France - Spain 59-68 Spain completed semifinal picture at the U18 European Championship. They defeated France to set up the clash versus Turkey tomorrow. Marc Garcia (197-SF-96) notched 18 points to lead the winners. Spain jumped to an early lead. They scored first nine points of the game. France cut the deficit but trailed 13:18 after ten minutes. Spain maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 34:26 halftime advantage. Les Bleus got within one point 34:35 early in the third term. Eliezer and Pontens capped the quarter with five straight points to ensure a 50:49 lead for France. Nogues and Marc Garcia drained triples early in the fourth frame to put Spain back in charge. Marc Garcia nailed seven straight points for the Spaniards to secure a 67:57 lead with just over two minutes remaining. France scored just two points in the reminder of the contest as Spain claimed the victory. Agusti Sans (195-SG-95) and Alberto Martin netted 12 points each for Spain. Guerschon Yabusele (200-PF-95) and Axel Bouteille (198-F-95) tossed in 14 points apiece for France.
Latvia - Lithuania 71-54 Latvia advanced into the semifinal stage of the U18 European Championship. The hosts outscored Lithuania today. Kristaps Porzingis (210-C-95) scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winning side. Latvia held their Baltic neighbours to just 11 points in the first frame to gain a 5-point lead. Lithuania picked up the tempo in the second period. They fired 24 points and tied things up at 35 after twenty minutes. Latvia regained the lead in the third period. They used a 9:1 run to take a 46:39 lead. The hosts entered the fourth period up by 9 points 56:47. Gluditis gave the home side a 64:49 lead for the home side midway through the fourth frame. Lithuania could not recover in the reminder of the contest as Latvia cruised to the victory. Rolands Smits (202-F/C-95) posted 12 points, while Ivars Zvigurs and Andzejs Pasecniks had 10 points each for the winners. Gediminas Zalalis (205-C-95) answered with 13 points for Lithuania. Domantas Sabonis had 11 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
Turkey - Serbia 71-67 Turkey claimed the semifinal appearance at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Serbia to book the semifinal ticket. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) posted 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winning side. Serbia got to a slightly better start to the game. They snatched a 21:17 lead after ten minutes of action. But Turkey responded adequately and erased the deficit in the second frame. Turkey pulled ahead for a 38:36 halftime advantage. Turkey and Serbia exchanged baskets throughout the third period. The lead changed hands for several times before Dogukan Sanli (191-G-95, agency: 1x1 Sports) made it 51:49 for Turkey with ten minutes remaining. Ugurlu opened the fourth frame with four straight points to ensure a 6-point lead for Turkey. Dogukan Sanli made it 67:57 for Turkey with just over four minutes remaining. Jaramaz and Rade Zagorac (201-G/F-95) dragged Serbia within 5 points 62:67 but Metecan Birsen drained a timely three-pointer to keep Turkey in charge. Brano Djukanovic and Jaramaz sparked hope for Serbia cutting the deficit at three-point mark 67:70 but Serbia failed to convert in the final 23 seconds of regulation and lost the battle. Dogukan Sanli chipped in 13 points, while Okben Ulubay had 12 points for the winners. Rade Zagorac answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Serbia. Brano Djukanovic had 12 points in the loss.
Russia - Croatia 72-82 Croatia have become the first semifinalists at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They overcame Russia in the first quarterfinal clash at the tournament. Paolo Marinelli (191-G-95) posted 22 points and 9 assists to lead the charge. Croatia started the game strong. They gained a 19:8 lead late in the first period. Croatia accumulated a 23:12 advantage after ten minutes. The margin kept on growing throughout the second period. Croatia ensured a 44:29 halftime lead. Marko Arapovic and Paolo Marinelli gave Croatia a 48:29 advantage early in the third period. But Russia refused to give up. They narrowed the deficit at 8-point mark at the final break 48:56. Viktorov and Viacheslav Fedorchenko (190-G-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) dragged Russia within six points 70:76 with just over a minute remaining. However Mazalin dunked and then Paolo Marinelli sank two free throws to give Croatia a 10-point cushion with 39 seconds remaining. Coric added two more points and Croatia got away with the victory at the end. Karlo Zganec (206-C/F-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) netted 15 points, while Marko Arapovic added 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Viacheslav Fedorchenko answered with 23 points and 9 rebounds for Russia. Alexander Martynov chipped in 19 points in the loss.
Bosnia - Greece 36-63 Greece celebrated victory in the 9th-16th place classification round of U18 European Championship. They defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina to secure the Division A birth for the next season. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) netted 19 points to lead the Hellenes. Greece set the tone early in the game. They registered a 19:10 lead after ten minutes. The Hellenes boosted the gap in the second frame. Greece arrived at halftime up by 17 points 34:17. Greece kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. They established a 48:30 advantage at the final break. Bosnia and Herzegovina managed just 6 points in the fourth period and had to surrender at the end. Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) netted 13 points, while Georgios Papadionysioy chipped in 8 points for the winners. Imran Polutak (209-C-96) and Davor Karamatic (200-F-95) answered with 8 points apiece for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
United Kingdom - Ukraine 71-58 England clinched the crucial win in their U18 European Championship campaign. They outgunned Ukraine to secure Division A birth for the next season. Luke Nelson (192-G-95) provided 19 points to lead the winners. Ukraine will fight against relegation in the classification round for 13th-16th place. Ukraine snatched a narrow 15:14 lead after ten minutes. England surged ahead in the second period. They sneaked to a 31:30 halftime lead. England extended their lead in the third term. They held Ukraine to 15 points in the period and established a 52:45 advantage heading into the fourth term. England kept Ukraine at distance throughout the final period. They limited their opponents to just 13 points in the quarter and raced to the victory at the end. Kingsley Okoroh (216-C-95) posted 16 points and 15 rebounds, while Jules Dang added 11 points for the winners. Oleksandr Kobets (192-SF-96) responded with 11 points for Ukraine. Yevgen Sakhniuk chipped in 9 points in the loss.
Czech Republic - Slovenia 87-79 Czech Republic avoided the jittery classification round for the 13th-16th place as they edged Slovenia in the classification game today. Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) posted 21 points and 16 boards to lead the winners. Czech Republic will now play for the 9th place at the tournament. Slovenia will try to avoid relegation in the 13th-16th place classification round. Czech Republic poured in 20 points in the first period and built a 5-point lead. Slovenia dropped 24 points in the second term to cut the deficit at 3-point mark 42:39. Slovenia stayed aggressive in the third term. They erased the deficit and squared things at 62-all with ten minutes remaining. Ziga Zatezic put Slovenia in front at the start of the fourth frame. But Czech Republic used an 11:2 run midway through the final stanza to surge ahead. They kept Slovenia at safe distance throughout the final minutes and secured the victory at the end. Radovan Kouril (185-PG-95) posted 18 points, while Martin Peterka and Jiri Soula finished with 16 points each for the winners. Matic Rebec (180-PG-95) answered with 21 points, 8 assists and 6 boards for Slovenia. Ziga Zatezic chipped in 19 points in the losing case.
Italy - Bulgaria 67-57 Italy will fight for the 9th position at the U18 European Championship. They defeated Bulgaria in the classification round today and avoided the relegation scares in the final days of the tournament. Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) posted 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge. Italy unloaded 25 points in the opening frame to take the lead. They enjoyed a 5-point advantage heading into the second period. The Azzurri went on a commanding 20:8 run in the second term to ensure a 45:28 halftime lead. But Bulgaria were not done just yet. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) and Venelin Hristov sparked a 22:10 surge from Bulgaria as they cut the deficit at 5-point mark at the final break. Aleksandar Vezenkov put Bulgaria within three points early in the fourth term 52:55. But Italy capped the regulation with five points in a row and snatched a tough win at the end. Lorenzo Baldasso (190-G-95) chipped in 12 points, while Tommaso Laquintana and Daniel Donzelli had 7 points apiece in the victory. Aleksandar Vezenkov answered with 12 points and 13 boards for Bulgaria. Venelin Hristov had 12 points in the loss.
Draws completed for FIBA U18 European Championships 2017 Divisions A and B - 3 months ago
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The draws have been completed for the FIBA U18 European Championships 2017, Divisions A and B. The draw had originally been scheduled to take place on 10 December, but was delayed until Thursday afternoon in Munich, given the postponement of the FIBA U18 European Championship 2016 Division A, from late July to mid-December. The seeding of the draws was based on the results of the FIBA U16 European Championships in 2015. 16 teams were drawn into four groups to contest the Group Phase of Di... [read more]
The draws have been completed for the FIBA U18 European Championships 2017, Divisions A and B. The draw had originally been scheduled to take place on 10 December, but was delayed until Thursday afternoon in Munich, given the postponement of the FIBA U18 European Championship 2016 Division A, from late July to mid-December. The seeding of the draws was based on the results of the FIBA U16 European Championships in 2015. 16 teams were drawn into four groups to contest the Group Phase of Division A, which will take place in Slovak Republic from 29 July to 6 August. The Division A Group Phase groups are as follows: Group A: Turkey, Germany, Montenegro, Russia Group B: Spain, Serbia, Italy, Ukraine Group C: Lithuania, Finland, Greece, Slovenia Group D: Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Latvia, Slovak Republic
Meanwhile, 24 teams will travel to Estonia to compete for the Division B title from 28 July to 6 August. The Group Phase of Division B will consist of four groups of six teams, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the Quarter-Finals. The Division B Group Phase groups are as follows: Group A: Great Britain, Sweden, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Albania Group B: Croatia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Iceland, Belarus Group C: Israel, Poland, Portugal, Austria, Romania, Azerbaijan Group D: Estonia, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Ireland, FYR Macedonia. Courtesy of: fiba.com
FINAL Lithuania - France 68-75 France conquered Gold medals in Samsun. They defeated Lithuania in the championship game tonight. Frank Ntilikina (196-PG-98) posted 31 points to lead the winners. The victory marked the first Gold for Les Bleues since 2006. France dominated in the first half. They recorded a 36:28 halftime lead. Lithuania narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Baltic state pulled within 3 points at the final intermission. But France stayed in charge. They sank 22 poin... [read more]
Lithuania - France 68-75 France conquered Gold medals in Samsun. They defeated Lithuania in the championship game tonight. Frank Ntilikina (196-PG-98) posted 31 points to lead the winners. The victory marked the first Gold for Les Bleues since 2006. France dominated in the first half. They recorded a 36:28 halftime lead. Lithuania narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Baltic state pulled within 3 points at the final intermission. But France stayed in charge. They sank 22 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the victory. Sekou Omar Doumbouya (202-F/G-00) provided 15 points and 9 rebounds for the champions. Arnoldas Kulboka (205-SF-98) responded with 28 points for Lithuania. Gytis Masiulis (206-F/C-98) chipped in 12 points in the loss.
Germany - Italy 68-74 Italy stepped onto the podium in Samsun. They knocked down Germany to capture the third position. Alessandro Lever (202-F/C-98) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Azzurri. Italy accumulated a 36:29 halftime lead. The Azzurri extended the margin at 15-point mark at the final break and never looked back en route to the win. Davide Moretti (188-PG-98) had 17 points for the winners. Isaiah Hartenstein (211-PF-98) responded with 24 points for Germany.
Spain - Bosnia 77-65 Spain finished fifth in Samsun. They overcame Bosnia and Herzegovina in the final game at the tournament. Ignacio Rosa (204-F/C-99) stepped up with 27 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Spain accumulated a 38:34 halftime lead. They followed with a 24:16 run in the fourth term to ice the win. Sergi Martinez and Aleix Font (192-F/G-98, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 14 points apiece for the winners. Darko Talic (198-SF-98) answered with 14 points for Bosnia.
Russia - Finland 82-67 Grigory Motovilov (193-G-98, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 21 points to pace Russia past Finland in the final game of the championship. Russia posted a 19:13 lead ten minutes into the game. Finland erased the deficit and pulled ahead for a 32:31 halftime lead. Russia bounced back after the long break. They unloaded 51 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Sergey Klyuev (204-C-98) chipped in 19 points in the win. Edon Maxhuni (186-PG-98) responded with 18 points for Finland.
Greece - Serbia 74-67 Greece beat Serbia to clinch the 9th position at the championship. Michail Lountzis (196-PG-98) came up with 19 points and 10 boards for the Hellenes. Serbia recorded a 43:36 halftime advantage. But Greece stiffened defensively in the second half. They limited Serbia to just 24 points after the big break and marched to the victory. Dimitrios Moraitis (194-PG-99) chipped in 18 points in the win. Novak Music (188-PG-98, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 17 points and 6 assists for Serbia.
Slovenia - Turkey 71-63 Slovenia topped Turkey to claim the 11th position at the championship. Matic Vesel (204-F-98) scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the visitors. Slovenia used a 16:8 run in the second term to take a 33:26 halftime lead. Slovenia boosted the gap at 10-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Gaber Ozegovic (196-F-98) had 14 points for the winners. Yigitcan Saybir (201-F-99) and Eray Akyuz (187-G-00) responded with 14 points each for Turkey.
Latvia - Croatia 90-76 Latvia rescued their Division A place. They cruised past Croatia to avoid relegation. Roberts Blumbergs (204-F/C-97) produced 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead the winners. Croatia jumped to a 25:22 lead after ten minutes. But Latvia responded with a 49:26 run in the next two periods to spur ahead. Croatia drained 25 points in the final term but could avoid the defeat. Arturs Strautins (198-SF-98) accounted for 19 points and 10 boards for the winners. Leo Cizmic (206-F-98, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 18 points for Croatia.
Sweden - Israel 66-90 Israel capped their championship campaign with victory. They topped Sweden to earn the 15th position. Miron Ruina (202-C-98) came up with 23 points and 9 boards for the winners. Israel claimed a 41:39 halftime lead. They sank 24 points in the third term to boost the gap at 10-point mark. Israel followed with a 25:11 run in the fourth quarter and rallied to the win. Yovel Zoosman (199-G/F-98) and Yonatan Rabinowitz (185-PG-98) chipped in 13 points each in the victory. Alan Zekovic (195-F/G-98) answered with 16 points for Sweden.
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