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Day Five Wrap

17.07.2013
U20 MEN DIV. B
8. Mario Lazar (Romania)
Mario Lazar and Romania snuck into the next round by the skin of their teeth on Wednesday

Hosts Romania reached the quarter-finals of the U20 European Championship Men Division B after a nail-biting 72-69 victory over Luxembourg in an opening round eliminator, in Pitesti on Wednesday.

With three seconds remaining and Romania leading 71-69, point guard Horia Cristiean split a pair of free throws to give Luxembourg one last shot to tie - but Gilles Polfer could not hit, allowing the hosts to exhale.

Polfer had tied the game at 69 with a made three-pointer 45 seconds earlier before Victor Paun's driving lay-up gave Romania the edge.

This win-or-go-home Group A decider was tied nine times and the lead swapped 10 in total. But it was Romania who prevailed to face Belgium in the final eight.

Alex Laurent led all scorers with 30 in a losing effort while Andrian Movileanu paced Romania with 21.

Great Britain topped Group A at 5-0 after holding their nerve to secure a 65-60 success over Hungary.

Ádám Kovács' conversion on the fast break with 20 seconds left pulled Hungary back to 61-60 having trailed by as many as 14.

But Devon Van Oostrum delivered again for GB, hitting four consecutive free throws in the closing seconds to take the top seeding into the quarter-finals.

Van Oostrum totaled 26 points and 7 rebounds and Luka Markovic finished with 17 for Hungary, who finished third.

Slovak Republic left the tournament as the only team without a win following an 89-64 defeat to second-placed Poland.

Przemyslaw Karnowski was inspirational for the Poles once again, with 17 points and 13 rebounds while Michal Michalak had a game-high 19.

Vladimír Brodziansky led the Slovaks with 17 but this one was over when an 18-3 Polish run built up a 35-point gap in the third quarter.

Belgium booked top spot in Group B after a 70-61 win over Finland completed a faultless first round.

The Fins, who drop out of the competition after finishing fifth, trailed by just two late in the third quarter behind the scoring of Joonas Cavén (23 points).

But an Xavier Francois dunk boosted Belgium to finish the quarter on a 9-0 surge that would give them an insurmountable 11-point advantage.

Emmanuel Lecomte contributed 12 points and 10 assists in reduced minutes for the Belgians while Glenn Vlamynck had a team-high 14.

Switzerland stole second place in the group with a 75-64 triumph against the Netherlands, who qualified in fourth.

An ‘and-one play' from Daniel Andjelkovic kick-started the pivotal 10-0 tear to open a 19-point Swiss lead in the third quarter.

Yannick Van Der Ark aided the Netherlands' cause with 16 points but his team could not contain Marko Mladjan, who tallied 23 and 8 rebounds, to take victory.

Portugal finished third in Group B after beating Cyprus 75-70.

Pedro Bastos' two late free throws eliminated Cyprus, after an incredible game where the teams were level on 14 occasions and the lead changed 30 times.

The Cypriots kept pace with Portugal behind

31 points including a pair of foul shots to bring them within three before Bastos beat them at the line.

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