Poland - Holland 66-50 Poland pip Holland at the end of Wednesday. The Polish side took 2-0 record in Group E after a 66:50 victory. Holland is meanwhile tied at 1-1. Poland appeared with a better start and took 18:13 lead at the end of the first period. Moreover they added 22-14 rally and enjoyed a 40:27 halftime advantage. Poland also won the third period 15-7, while Holland replied with 16-11 run in the last period. Jeszke Damian pace all the winners with 16 points and Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) collected 11 points and 16 rebounds. Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz (194-G/F-95) netted 10 and Wadowski Igor had 9. Pim De Vries finished the game with 12 points in a loss, while Witteveen Lenno had 11. Dijkhuizen Jaron scored 6 and Aarts Tom delivered 5.
FYR Macedonia - Estonia 63-49 FYR Macedonia stun Estonia in Second Stage opener of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The hosts needed a 63:49 win for 1-1 record in Group E. Estonia meanwhile fell at 0-2 record. FYR Macedonia opened the game with 18:12 and thanked more than 1100 fans who came to support them in Strumica. The hosts added 13-11 rally and enjoyed a 31:23 advantage at the halftime. Estonia reduced to 35:34 midway through the third period, but again the hosts grabbed 44:39 lead after 30 minutes. Andrej Magdevski (190-PG-96) and Mitrov closed the game for FYR Macedonia as they celebrated another victory. Nikolov Kristijan top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Dvojakovski Oliver collected 12 points and 13 rebounds. Ljubomir Mladenovski (207-C-95) notched 12, while Andrej Magdevski had 9 points and 10 rebounds. Jurjens Karl-Robin and Sutt Saimon produced 11 points in a loss and Kask Karl-Martin brought 8. Olmre Sten delivered 6 points in the losing case.
Sweden - Montenegro 74-55 Sweden closed the Day with the win over Montenegro at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Sweden won 74:55 as four teams are now with 1-1 record in Group F. The Scandinavian team won all the quarters of the game. They started with 22-15 lead and added 20-17 run in the second frame. In the third period Sweden produced 14-8 rally and finished the game with 18-15 run. Ludvig Hakanson (190-PG-96) and Radunovic exchanged the last points in the last period for the final result. Ludvig Hakanson top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Valter Lindstrom (180-PG-95) had 15. Lofberg Johan delivered 14, whilst Henrik Jadersten (208-F-95) brought 8. Nikolic Zoran ended up with 12 points in defeat and Djurovic Luka had 8. Novosel Aleksandar and Petar Popovic (188-PG-96) netted 7 points each in a loss.
Israel - Belgium 54-65 Belgium hand Israel their first loss at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Belgium won 65:54 as both teams are now with 1-1 record in Group F. Belgium opened the game with 16:12 lead Hemeleers Sam later scored three for 27:19. Romain Boxus (198-SF-96) closed the half at 33:24 as Belgium won the second period 17-12. Israel woke up in the third period and bounced back for 46:40. Belgium however pushed the tempo in the last period and celebrated an 11-point victory. Kesteloot Vincent and Hemeleers Sam paced all the winners with 13 points each. Bako Ismael scored 12 and Romain Boxus had 10. Zalmanson Idan and Zuckerman Yochai finished the game with 12 points each in a loss. Sharon Naor and Szuchman Joaquin delivered 8 points in defeat.
Finland - Germany 85-82 Finland needs overtime to beat Germany at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Nordic side tied both records at 1-1 in a newly created Group G for the Classification Games for 9th to 16th Place. Germany managed to post two narrow victories in the first half and took 44:42 halftime advantage. They also won the third period 18-14, but lost the game. Finland needed a 21-15 rally to tie the score after four periods. In overtime Finland took the lead from the very beginning and sealed an 85:82 victory. Juho-Matti Henttonen (196-PF-96) stepped up with 19 points, while Madsen Alexander and Hopkins Shawn posted 18 each. Hirvonen Tuomas collected 12 points and 10 assists, whilst Michelsen Oskar poured in 8. Christian Sengfelder (201-F/C-95) ended up with 17 points in a loss and Ismet Akpinar (193-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) had 12. Joos Johannes and Ilzhoefer Stefan followed them with 10 apiece.
Hungary - Norway 66-56 Hungary defeat Norway in Strumica at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team posted a 66:56 victory at the Classification Round for 9-16 places. Both teams nailed 20 points each in the first period and then Hungary grabbed an 11-point win at the halftime after a 19-8 rally in the second period. Moreover Hungary added 18-14 run in the third quarter and enjoyed a 57:42 lead after three quarters. Norway even trailed 19 points early in the fourth quarter, but managed to cut to 10. Johannes Dolven (197-PF-96) made the final 66:56 result in the game. Goloman Gyorgy paced all the winners with 15 points and Szilard Benke (196-F-95, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) nailed 10. Bazso Bruno and Ban Tibor scored 8 points each in a win. Johannes Dolven ended up with 13 points in defeat and Kolstad Mikkel scored 9. Millestad Franck brought 8, whilst Nymo Anders had 7.
Romania - Portugal 69-74 Portugal takes 2-0 record in Group H of the U18 European Championship in Division B. They outclass Romania 74:69 at the Classification Games for 9th to 16th Place. Romania started with 22-11 lead but could not keep the advantage later in the game. Both teams nailed 18 points in the second frame, while Portugal pushed the tempo in the second half. Portugal won the third period 20-13 and reduced to 53:49 after three quarters. Portugal added 25-16 rally in the last stanza to seal the victory. Ferreira Nuno top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Isaias Insaly (197-F/C-95) nailed 14. Sergio da Silva and Marques Pedro poured in 13 each, whilst Pedro Meireless (184-G/F-95) had 10. Ciordas Andrei replied with 15 points in defeat as Romania fell at 0-2 record. Onea Mircea posted 12 and Vlad Cobzaru (201-C-95) had 10.
Switzerland - Belarus 49-70 Belarus overcame a slow start to beat Switzerland at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Trailing 4 points after the first period, Belarus pushed the tempo later in the game and won 70:49. Belarus and Switzerland are both with 1-1 record at the Classification Round for 9-16 places. Switzerland surprised the opponents with 13-9 lead, but failed to keep the advantage. Belarus bounced back with 14-6 rally in the second frame and took 23:19 halftime advantage. They outscored Switzerland 19-18 in the third period and erupted with 28-12 surge in the last stanza. Yauheni Beliankou (197-SF-95) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Maksim Salash (206-F/C-96) collected 17 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Harachka Pavel 10 and Rubinshteyn Roman had 8. Vuk Damjanovic (195-F-96) brought 17 points in defeat and Bianchi Patrick scored 14. Vuk Damjanovic answered with 17 points in defeat and Bianchi Patrick scored 14.
Denmark - Austria 68-54 Denmark rout Austria in the start of Second Stage at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Danish side won 68:54 at the Classification Round for 17-22 places. It was the first game of Wednesday action. Denmark started the game with 12-11 lead, but Austria grabbed the halftime advantage after a 21-18 rally in the second period. The second half however was dominated by Denmark that produced two victories. They posted 17-7 rally in the third period and finished the game with 21-15. Petersen Sebastian and Frederik Benzon (185-PG-96) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Mathias Christensen (197-F-95) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Hansen Rasmus followed them with 9 points. Poltl Jakob ended up with 22 points and 14 rebounds in defeat, while Richter Fabian chipped in with 10. Marvin Ogunsipe (204-PF-96) and Wolf Georg scored 6 points in a loss.
Scotland - Luxembourg 57-66 Luxembourg pip Scotland on Wednesday opener at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Luxembourg improved to 1-0 record at the Classification Round for 17-22 places. Luxembourg opened the game with 29-18 lead, but could not keep the necessary lead at the halftime. Scotland replied with an 18-11 rally in the second frame and reduced to 40:36 lead. Luxembourg however needed a 14-6 surge in the decisive third period to take control back on the game. They did not mind 12-15 margin in the last stanza to seal the victory. Philippe Gutenkauf (181-PG-95) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Timothy Kauffmann (195-SF-96) nailed 16. Schmit Tim scored 8, whilst Stojanovic Filip had 6 points and 10 rebounds. Gray Gregor netted 14 points in defeat and Fraser Malcolm (186-SF-96) collected 11 points and 10 rebounds. Neil Rowan (182-PG-95) notched 9 and Sim Nicholas added 8.
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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