Estonia - United Kingdom 75-83 OT England earned the third consecutive victory in Strumica. They needed overtime to tame Estonia. Carl Wheatle (196-F-98) recorded 14 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the winners. England trailed by five points entering the fourth frame but managed to force overtime. England went on a 13:5 run in the extra period and sealed the victory. Nelson Boachie-Yiadom (197-F-99) had 13 points for the winners. Kristian Kullamae (185-G-99) responded with 21 points for Estonia.
Scotland - Luxembourg 78-67 Scotland overwhelmed Luxembourg for the first victory in Group A. Luxembourg led by two points at halftime 37:35. But Scotland went on a 43:30 second half rally to seal the initial victory. Ewan Lancaster (194-C-98) delivered 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Scottish side. Jake Sirrell (197-PF-98) added 17 points in the victory. Thierry Cames (189-PF-98) replied with 18 points for Luxembourg.
Belgium - Romania 64-42 Belgium celebrated the third straight victory in Strumica. They overcame Romania to remain undefeated on top of Group A. Darnell Snyers (181-PG-98) scored 12 points to pace the winners. Belgium accounted for a 29:19 halftime lead. They extended the lead to 20 points in the third term and coasted to the victory afterwards. Tim Lambrecht (205-C-98) had 11 points in the win. Georges Darwiche (180-PG-98) responded with 9 points for Romania.
Norway - Israel 36-82 Israel thumped Norway to gain 2-0 record in Group B. Michael Brisker (183-PG-98) nailed 13 points to lead the winners. Israel built a 36:13 halftime lead. Israel eased to the victory in the second half. Dor Wachner (185-SG-98) had 10 points for the winners. Audun Bangsund (190-G-98) responded with 10 points for Norway.
FYR Macedonia - Slovenia 80-78 FYR Macedonia bagged the second straight victory at home championship. The hosts held off Slovenia for 2-0 record in Group B. Nenad Dimitrijevikj (170-PG-98) recorded 21 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds to pace the winners. FYR Macedonia posted a 37:27 halftime lead. But Slovenia unloaded 33 points in the third quarter to take a 4-point lead. But the hosts responded with a 24:18 run in the fourth period and eked out a tough victory at the end. Ersin Jakupi (180-PG-98) provided 13 points for the winners. Elvis Keric (184-G-98) answered with 18 points for Slovenia.
Ireland - Hungary 42-55 Hungary registered the second win in a row in Group B. They defeated Ireland to stay perfect in Strumica. Levente Molnar (186-G-98) and Peter Doktor (190-G-98) netted 10 points each to pace the winners. Ireland ensured a 31:30 halftime lead. But Hungary held their counterparts to just 11 points in the second half and secured the winning outcome. Eoin Rockall (182-PG-98) and Ryan Leonard (191-SF-98) responded with 10 points each for Ireland.
Holland - Czech Republic 42-43 Czech Republic snatched a narrow win over Netherlands to climb at 3-0 record on top of Group C. Martin Nabelek (173-PG-98) scored 17 points to pace the winners. Netherlands were up by four points with less than four minutes left in regulation. But Martin Nabelek and Frantisek Vana (191-G/F-97) capped the regulation with five straight points to seal the win for Czech Republic. Elay Wirjo (196-F-98) replied with 9 points for Netherlands.
Montenegro - Portugal 73-47 Montenegro coasted past Portugal to record the third straight victory in Group D. Milos Popovic (197-C/F-98) stepped up with 23 points and 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Montenegro built a 39:17 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Ognjen Carapic (195-G-98) had 15 points and 7 assists in the win. Goncalo Madureira (182-SG-98) replied with 15 points for Portugal.
Switzerland - Sweden 53-47 Switzerland accounted for the second victory in Strumica. They held off Sweden for 2-1 record in Group D. Victor Desponds (178-G-98) notched 13 points to pace the winners. The Swiss team went on a 20:4 run in the first frame. Sweden tried to overcame a sloppy start. They cut the distance to single digits in the latter stages of the game but Switzerland hung on to seal the victory. Noe Lopez (183-G-98) finished with 12 points in the winning effort. Kevin Senghore-Peterson (194-F/G-98) responded with 12 points and 18 rebounds for Sweden.
Albania - Austria 45-67 Austria outgunned Albania to gain the first victory in Group D. Jakob Ernst (189-G-98) delivered 21 points and 6 steals to pace Austria. Albania recorded a 30:25 halftime lead. But Austria responded with a stunning 30:4 rally in the fourth quarter to claim victory. Celis Taflaj (195-G-98) topscored with 24 points 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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