FYR Macedonia - Israel 69-76 Israel beat F.Y.R. of Macedonia, however both teams miss the semis at the U16 European Championship in Division B. Israel outscored the opponents 76:69 for 1-2 record on the third place in Group E. F.Y.R. of Macedonia also dropped to 1-2 record on the fourth position. Israel opened the game with 21-17 and added 22-13 in the second frame. Holodov and Magdevski exchanged the baskets for 43:30 at the halftime. The third period however belonged to F.Y.R. of Macedonia. The erupted with 21-19 in the period for 51:52. Moreover Andrej Cvetkovski (185-G-96) brought 53:52 lead early in the fourth, but Israel did not give up. The final baskets from Blatt, Netanel Artzi (196-F-97) and Holodov brought the victory for the team. Blatt paced all the winners with 19 points and Holodov notched 15. Netanel Artzi collected 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Tessone added 7. Kristijan Nikolov (185-G-96) ended up with 24 points and Andrej Cvetkovski scored 19. Magdevski delivered 11, whilst Dvojakovski nailed 8.
Belgium - Sweden 59-65 Sweden celebrated the first win at the second round of U16 European Championship. They knocked down Belgian counterparts to improve at 2-1 record on top of Group E. Ludvig Hakanson (190-PG-96) accounted for 20 points, 6 assists and 4 boards to pace the Scandinavians. Belgium jumped to an early lead. They accumulated a 17:12 lead ten minutes into the game. Belgium stretched the lead in the second quarter. They established a 35:25 halftime lead. But Sweden slowly gained the initiative. The Scandinavian team cut the deficit at 9-point mark at the final intermission. Sweden went on a 12:2 run early in the fourth quart to narrow the deficit at a single point 54:55. They then used an 8:0 run to surge ahead for a 62:57 lead. Belgium could not recover as Sweden marched to the victory at the end. Erik Johansson (194-F-96) delivered 12 points, while Andreas Von Uthmann (196-F-96) netted 9 points in the win. Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda (96) answered with 18 points for Belgium. Sami Demirtas (189-G-96) and Romain Boxus had 8 points each in the losing effort.
Hungary - Bosnia 63-52 Hungary advanced to the Semifinals with the win over Bosnia and Herzegovina. Hungary needed 63:52 victory to clinch 2-1 record on top of Group F of the U16 European Championship in Division B. Bosnia and Herzegovina meanwhile dropped at 1-2 record and finished third in the group. It was a decisive game in the group and both teams needed a victory. Bosnia and Herzegovina won the first period 17:15, but Hungary replied with 18-9 in the second frame. Bosnia and Herzegovina replied with 18-11 in the third quarter as djorde Beronja (199-C-96) tied the game at 44:44. Hungary however finished the game with 19-8 and won the game. Patrik Hodi (197-PF-96) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Meszaros nailed 13. Goloman and Zrinyi delivered 9 points each. Sandro Gacic (196-SG-96) finished the game with 17 points and djorde Beronja netted 15 in defeat.
Portugal - Montenegro 51-90 Montenegro grab the Semifinal ticket at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame Portugal for 2-1 record in the second place in Group F. Portugal meanwhile finished the group with 1-2 record on the last place. Montenegro started with 17-13 in the first period and erupted with 27-9 in the second frame. Lazar Pavicevic (184-G-96) scored for 45:22 early in the third as his team added another 25-8 in the quarter. Both teams nailed 21 points in the last stanza for the final result. Durisic gave Montenegro their finals points from the free throw line. Petar Popovic (188-PG-96) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Andelic netted 18. Dozic collected 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Lazar Pavicevic added 9. Brito notched 9 points in the losing effort and Carlos Salamanca (187-G-97) posted 7.
Bulgaria - Belarus 72-76 Belarus outscore Bulgaria in Bucharest at the Classification Round for 9th to 16th Place in Division B. The team won Group G of the U16 European Championship with 2-1 record. Bulgaria meanwhile fell at 1-2 record in the last place. Belarus opened the game with 26:16 and dominated the first half. They added 20-15 in the second quarter and reached 46:31 at the halftime. Kandybovic increased to 49:33, while the victory was not that easy. Bulgaria took a control of the third period and Iliev cut it to minimum 56:57 after three quarters. Moreover Petkov gave Bulgaria 59:57 lead early in the fourth and Petkov scored for 65:59. Belarus however showed their character and grabbed the victory. Maksim Salash (203-C-96) and Rubinshteyn scored the last points from the free throw line to seal the victory. Maksim Salash stepped up with 26 points and 10 rebounds for the winners, while Kandybovic notched 17. Rubinshteyn poured in 11 and Uladzislau KhomcHanka (198-PF-96) scored 9. Nikolay Vangelov (192-C-96) delivered 22 points in the losing case and Petkov had 15. Iliev finished the game with 11 points and Ivanov chipped in with 9.
Denmark - Finland 79-65 Denmark celebrated the first win in classification round Group G. They held off Finnish opponents to take 2-1 record in the ladder. Mathias Kelly stepped up with 22 points to pace the winners. Denmark eked out a narrow 14:13 lead after ten minutes. Finland responded with a surge in the second quarter. The Finnish team secured a 33:30 halftime advantage. Denmark regained control in the third quarter. They unloaded 25 points in the period and entered the fourth frame up by 11 points 55:44. Denmark stayed aggressive offensively scoring 24 points in the final frame and sealing a comfortable win at the end. Jacob Larsen notched 19 points and 16 rebounds for Denmark. Jakob Ravn (193-G-96) and Johannes Nielsen had 14 points each in the win. Henri Niemisto (194-G-96) replied with 15 points for Finland. Juho-Matti Henttonen (195-C-96) chipped in 12 points in the loss.
Holland - Romania 56-52 Netherlands pip the hosts in Bucharest at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Dutch side won Group H of the Classification Round for 9th to 16th Place with 2-1 record. Romanian meanwhile dropped at 1-2 record on the third place. Netherlands started the game with 16:10, but the hosts replied with 17-11 in the second frame. Covrig nailed three to tie the game at 27:27. Moreover Romania dominated the third quarter and produced 19-14 in it for 5-point lead after three quarters. Netherlands meanwhile erupted with 15-4 in the last stanza to seal the victory. Robert Boezeman (198-PF-96) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Overdevest nailed 12. Adeola Morren (193-PF-96) poured in 8 points and Liem scored 7. Marius Ciotlaus (194-SF-96) ended up with 16 points and 12 rebounds in the losing case and Nandor Kuti (194-SG-97) nailed 12.
Switzerland - Georgia 52-69 Georgia easily roll over the Swiss side at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Georgian side overcame Switzerland 69:52 at the Classification Round for 9th to 16th Place. Georgia finished Group H with 2-1 record on the second place, while Switzerland dropped to the last place with 1-2 record. Georgia won the first period 19:14 and never looked behind. They added 22-16 in the second frame and enjoyed 41:30 halftime advantage. Both teams nailed 11 points in the third quarter that remained the difference on the board after three quarters. Georgia needed another 17-11 in the last stanza to seal the victory. Giorgi Gugeshashvili (197-F-96) and Zakradze top-scored for the winners with 12 points each. Maskhulia netted 11 and Davit Lomidze (187-SG-97) delivered 10. Mandic finished the game with 23 points in the losing effort, while Andrea Beretta (175-PG-97) collected 11 points and 10 boards. Mattia Cafisi (181-PG-97) followed them with 10 points in a loss.
Estonia - Norway 63-44 Estonia clinched the win in the classification round Group J. They defeated Norway to improve at 2-0 record in the ladder. Marko Meimer (199-F-96, agency: FCM) and Karl-Robin Jurjens scored 10 points each to lead the winners. Estonia enjoyed a 14:5 lead ten minutes. into the game. The Baltic team stretched the margin in the second quarter. Estonia ensured a 27:16 halftime advantage. Estonia deepened their lead in the third quarter. They limited Norway to 12 points to pile up a 23-point advantage with one quarter to go. The Scandinavian team outscored Estonia in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss at the end. Jaagup Russak (179-G-96) accounted for 8 points for Estonia. Sjur Berg answered with 17 points and 14 boards for Norway. Harald Frey and Anders Nymo netted 8 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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