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Final Standings
 1. Croatia    
 2. Lithuania    
 3. Turkey    
 4. Spain    
 5. Serbia  
 6. France    
 7. Russia    
 8. Montenegro    
 9. Italy    
 10. Greece    
 11. Poland    
 12. Bulgaria    
 13. Germany    
 14. Latvia    
 15. Israel    
 16. Denmark    
Points Per Game
 Dario SARIC
  (204-F/C-94)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Saric, CRO24.3 
 2. Ivanovic, MNT22.8 
 3. Szymkiewicz, POL17.4 
 4. Maragkos, GRE14.9 
 5. Koulechov, ISR14.6 
 6. Jankovic, SRB14.4 
 7. Erulku, TUR14.3 
 8. Landi, ITA13.6 
 9. Larsen, DEN13.2 
 10. Racine, FRA12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dario SARIC
  (204-F/C-94)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Saric, CRO11.5 
 2. Stoyanov, BUL8.8 
 3. Jankovic, SRB8.8 
 4. Hernangomez, ESP8.7 
 5. Lockhart, GER8.2 
 6. Larsen, DEN7.9 
 7. Pajovic, MNT7.7 
 8. Koulechov, ISR7.6 
 9. Landi, ITA7.3 
 10. Ilnitskiy, RUS7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Deyan KARAMFILOV
  (179-G-94)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Karamfilov, BUL5.9 
 2. Saric, CRO5.8 
 3. Micic, SRB5.1 
 4. Imbro, ITA5.0 
 5. Ivanovic, MNT5.0 
 6. Grzelinski, POL4.5 
 7. Szymkiewicz, POL4.1 
 8. Sipahi, TUR3.6 
 9. Junakovic, CRO3.4 
 10. Sharon, ISR3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel SZYMKIEWICZ
  (193-G-94)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Szymkiewicz, POL4.1 
 2. Ivanovic, MNT3.1 
 3. Karamfilov, BUL3.0 
 4. Brzoja, CRO2.9 
 5. Junakovic, CRO2.3 
 6. Koulechov, ISR2.3 
 7. Erulku, TUR2.1 
 8. Lockhart, GER2.0 
 9. Saric, CRO2.0 
 10. Marin, ESP2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Rasmus LARSEN
  (212-C-94)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Larsen, DEN2.6 
 2. Krestinin, LTU2.1 
 3. Jankovic, SRB1.6 
 4. Saric, CRO1.4 
 5. Slaftsakis, GRE1.4 
 6. Vicedo, ESP1.0 
 7. Reinfelds, LAT1.0 
 8. Vutev, BUL1.0 
 9. Papapetrou, GRE0.9 
 10. Pershin, RUS0.9 
Qualifying Round Standings
Group E
 1. Croatia 4-1 
 2. Serbia 4-1 
 3. France 4-1 
 4. Lithuania 1-4 
 5. Italy 1-4 
 6. Greece 1-4 
Group F
 1. Montenegro 4-1 
 2. Spain 4-1 
 3. Turkey 3-2 
 4. Russia 2-3 
 5. Bulgaria 2-3 
 6. Poland 0-5 
Group G
 1. Germany 3-1 
 2. Latvia 3-1 
 3. Israel 2-2 
 4. Denmark 0-4 
Preliminary Round Standings
Group A
 1. Croatia 2-1 
 2. Serbia 2-1 
 3. Italy 1-2 
 4. Germany 1-2 
Group B
 1. France 3-0 
 2. Lithuania 1-2 
 3. Greece 1-2 
 4. Denmark 1-2 
Group C
 1. Spain 3-0 
 2. Bulgaria 2-1 
 3. Poland 1-2 
 4. Latvia 0-3 
Group D
 1. Montenegro 3-0 
 2. Turkey 1-2 
 3. Russia 1-2 
 4. Israel 1-2 


Croatian team celebrates championship (Photo: FIBA Europe)


Croatian U16 National Team 2010

Starting five
#s#
Mislav Brzoja
Brzoja
Karlo Lebo
Lebo
Dario Saric
Saric
Nikola Urli
Urli
Filip Bundovic
Bundovic
#e#5
4 Mislav Brzoja 195-G/F-94 Dubrava Croatia
5 Martin Junakovic 194-G-94 Sibenka 4 Croatia
6 Karlo Lebo 193-F-94
7 Ivan Jukic 195-F-95 KK Split Croatia
8 Dino Samanic 192-G-94
9 Dario Saric 204-F/C-94 KK Zagreb CO Croatia
10 Dominik Mavra 190-F-94
11 Antonio Crnjevic 195-F-94 Zabok Croatia
12 Tomislav Rados 200-F-94 Djakovo Croatia
13 Nikola Urli 196-C-94
14 Daniel Zovko 189-G-94
15 Filip Bundovic 203-F/C-94

Drazen Brajkovic Head Coach Kraski Zidar Slovenia
Ivica Gulin Assistant


All-Eurobasket.com European Championships U16 Awards 2010 - Aug. 17, 2010 

All-Tournament 1st Team
#s#
Dario Saric
Saric
Nikola Ivanovic
Ivanovic
Daniel Szymkiewicz
Szymkiewicz
Denis Krestinin
Krestinin
Nikola Jankovic
Jankovic
#e#5

MVP: Dario Saric (204-F/C-94) Croatia
Best Guard: Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94)
Best Forward: Dario Saric (204-F/C-94) Croatia
Best Center: Nikola Jankovic (203-C/F-94) Serbia
Best Defensive Player: Dario Saric (204-F/C-94) Croatia
Best Coach: Drazen Brajkovic Slovenia
1st Team
G: Nikola Ivanovic (187-94)
G: Daniel Szymkiewicz (193-94) Poland
F: Denis Krestinin (200-94) Lithuania
F/C: Dario Saric (204-94) Croatia
C/F: Nikola Jankovic (203-94) Serbia
2nd Team
G/F: Tayfun Erulku (188-94) Turkey
G: Josep Perez (183-94)
F: Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-94)
F/C: Filip Bundovic (203-94) Croatia
C: Rasmus Larsen (212-94) Denmark
3rd Team
G: Charly Maraux (185-94) France
F: Egor Koulechov (194-94)
C/F: Augustinas Jankaitis (202-94) Lithuania
C: Milos Pajovic (204-94)
C: Burak Haciismail (206-94) Turkey

Honorable Mention
Martin Junakovic (194-G-94) Croatia
Aristide Landi (200-F-94) Italy
Dusan Perovic (202-F/C-94)
Dominic Lockhart (193-F-94)
Deyan Karamfilov (179-G-94)
Guillermo Hernangomez (203-C-94)
Alexandre Chassang (200-C-94) France



Saric's triple-double leads Croatia U16 to the crown - Aug. 15, 2010 

FINAL
Croatia - Lithuania 80-52
Dario Saric (204-F/C-94)'s triple-double leads Croatia U16 to the crown at the U16 European Championship Division A. Croatia smashed Lithuania 80:52 in the Final as the led from the beginning until the end. It was an easy start for Croatia in the game as they wanted to prove their ambitions in the game. Croatia rightfully reached the Final and looked better than any other team. The first quarter has ended when Croatia enjoyed 30:6 advantage when Lebo nailed three to shock the Baltic side. Mavra scored for 34:10 and Urli scored for 39:16. Tamulis nailed two for 39:22 and Gintvainis reduced to 39:25. Moreover Lithuania came back to the game as Grigonis nailed three for 41:32. Bundovic meanwhile sent the teams to the lockers for 27:32. Dario Saric had already 17 points after two quarters. The picture did not change in the second half and the teams mostly were killing time in the court. It was clear that Croatia would benefit from the game and triumph in the tournament. Lebo made it 80:52 with almost 2 minutes until the end but as it became clear after, those points were the last. Dario Saric erupted with 30 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for enormous triple-double of the game. He was awarded MVP of the Finals and of course of the whole championship as well. Bundovic followed him with 22 points and Lebo added 12. Krestinin ended up with 14 points and Tamulis scored 8.

3rd place
Spain - Turkey 64-75
Turkey U16 is third in Montenegro as the team won the game for the higher place over Spain. The teams finished their U16 European Championship Division A as Turkey grabbed 75:64 win for the bronze medals. Turkey had a more confident start and took 7:0 lead. Sipahi scored for 17:9 and Birsen closed the first period from the perimeter for 25:17. Turkey continued to dominate the court and Alp scored for points in a row for 33:20 advantage. Birsen and Altunbey brought tree each for 43:30 deficit at the halftime. Turkey even reached 20-point advantage midway through the third period but Spain managed to reduce. Marin cut it to 52:42, while Hernangomez made it 59:47 at the end of three quarters. Moreover the latter also remained Spain alive at 61:56 with 6 minutes in the game. Marin cut it to 66:62, but a 7-0 run brought the win for the Turkish side. Mehmet Sozen (200-F-94) brought the last points for the winners as Turkey finished third in Bar. Altunbey poured in 18 points for the winners and Sipahi netted 17. Alp ended up with 10 points in a win. Sans replied with 16 points in the losing case as Spain is fourth in Bar. Marin notched 15 and Hernangomez nailed 12.

5-6 places
France - Serbia 45-55
Serbia registers 5th place in Bar, France is 6th at the U16 European Championship Division A. Serbia produced a 55:45 defensive win for the higher place. France started with 4-0 run and Chassang scored for 10:6. Serbia however closed the period with 11-0 run to take 17:10 lead at the end of the period. Radicevic posted three for 23:13 and Jankovic nailed four in a row for 31:16. Inglis drove a lay-up for 32:19 at the halftime. Jankovic increased the lead to 35:21, while Radicevic nailed three for 43:33. Majic was the last to post in the third period for 45:33 as he drove a lay-up. Ristic and Jaiteh exchanged the baskets in the start of the last frame for 47:35 and Anthony Racine (188-G-94) reduced to 49:40. Zorbas and Pot nailed threes at the end of the quarter as the sides finished their last game at the 2010 U16 European Championship Division A. Jaiteh was the last to score in the game to bring the final score on the board. Radicevic chipped in 16 points, while Jankovic added 11. Zorbas finished the night with 6 points for the 5th place. Anthony Racine and Jaiteh notched 11 points each, while Chassang scored 9.

7-8 places
Russia - Montenegro 78-64
Russia clinched the 7th place at the U16 European Championship in Bar. In their last game of the tournament the team upset the hosts, Montenegro 78:64 as only 200 fans came to support both sides. Ilnitskiy and Vusovic scored the first points for their teams and then the score was tied several times. Montenegro grabbed 15:14 and then Pajovic gave the hosts 19:17. Montenegro played well in the quarter and stayed in front for the whole time. Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94) increased the lead to 34:29, while Ilnitskiy reduced to 34:33 at the halftime. Mikovic scored for 46:45, but Russia created a 10-0 run for 56:45. Russia won the quarter 26-16 and enjoyed 59:50 at the end of the third period. Martynov gave Russia 61:50, but the hosts were too far to give up. Nikola Ivanovic pulled his side to 67:63 with 3 minutes in the game. The score was 71:64, but Russia closed the game with 7-0 run for the final success. Ilnitskiy poured in 19 points for the winners and Alferov notched 17 points. Martynov and Sizov posted 12 points each in a win. Nikola Ivanovic chipped in 25 points in the losing effort and Pajovic scored 15.

Group G
Denmark - Germany 77-72
Denmark and Germany opened the last day at the U16 European Championship in Bar, Montenegro. In the game that did not decide anything Denmark won 77:72 at the Classification Round on Sunday afternoon but next year will have to start on Division B. Denmark finished on the last spot with 1-5 record, while Germany finished on top with 4-2 record. Denmark opened the game with 7-0 run and Holm-Weber scored three for 10:2. Denmark looked better int he first frame and kept 24:18 advantage after 10 minutes. Moeller nailed three for 29:20, while Larsen increased to 36:26. Moeller scored for 45:31 and Lockhart sent the teams to the lockers for 45:35. Germany looked better in the third period and reduced the gap to 57:53 after three quarters. Taylor remained Germany alive at the end of thirty minutes after his team produced 18-12 in the frame. Moreover Phillip Daubner (194-G-94) cut it to 59:56, while Uhl reduced to 71:70. Moeller scored three free throws at the very end for the final win. Moeller led the way with 18 points for the winners for the initial victory at the Classification Round. Holm-Weber and Knudsen netted 14, while Andersen posted 10. Marin delivered 17 points in the losing case and Lockhart notched 12.
Israel - Latvia 62-65
The game between Israel and Latvia became one of the most interesting in Day 9 at the U16 European Championship Division A. It was not a Final game, but it was the game for remaining in Division A for the next year. Latvia grabbed 65:62 to take 4-2 record and finish second in Classification Round at Osnovna Skola Jugoslavija in Bar, Montenegro on Sunday afternoon. Adar Ben Aliza gave his side the first lead and he also increased the lead to 11:3. Israel later created a 10-0 run to tie the game at 15:15, but Levy closed the period at 17:15. Latvia took the control of the game in the second period and produced 18-11 in the frame. Ceplitis nailed three for 33:28 halftime advantage. Ceslavs Mateikovics (200-C/F-94) scored for 45:37, while Adins netted two for 47:40. Leimanis later increased to 52:44 and Reinfelds nailed three for 57:44. Ceslavs Mateikovics brought 65:57 with 20 seconds in the game and Kikus scored the last 10 points for Israel however could reduce only to 65:62. Ceslavs Mateikovics poured in 23 points for the winners and Ceplitis netted 12. Leimanis ended up with 10 points for the Latvian side. Kikus responded with 18 points in the losing case and Koulechov added 11.


Day: 8 (Semi-Finals) - Aug. 14, 2010 

SEMIFINAL
Croatia - Spain 86-82
Croatia U16 advanced to the Final in Bar due to another masterpiece of Dario Saric (204-F/C-94). He led the team to the last most important game after 86:82 win. Spain surprised the winners with 7 consecutive points and Homs scored for 12:8. Croatia needed an 8-0 run for 16:12 as Dario Saric nailed three. Lebo scored another one from the perimeter for 22:18. Mavra scored for 26:18 and Brzoja gave Croatia 33:27. Spain however won the rest of the half and Josep Perez tied the game at 37:37. Sans sent the teams to the lockers for 40:37 halftime advantage. The battle continued in the third period and Lebo tied it again at 46:46. Urli made the same for 54:54 and he also added one more point to close the third period. Croatia dominated the last quarter and led from the beginning until the end. The majority of the last points the winners scored from the free throw line and celebrated 86:82 win. Dario Saric erupted with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, while Brzoja netted 17. Junakovic nailed 15, while Lebo added 12. Josep Perez responded with 26 points in the losing effort as Spain tomorrow will play for the third place. Marin nailed 12 and Homs scored 11.
Turkey - Lithuania 65-80
Lithuania advanced to the Final of the U16 European Championship as they shocked Turkey in Bar. The Baltic side that hardly reached the Qualifying Round will no play in the Final as they beat Turkey 80:65. It was hard to tell the favorite of the game, however Turkey looked better in the whole tournament. Lithuania, meanwhile surprised the hosts and eliminated another opponent tonight to continue their winning streak. Dimsa brought the winners 7:3 and Krestinin closed the run at 15:3. Turkey reduced the gap a bit and finished the first frame at 20:12. Dimsa again shocked Turkey with 35:16 and Gintvainis nailed three for 38:22. Augustinas Jankaitis (202-C/F-94) was the last to score int he half to give the Baltic side 40:25 halftime deficit. Sipahi reduced to 32:42 and Haciismail nailed two for 37:50. Augustinas Jankaitis made two free throws at the end of the period for 55:39. The last quarter became offensive in the court and the teams combined for 51 points. Although Turkey won 26-25, they could not reach the Final. Augustinas Jankaitis brought the last points for Lithuania that will face Croatia tomorrow in the last game. Augustinas Jankaitis paced all the winners with 17 points and Krestinin followed him with 14. Grigonis nailed 12 and Dimsa scored 11. Sipahi produced 15 points for the Turkish side and Haciismail notched 13.

5-8 places
Russia - France 51-68
France edged Russia and hopes for the fifth place now at the U16 European Championship in Bar, Montenegro. France won the first game of Saturday over Russia 68:51 as the latter will play tomorrow for the 7th place. Three times the teams were tied in the opening quarter and then France went on a lead. Meri closed a 7-0 run for 13:6 advantage and Anthony Racine (188-G-94) closed the frame at 22:16. Chassang nailed three for 27:18, while Mendez followed him from the perimeter for 32:23. Guzikov and Pinda exchanged the baskets at the end of the half for 33:25. In the third period France held the double-digit-win in the majority of the frame. Jaiteh made a dunk for his side and Annaev scored three at the end of the third period. With another 6-0 run France started the last period and incrteased the lead until the buzzer. Anthony Racine scored for 57:44 and Chassang gave France 64:50. Sene made a dunk for the final 68:51 win. Anthony Racine top-scored for the winners with 22 points. Chassang nailed 11, while Binvignat followed them with 8. Karenin ended up with 9 points in the losing effort and Kulagin scored 8.
Serbia - Montenegro 78-74
Serbia stepped closer to the 5th spot in the tournament. Tonight Spain rolled over the hosts of the U16 European Championship 78:74. Tomorrow Serbia will face France that edged Russia and hopes for the fifth place now at the U16 European Championship in Bar, Montenegro. France won the first game of Saturday over Russia 68:51 as the latter will play tomorrow for the 7th place against Montenegro. Serbia started with 6-0 run and Andusic gave the guests 9:2. Majic made two free throws at the end of the frame for 24:18 advantage. Ristic gave Serbia 33:21 and Pot scored for 35:26. Perovic however closed a 10-1 run as the teams were tied at 36:36. Nikola Jankovic (203-F/C-94) sent the teams to the lockers for 40:38 hosts' lead. Montenegro could not keep the lead and Ristic gave Serbia 55:47. Nikola Jankovic closed the frame at 61:56 and the teams had another 10 minutes to play in the court. Nikola Ivanovic tied it at 66:66, while Durovic gave the hosts 69:67. Serbia closed the game with 7-0 run and Radicevic brought the last points for the winners. Nikola Jankovic top-scored for Serbia with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Pot nailed 13, whilst Ristic posted 10. Nikola Ivanovic responded with 29 points in the losing effort. Perovic netted 13, while Durovic and Pajovic notched 10 points apiece.

9-10 places
Italy - Greece 67-53
Italy and Greece played their last game at the U16 European Championship in Montenegro. In the Classification Game for 9th to 10th Place Italy clinched the higher place after 67:53 win. Karampekis gave Greece the first lead and Mitsialos scored for 6:4. The first period belonged to the Greek side that enjoyed 18:14 after the first 10 minutes. Rovere tied the game at 20:20 and Turel gave Italy 27:26 lead. Candussi was the last to score before the halftime as he brought his side 32:29. In the third period Italy proved the ambitions for the higher place and after 19-11 had 11-point deficit. Imbro closed the third quarter at 51:40 and Italy never looked behind after. Greece started the last period with 5-0 run as Maragkos reduced to 51:45. Tessitori however later made it 60:50 and Imbro 63:53. Dimitrios Agravanis (203-F-94) scored the last points in the game as Italy and Greece finished their 2010 U16 European Championship. Landi paced all the winners with 22 points and Tessitori netted 12. Imbro nailed 10, whilst Rodriguez chipped in 7. Kyprianos Maragkos delivered 14 in the losing effort as Greece finished on the 10th spot. Dimitrios Dimitrios Agravanis posted 13 and Alexandros Mitsialos added 10.
11-12 places
Poland - Bulgaria 68-43
Poland clinched the 11th place at the U16 European Championship in Bar, Montenegro. They overcame Bulgaria 68:43 in the last game for both teams, while Bulgaria finished on the 12th spot. Poland started with 3-0 run in the opening tip and Borowski closed a huge run for 15:3. Minkov reduced the gap to 20:11 at the end of the quarter. Struski demolished Bulgaria for 27:11 and Grzelinski brought Poland 33:19. Grzelinski was the last to score at the half for 37:21. The third quarter reminded the second one as Poland nailed another 17 points and dominated the court. Garbacz with a dunk closed the period at 54:32. Minkov reduced it to 60:39, whilst Dikov scored for 68:41. He also scored the last points in the game as the teams finished their campaign in 2010 U16 European Championship in Bar, Montenegro. Daniel Szymkiewicz (193-G-94) paced all the winners with 15 points for the 7th place. Jeszke, Borowski and Struski followed them with 11 points each in a win. Minkov delivered 14 points in the losing case and Dikov scored 7.

Group G
Germany - Latvia 63-46
Germany U16 remains in Division A and will be a member of it again in 2011 season. Today the team overcame Latvia U16 63:46 at the Classification Round of U16 European Championship in Bar, Montenegro. Germany started with 7-0 run, while Latvia responded with the same 7-0. Stelmahers later tied it at 13:13 and Marin gave his side 19:13. Ceslavs Mateikovics (200-C/F-94) reduced to 22:17, but Germany created another 8-0 run for 30:22. Ceslavs Mateikovics sent the squads to the lockers for 34:28 as Germany won the second period 15-14. The third quarter became the nightmare for the Baltic side that scored only 2 points in the frame. Daubner gave Germany 47:30 after thirty minutes as Germany added 13 points in a quarter. In the last quarter it was clear that Germany would benefit from the game. After 16-16 in the last stanza Lockhart made the final scored from the free throw line. Mauricio Marin poured in 18 points, while Zipser netted 11. Lockhart, Daubner and Taylor scored 9 points each in a win. Ceslavs Mateikovics ended up with 11 points in the losing effort. Reinfelds and Stelmahers followed him with 9 apiece as Latvia will battle tomorrow for the last ticket. Tomorrow Israel will face Latvia, while Germany will take on Denmark.
Denmark - Israel 62-75
Denmark already said goodbye to Division A after just one year and return to the lower division following the results of Day 5 in the Classification Round of the U16 European Championship played at Osnovna Skola Jugoslavija in Bar, Montenegro. Tonight the team lost to Israel 62:75 as the latter grabbed 3-2 record. Israel needed the win more ans started with 4-0 run. Koulechov scored for 12:7 and he also closed the quarter at 17:7. Adar Ben Aliza made it 20:9 and Ishai Kislev (192-G-94) brought 26:12. Solomon gave Israel 30:19, while Ishai Kislev sent the teams to the lockers at 34:25. Larsen later reduced to 38:30, but Israel created an 8-0 run for 46:30. Hansen closed the third period with a jump shot at 53:41. Moeller kept the Danish side alive for 51:58 and Jensen gave them 55:61. Kikus nailed three for the final successful shot in the game. Koulechov paced all the winners with 17 points as Israel will play Latvia in a do-or-die game tomorrow. Kikus netted 14, while Ishai Kislev posted 13. Moeller and Larsen chipped in 21 points in the losing effort each, while Hansen netted 12. Tomorrow Israel will face Latvia, while Germany will take on Denmark.


Day: 7 (Quarter-Finals) - Aug. 13, 2010 

QUARTERFINAL
Montenegro - Lithuania 55-56
What an upset came from Bar where local Montenegro lost the Quarterfinal game to Lithuania in the last game of Friday. The hosts of the U16 European Championship and more than 3500 fans saw 55:56 defeat as Tamulis scored late two three-pointers. Lithuania that took the last ticket to the 1/4 tickets will now play for the top places after another surprising victory. Following their U18 team that triumphed at home a month ago, Lithuania U16 continued their winning streak. After Turkey grabbed 64:62 win over Serbia and Spain won the thriller over France 57:56, the Lithuanian team won another drama in the most interesting game of the tournament. As it was expected the hosts won the opening quarter 14:10 and Nisic later scored fro 24:16. Raupys closed the half at 28:33, but it still remained Montenegro in front. With 14-12 in the third frame the hosts reached 47:40, but failed in the end. Tamulis scored two free throws and one free throw at the end of the game for the final success. Tamulis top-scored for the winners with 20 points and advanced with the team to the Semifinals. Raupys followed him with 13 and Dimsa added 9. Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94) collected 14 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the hoists that had to play for 5-8 places. Perovic nailed 11 and Pajovic posted 10 in defeat.
Spain - France 57-56
Spain snatched a narrow victory over their French counterparts to advance into the semifinal stage at the U16 European Championship. The game turned into a read drama in the dying minutes. Spain trailed by four points with just 13 seconds left in regulation. But Albert Homs (199-F-94) and Marin accounted for five straight free throws in the remaining seconds to bring Spain to a heart-stopping victory. Albert Homs finished with 16 points, 6 boards and 5 assists to pace the Spaniards. The teams kept it close until France went on a 9:0 run to take an 18:12 lead at the first intermission. But Spain quickly narrowed the deficit. Moreover Marin hit a three-pointer to give Spain a 27:26 lead midway through the second term. Spain accumulated a 34:30 buffer at the big break. Sene helped the French team retain the advantage late in the third stanza as they entered the fourth quarter up by two points 42:40. France stretched the lead to 7 points in the fourth period. Albert Homs and Agusti Sans Valls erased the difference just to witness France bounce back as those grabbed a 56:52 lead with 13 seconds to go. Josep Perez and Agusti Sans Valls scored 9 points each for Spain. Alexandre Chassang (200-C-94) knocked down 16 points for France. Charly Maraux fired 14 points in the losing effort.
Croatia - Russia 81-65
Croatia became the first Semifinalist of the U16 European Championship in Bar, Montenegro. The first-seeded team from Group E overcame Russia 81:65 due to the last period. Croatia looked better in the opening tip and enjoyed 11:2 advantage. Russia meanwhile responded with 11-0 run and took 12:11 lead. Lebo gave Croatia 16:15 at the end of the first period. Urli tied the game at 21:21, while Martin Junakovic (194-G-94) scored three for 24:23 lead. The teams exchanged the lead several times and then Egorov brought Russia 36:21. Bundovic closed the first half at 32:36 as he made a lay-up. Sizov exploded with Russia for 47:38 making a three pointer midway through the third quarter. Croatia however created a massive 13-0 run for 51:47. Martin Junakovic scored three at the end of the frame for 54:50. It became cleat from that moment that Croatia was the favorite of the game that finished on top of the Qualifying Round and advanced from the first place. Bundovic netted three for 60:50, while Martin Junakovic made it 62:56. Saric made it 76:62 and Bundovic added two free throws for 78:64. Saric exploded with 34 points for the winners for another win. Martin Junakovic nailed 18 and Bundovic brought 14. Martynov ended up with 14 points in the losing case, while Alferov posted 13. Sizov and Kulagin delivered 11 points each in defeat.
Serbia - Turkey 62-64
Turkey snatched a narrow victory against Serbia in the quarterfinal clash at the U16 European Championship in Bar, Montenegro. Tayfun Erulku knocked down a buzzer-beating jumper to propel Turkey to a hard-fought victory. He finished with 25 points and 6 rebounds to pace the charge. Vasilje Micic (192-G-94) and Stefan Pot gave Serbia a 15:8 lead late in the opening quarter. Serbia posted a 17:12 lead at the first break. Dordevic and Zorbas stretched the gap to 8 points midway through the second stanza. Serbia finished the first half up by 3 points 24:21. Turkey went ahead midway through the third term as they grabbed a 34:32 advantage. Tayfun Erulku notched a three-pointer to ensure a 51:40 lead for Turkey at the final break. Ismail Gulmez gave Turkey a 12-point advantage midway through the fourth term. But Serbia restored the intrigue. They went on an 8:0 rally to narrow the gap at just 2-point mark with 46 seconds remaining. Tayfun Erulku hit a free throw to enlarge the margin but Vasilje Micic drained a triple to level things up at 62 with 4 seconds to go. But Tayfun Erulku crowned the game with a jumper to seal the victory for Turkey. Kenan Sipahi, Ismail Gulmez and Burak Haciismail recorded 8 points each for the winners. Vasilje Micic responded with 19 points for Serbia. Stefan Pot accounted for 9 points in the loss.

9-12 places
Bulgaria - Greece 67-78
Greece will play for the 9th spot at the U16 European Championship. The team rolled over Bulgaria 78:67 in the last game of the day. Bulgaria had difficulties to score in the first three minutes of the game but then nailed three. Vutev tied the game at 5:5, but Maragkos closed Greek 7-0 run for 18:10 after 10 minutes. Grozev nailed four in a row for 21:20 in the start of the second period, while Mihaylov nailed three for 26:24. Karamfilov posted two at the end of the half but Greece already had 33:28 advantage. Amparas increased to 41:30 and Maragkos scored for 45:35. Karamalegkos made one of the biggest leads of his team for 55:38 and Anagnostopoulos closed the period at 58:38. No matter how hard Bulgaria tried to recover, they managed to win only the last period. After 29-20 in it Vutev made the last shot for the final score on the board. Alexandros Mitsialos (202-F-94) poured in 14 points to lead all the winners. Maragkos nailed 12, while Karamalegkos, Amparas and Papapetrou added 9 each. Karamfilov delivered 15 points in the losing effort and Mihaylov chipped in 14. Tomorrow Greece will face Italy for the ninth overall position at the U16 European Championship. Italy knocked down Poland 76:61 in the classification round tonight. Amedeo Tessitori was pivotal as he tallied 24 points and 9 rebounds to pace the Azzurrini.
Italy - Poland 76-61
Italy will play for the ninth overall position at the U16 European Championship. They knocked down Poland in the classification round tonight. Amedeo Tessitori was pivotal as he tallied 24 points and 9 rebounds to pace the Azzurrini. The teams traded baskets throughout the opening frame. Poland were more accurate as they posted a 23:18 lead ten minutes into the game. Italy went on an 8:2 run midway through the second term to surge ahead. Poland restored the lead and rallied to a 46:40 advantage at the interval. Corrado Bianconi (199-F-94) and Amedeo Tessitori teamed up for 10 points in a row as Italy erased the deficit in the third quarter. They capped the term with seven points in a row to take a 57:50 lead. Italy just strengthened their advantage in the fourth quarter. They cleared off to a 15-point buffer and never looked back en route to the win. Corrado Bianconi knocked down 14 points for Italy. Yancarlos Rodriguez accounted for 10 points in the win. Filip Struski replied with 13 points and 7 rebounds for Poland. Daniel Szymkiewicz netted 12 points in the loss.

Group G
Israel - Germany 60-49
Israel upset the Classification-Round-favorite in Bar at the U16 European Championship in Montenegro. Israel remained alive for stay at Division A after 60:49 win. The team improved to 2-2 record handing Germany their first loss for 3-1. Israel opened the game with 4-0 run and Rafael Menco (198-F-94) scored for 11:8. Germany however closed the game with 4-0 run to take 12:11 as Daubner made a jump shot. Adar Ben Aliza later finished an 8-0 run as Israel had 20:17 lead. Taylor tied it all at 25:25 and Kikus sent the teams to the lockers for 28:25. In the third period Israel led the game from the first until the last minutes but managed to keep only 40:38 advantage at the end of 30 minutes. In the last quarter it was the same picture with Germany cutting to one point, but Israel did not allow them to take the lead. Marin tied the game at 49:49 with three minutes in the last period and as it became clear those points were the last for Germany. Israel finished the game with 11-0 run to tie their record at 2-2. Rafael Menco top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Koulechov collected 13 points and 10 rebounds. Adar Ben Aliza followed them with 10 points in a win. Lockhart ended up with 11 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort, while Daubner and Zipser added 8 each.
Latvia - Denmark 49-47
Latvia earned a narrow victory over Denmark in the classification round of the U16 European Championship. The victory allowed Latvia improve at 2-2 record in Group G. Denmark slipped at 0-4 record in the pool. Edgars Stelmahers scored 17 points to pace Latvia. Latvia opened the game confidently. They quickly posted a 7:2 lead and soon boosted the margin to double digits. Leimanis drained a triple to give Latvia a 20:8 lead. The Baltic team finished the opening quarter up by 12 points 23:11. Latvia and Denmark kept scoreless for almost four opening minutes in the second quarter. Edgars Stelmahers capped the half with a three-pointer as Latvia built a 33:20 advantage. Denmark tipped off the second half with six points in a row to cut the margin. But Latvia stopped the bleeding and recorded a 39:29 lead at the final intermission. Denmark used a 5:0 run midway through the fourth term to narrow the deficit at just four points with three minutes to go. Peter Moeller and Rasmus Larsen (212-C-94) drew things level at 47 with two seconds remaining. But Ceplitis knocked down a buzzer-beating jumper and won the game for Latvia. Ceslavs Mateikovics notched 7 points and 8 rebounds for Latvia. Oskars Reinfelds added 6 points in the victory. Rasmus Larsen answered with 16 points and 10 rebounds for Denmark. David Knudsen and Peter Moeller accounted for 9 points each in the loss.


Day: 6 (Qualifying Round) - Aug. 11, 2010 

Group E
Lithuania - Italy 80-61
Lithuania U16 wins do-or-die game over Italy U16 and advanced to the Quarterfinals of the European Championship in Montenegro. The Baltic State needed 80:61 win to finish on the fourth spot in the group. Italy and Greece dropped their record to 1-4 and are eliminated from the race to the medals on their way to the 9-12 Classification Round games. All three teams finished with 1-4 records in Group E. Lithuania scored the first 6 points in the game and Tamulis increased to massive 15:1 lead. Italy remained on race and after a huge run reduced to 18:17. Marius Grigonis (195-F-94) nailed two for 26:19 to close the first period. Dimsa made it 34:21 and Krestinin added tow for 40:26. Landi sent both squads to the lockers at 42:28 as the Baltic side won the second frame 16-9. Italy was still too far to give up and Rodriguez cut it to 44:39. Bianchi closed the third frame at 54:45 as Italy won the quarter 17-12. In the last quarter Lithuania wanted to prove one more time the birth of the 1/4 Finals. They produced 26-16 in the last 10 minutes to take that last ticket for the next stage. Marius Grigonis paced all the winners with 16 points for the successful victory. Krestinin notched 15 and Tamulis scored 13. Turel finished the night with 13 points in the losing case, while Candussi and Imbro followed him with 9 apiece.
France - Croatia 64-63
France cruised past Croatia at the last game of E at the Qualifying Round at the U16 European Championship. Both teams finished with 4-1 records as France grabbed 64:63 win tonight in Bar, Montenegro. The Croats hold the goal average advantage in the tie-breaker over Serbia who went second while France finished third. Jaiteh gave the first points fro France and Chassang brought 15:10. The latter also made two free throws at the end of the first period for 22:18. Brzoja tied the game at 28:28 and then again France took the small lead at 36:33. Racine increased to 44:37, while Junakovic cut it to 51:50 after thirty minutes. Charly Maraux (185-G-94) gave France 62:57 with 4 minutes to go and Charly Maraux scored for 64:57 with a minute in the court. Saric scored two three-pointers in the last minute for the minimum loss. Racine and Charly Maraux top-scored for the winners with 14 points each and Chassang added 11. Saric collected 19 points and 9 rebounds for the first loss at the Qualifying Round. Lebo nailed 17 and Bundovic added 11. In the quarter-finals Croatia will play Russia, Serbia will take on Turkey, France will match-up with Spain while Lithuania will try to shock the home team from Montenegro.
Serbia - Greece 82-69
Serbia advanced to the Quarterfinals of the U16 European Championship after the last win over Greece on August 11th. Serbia finished Group E with 4-1 record, while Greece finished with 1-4 record. Greece is eliminated from the race to the medals on their way to the 9-12 Classification Round games. The first period brought lots of intrigue and interesting moments in the game. It was the most productive frame in the court and the teams scored 56 points together. Radicevic closed it at 27:29, while Nikola Milutinovic (206-C-94) brought 29:29 in the start of the second frame. Serbia started to play a bit better but the teams stayed close to each other. Nikola Milutinovic made a jump shot to finish the half at 46:44 with his side. Another period brought the tied score several times as both sides posted 14 points each in the quarter. Andusic gave Serbia 60:58 after 30 minutes of the game. In the last quarter the court belonged however to just one team-Serbia that after 22-11 won the game 82:69. Pot and Jankovic paced all the winners with 15 points each. Majic collected 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Nikola Milutinovic nailed 11 points. Maragkos chipped in 26, while Papapetrou scored 10 in defeat.

Group F
Montenegro - Spain 68-63
The hosts won over Spain at the top game of Group F in Bar at the U16 European Championship. Montenegro clinched the top place after 68:63 as both sides finished with 4-1 records. In the quarter-finals Montenegro will face Lithuania, Spain will take on France as the third place team Turkey will meet with Serbia and Russia will play against Croatia. Who knows maybe the teams will face each other one more time. They deserve to be named the favorites and show really good game in the court. Montenegro won the opening quarter 21:14 and then Spain created a huge run for 29:24 lead. Diaz gave them those last points and then Sanchez nailed three for 35:30 at the halftime. Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94) responded for the hosts to give them 38:37 and Mikovic scored for 44:41. Hernangomez closed the third quarter at 44:43 and then Vladimir Mrdak (204-C-94) tied it all at 46:46. The game remained carousel, but Montenegro looked better at the end. Mikovic gave the hosts 63:59 and Nikola Ivanovic made the final result at the very end. Nikola Ivanovic erupted with 30 points and 9 rebounds. Mikovic nailed 11, while Perovic scored 8. Hernangomez produced 16 points for Spain that suffered their fist loss. Marin netted 11 and Perez added 10.
Turkey - Poland 89-60
Turket made it to the Quarterfinal Round of the U16 European Championship in Bar. The team outscored Poland 89:60 in the last game for both teams in Group F to send Poland to the 9-12 Classification Round. Haciismail gave Turkey the first lead and he was the one to score the first 8 points of the team. Again Haciismail made it 18:5, while Sipahi added two for 26:11. The Turkish run continued until 32:11 as drove a lay-up. Grzelinski reduced to 35:16 and Borowski nailed three for 41:21. Turkey won another period and Oguzhan Bayrak (208-C-94) closed the half at 45:23. In the third period Poland managed to produce a better game and won it 19-16. Jeszke made it 54:36 and Grzelinski reduced to 61:42 after thirty minutes. It was noticeable that Turkey controlled the game and kept the lead to the winning effort. After 28-18 in the last quarter Turkey grabbed 89:60 at the end. Haciismail led the way with 22 points as Turkey finished with 3-2 record. Erulku nailed 17 and Alp scored 11. Grzelinski shined with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, while Borowski added 13.
Bulgaria - Russia 49-64
Russia overcame Bulgaria in Group F of the U16 European Championship in the last game for both teams at the Qualifying Round. The 64:49 win allowed Russia to advance to the Quarterfinals as Russia had a great second half. Bulgaria didn't make the next round despite their huge win yesterday over Montenegro and will join Poland in the 9-12 Classification Round. Ilnitskiy brought the first three points for Russia, while Denislav Vutev (206-C-94) tied it at 6:6. Russia again went on a lead, however Vezenkov closed the opening quarter at 10:12. The second quarter belonged to Bulgaria that managed to tie the score and take the lead. Vezenkov scored for 17:14 and Denislav Vutev made 24:18. Russia however tied it at 24:24 and enjoyed another six points for 30:24. Sizov made it 37:26, while Alferov increased to 47:28. Bulgaria did not give up and after 13-0 run closed the third period at 47:41. In the last quarter Russia however looked better and reached the very important victory. Annaev made two free throws for the winners for the final success. Ilnitskiy paced all the winners with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Alferov netted 12, while Kulagin scored 10. Denislav Vutev produced 12 points in the losing effort. Karamfilov notched 11 and Grozev added 10.

Group G
Latvia - Israel 63-58
Latvia made a huge step on staying at Division A at the U16 European Championship. The Baltic state overcame Israel 63:58 and improved to 2-1 record. Israel meanwhile dropped to 1-2 and now is third at the Classification Round. The teams will go head-to-head also in the final day of the competition and Israel would hope that game will still matter, but until then will face Germany after the rest day while Latvia will take on Denmark in hope to keep the good momentum going. Israel started with 4-0 run and took 13:4 after Levy's basket. They managed to keep the lead until the end of the first period and led 18:14 after the first 10 minutes. Reinfelds later tied the game at 23:23 and Krastins scored three free-throws at the end of the half for 29:28 advantage. The third quarter became the most interesting as both squads exchanged the lead several times. Moreover they were tied three ties and also at the end of the frame. Kehris drove a lay-up for 42:42 after 30 minutes in the court. Sharon brought 44:42 for Israel and Menco increased the lead to 53:49. Latvia meanwhile created a massive 10-0 run and took 59:53 when Leimanis nailed three. Reinfelds scored the last points for the winners, while Egor Koulechov (194-F-94) made the final score in the game. Reinfelds and Mateikovics top-scored for the winners with 15 points each, while Krastins added 10. Kikus ended up with 16 points in the losing case and Egor Koulechov collected 14 points and 8 rebounds.
Germany - Denmark 68-40
Germany celebrated their third win at the Classification Round of U16 European Championship. The team improved to 3-0 record after 68:40 win over Denmark as the latter fell at 0-3. Germany opened the game with 6 consecutive points and had 12:3 in the opening tip. They continued their run and Uhl closed the period at 24:7. Knudsen nailed three for 26:14, while Germany responded for 35:16. Taylor sent the squads to the lockers for 41:20 halftime advantage. The third period became the most defensive in the game as both teams scored 24 points together. Germany produced another 13-11 for 54:31 lead after three quarters. Daubner opened the last period from the perimeter and Marin scored for 59:31. Ruppert closed his team 10-0 run to bring 64:31. Germany kept the score for good and stayed closer to remaining in Division A. Paul Zipser (195-G-94) paced all the winners with 14 points for the perfect record. Taylor netted 9 and Uhl added 8. Knudsen delivered 10 in the losing effort and Moeller posted 9.


Day: 5 (Qualifying Round) - Aug. 10, 2010 

Group E
Serbia - France 69-61 OT
Serbia beat France to tie them at 3-1 record in Group E at the U16 European Championship at Bar, Montenegro. The Serbian side needed overtime thriller to win 69:61. Jankovic brought four consecutive points in the game and Milutinov gave his side 7:4. Serbia won the opening quarter 15:10, while France pulled back in the second period. Due to 15-13 in the frame France reduced to 28:25 at the halftime. Milutinov gave Serbia 33:25, whilst Racine closed the third period at 39:38. Raphael Binvignat (194-F-94) tied the game for the French side from the perimeter at 55:55, but Serbia looked better in overtime. Radicevic scored the last four points from the free throw line to win with his side. Radicevic top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Jankovic collected 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Majic added 11. Jaiteh ended up with 16 points and 12 rebounds to suffer the first loss. Racine netted 14 and Maraux scored 12. Tomorrow Serbia will try to keep the good momentum as they'll take on Greece while France will face Croatia in a game that could decide the first place in the group.
Croatia - Lithuania 78-68
Croatia U16 becomes the leader of Group E at the U16 European Championship at Bar, Montenegro. The team improved to 4-0 record after 78:68 win over Lithuania that lost another game. The Baltic State dropped to 0-4 record on the bottom of the group. The teams stayed close to each other in the opening quarter, while Croatia took the lead at the very end. Filip Bundovic (203-F/C-94) scored for 24:18 and Tamulis closed the period at 24:21. Lekavicius tied the game at 36:36 midway through the third period and Gintvainis gave his side the lead at 37:36. Tamulis nailed another three for 48:44 later in the third and Junakovic responded for 49:48 with 2 minutes to play in the quarter. Filip Bundovic tied it all again at 51:51 when the teams finished thirty minutes in the court. A massive 27-17 in the last period answered all the questions about the winner in the game. Mavra brought the last points for the winners that remained undefeated in the Qualifying Round. Saric exploded with 15 points, 17 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals. Brzoja and Filip Bundovic also scored 15 points for the winners. Tamulis and Jankaitis notched 15 points apiece in the losing case and Grigonis added 12.
Greece - Italy 59-71
Italy registered the first win in Group E of the Qualifying Round of the U16 European Championship. They shot down Greece to improve at 1-3 record. Greece slipped at 1-3 record after the defeat. Aristide Landi (200-F-94) was pivotal in the victory as he tallied 28 points and 9 rebounds. Aristide Landi notched 10 points in the starting quarter to give Italy necessary boost. They posted a 23:19 advantage at the first pause. Greece used a 10:0 run midway through the second quarter to take a 30:26 lead. Italy capped the half with an 11:1 rally to grab a 37:31 advantage. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. Italy and Greece entered the fourth quarter tied at 50. Aristide Landi kept scoring in the fourth frame. He ignited a 12:0 spurt at the end of the game that propelled Italy to the victory. Yancarlos Rodriguez nailed 10 points for Italy. Matteo Imbro accounted for 9 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Ioannis Papapetrou replied with 17 points for Greece. Dimitrios Siologkas netted 11 points in the loss.

Group F
Russia - Poland 89-87
Russia U16 remain alive for the Quarterfinals as the team beat Poland for 1-3 record. Russia overcame the opponents 89:887 at the U16 European Championship at Bar, Montenegro and sent them to 0-4 record. This is the first win of Russia in the Qualifying Round, while Poland dropped to 0-4 and will play the 9-12 Classification Round. Poland started better and Jeszke scored for 17:10. Grzelinski posted two at the end of the period for massive 32:19. Sirijatowicz opened the second period and then it became the time for Russia to catch up. Guzikov tied the game at 39:39 and he made another two free throws for 41:39. Pavel Sizov (198-F-95) made the last shot in the half for 49:44 halftime advantage. Russia opened the third frame with 9-0 run and Martynov scored for 58:44. They won the period 27-21 to take 76:65 lead after three quarters. Poland was too far to give up and Struski tied it all at 87:87. Pavel Sizov brought the final victory for the winners at the very end. Guzikov top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Egorov notched 17, while Pavel Sizov added 14. Garbacz and Szymkiewicz delivered 26 points each in the losing effort and Struski netted 12. Tomorrow Russia will go head-to-head with Bulgaria in a game that can decide the identity of the last qualifier to the quarter-finals, while Poland will try to beat Turkey.
Bulgaria - Montenegro 72-61
Bulgaria U16 upset the hosts of the U16 European Championship at Bar. Osnovna Skola Jugoslavija saw the first loss of the local team as Bulgaria celebrated 72:61 victory to remain alive for the Quarterfinals. Vutev scored the first points for Bulgaria and Aleksandar Vezenkov added a triple to open a quick 5-1 lead for his team.Both sides traded three pointers and the home team added another lay-up by Perovic to close the first quarter down 19:15. Bulgaria scored the first 5 points in the second frame and Vutev brought 24:15. The hosts reduced a bit later in the period, while Minkov sent the teams to the lockers for 33:29. Bulgaria again went on a bigger lead and Karamfilov scored two for 47:35. Vezenkov nailed three for 52:42 after three quarters. Bulgaria looked better in the court and deserved the win more. They also won the last period 20-19 and improved to 2-2 record in the group. Vutev paced all the winners with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Dikov nailed 15, while Vezenkov added 12. Perovic replied with 15 points in the losing effort. Ivanovic notched 14 and Mikovic added 11.
Spain - Turkey 74-69
Spain remained undefeated at the U16 European Championship in Bar, Montenegro. They held off Turkey on the second day of the Qualifying Round in Group F. Spain improved at 4-0 record on top of the ladder. Turkey slipped at 2-2 record. The teams traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. Kenan Sipahi (192-G-95) capped the period with a jumper to draw things level at 23. Spain used a 7:0 run midway through the second quarter to post a 40:34 lead. Spain maintained the advantage and entered the second half up by four points 44:40. Turkey stole the lead at the start of the third term. But Spain reacted quickly as they unleashed a 14:0 run and ensured a double-digit advantage. Kenan Sipahi finished the term with three points as Turkey cut the deficit. Turkey tipped off the fourth quarter with 10 points in a row to pull ahead. Spain crowned the regulation with an 11:1 rally and snatched a tough win at the end. Javier Marin provided 22 points for Spain. Guillermo Hernangomez added 20 points and 23 rebounds in the victory. Kenan Sipahi and Ismail Gulmez notched 13 points each for Turkey. Tayfun Erulku provided 11 points in the loss.

Group G
Latvia - Germany 54-56
Germany recorded the third consecutive win at the U16 European Championship. They shot down Latvian counterparts in the classification round Group G today to improve at 2-0 record. Paul Zipser (195-G-94) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Paul Zipser unloaded eight points in the starting quarter to help Germany eke out a 19:16 lead. Stelmahers opened the second frame with a three-pointer to level things up. The lead changed hands throughout intense second quarter and the scoreboard read 30:30 at halftime. Germany managed to cap the third term with seven points in a row to take a 44:37 lead. Paul Zipser drained a triple, while Julius Seither and Rupper added four more points as Germany cleared off to a 51:38 distance midway through the fourth stanza. Oskars Reinfelds drained two triples in the dying seconds but it was not enough for Latvia to save the game and they fell at 1-1 record in Group G. Mauricio Marin provided 8 points for Germany. Julius Seither knocked down 7 points for the winners. Oskars Reinfelds accounted for game-high 22 points. Sandis Ceplitis finished with 10 points in the loss.
Israel - Denmark 63-61
Maxim Kikus (190-G-94) knocked down a late three-pointer as Israel eked out a narrow win over Denmark at the U16 European Championship. Israel used the victory to improve at 1-1 record at the Group G at the classification round of the tournament. Denmark slipped at 0-2 record at the bottom of the ladder. Egor Koulechov tallied 22 points and 8 rebounds to pace the charge. Denmark started the game strongly. They were up by 8 points midway through the opening frame 12:4. Denmark won the first quarter 14:8. Israel denied the deficit and posted a 20:19 lead midway through the second quarter. The Scandinavian team regained the lead but not for too long. Israel capped the half on a 17:0 rally to build a 38:28 advantage. David Knudsen organized a 12:2 run from Denmark in the third term as they drew things level at 45. Andersen crowned the frame with a jumper to give Denmark a 49:47 lead. The advantage changed hands throughout the final stanza. Rasmus Larsen posted a 61:60 lead for Denmark with 13 seconds to go. But Maxim Kikus came up with a triple and Israel escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Maxim Kikus knocked down 15 points for Israel. Rafael Menco produced 10 points for the winning side. Rasmus Larsen replied with 21 points and 14 boards for Denmark. David Knudsen netted 13 points and 6 assists in the loss.


Day: 4 (Qualifying Round) - Aug. 9, 2010 

Group E
Greece - Croatia 49-70
Croatia took 3-0 in the Qualifying Round after an easy win over Greece. The group-leaders rolled over the opponents 70:49 in Day 4 at the U16 European Championship in Bar, Montenegro. Croatia won the opening tip with 5-0 run and Brzoja later scored for 9:7. Saric closed the first period at 16:13 as he made the last free throw. Saric made 23:14 and Urli increased to 27:18. Papapetrou reduced to 31:26 and closed the first half. Trailing 28:37 Greece came back in to the game with a 12-0 run for 40:37. Croatia meanwhile responded with 7-0 run and Saric gave Croatia 44:40. The last period belonged only to one team as Croatia demolished the opponents. They created a 26-9 run to increase to 70:49 total win. Lebo brought the last points for the winners to take the perfect record. Saric exploded with 31 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Lebo nailed 15, while Martin Junakovic (194-G-94) scored 10. Maragkos responded with 10 points in defeat as Greece fell at 1-2. Papapetrou and Agravanis finished the night with 8 points each.
Lithuania - Serbia 74-76
Lithuania and Serbia closed the first day of the Qualifying Round in Bar, Montenegro. Serbia improved to 2-1 record in Group E of the U16 European Championship after 76:74 win over Lithuania. Lithuania scored the first four points in the game and Jankaitis made 8:4. Krestinin increased the lead to 16:7 and Dimsa closed the opening quarter at 26:15. Serbia pulled back in the second period and Zorbas reduced to 26:23. Due to 6-0 run the Baltic state grabbed 40:31 advantage and Raupys brought them 42:33 after two quarters. Serbia also won the third period 18-12 as Andusic cut it to 54:51. The end of the game belonged to Serbia that desired the win more. Trailing 51:65 with 7 minutes to go, Serbia created 13-1 run for 66:64. Ristic tied the game at 70:70 and he gave Serbia 75:72. Jankovic closed the game at 76:74 bringing the desirable victory for the winners. Vasilje Micic (192-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 19 points for 2-1 record. Jankovic nailed 18, while Zorbas added 14. Dimsa ended up with 21 points in the losing effort as the Baltic team dropped to 0-3. Grigonis netted 12, whilst Jankaitis added 10.
Italy - France 65-67
France U16 had a successful start at the Qualifying Round in Group E of the U16 European Championship at Osnovna Skola Jugoslavija in Bar, Montenegro. The team remained undefeated escaping the in over Italy 67:65. Despite the close result the gaps in the standings are at maximum as France climbed to 3-0 while Italy fell down to 0-3 at the bottom of the rankings. France started with 5-0 run, while Landi tied the game at 8:8. Mendez brought his team 15:10 and Candussi tied it at 21:21. Maraux gave France 26:21 after the first period. The battle continued in the second period and Candussi put Italy in front at 29:28. Italy kept the lead until the end of the half and Rovere closed the period at 37:35. France won the third frame 13-9 and enjoyed 48:46 advantage after three quarters when Jaiteh made a dunk. The teams were tied several times in the last frame and Jaiteh scored for 62:59. Turel tied the game at 65:65, but the last shot belonged to France. Sene gave France 67:65 win as he made the last shot in the game. Boris Dallo (192-G-94) poured in 16 points for the winners and Binvignat scored 13. Jaiteh collected 11 points and 12 rebounds in a win. Candussi delivered 20 points in the losing case and Turel chipped in 13.

Group F
Russia - Spain 65-77
Spain U16 improved to 3-0 record in Group F as they beat the Russian side in Bar. The favorites overcame the opponents 77:65 due to the first half. Ilnitskiy gave Russia the first lead and unfortunately for his team it was the only lead in the game. Vicedo scored for 16:6 and Sans nailed three for 21:16. Guzikov reduced the gap to close the quarter at 21:16. Josep Perez (183-G-94) nailed two threes in a row for 31:19, while Sans netted 8 points in a row for 39:25 halftime advantage. Homs posted two for 44:25 and Saiz made it 50:33. Annaev nailed three to close the third period 61:39. Karenin scored 4 consecutive points in a row to open the last period in the game. Josep Perez gave his side 73:52, while Russia scored the majority of the game from the free throws. Egorov made the last points for his side, but Russia has limited chances now to advance to the Quarterfinals. Josep Perez poured in 18 points to lead all the winners, while Homs scored 14. Hernangomez and Sans posted 13 points each in a win. Martynov answered with 10 points in the losing case as Russia fell at 0-3. Kulagin nailed 9, whilst Alferov added 8.
Poland - Montenegro 69-95
Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94) leads Montenegro past Poland in the last game of Group F in Bar. The hosts of the U16 European Championship rolled over Poland 95:69 to remain undefeated. Although the hosts started with 5-0 run Poland played well in the opening quarter. Grzelinski gave them 10:9 and Szymkiewicz scored for 21:16. The hosts grabbed the lead at the end of the first 10 minutes, while Sirijatowicz closed it at 24:23. Later in the game the court was dominated just by one team. Vusovic posted two for 37:30 and Mikovic drove a lay-up for 47:36. Vusovic nailed three to send the teams to the lockers at 57:43. Montenegro scored each 19 points in the third and the last periods. At first they beat Poland 19:14 in the third period for 76:57 advantage. Moreover after 19-12 in the last the hosts improved to 3-0 record on top of the group. Nikola Ivanovic erupted with 29 points, 9 assists and 6 steals. Mikovic nailed 16 and Pajovic added 13 points. Szymkiewicz and Borowski poured in 13 points in the losing effort. Stefanik and Jeszke notched 12 apiece as Poland dropped at 0-3 in the group.
Turkey - Bulgaria 77-60
Turkey won the Qualifying Round over Bulgaria in the first game of Group F. The Turkish side won all the quarters to combine for 77:60 total win. Turkey climbs to a 2-1 record in the group and send Bulgaria lower in the standings with a 1-2 balance before their games on the next day. Turkey scored the first four points int he game and Burak Haciismail (206-C-94) scored for 10:6. He also made 18:9 and 20:11 in the first period. Karamfilov closed the frame at 22:16, while Turkey opened the second quarter with 9-0 run. Gulmez increased the lead to 31:16 as Turkey dominated the court. Vezenkov reduced to 37:29 and Burak Haciismail sent the teams to the lockers at 39:29. Sipahi gave Turkey 47:32 and Stoyanov cut it to 49:39. Sipahi was the last to score in the third period to taste 58:42 advantage. Turkey added another 19-18 in the last quarter for the final win. Burak Haciismail top-scored for the winners with 20 points for the positive record. Gulmez nailed 14, while Sipahin notched 12. Stoyanov ended up with 17 points in the losing case, whilst Vutev and Karamfilov scored 13 apiece. The Turks will take on Spain while Bulgaria face a tough hurdle with a game against the local team Montenegro.

Group G
Germany - Israel 62-59
Germany opened the Classification Round with a 62:59 win over Israel. Both teams tried hard for the first victory, while the German side clinched 1-0 record at the U16 European Championship. This is the second win in a row for Germany in the championship, but first in this round, good enough for a positive record, while Israel dropped to 0-1 and will try to recover quickly before things start to complicate. Ben Aliza opened first for Israel and Germany responded with 7-0 run. Daubner later tied it all at 11:11 and he closed the period at 16:14. Israel stayed in front in the beginning of the second quarter, while Germany won the rest of the frame. Lockhart sent the teams to the lockers for 33:29 after two quarters. Marin gave his team 37:29, while Taylor nailed two for 42:36. The latter also was the last to score in the third period for 49:40. Merz increased to 52:42, but Maayan Shraga (191-G-94) reduced to 57:50. Zipser made the last successful shot in the game for the first victory at the Classification Round. Daubner top-scored for the winners with 12 points. Zipser and Lockhart followed him with 10 points each. Kikus ended up with 16 points in the losing effort, while Koulechov collected 15 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.
Denmark - Latvia 46-65
Denmark and Latvia opened Day 1 at the U16 European Championship of the Classification Round. The Baltic side grabbed their first win in Montenegro producing 65:46 win. Following the win Latvia take a 1-0 record in the group while Denmark will arrive to the next game down 0-1 after dropping their third game in a row. Latvia opened the game with 7-0 run and never looked behind in the game. The Baltic state increased to 22:8 as the teams finished the opening quarter. Moreover they added another 18-15 in the second period for 40:23 at the halftime. Kehris made it 40:25 and Reinfelds scored for 47:24. Latvia won also the third frame to take 56:35 after three quarters. The tempo slowed down in the last quarter and both teams nailed 20 points together. Denmark won the last stanza 11-9 but lost the third game in a row. Edgars Stelmahers (185-G-94) paced all the winners with 22 points and Reinfelds nailed 9. Brizgalovs and Kehris posted 8 points each in a win. Hansen responded with 11 points in the losing effort and Moeller notched 10. Tomorrow Latvia will take on Germany hoping to continue the great momentum while Denmark will try to break the bad streak against Israel.


Day: 3 (Preliminary Round) - Aug. 8, 2010 

Group A
Germany - Croatia 69-44
Germany registered their first win at the U16 European Championship but it was not enough to advance to the Qualifying Round. Even with 69:44 win the team finished last in Group A. Germany used this to gain more confidence towards the Classification Round. Filip Bundovic (203-F/C-94) gave the first lead for Croatia and Brzoja brought them 19:7. Croatia looked the favorites and had 21:13 at the end of the first period. The picture however had changed in the court in the rest of the game as Germany became the dominant of the court. With 17-7 they won the second frame and reduced to 30:28 at the halftime. Germany limited the opponents to just 6 points in the third quarter and enjoyed 44:34 after three quarters. A massive 25-10 in the last quarter gave them a surprising 69:44 win as Marin made a jump shot at the very end. Marin top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Jorch netted 13. Zipser and Daubner added 10 points for 1-2 record. Urli finished the game with 16 points in the losing effort as Croatia took 2-1 record. Brzoja notched 11, whilst Filip Bundovic posted 10. Serbia won over Italy 73:61 in Group A of the U16 European Championship at Sports Hall Topolica in Bar, Montenegro. Serbia win the second spot with a 2-1 record while Italy finish third with a 1-2 balance and will start the next round without any wins. Both teams qualified to the Qualifying Round of the tournament that will start on Monday.
Serbia - Italy 73-61
Serbia won over Italy 73:61 in Group A of the U16 European Championship at Sports Hall Topolica in Bar, Montenegro. Serbia win the second spot with a 2-1 record while Italy finish third with a 1-2 balance and will start the next round without any wins. Both teams qualified to the Qualifying Round of the tournament that will start on Monday. Bianconi and Rodriguez scored for the first lead of the Italian team in the game. Imbro made it 11:10 but it became the last lead for his team in the first half. Radicevic nailed three at the end of the first quarter for 25:15 advantage. Moreover another 16-12 made it 41:27 at the halftime as Jankovic drove a lay-up. Italy played awesome in the third period and Imbro gave them 44:41. He scored another jump shot at the end of the frame for 53:50. Serbia meanwhile responded with 23-8 in the last stanza to seal the victory. Jankovic paced all the winners with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Majic nailed 13, while Radicevic added 11. Imbro finished the night with 18 points for the Italian team, Tessitori collected 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Aristide Landi (200-F-94) posted 12. In another game of the group Germany registered their first win at the U16 European Championship but it was not enough to advance to the Qualifying Round. Even with 69:44 win the team finished last in Group A. Germany used this to gain more confidence towards the Classification Round.

Group B
Denmark - France 35-73
France wins Group B of the U16 European Championship. The team finished the Preliminary Round with perfect 3-0 record after smashing Denmark 73:35. The win sends France to the Qualifying Round from the top spot, while Denmark suffered their second biggest loss in a row after shocking Greece on Day 1 and finish the group with a 1-2 record. Binvignat scored for the first lead in the game and Dallo brought 11:6. Racine closed the quarter from the perimeter giving France 22:14. Sene scored three in the start of the second frame and France never looked behind. Binvignat scored for 36:20 and Racine sent the teams to the lockers for 40:28. The second half became a nightmare for Denmark as they scored only 7 points. France edged them with 16-6 in the third period as Larsen reduced to 56:34. In the last period Denmark managed to post only a point and looked miserable in the court. Racine paced all the winners with 18 points and Binvignat added 16. Jaiteh poured in 12 and Alexandre Chassang (200-C-94) chipped in 11. Larsen responded with 14 points in the losing case, while Moeller and Knudsen posted 6 each. In another game Greece edged Lithuania in the last game of the Preliminary Round as both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round at the U16 European Championship with 1-2 records. Greece needed 66:63 victory to grab the last ticket from Group B.
Lithuania - Greece 63-66
Greece edged Lithuania in the last game of the Preliminary Round as both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round at the U16 European Championship with 1-2 records. Greece needed 66:63 victory to grab the last ticket from Group B. Lithuania won the opening tip 7:1 and then Tomas Dimsa (192-F-94) scored for 11:2. Papapetrou reduced to 15:14 and Krestinin gave the Baltic side 17:14 at the end of the first frame. Both teams nailed 15 points each in the second quarter and the board showed 32:29 at the halftime. Papapetrou brought Greece 33:32 and Maragkos scored for 41:40. Grigonis was the last to score in the third period for 45:45 before the final stanza. Lekavicius gave Lithuani 52:45, but they could not win the game. Greek side responded with 8-0 run and Slaftsakis gave his team 66:60. Tomas Dimsa closed the game from the arc for the final score. Papapetrou paced all the winners with 18 points and Maragkos added 15. Slaftsakis followed them with 10 points in a win. Grigonis delivered 26 for the Baltic state and Tomas Dimsa added 14. France wins Group B of the U16 European Championship. The team finished the Preliminary Round with perfect 3-0 record after smashing Denmark 73:35. The win sends France to the Qualifying Round from the top spot, while Denmark suffered their second biggest loss in a row after shocking Greece on Day 1 and finish the group with a 1-2 record.

Group C
Bulgaria - Latvia 69-66
Bulgaria advanced to the Qualifying Round finishing Group C of the U16 European Championship with 2-1 record. They sent Latvia U16 to the Classification Round after 69:66 win. Vezenkov gave Bulgaria the first lead and Leimanis later tied it at 9:9. Stoyanov closed the first period at 17:12 as he made a jump shot. The tempo continued to grow and Karamfilov scored for 22:12. Reinfelds reduced to 26:21 and his free throws brought 26:25. Karamfilov was the last to score at the first half for 31:25 halftime advantage. Bulgaria continued to dominate the court in the third period and had 51:35 midway through the quarter. Edgars Stelmahers (185-G-94) closed Latvians 6-0 run for 51:44 after three quarters. Karamfilov nailed three for 62:54 and Mateikovics cut it to 62:61. Dikov scored the last points for the winners, while Edgars Stelmahers brought the final result in the game. Karamfilov top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Dikov nailed 17, while Stoyanov scored 15. Leimanis and Krastins ended up with 16 points each in the losing effort. Bulgaria finish the group with a 2-1 record while Latvia dropped to 0-3 and will seek their debut win in the Classification Round.
Spain - Poland 76-52
Spain advanced to the Qualifying Round with a perfect 3-0 record finishing Group C of the U16 European Championship held at Osnovna Skola Jugoslavija. Spain produced a 76:52 win over Poland to remain undefeated. Spain won the group while Bulgaria finished second with a 2-1 record and Poland third with the opposite figures. Spain opened the game with 4 consecutive points and Marin brought 11:8. Hernandez closed the period at 21:17 as he made two free throws at the end of the period. Sirijatowicz reduced to 28:25 and Struski scored for 32:30. Sirijatowicz also sent the teams to the lockers as he nailed three at the end of the first half. The second half became decisive in the game as Spain created a 16-0 run midway through the third period. Hernangomez scored for 53:35, while Hernangomez closed it at 59:43. With 17-9 Spain won the last frame and remained undefeated. Homs led the way with 18 points and 10 rebounds for 3-0 record. Perez netted 11, while Vicedo scored 9. Grzelinski ended up with 12 points in defeat, while Daniel Szymkiewicz (193-G-94) and Sirijatowicz netted 11 each. In another game of the group Bulgaria advanced to the Qualifying Round finishing Group C of the U16 European Championship with 2-1 record. They sent Latvia U16 to the Classification Round after 69:66 win.

Group D
Montenegro - Russia 65-60
Montenegro completed a perfect run of the Preliminary Round at the U16 European Championship. The team won Group D as they rolled over Russia 65:60 in the last game of the group. The win bestows the host team a 3-0 record to finish the group above their opponents while Russia dropped to the third spot with a 1-2 record tied with Turkey and Israel. Both squads started well and exchanged the lead in the first period. Russia produced a 9-0 run to finish on front at 16:14 as Egorov closed the first period. Due to 25-19 in the second period Pershin sent the teams to the lockers for 41:33 halftime advantage. Montenegro tried hard in the third period but could only reduce to 51:46. Nikola Ivanovic tied the game at 53:53 and later his team maintained the victory. Nikola Ivanovic exploded with 29 points for the winners and Perovic scored 11. Milos Pajovic (204-C-94) collected 6 poinst and 15 rebounds, whiel Durovic also scored 6. Sizov answered with 17 points in the losing case, Alferov added 12 and Ilnitskiy posted 11. In another game of the group Israel beat Turkey 61:58 in the U16 European Championship but it was not enough for them to advance. This is the first win of Israel after two big defeats and that is why the team will continue in the Classification Round. Turkey dropped to 1-2 after their second loss in a row but made it to the next round.
Turkey - Israel 58-61
Israel beat Turkey 61:58 in the U16 European Championship but it was not enough for them to advance. This is the first win of Israel after two big defeats and that is why the team will continue in the Classification Round. Turkey dropped to 1-2 after their second loss in a row but made it to the next round. The last were the most damaged team from the result, as it sent them to the last place in the tie-breaker to finish fourth in the group and starting Monday Israel will fight for their spot in Division A through the Classification Round for the second year in a row. Israel could not score for the first 4 minutes in the game as Egor Koulechov (194-F-94) made 2:2 at 5.57. The first period became boring and the teams nailed only 11 points for 6:5 Turkish lead. Solomon gave Israel 9:8 and Sharon kept the lead at 13:12. Turkey grabbed 22:18 as the teams went to the lockers for a big break. Nothing serious had changed in the court in the third frame as Turkey continued to dominate the court. Altunbey made a jump shot for 42:34 at the end of thirty minutes. The last quarter however belonged to Israel that won 27-16 the period and the game as well. Menco made the last free throw for the final 61:58 win. Egor Koulechov and Sharon stepped up with 13 points each for the winners, while Menco added 12. Erulku posted 24 in defeat and Altunbey notched 12.


Day: 2 (Preliminary Round) - Aug. 6, 2010 

Group A
Serbia - Germany 78-49
Serbia U16 wins all the quarters to beat Germany U16 in Bar, Montenegro. Serbia won the first game at the U16 European Championship in Division A to tie their record at 0-2. Germany lost already the second game and dropped to 0-2. Marin gave Germany the first lead and Nikola Radicevic (195-G-94) scored for 11:8. Seither closed the first period at 17:15. Boekstegers tied the game at 20:20 and Jankovic gave Serbia 29:24. Nikola Radicevic made a jump shot at the end of the second frame to send the teams to the lockers at 37:26. Jankovic brought 39:26 in the start of the third and Pot closed the massive run at 45:26. Serbia won the third period 17-10 and Micic closed it at 54:36. Zipser scored for 54:38 in the beginning of the last frame and Lockhart posted two for 64:40. Zorbas brought 71:42 and Ristic scored for 74:47. Nikola Radicevic led the way with 21 points to tie the record at 1-1. Jankovic netted 14, while Micic notched 9. Zipser delivered 14 points in the losing effort and Lockhart notched 9.
Italy - Croatia 61-72
The game between Italy and Croatia became the first one in Day 2 at the U16 European Championship. The game was also the top one in Group A as both teams won their openers yesterday. Croatia improved to 2-0 record beating Italian side 72:61. Landi opened the game for Italy from the perimeter and Candussi brought them 14:6. De Vico scored two free throws for 20:12, while Saric closed the opening frame at 22:17. Croatia needed a 7-0 run in the start of the second frame for 24:22 and Bianchi tied the game at 24:24. Italy went again in front and Landi sent the squads to the lockers for minimum 34:33 advantage. Three times the score was tied in the third period, while Croatia finished the quarter with 5-0 run for 55:50 lead after three quarters. They never looked behind after and managed to win the game as well as the last period. Mavra made the last jump shot for the winners to seal the second victory in the group. Brzoja top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Saric collected 16 points and 8 rebounds. Filip Bundovic (203-F/C-94) nailed 13 and Lebo added 12. Landi chipped in 15 points in the losing effort as Italy tied their record at 1-1. Imbro netted 14, whilst Candussi scored 9.

Group B
Lithuania - Denmark 92-47
Lithuania overcame Denmark in Day 2 of the U16 European Championship in Division A. The Baltic side tied both records at 1-1 after 92:47 win. Lithuania started with 8-0 run and Dimsa made it 16:4. The winners dominated in the whole quarter and later never looked behind. Gintvainis closed the first frame at 32:5. Jensen reduced to 34:10 and Dimsa nailed three for 46:12. Lithuania won also the second frame and Serritzlew scored for 53:16 at the halftime. Grigonis opened the third period with 55:16 and Gintvainis gave the winners 59:17. Gintvainis nailed three for 66:19 and Dimsa made a dunk for 77:25 at the end of the third. To escape the anti-record Denmark needed 22-15 in the last period to score 47 points in the game. Timotis Kuckailis (200-F-94) made two free throws at the end for the final victory. Dimsa stepped up with 22 points for the winners and Gintvainis added 12. Timotis Kuckailis and Raupys followed them with 8 points apiece. Larsen ended up with 17 points in the losing effort and Holm-Weber posted 9.
Greece - France 52-55
France improved to 2-0 record at the U16 European Championship in Division A. The team outscored Greece U16 55:52 in Bar, Montenegro Day 2. It was a slow start in the game as France started with 4-0 run. They kept Greece scoreless in the first 5 minutes of the game, however Greece scored 15 points in the last 5 minutes. Ioannis Papapetrou (200-G-94) closed the opening quarter at 15:9 and he also became the first one to score in the second frame. Maraux reduced to 18:15 and Inglis scored for 26:17 at the end of the second period. France started to play better in the second half and won two periods. Trailing 10 points midway through the quarter Maraux cut it to 44:37 after thirty minutes. With a 15-2 run France grabbed 52:47 and later won the game. Racine was the only player with double digits for the winners to lead the way with 23 points. Dallo enjoyed 9 points to be the second top-scorer. Ioannis Papapetrou ended up with 14 points in the losing case as Greece fell at 0-2. Maragkos notched 13, while Slaftsakis poured in 10. In another game of the group Lithuania overcame Denmark in Day 2 of the U16 European Championship in Division A. The Baltic side tied both records at 1-1 after 92:47 win.

Group C
Poland - Latvia 72-45
Poland overcame Latvia 72:45 in the start of day at the U16 European Championship in Division A. After the first loss in the opener last night, Poland improved to 1-1 record in Group C. Latvia suffered another loss and dropped to 0-2 record. Mateikovics and Krastins scored for Latvia in the opening tip but as it became known later that lead was the only one in the game for the Baltic side. After 9:7, Poland exploded with 14-0 run to take 23:7 advantage. Mateikovics was the last to score in the opening quarter as Poland enjoyed 26:10 deficit. Stefanik opened the second frame and Radwanski later score for 33:15. Reinfelds reduced to 36:23 and another points from the player brought 38:25 after 20 minutes. Mateikovics cut it to 38:28, while Poland went on a bigger lead. Borowski made it 50:30 and Daniel Szymkiewicz (193-G-94) closed the third quarter at 58:38. With 14-7 Poland won the last stanza and reached the first victory. Daniel Szymkiewicz scored the last points for the winners as the board showed 72:45 at the buzzer. Daniel Szymkiewicz was unstoppable with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Stefanik nailed 17, while Grzelinski scored 9. Mateikovics responded with 18 points in the losing case and Reinfelds added 7 points and 10 rebounds.
Spain - Bulgaria 79-40
Spain won their second game at the U16 European Championship in Division A. The team edged Bulgaria 79:40 to hand them their first loss. Karamfilov gave 3:2 lead for Bulgaria but it was the only one in the game. Albert Homs (199-F-94) brought 13:5 for the winners and Hernangomez closed the period at 14:9. Diaz scored for 18:9 and Marin gave Spain 26:15. Albert Homs nailed three for 34:22 sending the squads to the lockers. The third quarter was a nightmare for Bulgaria that lost it 12-31. Spain played really well for the opponent and scored some good baskets. Diaz closed the third period at 65:34 and answered for all the questions about the winner of the game. Spain limited Bulgaria to just 6 points in the last frame and easily won the second straight game. Sanchez made a dunk for 75:37 and Saiz made the same for plus 40. Vutev scored two free throws for Bulgaria to reduce to 77:39 and Brizuela netted a jump shot for the winners for 79:39. Vutev later scored just one from the free throw line and it became clear that it was the last successful shot in the game. Albert Homs paced all the winners with 19 points for 2-0 record. Marin nailed 11 and Perez scored 9. Vezenkov poured in 11 points in the losing effort, while Mihaylov and Karamfilov posted 6 apiece.

Group D
Turkey - Montenegro 54-67
Montenegro U16 overcame Turkey U16 in the last game of Day 2 in Bar. Montenegro improved to 2-0 record in Group D after 67:54 victory. Montenegro opened the game with 9 consecutive points and Nisic scored for 11:4. Perovic made a jump shot at the very end of the quarter for 17:8. Mikovic led to 24:15 and Pajovic dded for 29:19. Turkey meanwhile won the second frame 19-17 as Haciismail closed the half at 27:34. Zizic closed a 6-0 run for 40:27 and Mikovic nailed two for 44:31. Vasilije Vusovic (188-G-94) and Gulmez exchanged the baskets in the end of the third frame for 49:38. Montenegro did not allow the Turkish side to come closer and even won the last quarter. With 18-16 last-frame-win they remained undefeated in the tournament and became the leader of the group. Zizic paced all the winners with 14 points for 2-0 record. Perovic nailed 12, while Ivanovic added 10. Erulku and Haciismail answered with 10 points each in defeat. In another game of the group Russia lock up Israel in Bar for the first victory in the group at the U16 European Championship in Division A. The team improved to 1-1 after 76:58 win over Israel that fell at 0-2.
Israel - Russia 58-76
Russia lock up Israel in Bar for the first victory in the group at the U16 European Championship in Division A. The team improved to 1-1 after 76:58 win over Israel that fell at 0-2. Russia opened the game with 5-0 run and then Egorov nailed three for 10:5. Guzikov closed the first quarter at 22:7 when the teams finished the first 10 minutes. Kulagin opened the second stanza for 24:7 and Ilnitskiy gave massive 30:12 advantage. Koulechov reduced to 22:39 at the halftime. Kislev and Sharon brought Israel back to 44:29. Ilnitskiy and Kulagin gace Russia 51:31, while Kikus closed the frame at 53:39. In the last three minutes of the quarter the teams were scoreless and finished the quarter at 16-14. Yury Pershin (193-G-94) started the last quarter for the winners and gave Russia 56:38. Menco reduced to 53:66, but it was not enough to come closer. The board showed 76:58 as the teams finished their second game. Ilnitskiy top-scored for the winners with 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Yury Pershin netted 11. Sharon ended up with 18 points in the losing effort as Israel will have their last chance tomorrow for the initial win. Koulechov, Menco and Kikus scored 7 points apiece in defeat.


Day: 1 (Preliminary Round) - Aug. 5, 2010 

Group A
Germany - Italy 54-73
Italy had a successful start at the U16 European Championship in Bar, Montenegro. The Italian side outscored Germany U16 73:54 for the first win in Group A. Germany surprised the Italian team with 4-0 in the opening tip and Lockhart later made it 9:4. Zipser drove a lay-up for 14:6, while Jorch increased to 21:12. Bianconi made a jump shot for 21:16 at the end of the first frame. Bianchi tied it all at 21:21 and Francesco Candussi (211-C/F-94) finished the run for Italy at 27:21. Rovere brought double digit lead at 33:23 and Francesco Candussi scored for 38:25. Seither sent the teams to the lockers for 41:30 as Italy won the second frame 25-9. In the third period Italya also played better as Francesco Candussi made it 51:33. Germany however was too far to give up and Marin cut it to 54:46 at the end of three quarters. Moreover Seither reduced to 54:50 and Jorch scored for 58:54. Those points in the middle of the last period were however the last for Germany as for the last 5 minutes they remained scoreless. Italy finished the game with 15-0 run to seal the first victory. Francesco Candussi paced all the winners with 18 points. Landi delivered 14, whilst Bianchi brought 12. Marin finished the game with 16 points in the losing effort and Seither scored 9.
Croatia - Serbia 69-64
Croatia and Serbia closed Group A at the U16 European Championship as Saric paced his team to the first win. Croatia U16 edged Serbia U16 69:64 to tie the record with Italy on top. Croatia won the opening tip 12:1 and Lebo made a dunk for 14:4 later in the period. Dordevic closed it immediately at 14:6 and then Lebo gave Croatia 25:15. Serbia responded with 14-6 run at the end of the frame as Jankovic sent the teams to the lockers for 31:29. Milutinov tied the game at 31:31 and Mavra later brought Croatia 45:36. Lebo scored for 53:43 and Brzoja nailed three for 58:49 at the end of the quarter. Serbia started the last period with 11-0 run and took 60:58 advantage. Junakovic scored from the perimeter for 61:60 and Micic netted two for 66:64. Saric closed the game with a dunk for the final success. Saric paced all the winners with 25 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Bundovic nailed 14, whilst Lebo added 11. Majic collected 16 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort and Jankovic also scored 16. Nikola Radicevic (195-G-94) finished the night with 11 points in defeat. Tomorrow Italy will face Croatia and Serbia will play with Germany.

Group B
Denmark - Greece 55-53
Denmark that is represented by U16 team in Division A started with a win at the U16 European Championship. The team grabbed 55:53 victory over Greece in Group B opener. Greece started better and won the opening quarter 11:9. The team also added 17-16 for 28:25 at the halftime. Denmark trailed in the first part of the third frame but Hansen tied it at 39:39. Moeler scored for 42:39 and Larsen closed the third period at 44:39. Greece started the last frame with 4-0 run for 44:43, while David Knudsen (190-G-94) posted two for 46:43. The latter also nailed three later in the period, while Papapetrou scored for 49:45. After some minutes of silence Maragkos drove a lay-up for 49:47 and David Knudsen scored his 10th points for 51:47. They both continued the slow tempo and played well in defense. Maragkos reduced to 51:49, while Slaftsakis tied it all at 51:51. The latter also gave Greece the lead at 53:51, whilst again David Knudsen scored from the perimeter for 54:53 with a minute to go. Moeller added 1 more point from the free throw line for 55:53 with 12 seconds in the game. Greece tried to win the game from the three-point line but missed the shot. Moeller led the way with 15 points for the first success. David Knudsen and Larsen followed him with 13 points each in a win. Maragkos finished the night with 19 points for the Greek side and Slaftsakis collected 12 points and 13 rebounds.
France - Lithuania 66-46
France rolled over Lithuania 66:46 at the U16 European Championship in Montenegro. France closed Day 1 with a 66:46 win over the Baltic side due to the great defense. Charly Maraux (185-G-94) gave the French outfit the first lead and Jankaitis tied the game at 4:4. Lithuania even took the lead at 5:4, but it was their last one in the game. Racine nailed three to close the period at 22:14 for France. Jankaitis again brought Lithuania to 24:22 and Tamulis scored for 27:25. France won the second period 15-12 to take 37:26 halftime advantage. Dimsa brought the Baltic side back to 43:38, while Inglis finished the run at the end of the third period for 48:38. Actually the run continued in the last stanza as France reached 54:38. Charly Maraux made it 56:41 and Binvignat added two for 60:46. Dallo hit a three from the perimeter for the final success of the French outfit. Charly Maraux paced all the winners with 19 points for 1-0 record. Dallo netted 10, while Chassang scored 8. Jankaitis brought 15 points in the losing case and Tamulis scored 7. Tomorrow France will face Greece, while Denmark will take on Lithuania.

Group C
Bulgaria - Poland 79-53
Bulgaria and Poland open U16 Division A in Group C in Montenegro. The Bulgarian side rolled over the opponents with 79:53 win for the successful start. Struski gave Poland their first points and Borowski enjoyed 10:3 with his team. In a defensive period Sanny closed the quarter at 12:5. Bulgaria however opened the second frame with 8-0 run and Minkov posted for 13:12.Szymkiewicz nailed two in a row for Poland to give them 18:15, while Stoyanov reduced to 21:22. Moreover Stoyanov and Vutev brought 28:25 and Dikov scored for 29:27. Stefanik nailed two for 33:31, but Bulgaria responded with 20-0 run and shocked the opponents. After 24-11 in the third period the board showed 53:38. Stefanik cut it to 53:40, however Poland could not catch up with the winners. Another 15-0 run was too much for Poland that lost the opener. Deyan Karamfilov (179-G-94) made a jump shot at the very end to celebrate the win with Bulgaria. Deyan Karamfilov top-scored for the winners with 19 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds. Stoyanov collected 16 points and 18 rebounds, while Vutev added 15. Szymkiewicz ended up with 17 points in the losing effort and Borowski posted 11.
Latvia - Spain 32-65
Spain destroyed Latvia at the U16 European Championship in Group C action at Osnovna Skola Jugoslavija in Montenegro. The defensive game brought 65:32 at the end as the teams left the court of Bar court. Spain nailed the first 10 points in the game and Perez closed the quarter at 16:4. Diaz and Mateikovics exchanged the basket in the start of the second period, while Reinfelds scored for 28:15. Hernandez made a jump shot for 32:16 and Plavnieks scored for 32:18. Spain played well in defense and left the Baltic side scoreless in the last 3 minutes of the quarter. Sanchez made it 39:18 as the teams left the court for the big break. In the third and the the last frames Latvia could score only 7 points in each of the periods. Brizuela made it 56:25 to close the third quarter. In the last stanza the squads managed to post only 16 points together. Spain enjoyed 9-7 for the total success. Muiznieks brought the last score on the board making the jump shot at the very end. Albert Homs (199-F-94) and Perez top-scored for the winners with 11 points each and Brizuela added 10. Reinfelds delivered 9 points in defeat and Mateikovics scored 6. Following the win Spain took a 1-0 record in Group C before playing Bulgaria the next day while Latvia started 0-1 and will seek their first win against Poland the following day.

Group D
Russia - Turkey 50-71
Turkey opened U16 European Championship in Bar, Montenegro with the win over Russia. Both teams started Group D of the campaign on August 5th. Turkey opened the game with 4-0 run and later Gulmez gave them 8:6. Russia played better at the end of the frame and closed it with 17:13. Turkey meanwhile opened the second period with 9-0 run and grabbed 22:17. Sipahi nailed three for 37:27 and had 37:31 halftime advantage. Haciismail and Karenin exchanged the baskets in the third period, while Gulmez scored for 47:33. Turkey won the third period 17-7 and increased to 54:38 after three quarters. Russia could score only 2 points in the first 7 minutes of the last quarter and Turkey took 62:41 as Bayrak made a jump shot. Turen brought the last five points in the game to celebrate the first one with the winners. Tayfun Erulku (188-G-94) paced all the winners with 21 points for 1-0 record. Gulmez and Turen followed him with 11 points each in a win. Kulagin responded with 14 points in the losing case, whilst Egorov and Karenin added 9 apiece. Tomorrow Turkey will meet Montenegro in the lst game of the day. Russia will face Israel at 16.30 in Osnovna Skola Jugoslavija.
Montenegro - Israel 81-71
Montenegro claimed the first win at the home U16 European Championship. The hosts held off Israel in Group D action. Montenegro surged ahead in the first frame. They registered a 19:13 lead with ten minutes gone. Zizic opened a double-digit lead for the hosts midway through the second frame. Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94) gave Montenegro a 32:18 lead with a three-pointer. Montenegro maintained the tempo and posted a 42:22 lead at halftime. Nikola Ivanovic finished the third term with 21 points to his tally. He helped Montenegro accumulate a 61:44 lead with one quarter to go. Menco notched five points early in the fourth term to keep Israel hopeful. Israel soon trimmed the deficit at just 9 points 56:65. But Montenegro reacted quickly as they stopped the bleeding and ran away with a comfortable win at the end. Nikola Ivanovic had 25 points, 6 rebound and 6 assists for Montenegro. Miljan Pajovic accounted for 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Koulechov replied with 19 points for Israel. Noam Levy canned 16 points in defeat.

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