Estonia - Poland 52-67 Poland have qualified into the semifinal stage of the U18 European Championship in Division B from the top spot in Group E. They fired past Estonia to gain 3-0 record on top of the ladder. Damian Jeszke nailed 12 points to lead the Polish side. Poland jumped to a 17:13 lead after ten minutes of action. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Poland accumulated a 31:24 halftime lead. Things got worse for Estonia in the third term. They managed just 3 points in the period to face a massive 30-point deficit before the fourth frame. Estonia went on a 25:10 run in the fourth quarter but just sweetened the pill at the end. Pawel Dzierzak (186-PG-95), Damian Szymczak (186-G-95) and Grzegorz Kulka had 9 points each for the winners. Jaagup Russak (185-G-96) answered with 16 points for Estonia. Simon Sutt had 6 points in the loss.
Holland - FYR Macedonia 55-69 FYR Macedonia advanced into the semifinal stage of the U18 European Championship in Division B. They outscored FYR Macedonia to clinch 2-1 record in Group E. Kristijan Nikolov nailed 17 points to lead the hosts. FYR Macedonia grabbed a 15:10 lead after ten minutes of action. They maintained the advantage throughout the second stanza. FYR Macedonia raced to a 29:20 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. FYR Macedonia secured a 51:42 advantage at the final intermission. The hosts held the Dutch team to 13 points in the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome. Andrej Magdevski (190-PG-96) netted 15 points, while Ljubomir Mladenovski chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Pim De Vries (193-F/G-95) answered with 12 points and 8 rebounds for Netherlands. Julius van Sauers dropped 11 points in the loss.
Montenegro - Israel 63-60 Montenegro grabs the last ticket to the semis of the U18 European Championship in Division B. They needed a 63:60 victory over Israel in the last game of the Group Stage. It was the battle for the last Semifinal ticket. Both teams entered the game with 1-1 record and needed just a win to advance to the Top Four. Montenegro won the first period 25:13 and added 20-18 rally in the second frame. Israel tried harder in the second half and won the third period 18-10. Trailing 62:54 at the end of the game, Zalmanson reduced to 62:60 with 40 seconds to go. Djurovic made one free throw for 63:60 and then Gelinski missed the final three-pointer to tie the game. Zoran Nikolic top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Luka Djurovic (190-G-95) and Vaso Milovic scored 12 each. Milovan Draskovic (211-C-95, agency: Interperformances) followed them with 8 points. Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) netted 16 points in defeat and Nimrod Levi (204-C-95) scored 15.
Belgium - Sweden 66-59 Belgium advanced to the Semifinals of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame Sweden in the last game of Group F for 2-1 record. Sweden finished the group with 1-2 record. It was the game for the Semifinal ticket to the tournament. Belgium grabbed 19-8 lead in the first period and had 38:27 halftime advantage. Kesteloot Vincent scored five points in a row early in the third period and then Romain Boxus (198-SF-96) increased the lead to 15 points. Hakanson Ludvig later closed the quarter for 56:42 and he reduced to 5 points with 2 minutes to go. Belgium however did not allow the opponents to come closer and won the game 66:59. Kesteloot Vincent stepped up with 15 points and Eyenga Alexandre nailed 12. Romain Boxus poured in 10 points, while Sander Van Caeneghem and Mathijs Gijbels (206-C/F-95) added 7 each. Larsson Alexander ended up with 16 points in defeat and Peltier Jordan netted 15. Hakanson Ludvig delivered 10, whilst Jadersten Henrik had 6.
Norway - Finland 61-87 Hirvonen Tuomas erupts with a triple-double for Finland against Norway at the Classification Games for 9th to 16th Place. He collected 15 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists in an 87:61 win. Norway surprised the opponents with a narrow 21-17 lead in the first period, but the game was dominated by Finland in the rest of the game. Finland won the second frame 30-16 and added 20-14 in the third quarter. Moreover Finland added 20-10 rally in the last stanza for the final result. Hopkins Shawn top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Henttonen Juho-Matti netted 22. Alexander Madsen (199-F/C-95) followed them with 8 points and 13 rebounds. Johannes Dolven (197-PF-96) ended up with 14 points in defeat, whilst Matz Stockman (208-C/F-95) and Berg Sjur brought 8 each.
Germany - Hungary 74-70 Germany outscored Hungary in Group G of the Classification Games for 9th to 16th Place. The German team posted a 74:70 win to finish second with 2-1 record. Hungary suffered their first loss and ended up with the same record but on the third place. Hungary grabbed 27:18 lead at the end of the first period, but could not win the game. Germany replied with a 21-15 rally in the second frame and needed the final push in the last stanza to seal the victory. Germany posted a 17-10 rally to seal the win. Akpinar Ismet top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Bjoern Rohwer (211-C/F-95) nailed 11. Wimberg Jan Niklas and Joschka Ferner (201-PF-96) notched 9 points each. Goloman Gyorgy collected 18 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, whilst Benke Szilard had 17. Janos Velkey (192-G-95) delivered 15 points in a loss.
Belarus - Romania 55-63 Romania defeat Belarus in Strumica at the end of Group H campaign at the Classification Games for 9th to 16th Place. Romania won 63:55 as both teams finished the group with 1-2 records at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Romania won the first period 10-9, but Belarus replied with 17-13 rally in the second frame. Moreover the latter posted a 22-17 run in the third period to take 48:40 lead after three quarters. Romania however pushed the tempo in the last period and sealed the victory. They needed a 23-7 surge to take the final 8-point win. Cobzaru Vlad top-scored for the winners with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Bogdan Pogacean (197-C-95) and Ciordas Andrei nailed 10 points each. Mirel Dragoste (180-PG-95) followed them with 9 points. Roman Rubinshteyn (193-PG-96) delivered 11 points in defeat and Chumakou Kiryl scored 10. Salash Maksim and Yeusiyevich Tsimafei had 7 in a loss.
Portugal - Switzerland 65-46 Portugal wins Group H of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Portuguese team beat Switzerland 65:46 at the Classification Games for 9th to 16th Place. The Swiss side finished last with 1-2 record. Switzerland started the game with 10:9 lead and had 1-point advantage at the halftime. Portugal however dominated the second half and posted two same quarters for the final result. They needed 21-11 in the third period to take the lead and also won the last stanza 21-10. Camara Luis top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Guimaraes Joao netted 13. Benvindo Mendes (200-C-96) brought 10, while Meireless Pedro had 7. Alessandro Verga (191-PF-95) and Bianchi Patrick netted 10 points each in a loss. Damjanovic Vuk scored 9, while Anabir Noe added 6.
Georgia - Denmark 50-77 Denmark edge Georgia on Thursday opener at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Danish side won Group I of the Classification Games for 17th to 22nd Place with 2-0 record. Georgia ended up with 0-2 record. Both teams nailed 18 points each in the first period, but then Denmark took control of the game. They won the second period 23-13 and added 17-4 surge in the third quarter. Moreover Denmark posted a 19-15 rally in the last stanza for the final result. Tobias Christensen top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Rasmus Hansen netted 16. Sebastian Petersen (185-G-95) brought 14 and Frederik Benzon (185-PG-96) nailed 6. Kakhaber Tomaradze ended up with 9 points and Aleksandre Bolkvadze had 8. Sandro Sanadze (188-PG-95) followed them with 7 points in a loss.
Luxembourg - Slovakia 69-72 Slovak Republic open Thursday action with the win over Luxembourg at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Slovakia won the game 72:69 and won Group J with 2-0 record. Luxembourg ended up with 1-1 record. Slovak Republic started the game with 16-7 lead and saved 6 points in the halftime. They added 26-20 in the third period, but Luxembourg looked better in the last stanza. The latter managed to catch up with the opponents and tied the game at 61:61. Filip Stojanovic (196-C-95) gave his side 65:64, but then Hlivak tied the game at 69:69. He also scored the last point in the game for the final 72:69 win. Norbert Janicek (206-C-96) stepped up with 16 points for the winners and Jakub Meress nailed 12. Miroslav Matych posted 11, while Boris Belavy had 7. Timothy Kauffmann (195-SF-96) answered with 21 points in defeat, whilst Philippe Gutenkauf and Filip Stojanovic netted 14 each. Gruen followed them with 10 points in a 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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