Luxembourg - Israel 65-71 Israel outscored Luxembourg at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Israeli team improved to 1-1 record after a 71:65 victory. Luxembourg meanwhile suffered their third straight loss. Luxembourg won the opening quarter 19:16 and led 3 points at the halftime. Fischer and Kapgen sent the teams to the lockers at 41:38. Avichai Ben Da tied the game at 45:45 early in the third period and Yevgeni Holodov (178-PG-96) nailed three for 48:45 Israeli lead. Huber meanwhile scored the last four points in the third period for 56:51 advantage. Israel also won the last stanza 15-14 and celebrated the initial victory. Yevgeni Holodov stepped up with 19 points for the winners and Tessone added 12. Avichai Ben David (185-F-96) ended up with 11 points in a win. Timothy Kauffmann (191-F-96) answered with 29 points in the losing effort, whilst Vic Heuschling (196-F-96) delivered 12. Arens notched 11 and Vujakovic posted 4 in a loss.
Belarus - Finland 69-81 Finland opened Day 3 of the U16 European Championship in Division B with a victory over Belarus. The Finnish side grabbed an 81:69 victory to open Saturday games in Bucharest. The Nordic team started with 27:18 and used its power to dominate the court. Finland added 15-14 in the second frame and led 42:32 at the halftime. Kandybovich and Henri Niemisto (194-G-96) exchanged the early baskets in the third period, while Tuomas Hirvonen (175-G-96) scored for 50:41. Aidoo meanwhile closed the period at 61:54 and Alanen nailed three to start the last stanza for a double digit lead. Finland won the last stanza 20-15 and celebrated a 12-point victory. Henri Niemisto paced all the winners to 2-1 record with 23 points. Henttonen notched 12, while Tuomas Hirvonen added 10. Rubinshteyn brought 18 points in the losing effort and Maksim Salash (203-C-96) collected 14 points and 14 rebounds. Kandybovich had 10 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Khomchanka scored 9.
FYR Macedonia - Denmark 61-52 F.Y.R. of Macedonia takes control in Group C of the U16 European Championship in Division B. The team improved to 2-0 record on top after 61:52 win over Denmark. The latter fell at 1-2 record in the group. F.Y.R. of Macedonia produced the same first two quarters in the game. They needed 14-12 in each for 28:24 lead at the halftime. Andrej Magdevski (190-G-96) and Shalev increased to 33:28, while Andrej Magdevski made two free throws for 37:30 midway through the third frame. Kelly however closed the third period at 42:27 when he made a three-pointer. Moreover Johannes Nielsen (203-PF-96) reduced to 50:46, but F.Y.R. of Macedonia was too good at the end of the game. They scored some important baskets to seal a 9-point victory. Kristijan Nikolov erupted with 35 points for the winners and Andrej Magdevski netted 14. Johannes Nielsen answered with 19 points in defeat, while Hansen had 7.
Slovakia - Bulgaria 65-68 Bulgaria edged Slovak Republic at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Bulgarian side won their first game in the tournament 68:65 for 1-1 record. Slovak Republic meanwhile fell at 1-2 record. Bulgaria started with 17:15, but the lead did not last for a long time. Janicek tied the game at 21:21, while Sarna brought 28:23 for Slovakia. Jakub Meress (200-PF-96) and Rozanek sent the teams to the lockers at 38:30. Jakub Meress gave Slovak Republic double digit lead, however his team could not win the game. Nikolay Vangelov (192-C-96) and Kraev reduced to 52:48 at the end of the third quarter. Bulgaria added massive 20-13 burst to win the game. Denis Petkov (171-PG-96) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Vasilev nailed 19. Jakub Meress answered with 21 points in the losing effort and Rozanek had 15. Jozef Senohradsky (190-G-96) posted 12 points, while Janicek chipped in with 11.
Bosnia - Montenegro 78-93 Bosnia and Herzegovina U16- Montenegro U16 78:93 Montenegro keep the perfect record in Group C of the U16 European Championship. The team overcame Bosnia and Herzegovina 93:78 for 2-0 record. The latter fell at 1-2 record after Day 3. Montenegro grabbed the lead from the first minutes and reached 26:16 at the end of the frame. Bosnia and Herzegovina bounced back with 21-17 in the second quarter and Aleksandar Lazic (198-SG-96) reduced to 37:43 at the halftime. Montenegro however had Petar Popovic (188-PG-96) in the roster that ruined the opponents' defence. Led by him Montenegro increased to 64:55 at the end of the third period and added 29-23 in the last stanza. Petar Popovic erupted with 35 points for the winners and Novosel added 11. Vasilije Knezevic (200-C-96) and Dozic followed them with 10 points apiece. Aleksandar Lazic collected 16 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, whilst Mirsad Pilavdzic (195-SG-96) added 14. Balic and Beronja ended up with 10 points each in a loss.
Estonia - Georgia 52-59 Georgia overcame Estonia in day 3 of the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Georgian side grabbed 2-0 record on top of Group C after a 59:52 win. Estonia meanwhile suffered their first loss and dropped at 1-1. Estonia won the first period 17:16 and Jaagup Russak (179-G-96) opened the second frame for 20:16. Georgia played better at the end of the half and due to 15-13 in the frame grabbed 31:30 at the halftime. Estonia started the third quarter better and Jaagup Russak brought 39:33. Georgia meanwhile replied with a 13-0 run to take 46:39 lead after three quarter when Luka Zakradze (187-PG-96) nailed from the perimeter. Both teams nailed 13 points in the last stanza for the final result. Luka Zakradze stepped up with 20 points and Lomidze followed him with 10. Gugeshashvili nailed 7, while Dimitri Bobilev (197-F-96) collected 6 points and 11 rebounds. Reinart and Jaagup Russak delivered 10 points each in defeat. Kabin and Meimer followed them with 8 points in a loss.
Norway - Switzerland 43-55 Switzerland posted the third straight win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Swiss side rolled over Norway 55:43 for 3-0 record on top of Group D. Norway meanwhile lost their third consecutive game. Norway won the opening frame 11-10, but could not keep the lead. The Swiss team replied with 14-10 in the second quarter and Luka Mandic (195-F-96) scored for 24:21 at the halftime. Mattia Cafisi (181-PG-97) and Luka Mandic increased the lead to 7 points early in the third quarter, while Polite brought 40:31. Luka Mandic later closed the period from the free throw line at 44:31. Norway did not give up and reduced to 3 points as Nymo cut it to 43:46 midway through the last period. Mattia Cafisi and Fragniere scored the last baskets for the winners to seal the victory. Luka Mandic top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 16 rebounds, while Mattia Cafisi nailed 12. Otoka notched 8 and Polite had 4 points and 21 boards. Frey ended up with 13 points in the losing effort as Norway fell at 0-3 record. Berg collected 12 points and the same number of rebounds, whilst Dolven posted 10.
Portugal - Hungary 64-54 Portugal outscore Hungary for the top place in Group D at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Portuguese team improved to 3-0 record after 64:54 victory. The Hungarian team meanwhile suffered their first loss and dropped at 2-1 record. Portugal opened the game with 14-11 and added productive 18-10 in the second quarter. Hungary however did not give up and replied with 24-14 in the third quarter. Zrinyi made two free throws to reduce 46:45 after three quarters. Hungary meanwhile could not score for about 7 minutes in the last stanza and due to that lost the game. Amiel and Joao Neves (185-PG-96) ensured the late victory for the winners. Sergio da Silva (191-SG-96) paced all the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Amiel collected 15 points and 10 rebounds. Carlos Salamanca (187-G-97) netted 11 and Mendes scored 6. Hodi finished the game 14 points, Nagy posted 12 and Gyorgy Goloman (204-F/C-96) delivered 11.
Holland - Austria 48-36 Netherlands beat Austria in the start of Day 3 at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Dutch team improved to 1-2 record in Group D after a defensive 48:36 victory. Austria meanwhile remains winless at the tournament. Netherlands started the game with 13-0 run and finished the first period with 17-2 lead. Moreover Morren scored for 24:2 and only after that Austria started to wake up. Marvin Ogunsipe (193-F-96) and Schmit closed the half at 31:9, while Marvin Ogunsipe nailed three early in the second to close the run at 31:15. Lehner and Boezeman exchanged the baskets for 37:24 after three quarters. Karlo Keca (180-PG-96) and Marvin Ogunsipe managed to reduce to 9 points, while the Dutch team used a final push to win the game by 12 points. Boezeman paced all the winners with 15 points, while Franke and Overdevest nailed 9 each. Marvin Ogunsipe and Joch replied with 10 points each in the losing effort.
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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