France - Turkey 61-66 Turkey are the new U16 European champions. They overcame France in the title game tonight in Vilnius. Mehmet Alemdaroglu (205-F-96) posted 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Turkey set the tone early in the championship game. They went on a 9:2 run at the start of the game. Turkey maintained the lead and posted a 19:16 lead at the first break. The margin grew at 8-point mark midway through the second term. Turkey ensured a 37:33 halftime lead. Turkey opened a double-digit lead in the third term. They posted a 53:41 lead late in the quarter. France trimmed the distance to a single point 59:60 with just over three minutes remaining in regulation. Ediz Oktay (192-G-96) and Ulubay gave some breathing room for Turkey. Smock kept France hopeful but two free throws from Ediz Oktay sealed the victory for Turkey. Akif Guven (206-C-96) posted 12 points, while Ediz Oktay added 10 points for the winners. Lucas Dussoulier (196-PG-96) and Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot (194-F-96) answered with 11 points each for France.
Italy - Serbia 69-83 Serbia stepped onto the pedestal at U16 European Championship. They defeated Italy to claim the Bronze medals. Serbia started the game strongly. They poured in 24 points in the opening quarter to take a 9-point lead. Serbia boosted the lead in the second quarter. They secured a 43:28 halftime lead. Serbia extended the lead in the third term. They secured a 61:44 lead at the final intermission. Italy fired 25 points in the final period but Serbia survived the challenge and clinched a comfortable win at the end. Ilija Dokovic (185-G-96) posted 15 points, while Nikola Pavlovic (199-PF-96) added 12 points for the winners. Riccardo Rossato (189-PG-96) answered with 18 points for Italy. Federico Mussini and Daniel Donzelli had 13 points each in the loss.
Poland - Germany 59-74 German U16 National Team earned the fifth place at the European Championship in Latvia and Lithuania. They knocked down Poland on the final day of action. Niklas Kiel (202-SF-97) scored 21 points and grabbed 13 boards to lead the charge. Germany unloaded 29 points in the opening quarter to clear off. They secured an 18-point lead at the first break. Germany stretched the gap in the second quarter. They established a 51:26 halftime lead. Poland slowed their opponents down in the third term. They held Germany to 11 points to cut the deficit at 20-point mark. Poland got within 15 in the fourth frame but could not threaten the margin and lost at the end. Andreas Obst (190-SG-96) had 13 points, while Lars Kamp added 11 points for the winners. Artur Wlodarczyk (174-PG-96) answered with 21 points for Poland. Michal Marek netted 9 points in the loss.
Spain - Croatia 79-72 Spain recorded the victory on the final day of the U16 European Championship. They knocked down Croatia to claim the 7th place in the ladder. Marc Garcia (194-F-96) scored 21 points to lead the winners. Spain and Croatia stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Croatia eked out a 22:20 lead after ten minutes. Spain cut the deficit to a single point at halftime 42:41. The Spaniards stiffened their defence in the third term. They pulled ahead to take a 55:52 lead at the final intermission. Spain grabbed an 8-point lead late in regulation and eventually sealed the victory. Carlos Martinez (198-F-96) netted 13 points, while Marc Bauza had 10 points for the winners. Marko Arapovic (207-C/F-96) answered with 24 points for Croatia. Luka Bozic netted 13 points in the loss.
Czech Republic - Slovenia 66-78 Slovenia earned the victory on the final day of the U16 European Championship. They defeated Czech Republic but both teams would play in Division B next season. Matej Kavas (193-G-96) knocked down 17 points to lead the charge. Czech Republic stunned Slovenia in the opening quarter. They went on a 22:9 run in the first ten minutes. Slovenia however picked up the slack in the second frame. They unloaded 25 points to level things up at 34. Slovenia pulled ahead in the third term and secured a 7-point lead at the final intermission. Slovenia fired 24 points in the final stanza and sealed the victory at the end. Aljaz Slutej (191-PG-96) knocked down 14 points, while Tilen Kodrin added 13 points for the winners. Matej Svoboda (200-PF-96) answered with 21 points for Czech Republic. David Skranc had 13 points in the loss.
Russia - United Kingdom 72-69 OT Russia capped their U16 European Championship campaign with victory. They knocked down England to seal the top spot in classification round Group G. Ilya Karpenkov (200-C-97) scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for Russia. Russia led by a single point 16:15 after ten minutes. England stole the lead in the second period. They eked out a 27:26 halftime lead. Russia erased the deficit and levelled things up at 42 at the third break. Joseph Swindells (191-SF-96) and Ikponmwosa Oghide put England in front 62:61 with 47 seconds remaining in regulation. But Alexander Gavrilov hit a free throw and sent the game into overtime. Ilya Karpenkov and Alexander Gavrilov then proved the difference late in the extra period hitting four points and sealing the victory for Russia. Aleksandr Zuev (193-PG-96) accounted for 15 points, while Pavel Afanasev netted 11 points for the winners. Joseph Swindells responded with 17 points for England. Ikponmwosa Oghide had 16 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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