Division B Round-Up: Hosts Hold Off Estonia In Opener

24 July 2009

Stian Berg scored a team-high 17 points to help Norway overcome Belarus 75-68 in Group A at the U18 European Championship Men 2009 Division B in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Meanwhile, the host nation held off Estonia 82-74 thanks to 16 points from Nebojsa Maksimovic and in the group's other game, Hungary beat Denmark 91-82.

In Group B, Sweden got the better of their Scandivanian neighbours Finland, cruising to a 72-56 win behind Daniel Persson's 21 points.

Carl Lindbom and Oskur Heinoven both had 11 points in a losing cause. Meanwhile, Poland just about held off Iceland, 67-65, on Sebastian Szymanski's free-throw in the closing seconds of the game.

Montenegro top Group C after a strong second-half performance saw them beat Netherlands a 90-73. The Dutch played well in the first half, leading 43-37 at the break, but were outscored 53-30 in the second half as Nikola Ljujic finished with a team-high 21 points with Nemanja Radovic grabbing an impressive 18 rebounds for the Montenegrins.

In the group's other game, Scotland pulled away in the fourth quarter to record a 71-61 win over Georgia. The game was close through the first three quarters but the Scots pulled away as they held their opponents to just 11 points in the final period.

Alasdair Fraser had teams-highs of 20 points and eight rebounds while Beqa Chikviladze a game-high 26 points for the eventual losers.

Switzerland cruised to an 86-68 win over Portugal to top Group D. Jonathan Kazadi exploded for 35 points for the Swiss side who were able to pull away thanks to a strong third quarter.  Kazadi's performance was only bested by England's Ryan Richards who went out for 34 points and 13 rebounds as he led his team to a 67-58 win over Belgium.

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