Yugoslavia (6th title)
Vladimir Boisa (13.3)
| 11–20 July 1997|
Vlado Ilievski (24.9)
| 12 (from 1 federations)|
The 1997 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship (known at that time as 1997 European Championship for Cadets) was the 14th edition of the FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship. The cities of Pepinster, Kortrijk and Quaregnon, in Belgium, hosted the tournament. Yugoslavia won the trophy for the sixth time, the first since the breakup of Yugoslavia.
1997 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship Wikipedia
There were two qualifying rounds for this tournament. Twenty-three national teams entered the qualifying round. Fifteen teams advanced to the Challenge Round, where they joined Greece, Macedonia and Italy. The remaining eighteen teams were allocated in three groups of six teams each. The three top teams of each group joined Croatia (title holder), Spain (runner-up) and Belgium (host) in the final tournament.
The twelve teams were allocated in two groups of six teams each.