FYR Macedonia - Hungary 56-78 Hungary secured the third straight win in Group A. They overcame FYR Macedonia to stay undefeated. Csaba Kucsora (189-G-98) provided 20 points to lead the winners. Hungary went on a 25:11 run in the second term to take a 10-point lead. They dropped 24 points in the third term to secure a 19-point advantage at the final intermission. Hungary protected the lead well throughout the fourth quarter and marched to the win. Mate Papai (204-F-98) and Gaspar Kerpel-Fronius (186-G-98) chipped in 11 points each for the winners. Elvis Hot (197-F/C-98) responded with 16 points and 11 rebounds for FYR Macedonia.
Ireland - Bulgaria 67-113 Bulgaria coasted past Ireland for the second win in Group A. Yordan Minchev (202-F-98) came up with 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to pace the winning side. Bulgaria posted a 56:20 halftime lead. Bulgaria unloaded 57 points in the second half to cruise to the victory. Ivaylo Tonev (194-F/G-99) had 22 points for the winners. Adam Drummond (192-SG-99) answered with 15 points for Ireland.
Cyprus - Poland 42-70 Poland cruised past Cyprus to take 2-1 record in Group A. Mikolaj Kurpisz (202-PF-98) posted 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Poland recorded a 31:20 halftime lead. Poland followed with a 39:22 second half run to celebrate victory. Mateusz Szczypinski (194-SG-98, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 11 points in the win. Orestis Andreou (188-F/G-98) responded with 8 points for Cyprus.
Belarus - Montenegro 56-95 Montenegro cruised past Belarus to secure the third win in a row in Skopje. Ognjen Carapic (195-SG-98, agency: BeoBasket) posted 17 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the winners. Montenegro built a 47:25 halftime lead. They sank 48 points in the second half and cruised to the win. Milic Starovlah (196-F-98) accounted for 16 points for the winners. Dzianis Vikentsyeu (203-F/C-98) and Vlad Mikulskiy (188-G-98) had 8 points apiece for Belarus.
Portugal - Romania 62-45 Portugal opened win count in Skopje. They bettered Romania for 1-2 record. Pedro Costa (188-SG-98) provided 14 points in the win. Romania and Portugal were tied at 25 after twenty minutes of action. Portugal shifted the gear in the second half. They went on a 37:20 run to clear off for the win. Goncalo Delgado (203-F/C-98) had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Dan Tohatan (182-PG-99) responded with 11 points and 12 rebounds for Romania.
Austria - Belgium 45-91 Belgium coasted past Austria to improve at 2-1 record in Group B. Belgium jumped to a 45:18 halftime lead. They unleashed 46 points in the second half to rally to the victory. Lander Kuijt (192-G/F-98) posted 15 points for the winners. Servaas Buysschaert (200-C/F-99) had 11 points in the win. Peter Hofbauer (194-F/G-98) and Jonas John (182-SG-99) delivered 9 points each for Austria.
Iceland - Denmark 73-68 Iceland held off Denmark to record the second victory in Skopje. Eyjolfur Halldorsson (194-F/G-98) posted 17 points to lead the winners. Iceland established a 41:36 halftime lead. Denmark pulled ahead in the third term. The Scandinavian team eked out a one-point lead at the final intermission. Iceland however turned the tables in the fourth stanza. They held Denmark to just 9 points in the final period and raced to the victory. Thorir Thorbjarnarsson (196-F-98) delivered 15 points and 8 steals for the winners. David Kristensen (208-F-98) responded with 14 points for Denmark.
Holland - Czech Republic 62-83 Czech Republic recorded the third straight victory in Skopje. They rolled past Netherlands to stay undefeated. Jan Zidek (200-F-99) posted 13 points to lead the winners. Czech Republic gained a 37:31 halftime lead. The Czech team extended the gap at 10-point mark. They totaled 32 points in the fourth quarter to rally to the win. Eduard Kotasek (187-G/F-98) tossed in 12 points for the winners. Elay Wirjo (196-F-98) responded with 14 points for Netherlands.
Luxembourg - Estonia 53-76 Estonia cruised past Luxembourg to gain 2-1 record in Group C. Kristian Kullamae (190-G-99) accounted for 32 points to lead the Baltic side. Estonia posted a 49:30 halftime lead. They came up with a 14:6 rally in the fourth stanza to seal the win. Eric Schmalz (182-G-99) chipped in 12 points for the winners. Mihailo Andjelkovic (179-G-98) responded with 26 points and 7 rebounds for Luxembourg.
Georgia - United Kingdom 76-70 Georgia celebrated the third consecutive win in Group D. They held off Great Britain to remain perfect. Goga Bitadze (210-C/F-99) stepped up with 18 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Great Britain surged to a comfortable 29:15 lead after the first period. But Georgia turned things around in the next quarters. They turned the deficit into a 4-point lead heading into the fourth frame 56:52. Georgia posted 20 points in the final stanza to seal the win. Saba Akobia (185-PG-98) provided 16 points in the victory. Nelson Boachie-Yiadom (197-F-99) responded with 14 points and 12 rebounds for Great Britain.
Scotland - Albania 83-65 Scotland outscored Albania for the first win in Group D. Sean Nealon (189-F-99) produced 25 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Albania grabbed a 20:17 lead after ten minutes. But Scotland used a 46:22 run in the next two quarters to spur ahead. Albania cut the distance in the fourth frame but could not avert the defeat. Konrad Kantorski (181-PG-98) chipped in 21 points for the winning side. Frenki Lilaj (201-C-98) responded with 13 points for Albania.
Slovakia - Ukraine 61-78 Ukraine kept on winning in Skopje. They beat Slovakia for the third consecutive win in Group D. Illya Tyrtyshnyk (190-G-98) accounted for 19 points and 7 assists for the winners. Slovakia rallied to a 25:14 lead after ten minutes. But Ukraine turned things around in the next periods. They stormed to a 60:53 lead at the final break. Ukraine held Slovakia to only 8 points in the fourth frame and sealed the victory. Illia Niemtsu (201-SF-98) and Mykhailo Horobchenko (182-PG-98) finished with 15 points each for the winners. Matej Drgon (195-F-98) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Slovakia.
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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