Division B Round-Up: Five Remain Undefeated

24 July 2009

Host nation Bosnia and Herzegovina remained undefeated in Group A of the U18 European Championship Men 2009 Division B, as they held off Norway 78-70 in Sarajevo.

The home side led for much of the way but had to hold off their resilient opponents who were paced by Stian Berg's game-high 28 points.

Ali Demic led five players in double-figures for the eventual winners with 15 points.

Meanwhile, Hungary brushed aside Belarus 66-48 to go top in the group. Adam Lepsenyi had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds in a winning cause.

Estonia also remained undefeated by edging out Denmark 75-70. Rain Veideman had a solid all-around game with 19 points, four rebounds and four assists for the Baltic nation who were never really threatened after building a double-digit lead in the first half.

In Group B, Sweden came from behind to upset the Slovak Republic 84-73. The Swedes, who got double-doubles of 16 points and 10 rebounds from both Alexander Lindqvist, Christopher Czerapowicz, outscored their opponents 30-16 in the final quarter as they remain the only undefeated team in the group. In the other game, Finland beat Iceland 67-55 also thanks to a strong fourth quarter push. Osku Heinonen had 13 points in a winning cause.

Montenegro crushed Romania 88-53 to hold on to their undefeated record. Nemanja Radovic went for 28 points and his team used a 28-8 third quarter to cruise past their opponents. Meanwhile, Netherlands cruised to a 98-59 demolition of Scotland with Jeroen van Vugt going for 28 points of his own to which he added four steals and three assists.

Finally, in Group D, Belgium ran away easy winners against Switzerland, using a pivotal second quarter for a 70-47 victory. Maarten Rademakers led four players in double-digits with 17 points. England beat Austria 90-76 to stay unbeaten in the group. Ryan Richards had another strong game with 24 points and 13 rebounds.

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