U18 MEN DIVISION B
Poland have taken a clear lead in Group E of the Quarter-Final Round at the U18 European Championship Division B after Wednesday action, while four teams are tied in Group F.
|Damian Jeszke was Poland's top scorer with 16 points|
Group E Game Day 1
The Polish assumed control of proceedings in their clash with the Netherlands after three minutes of play and, once installed in the driver's seat, they kept pulling away until securing a 22-point cushion, 52-30, midway through the third quarter.
They took their foot off the gas in the final frame but still cruised to a 66-50 victory to go top of the group with a 2-0 record, as they had carried one win over from the first stage of the tournament.
Poland's frontcourt was instrumental in their success as they out-rebounded the Dutch 48-32.
Power forward Damian Jeszke led all scorers with 16 points, also collecting six boards; center Mikolaj Witlinski meanwhile picked up a double-double of 11 points and 16 rebounds for Poland.
For the Dutch, Pim de Vries finished with 12 points and Lenno Witteveen added 11 points in losing efforts.
Earlier on Wednesday, tournament hosts F.Y.R. of Macedonia celebrated a comfortable 63-49 win over Estonia to improve to 1-1 in the group standings while the Estonians dropped to 0-2.
Similarly to Poland, the hosts went in the lead shortly after the opening exchanges and then stayed ahead until the end of the encounter.
F.Y.R. Of Macedonia's Kristijan Nikolov finished with a game-high 13 points and center Oliver Dvojakovski contributed a 12-point, 13-rebound double-double effort.
On Thursday, the hosts face the Netherlands while Estonia go up against Poland.
Group F Game Day 1
Sweden, Belgium, Israel and Montenegro are all level at 1-1 after the first day of action in Group F.
Belgium forced Israel to shoot only 29 percent from the floor (Israel also missed 14 of their 25 free throws) and as a consequence they were never in real danger on Wednesday, ultimately securing a 65-54 win.
Sam Hemeleers had 13 points and six assists for the Belgians and Vincent Kesteloot also scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds; for Israel, Yochai Zuckerman and Idan Zalmanson finished with 12 points each.
In the other Wednesday game in the group, Sweden could always find a score in transition and led Montenegro from start to finish to clinch a 74-55 victory.
Point guard Ludvig Hakanson collected a game-high 19 points and also dished out five assists for the Swedes, getting plenty of help from fellow back-court players Valter Lindström and Johan Löfberg, who finished with 15 and 14 points, respectively.
Center Zoran Nikolic was the only Montenegro player to score in double digits and picked up 12 points and eight rebounds.
On Thursday, Belgium are going up against Sweden while Israel will face off with Montenegro.