Bulgaria - Portugal 55-60 Portugal is the winner of Group E in Strumica. They handed 66-50 loss to Bulgaria on Thursday and advanced to the Semifinals of U18 EuroBasket Division B. There, Portugal will meet United Kingdom. Bulgaria dropped to 1-2 record and finished as No.3 in the group. That is not enough for the Semis, so Bulgaria will be transferred to Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. Portugal shined in the finish to take the victory in this game. Quarters: 14-16, 16-18, 17-10, 13-11. Josephine Filipe (175-G/F-95) led the winners with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Maria Kostourkova (188-C-97) (8 rebs) and Laura Ferreira (177-G-95) (5 rebs) netted 14 points each. In the loosing squad, Iva Kostova (178-SG-94) collected 21 points and 5 rebs, while Borislava Hristova (180-F-96) added 17 points and 7 rebs. Radostina Dimitrova (175-SF-94) stopped to 12 pts and 6 rebs in this meeting. Both teams will take a rest today and will continue with games on Saturday.
Denmark - Hungary 43-67 Hungary had no troubles to beat Denmark 67-43 in the last day of the second stage at U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Hungary finished as the second ranked team of Group E with 2-1 record and advanced to the Semifinals. Their rival will be Belarus. At the other side, Denmark ended this phase as 0-3 and will continue in Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. Fanni Csutoras (181-G/F-94) led the winners with 16 points and 5 assists. Agnes Gorjanacz (182-G/F-94) and Dora Szabo (171-G-95) helped their country with 10 points each. In defeat, Julie Hoeier (185-C-95) was better than the others with double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Marian Sheikh (180-PF-94) and Simone Ceccardi (182-PF-95) scored 9 and 6 points respectively. Hungary took control on its rival from the very beginning and never looked back after that. They were up by 22 at the HT and jumped to plus 29 with ten minutes to go. Both teams will take a rest today.
Germany - Belarus 74-89 Belarus advanced to the Semifinals of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. They outplayed Germany 89-74 on Thursday to win Group F with perfect 3-0 record. In the Semis, Belarus will play against Hungary. Germany slipped to third place in the group with 1-2 score and failed to reach the next stage. Germany will fight for the fifth place in Strumica and its first rival will be Denmark. Belarus made 13-point lead in the first ten minutes and later shined in Q4 to take the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 22-9, 26-26, 19-23, 22-16. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) exploded with 23 points and 12 rebounds in Belarus. She reached valuation 34! Alena Holubeva (176-PG-94) had 17 points and 5 rebs, while Natallia Pratskaila (184-F-94) added 13 pts and 6 boards. Germany got 12 points and 7 rebounds from Ama Degbeon (183-F-95). Levke Brodersen (168-G-94) and Anneke Schluter (171-PG-95) also scored 12 points each in this loss. Both teams will continue with games on Saturday.
Lithuania - United Kingdom 62-72 United Kingdom will play in the Semifinals of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. They celebrated 72-62 win against Lithuania on Thursday for 2-1 record in Group F. That is enough for the second place and Semifinals ticket at this event. Lithuania dropped to 0-3 and failed to reach the next stage. It was a very exciting game with many turns, but UK shined in the finish to take it. Quarters: 27-14, 15-11, 10-25, 20-12. Shequila Joseph (189-F-95) stepped up for the winners with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Cheridene Green (187-C-95) also was great adding 16 points and 13 boards. At the other side, Justina Kraujunaite (174-F-95) was better than the others with 15 points, while Greta Tamasauskaite (171-G-91) had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Lithuania had two more players 10 pts. In the Semifinals, UK will meet Portugal. That game is scheduled for Saturday. Lithuania will continue in Classification Round from 5th to 8th place.
Israel - Switzerland 58-42 Israel was better than Switzerland 58-42 on Thursday in Strumica. After this victory Israel jumped to 2-1 record in Group G making a step closer to ninth place at U18 Eurobasket Division B. Switzerland dropped to 0-4 closing the standings in this pool. They will play tomorrow against Scotland and winner of that game will avoid last place in Strumica. Israel made 7-point lead in the first quarter and jumped to plus 15 at the halftime. They had no troubles to keep it for rest of the way. Nof Kedem (170-SG-94) scored 15 points in victory and Shahd Abboud (173-G/F-95) added 13. Michal Assaf (164-SG-94) posted 8 pts. In Switzerland, Ljubica Cutunic (186-F-94) shined with double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Alexandra Koch (175-PG-94) also scored 12 pts and Dijana Milenkovic (180-SF-96) stopped to 6. Israel will meet top-ranked Finland today.
Finland - Austria 56-53 Box-score will be available soon.
FYR Macedonia - Scotland 66-59 FYROM finally registered first win at U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. The host of this event handed 66-59 loss to Scotland for 1-2 record in Group H. Scotland dropped to 0-4 and will end as the last ranked team of this pool. FYROM was down by 5 points with ten minutes to go, but they shined after that making 20-8 in Q4 to celebrate the first win in Strumica. Quarters: 12-10, 21-20, 13-21, 20-8. Aleksandra Stojanovska (178-SF-94) paced hosts with 21 points. Ivana Kmetovska (186-PF-95) (6 rebs) and Dragana Jolovik (184-F-94) netted 12 and 11 points respectively. In Scotland, Jennifer Crawford (177-F-95) delivered 14 points. Claire Paxton (184-C-94) (8 rebs) and Hilary Wood (163-G-94) netted 11 and 9 pts. Scotland already played all of its four games at this stage. They will fight to avoid last place in Strumica. FYROM will meet Ukraine today.
Ukraine - Latvia 40-66 Both teams had perfect 2-0 record in Group H before this meeting. Latvia celebrated easy 66-40 victory to stay on top of this pool. With this win Latvia also made big step toward ninth place at U18 EuroBasket Division B. Ukraine dropped to 2-1 sharing the second position with Montenegro. Latvia dominated during the entire game having no troubles to register comfortable win. Quarters: 18-7, 16-11, 30-13, 12-9. Renate Reine (176-G-94) scored 16 points to lead Latvia in this game. Paula Langina (180-F-94) had 9 points and 5 rebs, while Paula Tomsone (193-C-94) helped with 7 pts, plus 8 boards. Ukraine got 12 points and 6 rebs from Funmilayo Omoboogunje (185-F-94). Nataliya Skorbatyuk (183-F-95) scored 9 points and Miriam Uro-Nile (190-C-94) stopped to 5. Latvia will meet Montenegro today. Ukraine will take on the host - FYROM.
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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