Bulgaria - Cyprus 82-67 Bulgaria kept chasing the top position in Group A. They rallied past Cyprus for the third win. Martin Kotsev (191-G/F-98) nailed 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the winners. Bulgaria established a 47:31 halftime lead. Bulgaria kept Cyprus at bay throughout the second half and marched to the win. Ivan Alipiev (194-F/G-99) had 11 points for the winners. Cyprus responded with 12 points from Orestis Andreou (188-F/G-98).
Poland - FYR Macedonia 104-66 Poland cruised past FYR Macedonia for the third victory in Group A. Mateusz Szczypinski (194-SG-98, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 16 points to lead the winners. Poland piled up a 46:30 halftime lead. They unleashed 58 points in the second half and cruised to the win. Dominik Wilczek (193-G/F-99) contributed 14 points for the winners. Nenad Dimitrijevikj (170-PG-98) responded with 22 points for FYR Macedonia.
Hungary - Ireland 94-55 Hungary stayed on the winning track in Skopje. They fired past Ireland for the fourth straight victory. Csaba Kucsora (189-G-98) posted 15 points to lead the winners. Hungary opened a 43:18 halftime lead. They unloaded 51 points in the second half to seal the victory. Gabor Bordacs (199-F/G-98) accounted for 12 points in the win. Matt Treacy (199-F-98) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds for Ireland.
Montenegro - Austria 87-45 Montenegro remained undefeated in Skopje. They fired past Austria for the fourth consecutive victory in Group B. Ognjen Carapic (195-SG-98, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 21 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 5 assists for the winners. Montenegro established a 48:22 halftime lead. They followed with a 27:12 run in the third term and cleared off for good. Milos Popovic (197-PF-98) had 18 points in the win. Jakob Ernst (189-G-98) responded with 13 points for Austria.
Romania - Belarus 69-77 Belarus registered the second victory in Group B. They beat Romania for 2-2 record. Vlad Mikulskiy (188-G-98) nailed 34 points and made 6 steals to lead the winners. Belarus secured a 34:28 halftime lead. They stretched the lead at 10-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back. Denis Sivatskiy (198-F-98) had 10 points for the winners. Dan Tohatan (182-PG-99) responded with 16 points for Romania.
Belgium - Portugal 53-56 Portugal outgunned Belgium to catch up with their opponents at 2-2 record in Group B. Goncalo Delgado delivered 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Portugal eked out a 30:26 halftime lead. They boosted the margin at 5-point mark at the final intermission and protected it throughout the fourth frame. Vasco Catarro (198-F-99) netted 11 points in the win. Darnell Snyers (181-PG-98) responded with 13 points for Belgium.
Estonia - Iceland 86-66 Estonia improved at 3-1 record following a comfortable win over Iceland. Kristian Kullamae (190-G-99) netted 31 points and pulled down 8 rebounds for the winners. Estonia posted a 44:30 halftime lead. They dropped 42 points in the second half to race to the win. Matthias Tass (208-F/C-99) had 13 points, 15 boards and 10 blocks for Estonia. Thorir Thorbharnarsson responded with 24 points for Iceland.
Denmark - Holland 59-53 Denmark held off Netherlands for 2-2 record in Group C. David Kristensen nailed 15 points for the Scandinavian side. Denmark jumped to a 17:4 lead after ten minutes. Netherlands though managed to narrow the gap at 4-point mark at the interval. The Dutch team pulled within 3 points at the final intermission. But Denmark held their opponents to just 9 points and raced to the victory. Oscar Jorgensen had 10 points for the winners. Calvin Poulina responded with 18 points for Netherlands.
Czech Republic - Luxembourg 73-33 Czech Republic overwhelmed Luxembourg to remain perfect at the championship. Martin Kolar scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead well-balanced effort from the winners. Czech Republic piled up a 44:19 halftime lead. They went on a 20:2 run in the fourth term to seal the win. Ondrej Kukura (204-C/F-98) had 9 points in the victory. Mihailo Andjelkovic (179-G-98) answered with 11 points for Luxembourg.
Ukraine - Georgia 71-72 Luka Bulashvili (192-G/F-98) sank two free throws late in regulation to propel Georgia past Ukraine in thriller. He finished with 20 points for Georgia as climbed at 4-0 record. Georgia built a 37:34 halftime lead. But Ukraine went on a 27:14 run in the third term to spur ahead. Georgia however bounced back as they pulled within striking distance late in the game. Luka Bulashvili then calmly sank two free throws to ice the win. Levan Babilodze (196-SG-98) provided 14 points for Georgia. Mykhailo Horobchenko (182-PG-98) responded with 18 points for Ukraine.
United Kingdom - Scotland 95-51 Great Britain snapped three-game losing skid in Skopje. They thumped Scotland for the first win in Group D. Nelson Boachie-Yiadom (197-F-99) accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Great Britain rallied to a 51:27 halftime lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second half and coasted to the win. Micah Savery-Richards (191-G/F-99) and Henri Langton (206-C-98) netted 12 points each for the winners. Kyle Jimenez (183-SF-98) responded with 16 points for Scotland.
Albania - Slovakia 45-93 Matej Drgon (195-F-98) and Maros Zeliznak (205-C-99) nailed 12 points each to lead Slovakia to a comfortable win over Albania. Slovakia built a comfortable 45:20 halftime lead. They dropped 48 points in the second half to seal the win. Frenki Lilaj (201-C-98) replied with 20 points for Albania.
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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