Promotion Games Set

12.08.2010

Roundup

The semi-final pairs are set in the U16 European Championship Division B in Tallinn, Estonia after today's results in Group E and Group F.

Czech Republic will take on Netherlands while Ukraine will fight with Slovenia for the two tickets to Division A bestowed to the finalists of the competition.

The Czechs won Group E and were followed by Ukraine who took their seat in the train only in the last second clash with the second qualifier.

Slovenia stand on top of Group F and were joined by Netherlands following a 13 point win to eliminate Georgia from the race.

The Dutch needed a 10 point win to pass the Georgians, and completed the task with style to take the second ticket to the semi-finals in their group.

Czech Republic lost but qualified from the top spot with Ukraine, leaving Slovak Republic behind in a three-way tie. Ukraine saw Volodymyr Gerun and Kristian Lugovtsov score 18 points each and the later add 14 rebounds that turned out very crucial. Martin Peterka led the Czechs with 21 points. After a close game for 40 minutes it was Ukraine with the last ball and after a missed shot Lugovtsov stepped up with a tip-in in the last second to give his team the win and the spot in the semi-finals.

The Slovaks needed to beat Switzerland to qualify and faced no problems with an 89-64 win, but also needed a Czech win to leave Ukraine behind, which didn't happen.

In the parallel group Slovenia needed a win to secure their spot in the semi-finals and did that with ease with a 65-49 victory over Hungary as Marton Varga combined 14 points with seven rebounds. Slovenia saw Tomaz Bolcina star with 13 points and nine boards. The teams were tied early in the last quarter, before Slovenia wrote a 10-2 run that was enough to decide the game.

Netherlands faced Georgia in hope to get a 10 point win that will push them above their opponent in the standings and made it happen with a big fourth quarter and an 85-72 win. The Dutch opened the last quarter with a jumper that gave them the needed 10 point difference, and stunned the Georgians with a 11-3 run to open a 20 point gap. Georgia still cut it back to 11 point gap with 12 seconds to play, but their rivals secured it from the charity stripe. Shane Hammink had 19 points and added 12 rebounds for the celebrating side while Bas Veenstra scored 17 and Jito Kok combined 10 points with six blocks. Levan Lolishvili was the top scorer for the upset side with 27.


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