Georgia, Estonia Celebrate Promotion

23.07.2011

U20 Men Division B

The deciding night in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina finished in the best way a basketball fan can aspire, with two great thrillers, that resulted in Estonia and Georgia climbing to Division A of the U20 European Championship.

Georgia came from behind to edge the Czech Republic 74-72 in the first Semi-Final while Estonia used a three point right before the buzzer to seal a 64-61 victory over Belgium and celebrate a great night.

Tomorrow the two winners will meet in the final to decide the champion of the Division B games but the grand prize was already handed with their close wins on Saturday night.

2012 will be the year Georgia reappear in Division A for the first time since 2008, and the third time they will participate in the main championship.

Georgia are still playing the Division B with the U18 and the U16 teams.

Estonia have never played with the U20 team in European Championship and in the last two years didn't even participate in the Division B games.

The U18 team played in 2007 and 2008 in the European Championship but fell back to Division B since then and their U18 and U16 teams as well are playing in lower division.

Georgia was down 64-70 with 3:21 to play but until the final buzzer made a 10-2 run as Tornike Shengelia scored the last eight of these points.

A free throw by the Georgian leader with five seconds to go set the final score as the Czechs didn't reach a shooting attempt in the remaining time.

Shengelia led his team in points with 33, with rebounds with 12 and with assists with four. It was the fifth time in the championship he crossed the 30 points line and his sixth double-double.

Akaki Dvalishvili, who ignited the final run finished with 14 points and seven boards.

Ondrej Peterka and Tomas Vyoral had 20 points and six rebounds each while Ondrej Balvin had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Estonia reached the promised land in a close manner as well but did it a different style.

A three pointer by Janar Soo in the closing seconds smashed a tied score and didn't leave Belgium enough time to react.

Soo, who scored eight three pointers in 11 attempts the previous night, arrived to the last ball with a poor balance after missing all his first seven attempts from the arc tonight.

The money ball though had one address, and burned the net to bestow Estonia the Division A pass.

Four players scored in double-digits for the winners led by Rain Veideman had 15 points, Soo and Rannar Raap scored 13 each while Martin Dorbek finished with 12.

Pierre-Antoine Gillet carried Belgium with 15 points, Dennis Donkor reached 14 and Terry Deroover contributed 12 points.

Belgium had a 59-61 lead entering the last two minutes but saw Veideman tie the score with a lay-up before the nerves tricked both sides who failed to score until Soo's final shot.


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