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.
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.
Vladimir Pichkurov scored a game-winning lay-up with eight seconds remaining to give Russia an 81-79 win over Turkey in the teams final quarter-final round game at the Termosteps U16 European Championship in Spain.
The victory gave Russia a 3-0 quarter-final round record and ensured them a place in the semi-finals.
Russia's early run in the first quarter led to an 82-66 victory over Croatia in the Termosteps U16 European Championship quarter-final round action.
Russia went on a 13-0 run early in the first quarter to open up a nine-point advantage and took greater command by going on a 12-4 spurt in the second quarter to eventually take a 49-28 edge into halftime.
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