Scotland U16 - San Marino U16 83:44 Scotland finished second at the U16 European Championship in Division C. They knocked down San Marino on the final day of the competition. Sam Stott (180-F-97) came up with 15 points and 10 boards to lead the winners. Scotland were dominant right from the start. They opened a 28:10 lead after the opening quarter. Scotland limited their opponents to 8 points in the second period and gained a 45:18 halftime lead. Scotland kept San Marino at bay throughout the third term. They accumulated a 64:29 advantage before the fourth period. Scotland did not slow down and marched to the win in the fourth quarter. Liam Mackle (180-G-97) netted 14 points, while Ewan Lancaster (194-C-98), Jon Faulds (187-PF-97) and Ewan Laing (198-G-97) had 12 points each in the victory. Pierluigi Berardi (180-G-97) answered with 12 points for San Marino. Nicola Narcisi (178-F-97) chipped in 9 points in the loss.
Gibraltar U16 - Andorra U16 53:39 Gibraltar claimed the U16 European Championship Division C title. They knocked down Andorra today to finish the tournament undefeated. It was a historic first success for Gibraltar in the tournament. Gibraltar registered a 14:9 lead after ten minutes. They kept Andorra at distance throughout the second quarter. The hosts piled up a 25:19 halftime advantage. Gibraltar held Andorra to 5 points in the third term to boost their lead. The home side entered the final ten minutes leading by 13 points. Gibraltar outscored Andorra in the fourth quarter and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Jake Haefner (185-G/F-97) produced 15 points and 12 boards for the winners. Timothy Fava (176-G-97) finished with 15 points, while Nicholas Lopez (185-G-98) added 10 in the victory. Roger Valero (190-F-97) answered with 11 points for Andorra. Prieto had 3 points and 14 boards 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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