Sweden Outlast Ukraine In 9th Place Game

23.07.2011

U20 European Championship

One of the best debut performances in the U20 European Championship finished for Sweden with the ninth spot after a 79-69 victory over Ukraine.

It was the first time ever Sweden play in Division A at this age group and already in their first visit, they made it to the Qualifying Round and the ninth spot.

Their overall record was 4-4 while three of the losses were by just two points difference.

Ukraine took the 10th spot after making the Quarter-Finals the past year.

Viktor Gaddefors collected 19 points and nine rebounds, Andreas Person scored 14, Christopher Czerapowicz had 13 and Alexandr Lindqvist finished with 11.

Oleksandr Lypovyy had 18 points and five assists for Ukraine and Maksyn Sandul added 11.

Sweden sent a message from the start with a 7-2 lead in less than two minutes, but Lypovyy kept Ukraine in the neighborhood and by the half time stop Sweden led by just two points, 40-38.

The second half started with Sweden scoring 10 points in a row and when Gaddefors and Czerapowicz joined points it became a 16 points gap, 63-47.

From this point Ukraine was powerless, and saw Sweden cruise to the ninth spot and finish a very impressive championship for a first visitor.


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