Germany - Spain 75-86 Spain opened win count at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Germany in Group A tonight. Guillermo Hernangomez (206-C-94) stepped up with 14 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Germany got to an aggressive start. They fired 25 points in the opening quarter to post a 5-point lead. Spain however reacted with a storming second quarter. They unleashed 26 points to erase the deficit and secured a 46:39 halftime advantage. Spain limited Germany to 11 points in the third term gaining a 12-point lead before the final stanza. Germany poured in 25 points in the fourth term but Spain lived up to the challenge and sealed the victory at the end. Alberto Diaz (190-PG-94) and Oriol Pauli (195-G-94) provided 11 points each for the winners. Gavin Schilling (205-PF-95) dropped 16 points for Germany. Paul Zipser had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss.
Ukraine - Serbia 54-75 Serbia recorded the first win at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Ukraine in Group A opener. Nikola Radicevic (194-G-94) came up with 18 points to lead the winners. Serbia stormed into the game. They posted a 21:8 lead after ten minutes. Serbia maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They extended the lead to as many as 19 points at halftime 37:18. Ukraine finally picked up the tempo in the third term. They limited the Balkan team to 12 points in the quarter to cut the deficit to 12 points at the final intermission. But Serbia responded with a 26-point tally in the final frame to seal the victory. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) accounted for 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Doko Salic added 10 points for the winners. Yevgen Sakhniuk (201-PF-95) answered with 12 points for Ukraine. Kristian Lugovtsov had 11 points in the loss.
Greece - Lithuania 66-71 Lithuania earned the initial win at the U18 European Championship. They fired past Greece in Group B opener for both teams. Justas Tamulis (194-SF-94, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 27 points to pace the hosts. Greece got to a slightly better start. The Hellenes earned an 18:15 lead after ten minutes. But Lithuania picked up the tempo in the second term. The hosts cut the distance to a single point at halftime 34:33. Lithuania finally pulled ahead in the third quarter. They went on a 14:2 run to take a 6-point advantage. Lithuania ensured a 54:50 lead heading into the fourth frame. The Hellenes unloaded a barrage of three-pointers in the final stanza but Lithuania survived the challenge and Marius Grigonis and Justas Tamulis sealed the victory for the Baltic team. Augustinas Jankaitis (202-F/C-94) had 13 points, while Marius Grigonis added 11 points for the winners. Dimitrios Agravanis (201-SF-94, agency: FCM) responded with 22 points and 12 rebounds for Greece. Alexandros Mitsialos had 13 points in the loss.
Denmark - Italy 63-86 Italy registered the opening win at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Division A newcomers Denmark in Group B. Mirco Turel (192-SG-94) and Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) posted 14 points each to lead the winners. Italy set the tone early in the game. The Azzurri quickly cleared off to a 15-point lead. Italy unloaded 26 points in the second quarter to ensure a 52:27 halftime lead. Italy maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They ensured a 73:41 buffer at the final intermission. Denmark sweetened the pill with a 22:13 rally in the fourth stanza. Matteo Imbro netted 13 points, while Laquintana added 12 points for the winners. Peter Moeller (186-PG-94) responded with 13 points for Denmark. Jacob Jensen had 11 points in the loss.
Bulgaria - Turkey 95-89 OT Newly-promoted Bulgaria made their Division A debut one to remember. They outscored Turkey in overtime drama in Group C. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-F/G-95) scored 28 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 4 assists to pace the winners. Bulgaria secured a strong start to the game. They grabbed a 23:13 lead at the first intermission. But Turkey bounced right back. They fired 26 points in the second term to cut the deficit to a single point 39:40. Bulgaria gained control again in the third stanza. They knocked down 20 points and ensured an 11-point buffer heading into the fourth quarter. But Turkey stepped up with 30 points in the period and sent the game into extra period. Tayfun Erulku (194-SG-94) put Turkey in charge early in overtime however Aleksandar Vezenkov scored 5 points and Minkov added four from the stripe to seal the victory at the end. Deyan Karamfilov (180-PG-94) accounted for 19 points, while Nikolay Stoyanov added 15 points for the winners. Tayfun Erulku replied with 24 points for Turkey. Kenan Sipahi contributed 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the loss.
Latvia - France 58-54 Latvia celebrated the opening win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia and Lithuania. The hosts shot down France in Group C. Davis Geks (183-SG-95) scored 17 points to pace the winners. Latvia jumped to an early lead. The hosts accumulated a 14:10 lead after ten minutes. France stiffened their defence in the second quarter. They got within a single point at halftime 26:25. Benjamin Sene (186-PG-94) drained back-to-back triples midway through the third term to put Les Bleus in front. But Latvia returned the lead and secured a 43:39 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. France and Latvia stayed neck and neck throughout the final quarter. Mouhammadou Jaiteh brought France within two points with 43 seconds remaining but Elvis Endzels (180-G-94) converted two free throws late in regulation and sealed the victory for the home side. Elvis Endzels posted 13 points, while Rolands Smits added 7 points for Latvia. Benjamin Sene responded with 13 points for France. Mouhammadou Jaiteh had 10 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
Slovenia - Russia 59-70 Russia celebrated the first win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia and Lithuania. They knocked down Slovenia in Group C. Mikhail Kulagin (188-G-94) stepped up with 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Russia enjoyed a narrow 20:19 lead after ten minutes of action. They stretched the lead in the second term. Russia accounted for a 40:37 halftime advantage. The decisive third term saw Russia clear off. They capped the period with four points in a row to take a 57:47 lead at the final break. Mikhail Kulagin and Annaev put Russia up by 13 points early in the fourth frame. Russia kept Slovenia at bay throughout the final minutes and sealed the victory at the end. Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-PF-94) produced 10 points, while Georgy Egorov added 9 points for the winners. Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) and Gregor Hrovat (94) responded with 16 points each for Slovenia.
Poland - Croatia 74-86 Croatia opened win count at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Poland in Group D opener. Dario Saric (208-F/C-94) came up with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge. Croatia held their opponents to 14 points in the first stanza to take a 5-point lead. The Croats extended the margin in the second quarter. They accumulated a 40:29 halftime lead. Croatia stayed in charge throughout the third term. Dario Saric carried them to a 63:49 lead with ten minutes remaining. Poland outscored their opponents in the final stanza but could not avoid the loss. Mislav Brzoja (194-F/G-94) stepped up with 15 points, while Marin Maric added 11 points for the winners. Mikolaj Witlinski (206-PF-95) responded with 18 points for Poland. Dawid Morawiec netted 15 points in the loss.
Draws completed for FIBA U18 European Championships 2017 Divisions A and B - 2 months ago
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The draws have been completed for the FIBA U18 European Championships 2017, Divisions A and B. The draw had originally been scheduled to take place on 10 December, but was delayed until Thursday afternoon in Munich, given the postponement of the FIBA U18 European Championship 2016 Division A, from late July to mid-December. The seeding of the draws was based on the results of the FIBA U16 European Championships in 2015. 16 teams were drawn into four groups to contest the Group Phase of Di... [read more]
The draws have been completed for the FIBA U18 European Championships 2017, Divisions A and B. The draw had originally been scheduled to take place on 10 December, but was delayed until Thursday afternoon in Munich, given the postponement of the FIBA U18 European Championship 2016 Division A, from late July to mid-December. The seeding of the draws was based on the results of the FIBA U16 European Championships in 2015. 16 teams were drawn into four groups to contest the Group Phase of Division A, which will take place in Slovak Republic from 29 July to 6 August. The Division A Group Phase groups are as follows: Group A: Turkey, Germany, Montenegro, Russia Group B: Spain, Serbia, Italy, Ukraine Group C: Lithuania, Finland, Greece, Slovenia Group D: Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Latvia, Slovak Republic
Meanwhile, 24 teams will travel to Estonia to compete for the Division B title from 28 July to 6 August. The Group Phase of Division B will consist of four groups of six teams, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the Quarter-Finals. The Division B Group Phase groups are as follows: Group A: Great Britain, Sweden, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Albania Group B: Croatia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Iceland, Belarus Group C: Israel, Poland, Portugal, Austria, Romania, Azerbaijan Group D: Estonia, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Ireland, FYR Macedonia. Courtesy of: fiba.com
FINAL Lithuania - France 68-75 France conquered Gold medals in Samsun. They defeated Lithuania in the championship game tonight. Frank Ntilikina (196-PG-98) posted 31 points to lead the winners. The victory marked the first Gold for Les Bleues since 2006. France dominated in the first half. They recorded a 36:28 halftime lead. Lithuania narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Baltic state pulled within 3 points at the final intermission. But France stayed in charge. They sank 22 poin... [read more]
Lithuania - France 68-75 France conquered Gold medals in Samsun. They defeated Lithuania in the championship game tonight. Frank Ntilikina (196-PG-98) posted 31 points to lead the winners. The victory marked the first Gold for Les Bleues since 2006. France dominated in the first half. They recorded a 36:28 halftime lead. Lithuania narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Baltic state pulled within 3 points at the final intermission. But France stayed in charge. They sank 22 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the victory. Sekou Omar Doumbouya (202-F/G-00) provided 15 points and 9 rebounds for the champions. Arnoldas Kulboka (205-SF-98) responded with 28 points for Lithuania. Gytis Masiulis (206-F/C-98) chipped in 12 points in the loss.
Germany - Italy 68-74 Italy stepped onto the podium in Samsun. They knocked down Germany to capture the third position. Alessandro Lever (202-F/C-98) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Azzurri. Italy accumulated a 36:29 halftime lead. The Azzurri extended the margin at 15-point mark at the final break and never looked back en route to the win. Davide Moretti (188-PG-98) had 17 points for the winners. Isaiah Hartenstein (211-PF-98) responded with 24 points for Germany.
Spain - Bosnia 77-65 Spain finished fifth in Samsun. They overcame Bosnia and Herzegovina in the final game at the tournament. Ignacio Rosa (204-F/C-99) stepped up with 27 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Spain accumulated a 38:34 halftime lead. They followed with a 24:16 run in the fourth term to ice the win. Sergi Martinez and Aleix Font (192-F/G-98, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 14 points apiece for the winners. Darko Talic (198-SF-98) answered with 14 points for Bosnia.
Russia - Finland 82-67 Grigory Motovilov (193-G-98, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 21 points to pace Russia past Finland in the final game of the championship. Russia posted a 19:13 lead ten minutes into the game. Finland erased the deficit and pulled ahead for a 32:31 halftime lead. Russia bounced back after the long break. They unloaded 51 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Sergey Klyuev (204-C-98) chipped in 19 points in the win. Edon Maxhuni (186-PG-98) responded with 18 points for Finland.
Greece - Serbia 74-67 Greece beat Serbia to clinch the 9th position at the championship. Michail Lountzis (196-PG-98) came up with 19 points and 10 boards for the Hellenes. Serbia recorded a 43:36 halftime advantage. But Greece stiffened defensively in the second half. They limited Serbia to just 24 points after the big break and marched to the victory. Dimitrios Moraitis (194-PG-99) chipped in 18 points in the win. Novak Music (188-PG-98, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 17 points and 6 assists for Serbia.
Slovenia - Turkey 71-63 Slovenia topped Turkey to claim the 11th position at the championship. Matic Vesel (204-F-98) scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the visitors. Slovenia used a 16:8 run in the second term to take a 33:26 halftime lead. Slovenia boosted the gap at 10-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Gaber Ozegovic (196-F-98) had 14 points for the winners. Yigitcan Saybir (201-F-99) and Eray Akyuz (187-G-00) responded with 14 points each for Turkey.
Latvia - Croatia 90-76 Latvia rescued their Division A place. They cruised past Croatia to avoid relegation. Roberts Blumbergs (204-F/C-97) produced 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead the winners. Croatia jumped to a 25:22 lead after ten minutes. But Latvia responded with a 49:26 run in the next two periods to spur ahead. Croatia drained 25 points in the final term but could avoid the defeat. Arturs Strautins (198-SF-98) accounted for 19 points and 10 boards for the winners. Leo Cizmic (206-F-98, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 18 points for Croatia.
Sweden - Israel 66-90 Israel capped their championship campaign with victory. They topped Sweden to earn the 15th position. Miron Ruina (202-C-98) came up with 23 points and 9 boards for the winners. Israel claimed a 41:39 halftime lead. They sank 24 points in the third term to boost the gap at 10-point mark. Israel followed with a 25:11 run in the fourth quarter and rallied to the win. Yovel Zoosman (199-G/F-98) and Yonatan Rabinowitz (185-PG-98) chipped in 13 points each in the victory. Alan Zekovic (195-F/G-98) answered with 16 points for Sweden.
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