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European Championships U18 Final Standings
 1. France
 2. Lithuania
 3. Italy
 4. Germany
 5. Spain
 6. Bosnia
 7. Russia
 8. Finland
 9. Greece
 10. Serbia
 11. Slovenia
 12. Turkey
 13. Latvia
 14. Croatia
 15. Israel
 16. Sweden
European Championships U18 Stage One Standings
Group A
 1. Spain 3-1 
 2. Italy 3-1 
 3. Croatia 2-2 
 4. Sweden 0-4 
Group B
 1. Germany 3-1 
 2. Greece 2-2 
 3. Turkey 1-3 
 4. Finland 1-3 
Group C
 1. Bosnia 3-1 
 2. Latvia 3-1 
 3. Lithuania 3-1 
 4. Israel 0-4 
Group D
 1. France 4-0 
 2. Russia 2-2 
 3. Serbia 2-2 
 4. Slovenia 0-4 
Points Per Game
 Dzanan MUSA
  BIH
  (204-SG-99)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Musa, BIH20.2 
 2. Strautins, LAT18.7 
 3. Maxhuni, FIN17.8 
 4. Doumbouya, FRA17.8 
 5. Blumbergs, LAT16.5 
 6. Font, ESP16.3 
 7. Martinez, ESP16.2 
 8. Kulboka, LTU15.7 
 9. Zoosman, ISR15.5 
 10. Masiulis, LTU15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturs STRAUTINS
  LAT
  (198-SF-98)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Strautins, LAT10.3 
 2. Sedekerskis, LTU10.2 
 3. Masiulis, LTU10.0 
 4. Blumbergs, LAT9.8 
 5. Polla, FIN9.7 
 6. Hartenstein, GER9.5 
 7. Martinez, ESP9.3 
 8. Zoosman, ISR8.8 
 9. Vesel, SLO8.7 
 10. Bajo, CRO8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Arnas VELICKA
  LTU
  (192-PG-99)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Velicka, LTU5.7 
 2. Uljarevic, CRO5.3 
 3. Gegic, BIH5.3 
 4. Zoriks, LAT5.2 
 5. Figueras, ESP5.0 
 6. Moretti, ITA5.0 
 7. Al, TUR4.8 
 8. Motovilov, RUS4.5 
 9. Ntilikina, FRA4.5 
 10. Moraitis, GRE4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Dimitrios MORAITIS
  (194-PG-99)
  Avg: 4
 1. Moraitis, GRE4.0 
 2. Zoosman, ISR3.8 
 3. Al, TUR3.0 
 4. Lountzis, GRE2.5 
 5. Penna, ITA2.5 
 6. Martinez, ESP2.3 
 7. Masiulis, LTU2.2 
 8. Ntilikina, FRA2.2 
 9. Beni, ISR1.8 
 10. Motovilov, RUS1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Isaiah HARTENSTEIN
  GER
  (211-PF-98)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Hartenstein, GER1.7 
 2. Simanic, SRB1.5 
 3. Polla, FIN1.5 
 4. Sedekerskis, LTU1.3 
 5. Da Silva, GER1.3 
 6. Doumbouya, FRA1.2 
 7. Ntilikina, FRA1.2 
 8. Diawara, FRA1.2 
 9. Garoza, LAT1.0 
 10. Bajo, CRO1.0 


France celebrate title in Samsun (Photo: FIBA)

2016 U18 ROSTER
Starting Five in BOLD letters
Starting five
#s#
Adam Mokoka
Mokoka
Abdoulaye N'doye
N'doye
Ivan Fevrier
Fevrier
Bathiste Tchouaffe
Tchouaffe
Sekou Omar Doumbouya
Doumbouya
#e#5
2Frank Ntilikina 196-PG-98 Strasbourg France
6Adam Mokoka 193-G-98 Gravelines France
9Timothee Vergiat 186-G-98 Hyeres-Toulon France
10Warren Woghiren 207-C-98 Cholet France
11Abdoulaye N'doye 191-G-98 Cholet France
12Jules Rambaut 203-C/F-98 Chalons-Reims France
16Ivan Fevrier 203-F-99 CFBB France
19Bathiste Tchouaffe 195-SG-98 Nanterre France
32Bastien Vautier 210-C-98 Nancy France
35Elhadji-Digue Diawara 203-F-98 ASVEL France
45Sekou Omar Doumbouya 202-F/G-00 Poitiers France
79Thibault Desseignet 178-PG-98 Bourg France

Tahar Assed-Liegeon Head Coach CFBB France
Christophe Allardi Assistant
Jean-Pascal Boisse Assistant


Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Awards 2016 - Dec 23, 2016

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 1st Team 2016
Davide Moretti
Moretti
Frank Ntilikina
Ntilikina
Sekou Omar Doumbouya
Doumbouya
Tadas Sedekerskis
Sedekerskis
Isaiah Hartenstein
Hartenstein

Best Player: Frank Ntilikina (196-PG-98) of France
Best Guard: Frank Ntilikina (196-PG-98) of France
Best Forward: Tadas Sedekerskis (203-F/G-98) of Lithuania
Best Center: Isaiah Hartenstein (211-F/C-98) of Germany

1st Team
PG: Davide Moretti (188-PG-98) of Italy
PG: Frank Ntilikina (196-PG-98) of France
F/G: Sekou Omar Doumbouya (202-F/G-00) of France
F/G: Tadas Sedekerskis (203-F/G-98) of Lithuania
F/C: Isaiah Hartenstein (211-F/C-98) of Germany

2nd Team
PG: Arnas Velicka (192-PG-99) of Lithuania
SG: Dzanan Musa (204-SG-99) of Bosnia
SF: Arnoldas Kulboka (205-SF-98) of Lithuania
PF: Sergi Martinez (201-PF-99) of Spain
F/C: Roberts Blumbergs (204-F/C-97) of Latvia

Honorable Mention
Bathiste Tchouaffe (195-SG-98) of France
Kristers Zoriks (6'3''-SG-98) of Latvial
Aleix Font (192-F/G-98) of Spain
Alessandro Lever (202-F/C-98) of Italy
Kostja Mushidi (195-G/F-98) of Germany
Amar Gegic (200-PG-98) of Bosnia
Michail Lountzis (196-PG-98) of Greece
Karlo Uljarevic (190-PG-98) of Croatia
Agasiy Tonoyan (203-F-98) of Russia
Aleksa Radanov (202-SF-98) of Serbia
Hannes Polla (210-C-98) of Finland
Ragip Atar (210-C-99) of Turkey
Yovel Zoosman (199-G/F-98) of Israel
Olle Lundqvist (198-G-99) of Sweden
Gaber Ozegovic (196-F-98) of Slovenia



France celebrate title in Samsun - Dec 22, 2016

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 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.
3-4 Place
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.

5-6 Place
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.

7-8 Place
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.

9-10 Place
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.

11-12 Place
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.

13-14 Place
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.

15-16 Place
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.




France and Lithuania to clash for title in Samsun - Dec 21, 2016

SEMIFINALS
Italy - France 72-82
France outgunned Italy to advance into Final. Frank Ntilikina (196-PG-98) posted 23 points and 9 assists to lead les Bleues. Italy eked out a 19:18 lead after ten minutes. France unloaded 28 points in the second frame to take a 46:31 halftime lead. The Azzurri pulled within 8 points at the final intermission. But France dropped 26 points in the fourth quarter and iced the win. Bathiste Tchouaffe (195-SG-98) had 16 points for the winners. Alessandro Lever (202-F/C-98) responded with 25 points for Italy.

Germany - Lithuania 62-69
Lithuania fired past Germany to advance into the title game in Turkey. Arnoldas Kulboka (205-SF-98) came up with 24 points and 9 boards to lead the Baltic state. Lithuania eked out a 31:30 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 6-point mark at the final intermission. Lithuania protected the advantage throughout the fourth term and raced to the victory. Arnas Velicka (192-PG-99) tossed in 18 points, issued 6 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds for the winners. Kostja Mushidi (195-G/F-98, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 33 points and 8 boards for Germany.
5-8 Place
Finland - Bosnia 72-95
Bosnia and Herzegovina cruised past Finland in the classification round. Dzanan Musa (204-SG-99, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up with 28 points and 7 assists for the winners. Bosnia piled up a comfortable 45:31 halftime lead. Bosnia dropped 28 points in the fourth quarter and cruised to the win. Amar Gegic (200-PG-98) tossed in 16 points for Bosnia. Edon Maxhuni (186-PG-98) responded with 18 points for Finland.

Spain - Russia 70-55
Spain rallied past Russia in the classification round clash today. Sergi Martinez (201-PF-99) came up with 24 points and 14 rebounds to pace the winners. Spain established a 44:33 halftime lead. Spain held their opponents to just 22 points in the second half and raced to the win. Aleix Font (192-F/G-98, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 13 points and 10 boards in the victory. Andrei Lopatin (206-SF-98) responded with 13 points for Russia.

9-12 Place
Greece - Slovenia 70-68
Greece will play for the ninth overall position in the championship. They beat Slovenia in the classification round clash tonight. Georgios Kalaitzakis (198-PG-99) scored 13 points for the winners. Greece jumped to a 20:9 lead after ten minutes. Slovenia erased the deficit in the next two quarters. The teams entered the fourth stanza tied at 52. Greece sank 18 points in the final term and managed to get away with a narrow win. Dimitrios Moraitis (194-PG-99) accounted for 12 points for the Hellenes. Gaber Ozegovic (196-F-98) answered with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Slovenia.

Turkey - Serbia 58-73
Serbia upset hosting Turkey in the classification round clash in Samsun. Stefan Momirov (192-G-99) topscored with 15 points for Serbia. They jumped to a 36:26 halftime lead. Serbia boosted the lead at 16-point mark at the final break and never looked back en route to the win. Aleksa Radanov (202-SF-98) had 12 points and 8 boards for the winners. Turkey answered with 20 points from Ragip Atar (210-C-99).
13-16 Place
Croatia - Israel 87-84
Croatia topped Israel in the crucial clash in the relegation round. Josip Barnjak (190-G/F-98) came up with 20 points for the winners. Croatia sank 29 points in the second term to open an 8-point lead. Israel pulled within three points at the final intermission. But Croatia held their ground in the fourth term and raced to a vital win. Leo Cizmic (206-F-98, agency: Octagon Europe) and Pavao Pajic (203-F/C-98, agency: XL Basketball Agency) delivered 11 points each for the winners. Miron Ruina (202-C-98), Michael Brisker (183-SG-98) and Yonatan Rabinowitz (185-PG-98) answered with 14 points each for Israel.

Sweden - Latvia 82-91
Latvia rallied past Sweden and stepped closer to rescuing their Division A spot. Roberts Blumbergs (204-F/C-97) scored 25 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Latvia eked out a 47:46 halftime lead. They followed with a 24:16 run in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Arturs Strautins (198-SF-98) accounted for 17 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Felix Lemetti (182-PG-99) responded with 25 points for Sweden as they got relegated.




France, Italy, Lithuania and Germany earn semifinal birth - Dec 20, 2016

Quarterfinals
France - Bosnia 75-61
France eased past Bosnia and Herzegovina into the semifinal stage in Samsun. Sekou Omar Doumbouya (202-F/G-00) nailed 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Les Bleues recorded the fourth straight win at the tournament. France established a 33:29 halftime lead. They extended the lead at 5-point mark at the final break. France sank 25 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the victory. Frank Ntilikina (196-PG-98) tossed in 15 points in the win. Dzanan Musa (204-SG-99, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Italy - Finland 61-56
Italy held off Finland to reach the semifinal stage. Davide Moretti (188-PG-98) produced 14 points for the Azzurri. Italy and Finland were tied at 27 heading into the second half. Italy ignited a 21:13 run in the third quarter to take an 8-point lead at the final break. Finland narrowed the deficit in the fourth stanza but could not avoid the loss. Lorenzo Penna (176-PG-98) accounted for 11 points for the winners. Edon Maxhuni (186-PG-98) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds for Finland.

Lithuania - Russia 82-81
Lithuania nipped Russia in the quarterfinal battle today. Arnas Velicka (192-PG-99) drained a buzzer-beating three-pointer to propel the Baltic team to the win. Lithuania recorded a 38:32 halftime advantage. They extended the margin at 12-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. However Russia erased the deficit and grabbed an 81:79 lead late in regulation. But Arnas Velicka came up with a big shot late in the encounter and propelled Lithuania into the semis. Gytis Masiulis (206-F/C-98) topscored with 23 points and 13 rebounds for Lithuania. Arnas Velicka added 18 points for the winners. Grigory Motovilov (193-G-98, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) answered with 27 points for Russia.

Germany - Spain 78-74
Germany outgunned Spain en route to the semifinal stage in Samsun. Oscar Da Silva (206-F-98) nailed 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Spain held their opponents to just 9 points in the first term to take a 6-point lead. But Germany sank 29 points in the second frame to take a 5-point advantage. They protected the lead well throughout the second half and marched to a hard-fought victory. Ferdinand Zylka (190-SG-98, agency: BeoBasket) and Isaiah Hartenstein (211-PF-98) delivered 16 points each for the winners. Aleix Font (192-F/G-98, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 23 points for Spain.
9-16 Place
Serbia - Israel 69-63
Serbia secured their stay in Division A as they knocked down Israel in the classification round game tonight. Milos Glisic (206-PF-98) provided 20 points and 7 caroms to lead the winners. Serbia grabbed a 17:12 lead after ten minutes. Israel erased the deficit in the second term. The teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 48. However Serbia poured in 21 points in the final period and sealed the crucial win. Aleksa Radanov (202-SF-98) chipped in 16 points for the winners. Yovel Zoosman (199-G/F-98) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Israel.

Croatia - Turkey 69-71
Turkey snatched a narrow win over Croatia in the classification round clash in Samsun. Ragip Atar (210-C-99) tallied 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead the hosts. Turkey rallied to a comfortable 44:27 halftime lead. Croatia narrowed the deficit in the second term. They pulled within striking distance but Turkey hung on to sneak to a vital victory. Yigitcan Saybir (201-F-99) finished with 11 points in the win. Karlo Uljarevic (190-PG-98) answered with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists for Croatia.

Greece - Sweden 80-69
Vasileos Christidis (206-C/F-98, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds as Greece took care of Sweden in the classification round. Sweden jumped to a 19:12 lead after ten minutes. Greece however picked up the tempo in the next quarters. They went for 47 points in the second half and sealed so much needed victory. Dimitrios Moraitis (194-PG-99) had 15 points in the win. Jonatan Arvidsson (182-PG-98) responded with 17 points for Sweden.

Latvia - Slovenia 70-86
Slovenia rallied past Latvia for the first victory in Samsun. Gaber Ozegovic (196-F-98) and Aljaz Bratec (192-PG-98) produced 17 points each to pace the winners. Latvia built a 42:38 halftime lead. But Slovenia used a massive 21:9 run in the third term to surge ahead. They added 27 points in the fourth term to seal the win. David Kralj (190-G-99) accounted for 14 points for Slovenia. Arturs Strautins (198-SF-98) responded with 19 points and 12 rebounds for Latvia.



Quarterfinals are set in Samsun - Dec 19, 2016

Group A
Spain - Italy 62-68
Italy clinched the top position in Group A. They dropped Spain for the third win in a row. Tommaso Oxilia (198-F-98) posted 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Azzurri. Italy recorded a 40:24 halftime lead. Spain narrowed the gap in the second half but could not avoid the loss. Lorenzo Bucarelli (196-G/F-98) provided 10 points in the win. Sergi Martinez (201-PF-99) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Spain.

Sweden - Croatia 77-78
Croatia wrapped up their preliminary campaign with victory. They nipped Sweden for 1-2 record in Group A. Domagoj Saric (193-PG-99) and Pavao Pajic (203-F/C-98, agency: XL Basketball Agency) produced 15 points each for the winners. Sweden eked out a 39:37 halftime lead. They extended the gap at 12-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. But Croatia unloaded 29 points in the final quarter and got away with a narrow victory. Karlo Uljarevic (190-PG-98) and Lovro Buljevic (208-PF-98) provided 13 points each for the winners. Olle Lundqvist (198-G-99) responded with 27 points for Sweden.

Group B
Finland - Greece 71-73
Greece finished their preliminary round campaign with a narrow win over Finland. But it was not enough to reach quarterfinals. Finland secured the playoff birth despite the loss. Michail Lountzis (196-PG-98) provided 19 points for the winners. Greece registered a 42:25 halftime lead. But Finland narrowed the gap in the second half and got away with so much needed result at the end. Dimitrios Moraitis (194-PG-99) had 16 points for the winners. Edon Maxhuni (186-PG-98) scored 18 points for Finland.

Turkey - Germany 70-80
Germany finished on top of Group B. They shocked hosting Turkey tonight to stay undefeated. Isaiah Hartenstein (211-PF-98) stepped up with 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead the winners. Germany jumped to a 23:12 lead after ten minutes. They followed with a 43:36 run in the second half to seal the win. Bennet Hundt (180-PG-98) delivered 12 points for the winners. Ragip Atar (210-C-99) responded with 21 points and 15 rebounds for Turkey.

Group C
Latvia - Bosnia 74-65
Latvia outgunned Bosnia but could not make it into the quarterfinal stage. Arturs Strautins (198-SF-98) and Roberts Blumbergs (204-F/C-97) provided 18 points each for the winners. Latvia jumped to a 29:13 lead after ten minutes. Bosnia denied the deficit in the next two periods. However Latvia ignited a 26:13 run in the fourth term and sealed the win. Dzanan Musa (204-SG-99, agency: BeoBasket) delivered 20 points and 9 rebounds for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Israel - Lithuania 88-94 OT
Lithuania recorded the second victory in Samsun. They survived overtime thriller versus Israel to improve at 2-1 record in Group C. Arnoldas Kulboka (205-SF-98) chipped in 25 points and collected 10 rebounds for the Baltic team. Israel eked out a 36:34 halftime lead. They extended the gap at 14-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. But Lithuania ignited a 28:14 run in the next period to force overtime. They dropped 18 points in the extra period and iced the win. Tadas Sedekerskis (203-F/G-98) tallied 17 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Yovel Zoosman (199-G/F-98) responded with 17 points and 17 caroms for Israel as they fell at 0-3 record.

Group D
France - Serbia 71-68
France ensured the third consecutive victory in Turkey. They nipped Serbia to win Group D. Sekou Omar Doumbouya (202-F/G-00) was unstoppable with 31 points for Les Bleues. Serbia secured a 34:29 halftime lead. But France sank 42 points in the second half and rolled to a tough victory at the end. Frank Ntilikina (196-PG-98) and Bathiste Tchouaffe (195-SG-98) had 9 points apiece in the win. Borisa Simanic (209-PF-98) answered with 14 points for Serbia.

Slovenia - Russia 49-81
Russia cruised past Slovenia to gain the second straight win in Samsun. Agasiy Tonoyan (203-F-98) produced 21 points to lead the winners. Slovenia and Russia were tied at 33 at the interval. But Russia used a massive 48:16 run in the second half to ice the victory. Grigory Motovilov (193-G-98, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) tossed in 17 points and 7 assists for the winners. Gaber Ozegovic (196-F-98), Aljaz Bratec (192-PG-98) and Miha Skedelj (198-SG-99) responded with 10 points each for Slovenia.




Day 2 in Samsun - Dec 17, 2016

Group A
Croatia - Italy 78-84
Italy raced to the second consecutive victory in Group A. They fired past Croatia to stay undefeated. Davide Moretti (188-PG-98) came up with 23 points to lead the effort. Italy used a 21:10 run in the second term to open a 14-point halftime lead. The Azzurri extended the margin at 15 points heading into the fourth term. Croatia sank 29 points in the final quarter but could avoid the defeat. Tommaso Oxilia (198-F-98) had 14 points in the win. Leo Cizmic (206-F-98, agency: Octagon Europe) and Darko Bajo (204-G/F-99, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 14 points each for Croatia.

Sweden - Spain 48-58
Spain celebrated the second straight win in Samsun. They beat Sweden in Group A. Aleix Font (192-F/G-98, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Spain established a 32:22 halftime advantage. They held Sweden to just 26 points in the second half and raced to the win. Sergi Martinez (201-PF-99) tossed in 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the winners. Jonatan Arvidsson (182-PG-98) and Felix Lemetti (182-PG-99) responded with 15 points each for Sweden.

Group B
Greece - Germany 70-85
Germany kept on winning in Samsun. They held off Greece to improve at 2-0 record in Group B. Six players scored in double digits to pace the winners. Greece accumulated a 39:35 halftime lead. But Germany responded with a 24:9 rally in the fourth stanza and got away with the victory. Nelson Weidemann (190-PG-99) came up with 15 points for Germany. Ferdinand Zylka (190-SG-98, agency: BeoBasket) added 14 points for the winners. Michail Lountzis (196-PG-98) responded with 14 points for Greece.

Finland - Turkey 65-53
Finland bounced back from the starting loss and upset Turkey for 1-1 record in Group B. Edon Maxhuni (186-PG-98) nailed 20 points to lead the winners. Finland dominated in the first half. They established a 38:29 halftime lead. Turkey narrowed the gap at 5-point mark at the final intermission. Finland however limited the hosts to just 8 points in the fourth frame and rallied to the win. Elias Valtonen (197-F-99) had 14 points for the winners. Omer Al (181-PG-98) and Ahmet Duran (205-C-99) responded with 10 points each for Turkey.

Group C
Lithuania - Bosnia 70-79
Bosnia and Herzegovina registered the second straight win in Group C. They rallied past Lithuania behind 17 points and 9 caroms from Dzanan Musa (204-SG-99, agency: BeoBasket). Bosnia established a 38:32 halftime lead. Bosnia then went on a 25:18 run in the fourth quarter and secured the winning outcome. Darko Talic (198-SF-98) accounted for 19 points in the win. Tadas Sedekerskis (203-F/G-98) responded with 25 points and 12 rebounds for Lithuania as they fell at 1-1 record.

Israel - Latvia 70-71
Latvia nipped Israel to open win count at the championship. Arturs Strautins (198-SF-98) scored 24 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for the Baltic team. Latvia secured a 31:26 halftime lead. Israel narrowed the deficit in the second half but Latvia hung on to snatch a vital win. Roberts Blumbergs (204-F/C-97) and Arturs Kurucs (189-SG-00) provided 12 points each in the victory. Michael Moshkovitz (201-F-98) and Miron Ruina (202-C-98) responded with 14 points each for Israel.

Group D
Russia - Serbia 70-43
Russia stormed past Serbia to open win count in Group D. Agasiy Tonoyan (203-F-98) came up with 16 points and 12 rebounds to pace the effort. Russia built a comfortable 35:13 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 33-point mark and never looked back en route to the win. Mikhail Andrianov (198-SG-98) tossed in 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for Russia. Novak Music (188-PG-98, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 12 points for Serbia.

Slovenia - France 50-81
France stayed undefeated in Samsun. They cruised past Slovenia for 2-0 record in Group D. Sekou Omar Doumbouya (202-F/G-00) came up with 22 points and 6 rebounds for Les Bleues. France piled up a 43:24 halftime lead. They went on a 38:25 run in the second half and marched to the victory. Elhadji-Digue Diawara (203-F-98) chipped in 13 points in the win. Matej Janezic (207-C/F-98) answered with 9 points for Slovenia.




Day 1 in Samsun - Dec 16, 2016

Group A
Italy - Sweden 75-56
Italy got to the winning start of their campaign in Samsun. They defeated Sweden in Group A. The Azzurri grabbed a 36:33 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 7-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. Italy ignited a 22:10 run in the fourth period and raced to the victory. Davide Moretti (188-PG-98) produced 13 points, while Alessandro Lever (202-F/C-98) and Tommaso Oxilia (198-F-98) tossed in 10 points each for the winners. Olle Lundqvist (198-G-99) responded with 15 points for the Scandinavian team.

Spain - Croatia 74-62
Spain opened win count at the championship. They rallied past Croatia in Group A. Aleix Font (192-F/G-98, agency: Octagon Europe) nailed 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners. Spain and Croatia were knotted at 29 at the end of the first half. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third term. Spain and Croatia entered the fourth frame tied at 44. Spain however unloaded 30 points in the fourth term and rallied to the victory. Sergi Martinez (201-PF-99) accounted for 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Karlo Uljarevic (190-PG-98) answered with 14 points for Croatia.

Group B
Germany - Finland 92-63
Germany cruised past Finland in the opening day of action in Samsun. Kostja Mushidi (195-G/F-98, agency: BeoBasket) came up with 18 points and 6 assists to lead the winners. Germany used a 26:12 run in the second frame to secure a 19-point halftime lead. They unloaded 45 points in the second half and marched to the victory. Ferdinand Zylka (190-SG-98, agency: BeoBasket) tossed in 13 points in the win. Edon Maxhuni (186-PG-98) responded with 13 points for Finland.

Turkey - Greece 82-78
Turkey tipped off their home championship with victory. They outgunned Greece in Group B opener. Omer Al (181-PG-98) scored 21 points and issued 8 assists to lead the effort. Turkey established a 46:34 halftime lead. Greece cut the deficit in the second half. The Hellenes pulled within striking distance but could not avert the loss. Ragip Atar (210-C-99) accounted for 12 points in the win. Michail Lountzis (196-PG-98) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Greece.

Group C
Latvia - Lithuania 50-62
Lithuania rolled past their Baltic rivals Latvia at the start of the championship campaign. Tadas Sedekerskis (203-F/G-98) produced 14 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge. Lithuania eked out a 29:27 halftime lead. They held Latvia to just 23 points in the second half and raced to the win. Gytis Masiulis (206-F/C-98) accounted for 12 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Kristers Zoriks (191-SG-98) responded with 16 points for Latvia.

Bosnia - Israel 103-102 OT
Bosnia and Herzegovina survived a tough overtime battle against Israel to open win count in Group C. Dzanan Musa (204-SG-99, agency: BeoBasket) came up with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the winners. Israel grabbed a 49:32 halftime advantage. But Bosnia and Herzegovina unloaded 35 points in the fourth term and forced overtime. They dropped 13 points in the extra period and snatched a tough win at the end. Sani Campara (190-G-99) provided 23 points in the victory. Amit Ebo (182-G-99) responded with 30 points and 6 assists for Israel.

Group D
Serbia - Slovenia 68-60
Serbia topped Slovenia for the first victory in Group D. Aleksa Radanov (202-SF-98) accounted for 23 points to pace the winning side. Slovenia raced to an 18:13 lead after ten minutes. But Serbia quickly denied the deficit. They eked out a 32:31 halftime advantage. Serbia went on a 21:15 run in the fourth stanza to seal the victory. Borisa Simanic (209-PF-98) tossed in 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the winners. Gaber Ozegovic (196-F-98) answered with 14 points and 8 boards for Slovenia.

France - Russia 53-48
Well-balanced offensive effort propelled France past Russia in the starting game in Samsun for both sides. France dominated in the first half. Les Bleues piled up a 32:20 halftime lead. Russia narrowed the deficit in the second term but came up short of win at the end. Adam Mokoka (193-G-98, agency: BeoBasket) and Frank Ntilikina (196-PG-98) came up with 8 points each for France. Agasiy Tonoyan (203-F-98) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Russia.









by Dhruv
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