Fábio Lima’s clutch shooting helped Portugal to a 92-83 win over Belgium in the second day of quarter-final round play at the UMCOR U18 European Championship Men Division B in Sibiu, Romania.
Trailing by three with under a minute to go, Lima buried a three to tie the game at 76 with 51 seconds remaining to force overtime.
Lima opened the extra session by hitting a jumper that started Portugal’s 16-7 advantage in overtime.
|Fábio Lima hit a game-tying three-pointer with under a minute to go in the game to force overtime.|
A three-pointer from Bento Cardosa with just over two minutes remaining turned out to be the final blow as Portugal went ahead eight, 85-78.
Lima finished with 21 points, while Cláudio Fonseca came up with 26 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks.
The overtime finish concluded a tough contest in which no team would lead by more than three points in the final nine minutes of the fourth quarter.
“In the end, we were better physically than Belgium and I think that was the deciding factor,” said Portugal’s coach Artur Lima.
“We could pressure them, change the rythmn of the game and that was important for us.”
Clark Leads England
In a game of spurts, England’s opening and closing runs were the difference in a 75-65 win over Sweden.
England started the game on a 20-6 run and led 39-22 at the half, but things unraveled for the English in the third quarter.
Sweden went on a 16-6 run to close the third quarter and cut the deficit to 48-47.
In the fourth, England’s Daniel Clark took over.
The 206-cm forward scored 12 of his game-high 25 points in the quarter and went on a run in which he scored seven straight points midway through the fourth to pull his side ahead 64-55.
Clark, who also pulled down 20 rebounds, put the exclamation point on his fourth quarter performance by hitting a three-pointer with 1:41 to go to put England in command with a 12-point lead.
“With the exception of Clark, we are not really skilled,” said English coach Tim Lewis about his team’s sporadic play.
“We play that way to keep the crowd in the game,” he later said with a smile.
England is one win shy of advancing to the semi-final round.
If that’s not motivation for these kids, then I don’t know what is,” Lewis said.
|Romania dominated the glass in their win over Austria.|
Nicoara Too Much For Austria
Titus Nicoara came within two assists of a triple double to help Romania to a 79-59 win over Austria.
The 200-cm forward had a monster performance with 30 points, 24 rebounds and eight assists as Romania dominated the second half en route to the victory.
A decisive factor in the game was Romania’s 60-33 rebounding advantage.
Estonia Edge Poland
In a match-up of two quarter-final round unbeatens, Estonia prevailed 75-68 over Poland.
Estonia's shooting down the stretch of the game keyed the win.
With 7:53 to go in the fourth quarter of a game that was close throughout, Poland’s Bartlomiej Czarkowski drew a foul.
Estonia’s Martin Rausberg kicked at a Polish player to pick up an unsportsmanlike foul and Czarkowski made four free throws to put Poland ahead 55-53.
But Estonia did not fold from the potential momentum breaking sequence and instead went on an 8-2 run to take a 61-55 edge midway through the fourth quarter.
Poland cut the deficit to one, but Illimar Pilk hit a three with 3:28 left in the game to put Estonia up four, 64-60.
Poland failed to connect on their next two possessions and a dunk from Timo Eichfuss followed by a running jumper from Pilk gave Estonia a commmanding eight point lead with just under two minutes remaining.
Poland's made a pair of three-pointers, but ran out of time in their bid for a comeback.