Lithuania Take Fifth


Five players scored in double figures as defending champions Lithuania held off hosts Poland 78-66 to claim fifth place at the U18 European Championship.

Simontas Kymantas led the way with 18 points and eight rebounds while Osvaldas Olisevicius had 16 points and nine rebounds for Lithuania. Arturas Gudaitis added 14 points while Paulius Semaska and Marius Grigonis both scored 10 points.

Hosts Poland came into the tournament with high hopes of medalling or at least getting their top ever showing at the U18 level. But Poland could only match their sixth-placed finishes from 2010, 1990, 1976, 1974 and 1964.

 Michal Michalak paced Poland with 12 points while Mateusz Ponitka scored 11 points and Daniel Szymkiewicz had 10 points.

William Howard scored nine of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and France allowed only seven points in the final quarter in beating Croatia 80-61 to claim seventh place.

Mouhammadou Jaiteh collected 18 points and 17 rebounds while Livio Jean-Charles added 17 points for the French, who went on a 17-0 run in the fourth quarter.

Matej Buovac and Mislav Brzoja both scored 12 points for Croatia and Josip Mikulic had 11 points.

Russia took ninth place by beating Latvia 64-58 with Vladislav Trushkin leading the way with 15 points, 16 rebounds and five steals.

Gleb Goldyrev scored 11 points and Andrey Loginov had 10 points for Russia.

Latvia were led by Guntis Sipolins with 10 points.

Dennis Schröder collected 22 points and eight assists and Bogdan Radosavljevic had 21 points and eight rebounds as Germany beat Slovenia to take 11th place.

Slovenia, who were out-rebounded 42-22, were led by Luka Rupnik's 20 points and eight assists.


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