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Quarterfinals are set in Amsterdam - Aug 22, 2012

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Group A
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.

Group B
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.   

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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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