Slovenia - Belgium 83-81 OT Slovenia survived an overtime thriller versus Belgium to seal their semifinal appearance. Rok Radovic (193-F/G-1) came up with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Belgium established a 37:31 halftime lead. Slovenia denied the deficit in the third term and eked out a one-point lead heading into the final stanza. But Belgium sank 21 points in the fourth term to force overtime. Slovenia though tossed in 10 points in the extra period and secured the winning outcome. Nik Dragan (198-F-00) posted 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Niels De Ridder (195-F-1) responded with 26 points and 13 rebounds for Belgium.
Israel - Belarus 84-69 Eidan Alber (190-G-00) notched 23 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds and 6 steals to pace Israel into the semifinal stage. They rallied past Belarus in the playoffs. Belarus posted a 23:15 lead after the opening quarter. But Israel picked up the tempo in the second half. They triggered a 49:28 second half run to storm to the win. Tomer Levinson (203-F-00) delivered 22 points and 9 boards for the winners. David Odiah (194-SG-00) responded with 13 points for Belarus.
Czech Republic - Ukraine 50-80 Ukraine cruised past Czech Republic in the quarterfinal battle. Denys Bachurin (200-F-00) delivered 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Czech Republic snatched a narrow 21:20 lead after ten minutes. But Ukraine went on a 32:19 run in the next two periods to surge ahead. They finished the game on a massive 28:10 run to seal a comfortable victory. Vitalii Shorstkyi (194-SF-00) netted 22 points and collected 8 rebounds for the winners. Sicha Jiri (183-PG-00) responded with 10 points for Czech Republic.
Russia - United Kingdom 62-61 Russia withheld a furious rally from Great Britain in the fourth quarter and eked out a narrow victory in the quarterfinal clash in Sofia. Alexander Shashkov (206-C-00) came up with 17 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Russia ensured a 35:26 halftime lead. They boosted the gap at 11-point mark at the final intermission. Great Britain went on a 22:12 rally in the fourth term but came up just short of victory at the end. Aleksandr Sinebabnov (201-SF-00) delivered 14 points in the victory. Jacob Round (192-G/F-00) responded with 21 points for Great Britain.
Romania - Georgia 79-87 Georgia prevailed against Romania behind 37 points, 7 assists and 6 steals from Otar Pertaia (180-PG-00). Georgia ensured a strong start to the game. They built a massive 43:25 halftime lead. Georgia boosted the margin at 24-point mark at the final break and never looked back en route to the win. Giorgi Kvatchantiradze (192-SF-00) tossed in 13 points for the winners. Mihai Maciuca (193-SF-00) responded with 21 points for Romania.
Hungary - Portugal 58-65 Portugal edged Hungary in Sofia today. Francisco Amarante (192-SG-00) and Gustavo Texeira (170-SG-00) provided 16 points each for the winners. Portugal established a 37:31 halftime lead. They protected the advantage throughout the second half and marched to the win. Diogo Peixe (187-SG-00) netted 11 points for the winners. Andras Dancsecs (186-SG-00) responded with 20 points and 8 caroms for Hungary.
Holland - FYR Macedonia 65-58 Netherlands held off FYR Macedonia in the classification clash. Rienk Mast (199-PF-1) provided 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Dutch side. Netherlands posted a 32:21 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 13-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. FYR Macedonia narrowed the deficit in the final period but could not avoid the defeat. Keye Van Der Vuurst (185-SG-1) chipped in 14 points for the winners. Andrej Jordanovski (183-PG-00) replied with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for FYR Macedonia.
Slovakia - Kosovo 61-50 Slovakia prevailed against Kosovo behind 23 points from Dominik Kubala (182-SG-00). Kosovo posted a 14:6 lead ten minutes into the game. Slovakia responded with a 20:9 run in the second term to gain the lead. Slovakia ignited a 35:27 run in the second half to win the game. Marcel Batovsky (192-SG-00) had 16 points for the winners. Dardan Kapiti (204-F/C-00) responded with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Kosovo.
Bulgaria - Austria 76-63 Bulgaria beat Austria in the classification round. Martin Stefanov (200-SF-00) notched 25 points and 9 rebounds to lead the hosts. Austria posted a 20:16 lead after ten minutes. But Bulgaria responded with a 25:12 run in the second term to open a 9-point halftime lead. They held Austria to just 11 points in the final period and snatched the victory. Tsvetomir Chernokojev (205-PF-00) had 13 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Daniel Koeppel (208-C-00) responded with 18 points and 14 boards for Austria.
Norway - Iceland 62-48 Norway held off Iceland in Sofia today. Mikal Gjerde (195-G-00) provided 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Norway posted a 27:21 halftime lead. Norway sank 35 points in the second half to rally to the victory. Sigurd Lorange (178-G-00) had 14 points and 9 caroms for the winners. Sigvaldi Eggertsson (197-F-00) responded with 17 points and 13 rebounds for Iceland.
Denmark - Scotland 77-58 Bakir Serdarevic (186-G-00) nailed 18 points to lead Denmark past Scotland in the classification round. Denmark posted a 24:12 lead ten minutes into the game. The Scandinavian team went on a 40:28 second half rally to secure the victory. Soren Larsen (192-F-00) tallied 13 points and 10 boards for the winners. Callan Low (185-G-00) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds for Scotland.
Ireland - Luxembourg 76-74 Ireland nipped Luxembourg in the classification round. David Murray (192-F-00) scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Luxembourg recorded a 45:39 halftime lead. They extended the gap at 10-point mark at the final intermission. Ireland however responded with a 24:12 run in the fourth term to ice the win. Kris Arcilla (174-PG-00) produced 16 points for the winners. Ruben Gentil (178-SG-00) responded with 19 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds 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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