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European Championships U16 Final Standings
 1. Bosnia
 2. Lithuania
 3. Turkey
 4. Spain
 5. France
 6. Finland
 7. Germany
 8. Serbia
 9. Croatia
 10. Italy
 11. Latvia
 12. Montenegro
 13. Greece
 14. U.Kingdom
 15. Israel
 16. Russia
Points Per Game
 Dzanan MUSA
  BIH
  (202-G-99)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Musa, BIH23.3 
 2. Bitim, TUR22.4 
 3. Martinez, ESP21.3 
 4. Ebo, ISR20.9 
 5. Valtonen, FIN19.1 
 6. Bajo, BIH18.9 
 7. Slavkovic, MNT17.9 
 8. Moraitis, GRE17.9 
 9. Campara, BIH15.7 
 10. Gonzalez, ESP15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ahmet DURAN
  (204-C-99)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Duran, TUR12.1 
 2. Martinez, ESP11.0 
 3. Boachie-Y., ENG10.1 
 4. Musa, BIH9.0 
 5. Pecarski, SRB8.9 
 6. Suss, ISR8.7 
 7. Simonovic, MNT8.1 
 8. Bajo, BIH8.0 
 9. Caruso, ITA7.9 
 10. Bazille, FRA7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Dzanan MUSA
  BIH
  (202-G-99)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Musa, BIH6.3 
 2. Jordano, CRO4.6 
 3. Velicka, LTU4.4 
 4. Heinonen, FIN4.2 
 5. Uskokovic, SRB4.0 
 6. Campara, BIH3.8 
 7. Pajola, ITA3.5 
 8. Moraitis, GRE3.5 
 9. Gonzalez, ESP3.3 
 10. Kurucs, LAT3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Dimitrios Rafail MORAITIS
  (194-PG-99)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Moraitis, GRE4.9 
 2. Pajola, ITA2.6 
 3. McCarthy, ESP2.6 
 4. Valtonen, FIN2.4 
 5. Stefanini, ITA2.3 
 6. Martinez, ESP2.3 
 7. Jordano, CRO2.3 
 8. Valentini, ITA2.1 
 9. Kalaitzakis, GRE2.0 
 10. Akyuz, TUR1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Guglielmo CARUSO
  (201-PF-99)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Caruso, ITA4.1 
 2. Boachie-Y., ENG3.3 
 3. Duran, TUR2.4 
 4. Valtonen, FIN2.1 
 5. Sikiras, BIH2.0 
 6. Pecarski, SRB1.7 
 7. Bajo, BIH1.5 
 8. Bazille, FRA1.4 
 9. Porat, ISR1.4 
 10. Vlagkogias, GRE1.3 
European Championships U16 Stage Two Standings
Group E
 1. Spain 4-1 
 2. Turkey 4-1 
 3. Germany 3-2 
 4. Lithuania 3-2 
 5. U.Kingdom 1-4 
 6. Greece 0-5 
Group F
 1. Finland 4-1 
 2. Bosnia 3-2 
 3. Serbia 3-2 
 4. France 3-2 
 5. Montenegro 2-3 
 6. Croatia 0-5 
Group G (Places 13-16)
 1. Italy 3-0 
 2. Israel 2-1 
 3. Latvia 1-2 
 4. Russia 0-3 
European Championships U16 Stage One Standings
Group A
 1. Turkey 3-0 
 2. Germany 2-1 
 3. U.Kingdom 1-2 
 4. Russia 0-3 
Group B
 1. Lithuania 3-0 
 2. Spain 2-1 
 3. Greece 1-2 
 4. Israel 0-3 
Group C
 1. Bosnia 2-1 
 2. Finland 2-1 
 3. Italy 1-2 
 4. Serbia 1-2 
Group D
 1. France 3-0 
 2. Montenegro. 2-1 
 3. Croatia 1-2 
 4. Latvia 0-3 


Bosnia and Herzegovina claim historic title in Kaunas (Photo: FIBA)

2015 U16 ROSTER
Starting Five in BOLD letters
Starting five
#s#
Lazar Mutic
Mutic
Njegos Sikiras
Sikiras
Emir Cerkezovic
Cerkezovic
Sani Campara
Campara
Dzanan Musa
Musa
#e#5
4Nikola Dakovic 199-SF-00
5Adi Alikadic 189-PG-99
6Lazar Mutic 197-F-99 Real Madrid Spain
7Aljosa Jankovic 200-SG-99
8Amar Barukcija 199-PF-99
9Srdjan Kocic 198-F-99
10Njegos Sikiras 205-F-99 Roma S.Azzurra Italy
11Emir Cerkezovic 196-PF-99 Sloboda Tuzla Bosnia
12Sani Campara 188-PG-99 Spars Sarajevo Bosnia
13Dzanan Musa 202-G-99 Cedevita Croatia
14Timur Ovcina 201-C-99
15Vedran Mirkovic 201-C-99


Josip Pandza Head Coach Kakanj Bosnia

Enes Numanovic Assistant


Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Awards 2015 - Aug 17, 2015

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 1st Team 2015
Arnas Velicka
Velicka
Dzanan Musa
Musa
Onuralp Bitim
Bitim
Njegos Sikiras
Sikiras
Ahmet Duran
Duran

Best Player: Dzanan Musa (202-G-99) of Bosnia
Best Guard: Dzanan Musa (202-G-99) of Bosnia
Best Forward: Njegos Sikiras (205-F-99) of Bosnia
Best Center: Ahmet Duran (204-C-99) of Turkey

1st Team
PG: Arnas Velicka (192-PG-99) of Lithuania
G: Dzanan Musa (202-G-99) of Bosnia
SG: Onuralp Bitim (193-SG-99) of Turkey
F: Njegos Sikiras (205-F-99) of Bosnia
C: Ahmet Duran (204-C-99) of Turkey

2nd Team
PG: Sani Campara (188-PG-99) of Bosnia
G: Gabriele Stefanini (183-G-99) of Italy
G/F: Elias Valtonen (192-G/F-99) of Finland
PF: Sergi Martinez (200-PF-99) of Spain
C: Marko Pecarski (202-C-0) of Serbia

Honorable Mention
Miguel Gonzalez (199-G-99) of Spain
Miika Heinonen (185-G-99) of Finland
Guglielmo Caruso (201-PF-99) of Italy
Philipp Herkenhoff (202-PF-99) of Germany
Aleksa Uskokovic (190-G-99) of Serbia
Grantas Vasiliauskas (200-F-99) of Lithuania
Andrija Slavkovic (197-SG-99) of Montenegro
Amit Suss (196-PF-99) of Israel
Nelson Boachie-Yiadom (197-F-99) of England
Dimitrios Rafail Moraitis (194-PG-99) of Greece
Darko Bajo (204-G/F-99) of Croatia
Antonio Jordano (188-PG-99) of Croatia



Bosnia and Herzegovina claim historic title in Kaunas - Aug 16, 2015

FINAL
Bosnia - Lithuania 85-83
Bosnia and Herzegovina wrote history in Kaunas. They overcame hosting Lithuania to clinch the first ever U16 European Championship title. Dzanan Musa (202-G-99, agency: Beo Basket) came up with impressive 33 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists to pace the champions. He was named the MVP. Bosnia and Herzegovina piled up a massive 50:37 halftime lead. Lithuania slowed their opponents down in the third term. The hosts pulled within 10 points at the final intermission. Lithuania went on a strong comeback rally in the fourth quarter but Bosnia and Herzegovina held on to clinch the historic success. Sani Campara (188-PG-99) finished with 23 points, while Emir Cerkezovic (196-PF-99) added 10 points for the winners. Arnas Velicka (192-PG-99) responded with 14 points for Lithuania. Grantas Vasiliauskas (200-F-99) had 12 points in the loss.
3-4 Place
Spain - Turkey 72-83
Turkey earned the Bronze medals at the championship. They defeated Spain in the consolation final today. Onuralp Bitim (193-SG-99) scored 16 points to pace the winners. Turkey recorded a 35:28 halftime lead. They unleashed 48 points in the second half and cruised to the victory. Ahmet Duran (204-C-99) netted 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Sergi Martinez (200-PF-99) responded with 24 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for Spain.

5-6 Place
France - Finland 75-46
France clinched the fifth position at the championship. They defeated Finland in the final game at the tournament. Les Bleues opened a 23:8 lead after ten minutes. France followed with a 16:9 run in the third term to take a 24-point lead. They never looked back afterwards cruising to the win. Yanik Blanc (183-G-99) scored 23 points, pulled down 7 rebounds and issued 4 assists for the winners. Sofiane Briki (190-G-99) had 10 points for France. Elias Valtonen (192-G/F-99) responded with 17 points for Finland.

7-8 Place
Germany - Serbia 91-64
Germany stormed past Serbia to wrap up their championship campaign on a high note. Nelson Weidemann (188-PG-99) delivered 25 points to lead the charge. Serbia led by two points 19:17 after ten minutes. But Germany exploded with 74 points in the next three periods to race to a comfortable win. Isaac Bonga (196-F-99) and Hendrik Drescher (202-C-00) accounted for 12 points each for the winners. Marko Kovacevic (202-SF-99) answered with 13 points for Serbia.

9-10 Place
Italy - Croatia 68-76
Croatia outgunned Italy to finish the ninth position at the tournament. Antonio Jularic (190-PG-99) delivered 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory. Italy opened a 22:18 lead after ten minutes. But Croatia held their opponents to just 11 points in the second frame and raced to a 35:33 halftime lead. Croatia went on a 17:11 rally in the final period and sealed the win. Darko Bajo (204-G/F-99) accounted for 19 points and 10 rebounds for Croatia. Gabriele Stefanini (183-G-99) responded with 15 points for Italy.
11-12 Place
Montenegro - Latvia 57-60
Latvia celebrated victory in their final game in Kaunas. They nipped Montenegro for the 11th overall position. Arturs Kurucs (189-SF-00) posted 20 points to lead Latvia A. Montenegro built a 35:26 halftime lead. But Latvia answered with a strong 25:13 rally in the third term to spur ahead. They maintained the lead throughout the final frame and marched to the win. Anrijs Miska (201-F-00) netted 10 points for the Baltic team. Andrija Slavkovic (197-SG-99) answered with 21 points for Montenegro.

13-14 Place
Greece - United Kingdom 77-52
Greece fired past Great Britain to earn the crucial win in Kaunas. Greece secured their Division A place for the next season following the success. Konstantinos Kampouridis (202-C-99, agency: Delta) scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the winning side. Greece ensured a 36:29 halftime lead. They followed with a 15:2 run in the third term to clear off for good. Giannis Giannaras (187-G-99) accounted for 10 points and 11 assists for Greece. Kaiyem Cleary (191-G/F-99) responded with 19 points for Great Britain.


Bosnia and Herzegovina and Lithuania advance into Final in Kaunas - Aug 15, 2015

SEMIFINALS
Spain - Bosnia 78-86 2OT
Bosnia needed two overtimes to beat Spain at the U16 European Championship, Semifinal game and advanced to the Final after an 86-78 win. Both teams exchanged the confident victories in the first half and then stayed close to each other for the rest of the game. Only in the second extra time Bosnia celebrated the success. Dzanan Musa (202-G-99, agency: Beo Basket), Sani Campara (188-PG-99) and Njegos Sikiras combined for 71 points to pace the winners. Sergi Martinez (200-PF-99) replied with 27 points and 20 boards in a loss. On Sunday Bosnia will take on Lithuania for the Gold, while Spain will play against Turkey for the third place.

Lithuania - Turkey 73-71
Lithuania will enter the Final game of the U16 European Championship as they overcame Turkey 73-71 at the Semifinal. Arnas Velicka (192-PG-99) brought the victory for the hosts as he drove for a lay-up at the end of the game. Turkey led the game for almost the entire game, but they were just lacking in terms of decision making late on. Vitalijus Kozys (195-SF-99) top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Sargiunas netted 11. Onuralp Bitim (193-SG-99) answered with 18 points for Turkey that will face Spain in the game for the third place on Sunday. Lithuania will take on Bosnia in the Final game.
5-8 Place
Finland - Serbia 68-63
Finland surprised Serbia 68-63 at the U16 European Championship and qualified for their first FIBA U17 World Championship. Serbia took 19-11 early lead, but Finland responded with a 23-13 run in the second period and added a 17-8 surge in the third quarter. Elias Valtonen (192-G/F-99) showed once again why he has been one of the stars of the tournament as he went for 25 points and six blocks, while Heinonen added 13. Andrija Marjanovic (196-F-99) responded with 13 points in a loss as Serbia will face Germany in the game for seventh place on Sunday.

France - Germany 57-55
France booked their place at next year's U17 World Championship as they overcame Germany 57-55 at the U16 European Championship in Kaunas. Both teams exchanged the narrow win in the first half as the board showed 29-29 at the halftime. Germany posted a 17-13 rally in the third period, while France needed a 15-9 surge in the final stanza to seal the victory. Ivan Fevrier (200-F-99) had 17 points and nine rebounds for France, while Yanik Blanc (183-G-99) added 15. Herkenhoff answered with 17 points and 15 rebounds in a loss.

9-12 Place
Latvia - Croatia 70-78
Croatia beat Latvia 78-70 at the U16 European Championship at the Classification Round for 9-12 places. Although Croatia dominated the first half and led by 10 points, Latvia managed to grab a 63-60 lead with five minutes remaining. Only after that a 7-0 run allowed Croatia to ensure the victory. Antonio Jularic (190-PG-99) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Ivan Vrgoc (202-PF-99) posted 15. Arturs Kurucs (189-SF-00) delivered 32 points in the losing effort. On Sunday Italy will take on Croatia in the game for the 9th place, while Montenegro will play against Latvia for the 11-12 places.

Montenegro - Italy 65-73
Italy posted a 73-65 win over Montenegro at the Classification Round game in Kaunas on Saturday. The Italian side took a 21-15 lead at the end of the first period and led by 6 points at the halftime. Moreover they increased to 12 points at the end of thirty minutes to ensure the victory. Michele Ebeling (200-PF-99) paced Italy's offence with 18 points, while Stefanini notched 14. Igor Drobnjak (184-G-00) answered with 26 points in defeat and Stavkovic posted 23. On Sunday Italy will take on Croatia in the game for the 9th place, while Montenegro will play against Latvia for the 11-12 places.
13-16 Place
United Kingdom - Israel 77-76
England overcame Israel 77-76 at the U16 European Championship in Kaunas and sent the losing side to Division B for the next year. Israel led 29-15 after the first period, but could not keep the win. England needed a 14-0 run and then grabbed the necessary win. Nelson Boachie-Yiadom (197-F-99) erupted with 27 points and 16 rebounds, while Jacob Round (191-G/F-00) netted 16. Amit Ebo (179-G-99) responded with 32 points in the losing effort and Amit Suss posted 22. Tomorrow England will take on Greece.


Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey, Lithuania and Spain reach semifinals in Kaunas - Aug 14, 2015

Quarterfinals
Turkey - Serbia 87-66
Turkey reached the semifinal stage in Kaunas. They toppled Serbia in the quarterfinal clash. Onuralp Bitim (193-SG-99) scored 27 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the winners. Turkey claimed a 44:33 halftime lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second half and cruised to the victory. Ahmet Duran (204-C-99) notched 23 points and 17 rebounds in the win. Aleksa Uskokovic (190-G-99) answered with 21 points for Serbia.

Finland - Lithuania 74-93
Lithuania coasted past Finland in the quarterfinal clash in Kaunas. Vitalijus Kozys (195-SF-99) and Arnas Velicka (192-PG-99) notched 18 points each for the winners. Lithuania built a 43:38 halftime lead. They unleashed 50 points in the second half and cruised to the victory. Tadas Vaiciunas (200-SF-99) and Grantas Vasiliauskas (200-F-99) had 12 points each for the winners. Elias Valtonen (192-G/F-99) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds for Finland.

Bosnia - Germany 70-54
Dzanan Musa (202-G-99, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 25 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists to pace Bosnia and Herzegovina past Germany in the quarterfinal clash in Kaunas. Bosnia and Herzegovina recorded a 39:17 halftime lead. Germany could not overcome the deficit in the second half as Bosnia and Herzegovina rolled to the win. Njegos Sikiras (205-F-99) delivered 21 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Nelson Weidemann (188-PG-99) responded with 13 points for Germany.

Spain - France 72-63
Spain advanced into the semifinal stage. They topped France in the quarterfinal clash. Miguel Gonzalez (199-G-99) stepped up with 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Spain claimed a 31:21 halftime lead. Spain unloaded 41 points in the second half and marched to the win. Acoydan McCarthy (204-C-99) had 16 points in the victory. Ivan Fevrier (200-F-99) responded with 20 points and 12 rebounds for France.
9-16 Place
Croatia - Israel 84-82
Croatia nipped Israel in the classification round. Antonio Jordano (188-PG-99) posted 27 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the winning side. Croatia recorded a 51:45 halftime lead. Israel narrowed the deficit in the final term but failed to rescue the game. Darko Bajo (204-G/F-99) claimed 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Amit Ebo (179-G-99) responded with 29 points and 5 steals for Israel.

United Kingdom - Latvia 65-66
Arturs Kurucs (189-SF-00) converted a late jumper and propelled Latvia past Great Britain in the classification round clash. Great Britain accounted for a 35:34 halftime lead. They boosted the gap at 2-point mark at the final intermission. But Latvia denied the deficit and then Arturs Kurucs sealed the win for the Baltic team. Arturs Kurucs finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Bogdans Railans (193-G/F-99) added 17 points and 14 rebounds for Latvia. Nelson Boachie-Yiadom (197-F-99) responded with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Great Britain.

Greece - Italy 45-62
Italy outgunned Greece in the classification round clash in Kaunas tonight. Michele Ebeling (200-PF-99) scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to pace the winners. Italy established a 35:9 halftime lead. Greece went on a massive 21:7 run in the third term to narrow the gap. But the Azzurri scored 20 points in the fourth frame and iced the victory. Lorenzo De Zardo (197-SF-99) tossed in 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the win. Dimitrios Rafail Moraitis (194-PG-99) responded with 14 points for Greece.


Quarterfinals are determined in Kaunas - Aug 13, 2015

Group E
Spain - United Kingdom 75-64
Spain clinched the top position in Group E. They held off Great Britain for 4-1 record. Sergi Martinez (200-PF-99) nailed 18 points and collected 8 rebounds for the winners. Spain accumulated a 40:25 halftime lead. Great Britain narrowed the deficit in the second half but Spain hung on to clinch the victory. Acoydan McCarthy (204-C-99) chipped in 15 points for the winners. Cameron Bett (182-G-99) responded with 14 points for Great Britain.

Lithuania - Turkey 64-67
Turkey upset hosting Lithuania to claim the top position in Group E. Onuralp Bitim (193-SG-99) tallied 15 points and 11 rebounds to pace the visitors. Turkey recorded a 19:7 lead after ten minutes. Lithuania narrowed the gap at 7-point mark at the interval. Turkey extended the gap at 10-point mark at the final intermission. Lithuania dropped 23 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat. Ahmet Duran had 13 points and 15 rebounds for Turkey. Arnas Velicka (192-PG-99) responded with 17 points for Lithuania.

Germany - Greece 77-59
Germany fired past Greece to secure the quarterfinal birth in Kaunas. Nicolas Wolf (197-SF-99) provided 13 points to lead the winning side. Greece jumped to a 21:17 lead after ten minutes. But Germany went on a 22:5 run in the third term to take an 16-point lead. Germany sank 22 points in the fourth quarter and marched to the win. Philipp Hadenfeldt (188-PG-99) notched 11 points in the victory. Giannis Giannaras (187-G-99) and Dimitrios Rafail Moraitis (194-PG-99) replied with 12 points apiece for Greece.

Group F
Bosnia - Croatia 86-59
Bosnia and Herzegovina beat Croatia to secure the quarterfinal birth. Sani Campara (188-PG-99) came up with 21 points to lead the winners. Bosnia and Herzegovina posted a 44:28 halftime lead. They boosted the gap at 27-point mark at the final break and never looked back en route to the win. Dzanan Musa (202-G-99, agency: Beo Basket) recorded 17 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds in the victory. Darko Bajo (204-G/F-99) responded with 16 points and 10 rebounds for Croatia.

France - Finland 57-38
France clinched the second position in Group F. They handed the first defeat to Finland to take 3-2 record. Louis Rucklin (184-PG-99) posted 12 points to lead the winners. France registered a 36:15 halftime lead. Finland narrowed the deficit in the third term but Les Bleues sank 16 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the victory. Timothee Bazille (202-C-99) had 8 points and 14 rebounds in the win. Elias Valtonen and Tomas Pihlajamaki (185-G-00) had 7 points each in the loss.

Montenegro - Serbia 64-78
Serbia posted the third straight victory in Group F. They outgunned Montenegro for 3-2 record in Group F. Andrija Marjanovic (196-F-99) recorded 30 points to pace the winners. Montenegro enjoyed a 23:13 lead after ten minutes. However Serbia went on a strong 28:7 rally in the final frame to ice the victory. Marko Pecarski (202-C-00) tossed in 14 points and collected 10 rebounds for the winners. Marko Simonovic (200-C-99) answered with 19 points and 10 caroms for Montenegro.

Group G
Italy - Latvia 58-49
Italy notched the second victory in classification round. They held off Latvia for 3-0 record. Gabriele Stefanini (183-G-99) delivered 17 points and 7 rebounds for the Azzurri. Italy piled up a 34:18 halftime lead. They protected the lead well throughout the second half and cruised to the victory. Guglielmo Caruso (201-PF-99) produced 14 points and 9 boards in the win. Rainers Kalnins (182-G-99) replied with 14 points for Latvia.


Results and Stats from Day 2 of Second Stage in Kaunas - Aug 12, 2015

Group E
Turkey - Spain 64-75
Spain claimed the second straight victory in Group E. They outgunned Turkey to improve at 3-1 record. Francisco Salvador (199-C-99) provided 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Spain recorded a 37:32 halftime lead. Turkey pulled within just 2 points at the final intermission. However Spain responded with a 21:12 rally in the fourth quarter to ice the victory. Sergi Martinez (200-PF-99) netted 14 points and 6 rebounds in the victory. Onuralp Bitim (193-SG-99) responded with 16 points for Turkey.

Germany - Lithuania 77-70
Germany handed the first defeat to hosting Lithuania in Kaunas. Hendrik Drescher (202-C-00) scored 17 points to lead Germany as they improved at 2-2 record in Group E. Lithuania piled up a 36:31 halftime lead. But Germany responded with a 24:11 run in the third term to spur ahead. They knocked down 22 points in the fourth period and sealed the win. Philipp Herkenhoff (202-PF-99) chipped in 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the German side. Grantas Vasiliauskas (200-F-99) responded with 15 points for Lithuania.

Greece - United Kingdom 50-60
Great Britain knocked down Greece to record the first victory at the Second Stage. Cameron Bett (182-G-99) stepped up with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Greece piled up a 13:7 lead after the opening quarter. However Great Britain turned things around in the next two periods. They pulled ahead to build a 12-point lead at the final break. Greece knocked down 20 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat. Jacob Round (191-G/F-00) netted 12 points for the winning side. Dimitrios Rafail Moraitis (194-PG-99) chipped in 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Hellenes.

Group F
Finland - Montenegro 58-56
Finland remained perfect in Group F action. They nipped Montenegro for 4-0 record on top of the standings. Miika Heinonen (185-G-99) finished with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Finland piled up a 31:26 halftime lead. Finland boosted the gap at 7-point mark heading into the fourth frame. Montenegro sank 20 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat at the end. Elias Valtonen and Andre Gustavson (184-PG-99) chipped in 12 points apiece in the win. Marko Simonovic responded with 15 points and 14 rebounds for Montenegro.

Bosnia - France 64-57
Bosnia and Herzegovina registered the first victory in Group F. They beat France for 2-2 record. Dzanan Musa (202-G-99, agency: Beo Basket) notched 22 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds in the victory. Bosnia and Herzegovina rallied to a 35:23 halftime lead. France narrowed the gap in the second half but could not avoid the defeat. Njegos Sikiras (205-F-99) provided 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Yanik Blanc (183-G-99) responded with 16 points for France.

Croatia - Serbia 71-75
Serbia nipped Croatia for the second straight victory in Group F. Boris Latinovic (202-PF-99) netted 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for the winners. Serbia used a strong 24:10 run in the opening quarter to clear off. They maintained the lead throughout the rest of the encounter. Serbia withheld a massive comeback run from Croatia in the fourth quarter to snatch the victory. Andrija Marjanovic (196-F-99) delivered 16 points for the winners. Darko Bajo (204-G/F-99) responded with 23 points and 8 reboudns for Croatia.

Group G
Latvia - Israel 68-77
Israel recorded the first victory in the classification round. They edged Latvia for 1-1 record. Amit Ebo (179-G-99) nailed 20 points to lead the winners. Latvia and Israel were tied at 36 at the interval. Israel eked out a 52:51 lead heading into the fourth frame. They followed with a 25:17 run in the final period and sealed the victory. Ori Hai (190-SG-99) tossed in 14 points for the winners. Bogdans Railans (193-G/F-99) responded with 15 points and 15 rebounds for Latvia. Edgars Kaufmanis (185-G-99) topscored with 16 points in the loss.


Results and Stats from Day 1 of Second Stage in Kaunas - Aug 11, 2015

Group E
Spain - Germany 76-54
Spain registered the first victory in Group E. They knocked down Germany behind 29 points and 10 rebounds from Sergi Martinez (200-PF-99). Germany jumped to a 32:31 halftime lead. But Spain turned things around in the second half. They went on a 45:22 second half rally to ice the victory. Jose Puerto (199-F/G-99) delivered 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Isaac Bonga (196-F-99) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds for Germany.

Greece - Turkey 63-87
Turkey coasted past Greece to take the first victory in Group E. Onuralp Bitim (193-SG-99) posted 32 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Turkey silenced their opponents in the first period. Turkey went on a 28:9 run in the first period to clear off. They went on a 20:11 run in the final period to seal the victory. Ismet Avsar (188-PG-99) and Cagatay Afsar (202-F-99) tossed in 9 points each for the winners. Dimitrios Rafail Moraitis (194-PG-99) responded with 25 points and 11 rebounds for Greece.

United Kingdom - Lithuania 67-102
Lithuania victoriously opened their Group E campaign. They fired past Great Britain for 3-0 record. Six players scored in double digits to pace the Baltic team. Grantas Vasiliauskas (200-F-99) finished with 16 points for the winners. Lithuania piled up a 41:33 halftime lead. They unloaded 61 points in the second half and coasted to the victory. Vitalijus Kozys (195-SF-99) and Lukas Uleckas (195-SG-99) chipped in 14 points each for Lithuania. Joshua Edwards (191-G/F-99) responded with 11 points for Great Britain.

Group F
Montenegro - Bosnia 77-73
Montenegro outgunned Bosnia and Herzegovina to gain 2-1 record in Group F. Andrija Slavkovic (197-SG-99) scored 15 points to lead the winners. Bosnia and Herzegovina eked out a 43:41 halftime lead. The margin grew at 13-point mark at the final intermission. But Montenegro followed with a strong 23:6 run in the fourth frame to snatch the victory. Jakov Milosevic (192-SF-99) netted 13 points in the win. Dzanan Musa (202-G-99, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Croatia - Finland 75-84
Finland fired past Croatia to improve at 3-0 record in Group F. Elias Valtonen (192-G/F-99) notched 23 points to lead the winners. Finland registered a 45:35 halftime lead. Croatia pulled within 5 points at the final intermission. But Finland sank 25 points in the fourth stanza and coasted to the victory. Tuomo Antikainen (185-PG-99) dropped 21 points for the winners. Mateo Vidovic (184-PG-99) answered with 16 points for Croatia.

Serbia - France 69-62
Serbia opened win count in Group F. They held off France for 1-2 record. Andrija Marjanovic (196-F-99) and Marko Pecarski (202-C-00) scored 19 points each for the winners. Serbia recorded a 21:13 lead after ten minutes. Les Bleues denied the deficit in the next two periods. France secured a 51:50 lead heading into the fourth quarter. But Serbia responded with a 19:11 run in the final period to ice the win. Yanik Blanc (183-G-99) responded with 17 points for France.

Group G
Israel - Italy 73-84
Italy outscored Israel to claim the opening victory in Group G. Emanuele Trapani (180-PG-99) notched 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. Italy established a 51:47 halftime advantage. The Azzurri extended the margin at 13-point mark at the final intermission. Israel narrowed the gap in the fourth term but could not avoid the defeat. Gabriele Stefanini (183-G-99) recorded 15 points for Italy. Amit Suss (196-PF-99) responded with 18 points and 11 rebounds for Israel.


Results and Stats from Day 3 in Kaunas - Aug 9, 2015

Group A
Turkey - Germany 74-45
Turkey fired past Germany to earn the third straight victory in Kaunas. Onuralp Bitim (193-SG-99) scored 25 points to lead the winners. Turkey built a 30:18 halftime lead. They followed with a 22:7 rally in the third term to clear off for good. Ahmet Duran (204-C-99) produced 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Badu Buck (194-SG-99) responded with 10 points for Germany.

Group B
Spain - Greece 72-58
Spain earned the second victory in Group B. They topped Greece for 2-1 record. Sergi Martinez (200-PF-99) stepped up with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 6 steals in the win. Spain claimed a 30:27 halftime lead. They dropped 42 points after the big break and rallied to the victory. Miguel Gonzalez (199-G-99) accounted for 11 points, 8 assists and 5 boards for Spain. Dimitrios Rafail Moraitis (194-PG-99) responded with 18 points for Greece.

Israel - Lithuania 70-96
Lithuania claimed the third straight win in Group B. They stormed past Israel to stay undefeated. The hosts unleashed 58 points in the first half to take a 20-point lead. Lithuania controlled the tempo in the second half and raced to the victory. Ignas Sargiunas (193-SG-99) stepped up with 17 points for Lithuania. Tomas Balciunas (200-C-00) added 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Tomer Levinson (202-C-00) responded with 15 points for Israel.

Group C
Finland - Bosnia 82-78
Finland earned the top position in Group C. They outgunned Bosnia and Herzegovina for 2-1 record atop the ladder. Ricky Waxlax (195-G-99) stepped up with 20 points to lead the winners. Finland accumulated a 44:39 halftime lead. Bosnia and Herzegovina narrowed the gap in the second half but could not avoid the defeat. Elias Valtonen (192-G/F-99) chipped in 17 points for the winning side. Sani Campara responded with 24 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Serbia - Italy 79-77
Serbia nipped Italy to clinch the third position in Group C. Marko Pecarski (202-C-00) tossed in 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to pace the winners. Italy built a 43:39 halftime lead. Serbia erased the deficit in the third quarter. The Balkan team went on a 17:15 run in the fourth frame and snatched a tough victory. Andrija Marjanovic (196-F-99) accounted for 15 points in the win. Gabriele Stefanini (183-G-99) replied with 24 points and 7 rebounds for the Azzurri.

Group D
France - Latvia 47-35
France bruised Latvia to bag the third victory in Kaunas. Yanik Blanc (183-G-99) banked in 16 points for Les Bleues. France recorded a 14:6 lead after ten minutes. Latvia pulled within 3 points at the final intermission. But France went on a 17:8 run in the fourth term and sealed the win. Maxime Abah (194-SF-99) added 7 points in the victory. Edgars Kaufmanis (185-G-99) answered with 7 points for Latvia.

Montenegro - Croatia 60-59
Montenegro snatched a narrow one-point win over Croatia to gain 2-1 record in Group D. Andrija Slavkovic (197-SG-99) connected for 20 points to lead the winners. Croatia established a 30:27 halftime lead. They stretched the gap at 4-point mark at the final intermission. Montenegro however bounced back in the fourth frame. They went on a 13:8 rally in the final stanza and rolled to the win. Marko Simonovic (200-C-99) and Pavle Titic had 9 points each for the winners. Darko Bako responded with 26 points and 10 rebounds for Croatia.


Results and Stats from Day 2 in Kaunas - Aug 8, 2015

Group A
United Kingdom - Turkey 77-91
Turkey grabbed the second win in a row in Kaunas. They outgunned Great Britain for 2-0 record in Group A. Onuralp Bitim (193-SG-99) stepped up with 30 points for the winners. Turkey unleashed 52 points in the first half to take a 5-point halftime lead. Turkey went on a 22:13 run in the third term to clear off for good. Ragip Atar (206-PF-99) netted 13 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for the winners. Nelson Boachie-Yiadom (197-F-99) responded with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Great Britain.

Group B
Israel - Spain 77-84
Spain celebrated the first victory in Kaunas. Sergi Martinez (200-PF-99) nailed 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to propel them past Israel. Spain trailed by a single point 19:20 at the first break. But they went on a 23:12 run in the second period to spur ahead. Spain maintained the lead throughout the second half and marched to the victory. Miguel Gonzalez (199-G-99) provided 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the win. Amit Ebo (179-G-99) responded with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Israel.

Lithuania - Greece 69-51
Lithuania stormed past Greece to improve at 2-0 record in Kaunas. Lukas Uleckas (195-SG-99) scored 18 points to pace the hosts. Lithuania used a massive 21:2 run in the second frame to establish a 23-point lead. Lithuania maintained the advantage throughout the second half and coasted to the victory. Tomas Balciunas (200-C-00) accounted for 9 points in the win. Dimitrios Rafail Moraitis (194-PG-99) answered with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Greece.

Group C
Finland - Serbia 70-65
Finland registered the first victory in Group C. Elias Valtonen (192-G/F-99) connected for 25 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Finland used a 40:22 run in the first half to clear off. Serbia however responded with a 23:9 rally in the third term to narrow the gap. But Finland dropped 21 points in the final frame and sealed the victory. Tuomo Antikainen (185-PG-99) and Miika Heinonen (185-G-99) had 11 points each for the winners. Boris Latinovic (202-PF-99) and Aleksa Uskokovic (190-G-99) tossed in 20 points apiece for Serbia.

Bosnia - Italy 77-65
Bosnia and Herzegovina recorded the second straight victory in Kaunas. They held off Italy to stay perfect in Group C. Dzanan Musa (202-G-99, agency: Beo Basket) came up with another sizzling performance. He tallied 23 points, 19 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Bosnia and Herzegovina tallied 50 points in the first half to open a 31-point halftime lead. The Azzurri went on a desperate comeback rally in the second half but could not rescue the game. Njegos Sikiras (205-F-99) and Sani Campara (188-PG-99) had 13 points each for the winners. Guglielmo Caruso (201-PF-99) responded with 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Azzurri.

Group D
Montenegro - France 62-64
France eked out a narrow win over Montenegro to take 2-0 record in Group D. Ivan Fevier stepped up with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Les Bleues. France secured a 34:32 halftime lead. Montenegro pulled ahead in the third term. The Balkan team secured a 7-point lead at the final break. But France used a 19:10 run in the fourth quarter to snatch the win. Nicolas Dorez (199-C-99) tossed in 12 points for the winners. Andrija Slavkovic (197-SG-99) answered with 17 points for Montenegro.

Croatia - Latvia 77-64
Darko Bajo (204-G/F-99) posted 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead Croatia past Latvia. The winners climbed at 1-1 record in Group D. Croatia secured a 41:25 halftime lead. Croatia stayed in charge throughout the second half and coasted to the victory. Gabriel Maric (201-G/F-99) finished with 16 points for the winners. Rainers Kalnins (182-G-99) responded with 13 points for Latvia.


Results and Stats from Day 1 in Kaunas - Aug 7, 2015

Group A
Germany - United Kingdom 61-56
Germany held off Great Britain at the start of the European Championship. Philipp Herkenhoff (202-PF-99) stepped up with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Great Britain eked out a 28:26 halftime lead. But Germany went on a strong rally in the second half and snatched the victory. Nelson Weidemann (188-PG-99), Isaac Bonga (196-F-99) and Hendrik Drescher (202-C-00) provided 10 points apiece for the winners. Nelson Boachie-Yiadom (197-F-99) responded with 16 points for Great Britain.

Group B
Greece - Israel 80-65
Greece beat Israel for the first victory in Group B. Dimitrios Rafail Moraitis (194-PG-99) scored 22 points, 7 steals, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the Hellenes. Israel eked out a 31:30 halftime lead. But Greece unloaded 50 points in the second half and coasted to the victory. Konstantinos Vlagkogias (99) netted 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the winners. Amit Ebo (179-G-99) responded with 21 points for Israel.

Spain - Lithuania 61-66
Lithuania opened home championship with victory. They beat Spain in Kaunas in the opener. Grantas Vasiliauskas, Arnas Velicka (99) and Ignas Sargiunas (99) scored 9 points each for the winners. Spain recorded a 30:27 halftime lead. Lithuania stepped on the gas in the second half. The hosts pulled within a single point at the final break. They followed with a 19:13 run in the fourth quarter to ice the victory. Vitalijus Kozys (195-SF-99) and Elvis Juozaitis (99) had 8 points each for the winners. Sergi Martinez (200-PF-99) responded with 21 points for Spain.

Group C
Serbia - Bosnia 56-76
Bosnia and Herzegovina registered a comfortable victory over neighbouring Serbia at the start of the championship. Dzanan Musa (202-G-99, agency: Beo Basket) was pivotal with 27 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds for the winners. Serbia recorded a 21:18 lead after the opening quarter. But Bosnia and Herzegovina turned the tables in the next periods. They unloaded 58 points and rallied to a comfortable victory. Njegos Sikiras (205-F-99) delivered 9 points for the winners. Aleksa Matic (198-SG-99) answered with 13 points for Serbia.

Italy - Finland 68-65
Italy nipped Finland at the start of the European Championship. Emanuele Trapani stepped up with 20 points to lead the Azzurri. Italy grabbed a 32:30 halftime lead. The Azzurri stretched the gap at 4-point mark at the final intermission. Finland sank 23 points in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the defeat. Lorenzo De Zardo posted 14 points for the winners. Elias Valtonen (192-G/F-99) responded with 25 points and 10 rebounds for Finland.

Group D
Latvia - Montenegro 47-64
Montenegro secured the winning start of their European Championship campaign. The Balkan team stormed past Latvia in the opener. Latvia grabbed a 9:4 lead after ten minutes. But Montenegro quickly bounced back. They unloaded 45 points in the next two periods to gain a 14-point lead at the final break. Montenegro never looked back afterwards cruising to the win. Andrija Stavkovic provided 24 points, while Marko Simonovic (173-PG-99) added 12 points for the winners. Rainers Kalnins (182-G-99) responded with 12 points for Latvia.

France - Croatia 66-61
France outgunned Croatia to open win count in Kaunas. Yanik Blanc (183-G-99) stepped up with 17 points for Les Bleues. France claimed a 44:38 halftime lead. France maintained the lead throughout the second half and coasted to the win. Jaylen Hoard (99) chipped in 16 points in the victory. Antonio Jordano (99) responded with 15 points for Croatia.





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