Final Wrap

21 July 2013
Poland, champions of the U20 European Championship Men Division B
Poland, Champions of the U20 European Championship Men Division B

Poland produced a sensational second half to topple Great Britain 83-71 in the final of the U20 European Championship Men Division B in Pitesti on Sunday.

The Brits had prevailed over Poland in the group stage but this was to be the Poles' party as they outscored their opponents 41-29 in the second half having led 44-42 after two quarters.

Despite posting a paltry 32 per-cent field goal percentage, Great Britain were still within reach heading into the final period.

But when Grzegorz Grochowski connected with a three-pointer to open up an 18-point gap in the final four minutes, Poland could begin to celebrate.

Grochowski tallied 23 points as Przemyslaw Karnowski added 13 and 16 rebounds while GB's Devon Van Oostrum led all scorers with 29.

The sides will meet again in Division A after semi-final victories confirmed their promotion and they will be joined by Hungary, who held off a late charge to beat Belgium 70-69 and take third place.

7. Grzegorz Grochowski (Poland)
Grzegorz Grochowski chasing down his coach with some refreshments

Hungary led for much of the game and went up 70-65 with 20 seconds to play behind László Polyák's three ball.

But Belgium weren't beaten. Louis Hazard grabbed the offensive board from Arno Mollekens' missed free throw - after he had hit the first - and found Glenn Vlamynck who connected from long-range.

This had the Belgians within one with six seconds to play but Hungary managed to see out the clock.

Luka Markovic was Hungary's hero once again with a game-high 27 points while Emmanuel Lecomte scored 20 for Belgium.

Portugal placed fifth following a 74-68 success against Switzerland.

Portugal never trailed but when Marko Mladjan hit back-to-back jump shots to end the third period it sparked a 15-0 Swiss run that cut the lead to 65-61.

Pedro Bastos responded with one of his three triples as Portugal survived.

Mladjan finished with 18 points and 14 boards while Bastos and Miguel Cardoso had 15 each, scoring seven of Portugal's ten three-pointers.

Seventh position went to the hosts Romania after they played a frantic final quarter to overcome the Netherlands 71-62.

14. László Polyák (Hungary)
László Polyák was celebrating as Hungary snatched the last available spot for Division A

Trailing 52-43 in the fourth, Romania scored 14 unanswered points in just over a minute, and rode that momentum across the finishing to line

Vladimír Brodziansky hit back-to-back baskets in the last minute to ensure Slovak Republic took ninth place with a 68-67 win over Luxembourg.

The forward finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds but his late lay-up and jump shot snatched victory for the Slovaks, who led for just 38 seconds prior to their late flourish.

The result confirmed Luxembourg came 12th, which was particularly harsh on Alex Laurent, who had 26 points and 12 rebounds.

Finland finished tenth after beating Cyprus 66-57.

A second quarter lay-up leading to two of Joonas Lehtoranta's 21 points started a 16-0 sequence, which opened up a 34-21 half-time advantage.

Cyprus hit-back to take a 45-41 lead behind baskets from Roberto Mantovani and Marios Georgiou before Finland pulled away following five points from Topias Palmi in the final five seconds of the third quarter.


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