Montenegro - Belgium 46-56 Belgium clinch Division B title at the U16 European Championship. The team overcame Montenegro 56:46 in the Final to seal the important victory in Bucharest. Both teams advanced to Division A for the next year. Although both teams advanced to the top division, their thoughts were still about the gold medals. Belgium started with 25:8 in the opening period and Kanda-Kanyinda scored for 19:10 early in the second. Montenegro meanwhile was far to give up and closed the half with 6-0 run that gave them 28:27 halftime advantage. Later on the teams exchanged the lead several times until Rayan Kayembe-Milongo (96) closed the third period at 40:36. He also scored five points in a row midway through the last quarter for 49:41. His free throws were also last in the game for the trophy in Bucharest. Rayan Kayembe-Milongo top-scored for the title with 19 points and Sami Demirtas (189-G-96) netted 15. Dubois and Kohajda followed them with 6 points apiece. Mihailo Radunovic (199-SF-96) and Dozic finished the night with 9 points in the losing effort.
Sweden - Hungary 79-55 Sweden catches up the last train to Division A at the U16 European Championship. The Scandinavian team overcame Hungary 79:55 in the game for the third place that gave the last spot in the top division the next year. Sweden did not waste time and started with 29-16 in the first period. They produced 19-16 in the second frame for 48:32 at the halftime as Lightner closed the half. Moreover Sweden needed 13-11 in the third period for a nigger lead. They finished the game with 18-12 in the last stanza for the final victory. Ludvig Hakanson (190-PG-96) paced all the winners with 23 points and 11 assists, while Johansson notched 22. Andreas Von Uthmann (196-F-96) followed them with 9 points. Hodi ended up with 12 points in defeat and Gyorgy Goloman (204-F/C-96) scored 11. Sweden together with Montenegro and Belgium advanced to Division A.
Israel - Bosnia 65-71 Bosnia and Herzegovina finished 5th in Romania at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The team won over Israel 71:65 in their last game. The latter meanwhile ended up on the 6th position. It was a game of two different halves. At first Israel won the first period 19-17 and added 24-12 in the second frame. It seemed that 43:29 lead at the halftime was enough for Israel but Bosnia and Herzegovina did not give up. djorde Beronja (199-C-96) reduced to 52:49 at the end of the third period and Djorde Aleksic (184-PG-97) tied the game at 61:61 with 3 minutes to go. Bosnia finished the game with 10-4 burst and won the game. Ivo Garic (192-PG-96) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Sandro Gacic (196-SG-96) nailed 11. Lazic collected 10 points and 10 rebounds in the winning effort. Tamir Blatt (178-PG-97) finished the game with 19 points and Huber scored 13 in defeat. Tessone poured in 11, whilst Yevgeni Holodov (178-PG-96) added 7.
Portugal - FYR Macedonia 56-70 Nikolov paces F.Y.R. of Macedonia to the 7th place at the U16 European Championship in Division B. he poured in 32 points as F.Y.R. of Macedonia outscored Portugal 70:56 in their last game. Portugal meanwhile finished on the 8th spot. F.Y.R. of Macedonia opened the game with 8-0 run and won the first period 23:15. Bakoch increased the lead to 10 points, while Cvetkovski scored for 30:20. Portugal managed to win the second frame as Mendes cut it to 6 points at the halftime. Mendes also reduced to 36:38 in the middle of the third period, but F.Y.R. of Macedonia closed a quarter with 13-2 burst. They added narrow 19-18 in the last stanza to seal the victory. Andrej Magdevski (190-G-96) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Cvetkovski nailed 8. Sergio da Silva (191-SG-96) answered with 10 points in defeat, whilst Araujo, Francisco Amiel (186-PG-96) and Camara had 9 each.
Belarus - Holland 63-71 Netherlands finished 9th in Bucharest at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Dutch side overcame Belarus 71:63 in the last game for both teams at the tournament. The latter meanwhile finished on the 10th position. Both teams tried to finish the tournament on the higher place and showed their best in the last game. Belarus won the opening period 22-15, but failed in the rest of the quarters. Netherlands replied with 21-17 in the second frame and Tom de Haas (183-PG-96) closed the half at 39:36. Yannick Franke (185-G-96) nailed three midway through the third period to give his side 47:46 advantage and he also was the last to score in the period for 53:46 lead. Netherlands added 18-14 in the last stanza to seal a necessary win. Yannick Franke top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Hahn collected 10 points and 12 rebounds. Maksim Salash (203-C-96) replied with 27 points and 12 rebounds, while Rubinshteyn notched 13. Uladzislau Kandybovic (190-G-96) delivered 12 and Repeka added 6.
Georgia - Finland 48-89 Finland destroy Georgia for the higher place at the U16 European Championship in Division B. Finland won over Georgia 89:48 in the game for the 13-14 places. Finland prepared better for the game and as a result they erupted with 26:8 in the first period. The Nordic side did not slow down and added 17-14 the second frame. Moreover Finland allowed the opponents to score 13 points in the third and the last quarters. They, meanwhile produced 22 and 24 respectively for the final result. Samuli Nieminen (200-F-96) and Juho-Matti Henttonen (195-C-96) nailed three at the very end to give their side 41-point victory. Juho-Matti Henttonen led the way with 17 points and Eerikinharju netted 12. Fiifi Aidoo (175-PG-96) poured in 10 points in a winning effort. Luka Zakradze (187-PG-96) ended up with 9 points in defeat, while Levan Maskhulia (196-SF-96) and Gogaladze had 7 each.
Denmark - Romania 91-67 Denmark edged the hosts in Bucharest to close the U16 European Championship campaign. The Danish side grabbed 91:67 victory over Romania to finish on the 13 the place. The hosts of the campaign meanwhile finished on the 14th position. Denmark did not mind the support for the local team in Bucharest. They started with 25-16 and added 25-24 in the second frame. The second half also belonged to the Danish team. They won the third quarter 24-22 as Jacob Larsen (204-PF-97) made it 74:60. The guests also won the last stanza 17-5 for the final result. Jacob Larsen erupted with 28 points and 12 rebounds, while Ravn notched 16. Hansen delivered 13 points for the guests. Emanuel Cate (201-C-97) answered with 25 points and 14 rebounds in the losing case and Marius Ciotlaus (194-SF-96) chipped in with 11.
Switzerland - Bulgaria 62-63 Bulgaria grab the win over Switzerland at the U16 European Championship in Division B. Even 35 points from Luka Mandic (195-F-96) were not enough for the Swiss side as they lost to the Bulgarian side 62:63. The latter finished on the 15th place in Bucharest. It was a real thriller in the court and kept the spectators alive until the last seconds. At first Switzerland started with 19-12, but could not win the half. Bulgaria replied with 23-12 in the second frame and took 35:31 lead at the hlaftime after Alex Ouandie (193-G-96)'s shot. Mathieu Giroud (185-SF-96) later gave Switzerland 41:40 lead, while Alex Ouandie closed the frame at 48:47. The squads exchanged the lead several more times in the fourth quarter and then Nedkov scored for 61:61. Nedkov meanwhile scored the last basket for Bulgaria and brought a 1-point win. Iliev, Alex Ouandie, Kraev and Nedkov top-scored for the winners with 10 points each. Luka Mandic paced all the Swiss player with 35 points and 12 rebounds. Mathieu Giroud nailed 8, while Cafisi delivered 7 points.
Luxembourg - Estonia 73-102 Estonia successfully finished the campaign as they overcame Luxembourg in their last game of the U16 European Championship in Division B. Estonia clinched the 17th place after a comfortable 102:73 victory, while Luxembourg dropped at 18th. Estonia took 28:22 after an offensive first period and added 26-18 in the second quarter. Moreover the second half also belonged to the Baltic State. Estonia won the third period 20-16 and finished the game with 28-17 in the last quarter. Mirko Laanisto (197-SF-96) gave his side three-digit number on the biard and he also scored the last points in the game. Karl-Robin Jurjens (199-F-96) paced all the winners with 23 points, while Russak notched 22. Lill poured in 21 points and Meimer delivered 10. Timothy Kauffmann (191-SF-96) answered with 24 points in the losing effort and Vic Heuschling (196-F-96) added 12. Vujakovic poured in 10 points and Fischer chipped in with 8.
Slovakia - Norway 84-45 Slovak Republic and Norway open the last day at the U16 European Championship in Division B. Slovak Republic easily rolled over the opponent 84:45 to clinch the 19th place, while Norway ended up on the 20th position. Slovak Republic controlled the entire game and started with 26-13 after the first period. They added 24-12 in the second frame for 50:25 halftime advantage. Moreover the second half also belonged to the Slovakian side. They won the third period 16-8 and finished the game with 18-12 in the last stanza. Jakub Meress (200-PF-96) paced all the winners with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Rozanek netted 19. Norbert Janicek (206-C-96) and Abrham followed them with 10 points each. Berg delivered 16 points and Frey posted 8.
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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