Spain - Italy 62-74 Italy continued their unbeaten run at the U16 European Championship. They knocked down Spain to gain the sixth straight win. Italy won Group E and qualified into quarterfinals with a perfect record. Daniel Donzelli (199-SG-96) and Diego Flaccadori (184-PG-96) came up with 17 points each to lead the Azzurri. Spain fell at 2-3 record and occupied the fourth position in Group E. Italy eked out a narrow 15:13 lead ten minutes into the game. They stretched the lead to as many as 4 points at halftime 27:23. Italy took over in the third quarter. They dominated in the period extending their lead to 17 points 52:35. Spain unloaded 27 points in the fourth term but managed just cut the deficit at the end. Pierfrancesco Oliva accounted for 16 points and 9 rebounds for Italy. Marc Garcia (194-F-96) answered with 14 points for Spain. Francisco Alonso netted 10 points in the loss.
Ukraine - Croatia 67-70 Croatia earned the fourth straight win at U16 European Championship. The defending champions saw off Ukraine to take 3-2 record in Group E. Croatia thus advanced to the quarterfinal stage, while Ukraine fell at 1-4 record and fell out of the title contention. Luka Bozic (188-PG-96) stepped up with 24 points and 18 rebounds for Croatia. Ukraine and Croatia stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 18:18 after ten minutes. Croatia jumped into a 7-point lead early in the second quarter but Ukraine bounced back. They answered with an 18:6 run to take a 40:36 halftime advantage. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the third term before Croatia sealed a 59:55 lead with ten minutes to go. Ukraine trailed by a single point 67:68 with 42 seconds remaining. Marko Arapovic converted a jumper but Oleksandr Kobets had two chances of saving the game for Ukraine but missed both attempts from behind the arc. Lovro Mazalin (198-SF-97) notched 13 points, while Marko Arapovic added 12 points for the winners. Yevgen Balaban (198-PF-96) answered with 22 points for Ukraine. Oleksandr Kobets netted 19 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.
Turkey - Latvia 68-77 Latvia finished the second round of U16 European Championship on a high note. They knocked down Turkey but failed to advance to the quarterfinals. The hosts knew their fate entering the game but came up with a determined performance and sealed the victory at the end. Gustavs Treimanis scored 17 points to lead the winners. Turkey fell at 3-2 record but booked the spot in the quarterfinals. Latvia ensured a storming start to the game. They went on a 29:10 run in the opening quarter. Latvia stretched the margin to 22 points at the start of the second quarter. Turkey narrowed the gap but Latvia managed to ensure a 46:27 halftime advantage. Turkey fired 22 points in the third term to but cut the deficit by just two points. Turkey got within ten points midway through the final quarter however Latvia stayed calm and executed the win at the end. Rihards Lomazs (175-PG-96) and Ricards Melderis (185-PG-96) accounted for 14 points each for the winners. Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) answered with 13 points for Turkey. Akif Guven netted 11 points in the loss.
Greece - Lithuania 56-75 Lithuania stepped closer to the quarterfinal stage at U16 European Championship. The Baltic team overcame Greece and have to wait for the result of Germany vs. France battle to know their fate. Greece got eliminated from the title race. Antanas Krimelis (191-SF-96) stepped up with 27 points to lead the charge. Lithuania shocked Greece in the opening quarter. The Baltic team went on a 28:10 run to clear off. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter as Lithuania ensured an 18-point halftime lead 41:23. Lithuania stretched the gap in the third quarter. They secured a 63:37 advantage with one quarter remaining. Greece outscored Lithuania in the fourth frame but it was too little too late to save the game. Domantas Sabonis (199-PF-96) tallied 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Tautvydas Paliukenas added 12 points for Lithuania. Vasileios Toliopoulos (185-PG-96) answered with 14 points for Greece. Konstantinos Zorzos had 12 points in the loss.
Germany - France 49-55 France clinched the vital win over Germany to qualify for the quarterfinal stage of U16 European Championship. They overcame Germany to claim 3-2 record in Group F. The victory also meant Lithuania got eliminated from the title race. Germany finished in the third position at 3-2 record. France strongly entered the game. They recorded a 22:13 lead after ten minutes. Les Bleus stretched the margin in the second quarter. They piled up a 35:22 halftime lead. But the third quarter turned disastrous for France. They did not connect for a single field goal and eventually did not score a point to allow Germany grab a 39:35 lead at the final intermission. But France quickly recovered. They poured in 20 points in the fourth frame and stole a crucial win at the end. Lenny Charles-Catherine (194-G-96) accounted for 14 points for France. Lucas Dussoulier (196-PG-96) added 8 points for the winners. Joschka Ferner (200-F-96) responded with 18 points for Germany. Constantin Ebert posted 10 points in the loss.
Serbia - Poland 70-62 Serbia celebrated the third straight win at the second round of U16 European Championship. They overcame Poland to clinch the top position in Group F. Nikola Pavlovic (199-PF-96) scored 15 points to lead the charge. Poland in the meantime appeared on the brink of elimination from the title race. They now hope for Germany to beat France to advance into quarterfinals. Poland got to the better start. They built a 16:12 lead ten minutes into the game. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. The scoreboard read 32:28 in favour of Poland at halftime. Serbia denied the deficit in the third quarter. The Balkan team entered the fourth frame tied at 47 with Poland. Serbia increased the tempo in the fourth quarter. They dropped 23 points and sealed the victory at the end. Vukan Stojanovic (192-SG-96) accounted for 14 points, while Ivan Daskalovic added 12 points for Serbia. Grzegorz Kulka (192-PF-96) answered with 13 points and 10 rebounds for Poland. Filip Pruefer had 13 points in the loss.
United Kingdom - Russia 57-68 Russia accounted for the third straight win at the classification round Group G of U16 European Championship. They denied England to remain on top of the ladder. Alexander Gavrilov (192-PG-96) scored 14 points to lead the winners. England fell at 1-2 record after the loss. England led by as many as 8 points at the first intermission 23:16. Russia slowed their opponents down in the second frame. They cut the deficit to 4-point mark at halftime 33:29. Russia went on a decisive rally in the third quarter. They exploded with a 27:10 surge to clear off. Russia entered the fourth frame leading by 13 points and never allowed England closer than 9 points throughout the fourth frame. Ilya Karpenkov posted 13 points, while Maxim Morozov contributed 12 points and 13 boards for the winners. Joe Mvuezolo (193-SF-96) answered with 11 points for England. Jules Akodo had 10 points in the loss.
Slovenia - Czech Republic 66-79 Czech Republic finally tasted victory at the U16 European Championship in Latvia and Lithuania. They held off Slovenian counterparts to improve at 1-2 record in classification round Group G. Matej Svoboda (200-PF-96) topscored with 23 points to lead the charge. Czech Republic stunned their opponents early in the game. They outgunned Slovenia 25:9 in the first stanza. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter as the Czech team managed to secure a 16-point lead at halftime 41:25. Czech Republic boosted the gap in the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 19 points and never looked back en route to the win. David Skranc (196-C-96) contributed 19 points and 13 boards, while Simon Pursl netted 10 points in the victory. Domen Janc (185-PG-96) answered with 16 points for Slovenia. Nejc Zupan and Grega Sajevic notched 12 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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