Lithuania - Serbia 74-70 OT Lithuania outplayed Serbia for the second win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. Lithuania thus gained 2-1 record in the second place in Group A. Serbia fell at 1-2 record and occupied the third position in the standings. Domantas Sabonis (205-F/C-96) posted 22 points and 22 rebounds to lead the effort for Lithuania. Serbia got to the better start. They accumulated a 22:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Lithuania cut the deficit in the second frame. Aggressive defence helped the Baltic team get within 3 points at halftime 31:34. Serbia stretched the gap in the third term. They entered the fourth quarter up by 7 points. But Lithuania found the way to recover. Domantas Sabonis organized a 7:0 run from Lithuania as they spurred ahead 62:60 midway through the final term. Vasilije Pusica (190-G-95) gave Serbia a 64:62 lead but Domantas Sabonis capped regulation with a layup to force overtime. Haroldas Saprykinas and Grabauskas teamed up for 8 points in the extra period to win the game for Lithuania. Augustas Suliauskas (180-PG-95) netted 14 points, while Haroldas Saprykinas added 9 points for the winners. Vasilije Pusica answered with 19 points for Serbia. Aleksa Jugovic had 11 points in the loss.
Slovenia - France 51-66 France claimed the third consecutive victory at the start of the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Slovenia to claim the top position in Group A. Charly Pontens (189-G-95) led balanced offensive effort with 11 points. Slovenia fell at 0-3 record after the defeat and would fight against relegation. France jumped to a 25:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Slovenia bounced back in the second frame. They picked up the tempo and cut the deficit to 7 points at halftime 27:34. Slovenia got even closer in the third term. They trailed by just 5 points at the final intermission. However Les Bleus organized an 18:8 rally in the fourth frame to seal the win. William Pfister (204-PF-95) and Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot (198-SF-96) chipped in 10 points each for France. Jan Novak (185-PG-95) answered with 12 points for Slovenia. Jure Ritlop delivered 11 points in the losing effort.
Greece - Russia 74-70 Greece celebrated the first win at the U18 European Championship in Latvia. They held off Russia in the final game of their preliminary round campaign. Greece could not progress through into the Second Stage of the tournament. Georgios Diamantakos (214-C-95) stepped up with 33 points and 15 rebounds to lead the winners. Russia enjoyed a 21:19 lead after ten minutes of action. But the Hellenes denied the deficit in the second term. They surged ahead for a 36:31 halftime advantage. Greece maintained the lead throughout the third period. They accumulated a 7-point lead at the final intermission. Viacheslav Fedorchenko (190-G-95, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) scored 7 points in a row for Russia midway through the final stanza to put them within one 65:66. Alexander Martynov (195-G/F-95) later sank three free throws to tie things up at 68. However Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) nailed four points for Greece in the final 90 seconds of the game to seal the victory. He finished with 14 points for the Hellenes. Alexandros Spyridonidis added 7 points for the winning side. Alexander Martynov and Viacheslav Fedorchenko answered with 17 points each for Russia.
Bosnia - Czech Republic 65-69 Czech Republic gained the second win at the U18 European Championship. They overcame Bosnia and Herzegovina to improve at 2-1 record in Group B. Adam Pechacek notched 18 points to lead the winners. Both Czech Republic and Bosnia made it into the Second Stage of the competition. Bosnia posted a 16:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Czech Republic erased the deficit and pulled ahead for a narrow 28:26 halftime lead. Bosnia increased the tempo in the third term. They exploded with 23 points in the period to enter the fourth stanza up by 5 points. But Adam Pechacek nailed two triples early in the fourth term to put Czech Republic in front. Soula and Svoboda made it 60:53 for the Czech team with under two minutes remaining. Radovan Kouril (185-PG-95) and Martin Peterka went deadly from the stripe in the dying seconds and sealed the win for Czech Republic. Martin Peterka finished with 17 points and 11 boards for Czech Republic. Radovan Kouril added 14 points for the winners. Bojan Lulic (196-SF-95) answered with 13 points for Bosnia. Stefan Lakic netted 12 points in the loss.
Italy - Latvia 70-69 Italy handed the first defeat to hosting Latvia at the U18 European Championship. Simone Fontecchio (197-SF-95) capped the regulation with a layup to snatch the win for Azzurri. The victory propelled Italy at 2-1 record but they remained third in Group C ladder. Italy posted a 20:15 lead after ten minutes of action. Latvia stepped on the gas in the second frame. They fired 26 points to narrow the gap at just two-point mark at halftime 43:41. Latvia surged ahead in the third term. The hosts limited the Azzurri to only 8 points in the period and gained a 7-point lead before the fourth frame. Latvia led by 9 points midway through the final stanza but Marco Spissu drained two triples and Tommaso Laquintana added another one as Italy tied things up at 66. Geks and Simone Fontecchio exchanged baskets before Andzejs Pasecniks (211-C-95, college: VEF skola) made it 69:68 for Latvia with 57 seconds remaining. But Simone Fontecchio converted a layup to seal the win for the Azzurri. Simone Fontecchio finished with 28 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Marco Spissu added 12 points in the victory. Armands Ginters answered with 17 points for Latvia. Andzejs Pasecniks had 16 points in the loss.
Bulgaria - Spain 57-69 Spain advanced into the Second Stage of the U18 European Championship. They overcame Bulgarian counterparts on the final day of the preliminary round. Spain improved at 2-1 record, while Bulgaria slipped at 0-3 in Group C. Alberto Abalde netted 19 points for the winning side. Spain eked out just a one-point lead after ten minutes of action 19:18. They stretched the lead in the second frame. Spain accumulated a 43:29 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Spain made it 57:43 at the final break. Bulgaria cut the deficit in the fourth frame but came up way short of victory at the end. David Iriarte (206-F/C-95) chipped in 18 points, while Jose Nogues (204-PF-95) added 16 points for the Spaniards. Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) topscored with 28 points and 9 rebounds for Bulgaria. Aleksandar Milov had 5 points in the loss.
Ukraine - Turkey 89-88 OT Yevgen Sakhniuk (201-PF-95) nailed a late jumper in overtime and Ukraine escaped with a tough overtime victory over Turkey. The victory however did not allow Ukraine to progress into the Second Stage. Yevgen Sakhniuk delivered 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Turkey slipped at 2-1 record after the defeat. Ukraine got a 7:2 start to the game. But Turkey quickly erased the deficit and teams went neck and neck throughout the opening frame. They entered the second stanza tied at 23. The lead changed hands throughout the second period. Ukraine had the last laugh as they snatched a 39:36 halftime advantage. Guven and Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) quickly put Turkey in front in the third term. Dogukan Sanli made it 55:45 for Turkey midway through the period. They entered the final stanza up by 11 points 64:53. But Ukraine managed to erase the deficit. Shalamov drained a triple to level things up at 75 with under two minutes remaining in regulation. Ozmizrak sank a free throw to give Turkey a narrow lead but Igor Boyarkin (185-PG-95) answered with a freebie to send the game into overtime. The teams traded baskets before Yevgen Sakhniuk nailed a decisive jumper and sealed the win for Ukraine. Igor Boyarkin finished with 15 points, while Oleksandr Antypov added 13 points in the win. Okben Ulubay responded with 22 points, 7 assists and 6 boards for Turkey. Dogukan Sanli chipped in 20 points in the loss.
United Kingdom - Croatia 65-89 Croatia clinched a comfortable win over England on the final day of the preliminary round at U18 European Championship. The victory allowed Croatia to occupy the second position in Group D. Both teams progressed into the Second Stage of the tournament. Croatia quickly gained the lead and raced to a 21:12 advantage after ten minutes. They kept England at distance throughout the second frame. The Balkan team accumulated a 46:33 halftime lead. Croatia extended the margin in the third period. They established a comfortable 25-point lead at the final break. England managed to outscore their opponents in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss. Tomislav Gabric (201-PF-95, agency: XL Basketball Agency) delivered 21 points for the winners. Dorian Jelenek (200-SF-95) added 16 points for the Croats. Luke Nelson (192-G-95) answered with 25 points for England. Morayoninuoluwa Soluade and Kingsley Okoroh had 10 points each 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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