Finland - Bosnia 55-38 Finland cruised past Bosnia to enter the quarterfinal stage. Mustapha Amzil (199-F-1) notched 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Bosnia snatched a 10:9 lead after ten minutes. But Finland answered with a 30:15 second half run to seal the victory. Robin Avist (190-G-00) netted 12 points in the win. Tarik Biberovic (196-F-1) answered with 9 points for Bosnia.
Croatia - Sweden 74-67 2OT Croatia needed two overtimes to tame Sweden in the Round of 16 clash. Oton Jankovic (204-F-00, agency: BeoBasket) notched 19 points and 14 rebounds to pace the winners. Sweden secured a 24:17 lead ten minutes into the game. But Croatia erased the deficit in the next periods. They sent the game into overtime. The teams however scored 4 points each in the first extra period and had to decide on the winner in the second one. Croatia sank 14 points in the second overtime to ice the win. Luka Samanic (208-C-00) had 17 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Erik Persson (185-G-00) responded with 15 points for Sweden.
Greece - France 43-59 France silenced Greece at the Round of 16 in Radom. Joel Ayayi (193-PG-00) tallied 14 points, 10 rebounds and 6 steals to pace les Bleues. France grabbed a 26:15 halftime lead. They boosted the gap at 13-point mark heading into the final period. France limited their opponents to just 11 points in the fourth term and drove to the win. Babacar Niasse (192-G/F-00) had 11 points in the victory. Chrysostomos Sandramanis (193-G-00) responded with 10 points for Greece.
Spain - Poland 96-67 Spain stormed past hosting Poland into the quarterfinal round. Usman Garuba (200-G-2) came up with 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. The hosts had little chance against striking Spain. Poland found themselves trailing by 12 points at the interval 49:37. Spain followed with a 28:9 run in the third term to clear off for good. Joel Parra (199-F-00) had 20 points for the winners. Andrzej Pluta (183-PG-00) responded with 20 points for Poland.
Turkey - Latvia 74-66 Turkey shot down Latvia to progress into the quarterfinals. Eray Akyuz (187-G-00) nailed 26 points to pace the winners. Turkey secured a 43:37 halftime lead. Latvia pulled within 4 points at the final intermission. But Turkey held their opponents to just 12 points in the fourth period and raced to the win. Yavuz Gultekin (196-F-00) tossed in 9 points for Turkey. Arturs Zagars (168-PG-00) responded with 19 points for Latvia.
Montenegro - Serbia 75-60 Montenegro edged Serbia to reach the quarterfinal stage in Radom. Igor Drobnjak (189-G-00) nailed 25 points to lead the charge. Montenegro grabbed a 24:17 lead after ten minutes. Serbia however erased the deficit and eked out a 38:37 halftime lead. But Montenegro stiffened defensively in the second half. They held the Serbian youngsters to just 22 points in the half and marched to the win. Pavle Djurisic (190-G-00) netted 18 points in the victory. Marko Pecarski (208-C-00) responded with 30 points and 11 rebounds for Serbia.
Italy - Germany 86-57 Italy prevailed against Germany to stay in the title hunt. Five players scored in double digits for the Azzurri. Federico Miaschi (188-G-00) tallied 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists in the victory. Italy recorded a 40:23 halftime lead. They poured in 46 points in the second half and eased to the victory. Mattia Palumbo (194-SG-00) had 15 points and 8 assists for the winners. Bruno Vrcic (191-SF-00) responded with 9 points for Germany.
Lithuania - Estonia 94-74 Lithuania advanced into the quarterfinal stage in Radom. They cruised past their Baltic rivals Estonia in the playoff clash. Tomas Balciunas (201-F-00) scored 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Estonia were up by three points after ten minutes 21:18. But Lithuania used a 23:13 run in the second term to take a 7-point halftime lead. Lithuania unloaded 53 points in the second half to seal the victory. Domantas Vilys (188-PG-00) had 18 points and 7 assists for the winners. Henri Drell (198-SF-00) responded with 20 points for Estonia.
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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