United Kingdom - Turkey 77-91 Turkey grabbed the second win in a row in Kaunas. They outgunned Great Britain for 2-0 record in Group A. Onuralp Bitim (193-SG-99) stepped up with 30 points for the winners. Turkey unleashed 52 points in the first half to take a 5-point halftime lead. Turkey went on a 22:13 run in the third term to clear off for good. Ragip Atar (206-PF-99) netted 13 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for the winners. Nelson Boachie-Yiadom (197-F-99) responded with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Great Britain.
Israel - Spain 77-84 Spain celebrated the first victory in Kaunas. Sergi Martinez (200-PF-99) nailed 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to propel them past Israel. Spain trailed by a single point 19:20 at the first break. But they went on a 23:12 run in the second period to spur ahead. Spain maintained the lead throughout the second half and marched to the victory. Miguel Gonzalez (199-G-99) provided 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the win. Amit Ebo (179-G-99) responded with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Israel.
Lithuania - Greece 69-51 Lithuania stormed past Greece to improve at 2-0 record in Kaunas. Lukas Uleckas (195-SG-99) scored 18 points to pace the hosts. Lithuania used a massive 21:2 run in the second frame to establish a 23-point lead. Lithuania maintained the advantage throughout the second half and coasted to the victory. Tomas Balciunas (200-C-00) accounted for 9 points in the win. Dimitrios Rafail Moraitis (194-PG-99) answered with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Greece.
Finland - Serbia 70-65 Finland registered the first victory in Group C. Elias Valtonen (192-G/F-99) connected for 25 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Finland used a 40:22 run in the first half to clear off. Serbia however responded with a 23:9 rally in the third term to narrow the gap. But Finland dropped 21 points in the final frame and sealed the victory. Tuomo Antikainen (185-PG-99) and Miika Heinonen (185-G-99) had 11 points each for the winners. Boris Latinovic (202-PF-99) and Aleksa Uskokovic (190-G-99) tossed in 20 points apiece for Serbia.
Bosnia - Italy 77-65 Bosnia and Herzegovina recorded the second straight victory in Kaunas. They held off Italy to stay perfect in Group C. Dzanan Musa (202-G-99, agency: Beo Basket) came up with another sizzling performance. He tallied 23 points, 19 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Bosnia and Herzegovina tallied 50 points in the first half to open a 31-point halftime lead. The Azzurri went on a desperate comeback rally in the second half but could not rescue the game. Njegos Sikiras (205-F-99) and Sani Campara (188-PG-99) had 13 points each for the winners. Guglielmo Caruso (201-PF-99) responded with 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Azzurri.
Montenegro - France 62-64 France eked out a narrow win over Montenegro to take 2-0 record in Group D. Ivan Fevier stepped up with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Les Bleues. France secured a 34:32 halftime lead. Montenegro pulled ahead in the third term. The Balkan team secured a 7-point lead at the final break. But France used a 19:10 run in the fourth quarter to snatch the win. Nicolas Dorez (199-C-99) tossed in 12 points for the winners. Andrija Slavkovic (197-SG-99) answered with 17 points for Montenegro.
Croatia - Latvia 77-64 Darko Bajo (204-G/F-99) posted 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead Croatia past Latvia. The winners climbed at 1-1 record in Group D. Croatia secured a 41:25 halftime lead. Croatia stayed in charge throughout the second half and coasted to the victory. Gabriel Maric (201-G/F-99) finished with 16 points for the winners. Rainers Kalnins (182-G-99) responded with 13 points for Latvia.
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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