Bulgaria - Poland 66-68 Poland celebrated the fourth straight victory in Group A. They nipped hosting Bulgaria in Sofia. Dominik Wilczek (192-G/F-99) scored 22 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and issued 7 assists for the winners. Poland eked out a 37:33 halftime lead. Bulgaria pulled within 2 points at the final intermission. But Poland stayed in front throughout the fourth quarter and raced to the victory. Michal Chrabota netted 18 points in the win. Evgeni Vasilev (189-G-99) responded with 19 points for Bulgaria.
Denmark - Romania 63-59 Denmark toppled Romania for 2-2 record in Group A. Agah Kizkilaya stepped up with 18 points for the winners. Denmark accumulated a 34:30 halftime lead. They held Romania to just 29 points in the second half and marched to the win. Tomas Bjarkason (205-F/C-99) tossed in 12 points and collected 8 rebounds for the winners. Dan Tohatan (182-PG-99) responded with 11 points for Romania.
Scotland - Slovakia 31-91 Slovak Republic improved at 3-1 record in Group A. They knocked down Scotland to stay on top of the ladder. Alex Ondrus (190-SF-99) provided 14 points for the winners. Slovak Republic spurred ahead for a 57:11 halftime lead. They protected the lead well throughout the second half cruising to the win. David Javorsky (197-SF-99) added 12 points for the winners. Alexander Geddes (SG-99) responded with 12 points and 7 rebounds for Scotland.
Czech Republic - Holland 57-59 Netherlands posted the third victory in Sofia. They nipped Czech Republic for 3-1 record. Boyd Van Der Vuurst (188-PG-99) stepped up with 14 points, 9 rebounds, 8 steals and 5 assists for the Dutch team. The teams stayed close throughout the encounter but Netherlands managed to escape with a narrow win. Mail Bouwer had 10 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Tomas Havlik (191-F-99) responded with 12 points for Czech Republic.
Ireland - Norway 66-63 Ireland opened win count in Group B. They knocked down Norway behind 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists from Adam Drummond (192-SG-99). Ireland and Norway were tied at 33 at the interval. Ireland spurred ahead for a 4-point lead at the final intermission. Norway tossed in 15 points in the fourth frame but could not rescue the game. Oisin O'Reilly (184-G-99) delivered 13 points for Ireland. Alexander Burud (186-G-99) and Mikal Gjerde (195-G-00) replied with 16 points each for Norway.
Austria - Slovenia 39-73 Slovenia claimed the fourth straight win in Group B. They toppled Austria to remain undefeated. Nejc Klavzar (183-PG-99) had 13 points for the winners. Slovenia built a 35:17 halftime lead. Slovenia dropped 38 points in the second half and coasted to the win. Nik Dragan tossed in 12 points in the victory. Kushtrim Dvorani (186-G-99) responded with 7 points for Austria.
Switzerland - Belgium 46-75 Belgium cruised past Switzerland to record the fourth straight victory in Group C. Servaas Buysschaert (C-99) finished with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Belgium recorded a 36:26 halftime lead. They went on a 26:8 run in the fourth term and sealed the victory. Noah Tchendjou had 13 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. Matteo Marmondi (179-PG-99) responded with 15 points for Switzerland.
Hungary - Georgia 51-55 Georgia recorded the third victory in Group C. They overcame Hungary for 3-1 record. Nika Chechelashvili (192-SG-99) stepped up with 12 points for the winners. Georgia piled up a 30:21 halftime lead. Georgia boosted the gap at 13-point mark at the final break and hung on for the victory at the end. Akaki Pipia (193-SG-99) tossed in 11 points for Georgia. Csaba Fazekas (193-F/G-99) responded with 12 points for Hungary.
Luxembourg - Belarus 85-69 Luxembourg trounced Belarus to enjoy the first victory in Sofia. Ben Kovac (190-SG-00) notched 31 points, 18 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Luxembourg built a 35:29 halftime lead. They stretched the margin at 14-point mark at the final intermission. Luxembourg drained 29 points in the fourth period and raced to the win. Philippe Germeaux (181-SF-99) dropped 30 points for the winners. Stainslau Ulyanka (192-F-99) responded with 23 points for Belarus.
Iceland - Estonia 56-90 Estonia stormed past Iceland to celebrate the fourth straight victory in Group D. Six players scored in double digits for Estonia. Eric Schmalz (185-G-99) netted 13 points for the winners. Estonia established a massive 48:21 halftime lead. Estonia drained 27 points in the fourth term and rallied to the victory. Sander Raieste (197-F/G-99) and Karl Karpin (205-C-00) chipped in 11 points apiece in the win. Gabriel Moller responded with 8 points for Iceland.
Portugal - Ukraine 85-56 Portugal earned the second victory in Group D. They thumped Ukraine behind 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Pedro Pontes (184-PG-99). Portugal established a 38:27 halftime lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the second half and cruised to the victory. Paulo Caldeira (190-SG-99) delivered 19 points in the win. Vadym Kozak (182-PG-99) responded with 10 points for Ukraine.
Sweden - FYR Macedonia 92-55 Sweden thrashed FYR Macedonia to improve at 3-1 record on top of Group D. Olle Lundqvist (199-F-99) and David Czerapowicz (186-G-99) came up with 16 points each to lead the winners. The Scandinavian team knocked down 45 points in the first half to clear off. They added 47 points in the second part of the game to coast to the victory. Felix Edwardsson (206-F-99) accounted for 15 points in the win. Hristijan Radicheski (182-PG-99) responded with 11 points for FYR Macedonia.
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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