Russia - Greece 81-70 Russia improved at 2-3 record in Group G of classification round at U16 European Championship. They outscored Greece to stay hopeful about quarterfinal appearance. Greece suffered the third loss in a row to fell at 0-5 record. Russia led throughout the opening period. However they claimed jus a one-point advantage at the first break 18:17. Pavel Sizov (198-F-95) gave Russia a double-digit lead midway through the second frame. They arrived at halftime up by 6 points 39:33. Russia used a 10:2 run in the third period to boost the gap at 15-point mark. The Hellenes faced a 10-point deficit at the final break 48:58. Greece could not threaten the margin in the final period. Russia stayed comfortable in front rolling to the victory at the end. Pavel Sizov came up with 23 points for Russia. Viacheslav Fedorchenko (188-G-95) added 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory. Georgios Diamantakos (210-C-95) responded with 14 points for Greece. Michail Liapis (188-G-95) had 12 points in defeat.
Germany - Czech Republic 72-78 Czech Republic earned the second straight win at the U16 European Championship Qualifying Round. They prevailed against Germany to improve at 4-1 record in Group E. Radovan Kouril (182-PG-95) notched 19 points and 7 assists to pace the winners. Germany in the meantime suffered the second straight loss. They fell at 3-2 record in the third position in the ladder. Czech Republic fired 29 points in the starting quarter to take a 4-point lead at the break. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second term. They arrived at halftime up by six points 47:41. Czech Republic did not allow German counterparts any closer in the third frame. The Czech team posted a 62:54 lead with ten minutes remaining. Germany got within just two points 70:72 with under three minutes remaining. But Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) and Radovan Kouril scored next five points and Czech Republic ran away for the victory. Jiri Soula (187-G-95) produced 16 points, 6 boards and 6 steals, while Prokop Slanina had 14 points in defeat. David Taylor (188-PG-95) knocked down 17 points for Germany. Maximilian Ugrai (196-F-95) netted 13 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
Serbia - Spain 72-74 Spain wrapped up their Qualifying Round at U16 European Championship campaign with win. They outscored Serbia for 4-1 record in Group E. Spain thus ensured the second-place finish in the pool. Serbia fell at 2-3 record and appeared in the fifth position in the ladder narrowly missing the quarterfinal stage. Agusti Sans (195-F-95) stepped up with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The lead changed hands throughout the opening quarter before Spain grabbed a 21:17 advantage. Spain stayed in charge throughout the second term but Serbia would not go away. The Balkan team trailed by just a single point 31:32 at halftime. Brano Djukanovic (193-G-95) and Tejic put the Serbian team in front early in the third term. But eventually Spain recovered posting a 48:46 lead with ten minutes remaining. Spain used an 11:2 run to open an 8-point lead with under two minutes remaining. However Nikola Rebic (186-PG-95), Brano Djukanovic and Marko Guduric (193-G-95) made it 72:73 with 10 seconds to go. Agusti Sans hit just one free throw after being fouled but a three-pointer from Brano Djukanovic rimmed out sealing the win for Spain. Ferran Ventura (178-PG-95) knocked down 15 points, while Javier De La Blanca (197-F-95) contributed 13 points in the victory. Brano Djukanovic responded with 17 points for Serbia. Nikola Rebic and Marko Guduric had 12 points apiece in defeat.
Turkey - Ukraine 71-51 Turkey wrapped up U16 European Championship Qualifying Round with victory. They coasted past Ukraine to grab 3-2 record in Group F. Deniz Kruszynski (191-PG-95) scored 19 points to pace the winners as they clinched the third spot in the ladder. Ukraine suffered the third loss in a row to fell at 0-5 record at the bottom of the standings. Anton Dziuba (201-F-95) opened the game with a three-pointer but Turkey quickly surged ahead. They ensured a 20:11 lead after ten minutes. Turkey limited Ukraine to just six points in the second term to stretch their lead to 19 points at halftime 36:17. Turkey kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 14 points 53:39. Ukraine opened the final period with five points in a row to narrow the deficit. But Turkey reacted with a 12:1 run of their own to clear off for good. Ayberk Guleryuz (206-C-95) netted 14 points, while Adnan Mustafa (188-G-95) had 10 points in the win. Anton Dziuba responded with 11 points for Ukraine. Oleksandr Biella (200-C-95) and Yevgen Sakhniuk netted 7 points each in the loss.
Italy - Latvia 66-76 Latvia caught the last train into U16 European Championship playoffs. They outlasted Italy in crucial game to clinch the fourth place in Group F. Davis Geks (183-G-95) unloaded 25 points in the victory. Latvia stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. The Baltic team erupted for 31 points in the starting frame to ensure a 10-point lead. The Azzurri narrowed the deficit at 8-point mark at halftime. Italy got even closer in the third term. They narrowed the margin at just 6 points with one quarter remaining 54:60. However Latvia struck when it mattered the most. Davis Geks triggered an 11:0 run that put Latvia up by 12 points 74:62 and they never looked back en route to the win. Rolands Smits (201-C-95) delivered 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Armands Ginters (194-F-95) and Kristaps Gluditis (188-PG-95) added 10 points each in the win. Alessandro Maccaferri (175-PG-95) responded with 25 points for Italy. Federico Di Pramero accounted for 19 points in the loss.
Poland - Montenegro 67-55 Poland posted the second victory in U16 European Championship classification round. They held off Montenegro to improve at 2-1 record in Group G. Mikolaj Witlinski (201-F-95) tallied 16 points and 20 rebounds in the win. Montenegro fell at 1-2 record. The teams stayed close throughout the first half. Poland enjoyed a 16:14 lead after ten minutes. Montenegro stayed close cutting the deficit at just a single point 32:33 at halftime. Poland opened the second half with nine consecutive points to clear off. They established a 54:44 advantage with one quarter remaining. Poland did not allow their opponents closer than 10 points throughout the final term rallying to a comfortable win at the end. Adam Mazur (188-G-95) posted 15 points, while Szymon Michalik (195-F-95) notched 11 points in the victory. Luka Savic (199-F-95) and Luka Djurovic (199-F-95) responded with 15 points each for Montenegro.
Lithuania - Bulgaria 92-77 Lithuania recorded the third straight win at the U16 European Championship classification round. They overcame Bulgaria to stay undefeated in Group G. Edvinas Seskus (191-F-95) knocked down 25 points to lead the effort. Lithuania ensured a 23:18 lead after ten minutes. Lithuania used a 9:2 run midway through the second term to record a 32:22 advantage. The Baltic team posted a 50:35 halftime lead. Lithuania kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. They registered a 73:53 lead with one quarter remaining. Bulgaria never rebounded in the fourth term suffering the third loss in a row in Group G. Paulius Zalys (198-F-95) delivered 14 points, while Paulius Valinskas (185-G-95) added 13 points in the victory. Aleksandar Vezenkov (204-F-95) responded with 36 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for Bulgaria. Lyuboslav Mihaylov (191-G-95) contributed 12 points in defeat.
Results of the Draw for 2016 Championship - Jan 22, 2016
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The Draw for the 2016 U16 European Championship took place in Munich tonight. Please find the results below: Division A (Radom, Poland) Group A: Italy, Spain, Sweden, Latvia Group B: Germany, Turkey, Poland, Croatia Group C: Lithuania, France, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina Group D: Greece, Serbia, Estonia, Finland. Division B (Sofia, Bulgaria) Group A: Luxembourg, Portugal, Denmark, Netherlands, Belarus, Russia Group B: Ireland, Israel, FYR Macedonia, Hungary, Scotland, England G... [read more]
The Draw for the 2016 U16 European Championship took place in Munich tonight. Please find the results below:
Division A (Radom, Poland) Group A: Italy, Spain, Sweden, Latvia Group B: Germany, Turkey, Poland, Croatia Group C: Lithuania, France, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina Group D: Greece, Serbia, Estonia, Finland.
Division B (Sofia, Bulgaria) Group A: Luxembourg, Portugal, Denmark, Netherlands, Belarus, Russia Group B: Ireland, Israel, FYR Macedonia, Hungary, Scotland, England Group C: Norway, Slovenia, Romania, Austria, Kosovo, Ukraine Group D: Slovak Republic, Georgia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Iceland and Belgium.
Division C (Nicosia, Cyprus) Group A: Malta, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Wales, San Marino Group B: Gibraltar, Moldova, Armenia, Andorra, Albania.
Bosnia and Herzegovina claim historic title in Kaunas - Aug 16, 2015
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Bosnia - Lithuania 85-83
Bosnia and Herzegovina wrote history in Kaunas. They overcame hosting Lithuania to clinch the first ever U16 European Championship title. Dzanan Musa (202-G-99, agency: Beo Basket) came up with impressive 33 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists to pace the champions. He was named the MVP. Bosnia and Herzegovina piled up a massive 50:37 halftime lead. Lithuania slowed their opponents down in the third term. The hosts pulled within 10 points at the final int... [read more]
Bosnia - Lithuania 85-83 Bosnia and Herzegovina wrote history in Kaunas. They overcame hosting Lithuania to clinch the first ever U16 European Championship title. Dzanan Musa (202-G-99, agency: Beo Basket) came up with impressive 33 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists to pace the champions. He was named the MVP. Bosnia and Herzegovina piled up a massive 50:37 halftime lead. Lithuania slowed their opponents down in the third term. The hosts pulled within 10 points at the final intermission. Lithuania went on a strong comeback rally in the fourth quarter but Bosnia and Herzegovina held on to clinch the historic success. Sani Campara (188-PG-99) finished with 23 points, while Emir Cerkezovic (196-PF-99) added 10 points for the winners. Arnas Velicka (192-PG-99) responded with 14 points for Lithuania. Grantas Vasiliauskas (200-F-99) had 12 points in the loss.
Spain - Turkey 72-83 Turkey earned the Bronze medals at the championship. They defeated Spain in the consolation final today. Onuralp Bitim (193-SG-99) scored 16 points to pace the winners. Turkey recorded a 35:28 halftime lead. They unleashed 48 points in the second half and cruised to the victory. Ahmet Duran (204-C-99) netted 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Sergi Martinez (200-PF-99) responded with 24 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for Spain.
France - Finland 75-46 France clinched the fifth position at the championship. They defeated Finland in the final game at the tournament. Les Bleues opened a 23:8 lead after ten minutes. France followed with a 16:9 run in the third term to take a 24-point lead. They never looked back afterwards cruising to the win. Yanik Blanc (183-G-99) scored 23 points, pulled down 7 rebounds and issued 4 assists for the winners. Sofiane Briki (190-G-99) had 10 points for France. Elias Valtonen (192-G/F-99) responded with 17 points for Finland.
Germany - Serbia 91-64 Germany stormed past Serbia to wrap up their championship campaign on a high note. Nelson Weidemann (188-PG-99) delivered 25 points to lead the charge. Serbia led by two points 19:17 after ten minutes. But Germany exploded with 74 points in the next three periods to race to a comfortable win. Isaac Bonga (196-F-99) and Hendrik Drescher (202-C-00) accounted for 12 points each for the winners. Marko Kovacevic (202-SF-99) answered with 13 points for Serbia.
Italy - Croatia 68-76 Croatia outgunned Italy to finish the ninth position at the tournament. Antonio Jularic (190-PG-99) delivered 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory. Italy opened a 22:18 lead after ten minutes. But Croatia held their opponents to just 11 points in the second frame and raced to a 35:33 halftime lead. Croatia went on a 17:11 rally in the final period and sealed the win. Darko Bajo (204-G/F-99) accounted for 19 points and 10 rebounds for Croatia. Gabriele Stefanini (183-G-99) responded with 15 points for Italy.
Montenegro - Latvia 57-60 Latvia celebrated victory in their final game in Kaunas. They nipped Montenegro for the 11th overall position. Arturs Kurucs (189-SF-00) posted 20 points to lead Latvia A. Montenegro built a 35:26 halftime lead. But Latvia answered with a strong 25:13 rally in the third term to spur ahead. They maintained the lead throughout the final frame and marched to the win. Anrijs Miska (201-F-00) netted 10 points for the Baltic team. Andrija Slavkovic (197-SG-99) answered with 21 points for Montenegro.
Greece - United Kingdom 77-52 Greece fired past Great Britain to earn the crucial win in Kaunas. Greece secured their Division A place for the next season following the success. Konstantinos Kampouridis (202-C-99, agency: Delta) scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the winning side. Greece ensured a 36:29 halftime lead. They followed with a 15:2 run in the third term to clear off for good. Giannis Giannaras (187-G-99) accounted for 10 points and 11 assists for Greece. Kaiyem Cleary (191-G/F-99) responded with 19 points for Great Britain.
Division B. Estonia conquer the title in Sofia - Aug 16, 2015
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Poland - Estonia 56-64
Estonia are crowned Division B champions. They fired past Poland to conquer the trophy in Sofia. Sander Raieste (197-F/G-99) posted 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Estonia posted a 17:11 lead after ten minutes. They dropped 25 points in the third term to open an 11-point lead at the final intermission. Poland narrowed the gap in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the defeat. Kaspar Treier (203-F-99) had 14 points and 13 rebounds in the vict... [read more]
Poland - Estonia 56-64 Estonia are crowned Division B champions. They fired past Poland to conquer the trophy in Sofia. Sander Raieste (197-F/G-99) posted 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Estonia posted a 17:11 lead after ten minutes. They dropped 25 points in the third term to open an 11-point lead at the final intermission. Poland narrowed the gap in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the defeat. Kaspar Treier (203-F-99) had 14 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Lukasz Kolenda (186-G-99) responded with 14 points for Poland. Kacper Makowski (192-F-99) added 10 points in the loss.
Sweden - Slovakia 57-56 Sweden clinched Division A promotion. They earned a tough one-point victory over Slovak Republic in the consolation final in Sofia tonight. David Czerapowicz (186-G-99) scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the Scandinavian team. Slovak Republic built a 30:22 halftime lead. Sweden however turned the tables in the second half. They pulled within 5 points at the final intermission. Sweden erupted for 24 points in the fourth quarter and snatched a key victory at the end. Olle Lundqvist (199-F-99) netted 12 points and collected 19 rebounds in the win. David Javorsky (197-SF-99) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds for Slovak Republic.
Georgia - Belgium 60-43 Georgia earned the fifth overall position at the championship. They outscored Belgium in the final game. Goga Bitadze (202-C-99, agency: Agency) posted 17 points for the winners. Belgium eked out a 12:11 lead after ten minutes. However Georgia went on a 36:18 rally in the next two quarters to spur ahead. Georgia stayed ahead in the fourth period and raced to the win. Akaki Pipia (193-SG-99) notched 14 points for the winners. Lenny Coppens (F-99) and Robin Roland (G-99) responded with 8 points each for Belgium.
Slovenia - Holland 69-58 Slovenia outmuscled Netherlands to clinch the seventh position at the tournament. Nejc Klavzar (183-PG-99) delivered 15 points for the winners. Slovenia jumped to a 22:12 lead after ten minutes. But Netherlands erased the deficit to even things up at 29 at the interval. Slovenia went on a strong 28:17 run in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory. Maks Klanjscek (193-F/G-99) had 12 points for the winners. Calvin Poulina (199-F/C-99) responded with 12 points for Netherlands.
Ukraine - Bulgaria 58-73 Bulgaria earned the 9th position at the home championship. They entertained the home crowd in Sofia with a comfortable win over Ukraine in the final game at the tournament. Krastan Krastanov (195-F/G-99) finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds for Bulgaria. The hosts overcame a narrow one-point deficit after ten minutes to enter the fourth quarter up by 13 points. Bulgaria held their opponents to just 10 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Evgeni Vasilev (189-G-99) and Ivaylo Tonev (194-F/G-99) netted 12 points apiece for the winners. Ivan Chmyrenko (192-SF-99) responded with 16 points for Ukraine.
Denmark - Portugal 45-37 Denmark earned the 11th position at the tournament. They held off Portugal in the final game in Sofia. Agah Kiziklaya scored 13 points for the winners. Denmark posted a 26:19 halftime lead. Portugal got within a single point at the final break. But Denmark went on a 15:8 run in the fourth term to ice the win. Oscar Quackenbush (185-G-99) delivered 8 points in the victory. Vladyslav Voytso (198-PF-99) responded with 15 points and 12 rebounds from Portugal.
Austria - Hungary 65-72 Hungary capped their Division B campaign on a high note. They toppled Austria for the 13th position. Csaba Fazekas (193-F/G-99) and Jozsef Katona delivered 15 points each for the winners. Hungary recorded a 30:23 halftime lead. Hungary boosted the gap at 14-point mark at the final break. Austria sank 29 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat. Mate Fazekas (206-C-00) had 12 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Jakob Szkutta (182-PG-99) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Austria.
Switzerland - Czech Republic 55-43 Switzerland held off Czech Republic to clinch the 15th position in Sofia. Alex Medolago (178-PG-00) posted 12 points for the Swiss team. Czech Republic and Switzerland were tied at 24 at the interval. The Swiss team sank 31 points in the second half and rallied to the victory. Matteo Marmondi netted 10 points for the winning side. Tomas Havlik (191-F-99) responded with 13 points for Czech Republic.
Romania - Iceland 79-72 Romania outgunned Iceland for the 17th position in Sofia. Antonio Nasturescu (186-SG-99) chipped in 19 points to lead the charge. Romania and Iceland went neck and neck throughout the first half. The scoreboard read 34:34 at the interval. Romania sank 21 points in the third term to open a 7-point lead. They added 24 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Stefan Birloveanu (202-F/C-99) connected for 18 points for the winners. Hakon Hjalmarsson (187-G-99) responded with 16 points for Iceland.
Luxembourg - Ireland 84-88 OT Ireland overcame Luxembourg in overtime. Adam Drummond (192-SG-99) recorded 26 points for the winners. Ireland jumped to a 22:8 lead after the opening quarter. But Luxembourg unleashed 31 points in the third term to spur ahead. Ireland denied the deficit in the fourth frame to force overtime. Ireland knocked down 12 points in the extra period and sealed the victory. Adam Donoghue (187-G-99) chipped in 23 points for the Irish team. Ben Kovac (190-SG-00) responded with 31 points, 18 rebounds and 7 assists for Luxembourg.
Norway - FYR Macedonia 76-63 Norway rallied past FYR Macedonia to earn the 21st position in Sofia. Kristian Sjolund (196-G-99) posted 37 points to lead the winners. Norway built a 36:29 halftime lead. Norway followed with a 22:16 run in the fourth frame and rallied to the victory. Ulrik Stranger-Johannessen (188-PG-99) delivered 12 points for the winners. Martin Trsunov answered with 24 points for FYR Macedonia.
Belarus - Scotland 71-79 Scotland finished their Sofia campaign on a high note. They topped Belarus to earn the 23rd position. Yousef Khalil chipped in 25 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the winners. Harry Morrice (C-00) added 18 points and 17 rebounds for the Scottish team. Belarus grabbed a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. But Scotland responded with a 46:30 run in the next two periods to spur ahead. Belarus could not recover as Scotland marched to the win. Maksim Misevich (188-SF-99) posted 17 points in the loss.
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