Serbia - Germany 76-50 Serbia completed semifinal picture at the U16 European Championship. They defeated Germany in the last quarterfinal battle in Kyiv today. Stefan Peno (193-SG-97) posted 23 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Serbia set the tone early in the game. They outscored Germany 18:8 in the first ten minutes. The gap kept on growing throughout the second quarter. Serbia ensured a 44:24 halftime advantage. Germany managed to slow their opponents down in the third term. They cut the deficit at 18-point mark heading into the fourth period. But it was too little to influence the final outcome. Serbia were back in the drivers seat in the fourth period and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Milos Glisic (200-PF-98) finished with 12 points, while Slobodan Jovanovic added 10 points for the winners. Georg Beyschlag (179-G-97) answered with 12 points for Germany. Richard Freudenberg and Leon Kratzer chipped in 8 points apiece in the loss.
Croatia - Spain 59-61 Spain claimed a narrow victory over Croatia to secure the place in the semifinal stage of the U16 European Championship. Xabier Lopez (197-F-97) stepped up with 21 points to lead the Spaniards. Croatia entered the game as one of the top favourites at the tournament but could not recover after the sloppy first half. Spain led by one point after the opening quarter 17:16. But they went on a decisive 19:5 run in the second frame to take a 36:21 halftime advantage. Croatia narrowed the deficit in the third period. They cut the distance at 12-point mark at the final intermission. Croatia held Spain to just 5 points in the fourth frame but it did not help. Bender and Lovro Mazalin (203-SF-97, agency: Beo Basket) had chances to force overtime but missed late jumpers. Santiago Yusta (198-F-97) finished with 15 points, while Pablo Perez, Sergi Garcia and Samuel Rodriguez added 6 points each for the winners. Lovro Mazalin answered with 28 points and 10 rebounds for Croatia. Nik Slavica had 14 points in the loss.
Turkey - Italy 73-82 Italy will play in the semifinal stage of the U16 European Championship. They outscored Turkey in the quarterfinal clash today. Andrea La Torre (202-F/G-97) stepped up with 28 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Italy secured a narrow 21:19 lead after the opening quarter. They stretched the gap in the second frame. The Azzurri enjoyed a 44:41 halftime lead. Italy held Turkey to just 15 points in the third term. They margin grew at 7-point mark at the final intermission. Turkey got within two points midway through the fourth frame but Andrea La Torre stepped up for Italy and sterned the team to the victory. Davide Moretti (185-SG-98) nailed 19 points, while Lorenzo Bucarelli added 9 points for the winners. Furkan Korkmaz (193-SG-97) answered with 28 points for Turkey. Omer Faruk Yurtseven and Enes Taskiran had 10 points apiece in the loss.
Greece - France 42-38 Greece overcame France in a defensively-minded battle to become the first semifinalists at the U16 European Championship in Ukraine. Vasileios Charalampopoulos (203-F-97) provided 14 points to lead the Hellenes. France got to the better start. They dictated the tempo in the low-scoring first half. France eked out a 10:7 lead after ten minutes. They stayed in charge throughout the second quarter. Les Bleus enjoyed a 20:13 halftime lead. Greece finally picked up the right rhythm in the third term. They knocked down 14 points to narrow the deficit at 3-point mark 27:30. Greece capped the regulation with an 8:2 run and snatched a tough victory. Georgios Papagiannis (214-C-97) scored 8 points and grabbed 13 boards, while Antonis Koniaris added 8 points for the winners. Stephane Gombauld (202-PF-97) answered with 9 points for France. Amine Noua had 6 points in the loss.
Montenegro - Poland 74-82 Poland defeated Montenegro to keep their U16 European Championship Division A status intact. Wiktor Sewiol (193-G-97) posted 21 points and 11 boards to lead the winners. Montenegro will have to sweat in the last two days of the tournament to avoid relegation. Poland snatched a narrow 19:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Montenegro though increased the tempo and erased the deficit. They evened the game at 41 after twenty minutes. Poland stepped on the gas in the third term. Aggressive defence helped Poland accumulate a 12-point lead before the fourth period. Montenegro fought bravely in the final quarter but came up short of win at the end. Marcel Ponitka (187-PG-97) finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Michal Kolenda added 16 points for the winners. Ognjen Carapic (188-PG-98) answered with 20 points for Montenegro. Filip Bakic and Milos Popovic had 12 points each in the defeat.
Russia - Belgium 78-67 Russia gained the crucial win at the U16 European Championship. They defeated Belgium to remain in Division A for the next season. Timofey Yakushin (191-G-97) nailed 17 points to pace the winners. Russia poured in 24 points in the opening frame and recorded a 3-point lead after ten minutes. They stretched the gap in the second quarter. Russia secured a 45:33 halftime advantage. Belgium narrowed the deficit in the third term. They got as close as 10 points at the final intermission. But Russia slowed Belgium down in the final minutes and sealed the winning outcome. Oleg Starodubov and Dmitriy Cheburkin produced 13 points each for the winners. Thomas Akyazili (180-PG-97) answered with game-high 34 points for Belgium. Sigfredo Casero netted 12 points in the defeat.
Ukraine - Sweden 100-58 Ukraine secured their Division A status for the next season as they rallied past Sweden tonight in Kyiv. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (194-SG-97) had another big game for the hosts as he tallied 28 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Sweden will now fight against relegation in the last two games at the tournament. Ukraine dominated from start to finish in this one. They registered a comfortable 32:18 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine did not slow down in the second frame. They built a 55:37 halftime advantage. The hosts went on a 27:6 run in the third term to clear off for good. The Ukrainian side outscored their Scandinavian opponents in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory at the end. Ivan Tkachenko (192-F-97) chipped in 20 points, while Kirill Marchenko delivered 15 points in the winning effort. Craig Lecesne (196-PG-97) answered with 16 points for Sweden. Jacob Bodin had 10 points in the loss.
Lithuania - Latvia 83-74 Lithuania outscored Latvia in the classification round clash at the U16 European Championship. The victory allowed Lithuania to take a sigh of relief as they remained in Division A for the next season. Latvia will fight against relegation in the next two games. Tadas Sedekerskis (178-PG-98) nailed 22 points to lead the winners. Latvia unleashed 30 points in the opening quarter and eked out a one-point lead. The teams slowed down in the second quarter. They traded baskets as Latvia remained in front 45:44 at halftime. Lithuania went on an 18:5 run in the third term to pull ahead. Lithuania kept Latvia at safe distance throughout the fourth period and sealed the win at the end. Martynas Echodas (194-C-97) posted 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Jokubas Svambaris had 11 points in the win. Verners Kohs (198-F-97) answered with 19 points for Latvia. Dzeiks Krumins had 13 points 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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