Montenegro - United Kingdom 82-62 Montenegro held off England to reach the title game in Strumica. The victory also propelled Montenegro into Division A for the next season edition. Ognjen Carapic (195-G-98) scored 22 points to pace the Balkan team. Milic Starovlah (196-F-98) added 18 points in the victory. The teams were tied at 36 after twenty minutes. But Montenegro unleashed 29 points in the third term to leave England behind. They cruised to the victory afterwards. Samuel Japhet-Mathias (207-C-98) netted 13 points and collected 7 rebounds for the losing side.
Israel - Czech Republic 76-63 Israel toppled Czech Republic to advance into title game at the championship. They overcame Czech Republic in the semifinal clash. Israel piled up a 40:28 halftime lead and kept their opponents at bay throughout the second half. Miron Ben Ruina (194-G/F-98) scored 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the winners. Ido Flaisher (204-C-98) and Dor Wachner (185-SG-98) had 11 points each for Israel. Michal Kozak (179-PG-92) responded with 15 points and 11 rebounds for Czech Republic.
Belgium - Hungary 60-56 Tim Lambrecht (205-C-98) scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace Belgium past Hungary in Strumica. Hungary enjoyed a 29:27 halftime lead. But Belgium held their opponents to just 6 points in the third term to jump at 7-point lead at the final break. Hungary knocked down 21 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat. Darnell Snyers (181-PG-98) finished with 12 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds for the winners. Peter Doktor (190-G-98) answered with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Hungary.
Slovenia - Austria 77-65 Slovenia prevailed against Austria in the classification round battle. Austria led by two points at halftime 41:39. But Slovenia went on a 38:24 second half run to seal the win. Gaber Ozegovic (195-F-98) netted 18 points, while Domen Omladic (201-F-98) added 12 points for the winning side. Jakob Ernst (189-G-98) responded with 26 points for Austria.
FYR Macedonia - Bulgaria 80-68 FYR Macedonia defeated Bulgaria in the classification game in Strumica. Nenad Dimitrijevikj (170-PG-98) scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to pace the hosts. FYR Macedonia piled up a 44:35 halftime lead. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second half and raced to the victory. Viktor Efremovski (191-SF-98) had 15 points in the win. Nikolay Rusimov (194-G-98) answered with 19 points for Bulgaria.
Georgia - Holland 92-37 Georgia cruised past Netherlands tonight. Giorgi Tsirikidze (196-SG-98) stepped up with 19 points to pace the winners. Georgia piled up a 48:27 halftime lead. Georgia held Netherlands to just 3 points in the third term to clear off for good. Vladimer Purtskhvanidze (205-C-98) delivered 13 points and 15 boards in the victory. Lawrence Slim (196-F-98) and Tim Hoeve (196-F-98) answered with 6 poins each for Netherlands.
Estonia - Switzerland 75-56 Estonia defeated Switzerland in the classification round. Sander Raieste (195-F/G-99) scored 18 points to pace the Balkan team. Estonia secured a 44:28 halftime lead. They protected it well throughout the second half. Carlos Jurgens delivered 15 points for the winners. Darko Majstorovic (197-F-98) and Kaanu Olaniyi (205-F/C-98) responded with 14 points apiece in the loss.
Romania - Sweden 54-57 Sweden escaped with a narrow victory over Romania in the classification round game. Sami Harun stepped up with 31 points to pace the Scandinavian team. Sweden trailed by three points after the first quarter. They denied the deficit in the next two quarters and went on a 16:13 run in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Daniel Thuresson (187-G-98) had 11 points for Sweden. Dan Tohatan (182-PG-99) responded with 12 points for Romania.
Norway - Portugal 57-50 Norway occupied the 19th overall position in Strumica. They prevailed against Portugal in the final game at the tournament. Christian Toefte (186-SG-99), Mattis Jong (194-G/F-98) knocked down 9 points each to pace the Scandinavian team. Portugal led by three points heading into the fourth frame. But Norway answered with a 24:14 run in the final stanza to seal the win. Goncalo Madureira (182-SG-98) topscored with 16 points for Portugal.
Luxembourg - Ireland 56-57 Ireland snatched a narrow one-point victory over Luxembourg in the game for the 21st overall position. Eoin Rockall (182-PG-98) scored 22 points to pace the Irish taem. Luxembourg built a 29:19 halftime advantage. Ireland responded with a strong 23:12 run in the fourth term to eke out win. Ryan Leonard tossed in 15 points for the winners. Luxembourg responded with 25 points and 12 rebounds from Thierry Cames (189-PF-98).
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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