Spain - Italy 57-51 Spain advanced into the championship game at the U16 European Championship. They defeated the Italian counterparts in the semifinal battle in Kyiv tonight. Pablo Perez (181-PG-97) stepped up with 15 points to lead the charge. Italy got to a quick start. They snatched a 13:12 lead after the opening quarter. The Azzurri maintained the lead throughout the second period. They accumulated a 28:22 halftime advantage. But Spain turned things around in the third frame. They capped the period with six points in a row and surged ahead for a 40:38 lead. Spain controlled the rhythm in the fourth period. Andrea La Torre and Cattapan put Italy within striking distance on several occasions. But Pablo Perez went deadly from the stripe in the final seconds and helped Spain seal the victory. Ramon Vila (202-C-97) notched 12 points, while Xabier Lopez added 11 points for the Spaniards. Davide Moretti (185-SG-98) answered with 15 points for Italy. Andrea La Torre had 11 points and 9 boards in the defeat.
Greece - Serbia 49-65 Serbia became the first finalists at the U16 European Championship. They knocked down Greece to reach the title in Kyiv. Milos Glisic (200-PF-98) nailed 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners. Serbia earned a 13:11 lead after the starting quarter. They stretched the gap in the second period. Serbia arrived at halftime up by 13 points 36:23. They stayed dominant throughout the third term. The Hellenes struggled to revive the intrigue as they trailed by 17 points heading into the fourth quarter. Greece limited Serbia to 12 points but just cut the deficit in the fourth period and surrendered at the end. Vojislav Stojanovic (196-G-97) finished with 13 points, while David Miladinovic added 9 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Vassilis Mouratos (193-F-97), Georgios Papagiannis (214-C-97) and Ioannis Michaloutsos (204-PF-97, agency: FCM) chipped in 9 points each for Greece.
Croatia - Turkey 83-73 Croatia clinched victory in the classification round of U16 European Championship. They defeated Turkey to set up the clash for the fifth position at the tournament. Lovro Mazalin (203-SF-97, agency: Beo Basket) was unstoppable for Croatia scoring 44 points. Croatia jumped to a 23:18 lead after the opening quarter. They stretched the gap in the second frame. Croatia arrived at halftime up by 9 points 47:38. Turkey got within 2 points midway through the third term 51:53. But Lovro Mazalin nailed 7 points in the final two and a half minutes of regulation to seal the win for Croatia. Ante Zizic (201-C/F-97) finished with 15 points, while Bruno Skokna and Vuk Lazic provided 8 points each for the winners. Furkan Korkmaz (193-SG-97) answered with 22 points for Turkey. Berkan Durmaz and Enes Taskiran had 17 points each in the loss.
France - Germany 58-53 France clinched victory in the classification round of U16 European Championship today. They defeated Germany and would play against Croatia for the fifth overall position tomorrow. Les Bleus grabbed a 14:10 lead after ten minutes. But Germany erased the deficit in the second frame. They pulled ahead for a 28:24 halftime advantage. France returned in front in the third period. Les Bleus secured a 42:38 lead heading into the fourth period. France held their opponents to 15 points in the final stanza and sealed the victory at the end. Stephane Gombauld (202-PF-97) posted 17 points to lead Les Bleus. Luc Loubaki (189-G-97) added 14 points for the winning team. Niklas Kiel (202-SF-97) answered with 12 points for Germany. Leon Kratzer had 9 points in the defeat.
Lithuania - Poland 84-79 OT Lithuania overcame Poland in an overtime thriller at the U16 European Championship today. Martynas Echodas (194-C-97) stepped up with 23 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Baltic side. Lithuania led by five points after the opening quarter 17:12. They stretched the gap in the second frame. Lithuania arrived at halftime up by 11 points 36:25. But Poland cut the deficit to minimum in the third stanza. They unloaded 29 points and trailed by just one point heading into the fourth stanza 55:54. Poland surged ahead in the fourth frame but Lithuania managed to save the encounter. Varnas converted a late layup and sent the game into overtime. Martynas Echodas and Matas Andruskevicius (185-PG-97) helped Lithuania to an 83:77 lead in the extra period. Poland could not recover as Lithuania rolled to the victory. Matas Andruskevicius posted 14 points, while Tadas Sedekerskis added 11 points in the win. Marcel Ponitka (187-PG-97) answered with 22 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for Poland. Maciej Bender had 16 points and 10 rebounds in the defeat.
Ukraine - Russia 77-69 Ukraine claimed the victory in the classification round of U16 European Championship. They outgunned Russia and would play for the 9th place at the tournament tomorrow. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (194-SG-97) notched 20 points to lead the winners. Ukraine dropped 21 points in the starting quarter and posted a 5-point lead. The hosts stretched the gap in the second quarter. Ukraine accounted for a 36:27 halftime lead. Ukraine maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. The home side entered the fourth frame up by 10 points 59:49. The margin grew at 16-point mark before Russia managed to narrow the deficit back to single figures at the end. Kirill Marchenko (187-G-97) posted 17 points, while Anton Musiyenko added 16 points for the winners. Ilya Karpenkov (202-F/C-97) answered with 20 points and 11 boards for Russia. Timofey Yakushin and Aleksandr Sapyanov had 11 points each in the loss.
Sweden - Belgium 56-58 Belgium remained hopeful of their Division A perspectives as they defeated Sweden in the classification round. Theo Beaujean (186-SG-97) posted 14 points to lead Belgium to a narrow victory. Sweden got relegated into Division B with the loss. Belgium held their opponents to 7 points in the first frame to take a 5-point lead. Sweden improved offensively in the second frame. They dropped 20 points to narrow the gap at 2-point mark 27:29. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third term. Belgium led by just two points heading into the fourth frame. Brandmark put Sweden in front 51:50 midway through the fourth frame. But Thomas Akyazili and Theo Beaujean put Belgium ahead. Craig Lecesne (196-PG-97) tied things up at 56 with 23 seconds remaining. However Sabri Riahi capped the regulation with a layup to seal the win for Belgium. Thomas Akyazili and Sabri Riahi finished with 13 points each for the winners. Craig Lecesne answered with 19 points for Sweden. Samuel Berkelund had 9 points in the defeat.
Latvia - Montenegro 71-69 Latvia clinched a key victory in their U16 European Championship campaign. They prevailed against Montenegro to set up Division survival clash against Belgium for tomorrow. Arturs Strautins nailed 20 points to lead the winners. Latvia clinched a 17:12 lead after the opening quarter. The Baltic team stretched the gap in the second frame. Latvia piled up a 40:30 halftime advantage. However Montenegro turned things around in the third period. The Balkan side erupted for 29 points in the quarter and gained a 3-point lead before the fourth frame. It all came down to the final minutes in this one. Carapic gave Montenegro a 67:66 lead with just under three minutes remaining. But Latvia answered with five straight points to take a 71:67 lead with 36 seconds to go. Bakic cut the deficit and then Krumins and Renars Birkans (182-PG-97) missed four free throws to give a chance for Montenegro. However Popovic missed a late three-pointer allowing Latvia to get away with the victory. Verners Kohs (198-F-97) chipped in 19 points, while Renars Birkans added 14 points for Latvia. Nikola Vukcevic (180-G-97) answered with 21 points for Montenegro. Todor Radonjic had 14 points and 14 rebounds in the loss.
16 National Team that will compete in the 2017 FIBA U16 European Championship in the hopes of earning the promotion in the First Division after the total disaster of the Euro 2016 participat... [read more]
Three-time Basketball champion head coach Konstantinos Papadopoulos (with the team of Panathinaikos) and another seven times Attica champion (Panathinaikos and Ilysiakos) and the most successful Head Coach (in youth ages of the last two decades), has been tabbed as head coach for the Basketball Men's U16 National Team that will compete in the 2017 FIBA U16 European Championship in the hopes of earning the promotion in the First Division after the total disaster of the Euro 2016 participation and the last position among 16 countries (1-6 record) with the previous coaching team. Selected to assist Papadopoulos is the well known in the North part of the country, Theodoros Asteriadis (PAOK Thessaloniki), both of whom tackle their first serious assignment as a coaching duet coming from academies and youth teams.
An amazing selection from the Greek Basketball federation as it is the first time after quite many years that a National Coach in younger ages has actually professional career on the specific age area and quite successfully as the previous 'cases' and predecessors fail in total as they were coaching mostly Men Teams or no teams at all…
The Greek Basketball Federation probably felt that Papadopoulos has done a tremendous job with his players (in Panathinaikos and now in Doukas as he has been dismissed last summer from Panathinaikos after winning all the titles..) over the past fifteen years and that having continuity within the program has been a key to the success of the teams, he is coaching all these years.
The U16 European championship 2017 Division B will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria from the 10-19 of August 2017, and Greece will be among the National teams to fight for the promotion in a division which is more suitable for the country. In addition to Greece teams competing in the U16 zone Division B' championship include: host Bulgaria, Belarus, Belgium. Bosnia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Kosovo, Luxemburg, FYROM, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Ukraine.
Training camp to determine the 12-member Greek squad will be held in Athens by Papadopoulos himself while Assistant Coach Asteriadis will be doing the same in Thessaloniki so as to cover the country in total.
Coach Papadopoulos is planning to scout at all edges to be able to find the best players in the country and try to develop a strong and healthy team at all positions, try to give attention to detail, and relate to all the members of the Greek NT the winning mentality and try to combine all the talents with the best feasible way to try and get a gold medal for Greek Basketball even if we will compete in a division lower than we supposed to'. The U16 roster will be bright new and will be build up from scratch..
Eurobasket.com wishes all the best to the new coaching team of the U16 Greek NT
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