United Kingdom - Israel 76-87 Israel defeated England to take 2-0 record on top of Group E. Israel ensured a 49:37 halftime lead. England narrowed the distance in the third term. They trailed by just two points at the final intermission. But Israel went on a 23:14 run in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory. Michael Brisker (183-PG-98) delivered 19 points for Israel. Koren Jorno (175-PG-98) added 14 points and 13 rebounds in the win. Luke Mitchell (182-G-98) responded with 19 points for England.
Belgium - Slovenia 61-70 Slovenia victoriously started their Second Stage campaign in Strumica. They overcame Belgium for 1-1 record in Group E. Gaber Ozegovic (195-F-98) scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the winners. Slovenia secured a 45:26 halftime lead and protected the lead throughout the second half. Ziga Jurcek (198-F-97) netted 12 points for the winners. Darnell Snyers (181-PG-98) responded with 33 points for Belgium.
Czech Republic - Austria 62-39 Czech Republic improved at 2-0 record in Group F following a comfortable win over Austrian counterparts. Frantisek Vana (191-G/F-97) scored 17 points to pace the winners. Czech Republic piled up a 27:20 halftime advantage. They maintained the lead throughout the second half cruising to the victory. Michael Hartig (193-PF-98) added 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Niklas Deutsch (179-G-98) responded with 9 points for Austria.
Hungary - Montenegro 59-86 Montenegro opened win count in the Second Stage Group F. They outgunned Hungary for 2-0 record. Milic Starovlah (196-F-98) came up with 28 points and 7 rebounds for the Balkan team. Milos Popovic (197-C/F-98) added 24 points and 11 rebounds for Montenegro. They piled up a massive 48:17 halftime lead and protected it well throughout the second half. Chester Lewis (183-PG-98) responded with 15 points for Hungary.
Romania - FYR Macedonia 68-82 FYR Macedonia posted the first victory at the Second Stage of the tournament. They hosts outgunned Romania for 1-1 record in Group G. Nenad Dimitrijevikj (170-PG-98) scored 27 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 8 assists for the winners. Petar Ognjenovikj (200-F-98) produced 24 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts. FYR Macedonia led by a single point heading into the fourth term but they used a 25:12 run to seal the victory. Ionut-Dragos Berceanu (199-F-98) responded with 17 points for Romania.
Estonia - Georgia 60-92 Georgia improved at 2-0 record in Group G following a comfortable victory over Estonia. Giorgi Tsirikidze (196-SG-98) netted 20 points and issued 7 assists to pace the winners. Georgia secured a 48:19 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Levan Babilodze (193-SF-98) notched 18 points for the winners. Tormi Niits (194-F-98) responded with 13 points for Estonia.
Holland - Switzerland 63-60 Netherlands prevailed against Switzerland at the start of Group H action. Joshua Bruijnzeels (192-G/F-98) came up with 15 points for the winners. Switzerland ensured a 34:29 halftime lead. They stretched the margin at 13-point mark at the final break. But Netherlands responded with a strong 23:7 run in the fourth quarter and escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Naigel Onuoha (197-F-99) had 12 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Victor Desponds (178-G-98) responded with 24 points for Switzerland.
Bulgaria - Sweden 66-67 Sweden nipped Bulgaria in Group H opener. Elijah Clarance (181-PG-98) stepped up with 19 points for the Scandinavian team. Sweden posted a 36:33 halftime lead. Bulgaria pulled within a single point at the final intermission. But Sweden hung on to their lead in the fourth frame and escaped with a narrow victory. Sami Harun (185-G-98) had 12 points for the winners. Dragomir Enchev (202-C-98) responded with 13 points for Bulgaria.
Luxembourg - Norway 44-65 Norway overcame Luxembourg in the classification round Group I. Norway piled up a 39:25 halftime advantage. They kept Luxembourg at bay throughout the second half. Audun Bangsund (190-G-98) tallied 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Peder Frantzvaag (205-F/C-98) tossed in 10 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for Norway. Thierry Cames (189-PF-98) had 10 points in the loss.
Portugal - Ireland 84-58 Portugal cruised past Ireland in Group J. Pedro Costa (188-SG-98) nailed 21 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Portugal used a 27:11 second half run to secure a 50:30 halftime lead. Goncalo Madureira (182-SG-98) delivered 19 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Eoin Rockall (182-PG-98) responded with 14 points for Ireland.
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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