Estonia - Scotland 67-48 Estonia registered the first victory in Strumica. They outscored Scotland to improve at 1-1 record in Group A. Sander Raieste (195-F/G-99) provided 18 points and 6 rebounds to pace the winners. Estonia used a 22:7 run in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Ronn Arnar Pehka (184-PG-98) delivered 12 points for the winners. Jackson responded with 16 points and 13 rebounds for Scotland.
United Kingdom - Romania 68-47 England ensured the second straight victory at the start of Group A action. Carl Wheatle (193-F-98) recorded 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. England pile up a 38:25 halftime lead. England protected the lead well throughout the second half and raced to the victory. Luke Mitchell (180-G-98) netted 12 points for the winners. Ionut-Dragos Berceanu (199-F-98) responded with 14 points for Romania.
Luxembourg - Belgium 33-71 Belgium rolled past Luxembourg to ensure the second straight win in Strumica. Charles Perrier D'Hauterive (178-PG-98) stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners. Belgium trailed by a single point after the first period. But they quickly pulled in front in the next frame to secure a 28:16 halftime lead. Belgium triggered a 26:9 run in the fourth stanza to seal the victory. Marius Mwendanga (179-PG-98) accounted for 12 points in the win. Arend replied with 8 points for Luxembourg.
Slovenia - Norway 77-39 Slovenia remained on the winning track at the championship. They overwhelmed Norway to improve at 2-0 record on top of Group B. Rene Grdadolnik (195-F/G-98) chipped in 11 points to lead well-balanced effort from Slovenia. Gaber Ozegovic (195-F-98) added 8 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Slovenia piled up a 37:26 halftime lead and coasted to the victory in the second half. Mattis De Jong (190-G-98) responded with 15 points for Norway.
Israel - Georgia 86-63 Israel outgunned Georgia to secure the first victory at the tournament. Yonatan Rabinowitz (185-G-98) and Ido Flaisher (204-C-98) stepped up with 12 points each to pace the winners. The latter added 13 rebounds to his tally. Israel built a 35:24 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Nikoloz Leonidze (188-SG-98) stepped up with game-high 27 points for Georgia.
Czech Republic - Ireland 76-52 Czech Republic prevailed against Ireland to secure the second win in a row in Group B. The Czech team went on a 27:7 run in the second frame to build an unassailable 22-point halftime lead and raced to the victory in the second half. Frantisek Vana (191-G/F-97) posted 15 points, while Radim Ptak (192-PF-98) added 12 points in the winning effort. Claire Rockall (178-G-90, college: Iowa St.) responded with 13 points for Ireland.
Hungary - Bulgaria 73-59 Hungary victoriously opened their Division B campaign. They held off Bulgaria in Group C. Chester Lewis (183-PG-98) and Csaba Kucsora accounted for 15 points each to lead the winners. Hungary claimed a 37:24 halftime advantage. Bulgaria cut the distance at 3-point mark at the final intermission. But Hungary went on a 23:12 run in the fourth stanza to seal the winning outcome. Gabor Bordacs (199-F/G-98) dropped 14 points in the victory. Martin Kotsev (191-G/F-98) replied with 18 points for Bulgaria.
Austria - Montenegro 61-80 Montenegro celebrated the first win in Strumica. They bruised Austria in the opener. Montenegro dominated from start to finish in this one. Milos Popovic (197-C/F-98) accounted for 21 points and 8 rebounds for Montenegro. Milic Starovlah added 14 points for the winning side. Niklas Deutsch (179-G-98) responded with 22 points for Austria.
Sweden - Portugal 51-46 Sweden held off Portugal to gain the second consecutive victory in Strumica. Oskar Holm (193-F/G-98) produced 14 points to lead the Scandinavian team. Sweden secured a 28:23 halftime lead. They extended the gap at 15-point mark at the final intermission. Portugal limited their counterparts to just 3 points in the fourth term but came up short of victory at the end. Sami Harun (185-G-98) had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Lima answered with 9 points for Portugal.
Switzerland - Albania 72-61 Swtizerland held off Albania to improve at 1-1 record in Group D. Lopez scored 22 points to pace the Swiss team. They recorded a 36:29 halftime advantage. Albania narrowed the deficit at 6-point mark at the final break but scored just 10 points in the final term to surrender at the end. Martino tossed in 16 points for Switzerland. Celis Taflaj (195-G-98) responded with 23 points and 11 rebounds for Albania.
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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