Turkey - Serbia 87-66 Turkey reached the semifinal stage in Kaunas. They toppled Serbia in the quarterfinal clash. Onuralp Bitim (193-SG-99) scored 27 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the winners. Turkey claimed a 44:33 halftime lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second half and cruised to the victory. Ahmet Duran (204-C-99) notched 23 points and 17 rebounds in the win. Aleksa Uskokovic (190-G-99) answered with 21 points for Serbia.
Finland - Lithuania 74-93 Lithuania coasted past Finland in the quarterfinal clash in Kaunas. Vitalijus Kozys (195-SF-99) and Arnas Velicka (192-PG-99) notched 18 points each for the winners. Lithuania built a 43:38 halftime lead. They unleashed 50 points in the second half and cruised to the victory. Tadas Vaiciunas (200-SF-99) and Grantas Vasiliauskas (200-F-99) had 12 points each for the winners. Elias Valtonen (192-G/F-99) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds for Finland.
Bosnia - Germany 70-54 Dzanan Musa (202-G-99, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 25 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists to pace Bosnia and Herzegovina past Germany in the quarterfinal clash in Kaunas. Bosnia and Herzegovina recorded a 39:17 halftime lead. Germany could not overcome the deficit in the second half as Bosnia and Herzegovina rolled to the win. Njegos Sikiras (205-F-99) delivered 21 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Nelson Weidemann (188-PG-99) responded with 13 points for Germany.
Spain - France 72-63 Spain advanced into the semifinal stage. They topped France in the quarterfinal clash. Miguel Gonzalez (199-G-99) stepped up with 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Spain claimed a 31:21 halftime lead. Spain unloaded 41 points in the second half and marched to the win. Acoydan McCarthy (204-C-99) had 16 points in the victory. Ivan Fevrier (200-F-99) responded with 20 points and 12 rebounds for France.
Croatia - Israel 84-82 Croatia nipped Israel in the classification round. Antonio Jordano (188-PG-99) posted 27 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the winning side. Croatia recorded a 51:45 halftime lead. Israel narrowed the deficit in the final term but failed to rescue the game. Darko Bajo (204-G/F-99) claimed 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Amit Ebo (179-G-99) responded with 29 points and 5 steals for Israel.
United Kingdom - Latvia 65-66 Arturs Kurucs (189-SF-00) converted a late jumper and propelled Latvia past Great Britain in the classification round clash. Great Britain accounted for a 35:34 halftime lead. They boosted the gap at 2-point mark at the final intermission. But Latvia denied the deficit and then Arturs Kurucs sealed the win for the Baltic team. Arturs Kurucs finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Bogdans Railans (193-G/F-99) added 17 points and 14 rebounds for Latvia. Nelson Boachie-Yiadom (197-F-99) responded with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Great Britain.
Greece - Italy 45-62 Italy outgunned Greece in the classification round clash in Kaunas tonight. Michele Ebeling (200-PF-99) scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to pace the winners. Italy established a 35:9 halftime lead. Greece went on a massive 21:7 run in the third term to narrow the gap. But the Azzurri scored 20 points in the fourth frame and iced the victory. Lorenzo De Zardo (197-SF-99) tossed in 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the win. Dimitrios Rafail Moraitis (194-PG-99) responded with 14 points for Greece.
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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