Spain - Germany 76-54 Spain registered the first victory in Group E. They knocked down Germany behind 29 points and 10 rebounds from Sergi Martinez (200-PF-99). Germany jumped to a 32:31 halftime lead. But Spain turned things around in the second half. They went on a 45:22 second half rally to ice the victory. Jose Puerto (199-F/G-99) delivered 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Isaac Bonga (196-F-99) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds for Germany.
Greece - Turkey 63-87 Turkey coasted past Greece to take the first victory in Group E. Onuralp Bitim (193-SG-99) posted 32 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Turkey silenced their opponents in the first period. Turkey went on a 28:9 run in the first period to clear off. They went on a 20:11 run in the final period to seal the victory. Ismet Avsar (188-PG-99) and Cagatay Afsar (202-F-99) tossed in 9 points each for the winners. Dimitrios Rafail Moraitis (194-PG-99) responded with 25 points and 11 rebounds for Greece.
United Kingdom - Lithuania 67-102 Lithuania victoriously opened their Group E campaign. They fired past Great Britain for 3-0 record. Six players scored in double digits to pace the Baltic team. Grantas Vasiliauskas (200-F-99) finished with 16 points for the winners. Lithuania piled up a 41:33 halftime lead. They unloaded 61 points in the second half and coasted to the victory. Vitalijus Kozys (195-SF-99) and Lukas Uleckas (195-SG-99) chipped in 14 points each for Lithuania. Joshua Edwards (191-G/F-99) responded with 11 points for Great Britain.
Montenegro - Bosnia 77-73 Montenegro outgunned Bosnia and Herzegovina to gain 2-1 record in Group F. Andrija Slavkovic (197-SG-99) scored 15 points to lead the winners. Bosnia and Herzegovina eked out a 43:41 halftime lead. The margin grew at 13-point mark at the final intermission. But Montenegro followed with a strong 23:6 run in the fourth frame to snatch the victory. Jakov Milosevic (192-SF-99) netted 13 points in the win. Dzanan Musa (202-G-99, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Croatia - Finland 75-84 Finland fired past Croatia to improve at 3-0 record in Group F. Elias Valtonen (192-G/F-99) notched 23 points to lead the winners. Finland registered a 45:35 halftime lead. Croatia pulled within 5 points at the final intermission. But Finland sank 25 points in the fourth stanza and coasted to the victory. Tuomo Antikainen (185-PG-99) dropped 21 points for the winners. Mateo Vidovic (184-PG-99) answered with 16 points for Croatia.
Serbia - France 69-62 Serbia opened win count in Group F. They held off France for 1-2 record. Andrija Marjanovic (196-F-99) and Marko Pecarski (202-C-00) scored 19 points each for the winners. Serbia recorded a 21:13 lead after ten minutes. Les Bleues denied the deficit in the next two periods. France secured a 51:50 lead heading into the fourth quarter. But Serbia responded with a 19:11 run in the final period to ice the win. Yanik Blanc (183-G-99) responded with 17 points for France.
Israel - Italy 73-84 Italy outscored Israel to claim the opening victory in Group G. Emanuele Trapani (180-PG-99) notched 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. Italy established a 51:47 halftime advantage. The Azzurri extended the margin at 13-point mark at the final intermission. Israel narrowed the gap in the fourth term but could not avoid the defeat. Gabriele Stefanini (183-G-99) recorded 15 points for Italy. Amit Suss (196-PF-99) responded with 18 points and 11 rebounds for Israel.
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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