Serbia - Egypt 99-67 Serbia got to the winning start of their U17 World Championship campaign. They held off resilient Egypt in the opener. Serbia gradually gained control in this one and finalized a comfortable victory. Luka Mitrovic knocked down 18 points to lead the effort. Egypt bravely entered the game. They began the game with four points in a row. The maintained the lead for some time before Serbia went on a 14:1 rally to surge in front. The European team finished the starting quarter up by 6 points 21:15. Hamdy and Ahmed Moustafa Elsayed dragged Egypt back within two early in the second stanza but Serbia marched on. Soon they earned a double-digit advantage and wrapped the first half up by 12 points 42:30. Serbia maintained the lead throughout the third term. Krstic gave the Balkan side a 20-point lead late in the period. Serbia entered the fourth stanza up by 25 points 76:51. They did not look back in the fourth quarter opening the win count at the tournament. Nemanja Bezbradica (205-F/C-93) had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Serbia. Nenad Miljenovic and Marko Radonjic finished with 13 points each in the victory. Ahmed Moustafa Elsayed responded with 22 points for Egypt. Abbas had 11 points in the loss.
Argentina - USA 70-82 United States U17 recorded the first win at the World Championship in Germany. They toppled Argentina in preliminary Group A. Michael Gilchrist scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the North American side. Argentina opened the game with four consecutive points. But the USA quickly rebounded as Brad Beal propelled them in front. The US team earned a 24:17 lead at the first break. Bortolin and Massone gave the lead back to Argentina midway through the second quarter. But their opponents used a 9:0 run to return into the drivers seat. The USA finished the first half up by five points 41:36. The teams traded baskets throughout the tense third frame. The lead changed hands for several times before the United States went on a 13:0 rally to clear off. They arrived at the final pause ahead by 7 points 63:56. Quinn Cook (186-G-93) and Andre Drummond ensured a 10-point lead for the USA. Argentina managed to get within 7 but the USA stayed calm and escaped with a confident win at the end. Quinn Cook provided 14 points for the winners. Brad Beal notched 11 points for the USA. Tayavek Gallizzi answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds for Argentina. Luciano Massarelli had 10 points in the loss.
Lithuania - China 85-72 Lithuanian U17 selection recorded the first win at the inaugural World Championship that started in Hamburg. They overcame China in the opener. Mantas Mockevicius scored 20 points to lead the winners. Lithuania had to overcome a slow start. China looked better at the start of the game. They quickly posted a 12:3 advantage and maintained the lead throughout the opening ten minutes. The Asian team recorded a 24:17 lead at the first break. Lithuania however opened the second stanza with seven points in a row to deny the deficit. The Europeans soon ignited a 6:0 run to clear off. Mantas Mockevicius and Majauskas gave Lithuania a 40:37 buffer at halftime. Paulius Semaska and Martynas Paliukenas ensured a 52:43 lead for Lithuania midway through the third term. They maintained the gap well enough to enjoy a 66:52 lead at the final break. Lithuania tipped off the fourth stanza with seven points in a row and did not look back en route to the victory at the end. Tomas Lekunas (195-F-93) notched 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Rokas Narkevicius added 12 points for Lithuania. Guo Ailun and Zhai Xiaochuan replied with 20 points each for China. Zhu Xuhang and Wang Zhelin finished with 8 points apiece in the loss.
Germany - Canada 69-68 German U17 opened their World Championship campaign with a hard-fought victory. The hosts held off ambitious Canada in Hamburg in the opener. Besnik Bekteshi (188-G-93) knocked down two free throws late in regulation and Germany hung on to escape with a narrow win. Besnik Bekteshi finished with game-high 27 points to lead Germany. The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. Germany were more consistent as they earned a 17:14 lead at the first break. Canada denied the deficit and surged ahead midway through the second frame. Anselm Hartmann however returned the lead to the home side as they went into the locker rooms up by one point 34:33. The lead continued to change hands throughout the third frame. Germany had the last laugh in the period as they entered the final stanza up by four points 55:51. Neither side was able to clear off in the final quarter. Anthony Bennett drew things level at 62 with under five minutes to go. But Anselm Hartmann and Besnik Bekteshi put Germany in charge for good in this one. Anthony Bennett and Kevin Pangos had a chance to save the day for Canada but missed decisive attempts in the dying seconds. Anselm Hartmann delivered 14 points for Germany. Julius Wolf had 6 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Kevin Pangos accounted for 26 points but committed 10 turnovers for Canada. Dyshawn Pierre nailed 12 points in the loss.
South Korea - Spain 71-86 Spain earned the opening win at the U17 World Championship. They shot down South Korean counterparts in Group B clash. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) came up with 21 points and 13 rebounds to pace the European side. South Korea tipped off the game with four points in a row but Spain gradually adjusted and surged ahead. South Korea regained the lead midway through the frame and the teams stayed neck and neck. Spain eked out a 21:20 lead at the first break. The close game continued in the second frame. Daniel Diez and Jaime Fernandez capped the first half with three points in a row to give Spaniards a 38:35 advantage. Daniel Diez and Jaime Fernandez boosted the margin to 9 points midway through the third term. Spain stayed in charge as they finished the quarter up by 6 points 60:54. Daniel Diez opened the fourth frame with three points as Spain cleared off to a 9-point distance. South Korea narrowed the margin to 3 points but it was as close as they could get. Spain quickly restored a safe cushion and coasted to the victory at the end. Jaime Fernandez notched 15 points and 8 rebounds for Spain. Javier Medori and Ricardo Pampano nailed 12 points in the winning case. Moon Seong-Gon replied with 18 points for South Korea. Han Sang-Hyeok finished with 13 points in the loss.
Australia - Poland 54-71 An outstanding defensive performance helped Poland to the winning start of the U17 World Championship. The Polish team prevailed against Australia in preliminary Group B opener. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) knocked down 21 points to lead the winners. The lead changed hands for numerous times throughout the opening quarter. But Mitch Norton and Odigie allowed the Aussies to earn a 20:16 advantage at the first break. Australia stretched the gap to 6 points at the start of the second frame but Poland quickly answered. They triggered a 19:1 run to surge ahead. Poland finished the first half up by 13 points 38:25. Mateusz Ponitka and Niedzwiedzki opened the third frame with five points in a row to boost the margin. Poland maintained the lead and entered the final stanza up by 7 points 55:48. Poland tipped off the fourth quarter with nine consecutive points to clear off for good. They stayed in charge in the reminder of the contest and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Michal Michalak notched 18 points and 6 rebounds for Poland. Przemyslaw Karnowski secured 10 points and 13 boards in the victory. Andrija Dumovic answered with 20 points for Australia. Mitch Norton had 8 points in the loss.
FINAL USA - Turkey 96-56 USA did it again. They won 4th gold in the row at World Cup U17. They dominated against Turkey this time with huge win by +40 points difference. They didn't allowed Turkey any quarter as they win all of them for huge win at the end. They were better in rebounds also with 10 (47-37) and also in assists 20-8 for USA in that category. Bench players for USA scored almost as starting five (49:47) while for Turkey they are equal, both scored by 28 points. One interestin... [read more]
USA - Turkey 96-56 USA did it again. They won 4th gold in the row at World Cup U17. They dominated against Turkey this time with huge win by +40 points difference. They didn't allowed Turkey any quarter as they win all of them for huge win at the end. They were better in rebounds also with 10 (47-37) and also in assists 20-8 for USA in that category. Bench players for USA scored almost as starting five (49:47) while for Turkey they are equal, both scored by 28 points. One interesting fact is that USA had huge amount of steals (20!) and big difference in assists by 20:8. In all part of the game USA were better so it can be say that they more then deserved this gold medal. Leaders on this game were Collin Sexton (187-G-99) who flushed 16 points and added 8 assists to his name, and Gary Trent (195-G-99) scored 17 points with 4 rebounds in total for him. For losing side Ragip Atar (210-C-99) had 13 points and 8 rebounds.
Lithuania - Spain 81-63 Lithuania clinch third place and won bronze medal game on this tournament. All was decided in starting ten minutes when Lithuanian side make it huge difference by +15 lead. In second quarter they were tied (21:21), while in first ten minutes of second half Lithuania again dominated game with huge quarter win by 12 (22:10), that was just too much for Spain who only make difference a bit smaller with wining last quarter by 9 (15:24) but that was only enough for final 81:63 for Lithuanian side. They were leaded by Arnas Velicka (192-PG-99) with 18 points and 8 rebounds, Ignas Sargiunas (193-G-99) scored 14 points and Lukas Kisunas (205-C-99) scored 12 with 7 rebounds. For losing Spanish team Sergi Martinez (201-PF-99) scored 17 with 15 rebounds and Joel Parra (201-F-00) nipped 15 points with 5 rebounds. Spain finish tournament on fourth place.
France - Canada 68-99 Ignas Brazdeikis (198-G/F-99) with 26 points scored and 10 rebounds in his double double performance lead Canada to winning fifth place on World Cup. Danilo Djuricic (200-F-99) helped him with 14 points and Oluwasimisola Shittu (210-C-99) had 18 points and 8 rebounds. Canada was just too good this time for France who scored only 68 points versus Canadian 99. For French team best was Jaylen Hoard (202-SF-99) with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, also Eddy Kayouloud (195-F-99) contributed for French team with 13 points.
South Korea - Australia 76-83 Close game but at the end Australia won it by 7 points margin (83:76) against South Korea in battle for seventh place. Matthew Johns (201-F-99) scored 12 points and had 6 rebounds for Australia, Patrick Bines (198-F-99) contributed also with 13 points, while in South Korea, Lee Junghyun (185-G-99) had nice performance with 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists and Lee Hyunjung (192-F-00) scored 18 points on their last game of this tournament. Australia won seventh, while South Korea finished World Cup on eight place.
Semifinals Turkey - Spain 83-79 OT It was quite interesting game for this semifinal game, Turkey won it after interesting over time by 4 (10:6) in extra five minutes. It was pretty equal game by points, but Turkey catched more rebounds (46 vs. Spanish 34). Sergi Martinez (201-PF-99) scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds, while Miguel Gonzalez (201-G/F-99) had 15 points and 7 rebounds for Spain, for winning side Onuralp Bitim (196-G-99) scored 23 points and had 10 rebounds and Ahmet Duran (... [read more]
Turkey - Spain
It was quite interesting game for this semifinal game, Turkey won it after
interesting over time by 4 (10:6) in extra five minutes. It was pretty equal
game by points, but Turkey catched more rebounds (46 vs. Spanish 34).
Sergi Martinez (201-PF-99) scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds, while Miguel Gonzalez (201-G/F-99) had 15
points and 7 rebounds for Spain, for winning side Onuralp Bitim (196-G-99) scored 23 points
and had 10 rebounds and Ahmet Duran (205-C-99) scored 18 points and 14 rebounds for also
double double game. Index rating was also equal, Turkey had 44 and Spain 43.
Turkish players will be going into gold medal game versus USA.
USA - Lithuania
USA proved that the are favorite on this game by winning this game with closely
30 point difference. They flushed 98 points to Lithuanian basket while Europeans
scored only 70. Gary Trent (195-G-99) led USA to win with 15 points and 4 rebounds, also
Markus Howard (185-G-99) scored 16 points with 2 rebounds and Collin Sexton (187-G-99) scored 15
points and had 6 rebounds. For Lithuania Ignas Sargiunas (193-G-99) scored 15 points with 3
rebounds. Lithuania will be going for bronze medal game against Spanish side.
That will be basketball derby for 3rd place game.
Canada - Australia
96-58 Rowan Barrett Jr. (201-SF-99) led Canada to win with 23 points and he was followed from
Ignas Brazdeikis (198-G/F-99) with 18 points and 5 rebounds, also Danilo Djuricic (200-F-99) had great
game with 17 points and 4 rebounds. For losing side most efficient was Samson Froling (207-F/C-00) with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Australia will be playing against South
Korea for game which will decide winner of 7th place on this tournament.
South Korea - France
France dominated the game against South Korea and goes into game for trying to
win at least fifth place of tournament. They didn't let South Koreans to win any
quarter of this game, at the end they have huge difference alongside their name
by winning the match with 58 point difference. For France every player scored at
least for points, they scored 119 points in total and made index ranking 142 and
South Korea had only 30. For Asian side, most efficient was Seomoon Sechan (180-F-00) with
25 points. For France we have few great performance, Jaylen Hoard (202-SF-99) have 22 points
and 5 rebounds, Joshua Mballa (198-F-99) had 18 points and 10 rebounds. France will be
playing against Canada in game for fifth place.
China - Bosnia
Again, Dzanan Musa (203-G-99, agency: BeoBasket) dominated the game with 33 points and with 9 rebounds. He was
followed by Vedran Mirkovic (202-C-99) with 11 points and 5 rebounds, also Sani Campara (188-PG-99) had
19 points. That was enough for Bosnian side for winning 9th place after they win
this game against China. For Asian side Chen Peidong (204-F/C-99) had huge game with 30
points and 8 rebounds. Zhu Rongzhen (210-C-99) also had nice game with 15 points and 9
rebounds with total index of 19. China finished tournament on 10th place.
Finland - Dominican Republic
56-65 Miguel Diaz (192-G/F-99) led Dominican Republic to 11th place on this tournament with 18
points and 7 rebounds. For losing Finland side, Mikael Jantunen (200-F-00) scored 9 points
and have 11 rebounds. Only one point needed to him for double double
performance. With this win Dominican Rep. was on 11th place and Finland finished
World Cup on 12th place.
Argentina - Taiwan
It was close game and only 4 point Taiwan was far away from making surprise on
this game, but Argentina was better with 67:64, by winning last two quarters by
one one and three points and that how wins this game and winning also 13th
place. Lautaro Lopez (188-PG-99) scored 23 points and have 6 rebounds, for Taiwan, Lin Ting-Chien (190-SG-99) have huge game with 29 points and 7 rebounds.
Egypt - Mali
Mali win against Egypt and won 15th place. They dominated entire game by winning
all part of the games, for total win of 23 points. Abdoul Coulibaly (202-F-00) scored 22
points and 11 rebounds for double double performance, for Egypt, Ahmed Khalaf (206-F/C-99)
scored 12 points and cached 13 rebounds.
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