Serbia - Turkey 62-67 Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) scored 12 points in the decisive fourth quarter to lead Turkey past Serbia in the semifinal battle at U16 European Championship in Vilnius tonight. He finished with 17 points and 9 rebounds to secure the place in the title game for Turkey. Ogulcan Baykan (195-SG-96) topscored with 18 points for Turkey. Serbia led by as many as 6 points ten minutes into the game 22:16. They stretched the lead to 11 points midway through the second quarter. Turkey managed to get within 7 at halftime 29:36. But Turkey limited their opponents to just 6 points in the third term to take a 44:42 lead at the final intermission. Ivan Daskalovic (199-SG-96) put Serbia back in charge midway through the fourth frame but Okben Ulubay, Gecim and Ogulcan Baykan made it 61:56 for Turkey. Ivan Daskalovic put Serbia within a single point twice but Okben Ulubay and Ogulcan Baykan converted four free throws late in regulation to seal the win for Turkey. Mert Cevik and Akif Guven had 8 points each for the winners. Ivan Daskalovic answered with 18 points for Serbia. Vasilije Vucetic had 16 points in the loss.
Italy - France 71-80 France will play in the title game at U16 European Championship in Latvia and Lithuania. They held off previously undefeated Italy in Vilnius tonight. Antoine Wallez (202-PF-96) came up with 20 points to lead the charge. France will now take on Turkey for the trophy. France jumped ahead early in the game. They recorded a 21:16 lead at the first break. Italy however adjusted offensively scoring 24 points in the second term. They got within a single point at halftime 40:41. Italy pulled ahead in the third frame. The Azzurri arrived at the final break up by two points 63:61. However France opened the fourth quarter on an 11:0 run to regain the advantage. Italy never came back to life as France cruised to the victory at the end. Lenny Charles-Catherine (194-G-96) accounted for 16 points, while Salem Mana and Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot had 8 points each in the win. Federico Mussini (179-PG-96) responded with 22 points for Italy. Daniel Donzelli provided 20 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
Germany - Spain 88-64 Germany will play for the 5th overall position at U16 European Championship. They marched past Spain tonight to set up the clash versus Poland tomorrow. Jan Wimberg (202-G-96) came up with 16 points and 13 boards for the winners. Germany dropped 24 points in the first quarter to take an 8-point lead. They unloaded 29 points in the second frame to stretch the margin. Germany enjoyed a 53:34 lead at halftime. Spain stopped the rot in the third term. They adjusted defensively cutting the deficit to 14 points with ten minutes remaining. But Germany ignited a 20:10 run in the fourth frame to secure a comfortable win at the end. Kevin Casper (199-F-96) and Mahir Agva (202-C-96) nailed 13 points each for the winners. David Martinez (203-F-96) answered with 13 points for Spain. Carlos Martinez had 12 points in the loss.
Poland - Croatia 82-76 Poland celebrated victory in the classification round for 5th-8th place at U16 European Championship. They knocked down Croatia tonight. Marek Zywert (185-SG-96) stepped up with 17 points and 6 assists for the winners. Croatia jumped to an early lead. The former champions built a 19:15 advantage ten minutes into the game. Poland bounced back in the second quarter. They erased the deficit and posted a 35:33 halftime advantage. Croatia spurred back in front in the third quarter. They ensured a 53:48 lead with ten minutes remaining. Poland used a 10:0 run midway through the final term to take a 62:60 lead. The margin grew at 9-point mark soon. Poland did not loosen the grip and marched to the victory at the end. Grzegorz Kulka (192-PF-96) and Kamil Zywert (188-PG-96) accounted for 14 points each for the winners. Luka Bozic (188-PG-96) answered with 17 points for Croatia. Marko Arapovic had 16 points in the loss.
Latvia - Greece 46-63 Greece finished their U16 European Championship campaign on a high note. They bettered Latvia to clinch the 9th position. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) stepped up with 15 points to lead the Hellenes. Greece started strongly. They accounted for a 16:11 lead at the first break. Greece stretched the lead at the second quarter. They established a 37:21 halftime buffer. Latvia slowed their opponents a bit in the third term. Latvia cut the deficit at 14-point mark with one quarter remaining. Greece held the Baltic team to 11 points in the final period and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Konstantinos Zorzos (188-PG-96) notched 13 points, while Nikolaos Andreadis netted 6 points for the winners. Rudolfs Stradnieks (202-C-96) answered with 14 points for Latvia. Davis Zonne netted 12 points in the loss.
Ukraine - Lithuania 71-82 Lithuania occupied the 11th overall place at U16 European Championship. The hosts fired past Ukraine tonight. Matas Budrys (193-G/F-96) stepped up with 20 points to pace the Baltic team. Lithuania ensured a 5:0 start to the game and dominated throughout the opening quarter. They posted a 22:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Ukraine managed to level things up at 25 midway through the second term but the hosts secured a 33:31 halftime advantage. The lead changed hands throughout the third period but Lithuania finished it strongly to pile up a 7-point advantage 56:49. Matas Budrys and Rupkus made it 61:49 for Lithuania at the start of the fourth period. Ukraine never recovered in the following minutes as the home team cruised to the victory. Aidas Einikis (191-SG-96) accounted for 16 points, while Domantas Pavlovskis and Dominykas Zupkauskas added 10 points each in the victory. Oleksandr Kobets (192-SF-96) responded with 25 points for Ukraine. Illya Sydorov and Nikita Voievoda chipped in 8 points each in the loss.
Russia - Czech Republic 69-67 Russia clinched the fifth straight win in the classification round Group G at U16 European Championship today. They defeated Czech Republic to clinch the top position in the ladder. Russia thus stayed in Division A for the next year. Czech Republic fell at 2-3 record and would not avoid relegation. Ilya Karpenkov (200-C-97) led the winners with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Russia enjoyed an 18:14 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the lead in the second quarter. Russia posted a 40:30 halftime lead. Czech Republic however managed to narrow the gap at 6-point mark at the final intermission. Skranc put Czech Republic within one 61:62 midway through the final frame. Czech Republic then grabbed a 67:64 lead but Ilya Karpenkov and Aleksandr Zuev capped regulation with five straight points to seal the victory for Russia. Pavel Afanasev (194-SG-96) accounted for 11 points, while Aleksandr Zuev and Mikhail Maleyko delivered 10 points each in the win. Matej Svoboda (200-PF-96) answered with 14 points for Czech Republic. Marek Mares netted 10 points in the loss.
Slovenia - United Kingdom 66-64 Slovenia earned victory on the last but one day of action at U16 European Championship. They held off England for 2-3 record in Group G. England fell at 1-4 record after the loss. Matej Kavas (193-G-96) stepped up with 16 points to lead the charge. England led by four points after ten minutes of action 20:16. They maintained the lead in the second quarter. The English team posted a 35:30 halftime advantage. England extended the lead in the third frame. They secured a 9-point buffer heading into the fourth quarter 52:43. Matej Kavas and Slutej drained three-pointers early in the final frame to set the tone. Slutej and Matej Kavas connected for two more treys as Slovenia earned a 64:60 lead. Domen Janc made it 66:62 for Slovenia and they stayed in charge till the final buzzer. Tilen Kodrin (202-SF-96) posted 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Domen Janc added 12 points for Slovenia. Ikponmwosa Oghide (96) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds for England. Joe Mvuezolo chipped in 14 points 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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