Georgia and Montenegro in triple figures, Austria win on four-point play in overtime
SKOPJE (2016 FIBA U18 European Championship Division B) - Georgia are putting on a show in their first two games, starting the Championship by displaying both the best offence and defence.
After their 94-39 win over Albania on Day 1, Georgia hit the century mark on Day 2. A 101-48 win over Scotland means they are the only team that are yet to concede a total of 100 points at the Championship, and now claim the first spot in Group D.
Nika Darbaidze needed 19 minutes to score a game-high 14 points and lead six Georgian players in double figures. George Korsantia also played 19 minutes, and finished with 12 points and 18 rebounds, whilst Goga Bitadze grabbed another double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Also rolling in Group D are Ukraine. A 29-4 first quarter paved the way for an 83-50 win over Albania, as Illia Niemtsu had 15 points and 8 rebounds. Slovak Republic are the third team at 2-0 in Group D, following their 59-48 win over England.
In Group B, Montenegro also reached triple digits in a 101-64 victory against Romania. Milos Popovic played a superb game with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists, without committing a single turnover in 28 minutes of play.
Also in Group B, Belgium secured their first win of the tournament with a 75-57 triumph over Belarus, and Austria broke Portugal hearts with a four-point play by Lorenz Gerstendorfer that gave them a 74-73 win at the end of overtime. Those were the only four points of the match for Gerstendorfer.
In Group A, Hungary defeated Cyprus 88-41 to stay perfect and retain first spot. Poland got their first win with a 74-69 success against Bulgaria, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia also got on board, following a 96-82 win against Ireland. Ireland are the only team in Group A with an 0-2 record.
In Group C, Jakub Tuma came up big in an overtime 61-59 win for Czech Republic against Iceland. Tuma hit both of his free throws to give Czechs the lead with four seconds left and then blocked Ingvi Gudmundsson's last gasp attempt. Tuma finished with 18 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks, all game-highs.
Denmark edged out Estonia 67-64 to book their first win of the Championship, and the Netherlands won the Benelux derby. An 80-67 triumph against Luxembourg was their maiden win at the Championship in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.