Israel - Slovenia 83-71 Israel fired past Slovenia to advance into the title game in Sofia. Israel therefore clinched Division A birth for the next season. Tomer Levinson (203-F-00) provided 17 points and 10 rebounds for Israel. Slovenia eked out a 21:18 lead ten minutes into the game. Israel tossed in 25 points in the second frame to secure a 43:34 halftime lead. Israel unloaded 27 points in the fourth frame and rallied to the victory. Raziel Hayun (194-SG-1) produced 15 points in the win. Nik Dragan (198-F-00) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Slovenia.
Russia - Ukraine 69-55 Russia beat Ukraine to gain Division A promotion. They advanced into the title game in Sofia. Konstantin Shevchuk (189-G-00) posted 21 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds for the winners. Ukraine grabbed a 23:14 lead ten minutes into the game. But Russia answered with a 29:14 run in the second term to take a 43:37 halftime lead. They held Ukraine to just 8 points in the third term to open a 13-point lead at the final break. Russia limited Ukraine to just 10 points in the fourth quarter and marched to the crucial win. Alexander Shashkov (206-C-00) netted 17 points and collected 10 boards in the victory. Sergii Skira (203-C-00) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Ukraine.
Belarus - Belgium 71-68 Belarus held off Belgium behind 17 points from David Odiah (194-SG-00). Belgium went on a 20:10 run in the second quarter to secure a 36:31 halftime lead. Belarus pulled within a single point at the final intermission. They followed with a 22-point effort in the fourth term and sealed the victory. Dzmitry Ryuny (198-PF-00) netted 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the winning side. Sacha De Vreught (G) responded with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for Belgium.
United Kingdom - Czech Republic 64-63 Great Britain eked out a narrow victory over Czech Republic. Mate Okros (192-SG-00) stepped up with 21 points for the winners. Czech Republic accumulated a 31:17 halftime lead. But Great Britain managed to bounce back in the second half. They poured in 47 points after the big break and cruised to the victory. Kareem Queeley (192-G-1) totaled 12 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Vit Krejci (193-PG-00) responded with 22 points for Czech Republic.
Portugal - Georgia 79-62 Francisco Amarante (192-SG-00) came up with 25 points to lead Portugal past Georgia in Sofia. Georgia jumped to a 24:14 lead at the first break. But Portugal responded with a 27:11 run in the second quarter and grabbed a 41:35 halftime lead. Portugal triggered a 38:27 second half run to ice the win. Ricardo Neves (190-SF-00) chipped in 15 points and collected 10 boards in the victory. Kakha Zhgenti (189-SG-00), Irakli Silkhanishvili and Givi Gogitashvili (195-C-00) answered with 12 points each for Georgia.
Holland - Slovakia 51-56 Slovakia prevailed against Netherlands in the classification round. Dominik Kubala (182-SG-00) notched 15 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Slovakia recorded a 40:28 halftime lead. Netherlands narrowed the deficit in the second half but could not avoid the defeat. Martin Danielic (185-PG-00) had 11 points in the victory. Keye Van Der Vuurst (185-SG-1) responded with 20 points for Netherlands.
FYR Macedonia - Kosovo 66-68 OT Kosovo used overtime to nip FYR Macedonia in the classification round clash. Dardan Kapiti (204-F/C-00) produced 26 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. FYR Macedonia accumulated a 20:15 lead ten minutes into the game. They stretched the margin at 7-point mark heading into the fourth frame. But Kosovo responded with an 18:11 rally in the next period to force overtime. Kosovo limited FYR Macedonia to just 6 points in the extra period and snatched the victory. Bleron Istogu (180-SG-00) had 13 points for Kosovo. Luka Stojanovski (189-G-00) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds for FYR Macedonia.
Hungary - Romania 86-61 Hungary breezed past Romania in Sofia today. Andras Dancsecs (186-SG-00) came up with 21 points and 9 assists for the winning side. Hungary grabbed a 34:31 halftime lead. They added 52 points in the second half and breezed to the victory. Mate Fazekas (206-C-00) notched 17 points for the winners. Andrei Arion (187-PG-00) answered with 15 points for Romania.
Ireland - Norway 64-73 Norway outgunned Ireland in the classification round. Sigurd Lorange (178-G-00) netted 23 points in the victory. Norway accumulated a 21:9 lead after the opening quarter. They went on a 23:12 run in the third term to gain a 17-point lead at the final break. Ireland narrowed the deficit in the fourth term but could not avoid the defeat. Mikal Gjerde (195-G-00) had 21 points and 9 rebounds in the win. David Murray (192-F-00) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds for Ireland.
Denmark - Bulgaria 80-87 Bulgaria clinched the second straight victory in Sofia. The hosts outscored Denmark as Martin Stefanov (200-SF-00) nailed 34 points and collected 11 rebounds. Denmark secured a 44:41 halftime lead. But Bulgaria used a massive 35:12 run in the third term to surge ahead. Denmark went on a determined comeback rally in the final stanza but could not avoid the defeat. Alexander Matushev (197-G/F-00) notched 18 points in the victory. Bakir Serdarevic (186-G-00) answered with 22 points for Denmark.
Luxembourg - Iceland 66-73 Hilmar Petursson (187-G-00) scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds as Iceland defeated Luxembourg. Iceland snatched a 38:36 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 7-point mark at the final intermission. Iceland maintained the lead throughout the fourth frame and secured the victory. Hilmar Henningsson (190-G-00) and Sigvaldi Eggertsson (197-F-00) notched 15 points apiece for Iceland. Ben Kovac (190-SG-00) responded with 20 points and 10 rebounds for Luxembourg.
Scotland - Austria 45-74 Austria fired past Scotland in the classification clash. Elvir Jakupovic (182-SG-1) produced 20 points to pace Austria. They jumped to a 21:8 lead after the first quarter. The margin grew at 21-point mark at the interval 38:17. Austria ignited a 20:11 run in the fourth stanza to roll to the win. Daniel Koeppel (208-C-00) and Paul Isbetcherian (175-PG-00) tossed in 15 points each. Shaun Craig responded with 13 points and 6 steals for Scotland.
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
Copyright (c) 1998-2017 Eurobasket Inc. Disclaimer
Do not copy, redistribute, publish or otherwise exploit information that you download from the site !
Do not encumber, license, modify, publish, sell, transfer or transmit, or in any way exploit, any of the
content of the site, nor will you attempt to do so.