It was an eventful final day at the U20 European Championship Men 2010 in Croatia and not just because of the fight to get a podium place.
The nerves were jangling ahead of the main event in the Relegation Round as Turkey, Netherlands and Germany fought for their Division A lives.
The fight for survival at the U20 European Championship Men 2010 in Croatia is still in full swing heading into the final day of action in the Relegation Round.
While Czech Republic have already dropped straight back to Division B after having only achieved promotion last summer, it's all still to be decided for Netherlands, Germany and Turkey.
It was third time lucky for Italy as a game-high 25 points from Alessandro Gentile helped to punch their ticket for the U20 European Championship for Men 2010 Qualifying Round after a physical contest with Netherlands who will now have to try and preserve their recently acquired Division A status in the relegation round.
When Netherlands stepped onto the court against France in Makarska it marked a small but not insignificant part of basketball history - for it was the first time in Division A for the Dutch U20 men and so far, it has been a tough initiation.
According to Jessey Voorn, the Amsterdam guard who was one of the key players who helped clinch promotion last summer in Skopje, it is simply a case of believing for the newest team on the Division A block.
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