Croatia - Turkey 95-98 OT Turkey clinched the second win at the U16 European Championship. They outscored Croatia in overtime thriller for 2-0 record in Group A. Akif Guven (206-C-96) came up with 24 points to lead the winners. Croatia exploded with 26 points in the first quarter to jump ahead. They built an 11-point lead at the first intermission. Turkey responded with an excellent offence in the second quarter. They knocked down 30 points to take a 45:44 halftime lead. Croatia regained the lead in the third period. They secured a one-point lead before the fourth quarter. Croatia led by five points 78:73 with five minutes remaining. But Turkey denied the deficit and pulled in front for an 87:84 lead with 36 seconds left in regulation. However Dominovic drained a late triple to send the game into overtime. Serbia surged ahead in the extra period but Afik Guven converted a layup and then Kadir Bayram (189-PG-96) hit two free throws to seal the win for Turkey. Kadir Bayram finished with 18 points, while Oktay Ulubay contributed 13 points for the winners. Marko Arapovic (207-C/F-96) answered with 32 points and 13 boards for Croatia. Leon Tomic had 23 points in the losing case.
United Kingdom - Italy 47-65 Italy registered the second straight win at U16 European Championship preliminary round. They knocked down England in Group A in Ventspils. Daniel Donzelli (199-SG-96) came up with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 steals to lead the Azzurri. England fell at 0-2 record after the loss. Italy did not waste too much time as they surged in front in the opening quarter. The Azzurri piled up a 21:11 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew in the second frame. Italy ensured a 38:25 halftime lead. Italy stayed in control throughout the third term. They piled up a 17-point advantage at the final break. Italy outscored England in the fourth quarter posting a well-deserved win at the end. Diego Flaccadori (184-PG-96) had 12 points, while Federico Mussini and Riccardo Rossato accounted for 11 points each in the victory. Jules Akodo (G-96) replied with 17 points and 8 rebounds for England. Justas Muzikevicius had 9 points in the loss.
Spain - Russia 88-64 Spain earned the second consecutive win at the start of U16 European Championship. They outmuscled Russia for 2-0 record in Group B. Marc Garcia (194-F-96) accounted for 25 points to lead the winning side. Russia enjoyed a 22:20 lead at the first break. Spain turned things around in the second frame. They fired 24 points to take an 8-point lead at halftime 44:36. Spain exploded with 26 points in the third quarter to boost the lead. They secured a 17-point buffer at the final intermission. Spain held Russia to just 11 points in the fourth frame and cruised to the victory at the end. David Martinez (203-F-96) had 10 points, while Sergi Garcia and Arnau Triguiner chipped in 9 points each for Spain. Aleksandr Zuev (193-PG-96) answered with 15 points for Russia. Mikhail Maleyko finished with 13 points in the loss.
Ukraine - Latvia 73-58 Ukraine coasted to the second win at the U16 European Championship. They overcame Latvia to stay undefeated at 2-0 record in Group B. Latvia slipped at 0-2 record after the loss. Ukraine jumped to an early lead. They posted a 19:12 lead at the first break. Latvia narrowed the margin in the second frame. They got within 4 points at the interval 36:32. Latvia stayed aggressive in the third period. They trimmed the deficit at the third period to trail by three points 44:47. Ukraine however took over in the final frame. They fired 26 points to silence their opponents. Oleksandr Kobets (192-SF-96) nailed 24 points to lead the charge. Vadym Golyk and Yevgen Balaban had 11 points each in the victory. Ervins Meznieks (184-F-96) answered with 17 points for Latvia. Rihards Lomazs netted 10 points in the loss.
Serbia - Lithuania 70-64 Serbia recorded the initial win at the U16 European Championship. They prevailed against Lithuania to improve at 1-1 record in Group C. Jovan Starincevic (188-PG-96) came up with 28 points for the winners. Lithuania looked better at the start of the game. The Baltic side built a 19:12 lead ten minutes into the game. Serbia however denied the deficit in the second term. The Balkan team tied things up at 34 after twenty minutes. Serbia finally pulled ahead in the third term. They held Lithuania to 14 points to take a 7-point lead into the fourth quarter. Domantas Sabonis put Lithuania within two midway through the period but Serbia stayed calm and executed a confident win at the end. Nikola Pavlovic (195-F/G-93) accounted for 12 points, while Vasilije Vucetic added 10 points in the victory. Deividas Zemgulis (194-PF-96) notched 11 points for Lithuania. Domantas Sabonis had 9 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.
Slovenia - Germany 50-69 Germany posted the second consecutive win at the start of U16 European Championship in Lithuania/Latvia. They knocked down Slovenian counterparts to improve at 2-0 record on top of Group C. Jan Wimberg (202-G-96) stepped up with 18 points and 11 rebounds to pace the winners. Slovenia fell at 0-2 record after the loss. Germany strongly entered the encounter. They built a 24:14 lead ten minutes into the game. Germany boosted the gap in the second quarter. They piled up a 42:23 halftime lead. Slovenia tried to change the complexion of the game in the third quarter. They held German team to 11 points to narrow the margin to 14 points with one period remaining. But Germany responded adequately in the final frame to seal the comfortable win at the end. Sebastian Schmitt (180-PG-96), Constantin Ebert and Mahir Agva finished with 8 points each for Germany. Grega Sajevic (183-SG-96) answered with 16 points for Slovenia. Sandi Grubelic netted 10 points in the loss.
Greece - Czech Republic 86-61 Greece improved at 2-0 record in Group D of U16 European Championship. They held off Czech Republic to stay undefeated. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) accounted for 23 points to pace the Hellenes. Greece fired 27 points in the opening quarter. They recorded a 13-point lead at the first intermission. Czech Republic bounced back in the second term. They narrowed the gap at just 4-point mark at halftime 35:39. The Hellenes cleared off in the third quarter. They established a 15-point lead at the final intermission. Georgios Papagiannis gave Greece a 20-point lead early in the final period. Vasileios Charalampopoulos (199-F-97) delivered 13 points, while Thomas Kottas, Georgios Papagiannis and Konstantinos Zorzos had 8 points each in the win. Matej Svoboda (200-PF-96) answered with 22 points for Czech Republic. Marek Mares nailed 13 points in the losing case.
France - Poland 65-45 France recorded the second straight win at the U16 European Championship. They held off Poland in Group D action. Antoine Wallez (202-PF-96) knocked down 18 points to lead the winners. Poland led 14:5 midway through the opening frame. But France responded with a 21:0 run to grab a 26:14 lead midway through the second stanza. They established a 33:23 halftime lead. France maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. Les Bleus posted a 50:38 lead at the final break. The margin grew at 20-point mark and France cruised to the victory at the end. Etienne Ory (175-PG-96) netted 12 points, while Lenny Charles-Catherine added 8 points for the winning side. Filip Pruefer (208-C-96) answered with 12 points for Poland. Igor Wadowski had 9 points in the loss.
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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