USA - Italy 83-43 USA cruised to another victory at FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. They smashed Italy 83-43 handing them the first loss at this event. It means that USA stays alone on top of Group A with perfect 3-0 record, while Italy dropped to 2-1 and now has the same score as Belgium. USA dominated from the start and after each minute their lead was bigger and bigger. Quarters: 25-13, 18-6, 24-9, 16-15. Rebecca Greenwell (6'0''-G-95) led USA with 16 points and 9 rebounds, and Taya Reimer (6'3''-F-95) helped with 12 points, plus 5 boards. Diamond Deshields (6'1''-G/F-95) (7 as), Linnae Harper (5'8''-G-95) (6 rebs) and Brianna Turner (6'3''-F-96) posted 11 points each. At the other side, Italy's best scorer was Sofia Marangoni (5'9''-PG-95) with only 8 points. Cecilia Zandalasini (6'0''-F-96) and Elisa Ercoli (6'3''-C-95) (8 rebs) netted 6 and 5 points respectively. On Tuesday, USA will play against Belgium. Italy will take on South Korea (1-2). It is important to mention that USA already booked a ticket for the Quarterfinals.
South Korea - Mali 76-61 Both teams had 0-2 before this meeting. South Korea was too strong for Mali 76-61 registering its first victory at FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. Korea now joined Canada with 1-2 record, while Mali closes the standings in this pool with 0-3. Korea had impressive first quarter making 29-16 lead and later jumped to plus 17 until the halftime. However, Mali drastically improved after the breather and closed the gap to 4 points with ten minutes to go in the game. Koreans shined when it mattered most ending the last period with 20-9 for the first win in Amsterdam. Park Jieun (95) (7 rebs) and Kim Heejin (95) scored 19 points each in this victory. Shin Jihyun (95) helped with 9 pts. In the loosing squad, Christine Dakouo (178-PF-96) was better than the others with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Mariam Maiga (169-G-96) and Maimouna Diallo (180-C-95) delivered 11 points. All teams will take a rest on Monday. In the next game, South Korea will meet Italy. Mali will play against Canada.
Canada - Belgium 50-45 Canada grabbed 50-45 win over Belgium in Day Three of FIBA U17 World Championship. This is the first win for Canada in Amsterdam and it allowed them to join South Korea at fourth place in Group A with 1-2 record. At the other side, Canada faced with its first loss and slipped to 2-1 in this pool sharing the second place with Italy. Canada was up by 9 with one quarter left in the game. Belgium seriously threatened for rest of the way, but Canada managed to keep its lead and to celebrate first win in Amsterdam. Quarters: 15-14, 8-6, 11-5, 16-20. Emma Wolfram (193-C-95) paced Canada with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Their second scorer was Kia Nurse (180-PG-96) with 9 pts, while Saicha Grant-Allen (193-F-95) added 6 points and 9 rebs to this win. Belgium didn't have anyone with double digits in scoring. Hind Ben Abdelkader (173-SG-95), Anneleen De Baets (166-G-95) and Julie Allemand (173-PG-96) were their best players with 9 points each. All teams will take a rest on Monday. In the next game (Tuesday), Canada will play against Mali and another win is expected. Belgium will meet powerful USA and it is hard a believe they will be able to avoid defeat in this meeting.
Australia - Holland 62-70 Holland downed Australia in Day Three of FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. The host of this event celebrated 70-62 victory staying alone on third place of Group B. Australia dropped to position No.4 with 1-2. Laura Cornelius (174-PG-96) was unstoppable in this game collecting 28 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. She reached valuation 30. Isabella Slim (181-F-95) scored 17 points and Lisanne de Jonge (181-F-95) added 10 pts, plus 8 rebs. Australia got 23 points and 5 rebs from Vanessa Panousis (170-PG-95), and Lauren Scherf (194-C-96) added 11 pts, plus 9 boards. They didn't have any other player with double digits in scoring. Quarters: 27-7, 12-20, 16-19, 15-16. Holland will play against winless Brazil on Tuesday and they hope to get another victory. Australia will play against also winless Turkey and it could be the crucial game for both teams.
Japan - Turkey 83-75 Japan had another great game in Amsterdam and already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals of FIBA U17 World Championship. Japan downed Turkey in Day Three 83-75 staying on top of Group B together with Spain. Both teams have 3-0 record now and they will meet on Tuesday in crucial game for the first place in this pool. Turkey dropped to 0-3, but they still hope to reach the next stage. Turkey's next rival will be Australia and it could be the crucial game for both teams. Japan had amazing Q2 (27-14) for 48-35 lead at the halftime. Totally different picture was seen on the court after the breather and Turkey controlled rhythm of the game and created 28-13 in Q3. However, Japanese players shined when it mattered most and limited Turkey to 12 pts for the last ten minutes, while they scored 22 at the other side for 8-point win at the end. Yunika Nakamura (95) paced Japan with 20 points and 9 rebounds, while Ai Yamada (95) also had a great performance scoring 19 points. Natsumi Nagai (95) and Saori Miyazaki (95) had 13 and 12 pts respectively. In Turkey, Hulya Coklar (188-C-95) answered with 20 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Sinem Atas (178-SF-95) also had 20 points (6 rebs, 5 as) and Melis Gulcan (180-SG-96) posted 12 pts. As mentioned above, the championship continues on Tuesday.
Brazil - Spain 42-79 Spain cruised to third straight victory at FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. They smashed Brazil 79-42 for 3-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Thanks to this win Spain already booked a ticket for the Quarterfinals. At the other side, Brazil is in difficult situation now as they dropped to 0-3, but they still have a chance to advance. Spain was up by 6 at the halftime and totally took control on Brazil after that. Spain made huge 31-9 after the breather and Q4 was just the formality. Yaiza Rodriguez (163-PG-95) (163-PG-95) stepped up for the winners with 14 points, while Ariadna Pujol (182-F-95) collected 11 points, 6 assists and 5 rebs. Marina Lizarazu (175-G-95) also scored 11 pts in this game. Vitoria Domingos (96) top-scored in defeat with 9 points and Izabella Sangalli (181-F-95) had one less. Kananda Ribeiro posted 6 points for Brazil. Spain will play against Japan on Tuesday and it will be a game for the first place in Group B. Brazil will meet host Holland in very important game and only win can keep Brazil's Quarterfinals hopes alive.
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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