Division A. Stats leaders after the final day - Aug. 5, 2008
Hristo Zahariev (198-G/F-90) is the top scorer of U18 European Championship
division A in Amalaida and Pyrgos. Zahariev poured in 115 points for six games
which is 19.2 ppg. His competition-high was 32 points against Belgium in
Classification Round. Unfortunately to Zahariev, his team finished participation
in Greece on 13th place.
Enes Kanter (205-C-92) of Turkey is the second scorer of the championship
with 19.1 ppg in 8 games. He gave his best in the third game of Preliminary
Round against Croatia. Kanter netted 31 points while his teams suffered defeat
Third place on the list of top scorers belongs to
Mario Delas (210-C-90), who drained 18.6 ppg in 8 games. He touched 25
points twice on this championship.
At the same time Turkish player
Enes Kanter got another award and this one is for the top rebounder of the
championship which he earned grabbing great 14.6 rpg.
Tautvydas Slezas (210-C-90) of Lithuania is on the second place with 12.4
Senna Hounhanou (194-G/F-90, agency:
Management) of Belgium has 10.7 rpg.
Donatas Motiejunas (214-C-90) is named to be the MVP of the championship
dspite his team lost in the final against the hosts Greece. Motiejunas played 8
games in Amalaida and Pyrgos averaging 18.2 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.3 spg and
Division B. Stats leaders after the final day - Aug. 5, 2008
Slovak Republic ended U18 European Championship division B in Debrecen
without medal reaching fourth place but one of its players succeeded to grab the
award for the top scorer of the competition. It is
Richard Grznar (187-G-91), who drained 176 points for eight games in
Debrecen (22 ppg). He demonstrated the best performance against Poland in
Qualifying Group F when he spent 35 minutes on court netting 32 points. One
point less he scored against Georgia in third game of the Preliminary Round.
Second scorer of the championship is Czech center
Vesely (210-F/C-90), who was totally the best player of his team in Debrecen
adding 20.4 ppg. His competition-high happened in Qualification Round against
Sweden when he netted 30 points. Later his team reached the final where Slovenia
was too strong for them but anyway Czech Republic made big success advancing to
Division A for the next European Championship.
Third scorer of this championship is Romanian
Rolland Torok (198-C-90), who posted 19.6 ppg in 8 games. His maximum was 32
points against England at the last game of Preliminary Round.
Rolland Torok got another award in Debrecin and this time as a top rebounder
of the competition. He grabbed 102 boards in total which is 12.8 rpg in 8
Mads Frandsen (201-F-90) of Denmark was behind him with 11.4 while
Jakub Wojciechowski (211-C-90) of Poland had 8.6 rpg.
The title for the best 'stealer' belongs to
Diogo Correia (185-G-90), who had 4.1 spg. Another Portuguese is on this
list and it is Jose Barbosa, who made 3.1 spg, while
Andrew Lawrence averaged 2.7 spg.
Interesting is that Czech guard
Tomas Satoransky (196-G/F-91, agency:
is named to be the MVP of U18 European Championship division B.
Division A. Finals - Aug. 3, 2008
Greece U18 - Lithuania U18 57:50 Greek Junior National Team made the final step towards the European
crown. Today they defeated Lithuanian counterparts to become the European
Konstantinos Sloukas (192-G-90) netted 16 points for Greek team as they held
off dangerous Lithuanian side and posted their 8th straight victory at the
tournament. Lithuania jumped to an early 6:0 lead.
Donatas Motiejunas (214-C-90) and Mantas Kadzevicius soon stretched the
margin to 9 points 11:2 but Greece did not panic. They cut the deficit to 5
points and continued to get closer right after the first intermission. A 10:2
rally from the hosts allowed them to claim a 21:18 advantage midway through the
Kristijonas Gaska (188-G-90) retained the advantage for Lithuania late in
the period but it was
Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency:
FCM) who drained a trey and gave Greece a 27:25 halftime lead. The teams
kept it close throughout the third term but three-point bombs from
Konstantinos Sloukas and
Konstantinos Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) extended Greek advantage to 7 points
with under a minute to go in the frame. The home side mounted the pressure on
Lithuania as they went on a 7:0 run and cleared off to a 10-point distance in
the fourth quarter. Gediminas Bertasius and
Donatas Motiejunas trimmed the distance to 6 points but Lithuania simply ran
out of time to get any closer and Greece triumphed at the end.
Nikolaos Pappas had 14 points and 7 boards for Greece.
Konstantinos Papanikolaou added 10 points in a winning case.
Donatas Motiejunas responded with 17 points and 12 boards for Lithuania.
Kristijonas Gaska contributed 9 points in a losing case. The teams were
almost equally matched in the majority of the game facets however Lithuania shot
woefully from beyond the arc converting just 2/21 attempts.
Division B. Finals - Aug. 3, 2008
Slovenia U18 - Czech Republic U18 68:60 Slovenian U18 National Team outscored Czech Republic to earn the title
in Division B of the European Championship. Both teams advanced to the Division
A for the next year. Slovenia needed to overcome a slow start to steamroll their
opponents in the next two quarters and secure the victory at the end.
Marko Vranjkovic (202-F/C-90) secured 17 points and 11 boards to pace the
winners. Czech Republic was not saved by a pivotal performance from
Tomas Satoransky (196-G/F-91, agency:
as he tallied 17 points, 8 boards and 5 assists. The teams exchanged the blows
early in the game with Czech Republic being just more accurate and establishing
a narrow 16:14 lead into the second frame.
Tomas Satoransky kept Czechs ahead throughout the second frame but Slovenia
surged in front late in the half. Anze Pelc drained a three-pointer and Uros
Zadnik came up with a jump shot to give Slovenia a 36:33 advantage at the
interval. Slovenia went on a 9:0 run in the third stanza to accumulate an
11-point cushion that proved unassailable at the end. Czech Republic failed to
come closer in the reminder of the period. Moreover Slovenia extended the gap to
15 points with one quarter to go.
Tomas Satoransky and
Vesely (210-F/C-90) trimmed the margin to 8 points but Slovenia kept steady
and rolled to the success at the end.
Mirza Sarajlija (183-G-91) buried 10 points for Slovenia.
Luka Dimec (207-F/C-90) contributed 9 points in the Slovenian triumphant
Jan Vesely finished with 16 points for Czech team. Kudlacek had 9 points in
Poland U18 - Slovakia U18 70:60
Piotr Pamula (190-G-90) nailed 20 points and Polish Junior Team celebrated
en emphatic win over Slovakia to clinch the third spot at the European
Championship in Division B. Polish side exploded in the starting frame to set
the tone for the rest of the encounter. Sulima and
Piotr Pamula combined for 13 points in the first quarter as Poland jumped to
a massive 32:12 lead after the starting quarter. Poland maintained the distance
well throughout the second frame and established a 41:21 advantage at halftime.
Richard Grznar (187-G-91) knocked down 6 points in the third term to pace
Slovakia as they shaved the deficit to 16 points.
Leonidas Kaselakis (202-C-90) and
Konstantinos Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) chipped in 19 points apiece to lead
Greece. The hosts will now take on Lithuania in the title game tomorrow.
Konstantinos Papanikolaou keyed Greek success in the first half. He notched
all of his 19 points in the starting two quarters and Greece built a massive
27-point cushion at the interval. The visitors managed to win the second half by
4 points but it was too little to seriously threaten the margin. Greece got 15
Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency:
FCM), while Konstantinos Sloukas added 13 points and 11 assists for the
Toni Prostran (188-G-91) answered with 15 points for Croatia.
Tomislav Zubcic (213-C/F-90) delivered 13 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.
Greece used a 28:9 rally in the opening stanza to clear off and never looked
back again. They outrebounded their opponents 39:36 and overcame 19 turnovers
showing some impressive field goal accuracy. Greece sank 58% from the field,
while limiting their opponents to 32% only. Croatia will meet with France in the
consolation final tomorrow.
Lithuania U18 - France U18 79:55
Lithuanian Junior National Team will play in the Final of the European
Championship. Today they thumped France to enter the championship game.
Donatas Motiejunas (214-C-90) nailed 24 points to lead Lithuania to a
cruising victory. Tomorrow the Baltic team will face undefeated Greece in the
main game of the event. France will take on Croatia in the consolation final.
Lithuania dominated in the game leading right from the start. France managed to
keep it close at the early stages however an 8:0 run from Lithuanian side put
them ahead and they rolled to a 22:14 lead at the first intermission. Lithuania
opened a 15-point cushion midway through the second stanza. France failed to
answer and trailed by 15 points after 20 minutes of action.
Donatas Motiejunas scored 5 points early in the third frame and Lithuania
cleared off to an 18-point distance. France simply had no answers for the
onslaught and never recovered suffering a heavy loss at the end.
Tautvydas Slezas (210-C-90) p
Division B. Qualifying Round 2 - Aug. 2, 2008
Qualifying Round - Group E
U18 Slovenia - U18 Czech Republic 78-77 Slovenia grabbed very important victory against
powerful CzechRepublic finishing
Qualifying Round on top of Group E with prefect score. On the other side Czechs
suffered thriller defeat today but they also advanced to the semifinals of U18
European Championship division B in Debrecen.
One of the main reasons of this victory is the fact that Slovenian big guys
succeeded to stop the best scorer of the championship so far
Vesely (210-F/C-90). He spent 40 minutes on court scoring 13 points and
grabbing 10 rebounds but with terrible shot percentage.
Vesely made 4 of 13 attempts for FG2, 1 of 2 for 3-pts and 2 of 6 from the
free throw line. After totally leveled fist stanza, Czechs grabbed 8 points lead
during the next ten minutes. Slovenia answered very quickly and
Muric (198-F/C-90) and
Marko Vranjkovic (202-F/C-90) entered into the last frame with 55-53. CzechRepublic was close to win in the regular
time as it had 63-67 with one minute to go. At the next Slovenia's
Zadnik (185-G-90) netted two FTs after what
Luka Dimec (207-F/C-90) made a lay-up for 67-67. During the extra 5 minutes
Slovenia had plus 3 at the one moment
but Czechs one again were a small step away from the victory. With 00:09 to go
Sarajlija made a lay-up for 78-77 after what Czechs had a last offense but
Jakub Kudlacek (186-G-90) missed a lay-up for the win.
Muric was the best player of Slovenia today missing only one
rebound for double-double. He finished the game with 16 points, 9 boards and 5
Anze Pelc (190-G-90) contributed in this victory with 13 points while
Division B. Semifinals - Aug. 2, 2008
U18 Slovenia - U18 SlovakRepublic 81-53 Slovenia cruised past Slovakia in the
first semifinal game of U18 European Championship division B. Thus Slovenians
reached the final and what is the most important they advanced to Division A for
the next European Championship. It was a main goal of this team before the trip
to Debrecen. On
the other side Slovakia will have to be satisfied
with a battle for the Bronze. Final game is scheduled for tomorrow at 20:30h
when Slovenia will meet
Slovakia will take on
Poland for third place at 18:15h.
Slovenia was much better team today.
21 rebounds more than Slovakia talks for itself about the
difference between these two teams. Since the very beginning Slovenia took
control on its opponent closing first stanza 16-8. After few minutes in the
second period Slovenians already grabbed plus 15, 25-10. It wasn't the end of
good performance by the official host in this game. After the breather Slovenian
players wanted to resolve question about the winner quick. They done it very
soon setting the score 50-28 after what there was not any doubt who will take
Division B. Qualifying Round 1 - Aug. 1, 2008
Qualifying round -Group E
U18 CzechRepublic - U18 Sweden 94-76
Czechs continued where they stopped in the Preliminary Round of U18 European
Championship division B in
time Sweden wasn't able to resist against
strong Czechs, which once again were led by fantastic
Vesely (210-F/C-90). Thus CzechRepublic improved to 2-0 in Qualifying
Group E while Sweden dropped to 0-2. As a reminder
two best teams from this group will advance to the semifinals, which is
scheduled for Saturday.
From the early begging it was clear that level of quality between these two
teams is high. After first 10 minutes Czechs already created advantage of 11
points. With 3 minutes to go in the first half Czech Republic extended lead to
huge 25 points thanks to
Tomas Satoransky (196-G/F-91, agency:
Nothing has changed after the half time. CzechRepublic still was the team which dominated while
Sweden struggled a lot with its
defense. These 20 minutes were just the formality as it was clear that
Sweden is not able to make this day
more interesting. Center
Vesely was unstoppable under the basket. He poured in 30 points and grabbed
18 rebounds. Vesely's shot percentage was on a pretty good level as he had 63.2%
for FG2, 33.3 for 3-pts and 60% from the free throw line.
Jakub Kudlacek (186-G-90) contributed in this win having 16 points, 5
rebounds and 6 assists while
Tomas Satoransky also shined with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists.
Sweden got the most from
Christopher Czerapowicz (195-G-91), who scored 28 points.
Andreas Person (188-G-91) was behind him with 17 points and 4 boards. Czechs
will take on powerful Slovenians tomorrow while Sweden will play against Austria
Division A. Qualifying round Day 3 - Jul. 31, 2008
Israel U18 - Serbia U18 65:61
Israel Junior National Team completed their European Championship Qualifying
round campaign with a narrow win over Serbia.
Yotam Shiran (198-F-90) scored 14 points to pace balanced Israeli offense
past the reigning champions. Both teams finished with 2-3 record in Group E and
would play in the 5-8th spots semifinals. Israel used a 14:3 rally in the first
period to establish a 22:12 lead with just over 2 minutes left. Three freebies
Filip Sepa (199-G/F-90) and a three-pointer from
Aleksandar Vlahovic (193-G-90) cut the distance to 6 points but Ventura
capped the frame with a free throw and Israel enjoyed a 25:18 advantage. Israel
maintained the distance well and drove to a 35:30 lead at the sides change.
Finally Serbia surged in front early in the third quarter.
Aleksandar Vlahovic and Subotic teamed up for 6 consecutive points and
Serbia jumped to a 39:38 lead. But Israel retained the advantage and Sabag gave
Israel a 51:49 buffer entering the fourth term. The teams kept it extra close
throughout the final stanza but Israel proved more accurate at the end. Sabag
nailed a jumper with 56 seconds left, while
Reis (196-F-90) sealed the winning outcome from the charity stripe.
Reis scored 12 points and pulled down 6 boards for Israel.
Tamir Ariely (190-G-90) chipped in 10 points for the winners.
Aleksandar Vlahovic contributed 15 points for Serbia.
Filip Sepa added 11 points before fouling out.
Greece U18 - Lithuania U18 72:54
Greek Juniors once again proved they should be considered the main contenders
for the title at the home European Championship. Today they edged Lithuania to
stay undefeated and finished the Qualifying round at the helm of Group E.
Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency:
FCM) masterminded the victory scoring 22 points. Lithuania entered the
semifinal stage despite the loss.
Tautvydas Slezas (210-C-90) tallied 13 points and 12 boards to pace the
Baltic team. Greek team dominated right from the start and piled up a 22:11
advantage ten minutes into the game. Lithuania opened the second frame with an
8:0 rally to close the margin but Greece responded with a 16:3 outburst to build
an 18-point cushion at the interval. The hosts maintained the distance well
throughout the third quarter and rolled to a 52:38 advantage at three-quarter
Division A. Qualifying round Day 2 - Jul. 31, 2008
Italy U18 - Israel U18 93:57 Italian U18 National Team scored their first win at the Qualifying
round of the European Championship in Greece.
Nicolo Melli (205-F-91) tallied 22 points and 12 boards to lift Italy past
Israel today. Israel opened their Qualifying round campaign with a surprising
victory over Lithuania but could not match the winning tempo. Italy thus
improved to 1-3 record and leapfrogged Israel in Group E ladder. The teams got
to a slow start of the game but Italy used triples from Andrea Muner and Andrea
De Nicolao to jump ahead. Another 6:0 run late in the frame propelled Italian
team to a 20:7 advantage. The Azurri secured a 23:11 lead at the end of the
Daniele Sandri (196-F/G-90) sparked a 7:0 rally from Italy early in the
second period as they cleared off to a 17-point distance. Israel never reminded
of the team that crushed Lithuania a day ago as they trailed by 13 points at
halftime. Italy tipped off the second half with a 13:2 surge that put them ahead
by 24 points. Israel just managed to close the margin to 18 by the end of the
Lorenzo Panzini (185-G-90) and Paolisso never allowed Israel to revive the
intrigue in the fourth quarter as they led Italy to a confident victory at the
Lorenzo Panzini nailed 16 points for the Azurri.
Daniele Sandri came up with 14 points in a win.
Yotam Shiran (198-F-90) responded with 11 points for Israel.
Sabag (184-G-90) had 9 points in a losing case.
Greece U18 - Serbia U18 72:59
Greek Juniors avenged of the last years loss in the European Champions Final
beating the defending champions Serbia today.
Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency:
FCM) exploded with 23 points to lift the hosts to an impressive victory and
ensured their perfect record on top of the Qualifying round Group E. Serbia in
the meantime received a major setback in their semifinal pursuit as they slipped
to 2-2 record. Serbia will face Israel, while Greece will take on Lithuania
Nikolaos Pappas scored 9 points to mastermind a 19:11 lead for Greece after
the starting period. The hosts opened the second frame with a 13:0 run to clear
off to a 21-point distance.
Aleksandar Mitrovic (201-G-90) and Dejan Musli cut the deficit by a whisker
Nikolaos Pappas iced their effort with a three-pointer. Serbia however ref
Division B. Stats leaders after Preliminary Round - Jul. 30, 2008
Center of Czech U18 National Team
Vesely (210-F/C-90) is together with Bosnian
Aldin Majstoric (198-G-90) currently the top scorer of U18 European
Championship division B in Debrecen. Both players netted 87 points in four
games, 21.8 ppg. Vesely and his teammates ended Preliminary Round on top of
Group A recording three wins and one defeat. Vesely demonstrated the best
performance at the opening day against Netherlands scoring 26 points for 24
minutes. He also had 24 points against Montenegro, 17 vs Norway and 20 against
Austria. On the other side Majstoric's name is alongside Vesely's thanks to
wonderful performance at the last round against Slovenia. Majstoric led his team
to win in that game draining 38 points. Round before that he poured in 30 points
vs Ireland while at the first two days he had 19 points in total. Another Czech
is on the list with Top 3 scorers of the championship so far. It is
Richard Grznar (187-G-91), who averaged 21.5 ppg in four games. He reached
the competition-high scoring 31 points against Georgia on Monday.
Rolland Torok (198-C-90) is currently the top rebounded of the championship
with 12 rpg while the second place belongs to Danish player
Mads Frandsen (201-F-90), who averaged 11.8 rpg. On position number three
with 9.5 rpg is
Andre Pereira (198-F, college:
Two Portuguese are on top of the list with best 'stealers'. Jose Barbosa and
Diogo Correia (185-G-90) registered 5 spg while
Mohammed Kherrazi (199-F-90) of Netherlands has 3 spg.
Division A. Qualifying round Day 1 - Jul. 30, 2008
Israel U18 - Lithuania U18 72:61 Israeli Junior National Team surprised the Lithuanian counterparts at
the start of the qualifying round of the European Championship in Greece.
Lithuania entered the stage undefeated but was slowed down by impressive
Tamir Ariely (190-G-90) and
Tamir Ariely nailed 20 points, while
Reis added 18 points and 13 boards to pace Israeli to big time victory over
the tournaments favorites. Lithuania seemed to be well in control in the opening
stanza as they drove to
Mantas Kadzevicius (193-G-91) closed it with 6 straight points and gave the
Baltic team a 19:13 advantage. However
Tamir Ariely sparked a 9:0 run from Israel midway through the second period
as they spurred ahead 28:24. Pecikevicius however closed the first half with two
freebies and retained advantage for Lithuania 31:30. The teams traded baskets
throughout the third frame and Lithuania secured a 51:49 lead with one quarter
to go. However
Daniel Tamir (206-C-91), Ron Sabag and
Reis put Israel up early in the fourth term. Another outburst from
Reis and Ron Sabag opened a double digit cushion with just 27 seconds
remaining. Lithuania managed to answer with a three-pointer from Kristijonas
Gaska before running out of time and losing the battle.
Daniel Tamir contributed 14 points for Israel.
Donatas Motiejunas (215-C-90) answered with 18 points and 14 boards for
Mantas Kadzevicius had 9 points in a losing case. Israel sank 40% from the
field and held their opponents to only 35% accuracy. Lithuania also committed
deadly 22 turnovers down the stretch.
Greece U18 - Italy U18 68:63
Italian U18 Team opened the qualifying round at the European Championship with
the game against one of the main favorites of the tournament Greece.
Zisis Sarikopoulos (212-C-90) paced balanced Greek offense and they held off
Italy to stay undefeated at the tournament. Italy fell to 0-3 record at the
bottom of the qualifying Group E. Italian side got to a better start to the game
but failed to capitalize.
Andrea Muner (196-F-90) scored 4 points early in the game to make it 8:2 for
Division B. Last day of Preliminary Round - Jul. 30, 2008
PRELIMINARY GROUP A
U18 Austria - U18 Czech
Republic 73-77 CzechRepublic made excellent victory against
Austria in the last game of
Preliminary Round taking top position in Group A. On the other side Austria
is the second ranked team in the same group thus these two countries will
continue competition in the Qualifying Round creating a new Group E together
with two best teams from Preliminary Group B. First game of the Qualifying Round
is scheduled for Thursday.
Czechs opened the game with 2-8 but
Rasid Mahalbasic (203-F-90) and
Moritz Lanegger (188-G-90) made turn until the end of the first quarter
setting the score on 22-15. After three minutes of the next stanza their lead
became even bigger, 28-20. It was a signal for
Jakub Kudlacek (186-G-90) and
Tomas Satoransky (196-G/F-91, agency:
to wake up what they done making impressive 15-0 run. Czechs ended first quarter
8-23 heading into the second half with plus 8. Austrians didn't give up until
the end and they got awarded in 37th minute tying the score on 66-66.
Unfortunately to them
Jakub Kudlacek were concentrated from the free throw line in the last minute
Jesse Seilern (189-G-90) committed turnover after what
Rasid Mahalbasic made flagrant foul. The bad thing for Austrians that this
defeat will be transferred to the Qualifying Round where Czechs will enter
(210-F/C-90) once again was the leading scorer of his team with 17 points.
had nice performance collecting 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists while
also had 15 points but with 4 assists.
(194-G-90) added 13 points and 5 rebounds for the loosing side.
and Magnus Midtvedt
(182-G-90) followed him posting 11 points each. At the last day of the
Preliminary Round Norway will meet Netherlands.
Division B. Day 3 - Jul. 29, 2008
PRELIMINARY GROUP A
U18 Norway - U18 Austria 63-78 Austria is the first team from Preliminary Group
A which already booked a spot for the next stage on U18 European Championship
division B in Hungary. As a reminder Austrians were
better than Netherlands in
the first and later against Montenegro in the second round.
Norway is winless yet after two
appearances in Group A. As usually Lanagger was a key player for Austrians in
this game. He registered double-double scoring 21 points with 10 rebounds and 4
Jesse Seilern (189-G-90) also demonstrated wonderful performance for the
winners collecting 20 points and 6 rebounds. Norway got the most from
Nwachukwu (193-F-90), who had 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists.
Anders Stien (194-G-90) followed him netting 14 points for the losing side.
It was a nice beginning of the game for Norwegians as after almost seven minutes
they made advantage of seven points, 17-10. It was kind of signal for Austrians
to wake up what they immediately done. In just 3 minutes
MMoritz Lanegger (188-G-90) and
Jesse Seilern made 9-2 run for 19-20 after first ten minutes. Norway showed
much better performance in the second quarter making turn at the first point and
later reaching plus 5. Unfortunately to their fans Norwegians succeeded to keep
advantage of just 2 points until the half time. Austria opened the next quarter
with 9-3 run extending its lead later to 11 points. Lanagger had pretty good
last two minutes of this period brining 47-61 to his team. The closing frame was
just a formality as Norwegians wasnt able to threat seriously until the end.
After three victories Austria will take a rest tomorrow while Norway will try to
record the first win against Czech Republic.
U18 Norway - U18 Austria 63-78
U18 CzechRepublic - U18 Netherlands 107-71 CzechRepublic grabbed victory in its first
appearance on U18 European Championship division B in Debrecin. Czechs had a
day-off yesterday so they are looking forward to the next round having 1-0 while
Netherlands faced with second
failure. Thus Netherlands,
which came to Hungary having big ambitions, is
currently the only team in Preliminary Group A with two defats. Since the
beginning of the game CzechRepublic was the team which dominated. Big
Vesely (211-F/C-90) was unstoppable under the basket while
Jakub Kudlacek (187-G-90) also had a pretty good day. After 15 minutes of
the game Czechs created advantage of 17 points. Second half didn't change
anything as Czechs continued at the same rhythm. Very soon it was unreachable
73-57 for them what was a sign that the game is lready over. Until the end Netherlands wasn't able to get any closer while
on the other side Czech
Republic didn't want to stop which resulted
with final plus 36.
Division A. Day 2 - Jul. 26, 2008
GROUP ASpain U18-Belgium U18 88:69
Spain U18 got the first win in Group A of European Championship today.
With four wins in four quarters the team beat Belgium U18 88:69 and sent them to
Ivan Martinez (193-F-90) led the winners with 13 points.
Toni Jaume (201-C-90) and
Ignacio Llovet (202-C-91) followed him with 11 apiece.
Lorenzo Giancaterino (190-F-90) top-scored for Belgium with 16 points and
Yannick Moray (198-F-91) netted 14.
Belgium opened the game well leading 12:6 midway through the first quarter.
Perez brought Spain the lead at 17:16 and then they had 24:19 after one period.
Belgium started another quarter better again but
Ignacio Llovet tied the score at 25 for both squads. Santana's three closed
the first half at 45:36 for the Spanish team. Spain used the three-ball to pull
away from Belgium and led 61:43 before going into the fourth quarter ahead
65:47. Trailing 70:51 Belgium however produced 9-0 run to cut to 70:60. That was
all they could do with more than 5 minutes in the game. Spain pushed the tempo
and increased the score on the board. Last four points in the game belonged to
them as Gonzalez made a lay-up and a jump shot.
Division B - Results and stats, Day 1 - Jul. 26, 2008
PRELIMINARY GROUP A
U18 Montenegro - U18 Norway
70-66 Montenegro grabbed victory at the opening day of U18 European Championship
division B in Debrecin beating Norway without any extra effort. As a reminder,
these two teams are placed in Preliminary Group A together with Czech Republic,
Austria and Netherlands. After totally leveled first 7 minutes of the game
Norway succeeded to make quick 4-0 run. Thus after 18-18, visitors in this game
ended first quarter with 4 points lead. It was a kind of a signal to Montenegro
to start playing much tougher. Beginning of the second stanza brought different
picture on the court as Montenegro was the team which dominated. Mostly owing to
Filip Barovic (205-F-90), Montenegro made impressive 20-0 run setting the
score on 38-22. Montenegro's defense looked extremely organized which resulted
without any point from Norway for almost 9 minutes in the second quarter.
Filip Barovic was a key player for Montenegro in the first half scoring 15
points. Until the end of the half time Norway somehow succeed to recover of this
fiasco coming closer on minus 11. After the breather, Montenegro continued at
the same rhythm touching plus 15 twice.
Milorad Sutulovic took care for the points in this quarter for Montenegro.
At the beginning of the last frame
Filip Barovic brought advantage of 16 points for his team after what the
rest of the game was just the formality. Actually Norway come on minus 4 twice
but it was their maximum in this game.
Division A. Day 1 - Jul. 25, 2008
GROUP A Israel U18 - Belgium U18 64:58
Israeli Juniors registered their first win at the European
Championship that started in Greece today. They defeated Belgian team to
open the action in the preliminary Group A.
Ben Reis (196-F-90) and
Yotam Shiran (198-F-90) led balanced Israeli offense with 14 points
apiece. Belgium got to a better start to the game but Israel managed to
recover and prevailed at the latter stages of the clash. Deroover and
Thomas Thaey (197-F-91) scored back-to-back trebles to cap the first
stanza and Belgium led 24:18.
Ben Reis nailed 6 points early in the second frame and Israel knotted
things up at 26.
Ben Reis and
Tamir Ariely (190-G-90) later lifted Israel ahead 33:31 at the interval.
Tamir Arielys trey early in the third stanza marked a 7-point advantage
Thomas Thaey nailed 4 points and
Alexandre Libert (186-G-90) added a freebie for Belgium to trim the gap
to 3 points.
Thomas Thaey added 5 points in a row early in the fourth term and
Belgium drew things level once again 53:53. However Israel answered with an
8:0 rally to claim a 61:53 lead with just over two minutes remaining. Thomas
Thomas Thaey and
Alexandre Libert shaved the distance to 3 points but
Tamir Ariely and Run sealed the winning outcome for Israel in the dying
Tamir Ariely came up with 12 points for Israel in the win.
Thomas Thaey replied with 14 points and 9 boards for Belgium.
Alexandre Libert knocked down 12 points in a losing effort. Belgium
outrebounded their opponents 51:36 but suffered deadly 26 turnovers down the
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