Canada - USA 83-103 USA U17 becomes the first finalist of the FIBA U17 World Championship. The favorites outscored Canada U17 as Michael Gilchrist (201-F-93) shined for the US squad. Pierre surprised US in the start of the game, while Pangos tied it at 5:5. After that time USA took the control and never looked behind. Michael Gilchrist scored for 22:12 and Teague closed the period at 30:17. The top-scorer of the game opened the second frame and he scored another 9 points in a row. Cook later delivered for 43:23 at the middle of the second quarter. Webster-Chan reduced with Canada at 42:48 at the halftime. Wagner later reduced to 52:55, but USA did nt allow the opponents to tie the game. Drummond made it 71:61 and McAdoo closed the third frame at 75:65. With 28-18 USA won the last stanza and advanced to the Final. Thomas hit a three-pointer for the final success. Michael Gilchrist collected massive 30 points and 15 rebounds. Beal Bradley notched 17, while Thomas Adonis added 12. Wiggins Andrew ended up 20 points in the losing case. Pangos Kevin poured in 17, whilst Lomomba Junior netted 13.
Lithuania - Poland 65-75 Poland U17 joins USA U17 in the Final of the FIBA U17 World Championship. The European favorite rolled over Lithuania U17 75:65 to remain undefeated. The victory over the Baltic side was not however that easy. Lithuania opened the game with six consecutive baskets and had 11:2 later in the period. They increased to massive 21:8, but could not keep the deficit for good. Gielo Tomasz reduced with his team at 21:12 at the end of the first frame. Moreover he also tied the game at 21 and then Michalak gave Poland 23:21 lead. Ponitka Mateusz sent the teams to the lockers for 39:38 halftime advantage. In the third period the lead changed several times, while Poland took it for good in the end of the frame. Matczak brought the winners 60:52 after thirty minutes in the court. Lithuania however tried hard to get the lead back and reduced to 63:65 with 4 minutes to go. Poland did not allow them to do something else as they increased to 10 points at the end of the game. Ponitka Mateusz paced all the winners with 22 points to reach the Final game. Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) collected 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Gielo Tomasz posted 12. Mockevicius Mantas replied with 24 points in defeat and Narkevicius Rokas added 12.
China - Australia 66-68 Australia U17 won the thriller to remain alive for the 5th position at the U17 World Championships in Germany. The team from Oceania edged China U17 68:66 as Hill Daniel hit the three-pointer that brought the victory for Australia. Australia scored the first five points in the game, while China took 7:6. Both squads exchanged the lead several times in the opening quarter as the team from Oceania had 15:14 after it. Guo Ailun (193-G-93) tied the game at 17, but Australia went on a run. Gilmore nailed a three-pointer to give his side 31:22 advantage. China managed to reduce at the halftime as Guo Ailun made a jump shot for 29:33. Again Australia reached plus 10 as Odigie posted two for 41:31. Norton Mitch increased to 45:34 with 6 minutes in the third period. China again used a chance of catching up as they closed the quarter at 48:51. Moreover Guo Ailun tied it all at 55:55 with less than 8 minutes to play in the game. The score was also tied at 57:57, 59:59 and 61:61. Zhu scored from the perimeter to give China 64:61 lead with 3 minutes to go. Carlin Daniel tied it again at 65:65, while Hill Daniel hit the three-pointer that brought the victory for Australia. Carlin Daniel poured in 16 points to lead all the winners. Hill Daniel and Norton Mitch scored 12 each as Australia will play tomorrow for the 5th spot. Guo Ailun erupted with 24 points in the losing effort. Wang Zirui notched 14 and Zhai Xiaochuan added 12.
Germany - Serbia 51-67 Serbia U17 overcame Germany U17 to stay alive for the 5th spot at the FIBA U17 World Championship. Serbian team needed 67:51to play for fifth place against Australia, Germany will face China in the game for seventh place. The hosts opened the first points in the game, while Serbia grabbed 15:6 later in the period. Germany reduced a bit as the quarter as finished at 13:19. Serbian tea did not even think of slowing down and increased to 10 points in the second period. Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) however closed the half at 30:32 to send the squads to the lockers. Serbia had a minimum lead in the start of the third quarter, while Peric posted for 40:38. The guests however did not allow Germany to taste the lead for a long time and finished the frame at 47:42. Right after that time it was too late for Germany to catch up. Serbia created 20-9 in the last frame and won the game. ljenovic Nenad poured in 31 points for the winners. Mitrovic Luka collected 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Radicevic Nikola added 7. Bekteshi Besnik and Bogdan Radosavljevic ended up with 11 points in the losing effort. Muller Malik delivered 10 points for the home side.
Argentina - Spain 66-56 Argentina U17 clinched the 9th place at the U17 World Championships. They sent Spain U17 to the 10th position beating them 66:56 in the last game for both teams. Argentina scored the first four points in the game, while they had 8:2 later in the period. Spain reduced to 13:11 and 15:13, but Argentina took 16:13 after the opening quarter. Martin Massone (187-F-94) hit the 3 point shot to bring his team 24;17 in the middle of the second quarter. Diez reduced to 26:23 and Suarez gave Spain 34:32 halftime advantage. In the third period Spain looked better and dominated the court. They grabbed 46:38 as Costa hit a three-pointer. Moreover Olaizola made two points inside the paint as Spain enjoyed the biggest lead at 50:42. Massarelli closed the quarter at 47:52 as Argentina looked forward for the last stanza. The run continued until the first three minutes of the last period when Spain was scoreless. Argentina took 54:52 with 7 minutes to go. Right after that they never looked behind and even increased the lead. Massarelli scored three last points of the winners to bring the final success. Herrera Frederico and Martin Massone top-scored with 12 points each for the 9th place. Garino Patricio poured in 11, while Bortolin Matias scored 10. Diez Daniel delivered 13 points in the losing case and Conde Luis added 9.
South Korea - Egypt 87-88 Egypt U17 rolls over South Korea U17 in the last game for both teams at the U17 World Championships in Germany. The team from Africa celebrated 88:87 win to clinch 11th spot. South Korea U17 finished the tournament on the last spot without wins. The game between two winless teams before seeing each other brought so much interest and intrigue. They both started offensively and exchanged the lead several times. Ahmed Hamdy (195-C-93) scored for 15:8 in the middle of the quarter, while Heo responded for 23;22 Korea's lead. Kim closed the period at 27:20 for Asian team. Lee Dong-Yeop delivered two as South Korea took one of the biggest 41:25 lead in the middle of the second frame. Moreover they enjoyed 47:30 at the end of the second period, while Alaa reduced to 49:36 at the halftime. In the third quarter it was a nightmare for South Korea that could not score in the first 5 minutes of the period. Egypt managed to take 51:49 in the middle of the third frame. South Korea meanwhile remained in front after 30 minutes, 65:63. It was hot in the court in the next 10 minutes as both teams had a chance to win. Trailing 85:87, Egypt posted the last three points of the game and won it 88:87. Ahmed Hamdy was unstoppable with 21 points and 17 rebounds. Moustafa Ahmed nailed 17, whilst Shousha Youssef scored 16. Lee Dong-Yeop poured in 22 points in defeat and Moon Seong-Gon notched 18.
Best Player: Jahlil Okafor-Benton (210-C-95) of USA
Best Guard: Mario Hezonja (202-G/F-95) of Croatia
Best Forward: Gabriel Deck (202-C/F-95) of Argentina
Best Center: Jahlil Okafor-Benton of USA
Best Coach: Don Showalter of USA
PG: Dante Exum (193-95) of Australia
G/F: Mario Hezonja (202-95) of Croatia
F: Justice Winslow (198-96) of USA
C/F: Gabriel Deck (202-95) of A [read more]
USA - Australia 95-62
USA defended the title at the U17 World Championship. The winners overcame Australia 95:62 in the Final game of the competition. Pre-tournament favorites USA has looked unstoppable all tournament long and rightfully reached the trophy. USA started with 22-14 and never looked behind. They added 16-10 in the second period as FRANKAMP brought 38:24 [read more]
USA - Australia 95-62 USA defended the title at the U17 World Championship. The winners overcame Australia 95:62 in the Final game of the competition. Pre-tournament favorites USA has looked unstoppable all tournament long and rightfully reached the trophy. USA started with 22-14 and never looked behind. They added 16-10 in the second period as FRANKAMP brought 38:24. Dante Exum (193-PG-95) and Justice Winslow gave their teams the first points in the second half and later USA added 26-19 in the third quarter. FRANKAMP scored for 66:43 early in the fourth, while Dante Exum responded for 68:49. After NUNN and NDUKA-ANYA free throws Conner Frankamp nailed three for 86:59 and then Jahlil Okafor-Benton (210-C-95) delivered two for 88:61. Justice Winslow scored another two from the free throw line, while DOMINGO scored three for 93:62. Jahlil Okafor-Benton made the final successful shot for the winners. Conner Frankamp top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Jahlil Okafor-Benton nailed 17. Justice Winslow delivered 13, while Jabari Parker notched 12. Dante Exum ended up with 21 points and Nicholas Duncan scored 10 in defeat.
Spain - Croatia 61-93 Croatia stepped on the podium at the U17 World Championship. They denied Spain in the consolation final tonight to claim Bronze. Mario Hezonja (202-G/F-95) scored 23 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 4 assists to lead the winners. Croatia led by four points ten minutes into the game 15:11. They stretched the margin in the second frame. Croats went on a massive 28:12 run to take a comfortable 43:23 halftime lead. Croatia did not loosen the grasp in the second half. They piled up a 22-point lead at the final break. Croatia poured in 27 points in the fourth quarter to seal a confident win at the end. Paolo Marinelli (190-G-95) and Karlo Zganec (205-C/F-95) delivered 13 points each for Croatia. Bosnjak and Gabric added 11 points each in the victory. Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) answered with 13 points for Spain. Sans netted 11 points in the losing case.
Canada - Argentina 84-79 Canada finished 5th in Kaunas after the victory over Argentina in their last game. Canada sealed a 84:79 victory in the game for the 5-6 places. It was a productive first period as Canada grabbed 32:22 at the end of the first 10 minutes. Argentina woke up in the second frame and after a fantastic run Haag tied the game at 40:40. Moreover he scored another free throw for the lead in the game, but Patrick Steeves (201-F/G-95) closed the half at 44:41. Canada looked better in the third period and after 22-16 grabbed 66:57 advantage. Zabo made free throws for 80:72 with 3 minutes to go, while Rodrigo Haag and made reduced to 5 points. The teams exchanged several more shots as the board remained the final difference at 5 points. Kevin-Mbezela Zabo (186-G-95) top-scored for the winners with 26 points, while Patrick Steeves netted 14. Tanveer Bhullar and Marial Shayok followed them with 12 points each. Gabriel Deck (202-C/F-95) answered with 26 points for Argentina and Alvaro Merlo notched 16. Guillermo Lopez scored 13, whilst Rodrigo Haag added 11.
China - Czech Republic 77-70 China ended their U17 World Championship campaign with victory. They defeated Czech Republic to clinch the 7th place. Wang Zhengbo (187-G-96) and Zhou Qi (216-C-96) came up with 16 points each for the winners. Czech Republic knocked down 25 points in the first quarter to take a 5-point lead. But China easily denied the deficit and pulled ahead for a 39:38 halftime lead. Czech Republic bounced back in the third quarter. They levelled things up at 59 with one period remaining. But the final quarter belonged to the Asian team. China held their opponents to 11 points in the fourth frame and sealed the victory at the end. Liu Bo (203-F-96) and Zhao JiWei (185-G-95) accounted for 13 points each in the victory. Adam Pechacek (207-C-95) answered with 16 points for Czech Republic. Radovan Kouril finished with 13 points, 12 assists and 7 rebounds in the loss.
USA and Australia reach the Final in Kaunas - Jul 7, 2012
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USA - Spain 95-66
USA stepped closer to the title as they edged Spain in the Semifinal game. The defending champions overcame the Spanish team 95:66 at U17 World Championship in Kaunas. Spain surprised the opponents in the first period and grabbed 7-point lead. Conner Frankamp closed the period at 19:14 and then Justice Winslow (198-F-96) tied the game at 26:26. USA pushed the tempo later in the half and reached 43:37 at the end of the second period [read more]
USA - Spain 95-66 USA stepped closer to the title as they edged Spain in the Semifinal game. The defending champions overcame the Spanish team 95:66 at U17 World Championship in Kaunas. Spain surprised the opponents in the first period and grabbed 7-point lead. Conner Frankamp closed the period at 19:14 and then Justice Winslow (198-F-96) tied the game at 26:26. USA pushed the tempo later in the half and reached 43:37 at the end of the second period. In the second half the court was dominated only by one team. USA won the third period 26-17 and added 26-12 in the last stanza. Justice Winslow paced all the winners with 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Conner Frankamp nailed 13. Stanley Johnson (198-SG-96) and Jahlil Okafor-Benton followed them with 12 points each. Andreu Adrover (184-PG-95) and Alberto Martin produced 8 points each in the losing effort. Tomorrow USA will face Australia in the Final game tomorrow.
Australia - Croatia 83-71 Australia hand Croatia their first loss and advance to the Final of the U17 World Championship. The Aussies overcame the European representative 83:71. Croatia scored the first 6 points in the game and won the opening period 24:21. Mario Hezonja nailed three for 29:23, but then Australian team pushed the tempo for good. After 21-11 in the frame they grabbed 42:35 at the halftime. Moreover Australia added 24-16 in the third quarter as Martin closed the period at 66:51. Croatia tried hard to recover in the last period, but managed to win the last stanza only 20-17. Jack Purchase (203-PF-95) made the last shot from the perimeter for the final success. Mirko Djeric (191-PG-95) top-scored for the winners with 21 points, while Dante Exum added 18. Jack Purchase notched 12, while Nicholas Duncan (203-F-95) and Felix KALAU VON HOFE scored 8 each. Mario Hezonja delivered 28 points in the losing effort and Marko Arapovic netted 17.
Argentina - Czech Republic 78-70 Argentina overcame Czech Republic in Kaunas in the classification Round for 5-8 places. The Latin American team celebrated a 78:70 win and will face Canada tomorrow for the 5th place. Czech Republic meanwhile will take on China in the game for the 7th place. Czech Republic started the game with 17-13 lead, but failed to stay tough in the rest of the half. Argentina needed 22-15 in the second period to take 35:32 at the halftime. Moreover the winners added 24-20 in the third period and had 7 points deficit entering the last stanza. Argentina won also the last period 19-18 and will play for the higher place at U17 World Championship. Gabriel Deck (202-C/F-95) top-scored for the winners with 28 points and Rodrigo Haag nailed 16. Alvaro Merlo notched 10 and Juan Vaulet brought 7. Jiri Dedek (191-SF-95) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort, while Martin Peterka (203-PF-95) had 13. Radovan Kouril delivered 12 and Jiri Soula (189-PG-95) posted 11.
China - Canada 64-68 Canada rout China to play for the 5th place tomorrow at U17 World Championship. The Canadian team overcame the representative from Asia 68:64. Canada opened the game with 23-14 and added 13-11 in the second frame. Chine tried to recover and responded with 17-6 in the third period, but Canada needed 26-22 in the last quarter for a 4-point victory. Justin Jackson top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Kevin-Mbezela Zabo notched 18. Marial Shayok collected 9 points and 10 rebounds, while Tanveer Bhullar added 8. Zhou Qi had 21 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 8 blocks. But Zhao Jiwei scored only 5 points on 1 of 10 shooting. He had 2 assists to 5 turnovers and fouled out in 33 minutes. Guo Xiaopeng stepped up with 21 points and 3 rebounds, starting ahead of Heng Yifeng. Heng had 9 points and 6 rebounds in reserve. Han Delong (194-F-95) was scoreless in 18 minutes. Liu Bo (203-F-96) had 4 points and 7 rebounds in 21 minutes.
France - Lithuania 64-75 The hosts outscore France in Kaunas at the Classification Round for 9-10 places at the U17 World Championship. Lithuania grabbed 75:64 win to clinch the 9th place. Both teams nailed 19 points in the opening period and then Petr Cornelie (209-C/F-95) brought 26:21 for France. The teams exchanged the lead several times, while Haroldas Saprykinas (188-G-95) brought the hosts 33:32 lead at the halftime. Lithuania added 21-16 in the third quarter and enjoyed 54:48 entering the last stanza. They added 21-16 in the last quarter and won the last game of the tournament. Ernestas Serkevicius (187-PG-95) paced all the winners with 19 points and Norbertas Giga netted 12. Zydrunas Jurgutis and Haroldas Saprykinas delivered 8 points each in a win. Damien Inglis responded with 21 points and 16 rebounds in defeat, while Paul Rigot (199-SF-95) scored 13. France U17 finished the tournament on the 10th place.
South Korea - Egypt 89-83 South Korea recorded the first win at the U17 World Championship. They knocked down Egyptian counterparts in the final game at the tourney for both teams. Kim Nakhyeon (180-G-95) scored 29 points to lead the winners as they occupied the 11th overall position. South Korea unloaded 26 points in the opening quarter to pull ahead. The Asian team secured a 9-point lead at the first break. South Korea kept in front throughout the second period. They accumulated a 46:35 halftime advantage. Things got even worse for Egypt in the third period. They allowed the Korean team gain a 14-point lead before the fourth quarter and never recovered in the reminder of the contest. Heo Hoon contributed 28 points for the winners. Park Intae finished with 14 points for South Korea. Ehab Amin (185-G-95) answered with 20 points for Egypt. Wessam Emad produced 15 points in the loss.
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