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.
Results of the Draw for 2016 Championship - Jan 22, 2016
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The Draw for the 2016 U16 European Championship took place in Munich tonight. Please find the results below: Division A (Radom, Poland) Group A: Italy, Spain, Sweden, Latvia Group B: Germany, Turkey, Poland, Croatia Group C: Lithuania, France, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina Group D: Greece, Serbia, Estonia, Finland. Division B (Sofia, Bulgaria) Group A: Luxembourg, Portugal, Denmark, Netherlands, Belarus, Russia Group B: Ireland, Israel, FYR Macedonia, Hungary, Scotland, England G... [read more]
The Draw for the 2016 U16 European Championship took place in Munich tonight. Please find the results below:
Division A (Radom, Poland) Group A: Italy, Spain, Sweden, Latvia Group B: Germany, Turkey, Poland, Croatia Group C: Lithuania, France, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina Group D: Greece, Serbia, Estonia, Finland.
Division B (Sofia, Bulgaria) Group A: Luxembourg, Portugal, Denmark, Netherlands, Belarus, Russia Group B: Ireland, Israel, FYR Macedonia, Hungary, Scotland, England Group C: Norway, Slovenia, Romania, Austria, Kosovo, Ukraine Group D: Slovak Republic, Georgia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Iceland and Belgium.
Division C (Nicosia, Cyprus) Group A: Malta, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Wales, San Marino Group B: Gibraltar, Moldova, Armenia, Andorra, Albania.
Bosnia and Herzegovina claim historic title in Kaunas - Aug 16, 2015
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Bosnia - Lithuania 85-83
Bosnia and Herzegovina wrote history in Kaunas. They overcame hosting Lithuania to clinch the first ever U16 European Championship title. Dzanan Musa (202-G-99, agency: Beo Basket) came up with impressive 33 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists to pace the champions. He was named the MVP. Bosnia and Herzegovina piled up a massive 50:37 halftime lead. Lithuania slowed their opponents down in the third term. The hosts pulled within 10 points at the final int... [read more]
Bosnia - Lithuania 85-83 Bosnia and Herzegovina wrote history in Kaunas. They overcame hosting Lithuania to clinch the first ever U16 European Championship title. Dzanan Musa (202-G-99, agency: Beo Basket) came up with impressive 33 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists to pace the champions. He was named the MVP. Bosnia and Herzegovina piled up a massive 50:37 halftime lead. Lithuania slowed their opponents down in the third term. The hosts pulled within 10 points at the final intermission. Lithuania went on a strong comeback rally in the fourth quarter but Bosnia and Herzegovina held on to clinch the historic success. Sani Campara (188-PG-99) finished with 23 points, while Emir Cerkezovic (196-PF-99) added 10 points for the winners. Arnas Velicka (192-PG-99) responded with 14 points for Lithuania. Grantas Vasiliauskas (200-F-99) had 12 points in the loss.
Spain - Turkey 72-83 Turkey earned the Bronze medals at the championship. They defeated Spain in the consolation final today. Onuralp Bitim (193-SG-99) scored 16 points to pace the winners. Turkey recorded a 35:28 halftime lead. They unleashed 48 points in the second half and cruised to the victory. Ahmet Duran (204-C-99) netted 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Sergi Martinez (200-PF-99) responded with 24 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for Spain.
France - Finland 75-46 France clinched the fifth position at the championship. They defeated Finland in the final game at the tournament. Les Bleues opened a 23:8 lead after ten minutes. France followed with a 16:9 run in the third term to take a 24-point lead. They never looked back afterwards cruising to the win. Yanik Blanc (183-G-99) scored 23 points, pulled down 7 rebounds and issued 4 assists for the winners. Sofiane Briki (190-G-99) had 10 points for France. Elias Valtonen (192-G/F-99) responded with 17 points for Finland.
Germany - Serbia 91-64 Germany stormed past Serbia to wrap up their championship campaign on a high note. Nelson Weidemann (188-PG-99) delivered 25 points to lead the charge. Serbia led by two points 19:17 after ten minutes. But Germany exploded with 74 points in the next three periods to race to a comfortable win. Isaac Bonga (196-F-99) and Hendrik Drescher (202-C-00) accounted for 12 points each for the winners. Marko Kovacevic (202-SF-99) answered with 13 points for Serbia.
Italy - Croatia 68-76 Croatia outgunned Italy to finish the ninth position at the tournament. Antonio Jularic (190-PG-99) delivered 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory. Italy opened a 22:18 lead after ten minutes. But Croatia held their opponents to just 11 points in the second frame and raced to a 35:33 halftime lead. Croatia went on a 17:11 rally in the final period and sealed the win. Darko Bajo (204-G/F-99) accounted for 19 points and 10 rebounds for Croatia. Gabriele Stefanini (183-G-99) responded with 15 points for Italy.
Montenegro - Latvia 57-60 Latvia celebrated victory in their final game in Kaunas. They nipped Montenegro for the 11th overall position. Arturs Kurucs (189-SF-00) posted 20 points to lead Latvia A. Montenegro built a 35:26 halftime lead. But Latvia answered with a strong 25:13 rally in the third term to spur ahead. They maintained the lead throughout the final frame and marched to the win. Anrijs Miska (201-F-00) netted 10 points for the Baltic team. Andrija Slavkovic (197-SG-99) answered with 21 points for Montenegro.
Greece - United Kingdom 77-52 Greece fired past Great Britain to earn the crucial win in Kaunas. Greece secured their Division A place for the next season following the success. Konstantinos Kampouridis (202-C-99, agency: Delta) scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the winning side. Greece ensured a 36:29 halftime lead. They followed with a 15:2 run in the third term to clear off for good. Giannis Giannaras (187-G-99) accounted for 10 points and 11 assists for Greece. Kaiyem Cleary (191-G/F-99) responded with 19 points for Great Britain.
Division B. Estonia conquer the title in Sofia - Aug 16, 2015
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Poland - Estonia 56-64
Estonia are crowned Division B champions. They fired past Poland to conquer the trophy in Sofia. Sander Raieste (197-F/G-99) posted 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Estonia posted a 17:11 lead after ten minutes. They dropped 25 points in the third term to open an 11-point lead at the final intermission. Poland narrowed the gap in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the defeat. Kaspar Treier (203-F-99) had 14 points and 13 rebounds in the vict... [read more]
Poland - Estonia 56-64 Estonia are crowned Division B champions. They fired past Poland to conquer the trophy in Sofia. Sander Raieste (197-F/G-99) posted 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Estonia posted a 17:11 lead after ten minutes. They dropped 25 points in the third term to open an 11-point lead at the final intermission. Poland narrowed the gap in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the defeat. Kaspar Treier (203-F-99) had 14 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Lukasz Kolenda (186-G-99) responded with 14 points for Poland. Kacper Makowski (192-F-99) added 10 points in the loss.
Sweden - Slovakia 57-56 Sweden clinched Division A promotion. They earned a tough one-point victory over Slovak Republic in the consolation final in Sofia tonight. David Czerapowicz (186-G-99) scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the Scandinavian team. Slovak Republic built a 30:22 halftime lead. Sweden however turned the tables in the second half. They pulled within 5 points at the final intermission. Sweden erupted for 24 points in the fourth quarter and snatched a key victory at the end. Olle Lundqvist (199-F-99) netted 12 points and collected 19 rebounds in the win. David Javorsky (197-SF-99) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds for Slovak Republic.
Georgia - Belgium 60-43 Georgia earned the fifth overall position at the championship. They outscored Belgium in the final game. Goga Bitadze (202-C-99, agency: Agency) posted 17 points for the winners. Belgium eked out a 12:11 lead after ten minutes. However Georgia went on a 36:18 rally in the next two quarters to spur ahead. Georgia stayed ahead in the fourth period and raced to the win. Akaki Pipia (193-SG-99) notched 14 points for the winners. Lenny Coppens (F-99) and Robin Roland (G-99) responded with 8 points each for Belgium.
Slovenia - Holland 69-58 Slovenia outmuscled Netherlands to clinch the seventh position at the tournament. Nejc Klavzar (183-PG-99) delivered 15 points for the winners. Slovenia jumped to a 22:12 lead after ten minutes. But Netherlands erased the deficit to even things up at 29 at the interval. Slovenia went on a strong 28:17 run in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory. Maks Klanjscek (193-F/G-99) had 12 points for the winners. Calvin Poulina (199-F/C-99) responded with 12 points for Netherlands.
Ukraine - Bulgaria 58-73 Bulgaria earned the 9th position at the home championship. They entertained the home crowd in Sofia with a comfortable win over Ukraine in the final game at the tournament. Krastan Krastanov (195-F/G-99) finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds for Bulgaria. The hosts overcame a narrow one-point deficit after ten minutes to enter the fourth quarter up by 13 points. Bulgaria held their opponents to just 10 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Evgeni Vasilev (189-G-99) and Ivaylo Tonev (194-F/G-99) netted 12 points apiece for the winners. Ivan Chmyrenko (192-SF-99) responded with 16 points for Ukraine.
Denmark - Portugal 45-37 Denmark earned the 11th position at the tournament. They held off Portugal in the final game in Sofia. Agah Kiziklaya scored 13 points for the winners. Denmark posted a 26:19 halftime lead. Portugal got within a single point at the final break. But Denmark went on a 15:8 run in the fourth term to ice the win. Oscar Quackenbush (185-G-99) delivered 8 points in the victory. Vladyslav Voytso (198-PF-99) responded with 15 points and 12 rebounds from Portugal.
Austria - Hungary 65-72 Hungary capped their Division B campaign on a high note. They toppled Austria for the 13th position. Csaba Fazekas (193-F/G-99) and Jozsef Katona delivered 15 points each for the winners. Hungary recorded a 30:23 halftime lead. Hungary boosted the gap at 14-point mark at the final break. Austria sank 29 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat. Mate Fazekas (206-C-00) had 12 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Jakob Szkutta (182-PG-99) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Austria.
Switzerland - Czech Republic 55-43 Switzerland held off Czech Republic to clinch the 15th position in Sofia. Alex Medolago (178-PG-00) posted 12 points for the Swiss team. Czech Republic and Switzerland were tied at 24 at the interval. The Swiss team sank 31 points in the second half and rallied to the victory. Matteo Marmondi netted 10 points for the winning side. Tomas Havlik (191-F-99) responded with 13 points for Czech Republic.
Romania - Iceland 79-72 Romania outgunned Iceland for the 17th position in Sofia. Antonio Nasturescu (186-SG-99) chipped in 19 points to lead the charge. Romania and Iceland went neck and neck throughout the first half. The scoreboard read 34:34 at the interval. Romania sank 21 points in the third term to open a 7-point lead. They added 24 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Stefan Birloveanu (202-F/C-99) connected for 18 points for the winners. Hakon Hjalmarsson (187-G-99) responded with 16 points for Iceland.
Luxembourg - Ireland 84-88 OT Ireland overcame Luxembourg in overtime. Adam Drummond (192-SG-99) recorded 26 points for the winners. Ireland jumped to a 22:8 lead after the opening quarter. But Luxembourg unleashed 31 points in the third term to spur ahead. Ireland denied the deficit in the fourth frame to force overtime. Ireland knocked down 12 points in the extra period and sealed the victory. Adam Donoghue (187-G-99) chipped in 23 points for the Irish team. Ben Kovac (190-SG-00) responded with 31 points, 18 rebounds and 7 assists for Luxembourg.
Norway - FYR Macedonia 76-63 Norway rallied past FYR Macedonia to earn the 21st position in Sofia. Kristian Sjolund (196-G-99) posted 37 points to lead the winners. Norway built a 36:29 halftime lead. Norway followed with a 22:16 run in the fourth frame and rallied to the victory. Ulrik Stranger-Johannessen (188-PG-99) delivered 12 points for the winners. Martin Trsunov answered with 24 points for FYR Macedonia.
Belarus - Scotland 71-79 Scotland finished their Sofia campaign on a high note. They topped Belarus to earn the 23rd position. Yousef Khalil chipped in 25 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the winners. Harry Morrice (C-00) added 18 points and 17 rebounds for the Scottish team. Belarus grabbed a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. But Scotland responded with a 46:30 run in the next two periods to spur ahead. Belarus could not recover as Scotland marched to the win. Maksim Misevich (188-SF-99) posted 17 points in the loss.
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