FYR Macedonia - Finland 68-62 F.Y.R. of Macedonia advanced to the Quarterfinals with the 68:62 win over Finland. The hosts of the U18 European Championship in Division B needed the second victory to reach Last Eight Stage. Finland meanwhile finished the group with 1-3 record. Both teams scored 14 points in the first period and F.Y.R. of Macedonia repeated their result in the second frame. Finland scored 13 and trailed 1 point at the halftime. F.Y.R. of Macedonia managed to win the third period 11-9 and finished the game with 29-26 run. Andrej Magdevski (190-PG-96) stepped up with 23 points for the hosts and Nikolov Kristijan netted 16. Nacevski Daniel delivered 11, while Dario Mitrov (192-SG-95) brought 9. Hirvonen Tuomas answered with 20 points in defeat and Henttonen Juho-Matti scored 11. Oskar Michelsen (204-PF-95) had 8, while Madsen Alexander chipped in with 7.
Denmark - Poland 64-74 Poland beat Denmark in Day 5 opener of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Polish team won Group A with 4-0 record and advanced to the next stage. Denmark finished the group with 1-3 record. Poland won the first period 23-16, but saved only 3 points at the halftime. Denmark posted 17 points in the third and the last quarters and it was not enough to seal the win. Poland won the third period 21-17 and finished the game with 20-17. Damian Jeszke (202-F-95) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Zolnierewicz Przemyslaw nailed 15. Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) brought 10, whilst Krawczyk Adrian scored 9. Nielsen delivered 15 points in defeat and Rasmus Hansen (203-PF-95) added 12. Christensen Tobias brought 11 points in a loss.
Norway - Georgia 80-67 Norway keep Georgia winless at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Norway needed an 80:67 win to finish Group B with 2-3 record. Georgia meanwhile lost all five games. Georgia looked better in the first half and managed to win both periods. They started with 21-15 and added 20-19 rally in the second frame. Norway replied with a 21-19 run in the third period and dominated the last quarter. They posted a massive 25-7 surge to seal the victory. Dolven Johannes top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 15 rebounds, while Mikkel Kolstad (184-G-95) nailed 21. Berg Sjur collected 12 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Even Skjellaug (190-G-95) had 8. Zakradze Luka replied with 13 points in defeat and Bolkvadze Aleksandre brought 11. Archili Puluzashvili (200-C-95) notched 9, whilst Revazashvili Maizer and Sanadze Sandro had 8 apiece.
Estonia - Austria 67-59 Estonia misses the Quarterfinal stage with 4-1 record in Group B of the U18 European Championship in Division B. They overcame Austria 67:59 in the last game of the group but could not make it to the next stage. Germany and Holland took the first two places with the same record. Austria finished the group with 1-4 record. Estonia won the first period 16-9 and added 14-12 in the second frame. They also won the third period 16-15, but Austria replied with a 23-21 run in the last period. Saimon Sutt (201-SG-95) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Karl-Robin Jurjens (203-F-96) netted 17. Kask Karl-Martin brought 10 and Sten Olmre (194-SG-95) had 9. Richter Fabian answered with 16 points in defeat, while Poltl Jakob collected 15 points and 14 rebounds. Marvin Ogunsipe (204-PF-96) scored 14, while Soldo Marko had 7.
Holland - Germany 48-65 Germany beat Holland, both advance to the Quarterfinals of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The German side finished first in the Group with 4-1 record after a 65:48 win. The Dutch side ended up with the same record on the second place. The situation was unclear in Group B. The German side needed a confident win in order to advance and grabbed 19-9 lead at the end of the first period. Moreover they added 23-20 run in the second frame and Robert Zinn (195-SG-95) scored for 42:29 at the halftime. Germany posted a 13-9 rally in the third period and later both teams scored 10 points each in the final period. Joschka Ferner (201-PF-96) led the way with 12 points and Ilzhoefer Stefan notched 10. Akpinar Ismet and Robert Zinn brought 8 points each in a win. Julius van Sauers (200-SF-95) answered with 14 points in the losing effort and Pim De Vries had 9. Dijkhuizen Jaron scored 6, whilst Robert Boezeman (198-F/C-96) collected 5 points and 10 rebounds.
Switzerland - Slovakia 58-57 Switzerland pip Slovakia in Group C to finish with 3-2 record. The Swiss side posted a 58:57 victory at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Slovakia ended up with 1-4 record. It was the last game of the First Stage in Strumica. Switzerland started the game with 21-17 and added 11-9 rally in the second frame. Alessandro Verga (191-PF-95) gave Switzerland 34:26 lead early in the third period, while Masiar later reduced to 37:36 margin. Derval Botuna closed the frame at 49:42 advantage after three quarters. Slovakia grabbed the lead in the last period when Boris Belavy (199-SF-95) scored for 53:52. Anabir however brought the win for his side at the very end. Derval Botuna, Alessandro Verga and Bianchi Patrick scored 10 points each for the winners. Boris Belavy ended up with 13 points in the losing effort. Hlivak Dalibor notched 11, while Janicek Norbert produced 8 points in a loss.
Scotland - Sweden 46-100 Sweden posts 100 points to overwhelm Scotland at the last game of the Group Stage in Division B. The Scandinavian team won 100:46 and advanced to the Quarterfinals at the U18 European Championship. Sweden erupted with 29-12 surge in the first period and never looked behind. They delivered 20-9 burst in the second period and enjoyed a 49:20 lead after Adam Ramstedt (206-SF-95)'s shot. Musie Caleb scored two free throws for 73:26 and then Joensson Martin closed the third period at 77:31. Andreas Von Uthmann (196-F-96) brought Sweden three-digit number as he nailed a three-pointer with a minute to go. Malcolm Fraser and Sim Nicholas reduced to the final 100:46 result. Joensson Martin stepped up with 19 points and Adam Ramstedt netted 18. Andreas Von Uthmann poured in 12 points, whilst Markusson Mattias and Musie Caleb had 10 each. Sim Nicholas ended up with 15 points in defeat and Winning Malcolm scored 9. Malcolm Fraser brought 8 points for Scotland could not win any games.
Romania - Israel 48-75 Israel wins Group C of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The group-leader finished with a 75:48 win over Romania and improved to 5-0 record. Romania meanwhile finished third with 2-3 record. Israel continued their winning streak and looked great in the game. They won the first period 21-14 and had 16-12 rally in the second frame. Moreover Israel posted two victories in the second half and increased the win to final 27 points. Zanzuri nailed the last three-pointer in the game for the final result. Joaquin Szuchman (191-G-95) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Sharon Naor nailed 11. Cahal Or had 9, whilst Zalmanson Idan notched 8. Vlad Cobzaru (201-C-95) replied with 11 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Pogacean Bogdan had 9. Marius Ciotlaus (196-SF-96) followed them with 9 points in a loss.
Luxembourg - Montenegro 52-69 Montenegro conquer Group D of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team won the group with 4-0 record after a 69:52 victory over Luxembourg. The latter ended up with 0-4 record on the bottom of the group. Montenegro was the favorite of the game and proved it from the very beginning. They started the game with 21-9 lead and had 10-point halftime advantage. Both teams nailed 15 points each in the third period and then Montenegro added 20-13 rally in the last stanza. Petar Popovic (188-PG-96) and Gutenkauf exchanged the final shots in the end of the game. Dozic Aleksandar and Milovan Draskovic (211-C-95, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 13 points each, while Djurovic Luka, Nikolic Zoran and Petar Popovic had 9 each. Stojanovic Filip replied with 12 points in defeat and Schmit Tim nailed 10. Gruen Thomas and Timothy Kauffmann (195-SF-96) collected 7 points each in a loss.
Belarus - Belgium 54-68 Belgium clinched the last ticket from Group D to the Quarterfinals of U18 European Championship. The team overcame Belarus 68:54 and finished second with 3-1 record. Belarus meanwhile ended up with 1-3 record. Belgium opened the game with 20-11 lead and managed to win also the second frame. After 19-17 rally, Vincent Kesteloot (200-F-95) made 39:28 score at the halftime. He later scored for 49:33, but Maksim Salash (206-F/C-96) closed the third period at 52:42. Chumakou even reduce to 4 points, while Belgium needed a 10-0 run later in the quarter to seal the victory. Vincent Kesteloot poured in 28 points to lead all the winners. Vanwijn Hans had 9 and Sander Van Caeneghem added 8. Maksim Salash top-scored for Belarus with 20 points and Beliankou Yauheni nailed 17. Yelisei Matsiushonak (193-G-95) followed them with 5 points in a win.
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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