USA - China 116-47 USA registered the fifth straight win at the U17 World Championship in Lithuania. They coasted past China to win Group A. Seven USA players scored in double figures for the winners. Conner Frankamp (186-G-95) knocked down 17 points to lead the winning side. China fell at 3-2 record in the third position in the ladder. USA jumped right into this one. They were up by 14 points after ten minutes. The gap just kept on growing in the second quarter. The USA secured a 53:18 halftime lead. The North American unloaded 63 points in the second half to seal a comfortable win at the end. Stephen Domingo (201-F-95) delivered 16 points, while Stanley Johnson added 15 points for the winning team. Yang LinYi (190-G-95) and Heng YiFeng answered with 9 points each in the loss.
France - Australia 42-64 Australia finished the U17 World Championship preliminary round on a high note. They defeated France to secure 4-1 record in the second place in Group A. France fell at 1-4 record and failed to advance into playoffs. Australia dominated from start to finish. The Aussies built a 16:13 lead after ten minutes. They held the French counterparts to 8 points in the second quarter and secured a 32:21 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the low-scoring third quarter. France managed to narrow the gap at 10-point mark. But Australia triggered a 21:9 run in the final quarter to seal a comfortable win at the end. Fabijan Krslovic (204-C/F-95) provided 13 points to lead the winners. Felix Kalau Van Hofe contributed 11 points for Australia. Paul Rigot (199-SF-95) answered with 11 points for France. Arthur Rozenfeld had 8 points in the loss.
Egypt - Czech Republic 70-78 Czech Republic gained the third win in the U17 World Championship. They overcame Egypt to seal the quarterfinal ticket. Martin Peterka (203-PF-95) came up with 21 points and 6 boards to pace the winners. Egypt suffered the fifth loss in a row and remained at the bottom of the ladder. Czech Republic did not waste time surging ahead early in the encounter. They built a 23:11 lead ten minutes into the clash. Czech Republic stretched the margin in the second quarter. They secured a 42:23 halftime buffer. Egypt gradually tuned in offensively. They knocked down 20 points in the third term to narrow the margin by two points. Egypt unloaded 27 points in the fourth quarter in the desperate attempt to save the game but the margin proved too deep to overcome. Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) notched 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Radovan Kouril added 12 points and 12 assists in the victory for the winners. Ahmed Sayed Soliman (202-F/C-95), Walid Aly and Omar Abdeen had 12 points each in the loss.
Lithuania - Argentina 82-92 Argentina finished the U17 World Championship preliminary round on a high note. They defeated hosting Lithuania to gain the third win at the tournament. Argentina clinched the third position at the tournament and advanced to the quarterfinals where they are going to face Australia. Lithuania fell at 1-4 record in the fifth place Group B ladder. Argentina set the tone in the first half. They started the game strongly and built a 42:32 halftime lead. The Latin American side boosted the margin to 12 points at the third break. Lithuania exploded with 30 points in the fourth frame but Argentina matched the effort and sealed the victory at the end. Gabriel Deck (202-C/F-95) notched 26 points and 9 rebounds for Argentina. Rodrigo Haag (193-SG-95) added 20 points in the victory. Edvinas Seskus (192-SF-95) answered with 23 points for Lithuania. Ernestas Serkevicius provided 18 points in the losing case.
Croatia - Spain 73-68 Croatia stayed undefeated at the U17 World Championship. They overcame Spain tonight to clinch the top position in Group B with 5-0 record. Spain fell at 3-2 record in the second place in the ladder. Mario Hezonja (202-G/F-95) had another amazing performance for Croatia scoring 30 points. Spain eked out a 16:15 lead ten minutes into the game. But Croatia opened the second frame on a 13:4 run to surge ahead. Croatia boosted the gap at 13-point mark at halftime eventually 40:27. Spain were able to change the complexion of the encounter in the third quarter. They ignited a 19:4 run to take a 54:47 lead late in the period. Spain entered the final term up by four points 54:50. Spain were still up by two points 68:66 with under a minute to go. However Mario Hezonja drilled a three-pointer and then followed with a pair of free throws to set Croatia in charge. Karlo Zganec (205-C/F-95) then sealed the victory from the stripe. Karlo Zganec finished with 15 points, while Marko Arapovic added 11 points for Croatia. Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) answered with 29 points and 19 rebounds for Spain. Jose Nogues netted 12 points in the losing effort.
South Korea - Canada 61-82 Canada finished the preliminary round at U17 World Championship with victory. They beat South Korea to improve at 3-2 record in Group B. Malcolm Duvivier (186-G-95) stepped up with 16 points to pace Canada. South Korea suffered the fifth straight loss at the tournament. Canada cleared off to a 20:10 lead ten minutes into the game. South Korea narrowed the margin in the second quarter. The Asian team trailed by just five points at the interval 27:32. The North American team restored a safe buffer at the final intermission. They entered the final frame up by 12 points 54:42. Canada exploded with 28 points in the fourth term and rallied to the victory at the end. Tyrell Bellot-Green (198-G/F-95) notched 14 points, while Marial Shayok added 13 points in the winning case. Kim Gookchan answered with 21 points for South Korea. Kim Minki netted 9 points in the loss.
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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