Romania Fall To Netherlands


The Netherlands pipped Romania to top spot in Group D at the U20 European Championship for Men Division B with a 65-58 win on Tuesday.

Both teams finished with 2-1 marks but the Dutch took first in the group due to the victory in their head-to-head match-up, thus giving them a 1-0 mark and two points in Group F of the Qualifying Round for places one through eight.

Roeland Schaftenaar had 23 points and 14 rebounds for the visitors, who led by 13 in the third quarter only for Romania to fight all the way back and twice pull level in the contest.

Vlad Moldoveanu, who had a game-high 25 points and 14 boards for Romania, buried a jumper to tie the contest for the second time at 56-56 with 3:17 remaining but Schaftenaar scored seven points in a 9-0 run as the Dutch sealed the victory.

Joining the Netherlands in Group F and also starting with a 1-0 record and two points are Belgium, who finished top of Group C at 4-0 after an 89-60 thumping of Switzerland.

Belgium's B. Hockins Munda Mawejanangila poured in 21 points and handed out five assists while coming up with four steals.

Estonia were idle on Tuesday and finished second in the group at 3-1. They, like Romania, enter Group F with an 0-1 mark and just one point.

Germany and Portugal, meanwhile, have flying starts in Group E with both sides having yet to lose in four games.

Neither side played on Tuesday and finished top of their respective groups, thus earning 1-0 records and two points apiece for the next phase.

The other teams in Group E are FYR Macedonia and Sweden.

The Macedonians came second to the Portuguese in Group A with a 3-1 mark following a 79-63 triumph over Finland and the Swedes were second to Germany in Group B at 3-1 after a 105-62 drubbing of Ireland.

The Qualifying Round for ninth to 16th place has Group G with Great Britain, Ireland, Norway and the Czech Republic, and Group H with Austria, Poland, Slovak Republic and Hungary.

In the Classification Round for 17th to 19th Place in Group I are Finland, Azerbaijan and Switzerland.

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