Spain - United Kingdom 75-64 Spain clinched the top position in Group E. They held off Great Britain for 4-1 record. Sergi Martinez (200-PF-99) nailed 18 points and collected 8 rebounds for the winners. Spain accumulated a 40:25 halftime lead. Great Britain narrowed the deficit in the second half but Spain hung on to clinch the victory. Acoydan McCarthy (204-C-99) chipped in 15 points for the winners. Cameron Bett (182-G-99) responded with 14 points for Great Britain.
Lithuania - Turkey 64-67 Turkey upset hosting Lithuania to claim the top position in Group E. Onuralp Bitim (193-SG-99) tallied 15 points and 11 rebounds to pace the visitors. Turkey recorded a 19:7 lead after ten minutes. Lithuania narrowed the gap at 7-point mark at the interval. Turkey extended the gap at 10-point mark at the final intermission. Lithuania dropped 23 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat. Ahmet Duran had 13 points and 15 rebounds for Turkey. Arnas Velicka (192-PG-99) responded with 17 points for Lithuania.
Germany - Greece 77-59 Germany fired past Greece to secure the quarterfinal birth in Kaunas. Nicolas Wolf (197-SF-99) provided 13 points to lead the winning side. Greece jumped to a 21:17 lead after ten minutes. But Germany went on a 22:5 run in the third term to take an 16-point lead. Germany sank 22 points in the fourth quarter and marched to the win. Philipp Hadenfeldt (188-PG-99) notched 11 points in the victory. Giannis Giannaras (187-G-99) and Dimitrios Rafail Moraitis (194-PG-99) replied with 12 points apiece for Greece.
Bosnia - Croatia 86-59 Bosnia and Herzegovina beat Croatia to secure the quarterfinal birth. Sani Campara (188-PG-99) came up with 21 points to lead the winners. Bosnia and Herzegovina posted a 44:28 halftime lead. They boosted the gap at 27-point mark at the final break and never looked back en route to the win. Dzanan Musa (202-G-99, agency: Beo Basket) recorded 17 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds in the victory. Darko Bajo (204-G/F-99) responded with 16 points and 10 rebounds for Croatia.
France - Finland 57-38 France clinched the second position in Group F. They handed the first defeat to Finland to take 3-2 record. Louis Rucklin (184-PG-99) posted 12 points to lead the winners. France registered a 36:15 halftime lead. Finland narrowed the deficit in the third term but Les Bleues sank 16 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the victory. Timothee Bazille (202-C-99) had 8 points and 14 rebounds in the win. Elias Valtonen and Tomas Pihlajamaki (185-G-00) had 7 points each in the loss.
Montenegro - Serbia 64-78 Serbia posted the third straight victory in Group F. They outgunned Montenegro for 3-2 record in Group F. Andrija Marjanovic (196-F-99) recorded 30 points to pace the winners. Montenegro enjoyed a 23:13 lead after ten minutes. However Serbia went on a strong 28:7 rally in the final frame to ice the victory. Marko Pecarski (202-C-00) tossed in 14 points and collected 10 rebounds for the winners. Marko Simonovic (200-C-99) answered with 19 points and 10 caroms for Montenegro.
Italy - Latvia 58-49 Italy notched the second victory in classification round. They held off Latvia for 3-0 record. Gabriele Stefanini (183-G-99) delivered 17 points and 7 rebounds for the Azzurri. Italy piled up a 34:18 halftime lead. They protected the lead well throughout the second half and cruised to the victory. Guglielmo Caruso (201-PF-99) produced 14 points and 9 boards in the win. Rainers Kalnins (182-G-99) replied with 14 points for Latvia.
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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