Slovakia - Bulgaria 76-62 Slovakia outscored Bulgaria 76:62 in Day 3 of the U16 European Championship Division B. Slovakia handed the opponents their first loss as both sides are with a 2-1 record in Group A. Slovak Republic dominated the first half and led by 17 points after the first 20 minutes of the game. David Javorsky (197-SF-99) and Dominik Kubala (182-SG-00) top-scored for the winners with 16 points each, while Kadasi had 14. Krastan Krastanov (195-F/G-99) collected 18 points and 12 boards in defeat.
Romania - Scotland 99-37 Romania posted an easy 99-37 win over Scotland to win their first game at the Group A of the U16 European Championship Division B. Romania took the lead early in the game and never looked behind as they won all four quarters of the game. Dragos Diculescu (192-G/F-99) nailed 20 points to lead all the winners, while Alexandru Coconea (195-SF-99) notched 15. Khalil and Armour replied with 10 points each in defeat. Scotland remained winless with a 0-3 record.
Poland - Denmark 81-62 Poland overcame Denmark 81-62 and improved to a 3-0 record in Group A of the U16 European Championship Division B. Poland dominated the first half and led by 23 points at the halftime. Dominic Wilczek top-scored for the winners with 19 points, while Adrian Bogucki (207-F/C-99) and Pluta delivered 10 points each. Tomas Bjarkason (205-F/C-99) answered with 20 points in a loss and Aleksandar Nedic nailed 19. Denmark meanwhile fell at 1-2 record.
Slovenia - Czech Republic 75-70 OT Slovenia remained undefeated at the U16 European Championship Division B as they handed the first overtime loss to Czech Republic in the top game of the Group B. Slovenia needed a 75-70 win for a 3-0 record, while Czech Republic fell at 2-1. Slovenia dominated the first half, but then the opponents tied the game after trailing 11 points with 20 minutes to go. Slovenia however won an overtime 9-4 and jumped on top of the group. David Kralj (190-G-99) posted 15 points to lead the pace, while Dragan and Skedelj had 13 each. Tomas Havlik (191-F-99) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort.
Holland - Ireland 74-32 Holland did not leave any chance for Ireland in a 74-32 win on Saturday. The Dutch side improved to a 2-1 record in Group B of the U16 European Championship Division B. Holland won the first period 16-10 and added an 11-9 rally in the second frame. Moreover the Dutch side dominated the second half as well and posted two more victories. Maik Bouwer (197-SF-99) led the way with 12 points, while Poulina Calvin had 10. Adam Drummond (192-SG-99) answered with only 6 points in defeat.
Norway - Austria 75-70 Norway celebrated their first victory at the U16 European Championship Division B. They beat Austria 75-70 as both teams are with 1-2 records after the game. Norway led 39:36 at the halftime and then added a 14-10 rally in the third period for a 7-point lead entering the last stanza. Austria managed to win the last period 24-22, but reduced to final 75-70. Kristian Sjolund (196-G-99) erupted with 32 points and 11 rebounds, while Toefte followed him with 14. Jakob Szkutta (182-PG-99) replied with 25 points in the losing effort.
Belarus - Switzerland 60-62 Switzerland surprised Belarus 62-60 at the U16 European Championship Division B. The Swiss side celebrated their second win and improved to a 2-1 record in Group C. Belarus meanwhile fell at 0-2 record at the bottom of it. Belarus led in the majority of the last period and Ulyanka scored for 48:44. Vitaliy Lebedev (200-F/C-99) brought Belarus 58-57 lead with less than two minutes to go, but Switzerland managed to win the game. Kasongo drove a lay-up for 59-58 and then Safra closed the game from the free throw line. Matteo Marmondi (179-PG-99) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Slca brought 15. Vitaliy Lebedev delivered 14 points in a loss.
Georgia - Luxembourg 77-43 Georgia improved to a 2-1 record in Group C of the U16 European Championship Division B. They overcame Luxembourg 77-43 as the latter fell at 0-3 record. Luxembourg managed to win only the second frame 12-11, while Georgia posted victories in three other quarters and reached the total success. Goga Bitadze (202-C-99) finished the game with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Janelidze scored 10. Lou Demuth (209-C-00) was the only player for Luxembourg to reach double digits as he scored 10 points.
Belgium - Hungary 57-52 Belgium overcame Hungary 57-52 in Group C of the U16 European Championship Division B. Belgium grabbed a 3-0 record on top, while Hungary suffered their first loss and dropped at 2-1 record. Both teams exchanged the narrow wins in the first periods, while Belgium needed a 15-11 rally in the third quarter and then closed the game with a 17-12 clash. Vincent Peeters (F-99) scored 12 points to lead the pace, while Gonda and Neri notched 10 each. Csaba Fazekas (193-F/G-99) ended up with 16 points in defeat and Katona brought 11.
Estonia - Portugal 94-40 Estonia remained undefeated at the U16 European Championship Division B as they smashed Portugal 94-40. Portugal missed last 14 consecutive three pointers and fell at 1-2 record, while Estonia improved to a 3-0 record. Henri-Sten Vainola (195-G/F-99) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Kivi and Rosenthal had 13 each. Vladyslav Voytso (198-PF-99) brought 12 points in a loss and Caldeira had 10.
FYR Macedonia - Iceland 59-74 Iceland outscored the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 74-59 as both teams are now with 1-2 records in Group D of the U16 European Championship Division B. Iceland opened the game with an 18-13 lead and added a 22-10 surge in the second frame. FYR Macedonia managed to win the third period, however could not stay closer to the winning side. Hokkvasson stepped up with 22 points and Moller netted 16. Samuil Janev (189-PF-00) replied with 15 points in the losing effort.
Ukraine - Sweden 55-66 Sweden overcame Ukraine 66-55 in Group D of the U16 European Championship Division B. The Scandinavian team improved to a 2-1 record, while Ukraine fell at 1-2. Ukraine started the game better and had a 19-13 lead at the end of the first period. Sweden however erupted with a 24-8 spurt in the last stanza for the final result. David Czerapowicz (186-G-99) nailed 26 points to lead the charge, while Stumer had 11. Andrii Voinalovych (200-C-99) replied with 19 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, whilst Klevzunyk had 15.
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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