In one of the best games thus far in the UMCOR U18 European Championship Men Division B, host nation Romania defeated Sweden 67-64 to clinch a spot in the semi-final round and send Sweden to the classification stage.
Titus Nicoara scored 19 points and made two crucial go-ahead field goals down the stretch and Vlad Moldoveanu iced the game with his free throw shooting in the final minute.
Behind home crowd support, solid team defense and the shooting of Vlad Moldoveanu, Romania downed England 76-58 on the first day of quarter-final round play at the UMCOR U18 European Championship Men Division B in Sibiu, Romania.
Moldoveanu scored 12 of his game-high 32 points in the first quarter, when Romania took a 27-12 lead to the delight of the more than 1,200 in attendance.
Belgium easily defeated the Netherlands 75-50 today in Sibiu, Romania to clinch a berth in the quarter-final round of the Umcor U18 European Championship Men Division B.
Yannick Driesen, Belgium's 215-cm center, led the way with a game-high 32 points as Belgians finished thier Group C preliminary round play with a record of 3-1 to advance along with Sweden.
If the youth set-up is anything to go by, Swedish basketball fans have much to look forward to.
The Scandinavians are struggling at the senior level but with players like Jeffrey Taylor in the pipeline, the future is bright.
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