Turkey - Germany 74-45 Turkey fired past Germany to earn the third straight victory in Kaunas. Onuralp Bitim (193-SG-99) scored 25 points to lead the winners. Turkey built a 30:18 halftime lead. They followed with a 22:7 rally in the third term to clear off for good. Ahmet Duran (204-C-99) produced 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Badu Buck (194-SG-99) responded with 10 points for Germany.
Spain - Greece 72-58 Spain earned the second victory in Group B. They topped Greece for 2-1 record. Sergi Martinez (200-PF-99) stepped up with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 6 steals in the win. Spain claimed a 30:27 halftime lead. They dropped 42 points after the big break and rallied to the victory. Miguel Gonzalez (199-G-99) accounted for 11 points, 8 assists and 5 boards for Spain. Dimitrios Rafail Moraitis (194-PG-99) responded with 18 points for Greece.
Israel - Lithuania 70-96 Lithuania claimed the third straight win in Group B. They stormed past Israel to stay undefeated. The hosts unleashed 58 points in the first half to take a 20-point lead. Lithuania controlled the tempo in the second half and raced to the victory. Ignas Sargiunas (193-SG-99) stepped up with 17 points for Lithuania. Tomas Balciunas (200-C-00) added 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Tomer Levinson (202-C-00) responded with 15 points for Israel.
Finland - Bosnia 82-78 Finland earned the top position in Group C. They outgunned Bosnia and Herzegovina for 2-1 record atop the ladder. Ricky Waxlax (195-G-99) stepped up with 20 points to lead the winners. Finland accumulated a 44:39 halftime lead. Bosnia and Herzegovina narrowed the gap in the second half but could not avoid the defeat. Elias Valtonen (192-G/F-99) chipped in 17 points for the winning side. Sani Campara responded with 24 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Serbia - Italy 79-77 Serbia nipped Italy to clinch the third position in Group C. Marko Pecarski (202-C-00) tossed in 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to pace the winners. Italy built a 43:39 halftime lead. Serbia erased the deficit in the third quarter. The Balkan team went on a 17:15 run in the fourth frame and snatched a tough victory. Andrija Marjanovic (196-F-99) accounted for 15 points in the win. Gabriele Stefanini (183-G-99) replied with 24 points and 7 rebounds for the Azzurri.
France - Latvia 47-35 France bruised Latvia to bag the third victory in Kaunas. Yanik Blanc (183-G-99) banked in 16 points for Les Bleues. France recorded a 14:6 lead after ten minutes. Latvia pulled within 3 points at the final intermission. But France went on a 17:8 run in the fourth term and sealed the win. Maxime Abah (194-SF-99) added 7 points in the victory. Edgars Kaufmanis (185-G-99) answered with 7 points for Latvia.
Montenegro - Croatia 60-59 Montenegro snatched a narrow one-point win over Croatia to gain 2-1 record in Group D. Andrija Slavkovic (197-SG-99) connected for 20 points to lead the winners. Croatia established a 30:27 halftime lead. They stretched the gap at 4-point mark at the final intermission. Montenegro however bounced back in the fourth frame. They went on a 13:8 rally in the final stanza and rolled to the win. Marko Simonovic (200-C-99) and Pavle Titic had 9 points each for the winners. Darko Bako responded with 26 points and 10 rebounds for Croatia.
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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