Spain - Russia 56-58 Russia came up with a huge upset in the first quarterfinal of the day at U18 European Championship. They overcame the defending champions Spain to reach the semis. Russia just made it into the quarterfinals but taught the Spaniards a good lesson claiming the spot in the next round. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 15:15 after ten minutes. Russia pulled ahead in the second frame. They limited Spain to just 8 points in the period to ensure a 6-point halftime lead 29:23. Spain tried to bounce back in the third quarter. They opened it with 9 points in a row to surge ahead. But Russia returned advantage and eked out a 42:40 lead before the final frame. Kulagin and Rostislav Karenin (201-F/C-94) opened the final period with 8 consecutive points as Russia accumulated a 50:40 lead. Spain denied the deficit as Guillermo Hernangomez (209-C-94) tied things up at 56 with 46 seconds remaining. Igor Kanygin (207-F/C-94) dunked for Russian lead and then Spain could not score in the final 35 seconds as Russia got away with victory. Rostislav Karenin and Igor Kanygin provided 10 points each for Russia. Alexander Gankevich and Serdar Annaev added 8 points each for the winners. Alberto Diaz and Guillermo Hernangomez answered with 18 points each for Spain.
Bulgaria - Serbia 79-88 Serbia reach Semifinals in Vilnius as they won the Quarterfinal clash over Bulgaria. The Serbian side won 88:79 at the U18 European Championship in Division A. Serbia took 20:15 at the end of the first period but led only 1 point at the halftime. Bulgaria answered with 24-20 in the second frame as the board showed 40:39 after Denislav Vutev and Cvorovic baskets. Serbia later erupted with a 9-0 run to take 50:41 lead and Andric scored for 61:53. Nikola Radicevic (194-G-94) made two free throws to close the third period at 66:60. No matter how hard Bulgaria tried to recover they could not beat Serbia. Nikola Radicevic brought the final 10 points for the winners for the final result. Stefan Pot (195-G-94) stepped up with 24 points to lead Serbia to the semis. Nikola Radicevic collected 21 points and 11 assists, while Nikola Jankovic added 13. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) produced 16 points in the losing effort and Denislav Vutev scored 15. Kris Minkov notched 14, whilst Deyan Karamfilov had 8.
Lithuania - Latvia 65-53 Lithuania earned the place in U18 European Championship semifinals. They came out winners from the Baltic clash in the quarterfinal today. Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) scored 16 points to lead Lithuania past Latvia. Lithuania and Latvia stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Lithuania snatched a 15:14 lead at the first break. The hosts (teams played in Vilnius) stretched the margin in the second quarter. They ensured a 30:26 halftime lead. Lithuania opened a 7-point lead midway through the third term but Latvia denied it and spurred ahead for a 37:36 lead. Lithuania quickly returned the advantage and entered the fourth frame up by 4 points 47:43. Rokas Gustys and Lekavicius extended the lead to 10 points 59:49 with under two minutes to go. Latvia could not recover and had to surrender at the end. Denis Krestinin (202-PF-94) accounted for 9 points for Lithuania. Rokas Gustys added 8 points in the victory. Davis Geks (183-G/F-95) answered with 12 points for Latvia. Armands Ginters netted 10 points in defeat.
Croatia - Italy 76-69 Croatia made it into U18 European Championship semifinals. They overcame Italy to complete the semifinal picture. Jakov Mustapic (193-G-94) posted 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Croatia entered the game recognized as big time favorite. However the Azzurri challenged their opponents and trailed by a single point 19:20 after ten minutes. Croatia intensified their defence in the second term. They limited Italy to 9 points in the quarter to surge ahead for a 35:28 halftime lead. Croatia finally cleared off in the third term. They opened a 15-point lead midway through the period. Italy faced a 16-point deficit heading into the final stanza. The Azzurri did not surrender and trimmed the distance to just 7 points with just over two minutes remaining in regulation. However Gabric drained a killer three-pointer and then Jakov Mustapic added two accurate free throws as Croatia gained an 11-point buffer. Imbro and Turel kept Italy hopeful with a pair of triples but they simply ran out of time to challenge the margin. Karlo Zganec (205-F/C-95) finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Mislav Brzoja and Dario Saric added 12 points each for the winners. Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) answered with 17 points for Italy. Amedeo Tessitori had 13 points in defeat.
Turkey - Ukraine 70-60 Turkey will play for the 9th place at U18 European Championship. They defeated Ukraine in the classification round encounter today. Turkey will face Slovenia tomorrow. Ukraine will cap their campaign against Greece. Turkey and Ukraine stayed on level terms throughout the opening quarter. Turkey eked out a 14:13 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine bounced back in the second quarter. They denied the deficit and drew things level at 24. Turkey increased the tempo after the big break. They knocked down 21 points in the third stanza and opened a 4-point lead. The margin grew at 10-point mark with under three minutes remaining. Ukraine did not recover as Turkey rallied to a relatively easy win at the end. Kerem Kanter (203-PF-95) posted 14 points for Turkey. Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95) added 11 points, while Burak Yildizli had 10 points for the winners. Yevgen Sakhniuk (201-PF-95) answered with 14 points for Ukraine. Stanislav Kudrya had 11 points in the loss.
Greece - Slovenia 73-78 Slovenia prevailed against Greece in the classification round of U18 European Championship. Slovenia will now take on the winners of Turkey vs. Ukraine clash for the 9th place tomorrow. Slovenia eked out a 19:17 lead ten minutes into the game. Greece got within a single point at halftime 39:40. But Slovenia managed to deepen the margin in the third quarter. They extended the lead to as many as 10 points at the final break. The Hellenes got within two points 71:73 with just over three minutes to go. However Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) knocked down five free throws in the dying minutes to seal the victory for Slovenia. Tomaz Bolcina (206-F/C-94) and Andraz Rogelija (187-PG-95) finished with 13 points for the winners. Matic Rebec topscored with 20 points in the victory. Diamantis Slaftsakis (200-SF-94) answered with 20 points for Greece. Dimitrios Agravanis netted 15 points in the loss.
Poland - Germany 52-74 Germany stays in the fight to remain in U18 European Championship in Division A. They defeated Poland today to improve at 3-1 record in relegation round Group G. Poland slipped at 0-4 record and lost the chance to stay in top division for next year. David Taylor (188-PG-95) scored 14 points to lead the winners. Germany eked out a 22:15 lead after ten minutes. Poland lived up to the challenge and turned the tables in the second quarter. They went on a run to take a 35:34 halftime lead. Germany stiffened defensively in the third quarter. They held Poland to just 5 points in the period and grabbed a 50:40 lead into the fourth frame. Germany scored 24 points in the final frame and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Malik Mueller (188-G-94) accounted for 11 points, while Dominic Lockhart and Johannes Thiemann added 10 points each in the victory. Damian Jeszke (202-PF-95) answered with 13 points for Poland. Mikolaj Witlinski had 9 points in the loss.
France - Denmark 76-70 France won over Denmark at the Classification Round for 13th to 16th Place at the U18 European Championship. The French side grabbed 76:70 victory. Denmark surprised the opponents 28-22 in the first period. France replied with 18-16 in the second period and reduced to 4 points at the halftime. Moreover France erupted with 22-12 in the third period and never looked behind after. Both teams nailed 14 points each in the last stanza for the final result in the game. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 31 points and 16 rebounds, while Alexandre Chassang (203-PF-94) posted 14. Antony Labanca delivered 12, while Benjamin Sene scored 8. Peter Moeller (190-PG-94) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort and Rasmus Larsen had 17. Kristoffer Gertz finished the game with 11 points in defeat.
Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B Awards 2016 - 21 days 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 - 23 days 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.
Division B. Montenegro and Ukraine reach Final - 24 days ago
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SEMIFINALS Montenegro - Slovakia 87-72 Montenegro fired past Slovakia to clinch the championship game birth. Milos Popovic (197-PF-98) scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners as they claimed Division A promotion. Montenegro establish a 51:39 halftime lead. Slovakia cut the deficit at 7-point mark at the final intermission. However Montenegro sank 25 points in the fourth term to ice the victory. Milic Starovlah (196-F-98) had 20 points for the winning side. Mario Ihrin... [read more]
Montenegro - Slovakia 87-72 Montenegro fired past Slovakia to clinch the championship game birth. Milos Popovic (197-PF-98) scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners as they claimed Division A promotion. Montenegro establish a 51:39 halftime lead. Slovakia cut the deficit at 7-point mark at the final intermission. However Montenegro sank 25 points in the fourth term to ice the victory. Milic Starovlah (196-F-98) had 20 points for the winning side. Mario Ihring (189-G-98) responded with 26 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds in the loss.
Hungary - Ukraine 58-78 Ukraine advanced into the Final in Skopje. They used a massive second half run to beat Hungary and sealed their Division A birth for the next season. Illya Tyrtyshnyk (190-G-98) delivered 16 points for the winners. Hungary enjoyed a 43:33 halftime advantage. But Ukraine triggered a strong 45:15 second half rally to silence their opponents. Dmytro Skapintsev (206-C-98) netted 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Ukraine. Gabor Rudner (197-G-98) responded with 16 points for Hungary.
Poland - Estonia 86-60 Poland will play for the fifth overall position in Skopje. They beat Estonia in the classification game today. Mikolaj Kurpisz (202-PF-98) came up with 15 points to lead the winners. Poland grabbed a 35:28 halftime lead. They went on a 30:10 run in the fourth term to seal the victory. Mateusz Szczypinski (194-SG-98, agency: Octagon Europe) provided 11 points in the win. Matthias Tass (208-F/C-99) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Estonia.
Belgium - Czech Republic 74-58 Lander Kuijt (192-G/F-98) scored 18 points to lead Belgium past Czech Republic in the classification round. Belgium accumulated a 46:27 halftime lead. They protected the lead well throughout the second half and raced to the victory. Darnell Snyers (181-PG-98) accounted for 13 points and 6 assists for the winners. David Zikla (202-F-98) responded with 16 points for Czech Republic.
Belarus - United Kingdom 64-81 Great Britain posted a comfortable win over Belarus in the classification round. Nelson Boachie-Yiadom (197-F-99) recorded 26 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Great Britain recorded a 39:34 halftime lead. They went on a 42:30 second half run to seal the win. Micah Savery-Richards (191-G/F-99) accounted for 13 points for the winners. Grigoriy Kruk (181-PG-98) responded with 13 points for Belarus.
Bulgaria - Georgia 101-103 OT Georgia used overtime to tame Bulgaria in the last but one game at the tournament. Luka Bulashvili (192-G/F-98) posted 37 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals to lead the charge. Bulgaria eked out a 41:40 halftime lead. Georgia unleashed 28 points in the fourth term to force the game into overtime. Georgia sank 16 points in the extra period and sealed the winning outcome. Goga Bitadze (210-C/F-99) produced 23 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Yordan Minchev (202-F-98) replied with 36 points and 7 rebounds for Bulgaria.
FYR Macedonia - Iceland 84-94 Iceland upset hosting FYR Macedonia in the classification round. Thorir Thorbjarnarsson (196-F-98) was unstoppable with 39 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. FYR Macedonia and Iceland were tied at 49 at the interval. Iceland jumped to a 5-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Iceland held the hosts to 17 points in the final term and sealed the victory. Eyjolfur Halldorsson (194-F/G-98) had 17 points for the winners. Nenad Dimitrjevikj responded with 30 points and 9 assists for FYR Macedonia.
Portugal - Denmark 65-46 Portugal proved too good for Denmark in the classification round clash. Pedro Costa (188-SG-98) nailed 16 points to pace the effort. Portugal built a 34:24 halftime lead. Denmark narrowed the margin at 8 points heading into the fourth quarter. But Portugal responded with a 15:4 run in the fourth stanza to seal the win. Tomas Domingos (209-C-98) accounted for 15 points for the winners. Sylvester Berg and Nikolaj Boje Bank (210-C-98) tossed in 10 points each for Denmark.
Romania - Holland 57-69 Netherlands outgunned Romania behind 16 points from Maik Bouwer (197-SF-99). Romania got to a quick start. They posted a 37:29 halftime lead. But Netherlands turned things around in the second half. The Dutch side went on a 22:11 run in the third term to surge ahead. Netherlands held their opponents to just 9 points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Irfan Ramovic (192-PG-98) had 13 points for the winners. Georges Darwiche (180-PG-98) responded with 17 points for Romania.
Austria - Luxembourg 81-72 Austria defeated Luxembourg in the classification game. Jonas John posted 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Austria grabbed a 42:35 halftime lead. Luxembourg denied the deficit in the third term. The teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 53. But Austria unloaded 28 points in the final stanza and sealed the win. Peter Hofbauer (194-F/G-98) and Justin McCaw (186-G-98) added 17 points each in the victory. Mihailo Andjelkovic (179-G-98) answered with 21 points for Luxembourg.
Ireland - Albania 68-69 Albania nipped Ireland in the last but one game in Skopje for both sides. Frenki Lilaj (201-C-98) came up with 15 points to lead the winners. Ireland enjoyed a 37:32 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 7-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. But Albania went on a 25:17 run in the final stanza to snatch the victory. Ferdi Bedini (184-SG-99) had 11 points in the win. Adam Drummond (192-SG-99) responded with 26 points for Ireland.
Cyprus - Scotland 52-66 Scotland fired past Cyprus for the first victory in Skopje. Nicholas Conway (195-F/G-98) posted 21 points and 6 rebounds to lead the winners. Scotland posted a 23:7 lead ten minutes into the game. They followed with a 17:9 run in the third term to clear off for good. Jake Sirrell provided 14 points for the winners. Christos Evzonas (185-PG-98) responded with 17 points for Cyprus.
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