The Czech Republic continued their good momentum with a 78-46 win over Finland in the title game of the U18 European Championship Division B in Tel Aviv, Israel on Sunday night.
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The two sides secured their spot in the Division A game of the 2011 edition of the U18 European Championship already last night following their close wins in the two semi-finals.
Ondrej Balvin was in great format with 16 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks while Jaromir Bohacik added 14 and Tomas Vyoral scored 13.
Villematti Kopio and Markus Molenius topped the lists of Finland with 10 points each.
"We came here to Tel Aviv to get back to Division A, and that was our goal from the start," commented head coach of the winners Jan Ulrych.
"We lost one game in the Prelimanary Round but since then we showed improvement from game to game until the final win."
A close first half finished with a 32-25 advantage of the Czechs but Finland was limited to only eight points in the third quarter, and saw their opponents take off to a big 25 point lead, 58-33.
With only 10 more minutes to play the winner identity was already set, as the Czech Republic celebrated their gold medal in Division B and more importantly their return to the higher stage already after one year.
"I'm very proud of my boys," said the coach of Finland Gordon Herbert.
"The game yesterday was the important one, and we reached our hope to win the semi-finals."
"Qualifying to Division A is an unprecedented achievement in Finnish sports and I'm happy that I had the chance to coach this team."