Division B Round-Up: Nervy Moments For The Favourites

26 July 2009

Bosnia and Herzegovina came from behind to beat Denmark 80-74 and remain unbeaten (4-0) in Group A at the U18 European Championship Men 2009 Division B, in Sarajevo. 

Dario Crnalic scored 10 of his 12 points as the hosts outscored their opponents 21-10 in the final quarter.

Meanwhile, Estonia held off Belarus late charge for a 75-74 win. The Baltic nation led 31-19 midway through the second quarter and by as many as nine, 68-59, with under five minutes left to play but the Eastern Europeans pulled within one, 72-71, on Viktar Ausepians basket with 58 seconds remaining.

That would be as close as they would get though as Janar Soo sank three of four free-throws to end the rally. Rain Veideman scored a game-high 20 points and Soo added 17. In the groups other game, Hungary crushed Norway 93-51 behind Adam Lepsenyis 23 points to improve to a 3-1 mark.

Alexander Lindqvist had a strong all-around game with 23 points, 10 rebounds and three steals to lead Sweden past Iceland 76-62 in Group B.

Robert Magnuszewski and Sebastian Szymanski combined for 40 points as Poland beat the Slovak Republic 85-68. The Slovaks put up a good fight for the first quarter and a half but once Szymanski put the Poles up by three, 26-23, with 3:30 left in the half, they would never trail again.

Montenegro showed no mercy for Scotland crushing them 100-44. The game was pretty over and done with after the Montenegrins got off to a perfect start, taking a 29-13 lead into the second quarter. Marko Loncovic had game-highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds in the winning cause.

Georgia clinched their first win of the tournament by handing Romania their third defeat in as many games, 79-58. Merab Bokolishvili went for 21 points and Akaki Dvalishvili chipped in with 18 points and 11 boards.

In Group D, England recovered from a slow start before gradually pulling away for a 77-62 win over Switzerland. Levi Noel had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Ryan Martin added 10 and 15 to fill in nicely as leading scorer and rebounder Ryan Richards sat out the game.

The result saw England improve to 3-0 to top the table while Switzerland dropped to 2-2. Austria cruised past Portugal 89-66, leaving the latter winless (0-3) and stuck at the bottom of the table.

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