France end Spain's streak to win bronze, Italy secure Division A status
CRETE (FIBA U20 European Championship 2017) - An energetic France rediscovered their blistering best to overpower Spain in a dominant 72-58 victory to win the bronze medal.
It was the first time since 2006 Spain missed out on a podium finish. France were led by Amine Noua who had 15 and 11 rebounds, while Spain's Jhonatan Barreiro finished with 17 points in a losing effort.
.@ffbasketball 🇫🇷 claim the bronze 🥉 at #FIBAU20Europe! 👏 pic.twitter.com/Hluxz4rQ6e— FIBA (@FIBA) July 23, 2017
Italy avoided relegation with a convincing 69-52 win over Slovenia, who will now move down to Division B along with Latvia and the Czech Republic. Italy were led by captain Davide Moretti who had 30 points, including connecting on 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.
Clutch shooting by Furkan Korkmaz helped deliver Turkey a 85-82 victory over Ukraine and a ninth-placed finish. Korkmaz was spectacular with the game on the line with several clutch jumpers to finish with 23 points.
Montenegro defeated Sweden 65-61 to finish 11th. The Montenegrins came back from an early deficit to outlast Sweden with Filip Bakic scoring 21 points for the victors while Sweden's Nils Johansson scored 17 points.
Germany finished 7th after coming from behind to defeat Iceland 79-73 in Classification 7-8 action. Germany trailed at half-time but dominated after that with Moritz Wagner starring with 32 points, while Iceland center Tryggvi Hlinason capped a great tournament with 23 points and 8 rebounds.
Serbia finished 5th after a convincing 102-86 victory over Lithuania. Serbia were largely in control of the contest with Lithuania unusually ice cold from deep. Milos Glisic top-scored for Serbia with 22 points.
Czech Republic and Latvia played with pride during a close encounter in Classification 15-16 action to start Day 7, the Czechs finishing strong to win 80-77 and finish in 15th place.
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