Poland - Holland 55-47 Poland registered the sixth straight victory in Sofia. They held off Netherlands in Group E action. Kacper Makowski (192-F-99) netted 14 points to lead the winners. Poland piled up a 30:26 halftime lead. Netherlands pulled ahead for a narrow 38:37 advantage at the final intermission. However Poland drained 18 points in the fourth term and raced to the win. Dominik Wilczek (192-G/F-99) had 11 points in the win. Maik Bouwer (197-SF-99) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds for Netherlands.
Slovakia - Slovenia 72-68 Slovak Republic recorded the first victory in Group E. They knocked down Slovenia for 1-1 record. David Javorsky (197-SF-99) stepped up with 22 points for the winners. Slovak Republic recorded a 39:34 halftime lead. They protected the lead well throughout the second half and marched to the win. Samir Hebibi (183-PG-99) notched 21 points and 5 assists in the win. David Kralj (190-G-99) responded with 21 points for Slovenia.
Belgium - Sweden 50-78 Sweden victoriously opened the Second Stage campaign. They fired past Belgium for 1-1 record in Group F. David Czerapowicz (186-G-99) scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the Scandinavian team. Sweden piled up a 39:22 halftime lead. Sweden followed with a 39:28 second half rally to ice the win. Olle Lundqvist (199-F-99) provided 12 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Vincent Peeters (F-99) replied with 11 points for Belgium.
Georgia - Estonia 63-72 Estonia clinched the sixth straight victory in Sofia. They beat Georgia to gain 2-0 record in Group F. Kristian Kullamae (193-G-99) stepped up with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Estonia built a 42:27 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Sander Raieste (197-F/G-99) had 14 points in the win. Nika Kirimeli and Nika Chechalashvili tossed in 15 points each for Georgia.
Denmark - Czech Republic 66-60 Denmark opened the Second Stage campaign on a winning note. They beat Czech Republic behind 16 points from Agah Kizilkaya (181-G-99). Czech Republic posted a 33:18 halftime lead. But Denmark went on a massive 28:4 run in the third term to pull ahead for good. Aleksandar Nedic (193-SF-99) tossed in 15 points for the winners. Jan Mraz (179-PG-99) responded with 16 points for Czech Republic.
Bulgaria - Austria 69-51 Bulgaria outscored Austria for 1-1 record in Group G. Krastan Krastanov (195-F/G-99) netted 19 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Bulgaria piled up a 35:21 halftime lead. They dropped 22 points in the fourth frame and coasted to the victory. Ivan Alipiev (193-F/G-99) tossed in 12 points and collected 9 rebounds for the winners. Erol Ersek (190-G-99) replied with 11 points for Austria.
Hungary - Ukraine 71-75 OT Ukraine used an overtime to tame Hungary in Group H action. Anton Loginov (191-PG-99) came up with 22 points to lead the winners. Hungary enjoyed a 34:27 halftime lead. Ukraine erased the deficit in the second half and forced overtime. They dropped 13 points in the extra period to seal the win. Andrii Voinalovych (200-C-99) had 17 points and 11 caroms for Ukraine. Jozsef Katona (186-PG-99) responded with 22 points for Hungary.
Switzerland - Portugal 36-58 Portugal thumped Switzerland in Group H opener. Pedro Pontes (184-PG-99) chipped in 19 points for the winning side. Portugal built a 22:17 halftime lead. Portugal followed with a 36:19 second half run to secured the winning outcome. Vladyslav Voytso (198-PF-99) netted 12 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for the winners. Matteo Marmondi (179-PG-99) responded with 10 points for Switzerland.
Romania - Norway 61-50 Antonio Nasturescu (186-SG-99) tallied 16 points and 9 rebounds to pace Romania past Norway in Group I. Romania and Norway were tied at 24 after the first half. Romania triggered a 23:11 run in the third term to clear off. Stefan Birloveanu (202-F/C-99) provided 14 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Kristian Sjolund (196-G-99) answered with 15 points for Norway.
Scotland - Ireland 78-91 Ireland fired past Scotland at the start of Group I action. Sean Jenkins (185-G-99) scored 18 points to lead the winners. Ireland ensured a 39:38 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. However Ireland unloaded 31 points in the fourth quarter and eked out a tough win at the end. Donal Ring posted 18 points, while Adam Drummond (192-SG-99) netted 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the victory. Sean Nealon (189-F-99) responded with 32 points and 13 rebounds for Scotland.
Belarus - Iceland 60-69 Iceland improved at 2-0 record in Group J following a tough win over Belarus. Gabriel Moller (178-PG-99) tossed in 18 points for Iceland. They used a 23:10 run in the first period to clear off. Belarus responded with a 23:10 rally in the second term to level things up. But Iceland held their opponents to just 27 points in the second half and rolled to the win. Hakon Hjalmarsson and Nokkvi Nokkvason netted 16 points each for Iceland. Vitaliy Lebedev (200-F/C-99) replied with 20 points and 10 boards for Belarus.
Luxembourg - FYR Macedonia 70-67 Luxembourg held off FYR Macedonia in Group J. Ben Kovac (190-SG-00) chipped in 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for the winners. Luxembourg sank 26 points in the third term to gain a 6-point lead at the final intermission. FYR Macedonia limited Luxembourg to just 10 points in the fourth term but could not avoid the defeat. Lou Demuth (209-C-00) had 18 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Luka Stojanovski (186-SG-00) responded with 17 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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