Denmark - Bulgaria 72-81 Bulgaria beat Denmark at the U18 European Championship in Division B as both advanced to the Semifinals in Varna. The hosts needed 81:72 win to settle down on top of Group E with 3-0 record. Bulgaria will now face Montenegro, the second team from another group. Denmark finished second in Group E with 2-1 record and will play with Sweden in another Semifinal. Bulgaria took the lead from the very beginning and reached 27-13 in the end of the first period. Both teams nailed 20 points in the second frame for 47:33 at the halftime. Denmark produced 23-19 in the third quarter to reduce to 66:56 after thirty minutes, while another 16-15 in the last stanza brought the final result in the game. Dimitar Dimitrov (202-F-93) exploded with 28 points and 12 rebounds, while Ivanov netted 17. Stoyanov posted 13, while Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93) netted 8. Esben Reinholt (196-G-93) answered with 18 points in defeat and Larsen scored 17.
Estonia - Hungary 53-75 Hungary won the last game fo the Group E of the U18 European Championship in Division B. Hungary needed 75:53 win for 1-2 record as both teams will play for 5-8 places in Varna. The squads were tied at 10:10 in the opening tip, while Hungary made 14-0 push for 24:10 and Oliver Metsalu (190-G-93) closed the period at 26:19. Laane reduced to 29:26, but Varga increased to 39:33 at the halftime. The third quarter was decisive in the game as Hungary erupted with 24-7 for massive 63:40 after thirty minutes. Estonia won the last stanza 13-12 and could reduce only to 75:53. Adam Kovacs (193-G/F-93) poured in 20 points and Nagy netted 14. Peter Jakab (187-G-93) scored 10, while Dobos had 9. Poldoja delivered 13 points for Estonia and Oliver Metsalu added 9. Hungary made more Blocks, Steals, Assists and Rebounds. Estonia had a better percentage only from the three-point line.
Israel - Montenegro 58-78 Montenegro clinched the Semifinal birth of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team needed a massive 78:58 win to take 1-2 record as well as Israel and Netherlands, however due to a better difference, Montenegro grabbed the second ticket from the Group. Sweden meanwhile won all three games and won Group F. This group became unpredictable and only Sweden looked better and more confident. Israel started with 5-0 lead and remained the opponents scoreless for the first 5 minutes. Montenegro however scored 20 points in the last five minutes of the first period as Vasilije Vusovic (188-G-94) closed it at 20:7. Trailing 14:28, Israel erupted with 13-0 run and reduced to 1 point. Nikolic however scored last four points in the half for 32:27 lead with his side. In the second half the court belonged to Montenegro that won both quarters. At first they needed 20-14 int he third period and finished with 26-17 in the last. Marko Mugosa (197-F-93) erupted with 32 points for the winners and Ivanovic netted 16. Nikolic posted 12, while Vasilije Vusovic added 10. Noam Laish (195-G/F-93) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort and Menco netted 13.
Sweden - Holland 68-43 The Scandinavian team wins Group E to advance to the semis of the U18 European Championship in Division B. Sweden edged Netherlands 68:43 in the defensive win to clinch the top place with 3-0 record in the group. Sweden opened the game with 7-0 run and never allowed the Dutch team to stay in front. Person nailed three for 10:4 and he also closed the first period at 25:8. Shane Hammink (198-G-94) and William Magarity (207-F-93) opened the second period for 27:10 and Sweden limited the Dutch side to only 6 points in the frame. After 19-6 in it Kevin Katheka (191-F-93) brought 44:14 at the halftime when it became clear about the winner. Andersson scored fro 50:20, while Holland won the third period 21-16. Both teams nailed 8 points apiece for the final result in the game. Person stepped up with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while William Magarity had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Shane Hammink finished the game with 13, points in the losing case and Paul Candiff (184-G-93) scored 7.
Belgium - Luxembourg 63-49 Belgium clinched the top place in Group G in Varna beating Luxembourg. The Belgian side improved to 3-0 record after 63:49 victory and will have one more game tonight before heading to play for 9-12 places. Luxembourg will face England tonight for the last spot in the group. Luxembourg surprised the opponents in the opening frame taking 19:13 advantage. In the second frame they could score only 5, while Belgium erupted with 14. Arno Mollekens (195-F/C-94) made a jump shot at the end of the first half for 27:24 deficit. The teams exchanged the leads several times in the start of the third period, while Belgium needed an 11-0 run for the confident lead. Stas closed the third period from the free throw line for 49:41 when it became clear about the winner. Khounchar and Raphael Allemand (178-PG-93) brought 55:45, while Marchant became the last player to score in the game. Marchant and Rienert Torreele (192-F-93) paced all the winners with 11 points each, while Vlamynck netted 9. Laurent posted 11 in defeat and Melcher nailed 10.
Portugal - Georgia 61-57 Portugal improved to 3-1 record in Group G of the Classification Round for 9-18 places in Division B of the U18 European Chmapionship. Portugal sent Georgia to 1-2 record after 61:57 victory. The first two quarters were the same as Georgia produced 16-14 in both of them. It brought them 32:28 at the end of the half as Alvaro reduced to 4 points from the perimeter. For about three minutes in the third period the teams were scoreless as Giorgi Tsirekidze (202-C-94) broke the silence at 34:28. Burjanadze and Jonah Callenbach (192-C/F-93) exchanged the baskets in the end of the third period for 45:44 Portuguese lead. Five times the score was tied at the last stanza, while 4-0 run allowed Portugal to taste the win. Ventura and Jonah Callenbach were the last to score for the winners to grab the third win. Jonah Callenbach paced all the winners with 23 points and Ventura nailed 10. Grosso and Gallina chipped in 7 points each in a win. Giorgi Tsirekidze replied with 20 points int he losing effort, while Burjanadze collected 12 points and 10 caroms.
Slovakia - Austria 81-46 Slovak Republic grabbed 3-0 record in Group H of the Classification Round at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team won over Austria 81:46 and will face Romania tonight for the top place in the group. Austria meanwhile suffered another loss and dropped at 0-3 record to play with Norway for the initial victory tonight. Slovak Republic started with 5 consecutive points to shock the opponents and Dedecek closed the quarter at 20:6. The favorites added 20-14 in the second period for 40:20 at the halftime. Zambor and Krajcovic scored for 49:28 and Hrabcak closed the period at 62:34. In the last stanza Slovak Republic produced 19-12 for the final result. Jakub Petras (206-C-94) scored the last points for his side, while Austria finished the game with 4-0 run. Bojanovsky top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Krajcovic notched 12. Zambor netted 11 and Stransky scored 10. Gvozden delivered 8 points in defeat and Valentin Bauer (170-PG-94) as well as Kolb posted 7 apiece.
Switzerland - Romania 63-79 Romania overcame Switzerland in Group H of the Classification Round at the U18 European Championship. The team improved to 3-0 record to share the top with Slovak Republic after 79:63 win. Both teams will fight for the top position tonight in Varna. Switzerland meanwhile dropped at 2-2 and finished third in the group. Romania took the lead from the very beginning and never looked behind in the game. Filip scored for 16:6 and Stoicoviciu closed the quarter at 26:11. In the second period Romania added 18-16 for 44:27 at the halftime. In the third frame Romania was stronger with 18-15 and then allowed the Swiss side to win the last stanza. Marko Mladjan (204-F-93) and Damian exchanged the late baskets at the end of the game for the final result. Olah and Cristiean stepped up with 22 points each and added 22 rebounds together. Filip collected 13 points and 14 rebounds, while Petica posted 8. Ludovico Basso (185-PG-93) answered with 16 points and 8 boards in defeat, whilst Clint N'Dumba-Capela (202-F-94) had 15 points and 16 caroms.
Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B Awards 2016 - 15 days ago
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Best Player: Ognjen Carapic (195-SG-98) of Montenegro Best Guard: Ognjen Carapic (195-SG-98) of Montenegro Best Forward: Yordan Minchev (202-F-98) of Bulgaria Best Center: Dmytro Skapintsev (206-C-98) of Ukraine 1st Team G: Mario Ihring (189-G-98) of Slovakia SG: Ognjen Carapic (195-SG-98) of Montenegro F: Yordan Minchev (202-F-98) of Bulgaria PF: Milos Popovic (197-PF-98) of Montenegro C: Dmytro Skapintsev (206-C-98) of Ukraine 2nd Team PG: Nenad Dimitrijevikj (170-PG-98) of Macedon... [read more]
Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B 1st Team 2016
Division B. Montenegro celebrate title in Skopje - 17 days ago
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FINAL Ukraine - Montenegro 72-83 Montenegro celebrated the title in Skopje. They outlasted Ukraine in the championship game tonight. Milos Popovic (197-PF-98) scored 17 points to lead the Balkan team. Ukraine secured a 22:16 lead after the first period. But Montenegro went on a massive 27:12 run in the second term to establish a 43:34 halftime lead. Montenegro sank 24 points in the third term to open a 13-point lead. They protected it throughout the fourth quarter and ran to the trophy.... [read more]
Ukraine - Montenegro 72-83 Montenegro celebrated the title in Skopje. They outlasted Ukraine in the championship game tonight. Milos Popovic (197-PF-98) scored 17 points to lead the Balkan team. Ukraine secured a 22:16 lead after the first period. But Montenegro went on a massive 27:12 run in the second term to establish a 43:34 halftime lead. Montenegro sank 24 points in the third term to open a 13-point lead. They protected it throughout the fourth quarter and ran to the trophy. Ivan Corovic (198-G-98) had 16 points for Montenegro. Illya Tyrtyshnyk (190-G-98) responded with 19 points for Ukraine.
Slovakia - Hungary 63-62 Slovakia earned Division A promotion. They nipped Hungary in the consolation final. Marek Dolezaj (195-G-98) notched 19 points to lead the winners. Hungary accounted for a 24:16 halftime lead. Slovakia however stepped on the gas in the second half. They poured in 47 points to snatch a valuable victory. Maros Zeliznak (205-C-99) had 14 points for the winners. Csaba Kucsora (189-G-98) replied with 19 points for Hungary.
Belgium - Poland 71-51 Belgium knocked down Poland in the game for the 5th place. Lander Kuijt (192-G/F-98) scored 22 points to lead the winners. Belgium recorded a 32:25 halftime lead. They ignited a 23:10 run in the fourth term to secure a comfortable victory. Thibaut Bronchart (192-G/F-98) had 18 points and 8 caroms for the winners. Mateusz Szczypinski (194-SG-98, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 11 points for Poland.
Czech Republic - Estonia 65-78 Estonia overcame Czech Republic in the battle for the 7th position. Kristian Kullamae (190-G-99) notched 23 points to pace the winners. Estonia eked out a 34:33 halftime lead. They went on a furious 24:9 run in the third term to clear off for good. Mart Rosenthal (191-G-99) had 19 points in the win. Michael Hartig (191-PF-98) replied with 22 points for Czech Republic.
United Kingdom - Georgia 85-81 Great Britain overcame Georgia to finish in the 9th place. Brian Perez (203-F/C-99) notched 23 points to lead the winning side. Georgia jumped to a 47:34 halftime lead. But Great Britain unloaded 33 points in the third term to deny the deficit. They held Georgia to just 15 points in the fourth term and rallied to the victory. Nelson Boachie-Yiadom (197-F-99) had 18 points in the win. Luka Bulashvili (192-G/F-98) responded with 20 points for Georgia.
Bulgaria - Belarus 74-75 Belarus snatched a narrow win over Bulgaria to earn the 11th position. Denis Sivatskiy (198-F-98) provided 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Bulgaria posted a 40:32 halftime lead. But Belarus used a 23:14 run in the third term to spur ahead. They protected the lead throughout the fourth quarter and secured the winning outcome. Yauhen Massalski (204-F-99) had 17 points and 13 rebounds for Belarus. Yordan Minchev (202-F-98) responded with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Bulgaria.
Portugal - Iceland 60-64 Iceland rallied past Portugal to earn the 13th place at the championship. Thorir Thorbjarnarsson (196-F-98) accounted for 22 points and 13 rebounds for the victors. Portugal snatched a 29:27 halftime lead. Iceland however picked up the tempo in the second half. They held Portugal to just 31 points in the second half and rallied to the win. Snjolfur Stefansson (192-G/F-98) had 15 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Pedro Lanca (184-PG-99) responded with 11 points for Portugal.
Denmark - FYR Macedonia 85-61 Denmark cruised past FYR Macedonia to finish at the 15th position. Sylvester Berg (201-F-98) tallied 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Danish side. Denmark went on a 27:10 run in the third term to secure a comfortable 17-point lead. They poured in 23 points in the fourth frame to seal the win. David Kristensen (208-F-98) had 13 points for the winners. Nenad Dimitrijevikj (170-PG-98) posted 26 points for FYR Macedonia.
Holland - Austria 85-64 Netherlands wrapped up the championship campaign with victory. They beat Austria to end up in the 17th place. Five players scored in double digits for the winners. Wietze Nossek (201-F-98) scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the Dutch team. Netherlands went on a strong 44:23 second half run to ice the win. Dylan Van Eyck (201-F-98) and Marijn Ververs (190-G-98) had 12 points each for Netherlands. Luka Brajkovic (203-F/C-99) responded with 18 points for Austria.
Romania - Luxembourg 64-70 Luxembourg overcame Romania to finish the tournament on a high note. Mihailo Andjelkovic (179-G-98) and Thierry Cames (189-PF-98) nailed 19 points each to lead the winners. Romania established a 39:26 halftime lead. However Luxembourg responded with a 44:25 second half rally to snatch the victory. Mathis Wolff (182-F-98) had 11 points in the win. Vasile Dunca (192-G/F-98) and Dimitri Georgiadis (202-F-99) replied with 17 points each for Romania.
Scotland - Albania 68-71 Albania beat Scotland in the final game in Skopje. Frenki Lilaj (201-C-98) notched 17 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Albania registered a 38:29 halftime lead. Scotland cut the deficit in the second half but came up short of win at the end. Eldi Hysa (189-SG-99) had 16 points for the winners. Kyle Jimenez (183-SF-98) responded with 17 points for Scotland.
Cyprus - Ireland 56-72 Ireland toppled Cyprus to occupy the 23rd position. Matt Treacy (199-F-98) notched 27 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Cyprus grabbed an 18:12 lead after ten minutes. But Ireland responded with a 20:7 rally in the second term to take a 32:25 halftime lead. Ireland followed with a 19:11 run in the fourth term to seal the win. Daniel Heaney (198-F-98) contributed 14 points for the winners. Christos Evzonas (185-PG-98) answered with 12 points for Cyprus.
Division B. Montenegro and Ukraine reach Final - 18 days ago
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SEMIFINALS Montenegro - Slovakia 87-72 Montenegro fired past Slovakia to clinch the championship game birth. Milos Popovic (197-PF-98) scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners as they claimed Division A promotion. Montenegro establish a 51:39 halftime lead. Slovakia cut the deficit at 7-point mark at the final intermission. However Montenegro sank 25 points in the fourth term to ice the victory. Milic Starovlah (196-F-98) had 20 points for the winning side. Mario Ihrin... [read more]
Montenegro - Slovakia 87-72 Montenegro fired past Slovakia to clinch the championship game birth. Milos Popovic (197-PF-98) scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners as they claimed Division A promotion. Montenegro establish a 51:39 halftime lead. Slovakia cut the deficit at 7-point mark at the final intermission. However Montenegro sank 25 points in the fourth term to ice the victory. Milic Starovlah (196-F-98) had 20 points for the winning side. Mario Ihring (189-G-98) responded with 26 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds in the loss.
Hungary - Ukraine 58-78 Ukraine advanced into the Final in Skopje. They used a massive second half run to beat Hungary and sealed their Division A birth for the next season. Illya Tyrtyshnyk (190-G-98) delivered 16 points for the winners. Hungary enjoyed a 43:33 halftime advantage. But Ukraine triggered a strong 45:15 second half rally to silence their opponents. Dmytro Skapintsev (206-C-98) netted 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Ukraine. Gabor Rudner (197-G-98) responded with 16 points for Hungary.
Poland - Estonia 86-60 Poland will play for the fifth overall position in Skopje. They beat Estonia in the classification game today. Mikolaj Kurpisz (202-PF-98) came up with 15 points to lead the winners. Poland grabbed a 35:28 halftime lead. They went on a 30:10 run in the fourth term to seal the victory. Mateusz Szczypinski (194-SG-98, agency: Octagon Europe) provided 11 points in the win. Matthias Tass (208-F/C-99) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Estonia.
Belgium - Czech Republic 74-58 Lander Kuijt (192-G/F-98) scored 18 points to lead Belgium past Czech Republic in the classification round. Belgium accumulated a 46:27 halftime lead. They protected the lead well throughout the second half and raced to the victory. Darnell Snyers (181-PG-98) accounted for 13 points and 6 assists for the winners. David Zikla (202-F-98) responded with 16 points for Czech Republic.
Belarus - United Kingdom 64-81 Great Britain posted a comfortable win over Belarus in the classification round. Nelson Boachie-Yiadom (197-F-99) recorded 26 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Great Britain recorded a 39:34 halftime lead. They went on a 42:30 second half run to seal the win. Micah Savery-Richards (191-G/F-99) accounted for 13 points for the winners. Grigoriy Kruk (181-PG-98) responded with 13 points for Belarus.
Bulgaria - Georgia 101-103 OT Georgia used overtime to tame Bulgaria in the last but one game at the tournament. Luka Bulashvili (192-G/F-98) posted 37 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals to lead the charge. Bulgaria eked out a 41:40 halftime lead. Georgia unleashed 28 points in the fourth term to force the game into overtime. Georgia sank 16 points in the extra period and sealed the winning outcome. Goga Bitadze (210-C/F-99) produced 23 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Yordan Minchev (202-F-98) replied with 36 points and 7 rebounds for Bulgaria.
FYR Macedonia - Iceland 84-94 Iceland upset hosting FYR Macedonia in the classification round. Thorir Thorbjarnarsson (196-F-98) was unstoppable with 39 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. FYR Macedonia and Iceland were tied at 49 at the interval. Iceland jumped to a 5-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Iceland held the hosts to 17 points in the final term and sealed the victory. Eyjolfur Halldorsson (194-F/G-98) had 17 points for the winners. Nenad Dimitrjevikj responded with 30 points and 9 assists for FYR Macedonia.
Portugal - Denmark 65-46 Portugal proved too good for Denmark in the classification round clash. Pedro Costa (188-SG-98) nailed 16 points to pace the effort. Portugal built a 34:24 halftime lead. Denmark narrowed the margin at 8 points heading into the fourth quarter. But Portugal responded with a 15:4 run in the fourth stanza to seal the win. Tomas Domingos (209-C-98) accounted for 15 points for the winners. Sylvester Berg and Nikolaj Boje Bank (210-C-98) tossed in 10 points each for Denmark.
Romania - Holland 57-69 Netherlands outgunned Romania behind 16 points from Maik Bouwer (197-SF-99). Romania got to a quick start. They posted a 37:29 halftime lead. But Netherlands turned things around in the second half. The Dutch side went on a 22:11 run in the third term to surge ahead. Netherlands held their opponents to just 9 points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Irfan Ramovic (192-PG-98) had 13 points for the winners. Georges Darwiche (180-PG-98) responded with 17 points for Romania.
Austria - Luxembourg 81-72 Austria defeated Luxembourg in the classification game. Jonas John posted 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Austria grabbed a 42:35 halftime lead. Luxembourg denied the deficit in the third term. The teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 53. But Austria unloaded 28 points in the final stanza and sealed the win. Peter Hofbauer (194-F/G-98) and Justin McCaw (186-G-98) added 17 points each in the victory. Mihailo Andjelkovic (179-G-98) answered with 21 points for Luxembourg.
Ireland - Albania 68-69 Albania nipped Ireland in the last but one game in Skopje for both sides. Frenki Lilaj (201-C-98) came up with 15 points to lead the winners. Ireland enjoyed a 37:32 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 7-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. But Albania went on a 25:17 run in the final stanza to snatch the victory. Ferdi Bedini (184-SG-99) had 11 points in the win. Adam Drummond (192-SG-99) responded with 26 points for Ireland.
Cyprus - Scotland 52-66 Scotland fired past Cyprus for the first victory in Skopje. Nicholas Conway (195-F/G-98) posted 21 points and 6 rebounds to lead the winners. Scotland posted a 23:7 lead ten minutes into the game. They followed with a 17:9 run in the third term to clear off for good. Jake Sirrell provided 14 points for the winners. Christos Evzonas (185-PG-98) responded with 17 points for Cyprus.
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