Van Oostrum Heads All Tournament Team

21 July 2013

Devon Van Oostrum (Great Britain), Mateusz Ponitka & Przemyslaw Karnowski (Poland), Emmanuel Lecomte (Belgium) & Rosco Allen (Hungary
The All Tournament Team: Przemyslaw Karnowski (POL), Rosco Allen (HUN), Mateusz Ponitka (POL), Devon Van Oostrum (GBR), Emmanuel Lecomte (Belgium)

Great Britain's Devon Van Oostrum crowned his outstanding performances at the U20 European Championship Division B by snatching the award for the Tournament MVP on Sunday.

Van Oostrum raised eyebrows in Pitesti, averaging 26.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists-per-night.

Having proven his leadership once more in the semi-final against Hungary, firing his side to the title game and promotion, the guard ended the tournament with another big performance, producing 29 points and five assists.

It was a bittersweet night however, as Great Britain fell to Poland, 71-83, taking the silver medal in the end.

The Polish team, who ironically suffered their only loss of the tournament against Great Britain in the group stage, went all the way, with two of their players earning a spot on the All Tournament Team.

Mateusz Ponitka and Przemyslaw Karnowski both debuted for the senior national team during the EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round last summer, and built further on their reputation in their last appearance with the U20 team.

Karnowski delivered a big tournament double-double of 15.9 points and 11.9 rebounds, while Ponitka added another 15.6 points and 5.5 boards a night.

The three finalists were joined on the All Tournament Team by Hungary's Rosco Allen and Belgium's Emmanuel Lecomte, who led their respective sides to the semi-finals.

The two sides battled it out for third place and it was Allen to put a smile on his face after the final whistle, as Hungary edged Belgium 70-69 to clinch promotion.

Cyprus received the Fair Play Award for their remarkable sportsmanship throughout the championship.


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