Turkey - Latvia 73-46 Turkey claimed the second straight victory in Second Stage Group E. They upset hosting Latvia for 3-1 record. Omer Faruk Yurtseven (208-C-98) scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Turkey silenced Latvia with a 41:13 first half run. Latvia stopped the rot in the second half but could not avoid a heavy defeat. Oguzhan Yarol (195-SF-98) netted 12 points, while Omer Al added 10 points for the winners. Arturs Strautins (192-G-98) answered with 10 points for Latvia.
Croatia - Lithuania 69-64 Croatia posted the first victory at the Second Stage of the tournament. Luka Kotrulja (203-SF-98) posted 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace the winners. Croatia trailed by five points heading into the fourth frame. But they used a 19:9 run in the final quarter to seal the victory. Luka Kotrulja (203-SF-98) had 16 points for the winners. Arnoldas Kulboka (208-F/C-98) responded with 19 points for Lithuania.
Serbia - Bosnia 89-52 Serbia kept piling up victories in Latvia. They knocked down Bosnia and Herzegovina for the second straight victory in Group E. Novak Music (188-G-98) and Borisa Simanic (208-PF-98) knocked down 16 points each to pace the Balkan team. Serbia piled up a 50:24 halftime lead and cruised to the victory afterwards. Srecko Gasic (205-C-98) had 12 points in the victory. Dzanan Musa (202-SG-99) responded iwth 23 points for Bosnia and Herzogovina.
Germany - Italy 68-67 Germany celebrated the second win in a row in Group F. They held off Italy for 3-1 record. Kostja Mushidi (190-F-98) came up with 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Germany built a 15-point halfitme lead. But they nearly wasted in the second half. The Azzurri cut the distance to a single point before running out of time. Lars Lagerpusch (203-PF-98) had 18 points for the winners. Davide Moretti (189-SG-98) responded with 29 points for Italy.
Russia - Poland 78-88 Poland opened win count in Group F. They upset Russia to improve at 1-3 record. Dominik Rutkowski (196-F/G-98) came up with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Russia ensured a narrow 38:37 halftime lead. But Poland went on a 31:17 run in the third term to surge ahead for good. Mateusz Szczypinski (192-SG-98) delivered 19 points for the winners. Maxim Barashkov (199-SF-98) responded with 18 points for Russia.
France - Spain 69-56 France held off Spain to improve at 4-0 record on top of Group F. Killan Tillie (202-F-98) stepped up with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Les Bleus. France secured a 36:31 halftime lead. They held Spain to just 5 points in the third term and raced to a 16-point advantage at the final intermission. Spain cut the deficit in the fourth period but could not avoid the defeat. Bathiste Tchouaffe (195-F/G-98) netted 12 points for the winners. Pol Figueras (187-G-98) responded with 10 points for Spain.
Ukraine - Greece 77-81 OT Greece nipped Ukraine in overtime to gain the second straight victory in Group G. Dimitrios Chatzikyriakidis (192-PG-98) nailed 14 points to lead the Hellenes. Ukraine built a 7-point lead after three quarters of action. But Greece went on a 21:14 run in the fourth term to force overtime. They knocked down 11 points in the extra period to seal the victory. Vasileos Christidis (206-C/F-98) netted 12 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Ihor Dubonenko (193-SF-98) responded with 19 points for Ukraine. Dmytro Skapintsev (206-C-98) had 16 points and 10 rebounds in the defeat.
Denmark - Finland 61-69 Finland upset Denmark to gain the second consecutive victory in Group G. Vili Nyman (193-F-98) tallied 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to pace Finland. Denmark ensured a 4-point lead at the final intermission. But Finland responded with a 19:7 rally in the fourth term and sealed the winning outcome. Elias Valtonen (192-G/F-99) dropped 12 points for the winners. Lukas Charles Speidel (193-F/G-98) responded with 15 points for Denmark.
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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