Croatia, France Book Showdown For Ninth Place

14 July 2007

Croatia and France will face off on Sunday for ninth place at the U20 European Championship Men after collecting victories against Lithuania and Georgia, respectively.

Luka Drezga (pictured) scored 30 points and Ante Tomic had 10 points and 10 rebounds in Croatia's 96-82 win over Lithuania.

Croatia pulled ahead 25-7 and never looked back. The Lithuanians did cut the deficit to six points late in the third quarter, but they would get no closer than that.

Lithuania, who won just one of seven games in the tournament thus far, were led by 23 points and 12 rebounds from Povilas Butkevicius. And Ernestas Ezerskis had 18 points and six steals.
The Baltic nation will play Georgia on Sunday for 11th place.

Georgia, meanwhile, were man-handled by France 96-69 as Aaron Cel poured in 28 points and had eight rebounds while Nando De Colo had 15 points and Fabien Causeur chipped in 14.

Mikhail Chochua scored 17 points for Georgia, who led 39-30 in the second quarter before France went on a 42-13 run to open up a 20-point lead.

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