By David Hein
The Netherlands and Poland both took a big step to reaching the semi-finals of the U20 European Championship Men Division B by improving to 2-0 in their respective qualifying round groups.
Stefan Mladenovic scored five of his 18 points in the final 47 seconds as the Netherlands held off Austria 67-62 to improve to 2-0 in the Group F.
Jessey Voorn had 13 points, Ewoud Kloos scored 12 points and Hieronymus Van Der List chipped in 10 points for the Netherlands.
Austria fell to 0-2 despite 21 points and 11 rebounds by Rasid Mahalbasic.
In the other Group F game, David Jelinek had 24 points and six assists and Pavel Harcar scored 20 points as Czech Republic blasted hosts FYROM 91-69 as both teams moved to 1-1.
FYROM wasted 22 points, nine rebounds and four assists from Ivica Dimcevski.
Poland also improved to 2-0 in the qualifying round Group E with Piotr Pamula collecting 18 points, four rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Jakub Wojciechowski added 14 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and four blocks for the winners.
Kassim Nagwere hit for 14 points as Sweden dropped to 0-2.
Finland moved to 1-1 in Group E with a 68-59 victory over Georgia with Sami Ikavalko scoring 23 points and Matti Nuutinen collecting 13 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks.
Georgia dropped to 1-1 despite Tornike Shengelia scoring 19 points.
In the classification round, Stanislav Baldovsky poured in 22 points while Peter Dorazil collected 19 points and 13 rebounds in Slovakia's 83-67 victory over Romania to improve to 2-0 in Group I.
Romania fell to 0-1 despite Andrei Bercean scoring 20 points and Rolland Torok had 15 points and 15 rebounds.
In Group H, Bulgaria knocked off Great Britain 85-69 to move to 1-0 with Hristo Zahariev leading the way with 27 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Aleksandar Georgiev added 25 points, six rebounds and three blocks.
Great Britain dropped to 1-1.
Switzerland allowed just seven points in the third quarter in beating Luxembourg 76-66 to improve to 1-1 in Group G. Christophe Varidel paced the Swiss with 22 points.
Luxembourg fell to 0-1 despite 26 points, 11 rebounds and four steals by Christopher Jones in a losing effort.