Slovenia - United Kingdom 65-73 England edged Slovenia to punch their semifinal tickets in Strumica. The victory allowed England to claim the second position in Group E. Carl Wheatle (196-F-98) delivered accounted for 18 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. England piled up a 37:30 halftime lead. Slovenia narrowed the deficit at 3-point mark at the final intermission. But England held their opponents to just 10 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory. Kemar Hawes (180-G-98) delivered 16 points for the winners. Gaber Ozegovic (195-F-98) answered with 15 points and 12 rebounds for Slovenia.
Israel - Belgium 68-59 Israel outgunned Belgium to win Group E. Belgium led by as many as 11 points after the starting ten minutes. But Israel went on a 20:10 run in the second term to cut the distance. Belgium ensured a 2-point lead before the fourth quarter but Israel held their opponents to just 6 points in the final stanza and sealed the winning outcome. Koren Jorno (175-PG-98) delivered 20 points for Israel. Yovel Zoosman (194-SG-98) had 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Darnell Snyers (181-PG-98) responded with 17 points for Belgium.
Montenegro - Czech Republic 70-49 Montenegro overcame Czech Republic to win Group F. Milos Popovic (197-C/F-98) was pivotal with 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Balkan team as they advanced into the semifinal stage. Montenegro established a 31:18 halftime advantage. They boosted the gap at 25-point mark at the final break and never looked back en route to the victory. Ognjen Carapic (195-G-98) had 17 points for Montenegro. Frantisek Vana (191-G/F-97) replied with 11 points for Czech Republic.
Austria - Hungary 49-59 Hungary defeated Austria for the first win in Group F. They claimed the third position in the ladder. Hungary piled up a 34:26 halftime lead. They protected it well throughout the second half. Peter Doktor (190-G-98) and Chester Lewis (183-PG-98) netted 10 points each for the winners. Peter Hofbauer (194-F/G-98) responded with 9 points for Austria.
FYR Macedonia - Estonia 75-55 FYR Macedonia defeated Estonia to occupy the second position in the classification round Group G. Petar Ognjenovikj (200-F-98) stepped up with 23 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Estonia gained a 17:15 lead after ten minutes. But the hosts pulled ahead in the second frame. They secured a 31:26 halftime lead. FYR Macedonia used a 28:12 run in the fourth quarter to seal a comfortable victory. Carlos Jurgens (181-PG-98) accounted for 16 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds for the winners. Carlos Jurgens (181-PG-98) answered with 18 points for Estonia.
Georgia - Romania 97-63 Georgia outgunned Romania to win Group G. Levan Babilodze (193-SF-98) accounted for 21 points to pace the winners. Georgia ensured a 40:33 halftime lead. They stretched the margin to as many as 20 points at the final break. Georgia added 31 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory. Giorgi Tsirikidze (196-SG-98) delivered 21 points for the winners. Ionut-Dragos Berceanu (199-F-98) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds for Romania.
Sweden - Holland 39-63 Netherlands capped their Second Stage campaign with a comfortable victory over Sweden. Naigel Onuoha (197-F-99) delivered 19 points and 14 rebounds to pace the Dutch team. Netherlands dominated from start to finish to seal the victory. Golan Michaeli (186-G-98) chipped in 12 points for the winners. Elijah Clarance replied with 9 points for Sweden.
Switzerland - Bulgaria 68-74 2OT Bulgaria overcame Switzerland in double-overtime thriller in Strumica tonight. Vladiyan Avramov (194-F-99) tallied 24 points and 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Switzerland led by five points after the first frame. But Bulgaria erased the deficit and eked out a 2-point halftime advantage. Switzerland regained the lead in the third term. But Bulgaria managed to force overtime. The teams were tied at 64 after the first extra period. But Bulgaria nailed 10 points in the second overtime to seal the victory. Lachezar Dimitrov (184-PG-99) had 12 points in the winning effort. Kaanu Olaniyi (205-F/C-98) replied with 16 points and 11 rebounds for Switzerland.
Norway - Scotland 65-67 Scotland escaped with a narrow victory over Norway to win Group I. Colin Jackson (198-C-98) was pivotal with 28 points and 13 rebounds for the Scottish team. Norway led by a single point heading into the fourth frame. But Scotland went on a 19:16 run in the fourth quarter and sealed the winning outcome. Alastair Mathieson (190-SF-98) had 10 points in the victory. Mattis Jong (194-G/F-98) responded with 13 points for Norway.
Ireland - Albania 64-75 Albania outgunned Ireland en route to the second victory in Group J. Celis Taflaj (195-G-98) stepped up with 33 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. Ireland posted a 36:30 halftime lead. But Albia responded with a 22:6 surge in the third quarter to spur ahead for good. Adam Heaphy (190-SF-98) responded with 15 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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