Dasic Leads Montenegro To Historic Title

Montenegro rode a dominant opening period to beat Ukraine 89-68 at the U20 European Championship Men Division B and claim their first trophy since independence.

The Montenegrins jumped out to a 26-5 lead after the first 10 minutes and never looked back.

It has been an incredible event for Montenegrin basketball, which is competing now on its own without Serbia after having its federation recognised officially at the FIBA World Congress last year in Japan.

On this evidence, they are set to become a major player in Europe.

They stretched their advantage to 51-25 at half-time and, although Ukraine improved after the break, never looked like throwing the match away.

Suad Sehovic top scored for the victors with 18 points but it was Vladimir Dasic who again stole the limelight.

The 19-year-old power forward/center poured in 15 points and also pulled down six rebounds to complete a fine tournament.

Defeat was hard on Yuriy Lokhmanchuk, who scored 22 points for a Ukrainian side which had looked unbeatable before tonight after sweeping through the tournament.

Roman Gumenyuk grabbed 12 rebounds but it was not enough for Ukraine.

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