Roundup: Neighbour, Soko Tear Apart Poland

20 July 2010

During the penultimate games of the Qualifying Round at the U20 European Championship Men 2010 Division B, the headline makers were the Great Britain double act of Wil Neighbour and Ovie Soko who were at it again as they combined for a stunning 51 points to help their team inflict a first loss of the tournament on Poland.

Great Britain had a sensational second quarter when they tore the Polish defence apart and racked up a massive 37 points in their 98-89 win.

Hosts Austria are still on course to achieve their promotion dreams after they eeked out a 61-56 win over Norway with Rasid Mahalbasic claiming 12 points and 11 rebounds for the home team. Anders Stein had 21 points for Norway but they were punished for their poor performance around the hoop.

Slovak Republic still have no wins and are stuck at the bottom of Group F after an 82-76 defeat at the hands of Belgium who enjoyed a solid shooting night. Thomas De Thaey made four of six from the arc in his 20 point score while Dennis Donkor nailed three triples as he poured in 19 points. Andrej Kuffa was just as impressive for Slovak Republic with four three-pointers as he finished the game with 16 points.

Meanwhile in Group E, Sweden got past Portugal by 87-79 after a strong first half set the tone. Andreas Person was once again the top performer for the Swedes with an action display of 21 points, 6 rebounds 4 assists and 3 steals while for Portugal, Joao Guerreiro claimed a score of 20 points for the second time in the tournament. Portugal now sit with just one win and three losses.

Finland ensured Hungary remain rooted to the bottom of Group E after they stormed to an 86-59 success thanks to the continued good form of shooting ace Sasus Salin. He really lit it up from the perimeter with a massive 7 three-pointers in his 26 point haul. Ferdinand Morgen was the only Hungary player to reach double digits with 19 points to go with his seven rebounds.

Bulgaria kept their unbeaten record intact thanks to a superb last quarter which helped them secure a 62-57 win over Israel. Bulgaria trailed heading into the last ten minutes but outscored Israel by 26-14 to recover from a third quarter nightmare when they could only muster two baskets in the entire period.

Hristo Zahariev had 14 points for the winners while Aleksandar Georgiev failed to achieve a double-double for the first time in five game and had to settle for 12 points and 8 rebounds. Yotam Shiran top scored in the game for Israel with 18 points.


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