Three Europeans Impress Early In Turkey

04 February 2013


Stefan Peno (Serbia) at the U16 European Championship 2012
Serrbia's Stefan Peno is leading the tournament in assists per game

Serbia, Germany and Greece are the three sides that remain unbeaten after the first three days of action at the Turkish Basketball Federation (TBF) U16 international tournament in the city of Sakarya.

In the opening game of Group A, Serbia prevailed 65-57 over France thanks in great part to a catastrophic third quarter for Les Bleus, in which they scored just a single point.

Forward Milos Glisic led the Serbians with 19 points and guard Stefan Peno added 17 points and seven assists.

The following day the Serbians dominated China 78-56 behind another strong performance by Glisic, who finished with 18 points on 8-for-12 shooting from the floor.

On Sunday, the Balkan side added another comfortable win, 74-52 over Latvia, with Glisic this time exploding for 29 points.

After the slip-up against Serbia, France went on to defeat both hosts Turkey and China, and are in second place in Group A.

Turkey, Sweden and Latvia are all at 1-2.

In Group B, Germany opened with a 70-56 win over Montenegro behind a collective effort, as all 12 players on the German squad featured for at least nine minutes and contributed to the success.

They went on to beat Ukraine 70-60 the following day, after a highly entertaining game, in which the two European sides were closely matched until the fourth quarter, when the Germans pulled away to secure victory.

On Sunday, Germany came from behind to edge out Argentina 55-50, as 11 of the players on the squad wrote their name on the scoresheet.

Greece were trailing Slovenia by two points at half-time in their Friday opener but dominated proceedings in the second half and clinched a 77-66 victory as five of their players scored in double digits.

On day two, their clash with Argentina also turned into a low-scoring affair but, just like Germany, they managed to prevail, 50-42.

On Sunday the Greeks registered a comfortable 80-49 win over Montenegro, as forward Vasilis Charalampopoulos led all scorers with 17 points and added five rebounds.

Slovenia are behind the unbeaten duo of Greeks and Germans in Group B, with a 2-1 record, while Ukraine are at 1-2 and Montenegro are still to get off the mark and are bottom of the group together with Argentina.

Serbia's Glisic leads the tounament in scoring after the first three days, averaging 23 points per game, while his compatriot Peno is the best passer so far, with five assists per encounter.

Stephane Gombauld of France meanwhile was dominant on the glass during the first three games and leads the tournament in rebounds, with 13.3 per game.


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