Israel - Belgium 59-60 Belgium improved to 2-0 record in Group E of the U16 European Championship in Division B. The team needed a thrilling 60:59 win over Israel to jump on top. Israel meanwhile fell at 0-2 record at the start of Second Stage. Belgium took 19:15 after the first period and added 16-12 in the second frame. Houdart and Boxus increased the lead at 39:27 at the start of the third period, while Blatt reduced to 8 points. Moreeover Tessone tied the game at 42:42 and Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda (96) closed the frame at 46:42. Israel again tied it at 53:53 and Liad Braun (180-PG-96) gave his side 56:53 with 4 minutes to go. Belgium meanwhile needed a 7-1 run at the end to seal a narrow win. Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda paced all the winners with 18 points, while Boxus notched 15. Houdart delivered 13 and Benzouien posted 9. Liad Braun and Artzi produced 11 points each in the losing effort. Huber nailed 10, whilst Avichai Ben David had 8.
Sweden - FYR Macedonia 64-67 Nikolov pulls F.Y.R. of Macedonia over Sweden in the start of the Second Stage in Group E. His team started the Elite Eight of the U16 European Championship in Division B with a thrilling 67:64 victory. F.Y.R. of Macedonia opened the game with 23-15, but could not dominate the half. The Scandinavian team replied with 23-12 in the second quarter as Ludvig Hakanson (190-PG-96) closed the half at 38:35. Both teams nailed 17 points each in the third quarter as the board showed 55:52 at the end of three quarters. Andrej Cvetkovski (185-G-96) brought F.Y.R. of Macedonia 56:55 lead early in the fourth, while Nikolov scored for 60:59. Mitrov meanwhile closed the game for the final 3-point victory. Nikolov paced all the winners with 32 points and Magdevski had 15. Mitrov and Andrej Cvetkovski followed them with 6 points each. William Skagius (200-PF-96) replied with 20 points and 18 rebounds in the losing effort for 1-1 record. Ludvig Hakanson added 15, while Johansson scored 12.
Bosnia - Portugal 69-52 Bosnia and Herzegovina tied all records in Group F after a comfortable victory over Portugal. Four teams are with 1-1 records in the group after Bosnia produced a 69:52 win. Portugal seemed to have a better start and reached 16:14 after the first period. They also scored the same number of points in the second frame, but it was not enough to win the quarter. Bosnia replied with 17-16 and reduced to 1 point at the halftime. The second half however belonged to the Bosnian side. They won the third period 14-7 and added 24-13 in the last stanza. Aleksandar Lazic (198-SG-96) led the way with 15 points and 16 rebounds, while Garic and Faris Smajlovic (199-F/C-96) nailed 11 points each. Sandro Gacic (196-SG-96) followed them with 9 points in a win. Araujo poured in 15 points in the losing effort. Francisco Amiel (186-PG-96) netted 12 and Brito delivered 10.
Montenegro - Hungary 42-54 Hungary open Second Stage in style as they beat Montenegro. The Hungarian side overcame them 54:42 at the U16 European Championship in Division B. Montenegro entered the game undefeated and started with 12-8 lead. They tried hard later in the game but could not follow the Hungarian opponents. The latter bounced back with 16-8 in the second frame Viktor Zrinyi (205-C-97) scored for 24:20. Meszaros delivered two for 32:29 and Kovacs made two free throws for 36:29. Acs and Gyorgy Goloman (204-F/C-96) increased the lead o 40:31, while Viktor Zrinyi scored for plus 11. Viktor Zrinyi and Antoni brought the final points for the winning side. Gyorgy Goloman erupted with 18 points and 18 rebounds for 1-1 record in group F. Meszaros notched 11, while Viktor Zrinyi scored 8. Popovic delivered 14 points in defeat and Dozic poured in 8.
Belarus - Denmark 89-71 Belarus beat Denmark to tie both records at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The team needed 89:71 victory at the start of the Second Stage in Group G. Belarus did not waste time and surprisingly started with 31-12 at the end of the first period. Denmark bounced back with 23-17 in the second frame for 48:35 at the halftime. Moreover Kelly reduced to 51:43 and Nielsen made two free throws for 63:55. Aleh Makarau (184-PG-96) closed the third frame at 64:56 and then Belarus pushed the tempo for good in the last stanza. They produced a 25-15 burst to seal the victory. Uladzislau Kandybovic (190-G-96) top-scored for the winners with 30, while Maksim Salash (203-C-96) collected 26 points and 20 boards. Rubinshteyn nailed 10 and Astapenka delivered 9. Jakob Ravn (193-G-96) poured in 30 points in the losing effort. Nielsen had 14, whilst Andersen added 9 points and 12 rebounds.
Finland - Bulgaria 83-50 Finland outscored Bulgaria in Day 6 of the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Nordic side improved to newly created group G with 2-0 record at the Classification Round for 9th to 16th Place. Bulgaria meanwhile fell at 0-2 record. Finland started with 22-9 in the start of the period and never looked behind. Henri Niemisto (194-G-96) nailed three three-pointersin the start of the second period for 34:20, while Alanen increased the lead to 20 points. Later Hirvonen and Pentti brought 47:26 at the end of the half. Bulgaria meanwhile managed to win the third quarter 17-15 but could not reduce the gap. Finland erupted with 21-7 in the last stanza to seal the necessary win. Henri Niemisto stepped up with 21 points and Hartikainen nailed 12. Hirvonen notched 8, whilst Henttonen poured in 7. Denis Petkov (171-PG-96) delivered 15 points in defeat and Vasilev had 13.
Romania - Switzerland 90-68 Romania complete Day 6 with the win over Switzerland at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The hosts of the tournament overcame the Swiss side 90:68 in the last game of the day. Switzerland started with 22-11 but could not win the game. Romanian erupted with 30-10 in the second frame and never looked behind. They added 19-13 in the second frame and finished the game with 30-23 in the last stanza. Marius Ciotlaus (194-SF-96) top-scored for the winners with 27 points and 13 rebounds,while Covrig added 19 points and 12 boards. Tanasie scored 15 and Cate had 11 points and 10 boards. Mattia Cafisi (181-PG-97) replied with 25 points in the losing effort, while Anthony Polite (190-SF-97) and Mandic had 15 each. Fragniere added 6 points in a loss.
Georgia - Holland 53-76 Netherlands open Classification Round with the win over Georgia. The Dutch side won over the opponent 76:53 in Bucharest Day 6 campaign in Division B. Netherlands won the opening tip 6:1, while Gogaladze tied the game early in the period. Netherlands replied with an 8-0 run and Franke brought 14:6 for his side. Later Dijkstra and Franke improved to the lead to 21:12 and Morren scored for 30:20. Moreover Franke sent the teams to the lockers at 36:24 as Netherlands won the period 20-14. They added 22-12 in the third quarter for 58:36 after three quarters. Overdevest scored for 61:42 and Giorgi Gugeshashvili (197-F-96) reduced to 20 points. Giorgi Gugeshashvili was the last to score in the game for the final result. Morren poured in 20 points for the winners as they improved to 1-1 record. Overdevest notched 15, while Franke posted 14. Matchavariani and Gogaladze scored 8 points each in the losing case.
Luxembourg - Slovakia 99-70 Luxembourg and Slovak Republic opened Day 6 at the U16 European Championship in Division B. Luxembourg managed to beat the opponent 99:70 at the Classification Round for 17th to 21st Place. Slovak Republic started the game with 18-14, but failed at the rest of the half. Luxembourg erupted with 30-14 in the second frame and Fischer closed the half at 44:32. Moreover Luxembourg added 27-16 in the third period for 23-point lead at the end of thirty minutes. Another 28-22 in the last stanza brought them an easy win over the opponent. Oliver Vujakovic (192-F-96) paced all the winners with 24 points and Fischer netted 20. Timothy Kauffmann (191-F-96) delivered 17, while Kapgen notched 15. Janicek collected 17 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Meress added 15. Rozanek posted 12 and Jozef Senohradsky (190-G-96) as well as Masiar added 8 points each.
Austria - Estonia 51-60 Estonia pulled the victory over Austria at the Classification Round for 17th to 21st Place. The Baltic side overcame Austria 60:51 at the U16 European Championship in Division B. Both teams nailed 15 points each in the opening period and then Estonia grabbed the lead at the halftime. Andre Reinart (200-C-96) made two free throws to close the half at 31:25. Austria meanwhile replied with 14-12 in the third quarter and reduced to 4 points after three quarters. Estonia meanwhile needed a final push in the last stanza for the final 9-point victory. Russak stepped up with 14 points for the winners and Jurjens netted 10. Andre Reinart and Lelle followed them with 8 points each in a win. Schmit and Keller finished the game with 10 points each in the losing effort. Marvin Ogunsipe (193-F-96) collected 9 points and 10 boards, whilst Linortner scored 5.
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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