Group A Monaco U16 - Malta U16 66:54 Monaco earned the second straight win at the start of the U16 European Championship in Division C. They shot down Malta for 2-0 record in Group A. Daniel Pieper (185-F-96) came up with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to pace the winners. Malta slipped at 0-2 record after the loss. Monaco dominated right from the start. They piled up a 25:16 lead ten minutes into the game. They stretched the margin in the second quarter. Monaco posted a 45:28 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter. Monaco maintained the lead earning a 17-point cushion heading into the fourth frame. Malta cut the deficit but never seriously threatened the margin in the final stanza. Pierrick Motillon (177-PG-97) and Alessandro Generale (185-C-96) accounted for 10 points each for the winners. Nicholas Grech (175-F-95) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Malta. Zane Micallef (170-PG-96) topscored with 19 points in the loss.
San Marino U16 - Wales U16 55:54 San Marino celebrated the second consecutive win at the U16 European Championship in Division C. They snatched a tough victory over Wales to climb at 2-0 record in Group A. Giannotti delivered 18 points to lead San Marino. Wales fell at 0-2 record after the defeat. San Marino and Wales traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. The British team pulled ahead in the second frame. They held San Marino to 7 points and eked out a 30:25 halftime advantage. Wales stretched the margin in the third quarter. They entered the fourth frame up by 8 points 46:38. But San Marino went on an 8:0 run at the start of the fourth quarter to knot things up. Soon San Marino pulled ahead and grabbed a 54:50 advantage. Wales cut the deficit but Barrena hit a free throw and sealed the win for San Marino. Biordi delivered 17 points for the winners. Easter responded with 18 points for Wales. Goulbourne banked 11 points in the loss.
Group B Scotland U16-Andorra U16 75:34 Scotland edge Andorra in Gibraltar at the U16 European Championship in Division C. The team started the campaign with the confident 75:34 win. Scotland grabbed 18:6 after the first period and never looked behind in the game. They added massive 17-3 in the second frame and enjoyed 35:9 at the halftime. Moreover Scotland both quarters of the second half. They celebrated a 22-11 victory in the third quarter and added 18-14 in the lasts stanza. Stott and Marin Munne were the last players to score for their teams. McAdam top-scored for the winners with 11 points, while Winning and McKay added 10 each. Malcolm and MacArthur followed them with 8 points apiece. Comellas Saenz and Gomez Prieto delivered 6 points each in the losing effort.
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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