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.
FINAL Spain - Lithuania 74-72 Spain conquered the title in Radom. They snatched a tough victory over Lithuania in the championship game tonight. Carlos Unanue (192-F-00) sank a three-pointer late in regulation to propel Spain to the triumph. Spain secured a 24:20 lead ten minutes into the game. Lithuania pulled within 2 points at the interval 36:34 halftime advantage. Spain stretched the margin at 6-point mark heading into the final quarter. Lithuania denied the deficit late in regulatio... [read more]
Spain - Lithuania 74-72 Spain conquered the title in Radom. They snatched a tough victory over Lithuania in the championship game tonight. Carlos Unanue (192-F-00) sank a three-pointer late in regulation to propel Spain to the triumph. Spain secured a 24:20 lead ten minutes into the game. Lithuania pulled within 2 points at the interval 36:34 halftime advantage. Spain stretched the margin at 6-point mark heading into the final quarter. Lithuania denied the deficit late in regulation. Arlauskas put the Baltic side in front 72:71 with 10 seconds left in regulation. But Carlos Unanue responded with a triple to win the game for Spain. Joel Parra (199-F-00) topscored with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the champions. Usman Garuba (200-G-2) had 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks in the victory. Dovydas Giedraitis (185-G-00) responded with 18 points for Lithuania.
Croatia - Turkey 70-77 OT Turkey stepped onto the pedestal in Radom. They nipped Croatia in overtime to claim Bronze medals. Eray Akyuz (187-G-00) stepped up with 23 points and 7 steals to lead the winners. Turkey ensured a 36:33 halftime lead. Croatia spurred ahead for a 4-point lead at the third break. But Turkey held their opponents to just 15 points in the fourth frame and forced overtime. Turkey sank 11 points in the extra period and sealed the victory. Yavuz Gultekin (196-F-00) tossed in 14 points for the winners. Luka Samanic (208-C-00) answered with 24 points and 12 rebounds for Croatia.
Finland - France 79-71 Finland claimed the fifth position in Poland. They wrapped up the campaign with victory over France. Tomas Pihlajamaki (185-G-00) and Janne Lehtoranta (185-G-00) notched 11 points each for the winners. Finland jumped to a 24:17 lead after the first period. France used a strong rally in the next two periods to gain a 5-point advantage. But Finland exploded with 29 points in the final quarter to snatch the victory. Erik Sajantila (193-F/G-1) delivered 10 points for the winners. Babacar Niasse (192-G/F-00) responded with 26 points for les Bleues.
Italy - Montenegro 81-75 Alvise Sarto (196-F-00) notched 25 points to lead Italy past Montenegro in the clash for the 7th overall position. Montenegro secured a 38:33 halftime lead. But Italy went on a 25:16 rally in the third term to clinch a 4-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Italy poured in 23 points in the final stanza to seal the win. Federico Miaschi (188-G-00) chipped in 19 points for the Azzurri. Jovan Kijajic responded with 25 points for Montenegro.
Serbia - Germany 63-65 Germany finished their campaign on a high note. They nipped Serbia to earn the 9th place. Hendrik Drescher (202-C-00) came up with 15 points to pace the winners. Germany eked out a 23:22 halftime lead. They poured in 42 points in the second half to ice the victory. Luc Van Slooten (195-F/G-2) totaled 13 points in the win. Zoran Paunovic (190-G-00) answered with 24 points for Serbia.
Latvia - Sweden 65-51 Latvia topped Sweden in the classification round game. Adrians Snipke (188-PF-00) chipped in 15 points, collected 9 rebounds and issued 6 assists for the Baltic state. Latvia accumulated a 20:7 lead ten minutes into the game. They held Sweden to just 27 points in the second half to rally to the win. Anrijs Miska (201-F-00) tossed in 14 points and pulled down 13 rebounds in the victory. Erik Persson (185-G-00) responded with 13 points for Sweden.
Bosnia - Estonia 59-85 Estonia remained in Division A following a comfortable win over Bosnia and Herzegovina. Henri Drell (198-SF-00) came up with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Estonia grabbed a 43:30 halftime lead. The Baltic team went on a 28:11 run in the third term to clear off for good. Karl Karpin (205-C-00) had 15 points for the winners. Semir Karic (183-PG-00) answered with 12 points for Bosnia.
Poland - Greece 85-74 Poland edged Greece in the classification round clash. The hosts occupied the 15th position following the win. Sebastian Walda (194-SF-00) posted 23 points to lead the winners. Poland accumulated a 46:35 halftime lead. The hosts sank 39 points in the second half and rallied to the victory. Przemyslaw Golek (195-SF-00) tossed in 21 points for Poland. Konstantinos Altinis (195-F/G-00) responded with 13 points for Greece.
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