Croatia - United Kingdom 78-54 Croatia stayed alive in the title race at U16 European Championship. Two-time defending champions overcame England to catch the last train into the Second Stage of the tournament. Lovro Mazalin (198-SF-97) posted 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. England fell at 0-3 record in Group A and would play in relegation round. Croatia ensured a quick start. They posted a 21:11 lead at the first intermission. England slowed their opponents down and cut the distance to 9 points at halftime 38:29. Croatia managed to keep England at bay throughout the third frame. They secured a 10-point cushion with ten minutes to go. England ran out of steam in the fourth quarter. Croatia went on a 23:9 run and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Leon Tomic (195-F-96) had 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, while Marko Arapovic added 14 points in the victory. Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye (191-SG-96) replied with 13 points for England. Justas Muzikevicius banked 11 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
Turkey - Italy 68-73 Italy registered the third straight win at the start of U16 European Championship. They overcame Turkish counterparts in Ventspils tonight to clinch top spot in Group A at 3-0 record. Daniel Donzelli (199-SG-96) scored 15 points to pace the Azzurri. Turkey fell at 2-1 record after the loss. Turkey got to a slightly better start to the game. They posted a 19:16 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Turkey gained an 11-point lead in the second quarter. But Italy answered right back drawing things level at 35 late in the first half. Alemdaroglu put Italy in front 37:35 at the interval. Italy went on a run late in the third quarter. The Azzurri ignited a 10:0 run to take a 59:49 advantage. Turkey could not get closer than 4 points in the final period as Italy cruised to the victory at the end. Federico Mussini (179-PG-96) netted 12 points, while Riccardo Rossato provided 14 points for the winners. Oktay Ulubay (189-SG-97) responded with 14 points for Turkey. Tolga Gecim had 12 points in the loss.
Spain - Ukraine 73-69 Spain overcame Ukraine in the battle of two previously undefeated teams at the U16 European Championship. Marc Garcia (194-F-96) topscored once again for Spain finishing with 20 points. Spain thus clinched the top position in Group B with 3-0 record. Ukraine finished second at 2-1 record. Spain accumulated a 24:19 lead at the first intermission. Ukraine reacted with a stifling defence to limit Spain to just 11 points in the second period. Ukraine cut the deficit to two points at halftime 35:33. Spain maintained the lead throughout close third frame. They ensured a 49:44 buffer before the fourth quarter. The margin grew at 9-point mark midway through the final term. Ukraine managed to narrow the gap at 3-point mark on several occasions but Spain eked out a tough win at the end. David Martinez (203-F-96) netted 16 points for Spain. Carlos Martinez had 8 points for the winners. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (194-SG-97) provided 16 points for Ukraine. Oleksandr Kobets netted 14 points and pulled down 9 rebounds in the loss.
Russia - Latvia 59-66 Latvia stayed in the title race at U16 European Championship. They held off Russia in the crucial game in Group B. Latvia improved at 1-2 record and occupied the third position, while Russia slipped at 0-3 and would play in relegation round. Rauls Avenitis (180-PG-96) came up with 26 points to lead the winners. Russia ensured almost a perfect start to the game. They limited Latvia to 13 points in the first quarter to take a 7-point lead. Latvia adjusted their defence in the second quarter. They held Russia to 10 points in the period to cut the deficit to three points 30:27. Latvian defence continued to work smoothly in the third term. They held Russia to just 6 points in the frame to ensure a 10-point lead with ten minutes remaining. Latvia cleared off to an 8-point lead late in regulation. Russia got within four but Davis Cima (175-PG-96) and Melderis converted three free throws late in regulation and sealed the victory at the end. Davis Cima posted 11 points, while Ervins Meznieks added 10 points in the victory. Mikhail Maleyko (203-PF-96) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Russia. Ilya Karpenkov had 15 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.
Lithuania - Germany 65-66 Jan Wimberg (202-G-96) drained a three-pointer with seven seconds left in regulation to seal the victory for Germany in their battle against Lithuania. Germany improved at 3-0 record, while Lithuania fell at 1-2 in Group C. Jan Wimberg topscored for the winners with 18 points. Lithuania stormed into this one. They grabbed a 21:8 lead ten minutes into the game. Germany stopped the rot in the second quarter. They slowed the Baltic team down and cut the deficit at 4-point mark at halftime 33:37. Germany denied the deficit in the third quarter. They posted a 51:50 lead into the fourth frame. Lithuania surged back in front in the fourth period. They accumulated a 65:59 advantage with under three minutes remaining. But Jan Wimberg organized a 7:0 run that he capped with a triple to steal the victory for Germany. Sebastian Schmitt (180-PG-96) knocked down 10 points, while Mahir Agva added 9 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Tautvydas Paliukenas (192-SF-96) answered with 24 points for Lithuania. Dominykas Zupkauskas had 10 points, 9 assists and 4 boards in defeat.
Serbia - Slovenia 71-64 Serbia celebrated the second win at the U16 European Championship. They fired past Slovenia to improve at 2-1 record in Group C. Ilija Dokovic (185-G-96) and Jovan Starincevic (188-PG-96) scored 13 points each to lead Serbia. Slovenia in the meantime suffered the third loss in a row and would play in relegation round. Serbia stormed in front early in the encounter. They posted a 23:15 lead at the first break. Slovenia narrowed the deficit in the second quarter. They got as close as 5 points at halftime 34:39. The teams traded baskets throughout low-scoring third term. Serbia ensured a 5-point buffer into the final frame. Domen Janc drew things level at 55 midway through the fourth stanza. The teams were still drawn at 62 with just over three minutes remaining in regulation. But Serbia ignited a 9:0 run and cleared off for good. Ivan Daskalovic accounted for 10 points and 12 rebounds for Serbia. Matej Kavas (193-G-96) answered with 20 points for Slovenia. Domen Janc and Nejc Zupan had 11 points each in the loss.
France - Greece 70-59 France clinched the third straight win at U16 European Championship. They knocked down Greece to earn the top place in Group D. Lucas Dussoulier (196-PG-96) came up with 25 points to lead Les Bleus. Greece slipped at 2-1 record in the ladder. The Hellenes grabbed an early lead. They ensured a 20:9 advantage at the first intermission. France turned the tables in the second quarter. They poured in 27 points to secure a 36:32 halftime lead. Greece cut the deficit in the third period. They trailed by just 2 points heading into the fourth frame. France limited the Hellenes to just 8 points in the fourth term and rallied to the victory at the end. Etienne Ory (175-PG-96) posted 13 points, while Antoine Wallez and Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot had 10 points each in the winning case. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) responded with 14 points for Greece. Georgios Papagiannis chipped in 12 points in the loss.
Poland - Czech Republic 89-77 Poland claimed a crucial win at U16 European Championship Group D. They overcame Czech Republic to advance into the Second Stage of the tournament. Kamil Zywert (188-PG-96) came up with 22 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds to lead the Polish team. Czech Republic fell at 0-3 record and would play in relegation round. Poland set the tone early in the game. They outscored their opponents 21:11 in the first ten minutes. The teams exchanged baskets throughout intense second quarter. Poland though remained in charge posting a 42:32 halftime lead. Poland extended the lead in the third quarter. They ensured a 14-point advantage at the final intermission. Czech Republic got within four midway through the final stanza but Poland quickly restored a safe cushion and marched to the victory. Grzegorz Kulka (192-PF-96) posted 18 points, while Marek Zywert and Mateusz Stawiak added 11 points each for the winners. Matej Svoboda (200-PF-96) answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds for Czech Republic. Marek Mares had 13 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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