Bulgaria - Romania 58-50 Bulgaria recorded the second straight win in Sofia. The hosts held off Romania for 2-0 record in Group A. Bulgaria piled up a 30:25 halftime lead. Bulgaria used an 18:11 run in the fourth quarter and raced to the victory. Vladiyan Avramov (194-F-99) had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Ivan Alipiev (193-F/G-99) netted 10 points for the hosts. Antonio Nasturescu (186-SG-99) responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds for Romania.
Poland - Slovakia 79-51 Poland coasted past Slovak Republic to secure 2-0 record atop of Group A. Kacper Makowski (192-F-99) finished with 20 points for the winners. Slovak Republic gained a 19:10 lead after ten minutes. But Poland responded with a massive 69:32 run in the next three quarters to seal a comfortable win. Lukasz Kolenda (186-G-99) netted 11 points for the winners. Dominik Kubala (182-SG-00) responded with 13 points for Slovak Republic.
Denmark - Scotland 88-44 Denmark opened win count in Sofia. They rallied past Scotland for 1-1 record in Group A. Mikkel Hauge (188-SG-99) posted 18 points to lead the winners. Denmark recorded a 45:23 halftime lead. Denmark unloaded 31 points in the third term and cleared off for good. Anton Harbo and Jens Stensboel had 12 points each for the winners. Sean Nealon (189-F-99) responded with 16 points for the Scottish team.
Czech Republic - Ireland 93-83 Czech Republic clinched the second straight victory in Sofia. They beat Ireland for 2-0 record in Group B. Six players scored in double digits for the winners. Jan Mraz (179-PG-99) scored 17 points for the Czech team. Czech Republic notched 53 points in the first half to take a 6-point halftime lead. Czech Republic stayed in front throughout the second half and cruised to the victory. Tomas Havlik (191-F-99) netted 16 points for the winners. David Murray (191-F-00) responded with 15 points for Ireland.
Austria - Holland 58-84 Netherlands knocked down Austria to take 1-1 record in Group B. Boyd Van Der Vuurst (188-PG-99) had 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the Dutch team. Netherlands led by 10 points at the big break 41:31. However they went on a 25:11 rally in the third quarter and cleared off for good. Maik Bouwer (197-SF-99) had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Jakob Szkutta (182-PG-99) responded with 18 points for Austria.
Slovenia - Norway 82-58 Slovenia cruised past Norway to secure 2-0 record on top of Group B. Nikolas Susa (193-F/G-99) accounted for 15 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Slovenia established a 47:31 halftime lead. Slovenia followed with a 16:7 run in the fourth frame to seal the win. Nik Dragan (196-F-00) had 14 points for the winners. Kristian Sjolund (196-G-99) answered with 21 points and 6 rebounds for Norway.
Belgium - Belarus 81-37 Belgium celebrated the second win in a row in Group C. They thumped Belarus behind 13 points and 8 rebounds from Noah Tchendjou (C-99). Belgium piled up a 32:15 halftime lead. Belgium unloaded 30 points in the fourth quarter and coasted to the win. Servaas Buysschaert (C-99) had 11 points for Belgium. Vitaliy Lebedev (200-F/C-99) answered with 8 points for Belarus.
Hungary - Luxembourg 77-70 Jozsef Katona (186-PG-99) and Mate Fazekas posted 16 points each to lead Hungary past Luxembourg. Hungary climbed at 2-0 record following the victory. Hungary claimed a 40:36 halftime lead. They followed with a 37-point effort in the second half and marched to the win. Mihaly Kiss tossed in 12 points for the winners. Philippe Germeaux (181-SF-99) responded with 19 points for Luxembourg.
Switzerland - Georgia 47-83 Georgia registered the opening victory in Sofia. They stamped Switzerland for 1-1 record. Goga Bitadze (202-C-99) accounted for 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Georgia went on a furious 56:15 first half. They kept the Swiss opponents at bay throughout the second half and coasted to the victory. Zaur Janelidze (193-F-99) delivered 16 points for the winners. Eric Koludrovic answered with 9 points for Switzerland.
Portugal - FYR Macedonia 40-51 FYR Macedonia claimed the initial win in Group D. They rolled over Portugal for 1-1 record. Aleksandar Janev (184-PG-99) delivered 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. FYR Macedonia used an 11:2 second period to take a 9-point halftime lead. They protected it well throughout the second half and breezed to the victory. Hristijan Radicheski had 12 points for the winners. Vladyslav Voytso replied with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Portugal.
Ukraine - Estonia 64-95 Estonia cruised past Ukraine for the second consecutive victory in Sofia. Kristian Kullamae (193-G-99) came up with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the Baltic team. Estonia unleashed 56 points in the first half to build a 21-point halftime lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second half and coasted to the victory. Andrii Voinalovych (200-C-99) and Denys Bachurin (197-F-00) accounted for 12 points each for Ukraine.
Sweden - Iceland 82-42 Sweden held off Iceland to take 1-1 record in Group D. Olle Lundqvist (199-F-99) nailed 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the Scandinavian team. Sweden opened a 45:13 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Felix Edwardsson provided 14 points and 7 rebounds for the Swedish team. Nokkvi Nokkvason (185-SG-99) replied with 13 points for Iceland.
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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