South Korea - USA 89-131 USA drained 131 points in the opening day of U17 FIBA World Championship in Amsterdam. The defending champion blasted South Korea 131-89 for 1-0 record in Group A. Italy and Belgium also celebrated today and all three teams now share the first place in this pool. USA made 7-point lead in the first quarter and increased it to 21 until the halftime. USA offense looked wonderful and it seemed they are able to do whatever they want. USA scored only 3 times from behind the arc, while most of their points came from the paint. Quarters: 37-30, 33-19, 27-18, 36-22. Rebecca Greenwell (6'0''-G-95) had 23 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in this victory. Brianna Turner (6'3''-F-96) followed with 20 points and 10 boards, while Mercedes Russell (6'5''-C-95) added 17 pts and 5 boards. USA grabbed 62 rebounds in this game, while Korea had only 20, what also proves USA dominance under the basket. Kim Heejin (95) scored 18 points for Korea (5 rebs) and An Heji (97) had 11. Korea had three more players with double digits. USA will meet Canada on Saturday and it will be the North American derby. Korea's rival will be Belgium.
Canada - Italy 55-68 Italy opened U17 FIBA World Championship with victory. They downed Canada on Friday 68-55 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A. There are six teams in this pool and four of them will advance to the Quarterfinals. Third quarter was the crucial one in this meeting. Italy was up by 5 at the halftime and they totally took control on its rival after the breather making 18-7 in Q3. It means that Italy jumped to plus 16 and last period was just the formality. Antonia Peresson (177-PG-95) scored 18 points for the winners and Elisa Penna (186-F-95) added 16 points, plus 6 boards. Martina Kacerik (179-SG-96) added 15 pts. Kia Nurse (180-PG-96) shined in loss with 20 points. Their second scorer was Emily Potter (196-C/F-95) with 8 points and she grabbed 5 rebounds beside that. Canada will meet USA on Saturday, while Italy will play against Mali.
Mali - Belgium 45-81 Belgium had a joyful Day One in Amsterdam. They destroyed Mali 81-45 in the opening game of U17 FIBA World Championship for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Participants of this pool are also Canada, Italy, South Korea and defending champion USA. Four teams will advance to the Quarterfinals. Belgium took control on its rival from the very beginning and never looked back. They had 10-point lead after ten minutes and jumped to plus 26 until the halftime. Nothing has changed after the breather and Belgium celebrated huge win at the end. Hind Ben Abdelkader (173-SG-95) was their leading player with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Celine Lemmens (182-PF-95) scored 11 points and Kyara Linskens (191-C-96) followed with 9 pts, plus 8 boards. In Mali, Mariam Maiga (169-G-96) and Aissata Fomba (175-G-95) (8 rebs) were better than the others with 14 and 12 pts respectively. Djeneba N'Diaye (165-PG-97) had 9 pts. On Saturday, Belgium will play against South Korea. Mali's rival will be Italy.
Turkey - Holland 60-67 Holland celebrated 67-60 victory against Turkey in Day One in Amsterdam. The host of U17 FIBA World Championship had very good first half of the game and later managed to keep the lead for rest of the way. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group B, together with Spain, Japan, Australia and Brazil. Four teams will advance to the Quarterfinals. Isabella Slim (181-F-95) was a key player for the hosts with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Britt Zappeij (184-C-95) followed her with 13 points and 7 rebounds, while Emese Hof (188-C-96) added 10 pts and 8 boards. In Turkey, Hulya Coklar (188-C-95) had a great game with 22 points and 14 rebs. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 30. Second scorer in Turkey was Busra Akbas (171-PG-95) with 19 points (7 rebs). Quarters: 17-11, 20-16, 13-16, 17-17. Holland will try to beat Japan on Saturday for the second straight win. Turkey will play against Spain.
Australia - Spain 49-65 Spain had amazing third quarter against Australia, which allowed them to take the first win at U17 FIBA World Championship in Amsterdam. Spain celebrated comfortable 65-49 victory for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B, where six teams fight to earn four Quarterfinals ticket. Participants of this pool are also Japan, Brazil, Turkey and Holland. Yaiza Rodriguez (163-PG-95) paced Spain with 19 points and Ariadna Pujol (182-F-95) added 11 points, plus 10 rebounds. She had poor 0/5 from behind the arc. Third scorer in victory was Leticia Romero (177-G-95) with 10 points, while she also registered 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Australia was up by 5 at the halftime, but Spain exploded after the breather making impressive 23-3 for the next ten minutes. Australia was not able to recover from this run and faced with 16-point loss at the end. The best player in Australia was Tiana Mangakahia (165-PG-95) with 10 points and 5 rebounds. Stephanie Collins (195-C-95) (9 rebs) and Vanessa Panousis (170-PG-95) netted 7 points apiece. Australia will try to consolidate now and will try to beat Brazil tomorrow. Spain will play against Turkey in the next meeting.
Japan - Brazil 92-71 Japan exploded in the last ten minutes of the game against Brazil to register comfortable 21-point win. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group B of U17 FIBA World Championship in Amsterdam. Their rivals are Spain, Holland, Turkey and Australia. Four teams will book a ticket to the Quarterfinals. Japan had minimum lead after first period and increased it to 10 until the halftime (47-37). Brazil slightly improved after that, but Japan intensified defense in Q4 limiting its rival to 12 pts for ten minutes, while at the other side the drained 26 points leaving Brazil without the chance. Yunika Nakamura (95) (95) top-scored in victory with 21 points and she pulled down 6 rebounds. Natsumi Nagai (95) had 18 points and 5 rebs, while MVP of this game was Evelyn Mawuli (180-F/C-95) with double-double of 15 points and 12 rebs (valuation 21). Izabella Sangalli (181-F-95) answered with 23 points and 5 rebounds for Brazil, whose second scorer was Kananda Ribeiro (183-F/C-96) with 11 pts (5 rebs). Carla Silva Lucchini (95) was limited to 10 points and 5 rebs for 32 minutes on the court. Brazil will try to beat Australia tomorrow. Japan will meet host of this event - Holland.
FINAL Italy - Australia 38-62 Australia dominated the game for winning gold medal. They overcame Italy for 24 points. They Italians to score only 38 points for 40 minutes of the game while Australia score 62 which was enough for winning most shiny medal of the tournament. for Italy scored only 8 points on the game in the most important game of the tournament, which was just not enough for Australia who dominated every single part of the game winning every quarter. They also... [read more]
Italy - Australia 38-62 Australia dominated the game for winning gold medal. They overcame Italy for 24 points. They Italians to score only 38 points for 40 minutes of the game while Australia score 62 which was enough for winning most shiny medal of the tournament. Starting five for Italy scored only 8 points on the game in the most important game of the tournament, which was just not enough for Australia who dominated every single part of the game winning every quarter. They also was better in rebounds then Italy (41-27). Jasmine Simmons (163-G-99, college: Rock Valley JC) scored 14 points and had 12 rebounds for MVP performance of the game, she was followed by Eziyoda Magbegor (176-F/G-99) with 13 points and 9 rebounds, Monique Conti (165-PG-99) scored 18 points. For losing team Costanza Verona scored 13 points.
China - USA 50-65 Taylor Mikesell (175-G/F-99) led USA to bronze medal game with 15 points and 4 rebounds, also Maya Dodson (185-C-99) scored 12 points and had 7 rebounds. USA winning by 15 point margin against China to deserve bronze medal on World Cup. They dominated in rebounds by 18 more (48-30). For losing side once again best was Han XU (200-C-99) with 16 points and 9 rebounds. China lost last game on this tournament and finishing World Cup on fourth place.
Spain - Czech Republic 51-63 In European derby for battle of 5th place, Czech Republic was better then Spain with 12 point difference. Czech Republic let Spain to win first and third quarter, second and fourth Czech won it by 5 and 17 point difference which is just enough for huge win for Czech side. Winning side was leaded by Veronika Vorackova (184-SF-99) with 13 points and 7 rebounds, also Tereza Vitulova (182-C-99) scored 12 points and 13 rebounds and Adela Smutna (183-C-99) scored 15 points with 3 rebounds. Aina Ayuso (181-PG-99) for losing side scored 14 points. Czech Republic won 5th place on tournament.
Canada - France 58-53 Canada won game and winning seventh place of World Cup by beating team of France. It was close game with only 5 point win for Canadian side, Kyla Shand (188-C-99) scored 12 points and had 6 rebounds, for losing side best was Noemie Brochant (178-F-99) with 9 points and 5 rebounds for index points of 9, while Nabala Fofana (186-C-00) scored 4 points and had 7 rebounds for total index of 10 and that was not enough for Canadian side. France finish World Cup on eight place.
Semifinals USA - Australia 60-73 Maybe someone is surprised but for sure not Australian players who believed in self and win this big game for their National Team. They controlled every quarter and didn't let USA to put their energy in the match. Half time was done by Australia leading by 9 (27:36) and they just increased difference at the end of third quarter by 4 more. In last ten minutes result was tied (14:14) and that was more then enough for Australia win in total of 73:60. Winning... [read more]
USA - Australia
Maybe someone is surprised but for sure not Australian players who believed in
self and win this big game for their National Team. They controlled every
quarter and didn't let USA to put their energy in the match. Half time was done
by Australia leading by 9 (27:36) and they just increased difference at the end
of third quarter by 4 more. In last ten minutes result was tied (14:14) and that
was more then enough for Australia win in total of 73:60. Winning side was lead
by Jazmin Shelley (174-G/F-00) with contributing 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assist while
Eziyoda Magbegor (176-F/G-99) had 10 points and 10 rebounds. For losing side Nelson Oddoda-Olivia (193-C-00) had 17 points and 10 rebounds. USA will be playing for bronze medal
Italy - China
62-51 Sara Madera (186-C-00) lead European side to glory by putting 21 point into the basket and catches 8 rebounds. She helped Italian National Team to win this big game in
semifinals against China with 11 points. She was helped by Valeria Trucco (190-C-99) with
14 points and 6 rebounds. Italian side had 10 rebounds more then China (42-32).
Also, they let China win only first quarter (9:12), they won all remaining ones.
For losing Asian side best was Han XU (200-C-99) with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Italy will
be playing against Australia in big final and battle for gold medal.
France - Czech Republic
55-62 Veronika Sipova (181-PG-98) lead Czech to another win on this tournament, this time against
France. She didn't have miss for two points (5/5) and she scored 10 points with
3 assists. For losing side Emmanuelle Tahane (180-F-99) scored 16 points but that was not
enough for win against Czech Republic as they win this game by 7, even when
France was leading on half time with 11 points, Czech make big return and win
second 20 minutes of the game by 17 points. Czech will play against Spain to
decide who will finish on 5th place on World Cup.
Canada - Spain
Pretty interesting game for battle from 5th to 8th place. Spain won this game by
only 3 point difference and will play against Czech Republic which will decide
who will be 5th and who will be 6th place on this tournament. After losing this
game, Canada will face France in game decider for 7 and 8 place. In this game,
decider was last quarter which Spain won by 10 (15:25) and that give them win
with 3 point margin. Spain side was led by Silvia Serrat (183-G-99) with 16 points and 10
rebounds, Sofia Galeron (186-PF-99) had also good game with 17 points and 6 rebounds. For
losing side Roxane Makolo (170-PG-00) scored 10 points and had 6 rebounds for best index
ranking (15) in Canadian team.
Latvia - Japan
Japan win this game and finished tournament on 9th position. Mayuko Fujinaga (178-SG-99) had
huge game with 19 points and 6 rebounds and she was followed by Mai Yamamoto (162-PG-99)
with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. For losing team Aleksa Gulbe (184-F/C-00) nipped 20
points and had 8 rebounds, also Nikola Ozola (172-G-00) scored 17 points.
Mali - Portugal
Last game for Mali on this tournament and they finish it with a nice win against
Portugal for 11th place on World Cup. They flushed 69 points and allowing
Portugal only 47. Salimatou Kourouma (175-G/F-99) had 19 points and 14 rebounds for winning
team and Mariana Silva (182-PF-99) for Portugal scored 5 points and had 8 rebounds which
gives her total number of 8 index points which was highest in losing team.
Portugal finished tournament on 12 place.
Mexico - Brazil
For the game who deciding who will be 13, Brazil was more successful then Mexico
and they won this match without much trouble. They won it three out of four
quarters with huge difference and that was enough in this game. Emanuely De Oliveira (180-SG-99) scored 17 points and had 5 rebounds and Raphaella Da Silva (186-C-99) had 12
points and same number of rebounds. For losing team Maria Ruiz (171-SG-99) had 18 points.
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