Finland - Denmark 64-43 Finland wins the battle of Nordic countries at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Finnish side overcame Denmark 64:43 in Strumica. Finland won the first period 17:10 and never looked behind after. They added 15-6 surge in the second frame as Juho-Matti Henttonen (195-C-96) closed the half at 32:16. Reinholt reduced to 11 points midway through the third period, while Hirvonen closed the third period at 44:28. Finland also won the last stanza 20-15 and earned the first victory at the tournament. Aidoo made two free throws at the very end for the final 64:43 win. Oskar Michelsen (203-PF-95) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Bjerregard netted 13. Kortelainen delivered 12, while Juho-Matti Henttonen scored 8. Kelly Mathias ended up with 8 points in defeat, while Mathias Christensen (197-F-95) and Petersen Sebastian netted 7 each.
Hungary - FYR Macedonia 64-76 Andrej Magdevski (190-G-96) leads FYR Macedonia over Hungary at the start of the U18 European Championship in Division B. He collected 23 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists in a 76:64 win. FYR Macedonia started the game with 20:10 lead and added 15-12 rally in the second frame. Hungary tried to recover in the game and posted 23-19 comeback in the third period. The hosts meanwhile replied with a 22-19 in the last stanza and sealed the victory. Andrej Magdevski made two free throws at the very end for the final result. Kiril Nikolovski (210-F/C-88) brought 18 points and Mitrov netted 13. Nacevski Daniel delivered 12 points in the winning effort. Gyorgy Goloman (204-PF-96) answered with 17 points in defeat, while Janos Velkey (192-G-95) had 15. Ban brought 13, whilst Boinitzer added 7.
Georgia - Estonia 57-73 Estonia rout Georgia in Day 1 of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Estonian team managed to earn the 73:57 win for 1-0 record in Group B. Puluzashvili Archili and Rain Koort (194-SF-95) exchanged the baskets in the early tip and then Estonia took 18:10 lead at the end of the first period. They started the second period with a 6-0 run for 24:10 advantage. Georgia reduced to 6 points later in the half, but Rain Koort closed the period at 40:31. Estonia won the third period 16-11 and added 17-15 rally in the end of the game. Kask Karl-Martin top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Saimon Sutt (200-SG-95) nailed 14. Rain Koort delivered 10, while Jurjens netted 8. Lortkipanidze Erekle answered with 13 points in defeat and Puluzashvili Archili scored 8. Gamreklidze Ucha followed them with 7 points.
Austria - Holland 45-65 Holland open the winning account in Strumica at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Dutch side posted a 65:45 victory at the start of the tournament. Holland scored the first 6 points of the game and erupted for 22:3 surge at the end of the first period. Nguyen closed the run at 24:3, while Dijkhuizen scored for 29:9 midway through the second frame. Jakob Poltl (213-C-95) meanwhile scored last three points in the first half for 33:12 halftime advantage. Austria managed to win the third period 18-14 and reduced to 47:30 after three quarters. Holland however needed a 18-13 rally in the last stanza for the final result in the game. Rosenmuller top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Dijkhuizen nailed 10. Jakob Poltl answered with 11 points and 15 rebounds in defeat, while Marko Soldo (194-G/F-95) notched 9. Richter Fabian scored 6 and Moschik Ian as well as Sliskovic Marin had 4 each.
Norway - Germany 57-68 Germany beat Norway in the opener at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The German side started the campaign with a 68:57. Norway surprised the opponents with 14-12 run in the first period, while both teams were tied at the halftime. The second half fully belonged to the German team that managed to post two victories. Germany won the third quarter 19-17 and finished the game with 22-13 surge. Kovalev gave Germany 68:53 lead, while Berg nailed four in a row for the final result in the game. Joschka Ferner (201-PF-96) paced all the winners with 17 points and Sengfelder netted 12. Jan Niklas Wimberg (202-G-96, agency: Pro One Sports) brought 11, while Akpinar Ismet had 9. Sjur Berg (198-F-96) ended up with 21 points and Johannes Dolven (197-PF-96) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds. Stockman Matz followed them with 9 points in a loss.
Sweden - Switzerland 98-47 Sweden demolish Switzerland in the opener of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Scandinavian team did not leave any chances in a 98:47 win. Sweden took control from the first minutes and grabbed 24:12 lead at the end of the first period. Sweden added 21-11 surge for 45:23 halftime advantage. Moreover Sweden dominated the second half and posted two comfortable victories. They had 28-14 burst in the third period and finished the game with 25-10 rally in the last stanza. Andreas Von Uthmann (196-F-96) scored the last points for the winners as Sweden was satisfied with 98 points at the end. Ludvig Hakanson (190-PG-96) stepped up with 25 points for the winners and Caleb Musie (168-PG-95) netted 15. Valter Lindstrom brought 14, while Andreas Von Uthmann added 11. Clayton Le Sann and Arnaud Cotture notched 12 points in defeat, while Noe Anabir netted 6.
Slovakia - Romania 75-76 Romania survive Division B opener at the U18 European Championship. The team grabbed a 76:75 win over Slovakia for 1-0 record in Group C. Romania started with 22-18 lead in the first period, but Slovakia replied with a 22-17 run for 1-point halftime advantage. Romania later tied the game at the end of the third period as Tanasie and Hupka exchanged the shots for 56:56. Vlad Cobzaru (201-C-95) later closed the run for 73:66 and then his team managed to seal the victory. Vlad Cobzaru top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Ciordas Andrei nailed 16. Dragoste Mirel netted 10, while Mircea Onea (183-PG-96) had 7 and Ciotlaus Marius scored 6. Janicek Norbert replied with 17 points in the losing effort and Matych Miroslav had 13. Dalibor Hlivak (187-G-95) brought 11 points and Senohradsky Jozef notched 8.
Scotland - Israel 27-86 Israel overwhelm Scotland in the opener of the U18 European Championship. Israeli team started Division B campaign with an 86:27 victory. Israel posted a 15:10 lead but added massive storm in the rest of the game. Israel won the second period 22-5 and enjoyed a 37:15 halftime advantage after a Zuckerman shot. Israel added massive 23-7 surge in the third period and then had 26-5 burst in the last stanza. Sorkin closed the game for a 59-point victory. Zalmanson Idan top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Segev Itay collected 15 points and 12 rebounds. Sorkin Roman netted 12, while Ziv Iftach and Yonatan Mor (204-C) scored 8 each. Rowan Neil netted 10 points in a loss and Sim Nicholas scored 7.
Belgium - Luxembourg 102-50 Belgium stun Luxembourg in Division B of the U18 European Championship. Belgium won all the quarters of the game to close Day 1 with a 102:50 win. Belgium started the game with 22-11 and never looked behind after. They added massive 27-11 surge in the second frame and enjoyed a 49:22 halftime advantage. Moreover Belgium won the third period 27-14 and finished the game with 26-14 end. With two minutes to go Belgium managed to score three-digit number on the board. Kesteloot Vincent top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Boxus Romain netted 22. Andy Van Vliet (210-C-95) followed them with 15, while Sami Demirtas (189-G-96) had 11. Schmit Tim scored 12, whilst Gutenkauf Philippe notched 10. Kauffmann Timothy brought 8 points in a loss.
Portugal - Belarus 74-68 Portugal down Belarus in Day 1 of the U18 European Championship in Division B. Portugal trailed in the whole game but managed to tie the game at the end of the fourth period and then did not have any problems in overtime in a 74:68 win. Portugal led 11:10 in the first quarter but the Belarus took 17:11 lead at the end of the frame. The latter closed their run at 24:11 when Beliankou made a successful shot. Belarus increased to 14 points, but closed the half at 39:27. Portugal started to catch up with the opponents and cut it to 44:41 after three quarters. Trailing 52:59 with 2 minutes to go, Meireless and Luis Camara (194-SF-96) scored for 61:61 and then took an easy win in overtime. Luis Camara top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Meireless netted 18. Ferreira scored 9, while Sergio da Silva (191-SG-96) notched 8. Beliankou had high 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Chumakou delivered 10. Yeusiyevich brought 9 and Matsiushonak added 5.
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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