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The End of the Preliminary Round - Jul 7, 2010

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Owen Odigie
Group A
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.

Group B
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.

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World Championships U17: Round: 4 (Preliminary Round)

World Championships U17 Final Standings
 1. USA
 2. Turkey
 3. Lithuania
 4. Spain
 5. Canada
 6. France
 7. Australia
 8. S.Korea
 9. Bosnia
 10. China
 11. Dominican R.
 12. Finland
 13. Argentina
 14. Taiwan
 15. Mali
 16. Egypt
World Championships U17 Standings
Group A
 1. USA 5-0 
 2. Australia 4-1 
 3. China 3-2 
 4. Czech Rep. 2-3 
 5. France 1-4 
 6. Egypt 0-5 
Group B
 1. Croatia 5-0 
 2. Spain 3-2 
 3. Argentina 3-2 
 4. Canada 3-2 
 5. Lithuania 1-4 
 6. S.Korea 0-5 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken22.3 
 2. Haas, SISU18.8 
 3. Burgess, Randers18.8 
 4. Mack, Horsens IC17.9 
 5. Champagnie, Stevn.17.6 
 6. McGrew, SI.17.1 
 7. Lundberg, Horse.17.0 
 8. Dominique, Horsholm16.8 
 9. Sandager, Stevn.16.3 
 10. Baru, SISU16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  Avg: 10.7
 1. McGrew, SI.10.7 
 2. Sane, Naestved9.2 
 3. Champagnie, Stevn.8.1 
 4. Smith, Horsholm8.0 
 5. NaNa, Svendborg7.7 
 6. Colas, Randers7.5 
 7. Trist, Horsens IC7.5 
 8. Moten, Svendborg7.3 
 9. Midtgaard, Horsh.7.1 
 10. Mouboe, Randers6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Charles BURGESS
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Burgess, Randers5.9 
 2. Nielsen, Horsholm4.9 
 3. Mitchell, Naestved4.8 
 4. Porta, Svendborg4.3 
 5. Lundberg, Horse.4.3 
 6. Dranginis, SISU4.1 
 7. Mack, Horsens IC4.1 
 8. Gesell, Bakken3.7 
 9. Lanegger, Naestved3.5 
 10. McGrew, SI.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Frederik NIELSEN
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Nielsen, Horsholm2.2 
 2. Bonneau, Svendborg2.0 
 3. Mack, Horsens IC1.9 
 4. Burgess, Randers1.9 
 5. Akoon-P., Bakken1.9 
 6. Gesell, Bakken1.8 
 7. Borovcanin, Horse.1.7 
 8. Adjehi, SISU1.7 
 9. Smith, Horsholm1.5 
 10. Baru, SISU1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Adjehi BARU
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Baru, SISU1.5 
 2. Smith, Horsholm1.5 
 3. Sane, Naestved1.2 
 4. Aboubakar Za., Sve.1.2 
 5. Colas, Randers1.2 
 6. Diouf, Bakken1.1 
 7. Christoffers., Bak.1.0 
 8. Artino, Horsens IC1.0 
 9. Adjehi, SISU1.0 
 10. Moten, Svendborg0.9 
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