USA - Canada 113-59 USA became the Semifinalist of the U17 World Championship. The defending champions thrashed Canada 113:59. USA started the game confidently and reached 26:15 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Jahlil Okafor-Benton (210-C-95) made a dunk for 31:17 and Domingo scored for 33:20. USA added 20-15 in the frame for 46:30 lead at the halftime. The second half was a nightmare for Canada that allowed the opponents to score 67 points. USA won the third period 32-13 and finished the game with 35-16. Domingo brought the team the three digit number as he made the shot for 101:53 advantage. Later S. Johnson, Domingo, Justice Winslow (198-F-96) and NDUKA-ANYA brought he final points in the winning game. Tyus Jones top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Justice Winslow collected 17 points and 13 rebounds. Joel BERRY netted 15, whilst Jabari Parker (203-F-95) and Jahlil Okafor-Benton posted 10 apiece. Justin Jackson replied with 17 points in defeat and Tyrell Bellot-Green scored 12.
Australia - Argentina 78-59 Australia stopped Argentina in the Quarterfinals of the U17 World Championship. The Aussies beat the team from Latin America 78:59 to reach the semis. Argentina won the opening tip when Alvaro Merlo brought 11:6 lead. Gabriel Deck (202-C/F-95) scored for 13:10 and Rodrigo Haag kept his side in front at 17:14. Gabriel Deck and VILDOZA gave their team 30:23, but Argentina failed to win the game. Michael Luxford (181-PG-95) reduced to 30:26 at the end of the half and then Dante Exum tied the game at 34:34. Derksen delivered two for 47:46 and Michael Luxford scored for 52:51. The teams left the third period at 53:53 and only after that Australia exploded for a win. They erupted with 25-6 in the last stanza to reach the victory. Dante Exum top-scored for the winners with 23 points. Benjamin Simmons (203-PF-96) netted 12, while Matt Jackson added 9. Gabriel Deck ended up with 19 points in the losing effort, Alvaro Merlo posted 14, while Rodrigo Haag notched 7.
Croatia - Czech Republic 94-71 Croatia continue their winning streak and reached already the Semifinals of the U17 World Championship. The team won over Czech Republic U17 to close the Quarterfinal day in Kaunas. Croatia won the opening tip 7-2 and then Karlo Zganec (205-C/F-95) brought 15:9. The teams exchanged several more baskets and finished the first period with 24:21. Domagoj Bosnjak made two free throws for 29:26, while Martin Peterka gave his side 32:31 lead later in the second period. Adam Pechacek and Karlo Zganec exchanged the late baskets at the end of the frame for 42:40 at the halftime. In the third period Croatia stayed in front for the whole time, however sometimes the lead was not comfortable. Tomislav Gabric scored for 72:64 and Adam Pechacek reduced to 6 points at the end of the period. Only due to 22-5 in the last stanza the Croatian side managed to prove their ambitions for the top places. Domagoj Bosnjak led the way with 21 points and Karlo Zganec notched 19. Mario Hezonja (202-G/F-95) delivered 18, while Tomislav Gabric posted 8. Martin Peterka replied with 23 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort. Jiri Dedek (191-SF-95) scored 16 and Adam Pechacek chipped in 11.
Spain - China 64-57 Spain survived a thriller against China to become the first semifinalists of U17 World Championship in Lithuania. Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) scored 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead the European team. It was never an easy ride for Spain. China dominated in the first half. The Asian team led by three points ten minutes into the game 14:11. They stretched the gap to 5 points at halftime 31:26. But Spain reacted with a stifling defence in the third quarter. The Europeans limited their opponents to 10 points in the period to gain a single-point advantage heading into the fourth frame 43:42. China surged ahead midway through the final term but Spain reacted with an 11:3 run to gain a decisive lead late in regulation. Alberto Martin (185-PG-95) knocked down 14 points for Spain. Alberto Abalde (200-SF-95) added 9 points in the winning case. Zhou Qi (216-C-96) responded with 20 points and 15 rebounds for China. Zhao JiWei had 16 points in the loss.
France - South Korea 110-50 France overwhelm South Korea in the start of the Classification Round for 9-12 places. The European side celebrated an easy 110:50 win at the U17 World Championship I Kaunas. France U17 started with 29-12 in the opening period and never looked behind after. They added 23-6 in the second frame and enjoyed a 52:18 halftime advantage. Moreover France needed 24-12 in the third quarter to take 76:30 after thirty minutes. South Korea managed to score 20 points in the last quarter to finish with 50, however they could not even win that frame. France nailed 34 points in the final stanza to seal the victory. Arthur Rozenfeld (179-PG-95) top-scored for the winners with 21 points, while Charly Pontens, Damien Inglis and Antoine Chevrier posted 14 each. Paul Rigot notched 11 and Petr Cornelie (209-C/F-95) delivered 10. Heo Hoon ended up with 14 points in the losing effort and Lee Minyoung scored 12.
Lithuania - Egypt 73-72 Lithuania claimed a narrow win over Egypt at the start of the classification round at U17 World Championship. The hosts needed some wise decision late in regulation to hold off pesky Egypt in Kaunas tonight. Edvinas Seskus (192-SF-95) scored 18 points to lead the winners. Lithuania will now take on France for the 9th position. Egypt will face South Korea in the final game at the tournament. Egypt jumped to an early lead. The African team enjoyed an 18:14 lead ten minutes into the game. The sides exchanged baskets throughout the second quarter. Egypt maintained the lead posting a 37:33 halftime advantage. Lithuania recovered in the third quarter. The hosts knocked down 22 points in the period to secure a 5-point lead at the final intermission. Egypt refused to back off as they competitive till the final seconds. Lithuania proved cool and determined in the dying seconds and stole a narrow win at the end. Ernestas Serkevicius and Gediminas Zalalis (205-C-95) posted 12 points each for the winners. Walid Aly answered with 19 points and 6 boards for Egypt. Ehab Amin had 15 points and 9 rebounds 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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