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.
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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