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.
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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