Turkey - Spain 64-75 Spain claimed the second straight victory in Group E. They outgunned Turkey to improve at 3-1 record. Francisco Salvador (199-C-99) provided 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Spain recorded a 37:32 halftime lead. Turkey pulled within just 2 points at the final intermission. However Spain responded with a 21:12 rally in the fourth quarter to ice the victory. Sergi Martinez (200-PF-99) netted 14 points and 6 rebounds in the victory. Onuralp Bitim (193-SG-99) responded with 16 points for Turkey.
Germany - Lithuania 77-70 Germany handed the first defeat to hosting Lithuania in Kaunas. Hendrik Drescher (202-C-00) scored 17 points to lead Germany as they improved at 2-2 record in Group E. Lithuania piled up a 36:31 halftime lead. But Germany responded with a 24:11 run in the third term to spur ahead. They knocked down 22 points in the fourth period and sealed the win. Philipp Herkenhoff (202-PF-99) chipped in 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the German side. Grantas Vasiliauskas (200-F-99) responded with 15 points for Lithuania.
Greece - United Kingdom 50-60 Great Britain knocked down Greece to record the first victory at the Second Stage. Cameron Bett (182-G-99) stepped up with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Greece piled up a 13:7 lead after the opening quarter. However Great Britain turned things around in the next two periods. They pulled ahead to build a 12-point lead at the final break. Greece knocked down 20 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat. Jacob Round (191-G/F-00) netted 12 points for the winning side. Dimitrios Rafail Moraitis (194-PG-99) chipped in 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Hellenes.
Finland - Montenegro 58-56 Finland remained perfect in Group F action. They nipped Montenegro for 4-0 record on top of the standings. Miika Heinonen (185-G-99) finished with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Finland piled up a 31:26 halftime lead. Finland boosted the gap at 7-point mark heading into the fourth frame. Montenegro sank 20 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat at the end. Elias Valtonen and Andre Gustavson (184-PG-99) chipped in 12 points apiece in the win. Marko Simonovic responded with 15 points and 14 rebounds for Montenegro.
Bosnia - France 64-57 Bosnia and Herzegovina registered the first victory in Group F. They beat France for 2-2 record. Dzanan Musa (202-G-99, agency: Beo Basket) notched 22 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds in the victory. Bosnia and Herzegovina rallied to a 35:23 halftime lead. France narrowed the gap in the second half but could not avoid the defeat. Njegos Sikiras (205-F-99) provided 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Yanik Blanc (183-G-99) responded with 16 points for France.
Croatia - Serbia 71-75 Serbia nipped Croatia for the second straight victory in Group F. Boris Latinovic (202-PF-99) netted 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for the winners. Serbia used a strong 24:10 run in the opening quarter to clear off. They maintained the lead throughout the rest of the encounter. Serbia withheld a massive comeback run from Croatia in the fourth quarter to snatch the victory. Andrija Marjanovic (196-F-99) delivered 16 points for the winners. Darko Bajo (204-G/F-99) responded with 23 points and 8 reboudns for Croatia.
Latvia - Israel 68-77 Israel recorded the first victory in the classification round. They edged Latvia for 1-1 record. Amit Ebo (179-G-99) nailed 20 points to lead the winners. Latvia and Israel were tied at 36 at the interval. Israel eked out a 52:51 lead heading into the fourth frame. They followed with a 25:17 run in the final period and sealed the victory. Ori Hai (190-SG-99) tossed in 14 points for the winners. Bogdans Railans (193-G/F-99) responded with 15 points and 15 rebounds for Latvia. Edgars Kaufmanis (185-G-99) topscored with 16 points in the loss.
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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