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Six teams remain unbeaten; Slovenia's Dornik dominates the stats
SOFIA (FIBA U20 European Championship, Division B) - Heading into a day of rest, six teams are still unbeaten. Teams were feeling powerful on Sunday, only one game finished in single digits.
That one was between the Netherlands and Hungary. The Orange team won the second half by 11, good enough to come from behind and claim a 50-42 win, led by Kevin Schutte's 14 points on 7-of-8 from the field, and Dylan van Eyck's 12 points.
Hungary had no players in double figures, as they fall to 0-3. Netherlands are still in the hunt for a top-two finish in Group C - at 2-1 they are still behind unbeaten Czech Republic and Russia. The Czechs left it late, but a 17-10 last quarter saw them pull away against Luxembourg (63-53), whilst Russia put on a defensive lesson in the second quarter, holding Armenia to two points, en route to a 97-54 victory.
Юноши U20 разгромили Армению Юношеская сборная России «до 20 лет» одержала третью подряд победу на Первенстве Европы в дивизионе В, уверенно обыграв команду Армении. Армения – Россия – 54:97 (12:18, 2:17, 24:30, 16:32) Арм: Зорабян (10). Р: Турэ (16+8 подборов), Тоноян (16), Клюев (13), Мотовилов (13), Попов (10), Хоменко (8), Михеев (7+9 подборов), Лопатин (7), Ахмедов (5+10 передач), Андрианов (2), Карванен (0), Тихоненко (0). Следующий матч сборная России проведет во вторник, 17 июля, в 16.00 по московскому времени. В нем ее соперником будет команда Чехии, которая также одержала 3 победы в 3 встречах. #здесьбаскетбол #U20
Latvia, Slovenia, Estonia and Poland are also at 3-0. Slovenia had an easy job against Moldova, with more on Jan Dornik's numbers in a scroll, Latvia went double-or-nothing against Azerbaijan (92-46); Poland celebrated a 93-63 win over Portugal; and Estonia got a mirror effect in an 85-58 scoreline versus Albania.
Monday will be rest day for these players, ahead of two cracking matchups on Tuesday. Russia take on Czech Republic and Slovenia battle against Estonia, meaning at least two of the six unbeaten teams will end their perfect run in Bulgaria.
Top scorer of the day: Jan Dornik of Slovenia. Get used to the name, you will see more of it over the next few pointers. Dornik had 33 points in 27 minutes, done on 16-of-23 from the field, to help Slovenia to a 135-44 win over Moldova.
Top rebounder of the day: Dornik again. He had 15 rebounds, and he shares the honors in this one with Michal Kozak, who dominated the boards for Czech Republic in a 63-53 triumph against Luxembourg.
Jan Dornik (7) doing a bit of everything for Slovenia
Top passer of the day: David Zajc was just two rebounds away from a triple-double for Slovenia. He scored 14, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 15 assists in 35 minutes of action.
Top thief of the day: Dornik keeps on coming back. The Slovenian shooting guard stole the show six times on Sunday.
Top blocker of the day: Bizarre, but both top blockers suffered defeats. Mathis Wolf had four rejections for Luxembourg against Czech Republic, Akbar Mammadov finished with that same amount for Azerbaijan in a 92-46 defeat to the hands of Latvia.