United Kingdom - Scotland 95-39 England wins Group A of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame Scotland 95:39 for 5-0 record on top. Scotland meanwhile finished the group without victories. England was the favorite before the game and proved their ambitions throughout it. They started the game with 28-5 and added 20-10 in the second half when Stivrins and Rowan exchanged the late baskets. England was better also in the third frame with 21-15 surge. Moreover they won the last stanza 26-9 for a comfortable win. Elliott Sentance (191-SG-94) paced all the winners with 16 points and Tamas Okros (196-SF-95) as well as Orija Dwayne poured in 12 apiece. Graham Rowell followed them with 10 points in a win. Joshua McGilvray (201-C-95) finished the game with 12 points in defeat and Wilcox Matthew had 7.
Israel - Romania 100-50 Israel clinch Elite Eight appearance of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team finished second in Group A with 4-1 record after a 100-50 win. Romania meanwhile fell at 2-3 record. Israel dominated the court for the whole time and rightfully clinched the victory. They won the first period 29-7 and added 23-15 in the second period. Moreover Israel produced a 24-16 in the third stanza and finished the game with 24-12 in the last quarter. Geffen gave his team three-digit number at the end of the game. Egor Koulechov (194-SF-94) paced all the winners with 16 points and Rafael Menco (201-SF-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) posted 13. Kikus Maxim delivered 12, while Amiram Yariv netted 11. Mehmet Hortoglu (192-SG-95) answered with 12 points in the losing effort, whilst Dragoste Mirel and Cobzaru Vlad brought 9 apiece.
Belarus - Hungary 83-84 Hungary stole a win from Belarus in the start of Day 5 at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Hungary won 84:83 to finish the group with 3-2 record. Belarus meanwhile fell at 1-4 record on the fifth place. Both teams nailed 22 points in the first period and the game was expected a tough one. Hungary won the second period 25-15 and enjoyed however 10-point halftime advantage. Belarus meanwhile produced two victories in the second half and took 83:82 lead after Luka Malakhau (185-PG-94)'s shot. Zoltan Perl (194-G-95) however scored two free throws for the final success. Zoltan Perl top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Benedek Varadi (194-G/F-95) notched 17. Janos Velkey delivered 15, while Kristof Bognar brought 12. Luka Malakhau ended up with 28 points in the losing effort. Yahor Patupchyk added 18 and Anton Vashkevich scored 13.
Luxembourg - Slovakia 63-70 Slovak Republic taste the initial win at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team finished Group B with 1-3 record after a 70:63 win over Luxembourg. The latter remained don the last spot with 0-4 record. It was Luxembourg to start with 21-17 in the first period. Slovakia meanwhile answered with massive 26-13 burst in the second frame and Martin Matejcik (185-G-94) scored for 43:34 at the halftime. No matter how hard Luxembourg tried to recover they could not win the game. Luxembourg produced 16-14 in the third period and then scored the same number of points as Slovakia in the last stanza. Vladimir Brodziansky (206-PF-94) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and 18 rebounds, while Martin Matejcik and Nemcok Vladimir also scored 14 each. Rozim Robert followed them with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Thomas Grun (194-PG-95) replied with 24 points in defeat and Hoeser Jo had 16.
Estonia - Czech Republic 70-95 Czech Republic beat Estonia, while both teams advance to the Second Stage of the U18 European Championship in Division B. Czech Republic won Group B with 4-0 record after 95:70 win. Estonia meanwhile suffered their first loss and dropped at 3-1 record. It was the game for the top position from the group. Czech Republic started to ruin the opponents' defense from the first minutes and reached 28:17 after the first period. They added 28-18 in the second frame for 56:35 with Herman Petr's last shot in the half. Moreover Czech Republic produced two narrow victories in the second half for the final win. Karel Ausprunk (200-F/C-94) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Radovan Kouril (180-PG-95) nailed 17. Herman Petr collected 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Svandrlik Jan added 11. Martin Jurtom (198-PF-94) poured in 19 in defeat and Tambre Georg scored 11.
Iceland - Finland 78-86 Finland clinched the fourth win at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They toppled ambitious Iceland in Group C. Joonas Lehtoranta (183-SG-94) stepped up with 24 points to lead the winners. Finland held their opponents to 14 points in the first quarter to take a 4-point lead. Iceland answered right back scoring 35 points in the second quarter. They piled up a 49:45 halftime lead. Finland adjusted defensively in the second half. They cut the deficit to just two points heading into the final frame. Finland then unleashed 27 points in the fourth period to snatch victory at the end. Julius Rajala (205-PF-94) posted 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Mikael Kauhanen contributed 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Martin Hermannsson (190-SG-94) answered with 20 points for Iceland. Matthias Sigurdarson netted 18 points in the loss.
Norway - Switzerland 91-75 Norway clinched the first win at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They overcame Swiss counterparts in Group C action. Nikola Blatancic (194-F-94) and Espen Fjaerestad (192-SG-94) delivered 24 points each for the winners. Norway jumped to an early lead. They ensured a 19:12 advantage after ten minutes. Norway and Switzerland exchanged baskets throughout the second stanza. The Scandinavian team secured a 7-point lead at the interval 42:35. Norway exploded with 28 points in the third stanza to clear off to a 19-point distance. Switzerland fired 24 points in the fourth quarter but just cut the margin at the end. Andrija Blatancic chipped in 14 points for the winners. Leo Schittenhelm (194-SF-94) answered with 22 points for Switzerland. Daniel Andjelkovic and Clayton Le Sann had 18 points each in the loss.
Montenegro - Sweden 82-71 Montenegro clinched the fourth win at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Sweden to stay on top of Group C at 4-1 record. Luka Djurovic (190-G-95) and Nikola Zizic (195-G-94) stepped up with 18 points each for the winners. Sweden surged ahead for a 19:10 lead after ten minutes. But the Balkan team fired 28 points in the second quarter to eke out a 38:36 halftime lead. Sweden pulled back in front in the third term. The Scandinavian team posted a 55:54 lead heading into the fourth term. Montenegro poured in 28 points in the final frame and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Nenad Vukovic netted 11 points for Montenegro. Niklas Larsson (200-SG-94) answered with 22 points for Sweden. Caleb Musie contributed 18 points in the loss.
Belgium - Holland 74-79 Belgium advanced to the next stage despite the loss from Holland at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The latter won 79:74 but finished third with 2-2 record. Belgium as well as Portugal ended up with the same record, but Belgium advanced to Elite Eight with the better difference. Belgium won the first period 19-17, but Holland grabbed 33:32 lead at the halftime. Moreover Holland was one step from the Second stage after 27-9 in the third period, but failed at the end of the game. Belgium erupted with 33-19 in the last stanza and advanced to the next stage. Mathias Van Steenwinkel (200-F-94) led the way with 17 points and Emmanuel Lecomte (180-G-95) netted 11. Naim El Khounchar and Gijbels Mathijs posted 10 points each. Jito Kok (205-C-94) answered with 23 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Schilder Mike added 19. Hammink Shane poured in 18 and Versteeg Floris notched 6.
Portugal - Georgia 81-59 Portugal edge Georgia in Sarajevo at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Portugal won 81:59 and finished fourth with 2-2 record in Group D. Georgia meanwhile lost all four games and finished on the last spot. Portugal erupted with 27-12 in the first period and never looked behind after. They produced 21-15 in the second frame and enjoyed 48:27 lead after two quarters. In the second half the teams exchanged narrow wins for the final victory of the Portuguese team. Pedro Marques (173-PG-95) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Isaias Insaly (197-F/C-95) added 16 points and 11 caroms. Bastos Pedro finished the game with 15 points and Ventura Diogo nailed 8. Beka Burjanadze (203-PF-94) ended up with 20 points and 14 rebounds in the losing case, whilst Abuladze Nugzar netted 12. Ramishvili Nika delivered 10 and Tsirekidze Giorgi notched 8.
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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