2009 U20 youth international basketball queen is France
France and Spain have dominated the European youth international basketball scene for the last few years.
The Spanish 1989 generation of players won the U16 title beating France in the 2005 final.
In 2007 Spain finished second to Serbia in the U18 competition. France finished 7th that year but beat Spain during the qualification round (66-63).
In 2009 the European Championship title goes to France as they beat Spain (74-52). You can read about our youth international basketball game report from the finals clicking on the link or scrolling down the page:
The third place match ended in dramatic fashion with Liga Surkusa from Latvia hitting the game winning shot from beyond the arc on the buzzer to beat Russia (78-75) for the bronze medal.
Poland ended the tournament in fifth place after outscoring Turkey (77-71) while Serbia finished in 7th place after winning against Germany (82-79).
The Czech Republic and Montenegro will play in Division B next season after finishing in 15th and 16th place.
Alba Torrens was voted the Most Valuable Player of the U20 European Championship Women 2009.
The All Tournament team members are as follows: point guard Elina Babkina from Latvia, shooting guard Melanie Plust from France, the MVP Torrens at small forward, power forward Nadezda Grishaeva from Russia, and center Gintare Petronyte from Lithuania.
The Fair Play Award was given to the team of Bulgaria.