Turkey - Serbia 63-67 Serbia clinched the third consecutive victory in the championship. They defeated Turkey to occupy the top position in Group A. Aleksandar Aranitovic (194-SF-98) posted 26 points to pace the winners. Serbia piled up a 41:28 halftime advantage and withheld a furious comeback effort from the Turkish opponents in the second half. Aleksa Radanov (200-F-98) had 12 points for the winners. Oguzhan Yarol (195-SF-98) replied with 12 points for Turkey.
Finland - Lithuania 58-83 Lithuania clinched a vital win in Group A. They defeated Finland in the last game of the preliminary round and booked the Second Stage ticket. Tadas Sedekerskis (201-F/G-98) scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace the Baltic side. Arnoldas Kulboka (208-F/C-98) delivered 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Finland grabbed a 19:13 lead after the opening frame. But Lithuania responded with a 29:11 run in the second quarter and marched to the victory in the second half. Edon Maxhuni (177-PG-98) netted 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for Finland.
Bosnia - Latvia 55-63 Latvia edged Bosnia and Herzegovina to win Group B. Arturs Strautins (192-G-98) and Rodions Kurucs (204-G-98) posted 13 points each to lead the hosts to the third straight victory. Latvia ensured a 32:28 halftime lead. The margin grew at 9-point lead at the final intermission and protected the lead throughout the fourth frame. Dzanan Musa (202-SG-99) responded with 20 points and 12 rebounds for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Greece - Croatia 51-56 Croatia defeated Greece to advance into the Second Stage of the championship. Both teams entered the game winless but Luka Kotrulja (203-SF-98) posted 19 points to lead the Croats to the crucial win. Greece enjoyed a 12:8 lead at the first break. Croatia bounced back in the second quarter and ensured a 30:29 halftime advantage. They held Greece to 22 points in the second half to escape with a narrow victory. Leo Cizmic (205-F-98) had 11 points for the winners. Dimitrios Rafail Moraitis (194-PG-99) had 13 points for the Hellenes.
Germany - France 59-70 Bathiste Tchouaffe (195-F/G-98) scored 18 points to pace France to the third consecutive victory in Group C. They edged German counterparts to occupy the top position. Germany jumped at 25:22 lead after ten minutes. But France responded with a 24:10 run in the second term to surge ahead. France maintained the lead throughout the second half and sealed the winning outcome. Jules Rambaut (201-PF-98) had 15 points and 8 rebounds for Les Bleus. Kostja Mushidi (190-F-98) netted 20 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 4 assists for Germany.
Denmark - Poland 58-68 Poland booked their Second Stage ticket as they upset Denmark in the key clash in Group C. Mateusz Szczypinski (192-SG-98) came up with 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Poland piled up a 34:30 halftime advantage. They extended the margin at 14-point mark at the final break and never looked back en route to the victory. Bartlomiej Pietras (206-F/C-98) netted 15 points and collected 9 rebounds for the winners. Sylvester Berg (201-F-98) answered with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Denmark.
Ukraine - Russia 68-61 Ukraine outgunned Russia for the first victory in Group D. Ihor Dubonenko (193-SF-98) knocked down 18 points to lead the winners. However it was not enough for Ukraine to qualify for the Second Stage. Russia clinched the third position in the ladder and scraped into the next stage. Dmytro Skapintsev (206-C-98) had 17 points and 8 boards for the winners. Daniil Trostin (187-SG-98) responded with 20 points for Russia.
Italy - Spain 71-53 Italy recorded the third straight victory in Latvia. They overcame the reigning champions Spain to clinch the top position in Group D. Davide Moretti (189-SG-98) nailed 17 points to pace the Azzurri. Lorenzo Penna (176-PG-98) added 16 points for the winners. Italy ensured a 36:30 halftime advantage. They held Spain to 23 points in the second half and cruised to the victory. Victor Moreno (195-SG-98) responded with 16 points for Spain.
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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