Jake Haefner (185-G/F-97) paced Gibraltar over Andorra at the U16 European Championship in Division C. The hosts of the tournament received 37 points from the player to seal 68:43 victory in Group B. Gibraltar did not waste time in the start of the game and grabbed 23-9 at the end of the first ten minutes. The hosts added 17-12 in the second period for 40:21 at the halftime. Even in the third period Gibraltar dominated the court and produced a 20-14 surge. Both teams nailed 8 points each in the last stanza for the final result. Jake Haefner also added 11 rebounds to his 37 points. Jeremy Britto (187-G/F-96) notched 8, while Matthew Martinez added 7. Sergi Jordana replied with 9 points in the losing effort, whilst Christian Blanca Salinas and Aleix Marin Munne poured in 8 each. Sergi Jimenez Marquez ended up with 6 points in a loss.
Andorra U16: Sergi Jordana 9, Christian Blanca Salinas 8, Aleix Marin Munne 8, Sergi Jimenez Marquez 6 Gibraltar U16: Jake Haefner 37+11 rebs, Jeremy Britto 8, Matthew Martinez 7
Malta U16-San Marino U16 48:68
San Marino starts the winning account in Division C of the U16 European Championship. The team overcame Malta 68:48 in the opener. Malta opened the game with 18-17, but could not keep the lead at the end of the half. San Marino replied with 19-5 in the second period and grabbed 36:23 after Franciosis jump shot. Moreover San Marino added 17-11 in the third period for 53:34 advantage. Igor Biordi (200-C-96) and Attard started the last quarter accounts for their teams and Caruana reduced to 16 points. Barrena closed the game with 5 consecutive points to seal the victory. Igor Biordi stepped up with 20 points and 16 rebounds, while Giannotti nailed 17. Barrena ended up with 9 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Fabbri notched 7. Caruana delivered 15 points in defeat. Micallef notched 8 and Carabott chipped in with 6.
Malta U16: Caruana 15, Micallef 8, Carabott 6 San Marino U16: Igor Biordi 20+16 rebs, Giannotti 17, Barrena 9+10 rebs, Fabbri 7
Principality of Monaco U16-Wales U16 53:49
Principality of Monaco edge Wales in the opener of the U16 European Championship in Division C. Monaco overcame The Welsh side 53:49 in the first game oat the Tercentenary Sports Hall in Gibraltar. Principality of Monaco started with 16-7 and added 13-9 in the second period. Motillon scored for 29:10, while Wales bounced back with 6-0 run as Goulbourne closed the half at 29:16. Alessandro Generale (185-C-96) brought 36:22, while Pieper delivered two for 38:27. Wales did not give up and cut it to 40:35 after three quarters. Wilson later tied the game at 46:46, while he later brought 48:46 lead for his team. Alessandro Generale and Pieper however scored for Monaco to bring them the first victory. Alessandro Generale top-scored for the winners with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Motillon also 14 scored. Pieper collected 13 points and 13 rebounds and Marechal added 12. Nico-Pele Wilson ended up with 15 points in the losing effort. Thomas notched 11, whilst Easter posted 6.
Principality of Monaco U16: Alessandro Generale 14+10 rebs, Motillon 14, Pieper 13+13 rebs, Marechal 12 Wales U16: Nico-Pele Wilson15, Thomas 11, Easter 6
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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