Slovenia - Poland 64-70 Poland beat Slovenia to seal the semifinal birth. Dominik Wilczek (192-G/F-99) scored 19 points to pace the winners. Poland recorded a 39:25 halftime lead. Slovenia narrowed the gap in the second half. However Poland held on to snatch a tough victory at the end. Andrzej Pluta (183-PG-00) had 11 points for the winners. David Kralj (190-G-99) responded with 25 points for Slovenia.
Holland - Slovakia 50-58 Slovak Republic defeated Netherlands for 2-1 record in Group E. David Javorsky (197-SF-99) notched 16 points to lead the winners. Netherlands recorded a 27:21 halftime lead. But Slovak Republic bounced back with 37 points in the second half and cruised to the victory. Alex Ondrus (190-SF-99) had 11 points for the winners. Sven Lemke (204-F-99) answered with 11 points for Netherlands.
Estonia - Belgium 51-39 Estonia clinched the top position in Group F. They held off Belgium to enter the semifinal stage undefeated. Matthias Tass (208-F/C-99) stepped up with 10 points for the winners. Estonia recorded a 22:14 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 13-point mark at the final break and cruised to the victory. Servaas Buysschaert (C-99) responded with 10 points and 7 rebounds for Belgium.
Sweden - Georgia 80-66 Sweden outgunned Georgia to improve at 2-1 record in Group F. Olle Lundqvist (199-F-99) scored 20 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and issued 5 assists for the winners. Sweden overcame a 5-point deficit after ten minutes to take a 39:35 halftime lead. The Scandinavian team extended the gap at 7-point mark at the final break. They followed with a 21:14 run in the fourth frame to seal the win. David Hook (195-G/F-99) notched 19 points for the winners. Goga Bitadze (202-C-99, agency: Agency) replied with 24 points and 11 rebounds for Georgia.
Austria - Denmark 54-56 Denmark snatched a tough win over Austria to take 3-0 record on top of Group G. Aleksandar Nedic (193-SF-99) came off the bench to topscore for the Scandinavian team with 12 points. Denmark posted a 26:18 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 10-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. Austria cut the deficit in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss. Andreas Gramstrup (186-SG-99) provided 9 points in the win. Jakob Szkutta (182-PG-99) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds for Austria.
Czech Republic - Bulgaria 74-86 OT Bulgaria used overtime to overcome Czech Republic for 2-1 record in Group G. Plamen Vasilev (177-PG-99) stepped up with 16 points, 9 steals and 8 rebounds in the victory. Bulgaria trailed by five points heading into the fourth frame. But they went on a 17:12 run in the fourth term to force overtime. Bulgaria triggered an 18:6 rally in the extra period and sealed the win. Vladiyan Avramov (194-F-99) had 15 points for the winners. Jakub Slavik (192-F-99) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Czech Republic.
Ukraine - Switzerland 71-65 Yaroslav Voytovych (200-PF-99) scored 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds as Ukraine outgunned Switzerland. Ukraine piled up a 43:29 halftime lead. Switzerland narrowed the gap at just 2-point mark at the final break. Ukraine held their opponents to just 13 points in the fourth frame and raced to the win. Ivan Chmyrenko (192-SF-99) delivered 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for Ukraine. Switzerland answered with 17 points from Matteo Marmondi (179-PG-99).
Portugal - Hungary 66-47 Francisco Ribau tallied 19 points and Portugal overcame Hungary. Portugal claimed a 32:26 halftime lead. Portugal extended the margin at 16-point mark at the final break and never looked back en route to the win. Vladyslav Voytso (198-PF-99) provided 11 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Mate Fazekas (206-C-00) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds for Hungary.
Ireland - Romania 54-79 Romania stormed past Ireland to gain 2-0 record in Group I. Botond Solyom (190-SG-99) recorded 18 points to lead the winners. Romania recorded a 33:14 halftime lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the second half and cruised to the win. Tudor Fometescu had 13 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Adam Drummond (192-SG-99) answered with 11 points for Ireland.
Norway - Scotland 103-47 Norway celebrated the first win in Group I. They coasted past Scotland as five player scored in double digits. Mikal Gjerde and Kristian Sjolund (196-G-99) netted 18 points each for the winners. Norway piled up a massive 42:21 halftime lead. They unloaded 61 points in the second half to ease to the win. Didrik Braathen (196-F-99) had 14 points for Norway. Nicholas Skinner (SG-99) responded with 12 points for Scotland.
Iceland - Luxembourg 72-54 Hakon Hjalmarsson (187-G-99) posted 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead Iceland past Luxembourg. Iceland recorded a 26:10 lead after ten minutes. They went on a 16:10 run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Nokkvi Nokkvason posted 19 points in the win. Loic Djomani (182-PG-00) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds for Luxembourg.
FYR Macedonia - Belarus 74-73 FYR Macedonia opened win count in Group J. They nipped Belarus behind 26 points from Luka Stojanovski (186-SG-00). FYR Macedonia grabbed a 41:36 halftime lead. Belarus denied the deficit in the third term. They leveled things up at 53 heading into the fourth quarter. FYR Macedonia knocked down 21 points in the final period and snatched the win. Martin Trsunov (175-PG-99) delivered 17 points for FYR Macedonia. Vitaliy Lebedev (200-F/C-99) responded with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Belarus.
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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