Hellas is the Champion - Jul.
26, 2009 The amazing kids from Hellas after the European
championship last year and the second place in the world three weeks ago, they
won another European championship succeeding something that no other team has
actually succeeded the last twenty years. After winning the French NT 90-85,
Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90),
Kostas Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) and his palls won two golden medals in
European level and one silver medal in World level in just one year!!
Seven players including all five starters scored in double figures led by
tournament MVPKostas Papanikolaou's 15 points as the golden generation
added Hellas's first ever U20 gold to U18 gold in 2008 and silver from this
month's U19 FIBA World Championship.
Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90),
Georgios Bogris (208-C/F-89) and
Charalampos Giannopoulos (201-F-89) all scored 14 points;
Leonidas Kaselakis (202-C-90) had 11 points; and
Nikolaos Pappas and
Vladimir Jankovic (203-F-90) each chipped in 10 points.
Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) poured in a game-high 32 points and
Antoine Diot (191-G-89) - selected as a member of the All-Tournament Team -
added 21 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. And fellow
All-Tournament Team colleague Kevin Saraphin chipped in 10 points, six rebounds
and two blocks.
France had the better start to the game using
Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89)'s inside advantage against Bogris to grab a 12-7
lead. And Les Bleus were ahead 14-11 when the Greeks started hitting from long
range. Pappas began the run and Papanikolaou drained long balls from both sides
of the court in helping Greece build a 22-16 lead after one period. Kostas
Missas 's men remained hot in the second quarter with Sloukas hitting from
down town and Papanikolaou's third trifecta opening a 12-point bulge - 28-16.
And it was 31-19 when France began to pull back into the game without
Zisis Sarikopoulos, Papanikolaou and Sloukas in the French line-up.
Kevin Seraphin had room to operate, combining for all 13 points in a 13-6
run to bring Jean-Aymi Toupane's team within 37-32. And
Thomas Heurtel (188-G-89)'s break away layup made it 39-37. Jankovic
answered with a three-point play and Pappas hit from long range with the shot
clock running down and the Greek lead was 45-39 at intermission.
Jackson nailed triples from both sides to lead an 8-0 France run out of the
break for a 47-45 lead. Heurtel later hit from the right wing and Jackson
followed with another three-ball as France built the lead to 59-50.
Greece, however, would score on their next six possessions, including two
Charalampos Giannopoulos three-pointers for a 64-61 Greek lead after three
Charalampos Giannopoulos's next triple gave the hosts a 10-point gap -
71-61. The French were able to trim the deficit back to five points, but the
Greeks were just too balanced and motivated. 'Everybody is exhausted. That's the reason we won because we all gave
everything we had,' said the Hellene center Zisis
Zisis Sarikopoulos (213-C-90), who was one of seven Greek players to win
both medals this summer. 'This is a special moment. Another gold and first in Europe. We want to
enjoy this moment. Every medal is special. This is special because we are at
home in Rhodes with our friends and family,' said Pappas, a member of
the U19 All-Tournament Team in New Zealand. 'Oh man, I am very tired, very tired. I want to go somewhere far away.
Away from everybody and relax.'
'It's fabulous. I don't know how to tell you how I feel. This summer, this year
closed the best way. I am in the clouds. It's amazing, perfect. Today is our day,'
Day: 9 (Finals) - Jul.
26, 2009 FINAL
Greece - France
Greek U20 National Team triumphed at home European Championship. They thus
snapped the hegemony of Serbia in Europe winning the first title since 2002.
Seven Greek players scored in double digits to pace the Hellenes to the huge
success. France also got things to be proud of as they have shown the best
result ever at the tournament. They finished in the third position in 2002.
Kostas Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) finished with 15 points, 6 boards and 4
assists for Greece.
Georgios Bogris (209-C/F-89), Charalampos Giannopoulos and Konstantinos
Sloukas added 14 points each in the victory. Edwin Jackson responded with
game-high 32 points and 8 boards for France. Antoine Diot chipped in 21 points,
pulled down 7 boards and issued 6 assists in the loss.
Serbia - Ukraine
Serbia claimed the 11th spot at the U20 European Championship in Greece. They
held off Ukraine in the final game at the tournament today. Ukraine beat Serbia
in the preliminary round but a Slobodan Klipa team took revenge. Ukraine opened
their campaign with two victories but then suffered six consecutive defeats to
occupy just the 12th position in the final ladder.
Aleksandar Mitrovic (202-G-90) netted 18 points to pace Serbia. Dragan
Milosavljevic and Bojan Subotic added 12 points apiece for the winners.
Stanislav Tymofeyenko responded with 16 points and 7 boards for Ukraine. Anton
Schepkin had 12 points in the losing effort.
Spain - Italy
Spain stepped up on the podium at the U20 European Championship in Greece. They
defeated Italy to earn the bronze medals today. Italy finished in the fourth
Tomas (202-F-89) scored 18 points and pulled down 6 boards to pace Spain.
Pablo Aguilar had 14 points for Spain. Sergio De La Fuente netted 13 points and
7 boards for the winners. Paolo Rotondo responded with 12 points for Italy.
Daniele Sandri had 11 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
Turkey - Lithuania
Lithuania clinched the fifth position at the U20 European Championship in
Greece. They wrapped up their campaign with victory over Turkey today.
Juskevicius (193-G/F-89) tallied 21 points and 6 boards for Lithuania.
Sarunas Vasiliauskas added 19 points in the winning effort. Ibrahim Yildirim
responded with 19 points for Turkey. Melih Mahmutoglu had 12 points in the loss.
Croatia - Montenegro
Montenegrin U20 National Team clinched the 7th overall spot at the European
Championship in Greece. They held off Croatia in thriller to claim the place.
Sead Sehovic (201-C/F-89) was back to his usual form with 19 points, 5
boards and 5 assists for Montengro. Milos Savovic knocked down 15 points and
grabbed 9 rebounds for Montenegro. Nikola Djokovic added 11 points in the win.
Miro Bilan responded with 23 points for Croatia. Bojan Bogdanovic had 15 points
and 1o caroms in defeat.
Latvia - Russia
Russia earned the 9th spot at the U20 European Championship in Greece. They
outgunned Latvia today to complete the action at the tournament.
Andrey Kirdyachkin (202-F/C-90) poured in 22 points to lead Russia to the
victory in this one. Semen Antonov dropped 13 points and grabbed 8 boards for
Russia. Vladimir Ivlev had 11 points in the winning effort. Andris Justovics
responded with 13 points for Latvia. Lauris Blaus delivered 12 points in the
Day: 8 (Semi-Finals) - Jul.
25, 2009 SEMIFINALS
Spain - Greece
Greece U20 became the first Finalist of the U20 European Championship as they
satisfied all their fans. The home side produced 87:76 to advance to the Final.
Even though Greece scored the first two points, Spain replied with 8-0 run and
then had 16:11 lead. Tomas closed the first period at 19:11 for the guests.
Tomas also made 24:15 and Aguilar posted for 10-point difference.
Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) sent the teams to the lockers for 39:31 as
the teams disappeared in the lockers. Lopez made the biggest difference in the
game for 46:34, however Greece came back into the game. Papanikolaou reduced to
56:55, while Giannopoulos gave his team 58:56 advantage. After that time it was
hard to follow the Greek side. The latter looked so good in the court and
overwhelmed the opponents. Greece pulled ahead by 70-63 only to see Mamadou Samb
cut the deficit to 72:69 with just over two minutes left. Most of the points the
hosts scored from the free throw line to advance to the Final.
Konstantinos Sloukas top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Giannopoulos
nailed 16, while Bogris added 12. Rabaseda ended up with 19 points in the losing
effort. Aguilar had 16 and Tomas netted 15.
Italy - France
France rightfully became the second Finalist of the U20 European Championship in
Greece. The favorites outscored Italy 94:68 for the ticket into the decisive
game. That was the last game of the day and kept the second place to advance to
the Finals spotless for at least the majority of the time. French side easily
started with 12:0 run and Seraphin scored for 16:5. Da Silveira scored for 23:9,
while Raposo closed the frame at 26:14. Italy recovered in the second quarter
and Truccolo reduced to 28:24. Sandri posted for 45:36 and Saccaggi was the last
to score at the half for 45:39. That was all however in the game for Italians.
France dominated the rest of the game and grabbed the ticket to the Final. The
favorites won the third period 22-13 to have 67:52 after thirty minutes. Diot
made a three for 75:53 and
Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) added two for 77:58. France scored 27 points in the
last stanza to seal 94:68 victory.
Edwin Jackson top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Seraphin nailed 14,
whilst Heurtel followed them with 11. Truccolo ended up with 15 points in defeat
and Saccaggi posted 12.
Turkey - Croatia
Turkey U20 won over Croatia U20 in the first game of the Classification Round
for 5th to 8th Places. The Turkish side won the second half to celebrate 78:69
Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90) led the way with 19 points as Turkey will play
tomorrow for the 5th place. Kilicli nailed 12, while Yildirim had 11. Vragovic
ended up with 16 points for Croatia. Karlovic posted 14, while Delas added 13.
Lithuania - Montenegro
Lithuania U20 will play for the 5th place at U20 European Championship. The
Baltic side won the second game of the Classification Round for 5th to 8th
Places over Montenegro U20 80:72 due to the last period.
Edgars Zelionis (208-C-89) was unstoppable with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
Janavicius notched 17, while Vasiliauskas and Juskevicius added 11 each. Sehovic
finished the game with 23 points and Ivanovic scored 13.
Hellas - Croatia 77-68 - Jul.
24, 2009 Hellas Croatia 77-68 and Hellas wins the 6th out of 7
games in a row.
The Hellenic NT has qualified in the semis after winning earlier today the
Croatian NT with 77-68. The amazing trio of Pappas, Bogris and Sloukas was
magnificent and didnt let the Croatians to do their game, even though
Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) and Vragovic gave their best.
Bojan Bogdanovic (who's team-mate of Pappas in Bilbao) scored 14 points
while Vragovic netted 12 points.
Georgios Bogris (209-C/F-89) with 17 points and 10 rebounds,
Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90) with 18 points and 4 assists and Kostas Sloukas
with 16 points and 6 rebounds and 4 assists, were the top performers from Missas
troops. It is worth mentioned the defencive skills of the talented Papanikolaou
who's 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 block shots were more than helpfull for the
Day: 7 (Quarter-Finals) - Jul.
24, 2009 9-12 spots Ukraine - Russia
Russia won the second game of the day at the Classification Round for 9th to
12th Places. The Russian team overcame Ukraine 65:54 to play for the 9th place
Semen Antonov (203-F-89) led the way with 19 points and 13 rebounds as
Russia will face Latvia next. Ivlev netted 12, while Zakharov and Grigoryev
collected 10 apiece. Tonchenko finished the game with 16 points and Tymofeyenko
Latvia - Serbia
Latvia won over Serbia in the first game of the Classification Round for 9th to
12th Places. The Baltic side beat the opponents 74:67 in Greece to play for the
9th place on Sunday. Zeidaks top-scored for the winners with 17 points.
Janis Kaufmanis (185-G-89) nailed 15, while Bertans and Dusels notched 11
each. Bunic finished the game with 20 points in defeat as Serbia will hope for
the 11th place. Subotic nailed 17, while Markovic scored 11.
Slovenia - Belgium
Slovenia U20 won the Classification Round of the U20 European Championship. The
team finished with 3-0 record beating Belgium 79:67. The latter lost all three
games and will eliminate to Division B.
Zoran Dragic (195-G-89) top-scored for the winners with 22 points. Kovacevic
and Lekic followed him with 10 points each for the top place. Iarochevitch
collected 16 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Libert added 11.
Israel - Germany
Germany U20 remains in Division A after a thrilling win over Israel U20. The
team had 75:72 victory at their last game of the U20 European Championship.Robin
Benzing (208-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 9 rebounds.
Schoeps nailed 18, while Schwethelm posted 13. Simhon ended up with 16 points in
defeat, Daniel netted 14, while Shoutvin collected 14 points and 10 boards.
Lithuania - Italy
Italy U20 upset the Lithuanian squad for the Semifinal birth of U20 European
Championship. Italy created a 69:68 shocking win after 22-7 in the last stanza.
Although Lithuania was the favorite of the game, Italy started with 3:0 run. The
team had 9:3 and 11:5 in the opening tip of the game. The Baltic side tied the
game at 11:11 and after 10-5 run finished the opening quarter at 25:18. Italy
needed another reply for 28:28, but the favorites had 36:31 at the halftime.
Janavicius extended the lead to 46:31, while Lipkevicius gave his team 49:33. It
seemed that the intrigue was over, however Italy was far to give up. Trailing 14
points after 30 minutes of the game Italy trailed also in the whole last period,
but not 7 seconds of it. Rullo made a three for the shocking 69:68 victory to
send his team to the Semifinals.
Daniele Sandri top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Raspino and
Rullo nailed 9 each. Juskevicius ended up with 16 points in defeat as Lithuania
will play for the 5-8 places. Janavicius notched 13, while Kuzminskas had 11.
Croatia - Greece
Greece outscored Croatia at home of the U20 European Championship to reach the
Semifinals. The hosts of the tournament overpower the opponents 77:68 mostly due
to the third period. Croatai opened the game from the perimeter and then Bilan
made it 10:7. Even though Greece resisted a lot, Croatia had a minimum lead
after the first 10 minutes. The lead continued for the next three minutes as
well, but then Greece grabbed the advantage.
Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency:
FCM) made 26:25 for the hosts and Greece had 35:33 at the halftime. Croatia
continued to fight and knotted the game at 42:42 on Vragovic's three-pointer.
After 20-13 Greece however enjoyed 55:46 advantage. Kunce's team pulled to
within 55:50 early in the fourth quarter to bring the intrigue back into the
game. Zisis Sarikopoulos hit inside to push the margin back to 61:50, while
Bogris made it 65:57.
Nikolaos Pappas brought the hosts the exciting 77:68 victory.
Nikolaos Pappas was responsible for 18 points to advance to the semis.
Bogris nailed 17, while Sloukas notched 16. Bogdanovic ended up with 14 points
in the losing effort, whilst Vragovic netted 12.
Spain - Turkey
Spain U20 advanced to the semifinals of U20 European Championship. The top team
of Group E overcame the fourth team of Group F Turkey 77:60. Spain were the
favorites before the game and started to prove it from the beginning of the
game. The team produced the first five points of the game and had 7:1 in the
opening tip. Turkey reduced the gap a bit, however lost the first frame 25:12.
The game became even in the second period but the difference remained the same.
After 20-19 in the quarter Spain had 45:31 at the halftime. Tomas gave the team
Xavier Rabaseda (199-G-89) brought 51:34 in the beginning of the third
quarter. Turkey managed to cut it to 11 after Ozcan nailed at the end of thirty
minutes. Moreover Onen gave his team 58:49 in the start of the last quarter.
That was all the Turkish side could do in the game as Spain produced 19-13 in
the last stanza to seal the victory.
Xavier Rabaseda top-scored for the winners with 18 points for the semifinal
birth. Tomas netted 14, while Samb scored 13. Ozcan ended up with 18 points in
defeat, while Mahmutoglu added 11.
France - Montenegro
France U20 rightfully overcame Montenegro at the U20 European Championship to
advance to the Semifinals. The favorites won all the frames over the opponents
for 68:47 victory. France started with five consecutive points and then had 10:2
lead. Lalic reduced to 13:10, while Sehovic kept the difference at 17:14. After
17:15 the favorites produced an 8-0 run for 25:17 midway through the second
period. Vucevic closed the second quarter for 35:24 as the teams went to the
lockers. Sambe scored six points in France's 10-2 run out of the changing room.
Antoine Diot (191-G-89) and Ona-Embo knocked down three-balls later in the
third for a 53:39 lead after three periods. In the last stanza the French outfit
started to pay more attention to defense and limited the opponents to 8 points.
France finished the game with 15-8 for the total 68:47 victory.
Antoine Diot and Sambe paced all the winners with 12 points, while four
other players netted 9 each. Vucevic ended up with 20 points and 13 boards,
whilst Sehovic added 9.
Day: 6 (Qualifying Round) - Jul.
Russia - Italy
Italy had the narrow catch as they jumped to the final train heading to the
quarterfinals at the U20 European Championship. Italy overcame Russia in the
final game of the Qualifying Round to clinch the fourth spot in Group E. Russia
in the meantime slipped at the sixth position in the pool. Italy will now face
Lithuania in the quarterfinal on Friday. Russia will take on Ukraine in the
classification round for the 9th-12th place.
Riccardo Truccolo (188-G-89) finished with 17 points for Italy. Tommaso
Raspino had 11 points in the victory. Vladimir Ivlev answered with 23 points and
13 boards for Russia.
France - Spain
Spanish U20 National Team grabbed the second win at the Qualifying Round in
European Championship. They held off previously unbeaten France to improve at
4-1 record in Group E. Spain thus claimed the top spot in Group E and would face
Turkey in the quarterfinals. France will meet with Montenegro at the next stage.
Xavier Rabaseda (199-G-89) knocked down 23 points for Spain. Mamadou Samb
added 18 points and 13 rebounds in the winning case. Antoine Diot responded with
15 points and 7 rebounds for France. Carl Ona-Embo and Edwin Jackson had 14
points each in the losing case.
Greece - Latvia
Greek U20 team posted the third straight win at the European Championship. They
held off Latvia to secure 4-1 record in Group E. Latvia slipped at 1-4 record in
the fourth position in the pool.
Georgios Bogris (209-C/F-89) and Kostas Papanikolaou provided 16 points
apiece for Greece. Nikolaos Pappas added 13 points in the win. Janis Strelnieks
responded with 19 points for Latvia. Lauris Blaus had 17 points and 10 boards
for the Baltic team.
In a game without any interest from the Hellenic team as the game before found
the Spaniards in the top position after winning the French NT 84-76
automatically, due to the FIBAs system, the Hellenic team no matter what would
have been in the third spot of the Group with French in the second. The Hellenic
team though played for its fans and proved once more that game by game they are
becoming better and better. In this game top scorer was Papanikolaou with 16
points and 7 rebounds followed by Bogris with 16 points and 5 rebounds. The game
was a continuous monologue for Missas troops as they Latvians were quite bad
from the parameter while its top performers in the previous games were facing
great problems due to the very good defense by Sloukas, Pappas and Papanikolaou.
Montenegro - Serbia
Montenegro outscored Serbia in a dramatic game at the U20 European Championship
in Greece today. Montenegro improved at 3-2 record to occupy the third spot in
Group F. They would face France in the quarterfinal on Friday. Serbia came up
short of the playoffs and would play against Latvia for the 9th-12th spot.
Nikola Vucevic (210-F-90) posted 18 points and 13 boards for Montenegro.
Milos Savovic had 12 points, while Nikola Djokovic chipped in 11 points for the
winners. Aleksandar Mitrovic answered with 18 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for
Serbia. Bojan Subotic had 13 points in the loss.
Croatia - Turkey
Croatian U20 National Team earned important win in the final game of the
Qualifying Round of the European Championship. Croatia held off Turkey today to
improve at 3-2 record in Group F. Turkey slipped at 2-3 record.
Bilan (210-C/F-89) finished with 18 points and 16 boards, while Bojan
Bogdanovic added 18 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Karlo Vragovic delivered
16 points for Croatia. Ilkan Karaman, Can Ozcan and Birkan Batuk responded with
11 points apiece for Turkey. Mahmutoglu chipped in 10 points in the loss.
Ukraine - Lithuania
Lithuanian U20 National Team clinched the top spot in Group F of the European
Championship. They dismantled Ukraine to finish the Qualifying Round at 4-1
record. Ukraine suffered the fourth straight defeat at the tournament and
slipped at 2-3 record in the pool. Lithuania thus advanced into the
quarterfinals and would face the fourth team from Group E.
Juskevicius (193-G/F-89) knocked down 19 points and issued 7 assists for
Lithuania. Mindaugas Kuzminskas added 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners.
Vladyslav Tonchenko responded with 19 points and 6 boards for Ukraine. Ruslan
Otverchenko netted 9 points in defeat.
Israel - Slovenia
Slovenia edged Israel at the U20 European Chmapionship. Slovenia won all the
quarters for 85:63 victory in the Classification Round.
Marko Vranjkovic (202-F/C-90) top-scored for the winners with 24 points for
1-0 record. Zoran Dragic nailed 18, while Dino Muric collected 10 points and 13
boards. Tal Karpelesz ended up with 11 points in defeat, while Anton Shoutvin
and Amit Simhon added 10 each.
Germany - Belgium
Germany U20 won the opener of the Classification Round in Greece. The winners
did not allow any of the opponents players to reach the double digits defeating
Robin Benzing (208-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 20 points for 1-0
record. Pleis nailed 17, while Harris posted 13. Steinbach was the top-scorer
for Belgium with 9 points. Quentin Serron, Jonathan Malherbe and Olivier
Troisfontaines followed him with 8 points in the losing effort.
Day: 5 (Qualifying Round) - Jul.
Italy - Latvia
Latvian U20 National Team overcame Italy in the second game of the Qualifying
Round of the European Championship in Greece. Latvia thus improved at 1-3 record
in Group E and stayed hopeful about the playoffs. Italy slipped at 0-4 record at
the bottom of the ladder.
Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) scored 19 points to lead Latvia. Janis
Strelnieks and Kristers Zeidaks had 14 points apiece for the winners. Roberto
Rullo responded with 17 points for Italy. Stefano Gentile knocked down 16 points
Spain - Greece
Greece overcame Spain at the Qualifying Round action at the U20 European
Championship today. The Hellenes caught up with the Spaniards on top of Group E.
Both teams now enjoy 3-1 record on top of the standings. It all came down to the
final seconds in this one.
Kostas Sloukas (197-G-90) and Papanikolaou scored 5 free throws in the final
66 seconds of regulation to seal the winning outcome for Greece. Nikolaos Pappas
finished with 14 points and 7 boards for Greece.
Kostas Sloukas added 13 points, while Georgios Bogris had 12 in the victory.
Pere Tomas replied with 21 points and 13 rebounds for Spain. Xavier Rabaseda
netted 12 points in the losing case.
Hellas Spain 70-67 and another tremendus victory for
The Hellenic NT won the unbeaten team of Spain and simply needs a single win
over Latvia tomorrow to qualify in the semi finals. The game was a monologue for
the Hellenic team of Coach
Missas as it took an early lead due to the team spirit and the great sense
of the court in all the edges. Even though the Spaniards were amazing in the
paint, they ended up with 23 offensive rebounds! And 22 defensive they were
really very bad from the three point line as they finished the game with the
unbelievable 5% with 2 out of 19 shots.
Top scorer for the Hellenic team was the captain of the team
Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency:
FCM) who scored 14 points while Bogris was very close to an amazing triple
double figure as he scored 12 points, 9 rebounds and 8 block shots. Very mature
Kostas Sloukas (197-G-90) with his 14 points becomes better and better game
by game, the young talented guard is obviously that he needed games and minutes
in the court and it will be really pity to remain in Olympiakos as he didn't
play at all year long.
Kostas Sloukas scored 6 out of 6, free throw in the last crucial seconds of
the game and helped a lot his team to grab the victory at the end. Very
passionated game by
Vladimir Jankovic (203-F-90) who netted 10 points but played excellent
defence at the fourth quarter, while
Kostas Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) was not so good in his offence but his
defence and the last crucial rebound gave the victory to the Hellenic NT.
Leonidas Kaselakis (202-C-90) scored 12 and helped a lot in the rebounding
Zisis Sarikopoulos (213-C-90) played for 9 minutes only.
The game went up to 16 points for Hellas, but very fast the Spaniards with De la
Fuentes (22 points) cut the deficit and over-scored the Hellenic team in the
third quarter by one point. The Hellenes were very passionate and scored two
consecutive three pointers in the most crucial minute of the game being able to
increase the deficit once more to eight before the Spaniards with their first
three pointer (1 out of 17 at that point) cut the deficit to 5 and then with
four free throws from the charity line to cut it even more to one. The last
minutes were tremendous with the Hellenic team winning the game in the details.
The Spaniards in general were doubting nearly all the calls of the referees and
were very aggressive in each and every call, one may be simply say that if a 19
years old boy is like that what will be when it reaches the age of 25?? Probably
he will be having fights in the court, a simple answer could be
Te Hellenes have a record of 3-1 and the Spaniards the same but they lost
tonight so they are behind the Hellenic team..
Russia - France
France extended their unbeaten run at the U20 European Championship. Russia
could not match the Les Bleus today as France celebrated the 5th straight win at
the tournament. The victory propelled France to 4-0 record on top of Group E.
Russia in the meantime slipped at 1-3 record and now must win against Italy to
hope for qualification into the next round.
Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) provided 24 points for France. Thomas Heurtel added
13 points, while Lamine Sambe netted 11 points in the win. Andrey Kirdyachkin
responded with 13 points and 6 boards for Russia. Viacheslav Zaytsev delivered
10 points in defeat.
Lithuania - Croatia
Lithuania U20 improved to 3-1 record in Group F of the Qualifying Round at the
U20 European Championship. The Baltic side produced 93:83 in the first game of
Day 5 in Greece. Zygimantas Janavicius top-scored for the winners with 19
points. Adas Juskevicius nailed 17, while
Simas Buterlevicius (199-F-89) added 16. Bojan Bogdanovic shined for Croatia
with 28 points and Karlo Vragovic had 13. Croatia is 2-2 in the group and will
play against Turkey tomorrow.
Serbia - Turkey
After an easy win over Ukraine, Turkey celebrated another victory in Greece. The
team had 63:52 over Serbia at the Qualifying Round at the U20 European
Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90) top-scored for the winners with 16 points for 2-2
record. Erolcan Cinko nailed 13, while Melih Mahmutoglu netted 10. Nikola
Markovic ended up with 13 points and Covic added 10. Tomorrow Turkey will face
Croatia and Serbia will play against Montenegro.
Montenegro - Ukraine
Montenegrin U20 National Team posted the first win at the European Championship
Qualifying Round. They toppled Ukraine for 2-2 record in Group F. Ukraine in the
meantime suffered the third straight defeat in Greece and appeared tied with
Montenegro at 2-2. Ukraine will face the group leaders Lithuania, while
Montenegro will play against Serbia in the decisive games tomorrow.
Sead Sehovic (201-C/F-89) poured in game-high 36 points to lead the charge.
Nikola Vucevic was helpful with 19 points and 11 boards. Stanislav Tymofeyenko
answered with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Denys Lukashov netted 9 points in
Day: 4 (Qualifying Round) - Jul.
Greece - Russia
Greece stepped closer to qualifying to the quarterfinals at the U20 European
Championship in Greece. They held off Russia in heart-stopping battle in Rhodes
to improve at 2-1 record in Group E. Russia in the meantime slipped at 1-2 in
the fourth position in the pool.
Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency:
FCM) became the hero for the hosts as he drained a jump short with 2 seconds
on the clock to seal the victory. Georgios Bogris nailed 17 points and collected
7 rebounds to lead Greece. Leonidas Kaselakis contributed 14 points, 5 boards
and 5 assists for the hosts. Semen Antonov replied with game-high 22 points and
10 rebounds for Russia. Maxim Zakharov delivered 12 points in defeat.
Hellas did it again!
What if Russians were magnificent from the parameter, what if they had more
rebounds, what if they had much better three pointers, the Hellenic passion and
basketball IQ counted once more and the Hellenic team won heroically the game
with 73-71 making the initial step to the qualifications in the semi finals.
The first quarter was more or less equal with the two teams and the two head
coaches trying to figure out the techniques and the strong points of each other.
Kaselakis with his 8 points and his perfect game in the paint was the top scorer
of the first quarter in the weak advantage of just a point for the Hellenic
In the second quarter things changed and the Russians with their strong point,
the parameter shooting took the initiatives and over scored the Hellenic team up
to seven points before Bogris mainly and Sloukas cut the deficit and by the end
of the first half the score became 34-36 for the Russians.
The third quarter was a real derby with the Hellenic team getting some crucial
points from Papanikolaou and Pappas while Sloukas was the main character in this
quarter which brought the talented Hellenes in a leading role with 60-54. Bogris
was the top scorer of the quarter while from the Russians great game from
Antonov who was the leading scorer and rebounder of the Russian team.
The last and final quarter was a really heart attacking game as the two teams
had their ups and downs and the leading was changing nearly with every other
offence, finally just a second before the end,
Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90) who was actually called a fourth foul at the end
of the third quarter and remain out of the game for more than 12 minutes, scored
the winning basket with an amazing drive and over at least two Russians
defending their basket.
Top scorer for the Hellenic team was
Georgios Bogris (209-C/F-89) who netted 17 points and 8 rebounds followed by
the all time and all weather
Leonidas Kaselakis (202-C-90) with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Very
good game from the always steady Papanikolaou and Sloukas 11 points and 5
assists, while Pappas scored the most crucial shot of the game and Giannopoulos
scored the two three pointers when the ball was really very heavy for most
Hellenes. Antonov had 22 points from the Russians while Zaharov added 12.
Latvia - France
France extended their unbeaten run at the U20 European Championship in Greece.
They toppled Latvia to secure the fourth straight win at the tournament. France
thus improved at 3-0 record in Group E of the Qualifying round of the
competition. Latvia slipped at 0-3 record at the bottom of the ladder.
Antoine Diot (191-G-89) finished with 21 points and 7 boards for France.
Kevin Seraphin added 13 points, while Thomas Heurtel and Fernando Raposo
Laurencio had 11 points each in the win. Janis Strelnieks and Dairis Bertans
answered with 20 points each for Latvia. Blaus netted 13 points and collected 9
rebounds in defeat.
Italy - Spain
Spain posted the fourth straight win at the U20 European Championship. They
narrowly defeated Italy to improve at 3-0 record in Group E of the Qualifying
Round. Italy had the chance to eke out victory but Spain proved cold-blooded in
tense final seconds to escape with tough victory at the end. Sergio De La Fuente
notched 20 points and 10 rebounds for Spain.
Mamadou Samb (207-C/F-89) added 12 points, while Pere Tomas had 11 points
and 11 boards in the win. Tommaso Raspino answered with 13 points and 9 boards
for Italy. Paolo Rotondo netted 12 points in the loss.
Turkey - Ukraine
Turkish U20 team revitalized their title ambitions at the European Championship
with an overwhelming victory over Ukraine at the start of the Qualifying Round.
Ukraine advanced from the top position in preliminary Group D but came face to
face with cruel reality of must-win stage of the competition to get good lesson
Erolcan Cinko (188-G-90) paced the charge with 13 points for Turkey. Ibrahim
Yildirim and Can Ozcan finished with 11 points apiece in the balanced winning
effort. Roman Dmytrenko responded with 7 points for Ukraine as they title
ambitions suffered a major setback. Vladyslav Tonchenko, Anton Tuz and Ruslan
Otverchenko finished with 6 points apiece.
Serbia - Lithuania
Serbian U20 National Team revived their title ambitions at the European
Championship in Greece. They toppled Lithuania in Group F of the Qualifying
Round to stay in the race. Lithuania in the meantime suffered the first defeat
at the tournament after three wins at the start.
Bojan Subotic (206-F/C-90) was responsible for 21 points to lead Serbia.
Stefan Stojacic knocked down 13 points for Serbia. Aleksandar Mitrovic added 10
points in the victory. Simas Buterlevicius answered with 15 points for
Lithuania. Sarunas Vasiliauskas and Zygimantas Janavicius had 12 points each in
Croatia - Montenegro
Croatia opened the Qualifying Round of the U20 European Championship with
victory. Croatia nipped Montenegro to climb at 2-1 record in Group F. Montenegro
fell at 1-2 record after the defeat.
Karlo Vragovic (191-G-89) piled up 18 points for Croatia. Bojan Bogdanovic
netted 13 points, while Matej Karlovic notched 12 points in the winning case.
Sead Sehovic replied with 19 points for Montenegro. Nikola Djokovic banked 17
points in defeat.
Slovenia - Germany
Slovenian U20 National Team celebrated their first win at the European
Championship in Greece. They shot down German counterparts in Rhodes today. The
victory propelled a Radomir Miljanovic team on top of the classification round
Group G. Zoran Dragic was instrumental in the win with 26 points and 8 rebounds.
Luka Dimec produced 16 points for Slovenia. Marko Vranjkovic added 14 points in
Elias Harris (199-F-89) answered with 15 points and 9 boards for Germany.
Robin Benzing had 14 points in the loss.
Belgium - Israel
Israel got to a roaring start of the classification round campaign at the U20
European Championship. They dismantled Belgian team to post the first win at the
Anton Shoutvin (206-C/F-89, agency:
Services) and Amit Simhon finished with 21 points each for Israel. Sean
Daniel contributed 17 points for the winners. Jorn Steinbach, Alexandre Libert
and Ioannis Iarochevitch had 15 points in the loss. Belgium outrebounded Israel
44:32 but committed 23 turnovers and sank only 39% from the field. Israel shot
50% from the field in the win.
Day: 3 (Preliminary Round) - Jul.
Spain - Latvia
Spain overcame Latvia to complete preliminary round action undefeated at the U20
European Championship in Greece. Spain claimed the top spot in Group A sending
Latvia at 1-2 record.
Tomas (202-F-89) orchestrated the win with 25 points and 11 boards. Sergio
De La Fuente finished with 17 points for Spain. Mamadou Samb added 12 points and
9 boards in the victory. Janis Strelnieks had 18 points for Latvia. Dairis
Bertans and Kristers Zeidaks netted 14 points apiece in defeat.
Slovenia - Russia
Russian team sent Slovenia out of the Qualifying Round at the U20 European
Championship in Division A. Russia U20 improved to 2-1 record as they cruised
past Slovenia U20 66:55 in Rhodes. Antonov top-scored for the Russian team with
Maxim Grigoryev (191-G-90) notched 18, while Ivlev collected 10 points and
14 boards. Vranjkovic produced 18 points and Dragic delivered 13 points in
France - Greece
France edged Greece in the top game of Group B at the U20 European Championship.
The French team overcame the hosts of the tournament 81:71 with the massive last
period. Jackson top-scored for the winners with 24 points that won the group
Thomas Heurtel (188-G-89) nailed 17, while Seraphin had 15 points and 10
boards. Pappas ended up with 18 points in defeat as Greece advanced with 2-1
record. Sloukas posted 16 and Giannopoulos had 14 points.
Belgium - Italy
Italy U20 advances to the Qualifying Round of the U20 European Championship in
Division A. The team improved to 1-2 after the win over Belgium 87:78 to send
them to the Classification Round.
Tommaso Raspino (196-G-89, agency:
Group) and Martinoni were responsible for 17 points each for the winners.
Sandri tallied 11 for the initial victory. Libert notched 15 points in defeat,
Iarochevitch nailed 14 and Troisfontaines added 13.
Turkey - Lithuania
Lithuania U20 remains undefeated at the U20 European Championship in Division A.
The Baltic side needed 21-9 in the third period to seal 65:59 victory in Group
C. Buterlevicius top-scored for the winners with 17 points for 3-0 record.
Mindaugas Kuzminskas (204-F-89) collected 13 points and 10 rebounds in
defeat, while Motiejunas netted 10. Mahmutoglu finished the game with 16 points
in defeat as Turkey fell at 1-2. Ozcan and Gen posted 9 points each as Turkey
advanced to the Qualifying Round.
Montenegro - Israel
Montenegrin U20 National Team posted the second win at the European Championship
in Greece. They held off Israel to climb on top of Group C for now. Israel
slipped at 0-3 record and would have to fight in the classification round to
Nikola Vucevic (210-F-90) secured 18 points and 16 rebounds to lead
Montenegro. Milos Savovic added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side.
Sean Daniel responded with 11 points for Israel. Anton Shoutvin had 10 points in
Croatia - Serbia
Croatia U20 won the second game at the U20 European Championship in Division A
to clinch the second position in Group D. Croatia overcame Serbia 82:74 to
finish the Preliminary Round with 2-1 record.
Bilan (210-C/F-89) and Bogdanovic combined 46 points for the winners and
Vragovic added 15. Bunic and Stojacic ended up with 16 points in the losing
Ukraine - Germany
Germany needed the win more than the opponents and improved to 1-2 at the U20
European Championship. Germany beat Ukraine 75:62 in their last game of the
Philipp Schwethelm (201-F-89, agency:
paced all the winners with 18 points. Schoeps finished the game with 17, while
Stuckey had 11. Tymofeyenko brought his team 15 points and Lukashov had 13 in 23
Day: 2 (Preliminary Round) - Jul.
Slovenia - Spain
Spain posted the second straight win at the U20 European Championship. They
edged Slovenia in Group A action today. Spain remained on top of the ladder,
while Slovenia slipped at 0-2 in the fourth position.
Tomas (202-F-89) knocked down 14 points and grabbed 7 boards to lead Spain.
Mamadou Samb had 13 points, while Sergio De La Fuente finished with 12 points in
the victory. Miljan Kovacevic responded with 14 points for Slovenia. Marko
Vranjkovic had 12 points in defeat.
Russia - Latvia
Russia celebrated the first win at the U20 European Championship in Greece. They
prevailed against Latvian counterparts to improve at 1-1 record in Group A.
Latvia in the meantime slipped at 1-1 record.
Semen Antonov (203-F-89) stepped up for Russia tallying 25 points and 5
boards in the win. An Alexander Vasin team fired 24 points in the pivotal third
quarter to clear off to a 10-point distance that proved unassailable for Latvia.
Vladimir Ivlev tallied 11 points and 13 boards for Russia. Viacheslav Zaytsev
and Dmitriy Khvostov added 10 points apiece in the win. Dairis Bertans answered
with 18 points for Latvia. Janis Kaufmanis had 12 points in the losing effort.
Belgium - France
France U20 edged Belgium in Rhodes at the U20 European Championship. The team
jumped to 2-0 after 78:61 over the Belgian squad in Group B. France looked very
ambitious in the game and rightfully deserved the victory. Libert nailed the
last three-pointer for the winners, while Serron closed the game with a lay-up.
Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89) top-scored for the winners with 17 points,
Thomas Heurtel had 13 and Ona-Embo posted 10. Libert and Ioannis Iarochevitch
brought 12 points each in defeat.
Italy - Greece
Greece celebrated the second straight win at the U20 European Championship in
Rhodes. The hosts improved to 2-0 after 79:66 victory in Group B.
Georgios Bogris (209-C/F-89) notched 20 points for the hosts of the
tournament and Kostas Papanikolaou added 17. Vlantimir Giankovits finished the
game with 11 points in a win, while Niccolo Martinoni nailed 17 in defeat and
Roberto Rullo had 14.
Hellas Ibeat easily the Italian NT with 79-66 and
qualified in the next round with 2 out of 2 games. Kostas
Missas golden boys of Basketball succeeded their second consecutive win in
Ialyssos, Rodos last night and today will play against the French NT for the
first or second spot in the group. The Hellenic NT was much better in all the
game which was a derby for three quarters, the Italian NT was really tough and
their fouls were sometimes (if not most of the times) tough and on purpose,
fortunately for them the men in gray thought differently..
The Hellenes had an impressive entrance in the court as they started with a 7-0
with the usual suspects being the top performers,
Georgios Bogris (209-C/F-89), Pappas and their pals but the Italians mostly
with Rotondo and Martinoni cut the deficit with the score going to its minimum
by the end of the first quarter 22-21.
The second quarter was also very impressive for
Missas players that took a lead of 34-22 with
Georgios Bogris scoring 12 points but the Italians once more came back and
closed the half time with the decent for them 43-39.
During the third quarter the story was more or less the same with the Italians
balancing the game due to some false balls from the Hellenic NT but Papanikolaou
took the initiatives and brought the Hellenic team in the leading role with
56-52 by the end of the 3rd quarter.
In the fourth quarter the 2000 basketball fans watched a spectacular game as the
young talented Hellenes played the definition of the total and team basketball.
With a crescendo of three pointers (Papanikolaou,
Kostas Sloukas (197-G-90) and
Leonidas Kaselakis (202-C-90)) the deficit went to the 10 points (71-61) and
the Italians at that specific point started to play street basketball, that was
their end! The final score was 79-66 while the quarters in detail were: 21-22,
39-43, 52-56, and 66-79
The MVP of the game was
Kostas Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) with his 17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists
and 2 block shots, from a close distance was the center of the team
Georgios Bogris with his 20 points and his 7 rebounds while
Vladimir Jankovic (203-F-90) at the fourth and most crucial quarter was the
top performer with his passion and basketball skills, he scored 11 points.
From the Italian team, Martinoni 17 and Rotondo 17 were the top scorers
Montenegro - Turkey
Well-balanced offensive effort and suffocating defense helped Montenegro to post
the first win at the U20 European Championship in Greece. Montenegro prevailed
against Turkey to improve at 1-1 record in Group C. Turkey suffered the first
defeat in Greece.
Nikola Djokovic (190-G-89) and Sead Sehovic scored 12 points apiece for
Montenegro. Nikola Vucevic had 11 points and 11 boards for the winning team.
Erolcan Cinko responded with 15 points for Turkey. Ilkan Karaman and Tufan Onen
had 6 points each in the loss.
Israel - Lithuania
Lithuania U20 became the leader of Group C as they smashed Israel U20 in Day 2.
The Baltic side won all the frames to register 118:68 victory. Simas
Buterlevicius top-scored for the winners with 19 points for 2-0 record.
Vasiliauskas nailed 18, whilst Zygimantas Janavicius posted 17. Amit Simhon
delivered 14 points in the losing case. Daniel and Yotam Shiran nailed 10 apiece
as Israel dropped to 0-2.
Ukraine - Croatia
Ukraine held off Croatia for the second consecutive win at the U20 European
Championship in Greece. Ukraine trailed by 5 points heading into the fourth
quarter but went on a 24:12 run to sink Croatia. A Volodymyr Polyakh team
remained on top of Group D at 2-0 record. Croatia slipped at 1-1 record in the
Denys Lukashov (190-G-89) nailed 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for
Ukraine. Stanislav Tymofeyenko had 17 points and 11 boards, while Olexiy
Shchepkin netted 15 points in the winning charge. Karlo Vragovic responded with
30 points for Croatia. Antonio Ostric finished with 13 points in defeat.
Germany - Serbia
Serbian U20 team posted the initial win at the European Championship in Greece.
They eked out a last-second victory over Germany to improve at 1-1 record in
Group D. Germany suffered the second straight loss and remained at the bottom of
the standings. The teams were tied at 77 with ten seconds remaining. But this
time was just enough for Dragan Milosavljevic to win the game for Serbia as he
converted a buzzer-beating lay-up.
Filip Covic (178-G-89) finished with 23 points for Serbia. Stefan Stojacic
had 17 points, while Dusko Bunic delivered 9 points in the victory. Elias Harris
answered with 24 points for Germany. Robin Benzing added 23 points in defeat.
Day: 1 (Preliminary Round) - Jul.
Spain - Russia
Spanish U20 National Team opened their European Championship campaign with
victory. They held off Russia in Group A today.
Xavier Rabaseda (199-G-89) knocked down impressive 36 points to pace
Spaniards. Sergio De La Fuente finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Spain.
Mamadou Samb added 12 points and 13 boards in the win. Maxim Grigoryev responded
with 20 points for Russia. Vladimir Ivlev had 15 points and 11 boards in defeat.
Latvia - Slovenia
Latvian U20 selection celebrated the win in the opening game at the European
Championship in Rhodes, Greece. They prevailed against Slovenia in overtime. The
victory lifted Latvia on top of Group A.
Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) finished with 29 points for Latvia. Janis
Strelnieks added 21 points, while Lauris Blaus had 15 points and 11 rebounds in
the victory. Luka Dimec responded with 16 points for Slovenia. Dino Muric posted
15 points and 7 rebounds in the losing case.
France - Italy
France celebrated the first win at the U20 European Championship that started
today in Greece. They took on Italy in the opening game. France managed to
prevail to climb at 1-0 record in preliminary Group B. France will next face
Belgium, while Italy will try to rebound against Greece.
Edwin Jackson (190-G-89) scored 16 points to lead the Les Bleus. Thomas
Heurtel added 14 points, while Kevin Seraphin had 10 points and 5 boards for the
winners. Niccolo Martinoni topscored for Italy with 13 points. Matteo Da Ros
finished with 10 points in the losing effort.
Greece - Belgium
Greek U20 Team opened the home European Championship with confident win. A
Konstantinos Missas team outgunned Belgium to improve at 1-0 record in
preliminary Group B.
Georgios Bogris (209-C/F-89) knocked down 16 points and 6 boards for Greece.
Charalampos Giannopoulos had 14 points, while Nikolaos Pappas added 13 points
for the Hellenes. Quentin Serron responded with 14 points and 6 boards for
Belgium. Ioannis Iarochevitch banked 11 points in defeat. Greece will next face
Italy, while Belgium will play against France.
The Hellenic NT cruised to a comfortable 80-58 victory
over Belgium in their Group B opener at the U20 European Championship in an
important game for the hosts as they try to integrate the core of their team.
The team trained together only one time before the game as seven players from
Hellas's silver medal-winning team at the FIBA U19 World Championship were
trying to find their way in the new coach Kostas Missas's system after joining
the team this week.
The game was a derby only the first quarter as after that the U19 World
All-Tournament team member Nikos
Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90) and the Leonidas Kaselakis together with
Georgios Bogris (209-C/F-89) did just fine against the Belgians with five
players scoring in double figures.
Georgios Bogris led the way with 16 points while Charalampos Giannopoulos scored
Nikolaos Pappas had 13, Leonidas Kaselakis collected 12 points and eight
rebounds, and Kostas Papanikolau chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds. Paul
Vernaeck's team was paced by Quentin Serron's 14 points, while Ioann
Iarochevitch added 11 points. The biggest deficit in the game was 31 points just
a couple of minutes before the end..
Turkey - Israel
Turkey and Israel opened Group C of the U20 European Championship in Rhodes.
Turkey needed an overtime to prevail Israel 76:75 in the opener.
Melih Mahmutoglu (187-G-90) nailed a three with a buzzer for the exciting
win. Yildirim paced all the winners with 12 points for 1-0 record. Gen and
Karaman ended up with 11 points apiece and Ozcan added 10. Shoutvin finished the
game with 19 points, while Daniel scored 14.
Lithuania - Montenegro
Lithuania U20 overpower Montenegro U20 in the second game of Group C in Greece.
The Baltic side won the game 73:71 at U20 European Championship in Rhodes.
Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90) paced all the winners with 15 points and 8
rebounds for 1-0 record. Juskeviciuc nailed 12, while Kuzminskas scored 9.
Sehovic erupted with 27 points in the losing case and Vucevic collected 16
points and 13 boards.
Croatia - Germany
Croatia U20 won the opener of Group D at the U20 European Championship. The team
needed overtime to beat Germany U20 91:86.
Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) wins the battle over Benzing as both players
shined in the first day.
Bojan Bogdanovic was unstoppable with 32 points for 1-0 record. Bilan
notched 19, while Marcinkovic posted 16. Benzing shined for Germany with 33
points and Doreth added 21.
Serbia - Ukraine
Ukraine U20 won the opener of their U20 European Championship in Division A. In
the last game of the day the team overcame Serbia U20 70:62.
Denys Lukashov (190-G-89) top-scored for the winners with 17 points for 1-0
record. Tymofeyenko, Shchepkin and Zaytsev added 10 points each. Milosavljevic
finished the game with 20 points in defeat and Mitrovic posted 9.
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