Lithuania - Serbia 73-98 Serbia ensured the second straight victory in Latvia. They rolled past Lithuania to improve at 2-0 record in Group A. Novak Music (188-G-98) recorded 22 points to pace the Balkan team. Serbia unloaded 54 points in the first half to pile up a 13-point halftime lead. Serbia controlled the tempo in the second half and sealed the victory. Arnoldas Kulboka (208-F/C-98) registered 16 points for Lithuania as they slipped at 0-2 record.
Finland - Turkey 61-74 Turkey earned the second straight victory in Group A. They outscored Finland to stay on top of the ladder. Omer Faruk Yurtseven (208-C-98) tallied 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Mehmet Gulek contributed 14 points. Turkey jumped at 35:22 halftime lead. They extended the gap at 17-point mark at the final intermission. Turkey stayed in charge throughout the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome. Edon Maxhuni (177-PG-98) responded with 20 points for Finland.
Bosnia - Greece 56-51 Bosnia and Herzegovina ensured the second straight win in Latvia. They upset Greece to improve at 2-0 record in Group B. Dzanan Musa (202-SG-99) came up with 21 points for the winners. Bosnia trailed by 6 points at halftime. But they held the Hellenes at just 20 points in the second half and sealed the victory. Sikiras Njegos (205-F-99) finished with 12 points for the winning team. Georgios Tarlas (197-SF-98) responded with 10 points for Greece.
Latvia - Croatia 84-62 Latvia outgunned Croatia to stay perfect in Group B. Rodions Kurucs (204-G-98) scored 16 points to pace the hosts to the victory. Latvia piled up a 49:28 halftime lead. They kept Croatia at bay throughout the second half marching to the victory. Arturs Garoza netted 12 points for the home team. Mate Kalajzic (192-PG-98) answered with 10 points for Croatia.
Poland - France 41-79 France cruised past Poland to secure 2-0 record on top of Group C. Bathiste Tchouaffe (195-F/G-98) accounted for 15 points for Les Bleus. France dominated right from the start. They ensured a 35:20 halftime advantage. France went on a 28:8 run in the third term to silence their opponents. Killan Tillie (202-F-98) tossed in 11 points and collected 9 rebounds for the winners. Daniel Golebiowski (194-SG-98) responded with 6 points for the Scandinavian side.
Denmark - Germany 48-87 Germany bumped down Denmark en route to the second victory in Group C. Moritz Sanders (210-PF-98) delivered 21 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winning side. Germany piled up a 42:25 halftime lead. They followed with a 24:8 run in the third term to clear off for good. Kostja Mushidi (190-F-98) delivered 19 points for the winners. Sylvester Berg (201-F-98) replied with 20 points for Denmark.
Russia - Spain 76-67 Russia gained the first victory at the tournament. They upset the defending champions Spain for 1-1 record in Group D. Daniil Trostin (187-SG-98) provided 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Russia grabbed a 38:28 halftime lead. They stretched the lead at 16-point mark at the final intermission and withheld Spanish comeback effort in the fourth frame. Maxim Barashkov (199-SF-98) had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Victor Moreno (195-SG-98) responded with 18 points for Spain.
Ukraine - Italy 27-85 Italy thrashed Ukraine to secure the second victory in Latvia. Tommaso Oxilia (197-F-98) delivered 13 points and 7 caroms to pace the Azzurri. Italy limited their counterparts to just 11 points in the first half to ensure a 44:11 halftime lead. Italy never looked back afterwards. Cesare Barbon (192-G/F-98) accounted for 11 points in the victory. Mykyta Yarmaki (196-PF-98) responded with 4 points for Ukraine.
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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