Holland - Finland 76-59 Netherlands won over the Nordic side at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Dutch side grabbed a 76:59 win at the Classification Round for 9th to 12th Place. Tomorrow Netherlands will play against Belarus in the game for the 9-10 places. Finland meanwhile will take on Georgia in the game for the 11-12 places. Finland started the game better and reached 18-9 lead after the first 10 minutes of the game. Another three quarters however belonged to Netherlands. The latter won the second frame 21-13 and then added 20-16 in the third period. Moreover the Dutch team 26-12 in the last stanza to seal the victory. Lennart Overdevest (184-SG-96), Franke and Boezeman combined for 52 points for the winners. Alanen answered with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Henri Niemisto (194-G-96) added 13. Hirvonen and Tahvanainen chipped in with 6 points each in a loss.
Belarus - Georgia 74-66 Belarus edge Georgia in Division B at the U16 European Championship. The team from Belarus won over the opponents at the Classification Round for 9th to 12th Place and will face Netherlands in the game for the 9th place tomorrow. Georgia meanwhile will take on Finland in the game for the 11-12 places. Belarus won the first period 22-15 and had 7-point advantage at the halftime. Levan Gogaladze (191-PG-97) and Astapenka exchanged the baskets at the end of the half for 39:32 lead. Georgia meanwhile bounced back with 20-19 in the third period and reduced to 6 points. Luka Zakradze (187-PG-96) cut it to 60:59 with 5 minutes to go, but Belarus pushed the tempo for good to seal a comfortable win. Kandybovic top-scored for the winners with 36 points and Salash collected 16 points and the same number of rebounds. Rubinshteyn followed them with 10 points. Levan Gogaladze and Gugeshashvili finished the game with 15 points in the losing effort. Lomidze poured in 12, whilst Willy Isiani (195-PF-97) notched 6.
Denmark - Switzerland 95-49 Denmark marched past Switzerland in the classification round game at U16 European Championship in Division B. Alexander Von Spreckelsen came up with 15 points to lead the Scandinavian team. Denmark cleared off to a 20:14 lead at the first break. They poured in 33 points in the second quarter to clear off. Denmark accounted for a 53:23 halftime advantage. Denmark dominated in the second half. They built an insurmountable 34-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Switzerland scored just 8 points in the final period and had to surrender at the end. Mads Hansen (194-G-96) knocked down 14 points, while Jacob Larsen (204-PF-97) added 12 points for Denmark. Christian Tukama responded with 12 points for Switzerland. Luka Mandic netted 9 points in the loss.
Romania - Bulgaria 76-70 The hosts beat Bulgaria at the Classification Round for 13th to 16th Place at the U16 European Championship in Division B. Romanian won 76:70 and will play tomorrow for the 13th place against Denmark. Bulgaria meanwhile will take on Switzerland in the game for 15-16 places. Bulgaria surprised the hosts with 27:20 lead in the first period. Romanian meanwhile bounced back with 18-12 as Ivanov closed the half at 39:38. Romanian trailed for the majority of the third quarter, however Barbasi tied the game at 54:54. Ciotlaus later made the same at 63:63 and Caius-Gabriel Covrig (179-PG-96) closed the run at 70:63. Romanian managed to save the lead and won the game. Ciotlaus paced all the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Cate had 15 points and 14 rebounds. Caius-Gabriel Covrig netted 13 and Kuti posted 12. Vangelov answered with 16 points in the losing effort and Vasilev nailed 12. Petkov poured in 11 points and Ivanov added 10.
Bosnia - FYR Macedonia 79-69 Lazic's team wins the battle over Magdevski as both players erupted for their teams at the Classification Games for 5th to 8th Place in U16 European Championship. Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 overcame F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16 79:69 and will play for the 5th place tomorrow against Israel. F.Y.R. of Macedonia meanwhile will face Portugal for the 7-8 places. Bosnia and Herzegovina opened the game with 21-20 and added 19-14 in the second frame. Both teams nailed 15 points each in the third quarter, while F.Y.R. of Macedonia closed the period with a 12-0 run. Magdevski reduced to 65:61 midway through the last stanza, but his team could not win. Lazic made the last four free throws for his team for the final result. Lazic top-scored for the winners with 32 points and 12 rebounds. Smajlovic nailed 11, while Garic added 10. Magdevski finished the game with 37 points in the losing effort. Nikolov scored 11, whilst Cvetkovski delivered 10.
Israel - Portugal 73-64 Israel outscore Portugal in Bucharest at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Israel team opened Classification Games for 5th to 8th Place with a 73:64 win and will play for the 5th place tomorrow. Portugal meanwhile will face F.Y.R. of Macedonia in the game for 7-8 places. Israel came up with 22-9 in the first period, while Portugal produced a 19-12 surge in the second frame. Blatt nailed three to close the half at 34:28 for Israel. Diogo Araujo (189-SG-97) reduced to minimum 40:39, but Portugal could not come closer. Artzi and Paz closed the third frame at 48:43 and Huber scored for 54:43. Israel added 25-21 in the last stanza to seal the victory. Blatt stepped up with 24 points for the winners and Holodov nailed 22. Artzi collected 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Huber added 6. Francisco Amiel (186-PG-96) poured in 15 points in defeat, while Mendes scored 11.
Hungary - Belgium 48-50 Belgium advance to Division A at the U16 European Championship. The team won the Semifinal game against Hungary 50:68 and will play in the top Division next year. Hungary meanwhile will have another chance in the game for the third place tomorrow against Sweden. The game was a real thriller in the court. At first Belgium won the first period 15:13 and then Hungary replied with 11-8 in the second frame. Nagy made a free throw at the end of the half to 24:23 halftime advantage. Belgium opened the third quarter with an 8-0 run and Mathieu Houdart (194-F-96) brought 31:24. Meszaros later reduced to 31:33 after three quarters. Antoni made two free throws early in the last stanza to tie the game but Kanda-Kanyinda closed the run at 44:36. Belgium kept the advantage and won the game. Mathieu Houdart and Kanda-Kanyinda top-scored for the winners with 15 points each, while Kayembe-Milongo added 7. Gyorgy Goloman (204-F/C-96) delivered 17 points in defeat and Antoni scored 11.
Sweden - Montenegro 66-71 Montenegro clinch promotion at the U16 European Championship Division B. The team will play in Division A next year as they won the Semifinal game over Sweden 71:66. The Scandinavian team will have another chance to advance tomorrow in the game for the third place. Sweden grabbed 18-12 lead after the first 10 minutes and had 5-point advantage at the halftime. It was not however enough as Montenegro dominated the rest of the game. They won the third period 22-14 and closed the game with 24-22 in the last stanza. Petar Popovic (188-PG-96) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Nikolic as well as Dozic had 11 each. Milos Andelic (171-PG-96) and Novosel delivered 10 points each in a win. Andreas von Uthmann and Ludvig Hakanson (190-PG-96) finished the game with 19 points each in defeat.
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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