Division B Round-Up: Bosnia & Herzegovina Go Top

25 July 2009

Host nation Bosnia and Herzegovina moved atop Group A of the U18 European Championship Men 2009 Division B, after edging out Belarus 68-63 in Sarajevo.

The Belarusians fell behind by eight, 17-9, early in the second quarter but quickly recovered and pushed the home side until the very end. Nermin Buza contributed 15 points and 11 rebounds to the winning cause.

Meanwhile, Denmark came out on top in a battle of Scandinavian nations, as they crushed Norway 90-69 to earn their first win. Thomas Laerke paced the Danish with a game-high 36 points as they trailed only once, in the first quarter before gradually pulling away, stretching their lead in the third and fourth quarters.

Estonia also notched their first win by putting an end to Estonia's unbeaten record with an 80-71 victory. Rain Veideman had another fine display with 25 points, three rebounds and three assists in a winning cause.

In Group B, Poland improved to 2-0 thanks to an 80-67 defeat of Finland behind Sebastian Szymanski's 17 points. In the other game, Tomas Tomasson scored 18 points as Iceland crushed the Slovak Republic 80-57, to leave their Central European neighbours still in search of a first group win.

The Netherlands crushed Georgia 84-65 in Group C to jump ahead of Montenegro (who have a game in hand) in the table. Jeroen van Vugt went for his second straight 20-plus point game of the campaign with a game-high 24.

Scotland improved to 2-1 and took provisional second place in the table by beating Romania 88-77 behind centre Alasdair Fraser's 29 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.

Finally in Group D, Belgium beat Portugal 84-59 to improve to a 2-1 mark with Switzerland following suite with an 80-64 win over Austria, who themselves are still looking for their first win after two failed attempts. Brian Savoy had 27 points for the Swiss.

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