Spain - Latvia 71-81 Latvia prevailed against Spain to reach the title game at the championship. The hosts outgunned Spain in the semifinal clash tonight. Latvia will take on France for the title tomorrow. Rodions Kurucs (204-G-98) scored 23 points to pace the hosts. Arturs Strautins (192-G-98) added 21 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Latvia built a 46:38 halftime advantage. They held Spain to just 12 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory. Eric Martinez (203-F-98) responded with 21 points for Spain.
France - Turkey 78-65 France advanced into the championship game in Latvia. They held off Turkey in the first semifinal clash today. Killan Tillie (202-F-98) stepped up with 16 points and 17 rebounds for Les Bleus. France piled up a 14-point halftime lead. They unloaded 25 points in the third quarter and ran away for good. Bathiste Tchouaffe (195-F/G-98) had 18 points for the winners. Omer Faruk Yurtseven (208-C-98) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds for Turkey.
Serbia - Germany 73-68 Serbia outgunned Germany in Latvia today. Borisa Simanic (208-PF-98) stepped up with 27 points and 7 rebounds to pace the Balkan team. Germany ensured a 38:33 halftime lead. Serbia pulled within one at the final intermission. They held Germany to 13 points in the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome. Matija Radovic (197-F-98) accounted for 11 points in the victory. Lars Lagerpusch (203-PF-98) responded with 17 points for Germany.
Bosnia - Italy 66-86 Italy outgunned Bosnia and Herzegovina in the classification round clash. The Azzurri built a 49:38 halftime lead. They held their opponents to just 28 points in the second half and cruised to the victory. Tommaso Oxilia (197-F-98) came up with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Italy. Riccardo Visconti (191-G/F-98) added 15 points for the winners. Dzanan Musa (202-SG-99) responded with 32 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Bosnia.
Croatia - Greece 60-64 Greece nipped Croatia to set up the clash versus Lithuania for the ninth overall position. Greece secured a 30:28 halftime advantage. The Hellenes secured a 5-point advantage at the final intermission and hung on to win the game at the end. Vasileos Christidis (206-C/F-98) scored 20 points to pace the winners. Kresimir Ljubicic (207-C-98) answered with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Croatia.
Lithuania - Russia 78-66 Lithuania prevailed against Russia at the tournament today. Tadas Sedekerskis (201-F/G-98) was once again the main man for the Baltic team. He notched 27 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to pace Lithuania to the victory. Russia led by three points at the interval 36:33. But Lithuania went on a 26:12 run after the big break to clear off for good. Arnoldas Kulboka (208-F/C-98) had 15 points for the winners. Maxim Barashkov (199-SF-98) answered with 31 points for Russia.
Ukraine - Poland 62-56 Ukraine gained an important victory in their quest to remain in European Championship Division A for the next season. They outgunned Poland to enter the game for the 13th place. Dmytro Skapintsev (206-C-98) knocked down 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to pace the winners. Ukraine trailed by a single point heading into the fourth frame. But they held Poland to just 7 points in the period and spurred ahead for a narrow victory. Ihor Dubonenko (193-SF-98) chipped in 13 points in the win. Mateusz Szczypinski (192-SG-98) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Poland.
Denmark - Finland 53-62 Finland stayed alive in the race to protect their Division A place. They outgunned Denmark to set up the clash versus Ukraine for the Division A birth next year. Polla Hannes (207-C-98) scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace Finland. Edom Maxhuni added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the victory. Asbjoern Nerlov (195-G-98) answered with 16 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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