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Day Two Wrap

13 July 2013
U20 MEN DIVISION B
Emmanuel Lecomte (Belgium)
Emmanuel Lecomte was on fire again for Belgium, torching Portugal for 28 points to g o with his 9 assists and 4 rebounds

Belgium beat Portugal 70-68 in Group B's battle of the unbeaten teams after Miguel Cardoso couldn't connect on his attempt to take it to overtime at the buzzer.

The best was saved until last on day two of the U20 European Championship Men Division B in Pitesti, Romania on Saturday as Belgium held on despite a tense finale.

Emmanuel Lecomte led Belgium with 28 points and 9 assists. But these could have counted for nothing after his late turnover, following his missed free throw, allowed Portugal's Artur Castela to take his tally to a team-high 16 with a fast break three - which closed the gap to 69-68 with 15 seconds left.

But when Cardoso missed after Glenn Vlamynck hit one of two from the line, the Belgians breathed a sigh of relief having fought back from a seven-point deficit at the half to lead by as many as 10.

Elsewhere in Group B, Cyprus' backcourt came up big as they recovered from a day one reverse to take a wire-to-wire 66-57 victory over Switzerland.

Stefanos Iliadis led all scorers with 24 points while fellow guards Viktor Ieronymidis and Rafail Eleftheriou had double-doubles with 15 points and 10 rebounds and 17 points and 10 rebounds respectively.

Christian Affolter's 12 points and 10 rebounds helped Switzerland win the second half. But it wasn't enough to make up for a slow start.

The Netherlands improved to 2-0 with a comfortable 79-40 success against Finland.

Yannick Van Der Ark (Netherlands)
Yannick Van Der Ark and the Netherlands didn't let Finland get in their way

Finland led for just 11 first quarter seconds, despite Topias Palmi's 17 points and 12 rebounds, and were limited to six points in the fourth quarter.

They were overpowered by the Netherlands' capacity to score from all over the floor. Four players hit double figures via 19 assists, and their bench contributed 28 more points (31-3) than Finland's. Torben Tönjann top-scored with 18.

Poland set the pace in Group A after an 80-53 win over Hungary.

The teams traded baskets until midway through the second quarter when an 18-0 Polish run into the third period, including 10 of Mateusz Ponitka's game-high 18 points, stretched the lead to an unassailable 19 (51-32).

Rosco Allen led Hungary once again with 11 points, but they were battered down low, outscored 64-24 in the paint.

Great Britain also have two wins from two after holding off the challenge of Luxembourg 106-92 with some excellent long-range shooting.

Luxembourg shot 60 per cent from the field themselves and were ahead midway through the third period until they failed to combat a 15-0 run.

Great Britain made 16 three-pointers, six from both Nick Lewis, who led GB with 23 points, and Joseph Hart, who had 18.

Three of Luxembourg's players scored more than 20 points, Alex Laurent leading them with 29.

Romania gave the home fans their first taste of victory with as they eased past Slovak Republic 78-62 in the final Group A game.

Fuelled by home favourite Alexandru Olah's 21 points, the hosts took a 46-27 second quarter lead off-the-back of a 13-0 run and never looked back.

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