http://www.u20men.fibaeurope.com – Netherlands guard Shane Hammink had 11 of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter as he inspired a 57-54 come-from-behind win over Ukraine on day one of the U20 European Championship Division B in Sarajevo on Thursday.
Netherlands had looked like slipping to defeat in their opening Group B game when Ukraine seized the initiative behind a strong third quarter, thanks in no small part to Viacheslav Petrov’s 10-point, 11-rebound double-double.
But Hammink’s heroics allowed Netherlands to close on a 7-2 run that would see them over the line and make a winning start to the campaign.
Five points in 14 seconds from Georg Wolf helped turn the game in Austria’s favour as they quickly transformed a four-point deficit into a five-point first-quarter lead and never looked back.
Estonia were relegated from Division A along with Georgia in 2013 and they too tasted defeat on the opening day of competition in Sarajevo.
A tight game against Romania came down to who could execute better down the stretch and Romania provided an emphatic answer, outscoring their opponents 13-5 as Mirel-Claudiu Dragoste dropped all nine of his points in the final seven minutes.
That result was never in doubt, giving Portugal the opportunity to share the minutes, and the points, as all but one of their players scored, Diogo Ventura leading the way with 21.
The final game of the day saw Belgium take on Bosnia and Herzegovina and once more it was a case of one team leading from start-to-finish. Bosnia and Herzegovina raced ahead as they closed the first quarter on an 11-2 tear.
This allowed them to steadily increase their advantage, peaking at 21 in the second quarter, and they never looked like giving it up with Stefan Glogovac going for 23 points and 10 rebounds.