Montenegro - Poland 75-53 Montenegro stayed in the race for Division B title. They cruised past Poland in the quarterfinal battle. Milos Popovic (197-PF-98) netted 25 points and collected 10 rebounds for the winners. Montenegro established a 48:34 halftime lead. Montenegro held their opponents to just 19 second half points and raced to the win. Ognjen Carapic (195-SG-98, agency: BeoBasket) tossed in 15 points for the Balkan team. Mateusz Szczypinski (194-SG-98, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 13 points for Poland.
Estonia - Slovakia 67-71 Slovakia rallied into the semis in Skopje. They outgunned Estonia in the quarterfinal clash. Marek Dolezaj (195-G-98) and Matej Dgron produced 14 points each for the winners. Slovakia eked out a 32:29 halftime lead. They boosted the margin at 9-point mark at the final intermission. Estonia sank 26 points in the fourth term but could not avoid the defeat. Kristian Kullamae (190-G-99) netted 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the loss.
Ukraine - Czech Republic 67-62 Ukraine became the semifinalists in Skopje. They outlasted Czech Republic in the quarterfinal clash. Illia Niemtsu (201-SF-98) stepped up with 21 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Ukraine established a 37:21 halftime lead. Czech Republic went on a furious comeback rally in the fourth quarter but came up short at the end. Mykhailo Horobchenko (182-PG-98) netted 14 points in the victory. Michal Kozak (202-F-98) answered with 16 points for Czech Republic.
Hungary - Belgium 68-63 Hungary outscored Belgium to advance into the semifinal stage at the championship. Csaba Kucsora (189-G-98) nailed 26 points to lead the winning side. Belgium dominated in the first half. They piled up a 41:28 halftime lead. But Hungary turned the tables in the second half. They went on a 29:6 run in the third term to surge ahead for good. Krisztofer Durazi (198-F/G-98) posted 17 points in the win. Giuliano Neri (187-SG-99) answered with 13 points for Belgium.
Iceland - United Kingdom 64-70 Great Britain fired past Iceland in the classification round. Zion Tordoff (182-SG-99) nailed 15 points to lead the winning side. Great Britain piled up a comfortable 35:22 halftime lead. Iceland cut the deficit at 2-point mark at the final intermission. Great Britain sank 20 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the victory. Carl Wheatle (196-F-98) delivered 11 points and 25 boards in the winning case. Eyjolfur Halldorsson (194-F/G-98) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Iceland.
Belarus - FYR Macedonia 83-82 Belarus narrowly defeated FYR Macedonia in the classification round clash. Vlad Mikulskiy (188-G-98) came up with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the winners. Belarus grabbed a 40:33 halftime lead. FYR Macedonia unloaded 30 points in the third term to pull ahead. But Belarus managed to come from behind in the fourth stanza. They sank 25 points in the fourth frame to snatch the win. Yauhen Massalski (204-F-99) had 18 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. Nenad Dimitrijevikj (170-PG-98) replied with 30 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for FYR Macedonia.
Bulgaria - Portugal 92-67 Bulgaria cruised past Portugal in the classification round. Yordan Minchev (202-F-98) nailed 24 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and issued 5 assists for the winners. Bulgaria eked out a 39:38 halftime lead. They unleashed 53 points in the second half and cruised to the victory. Martin Kotsev (191-G/F-98) produced 18 points in the win. Pedro Lanca (184-PG-99) responded with 18 points and 6 steals for Portugal.
Georgia - Denmark 63-60 Georgia outgunned Denmark in the classification round in Skopje. Luka Bulashvili (192-G/F-98) and Levan Babilodze (196-SG-98) posted 15 points each to lead the winners. Denmark grabbed a 15:8 lead ten minutes into the game. But Georgia gradually picked up the tempo. They went on a 20:16 run in the fourth term to rally to the victory. Nikoloz Leonidze (188-SG-98) had 10 points in the win. Sylvester Berg (201-F-98) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds for Denmark.
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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