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Day One in Amsterdam - Aug 17, 2012

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Group A
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.

Group B
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.   

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World Championships U17 Final Standings
 1. Australia
 2. Italy
 3. USA
 4. China
 5. Czech Rep.
 6. Spain
 7. Canada
 8. France
 9. Japan
 10. Latvia
 11. Mali
 12. Portugal
 13. Brazil
 14. Mexico
 15. S.Korea
 16. Nigeria
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jihyun PARK
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Park, KOR16.5 
 2. Gulbe, LAT15.7 
 3. Kourouma, MLI15.6 
 4. Han, CHN15.0 
 5. Wang, CHN13.9 
 6. Yamamoto, JPN13.7 
 7. Galeron, ESP13.0 
 8. Magbegor, AUS12.5 
 9. Amihere, CAN12.5 
 10. Ramos, POR12.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Laeticia AMIHERE
  Avg: 13
 1. Amihere, CAN13.0 
 2. Han, CHN10.7 
 3. Kourouma, MLI10.6 
 4. Decosta, USA10.1 
 5. Ayala, MEX9.9 
 6. Nelson-Ododa, USA9.4 
 7. Da Silva, BRA9.3 
 8. Bailey, USA9.1 
 9. Lipe, LAT8.8 
 10. Simmons, AUS8.3 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 5
 1. Henderson, USA5.0 
 2. Wang, CHN5.0 
 3. Simmons, AUS4.2 
 4. Nicoletti, BRA4.2 
 5. Ayuso, ESP4.1 
 6. Yamamoto, JPN4.0 
 7. Ramos, POR4.0 
 8. Pinzan, ITA3.3 
 9. Conti, AUS3.0 
 10. Ozola, LAT3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jiaqi WANG
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Wang, CHN3.9 
 2. Park, KOR3.3 
 3. Lee, KOR3.0 
 4. Da Silva, BRA3.0 
 5. Madera, ITA2.6 
 6. Rosas, MEX2.6 
 7. Kourouma, MLI2.4 
 8. Simmons, AUS2.3 
 9. Yamamoto, JPN2.2 
 10. Lim, KOR2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Laeticia AMIHERE
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Amihere, CAN3.3 
 2. Magbegor, AUS2.8 
 3. Han, CHN2.6 
 4. Decosta, USA2.0 
 5. Jordao, POR1.8 
 6. Cubaj, ITA1.7 
 7. Nelson-Ododa, USA1.7 
 8. Dodson, USA1.4 
 9. Brown, CAN1.3 
 10. Cano, MEX1.3 
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