Serbia - Russia 102-57 Serbia celebrated a comfortable win over Russia at the start of the Second Stage at the u18 European Championship. Aleksa Jugovic (190-G-95) nailed 23 points as Serbia jumped at 1-2 record in Group E. Russia fell at 2-1 record after the defeat. Serbia eked out a 21:18 lead after intense first quarter. The Balkan team started to get away in the second frame. They held Russia to 7 points to gain a 39:25 halftime advantage. Russia collapsed defensively in the third term. Serbia accounted for 34 points in the period and raced to a 73:41 lead at the final break. Serbia unloaded 29 points in the fourth period and sealed a comprehensive win at the end. Milenko Veljkovic (216-C-95) notched 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Brano Djukanovic added 13 points in the victory. Viacheslav Fedorchenko (190-G-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) responded with 14 points and 12 rebounds for Russia. Vladislav Staratelev had 9 points in the losing case.
Bosnia - France 42-60 France posted the fourth consecutive win at the U18 European Championship. They opened the Second Stage campaign with a comfortable win over Bosnia and Herzegovina. Axel Bouteille (198-F-95) dropped 18 points to lead the charge. France spurred ahead early in the game and recorded an 18:10 lead after ten minutes. But Bosnia and Herzegovina narrowed the deficit in the second stanza. They got within five points at halftime 26:31. Les Bleus mounted the pressure on their opponents in the third period. France jumped to a 10-point advantage at the final intermission. Les Bleus held their opponents to just 4 points in the fourth quarter and secured the winning outcome. Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot (198-SF-96) chipped in 9 points, while Etienne Ory, Damien Inglis and Petr Cornelie added 6 points each for the winners. Stefan Lakic (196-F/G-95) and Davor Karamatic (200-F-95) responded with 12 points apiece for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Gacic delivered 8 points in the losing case.
Czech Republic - Lithuania 57-96 Lithuania victoriously opened the Second Stage of the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They knocked down Czech Republic in Group E opener. Lithuania improved at 2-1 record, while Czech Republic fell at 1-2. Lithuania came up with a barrage of three-pointers in the opening quarter to clear off. The Baltic team exploded with 30 points in the first ten minutes and piled up a 21-point lead. Czech Republic stopped the bleeding in the second frame. They narrowed the deficit at 19-point mark at halftime. But Lithuania mounted the pressure in the third term. They unloaded 26 points in the period and entered the fourth stanza up by 25 points 74:49. Lithuania did not slow down in the fourth term and cruised to the victory at the end. Ricardas Verbickas (186-G-95) and Haroldas Saprykinas (188-SG-95) nailed 17 points each for Lithuania. Lukas Grabauskas added 14 points in the winning case. Martin Peterka (206-PF-95) answered with 15 points for Czech Republic. Prokop Slanina had 12 points in the loss.
United Kingdom - Spain 75-66 OT England gained the second win at the U18 European Championship. Luke Nelson (192-G-95) scored 29 points, grabbed 6 boards and 5 assists to carry England past Spain at the start of the Second Stage of the tournament. It was a close battle from start to finish. England snatched an 18:14 lead after ten minutes. Spain reacted with an aggressive defensive effort in the second frame. They held England to 10 points and surged ahead for a 28:33 halftime lead. Spain boosted the margin at 8-point mark at the third intermission. But England erased the deficit in the fourth frame. Jules Akodo (186-G-96) put them in front 61:59 with just over three minutes remaining. Garcia and Sans gave Spain a 63:61 lead but Isaacs sank a jumper to force overtime. England held Spain to just 3 points in the extra period and claimed a loud victory at the end. Jules Akodo and Morayoninuoluwa Soluade delivered 10 points each for the winning side. Ilimane Diop (209-C-95) answered with 20 points for Spain. Alberto Martin had 17 points in the losing case.
Italy - Turkey 68-75 Turkey claimed the victory at the start of the Second Stage at U18 European Championship. They knocked down Italy to improve at 3-0 record on top of Group F. Italy fell at 1-2 record after the defeat. Metecan Birsen (205-SF-95) netted 17 points to lead the winners. Turkey exploded with 26 points in the opening frame to gain an 8-point lead. Italy turned things around in the second stanza. They went on a 21:11 run to establish a 39:37 halftime lead. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third quarter. The Azzurri entered the fourth frame up by two points 46:44. But it was not enough. Turkey used a 15:5 run midway through the fourth frame to gain a 71:65 lead. They never looked back en route to the victory. Emircan Kosut (216-C-95) chipped in 12 points, while Kenan Sipahi contributed 10 points and 8 assists for the winners. Daniel Donzelli (199-SG-96) answered with 15 points for Italy. Simone Fontecchio chipped in 12 points in the losing case.
Croatia - Latvia 65-72 Latvia celebrated victory at the start of the U18 European Championship Second Stage. They held off Croatia for 2-1 record in Group F. Croatia secured a narrow 20:19 lead after ten minutes. Latvia surged ahead in the second period. The hosts held their opponents to 13 points and registered a 36:33 halftime lead. Latvia boosted the gap in the third term. The Baltic team stayed aggressive defensively in the quarter as Croatia managed just 10 points. Latvia built an 11-point lead heading into the final stanza. Croatia nailed 22 points in the fourth frame but could not overcome the deficit. Kristaps Gluditis (192-G-95) netted 15 points, while Kristaps Porzingis (210-C-95), Davis Geks and Rihards Lomazs dropped 10 points each for the winners. Marko Arapovic (208-C/F-96) answered with 15 points for Croatia. Karlo Zganec had 14 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.
Greece - Bulgaria 88-65 Greece registered the first win at the classification round of U18 European Championship. They outgunned Bulgaria for 1-0 record in Group G. Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) nailed 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the winners. Greece eked out a 22:19 lead after ten minutes. Bulgaria stiffened defensively in the second frame and did not allow the Hellenes to run away. Greece enjoyed a 35:32 halftime lead. But Greece stepped on the gas in the third period. They erupted for 28 points and cleared off to a 16-point distance at the final break. Greece fired 25 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the victory at the end. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) netted 18 points, while Alexandros Spyridonidis added 12 points in the victory. Aleksandar Milov (197-G-95) responded with 18 points for Bulgaria. Aleksandar Vezenkov added 13 points in the loss.
Slovenia - Ukraine 60-65 Ukraine registered the second consecutive victory at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They overcame Slovenian counterparts at the start of the classification round in Group G. Illya Sydorov (183-PG-96) nailed 19 points to lead the winners. Ukraine grabbed a 15:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Slovenia cut the deficit and eventually pulled ahead in the second quarter. They accumulated a 35:27 halftime advantage. Slovenia boosted the gap in the third term. They accounted for a 53:42 advantage before the final stanza. But Ukraine opened the fourth frame on a 19:2 run to take a 61:55 lead. Yevgen Sakhniuk (201-PF-95) and Kobets sealed the win for Ukraine late in regulation. Yevgen Sakhniuk posted 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Igor Boyarkin added 11 points in the win. Ziga Zatezic (196-SG-95) answered with 19 points for Slovenia. Matic Rebec had 16 points in the losing effort.
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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