England Win Ensures 2014 Spot

26 July 2013

6. Luke Nelson (England)
Luke Nelson was again outstanding for England, finishing with a team-high 18 points to assure their keep in the top division for next season

England captured a 71-58 win over Ukraine in the classification game for 9th to 16th place to ensure the nation would avoid relegation and play a second consecutive year in Division A.

England continued their successful first ever appearance at the U18 European Championship despite not making the quarter-finals stage.

Ukraine will need a far better performance over the tournament's final two days in order to avoid relegation to Division B.

Illya Sydorov scored six of Ukraine's first seven points, but it was England that controlled the scoreboard for much of the first term until Yevgen Sakhniuk caught fire to give Ukraine a small quarter-time advantage.

England scraped back on top in the second frame thanks to a big quarter from their tournament hero Luke Nelson.

Although hampered by foul trouble, the English made the most of every opportunity, scoring 10 points from their opponent's 11 turnovers.

A 10-2 start to the second half set England up for a comfortable win as Nelson poured in the points to ensure a stay in Division A for next season.

Nelson finished with 19 and four assists as England posted 46 points in the paint to Ukraine's 18.
Oleksandr Kobets led Ukraine with 11 points.


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