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.
Draws completed for FIBA U18 European Championships 2017 Divisions A and B - 2 months ago
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The draws have been completed for the FIBA U18 European Championships 2017, Divisions A and B. The draw had originally been scheduled to take place on 10 December, but was delayed until Thursday afternoon in Munich, given the postponement of the FIBA U18 European Championship 2016 Division A, from late July to mid-December. The seeding of the draws was based on the results of the FIBA U16 European Championships in 2015. 16 teams were drawn into four groups to contest the Group Phase of Di... [read more]
The draws have been completed for the FIBA U18 European Championships 2017, Divisions A and B. The draw had originally been scheduled to take place on 10 December, but was delayed until Thursday afternoon in Munich, given the postponement of the FIBA U18 European Championship 2016 Division A, from late July to mid-December. The seeding of the draws was based on the results of the FIBA U16 European Championships in 2015. 16 teams were drawn into four groups to contest the Group Phase of Division A, which will take place in Slovak Republic from 29 July to 6 August. The Division A Group Phase groups are as follows: Group A: Turkey, Germany, Montenegro, Russia Group B: Spain, Serbia, Italy, Ukraine Group C: Lithuania, Finland, Greece, Slovenia Group D: Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Latvia, Slovak Republic
Meanwhile, 24 teams will travel to Estonia to compete for the Division B title from 28 July to 6 August. The Group Phase of Division B will consist of four groups of six teams, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the Quarter-Finals. The Division B Group Phase groups are as follows: Group A: Great Britain, Sweden, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Albania Group B: Croatia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Iceland, Belarus Group C: Israel, Poland, Portugal, Austria, Romania, Azerbaijan Group D: Estonia, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Ireland, FYR Macedonia. Courtesy of: fiba.com
FINAL Lithuania - France 68-75 France conquered Gold medals in Samsun. They defeated Lithuania in the championship game tonight. Frank Ntilikina (196-PG-98) posted 31 points to lead the winners. The victory marked the first Gold for Les Bleues since 2006. France dominated in the first half. They recorded a 36:28 halftime lead. Lithuania narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Baltic state pulled within 3 points at the final intermission. But France stayed in charge. They sank 22 poin... [read more]
Lithuania - France 68-75 France conquered Gold medals in Samsun. They defeated Lithuania in the championship game tonight. Frank Ntilikina (196-PG-98) posted 31 points to lead the winners. The victory marked the first Gold for Les Bleues since 2006. France dominated in the first half. They recorded a 36:28 halftime lead. Lithuania narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Baltic state pulled within 3 points at the final intermission. But France stayed in charge. They sank 22 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the victory. Sekou Omar Doumbouya (202-F/G-00) provided 15 points and 9 rebounds for the champions. Arnoldas Kulboka (205-SF-98) responded with 28 points for Lithuania. Gytis Masiulis (206-F/C-98) chipped in 12 points in the loss.
Germany - Italy 68-74 Italy stepped onto the podium in Samsun. They knocked down Germany to capture the third position. Alessandro Lever (202-F/C-98) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Azzurri. Italy accumulated a 36:29 halftime lead. The Azzurri extended the margin at 15-point mark at the final break and never looked back en route to the win. Davide Moretti (188-PG-98) had 17 points for the winners. Isaiah Hartenstein (211-PF-98) responded with 24 points for Germany.
Spain - Bosnia 77-65 Spain finished fifth in Samsun. They overcame Bosnia and Herzegovina in the final game at the tournament. Ignacio Rosa (204-F/C-99) stepped up with 27 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Spain accumulated a 38:34 halftime lead. They followed with a 24:16 run in the fourth term to ice the win. Sergi Martinez and Aleix Font (192-F/G-98, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 14 points apiece for the winners. Darko Talic (198-SF-98) answered with 14 points for Bosnia.
Russia - Finland 82-67 Grigory Motovilov (193-G-98, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 21 points to pace Russia past Finland in the final game of the championship. Russia posted a 19:13 lead ten minutes into the game. Finland erased the deficit and pulled ahead for a 32:31 halftime lead. Russia bounced back after the long break. They unloaded 51 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Sergey Klyuev (204-C-98) chipped in 19 points in the win. Edon Maxhuni (186-PG-98) responded with 18 points for Finland.
Greece - Serbia 74-67 Greece beat Serbia to clinch the 9th position at the championship. Michail Lountzis (196-PG-98) came up with 19 points and 10 boards for the Hellenes. Serbia recorded a 43:36 halftime advantage. But Greece stiffened defensively in the second half. They limited Serbia to just 24 points after the big break and marched to the victory. Dimitrios Moraitis (194-PG-99) chipped in 18 points in the win. Novak Music (188-PG-98, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 17 points and 6 assists for Serbia.
Slovenia - Turkey 71-63 Slovenia topped Turkey to claim the 11th position at the championship. Matic Vesel (204-F-98) scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the visitors. Slovenia used a 16:8 run in the second term to take a 33:26 halftime lead. Slovenia boosted the gap at 10-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Gaber Ozegovic (196-F-98) had 14 points for the winners. Yigitcan Saybir (201-F-99) and Eray Akyuz (187-G-00) responded with 14 points each for Turkey.
Latvia - Croatia 90-76 Latvia rescued their Division A place. They cruised past Croatia to avoid relegation. Roberts Blumbergs (204-F/C-97) produced 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead the winners. Croatia jumped to a 25:22 lead after ten minutes. But Latvia responded with a 49:26 run in the next two periods to spur ahead. Croatia drained 25 points in the final term but could avoid the defeat. Arturs Strautins (198-SF-98) accounted for 19 points and 10 boards for the winners. Leo Cizmic (206-F-98, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 18 points for Croatia.
Sweden - Israel 66-90 Israel capped their championship campaign with victory. They topped Sweden to earn the 15th position. Miron Ruina (202-C-98) came up with 23 points and 9 boards for the winners. Israel claimed a 41:39 halftime lead. They sank 24 points in the third term to boost the gap at 10-point mark. Israel followed with a 25:11 run in the fourth quarter and rallied to the win. Yovel Zoosman (199-G/F-98) and Yonatan Rabinowitz (185-PG-98) chipped in 13 points each in the victory. Alan Zekovic (195-F/G-98) answered with 16 points for Sweden.
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