USA - Serbia 112-75 Although USA U17 reached the 5th straight win, the beginning of the game did not belong to them. Serbia U17 tried hard, but could not escape the big loss. A 10-2 run was the start for the European team in the game that shocked a bit the favorites. Moreover Nemanja Bezbradica made two points inside the paint for 14:5 lead. USA recovered quickly and Anthony Wroten (196-G-93) closed the frame at 21:24. Chasson Randle hit the 3 point shot in the beginning of the second period to tie the game and then USA never looked behind. A 31-9 in the second frame was too much for Serbia. USA looked as if they had to and reached 52:33 at the halftime. In the third quarter the favorites kept plus 20-25 and had 78:55 in the end of thirty minutes. Thomas opened the last quarter from the perimeter and Cook brought 85:61 from the same distance. Parker made two points inside the paint to celebrate third digit with his team as USA enjoyed 101:72 at that time. USA easily held off the opponents in the end and reached another victory. Randle made two points inside the paint for the final 112:75. Bradley Beal paced all the winners with 20 points for 5-0 record. James McAdoo collected 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Michael Gilchrist added 14. Nemanja Bezbradica replied with 21 points and 8 rebounds, whilst Nikola Jankovic had 13.
Lithuania - Argentina 74-71 Lithuania snatched a narrow victory over Argentina at the U17 World Championship in Germany. The win propelled the Baltic team 4-1 record in Group A. Argentina slipped at 1-4 record outside the top four. Mantas Mockevicius provided 16 points and 9 caroms to lead Lithuania in this one. It was a battle of two well-matched sides from start to finish. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the opening quarter before Luciano Massarelli (178-G-93) gave Argentina a 27:23 lead at the break. Matias Bortolin stretched the advantage at 6-point mark but Lithuania stayed put. They denied the deficit late in the quarter and Mantas Mockevicius pulled the Baltic team in front late in the half 38:36. Luciano Massarelli crowned the half with a jumper as Argentina retained the lead 39:38. Lithuania were back in the drivers seat with four points in a row early in the third quarter. Martynas Paliukenas and Mantas Mockevicius provided a 48:42 advantage for Lithuania midway through the third quarter. Luciano Massarelli kept Argentina close but Lithuania were able to eke out a 56:55 lead at the final intermission. The teams went neck and neck in the fourth quarter but Mantas Mockevicius, Simonas Kymantas and Tomas Lekunas proved the difference in the dying seconds to bring victory for Lithuania. Martynas Paliukenas and Rokas Narkevicius had 12 points each for Lithuania. Tomas Lekunas finished with 9 points in the win. Luciano Massarelli answered with 23 points for Argentina. Matias Bortolin notched 13 points and 6 rebonds in the loss.
Egypt - China 72-103 Chinese U17 squad posted the third win at the World Championship in Germany. They knocked down Egypt today to climb at 3-2 record. Egypt slipped at 0-5 in Group A. Guo Ailun (193-G-93) was once again pivotal for China as he unloaded 30 points, issued 8 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds. China led right from the start. They quickly gained a 9:2 lead and stayed in charge throughout the opening quarter. The margin grew at 18-point mark in the second frame. China kept their opponents at bay and wrapped up the first half up by 16 points 59:33. Egypt stormed into the third quarter scoring ten points in a row. But Guo Ailun stopped the bleeding for China scoring four points. China regained control and finished the third stanza leading by 33 points 85:52. Egypt could not recover in the fourth term and had to digest the fifth loss in a row at the tournament. Zhai Xiaochuan delivered 28 points for China. Wang Zirui and Yan PengFei added 11 points each in the victory. Ahmed Hamdy replied with 16 points and 16 boards for Egypt. Omar Abbas top-scored with 22 points in defeat.
Spain - Australia 66-68 The game between Spain U17 and Australia U17 was the last one at the Preliminary stage of the FIBA U17 World Championship. The game also was decisive for both teams as only one Quarterfinal ticket was left for two of them. It was a defensive start and Australia was even scoreless for a long time. After the first 6 minutes of the game Spain had 8:1 lead, while Australia tied the game at 10:10 after 10 minutes. Owen Odigie (196-F-93) made two points inside the paint for 12:10 Australia's lead , while Diez Daniel responded with his team for 24:16. Spain had a great time at the second period and enjoyed the biggest lead in the half at 34:22. Moreover Conde made two points inside the paint for plus 13, while Constable made two points inside the paint for 43:35. Australia produced an 8-0 run, while Spain took 52:47 after three quarters. After 32 minutes the teams were tied at 52:52. The board also showed 64:64 and 66:66, but Australia had the last chance in the last seconds. Norton Mitch misses at first the three-pointer, while Owen Odigie made two points inside the paint with the buzzer for the total success. Norton Mitch led the way with 13 points as Australia finished with 3-2 record. Hill Daniel, Chircu Phil and Dumovic Andrija netted 11 points each. Ramon Alex finished the night with 19 points for the European side that dropped to 1-4. Suarez Alejandro and Diez Daniel followed him with 12 points apiece.
Germany - South Korea 78-68 Germany U17 advanced to the Quarterfinals of the FIBA U17 World Championship. In the last game of the Preliminary Round the hosts overcame South Korea U17 78:68. The hosts of the Championship scored the first three points in the game, while Korea tied it immediately. Moreover the guests took 16:7 in the middle of the period as Kim nailed a three-pointer. Korea looked better in the first quarter and grabbed 29:17 lead after 10 minutes. The difference remained around 10 points in the beginning of the second period and Choi made two points inside the paint for 38:27 with 3 minutes in the frame. Kim was the last to post in the half as Korea enjoyed 40:31 halftime advantage. Germany tried everything in order to change something in the game and managed to reduce to 5 points in the middle of the third quarter. Besnik Bekteshi (188-G-93) made two points inside the paint for 43:38. Germany remained hot and grabbed 50:48 after 30 minutes of the game. After being tied at 53, Germany used an 8-0 run to seal the victory. They increased to the win 10 points with the final whistle. Besnik Bekteshi paced all the winners with 24 points for 3-2 record. Krumbeck Jakob nailed 18, while Muller Malik posted 11. Kim Hyeong-Jun answered with 26 points in the losing effort and Han Sang-Hyeok netted 17.
Poland - Canada 75-70 Polish U17 team recorded the fifth straight win at the World Championship in Germany. They toppled Canada to stay on top of preliminary Pool B with 5-0 record. Canada slipped at 3-2 record after the loss. Michal Michalak and Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) knocked down 14 points each to lead balanced effort from Poland. Przemyslaw Karnowski also added 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory. Canada looked better early in the game. They fired 23 points in the starting quarter to enjoy a 5-point buffer at the first break. Poland responded with a fierce rally in the second frame. They limited Canada to just 7 points in ten minutes to surge ahead for a 37:30 advantage at halftime. Canada tried to bounce back in the third quarter. They readjusted their offense and got within 5 points at the final break. But the European team wisely kept their opponents at bay throughout the intense fourth quarter and eked out a tough win at the end. Mateusz Ponitka nailed 11 points for Poland. Grochowski and Niedzwiedzki provided 9 points each in the victory. Kevin Pangos replied with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for Canada. Dyshawn Pierre tallied 15 points and 13 boards 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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