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Petrusev and Ayayi wrap up FIBA U18 Euro Championship with medals and All-Tournament honors

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Petrusev paces Serbia to a gold medal with 29 points and 8 rebounds, while Joel Ayayi helps France win a bronze with a big second half performance.

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Big time performances from Filip Petrusev and Joel Ayayi in the final day of competition at the FIBA U18 European Championships help them each win medals and secure spots on the All-Tournament Team.

Serbia beat Latvia in the gold medal game to successfully complete a defense of its U18 title, thanks in large part to Petrusev who contributed 29 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists. Petrusev got Serbia off to a nice start with a pair of dunks that set the tone for the rest of the day en route to another dominant tournament performance.

Petrusev’s eye-catching performances during this tournament did not go unnoticed, and he’ll only add to Gonzaga’s embarrassment of riches in what should be one of Mark Few’s deepest squads to date.

In the third-place game between France and Russia, Joel Ayayi rebounded from Saturday’s loss with a big-time performance to help his team overcome a 12-point deficit at the half. Ayayi scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half, and consistently got into the paint where he used his floater to great effect. While he only had one assist, Ayayi did a great job taking care of the ball as he limited his turnovers to a single occurrence.

Following their respective games, Petrusev and Ayayi were rewarded for their excellent tournament performances with a spot on the All-Tournament team.

With tournament success under their belts, expect both young Zags to arrive in Spokane with a lot of confidence as they challenge for minutes on a talented Bulldog squad.