Finland - Luxembourg 89-82 Finland posts the initial win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Finnish side grabbed 89:82 victory over Luxembourg and improved to 1-1 record. Luxembourg meanwhile fell at 0-2 record in Group A. Timothy Kauffmann (191-F-96) scored half of the points for Luxembourg but it was not enough for the win. His team trailed 17:23 after the first period and had 33:45 at the halftime. Finland looked better in the game and added another 24-22 in the third quarter. Timothy Kauffmann scored four three-pointers in a row to reduce to 79:77. Niemisto however was perfect from the free throw line and brought the necessary win for the Finnish side. Elias Eerikinharju (185-G-96) top-scored for the winners with 18 points for the first victory. Niemisto notched 15, while Nieminen added 12. Timothy Kauffmann erupted with 41 points in the losing effort, while Vujakovic had 19 points and 16 rebounds.
Israel - Sweden 52-65 Sweden jumps on top of Group A at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Scandinavian team overcame Israel 65:52 in the first game of Day 2. Israel meanwhile just started the campaign and fell at 0-1 record. Israel started the game with 11-8 lead and scored also 11 points in the second frame. It was not however enough to win the quarter as Sweden replied with 15 points for 23:22 advantage. Sweden added 23-10 in the third quarter and grabbed 46:32 after three quarters. Israel won the last stanza 20-19 but reduced to 13 points at the end. Ludvig Hakanson (190-PG-96) was unstoppable with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, while Drammeh added 10. Johansson and William Skagius (200-PF-96) ended up with 8 points each, while the latter also added 10 rebounds. Netanel Artzi (196-F-97) finished the game with 13 points in defeat. Huber notched 11, whilst Blatt delivered 8.
Denmark - Slovakia 61-64 Slovak Republic beat Denmark to tie both records at the U16 European Championship in Division B. Jozef Senohradsky (190-G-96) was perfect from the free throw line at the end of the game for 64:61 win. Both teams are with 1-1 record in Group B. Slovak Republic took 18:14 lead after the first period and added defensive 10-8 in the second quarter. Benzon and Janicek exchanged the baskets early in the third quarter as the board showed 30:24 for Slovakia. Oremus increased the lead to 10 points, while Gadeberg reduced to just 1 point at the end of the third period. Jakob Ravn (193-G-96) gave Denmark an expecting 58:57 win, but Jozef Senohradsky was perfect from the free throw line to give his team 64:61 victory. Jozef Senohradsky top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Janicek collected 14 points and 11 rebounds. Jakub Meress (200-PF-96) and Oremus followed them with 8 points each in a win. Nicolai Andersen (201-C-96) replied with 13 points for Denmark, while Jakob Ravn and Alexander von Spreckelsen posted 10 poinst apiece.
Bulgaria - Belgium 43-75 Belgium spoil Bulgaria's start at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Belgium side celebrated their first 75:43 win in Group B in Day 2 in Bucharest. Belgium scored the first 4 points in the game and took control in the start of it. They reached 21:9 at the end of the frame and added 19-12 in the second period. Benzouien closed the half with a jump shot at 40:21, while Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda (96) scored for 42:23 early in the third. Belgium added 25-14 in the third period and won also the last stanza 10-8. Simon Chapelle (196-C-96) and Rosen Ivanov scored the last points for each team that showed the final result on the board. Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda stepped up with 28 points and Benzouien notched 12. Demirtas and Boxus delivered 8 points each in a win. Alex Ouandie (193-G-96) ended up with 9 points in the losing effort, while Vasilev delivered 8.
Georgia - Bosnia 52-82 Bosnia and Herzegovina overcame Georgia in Bucharest at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The winning side produced a 82:52 win as both teams are tied with 1-1 record in Group C. Bosnia and Herzegovina won the opening tip 5:1 and Smajlovic scored for 12:7. Gacic closed a 6-0 run for 18:7, while Gogaladze delivered two for 20:13. The second quarter was a nightmare for Georgia and brought 30-11 surge for Bosnia. djorde Beronja (199-C-96) scored the last four points for the winners to send the teams to the lockers at 50:24. Moreover Bosnia and Herzegovina produced the same quarters in the second half winning them 16-14. Bevanda increased the win to 30 points as the teams finished the game in Romania. Amar Balic (178-PG-96) and Gacic chipped in with 15 points each, while djorde Beronja poured in 12. Isiani ended up with 14 points in the losing effort. Giorgi Gugeshashvili (197-F-96), Matchavariani, Davit Lomidze (187-SG-97) and Petriashvili followed him with 6 points apiece.
Montenegro - Romania 66-53 Montenegro successfully started the campaign at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They handed the hosts of the tournament a 66:53 loss for 1-0 record. Romanian meanwhile fell at 0-2 record in Group C. After the first loss in the opener, Romania started the game with 15-13. They tried hard in the second frame as well but could not keep the advantage. Montenegro scored some quick baskets for 22:16 lead and then Nikolic closed the quarter at 30:27. Covrig and Tanasie tied the game at 34:34, while Kuti brought the hosts 36:34 lead. Moreover Covrig delivered two for 46:43 at the end of the third quarter. He gave his side 48:45 advantage, but Montenegro created a 15-0 run to seal the victory. Petar Popovic led the way with 22 points and Aleksandar Dozic (199-F-96) collected 16 points and 10 rebounds. Nikolic added massive 15 points and 15 rebounds, while Aleksandar Novosel (185-PG-96) scored 6. Covrig delivered 16 points in defeat, while Tanasie had 12.
Portugal - Norway 52-33 Portugal rolled over Norway in Day 2 of the U16 European Championship Division B in Romania. The Portuguese team celebrated a 52:33 win for 2-0 record in Group D. It was a slow start for both teams. Portugal could not score for the first four minutes in the game and allowed the opponents to take 4-0 from the start. They closed however a quarter with a 7-0 run to take 11-10 advantage. Later Francisco Amiel (186-PG-96) scored four consecutive points to bring his team 25:16 at the halftime. Nymo and Frey reduced to 27:24 midway through the third quarter, while Salamanca was the last to score in the period for 32:24. Portugal needed a 20-9 burst in the last stanza to seal the victory. Oliveira, Sergio da Silva (191-SG-96) and Salamanca paced all the winners with 10 points each. Sjur Berg (196-PF-96) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, while Nymo added 10.
Switzerland - Holland 66-55 Switzerland beat Netherlands in Day 2 of the U16 European Championship Division B in Romania. The Swiss side produced a 66:55 victory for 2-0 record in Group D. The Dutch side meanwhile fell at 0-2. Switzerland won the first period 13:11 and continued their push until the end of the game. They added 13-7 in the second quarter for 26:18 at the halftime. Franke meanwhile scored 5 consecutive points for Netherlands and reduced to 26:25. Mandic and Otoka meanwhile brought 43:34 at the end of the third quarter for the Swiss team. Switzerland posted another 23-21 in the last quarter to seal the victory. Mandic led the way with 17 points and Cafisi added 10. Giroud posted 8, while Beretta and Otoka scored 7 each. Franke ended up with 11 points in the losing effort and Lennart Overdevest (184-SG-96) nailed 10. Liem and Morren delivered 8 points each in a loss.
Hungary - Austria 88-57 Hungary improves to 2-0 record at the U16 European Championship Division B in Romania. The team overcame Austria 88:57 in Bucharest. The Austrian side meanwhile fell at 0-2 record. Hungary started the game with 26:16 and never looked behind after. They added massive 26-5 in the second frame as Kovacs closed the half at 51:42. Moreover Hungary won the third quarter 21-14 and had a comfortable lead after three quarters. Austria managed to win the last stanza 21-16 and reduce to 31 points. Florian Vogel (186-PG-96) and Ungi scored the last points for each side before the final buzzer. Antoni paced all the winners with 20 points, while Gyorgy Goloman (204-F/C-96) nailed 16. Hodi poured in 10 points and Pungor delivered 9. Marvin Ogunsipe (193-F-96) ended up with 9 points in the losing effort and Lehner scored 8.
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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