Hungary - Bulgaria 57-54 Hungary celebrated very important 57-54 win against Bulgaria in stage two of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Thanks to this victory Hungary joined Bulgaria with 1-1 record in Group E. Both teams have a chance to reach the Semifinals, but Hungary is in better position now. Regina Pap (187-F/C-94) led the winners with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Amadea Szamosi (190-F/C-94) also had a great game adding 12 points and 19 rebs. In Bulgaria, Borislava Hristova (180-F-96) collected 18 points and 5 rebs, while Iva Kostova (178-SG-94) netted 15 points. Radostina Dimitrova (175-SF-94) scored 12 points in this loss. Nagy's free throw set the score to 57-54 with 14 seconds remaining in the game. Bulgaria had the last possession, but Kostova missed from the field. Quarters: 16-10, 11-11, 24-19, 6-14. Bulgaria will have to beat Portugal today. Hungary will meet last ranked Denmark.
Portugal - Denmark 75-62 Portugal jumped to 2-0 record in Group E of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. They handed 75-62 loss to Denmark and now Portugal is very close to reach the Semifinals. At the other side, Denmark dropped to 0-2 with no chance to advance. Portugal made 9-point lead at the halftime and managed to keep it for rest of the way. Quarters: 24-20, 20-15, 11-10, 20-17. Josephine Filipe (175-G/F-95) top-scored in victory with 18 points and Joana Soeiro (170-PG-95) added 12. Ines Viana (164-PG-94) and Laura Ferreira (177-G-95) netted 11 points each. In defeat, Maria Jespersen (179-G-94) shined with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Sophie Kjems-Krognos (172-SG-94) and Julie Hoeier (185-C-95) (5 rebs) posted 14 and 11 points respectively. In the last day of the second stage in Strumica Portugal will meet Bulgaria. Denmark will play against Hungary.
Belarus - Lithuania 77-45 Belarus is on the verge of Semifinals at U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. They destroyed Lithuania on Wednesday 77-45 for perfect 2-0 record in Group F. Belarus took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 27-5, 14-15, 19-10, 17-15. Hanna Kalenta (190-C-94) shined with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Ksenija Voishal (182-F-94) posted 13 pts. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) helped her country with 12 points and 13 rebs. In defeat, Greta Tamasuskaite (173-G-92) was the leading scorer with 12 points. Laura Zelnyte (188-F-94) (8 rebs) and Justina Kraujunaite (174-F-95) had 10 and 8 points respectively. Lithuania dropped to 0-2 having no chance to reach the Semis. Today, Belarus will play against Germany. Lithuania's rival will be United Kingdom.
United Kingdom - Germany 81-76 United Kingdom was better than Germany 81-76 in the opening game of Stage Two in Strumica (U18 EuroBasket Division B). Both teams have 1-1 record now in Group F, but UK has much better chance to reach the Semifinals. Germany also hopes to do it, but everything will be known tonight. UK exploded in the last ten minutes of the game to take the victory. Quarters: 25-23, 12-17, 17-22, 27-14. Their key payer was Shequila Joseph (189-F-95) with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Michelle Turner (163-PG-94) scored 13 points and Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott (183-PG-95) followed with two less. Germany got 13 points from Fanny Szittya (170-PG-94), plus 12 points and 6 rebounds from Elisabeth Dzirma (179-G-94). Marie Gulich (192-C-94) added 10 points and 7 boards. UK will meet last ranked Lithuania today. Germany will play against undefeated Belarus.
Austria - Switzerland 53-41 Austria handed 53-41 loss to Switzerland on Wednesday. Thanks to this win Austria jumped to 2-0 record in Group G and they are a step closer to ninth place at U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Switzerland stays winless with 0-3 record. Austria had 8-point lead at the halftime and jumped to plus 18 with ten minutes to go, what was to much for Switzerland. Quarters: 19-12, 11-10, 18-8, 5-11. The winners did not have anyone with double digits in scoring. Their best player was Camille Legris (168-PG-95) with 8 points and 5 rebounds. Annika Neumann (171-SG-96) added 7 points and Anja Fuchs-Robetin (180-SG-96) helped with 6 points, plus 7 rebounds. Switzerland got 12 points from Safie Tolusso (178-SG-97) (6 rebs) and Ljubica Cutunic (186-F-94). Today, Austria will play against Finland. Switzerland's rival will be Israel.
Norway - Israel 55-72 Israel improved its score to 1-1 in Group G of U18 EuroBasket Division B. Teams in this group fight for ninth place in Strumica. After 13-12 lead in Q1, Israel exploded for rest of the first half making 22-8 for plus 15 at the breather. Nothing has changed after that and Israel continued to dominate in Q3 setting the score to 60-34 with ten minutes remaining. Hadar Levi (170-PG-94) shined in victory with 17 points and 6 assists. Michal Assaf (164-SG-94) (7 rebs) and May Dayan (170-PG-94) helped with 11 points each. In the loosing squad, Stine Austgulen (177-G-94) answered with 20 points and 7 boards. Maja Foeleide (181-PF-95) had 12 points and 8 rebs, while her Norway dropped to 1-2. Championship continues today, but Norway will take a rest. Israel will meet last ranked Switzerland.
Latvia - Scotland 101-29 Latvia had an easy job against Scotland on Wednesday celebrating huge 101-29 victory. Latvia jumped to 2-0 record in Group H making a step closer to ninth place at U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. At the other side, Scotland still closes the standings in this pool with 0-3. Latvia drained 60 points in the first and stopped its rival to only ten. Quarters: 23-7, 37-3, 26-9, 15-10. Kitija Laksa (180-G-96) and Paula Tomsone (193-C-94) (8 rebs) scored 22 and 20 points respectively for the winners. Paula Langina (180-F-94) helped with 13 points. In Scotland, Claire Paxton (184-C-94) was better than the others with 11 points and 6 rebounds. Robyn Lewis (160-PG-95) and Hilary Wood (163-G-94) posted 5 points each. Latvia's next rival will be Ukraine. Scotland will meet the hosts - FYROM.
Montenegro - FYROM 61-51 Box-score will be available soon.
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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