|Jito Kok and the Dutch had one goal and that was promotion but had to endure a leson by the Czechs and will stay in Division B one more year|
Ukraine and Czech Republic are the happiest teams in the U16 European Championship Division B in Tallinn, Estonia after qualifying to the higher division thanks to wins in the semi-finals.
The Czechs crushed Netherlands 70-47 and showed they mean business, while Ukraine edged Slovenia 83-81 in a big thriller to reach Division A.
Both qualifying teams were the ones who were relegated in 2009 and so complete a come back after just a single year.
Ukraine dominated the game completely for 34 minutes but were almost shocked by a huge comeback by Slovenia, who came as close as one point behind but eventually lost 83-81.
Volodymyr Gerun scored 25 points and added 13 rebounds for the celebrating team while Danylo Zuikov added 17 points, six assists and five rebounds.
Luka Kokol scored 16 points, while Aleksej Nikolic added 15 and Filip Pesek finished with 14 points.
It was a late second quarter run that put Ukraine on top and with a 10-0 run set the gap on 53-37 after 20 minutes of offensive game.
Ukraine maintained the gap in the third quarter, and even after Nikolic cut it down to only 12 early in the fourth quarter, Ukraine had the tools to set the gap on 78-60 with 6:22 to play, but that was the sign for Slovenia to start their last run.
Kokol was on fire from the arc and when his teammates joined him the teams entered the last 36 seconds with Ukraine up 80-79 after reciveing a 2-19 run in which Slovenia scored five three pointers.
Volodymyr Pishchikov scored twice from the foul line with 18 seconds to guy, and Nikolic did the same at the other end to make it a one point game again, before Danylo Zuikov scored just the second shot to set the final score of the game.
Nikolic still had a chance to win the game, but his three pointer right before the final buzzer went out and saved Ukraine.
Czech Republic led the entire game but won the last quarter 22-7 to write the big 23 point difference at the buzzer behind 18 points by Martin Peterka and Jan Svandrlik added 15 with six rebounds. Shane Hammink was the top scorer of the losing side with 20 points while Jito Kok had eight points and 11 boards.
At the bottom of the first quarter the Czechs led 19-13 and with another push towards the end of the first half took a 30-21 lead. Netherlands were down just 46-40 inside the 29th minute, but then left unspoken as their rivals scored 12 points in a row to make it an 18 point gap and decide the game midway in the last quarter.