Lithuania - Ukraine 74-50 Lithuania registered the fourth straight win at the U18 European championship. The hosts fired past Ukraine for the opening win at the Second Stage of the tournament. Lithuania thus improved at 3-0 record on top of Group E. Ukraine slipped at 0-3 record. Ukraine led by a single point ten minutes into the game 16:15. But Lithuania shook off sloppiness and surged ahead in the second quarter. The Baltic team posted a 35:28 halftime advantage. Lithuania stretched the lead to as many as 25 points at the final intermission. Ukraine cut the deficit by one point in the final frame before losing the encounter. Augustinas Jankaitis (202-C-94) posted 20 points, while Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) added 19 points in the victory. Vladyslav Koreniuk (206-C-94) and Yevgen Sakhniuk (201-PF-95) netted 12 points each for Ukraine. Boyarkin provided 10 points in the loss.
Italy - Serbia 74-78 Serbia registered the first win at the Second Stage of U18 European Championship. They defeated Italy for 2-1 record in Group E. Nikola Radicevic (194-G-94) came up with 24 points to lead the winners. Italy slipped at 1-2 record after the loss. Serbia jumped to an early lead. They eked out a 19:17 advantage ten minutes into the game. The Balkan team stretched the lead in the second quarter. They ensured a 40:33 halftime advantage. Serbia boosted the gap even more in the third term. They piled up a 62:47 advantage with one period remaining. Italy however refused to surrender. They cut the deficit to just two points with 15 seconds remaining 74:76. However Nikola Radicevic sank two free throws to seal the victory for Serbia. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) tallied 14 points and 12 boards for the winners. Luka Andusic and Nikola Cvorovic had 10 points each for Serbia. Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) answered with 15 points and 12 rebounds for Italy. Fontecchio netted 12 points, while Amedeo Tessitori provided 13 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
Greece - Spain 52-65 Spain recorded the fourth straight win at the U18 European Championship. They defeated Greece at the start of the Second Stage. Oriol Pauli (201-G-94) scored 15 points to lead the winners. Greece fell at 0-3 record in Group E after the loss. The Hellenes got to the better start. They ensured a 12:11 lead ten minutes into the game. Spain denied the deficit in the second quarter. The reigning champions eked out a 28:27 halftime lead. Spain stretched the lead in the third quarter. They secured a 3-point lead at the final intermission 45:42. Spain cleared off in the fourth stanza. They held Greece to 10 points and rallied to a comfortable victory at the end. Juan Saiz (204-PF-94) finished with 11 points, while Ilimane Diop added 10 points for the winners. Dimitrios Agravanis (208-F-94, agency: FCM) answered with 13 points for Greece. Alexandros Mitsialos netted 9 points in the loss.
Croatia - Turkey 78-62 Croatia recorded the fourth straight win at the U18 European Championship. They defeated Turkey at the start of the Second Stage of the tournament. Croatia improved at 3-0 record on top of Group F. Dario Saric (208-F-94) stayed pivotal for Croatia producing 26 points and 10 rebounds. Turkey stunned Croatia in the first quarter. Turkey went on a 19:11 run to surge ahead. Croatia stopped the bleeding in the second quarter. They narrowed the deficit to get within 4 points at halftime 29:33. Croatia held Turkey to just 9 points in the third stanza to spur ahead for a 46:42 lead at the final break. Croatia unleashed 32 points in the fourth quarter to claim another comfortable win at the end. Jakov Mustapic (193-G-94) posted 16 points, while Mislav Brzoja contributed 14 points in the winning effort. Burak Yildizli (202-PF-94) answered with 15 points for Turkey. Cedi Osman and Kenan Sipahi chipped in 11 points apiece in defeat.
Slovenia - Bulgaria 84-81 Slovenia registered the first win at the Second Stage of U18 European Championship. They overcame Bulgaria to improve at 1-2 record in Group F. Bulgaria in the meantime slipped at 2-1 record. Gregor Hrovat (196-G-94) scored 27 points to lead the winners. Slovenia led by just a single point 24:23 after ten minutes. Bulgaria erased the deficit and pulled ahead for a 44:42 halftime lead. Bulgaria drew things level after the third term. The teams entered the final stanza tied at 55. But Slovenia exploded with 29 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory at the end. Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) provided 19 points, while Aleksej Nikolic contributed 15 points for the winners. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) answered with 31 points for Bulgaria. Nikolay Stoyanov notched 19 points in the loss.
Russia - Latvia 64-70 Latvia celebrated the third win at the U18 European Championship. The hosts held off Russian counterparts in Liepaja. Ilja Gromovs (207-C-94) scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Russia led by a single point after ten minutes of action 17:16. They stretched the lead in the second quarter. Russia arrived at halftime up by 3 points 33:30. But Latvia turned things around right after the big break. The hosts erupted for 27 points in the third term to surge ahead for a 9-point lead 57:48. Russia tried to bounce back as they trimmed the deficit to three points 63:66 with under a minute remaining. But Armands Ginters and Geks converted four free throws to seal the victory for Latvia. Rihards Adins (203-F/C-94) posted 10 points, while Armands Ginters finished with 9 points for the winners. Mikhail Kulagin (188-G-94) answered with 14 points for Russia. Rostislav Karenin and Serdar Annaev accounted for 10 points each in the loss.
Denmark - France 61-67 France recorded the first win at the classification round of U18 European Championship. They defeated Denmark to improve at 1-0 record in Group G. Benjamin Sene (186-PG-94) stepped up with 14 points to pace the winners. Denmark surged ahead early in the game. They recorded a 24:14 lead ten minutes into the game. But France stopped the rot in the second term. Les Bleus got within 5 points at halftime 33:38. France held their opponents to 7 points in the third quarter to take a 4-point lead heading into the final frame. Denmark regained the lead midway through the final frame 59:57. But France immediately reacted with a 6:0 run to take the lead back. Dallo and Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) scored three points in the dying seconds to seal the victory Mouhammadou Jaiteh provided 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Alexandre Chassang added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Rasmus Larsen (212-C-94) responded with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Denmark. Kristoffer Gertz had 12 points in the loss.
Germany - Poland 64-54 Germany registered the first win at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Poland to improve at 1-0 record in classification round Group G. Malik Mueller (188-G-94) scored 11 points to lead the winners. Germany started the game strongly. They secured a 23:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Poland stopped the rot in the second term. They narrowed the deficit and arrived at halftime trailing by just 3 points 34:37. Poland held Germany to only 5 points in the third quarter and surged ahead for a 44:42 lead. But Germany went on a decisive 22:10 run in the final stanza and snatched a tough win at the end. Dominic Lockhart (197-F-94) produced 10 points, while Johannes Thiemann had 9 points for the winners. Jakub Garbacz (196-SF-94) answered with 14 points for Poland. Damian Jeszke netted 8 points in the loss.
Draws completed for FIBA U18 European Championships 2017 Divisions A and B - 2 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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