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.
Group A Turkey - Taiwan 76-56 Easy win for Turkey against team who after this game don't have any victory from three games - team of Taiwan. Turks are lead by Ahmet Duran (205-C-99) with 16 points and 15 rebounds, amazing performance was also done by Ragip Atar (210-C-99) with 8 points and 14 rebounds (10 defensive). In Taiwan, Lin Ting-Chien (190-SG-99) scored 15 points. First quarter was decided victory as Turkey won the first ten minutes with 29:11. After that entire game was equal bu... [read more]
Turkey - Taiwan 76-56 Easy win for Turkey against team who after this game don't have any victory from three games - team of Taiwan. Turks are lead by Ahmet Duran (205-C-99) with 16 points and 15 rebounds, amazing performance was also done by Ragip Atar (210-C-99) with 8 points and 14 rebounds (10 defensive). In Taiwan, Lin Ting-Chien (190-SG-99) scored 15 points. First quarter was decided victory as Turkey won the first ten minutes with 29:11. After that entire game was equal but that difference from first quarter decided winning team.
USA - Egypt 104-57 Another win for USA and perfect score for them after 3 rounds on World Cup U17. They again dominated game with big victory, this time against Egypt who didn't had much chance against probably the most talented team on this competition. Troy Brown (198-G-99) led the USA team with 15 points and 11 rebounds, also we need to write that all players from USA scored at least 5 points. Another great performance come from Markus Howard (185-G-99) who scored 21 points and had 6 assists. In Egypt Ahmed Khalaf (206-F/C-99) scored 17 points with 7 rebounds and Tarek Raafat (187-G-99) scored 15 points. USA dominated in every segment of the game as they had 61 rebounds while Egypt had only 29. Egypt finished group with 1-2 record.
Mali - Lithuania 73-96 Lithuania flushed nearly 100 points in this game and they dominated against Mali playing great game. 50 rebounds for Lithuania, 26 assist for them and only 4 by Mali. Vitalijus Kozys (200-SF-99) lead Europeans with 20 points, while for African team Abdoul Coulibaly (202-F-00) had amazing performance with 29 points and 6 rebounds.
Lithuania won three of four quarter on this game which was enough for really big win for their team with +23 points difference.
Argentina - Spain 49-59 Again great game for Spain and another victory for them on this tournament. They send Argentina to the bottom of the standings in group B as they have 0-3 and European team have 3-0. Spain started better, they go to half time with +12. Argentina showed how to respond in 3rd quarter with 19:11 win but last quarter was again better for Spain with 10:16 and that's for final result of 59:49 on Spanish side. In Spain Sergi Martinez (201-PF-99) had 19 points and 16 rebounds, truly amazing game for this Spanish young player. In Argentina Lautaro Lopez (188-PG-99) flushed 17 points and had 6 rebounds.
China - Canada 54-105 More then 50 points difference in this game for Canadian side. They won it with 105:54 against China who didn't had much chance against more then in the best mood for this game. They win all four quarters. Canada was leaded by Rowan Barrett Jr. (201-SF-99). with 17 points and Oluwasimisola Shittu (210-C-99) with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
For China Wang Yibo (185-G-99) scored 14 points and Huang Rongqi (190-G-99) scored 15.
Australia - Finland 77-62 Pretty interesting group as we have after 3 rounds, three teams with 1-2 score. Tom Fullarton (200-F-99) lead Australia to first win in tournament with 19 points and 8 rebounds. While in Finland there are four players who scored at least 10 points but that was not enough as Australia scored 77 points in total while Finland had only 62. Biggest difference is coming from bench players, as for Australia they scored 23 and for Finland only 9.
For Finland best was Elias Valtonen (192-G/F-99) with 18 points and 6 rebounds.
France - Dominican Republic 78-48 Second win for France and they are now in Group D with 2-1, same as Bosnia. They win first quarter with 22:12 and that how let Dominican Republic that they have nothing to look for in this game. They only confirmed that in second quarter with another win with 21:12 and in 3rd with 18:6. They just have tied game in last ten minutes with win for Dominican Republic 18:17. France was leaded by Eddy Kayouloud (195-F-99) with 15 points and 5 rebounds and with Ivan Fevrier (200-F-99) with 14 points and 11 rebounds. In Dominican Republic Yeison Rivera (178-PG-99) scored 10 and Anderson Mirambeaux (196-F-99) scored 11 with 7 rebounds. Dominican Republic finished Group D without win (0-3).
Bosnia - South Korea 105-85 Bosnia nipped first position after this big win against South Korea. 20 points difference for Bosnian side leading from Dzanan Musa (203-G-99, agency: BeoBasket) with amazing performance, best of the night with 36 points and 11 rebounds for total ranking of 33. True MVP of this game. Also Sani Campara (188-PG-99) had amazing night with 25 points and 7 assists. For South Korea we also had one player with really big performance, Lee Junghyun (185-G-99) who scored 32 points and had 6 assists, and he was followed with Lee Hyunjung (192-F-00) 21 points.
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.
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