Belarus - Russia 51-76 Russia accumulated the fourth consecutive victory in Sofia. They bruised Belarus to stay perfect in Group A. Alexander Shashkov (206-C-00) and Aleksandr Ershov (195-SG-00) produced 13 points each for the winners. Russia built a massive 37:21 halftime lead. They held Belarus to just 10 points in the fourth quarter to cruise to the victory. David Odiah (194-SG-00) responded with 14 points for Belarus.
Denmark - Holland 53-69 Netherlands improved at 3-1 record in Group A following a comfortable win over Denmark. Nick Thran (180-PG-00) posted 13 points for the winners. Netherlands accumulated a 33:23 halftime lead. Netherlands ignited an 18:11 run in the fourth quarter to secure the winning outcome. Keye Van Der Vuurst (185-SG-1) and Yarick Brussen (207-C-00) netted 12 points each for the winners. Igor Bakic (195-F-00) responded with 17 points for Denmark.
Luxembourg - Portugal 47-78 Portugal claimed the second victory in Group A. They overcame Luxembourg to improve at 2-2 record. Francisco Amarante (192-SG-00) posted 26 points to lead the winners. Portugal recorded a 27:8 lead after the first period. They went on a 36:23 second half run to ice the win. Diogo Peixe (187-SG-00) had 10 points, 7 assists, 6 steals and 6 rebounds for the winners. Ben Kovac (190-SG-00) responded with 24 points and 15 rebounds for Luxembourg.
Scotland - United Kingdom 36-61 Great Britain registered the third victory in Group B. They rallied past Scotland behind 12 points from Richard Amaefule (202-PF-00). Great Britain secured a 40:21 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 22-point mark heading into the fourth quarter and never looked back en route to the win. Kareem Queeley (192-G-1) delivered 11 points for the winners. Jordan Ferguson (188-F-00) and Harry Morrice (199-C-00) answered with 8 points each for Scotland.
Ireland - FYR Macedonia 59-71 FYR Macedonia topped Ireland to gain 2-2 record in Group B. Andrej Jordanovski (183-PG-00) netted 19 points to pace the winners. FYR Macedonia secured a 43:30 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 24-point mark at the final intermission. Ireland cut the deficit in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the defeat. Marko Anastasov (193-PG-00) delivered 15 points in the victory. Cian Heaphy (189-G-00) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Ireland.
Israel - Hungary 62-54 Israel outgunned Hungary for the fourth straight win in Group B. Eidan Alber (190-G-00) provided 19 points and 10 boards for the winners. Hungary registered a 30:25 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 8-point mark at the final break. But Israel responded with a 23:7 rally in the fourth stanza to snatch the victory. Tomer Levinson (203-F-00) and Ofek Malka (175-SG-00) had 13 points each for the winners. Mate Fazekas (206-C-00) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds for Hungary.
Norway - Romania 54-68 Romania climbed at 3-1 record in Group D as they beat Norway. Constantin Gavriloaia (195-SF-1) provided 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Romania secured a 30:18 halftime lead. They totaled 38 points in the second half to grab the victory. Mihai Maciuca (193-SF-00) and Marcu Badiu (186-PG-00) netted 11 points each in the win. Mikal Gjerde (195-G-00) responded with 16 points for Norway.
Slovenia - Austria 70-56 Slovenia registered the fourth straight victory at the tournament. They outgunned Austria to remain undefeated. Jure Licen (197-C-00) stepped up with 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Slovenia and Austria were tied at 31 heading into the second half. Slovenia however picked up the tempo after the big break. They used a 39:25 rally to seal the win. Luka Bozak (181-PG-00) delivered 11 points for the winners. Paul Isbetcherian (175-PG-00) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds for Austria.
Georgia - Czech Republic 70-72 Czech Republic eked out a narrow win over Georgia to gain 3-1 record in Sofia. Tomas Mikyska (196-F/C-00) recorded 12 points and 9 caroms for the winners. Georgia piled up a 37:35 halftime lead. Czech Republic erased the deficit in the third term. They eked out a 55:54 lead at the final intermission. Czech Republic held their opponents to just 16 points in the fourth quarter and rallied to the victory. Vit Krejci (193-PG-00) and Viktor Telecky (180-SG-00) tossed in 10 points apiece in the win. Otar Pertaia (180-PG-00) responded with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Georgia.
Slovakia - Bulgaria 79-75 Slovakia outgunned Bulgaria for the third win in Group D. Dominik Kubala (182-SG-00) was pivotal with 30 points for the winners. Slovakia recorded a 28:12 lead after ten minutes. Bulgaria cut the deficit at 6-point mark at the final intermission. Bulgaria sank 21 points in the fourth quarter but could not avert the loss. Juraj Palenik had 18 points in the victory. Nikolay Mihaylov (202-PF-00) responded with 15 points and 17 rebounds for Bulgaria.
Iceland - Belgium 55-64 Belgium earned the third victory in Sofia as they upend Iceland. Belgium looked dominant in the first half. They established a 35:24 halftime lead. Belgium held their opponents to just 9 points in the fourth period to race to the win. Vrenz Bleijenbergh (202-SF-00) and Noel Coleman (181-PG-00) accounted for 17 points each for the winners. Hilmar Henningsson (190-G-00) and Hilmar Petursson (187-G-00) answered with 14 points apiece in the loss.
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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