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.
Group C Canada - Finland 92-68 Canada crushed Finland on this game. They at very beginning showed 'who is the boss' by winning first quarter with 37:22 and second one with 19:9 for going on half time with big lead 56:31. Rowan Barrett Jr.(201-SF-99). lead her team with 16 points and 10 rebounds and Ignas Brazdeikis (198-G/F-99) with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Finland responded via Andre Gustavson (184-PG-99) with 17 points and 5 rebounds. China - Australia 90-72 China get first win on thi... [read more]
Canada - Finland 92-68 Canada crushed Finland on this game. They at very beginning showed 'who is the boss' by winning first quarter with 37:22 and second one with 19:9 for going on half time with big lead 56:31. Rowan Barrett Jr. (201-SF-99). lead her team with 16 points and 10 rebounds and Ignas Brazdeikis (198-G/F-99) with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Finland responded via Andre Gustavson (184-PG-99) with 17 points and 5 rebounds.
China - Australia 90-72 China get first win on this tournament and it was big win against Australia by 18 point margin. Bai Haotian (192-G-99) lead Chinese team to the victory with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. In away team best was Tom Fullarton (200-F-99) with amazing performance of 25 points and 5 rebounds for index rating 17 in total. For Australian team this was second lose on this tournament.
Dominican Republic - South Korea 71-77 South Korea stayed perfect and recorded another win on World Cup this year. They win against Dominican Republic by 6 points. It was ups and downs in this game. South Korea won first quarter by 6, then Dominican Republic won second quarter by 7 and they had lead on half time. In third quarter South Korea comes with more freshness and won this period of the game by 5 (16:21) which was enough for the new lead and in last period they just confirmed win on the game by wining last quarter with 2 points.
Shin Minsuk (197-C-99) lead his team to the victory with 19 points and 7 rebounds and Anderson Mirambeaux (196-F-99) had good response with 24 points and 22 rebounds at Dominican Republic team.
France - Bosnia 84-65 Jaylen Hoard (202-SF-99) with 23 points and Yves Pons (192-F/G-99) with 22 points lead France to second victory on tournament, this time they are a lot of better then Bosnian and Herzegovian team. Big talent from Bosnia, Dzanan Musa (203-G-99, agency: BeoBasket) nipped 19 points for losing side. France was just better on this game, they played smarter with great shooting from the field. They scored 24 from 50 attempts for 2 points and 6 from 22 for 3 points. They are also better in rebound so this victory of France was not a surprise at all.
Group A Taiwan - Egypt 71-88 Abdelrahman Abdelmaged (190-SG-00) lead the Egypt in first victory of this tournament against Taiwan. He nipped 16 points and had 11 rebounds for his double double record at this game. He was followed by Esam Mostafa (196-PF-99) with 15 points and 13 rebounds and also, Ahmed Khalaf (206-F/C-99) had huge game as he score 11 points and had big rebound game with 16 rebounds. In Taiwan Lin Ting-Chien (190-SG-99) had amazing performance with 30 points alongside his... [read more]
Taiwan - Egypt 71-88 Abdelrahman Abdelmaged (190-SG-00) lead the Egypt in first victory of this tournament against Taiwan. He nipped 16 points and had 11 rebounds for his double double record at this game. He was followed by Esam Mostafa (196-PF-99) with 15 points and 13 rebounds and also, Ahmed Khalaf (206-F/C-99) had huge game as he score 11 points and had big rebound game with 16 rebounds. In Taiwan Lin Ting-Chien (190-SG-99) had amazing performance with 30 points alongside his name and 6 rebounds. Even his great game, that was not enough for Taiwan as Egypt had more then a good game.
Turkey - USA 66-84 USA stayed with perfect record after this win while Turkey is now at 1-1. USA won 3 out of 4 quarters this game and had domination in all segments. Biggest was in the rebounds as they catch 44, while Turkey had only 21 rebounds for 40 minutes of the game. Collin Sexton (187-G-99) was a leader of this game for USA as he scored 20 points and 4 assists while in Turkey Erkin Senel (191-G/F-99) was the best individual in there with 10 points and 5 rebounds for only 13 minutes on the floor.
Lithuania - Spain 61-65 On European derby, Spain was better this time with 4 point game win this time. Lithuania had it better opening of the match as they won first quarter with 18:9 and they go to half time break with 40:32. After that Spain put another energy of the court and they make amazing comeback as they won third and fourth quarter allowing Lithuania only 21 points in second half time and they scored 33. That was enough for final result of 61:65 for Spanish side. Sergi Martinez (201-PF-99) was true MVP of the game as he scored 16 points and have same amounts of rebounds (!). Miguel Gonzalez (201-G/F-99) followed him with 19 points. In Lithuania Lukas Uleckas (196-SG-99) had 12 points and Tomas Balciunas (201-F-00) had 6 points and 10 rebounds.
Mali - Argentina 56-47 Mali make history. They won it against Argentina for now 1-1 record and they send Argentina to the bottom of the standings in Group B with 0-2. Small amount of the points in entire game, but Mali know how to play defense on this game as they allowed Argentina only 47 points for 40 minutes played. Mali won second quarter with 19:11 and that was most crucial part of the game, after that Argentina didn't know how to respond and Mali was winning side with 56:47 victory. Lassana Haidara (197-SF-99) had 13 points for Mali, while Lautaro Lopez (188-PG-99) scored 18 points with 12 rebounds for losing side.
Group A Egypt - Turkey 61-71 Turkey rallied past Egypt in Group A opener. Mert Konuk (194-SG-00) posted 13 points for the winning side. Egypt jumped to a massive 27:8 lead after the opening quarter. However Turkey responded with a 51:17 run in the next two periods to pull ahead. They maintained the advantage throughout the final frame and marched to the victory. Ragip Atar (210-C-99) chipped in 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Turkey. Tarek Raafat (187-G-99) responded with 26 points... [read more]
Egypt - Turkey 61-71 Turkey rallied past Egypt in Group A opener. Mert Konuk (194-SG-00) posted 13 points for the winning side. Egypt jumped to a massive 27:8 lead after the opening quarter. However Turkey responded with a 51:17 run in the next two periods to pull ahead. They maintained the advantage throughout the final frame and marched to the victory. Ragip Atar (210-C-99) chipped in 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Turkey. Tarek Raafat (187-G-99) responded with 26 points for Egypt.
USA - Taiwan 119-45 The USA got to the winning start of the championship. The defending champions cruised past Taiwan in the opener. Seven players scored in double digits for the winners. Kevin Knox II (201-F-99) led the charge with 15 points. The USA piled up a 67:24 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Wendell Carter (208-F/C-99) produced 14 points for the winning side. Lin Ting-Chien (190-SG-99) responded with 12 points for Taiwan.
Spain - Mali 86-55 Spain outmuscled Mali at the start of the tournament. Miguel Gonzalez (201-G/F-99) came up with 20 points to lead the European side. Spain eked out an 18:17 lead after the first period. They held Mali to just 14 points in the next two periods to boost the margin at 29-point mark. Spain sank 26 points in the fourth quarter and eased to the victory. Josep Busquets (197-G/F-99) produced 19 points for the winners. Blaise Keita (210-C-99) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Mali.
Argentina - Lithuania 57-74 Lithuania opened their World Championship campaign on a high note. They outscored Argentina in the opener. Ignas Sargiunas (193-G-99) stepped up with 15 points for the Baltic team. Lithuania rallied to a 41:26 halftime lead. They stayed in charge throughout the second half and coasted to the win. Lukas Uleckas (196-SG-99) chipped in 12 points for Lithuania. Lautaro Lopez (188-PG-99) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds for Argentina.
Finland - China 65-58 Finland held off China for the opening victory in Zaragoza. Elias Valtonen (192-G/F-99) delivered 22 points to lead the effort. Finland recorded a 23:12 lead after ten minutes. China pulled within 5 points at the final intermission. However Finland held their opponents to just 15 points in the fourth stanza and marched to the victory. Andre Gustavson (184-PG-99) netted 18 points and 7 rebounds in the win. China answered with 14 points and 10 rebounds from Li Xiangbo (203-F-99).
Australia - Canada 78-81 Canada held off Australia in the tight contest in Group C. Simisola Shittu (205-SF-00) posted 22 points, 12 rebounds and 5 steals to lead the North American side. Australia and Canada were tied at 34 after twenty minutes of action. Canada however used a 26:16 run in the third term to surge ahead. Australia narrowed the deficit in the fourth frame but Canada hang on to snatch a tough victory at the end. Rowan Barrett Jr. (201-SF-99) totaled 19 points for Canada. Dragan Elkaz (192-G/F-99) answered with 22 points for Australia.
South Korea - France 90-84 OT South Korea topped France in overtime for 1-0 record in Group D. Yang Jae Min (198-F/C-99) stepped up with 32 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. South Korea established a 39:33 halftime lead. France narrowed the distance to a single point heading into the fourth frame. Les Bleues denied the deficit in the next period forcing overtime. But South Korea drained 12 points in the extra period and marched to the win. Lee Junghyun (185-G-99) tossed in 23 points and issued 7 assists for South Korea. Jaylen Hoard (202-SF-99) responded with 41 points for France.
Bosnia - Dominican Republic 84-59 Dzanan Musa (203-G-99, agency: BeoBasket) scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace Bosnia and Herzegovina past Dominican Republic. The Europeans dominated from start to finish. Bosnia registered a 25:9 lead at the first break. They stretched the margin at 21-point mark at halftime. Dominican Republic could not recover in the second half as Bosnia rallied to the victory. Sani Campara (188-PG-99) tossed in 18 points for the winning side. Yeison Rivera (178-PG-99) nailed 17 points for Dominican Republic.
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