France - Russia 58-68 Russia grabbed very important 68-58 win against France on Tuesday. Thanks to this victory Russia improved to 2-2 record in Group E of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. At the other side, it was the first loss for France, who has 3-1 now. Russia will meet Sweden in do-or-die game on Wednesday. The winner will advance to the next stage. Julia Gladkova (183-F-94) led Russia with 17 points and Albina Razheva (188-PF-94) had 16 pts, plus 6 boards against France. Olga Novikova (177-G-94) helped with 10 points and 9 rebounds. In defeat, Valeriane Ayayi (184-F-94) scored 16 points and Aby Gaye (193-C-95) had double-double of 13 pts and 13 rebs. Olivia Epoupa (168-PG-94) stopped to 8 pts in this meeting. Russia had 2-point lead after 30 minutes, after what they shined in Q4 to hand France the first loss. Quarters: 21-11, 14-19, 10-13, 23-15). As mentioned above, Russia's next rival will be Sweden. France will meet Turkey and still hopes to win the first place in Group E.
Greece - Sweden 56-58 Both teams had 0-3 record in Group E of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Sweden grabbed 58-56 victory mostly thanks to Paulina Hersler (190-PF-94), who scored their last five points in the game. Greece had the last possession with only 3 seconds left, but Anna Stamolamprou (171-PG-95) was unable to score for 3. Sweden has 1-3 record now and will meet Russia on Wednesday in do-or-die game. The winner will advance to Quarterfinals. Hersler scored 23 points and pulled down 9 rebounds on Tuesday. Linnea Frykbo (169-SG-94) scored 12 points and Gabriella Hanson (180-SG-95) added 9 pts, plus 13 boards. At the other side, Greece got 18 points and 5 rebs from Stamolamprou. Amanda Lovely (180-PF-94) (5 rebs) and Vasiliki Tarla (181-SF-94) (6 rebs) netted 10 and 9 points respectively. Quarters: 14-19, 15-15, 11-9, 16-15. Greece will play against Spain in the last game of the second stage in Bucharest.
Spain - Turkey 78-53 Spain demonstrated wonderful performance against Turkey on Tuesday in Bucharest. Spain celebrated 78-53 win and joined its rival with 3-1 record in Group E of U18 EuroBasket. Both teams already booked a ticket for the Quarterfinals, but thanks to this win Spain will most likely end as No.1 in the group. Spain took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 23-16, 26-15, 20-9, 9-13. Maria Arrojo (186-F-85) led the winners with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) also scored 18 pts and Irene Gari (184-F-94) helped with 13. In defeat, Pelin Bilgic (173-G-94) was better than the others with 18 points. Merve Aydin (174-PG-94) was their second scorer with 9 pts. Wednesday is the last day of the second stage in Bucharest. Spain will meet Greece, while Turkey will play against France.
Holland - Serbia 68-66 OT Holland grabbed 68-66 thriller win against Serbia jumping to 3-1 record in Group F of the second stage at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Thanks to this victory Holland booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. Serbia dropped to 2-2 in this pool, but they still have a chance to advance. Serbia will have to beat Slovakia on Wednesday in do-or-die game. Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) stepped up for Holland with 19 points and 9 rebounds, while Isabella Slim (181-F-95) helped with 14 points. Laura Cornelius (174-PG-96) shined with double-double of 12 points and 13 rebs. In Serbia, Sanja Mandic (177-G-95) had 20 points and 6 rebounds, and Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) added 11 pts, 7 rebs and 5 assists. Third scorer in defeat was Jovana Vidakovic (171-PG-94) with 10 points. Cornelius made a triple for Holland setting the score to 60-60 with 49 seconds left in regular time, after what both teams were scoreless so the game went to OT. Kathmann and Cornelius lifted Holland to 68-66 with 12 seconds remaining in OT, but Serbia had the last possession. Kovacevic tried to score from behind the arc, but she missed and Vidakovic grabbed offensive rebound after that. Stanacev also tried for 3 at the buzzer, but it was another miss and Holland booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. In the next game, Holland will meet Italy.
Slovenia - Slovakia 54-72 Slovakia handed 72-54 loss to Slovenia on Tuesday in Bucharest. Thanks to this win Slovakia improved to 2-2 record in Group F of the second stage and kept its Quarterfinals hopes alive. Slovakia will meet Serbia in do-or-die game on Wednesday. The winner will end as No.4 in this pool and will book a spot for the QFinals. At the other side, Slovenia dropped to 1-3 with no chance to advance. Slovakia had 10-point lead at the halftime and later shined in Q4 to take the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 20-15, 15-10, 15-20, 22-9. Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) stepped up for the winners with 18 points and Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) added 17 pts, plus 9 boards. Barbora Balintova (176-G-94) collected 14 pts, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in this victory. In defeat, Sara Meden (170-PG-94) top-scored with 18 points. Eva Lisec (191-C-95) had 15 pts and 10 boards, while Nina Gabrovsek (168-PG-94) stopped to 6 points and 6 rebs. Wednesday is the last day of the second stage in Bucharest. Slovenia will play against Croatia.
Croatia - Italy 75-56 Croatia outplayed Italy 75-56 in very important game in Bucharest. Both teams now have 2-2 record in Group F of the second stage at U18 EuroBasket and both have a good chance to reach the Quarterfinals. Lana Packovski (170-G-94) top-scored in Croatia with 20 points and Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) added 17 points, plus 10 rebounds. Ruzica Dzankic (179-SF-94) followed them with 16 points and 5 rebs. In Italy, Elisa Penna (185-F-95) shined with 22 points (5/5 for 3-pts). Antonia Peresson (183-PG-95) (6 rebs) and Ilaria Milazzo (167-PG-94) netted 9 and 8 points respectively. Quarters: 19-14, 21-12, 15-17, 20-13. In the last day of the second stage Croatia will meet Slovenia. Italy's rival will be Holland. Four of six teams from Group F will book a spot for the Quarterfinals and only Slovenia is without the chance to do it.
Czech Republic - Poland 63-52 Czech Republic registered its second straight win in Group F of U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They handed 63-52 loss to Poland on Tuesday. Czech Republic has 2-0 record now in this pool, while Poland dropped to 0-2. Only the group winner will survive in Division A. Mariana Opocenska (184-PF-95) shined for Czech Republic with 16 points and 6 rebounds, and Sarka Jozova (174-SG-94) helped with 13 points and 6 rebs. Kamila Hoskova (174-SF-95) netted 10 points. Poland got 12 points from Dominika Owczarzak (169-PG-94) and Magdalena Wojdalska (185-SG-94) had 11 pts, plus 7 rebs. Their third scorer was Angelika Stankiewicz (170-SG-95) with 8 points. Quarters: 16-13, 16-9, 14-20, 17-10. In the next game, Czech Republic will meet also undefeated Belgium. Poland will play against the host - Romania (0-2).
Belgium - Romania 84-44 Belgium destroyed Romania 84-44 in the second game of Group G in Bucharest. Belgium jumped to 2-0 in this pool staying on top of it, together with Czech Republic. At the other side, Romania dropped to 0-2. The host of U18 EuroBasket is in very difficult situation now and most likely will face with relegation to Division B. Only the winner of Group G will survive in Division A. Belgium made 27-point lead at the halftime and all after that was just the formality. Quarters: 21-10, 23-7, 19-10, 21-17. Antonia Delaere (176-F/G-94) scored 19 points and Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-SF-95) had two less for the winners. Axelle Bernard (183-C-95) collected 8 pts and 10 rebs. In Romania, Dora Ardelean (186-PF-94) had 10 points and Iulia Raileanu (189-PF-95) added 8 pts, plus 10 rebs. In the next game, Belgium will meet Czech Republic. Romania will take on also winless Poland.
2016 Championship Draw - Jan 22, 2016
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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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