Ricard Rubio had a performance for the ages in Spain's thrilling 110-106 double overtime victory in the gold medal game of the Termosteps U16 European Championship in Spain.
Rubio, the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, tallied the highest total in FIBA Europe youth competition play this summer with an astounding 51 points, three of which came on a buzzer-beating half-court three-pointer that sent the game into overtime.
Serbia & Montenegro won the battle for third place after defeating Croatia 85-69.
It was anyone's game heading into the last period, with Serbia & Montenegro holding only a slight advantage at 57-54.
An electric performance by Teymuraz Babunashvili (pictured) helped guide Russia into the final of the Termosteps U16 European Championship at the expense of Serbia & Montenegro on Saturday.
The 1.86m guard scored 20 points, had five assists and pulled down four boards as his team won 82-74 in the first semi-final in Spain.
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Classification Games for 9th to 16th place
Classification Games for 5th to 8th place
Game for 15th and 16th place
Game for 13th and 14th place
Game for 11th and 12th place
Game for 9th and 10th place
Game for 7th and 8th place
Game for 5th and 6th place
Game for 3rd and 4th place
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