USA - France 70-45 The USA had an easy job against France in Day One in Rodez. Powerful Americans celebrated comfortable 70-45 win for 1-0 in Group A. They had couple of players in a game mood with Breanna Stewart (94) leading the way with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Elizabeth Williams (92) also shined adding 12 points and 11 boards. Kaleena Lewis (93) (5 rebs), Ariel Massengale (92) and Betnijah Laney (93) followed them with 10 points each. France didn't have anyone with double-digits in scoring. Their best player was Margaux Galliou (184-F-93) with 9 points and 6 rebounds. USA had a great start making 22-12 lead in the first quarter. France woke up after that and replied with 9-16 in Q2 closing the gap to 3 points. When it seemed that France could be able to resist against strong Americans and to make this game interesting, totally different scenario was seen in Rodez. Breanna Stewart and her teammates smashed France in third quarter 25-8 and immediately resolved question about the winner. Last ten minutes were just the formality, but despite that USA ended it with 14-9. In Day Two, USA will meet Russia. France will take on Turkey.
Japan - Russia 68-93 Russia destroyed Japan 68-93 to start FIBA U17 World Championship in Rodez. Both teams are together with USA, France, Canada and Turkey placed to Preliminary Group A. Russia is currently on top with the same 1-0 record as USA and Canada. Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-C/F-93) shined for the winners with 22 points and 16 rebounds. She grabbed the MVP title for this game with valuation 29. Julia Gladkova (183-G-94) was the second scorer in Russia with 12 points, while Mariya-Margarita Davydova (189-F/C-93) added 11 points and 12 boards. In the loosing squad, Yuki Miyazawa (181-F-93) was the leading player with 16 points and 7 rebs. Naho Miyoshi (165-G-93) scored 14 pts. Russa took control on their rivals from the early beginning. Ksenia Tikhonenko was on fire and together with her teammates made 6-24 lead in the first ten minutes. At that time it was clear that Japan will not have a chance in this one. They improved in Q2 (30-24), but still that was not enough even for a small treat. Third quarter ended with 23-23 tie and Russia was going to pick up a comfortable win. They made 9-22 in the last ten minutes for the final 68-93 blowout. In Day Two, Russia will meet USA in derby game. Japan will play against Canada.
Turkey - Canada 73-82 Canada celebrated in the opening day of FIBA U17 World Championship. They managed to beat Turkey for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Beside these two teams, participants of the same pool are also USA, Russia, Japan and France. Nirra Fields (170-G-93) was the leading player in victory. She spent 32 minutes on the court collecting 25 points and 9 rebounds. Fields reached valuation 30 and was the MVP of this meeting. Alexandra Der (183-F-92) secured a nice help with 15, while Karly Roser (175-G-93) added 10 points and 6 boards. In the loosing squad, Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) delivered 16 points. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) had double-double of 11 points and 10 boards, while Betul Kalfali (178-F-93) and Merve Aydin (174-G-94) also scored 11 pts each. Canada shined in the first half, while the second belonged to Turkey. Nirra Fields and her teammates came out of the gate strongly creating 14-18 and 10-19 in the first two quarters. It means that Canada was already 13 points up at the half time and was on the right way to victory. Turkey improved after the breather finishing Q3 with 24-23, but they needed a way more. Last quarter also belonged to Turkey, but it seemed that Canada played as much as it was necessary for the win. At the end, it was totally deserved 73-82 victory. In Day Two, Canada will meet Japan. Turkey will take on France.
Belgium - Mali 80-27 Belgium destroyed Mali in Toulouse. It was a Day One of the FIBA U17 World Championship. Belgium and Mali are together with China, Australia, Spain and Argentina placed to Preliminary Group B. Emma Meesseman (188-C-93) was in a game moog collecting 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Sien Devliegher (174-G-93) had 10 points. All Belgian players, except of Biebuyck, managed to score in this game. On the other side, the best player of Mali was Fanta Guindo with 7 points. What to say about this game. Belgia was simply better than Mali in all basketball elements. Emma Meesseman and her teammates limited Mali to 5 points in the first and 2 points in the second quarter. They drained 32 on the other side for 20 minutes. Belgium exploded offensively in third frame scoring 31 points. Mali was once again unable to reach double-digits and they faced with 63-14 deficit. Belgium slowed down in the last ten minutes ending it 17-13 for the final 80-27 devastation. In Day Two in Toulouse, Belgium will meet Argentina. Mali will play against Spain.
Spain - Australia 57-58 Australia grabbed 57-58 thriller win against Spain in Day One in Toulouse. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group B, together with Belgium, China, Argentina and Mali. Of course, Australia has 1-0 now, while Spain dropped to 0-1. Tayla Roberts (191-F/C-93) and Gretel Tippett (190-F-93) were the leading scorers in victory with 13 points each. They grabbed 9 and 6 rebounds respectively. Carley Mijovic (195-F-94) helped with 11 pts. In Spain, Marles Balart responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Andrea Vilaro (179-F-93) had 10 pts and also 5 rebs. Australia had a better start of this meeting. Tayla Roberts and her teammates created 15-20 lead in the first quarter, but they somehow stopped after that. Spain took control on this game, but still was not so productive. So, the second quarter finished 11-8 for Spain who closed the gap to 26-28. Third frame was totally leveled (16-16) with neither team making a bigger lead. Game went to thriller finish. Gretel Tippett s basket with 1:13 left to play proved the difference as Spain could not find the mark in the final minute and lost 58-57. In Day Two, Australia will meet China. Spain will take on Mali.
China - Argentina 72-54 China did a great job in Day One of the FIBA U17 World Championship. They outplayed Argentina with easy 72-54 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B, which also includes Belgium, Australia, Spain and Mali. Argentina dropped to 0-1. Cui Hongyang (176-G-94) came up with 15 points and 6 rebounds in this victory. Shen Yi (172-G-93) had 13 points and was the last one with double-digits in scoring for China. In Argentina, Rocio Diaz (170-F-93) shined with 14 pts. China entered to this game with strong willingness to take it. They demonstrated great defense limiting Argentina to 11 points in the first quarter. On the other side, China drained 21 for the first double-digit lead. Nothing has changed after that as China still was in control and looked comfortable. Cui Hongyang and her teammates finished the second frame with 17-10 for 38-21 half time lead. Argentina was not able to resist and faced with 21-14 in Q3, meaning that China already resolved question about the winner. Last quarter belonged to Argentina, but everything was already clear. China will meet Australia in Day Two. Argentina will play against Belgium.
FINAL Italy - Australia 38-62 Australia dominated the game for winning gold medal. They overcame Italy for 24 points. They Italians to score only 38 points for 40 minutes of the game while Australia score 62 which was enough for winning most shiny medal of the tournament. for Italy scored only 8 points on the game in the most important game of the tournament, which was just not enough for Australia who dominated every single part of the game winning every quarter. They also... [read more]
Italy - Australia 38-62 Australia dominated the game for winning gold medal. They overcame Italy for 24 points. They Italians to score only 38 points for 40 minutes of the game while Australia score 62 which was enough for winning most shiny medal of the tournament. Starting five for Italy scored only 8 points on the game in the most important game of the tournament, which was just not enough for Australia who dominated every single part of the game winning every quarter. They also was better in rebounds then Italy (41-27). Jasmine Simmons (163-G-99, college: Rock Valley JC) scored 14 points and had 12 rebounds for MVP performance of the game, she was followed by Eziyoda Magbegor (176-F/G-99) with 13 points and 9 rebounds, Monique Conti (165-PG-99) scored 18 points. For losing team Costanza Verona scored 13 points.
China - USA 50-65 Taylor Mikesell (175-G/F-99) led USA to bronze medal game with 15 points and 4 rebounds, also Maya Dodson (185-C-99) scored 12 points and had 7 rebounds. USA winning by 15 point margin against China to deserve bronze medal on World Cup. They dominated in rebounds by 18 more (48-30). For losing side once again best was Han XU (200-C-99) with 16 points and 9 rebounds. China lost last game on this tournament and finishing World Cup on fourth place.
Spain - Czech Republic 51-63 In European derby for battle of 5th place, Czech Republic was better then Spain with 12 point difference. Czech Republic let Spain to win first and third quarter, second and fourth Czech won it by 5 and 17 point difference which is just enough for huge win for Czech side. Winning side was leaded by Veronika Vorackova (184-SF-99) with 13 points and 7 rebounds, also Tereza Vitulova (182-C-99) scored 12 points and 13 rebounds and Adela Smutna (183-C-99) scored 15 points with 3 rebounds. Aina Ayuso (181-PG-99) for losing side scored 14 points. Czech Republic won 5th place on tournament.
Canada - France 58-53 Canada won game and winning seventh place of World Cup by beating team of France. It was close game with only 5 point win for Canadian side, Kyla Shand (188-C-99) scored 12 points and had 6 rebounds, for losing side best was Noemie Brochant (178-F-99) with 9 points and 5 rebounds for index points of 9, while Nabala Fofana (186-C-00) scored 4 points and had 7 rebounds for total index of 10 and that was not enough for Canadian side. France finish World Cup on eight place.
Semifinals USA - Australia 60-73 Maybe someone is surprised but for sure not Australian players who believed in self and win this big game for their National Team. They controlled every quarter and didn't let USA to put their energy in the match. Half time was done by Australia leading by 9 (27:36) and they just increased difference at the end of third quarter by 4 more. In last ten minutes result was tied (14:14) and that was more then enough for Australia win in total of 73:60. Winning... [read more]
USA - Australia
Maybe someone is surprised but for sure not Australian players who believed in
self and win this big game for their National Team. They controlled every
quarter and didn't let USA to put their energy in the match. Half time was done
by Australia leading by 9 (27:36) and they just increased difference at the end
of third quarter by 4 more. In last ten minutes result was tied (14:14) and that
was more then enough for Australia win in total of 73:60. Winning side was lead
by Jazmin Shelley (174-G/F-00) with contributing 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assist while
Eziyoda Magbegor (176-F/G-99) had 10 points and 10 rebounds. For losing side Nelson Oddoda-Olivia (193-C-00) had 17 points and 10 rebounds. USA will be playing for bronze medal
Italy - China
62-51 Sara Madera (186-C-00) lead European side to glory by putting 21 point into the basket and catches 8 rebounds. She helped Italian National Team to win this big game in
semifinals against China with 11 points. She was helped by Valeria Trucco (190-C-99) with
14 points and 6 rebounds. Italian side had 10 rebounds more then China (42-32).
Also, they let China win only first quarter (9:12), they won all remaining ones.
For losing Asian side best was Han XU (200-C-99) with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Italy will
be playing against Australia in big final and battle for gold medal.
France - Czech Republic
55-62 Veronika Sipova (181-PG-98) lead Czech to another win on this tournament, this time against
France. She didn't have miss for two points (5/5) and she scored 10 points with
3 assists. For losing side Emmanuelle Tahane (180-F-99) scored 16 points but that was not
enough for win against Czech Republic as they win this game by 7, even when
France was leading on half time with 11 points, Czech make big return and win
second 20 minutes of the game by 17 points. Czech will play against Spain to
decide who will finish on 5th place on World Cup.
Canada - Spain
Pretty interesting game for battle from 5th to 8th place. Spain won this game by
only 3 point difference and will play against Czech Republic which will decide
who will be 5th and who will be 6th place on this tournament. After losing this
game, Canada will face France in game decider for 7 and 8 place. In this game,
decider was last quarter which Spain won by 10 (15:25) and that give them win
with 3 point margin. Spain side was led by Silvia Serrat (183-G-99) with 16 points and 10
rebounds, Sofia Galeron (186-PF-99) had also good game with 17 points and 6 rebounds. For
losing side Roxane Makolo (170-PG-00) scored 10 points and had 6 rebounds for best index
ranking (15) in Canadian team.
Latvia - Japan
Japan win this game and finished tournament on 9th position. Mayuko Fujinaga (178-SG-99) had
huge game with 19 points and 6 rebounds and she was followed by Mai Yamamoto (162-PG-99)
with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. For losing team Aleksa Gulbe (184-F/C-00) nipped 20
points and had 8 rebounds, also Nikola Ozola (172-G-00) scored 17 points.
Mali - Portugal
Last game for Mali on this tournament and they finish it with a nice win against
Portugal for 11th place on World Cup. They flushed 69 points and allowing
Portugal only 47. Salimatou Kourouma (175-G/F-99) had 19 points and 14 rebounds for winning
team and Mariana Silva (182-PF-99) for Portugal scored 5 points and had 8 rebounds which
gives her total number of 8 index points which was highest in losing team.
Portugal finished tournament on 12 place.
Mexico - Brazil
For the game who deciding who will be 13, Brazil was more successful then Mexico
and they won this match without much trouble. They won it three out of four
quarters with huge difference and that was enough in this game. Emanuely De Oliveira (180-SG-99) scored 17 points and had 5 rebounds and Raphaella Da Silva (186-C-99) had 12
points and same number of rebounds. For losing team Maria Ruiz (171-SG-99) had 18 points.
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