Roundup: Bulgaria, Poland Remain Unbeaten

19 July 2010

There was a big shock for the hosts on the last day of the Preliminary Round as winless Denmark finally chalked up their first victory and inflicted a first loss of the tournament on Austria after a nail-biting 64-63 success at the U20 European Championship Men Division B. Unfortunately for the Danes, it was too little too late as they still missed out on the Qualifying Round while Austria retained top spot in Group C.

9. Nimrod Tishman (Israel)
Nimrod Tishman contributed 14 points and 6 assists in the win over Hungary

Also in Group C, Great Britain bounced straight back from their mauling against hosts Austria with a 73-52 victory against Belgium. A great first-half decided the game as Great Britain opened up a 20 point lead heading to the locker rooms and it was to prove more than enough. Andrew Lawrence finished the game with 16 points while forward Ovie Soko completed a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Israel claimed an 86-78 win against Hungary thanks again to Jacob Cohen who poured in 27 points and took 6 rebounds. He was well supported by Yotam Shiran and Tal Karpelesz who both missed out on double-doubles by just one rebound. The result gave Israel first place in the Group while Hungary still keep a spot in the next stage.

Georgia finally recorded their first success in Group A with a 79-73 victory against Sweden but it wasn't enough and they finished bottom of the Group. Tornike Shengelia scored 23 points and pulled down 13 rebounds while Giorgi Sharabidze claimed 19 points and 10 boards.

Bulgaria claimed top spot in Group B as the irrepressible Aleksandar Georgiev produced another stellar line of 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists to help his team storm to a 104-59 win over Switzerland who finished bottom of the table and therefore won't advance.

With one victory and one loss each to their name, Finland and Portugal battled it out for runners-up spot in the Group and they showed how well matched they were with a thrilling double overtime game. Portugal eventually prevailed 99-98 as Carl Lindbom missed a last second free-throw to force triple overtime for the Finns. Team-mate Sasu Salin had 29 points before fouling out while Portugal finished with six players in double digits.

5. Diogo Correia (Portugal)
Diogo Correia and Portugal held of a battling Finland to clain the second spot in the group

Finally in Group D, the only pool of five teams in the Preliminary Round, it was only positioning being played for with Belarus and Romania already having blown their chance of progressing to the Qualifying Round.

Norway managed to take second spot after claiming a 68-58 victory over Slovak Republic who were made to pay for a truly disastrous opening quarter. Anders Stein top scored with 17 points while Aksel Bolin and Roy Nwachukwu both racked up double-doubles.

Poland finished as group winners after strolling past Romania by 96-73. Aleksander Czyz registered 22 points and 9 rebounds while Piotr Pamula had 18 points and 7 assists.


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