Host Bayern, Real open Round 1 with wins
Host side U18 FC Bayern Munich and reigning continental champion U18 Real Madrid opened the Euroleague Basketball Adidas Next Generation Tournament Munich with Round 1 wins and were joined as winners by U18 Stellazzurra Rome and U18 Porsche Ludwigsburg.
Bayern picked up a strong 69-55 victory over U18 CSKA Moscow to start its Group A campaign. Simonas Lukosius scored 18 points with 4 three-pointers, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals for Bayern. Stellazzurra also won its Group A opener, beating U18 ratiopharm Ulm 91-65 with Abramo Canka collecting 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists while Fedor Zugic scored 19 points with 7 rebounds.
In Group B, Real was challenged early but ended up pulling away for a 98-67 triumph over U18 Promitheas Patras. Eli John Ndiaye paced Real with 22 points plus 15 rebounds, while Matteo Spagnolo had 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Also in Group B, Ludwigsburg rolled to an easy 43-88 victory over U18 ALBA Berlin. Ariel Hukporti led Ludwigsburg with 24 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 4 blocks.