Lithuania - Latvia 79-71 Lithuania earned a key victory at the start of Group E action. They held off their Baltic rivals Latvia for 1-2 record in the ladder. Tadas Sedekerskis (201-F/G-98) netted 23 points, pulled down 7 boards and handed out 5 assists to lead the winners. Lithuania went on a 23:11 run in the second frame to build a 10-point halftime advantage. Lithuania protected the lead well throughout the second half. Eimantas Stankevicius (184-PG-98) netted 18 points for the winners. Rodions Kurucs (204-G-98) responded with 21 points for Latvia.
Bosnia - Turkey 54-85 Turkey stunned Bosnia at the start of the Second Stage. Oguzhan Yarol (195-SF-98) dropped 24 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished out 6 assists to pace the winners. Turkey outscored Bosnia in each quarter en route to a comfortable victory. Omer Faruk Yurtseven (208-C-98) delivered 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Dzanan Musa (202-SG-99) responded with 17 points for Bosnia.
Croatia - Serbia 61-68 Serbia stayed perfect in Latvia. They defeated Croatia today to gain 3-0 record on top of Group E. Aleksandar Aranitovic (194-SF-98) provided 16 points to pace the winners. Serbia recorded a 5-point lead at the first break. Croatia cut the deficit to a single point heading into the fourth frame. But Serbia went on a 15:9 run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Bojan Nesic (189-PG-98) delivered 13 points for the winners. Kresimir Ljubicic (207-C-98) answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Croatia.
Poland - Italy 59-85 Italy defeated Poland to ensure 3-0 record in Group F. Lorenzo Penna (176-PG-98) nailed 12 points to pace the Azzurri. Italy jumped at 47:21 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Cesare Barbon (192-G/F-98) connected for 11 points in the winning effort. Dominik Rutkowski (196-F/G-98) responded with 16 points for Poland.
Russia - France 44-83 France thumped Russia at the start of their Second Stage campaign. Frank Ntilikina (190-G-98) stepped up with 15 points for Les Bleus. France stayed in charge throughout the first half. They recorded a 41:21 halftime lead. France followed with a 25:11 rally in the third term to clear off for good. Quentin Goulmy (203-C-98) chipped in 12 points for France. Andrey Lopatin (202-SF-98) responded with 11 points for Russia.
Spain - Germany 68-82 Germany outgunned Spain en route to the first victory in Group F. Germany led from start to finish. They outgunned their opponents in every quarter. Kostja Mushidi (190-F-98) dropped 29 points to lead Germany. Isaiah Hartenstein (207-PF-98) and Lars Lagerpusch (203-PF-98) contributed 15 points each for the winners. Pol Figueras (187-G-98) responded with 25 points and 7 assists for Spain.
Greece - Denmark 93-55 Greece cruised past Denmark in the first game for both teams in Group G. Vasileos Christidis (206-C/F-98) dropped 15 points to lead the winning side. Greece piled up a 42:20 halftime advantage and breezed to the win in the second part of the game. Andreas Skoufis (190-PG-98), Dimitrios Rafail Moraitis (194-PG-99) and Diogenis Gorgonis (192-SG-98) had 13 points each for the winners. Sylvester Berg (201-F-98) responded with 16 points and 11 rebounds for Denmark.
Finland - Ukraine 71-67 Finland held off Ukraine to record first victory in classification round. Edon Maxhuni (177-PG-98) scored 22 points, issued 7 assists and grabbed 6 rebounds to lead the winners. Ukraine secured a one-point halftime lead. Finland responded with a 15:9 rally in the third period to pull ahead. Ukraine notched 25 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat. Elias Valtonen (192-G/F-99) had 11 points for the winners. Danil Ovcharenko (201-F-98) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds 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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