Spain - Serbia 83-68 Spain stayed undefeated at the end of preliminary round of U18 European Championship. The defending champions defeated Serbia to clinch the top position in Group A with 3-0 record. Serbia suffered the first loss to slip at 2-1 record. Josep Perez (184-PG-94) stepped up with 18 points, 6 boards and 6 assists for the winners. Spain surged ahead in the first term. The reigning champions dominated to post a 23:14 lead after ten minutes. But Serbia found the weapons to strike back. The Balkan team denied the deficit and snatched a 37:35 halftime lead. But Spain answered with a massive rally in the third term. They erupted for 31 points in the quarter building a 19-point lead at the final break. Serbia cut the distance to 12 points but could not get any closer surrendering at the end. Guillermo Hernangomez (209-C-94) scored 13 points, while Alberto Diaz and Ilimane Diop added 12 points each for Spain. Nikola Radicevic (194-G-94) answered with 15 points for Serbia. Luka Andusic netted 13 points in the loss.
Ukraine - Germany 60-57 Ukraine registered the initial victory at the U18 European Championship. They held off Germany in the decisive battle for both teams in Group A. Vladyslav Koreniuk (206-C-94) nailed 19 points to lead the winners as they advanced to the next stage of the tournament after the victory. Ukraine held Germany to 13 points in the opening quarter to take a 3-point lead. But Germany answered with an aggressive defence in the second term. They limited Ukraine to 8 points to surge ahead. The German team accumulated a 29:24 halftime advantage. Germany extended the lead in the third quarter. David Taylor (188-PG-95) posted 6 points in the period and Germany entered the fourth quarter up by 8 points 50:42. Ukraine used an 8:1 run to cut the deficit to a single point 55:56. Lugovtsov drained a triple to put Ukraine in front 58:57 with just over a minute remaining. Shevchenko stretched the lead to three points and then David Taylor missed a three-point attempt as Ukraine escaped with a key victory at the end. Igor Boyarkin (185-PG-95) notched 10 points, 8 assists and 5 boards, while Volodymyr Pishchikov and Stanislav Kudrya added 6 points each for the winners. David Taylor and Malik Mueller (188-G-94) responded with 12 points each for Germany.
Lithuania - Italy 81-71 Lithuania finished the preliminary round of U18 European Championship undefeated. They overcame Italy to clinch the top position in Group B. Justas Tamulis (194-SF-94, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 30 points to lead the Baltic team. Italy fell at 2-1 record and occupied the second position in the ladder. The teams went neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. The hosts eked out a 24:23 lead after ten minutes. Italy changed the complexion of the game in the second quarter. The Azzurri slowed the hosts down holding Lithuania to just 12 points in the frame. Italy pulled ahead for a 41:36 halftime lead. Lithuania however regained control in the third term. They went on a 13:3 rally to take a 54:49 advantage. Denis Krestinin capped the frame with a three-pointer to give Lithuania a 62:53 advantage. Lekavicius and Justas Tamulis connected from beyond the arc early in the fourth frame and Lithuania cruised to the victory at the end. Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) notched 17 points, while Denis Krestinin added 16 points for the winners. Matteo Imbro (192-PG-94) responded with 24 points for Italy. Luca Vencato and Amedeo Tessitori contributed 11 points each in the loss.
Denmark - Greece 55-64 Greece advanced into the next round of U18 European Championship. They survived a tough battle versus Denmark to gain the first win at the tournament. Dimitrios Agravanis (208-F-94, agency: FCM) scored 18 points as Greece improved at 1-2 record in the third place in Group B. Denmark fell at 0-3 record. The Scandinavian team got to the better start. They accumulated a 19:17 lead after ten minutes. Greece however stiffened their defence and held the Danish side to 6 points in the second quarter. The Hellenes posted a 32:25 halftime lead. Denmark surged back in front in the third term. The Scandinavian side accumulated a 47:43 lead with one quarter remaining. The Hellenes proved character in the final frame. They tipped off the fourth frame with a 10:2 run to spur in front. The margin grew at 7-point mark with under a minute to go and Greece hung on to escape with the victory. Michalis Kamperidis (203-F-94) provided 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Eleftherios Bochoridis added 12 points for the winners. Rasmus Larsen (212-C-94) answered with 16 points and 13 boards for Denmark. David Knudsen netted 14 points in the loss.
Latvia - Bulgaria 58-69 Bulgaria finished U18 European Championship preliminary round in a blistering fashion. They knocked down hosting Latvia to claim the top position in Group C. Latvia finished second after the defeat. The victory of Bulgaria also means that France will now play in the relegation round. Bulgaria surged ahead early in the encounter. The visitors posted an 18:16 lead at the first break. Bulgaria stretched the lead in the second quarter. They extended the margin to 12 points at halftime 41:29. Bulgaria maintained the advantage throughout the third term. They entered the fourth period up by 13 points 54:41. Latvia tipped off the fourth frame with back-to-back triples to get closer. But Bulgaria soon restored an 11-point lead and cruised to the victory at the end. Denislav Vutev (206-C-94) posted 18 points, while Nikolay Stoyanov (195-SF-94) added 13 points for the winners. Ivars Zvigurs (195-G/F-95) answered with 11 points for Latvia. Davis Geks had 10 points in the loss.
Turkey - France 66-56 Turkey clinched the crucial win over France in the third round of preliminary action at U18 European Championship. The victory means Turkey advances into the next round of action. France will have to wait for the result of Latvia vs. Bulgaria clash to get to know their fate. Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95) and Cedi Osman (195-SG-95) scored 11 points each to lead well-balanced Turkish effort in the initial victory for the team. Turkey jumped in front in the opening quarter. Aggressive defence helped them accumulate a 15:11 lead after ten minutes. Turkey boosted the lead in the second quarter. They accumulated a 39:29 halftime advantage. France stopped the rot in the third term. Les Bleus got within 8 points at the final intermission. But Turkey held their opponents to 11 points in the final stanza and sealed the victory at the end. Tayfun Erulku (193-SG-94) netted 10 points for the winners. Benjamin Sene (186-PG-94) responded with 22 points for France. Mouhammadou Jaiteh had 15 points and 12 boards in the loss.
Croatia - Russia 74-63 Croatia stayed on the winning track at U18 European Championship. They thumped Russia to improve at 3-0 record on top of Group D. Dario Saric (208-F-94) put on another amazing performance finishing with 32 points, 13 boards and 2 assists before fouling out. Russia fell at 2-1 record after the loss. Russia ensured the better start. They posted a 21:19 lead ten minutes into the game. Croatia adjusted defensively in the second quarter. They tipped off the period with 12 points in a row. Croatia gained the tempo and ensured a 37:33 halftime lead. The margin grew at 16-point mark midway through the third term. Russia cut the deficit to 10 points at the final break 47:57. Russia narrowed the margin to 4 points midway through the fourth term. But Croatia sparked with a 7:0 run and cleared off for good. Mislav Brzoja (196-F/G-94) notched 16 points for the winners. Mikhail Kulagin (188-G-94) answered with 14 points for Russia. Serdar Annaev had 11 points and 6 assists in the loss.
Slovenia - Poland 69-63 Slovenia registered the first win at the U18 European Championship. They overcame Poland in the crucial game for both teams at the preliminary round. The victory allowed Slovenia to stay in the title race. Poland slipped at 0-3 record and fell into the relegation round. Tomaz Bolcina (206-F/C-94) posted 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the winners. Poland jumped to an early lead. They established a 23:12 lead at the first break. But Slovenia silenced their opponents in the second quarter. They ignited a 28:8 run to secure a 9-point halftime lead. Poland cut the deficit in the third stanza. They got within 6 points at the final intermission 48:51. Sovenia and Poland exchanged baskets throughout the final term. Poland cut the distance to 3 points with one minute remaining. But Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) and Nikolic hit five free throws in the dying stages to seal the victory at the end. Matic Rebec notched 21 points and 8 assists, while Gregor Hrovat added 10 points for the winning side. Kacper Radwanski (189-G/F-94) responded with 17 points for Poland. Mikolaj Witlinski and Kacper Borowski had 12 points apiece in the loss.
FIBA U18 European Championship 2016 new dates confirmed - 7 hours 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 - 1 month 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 - 1 month 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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