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.
Russia and Montenegro will sign off their participation at the U20 European Championship Men 2010 by trying to claim fifth place on the final day of action after they claimed wins against Serbia and Ukraine.
A stunning 30 points from Vladimir Mihailovic and a blistering 20-6 opening quarter helped Montenegro put a tired looking Ukraine to the sword by 84-61.
France breezed into the semi-finals of the U20 European Championship Men 2010 after a spectacular and flawless first quarter bombardment from the perimeter left Ukraine feeling shell-shocked and eventually on the wrong end of an 80-57 blowout.
Having been decidedly cold from outside for most of the tournament, the change of scenery certainly suited the French who lit up the Kresimir Cosic Hall in Zadar with an incredible seven of seven from downtown during the opening period.
The final curtain fell on the action in Crikvenica at the U20 European Championship Men 2010 with a 100-65 mauling of Ukraine by Lithuania but it wasn't enough to hand them a place in the quarter-finals as they paid the penalty for their somewhat surprise loss to Latvia.
Having sat and watched their chances of a slot in the last eight disappear after Greece beat Serbia in the preceding game, Lithuania took their frustration out on Ukraine who had one eye on Zadar having already sealed second spot in Group E.
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