Italy - Ukraine 76-51 Italy recorded the crucial win in Group E of U18 European Championship. The Azzurri drubbed Ukraine to reach quarterfinals. Amedeo Tessitori (204-PF-94) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead Italy. The teams exchanged baskets throughout close first quarter. The scoreboard read 15:15 after ten minutes. Italy shifted the gear in the second quarter. The Azzurri exploded with 27 points to take a 12-point halftime lead. Italy held Ukraine to only 6 points in the third quarter to aggravate the damage. They ensured a 23-point lead heading into the final quarter. Ukarine had nothing to answer with in the final quarter as Italy cruised to the victory. Matteo Imbro (192-PG-94) posted 16 points, while Alessandro Procacci provided 10 points for the winners. Yevgen Sakhniuk (201-PF-95) answered with 18 points for Ukraine. Igor Boyarkin netted 10 points in the loss.
Greece - Serbia 59-64 Serbia posted the second win at the Second Stage of U18 European Championship. They defeated Greece to clinch 3-2 record in the third position in Group F. Greece fell at 1-4 record after the loss. Serbia silenced the Hellenes in the opening ten minutes. The Serbian youngsters went on a 19:9 run to clear off. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Serbia ensured a 10-point lead at the interval 36:26. Greece turned things around in the third term. They ignited a 22:10 run to take a 2-point lead at the final intermission. But Serbia recovered well enough. Andric and Luka Andusic (191-G-94) drained back-to-back triples midway through the period to give Serbia a 57:53 lead. Luka Andusic then scored five points late in regulation to seal the victory for Serbia. Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) posted 20 points and 14 rebounds for Serbia. Luka Andusic added 17 points in the winning effort. Michalis Kamperidis (203-F-94) answered with 17 points for Greece. Diamantis Slaftsakis had 16 points in the loss.
Lithuania - Spain 72-65 Lithuania kept their record spotless at U18 European Championship. They defeated Spain to finish the Second Stage on top of Group E. Spain slipped at 4-1 record to earn the second position. Augustinas Jankaitis scored 14 points to lead the winners. The teams entered the game undefeated. Spain eked out a 20:19 lead after ten minutes of action. But Lithuania stiffened their defence and surged ahead for a 35:31 halftime lead. The Baltic team stretched the lead in the third quarter. Lithuania grabbed a 6-point advantage into the fourth frame. The hosts extended the lead to 11 points midway through the final term and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Jokubas Gintvainis (191-SF-94) and Lukas Lekavicius (180-G-94) provided 13 points each for the hosts. Oriol Pauli (201-G-94) and Juan Saiz (204-PF-94) answered with 12 points each for Spain.
Russia - Turkey 71-67 Russia claimed the decisive victory at the Second Stage of U18 European Championship. They overcame Turkey to clinch the spot in the quarterfinals. Russia improved at 3-2 record, while Turkey slipped at 1-4 in Group F. Oleg Alferov (193-SG-94) posted 17 points to lead the winners. Turkey eked out a 19:18 lead after ten minutes of action. They stretched the lead in the second quarter. Turkey piled up a 37:26 halftime advantage. Russia started to come back to life in the third quarter. They narrowed the deficit at 7-point mark at the final break 47:54. Russia opened the fourth term on a 10:1 run to surge ahead. Turkey returned in charge but not for too long. Mikhail Kulagin (188-G-94), Ilnitskiy and Igor Kanygin made it 63:62 for Russia. The teams exchanged a pair of buckets before Annaev and Kashin sealed the victory for Russia from the charity stripe. Mikhail Kulagin accounted for 13 points, while Igor Kanygin added 11 points for the winners. Burak Yildizli (202-PF-94) answered with 11 points for Turkey. Cedi Osman netted 10 points in the loss.
Croatia - Bulgaria 65-84 Bulgaria secured the U18 European Championship playoff birth. They knocked down Croatia to finish the Second Stage on a high note. Bulgaria improved at 3-2 record, while Croatia fell at 4-1 in Group F. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) finished with 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Croatia played without their charismatic leader Dario Saric. Bulgaria set the tone early in the game. They exploded with 27 points in the opening quarter to take a 9-point lead after ten minutes. Bulgaria stretched the lead in the second quarter. They established a 50:29 halftime lead. Bulgaria did not slow down in the third quarter. They boosted the lead to as many as 23 points at the final intermission. Croatia could not recovered and had to surrender for the first loss at the tournament. Nikolay Grozev (199-SG-94) accounted for 14 points, while Kris Minkov added 12 points in the victory. Jakov Mustapic (193-G-94) answered with 25 points for Croatia. Dominik Mavra and Tomislav Gabric produced 13 points each in the loss.
Slovenia - Latvia 60-61 Latvia earned a tough win on the final day of Second Stage at U18 European Championship. The hosts held off Slovenia to improve at 3-2 record in Group F. Slovenia slipped at 1-4 record and got eliminated from the title race. Davis Geks (183-G/F-95) posted 20 points to lead the winners. Latvia jumped to an early lead in the game. They recorded a 14:9 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts stretched the margin in the second period. They accumulated a 38:25 halftime advantage. But Slovenia refused to surrender. The visitors trimmed the distance to 4-point mark at the final intermission. Tomaz Bolcina and Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) put Slovenia within one 60:61 with 33 seconds remaining. Matic Rebec had a chance to win it for Slovenia but missed a layup with moments before the buzzer. Roberts Krastins and Ivars Zvigurs netted 8 points each for Latvia. Matic Rebec answered with 24 points for Slovenia. Tomaz Bolcina had 18 points in the loss.
Germany - Denmark 75-61 Germany improved at 2-1 record in classification round Group G at U18 European Championship. They defeated Denmark to stay in the fight for Division A survival. Gavin Schilling (205-PF-95) knocked down 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Germany eked out a 12:11 lead ten minutes into the game. They erupted for 26 points in the second quarter to boost the margin. Germany ensured a 38:28 halftime lead. Denmark cut the deficit in the third quarter. They got within 7 points at the final intermission. But Germany limited their Scandinavian opponents to 12 points in the final frame and sealed the victory at the end. Ismet Akpinar (190-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) posted 10 points, while Johannes Thiemann finished with 9 points for the winners. Rasmus Larsen (212-C-94) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Denmark. Peter Moeller netted 11 points in defeat.
France - Poland 83-62 France celebrated a confident win over Poland at classification round Group G at U18 European Championship. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) came up with 20 points and 13 boards to lead the winners. Poland stayed in charge throughout the first half. They posted a 23:22 lead ten minutes into the game. The margin grew in the second quarter. Poland ensured a 45:40 halftime advantage. Les Bleus turned things around in the third quarter. France held their opponents to 5 points and pulled ahead for a 12-point lead at the final break. France outscored Poland 21:12 in the final ten minutes to seal the victory. Alexandre Chassang (203-PF-94) posted 15 points, while Kevin Harley added 14 points for the winners. Damian Jeszke (202-PF-95) answered with 13 points for Poland. Mikolaj Witlinski provided 12 points 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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