-0 run to give the Germans a 19-7 lead.
They maintained the advantage for the rest of the game, punishing Dutch mistakes and scoring 25 points from turnovers, to win behind Joschka Ferner's 12 points as Julius van Sauers top-scored for the Netherlands with 14.
Estonia ensured their place in the final eight after leading Austria from start to finish.
The deficit was just three points late in the second quarter however, that is until Saimon Sutt's five points in the moments before the break started a 13-0 sequence that swung the game Estonia's way.
Sutt went on to top score with 19 points while Fabian Richter led Austira with 16.
Norway will enter their next stage with winning momentum after they outscored Georgia 25-7 in the fourth quarter of their final group game.
Sjur Berg hit the go-ahead jumper with the scores tied at 63 in the last six mintues before a strong finish including 10 of Johannes Dolven's 24 points.
Dolven also added 15 rebounds as Luka Zakradze paced Georgia with 13 - but it was not enough to bring them a first win.