Spain - Turkey 75-70 Spain outgunned Turkey and joined Lithuania in the Final. Joel Parra (199-F-00) scored 20 points, pulled down 6 rebounds and distributed 4 assists for the winners. The teams went neck and neck throughout the first half. Spain and Turkey arrived at the interval tied at 33. Spain limited Turkey to just 11 points in the third term to gain a 5-point lead. Spain fired 26 points in the fourth stanza and rolled to the win. Usman Garuba (200-G-2) accounted for 16 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Eray Akyuz (187-G-00) responded with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Turkey.
Lithuania - Croatia 67-59 Lithuania beat Croatia to advance into the championship game in Radom. Rokas Jokubaitis (185-G-00) scored 17 points to lead the winners. Lithuania secured a 31:23 halftime lead. They protected the lead throughout the second half and marched to the win. Laurynas Vaistaras (195-F/G-1) had 13 points in the victory. Luka Samanic (208-C-00) answered with 20 points and 14 rebounds for Croatia.
Montenegro - Finland 73-85 Finland rallied past Montenegro in the classification game. Tomas Pihlajamaki (185-G-00) tossed in 19 points, issued 7 assists and grabbed 4 boards for the Finnish side. The teams were tied at 16 at the end of the first quarter. Finland pulled ahead for a 36:33 halftime lead. They stepped on the gas in second half. Finland fired 49 points after the long break and cruised to the victory. Erik Sajantila (193-F/G-1) and Joonas Timonen (184-PG-00) netted 12 points each for the winners. Jovan Kljajic (189-G-1) answered with 21 points for Montenegro.
Italy - France 68-77 France outgunned Italy in the classification round clash. Joel Ayayi (193-PG-00) netted 19 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 4 assists to pace les Bleues. France piled up a comfortable 41:26 halftime lead. Italy cut the deficit at 6-point mark at the final intermission. France sank 25 points in the fourth term to seal the victory. Johan Randriamanjara had 17 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Mattia Palumbo (194-SG-00) responded with 24 points and 8 rebounds for the Azzurri.
Germany - Sweden 71-64 Germany topped Sweden in the classification round clash. Kilian Matthias Binapfl (189-SG-00) scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Germany eked out a 34:32 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 8-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. Sweden nailed 20 points in the final stanza but could not avoid the defeat. Jonas Mattisseck (189-G-00) had 12 points for the winners. Oliver Gehrke (196-F-00) responded with 16 points for Sweden.
Serbia - Latvia 82-81 OT Serbia nipped Latvia in overtime in Radom today. Marko Pecarski (208-C-00) stepped up with 30 points and 27 rebounds for the winners. Latvia and Serbia tied things up at 39 after twenty minutes of action. Latvia eked out a 3-point lead at the third break. But Serbia held the Baltic side to just 13 points in the fourth term to force overtime. Serbia followed with 9 points in the extra period to snatch the victory. Zoran Paunovic (190-G-00) had 25 points for the winners. Arturs Zagars (168-PG-00) responded with 26 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds in the loss.
Estonia - Greece 65-59 Estonia outgunned Greece to stay hopeful in the race to save Division A place for the next season. Kriisa Kerr (182-PG-1) came up with 14 points to pace the Baltic team. Greece used a 22:7 run in the second period to gain a 34:20 halftime advantage. But Estonia turned the tables in the second half. They went on a 45:25 rally after the big break and sneaked to a crucial victory. Mikk Jurkatamm (187-PG-00) and Hendrik Eelmae (192-SG-00) netted 12 points each for Estonia. Konstantinos Altinis (195-F/G-00) responded with 14 points for Greece.
Poland - Bosnia 71-75 Bosnia claimed a vital win over Poland to stay in the battle to remain in Division A for the next year. Amar Tiganj (192-F/G-00) came up with 27 points and 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Poland grabbed a 22:14 lead after the opening quarter. But Bosnia dominated in the next periods. They went on a 24:17 run in the third term to spur ahead. Bosnia held the hosts to just 16 points in the fourth stanza to snatch the victory. Vojin Ilic (197-G/F-00) netted 13 points for Bosnia. Wiktor Rajewicz (178-PG-00) responded with 19 points for Poland.
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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