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.
FIBA U18 European Championship 2016 new dates confirmed - 3 months ago
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The Executive Committee of FIBA Europe has decided that the FIBA U18 European Championship 2016 that could not be played this summer will now be staged in Samsun, Turkey, from 16-22 December 2016. Initially set to take place in the northern Turkish city from 30 July to 7 August, player welfare was made the utmost priority given the unrest in the country at the time, and the tournament was postponed indefinitely [read more]
The Executive Committee of FIBA Europe has decided that the FIBA U18 European Championship 2016 that could not be played this summer will now be staged in Samsun, Turkey, from 16-22 December 2016. Initially set to take place in the northern Turkish city from 30 July to 7 August, player welfare was made the utmost priority given the unrest in the country at the time, and the tournament was postponed indefinitely. The new dates were announced in Munich on Friday, with the competition format exceptionally being amended. The new system is as follows: The Group Phase (Four groups of four teams each) will be played on Day 1, 2 and 3 No Round of 16The top two teams from each group will advance to the Quarter-FinalsThe bottom two teams from each group will play classification games for 9th to 16th spot Day 4 will be a rest day Quarter-Finals will take place on Day 5 Semi-Finals will take place on Day 6 The Final will take place on Day 7 The teams that finish in the top five will earn spots in Cairo, Egypt, for the FIBA U19 World Championship 2017, which will be played out 1-9 July, whilst the bottom three teams will be eliminated to Division B for 2017. "We are now fully confident that this tournament will go ahead with total safety assured," commented FIBA Executive Director Europe, Kamil Novak. "We have received excellent co-operation from our member federations, and have made this decision of the change of dates and competition format with strong support." Courtesy of: fiba.com
Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B Awards 2016 - 4 months ago
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Best Player: Ognjen Carapic (195-SG-98) of Montenegro Best Guard: Ognjen Carapic (195-SG-98) of Montenegro Best Forward: Yordan Minchev (202-F-98) of Bulgaria Best Center: Dmytro Skapintsev (206-C-98) of Ukraine 1st Team G: Mario Ihring (189-G-98) of Slovakia SG: Ognjen Carapic (195-SG-98) of Montenegro F: Yordan Minchev (202-F-98) of Bulgaria PF: Milos Popovic (197-PF-98) of Montenegro C: Dmytro Skapintsev (206-C-98) of Ukraine 2nd Team PG: Nenad Dimitrijevikj (170-PG-98) of Macedon... [read more]
Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B 1st Team 2016
Division B. Montenegro celebrate title in Skopje - 4 months ago
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FINAL Ukraine - Montenegro 72-83 Montenegro celebrated the title in Skopje. They outlasted Ukraine in the championship game tonight. Milos Popovic (197-PF-98) scored 17 points to lead the Balkan team. Ukraine secured a 22:16 lead after the first period. But Montenegro went on a massive 27:12 run in the second term to establish a 43:34 halftime lead. Montenegro sank 24 points in the third term to open a 13-point lead. They protected it throughout the fourth quarter and ran to the trophy.... [read more]
Ukraine - Montenegro 72-83 Montenegro celebrated the title in Skopje. They outlasted Ukraine in the championship game tonight. Milos Popovic (197-PF-98) scored 17 points to lead the Balkan team. Ukraine secured a 22:16 lead after the first period. But Montenegro went on a massive 27:12 run in the second term to establish a 43:34 halftime lead. Montenegro sank 24 points in the third term to open a 13-point lead. They protected it throughout the fourth quarter and ran to the trophy. Ivan Corovic (198-G-98) had 16 points for Montenegro. Illya Tyrtyshnyk (190-G-98) responded with 19 points for Ukraine.
Slovakia - Hungary 63-62 Slovakia earned Division A promotion. They nipped Hungary in the consolation final. Marek Dolezaj (195-G-98) notched 19 points to lead the winners. Hungary accounted for a 24:16 halftime lead. Slovakia however stepped on the gas in the second half. They poured in 47 points to snatch a valuable victory. Maros Zeliznak (205-C-99) had 14 points for the winners. Csaba Kucsora (189-G-98) replied with 19 points for Hungary.
Belgium - Poland 71-51 Belgium knocked down Poland in the game for the 5th place. Lander Kuijt (192-G/F-98) scored 22 points to lead the winners. Belgium recorded a 32:25 halftime lead. They ignited a 23:10 run in the fourth term to secure a comfortable victory. Thibaut Bronchart (192-G/F-98) had 18 points and 8 caroms for the winners. Mateusz Szczypinski (194-SG-98, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 11 points for Poland.
Czech Republic - Estonia 65-78 Estonia overcame Czech Republic in the battle for the 7th position. Kristian Kullamae (190-G-99) notched 23 points to pace the winners. Estonia eked out a 34:33 halftime lead. They went on a furious 24:9 run in the third term to clear off for good. Mart Rosenthal (191-G-99) had 19 points in the win. Michael Hartig (191-PF-98) replied with 22 points for Czech Republic.
United Kingdom - Georgia 85-81 Great Britain overcame Georgia to finish in the 9th place. Brian Perez (203-F/C-99) notched 23 points to lead the winning side. Georgia jumped to a 47:34 halftime lead. But Great Britain unloaded 33 points in the third term to deny the deficit. They held Georgia to just 15 points in the fourth term and rallied to the victory. Nelson Boachie-Yiadom (197-F-99) had 18 points in the win. Luka Bulashvili (192-G/F-98) responded with 20 points for Georgia.
Bulgaria - Belarus 74-75 Belarus snatched a narrow win over Bulgaria to earn the 11th position. Denis Sivatskiy (198-F-98) provided 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Bulgaria posted a 40:32 halftime lead. But Belarus used a 23:14 run in the third term to spur ahead. They protected the lead throughout the fourth quarter and secured the winning outcome. Yauhen Massalski (204-F-99) had 17 points and 13 rebounds for Belarus. Yordan Minchev (202-F-98) responded with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Bulgaria.
Portugal - Iceland 60-64 Iceland rallied past Portugal to earn the 13th place at the championship. Thorir Thorbjarnarsson (196-F-98) accounted for 22 points and 13 rebounds for the victors. Portugal snatched a 29:27 halftime lead. Iceland however picked up the tempo in the second half. They held Portugal to just 31 points in the second half and rallied to the win. Snjolfur Stefansson (192-G/F-98) had 15 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Pedro Lanca (184-PG-99) responded with 11 points for Portugal.
Denmark - FYR Macedonia 85-61 Denmark cruised past FYR Macedonia to finish at the 15th position. Sylvester Berg (201-F-98) tallied 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Danish side. Denmark went on a 27:10 run in the third term to secure a comfortable 17-point lead. They poured in 23 points in the fourth frame to seal the win. David Kristensen (208-F-98) had 13 points for the winners. Nenad Dimitrijevikj (170-PG-98) posted 26 points for FYR Macedonia.
Holland - Austria 85-64 Netherlands wrapped up the championship campaign with victory. They beat Austria to end up in the 17th place. Five players scored in double digits for the winners. Wietze Nossek (201-F-98) scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the Dutch team. Netherlands went on a strong 44:23 second half run to ice the win. Dylan Van Eyck (201-F-98) and Marijn Ververs (190-G-98) had 12 points each for Netherlands. Luka Brajkovic (203-F/C-99) responded with 18 points for Austria.
Romania - Luxembourg 64-70 Luxembourg overcame Romania to finish the tournament on a high note. Mihailo Andjelkovic (179-G-98) and Thierry Cames (189-PF-98) nailed 19 points each to lead the winners. Romania established a 39:26 halftime lead. However Luxembourg responded with a 44:25 second half rally to snatch the victory. Mathis Wolff (182-F-98) had 11 points in the win. Vasile Dunca (192-G/F-98) and Dimitri Georgiadis (202-F-99) replied with 17 points each for Romania.
Scotland - Albania 68-71 Albania beat Scotland in the final game in Skopje. Frenki Lilaj (201-C-98) notched 17 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Albania registered a 38:29 halftime lead. Scotland cut the deficit in the second half but came up short of win at the end. Eldi Hysa (189-SG-99) had 16 points for the winners. Kyle Jimenez (183-SF-98) responded with 17 points for Scotland.
Cyprus - Ireland 56-72 Ireland toppled Cyprus to occupy the 23rd position. Matt Treacy (199-F-98) notched 27 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Cyprus grabbed an 18:12 lead after ten minutes. But Ireland responded with a 20:7 rally in the second term to take a 32:25 halftime lead. Ireland followed with a 19:11 run in the fourth term to seal the win. Daniel Heaney (198-F-98) contributed 14 points for the winners. Christos Evzonas (185-PG-98) answered with 12 points for Cyprus.
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