Day Six: Bulgaria, Denmark, Slovenia And England Advance

By Yarone Arbel

The first day of the Qualifying Round in the Division B games of the U16 European Championship Men already set the four finalists.

Bulgaria and Denmark in Group E alongside Slovenia and England in Group F carried a win from the first round and with another win in the Qualifying Round kept their dream alive.

Finland, Romania, Sweden and Hungary are out of the race, and the last game in this round will only effect the Semi-finals pairs.

The winner of each Semi-finals pair will advance to Division A.

Denmark beat Romania 63-60 after a big thriller.

Esben Reinholt scored 19 points for the winning team while Gabor Badzo scored 19 as well for the losing side. Alexandru Olah added 18 points, 12 rebounds, six blocks and four steals.

Denmark entered the last 3:30 minutes down by four, 58-54, but wrong a 9-2 run until the buzzer to put their foot in the semi's door.

Bulgaria continued their great run with a 73-55 victory over Finland after leading throughout the entire game.

Pavlin Ivanov scored 27 points for Bulgaria and Tencho Tenchev added 21.

Another team that made life easier on themselves are Slovenia who smashed Hungary 91-69 in Group F.

Five players scored between 11 and 14 led by Luka Rupnik who added seven assists to his points.

Big guy L?szl? Dobos scored 13 for Hungary.

In another thriller England eliminated Sweden from the race with an 81-80 win in a great dual fight between two of the best players in the games.

Devon Van Oostrum led England with 26 points, ten rebounds, five assists, seven steals and two blocks.

Jonathan Person finished with 34 points and nine boards for Sweden.

England were on top starting the second quarter when they made their first run, enough to hold a 13 point lead, 72-59 with seven minutes to play.

Person took over the game and slowly pushed Sweden back, as close as 80-77 when there were still 15 ticks to play.

Van Oostrum made one from the line, and Person score a three pointer with the buzzer to make it look a bit closer than it really was.

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