Israel - Belarus 77-56 Israel recorded the second win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They toppled Belarus in Group A. Roman Sorkin (201-F-96) stepped up with 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Belarus fell at 1-2 record after the loss. Israel gained a narrow 22:19 lead after ten minutes. They limited Belarus to 9 points in the second quarter to jump into a 12-point lead 40:28. Israel maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They registered a 55:40 cushion with one period remaining. Belarus never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Roi Huber (184-G-97) nailed 14 points, while Yevgeni Holodov netted 10 points for the winners. Maksim Salash (203-C-96) answered with 16 points and 19 rebounds for Belarus. Roman Rubinshteyn had 15 points in the loss.
Sweden - Luxembourg 85-49 Sweden clinched the third straight win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They knocked down Luxembourg to remain on top of Group A. Ludvig Hakanson (190-PG-96) scored 28 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the effort. Sweden enjoyed a 19:12 lead after ten minutes. The Scandinavian team boosted the margin in the second quarter. They established a 40:28 halftime lead. Sweden cleared off in the third term. They gained a 19-point buffer before the fourth frame. Sweden unloaded 30 points in the fourth quarter and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Erik Johansson (194-F-96) delivered 22 points for the winners. Bill Fischer (195-C-96) responded with 17 points for Luxembourg. Timothy Kauffmann (191-F-96) netted 11 points in the loss.
Bulgaria - FYR Macedonia 75-89 FYR Macedonia recorded the third consecutive win at the start of U16 European Championship. They nipped Bulgaria to stay on top of Group B. Kristijan Nikolov (185-G-96) came up with 27 points to lead the effort. FYR Macedonia erupted for 35 points in the opening quarter to take a 15-point lead. They maintained it throughout the second quarter. FYR Macedonia established a 54:38 halftime buffer. Bulgaria managed to narrow the deficit to 15-point mark before the fourth stanza. Bulgaria however never got closer than 13 points in the fourth period as FYR Macedonia cruised to the victory. Andrej Magdevski (190-G-96) posted 23 points, 10 assists, 7 steals and 6 boards for the winners. Cvetksovski finished with 19 points for FYR Macedonia. Denis Petkov answered with 15 points for Bulgaria. Emre Kurt (96) topscored with 19 points in the loss.
Belgium - Slovakia 67-59 Belgium celebrated the second win at U16 European Championship in Division B. They knocked down Slovakia in Bucharest yesterday. Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda (96) stepped up with 16 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Belgium are now at 2-1 record, while Slovakia fell at 1-3 in Group B. Belgium had to overcome a slow start. They faced a 9-point deficit at the first break. Belgium adjusted their game in the second quarter. They held Slovakia to 11 points and eked out a 32:31 halftime lead. Belgium deepened the distance in the third term. They secured a 48:42 advantage heading into the fourth frame. Belgium did not allow Slovakia to get within striking distance in the fourth frame and rallied to the victory at the end. Mathieu Houdart (194-F-96) netted 13 points, while Romain Boxus (194-F-96) contributed 12 points for the winning side. Robert Rozanek (180-PG-96) answered with 18 points for Slovakia. Jozef Senohradsky had 13 points in the loss.
Romania - Bosnia 66-75 Bosnia and Herzegovina grabbed the second win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They overcame Romania in Bucharest to take 2-2 record. Aleksandar Lazic (198-SG-96) scored 17 points to lead the visitors. The hosts fell at 0-3 record after the loss. Bosnia and Herzegovina marked their ambitions early in the encounter. They registered a 17:8 lead ten minutes into the game. The visitors boosted the gap in the second term. They ensured a 42:27 halftime advantage. Romania turned things around in the third quarter. The hosts finally found the right rhythm and dropped 26 points in the period. They narrowed the margin to 6 points at the final intermission. But Bosnia and Herzegovina made necessary adjustments and limited Romania to 13 points in the fourth frame marching to the victory. Faris Smajlovic (199-F/C-96) provided 14 points and 11 rebounds for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Amar Balic (178-PG-96) had 16 points in the win. Marius Ciotlaus (194-SF-96) answered with game-high 29 points and 9 rebounds for Romania. Covrig had 10 points in the loss.
Montenegro - Estonia 83-45 Montenegro remained with a perfect record at U16 European Champiosnhip in Division B. They knocked down Estonia for 3-0 record in Group C. Pavicevic and Nemanja Vuksanovic (190-PG-96) scored 14 points each for the winning team. Montenegro led by as many as 11 points at the first break. The Balkam team unloaded 30 points in the second quarter to ensure a massive 36-point advantage at the interval. They did not slow down after the big break. Montenegro claimed a 38-point buffer heading into the fourth quarter and never looked back en route to the win. Markus provided 12 points for the winners. Andre Reinart (200-C-96) answered with 8 points for Estonia. Jaagup Russak (179-G-96) finished with 6 points in defeat.
Austria - Norway 61-62 OT Norway won over Austria in a thriller for the initial victory at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Norwegian team grabbed 62:61 victory for 1-3 record in Group D. Austria meanwhile fell at 0-4 record. Austria started the game with 18-14, but lost the second frame 6-14. Norway added 15-14 in the third quarter as the board showed 43:38 after thrity minutes. Norway led for the whole fourth period, but could not win after the forty minutes. Karlo Keca (180-PG-96) made a jump shot for 57:57 after fourth stanza. Norway however dominated the overtime and led for the whole time. Johannes Dolven (197-PF-96) and Tvethaug brought the final points for the winning side. Johannes Dolven erupted with 31 points and 15 rebounds for the first success in Bucharest. Berg collected 12 points and 16 rebounds, while Frey notched 6. Karlo Keca delivered 15 points in the losing case, whilst Schmit and Marvin Ogunsipe (193-F-96) had 14 each.
Switzerland - Portugal 38-72 Portugal overwhelm Switzerland for the top place in Group D of the U16 European Championship in Division B. They destroy the opponents 72:38 and took 4-0 record on top. The Swiss side fell at 3-1 record and shares the second place with Hungary. Although it was the game for the first place in the group, it was not that interesting. The Swiss side could not match the opponents since the beginning of the game. Portugal erupted with 21-8 in the first period and had 10-point lead at the halftime. They won the third quarter 18-14 and added 24-5 in the last quarter to limit Switzerland to just 38 points at the end. Luis Camara (194-SF-96) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Sergio da Silva (191-SG-96) added 11. Carlos Salamanca (187-G-97) delivered 10, whilst Brito nailed 9. Anthony Polite (190-SF-97) finished the game with 10 points and Fragniere posted 9.
Hungary - Holland 66-55 Hungary outscored Netherlands in Day 4 of the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Hungarian side improved to 3-1 record after 66:55 win. The Dutch team dropped at 1-3 record in Group D. Netherlands opened the game with 12-11 lead but failed to win the half. Hungary bounced back with 16-11 in the second quarter as Meszaros scored for 27:23. Moreover Hungary added 17-12 in the third period to lead 44:35 at the end of three quarters. They enjoyed mostly 10-point advantage throughout the last quarter and sealed a 66:55 win. Gyorgy Goloman (204-F/C-96) stepped up with 24 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Meszaros netted 13, while Viktor Zrinyi (205-C-97) followed them with 8. Boezeman collected 18 points and 11 rebounds in defeat and Yannick Franke (185-G-96) had 12. Butter posted 11, whilst Joey Liem (175-SG-96) had 9.
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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