Serbia - Spain 68-67 Serbia advanced into the semifinal round of U16 European Championship. They nipped Spain in the thrilling quarterfinal battle in Vilnius tonight. Ilija Dokovic (185-G-96) converted two free throws late in regulation to seal the win for Serbia. Serbia jumped to an early lead. They posted a 20:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Spain slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. Spain denied the deficit and eked out a 32:31 halftime lead. Spain stretched the lead in the third term. They secured a 7-point lead at the final intermission. But Serbia ignited a 9:0 run early in the final period to level things up at 57. Daskalovic put Serbia in charge with a three-pointer 64:61 midway through the final frame. But Brais Gago (180-G-96) gave Spain a 67:66 lead with under two minutes to go. But Ilija Dokovic nailed two free throws, while Bauza missed a jumper as Serbia ran away with the victory. Vukan Stojanovic (192-SG-96) knocked down 17 points, while Nikola Pavlovic added 13 points for the winners. Brais Gago answered with 17 points for Spain. Marc Garcia had 14 points in the loss.
Turkey - Germany 67-56 Turkey advanced into U16 European Championship semifinals. They held off German counterparts in the quarterfinal clash tonight. Akif Guven (206-C-96) came up with 19 points and 9 rebounds for Turkey. Turkey ensured a quick start. They surged ahead and posted a 20:13 lead at the first break. Germany narrowed the deficit in the second quarter. They held Turkey to 6 points in the period and got within 3 points at halftime 23:26. Turkey regained control in the third quarter. They limited Germany to 11 points in the period to secure an 8-point lead at the final intermission. Turkey unloaded 25 points in the fourth term and sealed the victory at the end. Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) scored 10 points, while Tolga Gecim added 9 points for Turkey. Jan Wimberg (202-G-96) responded with 13 points for Germany. Kevin Casper had 12 points in the loss.
France - Croatia 67-64 France stay in the title quest at U16 European Championship. They dethroned Croatia beating them in the quarterfinal clash. Leopold Cavaliere (198-PF-96), Lucas Dussoulier (196-PG-96) and Antoine Wallez (202-PF-96) scored 9 points each for the winners. Croatia secured the strong start. They outscored Les Bleus 26:13 in the opening ten minutes. But France quickly came back to life. They stopped the rot and narrowed the deficit at 9-point mark at the interval 31:40. France turned things around in the third quarter. Les Bleus triggered a 13:1 run to level things up at 43. France soon triggered a 12:0 to clear off. They hung on to escape with a narrow win at the end. Smock and Ory finished with 8 points each for France. Luka Bozic (188-PG-96) and Marko Arapovic (207-C/F-96) responded with 16 points each for Croatia.
Italy - Poland 82-79 Italy extended their winning streak to 7 points at the U16 European Championship. The latest victory came today when the Azzurri held off Poland in quarterfinal. Federico Mussini (179-PG-96) scored 20 points to lead the winners. Italy started the game confidently. They built a 24:18 lead after ten minutes. Poland did not allow Italy to clear off in the second quarter. They narrowed the gap at 3-point mark at halftime. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third quarter. Italy entered the final frame up by just two points 65:63. Wlodarczyk and Marek Zywert (185-SG-96) put Poland in front at the start of the final quarter. The lead changed hands before Spera and Federico Mussini made it 80:77 with 22 seconds to go. Mateusz Stawiak narrowed the gap but Flaccadori sealed the victory for Italy. Riccardo Rossato (189-PG-96) provided 19 points for Italy. Pierfrancesco Oliva added 15 points, 11 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Marek Zywert responded with 17 points for Poland. Mateusz Stawiak had 13 points in the loss.
Ukraine - Greece 64-80 Greece earned victory in the classification round of U16 European Championship. The Hellenes fired past Ukraine to set up the clash versus Lithuania vs. Latvia winners for the 9th overall position. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) scored 21 points to lead the winners. Ukraine suffered the fifth straight loss at the tournament. Greece eked out a narrow 22:19 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine stayed close throughout the second quarter. They got within two points at halftime 39:41. But Greece took over in the third quarter. They held their opponents to 9 points in the period and stretched the lead to 11 points. Greece did not allow Ukraine to restore the intrigue in the final frame. The Hellenes stayed cool and rallied to the victory at the end. Vasileios Toliopoulos (185-PG-96) had 13 points, 6 boards and 4 assists, while Konstantinos Zorzos added 12 points for the winners. Nikita Voievoda (180-PG-96) and Oleksandr Kobets (192-SF-96) provided 12 points apiece in the loss.
Lithuania - Latvia 72-84 Latvia wins the Baltic battle at the U16 European Championship in Division A. Latvia overcame Lithuania 84:72 at the Classification Games for 9th to 12th Place. Latvia started with 20-17 after the first 10 minutes and added 24-16 in the second frame. Moreover the third quarter also belonged to the Latvian side. They won the period 20-11 for 20-point advantage after 30 minutes. Lithuania managed to win the third quarter 28-20 but was too far to reach the opponents. Rauls Avenitis (180-PG-96) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Ervins Meznieks (184-F-96) netted 18. Rihards Lomazs delivered 17, while Gustavs Treimanis scored 7. Domantas Sabonis (199-PF-96) collected 18 points and 13 rebounds in defeat and Mantas Serksnas nailed 11. Raimundas Zuklevicius poured in 10 points, whilst Tautvydas Paliukenas added 8.
Czech Republic - United Kingdom 67-63 Czech Republic earned the victory in the classification round Group G at U16 European Championship tonight. They defeated England to improve at 2-3 record. Matej Svoboda (200-PF-96) topscored for Czech Republic again with 19 points. England led by three points after the opening quarter 17:14. But Czech team denied the deficit to post a 33:30 halftime advantage. Czech Republic stretched the lead in the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 6 points. The margin grew at 10-point mark early in the final frame. Jules Akodo (G-96) pulled England within four but they simply ran out of time to save the game. Daniel Klimek (190-SG-96) netted 12 points, while David Skranc added 10 points for the winners. Jules Akodo answered with 15 points for England. Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye netted 10 points in the loss.
Slovenia - Russia 57-102 Russia demolish Slovenian side in the Classification Round for 13th to 16th Place at the U16 European Championship. The Russian side won Group G with 4-0 record, while Slovenia fell at 1-3. Russia opened the game with 21:13 and never looked behind. They added 21-16 in the second quarter as the board showed 42:29 at the halftime. Morozov scored for 44:29 and Maleyko posted two for 49:33. Ivanov meanwhile made two free throws for 72:45 after three quarters. They added 30-12 in the last stanza for a three-digit number. Pavel Afanasev (194-SG-96) top-scored for the winners with 28 points and Ilya Karpenkov (200-C-97) collected 15 points and 10 rebounds. Alexander Gavrilov and Nikita Shantaley followed them with 12 points apiece. Tilen Kodrin (202-SF-96) and Nejc Zupan nailed 12 points each in the losing effort, while Matej Kavas had 10.
Results of the Draw for 2016 Championship - Jan 22, 2016
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The Draw for the 2016 U16 European Championship took place in Munich tonight. Please find the results below: Division A (Radom, Poland) Group A: Italy, Spain, Sweden, Latvia Group B: Germany, Turkey, Poland, Croatia Group C: Lithuania, France, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina Group D: Greece, Serbia, Estonia, Finland. Division B (Sofia, Bulgaria) Group A: Luxembourg, Portugal, Denmark, Netherlands, Belarus, Russia Group B: Ireland, Israel, FYR Macedonia, Hungary, Scotland, England G... [read more]
The Draw for the 2016 U16 European Championship took place in Munich tonight. Please find the results below:
Division A (Radom, Poland) Group A: Italy, Spain, Sweden, Latvia Group B: Germany, Turkey, Poland, Croatia Group C: Lithuania, France, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina Group D: Greece, Serbia, Estonia, Finland.
Division B (Sofia, Bulgaria) Group A: Luxembourg, Portugal, Denmark, Netherlands, Belarus, Russia Group B: Ireland, Israel, FYR Macedonia, Hungary, Scotland, England Group C: Norway, Slovenia, Romania, Austria, Kosovo, Ukraine Group D: Slovak Republic, Georgia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Iceland and Belgium.
Division C (Nicosia, Cyprus) Group A: Malta, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Wales, San Marino Group B: Gibraltar, Moldova, Armenia, Andorra, Albania.
Bosnia and Herzegovina claim historic title in Kaunas - Aug 16, 2015
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Bosnia - Lithuania 85-83
Bosnia and Herzegovina wrote history in Kaunas. They overcame hosting Lithuania to clinch the first ever U16 European Championship title. Dzanan Musa (202-G-99, agency: Beo Basket) came up with impressive 33 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists to pace the champions. He was named the MVP. Bosnia and Herzegovina piled up a massive 50:37 halftime lead. Lithuania slowed their opponents down in the third term. The hosts pulled within 10 points at the final int... [read more]
Bosnia - Lithuania 85-83 Bosnia and Herzegovina wrote history in Kaunas. They overcame hosting Lithuania to clinch the first ever U16 European Championship title. Dzanan Musa (202-G-99, agency: Beo Basket) came up with impressive 33 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists to pace the champions. He was named the MVP. Bosnia and Herzegovina piled up a massive 50:37 halftime lead. Lithuania slowed their opponents down in the third term. The hosts pulled within 10 points at the final intermission. Lithuania went on a strong comeback rally in the fourth quarter but Bosnia and Herzegovina held on to clinch the historic success. Sani Campara (188-PG-99) finished with 23 points, while Emir Cerkezovic (196-PF-99) added 10 points for the winners. Arnas Velicka (192-PG-99) responded with 14 points for Lithuania. Grantas Vasiliauskas (200-F-99) had 12 points in the loss.
Spain - Turkey 72-83 Turkey earned the Bronze medals at the championship. They defeated Spain in the consolation final today. Onuralp Bitim (193-SG-99) scored 16 points to pace the winners. Turkey recorded a 35:28 halftime lead. They unleashed 48 points in the second half and cruised to the victory. Ahmet Duran (204-C-99) netted 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Sergi Martinez (200-PF-99) responded with 24 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for Spain.
France - Finland 75-46 France clinched the fifth position at the championship. They defeated Finland in the final game at the tournament. Les Bleues opened a 23:8 lead after ten minutes. France followed with a 16:9 run in the third term to take a 24-point lead. They never looked back afterwards cruising to the win. Yanik Blanc (183-G-99) scored 23 points, pulled down 7 rebounds and issued 4 assists for the winners. Sofiane Briki (190-G-99) had 10 points for France. Elias Valtonen (192-G/F-99) responded with 17 points for Finland.
Germany - Serbia 91-64 Germany stormed past Serbia to wrap up their championship campaign on a high note. Nelson Weidemann (188-PG-99) delivered 25 points to lead the charge. Serbia led by two points 19:17 after ten minutes. But Germany exploded with 74 points in the next three periods to race to a comfortable win. Isaac Bonga (196-F-99) and Hendrik Drescher (202-C-00) accounted for 12 points each for the winners. Marko Kovacevic (202-SF-99) answered with 13 points for Serbia.
Italy - Croatia 68-76 Croatia outgunned Italy to finish the ninth position at the tournament. Antonio Jularic (190-PG-99) delivered 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory. Italy opened a 22:18 lead after ten minutes. But Croatia held their opponents to just 11 points in the second frame and raced to a 35:33 halftime lead. Croatia went on a 17:11 rally in the final period and sealed the win. Darko Bajo (204-G/F-99) accounted for 19 points and 10 rebounds for Croatia. Gabriele Stefanini (183-G-99) responded with 15 points for Italy.
Montenegro - Latvia 57-60 Latvia celebrated victory in their final game in Kaunas. They nipped Montenegro for the 11th overall position. Arturs Kurucs (189-SF-00) posted 20 points to lead Latvia A. Montenegro built a 35:26 halftime lead. But Latvia answered with a strong 25:13 rally in the third term to spur ahead. They maintained the lead throughout the final frame and marched to the win. Anrijs Miska (201-F-00) netted 10 points for the Baltic team. Andrija Slavkovic (197-SG-99) answered with 21 points for Montenegro.
Greece - United Kingdom 77-52 Greece fired past Great Britain to earn the crucial win in Kaunas. Greece secured their Division A place for the next season following the success. Konstantinos Kampouridis (202-C-99, agency: Delta) scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the winning side. Greece ensured a 36:29 halftime lead. They followed with a 15:2 run in the third term to clear off for good. Giannis Giannaras (187-G-99) accounted for 10 points and 11 assists for Greece. Kaiyem Cleary (191-G/F-99) responded with 19 points for Great Britain.
Division B. Estonia conquer the title in Sofia - Aug 16, 2015
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Poland - Estonia 56-64
Estonia are crowned Division B champions. They fired past Poland to conquer the trophy in Sofia. Sander Raieste (197-F/G-99) posted 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Estonia posted a 17:11 lead after ten minutes. They dropped 25 points in the third term to open an 11-point lead at the final intermission. Poland narrowed the gap in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the defeat. Kaspar Treier (203-F-99) had 14 points and 13 rebounds in the vict... [read more]
Poland - Estonia 56-64 Estonia are crowned Division B champions. They fired past Poland to conquer the trophy in Sofia. Sander Raieste (197-F/G-99) posted 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Estonia posted a 17:11 lead after ten minutes. They dropped 25 points in the third term to open an 11-point lead at the final intermission. Poland narrowed the gap in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the defeat. Kaspar Treier (203-F-99) had 14 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Lukasz Kolenda (186-G-99) responded with 14 points for Poland. Kacper Makowski (192-F-99) added 10 points in the loss.
Sweden - Slovakia 57-56 Sweden clinched Division A promotion. They earned a tough one-point victory over Slovak Republic in the consolation final in Sofia tonight. David Czerapowicz (186-G-99) scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the Scandinavian team. Slovak Republic built a 30:22 halftime lead. Sweden however turned the tables in the second half. They pulled within 5 points at the final intermission. Sweden erupted for 24 points in the fourth quarter and snatched a key victory at the end. Olle Lundqvist (199-F-99) netted 12 points and collected 19 rebounds in the win. David Javorsky (197-SF-99) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds for Slovak Republic.
Georgia - Belgium 60-43 Georgia earned the fifth overall position at the championship. They outscored Belgium in the final game. Goga Bitadze (202-C-99, agency: Agency) posted 17 points for the winners. Belgium eked out a 12:11 lead after ten minutes. However Georgia went on a 36:18 rally in the next two quarters to spur ahead. Georgia stayed ahead in the fourth period and raced to the win. Akaki Pipia (193-SG-99) notched 14 points for the winners. Lenny Coppens (F-99) and Robin Roland (G-99) responded with 8 points each for Belgium.
Slovenia - Holland 69-58 Slovenia outmuscled Netherlands to clinch the seventh position at the tournament. Nejc Klavzar (183-PG-99) delivered 15 points for the winners. Slovenia jumped to a 22:12 lead after ten minutes. But Netherlands erased the deficit to even things up at 29 at the interval. Slovenia went on a strong 28:17 run in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory. Maks Klanjscek (193-F/G-99) had 12 points for the winners. Calvin Poulina (199-F/C-99) responded with 12 points for Netherlands.
Ukraine - Bulgaria 58-73 Bulgaria earned the 9th position at the home championship. They entertained the home crowd in Sofia with a comfortable win over Ukraine in the final game at the tournament. Krastan Krastanov (195-F/G-99) finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds for Bulgaria. The hosts overcame a narrow one-point deficit after ten minutes to enter the fourth quarter up by 13 points. Bulgaria held their opponents to just 10 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Evgeni Vasilev (189-G-99) and Ivaylo Tonev (194-F/G-99) netted 12 points apiece for the winners. Ivan Chmyrenko (192-SF-99) responded with 16 points for Ukraine.
Denmark - Portugal 45-37 Denmark earned the 11th position at the tournament. They held off Portugal in the final game in Sofia. Agah Kiziklaya scored 13 points for the winners. Denmark posted a 26:19 halftime lead. Portugal got within a single point at the final break. But Denmark went on a 15:8 run in the fourth term to ice the win. Oscar Quackenbush (185-G-99) delivered 8 points in the victory. Vladyslav Voytso (198-PF-99) responded with 15 points and 12 rebounds from Portugal.
Austria - Hungary 65-72 Hungary capped their Division B campaign on a high note. They toppled Austria for the 13th position. Csaba Fazekas (193-F/G-99) and Jozsef Katona delivered 15 points each for the winners. Hungary recorded a 30:23 halftime lead. Hungary boosted the gap at 14-point mark at the final break. Austria sank 29 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat. Mate Fazekas (206-C-00) had 12 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Jakob Szkutta (182-PG-99) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Austria.
Switzerland - Czech Republic 55-43 Switzerland held off Czech Republic to clinch the 15th position in Sofia. Alex Medolago (178-PG-00) posted 12 points for the Swiss team. Czech Republic and Switzerland were tied at 24 at the interval. The Swiss team sank 31 points in the second half and rallied to the victory. Matteo Marmondi netted 10 points for the winning side. Tomas Havlik (191-F-99) responded with 13 points for Czech Republic.
Romania - Iceland 79-72 Romania outgunned Iceland for the 17th position in Sofia. Antonio Nasturescu (186-SG-99) chipped in 19 points to lead the charge. Romania and Iceland went neck and neck throughout the first half. The scoreboard read 34:34 at the interval. Romania sank 21 points in the third term to open a 7-point lead. They added 24 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Stefan Birloveanu (202-F/C-99) connected for 18 points for the winners. Hakon Hjalmarsson (187-G-99) responded with 16 points for Iceland.
Luxembourg - Ireland 84-88 OT Ireland overcame Luxembourg in overtime. Adam Drummond (192-SG-99) recorded 26 points for the winners. Ireland jumped to a 22:8 lead after the opening quarter. But Luxembourg unleashed 31 points in the third term to spur ahead. Ireland denied the deficit in the fourth frame to force overtime. Ireland knocked down 12 points in the extra period and sealed the victory. Adam Donoghue (187-G-99) chipped in 23 points for the Irish team. Ben Kovac (190-SG-00) responded with 31 points, 18 rebounds and 7 assists for Luxembourg.
Norway - FYR Macedonia 76-63 Norway rallied past FYR Macedonia to earn the 21st position in Sofia. Kristian Sjolund (196-G-99) posted 37 points to lead the winners. Norway built a 36:29 halftime lead. Norway followed with a 22:16 run in the fourth frame and rallied to the victory. Ulrik Stranger-Johannessen (188-PG-99) delivered 12 points for the winners. Martin Trsunov answered with 24 points for FYR Macedonia.
Belarus - Scotland 71-79 Scotland finished their Sofia campaign on a high note. They topped Belarus to earn the 23rd position. Yousef Khalil chipped in 25 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the winners. Harry Morrice (C-00) added 18 points and 17 rebounds for the Scottish team. Belarus grabbed a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. But Scotland responded with a 46:30 run in the next two periods to spur ahead. Belarus could not recover as Scotland marched to the win. Maksim Misevich (188-SF-99) posted 17 points in the loss.
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