San Marino - Wales 65-56 San Marino earned the first victory in Nicosia. They beat Wales in Group A action. Pietro Ugolini (198-C-00) posted 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead the winners. San Marino went on a 19:9 run in the second term to take a 13-point halftime lead. Wales narrowed the gap in the second half but stopped short of victory at the end. Giacomo Nicolini (178-PG-1) provided 14 points in the win. Cai Thomas (182-SG-1) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds for Wales.
Azerbaijan - Malta 81-33 Azerbaijan fired past Malta to seal their semifinal appearance. Papuna Kirtadze (180-PG-1) posted 16 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists to lead the winners. Azerbaijan recorded a 49:17 halftime lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second half and cruised to the victory. Alex Akhundov (191-SF-00) and Saadettin Donat (201-C-1) had 13 points apiece for the winners. Nathan Xuereb (171-SF-1) and Nicholas Formosa (173-PG-00) responded with 7 points each for Malta.
Albania - Andorra 37-60 Andorra rallied past Albania to gain 2-2 record in Group B. They however finished just short of the second place in the standings and missed out on the semis. Nil Joval (194-F/G-00) provided 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Andorra held Albania scoreless in the first period to take a 13-point lead. Andorra piled up a 29:12 halftime lead and cruised to the victory in the second half. Alex Serra (194-F/G-00) netted 14 points for the winners. Enes Kita (184-PG-00) and Nazareno Coco (187-G-00) replied with 6 points each for Albania.
Armenia - Gibraltar 44-73 Gibraltar beat Armenia for the second victory in Nicosia. Alejandro Garcia (186-G-1) posted 31 points and 24 rebounds to lead the winners. Gibraltar posted a 28:24 halftime lead. They went on a 26:13 run in the third term to clear off for good. Michael Rodriguez (169-G-00) had 10 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Gurgen Melikyan (178-PG-00) responded with 18 points for Armenia.
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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