Denmark - Portugal 38-61 Portugal claimed the first victory in Group A. They rallied past Denmark behind 11 points and 13 rebounds from Lamine Banora (198-PF-00). Portugal clinched a 31:13 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 26-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Miguel Correia (185-PG-00) had 10 points for the winners. Soren Larsen (192-F-00) responded with 12 points and 8 boards for Denmark.
Luxembourg - Belarus 55-75 Belarus cruised past Luxembourg for the second straight win in Group A. German Plotnikov (193-SG-00) scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the winners. Belarus accumulated a 39:33 halftime lead. They went on a 36:22 second half run to seal the win. Dzmitry Ryuny (198-PF-00) netted 18 points and pulled down 17 rebounds for the winners. Ben Kovac (190-SG-00) responded with 17 points and 17 rebounds for Luxembourg.
Holland - Russia 48-51 Russia posted the second victory in a row in Sofia. They held off Netherlands in Group A. Aleksandr Ershov (195-SG-00) nailed 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace the winners. Russia posted a 19:10 lead after ten minutes. They went on a 19:9 rally in the third term to open a 13-point advantage at the final intermission. Netherlands cut the deficit in the fourth term but could not avoid the defeat. Alexander Shashkov (206-C-00) had 11 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Rienk Mast (199-PF-1) and Yarick Brussen (207-C-00) responded with 9 points apiece for Netherlands.
Ireland - Scotland 76-59 Ireland outscored Scotland for the opening victory in Group B. James Beckom (186-SG-00) netted 19 points to lead the winners. Ireland recorded a 42:21 halftime lead. They stayed in charge throughout the second half to rally to the win. Cian Heaphy (189-G-00) had 12 points and 9 caroms for the winners. Jordan Ferguson (188-F-00) responded with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Scotland.
Israel - FYR Macedonia 80-58 Israel breezed past FYR Macedonia en route to the second victory in Group B. Eidan Alber (190-G-00) had 18 points and 10 boards to lead the winners. Israel claimed a 42:32 halftime lead. Israel held their opponents to 26 points in the second half and marched to the victory. Tomer Levinson (203-F-00) accounted for 16 points and 13 boards for the winners. Andrej Jordanovski (183-PG-00) replied with 16 points for FYR Macedonia.
Hungary - United Kingdom 61-66 OT Great Britain survived an overtime thriller against Hungary to post the second victory in Group B. Mate Okros (192-SG-00) posted 15 points to lead the winning side. Great Britain accumulated a 39:22 halftime lead. But Hungary managed to erase the deficit in the second half. They forced overtime but Great Britain nailed 10 points in it and rolled to the win. Richard Amaefule (202-PF-00) had 13 points and 12 caroms for the winning side. Adam Somogyi (183-PG-00) replied with 17 points and 9 rebounds for Hungary.
Austria - Ukraine 38-67 Ukraine cruised past Austria for the second victory in Sofia. Denys Klevzunyk (193-SG-00) nailed 17 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 4 assists to lead the winners. Ukraine built a massive 37:16 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 25-point lead heading into the fourth term and never looked back en route to the win. Andriy Grysak had 13 points for the winners. Paul Isbetcherian (175-PG-00) responded with 8 points for Austria.
Norway - Kosovo 53-66 Kosovo posted the first victory in Sofia. They overcame Norway for 1-1 record in Group C. Andi Vrapcani (189-G-00) and Dardan Kapiti (204-F/C-00) scored 21 points each to lead the winners. Kosovo accumulated a 34:21 halftime lead. Norway pulled within 7 points at the final break. But Kosovo sank 20 points in the fourth frame and raced to the win. Mikal Gjerde (195-G-00) and Christoffer Heffelund netted 12 points each in the loss.
Slovenia - Romania 74-65 Maksim Gorbachov (186-G-00) posted 19 points to lead Slovenia past Romania in Group C action. Slovenia established a 44:35 halftime lead. They kept Romania at bay throughout the second half and rallied to the victory. Nik Dragan (198-F-00) tossed in 15 points and collected 17 rebounds for the winners. Mihai Maciuca (193-SF-00) responded with 22 points for Romania.
Czech Republic - Belgium 55-52 Czech Republic knocked down Belgium behind 17 points from Kovar Lubos (200-PF-00). The teams arrived at halftime tied at 23. Belgium eked out a 35:34 lead heading into the fourth term. But Czech Republic sank 21 points in the fourth term and snatched a narrow victory. Sicha Jiri (183-PG-00) provided 13 points for the winners. Vrenz Bleijenbergh (202-SF-00) responded with 14 points and 9 caroms for Belgium.
Slovakia - Iceland 72-64 OT Slovakia beat Iceland in overtime as both teams became tied at 1-1 record in Group D. Juraj Palenik (194-SF-00) was pivotal with 30 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Slovakia entered the fourth term up by three points. But Iceland held their opponents to just 12 points in the period forcing overtime. But Slovakia ignited a 12:4 run in the extra period to snatch the win. Dominik Kubala (182-SG-00) and Samuel Horvath provided 11 points each in the victory. Brynjar Bragason (188-G-00) and Hilmar Henningsson (190-G-00) responded with 16 points each for Iceland.
Georgia - Bulgaria 82-75 Georgia opened win count in Bulgaria. They toppled the hosts in Group D tonight. Lasha Mikeladze (198-C-1) tallied 25 points and 15 rebounds for the visitors. Georgia piled up a 44:36 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 10-point mark heading into the fourth frame. Bulgaria cut the deficit in the final period but could not rescue the game. Irakli Sulkhanisvhili notched 16 points for the winners. Alexander Matushev (197-G/F-00) responded with 22 points for Bulgaria.
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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