Germany, Belgium Win Promotion

10.08.2008

Germany and Belgium each clinched promotion to the U20 European Championship for Men on Saturday.

The two sides will go head to head 24 hours later in a battle for Division B gold in Targu Mures, Romania.

Robin Benzing poured in 18 points as the Germans remained unbeaten with a 77-65 triumph over Estonia.

Benzing and Co took command in the second quarter when they outscored the Baltic country 20-11 for a 39-28 lead at half-time.

The Estonians cut the deficit to eight early in the third quarter but got no closer.

Belgium also stayed undefeated but they had a much tougher time with Sweden, winning 70-67.

The Swedes got a great game from Jeffery Taylor (19 points, 14 rebounds) and led 65-64 with less than three minutes to go.

Olivier Troisfontaines buried a jump shot and Boris Penninck added two free throws to put Belgium in front by three.

Sweden's Christian Koutras replied with a jump shot to cut the deficit to 68-67 with 55 seconds left, only for B. Hockins Munda Mawejanangila to make two free throws a couple of seconds from the end.

Coutras put up a desperation heave in an attempt to force overtime but missed.

Mawejanangila led Belgium with 18 points.

Sweden and Estonia will now fight it out for third place.


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