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.
16 National Team that will compete in the 2017 FIBA U16 European Championship in the hopes of earning the promotion in the First Division after the total disaster of the Euro 2016 participat... [read more]
Three-time Basketball champion head coach Konstantinos Papadopoulos (with the team of Panathinaikos) and another seven times Attica champion (Panathinaikos and Ilysiakos) and the most successful Head Coach (in youth ages of the last two decades), has been tabbed as head coach for the Basketball Men's U16 National Team that will compete in the 2017 FIBA U16 European Championship in the hopes of earning the promotion in the First Division after the total disaster of the Euro 2016 participation and the last position among 16 countries (1-6 record) with the previous coaching team. Selected to assist Papadopoulos is the well known in the North part of the country, Theodoros Asteriadis (PAOK Thessaloniki), both of whom tackle their first serious assignment as a coaching duet coming from academies and youth teams.
An amazing selection from the Greek Basketball federation as it is the first time after quite many years that a National Coach in younger ages has actually professional career on the specific age area and quite successfully as the previous 'cases' and predecessors fail in total as they were coaching mostly Men Teams or no teams at all…
The Greek Basketball Federation probably felt that Papadopoulos has done a tremendous job with his players (in Panathinaikos and now in Doukas as he has been dismissed last summer from Panathinaikos after winning all the titles..) over the past fifteen years and that having continuity within the program has been a key to the success of the teams, he is coaching all these years.
The U16 European championship 2017 Division B will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria from the 10-19 of August 2017, and Greece will be among the National teams to fight for the promotion in a division which is more suitable for the country. In addition to Greece teams competing in the U16 zone Division B' championship include: host Bulgaria, Belarus, Belgium. Bosnia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Kosovo, Luxemburg, FYROM, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Ukraine.
Training camp to determine the 12-member Greek squad will be held in Athens by Papadopoulos himself while Assistant Coach Asteriadis will be doing the same in Thessaloniki so as to cover the country in total.
Coach Papadopoulos is planning to scout at all edges to be able to find the best players in the country and try to develop a strong and healthy team at all positions, try to give attention to detail, and relate to all the members of the Greek NT the winning mentality and try to combine all the talents with the best feasible way to try and get a gold medal for Greek Basketball even if we will compete in a division lower than we supposed to'. The U16 roster will be bright new and will be build up from scratch..
Eurobasket.com wishes all the best to the new coaching team of the U16 Greek NT
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