Croatia - Spain 79-67 Croatia earned victory at the start of the second round of U16 European Championship. The defending champions held off Spain in Group E. Lovro Mazalin (198-SF-97) came up with 23 points and 7 rebounds as Croatia improved at 1-2 record in Group E. Spain fell at 2-1 record after the loss. Croatia and Spain exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. The Croats eked out a 22:21 lead ten minutes into the game. They stretched the lead in the second quarter. Croatia ensured a 41:38 halftime advantage. The gap grew in the third quarter. Croatia opened an 11-point lead heading into the fourth stanza. They kept Spain at bay throughout the period and raced to the victory at the end. Ivan Vucic (195-SG-96) had 14 points, while Luka Bozic added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Marc Garcia (194-F-96) answered with 14 points for Spain. Marc Bauza and Francisco Alonso netted 10 points each in the loss.
Ukraine - Turkey 57-72 Turkey clinched the opening win at the Second Round of U16 European Championship. They outscored Ukraine in Ventspils. Turkey thus improved at 2-1 record, while Ukraine slipped at 1-2 in Group E. Akif Guven (206-C-96) accounted for 15 points to pace the winners. Turkey held Ukraine to 9 points in the starting quarter to take a 2-point lead. Turkey stayed aggressive defensively. They ensured a 23:19 halftime advantage. Turkey increased the tempo in the third quarter. They unloaded 26 points in the third frame to pile up a 7-point lead at the final intermission. Turkey kept Ukraine at bay throughout the fourth frame cruising to the victory at the end. Mehmet Alemdaroglu (205-F-96) accounted for 14 points, while Okben Ulubay and Tolga Gecim netted 9 points each for the winners. Yevgen Balaban (198-PF-96) answered with 14 points for Ukraine. Sergii Pryimak had 13 points in the losing case.
Latvia - Italy 67-76 Italy improved at 3-0 record in Group E at the Second Stage of U16 European Championship. Pierfrancesco Oliva (200-SF-96) scored 23 points, grabbed 16 boards and dished out 6 assists to lead Italy to the fourth straight win at the tournament. Latvia fell at 0-3 record in the ladder. Italy jumped to an early lead. They recorded a 20:14 lead at the first intermission. Latvia cut the deficit in the second quarter. They narrowed the deficit to a single point at halftime 35:36. The Baltic team surged ahead in the third term. Latvia used an 11:3 run midway through the period to take a 53:45 lead. Latvia earned a 57:49 advantage with one quarter remaining. Italy opened the fourth frame with a 9:2 rally to narrow the gap. The Azzurri capped regulation with a 17:4 run to seal the victory at the end. Riccardo Rossato (189-PG-96) accounted for 18 points, while Federico Mussini added 14 points in the victory. Rauls Avenitis (180-PG-96) answered with 28 points for Latvia. Rinalds Malmanis and Ervins Meznieks had 10 points each in the loss.
Poland - Germany 80-63 Poland celebrated the first win at the second round of U16 European Championship. They defeated previously unbeaten Germany to improve at 2-1 record in Group F. Marek Zywert (185-SG-96) came up with 22 points to lead the winners. Germany fell at 2-1 record after the loss. Germany accounted for a 16:15 lead at the first break. But Poland changed the complexion of the encounter in the second quarter. They exploded with 30 points to secure a 15-point halftime lead 45:30. Poland maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They established a 16-point advantage at the final intermission. Poland did not slow down in the fourth frame and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Filip Pruefer (208-C-96) provided 14 points and 10 rebounds for Poland. Artur Wlodarczyk added 13 points in the victory. Jan Wimberg (202-G-96) answered with 14 points for Germany. Niklas Kiel provided 12 points in the loss.
Lithuania - France 56-51 Lithuania registered the first win at the Second Stage of U16 European Championship. They defeated France in Group F. Tautvydas Paliukenas (192-SF-96) scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the charge. France suffered the first defeat at the tournament. Lithuania and France stayed close throughout the opening quarter. They were tied at 11 after ten minutes. Lithuania pulled in front in the second frame. The Baltic team gained a 29:25 halftime lead. Lithuania boosted the lead in the third quarter. They held France to 8 points in the frame to secure an 11-point lead at the final intermission. France got within two points with under two minutes remaining. But Raimundas Zuklevicius and Tautvydas Paliukenas notched 5 points in a row and Lithuania hang on for the win at the end. Domantas Sabonis (199-PF-96) posted 13 points and 11 rebounds for Lithuania. Raimundas Zuklevicius had 9 points in the victory. Antoine Wallez (202-PF-96) answered with 21 points for France. Etienne Ory netted 9 points in the losing case.
Greece - Serbia 53-62 Serbia celebrated the first win at the second round of U16 European Championship. They overcame Greece in Group F. The victory propelled Serbia at 2-1 record, while Greece slipped at 1-2. The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. The scoreboard read 16:16 after ten minutes. Greece pulled in front in the second quarter. The Hellenes accumulated a 31:29 halftime lead. Serbia however bounced back in the third term. They stiffened defence and held Greece to just 4 points in the quarter. Serbia earned a 41:35 lead at the final break. Greece got within two points with just over two minutes remaining. Jovan Starincevic (188-PG-96) and Nikola Pavlovic (199-PF-96) stepped up for Serbia at the moment and helped the team to snatch a tough win at the end. Jovan Starincevic accounted for 12 points for Serbia. Nikola Pavlovic added 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Stefan Lazarevic had 9 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Greece answered with 17 points from Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96). Vasileios Charalampopoulos netted 10 points in the loss.
United Kingdom - Czech Republic 86-77 England earned the first win at the U16 European Championship. They knocked down Czech Republic in classification round Group G. Jules Akodo (G-96) knocked down 16 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 7 assists to lead Great Britain. England fired 27 points in the first term to take a 3-point lead. England maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They limited the Czech team to 12 points in the period to ensure a 45:36 halftime advantage. Czech Republic took over in the third quarter. They limited the English team to 11 points in the third stanza and got within two points at the final intermission 54:56. England opened the final frame on a 6:2 run to clear off. The margin grew at 12-point mark midway through the fourth term and never looked back en route to the victory. Ikponmwosa Oghide (96) posted 15 points, while Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye and Joe Mvuezolo posted 11 points each for the winners. Matej Svoboda (200-PF-96) answered with 23 points for Czech Republic. David Pekarek had 11 points in the loss.
Russia - Slovenia 71-63 Russia celebrated the first win at the U16 European Championship. They fired past Slovenia in the classification round. Stepan Getmanov (196-PF-96) accounted for 15 points in the victory. Russia stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. They outscored Slovenia 26:12 in the first ten minutes. Russia maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They posted a 40:25 halftime lead. Russia stayed in control in the third term. They opened a 22-point advantage with one quarter to go. Slovenia however refused to surrender. They went on a 24:10 rally but came up short of the victory at the end. Ilya Karpenkov (200-C-97) delivered 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Maxim Morozov had 11 points in the winning case. Nejc Zupan (203-PG-96) answered with 16 points for Slovenia. Domen Janc netted 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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