Spain - Montenegro 75-55 Spain coasted past Montenegro into the semifinal stage in Radom. Joel Parra (199-F-00) came up with 15 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Spain dominated in the first three quarters. They recorded a 33:23 halftime lead. Spain unloaded 32 points in the third term to clear off for good. Arnau Parrado (199-C-00) had 14 points for the winners. Nikola Zizic (208-C-00) responded with 14 points for Montenegro.
Croatia - France 69-52 Croatia punched their semifinal tickets. They fired past France in the quarterfinal clash. Luka Samanic (208-C-00) came up with 18 points for the winners. France eked out a 19:17 lead ten minutes into the game. But Croatia stepped on the gas in the next two quarters. They stormed ahead for a 20-point lead at the final break. France narrowed the gap at in the final term but could not rescue the game. Jure Planinic (198-F-00) and Vito Cubrilo (193-F/G-00) chipped in 16 points each for Croatia. Theo Maledon (185-G-1) responded with 14 points for France.
Turkey - Finland 80-78 OT Turkey eked out a narrow overtime victory over Finland to advance into the semifinal stage. Eray Akyuz (187-G-00) tossed in 25 points for the winners. Turkey established a 32:27 halftime lead. Finland sank 45 points in the second half to force overtime. But Turkey outscored their opponents in the extra period to book their semifinal appearance. Yavuz Gultekin (196-F-00) delivered 17 points for the winners. Tomas Pihlajamaki (185-G-00) answered with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Finland.
Italy - Lithuania 67-84 Lithuania cruised past Italy to enter Final Four in Radom. Five players scored in double digits for the Baltic team. Domantas Vilys (188-PG-00) stepped up with 16 points to lead the winners. Lithuania grabbed a 25:12 lead after ten minutes. Lithuania poured in 40 points in the second half to race to the win. Dovydas Giedratis chipped in 14 points in the victory. Federico Miaschi (188-G-00) answered with 20 points for Italy.
Latvia - Bosnia 87-64 Latvia outgunned Bosnia in the classification round. Anrijs Miska (201-F-00) stepped up with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Bosnia eked out a 40:36 halftime lead. But Latvia bounced back with a 31:8 run in the third term. They added 20 points in the fourth quarter and secured the victory. Arturs Zagars (168-PG-00) chipped in 14 points, issued 8 assists and 5 rebounds for the winners. Tarik Biberovic (196-F-1) answered with 16 points for Bosnia.
Poland - Serbia 73-82 Serbia upset hosting Poland in Radom tonight. Marko Pecarski (208-C-00) came up with a memorable performance tallying 45 points, 19 rebounds and 2 assists for the winners. Poland secured a 37:31 halftime lead. But Serbia unloaded 31 points in the third term to take a 10-point lead. They held off Poland in the final stanza and rolled to the win. Zoran Paunovic (190-G-00) totaled 14 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds for Serbia. Andrzej Pluta (183-PG-00) responded with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for Poland.
Germany - Estonia 66-59 Germany overcame Estonia in the classification round clash. Jonas Mattisseck (189-G-00) stepped up with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Estonia enjoyed a 29:27 halftime lead. However Germany responded with a 39:30 second half run to snatch the victory. Bruno Vrcic (191-SF-00) chipped in 11 points in the win. Henri Drell (198-SF-00) responded with 14 points for Estonia.
Sweden - Greece 59-57 Sweden fended off Greece in the classification round in Radom. Melwin Pantzar (190-G-00) produced 17 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists to pace the Scandinavians. Greece grabbed a 12:9 lead after ten minutes. Sweden surged ahead for a 26:23 halftime lead. Sweden protected the lead throughout a tough second half and snatched a narrow victory. Oliver Gehrke (196-F-00) netted 13 points for the winners. Emmanouil Chatzidakis (205-C-00) responded with 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Hellenes.
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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