Turkey - Lithuania 76-68 Tadas Sedekerskis (201-F/G-98) came up with impressive 35 points and 8 rebounds but could not rescue Lithuania in their opening clash versus Turkey in Group A. Turkey went on a 21:10 run in the fourth frame and snatched a tough victory at the end. Omer Faruk Yurtseven (208-C-98) delivered 18 points for the winners. Omer Al (181-PG-98) added 16 points for the Turkish youngsters. Rokas Gadiliauskas (205-C-98) chipped in 10 points and grabbed 15 boards in the defeat.
Serbia - Finland 79-55 Serbia rolled past Finland in the opening game of the championship. Borisa Simanic (208-PF-98) scored 15 points to pace the Balkan team. Serbia used a 60:32 run in the second and third periods combined to clear off for good. Novak Music (188-G-98) and Bojan Nesic (189-PG-98) accounted for 12 points each in the victory. Edon Maxhuni (177-PG-98) responded with 20 points for Finland.
Greece - Latvia 67-74 Latvia got things going the right way at home tournament. The hosts defeated Greece in Group B action. Rodions Kurucs (204-G-98) posted 22 points and 9 rebounds to pace the home side. Latvia and Greece were tied at 35 at halftime. But Latvia held their opponents to 32 points in the second half and eked out a tough win at the end. Kristers Zoriks (185-SG-98) had 19 points for the winners. Vasileos Christidis (206-C/F-98) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds for Greece.
Croatia - Bosnia 64-65 Bosnia and Herzegovina snatched a narrow victory over Croatia at the start of their campaign in Latvia. Dzanan Musa (202-SG-99) came up with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the winners. Amar Gegic (198-SG-98) and Sikiras Njegos (205-F-99) scored final five points in regulation to propel Bosnia to a dramatic win. Sikiras Njegos delivered 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Mate Kalajzic (192-PG-98) responded with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Croatia.
France - Denmark 87-33 France thumped Denmark in the starting game at the tournament. Les Bleus dominated from start to finish. They ensured a 44:22 halftime lead. France went on a 28:3 run in the third term to clear off for good. Bathiste Tchouaffe (195-F/G-98) knocked down 16 points and collected 10 rebounds for France. Hugo Blanc (199-F-98) and Yves Pons (189-F/G-99) netted 12 points each for the winners. Nikolaj Boje Bank (210-C-98) answered with 6 points for Denmark.
Germany - Poland 72-60 Germany defeated Poland in the opening game in Latvia. Isaiah Hartenstein (207-PF-98) delivered 15 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Germany piled up a 39:31 halftime lead. Poland pulled within 6 points at the final intermission. But Germany bounced back with a 21:15 run in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Kostja Mushidi (190-F-98) and Ferdinand Zylka (188-SF-98) chipped in 11 points each for the winners. Mateusz Szczypinski and Dominik Rutkowski (196-F/G-98) responded with 16 points apiece for Poland.
Spain - Ukraine 81-46 Spain coasted past Ukraine in the opening game of the tournament. Maxim Esteban (188-G-98) scored 14 points to pace the winners. Spain secured a 36:27 halftime lead. They stretched the gap at 22-mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the victory. Vazquez nailed 13 points in the winning case. Ihor Dubonenko (193-SF-98) responded with 12 points for Ukraine.
Italy - Russia 66-41 Italy got to a confident start of their U16 European Championship campaign. They knocked down Russia in Group D. Davide Moretti (189-SG-98) posted 14 points to pace the Azzurri. Italy raced to a 10:4 lead after ten minutes. Russia cut the deficit to a single point at halftime. However Italy raced to a 19-point lead at the final intermission and cruised to the victory afterwards. Lorenzo Bucarelli (192-G-98) delivered 12 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Daniil Trostin (187-SG-98) responded iwth 10 points for Russia.
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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