Scotland wins Group B of the U16 European Championship in Division C. The team overcame Gibraltar 70:41 in the game for the top place in the group for 2-0 record. The hosts of the tournament meanwhile finished second with 1-1 record. It was a tough start in the game and the teams exchanged the lead several times. The guests grabbed 17:16 advantage and added 12:7 in the second frame. Moreover the second half also belonged to the Scottish side. They won the third period 20-10 and finished the game with 21-8 in the last stanza. Gregor Gray top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Winning added 16. Malcolm collected 13 points and 10 rebounds, whilst McKay delivered 6. Jake Haefner (185-G/F-97) finished the game with 17 points in the losing effort and Timothy Fava (176-F-97) posted 8. Jeremy Britto (187-G/F-96) followed them with 7 points in a loss.
Malta registered the first win at the U16 European Championship in Division C. They nipped Wales for 1-2 record in Group A. Zane Micallef (170-PG-96) posted 21 points, 5 boards and 5 assists to lead the winners. Wales ensured a brave start. They established an 18:12 lead after ten minutes. Malta narrowed the gap at 4-point mark at halftime 27:23. Malta surged ahead in the third quarter. They held Wales to 12 points and eked out a 40:39 lead with one period remaining. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the fourth frame but Malta managed to ensure a tough win at the end. Farrugia accounted for 9 points, while Carabott and Rizzo contributed 7 points each in the victory. Joshua Thomas (186-G/F) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds for Wales. Nico-Pele Wilson had 13 points in the loss.
Monaco celebrated the third straight win at U16 European Championship in Division C. They exploded with a stunning win over San Marino to clinch the top position in Group A. Clement Marechal (180-G-96) (180-G-96) accounted for 22 points to lead the winners. San Marino fell at 2-1 record and occupied the second position in the ladder. Both teams advanced into semifinals. Monaco led from start to finish. They accumulated a 14:8 lead after ten minutes. Monaco exploded with 35 points in the second quarter to pile up a 31-point buffer at the interval. Monaco maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They secured a 34-point cushion heading into the fourth stanza. Monaco limited their opponents to 3 points in the final period and sealed a confident win at the end. Alessandro Generale (185-C-96) posted 19 points and 19 rebounds, while Daniel Pieper added 18 points for the winners. Berardi answered with 13 points for San Marino. Igor Biordi had 9 points and 13 boards in defeat.
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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