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.
Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Division C Awards 2016 - 1 day ago
Best Player: Papuna Kirtadze (180-PG-1) of AZE NT U16; Best Guard: Papuna Kirtadze (180-PG-1) of AZE NT U16; Best Forward: Vadim Raducan (192-G/F-0) of MDA NT U18; Best Center: Pietro Ugolini (198-C-0) of SMR NT U16; 1st Team: PG: Papuna Kirtadze (180-PG-1) of AZE NT U16; SG: Polys Iliadis (183-SG-0) of CYP NT U16; G/F: Vadim Raducan (192-G/F-0) of MDA NT U18; C: Saadettin Donat (201-C-1) of AZE NT U16; C: Pietro Ugolini (198-C-0) of SMR NT U16; Honora [read more]
Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Division C 1st Team 2016
Division C. Cyprus conquer the title in Nicosia - 2 days ago
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FINAL Cyprus - Azerbaijan 62-50 Cyprus conquered the title in Division C. They beat Azerbaijan in the Final tonight. Rovertos Alexandrou (192-F-00) tossed in 20 points to lead the hosts. Cyprus piled up a 39:24 halftime lead. The home side secured a 17-point lead heading into the fourth term. Azerbaijan limited Cyprus to just 6 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat. Polys Iliadis (183-SG-00) delivered 14 points for the winners. Alex Akhundov (191-SF-00) responded with... [read more]
Cyprus - Azerbaijan 62-50 Cyprus conquered the title in Division C. They beat Azerbaijan in the Final tonight. Rovertos Alexandrou (192-F-00) tossed in 20 points to lead the hosts. Cyprus piled up a 39:24 halftime lead. The home side secured a 17-point lead heading into the fourth term. Azerbaijan limited Cyprus to just 6 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat. Polys Iliadis (183-SG-00) delivered 14 points for the winners. Alex Akhundov (191-SF-00) responded with 12 points and 8 caroms for Azerbaijan.
Gibraltar - Moldova 56-81 Moldova claimed the Bronze medals at the championship. They overcame Gibraltar to step onto the pedestal. Ivan Popovschi (185-G-00) and Nicolae Grubii (178-PG-00) delivered 18 points each for the winners. Moldova established a 40:33 halftime lead. They produced a 24:8 run in the third term to clear off for good. Victor Legosin (200-F-00) posted 11 points, 14 rebounds and 7 blocks in the win. Alejandro Garcia (186-G-1) responded with 26 points and 9 rebounds for Gibraltar.
Malta - Andorra 72-57 Malta clinched the fifth position at the championship. They overcame Andorra in the final game at the tournament. Keith Dimech (178-F-00) and Nicholas Formosa (173-PG-00) posted 25 points apiece for the winners. Malta and Andorra were tied at 28 after twenty minutes. Malta followed with a 20:12 run in the third term to spur ahead. They sank 24 points in the final period to ice the win. Albert Pons (187-G-1) responded with 22 points and 15 rebounds for Andorra.
Armenia - San Marino 67-73 San Marino overcame Armenia to take the 7th overall position at the tournament. Pietro Ugolini (198-C-00) was pivotal with 36 points and 14 rebounds. Armenia built a 42:37 halftime lead. They boosted the gap at 8-point mark at the final intermission. But San Marino bounced back with a 22:8 run in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Tommaso Felici (196-F/C-1) had 13 points and 12 caroms for the winners. Gurgen Melikyan (178-PG-00) answered with 32 points for Armenia.
Wales - Albania 67-53 Wales outgunned Albania to finish 9th in Nicosia. Pavle Igic (180-PG-00) produced 18 points to lead the winners. Wales secured an 18:5 lead ten minutes into the game. Albania pulled within 4 points at the final intermission. But Wales picked up the tempo in the fourth stanza as they dropped 22 points and sealed the win. Jamie Gray (198-F/C-00) chipped in 14 points for the winners. Ergys Muhametaj (192-G/F-1) responded with 12 points for Albania.
Division C. Azerbaijan to face Cyprus in Final - 3 days ago
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SEMIFINALS Moldova - Azerbaijan 44-60 Azerbaijan topped Moldova to punch their Final tickets. Papuna Kirtadze (180-PG-1) provided 11 points, 7 assists, 7 steals and 5 rebounds for the winners. Azerbaijan enjoyed a narrow 28:25 halftime lead. The Azeri side stretched the margin at 8-point mark heading into the fourth frame. They followed with a 17:9 run in the final period and sealed the victory. Alex Akhundov (191-SF-00) had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Vadim Raducan(192-G/... [read more]
Moldova - Azerbaijan 44-60 Azerbaijan topped Moldova to punch their Final tickets. Papuna Kirtadze (180-PG-1) provided 11 points, 7 assists, 7 steals and 5 rebounds for the winners. Azerbaijan enjoyed a narrow 28:25 halftime lead. The Azeri side stretched the margin at 8-point mark heading into the fourth frame. They followed with a 17:9 run in the final period and sealed the victory. Alex Akhundov (191-SF-00) had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Vadim Raducan (192-G/F-00) answered with 14 points and 25 rebounds for Moldova.
Cyprus - Gibraltar 70-36 Cyprus coasted past Gibraltar to enter the Final in Nicosia. The hosts looked completely dominant in the first half. Cyprus built a 23:10 lead ten minutes into the game. They stretched the lead at 29-point mark at the interval 45:16. Cyprus kept Gibraltar at distance throughout the second half and marched to the victory. Demetris-Neoptolemos Iasonides (180-SG-00) came up with 17 points for Cyprus. Rovertos Alexandrou (192-F-00) added 15 points for the winners. Alejandro Garcia (186-G-1) answered with 14 points and 17 rebounds for Gibraltar.
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