Poland - France 50-65 France is the winner of Preliminary Group A in Bucharest and of course advanced to the next stage. They outplayed Poland for perfect 3-0 record at U18 EuroBasket. Poland finished as the last ranked team of this pool (0-3) and will be transferred to Group G (13th-16th place). There, Poland will fight for the survival and only the winner of this group will avoid relegation to Division B. France created 15-point lead at the beginning, but Poland closed the gap to 6 pts at the halftime. Third quarter was totally leveled (9-9) and France shined in the last ten minutes (20-11) to take the victory in this meeting. Mamignan Toure (179-SG-94) and Valeriane Ayayi (184-F-94) (5 rebs) stepped up for France with 14 and 13 points respectively. Marieme Badiane (190-F/C-94) also was great adding 9 points and 15 rebs. Actually, she was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 19. In Poland, Katarzyna Jaworska (188-F/C-94) had 8 points and 8 rebounds. Karolina Puss (182-SF-94), Magdalena Wojdalska (185-SG-94) and Angelika Stankiewicz (170-SG-95) posted 8 pts each. On Monday, France will play against Greece in the Qualifying Group E. Poland will meet Belgium in the first game of Group G.
Spain - Sweden 74-52 Spain outplayed Sweden 74-52 in a game for the second place of Group A. Spain finished as No.2 with 2-1 record, while Sweden dropped to third place with 1-2. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round (Group E). Maria Arrojo (186-F-85) (6 rebs) and Ariadna Pujol (182-F-95) (5 rebs, 5 as) scored 20 points each for the winners. Leticia Romero (177-G-95) added 11 points. At the other side, Paulina Hersler (190-PF-94) delivered 16 points for Sweden and Anita Ilic (169-PG-94) had 12. Linnea Frykbo (169-SG-94) topped to 8 pts. Spain made 11-point lead already in the first quarter. Sweden improved after that, but Spain blasted them after the breather (24-8) to secure comfortable win in this meeting. On Monday, Spain will meet Russia. Sweden's rival will be Turkey. Group E contains six teams, while only four will advance to the Quarterfinals.
Romania - Russia 38-80 Russia advanced to the Qualifying Round of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They destroyed host Romania 80-38 to end as the second ranked team of Preliminary Group B. Romania failed to reach the next stage as they finished with 0-3. Romania will fight fir the survival in Division A. Polina Fedorova (188-PF-95) shined for the winners with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Julia Gladkova (183-F-94) had 11 pts and 7 boards, while Yuliya Chaykovskaya (173-SG-95) added 10 pts. For the hosts, Iulia Raileanu (189-PF-95) delivered 11 points and Cristina Gavrila (172-G-95) had one less. Quarters: 7-20, 9-15, 12-23, 10-22. Russia will meet Spain on Monday (Group E). Romania will play against Czech Republic (Group G). Only the winner of that pool will survive in Division A.
Turkey - Greece 58-42 Turkey handed 58-42 loss to Greece winning the Preliminary Group B with perfect 3-0 record. Greece ended as No.3 in this pool with 1-2 score. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest and they will be transferred to Group E. That pool will have 6 teams, but only 4 of them will reach the Quarterfinals. Turkey took control on Greece from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 11-4, 17-13, 14-8, 16-17. Pelin Bilgic (173-G-94) scored 12 points in victory and Gizem Sezer (196-C-94) had 9 pts, plus 8 boards. Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) helped her country with 8 points and 6 boards. In defeat, Amanda Lovely (180-PF-94) collected 11 points and 9 rebounds. Vasiliki Tarla (181-SF-94) had 10 pts and 11 rebs, while Anna Stamolamprou (171-PG-95) also had 10 pts in this defeat. Championship continues on Monday, when Turkey will meet Sweden. Greece will take on France.
Slovakia - Croatia 60-73 Croatia outgunned Slovakia 73-60 for the second place in Preliminary Group C of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Croatia ended first phase with 2-1 record, while Slovakia slipped to third place with 1-2. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round and they will be transferred to Group F. Croatia shined in the second half to take the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 17-25, 22-13, 10-18, 11-17. Ruzica Dzankic (179-SF-94) came up with 22 points and 6 rebounds, and Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) added 19 pts, plus 8 rebounds for her country. Lana Packovski (170-G-94) posted 17 points. At the other side, Barbora Balintova (176-G-94) delivered 21 points and Terezia Palenikova (170-G/F-95) had 18 pts, plus 5 rebs. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) had double-double of 12 points and 11 rebs. Croatia will play against Serbia on Monday, while Slovakia will meet Italy. Group F counts 6 teams, but only 4 will advance to the Quarterfinals in Bucharest.
Holland - Czech Republic 61-51 Holland finished Preliminary Round in Bucharest with perfect 3-0 record. They outplayed Czech Republic on Saturday 61-51 and won Group C. Of course, Holland advanced to the Qualifying Round of U18 EuroBasket and will continue in Group F. Czech Republic (0-3) will be moved to Group G, where they will fight for the survival in Division A. Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) had 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Lisanne de Jonge (181-F-95) had 15 points and 7 rebs, while Isabella Slim (181-F-95) added 13 pts, plus 8 boards. In defeat, Karolina Severova (182-PF-94) collected 16 points and 5 rebs. Kamila Hoskova (174-SF-95) (5 rebs) and Dominika Pohunkova (176-PG-94) netted 10 points each. Quarters: 20-11, 7-14, 21-15, 13-11. Holland will play against Slovenia on Monday. Group F contains 6 teams and 4 of them will reach the Quarterfinals. Czech Republic will play against Romania on Monday. Poland and Belgium are also participants of Group G, but only the winner will avoid relegation to Division B.
Belgium - Italy 73-64 This game was just the formality as on Friday it was already clear that Italy will win the first place in Preliminary Group D, while Belgium will finish as the last ranked team of this pool. Belgium outplayed Italy on Saturday 73-64 for 1-2 score, while Italy faced with its first loss at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Italy advanced to the Qualifying Round and will be transferred to Group F, together with 5 more teams. Four of them will reach the Quarterfinals. Belgium will continue in Group G (4 teams) and only winner will survive in Division A. Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-SF-95) pace Belgium with 29 points and 5 assists. Antonia Delaere (176-F/G-94) had 22 points and 8 rebs, while Heleen Adams (173-SF-94) netted 8 pts. In defeat, Marida Orazzo (175-F/G-94) (5 rebs) and Francesca Gambarini (170-PG-95) scored 14 pts each. Antonia Peresson (183-PG-95) had 9 points. Quarters: 15-14, 16-13, 20-12, 22-25. Championship continues on Monday.
Slovenia - Serbia 56-66 It was a game for the second place in Preliminary Group D of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Serbia managed to take it thanks to 56-66 win against Slovenia. Serbia finished this phase with 2-1 record, while Slovenia ended with 1-2 (3rd place) and both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round. They will continue in Group F, which contains 6 teams. Four of them will reach the Quarterfinals. Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) led Serbia with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Katarina Vuckovic (191-F/C-94) had 14 points and 6 rebs, and Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) added 11 pts, plus 6 boards in victory. Eva Lisec (191-C-95) answered with monster double-double in defeat: 18 points and 16 rebounds. Alina Gjerkes (177-F-94) and Barbara Sut (179-PF-94) (6 rebs) netted 10 and 8 points respectively. Quarters: 17-18, 13-20, 14-17, 12-11. All teams will take a rest today and will continue with games tomorrow. Serbia and Slovenia will play against Croatia and Holland, respectively.
2016 Championship Draw - 5 months ago
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The Draw for the 2016 U18 European Championship took place in Munich tonight. Please find the results below: Division A (Sopron, Hungary) Group A: Slovak Republic, Latvia, Netherlands, Czech Republic Group B: Italy, Turkey, Israel, Russia Group C: Serbia, Belgium, Lithuania, Spain Group D: Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia and France. Division B (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina) Group A: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Portugal, Romania, Finland, Iceland Group B: Belarus, Denmark, Ukraine, Poland,... [read more]
The Draw for the 2016 U18 European Championship took place in Munich tonight. Please find the results below:
Division A (Sopron, Hungary) Group A: Slovak Republic, Latvia, Netherlands, Czech Republic Group B: Italy, Turkey, Israel, Russia Group C: Serbia, Belgium, Lithuania, Spain Group D: Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia and France.
Division B (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina) Group A: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Portugal, Romania, Finland, Iceland Group B: Belarus, Denmark, Ukraine, Poland, Albania Group C: Estonia, Greece, Ireland, England, FYR Macedonia Group D: Scotland, Sweden, Bulgaria and Germany.
Division C (Tbilisi, Georgia) Group A: Armenia, Andorra, Wales Group B: Georgia, Malta, Gibraltar, Kosovo.
Best Player: Angela Salvadores (178-G-97) of Spain Best Guard: Angela Salvadores (178-G-97) of Spain Best Forward: Francesca Pan (180-SG-97) of Italy Best Center: Raisa Musina (189-F/C-98) of Russia 1st Team G: Angela Salvadores (178-G-97) of Spain SG: Lisa Berkani (173-SG-97) of France SG: Francesca Pan (180-SG-97) of Italy C: Alexia Chartereau (189-C-98) of France F/C: Raisa Musina (189-F/C-98) of Russia 2nd Team SG: Ivana Dojkic (180-SG-97) of Croatia SG: Annamaria Prezelj (177... [read more]
Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 1st Team 2015
The results of the Cyprus NT in its rookie participation in the Division B of the U18 Women European Championship was totally disappointing! The Cyprus NT ended up in the 19th (out of 20 National Teams) position with the pathetic result of 1-6 in seven games. It wasn't only the position but it was the total performance of the National Team of Cyprus as there was a tariff of 35 points plus in most of the games. And of course size doesn't matter as one may say that Cyprus of the 1.1 million... [read more]
The results of the Cyprus NT in its rookie participation in the Division B of the U18 Women European Championship was totally disappointing! The Cyprus NT ended up in the 19th (out of 20 National Teams) position with the pathetic result of 1-6 in seven games. It wasn't only the position but it was the total performance of the National Team of Cyprus as there was a tariff of 35 points plus in most of the games. And of course size doesn't matter as one may say that Cyprus of the 1.1 million people consider being very small and weak against all the other super powers but that's not the case as among the teams that bypassed the Cyprus NT and finally end up in a much higher positions are countries like Luxembourg and Iceland while there are also countries without any real basketball pedia in the female basketball like England, Ireland, Switzerland, and Bulgaria. Having in mind all those factors and also one more factor that this year the specific National Team was the one and only to participate in European competitions!!, the representation of the country was not satisfactory at all..
There are many factors to be blamed but not the girls for sure, they did there best and especially two of them are of a very high standards as the duet Eleni Oikonomidou (180-C-97) (player of AEL Limassol) who ended up as a third top scorer of the competition with 15.6 points per game, and fifth top rebounder with 9 rebounds per game, and Stefanie Foukaris (185-F-97)/Cyprus/Keravnos_Strovolou/228081?Women=1">Stefanie Stefanie Foukaris (185-F-97) (player of Keravnos Strovolou) who ended up as the top fourth scorer of the competition with 15.3 points per game and as the second top rebounder of the competition with 9.8 rebounds per game were awesome and both of them they proved to be of a higher caliber than the rest and obviously they will continue their career abroad as they both leave Cyprus to study and will combine their studies with basketball.
The analysis of the seven games in terms of "productivity" is the following Game no.1 - Against Ukraine a 40 points loss with the Cyprus NT scoring 8 points per period with the 4th period being the best with 11 points, final score 35-75! Eleni Oikonomidouscored 14 points and the rest of the team 21! Game no.2 - Against Finland a 49 points defeat with the Cyprus NT scoring 11, 4, 16 and 8 points in the four periods with the final score being 39-88! Eleni Oikonomidou scored 22 points and the rest of the team 17! Game no.3 - Against Slovak Republic a 60 points defeat with the Cyprus NT scoring 6, 4, 10 and 10 points in the four periods with the final score being 30-90! Stefanie Foukaris scored 14 points and the rest of the team 16 (Eleni Oikonomidou scored 10) the other 10 girls scored 6 points! Game no.4- Against Germany a 33 points loss with the Cyprus NT scoring 4, 11, 13 and 8 points in the four periods with the final score being 36-69! Stefanie Foukaris scored 23 points and the rest of the team scored 13 (Eleni Oikonomidou scored 7) the other 10 girls scored 6 points! Game no.5- Against the smaller country of Iceland a defeat of 42 points with the Cyprus NT scoring just 22 points in 40 minutes! The Cyprus NT scored only in the three periods out of the four since the last period the Cyprus girls couldn't score the slightest point. The three periods scored were 8, 5 and 9. Stefanie Foukaris scored 9 points and the rest of the team scored 13! Game no.6- Against Albania the one and only victory with 26 points difference with the Cyprus NT scoring 7, 26, 30 and 21 points in the four periods and with the Albanians having a double score against the Cyprus NT with 14-7 in the first period. Eleni Oikonomidou scored 29 points and Stefanie Foukaris 28 in total 57 points exactly the points scored by Albania! Game no.7 - Against Ireland who ended up just one place over Cyprus! A defeat with 31 points difference 56-90. With the four periods scoring 14, 18, 10 and 14 and with Eleni Oikonomidou scoring 22 points (Stefanie Foukaris didn't play) and the rest of the team scoring the remaining 34 points…
The Cyprus NT in the six out of seven games lost with the difference being between 26 to 60 points, an average of 43 points deficit per game, a disappointing result in any way one can see this.. It brings the country basketball wise a century behind…. The Federation needs to start organizing its members with a solid plan and good organization with mission and for sure a much more targeted result.
The results were honestly far and away from event the slightest expectations as it is obvious that the country needs a total rejuvenation in all the aspects if there is the will to participate in these competitions... The federation, the teams, the academies needs to start working on a much more solid ground and especially the federation must start giving some incentives to the academies, to the teams, to the players to the coaches etc. Furthermore, there is a need to further enlarge the coaching teams with more coaches, there are coaches in the island that have never been called to coach any national team and have the skills and the abilities to help the teams and the players either from an assisting position or a head coaching position. Last but not least is about time to start the scouting. The island is quite small and it is easy to scout for new talents while and at the same time a number of Cyprus origin players do exist abroad, The Cyprus players of Diaspora do exist, the Federation needs to do some solid and targeted moves towards a much better result in the coming future.
Last but not least the article will refer once more to the kids having no incentive and "changing" or not selecting the Cyprus nationality with another one, the last few years we have been witnessing that a number of awesome players decided to go abroad and select another nationality to player, some of them are Christinaki, the Raca sisters, Vezenkov, Christodoulou and Yiannaras. The list will eventually grow if there is not any true change of culture comes from the federation to the academies, clubs, etc.
The criticism is to establish positive results and is not personal towards anybody, hopefully will be consider that way and it will assist towards a productive outcome in the short term future.
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