Austria - Norway 75-51 Austria is the winner of Group G in Strumica. They outplayed Norway 75-51 for almost perfect 3-1 record. It means that Austria will meet Latvia for ninth place at U18 EuroBasket Division B. At the other side, Norway ended as No.4 in this pool with 1-3 score. They will meet host FYROM for 15h place. Camille Legris (168-PG-95) had 16 points and 5 rebounds in victory and Anja Fuchs-Robetin (180-SG-96) added 13 points, plus 14 boards. Camilla Neumann (183-F-94) netted 12 pts. In defeat, Stine Austgulen (177-G-94) collected 16 points and 7 rebounds. Vilde Tveito (183-PF-95) had 8 points and 7 rebounds. Quarters: 20-15, 17-9, 13-11, 25-16. Both teams will take a rest today.
Finland - Israel 48-57 Israel outplayed Finland on Friday 57-48 at U18 EuroBasket Division B. There is a three way tie now in Group G with Austria, Finland and Israel all having the same 3-1 record. Finland is No.2 in this circle and Israel is No.3. It means that Finland will meet Ukraine in the battle for 11th place in Strumica. Israel will play against Montenegro for position No.13. Nof Kedem (170-SG-94) led Israel to victory with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Hadar Levi (170-PG-94) helped with 6 points and 6 rebounds. In defeat, Noora Jarvikangas (182-SF-94) collected 10 points and 7 rebs. Maria Aijanen (187-F/C-95) followed her with 8 points and 9 rebs. Both teams will take a rest today and will play their last games tomorrow.
Ukraine - FYR Macedonia 72-62 Ukraine outplayed FYROM 72-62 in the last day of the second stage at U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Ukraine ended as the second ranked team of Group H with 3-1 record. At the other side, FYROM is No.4 with 1-3. Ukraine shined after the breather to secure the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 13-16, 14-17, 26-7, 19-22. Funmilayo Omoboogunje (185-F-94) led the winners with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Anastasiya Savytska (175-G-94) also scored 14 pts. Miriam Uro-Nile (190-C-94) added 13 pts. In defeat, Ivana Kmetovska (186-PF-95) was better than the others with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Aleksandra Stojanovska2 (178-SF-94) (6 rebs) and Ivona Pejkovska (175-PG-95) added 13 and 9 pts respectively. Ukraine will meet Finland tomorrow for 11th place in Strumica. FYROM will play against Norway for position No.15.
Latvia - Montenegro 97-59 Latvia had no mercy for Montenegro on Friday celebrating huge 97-59 victory. Latvia took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 27-20, 29-10, 20-12, 21-17. Latvia is the winner of Group H with perfect 4-0 record and will play for ninth place in Strumica. Their rival will be Austria. Montenegro (2-2, No.3) will meet Israel for 13th place. Renate Reine (176-G-94) led Latvia with 15 points. Krista Bridina (174-PG-94) helped with 12 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds, while Paula Tomsone (193-C-94) also added 12 points, but to go with 7 boards. In defeat, Kristina Rakovic (182-F/C-94) (6 rebs) and Jelena Nikpaljevic (175-G-94) netted 12 points each. Milena Vujacic (95) netted one less. Both teams will take a rest today.
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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