Turkey, Germany Preserve Division A Status, Russia Claim Fifth

18 July 2010

It was an eventful final day at the U20 European Championship Men 2010 in Croatia and not just because of the fight to get a podium place.

The nerves were jangling ahead of the main event in the Relegation Round as Turkey, Netherlands and Germany fought for their Division A lives.

Turkey were the first team to breathe a huge sigh of relief and avoid the drop thanks to a 72-62 success over the already relegated Czech Republic thanks mainly to a tremendous double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds by Furkan Aldemir, a feat that Czech player Ondrej Peterka also achieved as he finished with 23 and 10.

That left Germany and Netherlands to slug it out in a straight winner takes all duel to remain in the division and it was Germany who, just like last year, survived once again courtesy of a 75-57 win off the back of 20 points from Anthony Di Leo.

A poor first half cost Netherlands dearly after they only mustered a miserly 22 points and they make an immediate return back to Division B after this hugely disappointing performance.

Russia Claim Fifth

Meanwhile in the battle for placings, Russia claimed fifth spot with in a keenly contested 70-60 win over Montenegro. Both teams fought hard throughout but Russia edged away in the closing stages.

Once again it was center Vladimir Ivlev who not only stood quite literally above his team-mates but also once again in terms of his numbers as he claimed his usual double-double. He finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Earlier in the day, Serbia and Ukraine indulged themselves in a real shoot-out and with defence barely a factor throughout the game it was Serbia who took seventh place after achieving a 107-93 success.

Branislav Djekic top scored for his team with 22 points including six triples while the two main men for Ukraine signed off their tournament with typically classy contributions.  Ruslan Otverchenko also drilled home six three-pointers to pour in 25 points while Kyryl Natyazkho claimed a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds.


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