Russia are the 2005 ACI Trading Ltd U20 European Champions after a 61-53 defeat against Lithuania in Sunday’s final.
In a mistake-filled, tension-packed contest, it was Russia who were able to just do enough to edge their counterparts after an enthralling 40 minutes.
It took Lithuania almost 36 minutes to grab a meaningful lead in their semi-final against Israel at the ACI Trading Ltd U20 European Championship Men in Chekov on Saturday evening.
But once they had the advantage, the Lithuanians held on for a thrilling victory that sees them through to Sunday's final against hosts Russia.
In what could very well be a preview of Sunday's final, Lithuania and Serbia & Montenegro met on Wednesday at the ACI Trading Ltd U20 European Championship in Chekov.
Both sides were unbeaten going into the contest, but it was Lithuania who managed to keep their 100% record intact, defeating Serbia & Montenegro 62-67 in a tightly contested game.
Lithuania preserved their 100% winning record at the ACI Trading Ltd U20 European Championship Men in Chekov on Tuesday with an 87-65 win over France.
Despite the eventual 22-point margin, Lithuania were made to work for the victory and faced easily their toughest challenge of the tournament so far.
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