Canada - South Korea 74-61 Canada outplayed South Korea 74-61 in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Amsterdam. Canada ended this stage as third ranked team of Group A with 3-2 record and will meet Holland in the Quarterfinals. South Korea is No.5 in this pool with 1-4 score and failed to reach the next stage. They will be transferred to Classification Round from 9th to 12th place. Third quarter was the crucial on in this game. Canada was down by 6 points at the HT, but they made impressive 24-9 after the breather for plus 9 with one quarter to go. Canada had no troubles to keep comfortable lead for rest of the way and actually extended it to double digit. Saicha Grant-Allen (193-PF-95) was the best player in victory with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau (187-SF-95) followed with 13 pts and 10 rebs. Kia Nurse (177-PG-96) helped her team with 12 points, 5 rebs and 5 assists. In defeat, Kim Heejin (168-SF-95) top-scored with 18 points and Park Jieun (183-C-95) had 12. An Heji (164-PG-97) stopped to 11 pts in this meeting. Championship continues on Friday. Next South Korea's rival will be Turkey.
USA - Mali 98-28 It was a game between top ranked USA and winless Mali. As expected, USA celebrated huge 98-28 victory ending the Preliminary Round in Amsterdam with perfect 5-0 record. USA is the winner of Group A and will meet Australia in the Quarterfinals of FIBA U17 World Championship. Mali (0-5) will be transferred to Classification Round from 9th-12th place. USA created 23-6 lead in the first quarter and continued with 31-5 for the next ten minutes. Mali simply was not able to reply and faced with 70-point loss at the end of the game. Brianna Turner (6'3''-SF-96) (5 rebs), Rebecca Greenwell (6'1''-SG-95) (5 rebs) and Diamond Deshields (6'1''-SF-95) scored 13 points apiece for the winners. Each of USA players managed to score at least 2 points in this meeting. Also each of them got at least 10 minutes on the court. In Mali, Awa Keita (6'0''-C-96) had 10 points and 8 rebs. Their second scorer was Mariam Maiga (5'6''-SG-96) with 9 pts. Quarterfinals games will be played on Friday and all teams will take a rest on tomorrow.
Belgium - Italy 51-59 Italy celebrated 59-51 victory over Belgium in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Amsterdam. Italy ended as the second ranked team of Group A with almost perfect 4-1 record. Their rival in the Quarterfinals will be Spain or Holland (will be known tonight). At the other side, Belgium ended as No.4 in this pool and also advanced to the next stage. In the QFinals Belgium will play against undefeated Japan. Italy was 4-points up at the beginning of Q4 and they jumped to plus 10 with 3:07 remaining in the game. It was too much for Belgium for rest of the way. Quarters: 16-9, 17-21, 14-13, 12-8. Elisa Penna (186-SG-95) paced Italy with double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds. Cecilia Zandalasini (181-SF-96) had 14 points and 6 rebs, while Elisa Ercoli (190-C-95) added 11 pts and 9 boards to this win. Belgium got 13 points and 6 rebs from Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-PG-95). Their second scorer was An-Katrien Nauwelaers (178-PF-95) with 8 pts. Quarterfinals are scheduled for Friday. Tomorrow all teams will have a day-off.
Holland - Spain 56-37 Holland demonstrated wonderful performance in the last day of the Preliminary Round at FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. They handed 56-37 loss to Spain in the battle for the second place in Group B. Holland ended this stage with almost perfect 4-1 record and will meet Canada in the Quarterfinals. Spain is third ranked team in this pool with 3-2 and will play against Italy at the next stage. Holland was up by 5 at the halftime and later shined in the last ten minutes of the game to take the victory in this meeting. Quarters: 8-10, 13-6, 16-15, 19-6. Emese Hof (190-C-96) (8 rebs) and Lisanne de Jonge (180-SF-95) (5 rebs) scored 9 points each for the winners. Esther Fokke (184-PF-96) was another player with 9 pts in victory. In Spain, Maria Navarro (184-PF-95) delivered 8 points and Yaiza Rodriguez (165-SG-95) had 6 pts. Thursday is a day-off for all teams in Amsterdam. Quarterfinals are scheduled for Friday.
Australia - Japan 100-66 Australia advanced to the Quarterfinals of FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. They blasted top ranked Japan 100-66 handing them the first loss at this event. But it is important to mention that this game was just the formality and Japan already secured first place in Group B, while Australia clinched position No.4. In the Quarterfinals, Australia (3-2) will meet defending champion USA. Japan's (4-1) rival will be Belgium. Australia took control on Japan in the second quarter and never looked back after that (17-20, 25-14, 32-16, 26-16). Alanna Smith (188-PF-96) led the winners with 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Keely Froling (184-F-96) added 13 points and 6 rebs. Alicia Froling (187-PF-96) followed them with 12 points and 5 boards. In defeat, Risa Miki (177-C-96) posted 10 points and Mamiko Tanaka (178-C-96) had 8 points, plus 7 rebounds. Saori Miyazaki (165-SG-95) also scored 8 pts. Japan used this game to rest most of the starting five players, who got only 5-6 minutes on the court. Quarterfinals are scheduled for Friday.
Brazil - Turkey 62-50 Brazil was better than Turkey 62-50 in the last day of the Preliminary Round at FIBA U17 World Championship. Both teams were winless before this meeting and Brazil now avoided last place in Group B with 1-4 record. Turkey dropped to 0-5 and both teams failed to reach the Quarterfinals. They will fight for 9th place at this event. Izabella Sangalli (184-SF-95) scored 16 points for Brazil and Vitoria Domingos (178-PF-96) helped with double-double of 11 points, plus 10 rebs. Carla Lucchini (165-PG-95) also scored 11 pts in this game. Turkey got 17 points and 16 rebounds from Hulya Coklar (188-C-95), who was MVP of this meeting with valuation 23. Busra Akbas (170-PG-95) and Sinem Atas (182-PF-95) posted 11 and 7 points respectively. Brazil shined in the second half to take the victory today. Quarters: 14-15, 18-20, 20-9, 10-6. All teams will take a rest on Thursday. After that, Brazil will meet Mali, while Turkey will play against South Korea.
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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