Russia Top Poland For 11th Place



12. Maxim Proshchenko (Russia)
Maxim Proshchenko and Russia finished on a high by beating Poland for 11th place

Russia took 11th place at the U16 European Championship Men as they eased to a comfortable win over Poland.

Russia scored the final 10 points of the first quarter to take a 16-9 lead and then got the better of a high-scoring second quarter to establish a lead Poland could not overcome.

Aleksandr Sapianov's three-pointer with seven seconds left before the interval put them 48-32 up while taking him to 10 points personal for the opening 20 minutes.

Poland continued to scrap, but the lead did not drop back into single figures until the very end of the third quarter when Szymon Walczak completed a three-point play from the line to make it 60-51.

But Russia did not take kindly to the idea of a comeback, and an 11-0 run gave them a 74-55 lead when Andrey Lopatin made a lay-up with 5:34 remaining in the game.

Poland hit back with 10 straight points of their own but Oleg Starodubov restored order for Russia with a three-pointer and the margin proved too much for Poland.

Timofey Yakushin finished with 17 points and six assists for Russia, while Ilya Karpenkov logged 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Sapianov and Starodubov also had 13 points each.

Marcel Pontika scored 15 points to lead Poland while Wiktor Sewiol had 13.



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