Czech Republic - Croatia 57-67 Croatia defended their U16 European Championship title. They overcame hosting Czech Republic for the trophy in Pardubice tonight. Mario Hezonja (200-F-95) scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace Croatia. Czech Republic made a giant leap from winning Division B last season to playing in the title game this year. Czech Republic opened the game with four points in a row but Croatia quickly denied the deficit. The reigning champions surged ahead late in the starting period and posted a 22:19 lead at the first break. Mario Hezonja triggered a 7:0 run at the start of the second frame as Croatia grabbed a 29:19 lead. Mario Hezonja knocked down 9 points in the period as Croatia recorded a 41:29 halftime lead. Croatia tipped off the second half with eight consecutive points to take a 20-point lead. But the hosts refused to give in as they cut the deficit at 14-point mark at the final intermission 39:53. Martin Peterka (199-F-95) and Dedek dragged the home team within 6 points midway through the fourth period 55:61. However Croatia responded with a 7:1 rally in the dying seconds to seal the victory at the end. Karlo Zganec (203-C-95) accounted for 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Domagoj Bosnjak (197-G-95) added 8 points and 12 rebounds for Croatia. Martin Peterka responded with 21 points and 14 rebounds for Czech Republic. Jiri Soula (187-G-95) netted 11 points, while Radovan Kouril (182-PG-95) delivered 10 in the loss.
Spain - France 61-53 OT Spain claimed bronze medals at U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. They overcame France in the consolation final tonight. Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) accounted for 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort. Spain jumped to an early lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the opening period. Spain entered the second frame up by five points 14:9. Jose Nogues (202-C-95) opened a double-digit lead for Spain midway through the second quarter. They posted a 33:21 halftime advantage. Martin and Jose Nogues opened a 14-point lead for the Spanish team at the end of the third period. Les Bleus opened the final term on a 9:2 rally to narrow the deficit. France capped the regulation with a 10:2 run to level things up at 47 forcing overtime. Cantenys and Jose Nogues tipped off the extra frame with four points in a row as Spain cleared off. France tried to deny the deficit but Ilimane Diop and Ventura sank a bunch of free throws to seal the victory for Spain. Jose Nogues provided 10 points and 9 rebounds, while Carlos Garcia (204-C-95) added 8 points in the win. Paul Rigot (199-F-95), Damien Inglis (198-F-95) and Arthur Rozenfeld (180-PG-95) responded with 10 points each for France.
Russia - Latvia 84-70 Russia earned the fifth place at the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. They overcame Latvian counterparts on the final day of the tournament. Pavel Sizov (198-F-95) stepped up with 24 points to lead the winners. Russia opened the game on a 10:3 rally to surge ahead. They posted a 23:16 lead after ten minutes. Russia capped the first half on a 15:3 run to build a 47:29 halftime advantage. Russia kept their opponents at bay throughout the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by 17 points 64:47. Latvia never got within striking distance in the fourth period as Russia coasted to the victory at the end. Alexander Martynov (195-G-95) delivered 13 points, while Alexander Gankevich (197-F-95) added 12 points in the winning case. Kristaps Gluditis responded with 18 points for Latvia. Jorens Dulevskis (178-PG-95) had 13 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds in the loss.
Germany - Turkey 41-66 Turkey finished U16 European Championship campaign with victory. They toppled Germany to claim the 7th overall position in the ladder. Metecan Birsen (203-F/G-95) stepped up with 12 points to lead the effort. The teams stayed close in the opening period. Germany posted a 12:11 lead after ten minutes. The lead changed hands early in the second term but Turkey capped the period with 8 points in a row to establish a 31:25 lead. Turkey went on a 7:0 run midway through the third frame to pile up a 38:26 advantage. They entered the final frame up by 16 points 46:30. Adnan Mustafa (188-G-95) gave Turkey a 20-point cushion at the start of the fourth term and they never looked back en route to the victory. Adnan Mustafa nailed 11 points for the winners. Ismet Akpinar (188-PG-95) responded with 12 points for Germany. Niklas Ney (205-C-95) delivered 7 points in defeat.
Montenegro - Poland 75-77 Poland registered the victory on the final day of the U16 European Championship. They held off Montenegro to earn the second place in classification round Group G. Poland improved at 4-2 record, while Montenegro ended at 1-5 record in the ladder. Mikolaj Witlinski (201-F-95) stepped up with 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort. The teams stayed close throughout the first half. Poland secured a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second period posting a 44:42 halftime advantage. Montenegro used an 8:0 run late in the third term to pull ahead 60:54. Bartosz Wrobel (186-G-95) and Damian Jeszke (200-F-95) dragged Poland back within two 58:60 at the final break. It all came down to the final seconds in this one. Montenegro were up by three points with just over a minute to go. But Mikolaj Witlinski knocked down three free throws to seal the victory for Poland. Damian Jeszke nailed 23 points, while Bartosz Wrobel added 15 points in the victory. Milovan Draskovic (208-C-95) and Petar Saric (186-G-95) responded with 14 points each for Montenegro. Luka Savic (199-F-95) had 12 points, 5 boards and 5 assists in the loss.
Lithuania - Bulgaria 103-82 Lithuania registered the sixth straight win at the U16 European Championship. They stormed past Bulgaria to earn the 13th overall position. Paulius Zalys (198-F-95), Paulius Sakinis (197-F-95) and Pijus Mykolaitis (198-F-95) scored 15 points each to pace the winners. Lithuania led from start to finish. They posted a 26:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Lithuania maintained the lead throughout the second term. The Baltic team earned a 47:32 halftime advantage. Lithuania mounted the pressure in the third term. They went on a 34:12 run in the third stanza to leave hapless Bulgaria behind by 37 points with ten minutes remaining. Bulgaria sweetened the pill scoring 38 points in the fourth quarter. Karolis Razukas (198-F-95) nailed 11 points for Lithuania. Vassil Stoimenov (198-F-95) responded with 20 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks for Bulgaria. Anguel Peychinov (196-F-95) netted 16 points in defeat.
16 National Team that will compete in the 2017 FIBA U16 European Championship in the hopes of earning the promotion in the First Division after the total disaster of the Euro 2016 participat... [read more]
Three-time Basketball champion head coach Konstantinos Papadopoulos (with the team of Panathinaikos) and another seven times Attica champion (Panathinaikos and Ilysiakos) and the most successful Head Coach (in youth ages of the last two decades), has been tabbed as head coach for the Basketball Men's U16 National Team that will compete in the 2017 FIBA U16 European Championship in the hopes of earning the promotion in the First Division after the total disaster of the Euro 2016 participation and the last position among 16 countries (1-6 record) with the previous coaching team. Selected to assist Papadopoulos is the well known in the North part of the country, Theodoros Asteriadis (PAOK Thessaloniki), both of whom tackle their first serious assignment as a coaching duet coming from academies and youth teams.
An amazing selection from the Greek Basketball federation as it is the first time after quite many years that a National Coach in younger ages has actually professional career on the specific age area and quite successfully as the previous 'cases' and predecessors fail in total as they were coaching mostly Men Teams or no teams at all…
The Greek Basketball Federation probably felt that Papadopoulos has done a tremendous job with his players (in Panathinaikos and now in Doukas as he has been dismissed last summer from Panathinaikos after winning all the titles..) over the past fifteen years and that having continuity within the program has been a key to the success of the teams, he is coaching all these years.
The U16 European championship 2017 Division B will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria from the 10-19 of August 2017, and Greece will be among the National teams to fight for the promotion in a division which is more suitable for the country. In addition to Greece teams competing in the U16 zone Division B' championship include: host Bulgaria, Belarus, Belgium. Bosnia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Kosovo, Luxemburg, FYROM, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Ukraine.
Training camp to determine the 12-member Greek squad will be held in Athens by Papadopoulos himself while Assistant Coach Asteriadis will be doing the same in Thessaloniki so as to cover the country in total.
Coach Papadopoulos is planning to scout at all edges to be able to find the best players in the country and try to develop a strong and healthy team at all positions, try to give attention to detail, and relate to all the members of the Greek NT the winning mentality and try to combine all the talents with the best feasible way to try and get a gold medal for Greek Basketball even if we will compete in a division lower than we supposed to'. The U16 roster will be bright new and will be build up from scratch..
Eurobasket.com wishes all the best to the new coaching team of the U16 Greek NT
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