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.
FINAL Spain - Lithuania 74-72 Spain conquered the title in Radom. They snatched a tough victory over Lithuania in the championship game tonight. Carlos Unanue (192-F-00) sank a three-pointer late in regulation to propel Spain to the triumph. Spain secured a 24:20 lead ten minutes into the game. Lithuania pulled within 2 points at the interval 36:34 halftime advantage. Spain stretched the margin at 6-point mark heading into the final quarter. Lithuania denied the deficit late in regulatio... [read more]
Spain - Lithuania 74-72 Spain conquered the title in Radom. They snatched a tough victory over Lithuania in the championship game tonight. Carlos Unanue (192-F-00) sank a three-pointer late in regulation to propel Spain to the triumph. Spain secured a 24:20 lead ten minutes into the game. Lithuania pulled within 2 points at the interval 36:34 halftime advantage. Spain stretched the margin at 6-point mark heading into the final quarter. Lithuania denied the deficit late in regulation. Arlauskas put the Baltic side in front 72:71 with 10 seconds left in regulation. But Carlos Unanue responded with a triple to win the game for Spain. Joel Parra (199-F-00) topscored with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the champions. Usman Garuba (200-G-2) had 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks in the victory. Dovydas Giedraitis (185-G-00) responded with 18 points for Lithuania.
Croatia - Turkey 70-77 OT Turkey stepped onto the pedestal in Radom. They nipped Croatia in overtime to claim Bronze medals. Eray Akyuz (187-G-00) stepped up with 23 points and 7 steals to lead the winners. Turkey ensured a 36:33 halftime lead. Croatia spurred ahead for a 4-point lead at the third break. But Turkey held their opponents to just 15 points in the fourth frame and forced overtime. Turkey sank 11 points in the extra period and sealed the victory. Yavuz Gultekin (196-F-00) tossed in 14 points for the winners. Luka Samanic (208-C-00) answered with 24 points and 12 rebounds for Croatia.
Finland - France 79-71 Finland claimed the fifth position in Poland. They wrapped up the campaign with victory over France. Tomas Pihlajamaki (185-G-00) and Janne Lehtoranta (185-G-00) notched 11 points each for the winners. Finland jumped to a 24:17 lead after the first period. France used a strong rally in the next two periods to gain a 5-point advantage. But Finland exploded with 29 points in the final quarter to snatch the victory. Erik Sajantila (193-F/G-1) delivered 10 points for the winners. Babacar Niasse (192-G/F-00) responded with 26 points for les Bleues.
Italy - Montenegro 81-75 Alvise Sarto (196-F-00) notched 25 points to lead Italy past Montenegro in the clash for the 7th overall position. Montenegro secured a 38:33 halftime lead. But Italy went on a 25:16 rally in the third term to clinch a 4-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Italy poured in 23 points in the final stanza to seal the win. Federico Miaschi (188-G-00) chipped in 19 points for the Azzurri. Jovan Kijajic responded with 25 points for Montenegro.
Serbia - Germany 63-65 Germany finished their campaign on a high note. They nipped Serbia to earn the 9th place. Hendrik Drescher (202-C-00) came up with 15 points to pace the winners. Germany eked out a 23:22 halftime lead. They poured in 42 points in the second half to ice the victory. Luc Van Slooten (195-F/G-2) totaled 13 points in the win. Zoran Paunovic (190-G-00) answered with 24 points for Serbia.
Latvia - Sweden 65-51 Latvia topped Sweden in the classification round game. Adrians Snipke (188-PF-00) chipped in 15 points, collected 9 rebounds and issued 6 assists for the Baltic state. Latvia accumulated a 20:7 lead ten minutes into the game. They held Sweden to just 27 points in the second half to rally to the win. Anrijs Miska (201-F-00) tossed in 14 points and pulled down 13 rebounds in the victory. Erik Persson (185-G-00) responded with 13 points for Sweden.
Bosnia - Estonia 59-85 Estonia remained in Division A following a comfortable win over Bosnia and Herzegovina. Henri Drell (198-SF-00) came up with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Estonia grabbed a 43:30 halftime lead. The Baltic team went on a 28:11 run in the third term to clear off for good. Karl Karpin (205-C-00) had 15 points for the winners. Semir Karic (183-PG-00) answered with 12 points for Bosnia.
Poland - Greece 85-74 Poland edged Greece in the classification round clash. The hosts occupied the 15th position following the win. Sebastian Walda (194-SF-00) posted 23 points to lead the winners. Poland accumulated a 46:35 halftime lead. The hosts sank 39 points in the second half and rallied to the victory. Przemyslaw Golek (195-SF-00) tossed in 21 points for Poland. Konstantinos Altinis (195-F/G-00) responded with 13 points for Greece.
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