Turkey - Spain 71-56 Turkey kept piling up victories at the second round of U16 European Championship. They knocked down Spain tonight to take 3-1 record in Group E. Spain fell at 2-2 record after the defeat. Turkey left their opponents behind in the opening quarter. They triggered a 25:13 run in the first ten minutes. Spain however quickly stopped the rot. They answered with a 21:13 rally of their own to narrow the gap 4-point mark at halftime 38:34. Turkey stiffened their defence in the third frame. They held Spain to 11 points and entered the final period up by 5 points 50:45. Spain managed just 11 points in the fourth quarter and had to surrender at the end. Ediz Oktay (192-G-96) and Mert Cevik (198-G-96) nailed 14 points each for Turkey. Okben Ulubay added 11 points in the victory. Marc Garcia (194-F-96) answered with 13 points for Spain. Marc Bauza and Brais Gago netted 9 points each in the loss.
Latvia - Croatia 72-76 Croatia celebrated the third straight win at the U16 European Championship. The reigning champions defeated Latvia to improve at 2-2 record in Group E. Latvia slipped at 0-4 record after the loss. Croatia led by three points at the first intermission 23:20. The Balkan team extended the margin in the second quarter. They posted a 35:31 halftime advantage. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third term. Croatia ensured a 4-point lead at the final intermission. Croatia secured an 8-point cushion with under three minutes remaining. Ervins Meznieks (184-F-96) and Cima put Latvia within three but Croatia hung on to clinch the victory at the end. Lovro Mazalin (198-SF-97) tallied 27 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for Croatia. Marko Arapovic (207-C/F-96) added 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Ervins Meznieks answered with 20 points for Latvia. Klavs Cavars contributed 18 points in the loss.
Italy - Ukraine 83-65 Italy stayed on the winning track at the U16 European Championship. They knocked down Ukraine to improve at 4-0 record in Group E. Federico Mussini (179-PG-96) stepped up with 22 points for the Azzurri as they remained on top of the ladder. Ukraine suffered the third straight loss at the tournament and slipped at 1-3 record. Italy held Ukraine to 12 points in the opening quarter to take a 7-point lead. They boosted the margin in the second quarter. Italy established a 43:24 halftime buffer. Italy stayed in charge throughout the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by 21 points. Ukraine outscored the Azzurri in the final frame but could not threaten the margin. Daniel Donzelli (199-SG-96) notched 14 points, while Pierfrancesco Oliva added 10 points for the winners. Sergii Pryimak (200-PF-96) answered with 22 points for Ukraine. Kyrylo Podkovyrov had 13 points in defeat.
Serbia - France 56-53 Serbia earned the second straight win at the second stage of U16 European Championship. They held off France to improve at 3-1 record in Group F. Nikola Pavlovic (199-PF-96) accounted for 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. France fell at 2-2 record after the loss. France enjoyed a 14:11 lead after ten minutes. Serbia outscored their opponents to narrow the gap at 2-point mark at halftime 25:27. Serbia held France to 7 points in the third term to surge ahead. The Balkan team established a 39:34 lead at the final break. France got within two points with 5 seconds remaining in regulation but Ivan Daskalovic hit a free throw and then Etienne Ory (175-PG-96) missed a three-pointer as Serbia sealed the win at the end. Ilija Dokovic (185-G-96) nailed 10 points, while Ivan Daskalovic and Vukan Stojanovic netted 8 points each in the win. Etienne Ory answered with 12 points for France. Felix Michel had 9 points in the losing effort.
Germany - Greece 58-47 Germany posted the first win at the second stage of U16 European Championship. They held off Greek counterparts to climb at 3-1 record in Group F. Greece fell at 1-3 record. Andreas Obst (190-SG-96) was pivotal for Germany with 20 points. Germany and Greece exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 14:14 at the first break. Things hardly changed in the second quarter. The teams went neck and neck as they entered the second half tied at 23. Germany pulled ahead in the third quarter. They held Greece to 13 points in the period to secure a 3-point lead at the final intermission. Germany limited the Hellenes to only 11 points in the fourth term and sealed the victory at the end. Jan Wimberg (202-G-96) had 11 points, while Niklas Kiel added 8 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) answered with 13 points for Greece. Vasileios Toliopoulos had 11 points in the loss.
Poland - Lithuania 77-69 Poland registered the second straight win at the start of the second stage at U16 European Championship. They knocked down Lithuanian counterparts to improve at 2-2 record in the ladder. Marek Zywert (185-SG-96) once again stepped up for the Polish team scoring 23 points as they stayed hopeful of playoff appearance. Lithuania fell at 1-3 record after the loss. Poland earned a 16:13 lead at the first break. Lithuania adjusted the tempo and unloaded 24 points in the second period to take a 37:36 halftime lead. Poland however regained the advantage late in the third quarter. They entered the fourth frame up by a single point 56:55. Marek Zywert and Filip Pruefer organized a 10:0 run as Poland posted a 66:57 lead midway through the final frame. Lithuania trimmed the deficit at 2-point mark but Kamil Zywert knocked down three free throws late in regulation as Poland sealed the victory at the end. Artur Wlodarczyk (174-PG-96) netted 11 points, while Filip Pruefer and Kamil Zywert added 10 points each for the winners. Antanas Krimelis (191-SF-96) answered with 24 points for Lithuania. Domantas Sabonis had 15 points and 27 rebounds in the loss.
Czech Republic - Russia 66-76 Russia fired past Czech Republic in Group G of U16 European Championship. Ilya Karpenkov (200-C-97) finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds to pace the winners. Russia climbed at 2-0 record, while Czech Republic slipped at 0-2 after the loss. Czech Republic got to a slightly better start. They grabbed a 13:11 lead after ten minutes. But Russia turned things around in the second quarter. They unloaded 24 points to ensure a 35:27 halftime lead. Czech Republic slowed their opponents down in the third term. Russia scored just 12 points and Czech Republic eked out a 2-point lead 49:47 at the final break. But it was not enough. Aleksandr Zuev (193-PG-96) opened the final frame with a three-pointer and Russia spurred in front. They quickly opened a double-digit lead and cruised to the victory at the end. Pavel Afanasev (194-SG-96) and Aleksandr Zuev provided 14 points each for Russia. Matej Svoboda (200-PF-96) answered with 24 points and 11 rebounds for Czech Republic. David Skranc netted 15 points in the loss.
Slovenia - United Kingdom 83-69 Slovenia posted the first win at the U16 European Championship. They knocked down England to improve at 1-1 record in Group G. Nejc Zupan (203-PG-96) came up with 19 points to lead the charge. Slovenia led by 6 points at the first intermission 22:16. England cut the deficit in the second quarter. They narrowed the gap at just 2-point mark at the interval 38:40. England denied the deficit in the third term. They knotted things up at 56 with ten minutes remaining. However Slovenia tipped off the fourth frame on a 14:2 run to clear off. They never looked back again cruising to the victory at the end. Matej Kavas (193-G-96) had 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Grega Sajevic added 15 points for the winners. Joe Mvuezolo (193-SF-96) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds for England. Ikponmwosa Oghide and Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye netted 13 points each 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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