|06 August 2010|
|Lars Larsson was doing his best with 18 points but could not avoid his team falling to Portugal|
The U16 European Championship Division B started rolling in Tallin, Estonia as 16 of the 20 participating teams entered the circle of competition in Day 1.
Group A is where Switzerland rested and watched Ukraine and Portugal celebrate their debut wins.
Ukraine beat Austria 77-45 by limiting their opponents on no more than 14 points in the second and third quarters combined. Volodymyr Gerun was on fire with 19 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for the winners while Valentin Bauer scored 18 for Austria.
Portugal had to work harder before upsetting Sweden 65-57 after entering the last quarter holding a 16 point lead. Jose Miranda scored 15 for the winners as Lars Larsson wrote 18 for the losing side.
In Group B it was Ireland who watched the first day sitting out as England and Czech Republic won their games, each in a different style.
England edged Belarus 62-61 after a close fight that was decided only in the last seconds. Belarus cut the margin to just one with more than a minute to play, but missed two chances to win the game. Joshua Ward-Hibbert shone in England with 24 points and six steals while Anton Vashkevich had 20 points, 17 rebounds and two steals for the losing side.
The Czechs had an easier time with a 77-57 win over their neighbors Slovak Republic. A great performance in the third quarter in which they scored 32 points allowed the Czechs to save some energies for their next game. Jan Svandrlek with 14 points and Radovan Kouril with 13 and six assists led their team to the win. Simon Krajcovic totalled 14 for the losing team.
|Jakob Strazar chipped in 10 points in only 14 minutes of action against Belgium|
Luxembourg will wait for tomorrow to start their Group C action while today it was Slovenia and Georgia to grab a win in two hands with two 22 point difference wins.
Slovenia dominated Belgium 71-49 thanks to a good shooting day as Tomaz Bolcina scored 21 points and seven rebounds for Slovenia while Emmanuel Lecomte was the only soul in Belgium to reach double-digits.
Georgia didn't face trouble in their 83-61 win over Romania after reaching a double-digit margin already in the first 10 minutes. Beka Burjanadze and Levan Lolishvili scored 16 points each and the first added 14 rebounds and three blocks as well. Vlad Popovici was the top performer of the defeated side with 15 points and nine boards.
The last team to join the games in Group D will be Norway, but until then Hungary and Netherlands worked hard to finish their first day with a 1-0 record.
The Netherlands used a late fourth quarter run to beat Finland 60-53 as Shane Hammink scored 24 points to be the best scorer of his team and the entire first day. Jito Kok scored only eight but added 11 rebounds and four blocks. The Finnish Juuso Kauppinen collected 16.
Hungary edged Estonia 61-56 after a close battle. Both teams combined only 17 points in the last quarter but it was Estonia who went silent in the closing minutes and scored just a single point in the last 2:30 minutes. Norbert Tokodi was the best scorer for the winners with 11 while Kristof Bognar scored five points, grabbed 10 boards, stole four balls and blocked three shots. Martin Jurtom had 10 points for the losing side.