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2017 Szent Istvan Cup, Stellazzurra Basketball Academy finished 2nd in the U17 men's Hungarian tournament: 82-87 lost in the Final versus Real Madrid

Pubblicato il Giovedì 2 Febbraio 2017 - Tournaments and Experiences

 Stellazzurra Basketball Academy nearly triumph at the 2017 edition of the Szent Istvan Cup in Hungary. In the U17 men's tournament in Szekesfehervar the team coached by Mario Cottignoli lost only the final game against Real Madrid, an 82-87 at the end of a final sprint, forcing the “nerostellati” to surrender for the second year in a row versus "blancos" in the very last act of the Hungarian event.


Won Real but it could very well win Stellazzurra and would have been just reward for a tremendous tournament, in which it closed by their group unbeaten their Qualifying Round defeating FC Barcelona 89-74 (25 Pazin, Ianelli 18), Cibona Zagreb 88-63 (Eboua 23, Pazin 17) and the U16 Hungarian National Team 84-79 (Pazin 31 with 5 of 12 from three) and drove the score in the final with Real Madrid until less 30 seconds to the end, having also had a double-digit lead in the fourth period to 9 minutes to go (67-57 with a Panopio's bucket) and again with 7 point-lead with 8 minutes to play after the 76-68 Pazin's triple. Overtaken with 3 minutes to play for the 76-77, the Stellini have still found the strength to fight, the Eboua's free throw to tie the score at 77 was followed by a "waiter" by Panopio for 79-77 who blew his bench. That could explode even further in the final minute, if it were not mistakes from the free throw line and then a lose ball and a pair of offensive rebounds granted to Real in the worst possible moment, after the spaniard Garcia Calvo, with a great shot from 8 meters, hit the three for the 79-81 Real Madrid's lead, that Stellazzurra has not been able to neutralize in the last assaults to the basket.


Against Real sumptuous performance by the “stellino” Paul Eboua (in the pic alongside, shooting vs Real), who finished as top scorer and best player for evaluation of the entire game, respectively with 27 points (7/13 2-pt FG, 2/5 3-pt FG, 7/8 FT) and 32 evaluation, even the result of 11 rebounds (5 offensive) and 7 fouls drawn. Astonishing performance by the point guard Dalph Adem Panopio (in the pic further down the page, dribbling in the game against Real), the last of “stellini” to dream triumph with that beautiful lay-up, his 17th point which added 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals for 27 evaluation demonstrating his total performance. Usual in double figures also the 2001-born shooting guard Djordje Pazin, author of 3 triples on 7 attempts for 15 points (Stellazzurra's top scorer of the tournament with 22.0 points per game, in the pic below dribbling against Barcelona), also with the other 2001-born Lorenzo Donadio concrete in getting into double figures with 10. Among the Spanish, triple-double by Golden Dike with 17 points+14 rebounds+11 fouls drawn, in addition to the 16 points Ruben Lopez hurt Stellazzurra with one of those offensive rebounds in the final seconds that took away the very last chance to Cottignoli's team, the designated scorer Mario Nakic offered his usual booty of points (15) and the match-winner Garcia Calvo had 13.


Below the box scores of Stellazzurra Basketball Academy's games at Szent Istvan Cup 2017, arranged chronologically from first to last played:






U16 HUNGARIAN NT: 2 Dokmanovic, Valerio-Bodon 10, Krasovec 4, Benedek Kovacs 18, Pinter 11, Kovacs 2, Verasztò 11, Fekete 8, 9 Pallai, Bolden 4, M. Kiss, B. Kiss. Coach: Varadi.

STELLAZZURRA: Eboua 6, 9 Ianelli, Panopio 9, Mat. Garland 2, 6 Scekic, Tomar 2, T. Grillo 2, Sarcina, Grechko, Amzil 8, 9 Donadio, Pazin 31. Coach: Cottignoli.



STELLAZZURRA: Eboua 16, Ianelli 18, Panopio 13, Mat. Garland 4, Scekic, Tomar 4, T. Grillo 2, Sarcina, Amzil 3, 4 Donadio, Pazin 25. Coach: Cottignoli.

BARCELONA: Rodriguez 3, Ardanza 7, Carreno 15, Kall, Fernandez 4, 8 Crespo, Quintana 6, Digbeu 18, Mayo 7, Valderama 3, Liria 3. Coach: M. Calderon.



STELLAZZURRA: Tomar, T. Grillo 2, Eboua 23, Donadio 6, 7 Grechko, Ianelli 7, Pazin 17, Panopio 9, Scekic 3, Sarcina, Mat. Garland 2, Amzil 12. Coach: Cottignoli.

CIBONA: Jarnjak, Majic 8, Juricki 6, Skarica 6, Maloca, Ivic, Gnjidic 9, Bistrovic 14, Cvitanovic 9, Rudan 5, 6 Brankovic.






STELLAZZURRA: Ianelli 3, Panopio 17, Pazin 15, T. Grillo, Donadio 10, Mat. Garland, Scekic 2, Tomar, Eboua 27, Amzil 8, Sarcina it. Coach: Cottignoli.

REAL MADRID: 4 Viejo, Garcia Calvo 13, 15 Nakic, Gomez Goose, Dike 17, Queeley 1, Rodrigo 3, Mejias 9, Lopez 16, Tisma 3, Sylla 6. Coach: Rallo-Fernandez.





1 - Real Madrid (ESP)

2 - Stellazzurra Basketball Academy

3 - FC Barcelona (ESP)

4 - Partizan Belgrade (SRB)

5 - Cibona Zagreb (CRO)

6 - Alba Fehervar (HUN)

7 - U16 Hungarian National Team

8 - Bayern Munich (GER)






Click HERE for the full photogallery of Stellazzurra Basketball Academy in the Hungarian tournament.


The full video of the game against the U16 Hungarian National Team:



The full video of the game against FC Barcelona:


The full video of the game against Cibona Zagreb:


The full video of the game against Real Madrid: