Romania - Poland 55-63 Lukasz Kolenda (186-G-99) posted 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists as Poland overcame Romania in the first game at the championship. Romania dominated in the first half. They registered a 34:26 halftime lead. But Poland went on a strong 24:5 run in third term to spur ahead. Romania tried to come back into this one in the final frame but could not succeed. Kacper Makowski (192-F-99) netted 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Alexandru Coconea (195-SF-99) answered with 13 points for Romania.
Scotland - Bulgaria 32-90 Hosting Bulgaria got to a flying start of the Division B campaign. They stormed past Scotland in the opener. Evgeni Vasilev (189-G-99) recorded 21 points to lead the home team. Bulgaria recorded a 57:17 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Ivaylo Tonev (194-F/G-99) delivered 16 points for the winners. Sean Nealon (189-F-99) responded with 11 points and 5 steals for Scotland.
Slovakia - Denmark 64-47 Slovak Republic outgunned Denmark to open win count in Sofia. Samir Hebibi (183-PG-99) recorded 17 points to lead the winners. Slovak Republic piled up a 37:28 halftime lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second half and coasted to the win. Jakub Kadasi (197-SF-99) netted 12 points for the winners. Harbo responded with 13 points for Denmark.
Norway - Czech Republic 37-61 Czech Republic thumped Norway at the start of the championship. Radek Farsky (188-G-99) scored 15 points to lead the winners. Czech Republic earned a 26:20 halftime lead. They boosted the margin at 19-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Jan Mraz (179-PG-99) had 13 points for the winning side. Christian Toefte (187-SG-99) replied with 17 points for Norway.
Ireland - Austria 65-74 Austria held off Ireland to take 1-0 record in Group B. Jakob Szkutta (182-PG-99) was pivotal with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Austria registered a 44:39 halftime advantage. Austria maintained the lead throughout the third term. They entered the final frame up by 14 points and hung on to claim the victory. Erol Ersek (190-G-99) had 14 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Adam Drummond (192-SG-99) answered with 24 points for Ireland.
Holland - Slovenia 50-59 Slovenia recorded the first victory in Group B. They beat Netherlands in the opener. Nejc Klavzar (183-PG-99) tossed in 11 points to lead the winners. Slovenia piled up a 30:24 halftime lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the second half marching to the win. Miha Skedelj (196-SG-99) claimed 10 points for Slovenia. Sven Lemke (204-F-99) responded with 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Dutch team.
Belarus - Hungary 53-62 Hungary toppled Belarus to record the first victory in Sofia. Jozsef Katona (186-PG-99) recorded 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Hungary secured a 37:32 halftime lead. They held Belarus to just 21 points in the second half and marched to the victory. Mate Fazekas (206-C-00) provided 12 points in the win. Uladzislau Blizniuk (175-G-99) responded with 17 points for Belarus.
Georgia - Belgium 46-60 Belgium upset Georgia at the start of the European Championship. Vincent Peeters (F-99) and Lenny Coppens (F-99) recorded 17 points each for the winners. Belgium accumulated a 21:6 lead after the opening frame. They extended the gap at 23-point mark at the final intermission and coasted to the win. Giuliano Neri (187-SG-99) and Thomas Van Ounsem (202-C-99) had 8 points apiece in the victory. Goga Bitadze (202-C-99) responded with 14 points for Georgia.
Luxembourg - Switzerland 68-72 Switzerland narrowly defeated Luxembourg at the start of their Division B campaign. Yuri Solca (182-PG-00) posted 16 points to lead the Swiss team. Luxembourg eked out a 17:15 lead after ten minutes. But Switzerland denied the deficit and pulled ahead for a 2-point lead at the final intermission. They sank 20 points in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Matteo Marmondi (179-PG-99) delivered 12 points for the winners. Philippe Germeaux (181-SF-99) responded with 19 points for Luxembourg.
FYR Macedonia - Ukraine 64-86 Ukraine breezed past FYR Macedonia in the opening game in Bulgaria. Yaroslav Voytovych (200-PF-99) and Denys Klevzunyk (185-PF-00) posted 18 points each to lead the winners. Ukraine opened a 42:29 halftime lead. They unleashed 29 points in the third term and cruised to the victory. Anton Loginov (191-PG-97) netted 13 points for the winners. Martin Trsunov (175-PG-99) answered with 11 points for FYR Macedonia.
Iceland - Portugal 52-66 Portugal rolled over Iceland in Group D opener. Pedro Pontes (184-PG-99) and Francisco Ribau (192-SG-00) delivered 14 points each for the winners. Portugal claimed a 37:22 halftime lead. They controlled the tempo throughout the second half racing to the win. Paulo Caldeira and Vladyslav Voytso posted 12 points each in the victory. Hakon Hjalmarsson (187-G-99) replied with 28 points for Iceland.
Estonia - Sweden 71-49 Estonia coasted past Sweden in the first game in Sofia. Kristian Kullamae (193-G-99) recorded 12 points to lead the winners. Estonia registered a 36:21 halftime lead. They extended the gap at 28-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Kaspar Treier (203-F-99) and Robin Kivi (179-G-99) recorded 11 points each in the victory. David Czerapowicz (186-G-99) responded with 12 points for Sweden.
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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