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.
Best Player: Jahlil Okafor-Benton (210-C-95) of USA
Best Guard: Mario Hezonja (202-G/F-95) of Croatia
Best Forward: Gabriel Deck (202-C/F-95) of Argentina
Best Center: Jahlil Okafor-Benton of USA
Best Coach: Don Showalter of USA
PG: Dante Exum (193-95) of Australia
G/F: Mario Hezonja (202-95) of Croatia
F: Justice Winslow (198-96) of USA
C/F: Gabriel Deck (202-95) of A [read more]
USA - Australia 95-62
USA defended the title at the U17 World Championship. The winners overcame Australia 95:62 in the Final game of the competition. Pre-tournament favorites USA has looked unstoppable all tournament long and rightfully reached the trophy. USA started with 22-14 and never looked behind. They added 16-10 in the second period as FRANKAMP brought 38:24 [read more]
USA - Australia 95-62 USA defended the title at the U17 World Championship. The winners overcame Australia 95:62 in the Final game of the competition. Pre-tournament favorites USA has looked unstoppable all tournament long and rightfully reached the trophy. USA started with 22-14 and never looked behind. They added 16-10 in the second period as FRANKAMP brought 38:24. Dante Exum (193-PG-95) and Justice Winslow gave their teams the first points in the second half and later USA added 26-19 in the third quarter. FRANKAMP scored for 66:43 early in the fourth, while Dante Exum responded for 68:49. After NUNN and NDUKA-ANYA free throws Conner Frankamp nailed three for 86:59 and then Jahlil Okafor-Benton (210-C-95) delivered two for 88:61. Justice Winslow scored another two from the free throw line, while DOMINGO scored three for 93:62. Jahlil Okafor-Benton made the final successful shot for the winners. Conner Frankamp top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Jahlil Okafor-Benton nailed 17. Justice Winslow delivered 13, while Jabari Parker notched 12. Dante Exum ended up with 21 points and Nicholas Duncan scored 10 in defeat.
Spain - Croatia 61-93 Croatia stepped on the podium at the U17 World Championship. They denied Spain in the consolation final tonight to claim Bronze. Mario Hezonja (202-G/F-95) scored 23 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 4 assists to lead the winners. Croatia led by four points ten minutes into the game 15:11. They stretched the margin in the second frame. Croats went on a massive 28:12 run to take a comfortable 43:23 halftime lead. Croatia did not loosen the grasp in the second half. They piled up a 22-point lead at the final break. Croatia poured in 27 points in the fourth quarter to seal a confident win at the end. Paolo Marinelli (190-G-95) and Karlo Zganec (205-C/F-95) delivered 13 points each for Croatia. Bosnjak and Gabric added 11 points each in the victory. Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) answered with 13 points for Spain. Sans netted 11 points in the losing case.
Canada - Argentina 84-79 Canada finished 5th in Kaunas after the victory over Argentina in their last game. Canada sealed a 84:79 victory in the game for the 5-6 places. It was a productive first period as Canada grabbed 32:22 at the end of the first 10 minutes. Argentina woke up in the second frame and after a fantastic run Haag tied the game at 40:40. Moreover he scored another free throw for the lead in the game, but Patrick Steeves (201-F/G-95) closed the half at 44:41. Canada looked better in the third period and after 22-16 grabbed 66:57 advantage. Zabo made free throws for 80:72 with 3 minutes to go, while Rodrigo Haag and made reduced to 5 points. The teams exchanged several more shots as the board remained the final difference at 5 points. Kevin-Mbezela Zabo (186-G-95) top-scored for the winners with 26 points, while Patrick Steeves netted 14. Tanveer Bhullar and Marial Shayok followed them with 12 points each. Gabriel Deck (202-C/F-95) answered with 26 points for Argentina and Alvaro Merlo notched 16. Guillermo Lopez scored 13, whilst Rodrigo Haag added 11.
China - Czech Republic 77-70 China ended their U17 World Championship campaign with victory. They defeated Czech Republic to clinch the 7th place. Wang Zhengbo (187-G-96) and Zhou Qi (216-C-96) came up with 16 points each for the winners. Czech Republic knocked down 25 points in the first quarter to take a 5-point lead. But China easily denied the deficit and pulled ahead for a 39:38 halftime lead. Czech Republic bounced back in the third quarter. They levelled things up at 59 with one period remaining. But the final quarter belonged to the Asian team. China held their opponents to 11 points in the fourth frame and sealed the victory at the end. Liu Bo (203-F-96) and Zhao JiWei (185-G-95) accounted for 13 points each in the victory. Adam Pechacek (207-C-95) answered with 16 points for Czech Republic. Radovan Kouril finished with 13 points, 12 assists and 7 rebounds in the loss.
USA and Australia reach the Final in Kaunas - Jul 7, 2012
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USA - Spain 95-66
USA stepped closer to the title as they edged Spain in the Semifinal game. The defending champions overcame the Spanish team 95:66 at U17 World Championship in Kaunas. Spain surprised the opponents in the first period and grabbed 7-point lead. Conner Frankamp closed the period at 19:14 and then Justice Winslow (198-F-96) tied the game at 26:26. USA pushed the tempo later in the half and reached 43:37 at the end of the second period [read more]
USA - Spain 95-66 USA stepped closer to the title as they edged Spain in the Semifinal game. The defending champions overcame the Spanish team 95:66 at U17 World Championship in Kaunas. Spain surprised the opponents in the first period and grabbed 7-point lead. Conner Frankamp closed the period at 19:14 and then Justice Winslow (198-F-96) tied the game at 26:26. USA pushed the tempo later in the half and reached 43:37 at the end of the second period. In the second half the court was dominated only by one team. USA won the third period 26-17 and added 26-12 in the last stanza. Justice Winslow paced all the winners with 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Conner Frankamp nailed 13. Stanley Johnson (198-SG-96) and Jahlil Okafor-Benton followed them with 12 points each. Andreu Adrover (184-PG-95) and Alberto Martin produced 8 points each in the losing effort. Tomorrow USA will face Australia in the Final game tomorrow.
Australia - Croatia 83-71 Australia hand Croatia their first loss and advance to the Final of the U17 World Championship. The Aussies overcame the European representative 83:71. Croatia scored the first 6 points in the game and won the opening period 24:21. Mario Hezonja nailed three for 29:23, but then Australian team pushed the tempo for good. After 21-11 in the frame they grabbed 42:35 at the halftime. Moreover Australia added 24-16 in the third quarter as Martin closed the period at 66:51. Croatia tried hard to recover in the last period, but managed to win the last stanza only 20-17. Jack Purchase (203-PF-95) made the last shot from the perimeter for the final success. Mirko Djeric (191-PG-95) top-scored for the winners with 21 points, while Dante Exum added 18. Jack Purchase notched 12, while Nicholas Duncan (203-F-95) and Felix KALAU VON HOFE scored 8 each. Mario Hezonja delivered 28 points in the losing effort and Marko Arapovic netted 17.
Argentina - Czech Republic 78-70 Argentina overcame Czech Republic in Kaunas in the classification Round for 5-8 places. The Latin American team celebrated a 78:70 win and will face Canada tomorrow for the 5th place. Czech Republic meanwhile will take on China in the game for the 7th place. Czech Republic started the game with 17-13 lead, but failed to stay tough in the rest of the half. Argentina needed 22-15 in the second period to take 35:32 at the halftime. Moreover the winners added 24-20 in the third period and had 7 points deficit entering the last stanza. Argentina won also the last period 19-18 and will play for the higher place at U17 World Championship. Gabriel Deck (202-C/F-95) top-scored for the winners with 28 points and Rodrigo Haag nailed 16. Alvaro Merlo notched 10 and Juan Vaulet brought 7. Jiri Dedek (191-SF-95) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort, while Martin Peterka (203-PF-95) had 13. Radovan Kouril delivered 12 and Jiri Soula (189-PG-95) posted 11.
China - Canada 64-68 Canada rout China to play for the 5th place tomorrow at U17 World Championship. The Canadian team overcame the representative from Asia 68:64. Canada opened the game with 23-14 and added 13-11 in the second frame. Chine tried to recover and responded with 17-6 in the third period, but Canada needed 26-22 in the last quarter for a 4-point victory. Justin Jackson top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Kevin-Mbezela Zabo notched 18. Marial Shayok collected 9 points and 10 rebounds, while Tanveer Bhullar added 8. Zhou Qi had 21 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 8 blocks. But Zhao Jiwei scored only 5 points on 1 of 10 shooting. He had 2 assists to 5 turnovers and fouled out in 33 minutes. Guo Xiaopeng stepped up with 21 points and 3 rebounds, starting ahead of Heng Yifeng. Heng had 9 points and 6 rebounds in reserve. Han Delong (194-F-95) was scoreless in 18 minutes. Liu Bo (203-F-96) had 4 points and 7 rebounds in 21 minutes.
France - Lithuania 64-75 The hosts outscore France in Kaunas at the Classification Round for 9-10 places at the U17 World Championship. Lithuania grabbed 75:64 win to clinch the 9th place. Both teams nailed 19 points in the opening period and then Petr Cornelie (209-C/F-95) brought 26:21 for France. The teams exchanged the lead several times, while Haroldas Saprykinas (188-G-95) brought the hosts 33:32 lead at the halftime. Lithuania added 21-16 in the third quarter and enjoyed 54:48 entering the last stanza. They added 21-16 in the last quarter and won the last game of the tournament. Ernestas Serkevicius (187-PG-95) paced all the winners with 19 points and Norbertas Giga netted 12. Zydrunas Jurgutis and Haroldas Saprykinas delivered 8 points each in a win. Damien Inglis responded with 21 points and 16 rebounds in defeat, while Paul Rigot (199-SF-95) scored 13. France U17 finished the tournament on the 10th place.
South Korea - Egypt 89-83 South Korea recorded the first win at the U17 World Championship. They knocked down Egyptian counterparts in the final game at the tourney for both teams. Kim Nakhyeon (180-G-95) scored 29 points to lead the winners as they occupied the 11th overall position. South Korea unloaded 26 points in the opening quarter to pull ahead. The Asian team secured a 9-point lead at the first break. South Korea kept in front throughout the second period. They accumulated a 46:35 halftime advantage. Things got even worse for Egypt in the third period. They allowed the Korean team gain a 14-point lead before the fourth quarter and never recovered in the reminder of the contest. Heo Hoon contributed 28 points for the winners. Park Intae finished with 14 points for South Korea. Ehab Amin (185-G-95) answered with 20 points for Egypt. Wessam Emad produced 15 points in the loss.
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