Belgium - USA 50-80 As expected, USA celebrated another easy win in Amsterdam. This time USA cruised past Belgium 80-50 for perfect 4-0 record in Group A. With this victory USA officially secured first place in this pool. At the other side Canada dropped to 2-2, but they will also advance to the Quarterfinals. USA made 14-point lead until the halftime, after what Belgium improved, but still was able to cut the margin for only one point in Q3. USA entered to the last ten minutes with plus 13 and they closed this game with 22-7 for the final 30-point win. Rebecca Greenwell (6'1''-SG-95) netted 17 points in USA and Diamond Deshields (6'1''-SF-95) helped with double-double of 14 points and 11 rebs. Kaela Davis (6'1''-G/F-95) posted 12 pts. In Belgium, Manon Grzesinski (5'11''-C-95) had 10 points and 8 rebs, while Celine Lemmens (5'11''-PF-95) scored 9 points. Hind Ben Abdelkader (5'7''-PG-95) was limited to just 7 points and 8 rebounds with extremely poor shot percentage (1/10 FG2, 1/4 3-pts, valuation: -11). USA will meet winless Mali on Wednesday. Belgium will play against Italy and it will be decisive game for the second place in Group A.
Italy - South Korea 79-53 Italy booked a ticket for the Quarterfinals of FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. They blasted South Korea 79-53 for almost perfect 3-1 record in Group A. Italy was better team from the beginning and they had no troubles to celebrate comfortable victory. Quarters: 17-11, 16-13, 24-16, 22-13. Elisa Penna (186-SG-95) scored 13 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for the winners. Cecilia Zandalasini (181-SF-96) had 11 points and 9 rebs, while Sofia Marangoni (173-SG-95) (6 as) and Francesca Pan (180-SG-97) (5 rebs) posted 10 points each. In the loosing squad, Park Jinhui (173-SG-96) shined with double-double of 12 points and 15 rebounds. Park Jieun (183-C-95) scored 11 pts and Kim Heejin (168-SF-95) added 9. South Korea dropped to 1-3 but still has a chance to reach the next stage. They will have to beat Canada on Wednesday. Italy will meet Belgium in the last day of the Preliminary Round.
Mali - Canada 42-77 Second win for Canada at FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. Canada smashed Mali 77-42 for 2-2 record in Group A. At the other side, Mali closes the standings in this pool with 0-4. Canada had impressive start making 26-6 lead in the first ten minutes of play. They jumped to plus 25 at the halftime and rest of the game was just the formality. Kia Nurse (177-PG-96) scored 14 points in victory and Kolbie Orum (187-PF-95) added 13 points, plus 7 rebs. Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau (187-SF-95) followed them with 11 pts. In Mali, Awa Keita (182-C-96) was better than the others with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Aissata Fomba (175-SG-95) had 7 points and same numbers of boards, while Mariam Maiga (167-SG-96) stopped to 6 pts. In the last day of the Preliminary Round Canada will meet Belgium. Mali will take on powerful USA.
Holland - Brazil 62-42 Holland celebrated very valuable 62-42 win over Brazil in Day Four of FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. Thanks to this win Holland improved to 3-1 in Group B and booked a ticket for the Quarterfinals. Brazil dropped to 0-4 with no chance to advance. Holland shined at the beginning and later after the breather to secure victory in this meeting. Quarters: 19-8, 10-17, 21-6, 12-11. Isabella Slim (181-SF-95) scored 19 points for her team and she also pulled down 13 rebounds. Slim was MVP of the game with valuation 25. Britt Zappeij (182-PF-95) had 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Laura Cornelius (173-PG-96) netted 11 pts. In Brazil, Monique Soares (187-PF-97) top-scored with 12 points and Carla Lucchini (165-PG-95) had 8 pts, plus 5 rebounds. Daphner Pezavento (190-C-95) was their third scorer with only 6 points. Holland will meet Spain on Wednesday in the battle for the second place in Group B. Brazil will play against also winless Turkey.
Turkey - Australia 53-63 Australia handed 63-53 loss to Turkey in Day Four of FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. It was the crucial game for both teams and Australia jumped to 2-2 booking a ticket for the Quarterfinals at this event. Turkey dropped to 0-4 with no chance to advance. Turkey had better start (16-11, Q1), but all after that belonged to Australia. They made 29-26 turn until the halftime and jumped to plus 5 with ten minutes to go in the game. Last quarter also belonged to Australia (19-14), who celebrated comfortable 10-point win at the end. Louise Brown (183-F-95) (14 rebs) and Tiana Mangakahia (165-PG-95) (5 rebs) led Australia with 13 points each. Brown was MVP of this meeting with valuation 17. Vanessa Panousis (170-PG-95) and Abigail Wehrung (177-G-95) added 10 pts each in victory. Turkey got double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds from Hulya Coklar (188-C-95). Busra Akbas (170-PG-95) had 13 points (5 rebs) and Sinem Atas (182-PF-95) stopped to 8 pts (6 rebs). On Wednesday, Australia will meet top ranked Japan. Turkey will play against Brazil and the winner will avoid last place in Group B.
Spain - Japan 79-83 Japan did a great job in Day Four of FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. They grabbed 83-79 win against Spain to stay alone on top of Group B with perfect 4-0 record. Thanks to this victory Japan secured first place in this pool. Spain dropped to 3-1 and will play against Holland on Wednesday for the position No.2. All three teams already booked a ticket for the Quarterfinals. Spain had 79-78 lead with 80 seconds remaining in the game, but Evelyn Mawuli (180-C-95) (180-C-95) connected two baskets after that and scored one free throw, while Spain was scoreless for rest of the way. Quarters: 20-21, 19-19, 22-23, 22-16. Ai Yamada (167-SG-95) scored 20 points for the winners (4/5 for 3-pts), while Yunika Nakamura (177-PF-95) added 18 points and 5 rebounds. Game hero Mawuli helped with double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds. In defeat, Leticia Romero (176-SG-95) shined with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Ariadna Pujol (183-PG-95) netted 10 points and Laura Quevedo (185-PF-96) added 9 pts, plus 11 rebs. Japan will meet Australia in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Amsterdam. As mentioned above, Spain will play against 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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