USA - France 86-50 USA stayed on the winning track in Kaunas. They posted the fourth straight win at the championship. Tonight the USA rallied past France to improve at 4-0 record on top of Group A. Jahlil Okafor-Benton (210-C-95) came up with 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead the winners. USA and France stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The North American team led by just three points at the first break 16:13. But the US team gradually increased the tempo. They poured in 24 points in the second quarter to secure a 40:24 halftime lead. USA maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. Moreover they boosted the distance to 28 points at the final break 60:32. USA never looked back cruising to the victory at the end. Conner Frankamp (186-G-95) and Stanley Johnson (198-SG-96) delivered 12 points each for the winning team. Petr Cornelie (209-C/F-95) answered with 14 points for France. Paul Rigot had 11 points in the loss.
Australia - Egypt 88-73 2OT Australia clinched the third win in Kaunas. They topped South Korea in double-overtime thriller to improve at 3-1 record. Dante Exum (193-PG-95) scored 23 points to lead the Aussies. Egypt fell at 0-4 record after the loss. Australia got to a strong start. They ensured a 24:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Egypt limited South Korea to 6 points in the second quarter to pull in front. The African team secured a 35:30 halftime lead. Australia retained the advantage in the third frame. They surged ahead for a 52:48 advantage at the third break. Egypt led by five points with just over two minutes remaining. The Aussies capped regulation with five straight points to level things up at 63. Egypt led throughout the first overtime but Australia drew things level and forced the second overtime. The Aussies went on a 15:0 run in the second extra period to seal the victory at the end. Mirko Djeric (191-PG-95) provided 22 points, 8 assists and 4 boards for Australia. Felix Kalau Van Hofe had 16 points in the winning case. Ehab Amin (185-G-95) answered with 23 points for Egypt. Moataz Hosny netted 16 points in the loss.
China - Czech Republic 71-68 Chinese U17 National Team celebrated the third win at the World Championship in Kaunas. They held off Czech Republic in a roller-coaster game today. Zhao JiWei (185-G-95) came up with 20 points to pace the Asian side. Czech Republic led by two points after the opening quarter 17:15. But China turned things around in the second period. The Asian team stepped on the gas to clear off to a 38:30 halftime advantage. Czech Republic denied the deficit midway through the third term. Radovan Kouril (185-PG-95) put Czech Republic in front 52:50. Czech team capped the quarter with a 10:0 run to gain a 62:53 lead. Czech Republic opened an 11-point advantage 64:53 early in the final quarter. China reacted with a 16:2 rally of their own to take a 69:66 lead with just over two minutes remaining. Zhao JiWei accounted for two free throws late in regulation to seal the victory for China at the end. Han Delong (194-F-95) posted 13 points, while Zhou Qi added 10 points and 15 rebounds in the victory. Radovan Kouril had 20 points for Czech Republic. Jiri Soula and Adam Pechacek had 11 points apiece in the loss.
Croatia - Lithuania 82-78 Croatia registered the fourth straight win at the U17 World Championship. They held off the hosts tonight to stay undefeated on top of Group B. Lithuania fell at 1-3 record. Croatia jumped to an early lead and posted a 21:17 advantage after ten minutes. Lithuania cut the deficit in the second quarter and trailed by a single point at halftime 38:37. Croatia gradually cleared off in the third term. They secured a 7-point lead with one period remaining 58:51. Lithuania fired 27 points in the fourth frame trying to avoid the loss. But Croatia withstood the challenge and snatched a tough win at the end. Karlo Zganec (205-C/F-95) knocked down 20 points and grabbed 19 rebounds for Croatia. Tomislav Gabric (202-F-95) added 18 points in the victory. Haroldas Saprykinas (188-G-95) answered with 23 points for Lithuania. Edvinas Seskus had 14 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
Argentina - South Korea 106-59 Argentina celebrated the second win at the U17 World Championship in Kaunas. They knocked down South Korea for 2-2 record in Group B. South Korea fell at 0-4 record after the loss. Matias Aristu (193-F/G-95) and Guillermo Lopez (198-F-95) scored 15 points each to lead the winners. Argentina held the Asian team to 12 points in the opening quarter to take a 7-point lead. Argentina went on a 31:10 run in the second quarter to build a 28-point halftime advantage. The Latin American side maintained the advantage throughout the third frame. They arrived at the final break up by 40 points 89:39. Argentina did not loosen the grasp in the final frame and sealed the victory at the end. Joaquin Giarrafa and Rodrigo Haag contributed 12 points apiece in the win. Heo Hoon (181-G-95) answered with 13 points for South Korea. Kim Yun netted 11 points in the loss.
Spain - Canada 83-62 Spain earned the third win in Group B at the U17 World Championship in Kaunas. They fired past Canada at the start of the fourth day of action. Alberto Abalde (200-SF-95) came up with 21 points to lead the winners. Spain and Canada stayed close throughout the starting quarter. The scoreboard read 20:20 at the end of the opening frame. Spain gradually pulled in front in the second term. They accumulated a 38:33 halftime lead. The European team cleared off in the third quarter. They unloaded 24 points to ensure a 16-point lead at the final intermission. Spain stayed on fire in the final quarter and raced to the victory at the end. Agusti Sans (195-SG-95) and Marcos Portalez (201-F-95) accounted for 14 points each for Spain. Marial Shayok (196-SG-95) responded with 17 points for Canada. Tyrell Bellot-Green had 10 points as the North American team fell at 2-2 record.
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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