Larsen Headlines All-Tournament Team

18.08.2013

U16 MEN DIVISION B

All Tournament Teaam August Haas (Denmark), Jacob Larsen (Denmark), Nedim Dedovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Blaz Mesicek (Slovenia) & Lauri Markkanen (Finland)
All Tournament Teaam August Haas (Denmark), Jacob Larsen (Denmark), Nedim Dedovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Blaz Mesicek (Slovenia) & Lauri Markkanen (Finland)

Jacob Larsen of champions Denmark was voted as the MVP of the U16 European Championship Division B that concluded on Sunday in Sarajevo.

Denmark were not the favourites to win the title against previously undefeated hosts Bosnia and Herzegovina in the big final, but the 2.08m forward/center erupted for 24 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks to steer them to a 72-69 victory and the gold medal.

In fact, Larsen was the main reason why the Danes reached that far in the competition after a very rocky start, that included two losses in their first three games.

Larsen collected double-doubles in all but one encounters in Sarajevo, and finished as the tournament's top scorer with 20 points-per-game on a fantastic 67% shooting percentage.

He was also the third-leading rebounder with an average of 11.6 boards per game and he blocked a tournament-best 3.6 shots per clash on average.

Larsen's team-mate August Haas joins him on the All Tournament Team.

The Danish point guard averaged 13 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game for the gold medallists in Sarajevo.

Blaz Mesicek of Slovenia was the other backcourt player to be voted on the All Tournament Team, alongside Haas.

The Slovene shooting guard averaged 15.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest to help his team reach the semi-finals of the competition.

Lauri Markkanen was decisive in Finland beating Slovenia to third place as he delivered an excellent performance in the bronze medal game, that determined the holder of the last ticket to Division A.

The 2.04m Finnish forward averaged 15.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game to take up one of the two forward spots on the All Tournament team.

The other forward spot on the ideal five is reserved for Nedim Dedovic, who was inspirational for hosts Bosnia and Herzegovina in their unbeaten run to the final.

Dedovic averaged 19 points per game and finished as the tournament's second-leading scorer, adding 4.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.9 steals per night.

The star player of the hosts drew more fouls (7.2 per game) than any other player in Sarajevo and made the most of it, as he shot on a tournament-best 87.8% from the free-throw line.

Ireland, who finished in 18th place in the standings, were the recipients of the Fair Play Award of the tournament.


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