Holland - Belarus 63-70 Belarus overcame Netherlands to improve at 4-1 record in Group A. Vadzim Stubeda (203-C-00) and David Odiah (194-SG-00) provided 18 points each to lead the winning side. Belarus posted a 34:29 halftime lead. They went on a 21:12 run in the third term to clear off for good. German Plotnikov (193-SG-00) netted 15 points, issued 7 assists and grabbed 6 boards for the winning side. Nick Thran (180-PG-00) topscored with 23 points for the Dutch team.
Russia - Portugal 47-67 Portugal outgunned Russia to improve at 3-2 record in Group A. Francisco Amarante (192-SG-00) netted 20 points to pace the winners. Russia secured a 15:12 lead ten minutes into the game. But Portugal picked up the tempo in the next quarters. They built a 33:26 halftime lead. Portugal extended the margin at 14-point mark at the final intermission. Portugal held their opponents to just 12 points in the fourth term and raced to the win. Miguel Correia (185-PG-00) had 18 points for the winners. Alexander Shashkov (206-C-00) responded with 11 points and 9 rebounds for Russia.
Denmark - Luxembourg 73-67 OT Denmark registered the first victory at the championship. They outlasted Luxembourg in overtime behind 19 points and 14 rebounds from Igor Bakic (195-F-00). Luxembourg recorded a 29:20 halftime lead. Denmark managed to erase the deficit in the second half and forced overtime. Denmark tossed in 16 points in the extra period to seal the win. Marcus Norgaard (172-G-00) contributed 19 points for the Scandinavian side. Ben Kovac (190-SG-00) responded with 29 points and 15 rebounds for Luxembourg.
Israel - Ireland 61-58 Israel held off Ireland to secure the fifth straight victory in Group B. Tomer Levinson (203-F-00) tallied 12 points and 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Israel claimed a 33:22 halftime advantage. Ireland pulled within three points at the final break. But Israel protected the lead throughout the final stanza and sealed the winning outcome. Ofek Malka (175-SG-00) chipped in 9 points for the winners. Cian Heaphy (189-G-00) responded with 15 points and 6 boards for Ireland.
Hungary - Scotland 88-47 Andras Dancsecs (186-SG-00) posted 23 points to lead Hungary past Scotland. Hungary established a 31:2 lead at the first term. They followed with a 39:23 second half run to secure the winning outcome. Mate Fazekas (206-C-00) chipped in 19 points for the winners. Callan Low (185-G-00) responded with 13 points for Scotland.
United Kingdom - FYR Macedonia 69-38 Great Britain thumped FYR Macedonia to register the fourth win in Group B. Jacob Round (192-G/F-00) delivered 17 points for the British team. Great Britain accumulated a 33:16 halftime lead. They boosted the gap at 25-point mark heading into the fourth term and never looked back en route to the win. Robert Banks (192-G-00) totaled 9 points in the victory. Andrej Jordanovski (183-PG-00) responded with 9 points for FYR Macedonia.
Austria - Kosovo 51-66 Kosovo wrapped up their preliminary round campaign with a comfortable victory over Austria. Erhan Sholla (192-PF-1) sank 15 points to lead the winners. Kosovo piled up a 44:19 halftime lead. They stayed in charge throughout the second half and rolled to the win. Dardan Kapiti (204-F/C-00) and Bleron Istogu had 13 points each in the win. Elvir Jakupovic (182-SG-1) answered with 21 points for Austria.
Ukraine - Romania 78-58 Ukraine secured their playoff birth as they marched past Romania. Denys Klevzunyk (193-SG-00) stepped up with 31 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Ukraine took a 40:36 halftime lead. They held Romania to only 22 points in the second half to race to the win. Moisei Kim (187-SG-00) netted 20 points for the winners. Andrei Arion (187-PG-00) responded with 17 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds for Romania.
Slovenia - Norway 96-48 Slovenia registered the fifth straight victory in Sofia. They thrashed Norway to stay undefeated. Rok Radovic (193-F/G-1) delivered 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Slovenia established a massive 46:22 halftime lead. They dropped 50 points after the long break to ice the victory. Gregor Glas (190-SG-1) connected for 18 points in the win. Sigurd Lorange (178-G-00) answered with 20 points and 9 boards for Norway.
Czech Republic - Iceland 85-62 Czech Republic improved at 4-1 record as they rallied past Iceland. Vit Krejci (193-PG-00) claimed 22 points to pace the winners. Czech Republic established a 49:26 halftime lead. They protected the lead well throughout the second half and marched to the victory. Patrick Samoura (192-SF-00) had 9 points in the win. Hilmar Henningsson (190-G-00) and Arnor Sveinsson (193-F-00) responded with 18 points each for Iceland.
Georgia - Slovakia 84-61 Georgia cruised past Slovakia for the second victory in Group D. Abeli Narsiya (195-C-00) stepped up with 20 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Georgia grabbed a 36:28 halftime lead. They extended the gap at 17-point mark and sank 31 points in the final stanza to breeze to the victory. Giorgi Kvatchantiradze (192-SF-00) delivered 16 points and 9 boards for Georgia. Marcel Batovsky (192-SG-00) responded with 13 points for Slovakia.
Belgium - Bulgaria 92-67 Belgium rallied past Bulgaria to secure the fourth win in Group D. Noel Coleman (181-PG-00) tossed in 30 points for the winners. Bulgaria snatched a 24:21 lead ten minutes. Belgium responded with a 53:27 run in the next two periods to spur ahead. They held Bulgaria to just 16 points in the final stanza to seal the victory. Vrenz Bleijenbergh (202-SF-00) produced 20 points for the winners. Tsvetomir Chernokojev (205-PF-00) responded with 19 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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