Germany Win Gold, Finland Move Up

04.08.2014

U18 MEN DIV B

10. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (Ukraine)
Ukraine's Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk was named Tournament MVP

Germany will be going back up to the Division A in style after beating Ukraine 64-40 to claim the U18 European Championship Division B title without a defeat.

The two finalists will be joined in the top flight next summer by Finland, who knocked off Sweden 70-50 to earn the bronze medal and promotion.

Andreas Obst poured in 19 points for Germany while Mahir Agva added 10 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and two blocks, and Jan Wimberg chipped in 14 points.

Germany will be returning to Division A after getting dropped in 2012 and Ukraine make the jump right back up after coming down to Division B last summer.

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk of Ukraine was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament but he was held to just eight points and four rebounds against the Germans.

Obst and Agva also made the All-Tournament Team as well as Ukraine's Oleksandr Kobets and Juho-Matti Henttonen of Finland. The team of Luxembourg was given the Fair Play award.

Germany had needed a number of comebacks over the tournament en route to the final. But that wasn't the case against Ukraine.

Niklas Kiel scored five of his six points in a 7-0 start for Germany. And a 7-2 run gave the Germans a 16-6 lead after one quarter. Germany added the first seven points of the second quarter to push the cushion to 23-6. Ukraine did fight back with an 8-0 answer but Germany's lead at the break was 27-16.

Ukraine trimmed the gap to 32-24 before Obst and Wimberg nailed back-to-back three-balls and the cushion grew to 44-26. It was 48-28 after three quarters. Germany continued to extend the lead throughout the fourth, up to 29 points at 64-35.

The bronze medal - and the third spot in Division A next summer - went to Finland, who return to the top flight for the first time since getting the drop in 2011.

Tuomas Hirvonen and Okko Johannes Järvi both scored 10 points for the Finns while Andreas von Uthmann paced Sweden with eight points.

Finland used a 14-2 run in the first quarter to grab a 16-6 lead early. The Finns put together an 11-2 surge later to go up 40-24. It was 40-26 after 20 minutes.

Sweden couldn't get the deficit into single digits and trailed 58-40 after three quarters and the lead didn't get any smaller in the fourth.

In classification action, Slovenia beat Israel 78-63 to take fifth place as Blaz Mesicek scored 19 points for the winners.

Pedro Oliveira scored 16 points as he guided Portugal to a 68-64 win over Hungary to grab seventh place.

Four players including Jón Axel Gudmundsson and Högni Fjalarsson scored in double figures as Iceland beat Norway 83-37 to win ninth place.

Bill Fischer collected 17 points and 12 rebounds as Luxembourg knocked off Denmark, 67-64, to finish 11th.

The Netherlands grabbed 13th place with a 71-37 win over hosts Bulgaria as Jacobus Stolk had 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Filip Bakoch scored 18 points in leading F.Y.R. of Macedonia to a 74-71 triumph over Austria for 15th place.

And Jaagup Russak hit for 24 points in Estonia's 89-72 win over Romania to grab 17th place.


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