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.
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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