United Kingdom - Belarus 74-76 Belarus is the gold medal winner in Strumica. They grabbed 76-74 victory over UK in the Big Final of U18 EuroBasket Division B. The Silver belongs to UK and both teams won the promotion for Division A. Belarus was 76-72 up with 1:56 remaining in the game and both teams missed twice in their next possessions. Ashleigh Munns finally made a jump shot for UK with 50 seconds to go. Holubeva missed for Belarus and Joseph was blocked at the other side of the court. Shequila Joseph (189-F-95) had another chance in the finish, but she missed a hook and Belarus grabbed gold medal in Strumica. Quarters: 14-18, 17-20, 24-21, 21-15. Hanna Kalenta (190-C-94) shined for the winners with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) had 19 points and 6 assists, while Alena Holubeva (176-PG-94) helped her team with 17 points. In UK, Joseph top-scored with 22 points and Cheridene Green (187-C-95) added 14 pts, plus 14 rebs. Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott (183-PG-95) was the second player in UK with 14 points. Portugal won the Bronze in Strumica.
Portugal - Hungary 68-57 Portugal won the Bronze at U18 EuroBasket Division B. They handed 68-57 loss to Hungary in the last day of the championship in Strumica. Thanks to this win Portugal also won the promotion for Division A, while Hungary stays without the medal and also without the promotion. Portugal shined in the second half to take the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 18-12, 9-13, 20-17, 21-15. Josephine Filipe (175-G/F-95) top-scored in Portugal with 19 points and Joana Canastra (173-SG-94) had two less. Maria Kostourkova (188-C-97) shined with double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds. In defeat, Amadea Szamosi (190-F/C-94) collected 15 points and 11 boards. Fanni Csutoras (181-G/F-94) scored 13 points and Janka Hegedus (184-F-94) stopped to 9 pts, plus 5 rebs. Belarus won the Gold in Strumica and Silver belongs to UK. They also won the promotion for Division A.
Bulgaria - Denmark 79-45 It was a game for the fifth place at U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Bulgaria celebrated huge 79-45 win over Denmark to take this spot. Denmark ended as sixth ranked team. Bulgaria made 10-point lead in Q1 and jumped to plus 22 until the halftime. All after that was just the formality. Iva Kostova (178-SG-94) was totally the best player of this game. She had 31 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (valuation 36!). Radostina Dimitrova (175-SF-94) had 14 points and 5 rebs, while Viktoria Valchinova (165-PG-95) added 8 pts. In Denmark, Maria Jespersen (179-G-94) collected 17 points and 11 rebounds. Their second scorer was Frederikke Mollerup (177-G/F-95) with 8 points. Belarus won the gold in Strumica. The Silver belongs to UK and Bronze to Portugal.
Lithuania - Germany 72-66 Lithuania was better than Germany in the last day of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Thanks to this win Lithuania ended as the 7th ranked team at this event. Germany is No.8. Germany made 7-point lead in the first half, but Lithuania answered with 17-11 after the breather. They shined in the last ten minutes (21-14) to take the victory in this meeting. Ieva Kazlauskaite (180-F-94) scored 16 points for the winners. Austeja Sirsinaityte (164-PG-95) (7 rebs, 5 as) and Roberta Mizgeryte (188-PF-95) delivered 12 points each. Chantal Neuwald (180-G-95) replied with 15 points in defeat and Levke Brodersen (168-G-94) had three points less. Elisabeth Dzirma (179-G-94) stopped to 11 pts. Belarus is the gold medal winner in Strumica. UK ended with Silver and Portugal took the Bronze. All three teams won the promotion for Division A.
Austria - Latvia 32-73 Latvia had no troubles to beat Austria in the last day of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. Latvia celebrated huge 73-32 win in the game for 9th place at this event. Austria finished as No.10. Latvia jumped to double-digit lead already in the first quarter and extended it to plus 27 until the halftime. Nothing has changed after the breather as Latvia was still dominating and extending its lead from minute to minute until the final 73-32. Paula Tomsone (193-C-94) (6 rebs) and Kitija Laksa (180-G-96) scored 15 points each for the winners. Paula Langina (180-F-94) added 14 points and 7 rebounds. In Austria, Aleksandra Novakovic (172-PG-94) was the leading scorer with just 8 points. Anja Fuchs-Robetin (180-SG-96) (6 rebs) and Simona Wagner (190-C-95) netted 5 pts each. Belarus won the Gold in Strumica.
Finland - Ukraine 74-72 Finland grabbed 74-72 win against Ukraine in the last day of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Strumica. It was a game for 11th place at this event and it belongs to Finland. Ukraine ended as No.12. It was a very exciting finish and Noora Jarvikangas (182-SF-94) paced Finland to victory from the free throw line. Quarters: 20-9, 17-21, 18-17, 19-25. Evianna Sipila (178-SF-95) led the winners with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Jarvikangas scored 15 points and 8 rebounds, while Maria Aijanen (187-F/C-95) and Emmi Leino (182-F/G-94) added 8 pts each. In Ukraine, Miriam Uro-Nile (190-C-94) shined with 27 points and 5 rebounds. Nataliya Skorbatyuk (183-F-95) (5 as) and Olga Krayevska (178-PG-94) (5 as) scored 15 and 12 points respectively. Belarus won the Gold in Strumica. The Silver belongs to UK and Bronze to Portugal.
Israel - Montenegro 70-52 Israel finished as 13th ranked team of U18 EuroBasket Division B. They handed 70-52 loss to Montenegro in the last day of the championship in Strumica. Montenegro ended as No.14. Israel took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 15-9, 23-15, 14-11, 18-17. Nof Kedem (170-SG-94) led the winners with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Hadar Levi (170-PG-94) scored 17 points and May Dayan (170-PG-94) helped with 7. In defeat, Milica Manojlovic (98) delivered 14 points. Vanja Mudresa (96) and Kristina Rakovic (182-F/C-94) (16 rebs!) posted 10 and 9 pts respectively. The Gold belongs to Belarus. UK won the Silver and Portugal took the Bronze. All three teams won the promotion for Division A.
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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