Denmark - Bosnia 72-69 Denmark triumphs in Division B of the U16 European Championship. They overcame Bosnia and Herzegovina 72:69 in the Final game to steal the trophy from the hosts. Both teams however will play in Division A next year. Denmark stormed past the hosts with a 24-11 surge in the first period. Bosnia and Herzegovina reduced to 10 points at the halftime as they won the second frame 17-14. The difference remained the same after 30 minutes of the game when both sides posted 18 points each in the third stanza. Bosnia and Herzegovina took the lead at the end of the game, but Jacob Larsen (204-PF-97) gave Denmark 67:66 advantage. Aleksic nailed three for 69:67, while again Jacob Larsen tied it all at 69:69. MVP of the game also scored the last three points for the final result. Jacob Larsen was unstoppable with 24 points and 16 rebounds. August Haas (180-G-97) produced 18, whilst Mads Sturup had 10 and Gustav Thestrup notched 9. Nedim Dedovic (198-SF-97) replied with 25 points in defeat and Enis Memic collected 15 points and 10 rebounds. Atif Durak had 11 and Damir Hadzic chipped in with 7.
Finland - Slovenia 96-62 Finland head to 2014 Division A campaign of the U16 European Championship. They overcame Slovenia 96:62 in the game for the third place and became the last, third team to get Division A promotion for the next year. Slovenia meanwhile finished on the fourth position in Sarajevo. Finland grabbed the lead in the first period when they started with a 26-12 rally. Both teams posted 25 points each in the second frame as the difference remained the same on the board. Finland won the third period 20-14 and finished the game with 25-11. Lauri Markkanen (200-PF-97) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Matias Suvanto (185-SF-97) notched 17. Maxhuni Edon produced 16 and Kivimaki Aatu nailed 14. Mesicek Blaz ended up with 15 points in a loss, whilst Tabak Tadej had 12. Baric Nejc posted 10 and Urban Durnik (201-PF-97) notched 8.
United Kingdom - Czech Republic 58-72 Czech Republic clinch 5th place in Sarajevo at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They overcame United Kingdom 72:58 at the Classification Round for 5-6 places. Czech Republic grabbed a 20-14 lead and then led 5 points at the halftime. Krystof Chaloupka (196-PF-97) scored for 42:35 lead early in the third period, while he posted two free throws later for 48:35. Carl Wheatle (193-F-98) managed to close the frame at 58:44 as it became clear about the winner in the game. Both teams scored their last 14 points in the last stanza for the final result. Krystof Chaloupka stepped up with 15 points and Dlugos Theodor as well as Jelinek David had 11 each. David Martin produced 9 points in the winning effort. Steel Joshua answered with 13 points and 11 rebounds in defeat and Gastaldi-Davies Aidan as well as Carl Wheatle nailed 9 each. Mitchell Luke poured in 6 points in a loss.
Georgia - FYR Macedonia 86-64 Georgia achieve high 7th place in Sarajevo at the U16 European Championship in Division B. Georgia jumped on that place due to 86:64 win over FYR Macedonia. Georgia erupted with a 22-9 surge in the first period and never looked behind after. They added massive 29-14 burst in the third period when Davit Lomidze (194-SG-97) brought 68:45 on the board. Kereselidze and Tsirikidze Giorgi opened the last stanza for 74:45 and then David Pecalevski (176-G-97) reduced to 78:51. Tvalabeishvili and Miodrag Todorovikj (183-F-97) exchanged the late baskets at the end for the final result. Tsirikidze Giorgi and Davit Lomidze top-scored for the winners with 17 points each, while Isiani Willy added 12 points and 14 rebounds. Gogaladze Levan followed them with 11 and Tskipurishvili Vitali netted 10. Miodrag Todorovikj answered with 18 points in a loss, whilst Dimitrijevikj Nenad scored 15. Maslinko Andrej and David Pecalevski produced 7 points in defeat.
Romania - Israel 70-87 Israel pip Romania for the 9th place at the U16 European Championship in Division B. Israel moved up to a higher place after an 87:70 win. Israel took 17-13 lead at the end of the first period and then won the second frame 22-16. Netanel Artzi (196-F-97) scored for 41:34 early in the third period, while Tamir Blatt (178-PG-97) nailed three for 61:43. He also closed the third period at 71:48, while Romania managed to win the last stanza. After a 22-16 run, Romania reduced to final 17 points. Netanel Artzi stepped up with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Tamir Blatt was unstoppable with 19 points, 13 assists and 8 rebounds. Abu Mohamed notched 15 and Roi Huber (184-G-97) added 10. Cate Emanuel finished the night with 15 points and 12 rebounds in a loss, whilst Nicolescu Nicolae-Bogdan had 13. Tudor Gheorghe (184-PG-97) produced 10, whilst Kuti Nandor and Bercenau Ionut-Dragos chipped in with 7 apiece.
Holland - Switzerland 65-68 Switzerland finish on the 11th place at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Swiss side overcame Holland 68:65 at their last game in Sarajevo. It was Holland that started with 23-15 lead at the end of the first period. Switzerland needed a strong second frame to take 40:34 at the halftime as they won the second period 25-11. Switzerland led 59:49 early in the fourth period, while Menno Dijkstra (210-C-97) tied it all at 64:64. Polite Anthony however brought a late victory for his team as he scored the last free throw. Polite Anthony top-scored for the winners with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Noah Burrell (180-PG-97) brought 19 and Beretta Andrea tallied 13. Menno Dijkstra finished the game with 14 points in a loss and Freek Fox (200-F-97) collected 9 points and 11 rebounds. Coen Stolk (198-F-97) delivered 8 and Shield Bart added 7.
Hungary - Austria 60-57 Hungary edge Austria in their last game of the U16 European Championship in Division B. Hungary finished the campaign on the 13th place after a 60:57 win. Austria ended up on the 14th place in Sarajevo. Hungary posted a 21-20 rally in the first period and added 14-13 run in the second frame. Austria tasted the lead in the third period and managed to tie the game at 47:47. Matthias Linortner (193-SF-97) tied it also at 57:57, while Mocsan Balint closed the game with a three for the final result. Kristof Horvath (186-G-97) stepped up with 13 points for the winners and Mocsan Balint netted 12. Pongo Marcell delivered 11 and Viktor Zrinyi (205-C-97) scored 7. Schmit Oscar finished the game with 16 points in a loss, while David Kramer (188-G-97) collected 11 points and 15 rebounds. Poljak Renato also scored 11, while Matthias Linortner netted 7.
Portugal - Estonia 60-54 Portugal won over Estonia 60:54 at the Classification Game for 15-16 places in U16 European Championship, Division B. Portugal grabbed a higher place due to 60:54 victory on Sunday. Estonia surprised the opponents with a 21-13 lead in the start of the game, but could not post the win. Portugal replied with 16-11 rally in the second frame and won the game mostly due to the last period. Trailing 41:50 early in the fourth quarter Portugal crated a 10-0 run for 51:50 lead and then finished the game with another 7-1 surge. Sergio Brito (190-PG-97) scored the last three-pointer in the game for the final result. Sergio Brito stepped up with 16 points for the winners and Carlos Salamanca (187-G-97) had 11. Ricardo Monteiro (200-C-97) collected 10 points and 12 rebounds, while Araujo Diogo notched 8. Robert Valge (187-SF-97) ended up with 15 points in defeat and Kabin Norman scored 13. Madis Soodla (200-F/C-97) followed them with 12 points and 17 boards in a loss.
Ireland - Slovakia 39-41 Slovakia beat Ireland in a thriller at the U16 European Championship in Division B. Michal Kurek (206-C-97) scored the last two points at the end of the game for the final 41:39 defensive win. Slovakia finished the campaign on the 17th place, while Ireland ended up on the 18th position. Slovakia started well and won both first quarters in the game. They needed a 13-4 in the start of the game and then 12-7 rally in the second period for 25:11 lead at the halftime. Ireland however erupted with a 15-3 surge in the third quarter and reduced to 2 points. Moreover Liam Harris (177-G-97) tied it all at 39:39, while Michal Kurek scored the last two points at the end of the game for the final 41:39 defensive win. Michal Kurek paced all the winners with 10 points and Pigliafreddo Lukas nailed 6. Kuzmiak Michal shot 5, while Jakub Pasovsky (174-PG-97) and Dolezaj Marek delivered 4 each. O'Mahoney Jack answered with 15 points in defeat and Liam Harris scored 13. Kiokio Divin produced 4 points in a loss.
Bulgaria - Belarus 70-67 Bulgaria send Belarus to the 20th position at the U16 European Championship in Division B. Bulgaria finished one step higher after a 70:67 win on Sunday. Belarus surprised the opponents with an 18-9 run, but lost three other quarters. Bulgaria posted a narrow 19-18 and then 20-19 rallies in the second and then the third quarters respectively. Bulgaria needed a final 22-12 surge in the last stanza to seal a victory. Preslav Nedelchev (182-PG-97) scored the last four points in the game for 70:67 victory. Preslav Nedelchev paced all the winners with 15 points and Hristov Georgi scored 11. Rusimov Nikolay and Nikolov Nikolay put up 9 points each in a win. Liutych Maksim finished the game with 23 points and 15 rebounds, while Taranau Aliaksandr delivered 11. Dzmitry Barysionak (198-F-97) produced 10, whilst Paraliou Tsimafei and Moroz Mikita had 8 each.
Norway - Luxembourg 52-62 Martin Tom leads Luxembourg past Norway at the U16 European Championship in Division B. He nailed 31 points in a 62:52 win at the Classification Round for 21-22 places. Both teams scored 19 points each in the first period. Luxembourg needed later a 15-8 rally as the board showed 34:27 at the halftime. Mattis De Jong tied it all at 34:34 and Harald Frey (180-PG-97) closed the third period at 45:42. Luxembourg meanwhile erupted with a 20-7 burst in the last stanza for the final result. Schomer Tom collected 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Daniel Colbach (188-F-97) had 10 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Luca Lombardelli (192-C-97) netted 6. Volckmar August finished the game with 14 points in the losing effort and Mattis De Jong produced 8. Landenget Anders brought 7, whilst Harald Frey and Rodal Sondre added 6 apiece.
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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