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Day Four in Amsterdam - Aug 22, 2012

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Group A
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.

Group B
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.   

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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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