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European Championships U16 Final Standings
 1. Spain
 2. Serbia
 3. Greece
 4. Italy
 5. France
 6. Croatia
 7. Turkey
 8. Germany
 9. Lithuania
 10. Ukraine
 11. Russia
 12. Poland
 13. Latvia
 14. Belgium
 15. Montenegro
 16. Sweden
Points Per Game
 Sviatoslav MYKHAILIUK
  (194-SG-97)
  Avg: 24
 1. Mykhailiuk, Cherka.24.0 
 2. Korkmaz, Pi Koleji23.3 
 3. Akyazili, Antwerp22.8 
 4. Slavica, Cibona20.8 
 5. Varnas, LTU N.19.8 
 6. Gombauld, CFBB17.3 
 7. Yusta, Real Madrid17.3 
 8. Karpenkov, Khimky15.0 
 9. Papagiannis, High14.8 
 10. Mazalin, Cedevita13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Niklas KIEL
  (202-SF-97)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Kiel, Finke Baskets13.5 
 2. Zizic, KK Split12.5 
 3. Papagiannis, High11.3 
 4. Gombauld, CFBB9.5 
 5. Karpenkov, Khimky9.0 
 6. Bender, KK Split8.8 
 7. Charalampopo., Pan.8.8 
 8. Glisic, Partizan8.8 
 9. Kratzer, TSV T.8.5 
 10. Arna, Fener.Ulker8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Stefan PENO
  GUY
  (193-SG-97)
  Avg: 5
 1. Peno, FCB Regal5.0 
 2. Mazalin, Cedevita4.8 
 3. Bender, KK Split4.8 
 4. Zotov, BC Donetsk3.8 
 5. Akyazili, Antwerp3.5 
 6. Sopin, Trinta M.3.3 
 7. Yakushin, CSKA3.3 
 8. Lopez, FIATC J.3.3 
 9. Dobrynin, CSKA3.3 
 10. Skokna, Kaptol3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Sviatoslav MYKHAILIUK
  (194-SG-97)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Mykhailiuk, Cherka.3.5 
 2. Yusta, Real Madrid3.3 
 3. La Torre, Roma S.3.3 
 4. Korkmaz, Pi Koleji3.3 
 5. Dobrynin, CSKA3.0 
 6. Loubaki, CFBB3.0 
 7. Lopez, FIATC J.3.0 
 8. Akyazili, Antwerp3.0 
 9. Mazalin, Cedevita2.8 
 10. Casero, BEL N.2.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Riccardo CATTAPAN
  (210-C-97)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Cattapan, PMS T.2.8 
 2. Zizic, KK Split2.5 
 3. Papagiannis, High2.5 
 4. Vila, FCB Regal2.0 
 5. Berezkin, Azovmash1.8 
 6. Yurtseven, Fener.U.1.8 
 7. Saulitis, DSN1.7 
 8. Miladinovic, Crv.Z.1.5 
 9. Bayrak, Fener.Ulker1.5 
 10. Bender, KK Split1.5 
European Championships U16 Stage Two Standings
Group E
 1. Greece 5-0 
 2. Turkey 3-2 
 3. Germany 3-2 
 4. Spain 3-2 
 5. Lithuania 1-4 
 6. Russia 0-5 
Group F
 1. Croatia 5-0 
 2. Serbia 4-1 
 3. Italy 3-2 
 4. France 2-3 
 5. Ukraine 1-4 
 6. Montenegro 0-5 
Group G (Places 13-16)
 1. Poland 3-0 
 2. Belgium 2-1 
 3. Sweden 1-2 
 4. Latvia 0-3 
European Championships U16 Stage One Standings
Group A
 1. Greece 3-0 
 2. Spain 2-1 
 3. Russia 1-2 
 4. Belgium 0-3 
Group B
 1. Turkey 3-0 
 2. Germany 2-1 
 3. Lithuania 1-2 
 4. Sweden 0-3 
Group C
 1. Serbia 3-0 
 2. France 2-1 
 3. Montenegro. 1-2 
 4. Poland 0-3 
Group D
 1. Croatia 3-0 
 2. Italy 1-2 
 3. Latvia 1-2 
 4. Ukraine 1-2 

Stefan Pano was the MVP


Spain triumph in Kyiv (Photo: FIBA Europe)

Starting five
#s#
Sergi Garcia
Garcia
Xabier Lopez
Lopez
Santiago Yusta
Yusta
Samuel Rodriguez
Rodriguez
Ramon Vila
Vila
#e#5
4Pablo Perez 181-PG-97 Valencia Basket Spain
5Sergi Garcia 184-PG-97 Islas Baleares Spain
6Xabier Lopez 197-F-97 FIATC Joventut Spain
7Tomeu Rigo 193-SG-97 Cajasol Spain
8Rafael Blanco 202-PF-97 Real Madrid Spain
9Carlos Hidalgo 184-PG-97 Cajasol Spain
10Santiago Yusta 198-F-97 Real Madrid Spain
11Juan Oliva 202-F/C-97 UCAM Murcia Spain
12Samuel Rodriguez 200-F/C-97 FIATC Joventut Spain
13Ramon Vila 202-C-97 FCB Regal Spain
14Jaume Sorolla 193-F-97 FCB Regal Spain
15Jose Blazquez 197-F-97 Real Madrid Spain

Jose Ignacio Hernandez Head Coach Rivas Ecopolis Spain
Jose Silva Assistant
Joan Cuadrat Assistant


Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Awards 2013 - Sep 2, 2013

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 1st Team 2013
Stefan Peno
Peno
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
Mykhailiuk
Xabier Lopez
Lopez
Milos Glisic
Glisic
Georgios Papagiannis
Papagiannis

Best Player: Stefan Peno (193-SG-97) of Serbia
Best Guard: Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (194-SG-97) of Ukraine
Best Forward: Xabier Lopez (197-F-97) of Spain
Best Center: Georgios Papagiannis (7'0''-C-97) of Greece

1st Team
SG: Stefan Peno (193-SG-97) of Serbia
SG: Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (194-SG-97) of Ukraine
F: Xabier Lopez (197-F-97) of Spain
PF: Milos Glisic (200-PF-98) of Serbia
C: Georgios Papagiannis (7'0''-C-97) of Greece

2nd Team
PG: Thomas Akyazili (180-PG-97) of Belgium
SG: Furkan Korkmaz (193-SG-97) of Turkey
F: Vasileios Charalampopoulos (203-F-97) of Greece
PF: Dragan Bender (205-PF-97) of Croatia
C/F: Ante Zizic (201-C/F-97) of Croatia

3rd Team
G: Wiktor Sewiol (193-G-97) of Poland
F/G: Andrea La Torre (202-F/G-97) of Italy
SF: Martynas Varnas (191-SF-97) of Lithuania
PF: Stephane Gombauld (202-PF-97) of France
C: Martynas Echodas (194-C-97) of Lithuania

Honorable Mention
Milos Popovic (196-F-98) of Montenegro
Ilya Karpenkov (202-F/C-97) of Russia
Samuel Rodriguez (200-F/C-97) of Spain
Niklas Kiel (202-SF-97) of Germany
Maciej Bender (204-F-97) of Poland
Dionysis Skoulidas (200-PF-97) of Greece



Spain triumph in Kyiv - Aug 18, 2013

FINAL
Spain - Serbia 65-63
Spain are the new U16 European champions. They survived an overtime drama against Serbia to clinch the trophy. Samuel Rodriguez (200-F/C-97) tallied 15 points and 14 rebounds to pace the winners. Spain eked out a 17:15 lead after the opening quarter. Serbia adjusted defensively in the second frame. The Balkan team erased the deficit and pulled ahead for a 33:30 halftime lead. But the roller-coaster action continued in the third term. Spain surged ahead and entered the fourth frame up by 3 points. Serbia denied the deficit and enjoyed a 54:48 lead with just over three minutes remaining in regulation. But Spain capped it with a 7:1 run and forced overtime. Serbia pulled ahead in the extra period as Marinkovic made it 63:61 with 92 seconds remaining. Ramon Vila answered with a jumper to level things up at 63. Samuel Rodriguez (200-F/C-97) dropped a jumper with 7 seconds left to put Spain in charge. Marinkovic had a chance to steal the glory for Serbia but his three-pointer missed the mark. Xabier Lopez (197-F-97) had 14 points, 7 boards and 4 assists for Spain. Ramon Vila added 10 points for the winners. Nikola Rakicevic (198-SG-97) answered with 19 points for Serbia. Stefan Peno had 10 points in the losing effort.
3-4 Place
Italy - Greece 50-78
Greece clinched Bronze at the U16 European Championship. They defeated Italy in the consolation final today. Georgios Papagiannis (214-C-97) notched 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Hellenes. Greece strongly started the game. They posted a 22:9 lead after the opening quarter. Italy cut the deficit in the second term. The Azzurri got within 10 points at halftime 24:34. Greece stretched the lead in the third term. They held Italy to 8 points in the quarter and ensured a comfortable 22-point lead heading into the fourth stanza. Greece unloaded 24 points in the final period and sealed the winning outcome. Dionysis Skoulidas (200-PF-97) netted 20 points, while Vasileios Charalampopoulos added 9 points for the Hellenes. Andrea La Torre (202-F/G-97) responded with 22 points for Italy. Davide Moretti had 12 points in the loss.

5-6 Place
France - Croatia 59-48
France clinched the 5th overall position at the U16 European Championship. They overcame Croatia in the final day of the tournament in Kyiv. Stephane Gombauld (202-PF-97) recorded 15 points to pace the winners. France eked out a 19:17 lead after the opening quarter. Les Bleus held Croatia to just 2 points in the second frame and opened a 35:19 halftime lead. Croatia cut the distance in the third term. They got as close as 13 points at the final break. Croatia narrowed the deficit in the fourth stanza but came up short at the end. Luc Loubaki (189-G-97) netted 8 points, while Gauthier Denis added 7 points for the winners. Bruno Skokna (188-SG-97) answered with 12 points for Croatia. Ante Zizic chipped in 11 points in the loss.

7-8 Place
Germany - Turkey 38-51
Turkey celebrated victory on the final day of the U16 European Championship. They outmuscled Germany to gain the 7th overall position. Furkan Korkmaz (193-SG-97) posted 28 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Germany got to a slightly better start to the game. They held Turkey to just 7 points in the first period and gained a 3-point lead. Turkey turned things around in the second frame. They raced to a 21:19 halftime advantage. Turkey limited the German team to just 9 points in the third term and recorded a 33:28 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Germany could not improve their offense in the fourth frame. They scored just 10 points in the final stanza and had to surrender at the end. Enes Taskiran (190-G-97) netted 13 points, while Baris Ulker had 6 points for the winners. Niklas Kiel (202-SF-97) and Lucien Schmikale (194-SF-97) answered with 8 points apiece in the defeat.

9-10 Place
Ukraine - Lithuania 68-82
Lithuania claimed victory on the final day of the U16 European Champiosnhip. They upset hosting Ukraine to earn the 9th place at the tournament. Martynas Varnas (191-SF-97) posted 22 points, 11 boards and 9 assists to lead the winners. Lithuania and Ukraine traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 15:15 after ten minutes. Lithuania surged ahead in the second quarter. The Baltic team registered an 11-point halftime advantage. Ukraine cut the deficit in the third term. The hosts got within 5 points at the final break. Lithuania unleashed 24 points in the fourth frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Lukas Kvedaravicius (200-F-97) had 15 points, while Matas Andruskevicius added 9 points in the win. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (194-SG-97) answered with 28 points and 11 rebounds for Ukraine. Anton Musiyenko and Dmytro Berezkin had 11 points each in the loss.

11-12 Place
Russia - Poland 80-65
Russia victoriously capped their U16 European Championship campaign. They defeated Poland to occupy the 11th overall position. Timofey Yakushin (191-G-97) stepped up with 17 points, 6 assists and 4 boards to lead the winners. Russia grabbed a 16:9 lead after the opening quarter. They extended the lead in the second frame. Russia exploded with 32 points to ensure a 16-point lead at the interval 48:32. Poland cut the distance in the third period. They got within 9 points at the final break. But Russia reacted with a 20:14 run in the fourth term and sealed the winning outcome. Aleksandr Sapyanov, Ilya Karpenkov and Oleg Starodubov finished with 13 points apiece for the winners. Marcel Ponitka (187-PG-97) answered with 15 points for Poland. Wiktor Sewiol had 13 points in the losing effort.

13-14 Place
Belgium - Latvia 62-73
Latvia claimed the crucial U16 European Championship victory. They wrapped up their campaign with an 11-point success against Belgium and secured Division A place for another season. Arturs Strautins (192-G-98) posted 17 points and 11 boards to pace the winners. Belgium eked out a 17:15 lead after ten minutes. Latvia erased the deficit and leveled things up at 30 after twenty minutes. Latvia extended the lead in the third term. The Baltic team opened a 4-point advantage at the final intermission. Latvia went on a 21:14 run in the fourth term and sealed the victory at the end. Renars Birkans (182-PG-97) notched 15 points, while Dzeiks Krumins added 11 points for the winners. Thomas Akyazili (180-PG-97) answered with 20 points for Belgium. Sabri Riahi and Thibaut Vervoort had 11 points apiece in the loss.

15-16 Place
Sweden - Montenegro 72-78
Montenegro capped their U16 European Championship campaign on a high note. They knocked down Sweden to occupy the 15th overall position at the tournament. Milos Popovic (196-F-98) came up with 34 points and 12 rebounds to lead the winners. Sweden gained a 22:19 lead after the opening quarter. The Scandinavian team stretched the gap in the second frame. Sweden accumulated a 47:37 halftime advantage. Montenegro narrowed the gap in the third term. The Balkan team got within 8 points at the final intermission. Montenegto organized a massive 24:10 run in the fourth period and sealed the win at the end. Ognjen Carapic (188-PG-98) posted 17 points, while Todor Radonjic added 12 points for the winners. Samuel Berkelund (201-SF-97) answered with 15 points for Sweden. Craig Lecesne had 13 points in the losing effort.


Serbia and Spain to clash for the title in Kyiv - Aug 17, 2013

SEMIFINALS
Spain - Italy 57-51
Spain advanced into the championship game at the U16 European Championship. They defeated the Italian counterparts in the semifinal battle in Kyiv tonight. Pablo Perez (181-PG-97) stepped up with 15 points to lead the charge. Italy got to a quick start. They snatched a 13:12 lead after the opening quarter. The Azzurri maintained the lead throughout the second period. They accumulated a 28:22 halftime advantage. But Spain turned things around in the third frame. They capped the period with six points in a row and surged ahead for a 40:38 lead. Spain controlled the rhythm in the fourth period. Andrea La Torre and Cattapan put Italy within striking distance on several occasions. But Pablo Perez went deadly from the stripe in the final seconds and helped Spain seal the victory. Ramon Vila (202-C-97) notched 12 points, while Xabier Lopez added 11 points for the Spaniards. Davide Moretti (185-SG-98) answered with 15 points for Italy. Andrea La Torre had 11 points and 9 boards in the defeat.

Greece - Serbia 49-65
Serbia became the first finalists at the U16 European Championship. They knocked down Greece to reach the title in Kyiv. Milos Glisic (200-PF-98) nailed 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners. Serbia earned a 13:11 lead after the starting quarter. They stretched the gap in the second period. Serbia arrived at halftime up by 13 points 36:23. They stayed dominant throughout the third term. The Hellenes struggled to revive the intrigue as they trailed by 17 points heading into the fourth quarter. Greece limited Serbia to 12 points but just cut the deficit in the fourth period and surrendered at the end. Vojislav Stojanovic (196-G-97) finished with 13 points, while David Miladinovic added 9 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Vassilis Mouratos (193-F-97), Georgios Papagiannis (214-C-97) and Ioannis Michaloutsos (204-PF-97, agency: FCM) chipped in 9 points each for Greece.
5-8 Place
Croatia - Turkey 83-73
Croatia clinched victory in the classification round of U16 European Championship. They defeated Turkey to set up the clash for the fifth position at the tournament. Lovro Mazalin (203-SF-97, agency: Beo Basket) was unstoppable for Croatia scoring 44 points. Croatia jumped to a 23:18 lead after the opening quarter. They stretched the gap in the second frame. Croatia arrived at halftime up by 9 points 47:38. Turkey got within 2 points midway through the third term 51:53. But Lovro Mazalin nailed 7 points in the final two and a half minutes of regulation to seal the win for Croatia. Ante Zizic (201-C/F-97) finished with 15 points, while Bruno Skokna and Vuk Lazic provided 8 points each for the winners. Furkan Korkmaz (193-SG-97) answered with 22 points for Turkey. Berkan Durmaz and Enes Taskiran had 17 points each in the loss.

France - Germany 58-53
France clinched victory in the classification round of U16 European Championship today. They defeated Germany and would play against Croatia for the fifth overall position tomorrow. Les Bleus grabbed a 14:10 lead after ten minutes. But Germany erased the deficit in the second frame. They pulled ahead for a 28:24 halftime advantage. France returned in front in the third period. Les Bleus secured a 42:38 lead heading into the fourth period. France held their opponents to 15 points in the final stanza and sealed the victory at the end. Stephane Gombauld (202-PF-97) posted 17 points to lead Les Bleus. Luc Loubaki (189-G-97) added 14 points for the winning team. Niklas Kiel (202-SF-97) answered with 12 points for Germany. Leon Kratzer had 9 points in the defeat.

9-12 Place
Lithuania - Poland 84-79 OT
Lithuania overcame Poland in an overtime thriller at the U16 European Championship today. Martynas Echodas (194-C-97) stepped up with 23 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Baltic side. Lithuania led by five points after the opening quarter 17:12. They stretched the gap in the second frame. Lithuania arrived at halftime up by 11 points 36:25. But Poland cut the deficit to minimum in the third stanza. They unloaded 29 points and trailed by just one point heading into the fourth stanza 55:54. Poland surged ahead in the fourth frame but Lithuania managed to save the encounter. Varnas converted a late layup and sent the game into overtime. Martynas Echodas and Matas Andruskevicius (185-PG-97) helped Lithuania to an 83:77 lead in the extra period. Poland could not recover as Lithuania rolled to the victory. Matas Andruskevicius posted 14 points, while Tadas Sedekerskis added 11 points in the win. Marcel Ponitka (187-PG-97) answered with 22 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for Poland. Maciej Bender had 16 points and 10 rebounds in the defeat.

Ukraine - Russia 77-69
Ukraine claimed the victory in the classification round of U16 European Championship. They outgunned Russia and would play for the 9th place at the tournament tomorrow. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (194-SG-97) notched 20 points to lead the winners. Ukraine dropped 21 points in the starting quarter and posted a 5-point lead. The hosts stretched the gap in the second quarter. Ukraine accounted for a 36:27 halftime lead. Ukraine maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. The home side entered the fourth frame up by 10 points 59:49. The margin grew at 16-point mark before Russia managed to narrow the deficit back to single figures at the end. Kirill Marchenko (187-G-97) posted 17 points, while Anton Musiyenko added 16 points for the winners. Ilya Karpenkov (202-F/C-97) answered with 20 points and 11 boards for Russia. Timofey Yakushin and Aleksandr Sapyanov had 11 points each in the loss.

13-16 Place
Sweden - Belgium 56-58
Belgium remained hopeful of their Division A perspectives as they defeated Sweden in the classification round. Theo Beaujean (186-SG-97) posted 14 points to lead Belgium to a narrow victory. Sweden got relegated into Division B with the loss. Belgium held their opponents to 7 points in the first frame to take a 5-point lead. Sweden improved offensively in the second frame. They dropped 20 points to narrow the gap at 2-point mark 27:29. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third term. Belgium led by just two points heading into the fourth frame. Brandmark put Sweden in front 51:50 midway through the fourth frame. But Thomas Akyazili and Theo Beaujean put Belgium ahead. Craig Lecesne (196-PG-97) tied things up at 56 with 23 seconds remaining. However Sabri Riahi capped the regulation with a layup to seal the win for Belgium. Thomas Akyazili and Sabri Riahi finished with 13 points each for the winners. Craig Lecesne answered with 19 points for Sweden. Samuel Berkelund had 9 points in the defeat.

Latvia - Montenegro 71-69
Latvia clinched a key victory in their U16 European Championship campaign. They prevailed against Montenegro to set up Division survival clash against Belgium for tomorrow. Arturs Strautins nailed 20 points to lead the winners. Latvia clinched a 17:12 lead after the opening quarter. The Baltic team stretched the gap in the second frame. Latvia piled up a 40:30 halftime advantage. However Montenegro turned things around in the third period. The Balkan side erupted for 29 points in the quarter and gained a 3-point lead before the fourth frame. It all came down to the final minutes in this one. Carapic gave Montenegro a 67:66 lead with just under three minutes remaining. But Latvia answered with five straight points to take a 71:67 lead with 36 seconds to go. Bakic cut the deficit and then Krumins and Renars Birkans (182-PG-97) missed four free throws to give a chance for Montenegro. However Popovic missed a late three-pointer allowing Latvia to get away with the victory. Verners Kohs (198-F-97) chipped in 19 points, while Renars Birkans added 14 points for Latvia. Nikola Vukcevic (180-G-97) answered with 21 points for Montenegro. Todor Radonjic had 14 points and 14 rebounds in the loss.


Italy, Serbia, Spain and Greece reach semifinals in Kyiv - Aug 16, 2013

Quarterfinal
Serbia - Germany 76-50
Serbia completed semifinal picture at the U16 European Championship. They defeated Germany in the last quarterfinal battle in Kyiv today. Stefan Peno (193-SG-97) posted 23 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Serbia set the tone early in the game. They outscored Germany 18:8 in the first ten minutes. The gap kept on growing throughout the second quarter. Serbia ensured a 44:24 halftime advantage. Germany managed to slow their opponents down in the third term. They cut the deficit at 18-point mark heading into the fourth period. But it was too little to influence the final outcome. Serbia were back in the drivers seat in the fourth period and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Milos Glisic (200-PF-98) finished with 12 points, while Slobodan Jovanovic added 10 points for the winners. Georg Beyschlag (179-G-97) answered with 12 points for Germany. Richard Freudenberg and Leon Kratzer chipped in 8 points apiece in the loss.

Croatia - Spain 59-61
Spain claimed a narrow victory over Croatia to secure the place in the semifinal stage of the U16 European Championship. Xabier Lopez (197-F-97) stepped up with 21 points to lead the Spaniards. Croatia entered the game as one of the top favourites at the tournament but could not recover after the sloppy first half. Spain led by one point after the opening quarter 17:16. But they went on a decisive 19:5 run in the second frame to take a 36:21 halftime advantage. Croatia narrowed the deficit in the third period. They cut the distance at 12-point mark at the final intermission. Croatia held Spain to just 5 points in the fourth frame but it did not help. Bender and Lovro Mazalin (203-SF-97, agency: Beo Basket) had chances to force overtime but missed late jumpers. Santiago Yusta (198-F-97) finished with 15 points, while Pablo Perez, Sergi Garcia and Samuel Rodriguez added 6 points each for the winners. Lovro Mazalin answered with 28 points and 10 rebounds for Croatia. Nik Slavica had 14 points in the loss.

Turkey - Italy 73-82
Italy will play in the semifinal stage of the U16 European Championship. They outscored Turkey in the quarterfinal clash today. Andrea La Torre (202-F/G-97) stepped up with 28 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Italy secured a narrow 21:19 lead after the opening quarter. They stretched the gap in the second frame. The Azzurri enjoyed a 44:41 halftime lead. Italy held Turkey to just 15 points in the third term. They margin grew at 7-point mark at the final intermission. Turkey got within two points midway through the fourth frame but Andrea La Torre stepped up for Italy and sterned the team to the victory. Davide Moretti (185-SG-98) nailed 19 points, while Lorenzo Bucarelli added 9 points for the winners. Furkan Korkmaz (193-SG-97) answered with 28 points for Turkey. Omer Faruk Yurtseven and Enes Taskiran had 10 points apiece in the loss.

Greece - France 42-38
Greece overcame France in a defensively-minded battle to become the first semifinalists at the U16 European Championship in Ukraine. Vasileios Charalampopoulos (203-F-97) provided 14 points to lead the Hellenes. France got to the better start. They dictated the tempo in the low-scoring first half. France eked out a 10:7 lead after ten minutes. They stayed in charge throughout the second quarter. Les Bleus enjoyed a 20:13 halftime lead. Greece finally picked up the right rhythm in the third term. They knocked down 14 points to narrow the deficit at 3-point mark 27:30. Greece capped the regulation with an 8:2 run and snatched a tough victory. Georgios Papagiannis (214-C-97) scored 8 points and grabbed 13 boards, while Antonis Koniaris added 8 points for the winners. Stephane Gombauld (202-PF-97) answered with 9 points for France. Amine Noua had 6 points in the loss.
9-16 Place
Montenegro - Poland 74-82
Poland defeated Montenegro to keep their U16 European Championship Division A status intact. Wiktor Sewiol (193-G-97) posted 21 points and 11 boards to lead the winners. Montenegro will have to sweat in the last two days of the tournament to avoid relegation. Poland snatched a narrow 19:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Montenegro though increased the tempo and erased the deficit. They evened the game at 41 after twenty minutes. Poland stepped on the gas in the third term. Aggressive defence helped Poland accumulate a 12-point lead before the fourth period. Montenegro fought bravely in the final quarter but came up short of win at the end. Marcel Ponitka (187-PG-97) finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Michal Kolenda added 16 points for the winners. Ognjen Carapic (188-PG-98) answered with 20 points for Montenegro. Filip Bakic and Milos Popovic had 12 points each in the defeat.

Russia - Belgium 78-67
Russia gained the crucial win at the U16 European Championship. They defeated Belgium to remain in Division A for the next season. Timofey Yakushin (191-G-97) nailed 17 points to pace the winners. Russia poured in 24 points in the opening frame and recorded a 3-point lead after ten minutes. They stretched the gap in the second quarter. Russia secured a 45:33 halftime advantage. Belgium narrowed the deficit in the third term. They got as close as 10 points at the final intermission. But Russia slowed Belgium down in the final minutes and sealed the winning outcome. Oleg Starodubov and Dmitriy Cheburkin produced 13 points each for the winners. Thomas Akyazili (180-PG-97) answered with game-high 34 points for Belgium. Sigfredo Casero netted 12 points in the defeat.

Ukraine - Sweden 100-58
Ukraine secured their Division A status for the next season as they rallied past Sweden tonight in Kyiv. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (194-SG-97) had another big game for the hosts as he tallied 28 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Sweden will now fight against relegation in the last two games at the tournament. Ukraine dominated from start to finish in this one. They registered a comfortable 32:18 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine did not slow down in the second frame. They built a 55:37 halftime advantage. The hosts went on a 27:6 run in the third term to clear off for good. The Ukrainian side outscored their Scandinavian opponents in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory at the end. Ivan Tkachenko (192-F-97) chipped in 20 points, while Kirill Marchenko delivered 15 points in the winning effort. Craig Lecesne (196-PG-97) answered with 16 points for Sweden. Jacob Bodin had 10 points in the loss.

Lithuania - Latvia 83-74
Lithuania outscored Latvia in the classification round clash at the U16 European Championship. The victory allowed Lithuania to take a sigh of relief as they remained in Division A for the next season. Latvia will fight against relegation in the next two games. Tadas Sedekerskis (178-PG-98) nailed 22 points to lead the winners. Latvia unleashed 30 points in the opening quarter and eked out a one-point lead. The teams slowed down in the second quarter. They traded baskets as Latvia remained in front 45:44 at halftime. Lithuania went on an 18:5 run in the third term to pull ahead. Lithuania kept Latvia at safe distance throughout the fourth period and sealed the win at the end. Martynas Echodas (194-C-97) posted 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Jokubas Svambaris had 11 points in the win. Verners Kohs (198-F-97) answered with 19 points for Latvia. Dzeiks Krumins had 13 points in the loss.




Quarterfinals are set in Kyiv - Aug 14, 2013

Group E
Spain - Lithuania 95-90
Spain finished the Second Stage of the U16 European Championship with victory. They outgunned Lithuania to improve at 3-2 record in Group E. Lithuania fell at 1-4 record outside the playoff zone. Xabier Lopez (197-F-97) came up with 19 points for the winners. Spain got to quick start. They fired 26 points in the opening frame and gained a 4-point lead after ten minutes. Spain added 29 points in the second frame to gain what seemed a comfortable 17-point halftime advantage. Spain controlled the tempo in the third period. They piled up a 20-point lead heading into the fourth frame. But Lithuania went on a full throttle in the final period cutting the deficit at 2-point mark with 32 seconds remaining. Sergi Garcia nailed five free throws in the dying seconds to seal the win for Spain. Pablo Perez (181-PG-97) provided 17 points, while Ramon Vila added 14 points in the victory. Martynas Echodas (194-C-97) answered with 23 points and 9 rebounds for Lithuania. Tadas Sedekerskis had 16 points in the loss.

Turkey - Greece 44-53
Greece have reached the quarterfinal stage at the U16 European Championship with a perfect record. They claimed the sixth straight win at the tournament edging Turkey tonight. Georgios Papagiannis (214-C-97) notched 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Turkey posted a 15:11 lead after ten minutes. But the Hellenes turned the tables in the second frame. They surged ahead for a 24:20 halftime advantage. Greece held Turkey to just 9 points in the third period and extended their lead to 7 points 36:29. Greece did not loosen the grip and marched to the victory at the end. Vasileios Charalampopoulos (203-F-97) provided 10 points, while Antonis Koniaris added 9 points in the victory. Enes Taskiran (190-G-97) answered with 16 points for Turkey. Egehan Arna netted 13 points in the defeat.

Germany - Russia 71-69
Germany narrowly defeated Russia to advance into the quarterfinal stage of the U16 European Championship. Leon Kratzer (205-C-97) stepped up with 19 points and 14 rebounds to pace the winners. Russia fell at 0-5 record in Group E and stayed out of title race. Russia eked out an 18:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Germany held their opponents to 12 points in the second frame to gain a narrow 31:30 halftime lead. Russia unloaded 23 points in the third period to restore the advantage. They entered the final stanza up by 4 points. Russia still led by two points with under three minutes remaining in regulation 65:63. But Leon Kratzer scored four consecutive points and then Merz and Richard Freudenberg added four more to seal the win for Germany. Niklas Kiel (202-SF-97) notched 16 points, while Richard Freudenberg added 14 points for the winners. Oleg Starodubov (190-G-97) answered with 15 points for Russia. Timofey Yakushin had 13 points in the loss.

Group F
France - Ukraine 61-59
France clinched a key victory at the Second Stage of the U16 European Championship. They overcame hosting Ukraine to seal the place in the quarterfinals. Stephane Gombauld (202-PF-97) scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to pace Les Bleus. Ukraine fell at 1-4 record in Group F and would fight against relegation. France eked out a 17:16 lead after ten minutes. They stayed in charge throughout the second frame. Les Bleus entered the second half up by five points 36:31. France held the hosts to 11 points in the third term to enjoy a 6-point advantage with ten minutes remaining. Luc Loubaki (189-G-97) gave France a 51:42 advantage at the start of the fourth period. However Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (194-SG-97) and Kirill Marchenko dragged Ukraine within two points 56:58 with just over two minutes left in regulation. Noua and Luc Loubaki delivered crucial three points for France as they took some breathing space at 61:56. Khytov and Tkachenko kept hopes alive for Ukraine but Kirill Marchenko missed a potential winner at the buzzer. Luc Loubaki provided 16 points, while Arthur Leboeuf finished with 9 points in the victory. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk answered with 24 points for Ukraine. Kirill Marchenko had 11 points in the loss.

Italy - Montenegro 79-66
Italy sealed their quarterfinal appearance at the U16 European Championship. They prevailed against Montenegro to improve at 3-2 record in Group F. Andrea Pecchia (G/F-97) nailed 13 points to lead the winners. Montenegro led by a single point after ten minutes 23:22. The Balkan team extended the margin in the second frame. They recorded a 43:40 halftime advantage. But the Azzurri turned things around in the third frame. Italy went on a 21:7 run in the third quarter and ensured an 11-point advantage at the final break. Italy outscored Montenegro in the fourth period and sealed a well-deserved win at the end. Tommaso Guariglia (204-C-97) netted 12 points, while Davide Moretti posted 10 points in the win. Milos Popovic (196-F-98) answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Montenegro. Todor Radonjic contributed 13 points in the defeat.

Croatia - Serbia 69-63
Croatia rallied past Serbia to remain undefeated at the U16 European Championship. Both teams entered the game having perfect records but Croatia managed to prolong their streak Ante Zizic (201-C/F-97) posted 20 points and 18 rebounds. Croatia fired 25 points in the opening quarter and recorded a 6-point lead. They maintained their advantage throughout the second quarter. Croatia registered a 40:33 halftime advantage. Serbia cut the deficit in the third term. They got within 3 points at the final intermission. But Croatia did not allow Serbia to pull ahead. The margin grew at 9-point mark and Croatia held on for the victory. Dragan Bender (205-PF-97) and Lovro Mazalin (203-SF-97, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 14 points apiece for the winning side. Vojislav Stojanovic (196-G-97) answered with 23 points for Serbia. Milos Glisic had 13 points in the loss.

Group G
Poland - Latvia 78-59
Poland recorded the third consecutive victory at the U16 European Championship. They knocked down Latvia for 3-0 record in classification round Group G. Marcel Ponitka (187-PG-97) posted 18 points to lead the winners. Latvia fell at 0-3 record after the defeat. Latvia jumped to an early lead. They registered a 21:14 lead after ten minutes. But Poland went on a 19:9 rally in the second period to secure a 33:30 halftime lead. The Polish players extended their advantage in the third term. They built a 5-point cushion at the final intermission. Poland unleashed 28 points in the fourth stanza and cruised to the victory at the end. Wiktor Sewiol (193-G-97) and Jakub Mijakowski (184-G-97) posted 14 points each for the winners. Kristers Zoriks (185-SG-98) answered with 15 points for Latvia. Madars Kokins had 10 points in the loss.

Belgium - Sweden 65-54
Belgium earned the second win at the U16 European Championship classification round Group G. They topped Sweden to finish in the second position in the pool. Casero Sigfredo (185-G-97) nailed 19 points to pace the winners. Belgium and Sweden exchanged baskets throughout the opening frame. They were tied at 10 after ten minutes. Belgium pulled ahead in the second quarter. They ensured a 24:18 halftime lead. Belgium did not slow down in the third term. They registered a 46:35 lead at the final intermission. Belgium kept their Scandinavian opponents at distance throughout the final period and raced to the victory. Sabri Riahi (177-PG-97) finished with 16 points, while Thomas Akyazili added 12 points for the winning side. Craig Lecesne (196-PG-97) answered with 16 points for Sweden. Theodore Silveira had 8 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.


Day 2 of Second Stage in Kyiv - Aug 13, 2013

Group E
Spain - Turkey 70-65
Spain secured the first win at the U16 European Championship Second Stage. They held off ambitious Turkey handing those their first defeat at the tournament. Santiago Yusta (198-F-97) nailed 13 points to pace Spain. Spain grabbed a 15:11 lead after ten minutes of action. They dominated throughout the second period. Spain accounted for a 36:24 halftime lead. The teams increased the tempo in the third period. They exchanged baskets as Spain entered the final frame up by 12 points. Spain controlled the tempo and though Turkey capped the regulation with 8 points in a row they could not avoid the loss. Pablo Perez (181-PG-97) netted 12 points, while Sergi Garcia added 11 points in the victory. Furkan Korkmaz (193-SG-97) answered with 31 points and 10 rebounds for Turkey. Enes Taskiran, Cavit Havsa and Baris Ulker chipped in 7 points each in the loss.

Greece - Germany 68-47
Greece registered the fifth straight win at the U16 European Championship. They knocked down Germany to improve at 3-0 record in Group E. Vasileios Charalampopoulos (203-F-97) posted 16 points and 6 boards to lead the winners. Greece grabbed a 19:14 lead after ten minutes of action. They boosted the gap in the second frame. The Hellenes ensured a 38:24 halftime lead. They kept Germany at safe distance throughout the third term. Greece accounted for a 52:37 advantage at the final break. Greece never looked back cruising to the victory in the fourth period. Georgios Papagiannis (214-C-97) netted 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Vassilis Mouratos provided 7 points and 8 assists for the winners. Marcel Theodor Kessen (201-F/C-97) answered with 14 points for Germany. Tibor Taras had 8 points in the defeat.

Lithuania - Russia 74-68
Lithuania ensured the first win at the Second Stage of the U16 European Championship. They fired past Russia to jump at 1-3 record in Group E. Martynas Varnas (191-SF-97) nailed 19 points to pace the winners. Russia fell at 0-4 record after the loss. Lithuania secured a 15:10 lead after ten minutes of action. They maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. The Baltic team gained a 33:25 halftime advantage. Lithuania stretched the lead in the third term. They poured in 23 points to enjoy a 9-point cushion at the final break. Russia slowed their opponents down in the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat at the end. Matas Andruskevicius (185-PG-97) and Jokubas Svambaris delivered 13 points apiece for the winners. Timofey Yakushin (191-G-97) answered with 16 points for Russia. Ilya Karpenkov had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Group F
Serbia - Italy 76-56
Serbia eased to the fifth straight win at the U16 European Championship. They defeated Italy to stay unbeaten. Milos Glisic (200-PF-98) stepped up with 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead the winners. Serbia jumped to an early lead. They registered a 22:10 advantage after ten minutes. Serbia unleashed 25 points in the second frame. They piled up a 47:27 halftime advantage. Serbia stayed dominant after the big break. They held Italy to 8 points in the third period and entered the fourth quarter up by 28 points. The Azzurri cut the deficit in the fourth period but were not able to avoid the defeat. Slobodan Jovanovic (192-SG-97, college: Regis Univ.) posted 12 points, while Vojislav Stojanovic and David Miladinovic added 10 points each for the winners. Filippo Testa (190-G-97) and Tommaso Guariglia (204-C-97) answered with 7 points each for Italy.

France - Croatia 69-78
Croatia stayed on the winning track at the U16 European Championship. They defeated French counterparts in Group F in Kyiv tonight. Ante Zizic (201-C/F-97) stepped up with 20 points and 9 boards to pace the winners. Croatia quickly jumped to a 14:4 lead. They ensured a 21:12 advantage after ten minutes. Croatia maintained the lead throughout the second frame. But Gauthier Denis and Stephane Gombauld put Les Bleus within 4 points at halftime 36:40. But Serbia quickly opened a double digit lead in the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 15 points 63:48. France used a 12:2 run to narrow the gap at 5-point mark in the fourth period. But Lovro Mazalin (203-SF-97, agency: Beo Basket) drained a timely three-pointer and Serbia cleared off for good in this one. Nik Slavica (201-F-97) and Lovro Mazalin netted 19 points apiece for Croatia. Stephane Gombauld answered with 17 points for France. Bathiste Tchouaffe and Gauthier Denis had 11 points apiece in the loss.

Ukraine - Montenegro 89-82
Ukraine snapped three-game losing skid at the home U16 European Championship. They defeated Montenegro to improve at 1-3 record in Group F. Montenegro fell at 0-4 record at the bottom of the standings. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (194-SG-97) had another pivotal performance as he tallied 31 points, 13 boards, 5 steals and 2 blocks for the winners. Ukraine clinched a 23:17 lead after ten minutes of action. They went on a 25:13 run in the second frame to accumulate a 48:30 halftime lead. But Montenegro stepped on the gas in the second half. They nailed 26 points in the third period to narrow the deficit at 11-point mark with one quarter remaining. Montenegro unleashed 26 points in the fourth quarter but Ukraine withheld the challenge and secured the winning outcome. Anton Musiyenko (97) nailed 15 points, while Kirill Marchenko had 14 points in the win. Ognjen Carapic (188-PG-98) answered with 12 points for Montenegro. Nikola Vukcevic had 11 points in the losing effort.

Group G
Latvia - Sweden 60-62
Sweden claimed a narrow win over Latvia in the classification round Group G of the U16 European Championship. Samuel Berkelund (201-SF-97) scored 14 points to pace Sweden to 1-1 record in the ladder. Latvia fell at 0-2 record after the loss. Sweden jumped to a 24:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Latvia cut the deficit and eventually pulled ahead in the second frame. They registered a 38:34 halftime lead. But Sweden erased the deficit in the third term. The Scandinavian team tied things up at 52 heading into the fourth period. Sweden held their opponents to just 8 points in the final quarter and sealed the win at the end. Jacob Bodin (185-G-97) netted 8 points, while Nils Johansson added 7 points for the winners. Renars Birkans (182-PG-97) answered with 17 points for Latvia. Zigmars Raimo had 12 points in the losing effort.

Poland - Belgium 83-43
Poland claimed the second consecutive win at the start of the classification round at U16 European Championship. They overcame Belgium for 2-0 record on top of Group G. Wiktor Sewiol (193-G-97) produced 26 points and 12 boards for the winners. Poland grabbed a 21:14 lead after ten minutes of action. They stretched the gap in the second frame. Poland raced to a comfortable 43:22 halftime lead. They erupted for 25 points in the third quarter and gained a 31-point buffer before the fourth frame. Poland did not slow down in the fourth stanza and cruised to an overwhelming win at the end. Marcel Ponitka (187-PG-97) posted 14 points, while Michal Kolenda added 9 points for Poland. Sabri Riahi (177-PG-97) answered with 13 points for Belgium. Thomas Akyazili and Berghe chipped in 9 points each in the loss.


Second Stage starts in Kyiv - Aug 12, 2013

Group E
Lithuania - Greece 65-68 OT
Greece clinched an overtime win over Lithuania at the start of the Second Stage at U16 European Championship. Antonis Koniaris (183-PG-97) posted 14 for the winners. The Hellenes got to a confident start. They earned a 23:14 lead after ten minutes. But Lithuania slowed their opponents down in the second frame. The Baltic team narrowed the gap at 4 points at halftime 31:35. Lithuania denied the deficit in the third term and pulled ahead for a 52:47 advantage heading into the fourth frame. Greece not only erased the deficit and grabbed a 60:57 lead with under three minutes to go in regulation. Martynas Varnas (191-SF-97) answered with a three-pointer and sent teams into overtime. The teams traded baskets throughout the extra period before Skoulidas and Antonis Koniaris knocked down three free throws sealing the victory for Greece. Georgios Papagiannis (214-C-97) topscored with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Greece. Vasileios Charalampopoulos added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Hellenes. Lithuania answered with 16 points from Martynas Varnas. Laurynas Beliauskas had 15 points in the defeat.

Germany - Spain 77-70
Germany got to the winning start of the Second Stage of the U16 European Championship in Kyiv. They held off Spain to gain 2-1 record in Group E. Leon Kratzer (205-C-97) posted 22 points and 20 rebounds to pace the winners. Spain grabbed a narrow 19:17 lead after the opening quarter. But Germany struck right back in the second frame. They went on a 24:14 run to ensure a 41:33 halftime advantage. Germany maintained the lead throughout the third term. They ensured a 62:53 lead before the fourth period. Niklas Kiel (202-SF-97) and Leon Kratzer opened a double digit lead for Germany midway through the fourth frame. Spain cut the deficit at 5-point mark but Freundenberg hit two free throws and sealed the win for Germany. Niklas Kiel notched 13 points and 14 boards, while Richard Freudenberg and Jakob Merz added 12 points each in the win. Santiago Yusta (198-F-97) answered with 27 points for Spain. Sergi Garcia had 14 points in the defeat.

Russia - Turkey 57-76
Turkey claimed the opening victory at the Second Stage of the U16 European Championship in Ukraine. They fired past Russia to improve at 3-0 record on top of Group E. Turkey jumped to a 19:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Russia stopped the rot and surged ahead for a 27:24 halftime lead. Turkey however took over in the third term. Led by unstoppable Furkan Korkmaz (193-SG-97) they organized a 29:11 run to secure a massive 15-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Turkey unloaded 23 points in the fourth period to seal the winning outcome. Enes Taskiran (190-G-97) netted 20 points, while Baris Ulker posted 13 points in the victory. Timofey Yakushin (191-G-97) and Ilya Karpenkov (202-F/C-97) responded with 11 points each for Russia.

Group F
Montenegro - Croatia 48-100
Croatia stayed on the winning path at the U16 European Championship. They knocked down Montenegro for the fourth straight win at the tournament. Ante Zizic (201-C/F-97) posted 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Croatia led from start to finish. They secured a 23:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Croatia mounted the pressure in the second frame. They recorded a 49:26 halftime lead. Croatia unloaded 29 points in the third term to gain a 40-point lead before the fourth frame. Montenegro could not recover as Croatia cruised to the victory at the end. Nik Slavica (201-F-97) netted 16 points, while Dragan Bender added 13 points for the winners. Aleksa Dubak (193-F-98) answered with 8 points for Montenegro. Daniel Kalezic had 7 points in the loss.

Ukraine - Serbia 50-85
Serbia claimed the fourth straight win at the U16 European Championship. They thumped Ukraine at the start of the Second Stage of the tournament. Vanja Marinkovic (194-G-97), Milos Glisic (200-PF-98), Vojislav Stojanovic (196-G-97) and Aleksandar Aranitovic (194-F-98) posted 12 points each for the winners. Serbia jumped to a 19:13 lead after ten minutes of action. They sparked with a 24:9 run in the second frame to clear off. Serbia maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. The visitors ensured a comfortable 66:36 advantage heading into the fourth frame. Serbia held the hosts to 14 points in the final stanza and sealed the victory at the end. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (194-SG-97) answered with 16 points for Serbia. Rostislav Lunskiy netted 8 points in the loss.

Italy - France 63-60
Italy nailed six final points of regulation and snatched a tough win over France at the start of the Second Stage of the U16 European Championship. Davide Moretti (185-SG-98) nailed 17 points and issued 4 assists for the winners. France eked out a 14:9 lead after ten minutes of action. Italy cut the deficit at 4-point mark at halftime 25:29. Italy got closer in the third term. The Azzurri narrowed the deficit to a single point at the final break. Stephane Gombauld opened a 7-point lead for Les Bleus with under three minutes remaining in regulation. But Davide Moretti and Andrea La Torre tied things up at 57. Later Italy went on a 6:0 run to cap the regulation and sealed the victory. Andrea La Torre had 13 points, while Valerio Costa added 9 points in the win. Luc Loubaki (189-G-97) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds for France. Stephane Gombauld had 13 points in the loss.

Group G
Sweden - Poland 56-80
Poland had an injection of confidence following their massive win over Sweden at the start of the classification round at U16 European Championship. Marcel Ponitka (187-PG-97) dropped 25 points to lead Poland to their first win at the tournament. Poland grabbed the lead early in the game and posted a 13:8 advantage after ten minutes. The gap grew deeper in the second frame. Poland ensured a 33:24 halftime advantage. Poland went on a 22:9 run in the third term to secure a 22-point lead at the final intermission. Poland dropped 25 points in the fourth frame and raced to a comfortable victory. Wiktor Sewiol (193-G-97) delivered 17 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Mateusz Gawlina and Maciej Bender chipped in 8 points each for Poland. Jacob Bodin (185-G-97) answered with 14 points for Sweden. Gustav Ericson had 12 points in the loss.

Belgium - Latvia 84-80 OT
Belgium survived overtime thriller to edge Latvia at the start of the classification round at U16 European Championship. Thomas Akyazili (180-PG-97) stepped up with 27 points, 6 boards, 5 assists and 3 steals to lead Belgium. Latvia eked out a 17:16 lead after ten minutes of action. The Baltic team stretched the gap in the second quarter. They secured a 36:33 halftime advantage. Belgium got within two points at the third break. Latvia seemed en route to the victory when Renars Birkans (182-PG-97) made it 69:62 with just over two minutes remaining. But Riahi scored five points in a row and Thibaut Vervoort added two more to level things up at 69. Strautins put Latvia in front sinking two free throws but Thomas Akyazili converted a layup and sent the game into overtime. Belgium capped the extra period with six straight points and snatched a tough win at the end. Thibaut Vervoort produced 17 points, while Simon Buysse added 11 points in the win. Renars Birkans answered with 20 points for Latvia. Dzeiks Krumins chipped in 11 points in the loss.


The End of Preliminary Round in Kyiv - Aug 10, 2013

Group A
Belgium - Russia 64-68
Russia claimed a crucial win at the U16 European Championship in Kyiv. They prevailed against Belgium to punch the last ticket into Second Stage of the tournament from Group A. Ilya Karpenkov (202-F/C-97) posted 21 points and 13 boards to lead the winners. Belgium fell at 0-3 record at the bottom of the standings. Russia got to a quick start. They knocked down 19 points in the opening quarter to gain a 5-point lead. Belgium cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within 3 points at halftime 25:28. Belgium spurred ahead in the third quarter. They opened it on a 7:0 run to take the lead. Thomas Akyazili (180-PG-97) and Sigfredo Casero made it 46:40 for Belgium at the end of three quarters. Thomas Akyazili tipped off the fourth frame with a three-pointer to enlarge the lead. But Russia answered with a 17:2 run to gain a 57:51 lead with just over three minutes remaining. Sabri Riahi put Belgium within one but Sopin sank four free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Russia. Dmitriy Cheburkin (196-G/F-97) netted 11 points, while Dmitriy Dobrynin added 8 points in the win. Thomas Akyazili answered with 21 points for Belgium. Sabri Riahi and Sigfredo Casero had 10 points each in the loss.

Spain - Greece 43-57
Greece registered the third consecutive win at the U16 European Championship. The Hellenes outgunned Spain to win Group A. Vasileios Charalampopoulos (203-F-97) posted 14 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Spain gained a 14:8 lead ten minutes. But Greece turned things around in the second quarter. They went on a 16:5 rally to ensure a 24:19 halftime lead. More to come as the Hellenes stretched the lead in the third period. Greece accumulated a 38:29 advantage before the fourth frame. They did not slow down in the fourth frame. Greece went on a 19:14 run to seal a comprehensive win at the end. Georgios Papagiannis (214-C-97) posted 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Dionysis Skoulidas (200-PF-97) added 10 points for Greece. Santiago Yusta answered with 17 points for Spain. Xabier Lopez had 11 points in the loss.

Group B
Turkey - Lithuania 82-67
Turkey recorded the third consecutive win at the U16 European Championship. They outscored Lithuania to win Group B. Lithuania slipped at 1-2 record but made it into the Second Stage of the tournament. Furkan Korkmaz (193-SG-97) posted 29 points for the winners. Lithuania snatched a 24:19 lead ten minutes into the game. Turkey responded with a stifling defence in the second quarter. They held Lithuania to 10 points and recorded a 37:34 halftime lead. Lithuania picked up the tempo in the third term. The Baltic team narrowed the deficit at 2-point mark at the final break 57:55. But Turkey dominated throughout the fourth stanza. They triggered a 25:12 rally and enjoyed the third consecutive win in Ukraine. Egehan Arna (192-G-97, agency: 1x1 Sports) and Ercan Bayrak finished with 13 points each for the winners. Martynas Varnas (191-SF-97) answered with 20 points for Lithuania. Tadas Sedekerskis netted 13 points in the loss.

Sweden - Germany 50-66
Germany registered the second win at the U16 European Championship. They held off Sweden to improve at 2-1 record in Group B. The Scandinavian team suffered the third straight defeat and would continue their campaign in the relegation rounds. Sweden accounted for a narrow 10:9 lead after ten minutes. Germany struck in the second frame. They triggered a massive 26:9 run to gain a 35:19 halftime lead. Germany maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They ensured a 53:35 lead heading into the fourth frame. Sweden could not threaten the gap in the fourth frame as Germany cruised to the win. Tibor Taras (188-SG-97) chipped in 10 points for Germany. Jakob Merz (180-PG-97) had 9 points in the victory. Samuel Berkelund (201-SF-97) answered with 17 points for Sweden. Jacob Bodin had 11 points in the loss.

Group C
France - Poland 77-59
France wrapped the preliminary round action at the U16 European Championship with victory. They outscored Poland to clinch the second position in Group C at 2-1 record. Poland slipped at 0-3 record after the defeat. Les Bleus unloaded 29 points in the opening quarter to gain a 16-point lead. They stayed comfortably ahead throughout the second quarter. France accumulated a 47:27 halftime lead. Poland tried to increase the tempo in the third quarter. They cut the deficit by two points but it was not enough. France held their opponents to 12 points in the fourth frame and rallied to the victory. Renathan Ona Embo (185-PG-98) posted 19 points to pace the winners. Stephane Gombauld (202-PF-97) added 17 points in the victory. Wiktor Sewiol (193-G-97) answered with 13 points for Poland. Dominik Rutkowski and Mateusz Gawlina chipped in 10 points in the defeat.

Montenegro - Serbia 58-69
Serbia clinched the third consecutive win at the U16 European Championship. They shot down Montenegro to claim the top position in Group C. Milos Glisic (200-PF-98) finished with 26 points and 13 boards to pace the winners. Serbia eked out a 17:16 lead after ten minutes. They enlarged their lead in the second frame. Serbia accumulated a 33:28 halftime advantage. Montenegro struggled to get closer throughout the third period. Serbia stayed dominant posting a 49:41 advantage at the final break. Serbia fired 20 points in the fourth stanza and sealed the victory. Vojislav Stojanovic (196-G-97) netted 16 points, while Stefan Kenic added 10 points for the winners. Ognjen Carapic (188-PG-98) answered with 17 points for Montenegro. Marko Grkovic chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Group D
Ukraine - Italy 61-77
Italy claimed the first win at the U16 European Championship. The victory could not come in the better moment as they nipped Ukraine in the final game of the preliminary round. The Azzurri thus clinched the spot in the Second Stage of the tournament. Ukraine also made it through despite the loss. Davide Moretti (185-SG-98) nailed 24 points to lead the winners. Italy grabbed the initiative right from the start. They went on a 19:9 rally in the first quarter. The Azzurri stretched their lead in the second frame. They accounted for a 40:25 halftime lead. Ukraine stepped on the gas in the third term but Italy matched the effort. The visitors entered the final stanza up by 15 points 60:45. Ukraine could not get within striking distance throughout the fourth period as Italy marched to the win at the end. Valerio Costa (180-PG-97) posted 17 points, while Lorenzo Bucarelli added 9 points in the victory. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (194-SG-97) answered with 21 points for Italy. Dmytro Berezkin dropped 14 points in the loss.

Croatia - Latvia 66-55
Croatia earned the third consecutive win at the U16 European Championship. They outgunned Latvia to win Group A. Lovro Mazalin (203-SF-97, agency: Beo Basket) and Nik Slavica (201-F-97) delivered 19 points each for the winners. Latvia snatched an 18:17 lead after the opening quarter. Croatia gained the lead in the second period. They pulled ahead and marched to a 33:27 halftime lead. Latvia narrowed the deficit in the third term. Solid defence helped Latvia get within 5 points at the final intermission. But Croatia unloaded 20 points in the fourth period and sealed the winning outcome. Ante Zizic (201-C/F-97) had 12 points and 10 boards for Croatia. Verners Kohs (198-F-97) answered with 10 points for Latvia. Arturs Strautins tossed in 9 points in the defeat.


Results and Stats from Day 2 in Kyiv - Aug 9, 2013

Group A
Spain - Belgium 80-61
Spain accounted for the second victory at the U16 European Championship. They knocked down Belgium to remain on top of Group A. Ramon Vila (202-C-97) nailed 17 points to lead the charge. Belgium led by two points after ten minutes of action 20:18. The teams traded baskets throughout the second term. Belgium managed to secure a 35:33 halftime lead. But Spain turned the tables in the third frame. They sparked a 23:7 rally to surge ahead. Spain unleashed 24 points in the fourth frame and sealed the victory. Samuel Rodriguez (200-F/C-97) posted 15 points, while Xabier Lopez had 11 points for the winners. Belgium answered with 22 points from Thomas Akyazili (180-PG-97). Thibaut Vervoort posted 14 points in the loss.

Greece - Russia 68-60
Greece registered the second consecutive win at the U16 European Championship. They knocked down Russia to stay on top of Group A. Dimitris Flionis (186-PG-97, agency: FCM) had 16 points to lead the winners. Russia in the meantime fell at 0-2 record. The Hellenes set the tone early. They held Russia to 9 points in the first term and registered an 8-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Greece claimed a 34:26 halftime lead. Russia narrowed the deficit in the third term. They got within 2 points at the final intermission. However Greece did not panic. They exploded with 23 points in the fourth term and sealed the victory. Georgios Papagiannis (214-C-97) and Vassilis Mouratos had 12 points each for the winners. Timofey Yakushin (191-G-97) answered with 19 points for Russia. Ilya Karpenkov provided 15 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Group B
Lithuania - Germany 68-71
Germany secured the first win at the U16 European Championship. They knocked down Lithuania in Group B. The teams are tied at 1-1 record now. Niklas Kiel (202-SF-97) posted 13 points and 15 boards to pace the winners. Lithuania eked out a 19:17 lead after ten minutes. Germany increased the tempo scoring 21 points in the second frame. They narrowed the deficit at one-point mark at halftime 38:37. Germany pulled ahead in the third term. They held the Baltic state to 13 points to ensure a 60:52 lead before the final stanza. Lithuania cut the deficit to just two points 68:70 late in regulation but Freudenberg hit a free throw to seal the win for Germany. Marcel Theodor Kessen (201-F/C-97) posted 12 points, while Lucien Schmikale added 11 in the win. Martynas Varnas (191-SF-97) answered with 24 points for Lithuania. Martynas Echodas had 16 points in the loss.

Turkey - Sweden 67-44
Turkey clinched the second straight win at the start of the U16 European Championship in Ukraine. They overcame Swedish counterparts for 2-0 record on top of Group B. Furkan Korkmaz (193-SG-97) nailed 25 points to lead the winners. Sweden slipped at 0-2 record after the defeat. Turkey claimed a 17:13 lead after the opening quarter. They stretched the lead in the second frame. Turkey accumulated a 39:28 halftime advantage. Turkey did not slow down in the third term. They held Sweden to just 10 points in the frame and opened a massive 22-point lead before the fourth stanza. Sweden scored only 6 points in the final period and had to surrender at the end. Omer Faruk Yurtseven (203-C-98) chipped in 9 points, while Baris Ulker had 8 points for the winning side. Craig Lecesne (196-PG-97) answered with 17 points for Sweden. Tobias Sjoberg posted 11 points and 13 boards in the loss.

Group C
Poland - Serbia 48-62
Serbia posted the second consecutive win at the U16 European Championship. They overcame Poland to gain 2-0 record on top of Group C. Vojislav Stojanovic (196-G-97) nailed 11 points to lead the winning side. Serbia grabbed a 19:8 lead after the opening quarter. They stretched the gap in the second frame. Serbia registered a 34:21 halftime advantage. Poland narrowed the deficit in the third quarter. They got within 10 points at the final break. But it was not enough. Serbia went on a 14:10 run in the fourth period and secured the winning outcome. Slobodan Jovanovic (192-SG-97, college: Regis Univ.) netted 10 points, while Aranotivic had 9 points in the win. Marcel Ponitka (187-PG-97) answered with 12 points for Poland. Sewiol chipped in 7 points in the defeat.

France - Montenegro 80-71
France recorded the first win at the U16 European Championship. They knocked down Montenegro to catch up their opponents in Group C ladder. Stephane Gombauld (202-PF-97) posted 18 points and 14 rebounds to pace Les Bleus. France nailed 23 points in the first quarter and eked out a 2-point lead. They stretched the lead in the second frame. Les Bleus arrived at halftime up by as many as 18 points 49:31. Montenegro tuned in after the long break. They adjusted defensively limiting France to just 14 points in the third term. The margin grew thinner. Montenegro stayed aggressive throughout the fourth frame getting within five points 64:69 midway through the quarter. But Stephane Gombauld came up with timely points and steered France to safety. Renathan Ona Embo (185-PG-98) had 14 points, while Luc Loubaki had 13 points for the winners. Todor Radonjic (199-F-97) and Ognjen Carapic (188-PG-98) answered with 12 points each for Montenegro.

Group D
Croatia - Ukraine 79-67
Croatia registered the second consecutive victory at the U16 European Championship. They upset hosting Ukraine for 2-0 record in Group D. Nik Slavica (201-F-97) posted 26 points to lead the winners. Croatia erupted for 27 points in the opening frame to take a 3-point lead. Croatia and Ukraine traded baskets throughout the second frame. The visitors ensured a 41:38 halftime lead. Croatia extended lead in the third term. They ensured a 6-point lead at the final break. Ukraine scored just 12 points in the fourth term and had to surrender at the end. Lovro Mazalin (203-SF-97, agency: Beo Basket) posted 17 points and 14 rebounds, while Dragan Bender had 13 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (194-SG-97) answered with game-high 33 points and 9 boards for Ukraine. Kirill Marchenko had 13 points in the loss.

Latvia - Italy 56-54
Latvia celebrated the first win at the U16 European Championship. They eked out a tough win over Italy in the second round. Arturs Strautins (192-G-98) posted 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Baltic state. Italy fell at 0-2 record after the defeat. The Azzurri got to the better start. They ensured an 18:10 lead after the opening quarter. Latvia narrowed the deficit in the second stanza. The Baltic team got within 4 points at the interval 29:33. Latvia held their opponents to just 5 points in the third term and registered a 3-point advantage at the final break. Italy cut the distance in the fourth stanza. Bucarelli even put the Azzurri in front 52:51 with 67 seconds remaining. But Arturs Strautins drained a three-pointer and then Krumins hit two free throws to seal the win for Latvia. Karlis Garoza (196-F-98) finished with 11 points, while Birkans added 10 points for Latvia. Nicola Savoldelli (185-PG-97) had 14 points for Italy. Bucarelli knocked down 12 points in the loss.


Results and Stats from Day 1 in Kyiv - Aug 8, 2013

Group A
Belgium - Greece 52-63
Greece clinched the first win at the U16 European Championship in Ukraine. They outscored Belgium in Group A. Georgios Papagiannis (214-C-97) nailed 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Greece accumulated a 14:11 lead after ten minutes of action. They stepped on the gas in the second quarter. The Hellenes secured a 36:28 halftime advantage. Greece maintained the lead throughout the third period. They raced to a comfortable 13-point advantage before the fourth quarter. Belgium narrowed the distance in the final quarter but could not threaten the deficit and lost the battle. Vasileios Charalampopoulos (203-F-97) provided 13 points, while Antonis Koniaris and Dionysis Skoulidas had 8 points each in the victory. Thomas Akyazili (180-PG-97) answered with 21 points for Belgium. Sigfredo Casero chipped in 12 points in the defeat.

Russia - Spain 60-87
Spain rallied to the opening win at the U16 European Championship. They defeated Russia in Group A opener in Kyiv today. Xabier Lopez (SG-97) nailed 19 points and issued 4 assists to pace Spain. The Spaniards got to a 22:13 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the gap in the second frame. Spain went on a 29:9 run in the quarter to build a 51:32 halftime lead. Russia picked up the tempo in the third term. They poured in 27 points in the quarter to get within 8 points at the final break. But Spain quickly adjusted their defence and finished off their opponents with a 20:11 run in the final term. Pablo Perez (181-PG-97) posted 14 points, while Santiago Yusta finished with 15 points for the winners. Ilya Karpenkov and Fedor Shpakov answered with 13 points each for Russia. Timofey Yakushin (191-G-97) topscored with 15 points in the loss.

Group B
Sweden - Lithuania 64-80
Lithuania opened win count at the U16 European Championship in Ukraine. They overcame Swedish counterparts in Group B tonight. Martynas Varnas (191-SF-97) nailed 19 points to lead the winners. The teams stayed close throughout the first half. Lithuania eked out a 13:12 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the gap at 2-point mark at halftime 31:29. The Baltic team managed to clear off in the third term. Lithuania boosted the margin at 10-point mark heading into the fourth frame. They unloaded 24 points in the final stanza to seal the winning outcome. Matas Andruskevicius and Tadas Sedekerskis contributed 16 points for Lithuania. Craig Lecesne (196-PG-97) answered with 18 points for Sweden. John Brandmark, Bodin and Nils Johansson had 10 points each in the defeat.

Germany - Turkey 55-62
Turkey opened their U16 European Championship campaign with victory. The defending champions knocked down Germany in Group B. Furkan Korkmaz (193-SG-97) posted 17 points to lead the effort. Turkey eked out a 16:14 lead after ten minutes of action. They stretched the lead in the second frame. Turkey ensured a 32:23 halftime lead. Germany stopped the rot in the third term. They narrowed the deficit in the quarter to trail by just 5 points before the fourth frame. But Turkey held their opponents to 13 points in the final stanza and claimed victory. Baris Ulker (97) netted 13 points, while Egehan Arna netted 10 points for the winners. Niklas Kiel (202-SF-97) answered with 12 points and 19 rebounds for Germany. Leon Kratzer chipped in 8 points in the loss.

Group C
Montenegro - Poland 54-43
Montenegro claimed victory on the opening day of the U16 European Championship. The Balkan team outscored Poland in Group C action. Todor Radonjic (199-F-97) and Filip Bakic (97) delivered 10 points each to pace the winners. The teams traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 10:10 after ten minutes. Poland pulled ahead in the second frame. They eked out a 25:22 halftime advantage. But Montenegro did not allow their opponents to run away. The Balkan team cut the deficit at 2-point mark at the final break. Montenegro unleashed a 20:6 run in the fourth quarter and punched the first win at the end. Nikola Vukcevic delivered 9 points for the winners. Karol Majchrzak (198-SF-97) responded with 9 points for Poland. Wiktor Sewiol and Michal Kapa had 6 points each in the defeat.

Serbia - France 60-59
Serbia claimed a narrow win over France at the start of the U16 European Championship. Stefan Peno (193-SG-97) finished with 16 points for the winners. Serbia limited France to 9 points in the opening quarter to take a 3-point lead. The Balkan team stretched the gap in the second frame. Serbia accumulated a 27:19 halftime advantage. Les Bleus struggled to get any closer throughout the third period. France faced an 11-point deficit before the final stanza. However Stephane Gombauld (202-PF-97) and Loubaki dragged France within one point 59:60 with 41 seconds remaining. Stojanovic and Rakicevic missed their free throws attempts but France could not capitalize as the series of misses sealed the win for Serbia. Milos Glisic (200-PF-98) provided 15 points, while Slobodan Jovanovic added 12 points for the winners. Stephane Gombauld answered with 21 points and 11 boards for France. Amine Noua and Bathiste Tchouaffe had 7 points each in the loss.

Group D
Ukraine - Latvia 78-61
Ukrainian U16 National Team opened home European Championship with victory. They held off Latvian counterparts in Kyiv tonight. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (194-SG-97) posted 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead the hosts. Ukraine set the tone early in the encounter. They rallied to a 21:14 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine triggered a 26:11 run in the second quarter to boost the gap at 22-point mark. Latvia stopped the rot in the third term. They cut the deficit at 20-point mark at the final intermission. Latvia fired 21 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat at the end. Sergiy Pavlov (197-PF-97) accounted for 13 points, while Dmytro Berezkin added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Arturs Strautins (192-G-98) answered with 13 points for Latvia. Verners Kohs chipped in 12 points for the visitors.

Italy - Croatia 64-91
Croatia registered the first win at the U16 European Championship. They bruised Italy in Group D opener. Nik Slavica (201-F-97) posted 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Croatia set the tone in the opening quarter. They unloaded 29 points to take an 11-point lead. Croatia stayed aggressive on both ends of the floor in the second quarter. They ensured a comfortable 52:34 halftime lead. Croatia held the Azzurri to just 4 points in the third term to open a 30-point lead before the fourth frame. Italy poured in 26 points in the fourth quarter to sweeten the pill at the end. Dragan Bender (205-PF-97) chipped in 20 points, while Ante Zizic contributed 12 points and 14 boards for the winners. Andrea La Torre (202-F/G-97) answered with 21 points for Italy. Valerio Costa had 10 points in the loss.





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