Unbeaten Germany, Belgium Storm Into Semi-Finals


Germany and Belgium both won again at U20 European Championship For Men Division B in Romania to storm into the semi-finals as the event's only undefeated sides.

Germany claimed a 71-62 victory over Portugal with Tom-Gerhard Spöler pouring in 14 points and Philipp Schwethelm scoring nine and grabbing seven rebounds.

The triumph improved Germany to 3-0 in Group E and set up a semi-final with Estonia.

Estonia came in second in Group F at 2-1 after edging hosts Romania 89-86 on Thursday behind 31 points from Tanel Kurbas.

Belgium topped Group F at 3-0 after an 84-72 win over the Netherlands, a game in which Thomas Dreesen had 19 points for the victors.

Sweden were second to Germany and advanced to the last four to face the Belgians despite losing their last qualifying round game 75-67 to FYR Macedonia.

The Swedes, Macedonians and Portuguese each had 1-2 records in the group, but the Scandinavians progressed because of a superior goal differential.

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