Swedes Battle Back To Down Belgium

26.07.2012

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Sweden knocked off Belgium 65-59 in a tense Group E battle at the U16 European Championship Division B on Thursday in Bucharest, Romania.

The Scandinavians moved to the top of Group E with the result that has left both sides with 2-1 records.

Both teams have progressed to the Semi-Finals after finishing ahead of Israel and F.Y.R of Macedonia (both 1-2).

There were also wins on Thursday for Israel, Hungary and Montenegro.

The Hungarians and Montenegrins (both 2-1) finished first and second in Group F and also advanced to the Semi-Finals.

The top three teams in the tournament will win promotion to Division A.

9. Ludvig Hakanson (Sweden)
Sweden top-scorer Ludvig Hakanson once more delivered a 20+ performance against Belgium

Belgium had scraped a one-point win the previous day against Israel on a late shot from Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda to clinch their place in the last four.

The 15-year-old had 18 points against Sweden while teammate Sami Demirtas had a nice all-round game with eight points, five rebounds and four assists.

But Sweden, led by Ludvig Hakanson's 20 points, six assists and four steals, bossed the last 10 minutes when they outscored Belgium 23-8.

The Belgians were on top 53-42 after an early basket in the fourth quarter and still led 57-54 with 3:33 to go.

But Hakanson buried a jumper and then Andreas von Uthmann went in for a go-ahead lay-up.

Von Uthmann followed with a three-pointer and Hakanson split two free-throws to make it 62-57 with 1:05 to play.

After Kanda-Kanyinda reduced the arrears to 62-59 on a lay-up with 50 seconds to go, Von Uthmann connected again from behind the arc to push the lead to six.

Israel bounced back from their narrow defeat to Belgium with a 76-69 win over F.Y.R. of Macedonia.

Tamir Blatt buried five of six three-balls and finished with 19 points for Israel, who also got 13 points and 13 rebounds from Netanel Artzi.

The contest was knotted at 64-64 with 2:59 to go after Kristijan Nikolov split two free-throws for the Balkan side.

Artzi drilled a jumper to start a 5-0 run that put Israel in the ascendency.

Nikolov answered with a jumper to cut the deficit to three but Blatt, whose father David is the coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv and Russia's Olympic team, pushed the lead back to six with his last shot from long range.

Israel added four free-throws to seal the win.

7. Levente  Nagy (Hungary)
Levente Nagy and Hungary made it to the Semi-Finals after the win over Bosnia and Herzegovina

In Group F, Montenegro sealed their place in the Semi-Finals with a 90-51 demolition of Portugal.

Petar Popovic had 24 points for Montenegro, who took a firm grip on the contest in the second quarter when they outscored the Portuguese, 27-9, to lead 44-22.

Hungary clinched their place in the Semi-Finals with a 63-52 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

A György Golomán jumper put Hungary in front 47-46 with just under eight minutes remaining and they pulled away for a comfortable win.

Golomán had nine points and nine rebounds while Dorde Beronja had 15 points and seven rebounds in defeat.

There were Classification Round games on Thursday as well, with Estonia beating Norway 63-44, Denmark downing Finland, 79-65, Belarus edging Bulgaria, 76-72, Georgia thumping Israel 69-52 and Romania falling to the Netherlands, 56-52.


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