United Kingdom - Belgium 52-56 Belgium celebrated the fourth consecutive victory in Group A. They nipped England to stay undefeated. Lander Kuijt (192-G/F-98) posted 16 points to pace the winners. England piled up a 25:19 halftime lead. Belgium responded with a 21:11 run in the third term to jump ahead. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth frame as Belgium hung on to win the game. Tim Lambrecht (205-C-98) recorded 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Nelson Boachie-Yiadom (197-F-99) responded with 12 points for England.
Romania - Scotland 77-68 Romania held off Scotland for the second win in Group A. Dan Tohatan (182-PG-99) delivered 17 points to pace the winners. Scotland led by 8 points after ten minutes of action. But Romania sparked with a 30:17 run in the third term to pull ahead for good. Ionut-Dragos Berceanu (199-F-98) dropped 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the victory. Colin Jackson (198-C-98) replied with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Scotland.
Luxembourg - Estonia 52-78 Estonia celebrated the second victory at the tournament as they rolled past Luxembourg. Kristian Kullamae (185-G-99) stepped up with 11 points to pace the winners. Estonia built a 42:26 halftime lead. They held Luxembourg to just 26 points in the second half and sealed the victory. Tormi Niits (194-F-98) and Kaspar-Erik Puusepp (196-F-98) had 10 points each for the winners. Mihailo Andjelkovic (179-PG-98) answered with 11 points for Luxembourg.
Israel - FYR Macedonia 100-63 Israel coasted past FYR Macedonia for the third straight victory in Strumica. Seven players scored in double figures for the winners. Ido Flaisher (204-C-98) nailed 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead Israel. Israel secured a 27:9 lead after the first frame. FYR Macedonia narrowed the gap in the second term. But Israel followed with a 51:27 second half run to seal the victory. Gil Aharon Beni (178-PG-98) and Koren Jorno (175-PG-98) provided 12 points each in the win. Nenad Dimitrijevikj (170-PG-98) topscored with 13 points for FYR Macedonia.
Georgia - Norway 111-42 Georgia cruised past Norway to celebrate the first victory in Group B. Six players scored in double digits for the winners. Giorgi Tsirikidze (196-SG-98) produced 18 points to lead the charge. Luka Bulashvili (192-G/F-98) and Vladimer Purtskhvanidze (205-C-98) contributed 16 points each for the Georgia side. Mattis Jong (194-G/F-98) answered with 9 points for Norway.
Hungary - Holland 71-70 Hungary snatched a narrow one-point victory over Netherlands and improved at 3-0 record in Group C. Chester Lewis (183-PG-98) scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Netherlands piled up a 6-point lead at the interval. But Hungary erased the deficit and managed to pull away with a dramatic victory at the end. Gabor Bordacs (199-F/G-98) netted 13 points in the win. Tim Hoeve (196-F-98) responded with 18 points for Netherlands.
Bulgaria - Ireland 62-49 Bulgaria overcame Ireland to earn the opening win in Strumica. Martin Kotsev (191-G/F-98) stepped off the bench to scored 17 points for the winners. Ireland led by four points at halftime 30:26. But Bulgaria responded with a 23:7 surge in the third term to turn things around. They protected the lead throughout the fourth frame and sealed the victory. Nikolay Titkov (182-PG-98) had 11 points in the victory. Colum Prendiville (198-C-98) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Ireland.
Sweden - Montenegro 62-71 Montenegro outgunned Sweden to clinch the fourth consecutive victory in Group D. Milos Popovic (197-C/F-98) scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Sweden piled up an 18:14 lead after the first frame. Montenegro erased the deficit and took a 29:27 halftime lead. The Balkan team accumulated an 8-point lead at the final intermission and marched to the victory afterwards. Ognjen Carapic (195-G-98) had 17 points for the winners. Elijah Clarance (181-PG-98) responded with 16 points for Sweden.
Portugal - Albania 37-54 Albania registered the opening victory at the championship. They knocked down Portugal for 1-2 record in Group D. Martin Tallushi (174-PG-98) knocked down 14 points and made 7 steals to lead the winners. Albania posted a 32:24 halftime lead. Albania went on a 13:3 run in the fourth quarter and sealed a comfortable win. Celis Taflaj (195-G-98) produced 12 points for the winners. Rodrigo Lima (183-PG-98) answered with 14 points for Portugal.
Austria - Switzerland 67-44 Peter Hofbauer (194-F/G-98) scored 20 points to lead Austria past Switzerland in Group D action today. Austria dominated throughout the entire encounter. They ensured a 33:22 halftime lead. Austria kept Switzerland at bay throughout the second half and cruised to the victory at the end. Josip Popic (205-C-98) and Jakob Ernst (189-G-98) accounted for 14 points each in the victory. Alexander Martino (184-G/F-98) answered with 10 points for Switzerland.
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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