Serbia - Germany 83-54 Serbia secured the ticket into the next round of U18 European Championship. They held off German counterparts tonight to improve at 2-0 record in Group A. Germany slipped at 0-2 record and would fight against Ukraine tomorrow to stay in the title race. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) came up with 16 points to lead the winners. Germany got hold of a tiny 18:17 lead at the first break. But Serbia took over in the next period. They went on a scoring spree to take a 44:38 halftime lead. Serbia dominated the third quarter. They held Germany to just 5 points in the period to ensure a 25-point lead heading into the fourth term. Serbia kept Germany at bay throughout the final stanza and marched to the victory at the end. Luka Andusic (191-G-94) added 15 points, while Dusan Ristic finished with 10 points and 17 rebounds for Serbia. Ismet Akpinar (190-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 12 points for Germany. Gavin Schilling had 10 points in the loss.
Spain - Ukraine 84-59 Spain celebrated the second win at the start of U18 European Championship. They thumped Ukraine to improve at 2-0 record in Group A. Guillermo Hernangomez (209-C-94) scored 24 points and grabbed 6 boards to lead the winners. Ukraine fell at 0-2 record after the loss. Ukraine jumped to an early lead. They built a 16:13 advantage after ten minutes. But Spain adjusted offensively in the second quarter. They fired 28 points in the second period to establish a 41:37 halftime lead. Spain also tuned in defence in the second half. They limited Ukraine to just 7 points in the third term to pull ahead for an 18-point lead at the final intermission. Spain scored 22 points in the final term and sealed the victory at the end. Josep Perez (184-PG-94) provided 21 points, 6 assists and 5 boards for the winners. Alberto Diaz added 11 points for Spain. Igor Boyarkin (185-PG-95) answered with 13 points for Ukraine. Yevgen Sakhniuk had 9 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.
Lithuania - Denmark 92-63 Lithuania celebrated the second consecutive win at the start of home U18 European Championship. The hosts denied Denmark in Vilnius tonight to remain on top of Group B. Justas Tamulis (194-SF-94, agency: Beo Basket) scored 16 points to pace the hosts. Denmark fell at 0-2 record. Lithuania exploded with 29 points in the opening quarter to clear off. The hosts established a 14-point lead ten minutes into the game. The teams traded baskets throughout the next two periods. Lithuania maintained the lead heading into the fourth stanza up by 14 points. Denmark finally ran out of steam and Lithuania capitalized. The home side went on a 25:10 rally in the final term and sealed the victory. Rokas Gustys (204-C-94) accounted for 15 points, while Denis Krestinin added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Rasmus Larsen (212-C-94) answered with 21 points for Denmark. Jacob Jensen had 12 points in the loss.
Italy - Greece 71-66 Italy celebrated the second straight win at the start of U18 European Championship. They knocked down Greece in Group B. Matteo Imbro (192-PG-94) posted 17 points, 6 assists and 4 boards to lead the winners. The Hellenes in the meantime suffered the second loss in a row. Italy and Greece stayed on level terms in the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 15:15 after ten minutes. Italy pulled ahead in the second term. They accumulated a 30:26 halftime advantage. The Azzurri stretched the lead in the third quarter. They went on a 20:9 rally to boost the margin to 15 points with one quarter remaining. Greece managed to cut the distance to just three points late in regulation but Mirco Turel converted a decisive layup late in the game to seal the victory for Italy. Amedeo Tessitori (204-PF-94) posted 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Mirco Turel added 13 points in the victory. Eleftherios Bochoridis (196-SG-94) answered with 14 points for Greece. Dimitrios Agravanis had 13 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
Turkey - Latvia 65-73 Latvia punched the ticket into the next round of U18 European Championship. The hosts knocked down Turkey in Liepaja to improve at 2-0 record in Group C. Turkey in the meantime suffered the second consecutive loss and appeared on the edge of elimination from the title race. Turkey started the game aggressively. They built a 17:15 lead after ten minutes. Latvia stopped the rot in the second quarter. The home team outscored Turkey for a 36:30 halftime lead. Latvia took over completely in the third term. The home team held their opponents to 12 points in the quarter and surged ahead for a 14-point lead before the fourth frame. Tayfun Erulku (193-SG-94) put Turkey within four points with under two minutes to go. But Dimitrijs Brizgalovs (186-G-94), Ilja Gromovs and Zvigurs sealed the victory from the stripe for Latvia. Dimitrijs Brizgalovs finished with 16 points for Latvia. Toms Leimanis (190-PG-94) added 14 points in the victory. Tayfun Erulku answered with 15 points for Turkey. Kenan Sipahi notched 13 points in the loss.
France - Bulgaria 78-69 France recorded the first win at the U18 European Championship. They overcame a sloppy start against Bulgaria to secure the initial victory. Antony Labanca (191-SF-94) and Alexandre Chassang (203-PF-94) scored 21 points each to lead Les Bleus. Bulgaria fell at 1-1 record after the loss. It was all going Bulgaria way in the first half. The Balkan team gained a 23:14 lead after ten minutes. The Division A newcomers stretched the lead in the second quarter. They ensured a 37:25 halftime advantage. But France refused to give up. They unleashed 29 points in the third term to draw things level heading into the final stanza. France held Bulgaria to 15 points in the final term to seal the victory at the end. Benjamin Sene posted 16 points and 6 assists for France. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) answered with 26 points for Bulgaria. Kris Minkov netted 18 points in the loss.
Croatia - Slovenia 105-80 Croatia celebrated the second straight win at the U18 European Championship. They handled Slovenia for 2-0 record in Group D. Dario Saric (208-F-94) was once again pivotal with 27 points, 6 boards and 4 assists. Croatia set the tone early. They unloaded 32 points in the opening quarter to take a 12-point lead. Slovenia tried to match the effort. They fired 25 points in the second quarter to narrow the gap at 10-point mark. But Croatia shifted the gear and unleashed 37 points in the third stanza. Croatia established a comfortable 29-point lead at the final break and never looked back en route to the victory. Mislav Brzoja (196-F/G-94) scored 26 points, while Jakov Mustapic added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Croatia. Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) answered with 15 points for Slovenia. Jure Ritlop had 14 points in the defeat.
Russia - Poland 69-64 Russia recorded the second straight win at the U18 European Championship. They held off Polish counterparts to improve at 2-0 record in Group D. Mikhail Kulagin (188-G-94) stepped up with 21 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge. Poland slipped at 0-2 record. Russia grabbed a 17:14 lead ten minutes into the game. They maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. Russia secured a 36:31 halftime advantage. Russia boosted the lead in the third quarter. They led by 7 points before Poland denied the deficit and drew things level at 38. Russia recovered and restored the lead. They entered the final period up by 9 points 54:45. Poland kept intrigue alive as they cut the distance to just two points 64:66 with 19 seconds to go. However Mikhail Kulagin and Krechetov knocked down three free throws in the dying seconds to finalize victory for Russia. Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-PF-94) delivered 19 points, while Rostislav Karenin added 8 points for the winners. Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) answered with 20 points for Poland. Jakub Schenk and Kacper Borowski had 11 points each in the loss.
Group A Cyprus - Ireland 67-61 Cyprus fired past Ireland behind 13 points from Michalis Mythillos (190-G-98). Cyprus recorded a 40:32 halftime lead. They stretched the margin at 11-point mark at the final intermission. Ireland narrowed the deficit in the fourth frame but came up short at the end. Christos Hatzikostas (184-G-98) tossed in 11 points in the win. Adam Drummond (192-SG-99) and Robert Sullivan (184-G/F-98) responded with 15 points each for Ireland. FYR Macedonia - Bulgaria 69... [read more]
Cyprus - Ireland 67-61 Cyprus fired past Ireland behind 13 points from Michalis Mythillos (190-G-98). Cyprus recorded a 40:32 halftime lead. They stretched the margin at 11-point mark at the final intermission. Ireland narrowed the deficit in the fourth frame but came up short at the end. Christos Hatzikostas (184-G-98) tossed in 11 points in the win. Adam Drummond (192-SG-99) and Robert Sullivan (184-G/F-98) responded with 15 points each for Ireland.
FYR Macedonia - Bulgaria 69-88 Bulgaria cruised past FYR Macedonia in the opener. Yordan Minchev (202-F-98) nailed 26 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Bulgaria established a 54:36 halftime lead. FYR Macedonia cut the distance at 12-point mark at the final intermission. However Bulgaria picked up the tempo in the fourth frame to roll to the victory. Krastan Krastanov (195-F/G-99) provided 24 points in the win. Ranko Mamuzikj (200-PF-98) replied with 22 points and 6 rebounds for FYR Macedonia.
Poland - Hungary 72-76 Hungary rallied past Poland in the opening game in Group A. Chester Lewis (185-PG-98) posted 19 points to lead the winners. Poland recorded a 43:32 halftime lead. Hungary however turned things around in the second half. They went on a 24:12 run in the fourth frame to snatch the win. Csaba Kucsora (189-G-98) posted 13 points for the winners. Dominik Rutkowski (196-F/G-98) responded with 18 points for Poland.
Montenegro - Belgium 71-59 Milos Popovic (197-PF-98) posted 27 points and 13 rebounds to lead Montenegro past Belgium. The Balkan side jumped to a 37:29 halftime lead. Montenegro extended the margin at 10-point mark at the final intermission. They protected the lead throughout the fourth term and raced to the win. Milic Starovlah (196-F-98) delivered 10 points for the winners. Giuliano Neri (187-SG-99) answered with 12 points for Belgium.
Belarus - Portugal 66-54 Belarus held off Portugal behind 16 points and 8 rebounds from Yauhen Massalski (204-F-99). Portugal and Belarus were tied at 27 at the interval. Belarus however cleared off in the second half. They went on a 39:27 run in the half to ice the victory. Dzianis Vikentsyeu (203-F/C-98) and Vlad Mikulskiy (188-G-98) had 14 points each for the winners. Goncalo Delgado (203-F/C-98), Goncalo Madureira (182-SG-98) and Pedro Costa (188-SG-98) responded with 10 points each for Portugal.
Austria - Romania 67-79 Romania nipped Austria to open win count in Group B. Dan Tohatan (182-PG-99) stepped up with 16 points to lead the winning side. Austria reeled off to a 28:19 lead after ten minutes. But Romania turned things around in the second frame. They went on a 28:11 run to gain a 47:39 halftime advantage. Romania held Austria to just 28 points in the second half and marched to the win. Dragos Diculescu (192-G/F-99) and Dimitri Georgiadis (202-F-99) had 12 points each for the winning side. Jonas John (182-SG-99) answered with 18 points for Austria.
Iceland - Luxembourg 97-50 Iceland eased past Luxembourg in the opener. Five players scored in double digits for the winners. Eyjolfur Halldorsson (194-F/G-98) posted 15 points and 14 rebounds in the victory. Iceland registered a 52:34 halftime lead. Iceland limited their opponents to just 16 points in the second half and cruised to the win. Thorir Thorbjarnarsson (196-F-98) had 14 points in the victory. Philippe Arendt (178-PG-98) responded with 11 points for Luxembourg.
Holland - Estonia 65-71 Estonia upset Netherlands for the opening victory in Skopje. Kristian Kullamae (190-G-99) recorded 20 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in the win. Estonia got to a strong start. They secured a 33:22 halftime lead. Netherlands tried to come back into the game hard throughout the second half but could not avoid the defeat. Matthias Tass (208-F/C-99) had 16 points for the winners. Irfan Ramovic (192-PG-98) answered with 20 points and 8 boards for Netherlands.
Denmark - Czech Republic 53-66 Czech Republic defeated Denmark to open win count in Skopje. Frantisek Vana (191-G/F-97) posted 16 points to lead the winners. Czech Republic accounted for a comfortable 40:13 halftime lead. Denmark narrowed the deficit in the second half. But Czech Republic stayed in control and rallied to the victory. Michal Kozak (202-F-98) had 10 points and 17 rebounds for the Czech side. Stefan Jevric (200-F-98) answered with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Denmark.
Slovakia - Scotland 74-56 Slovakia outgunned Scotland in Group D action. Mario Ihring (189-G-98) posted 17 points, 8 steals, 6 assists and 4 rebounds for the winners. Slovakia eked out a 34:33 halftime lead. Scotland denied the deficit in the third term. But Slovakia finished the game on a 25:7 run in the fourth frame and sealed the win. Marek Dolezaj (195-G-98) accounted for 15 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Kyle Jimenez (183-SF-98) answered with 13 points for Scotland.
Georgia - Albania 94-39 Georgia coasted past Albania for the first win in Skopje. Levan Babilodze (196-SG-98) posted 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Georgia built a massive 56:22 halftime lead. They followed with a 25:7 run in the fourth term to breeze to the win. Luka Bulashvili (192-G/F-98) had 14 points for the winning side. Skerdi Jareci (194-F/G-98) responded with 11 points for Albania.
Ukraine - United Kingdom 74-65 Ukraine beat Great Britain en route to the first victory at the tournament. Illya Tyrtyshnyk (190-G-98) posted 22 points for the winners. Ukraine piled up a 42:32 halftime lead. Ukraine maintained the lead throughout the second half and marched to the victory. Dmytro Skapintsev (206-C-98) had 18 points and 15 rebounds in the win. Luke Mitchell (182-G-98) responded with 17 points for Great Britain.
FIBA U18 European Championship postponed indefinitely - 8 days ago
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The FIBA Europe Executive Committee has decided on Friday to postpone indefinitely the FIBA U18 European Championship 2016 which was due to take place in Samsun, Turkey from 30 July - 7 August. The Committee took into consideration the current situation in Turkey and correspondence it has received by several National Federations, expressing their deep concerns about participating in the tournament, following apprehension from the parents of the players, who are still minors [read more]
The FIBA Europe Executive Committee has decided on Friday to postpone indefinitely the FIBA U18 European Championship 2016 which was due to take place in Samsun, Turkey from 30 July - 7 August. The Committee took into consideration the current situation in Turkey and correspondence it has received by several National Federations, expressing their deep concerns about participating in the tournament, following apprehension from the parents of the players, who are still minors. The Committee has tasked the Secretariat of FIBA Europe to explore options to play the tournament either at the end of the calendar year 2016 or at the beginning of 2017 at the latest. The eligibility of the current national team members will not be affected. The Committee has also reiterated its support to the Turkish Basketball Federation (TBF) who has repeatedly, as well as on this occasion, shown a great degree of competence and excellent organisational skills. Courtesy of: fiba.com
Best Player: Endar Poladkhanli (198-F/C-98) of AZE NT U18; Best Guard: Etnik Peci (180-PG-99) of Kerasan; Best Forward: Hugo Voulfor (197-F-98) of FRA NT U18; Best Center: Aaron Guzman (196-C-98) of Andorra II; 1st Team: PG: Etnik Peci (180-PG-99) of Kerasan; F/G: Pol Mino (194-F/G-98) of Martorell; F: Hugo Voulfor (197-F-98) of FRA NT U18; F/C: Endar Poladkhanli (198-F/C-98) of AZE NT U18; C: Aaron Guzman (196-C-98) of Andorra II; Honorable Mention: < [read more]
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