Latvia - Serbia 51-59 Serbia clinched the sixth straight victory in Latvia. They upset the hosts to win Group E. Aleksandar Aranitovic (194-SF-98) provided 15 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Serbia led by 4 points at halftime. They went on a 18:10 run in the third term to clear off for good. Dusan Beslac (198-F-98) and Aleksa Radanov (200-F-98) had 8 points each for the winners. Arturs Strautins (192-G-98) and Rodions Kurucs (204-G-98) responded with 8 points each for Latvia as they finished third in the group.
Turkey - Croatia 85-73 Turkey edged Croatia to improve at 4-1 record in Group E. Croatia secured a 38:36 halftime advantage. They extended the margin at 9-point mark at the final intermission. Turkey however responded with a 31:10 rally in the fourth term to seal the victory. Oguzhan Yarol (195-SF-98) produced 17 points and 9 rebounds for Turkey. Mumin Tunc (212-F/C-98) netted 13 points in the victory. Karlo Uljarevic (188-PG-98) responded with 16 points for Croatia.
Bosnia - Lithuania 89-80 Bosnia and Herzegovina edged Lithuania in a key battle for playoff spot in Group E. Dzanan Musa (202-SG-99) came up with impressive 37 points to lead Bosnia to the crucial victory. Lithuania led by four points after the first frame. Bosnia secured a 47:46 halftime lead. Lithuania tied things up after three quarter but Bosnia followed with a 25:16 run in the fourth term to seal the victory. Amar Gegic (198-SG-98) had 24 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Tadas Sedekerskis (201-F/G-98) answered with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Lithuania.
Spain - Poland 78-54 Spain snapped their four-game losing skid in Latvia beating Poland in Group F. The victory allowed Spain occupy the fourth place in the ladder and advance into quarterfinal stage. Aleix Font (190-PG-98) scored 19 points to pace the winners. Spain built a 40:22 halftime advantage. They kept Poland at bay throughout the second half and rolled to the victory. Eric Martinez (203-F-98) provided 18 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Mateusz Szczypinski (192-SG-98) responded with 13 points for Poland.
Germany - Russia 64-56 Kostja Mushidi (190-F-98) scored 16 points to lead Germany past Russia in Group F action. The win propelled Germany at 4-1 record in the second position. Russia led by two points at the interval. They secured a 5-point lead heading into the fourth term. But Germany shocked Russia with a 21:8 run in the final stanza. Isaiah Hartenstein (207-PF-98) had 13 points in the win. Daniil Trostin (187-SG-98) replied with 12 points for Russia as they got eliminated from the playoff race.
Italy - France 62-79 France remained undefeated in Latvia. They fired past Italy to clinch the top position in Group F. Killan Tillie (202-F-98) dropped 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace Les Bleus. France ensured a 27:16 lead after the opening frame. Italy cut the deficit at 3-point mark at the final intermission. France however went on a 26:12 run in the fourth term to seal the victory. Bathiste Tchouaffe (195-F/G-98) netted 17 points for France. Tommaso Oxilia (197-F-98) replied with 19 points for Italy.
Denmark - Ukraine 60-62 Ukraine nipped Denmark to earn the initial victory in Group G. Ihor Dubonenko (193-SF-98) netted 19 points to lead the winners. Ukraine built a 41:32 halftime lead and withheld a determinded comeback effort from the Danish team in the second half. Dmytro Skapintsev (206-C-98) had 10 points and 14 rebounds in the win. Sylvester Berg (201-F-98) replied with 22 points and 14 rebounds for Denmark.
Finland - Greece 52-46 Finland claimed the third straight victory in Group G. They held off Greece behind 15 points from Edon Maxhuni (177-PG-98). Greece led by two points heading into the fourth term. But Finland triggered a 20:12 run in the final stanza to seal the win. Severi Kaukiainen (184-PG-98) had 12 points for the winners. Vasileos Christidis (206-C/F-98) responded with 16 points and 10 rebounds for Greece.
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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