The Croatia U16 basketball team is the champions of Europe.
Croatia has turned on an impressive display to beat Spain in the dying seconds 71-70 to win the final of the European Championships in Novi Sad on Saturday night.
Mile Karakas’ team started the match strongly and would go into the halftime break leading 37-29 thanks to 19 points by Real Madrid’s Boris Tisma.
Spain found their groove in the third quarter holding Croatia to just a single field goal attempt in two and a half minutes to cut the gap and with just over 5 minutes left on the clock they took the lead.
Croatia rallied back and a dunk with 18 seconds to go from Roko Prkačin gave them the lead but a 3-pointer with 5 seconds on the clock gave Spain the lead. Croatia had the last say and sealed the win with a lay-up from Prkačin again in the last seconds to win 71-70.
Tisma finished with 24 points, 19 of them in the first half, Prkacin had 18 and 10 rebounds.
After losing to Turkey in their opening match 75-70, Croatia went on an unbeaten run beating Germany, and Greece in the group phase.
In the Round of 16, Croatia beat Italy before beating Lithuania in the quarter-final and reigning champs France in the semi-final.