Sweden Capture Division B Title


Sweden beat Poland 87-71 in the final of the U18 European Championship Men 2009 Division B in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Christopher Czerapowicz and Andreas Person had 23 points each as the Swedes took a 22-21 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Poland threatened briefly, taking a 29-27 lead on Robert Magnuszewski's lay-up with 6:06 left in the second period but Sweden answered with a 12-0 for their first double-digit lead of the game, 39-29. The Poles made it an eight-point deficit, 43-35, at the break on Wojciech Fras' dunk.

The Scandinavian nation pulled away again in the third quarter, regaining their double-digit advantage and stretching it to 15, 66-51, as the final period got underway.

Again Poland made a run, getting to within eight, 66-58 on Jakub Parzenski's three-point play with 7:38 left to play, but Sweden pulled away once more and this time for good, running away easy winners.

Sebastian Szymanski had 20 points to lead the Poles.

Meanwhile, Montenegro just edged out England in the 3rd-4th place game.
Nikola Ljujic's three-point basket with 37 seconds broke a 71 tie and avoided an embarrassing defeat for the Montenegrins, who led by as many as 20.

They took a 27-15 lead after the first quarter and were up by 11, 37-26 at the break.

With the momentum on their side, Montenegro kept adding to that advantage going up 55-35 on Milutin Dukanovic's free-throws with 3:46 left in the third quarter.

England brought the deficit back to 11, 59-48, by the end of the period and kept on coming, even taking a three-point lead on Levi Noel's pair of foul shots with 5:24 to go.

They still had a chance at clinching an unlikely win when Ryan Martin edged them in front, 71-70, with just over a minute remaining.

But Ljujic buried his long bomb and Noel missed a potential game-tying lay-up with 29 seconds left and Montenegro barely escaped.

Nemanja Radovic had 18 points and 16 rebounds for Montenegro.

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