Finland - Israel 52-53 Israel grabs the last ticket to Elite Eight of the U16 European Championship. The Israeli team grabbed 53:52 win over Finland and sent them to the Classification Round for 9-16 places. Israel finished second with 3-1 record, while Finland dropped to the third place with 2-2 record. Israel started with 4-0 run and Blatt later scored for 9:4. Henri Niemisto (194-G-96) closed the period with a three-pointer for 14:12 and Nieminen made a dunk for 17:14 early in the second. Finland won the second period 10-6 and led 22:20 at the halftime. The battle continued in the third quarter and the squads exchanged the lead several times. Israel took the narrow lead at the end of the third period and never looked behind after. Huber made two free throws for 39:37 after thirty minutes and Tessone later brought 53:50. Henri Niemisto made the same for the Finnish side, but those points were the last in the game. Tessone led the way with 12 points and Huber added 10. Avichai Ben David (185-F-96) notched 9, while Blatt scored 8. Aapeli Alanen (197-F-96) finished the game with 16 points, while Henri Niemisto added 9. Eerikinharju posted 8 and Hirvonen had 6.
Belarus - Sweden 71-78 The Scandinavian team wins Group A of the U16 European Championship in Division B. Sweden needed 78:71 win over Belarus to clinch the top place with 4-0 record. The latter meanwhile finished with 1-3 record on the 4th place in the group. Belarus surprised the favorites of the group with 24-16 in the first period and led 8 points at the halftime. Karatkevich sent the teams to the lockers at 42:34 as he made a dunk. Sweden however erupted with 15-0 run and grabbed 49:42 midway through the third frame. The managed to keep the opponents scoreless for about 7 minutes in the start of the quarter. Mikita Astapenka (198-C-96) meanwhile tied the game at 49:49 and Svanstrom closed the third period at 53:51. Sweden pushed the tempo for good in the last stanza and won the game. Sheriff Drammeh (186-G-96) top-scored for the winners with 24 points, while Svanstrom collected 17 points and 13 rebounds. Hall Eriksson finished the game with 11 points, while Skagius had 9 points and 13 boards. Maksim Salash (203-C-96) ended up with 21 points in the losing effort and Rubinshteyn posted 17. Mikita Astapenka delivered 9, whilst Karatkevich scored 5.
Denmark - Bulgaria 60-57 Denmark outscored Bulgaria in the last game of group C at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The team finished the group with 2-2 record on the third place. Bulgaria meanwhile ended up on the fourth place with 1-3 record. Kelly and Vasilev exchanged the early baskets in the first period. Johannes Nielsen (203-PF-96) meanwhile later made two free throws for 7:4 and Ravn scored for 14:10. Bulgaria bounced back with a 6-0 run that lasted in the start of the second quarter and grabbed 16:14. Denmark however replied with a 9-0 run and took 28:20 advantage at the halftime. It was again Bulgaria that had 25-12 in the third quarter to take 45:40 at the end of three quarters. Denmark however won the last period 20-12 and sealed the victory. Johannes Nielsen paced all the winners with 16 points and Hansen nailed 11. Larsen followed them with 9 points in a win. Rumen Vasilev (200-C-96) top-scored for the Bulgarian side with 20 points and Petkov notched 12. Alex Ouandie (193-G-96) delivered 9, while Gorunov added 5.
FYR Macedonia - Belgium 49-59 Belgium roll over F.Y.R. of Macedonia to win Group B at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Belgian side handed the opponents their first loss at the tournament and sent them to the second place after 59:49 win. Both teams were the favorites of the group and met each other in the last game. Belgium started the game with 22-13, while F.Y.R. of Macedonia bounced back with 11-4 in the second frame. After 24-24, William Robeyns (191-F-96) gave his side 2-point lead at the halftime. Nikolov scored for 31:29 for F.Y.R. of Macedonia and Clement gave Belgium 40:37 after three quarters. Belgium added 19-12 in the last stanza to seal the victory. Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda (96) stepped up with 16 points for the winners and William Robeyns as well as Benzouien had 9 each. Houdart followed them with 8 points in a win. Magdevski ended up with 20 points and 15 rebounds in defeat as both teams advanced to Elite Eight. Nikolov posted 17, while Oliver Dvojakovski (204-C-97) had 6.
Estonia - Romania 53-59 The hosts taste the first success in Bucharest at the U16 European Championship in Division B. Romania won 59:53 as both teams finished the group with 1-3 records and will continue at the Classification Round. Romania was happy to take 22:13 lead after the first 10 minutes in the game. The guests however were too far to give up. Lips reduced to 27:31 and Karl-Robin Jurjens (199-F-96) cut it to 36:39 early in the third. Moreover Marko Meimer (199-F-96, agency: FCM) tied the game at 40:40, while Cate scored for 46:45 after three quarters. Romania led in the whole fourth quarter and won the initial game at the tournament. Tanasie top-scored for the winners with 23 points, while Marius Ciotlaus (194-SF-96) posted 10. Cate delivered 9 and Covrig netted 8. Karl-Robin Jurjens answered with 18 points for the Baltic State and Russak scored 14. Marko Meimer followed the with 12 points in the losing effort.
Georgia - Montenegro 48-73 Montenegro triumphs in Group C of the U16 European Championship in Division B. The team outscored Georgia 73:48 for 4-0 record. Georgia finished with 2-2 record and could not make it in Elite Eight. Both teams nailed 15 points each in the opening period, but Georgia could not match the favorites later in the game. Montenegro proved their ambitions for the high places and needed 21-14 in the second period to take 36:29 lead at the halftime. The third quarter was a nightmare for the Georgian team that scored only 4 points. Montenegro erupted with 19-4 and then added 18-15 in the last stanza. Aleksandar Novosel (185-PG-96) paced all the winners with 16 points, while Popovic scored 15. Aleksandar Dozic (199-F-96) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Vasilije Knezevic (200-C-96) and Radunovic added 10 apiece. Soso Matchavariani (196-SF-96) finished the game with 11 points in defeat and Bobilev posted 10.
Portugal - Austria 43-40 Portugal kept their record perfect at U16 European Championship in Division B. They celebrated the fifth straight victory beating Austria tonight. Carlos Salamanca and Luis Camara came up with 9 points each to lead the winners. Portugal thus clinched the top position in Group D. Austria fell at 0-5 record after the loss. Portugal built a 17:8 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Austria stopped the rot in the second quarter. They narrowed the deficit at 5-point mark at halftime 23:18. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third term. Portugal managed to ensure a 5-point buffer before the final stanza. Austria never got closer than three points in the fourth period and had to surrender at the end. Sergio Brito (190-PG-97) posted 8 points for Portugal. Schmit and Gabriel Lehner (190-SF-96) netted 10 points each for Austria.
Norway - Holland 41-64 Netherlands beat Norway for the second win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Dutch team overcame the opponents 64:41 to finish Group D with 2-3 record on the fourth place. Norway meanwhile fell at 1-4 record. Netherlands started with 14-6 in the first period and never looked behind after. They added 12-10 in the third quarter and won the second half as well. Netherlands produced a 21-14 in the third quarter and finished the game with 17-11 in the last stanza. Dijkstra and Derron Whitbread (185-SG-96) ensured the last points for the winners. Yannick Franke (185-G-96) stepped up with 20 points and Boezeman notched 16. Joey Liem (175-SG-96) followed them with 9, while Tom de Haas posted 5. Berg collected 18 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Dolven had 9 points and 12 boards.
Switzerland - Hungary 46-65 Hungary beat Switzerland to take the Second Stage ticket at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Hungarian team improved to 4-1 record and finished in the top two places from Group D. Switzerland meanwhile ended up with 3-2 record and sealed the third position that will give them a chance to play for the 9th-16 th place. It was the top game of the group as only the winner could join the Elite Eight. Hungary produced a 21-16 lead in the opening period and added 18-12 in the second frame. Anthony Polite (190-SF-97) and Meszaros exchanged the early baskets in the third period as Hungary posted 18-11 in it. Moreover they won the last stanza 8-7 and grabbed the fourth win in the group. Nagy top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Gyorgy Goloman (204-F/C-96) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Mattia Cafisi (181-PG-97) finished the game with 14 points and Mandic added 11. Anthony Polite had 10 points and 17 rebounds, whilst Tukama posted 5.
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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