Holland - Luxembourg 86-49 Netherlands outgunned Luxembourg for the second win in Sofia. Rienk Mast (199-PF-1), Keye Van Der Vuurst (185-SG-1) and Jacco Fritz (202-PF-00) nailed 10 points each to pace the Dutch side. Netherlands unloaded 51 points in the first half to gain a 26-point lead. They eased to the victory in the second half. Ben Kovac (190-SG-00) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Luxembourg.
Russia - Denmark 94-75 Russia coasted past Denmark to remain undefeated in Group A. Anton Alakin (195-PG-00) and Kirill Shilin (195-SG-00) chipped in 14 points apiece for the winning side. Russia dominated from start to finish. They established a comfortable 55:27 halftime lead. Russia never looked back afterwards. Bakir Serdarevic (186-G-00) answered with 22 points and 7 caroms for Denmark.
Portugal - Belarus 54-64 Belarus outscored Portugal for the third straight victory at the championship. German Plotnikov (193-SG-00) scored 19 points to lead the winners. Portugal secured a 30:19 halftime lead. But Belarus responded with a 25:6 run in the third term spur ahead. They sank 20 points in the final stanza to protect the advantage. David Odiah (194-SG-00) chipped in 14 points for the winners. Rodrigo Soares (185-PF-00) responded with 12 points for Portugal.
FYR Macedonia - Scotland 100-47 FYR Macedonia snapped two-game losing skid and beat Scotland in Group B. Joan Bozhinovski (190-SG-00) tallied 17 points to pace the winners. FYR Macedonia grabbed a 48:24 halftime lead. They knocked down 52 points in the second half to roll to the win. Marko Anastasov (193-PG-00) provided 14 points for FYR Macedonia. Lewis McGlasson (184-G-1) responded with 12 points for Scotland.
Hungary - Ireland 90-66 Adam Somogyi (183-PG-00) notched 25 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds to lead Hungary past Ireland. They jumped to a 27:17 lead ten minutes into the game. Hungary followed with a 22:11 run in the third term to secure a 16-point lead. Hungary kept Ireland at bay throughout the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Andras Dancsecs (186-SG-00) delivered 14 points in the victory. James Beckom (186-SG-00) responded with 17 points for Ireland.
United Kingdom - Israel 80-87 Israel stayed perfect in Sofia. They overcame Great Britain for the third straight win in Group B. Five players scored in double digits for the winners. Ofer Malka topscored with 22 points. Israel snatched a 41:40 halftime lead. They poured in 29 points in the fourth term to rally to the win. Eidan Alber (190-G-00) had 21 points and 9 rebounds for Israel. Kareem Queeley (192-G-1) answered with 20 points for Great Britain.
Austria - Norway 64-78 Norway opened win count in Sofia. They outgunned Austria for 1-2 record. Mikal Gjerde (195-G-00) notched 31 points to lead the Scandinavian side. Norway overcame an early deficit to come out on top. Norway went on a 37:24 second half run to earn the victory. Sigurd Lorange (178-G-00) had 18 points and 10 boards in the win. Paul Isbertcherian answered with 13 points and 8 caroms for Austria.
Romania - Kosovo 89-52 Romania clinched the second victory in Group C. They thrashed Kosovo behind 18 points from Andrei Arion (187-PG-00). Romania used a 28:10 run in the second quarter to secure a 23-point halftime lead. They triggered a 24:9 rally in the final quarter to seal the win. Mihai Maciuca delivered 13 points in the victory. Deniz Simnica (186-G-00) and Edonis Devolli (177-PG-00) answered with 10 points each for Kosovo.
Ukraine - Slovenia 59-71 Slovenia outscored Ukraine for the third consecutive victory at the championship. Nik Dragan (198-F-00) accounted for 17 points and 18 rebounds to lead the effort. Slovenia recorded a 44:32 halftime lead. Slovenia held their opponents to just 27 points in the second half and marched to the win. Maksim Gorbachov (186-G-00) chipped in 15 points for the winners. Moisei Kim (187-SG-00) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds for Ukraine.
Bulgaria - Iceland 99-76 Bulgaria cruised past Iceland to open win count in Group D. Tsvetomir Chernokojev (205-PF-00) stepped up with 28 points to lead the winners. Iceland secured a 47:43 halftime lead. But Bulgaria drained 56 points in the second half and rallied to the win. Alexander Matushev (197-G/F-00) delivered 19 points for the winning side. Hilmar Henningsson (190-G-00) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Iceland.
Czech Republic - Slovakia 62-64 Slovakia snatched a narrow win over Czech Republic to catch up with their opponents at 2-1 record in the ladder. Martin Danielic (185-PG-00) drained 16 points for the winning side. Slovakia eked out a 33:32 halftime lead. Slovakia held Czech Republic to just 11 points in the final term and got away with the win. Juraj Palenik chipped in 12 points for Slovakia. Tomas Mikyska (196-F/C-00) responded with 15 points for Czech Republic.
Belgium - Georgia 67-52 Belgium topped Georgia for 2-1 record in Group D. Sacha De Vreught (G) stepped up with 18 points, 8 assists and 4 steals to lead the winners. Belgium accumulated a 34:21 halftime advantage. They went on an 18:12 run in the fourth quarter to roll to the victory. Niels De Ridder (195-F-1) totaled 14 points and 15 rebounds in the win. Tsotne Tsartsidze (200-PF-00) replied with 13 points for Georgia.
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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