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.
FIBA U18 European Championship 2016 new dates confirmed - 3 months 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 - 4 months 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 - 4 months 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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