Almansa takes home another MVP award as All-Star Five is revealed
IZMIR (Turkey) - Izan Almansa was named MVP at the FIBA U18 European Championship after leading Spain to the title with a perfect tournament.
Less than a month after taking the top honor at the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup, Almansa collects another individual accolade after finishing with tournament averages of 15.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game
Almansa produced a fifth double-double of the week with 14 points and 15 rebounds in Spain's 68-61 Final triumph against Turkey.
Berke Buyuktuncel had inspired a run to the Final for the hosts with Turkey's 17-year-old forward earning a spot in the All-Star Five having produced impressive numbers of 13.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per outing.
Meanwhile, Ilija Milijasevic helped Serbia to a third-placed finish with averages of 10.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game to secure a place in the lineup having also inspired their fightback in the Quarter-Finals.
The tournament's leading scorer Paulius Murauskas also nailed down a place with 20.7 points per game for Lithuania, while Israel's point guard Noam Yaacov was close behind with 19.3 points along with 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game.