Germany - Latvia 39-53 Latvia thumped Germany to stay in the title race. The hosts used a 17:4 run in the third term to pile up a 17-point lead before the fourth frame. Germany tried to put up a comeback run in the fourth quarter but came up empty at the end. Arturs Strautins (192-G-98) delivered 11 points for Latvia. Roberts Blumbergs (200-F-97) accounted for 10 points in the victory. Kostja Mushidi (190-F-98) responded with 8 points for Germany.
Serbia - Spain 64-78 Spain rolled past Serbia for the semifinal ticket. Pol Figueras (187-G-98) scored 17 points, issued 9 assists and grabbed 4 rebounds to pace Spain to the victory. Spain grabbed a 21:10 lead after the opening frame. Serbia bounced back with a 27:10 run in the second quarter to pull ahead. But Spain went off the dressing room firing from all guns. They triggered a 29:9 run to spur ahead for good. Maxim Esteban (188-G-98) delivered 16 points for the winners. Aleksandar Aranitovic (194-SF-98) responded with 32 points and 13 rebounds for Serbia.
France - Bosnia 82-52 France outgunned Bosnia to seal their semifinal appearance in Latvia. Quentin Goulmy (203-C-98) stepped up with 20 points and 11 rebounds to pace Les Bleus. Bosnia sneaked to a 23:19 lead after ten minutes. But France went on a 24:12 run in the second frame to pull in front. They followed with a 39:17 second half run to seal the victory. Jules Rambaut (201-PF-98) knocked down 11 points in the winning case. Amar Gegic (198-SG-98) responded with 19 points for Bosnia.
Turkey - Italy 82-73 Turkey became the first semifinalists after they edged Italy in the quarterfinal clash in Latvia today. Omer Faruk Yurtseven (208-C-98) stepped up with 25 points and 14 rebounds to pace the winners. Turkey dominated throughout the first half. They ensured a 42:23 halftime lead. The Azzurri adjusted offensively in the third term. They knocked down 30 points to pull within 6 points at the final intermission. But Turkey fired 23 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the winning outcome. Oguzhan Yarol (195-SF-98) chipped in 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the winners. Lorenzo Bucarelli (192-G-98) responded with 15 points for Italy.
Croatia - Ukraine 75-49 Croatia earned the victory over Ukraine in the classification round of the championship. Mateo Colak (206-C-98), Luka Kotrulja (203-SF-98) and Vuk Lazic (185-PG-98) scored 11 points each to pace the winners. Croatia built a 45:28 halftime advantage. They held Ukraine to just 21 points in the second half and sealed the victory. Mykhailo Horobchenko (182-PG-98) and Ihor Dubonenko produced 9 points each in the defeat.
Poland - Greece 42-66 Greece outscored Poland in the classification round. Vasileos Christidis (206-C/F-98) delivered 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Hellenes. Greece piled up a 35:19 halftime lead and controlled the tempo throughout the second half. Dimitrios Rafail Moraitis (194-PG-99) notched 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Daniel Golebiowski (194-SG-98) and Dominik Rutkowski (196-F/G-98) answered with 9 points each for Poland.
Russia - Finland 72-61 Russia prevailed against Finland in the classification round clash today. Daniil Trostin (187-SG-98) provided 15 points for the winners. Russia piled up a 33:27 halftime lead. They extended the margin to 11 points after three quarters and held on to win the battle. Andrey Lopatin (202-SF-98) and Maxim Barashkov (199-SF-98) had 14 points each for the winners. Eero Innamaa (186-G-98) responded with 14 points for Finland.
Lithuania - Denmark 88-62 Lithuania cruised past Denmark in the classification round for 9th-16th places. Tadas Sedekerskis (201-F/G-98) was a usual contributor for Lithuania as he finished with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Lithuania opened a 44:26 halftime lead and marched to the victory in the second half. Arnoldas Kulboka (208-F/C-98) had 22 points for the winners. Asbjoern Nerlov (195-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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