Croatia celebrate the title in Vilnius - Aug 19, 2012
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Croatia - Lithuania 88-76 Croatia celebrated the first U18 European Championship title since 2002. They overcame hosting Lithuania in the championship game tonight to clinch the trophy. Dario Saric (208-F-94) came up with another sizzling performance tallying 39 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assist to lead the winners. Croatia opened the game on a 10:3 run. Dario Saric soon gave Croatia a 17:5 lead. He finished with 12 points in the opening quarter as Croatia earned a 22:15 lead. The visitors accumulated a 31:19 lead early in the second quarter. But Lekavicius helped Lithuania cut the deficit to just three points at halftime 33:36. Lekavicius and Gintvanis organized a 6:2 run from the hosts as they posted a 40:38 lead early in the third quarter. But Croatia quickly returned the lead and surged ahead for a 58:53 advantage at the final break. Saric came up with 12 more points in the fourth quarter as Croatia marched to the victory. Tomislav Gabric (201-F-95) posted 14 points, while Jakov Mustapic added 11 points for the winners. Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) had 17 points for Lithuania. Jokubas Gintvainis and Justas Tamulis finished with 15 points each in the loss.
Russia - Serbia 56-66 Serbia stepped onto the pedestal at U18 European Championship. They defeated Russia to clinch the Bronze medals. Stefan Pot (195-G-94) came up with 21 points to lead the winners. Serbia and Russia stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 20:20 after ten minutes. Serbia pulled ahead in the second quarter. They eked out a narrow 35:33 halftime lead. Serbia extended the lead in the third quarter. The Balkan team ensured a 7-point lead at the final intermission. Serbia did not loosen the grasp in the final term and rolled to the victory at the end. Doko Salic (209-C-95) accounted for 15 points, while Nikola Rebic added 7 points for the winners. Igor Kanygin (207-F/C-94) answered with 12 points for Russia. Mikhail Kulagin had 11 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
Latvia - Spain 51-80 Spanish U18 National Team earned the fifth position at the European Championship. They thumped hosting Latvia on the final day of the tournament. Ilimane Diop (209-C-95) paced former champions with 16 points. Spain held Latvia to 5 points in the opening quarter to take a 7-point lead. Spain erupted for 31 points in the second quarter to stretch the margin. The Spaniards piled up a 43:17 halftime lead. Latvia struggled to come back to life in the third quarter. They faced a massive 29-point deficit heading into the fourth frame. Spain never looked back in the final quarter marching to a comfortable win at the end. Guillermo Hernangomez (209-C-94) posted 12 points, while Juan Saiz added 11 points for the winners. Elvis Endzels (180-PG-94) answered with 11 points for Latvia. Armands Ginters had 9 points in the loss.
Bulgaria - Italy 65-84 Italy clinched the 7th position at U18 European Championship. They defeated Bulgaria on the last day of the tournament. Amedeo Tessitori (204-PF-94) came up with 28 points to lead the Azzurri. Italy fired 25 points in the opening quarter to surge ahead. They ensured a 12-point lead after ten minutes. Italy boosted the margin in the second quarter. The Azzurri piled up a 45:25 halftime lead. Bulgaria could not change the complexion of the encounter in the third quarter. Italy stayed in charge taking a 24-point lead into the fourth frame. Bulgaria outscored their opponents in the final period but could not avoid the loss at the end. Mirco Turel (192-SG-94) finished with 12 points, while Tommaso Laquintana added 9 points for the winners. Kris Minkov (198-SF-94) answered with 15 points for Bulgaria. Anton Dikov had 10 points in the loss.
Denmark - Germany 65-97 Germany capped their U18 European Championship campaign with victory. They drubbed Denmark but could not avoid the relegation to Division B. France also won their game and Les Bleus became the only team to save Division A spot from Group G. Germany exploded with 28 points to surge ahead in the opening quarter. They ensured a 4-point lead at the first break. Germany stretched the margin in the second quarter. They piled up a comfortable 27-point lead at the big break. Denmark narrowed the gap in the third quarter. They cut the distance at 23-point mark at the final break. Germany outgunned their opponents 22:12 in the final stanza and sealed the victory at the end. Mauricio Marin (192-G-94) posted 15 points to lead the winners. Johannes Thiemann (203-F-94) added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Germany. Jacob Jensen (211-C-94) answered with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Denmark. Rasmus Hansen and Rasmus Larsen netted 11 points apiece in the loss.
France - Poland 76-52 France finished their U18 European Championship campaign on a high note. They defeated Poland to ensure Division A spot for the next season. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) came up with 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the winners. France surged ahead right from the start. Les Bleus posted 19:13 lead after ten minutes. France maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They ensured a 38:29 halftime lead. France stretched the margin in the third quarter. They held their opponents to 12 points in the period to take a 17-point lead at the final break. Poland managed just 11 points in the fourth term and France cruised to the victory at the end. Antony Labanca (191-SF-94) posted 15 points, while Alexandre Chassang and Kevin Harley had 12 points each for the winners. Jakub Schenk (184-PG-94) replied with 15 points for Poland. Kacper Borowski netted 11 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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