Day Three: FYROM, Netherlands And Poland Stay Perfect

19 July 2009
By David Hein

Hosts FYROM, Czech Republic, Netherlands and Poland all collected victories on day three of the U20 European Championship Men Division B to improve to 2-0 in their respective groups.

Marko Simonovski collected 23 points and 10 rebounds as FYROM knocked off Hungary 68-66 in Group D thanks to a late surge.

Trailing 62-61, Ivica Dimcevski knocked down a three-pointer and Ivan Nancheski and Vladimir Brckov combined to make four of six free throws in the final 23 seconds to ice the victory.

Hungary dropped to 1-1 in the group.

Austria are also 1-1 after beating Bulgaria 55-53 thanks to 13 points and 12 rebounds from Rasid Mahalbasic, who also knocked down the winning jumper at the buzzer.

The Czech Republic improved to 2-0 atop Group C with a comfortable 92-42 victory over 0-2 Switzerland. David Jelinek paced five Czech players in double figures with 12 points. All 12 players scored for the Czechs.

The Netherlands also moved to 2-0 in Group C by pasting 0-2 Romania 71-42. Jessey Voorn and Hieronymous Van Der List both hit for 12 points to lead the Dutch.

Poland sit alone atop Group B with an easy 81-52 win over Norway to move to 2-0. Piotr Pamla's 17 points led five players in double figures. Norway fell to 1-1.

Finland are also 1-1 in Group B after beating Great Britain 82-74 thanks to 19 points from Matias Ojala and 17 from each Roopi Ahonen and Antti Kanervo.

In Group A, Portugal bounced back from a loss against Luxembourg by knocking off Slovakia 92-64 to improve to 2-1. Jose Silva scored 19 points and Joao Soares hit 18 points.

Slovakia fell to 0-2 in the group.

Georgia also moved to 1-1 in Group A with an 88-53 thrashing of Luxembourg, who dropped to 1-2. Nika Metreveli scored 18 points for Georgia and Levan Shengelia added 15 points and 10 rebounds.

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