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European Championships U16 2011 - Men Basketball


Division A  Division B  Division C  



Check also WOMEN European Champs. U16 2011

Final Standings
1. Croatia
2. Czech Rep.
3. Spain
4. France
5. Russia
6. Latvia
7. Turkey
8. Germany
9. Serbia
10. Italy
11. Greece
12. Ukraine
13. Lithuania
14. Poland
15. Montenegro
16. Bulgaria
Points Per Game
 Aleksandar VEZENKOV
  (204-F-95)
  Avg: 27.1
 1. Vezenkov, BUL27.1 
 2. Seskus, LTU21.3 
 3. Sizov, RUS20.7 
 4. Hezonja, CRO20.0 
 5. Witlinski, POL18.6 
 6. Peterka, CZE17.6 
 7. Savic, MNT15.7 
 8. Kouril, CZE15.4 
 9. Rebic, SRB15.4 
 10. Inglis, FRA14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin PETERKA
  (199-F-95)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Peterka, CZE12.6 
 2. Witlinski, POL9.9 
 3. Vezenkov, BUL9.9 
 4. Seskus, LTU9.4 
 5. Diop, ESP9.0 
 6. Zganec, CRO8.6 
 7. Ristic, SRB8.3 
 8. Hezonja, CRO8.2 
 9. Birsen, TUR8.0 
 10. Inglis, FRA7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Radovan KOURIL
  (182-PG-95)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Kouril, CZE6.1 
 2. Zywert, POL4.9 
 3. Martin, ESP4.6 
 4. Rebic, SRB4.4 
 5. Kavaliauskas, LTU4.1 
 6. Seskus, LTU3.9 
 7. Djurovic, MNT3.9 
 8. Vezenkov, BUL3.6 
 9. Boyarkin, UKR3.6 
 10. Ozmizrak, TUR3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Igor BOYARKIN
  (180-PG-95)
  Avg: 3
 1. Boyarkin, UKR3.0 
 2. Ozmizrak, TUR2.6 
 3. Kavaliauskas, LTU2.6 
 4. Fontecchio, ITA2.5 
 5. Martin, ESP2.4 
 6. Liapis, GRE2.3 
 7. Hezonja, CRO2.2 
 8. Sans, ESP2.0 
 9. Seskus, LTU2.0 
 10. Bosnjak, CRO1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ilimane DIOP
  (210-C-95)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Diop, ESP2.9 
 2. Stoimenov, BUL2.0 
 3. Vezenkov, BUL1.8 
 4. Inglis, FRA1.6 
 5. Prokopenko, UKR1.6 
 6. Spyropoulos, GRE1.1 
 7. Benvenuti, ITA1.1 
 8. Slanina, CZE1.0 
 9. Diamantakos, GRE0.9 
 10. Draskovic, MNT0.9 
European Championships U16 Standings
Group E
1. Czech Rep. 4-1
2. Spain 4-1
3. Germany 3-2
4. Russia 2-3
5. Serbia 2-3
6. Greece 0-5
Group F
1. Croatia 5-0
2. France 4-1
3. Turkey 3-2
4. Latvia 2-3
5. Italy 1-4
6. Ukraine 0-5
Group G (Places 13-16)
1. Lithuania 4-0
2. Poland 3-1
3. Montenegro 1-3
4. Bulgaria 0-4
European Championships U16 Standings
Group A
1. Czech Rep. 3-0
2. Spain 2-1
3. Greece 1-2
4. Poland 0-3
Group B
1. Germany 3-0
2. Russia 2-1
3. Serbia 1-2
4. Montenegro. 0-3
Group C
1. France 2-1
2. Latvia 2-1
3. Lithuania 1-2
4. Ukraine 1-2
Group D
1. Croatia 3-0
2. Turkey 2-1
3. Italy 1-2
4. Bulgaria 0-3


Croatian team celebrates championship (Photo: FIBA Europe)


Croatian U16 National Team 2011

Starting five
#s#
Ivan Jukic
Jukic
Paolo Marinelli
Marinelli
Domagoj Bosnjak
Bosnjak
Mario Hezonja
Hezonja
Bruno Zganec
Zganec
#e#5
4 Lovre Basic 180-PG-95
5 Ivan Jukic 190-G/F-95 Solin Croatia
6 Paolo Marinelli 184-G-95
7 Domagoj Bosnjak 197-G-95 Siroki TT Bosnia
8 Mario Hezonja 200-F-95 KK Zagreb CO Croatia
9 Bruno Zganec 200-C-95
10 Dorian Jelenek 200-F-95
11 Tomislav Gabric 201-G-95
12 Leon Tomic 195-F-96
13 Marko Arapovic 206-C-96
14 Ivan Bender 201-C-95
15 Karlo Zganec 203-C-95

Ante Nazor Head Coach Omis Galeb Croatia
Tomislav Rupcic Assistant


Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Awards 2011 - Aug 9, 2011

All-Tournament 1st Team (Photo: FIBA Europe)
#s#
Mario Hezonja
Hezonja
Radovan Kouril
Kouril
Martin Peterka
Peterka
Damien Inglis
Inglis
Ilimane Diop
Diop
#e#5

MVP: Mario Hezonja (200-F-95) of Croatia
Best Guard: Radovan Kouril (182-PG-95) of Czech Rep.
Best Forward: Mario Hezonja (200-F-95) of Croatia
Best Center: Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) of
Best Defensive Player: Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) of Spain
Best Coach: Ante Nazor of Croatia

1st Team
PG: Radovan Kouril (182-95) of Czech Rep.
F: Mario Hezonja (200-95) of Croatia
F: Martin Peterka (199-95) of Czech Rep.
F: Damien Inglis (198-95) of France
C: Ilimane Diop (210-95) of Spain

2nd Team
PG: Nikola Rebic (186-95) of Serbia
G: Jiri Soula (187-95) of Czech Rep.
F: Edvinas Seskus (191-95) of Lithuania
F: Mikolaj Witlinski (201-95) of Poland
F: Aleksandar Vezenkov (204-95) of Bulgaria

3rd Team
C: Alberto Martini (197-69) of Spain
G: Domagoj Bosnjak (197-95) of Croatia
F: Pavel Sizov (198-95) of Russia
F: Paul Rigot (199-95) of France
C/F: Dusan Ristic (207-95) of Serbia

Honorable Mention
Igor Boyarkin (180-PG-95) of Ukraine
Vassil Stoimenov (198-F-95) of Bulgaria
Simone Fontecchio (197-F-95) of Italy
Luka Savic (199-F-95) of Montenegro
Metecan Birsen (203-F/G-95) of Turkey
Rolands Smits (201-C-95) of Latvia
Damian Jeszke (200-F-95) of Poland
Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) of Czech Rep.
Karlo Zganec (203-C-95) of Croatia


Croatia defend title in Pardubice - Aug 7, 2011
FINAL
Czech Republic - Croatia 57-67
Croatia defended their U16 European Championship title. They overcame hosting Czech Republic for the trophy in Pardubice tonight. Mario Hezonja (200-F-95) scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace Croatia. Czech Republic made a giant leap from winning Division B last season to playing in the title game this year. Czech Republic opened the game with four points in a row but Croatia quickly denied the deficit. The reigning champions surged ahead late in the starting period and posted a 22:19 lead at the first break. Mario Hezonja triggered a 7:0 run at the start of the second frame as Croatia grabbed a 29:19 lead. Mario Hezonja knocked down 9 points in the period as Croatia recorded a 41:29 halftime lead. Croatia tipped off the second half with eight consecutive points to take a 20-point lead. But the hosts refused to give in as they cut the deficit at 14-point mark at the final intermission 39:53. Martin Peterka (199-F-95) and Dedek dragged the home team within 6 points midway through the fourth period 55:61. However Croatia responded with a 7:1 rally in the dying seconds to seal the victory at the end. Karlo Zganec (203-C-95) accounted for 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Domagoj Bosnjak (197-G-95) added 8 points and 12 rebounds for Croatia. Martin Peterka responded with 21 points and 14 rebounds for Czech Republic. Jiri Soula (187-G-95) netted 11 points, while Radovan Kouril (182-PG-95) delivered 10 in the loss.
3-4 place
Spain - France 61-53 OT
Spain claimed bronze medals at U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. They overcame France in the consolation final tonight. Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) accounted for 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort. Spain jumped to an early lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the opening period. Spain entered the second frame up by five points 14:9. Jose Nogues (202-C-95) opened a double-digit lead for Spain midway through the second quarter. They posted a 33:21 halftime advantage. Martin and Jose Nogues opened a 14-point lead for the Spanish team at the end of the third period. Les Bleus opened the final term on a 9:2 rally to narrow the deficit. France capped the regulation with a 10:2 run to level things up at 47 forcing overtime. Cantenys and Jose Nogues tipped off the extra frame with four points in a row as Spain cleared off. France tried to deny the deficit but Ilimane Diop and Ventura sank a bunch of free throws to seal the victory for Spain. Jose Nogues provided 10 points and 9 rebounds, while Carlos Garcia (204-C-95) added 8 points in the win. Paul Rigot (199-F-95), Damien Inglis (198-F-95) and Arthur Rozenfeld (180-PG-95) responded with 10 points each for France.
5-6 place
Russia - Latvia 84-70
Russia earned the fifth place at the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. They overcame Latvian counterparts on the final day of the tournament. Pavel Sizov (198-F-95) stepped up with 24 points to lead the winners. Russia opened the game on a 10:3 rally to surge ahead. They posted a 23:16 lead after ten minutes. Russia capped the first half on a 15:3 run to build a 47:29 halftime advantage. Russia kept their opponents at bay throughout the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by 17 points 64:47. Latvia never got within striking distance in the fourth period as Russia coasted to the victory at the end. Alexander Martynov (195-G-95) delivered 13 points, while Alexander Gankevich (197-F-95) added 12 points in the winning case. Kristaps Gluditis responded with 18 points for Latvia. Jorens Dulevskis (178-PG-95) had 13 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds in the loss.
7-8 place
Germany - Turkey 41-66
Turkey finished U16 European Championship campaign with victory. They toppled Germany to claim the 7th overall position in the ladder. Metecan Birsen (203-F/G-95) stepped up with 12 points to lead the effort. The teams stayed close in the opening period. Germany posted a 12:11 lead after ten minutes. The lead changed hands early in the second term but Turkey capped the period with 8 points in a row to establish a 31:25 lead. Turkey went on a 7:0 run midway through the third frame to pile up a 38:26 advantage. They entered the final frame up by 16 points 46:30. Adnan Mustafa (188-G-95) gave Turkey a 20-point cushion at the start of the fourth term and they never looked back en route to the victory. Adnan Mustafa nailed 11 points for the winners. Ismet Akpinar (188-PG-95) responded with 12 points for Germany. Niklas Ney (205-C-95) delivered 7 points in defeat.
Group G
Montenegro - Poland 75-77
Poland registered the victory on the final day of the U16 European Championship. They held off Montenegro to earn the second place in classification round Group G. Poland improved at 4-2 record, while Montenegro ended at 1-5 record in the ladder. Mikolaj Witlinski (201-F-95) stepped up with 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort. The teams stayed close throughout the first half. Poland secured a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second period posting a 44:42 halftime advantage. Montenegro used an 8:0 run late in the third term to pull ahead 60:54. Bartosz Wrobel (186-G-95) and Damian Jeszke (200-F-95) dragged Poland back within two 58:60 at the final break. It all came down to the final seconds in this one. Montenegro were up by three points with just over a minute to go. But Mikolaj Witlinski knocked down three free throws to seal the victory for Poland. Damian Jeszke nailed 23 points, while Bartosz Wrobel added 15 points in the victory. Milovan Draskovic (208-C-95) and Petar Saric (186-G-95) responded with 14 points each for Montenegro. Luka Savic (199-F-95) had 12 points, 5 boards and 5 assists in the loss.

Lithuania - Bulgaria 103-82
Lithuania registered the sixth straight win at the U16 European Championship. They stormed past Bulgaria to earn the 13th overall position. Paulius Zalys (198-F-95), Paulius Sakinis (197-F-95) and Pijus Mykolaitis (198-F-95) scored 15 points each to pace the winners. Lithuania led from start to finish. They posted a 26:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Lithuania maintained the lead throughout the second term. The Baltic team earned a 47:32 halftime advantage. Lithuania mounted the pressure in the third term. They went on a 34:12 run in the third stanza to leave hapless Bulgaria behind by 37 points with ten minutes remaining. Bulgaria sweetened the pill scoring 38 points in the fourth quarter. Karolis Razukas (198-F-95) nailed 11 points for Lithuania. Vassil Stoimenov (198-F-95) responded with 20 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks for Bulgaria. Anguel Peychinov (196-F-95) netted 16 points in defeat.


Division A. Czech Republic and Croatia to clash for the title in Pardubice - Aug 6, 2011  
SEMIFINALS
Spain - Croatia 60-64
Croatia became the first U16 European Championship finalists. They held off Spain in a thrilling semifinal clash in Pardubice tonight. Mario Hezonja (200-F-95) scored 24 points and handed out 5 assists to lead the winners. The lead changed hands throughout close first quarter. Jelenek gave Croatia a 15:13 lead after ten minutes. Spain used a 9:0 run midway through the second period to take a 24:19 lead. Nevertheless Croatia rebounded and posted a 32:28 halftime advantage. Arapovic, Paolo Marinelli (184-G-95) and Mario Hezonja made it 38:28 for the Croats early in the third term. Spain cut the distance to 7 points with ten minutes remaining 40:47. Ventura and Marin dragged the Spanish team within three points 60:63 with 16 seconds remaining. Gabric answered with one free throw, while Martin and Ventura missed three-pointers as Croatia ran away with victory. Paolo Marinelli nailed 13 points, while Karlo Zganec (203-C-95) had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Croatia. Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Spain. Javier De La Blanca (197-F-95) produced 12 points in the loss.

France - Czech Republic 65-73
Czech Republic continued their impressive run at the U16 European Championship. The hosts drove past France tonight to enter the title game. Czech Republic will play against Croatia in the decisive game at the tournament tomorrow. France will face Spain in the consolation final. Martin Peterka (199-F-95) scored 25 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and issued 3 assists to pace the winners. France led throughout the opening quarter. They recorded a 15:12 lead after ten minutes. Martin Peterka opened the second term with back-to-back three-pointers to put Czech Republic in front. The hosts marched to a 33:29 lead at halftime. Damien Inglis (198-F-95) and Paul Rigot (199-F-95) regained the advantage for Les Bleus early in the third term but not for too long. Czech Republic capped the third stanza on a 15:0 run to take a 53:40 lead. Matej Svoboda (197-F-96) and David Subert (182-PG-95) nailed five points in a row as the Czech team gained a 58:40 lead early in the fourth period. France got within eight points in the final minutes but ran out of time at the end. Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) tallied 13 points and 9 rebounds, while David Subert and Matej Svoboda had 10 points each in the win. Paul Rigot responded with 19 points for France. Olivier Yao-Delon (193-G-95) and Damien Inglis chipped in 14 points apiece in defeat.
11-12 place
Ukraine - Greece 65-67
Greece narrowly defeated Ukraine in the final game of the U16 European Championship for both teams. Georgios Diamantakos (210-C-95) and Michail Liapis (188-G-95) scored 12 points each as the Hellenes claimed the 11th overall position at the tournament. Ukraine finished 12th after the loss. Greece got to a confident start. They posted an 18:10 lead ten minutes into the game. Ukraine stepped up offensively in the second term. They knocked down 22 points to narrow the deficit at two points at the interval 32:34. Ukraine eventually pulled ahead in the third quarter. Yevgen Sakhniuk (200-F/C-95) made it 48:47 at the final break. The lead changed hands throughout the final quarter. Ukraine grabbed 62:56 lead with under two minutes remaining but Greece reacted with an 11:0 run to made it 67:62 late in regulation. Ukraine drained a triple but Ukraine ran out of time to save the game. Dimitrios Stamatis (188-G-96) nailed 11 points, while Georgios Papadionysioy (185-PG-95) had 9 points in the victory. Anton Dziuba (201-F-95) and Yevgen Sakhniuk responded with 17 points apiece for Ukraine. Igor Boyarkin (180-PG-95) netted 7 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, issued 5 assists and made 4 steals in defeat.
5-8 place
Russia - Turkey 73-71
Russia will play for the fifth place at the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. They nipped Turkey tonight to set up the clash versus Latvia tomorrow. Pavel Sizov (198-F-95) came up with 31 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Turkey will now take on Germany. Turkey unloaded 29 points in the opening quarter to take an 8-point lead. Russia stopped the rot in the second term cutting the deficit to four points at the interval 41:45. Russia got closer in the third term. They limited Turkey to 12 points in the period to trim the distance to just a single point with ten minutes remaining 56:57. Adnan Mustafa (188-G-95) drained back-to-back triples to restore a 7-point lead for Turkey early in the final period. But Russia responded with a 10:2 run to surge ahead 70:69. Metecan Birsen (203-F/G-95) returned the lead to Turkey however Vasily Martynov (185-PG-95) and Alexander Martynov (195-G-95) answered with three points to seal the win for Russia. Vasily Martynov accounted for 15 points in the victory. Artem Sokolov (207-C-95) had 8 points for Russia. Metecan Birsen responded with 14 points and 16 boards for Turkey. Adnan Mustafa netted 11 points in defeat.

Latvia - Germany 68-53
Latvia overcame Germany in the classification round at U16 European Championship today. Davis Geks (183-G-95) scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace the effort. Latvia will now take on the winners of Turkey vs. Russia clash for the fifth place at the tournament. Germany led by two points at the first break 17:15. But Latvia denied the deficit and put their noses in front 34:33 at halftime. Latvia stiffened defence in the third quarter. They held Germany to just 11 points in the third period to build a 7-point lead with one quarter remaining. Germany managed only 9 points in the fourth stanza as Latvia eased to the victory at the end. Rolands Smits (201-C-95) nailed 13 points and pulled down 7 boards for the winners. Ismet Akpinar (188-PG-95) responded with 11 points for Germany. Stefan Ilzhofer (198-F-95) and Niklas Ney (205-C-95) finished with 9 points apiece in defeat.
9-10 place
Serbia - Italy 83-75
Serbia wrapped up their U16 European Championship campaign with win. They held off Italy to clinch the ninth position. Dusan Ristic (207-C/F-95) stepped up with 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort. Serbia led by just two points at the first break 19:17. Serbia mounted the pressure in the second period. They stretched the margin to as many as 11 points at the interval 43:32. The Balkan team kept their opponents at distance throughout the third frame. Serbia posted a 62:49 lead with one quarter remaining. The Azzurri went on a desperate comeback rally in the fourth period. They erupted for 26 points but still came up short at the end. Nikola Rebic (186-PG-95) provided 19 points, while Marko Guduric (193-G-95) netted 13 points in the win. Simone Fontecchio (197-F-95) answered with 25 points for Italy. Lorenzo Baldasso (190-G-95) delivered 10 points in the loss.
Group G
Poland - Lithuania 57-98
Lithuania recorded the fifth straight win at the U16 European Championship classification round. They stormed past Poland to stay on top of Group G. Aidas Kavaliauskas (179-PG-95) narrowly missed quadruple-double with 15 points, 13 assists, 8 rebounds and 7 steals in the victory. Poland fell at 3-2 record but still secured the Division A birth for the next season. Lithuania limited their opponents to 12 points in the starting period to post a 3-point lead. The Baltic team erupted for 27 points in the second quarter to boost the margin at 14-point mark. Lithuania continued to stay on fire offensively. They poured in 33 points in the third quarter to clear off to a 32-point distance at the final break. The Baltic team never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory at the end. Paulius Zalys (198-F-95) and Denas Bartkus (201-C-95) finished with 12 points each for the winners. Mikolaj Witlinski (201-F-95) responded with 15 points for Poland. Filip Pruefer (208-C-96) and Damian Jeszke (200-F-95) had 10 points each in defeat.

Montenegro - Bulgaria 64-98
Bulgaria snapped seven-game losing skid at U16 European Championship. They opened win count cruising past Montenegro. Aleksandar Vezenkov (204-F-95) came up with impressive 40 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists to lead the charge. Montenegro fell at 1-4 record as both teams are now known to fall to Division B next year. Bulgaria and Montenegro stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Bulgaria eked out a 23:20 lead after ten minutes. Next two periods turned disastrous for Montenegro. Led by Aleksandar Vezenkov Bulgaria eased to a 43:30 halftime lead. Bulgaria unleashed 30 points in the third quarter to establish an insurmountable 32-point lead with one quarter remaining. Bulgaria never slowed down marching to the victory at the end. Vassil Stoimenov (198-F-95) tallied 15 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists in the win. Luka Savic (199-F-95) answered with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Montenegro. Luka Djurovic (199-F-95) provided 12 points in defeat.


Division A. Spain, Croatia, Czech Republic and France remain in title race - Aug 5, 2011
Quarterfinals
Spain - Turkey 65-54
Spain advanced into the U16 European Championship semifinals. They overcame Turkey in the first quarterfinal in Pardubice. Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Spain dominated from start to finish. They posted a 15:11 lead after ten minutes. Spain opened the second period with six points in a row to enlarge the margin. Turkey could not pick up the tempo as they faced a massive 17:33 halftime deficit. Spain kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. They recorded a 45:33 lead with one quarter remaining. Turkey could not get closer than seven points in the fourth frame as Spain cruised to the victory. Adria Cantenys (200-F-95) nailed 10 points, while Ferran Ventura (178-PG-95) finished with 9 for the winners. Cedi Osman (195-PG-95) responded with 17 points for Turkey. Kartal Ozmizrak (184-PG-95) delivered 15 points in the loss.

Croatia - Russia 88-62
Croatia made it into U16 European Championship semifinals. They thumped Russia to stay in the title race. Mario Hezonja (200-F-95) erupted for 30 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the effort. Croatia jumped to an early lead and raced to a 26:12 lead at the first break. Croatia maintained the tempo in the second quarter. They established a 41:25 halftime lead. Croatia did not slow down after the big break. They unleashed 30 points in the third frame to pile up a 25-point lead with one quarter remaining. Russia never recovered in the fourth period as the Balkan team marched to the victory. Paolo Marinelli (184-G-95) delivered 15 points, while Dorian Jelenek (200-F-95) and Domagoj Bosnjak (197-G-95) had 9 points each in the win. Pavel Sizov (198-F-95) answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Russia. Vasily Martynov (185-PG-95) had 12 points in the loss.

Czech Republic - Latvia 68-66
Pardubice bring the Semifinal birth for the hosts as Czech Republic advanced to Top Four of the tournament. They needed the final push in the last quarter to win over Latvia 68:66. The Baltic side shocked the hosts with 6-0 run and Gertsons scored for 24:17 at the end of the first period. Armands Ginters (194-F-95) posted two for 31:25, but Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) tied the game at 33:33. Latvia controlled the third period and looked better for the majority of the game. Gertsons closed the period at 59:52 with 10 minutes left in the game. Those minutes however were enough for the home side. Radovan Kouril (182-PG-95) tied the game at 62:62 and Soula nailed three for 65:65. Prokop Slanina made two free throws at the end of the game for the final success. Prokop Slanina stepped up with 20 points for the hosts and Soula netted 15. Radovan Kouril brought 12, while Martin Peterka (199-F-95) collected 6 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. Armands Ginters ended up with 15 points in defeat, while Rolands Smits (201-C-95) added 12 points and 13 rebounds.

France - Germany 60-56
France sealed their birth at the U16 European Championship semifinals. They held off Germany in the quarterfinal battle in Pardubice tonight. Damien Inglis (198-F-95) stepped up with 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead Les Bleus. The lead changed hands throughout the opening quarter. Akpinar gave Germany a 10:9 lead after ten minutes. Roller-coaster action continued in the second frame. Germany came out on top posting a 26:23 halftime lead. Daniel Mayr (212-C-95) scored seven points in a row to make it 45:36 for Germany late in the third term. France bridged two periods with an 8:0 run to cut the deficit. Soon Pigot put Les Bleus in charge 47:46. Arthur Rozenfeld and Damien Inglis boosted the margin to 8 points with under three minutes remaining 54:46. Akpinar exploded with back-to-back three-pointers to drag Germany within two points 55:57 with 54 seconds remaining. However Damien Inglis and Arthur Rozenfeld sank three free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory. Paul Rigot (199-F-95) knocked down 16 points for the winners. Daniel Mayr notched 16 points for Germany. David Taylor (188-PG-95) had 12 points in defeat.
9-12 place
Serbia - Ukraine 99-69
Serbia will play for the ninth place at the U16 European Championship. They drubbed Ukraine to enter the game for the ninth overall place at the tournament. Dusan Ristic (207-C/F-95) nailed 22 points to lead the charge. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. Ukraine and Serbia were tied at 20 after ten minutes. But Serbia shifted the gear in the second frame. The Balkan side unloaded 32 points in the second frame to ensure a 14-point halftime lead. Ukraine stopped the rot in the third term. Prokopenko helped Ukraine to cut the deficit to 11 points with one quarter to go. But the final period turned disastrous for Ukraine. Serbia outgunned their opponents 26:7 to claimed a comfortable win at the end. Nikola Rebic (186-PG-95) delivered 15 points, while Marko Guduric (193-G-95) and Luka Popovic (200-F-95) netted 11 points apiece in the victory. Prokopenko answered with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Ukraine. Vladlen Berezhnyy (199-F-95) tallied 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss.

Italy - Greece 69-64
Italy will play for the ninth place at the U16 European Championship. They will face Serbia tomorrow. The Azzurri held off Greece in Hradec Kralove tonight. Simone Fontecchio (197-F-95) came up with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Greece will take on Ukraine in the final game in Czech Republic. The Hellenes got to the better start. They grabbed a 17:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Greece maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They recorded a 37:34 halftime advantage. Things got even better for Greece in the third term. They made it a 6-point game at the final intermission 52:46. But Italy bounced back in the fourth quarter. Simone Fontecchio drained a triple to ignite a 13:3 run that put Italy on top 65:61. Michalis Liapis (190-G-95) converted three free throws to cut the deficit but Lorenzo Baldasso (190-G-95) fired from beyond the arc and Italy ran away with a tough win at the end. Lorenzo Baldasso finished with 15 points, while Alessandro Maccaferri (175-PG-95) produced 12 points in the victory. Michalis Liapis responded with 12 points for Greece. Anastasios Spyropoulos (196-G-95) chipped in 11 points in defeat.
Group G
Bulgaria - Poland 85-104
Poland earned the crucial victory in the battle against relegation at U16 European Championship. Mikolaj Witlinski (201-F-95) tallied 27 points and 11 rebounds to pace the winners. Poland improved at 3-1 record, while Bulgaria fell at 0-4 record in Group G. Poland grabbed the lead early on. They posted a 24:13 lead at the first intermission. Poland maintained the advantage throughout the second term. They recorded a 47:37 halftime advantage. Poland gained a 15-point lead midway through the third term. They continued to mount the pressure posting a 76:55 lead with ten minutes remaining. The Polish team did not slow down in the final quarter and rallied to the victory at the end. Bartosz Wrobel (186-G-95) accounted for 19 points, while Damian Jeszke (200-F-95) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Aleksandar Vezenkov (204-F-95) responded with 35 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for Bulgaria. Anguel Peychinov (196-F-95) delivered 13 points in the loss.

Lithuania - Montenegro 76-72
Lithuania recorded the fourth straight win at the U16 European Championship classification round Group G. They overcame Montenegro to stay undefeated. The victory sealed Division A birth for Lithuania for next season. Edvinas Seskus (191-F-95) fired 29 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and handed out 6 assists to pace the winners. Montenegro fell at 1-3 record after the loss. The Balkan team ensured a slightly better start. They registered a 20:16 lead at the first intermission. But Lithuania turned things around in the second quarter. They erupted for 24 points to build a 40:36 halftime lead. Lithuania boosted the margin in the third term. They limited Montenegro to just 10 points to ensure a 16-point lead with one quarter remaining. Montenegro cut the deficit to just two points with under two minutes remaining but Edvinas Seskus came up with a timely bucket and Lithuania escaped with a tough win at the end. Pijus Mykolaitis (198-F-95) produced 12 points, while Paulius Valinskas (185-G-95) and Gediminas Zalalis (203-C-95) had 7 points each in the win. Luka Savic (199-F-95) responded with 23 points for Montenegro. Stanko Latkovic (184-G-95) netted 15 points in the losing effort.



Qualifying Round ends in Pardubice and Hradec Kralove - Aug 3, 2011
Group E
Russia - Greece 81-70
Russia improved at 2-3 record in Group G of classification round at U16 European Championship. They outscored Greece to stay hopeful about quarterfinal appearance. Greece suffered the third loss in a row to fell at 0-5 record. Russia led throughout the opening period. However they claimed jus a one-point advantage at the first break 18:17. Pavel Sizov (198-F-95) gave Russia a double-digit lead midway through the second frame. They arrived at halftime up by 6 points 39:33. Russia used a 10:2 run in the third period to boost the gap at 15-point mark. The Hellenes faced a 10-point deficit at the final break 48:58. Greece could not threaten the margin in the final period. Russia stayed comfortable in front rolling to the victory at the end. Pavel Sizov came up with 23 points for Russia. Viacheslav Fedorchenko (188-G-95) added 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory. Georgios Diamantakos (210-C-95) responded with 14 points for Greece. Michail Liapis (188-G-95) had 12 points in defeat.

Germany - Czech Republic 72-78
Czech Republic earned the second straight win at the U16 European Championship Qualifying Round. They prevailed against Germany to improve at 4-1 record in Group E. Radovan Kouril (182-PG-95) notched 19 points and 7 assists to pace the winners. Germany in the meantime suffered the second straight loss. They fell at 3-2 record in the third position in the ladder. Czech Republic fired 29 points in the starting quarter to take a 4-point lead at the break. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second term. They arrived at halftime up by six points 47:41. Czech Republic did not allow German counterparts any closer in the third frame. The Czech team posted a 62:54 lead with ten minutes remaining. Germany got within just two points 70:72 with under three minutes remaining. But Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) and Radovan Kouril scored next five points and Czech Republic ran away for the victory. Jiri Soula (187-G-95) produced 16 points, 6 boards and 6 steals, while Prokop Slanina had 14 points in defeat. David Taylor (188-PG-95) knocked down 17 points for Germany. Maximilian Ugrai (196-F-95) netted 13 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Serbia - Spain 72-74
Spain wrapped up their Qualifying Round at U16 European Championship campaign with win. They outscored Serbia for 4-1 record in Group E. Spain thus ensured the second-place finish in the pool. Serbia fell at 2-3 record and appeared in the fifth position in the ladder narrowly missing the quarterfinal stage. Agusti Sans (195-F-95) stepped up with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The lead changed hands throughout the opening quarter before Spain grabbed a 21:17 advantage. Spain stayed in charge throughout the second term but Serbia would not go away. The Balkan team trailed by just a single point 31:32 at halftime. Brano Djukanovic (193-G-95) and Tejic put the Serbian team in front early in the third term. But eventually Spain recovered posting a 48:46 lead with ten minutes remaining. Spain used an 11:2 run to open an 8-point lead with under two minutes remaining. However Nikola Rebic (186-PG-95), Brano Djukanovic and Marko Guduric (193-G-95) made it 72:73 with 10 seconds to go. Agusti Sans hit just one free throw after being fouled but a three-pointer from Brano Djukanovic rimmed out sealing the win for Spain. Ferran Ventura (178-PG-95) knocked down 15 points, while Javier De La Blanca (197-F-95) contributed 13 points in the victory. Brano Djukanovic responded with 17 points for Serbia. Nikola Rebic and Marko Guduric had 12 points apiece in defeat.
Group F
Turkey - Ukraine 71-51
Turkey wrapped up U16 European Championship Qualifying Round with victory. They coasted past Ukraine to grab 3-2 record in Group F. Deniz Kruszynski (191-PG-95) scored 19 points to pace the winners as they clinched the third spot in the ladder. Ukraine suffered the third loss in a row to fell at 0-5 record at the bottom of the standings. Anton Dziuba (201-F-95) opened the game with a three-pointer but Turkey quickly surged ahead. They ensured a 20:11 lead after ten minutes. Turkey limited Ukraine to just six points in the second term to stretch their lead to 19 points at halftime 36:17. Turkey kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 14 points 53:39. Ukraine opened the final period with five points in a row to narrow the deficit. But Turkey reacted with a 12:1 run of their own to clear off for good. Ayberk Guleryuz (206-C-95) netted 14 points, while Adnan Mustafa (188-G-95) had 10 points in the win. Anton Dziuba responded with 11 points for Ukraine. Oleksandr Biella (200-C-95) and Yevgen Sakhniuk netted 7 points each in the loss.

Italy - Latvia 66-76
Latvia caught the last train into U16 European Championship playoffs. They outlasted Italy in crucial game to clinch the fourth place in Group F. Davis Geks (183-G-95) unloaded 25 points in the victory. Latvia stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. The Baltic team erupted for 31 points in the starting frame to ensure a 10-point lead. The Azzurri narrowed the deficit at 8-point mark at halftime. Italy got even closer in the third term. They narrowed the margin at just 6 points with one quarter remaining 54:60. However Latvia struck when it mattered the most. Davis Geks triggered an 11:0 run that put Latvia up by 12 points 74:62 and they never looked back en route to the win. Rolands Smits (201-C-95) delivered 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Armands Ginters (194-F-95) and Kristaps Gluditis (188-PG-95) added 10 points each in the win. Alessandro Maccaferri (175-PG-95) responded with 25 points for Italy. Federico Di Pramero accounted for 19 points in the loss.
Group G
Poland - Montenegro 67-55
Poland posted the second victory in U16 European Championship classification round. They held off Montenegro to improve at 2-1 record in Group G. Mikolaj Witlinski (201-F-95) tallied 16 points and 20 rebounds in the win. Montenegro fell at 1-2 record. The teams stayed close throughout the first half. Poland enjoyed a 16:14 lead after ten minutes. Montenegro stayed close cutting the deficit at just a single point 32:33 at halftime. Poland opened the second half with nine consecutive points to clear off. They established a 54:44 advantage with one quarter remaining. Poland did not allow their opponents closer than 10 points throughout the final term rallying to a comfortable win at the end. Adam Mazur (188-G-95) posted 15 points, while Szymon Michalik (195-F-95) notched 11 points in the victory. Luka Savic (199-F-95) and Luka Djurovic (199-F-95) responded with 15 points each for Montenegro.

Lithuania - Bulgaria 92-77
Lithuania recorded the third straight win at the U16 European Championship classification round. They overcame Bulgaria to stay undefeated in Group G. Edvinas Seskus (191-F-95) knocked down 25 points to lead the effort. Lithuania ensured a 23:18 lead after ten minutes. Lithuania used a 9:2 run midway through the second term to record a 32:22 advantage. The Baltic team posted a 50:35 halftime lead. Lithuania kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. They registered a 73:53 lead with one quarter remaining. Bulgaria never rebounded in the fourth term suffering the third loss in a row in Group G. Paulius Zalys (198-F-95) delivered 14 points, while Paulius Valinskas (185-G-95) added 13 points in the victory. Aleksandar Vezenkov (204-F-95) responded with 36 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for Bulgaria. Lyuboslav Mihaylov (191-G-95) contributed 12 points in defeat.


Division A. Qualifying Round Day 2 in Pardubice and Hradec Kralove - Aug 2, 2011
Group E
Czech Republic - Russia 80-75
Peterka leads the hosts over the Russian representatives at the U16 European Championship in Division A. Czech Republic won over Russia 80:75 for 3-1 record, while Russia fell at 1-3. Alexander Martynov (195-G-95) opened the game from the perimeter, but Czech Republic won the rest of the period and took 15:11 after 10 minutes. Jiri Soula (187-G-95) scored for 26:18 and Rubes brought double digit lead. Pavel Sizov (198-F-95) however scored 11 points in a row for Russia to give them 42:40 advantage at the halftime. After 21-14 in the third period, the hosts took 61:56 after thirty minutes and managed to save 5-point deficit. Peterka exploded with 26 points and 17 rebounds, while Jiri Soula posted 17. Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) netted 13, whilst Radovan Kouril (182-PG-95) added 11. Pavel Sizov replied with 25 points in the losing effort, whilst Alexander Martynov posted 19.

Spain - Germany 54-42
Spain posted the fourth straight win at the U16 European Championship. They thumped German counterparts to gain 3-1 record in Group E. Agusti Sans (195-F-95) came up with 12 points to lead the effort. Germany suffered the first defeat at the tournament and fell at 3-1 record in the standings. Spain opened the game on an 8:2 run. They stayed in front to ensure a 15:9 lead at the first break. Germany managed to get within two points late in the half. They trailed by four 26:30 at the interval. Spain stretched the gap back to 12 points in the third quarter. They eventually posted a 47:31 lead with one quarter remaining. Germany limited their opponents to just 7 points in the fourth period but scored 11 which was too little to threaten the deficit. Alberto Martin (174-G-95) knocked down 11 points in the victory. Ismet Akpinar (188-PG-95) responded with 12 points for Germany. Janis Stielow (192-G-95) and Stefan Ilzhofer (198-F-95) netted 6 points apiece in the loss.

Greece - Serbia 74-82
Serbia prevailed against Greece at Qualifying Round of U16 European Championship. The victory carried Serbia at 2-2 record in the standings. Nikola Rebic (186-PG-95) and Brano Djukanovic (193-G-95) knocked down 16 points to lead the charge. Greece fell at 0-4 record after the loss. Serbia jumped in front early in the game but Greece responded with an 8:0 run midway through the period to take a 14:9 lead. Serbia trailed by two points at the first break 14:16. The Serbian team used a 9:1 run midway through the second stanza to grab a 34:24 advantage. They clinched a 42:33 halftime lead. Greece stayed within striking distance throughout the third frame. They levelled things up at 54 before Serbia eked out a 59:56 lead with one quarter remaining. The Hellenes drew things level at 74 with just over a minute remaining. But Nikola Rebic answered with a three-pointer triggering an 8:0 run that sealed the win for Serbia. Dorde Kaplanovic (204-F-95) and Djoko Salic (208-C-95) provided 11 points each in the victory. Michail Liapis (188-G-95) responded with 18 points for Greece. Georgios Papadionysioy (185-PG-95) finished with 13 points in defeat.
Group F
Ukraine - Italy 45-68
Italy registered the first win at the U16 European Championship Qualifying Round. They breezed past Ukraine for 1-3 record in Group F. Lorenzo Baldasso (190-G-95) and Federico Di Prampero (188-PG-95) scored 16 points each to lead the effort. Ukraine suffered the second loss in a row and fell at 0-4 record. Italy secured a 13:7 lead after ten minutes of action. Ukraine opened the second term with seven points in a row to surge ahead but Italy reacted with a 12:0 run to regain control. The Azzurri entered the second half up by 7 points 25:18. Italy used a 7:0 run midway through the third frame to post a 38:24 lead. The Azzurri claimed a 49:30 lead with one quarter remaining. They never looked back afterward coasting to the victory at the end. Alessandro Maccaferri (175-PG-95) delivered 14 points in the win. Anton Dziuba (201-F-95) responded with 11 points for Ukraine. Stanislav Kudrya (186-PG-95) had 8 points in the loss.

France - Turkey 51-44
France registered the second straight win at the U16 European Championship Qualifying Round. They held off Turkey in the battle of defences to improve at 4-0 record on top of Group F. Turkey slipped at 2-2 record after the loss. The lead changed hands throughout intense first frame. Rigot gave Les Bleus a narrow 16:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Turkey went on a 9:0 run midway through the second term to take a 24:18 lead. They arrived at halftime up by 5 points 27:22. Birsen opened a double-digit lead for the Turkish team midway through the third quarter. But France managed to deny the deficit as the teams entered the fourth period tied at 38. The teams stayed close early in the fourth term but eventually Les Bleus crowned the regulation with nine points in a row to snatch victory at the end. Olivier Yao-Delon (193-G-95) delivered 16 points for Les Bleus. Damien Inglis (198-F-95) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Cedi Osman (195-PG-95) responded with 12 points for Turkey. Ayberk Guleryuz (206-C-95) had 11 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Latvia - Croatia 56-69
Croatia extended their perfect run at U16 European Championship. They overcame Latvia for the fifth straight win at the tournament. Marko Arapovic (206-C-96) scored 15 points to pace the winners. Croatia improved at 4-0 record, while Latvia fell at 1-3 in Group F. Croatia capped the opening period with a 12:2 run to build a 21:13 lead. Zgancec opened a double-digit lead for Croatia early in the second quarter. But Latvia managed to cut the deficit at 4-point mark at the interval 29:33. Latvia went on a 6:0 run at the start of the second half to spur in front. But the Croats finished the period on a strong run to establish a 54:45 lead with one quarter remaining. Tomislav Gabric (201-G-95) and Bosnjak boosted the margin to 14-point mark early in the fourth frame and Croatia never looked back en route to the victory. Paolo Marinelli delivered 13 points, while Tomislav Gabric had 10 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Davis Geks answered with 16 points for Latvia. Armands Ginters netted 12 points in the loss.
Group G
Bulgaria - Montenegro 68-81
Montenegro held off Bulgaria in classification round Group G at U16 European Championship. The victory propelled Montenegro to 1-1 record. Luka Savic (199-F-95) stepped up with 22 points to lead the winners. Bulgaria slipped at 0-2 record after the loss. The teams traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. Montenegro posted a 20:18 lead ten minutes into the game. The teams went neck and neck throughout the second period. Montenegro registered a 35:33 lead at the interval. Luka Savic, Mijatovic and Petar Dubljevic gave Montenegro a 57:45 lead late in the third quarter. They entered the final frame up by 11 points 62:51. The margin just kept on growing in the final quarter as Montenegro rallied to a confident win at the end. Petar Dubljevic notched 13 points, while Stanko Latkovic (184-G-95) and Luka Djurovic (199-F-95) accounted for 12 points apiece in the win. Vassil Stoimenov (198-F-95) responded with 19 points for Bulgaria. Aleksandar Vezenkov (204-F-95) had 18 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.

Lithuania - Poland 85-78
Lithuania recorded the second straight win at the U16 European Championship. They outscored Poland for 2-0 record in classification round Group G. Edvinas Seskus (191-F-95) stepped up with 18 points and 10 assists for the winners. Poland fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Lithuania earned an 18:11 lead midway through the opening period. But Poland capped the period with 5 points in a row to narrow the deficit. Poland went on a 9:0 run in the second frame to surge ahead. They maintained the lead recording a 45:38 halftime advantage. Lithuania needed a 10:0 rally to post a 61:57 lead midway through the third term. The Baltic team arrived at the final intermission up by three points 65:62. Lithuania kept the pressure on Poland. Karolis Razukas (198-F-95) and Mykolaitis bolstered the margin to 7 points with just over two minutes to go and Lithuania ran for the victory. Paulius Valinskas (185-G-95) nailed 14 points, while Karolis Razukas added 12 points in the win. Mikolaj Witlinski (201-F-95) responded with 35 points and 13 rebounds for Poland. Damian Jeszke (200-F-95) had 15 points in the losing effort.


Division A. Qualifying Round Day 1 in Pardubice and Hradec Kralove - Aug 1, 2011
Group E
Russia - Spain 47-75
Spain secured the first win at the Qualifying Round of U16 European Championship. They prevailed against Russia for 2-1 record in Group E. Javier De La Blanca (197-F-95) scored 17 points in the victory. Spain opened the game with seven points in a row. They maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter posting a 19:9 lead after ten minutes. Spain boosted the margin at 24-point mark midway through the second term. They ensured a 41:21 lead at the interval. Russia could not get closer throughout the third frame. Spain eased to a 57:29 lead with one quarter to go. Russia never threatened the margin in the final period as Spain drove to the victory at the end. Alberto Martin (174-G-95) contributed 13 points and 10 assists for Spain. Carlos Garcia (204-C-95) added 10 points in the win. Pavel Sizov (198-F-95) replied with 16 points for Russia. Alexander Martynov (195-G-95) netted 7 points in defeat.

Serbia - Czech Republic 88-75
Serbia opened Qualifying Round of U16 European Championship with victory. They upset hosting Czech Republic to improve at 1-2 record in Group E. Nikola Rebic (186-PG-95) stepped up with 21 points to pace the winners. Czech Republic suffered the first loss at the tournament and fell at 2-1 record in the ladder. Serbia started the game strongly. They registered a 20:10 lead midway through the opening quarter. They accumulated a 30:18 advantage after ten minutes of action. Serbia kept their opponents at bay throughout the bigger part of the second quarter. Czech Republic managed to cap the half with an 8:2 run to narrow the deficit at 8-point mark 36:44. Martin Peterka (199-F-95) opened the second half with a three-pointer to pull Czech Republic even closer. But Serbia grabbed control back and stayed in charge in the third term. They posted a 68:58 lead with one quarter remaining. The hosts could not threaten the margin in the final frame as Serbia came out winners. Brano Djukanovic (193-G-95) and Dusan Ristic (207-C/F-95) provided 14 points each in the victory. Radovan Kouril and Martin Peterka responded with 20 points apiece for Czech Republic. The latter one added 17 boards.

Germany - Greece 55-49
Germany registered the fourth straight win at the U16 European Championship. They opened the Qualifying Round campaign with a tough win over Greece. Ismet Akpinar (188-PG-95) delivered 13 points to pace the German team. Germany jumped at 3-0 record, while the Hellenes slipped at 0-3. Germany limited Greece to 9 points in the first quarter posting a 6-point lead. They stayed in front throughout the second period. Germany established a 28:25 halftime advantage. Greece opened the second half with five points in a row to surge ahead. Germany regained the lead pretty quickly but the Hellenes capped the period with 5:2 surge to post a 39:38 lead. Germany needed a 6:0 run to earn back the lead. Germany kept Greece scoreless for almost two minutes late in the game to steal a narrow victory at the end. David Taylor (188-PG-95) finished with 12 points, while Jan Wimberg (202-G-96) had 8 points and 11 boards in the victory. Michail Liapis (188-G-95) delivered 12 points for Greece. Georgios Diamantakos (210-C-95) provided 8 points in the loss.
Group F
Turkey - Latvia 75-72
Turkey outgun Latvia at the start of the U18 European Championship Qualifying Round. They prevailed against Latvia to improve at 2-1 record in Group F. Metecan Birsen (203-F/G-95) stepped up with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Latvia got to a brilliant start. They outscored Turkey to post a 20:8 lead at the first break. But Turkey gradually adjusted their game. They capped the half on an 18:3 run to level things up at 35. Metecan Birsen put Turkey in front midway through the third term. They earned a 48:40 lead before Latvia narrowed the deficit at just two points with one quarter to go 50:52. Turkey tipped off the final term with ten points in a row to boost the margin. Latvia did not surrender and narrowed the gap at just a single point 69:70 with 35 seconds remaining. Ayberk Guleryuz (206-C-95) and Metecan Birsen answered with five points in a row and Turkey rallied to the victory at the end. Ayberk Guleryuz knocked down 13 points, while Mehmet Alemdaroglu (202-F-96) netted 11 points in the win. Ivars Zvigurs (193-G-95) responded with 19 points, 11 boards and 4 assists for Latvia. Rolands Smits (201-C-95) netted 16 points in defeat.

Italy - France 56-76
France recorded the first win at the U16 European Championship Qualifying Round. They held off Italy to improve at 3-0 record in Group F. Damien Inglis (198-F-95) stepped up with 22 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the close first frame. Les Bleus eked out a 19:18 lead after ten minutes. Etienne Joumard scored four points in a row midway through the second term to give France a 42:32 lead. France established a 45:39 halftime advantage. The third term turned decisive as France limited the Azzurri to only 9 points. Les Bleus entered the fourth period up by 13 points 61:48. France did not slow down in the fourth period and raced to the win at the end. Etienne Joumard and Luidgy Laporal (201-C-95) provided 11 points apiece in the win. Alessandro Spatti (197-F-95) responded with 13 points for Italy. Alessandro Maccaferri (175-PG-95) delivered 10 points and 6 assists in the loss.

Croatia - Ukraine 86-83
Croatia earned the fourth straight win at the U16 European Championship. They overcame pesky Ukraine to improve at 3-0 record in Qualifying Round Group F. Mario Hezonja (200-F-95) finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds to pace the winners. Ukraine fell at 0-3 record after the defeat. Croatia seemed well in control midway through the opening quarter. They posted a 19:9 lead and rallied to a 26:17 advantage at the first break. Croatia kept their opponents at bay throughout the second quarter. They registered a 48:41 lead at the interval. Ukraine however did not allow Croatia to clear off in the third term. Stansilav Medvedenko team stayed close trailing by just three points at the final intermission. Prokopenko eventually put Ukraine in front 69:68 in the final period. The lead changed hands for several times as Ukraine entered the final minute of regulation up by a single point 83:82. But Mario Hezonja stepped up for Croatia. He sank two free throws and then fed Ivan Jukic (190-G/F-95) for a jumper as Croatia escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Ivan Jukic nailed 16 points, while Domagoj Bosnjak (197-G-95) netted 15 points in the win. Yevgen Sakhniuk (200-F/C-95) responded with 22 points and 8 boards for Ukraine. Stanislav Kudrya (186-PG-95) netted 16 points in the loss.
Group G
Poland - Bulgaria 81-65
Poland earned the first win at the U16 European Championship classification round Group G. They overcame Bulgaria in the battle against relegation. Damian Jeszke stepped up with 21 points and 13 rebounds to pace the winners. The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame but eventually Poland eked out a 22:17 lead. Aleksandar Vezenkov (204-F-95) put Bulgaria in front midway through the second frame. Bulgaria posted a 41:39 halftime lead. Poland used an 8:0 run midway through the third quarter to put their noses in front. They ensured a 57:54 lead at the final intermission. Poland opened the final term on a 12:3 run to take a 69:57 lead. Soon the margin grew at 21-point mark and Poland never looked back en route to the victory. Mikolaj Witlinski (201-F-95) delivered 15 points and 16 boards for Poland. Denis Socha (185-G-95) and Marek Walczak (188-G-95) contributed 11 points each in the victory. Aleksandar Vezenkov responded with 30 points and 15 rebounds for Bulgaria. Angel Dinkov (187-G-95) added 16 points in the loss.

Montenegro - Lithuania 55-73
Lithuania registered the first win at the classification round of U16 European Championship. They outscored Montenegro to improve at 1-0 record in Group G. Edvinas Seskus (191-F-95) finished with 19 points and 12 boards to pace the winners. Lithuania piled up a 16:8 lead after ten minutes of action. Edvinas Seskus scored first five points of the second term to stretch the lead for the Baltic team. They arrived at halftime up by as many as 21 points 42:21. Lithuania kept their opponents at bay in the third stanza. They established a comfortable 55:37 lead with one quarter remaining. Montenegro never threatened the margin in the fourth period as Lithuania rolled to the victory at the end. Zydrunas Jurgutis (178-PG-95) accounted for 13 points, while Paulius Sakinis (197-F-95) netted 12 points in the win. Luka Djurovic (199-F-95) responded with 19 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Montenegro. Luka Savic (199-F-95) accounted for 12 points in the loss.



Division A: Day 2 in Hradec Kralove and Pardubice - Jul 30, 2011
Group A
Spain - Poland 76-47
Spain revenged for the first loss in Czech Republic beating Poland in the start of Day 2. Spain smashed the opponents 76:47 at the U16 European Championship in Division A. It was an easy start for the Spanish team that erupted with 9-0 run and enjoyed 14-point advantage after the first 10 minutes. Filip Pruefer (208-C-96) closed the first period, while Adrian Krawczyk (180-PG-95) reduced to 31:18. Poland increased their own defensive intensity to hold the Spanish team to 11 points in the second quarter, but Spain still held a 35:26 lead at half-time. The third quarter had a slow start as both teams nailed two points each in the first four minutes of it. Sans scored for 39:28 and Jeszke closed it at 53:39. Spain added 23-8 in the last stanza for the final success. Martin stepped up with 16 points and Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Moix netted 13, while Jose Nogues (202-C-95) scored 8. Witlinski delivered 10 points in the losing effort, while Adrian Krawczyk and Socha posted 7 apiece.

Greece - Czech Republic 56-85
Czech Republic won Group A after the first two victories of the U16 European Championship. In Day 2 the hosts edged Greece 85:56 and improved to 2-0 record. Neither Spain, nor Greece can overtake the favorites that will clinch the top place even if they lose to Poland tomorrow. The first quarter was the most offensive and productive in the game. Both teams scored 49 points for 27:22 hosts lead. Sokratis Gkelios (198-F-95) reduced to three points early in the second, while Soukal scored for 35:28. David Subert (182-PG-95) sent the squads to the lockers for 43:31 as Czech Republic won the period 16-9. The third and the last quarters also belonged to the hosts that scored 21 points each in both of them. At first they won the third quarter 21-11 and then added 21-14 in the last stanza. Radovan Kouril (182-PG-95) stepped up with 22 points and Soula netted 16. Martin Peterka (199-F-95) posted 15, while Dedek added 13. Liapis ended up with 12 points in the losing case and Spyropoulos scored 11.
Group B
Germany - Montenegro 71-54
Germany improved to 2-0 record in Group B of the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. The German team edged Montenegro 71:54 to stay perfect. Luka Djurovic (199-F-95) and Ugrai nailed threes in the start of the game, while Savic tied the game at 7:7. Germany grabbed a 13-0 run for 20:7 as Stielow closed it with a jump shot. Luka Djurovic was the last to score in the frame for 23:12. Germany won the second period 19-16 and enjoyed 42:28 halftime advantage. Wimberg opened the scoring account in the third frame and Niklas Ney (205-C-95) brought 51:38. Montenegro meanwhile closed the frame with 4-0 run as Luka Djurovic reduced to 51:42. With 20-12 Germany finished the last period to seal the second straight win in Hradec Kralove. Niklas Ney led the way with 14 points, while Ismet Akpinar (188-PG-95) netted 13. Taylor followed them with 12, while two other players scored 7 apiece. Luka Djurovic had a great night in defeat with 29 points, while Mijatovic scored 9.

Serbia - Russia 83-91
Russia beat Serbia to tie both record at 1-1 in Group B of the U16 European Championship. Russia trailed 11 points after the first period, but won the game 91:83. Rebic gave Serbia 15:7 and Kaplanovic made two free throws for 20:11. Nikita Tiptsov (193-F-95) replied for 24:13 at the end of the first period. Russia trailed in the whole second period and only managed to reduce to 4 points at the end of the half. Martynov and Alexander Gankevich (197-F-95) were the last players to score in the half for 44:40. The game really turned at the end of the third quarter, as the Russian team took a five-point deficit and turned it into a ten-point lead inside five minutes. Pavel Sizov (198-F-95) tied the game at 63:63 as the teams finished thirty minutes in the court. In the last stanza Russia took the lead and held it for good. Fedorchenko exploded with 33 points and Martynov notched 17. Alexander Gankevich poured in 12, while Pavel Sizov scored 10. Rebic delivered 26 points in the losing effort and Brano Djukanovic (193-G-95) netted 17. Salic chipped in 12, while Ristic added 10.
Group C
Lithuania - France 61-55
The Baltic state beat France to tie both records at 1-1 at the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. Lithuania turned the tables in the third quarter, holding the French team scoreless for 8 minutes and to establish a strong advantage for 61:55 win. France won the opening tip with 5-1 run and increased to 11:5 with a Biog shot. Serkevicius brought Lithuania to 19:19 at the end of the first period, while Pijus Mykolaitis (198-F-95) later tied the game at 23:23. France looked better at the end of the half and winning the period 15:13, Paul Lou Duwiquet (193-G-95) sent the squads to the lockers for 34:32. The third quarter was a nightmare for France that could not score for eight minutes and allowed Lithuania to take 43:34 lead. Serkevicius scored for 57:49 and he also posted the last points for the winners. Damien Inglis (198-F-95) made four free throws for France to reduce to 6 points at the end. Serkevicius paced all the winners with 18 points, Edvinas Seskus (191-F-95) netted 15 and Zalalis brought 7. Damien Inglis answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Rozenfeld notched 10.

Ukraine - Latvia 61-71
Latvia outscored Ukraine to improve to 2-0 with a 71:61 win in Pardubice. Latvia beat Lithuania in the opener and wanted to prove their ambitions in Day 2. The Baltic side took 10:5 in the middle of the frame, but Boyarkin brought 14:13 for Ukraine. Kristaps Gluditis (188-PG-95) meanwhile closed the opening quarter at 22:16 and Ginters brought 31:29. Both teams exchanged the leads in the end of the half as Gertsons gve Latvia 42:41 at the end of twenty minutes. The third quarter was low-scoring, and Kristaps Gluditis broke a 52:52 tie with a three-point play to give Latvia the lead heading to the final period.Ginters scored for 57:54 and Smits delivered two fro 63:57. Plavnieks closed the game with a free throw for 2-0 record on top of Group C with his side. Geks stepped up with 14 points for the winners and Smits as well as Kristaps Gluditis added 11 points each. Ivars Zvigurs (193-G-95) followed them with 10 points for the second straight success. Prokopenko ended up with 21 points and 13 rebounds in defeat, while Boyarkin and Berezhnyy netted 8 each.
Group D
Bulgaria - Italy 72-84
Italy celebrated their first victory at the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. The Italian side beat Bulgaria 84:72 for 1-1 record, while Bulgaria fell at 0-2. Both teams stayed close to each other in the first period and only at the end of the frame Bulgaria took 19:16 lead. Italy used a 12-0 run to turn an early deficit into a lead, but Aleksandar Vezenkov (204-F-95) drained a three-pointer with five seconds remaining to leave Italy one point ahead at the break, 41:40. Aleksandar Vezenkov later scored for 49:41 and Dinkov nailed three for 54:48. Stoimenov scored another shot from the perimeter to close the third quarter at 59:56. The last frame however belonged to Italy. The latter erupted with 28-13 to seal the victory. Late baskets by Lorenzo Benvenuti (202-F/C-95) and Fontecchio ensured the initial victory for Italy. Di Prampero paced all the winners with 26 points, while Lorenzo Benvenuti collected 18 points and 12 rebounds. Baldasso nailed 16 and Maccaferri delivered 11. Aleksandar Vezenkov replied with 21 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort and Milov netted 12.

Croatia - Turkey 91-85
Croatia consigned Turkey to the first defeat and became the only undefeated team in Group D of the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. Croatia won 91:85 for 2-0 record, while Turkey fell at 1-1, despite a great game from Cedi Osman (195-PG-95). The first period proved the great performance from both teams in the court. Jukic and Cedi Osman closed the period at 24:21, while Marko Arapovic (206-C-96) gave Croatia 30:22 early int he second. Cedi Osman and Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) reduced to 4 points, while Sanli sent the squads to the lockers for 47:41. Turkey trailed more than 10 points throughout the third period, but cut it to 66:63 at the end of it. Cedi Osman brought last six points for Turkey to reduce to three and Okben Ulubay tied the game at 68:68. A 12-0 run from Croatia however was too much for the opponents. Tomic later scored the last points for the winners to take 2-0 record with them. Hezonja poured in 24 points to lead all the winners, while Jukic nailed 16. Bosnjak posted 14 and Marko Arapovic scored 10. Cedi Osman ended up with 33 points in the losing effort and Okben Ulubay notched 18.


Division A: Day 2 in Hradec Kralove and Pardubice - Jul 30, 2011
Group A
Spain - Poland 76-47
Spain revenged for the first loss in Czech Republic beating Poland in the start of Day 2. Spain smashed the opponents 76:47 at the U16 European Championship in Division A. It was an easy start for the Spanish team that erupted with 9-0 run and enjoyed 14-point advantage after the first 10 minutes. Filip Pruefer (208-C-96) closed the first period, while Adrian Krawczyk (180-PG-95) reduced to 31:18. Poland increased their own defensive intensity to hold the Spanish team to 11 points in the second quarter, but Spain still held a 35:26 lead at half-time. The third quarter had a slow start as both teams nailed two points each in the first four minutes of it. Sans scored for 39:28 and Jeszke closed it at 53:39. Spain added 23-8 in the last stanza for the final success. Martin stepped up with 16 points and Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Moix netted 13, while Jose Nogues (202-C-95) scored 8. Witlinski delivered 10 points in the losing effort, while Adrian Krawczyk and Socha posted 7 apiece.

Greece - Czech Republic 56-85
Czech Republic won Group A after the first two victories of the U16 European Championship. In Day 2 the hosts edged Greece 85:56 and improved to 2-0 record. Neither Spain, nor Greece can overtake the favorites that will clinch the top place even if they lose to Poland tomorrow. The first quarter was the most offensive and productive in the game. Both teams scored 49 points for 27:22 hosts lead. Sokratis Gkelios (198-F-95) reduced to three points early in the second, while Soukal scored for 35:28. David Subert (182-PG-95) sent the squads to the lockers for 43:31 as Czech Republic won the period 16-9. The third and the last quarters also belonged to the hosts that scored 21 points each in both of them. At first they won the third quarter 21-11 and then added 21-14 in the last stanza. Radovan Kouril (182-PG-95) stepped up with 22 points and Soula netted 16. Martin Peterka (199-F-95) posted 15, while Dedek added 13. Liapis ended up with 12 points in the losing case and Spyropoulos scored 11.
Group B
Germany - Montenegro 71-54
Germany improved to 2-0 record in Group B of the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. The German team edged Montenegro 71:54 to stay perfect. Luka Djurovic (199-F-95) and Ugrai nailed threes in the start of the game, while Savic tied the game at 7:7. Germany grabbed a 13-0 run for 20:7 as Stielow closed it with a jump shot. Luka Djurovic was the last to score in the frame for 23:12. Germany won the second period 19-16 and enjoyed 42:28 halftime advantage. Wimberg opened the scoring account in the third frame and Niklas Ney (205-C-95) brought 51:38. Montenegro meanwhile closed the frame with 4-0 run as Luka Djurovic reduced to 51:42. With 20-12 Germany finished the last period to seal the second straight win in Hradec Kralove. Niklas Ney led the way with 14 points, while Ismet Akpinar (188-PG-95) netted 13. Taylor followed them with 12, while two other players scored 7 apiece. Luka Djurovic had a great night in defeat with 29 points, while Mijatovic scored 9.

Serbia - Russia 83-91
Russia beat Serbia to tie both record at 1-1 in Group B of the U16 European Championship. Russia trailed 11 points after the first period, but won the game 91:83. Rebic gave Serbia 15:7 and Kaplanovic made two free throws for 20:11. Nikita Tiptsov (193-F-95) replied for 24:13 at the end of the first period. Russia trailed in the whole second period and only managed to reduce to 4 points at the end of the half. Martynov and Alexander Gankevich (197-F-95) were the last players to score in the half for 44:40. The game really turned at the end of the third quarter, as the Russian team took a five-point deficit and turned it into a ten-point lead inside five minutes. Pavel Sizov (198-F-95) tied the game at 63:63 as the teams finished thirty minutes in the court. In the last stanza Russia took the lead and held it for good. Fedorchenko exploded with 33 points and Martynov notched 17. Alexander Gankevich poured in 12, while Pavel Sizov scored 10. Rebic delivered 26 points in the losing effort and Brano Djukanovic (193-G-95) netted 17. Salic chipped in 12, while Ristic added 10.
Group C
Lithuania - France 61-55
The Baltic state beat France to tie both records at 1-1 at the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. Lithuania turned the tables in the third quarter, holding the French team scoreless for 8 minutes and to establish a strong advantage for 61:55 win. France won the opening tip with 5-1 run and increased to 11:5 with a Biog shot. Serkevicius brought Lithuania to 19:19 at the end of the first period, while Pijus Mykolaitis (198-F-95) later tied the game at 23:23. France looked better at the end of the half and winning the period 15:13, Paul Lou Duwiquet (193-G-95) sent the squads to the lockers for 34:32. The third quarter was a nightmare for France that could not score for eight minutes and allowed Lithuania to take 43:34 lead. Serkevicius scored for 57:49 and he also posted the last points for the winners. Damien Inglis (198-F-95) made four free throws for France to reduce to 6 points at the end. Serkevicius paced all the winners with 18 points, Edvinas Seskus (191-F-95) netted 15 and Zalalis brought 7. Damien Inglis answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Rozenfeld notched 10.

Ukraine - Latvia 61-71
Latvia outscored Ukraine to improve to 2-0 with a 71:61 win in Pardubice. Latvia beat Lithuania in the opener and wanted to prove their ambitions in Day 2. The Baltic side took 10:5 in the middle of the frame, but Boyarkin brought 14:13 for Ukraine. Kristaps Gluditis (188-PG-95) meanwhile closed the opening quarter at 22:16 and Ginters brought 31:29. Both teams exchanged the leads in the end of the half as Gertsons gve Latvia 42:41 at the end of twenty minutes. The third quarter was low-scoring, and Kristaps Gluditis broke a 52:52 tie with a three-point play to give Latvia the lead heading to the final period.Ginters scored for 57:54 and Smits delivered two fro 63:57. Plavnieks closed the game with a free throw for 2-0 record on top of Group C with his side. Geks stepped up with 14 points for the winners and Smits as well as Kristaps Gluditis added 11 points each. Ivars Zvigurs (193-G-95) followed them with 10 points for the second straight success. Prokopenko ended up with 21 points and 13 rebounds in defeat, while Boyarkin and Berezhnyy netted 8 each.
Group D
Bulgaria - Italy 72-84
Italy celebrated their first victory at the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. The Italian side beat Bulgaria 84:72 for 1-1 record, while Bulgaria fell at 0-2. Both teams stayed close to each other in the first period and only at the end of the frame Bulgaria took 19:16 lead. Italy used a 12-0 run to turn an early deficit into a lead, but Aleksandar Vezenkov (204-F-95) drained a three-pointer with five seconds remaining to leave Italy one point ahead at the break, 41:40. Aleksandar Vezenkov later scored for 49:41 and Dinkov nailed three for 54:48. Stoimenov scored another shot from the perimeter to close the third quarter at 59:56. The last frame however belonged to Italy. The latter erupted with 28-13 to seal the victory. Late baskets by Lorenzo Benvenuti (202-F/C-95) and Fontecchio ensured the initial victory for Italy. Di Prampero paced all the winners with 26 points, while Lorenzo Benvenuti collected 18 points and 12 rebounds. Baldasso nailed 16 and Maccaferri delivered 11. Aleksandar Vezenkov replied with 21 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort and Milov netted 12.

Croatia - Turkey 91-85
Croatia consigned Turkey to the first defeat and became the only undefeated team in Group D of the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. Croatia won 91:85 for 2-0 record, while Turkey fell at 1-1, despite a great game from Cedi Osman (195-PG-95). The first period proved the great performance from both teams in the court. Jukic and Cedi Osman closed the period at 24:21, while Marko Arapovic (206-C-96) gave Croatia 30:22 early int he second. Cedi Osman and Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) reduced to 4 points, while Sanli sent the squads to the lockers for 47:41. Turkey trailed more than 10 points throughout the third period, but cut it to 66:63 at the end of it. Cedi Osman brought last six points for Turkey to reduce to three and Okben Ulubay tied the game at 68:68. A 12-0 run from Croatia however was too much for the opponents. Tomic later scored the last points for the winners to take 2-0 record with them. Hezonja poured in 24 points to lead all the winners, while Jukic nailed 16. Bosnjak posted 14 and Marko Arapovic scored 10. Cedi Osman ended up with 33 points in the losing effort and Okben Ulubay notched 18.


Division A: Day 1 in Hradec Kralove and Pardubice - Jul 28, 2011
Group A
Poland - Greece 59-73
Greece won their opener of the U16 European Championship in Division A. The Greek side overcame Poland 73:59 for the initial victory in Czech Republic. It was a tough start and both teams paid too much attention to defense in order not to make the mistakes. Trailing 9:11 in the middle of the frame, Mazur closed a 7-0 run for Poland as the latter enjoyed 19-16 at the end of the first period. Moreover Poland increased to 24:16, but failed in the rest of the game. Georgios Papadionysioy (185-PG-95) gave Greece 33:32 at the end of the half after Greece won the period 17-13. Kefalas later brought 51:40 and Kefalas reduced to 51:48 after thirty minutes. In the rest of the game Greece made the final push to seal the victory. Dimitrios Stamatis (188-G-96) paced all the winners with 13 points and Spyropoulos scored 12. Georgios Papadionysioy and Diamantakos delivered 10 points each for the first win. Socha and Witlinski scored 12 points each in defeat, while Damian Jeszke (200-F-95) posted 8.

Czech Republic - Spain 70-67
The hosts shock Spain in Pardubice at the start of the U16 European Championship in Division A. Czech Republic grabbed 70:67 in the opener in front of local fans. Spain enjoyed the lead until the end of the first period and only 7-0 run allowed the hosts to take the lead. Svoboda closed the first period at 26:20 and Kouril scored for 30:23. Zumer and Sans exchanged the free throws at the end of the half for 47:38 advantage. The third quarter completely belonged to the Spanish outfit that erupted with 22-11 for 60:58 lead. Kouril scored the first five points in the last quarter for 63:60 and Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) reduced to 68:67 with less than a minute to go. Dedek's shot at the every end was the last for the hosts that celebrated the first victory in Day 1. Kouril top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Peterka collected 16 points and 16 caroms. Jiri Soula (187-G-95) followed them with 10 points in the winning effort. Jiri Soula ended up with 24 points in the losing case and Ilimane Diop had 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Group B
Montenegro - Serbia 62-100
Serbia edged Montenegro in Pardubice's opener at the start of the U16 European Championship. The Serbian side nailed three digits for an easy 100:62 win. Serbia took the lead in the beginning of the game and never looked behind. Ristic nailed three for 19:9 and Marko Guduric (193-G-95) brought 26:10. Montenegro closed the period with a 6-0 run to trail 16:26 after the first 10 minutes. A 14-0 run to begin the second half finished the contest and marked the Serbians as a team-to-watch in this tournament. Dorde Kaplanovic (204-F-95) sent the squads to the lockers for 51:29 as Serbia won the frame 25-13. They did not even think of slowing down and after 31-14 in the third period reached 82:43 on the board. The task for the last period was to reach three digit number and Dorde Kaplanovic made the wish come true with 11 seconds to go. Serbia grabbed 100:62 win to become the leader of Group B in the tournament. Djukanovic poured in 20 points and Dorde Kaplanovic notched 19. Ristic collected 18 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Popovic added 15. Savic replied with 18 points in defeat and Draskovic delivered 15.

Russia - Germany 67-71
Germany recorded the first win at the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. They held off Russia in Group B opener for both teams. Ismet Akpinar delivered 20 points and 6 rebounds in the victory. Germany opened the game with eight points in a row to set the tone. Russia got closer but still trailed by four points at the first break 14:18. Germany maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They ensured a 37:33 advantage at the interval. Maximilian Ugrai (196-F-95) and Ney stretched the margin to 10-point mark midway through the third quarter. But Russia finished the third term on a strong rally to grab a 54:52 lead with one quarter remaining. Ismet Akpinar and Maximilian Ugrai gave the lead back to Germany late in regulation 68:64. David Taylor and Maximilian Ugrai then converted three free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for the German team. Maximilian Ugrai delivered 15 points and 8 rebounds, while David Taylor finished with 9 in the victory. Vasily Martynov (185-PG-95) responded with 17 points for Russia. Pavel Sizov had 13 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.
Group C
Latvia - Lithuania 83-80
Latvia wins the Baltic battle over Lithuania in the last game of the U16 European Championship in Division A. The Latvian side needed a strong end for 83:80 victory. Lithuania dominated the start of the game and won the opening period 27:19. Trailing 19:30 at the start of the second period, Latvia reduced to 44:43 at the halftime winning the second period 24-17. Zvigurs gave Latvia 47:44 lead, while Malmanis tied the game at 51:51. Lithuania managed to win the third quarter and had 63:56 at the end of thirty minutes. Latvia needed at first a 5-0 run to cut it to 67:62 and then Davis Geks (183-G-95) nailed three for 70:70. Latvia made the final push and won the game as Kristaps Gluditis (188-PG-95) made the last free throw for the winners. Smits stepped up with 23 points and Kristaps Gluditis chipped in 17. Davis Geks followed them with 11 points in the winning effort. Seskus collected 20 points and 12 rebounds in defeat, whilst Sakinis posted 11.

France - Ukraine 71-56
France won their opener of the U16 European Championship in Division A. The French outfit rolled over Ukraine 71:56 despite the slow start. Ukraine began the game well and, after a frenetic opening Ukraine pushed ahead and led 17:12 after the first quarter. Vladlen Berezhnyy (199-F-95) gave the team the biggest lead at 20:12, but it was too early to celebrate. Paul Lou Duwiquet (193-G-95) brought France 25:23 and Rigot scored for 31:25. Paul Lou Duwiquet closed a 19-0 run at the start of the second period as France had 44:25 deficit. Ukraine however bounced back with their run and reduced to 50:42 after Kharchynskyi's shot. Ville nailed three at the end of the third period for 54:44 and Luidgy Laporal (201-C-95) delivered two for 63:50 midway through the fourth quarter. France added 17-12 in the stanza to seal the victory. Inglis stepped up with 18 points and Paul Lou Duwiquet notched 16. Rigot posted 12, while Arthur Rozenfeld (180-PG-95) notched 10. Boyarkin finished the game with 19 points and Vladlen Berezhnyy collected 16 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.
Group D
Italy - Croatia 80-86
Croatia recorded the first win at the U16 European Championship. They held off Italy in Group D. Paolo Marinelli (184-G-95) knocked down 20 points to pace the Croatian side. Croatia stunned their opponents early in the game. They opened the game on an 18:2 run. Croatia secured a 26:15 lead at the first break. Croatia opened the second term with ten points in a row to boost the lead. The margin soon reached a 27-point mark. Croatia rallied to a comfortable 51:33 halftime advantage. But Italy gradually came back to life in the third quarter. They were able to narrow the deficit at 10-point mark with one quarter remaining 57:67. Mario Hezonja and Paolo Marinelli made it 72:57 for Italy early in the fourth quarter but Italy triggered an 11:2 run to narrow the gap to 4 points with 46 seconds to go. Paolo Marinelli reacted with a pair of free throws and Croatia ran away with the victory. Mario Hezonja netted 18 points, grabbed 8 boards and distributed 8 assists, while Domagoj Bosnjak (197-G-95) had 15 points in the victory. Alessandro Maccaferri (175-PG-95) responded with 23 points for Italy. Federico Di Prampero had 18 points in the loss.

Turkey - Bulgaria 85-75
Turkey and Bulgaria open Division A campaign in Hradec Kralove at the U16 European Championship. Turkey grabbed 85:75 win in the opener for the first winning record. Turkey started with 4-0 run and Sanli brought 10:2. Dinkov reduced to 14:13, while Emircan Kosut (208-C-95) closed the opening frame at 25:15. Turkey continued their dominance and reached 37:21 midway through the second quarter. Ulubay and Aleksandar Vezenkov (204-F-95) exchanged the late baskets in the half for 45:32. In the third frame Bulgaria managed to reduce to 8 points as they won the period 25-20. Sanli scored for 65:57 in the end of third period, while his Turkey added 20-18 in the last period for the win in the opener. Birsen stepped up with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Ulubay notched 11. Ayberk Guleryuz (206-C-95) and Sanli followed them with 10 points each. Aleksandar Vezenkov replied with 29 points in the losing case and Stoimenov posted 17.

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