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.
Draws completed for FIBA U18 European Championships 2017 Divisions A and B - 3 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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