|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.