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Hungary claw their way into the Quarter-Finals, Bulgaria extend Ukraine a helping hand
SOFIA (FIBA U16 European Championship 2017, Division B) - Belgium, Ukraine, Great Britain, Georgia and Hungary snatched up the last remaining Play-Offs tickets in the FIBA U16 European Championship 2017, Division B on Tuesday evening in Sofia.
These five national teams will join the already qualified Czech Republic, Greece and Netherlands in the Quarter-Finals, where they will battle for the medals, with a podium finish also earning promotion to Division A.
Hungary was the last team to jump aboard after coming out on top 79-65 in a head-to-head battle for a place in the next round against Bosnia and Herzegovina to claim second place in Group C behind Czech Republic in the standings.
After being behind for most of the game, the Hungarians turned the tables around with a strong fourth-quarter performance, outscoring their opponents 32-13 in the final frame of the contest.
Peter Filipovity was instrumental for the winners with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in just 18 minutes of playing time, while Tamas Pallai and Benedek Kovacs chipped in with 13 and 11 points respectively.
After losing close-fought games against Greece and Belarus, Iceland finished only fourth in the standings and will play in the Classification Games for 9-16th places.
Tournament hosts Bulgaria handed Ukraine a massive favor in Group B by forcing a three-way tie for second place in the standings with a 75-72 victory over Poland, who were consequently denied a place in the Quarter-Finals.
Ukraine were the main beneficiaries in this situation, sliding in to secure a Quarter-Finals spot with a convincing 96-64 win against Denmark with Serhii Melnyk turning in a great all-round performance of 13 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals.
GB u/16 Men go out of the group stages with a perfect 5-0 after tonight's win over Portugal 64-54. #7 Dave Chive spoke after the win 🇬🇧🏀👏👏 pic.twitter.com/SM0s3IKR5M— GB Basketball (@gbbasketball) August 15, 2017
Group D leaders Great Britain formalized their place in the next round by eliminating Portugal with a 64-54 victory behind an 18-point and 10-rebound double-double by Tomiwa Sulaiman, while team captain Mate Okros also chipped in with 18 points.
Georgia joined the undefeated Brits into the Quarter-Finals with a one-sided 77-48 win over Kosovo, while the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia registered a 75-71 victory over Luxembourg to climb to fourth place.
- Greece v. Ukraine
- Great Britain v. Hungary
- Netherlands v. Belgium
- Czech Republic v. Georgia