Cyprus - Ireland 67-61 Cyprus fired past Ireland behind 13 points from Michalis Mythillos (190-G-98). Cyprus recorded a 40:32 halftime lead. They stretched the margin at 11-point mark at the final intermission. Ireland narrowed the deficit in the fourth frame but came up short at the end. Christos Hatzikostas (184-G-98) tossed in 11 points in the win. Adam Drummond (192-SG-99) and Robert Sullivan (184-G/F-98) responded with 15 points each for Ireland.
FYR Macedonia - Bulgaria 69-88 Bulgaria cruised past FYR Macedonia in the opener. Yordan Minchev (202-F-98) nailed 26 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Bulgaria established a 54:36 halftime lead. FYR Macedonia cut the distance at 12-point mark at the final intermission. However Bulgaria picked up the tempo in the fourth frame to roll to the victory. Krastan Krastanov (195-F/G-99) provided 24 points in the win. Ranko Mamuzikj (200-PF-98) replied with 22 points and 6 rebounds for FYR Macedonia.
Poland - Hungary 72-76 Hungary rallied past Poland in the opening game in Group A. Chester Lewis (185-PG-98) posted 19 points to lead the winners. Poland recorded a 43:32 halftime lead. Hungary however turned things around in the second half. They went on a 24:12 run in the fourth frame to snatch the win. Csaba Kucsora (189-G-98) posted 13 points for the winners. Dominik Rutkowski (196-F/G-98) responded with 18 points for Poland.
Montenegro - Belgium 71-59 Milos Popovic (197-PF-98) posted 27 points and 13 rebounds to lead Montenegro past Belgium. The Balkan side jumped to a 37:29 halftime lead. Montenegro extended the margin at 10-point mark at the final intermission. They protected the lead throughout the fourth term and raced to the win. Milic Starovlah (196-F-98) delivered 10 points for the winners. Giuliano Neri (187-SG-99) answered with 12 points for Belgium.
Belarus - Portugal 66-54 Belarus held off Portugal behind 16 points and 8 rebounds from Yauhen Massalski (204-F-99). Portugal and Belarus were tied at 27 at the interval. Belarus however cleared off in the second half. They went on a 39:27 run in the half to ice the victory. Dzianis Vikentsyeu (203-F/C-98) and Vlad Mikulskiy (188-G-98) had 14 points each for the winners. Goncalo Delgado (203-F/C-98), Goncalo Madureira (182-SG-98) and Pedro Costa (188-SG-98) responded with 10 points each for Portugal.
Austria - Romania 67-79 Romania nipped Austria to open win count in Group B. Dan Tohatan (182-PG-99) stepped up with 16 points to lead the winning side. Austria reeled off to a 28:19 lead after ten minutes. But Romania turned things around in the second frame. They went on a 28:11 run to gain a 47:39 halftime advantage. Romania held Austria to just 28 points in the second half and marched to the win. Dragos Diculescu (192-G/F-99) and Dimitri Georgiadis (202-F-99) had 12 points each for the winning side. Jonas John (182-SG-99) answered with 18 points for Austria.
Iceland - Luxembourg 97-50 Iceland eased past Luxembourg in the opener. Five players scored in double digits for the winners. Eyjolfur Halldorsson (194-F/G-98) posted 15 points and 14 rebounds in the victory. Iceland registered a 52:34 halftime lead. Iceland limited their opponents to just 16 points in the second half and cruised to the win. Thorir Thorbjarnarsson (196-F-98) had 14 points in the victory. Philippe Arendt (178-PG-98) responded with 11 points for Luxembourg.
Holland - Estonia 65-71 Estonia upset Netherlands for the opening victory in Skopje. Kristian Kullamae (190-G-99) recorded 20 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in the win. Estonia got to a strong start. They secured a 33:22 halftime lead. Netherlands tried to come back into the game hard throughout the second half but could not avoid the defeat. Matthias Tass (208-F/C-99) had 16 points for the winners. Irfan Ramovic (192-PG-98) answered with 20 points and 8 boards for Netherlands.
Denmark - Czech Republic 53-66 Czech Republic defeated Denmark to open win count in Skopje. Frantisek Vana (191-G/F-97) posted 16 points to lead the winners. Czech Republic accounted for a comfortable 40:13 halftime lead. Denmark narrowed the deficit in the second half. But Czech Republic stayed in control and rallied to the victory. Michal Kozak (202-F-98) had 10 points and 17 rebounds for the Czech side. Stefan Jevric (200-F-98) answered with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Denmark.
Slovakia - Scotland 74-56 Slovakia outgunned Scotland in Group D action. Mario Ihring (189-G-98) posted 17 points, 8 steals, 6 assists and 4 rebounds for the winners. Slovakia eked out a 34:33 halftime lead. Scotland denied the deficit in the third term. But Slovakia finished the game on a 25:7 run in the fourth frame and sealed the win. Marek Dolezaj (195-G-98) accounted for 15 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Kyle Jimenez (183-SF-98) answered with 13 points for Scotland.
Georgia - Albania 94-39 Georgia coasted past Albania for the first win in Skopje. Levan Babilodze (196-SG-98) posted 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Georgia built a massive 56:22 halftime lead. They followed with a 25:7 run in the fourth term to breeze to the win. Luka Bulashvili (192-G/F-98) had 14 points for the winning side. Skerdi Jareci (194-F/G-98) responded with 11 points for Albania.
Ukraine - United Kingdom 74-65 Ukraine beat Great Britain en route to the first victory at the tournament. Illya Tyrtyshnyk (190-G-98) posted 22 points for the winners. Ukraine piled up a 42:32 halftime lead. Ukraine maintained the lead throughout the second half and marched to the victory. Dmytro Skapintsev (206-C-98) had 18 points and 15 rebounds in the win. Luke Mitchell (182-G-98) responded with 17 points for Great Britain.
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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