Day Eight: Poles, Dutch Role Into Semis

24 July 2009
By David Hein

Poland and the Netherlands moved one step closer to promotion to Division A after booking their spots for the semi-finals of the U20 European Championship Division B with perfect records.

Poland scored the final seven points to knock off Georgia 71-62 and take top honors in the qualifying round Group E with a 3-0 record. Piotr Pamul scored 18 points and Jakub Wojciechowski added 12 points, nine rebounds, two assists and three blocks for Poland, who will face the Czech Republic in the semis.

The Czechs took second place in Group F with a 2-1 record after beating Austria 83-71 with David Jelinek pacing the Czechs with 17 points.

Finishing 3-0 in Group F were the Netherlands, who beat hosts FYROM 91-67 with Jessey Voorn leading the way with 24 points and five assists.

In the semis, the Dutch will take on Sweden, who took second place in Group E after beating Finland 70-47 with Christopher Ryan collecting 17 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals.

In classification round action, Norway beat Luxembourg 78-54 to win Group G. Bulgaria eased past Portugal take Group H and Hungary knocked off Romania 95-48 for second place in Group I.

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