Josep Franch made two three-pointers in the final four minutes and two free throws with 14 seconds left to lead Spain to an 89-85 victory over Serbia to capture fifth place at the U18 European Championship Men.
The result gives Spain a spot in next summer's U19 FIBA World Championship according to FIBA regulations.
Serbia remained alive for a chance to possibly defend their U19 FIBA World Championship title by knocking off Russia 85-63 in the 5th-8th place games which can eventually lead to a spot in the U19 Worlds.
Bojan Subotic scored 22 points to lead the Serbs, who will play Spain for fifth place. Spain overcame Latvia 107-91 with Alberto Jodar scoring 21 points and Jorge Santana had 20.
Spain advanced to the 5th-8th place Semi-Final Round of the U18 European Championship Men with an 83-80 victory over Italy with Daniel Perez securing the win with two foul shots with five seconds left.
Alberto Jodar paced Alejandro Martínez's side with 15 points while Toni Vicens had 14 and Ignacio Llovet and Josep Franch each scored 10 points as Spain finished the Qualifying Round Group E with a 2-3 record.
Lithuania used a 19-0 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to pull away from Spain for a 82-66 victory and secure advancing to the semi-finals of the U18 European Championship Men.
Donatas Motiejunas scored 24 of his 31 points in the first half and added 14 rebounds while Tautvydas Slezas collected 19 points and 17 rebounds as Lithuania improved to 3-1 in the Qualifying Round Group E.
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