Canada - USA 59-84 USA advanced to title game at FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. They handed 84-59 loss to Canada today in the Semis. USA is the defending champion and will meet Spain in the big final. Canada will play for bronze medal at this event against Japan. USA made 6-point lead in the first quarter and jumped to plus 9 at the halftime. The defending champ limited its rival to just 8 points for the entire Q3, while scoring 18 at the other side for 19-point lead with one period to go. Canada simply was not able to reply and USA had no troubles to celebrate comfortable victory. Linnae Harper (170-SG-95) had 11 points and 8 rebounds for the Americans. Oderah Chidom (190-PF-95) (7 rebs) and Kaela Davis (185-G/F-95) netted 10 points each. Each of USA players scored at least 2 pts in this meeting. Canada got 14 points from Kia Nurse (177-PG-96) and Emma Wolfram (193-C-95). Emily Potter (195-C-95) stopped to one point less and 6 rebounds. Sunday is the last day of the competition in Amsterdam.
Spain - Japan 91-62 Spain did a great job against Japan tonight in Amsterdam. It was the Semifinals game of FIBA U17 World Championship and Spain celebrated huge 91-62 win against its rival advancing to the Big Final. There, Spain will meet defending champion USA. Two years ago USA eliminated Spain in the Quarterfinals. At the other side, Japan will play against Canada in bronze medal game. Spain made 10-point lead already in the first quarter and later they jumped to plus 17 with 10 minutes remaining in the game. They totally took control on Japan in Q4 (23-11) to end this matchup in style. Leticia Romero (176-SG-95) paced Spain with 27 points and 5 assists. Maria Arrojo (186-F-85) also was great adding 21 points and 6 rebs, while Marina Lizarazu (172-PG-95) helped with 13 points and 6 rebs. In defeat, Ai Yamada (167-SG-95) and Ayane Itani (172-SF-95) posted 14 and 13 points respectively. Yunika Nakamura (177-PF-95) collected 11 points and 5 boards in this defeat. Both gold and bronze medal games will be played tomorrow.
Holland - Australia 58-82 Australia had an easy job against Holland today in Amsterdam. The host of FIBA U17 World Championship faced with 24-point loss, 58-82. It means that Australia will meet Italy tomorrow in the battle for the fifth place at this event. Holland will play against Belgium for position No.7. Tiana Mangakahia (165-PG-95) led the winners with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, while Vanessa Panousis (170-PG-95) added 17 points and 5 boards. Keely Froling (184-F-96) followed them with 13 points and 8 rebs. The hosts got 14 points (6 rebs) from Lisanne de Jonge (180-SF-95) and 13 pts from Klaziena Guijt (172-SG-95). Janis Ndiba (180-PF-97) collected 8 points and 7 boards. Quarters: 15-11, 23-19, 23-13, 21-15. Sunday is the last day of the championship in Amsterdam.
Italy - Belgium 63-55 Italy was better than Belgium today in Amsterdam, 63-55. It was the first game of Classification Round from 5th-8th place at FIBA U17 World Championship. In order to take position No.5 Italy will have to beat Australia tomorrow. Belgium will play against Holland for seventh place. Marzia Tagliamento (181-PF-96) top-scored in Italy with 18 points, while Elisa Penna (186-SG-95) added one point less, plus she pulled down 10 rebounds. Maria Barberis (175-SF-95) netted 11 pts in this victory. In Belgium, Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-PG-95) had 24 points and 9 rebounds, but again with poor shot percentage (3//10 FG2, 5/22 3-pts). Julie Allemand (173-PG-96) stopped to 10 points and 5 rebounds. Quarters: 9-8, 17-17, 14-11, 23-19. Championship will end tomorrow. USA will have a chance to defend the title.
South Korea - Mali 57-39 South Korea finished participation at FIBA U17 World Championship with victory. They downed Mali 57-39 to end as the ninth ranked team at this event. Mali finished as No.10. The Africans had impressive start limiting their rival to just 5 points for the entire Q1, while they scored 13 pts at the other side. However, all after that belonged to South Korea, who celebrated comfortable win at the end. Quarters: 5-13, 15-7, 24-7, 13-12. Park Ji Su (188-C-98) stepped up for South Korea with 12 points and 6 rebounds. An Heji (164-PG-97) (6 as, 5 rebs) and Kim Sion (173-PF-95) were their second scorers with 9 points each. At the other side, Mali got 21 points from Mariam Maiga (167-SG-96). Djeneba N'Diaye (165-PG-97) had 8 points and 7 rebounds, while all other Mali players had 10 points in total. Sunday is the last day of the competition in Amsterdam. As mentioned above, South Korea and Mali already played all of their games at this event.
Turkey - Brazil 61-66 It was a matchup for 11th place at FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam. Brazil celebrated 66-61 victory thanks to well played last ten minutes of the game. It means that Brazil ended as No.11, while Turkey is the last ranked team at this event. Carla Lucchini (165-PG-95) scored 18 points for the winners and Daphner Pezavento (190-C-95) helped with double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Izabella Sangalli (184-SF-95) followed them with 13 points and 8 boards. In the loosing squad, Melis Gulcan (185-SF-96) and Sinem Atas (182-PF-95) had 18 points and 6 rebounds each. Hulya Coklar (188-C-95) stopped to 10 points and 9 rebs. Turkey had 2-point lead after 30 minutes of play, but Brazil shined when it mattered most and closed this game with 21-14 for 66-61 win at the end. Turkey finished as the only winless team in Amsterdam (0-7). Both teams already finished participation at this event, which will officially end tomorrow.
France - USA 45-56 USA outlasted France 56-45 as Christyn Williams (177-F/G-00) dropped 17 points for the winners. Emmanuelle Tahane (180-F-99) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds for France. Americans will match up against Australia. Australia - Czech Republic 83-53 History also came the way of Australia too as the Sapphires recorded an 83-53 win over Czech Republic. Eziyoda Magbegor (176-F/G-99) came up with a terrific 20 points, 8 rebounds and a sensational 6 blocks, while captain... [read more]
France - USA 45-56 USA outlasted France 56-45 as Christyn Williams (177-F/G-00) dropped 17 points for the winners. Emmanuelle Tahane (180-F-99) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds for France. Americans will match up against Australia.
Australia - Czech Republic 83-53 History also came the way of Australia too as the Sapphires recorded an 83-53 win over Czech Republic. Eziyoda Magbegor (176-F/G-99) came up with a terrific 20 points, 8 rebounds and a sensational 6 blocks, while captain Jasmine Simmons (163-G-99, college: Rock Valley JC) racked up 17 points and 15 boards.
China - Spain 55-51 China also grabbed the headlines after they surprised the previously unbeaten hosts Spain 55-51, as center Han XU (200-C-99) finished with a brilliant 18 points, 18 rebounds and 5 blocks. Team-mate Zhang Lingge (187-C-99) also landed a double-double and China will now play Italy on Friday.
Canada - Italy 56-58 Italy progressed 58-56 in dramatic circumstances against Canada who suffered a first loss. Sara Madera (186-C-00) had 14 points and 14 rebounds for Italy, who had to survive Canada missing a late triple attempt.
Group Places 9-16
Latvia - South Korea 78-71 Latvia celebrated a maiden win in the competition and their first-ever in a global youth women's competition as they came from behind to beat Korea 78-71. It was thanks mainly to a phenomenal effort from Sabine Lipe (176-F/G-99) who had 24 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists.
Mexico - Mali 51-73 Having beaten Brazil in the Group Phase and coming close to landing a berth in the Quarter-Finals, Mali opened up the Classification 9-16 with a vibrant 73-51 victory against Mexico as Aissetou Coulibaly (175-G/F-1) hit six three-pointers on her way to 23 points. That meant they became the first-ever African nation to record at least two wins at a FIBA U17 Women's World Championship.
Japan - Brazil 83-60 Japan had no problems in defeating Brazil 83-60. They started strong with 25-14 in the opening quarter and kept increasing their lead. Izumi Abe (167-PG-99) led Japanese players with 21 points, Mayuko Fujinaga (178-SG-99) added 20. Geovana Lopes (190-C-99) replied with 17 points off the bench for the losing side.
Czech Republic - Portugal 49-31 Czech Republic threw a defensive blanket over Portugal to take a 49-31 success in a repeat of the FIBA U16 Women's European Championship 2015 Final. They will meet Australia who had advanced directly to the Quarter-Finals. USA - Brazil 79-62 Reigning champions USA stamped their passport to the Last Eight by beating Brazil 79-62 as Christyn Williams (177-F/G-00) and Janelle Bailey (190-C-99) had 19 points apiece. Japan - France 52-58 France shrugged off a... [read more]
Czech Republic - Portugal 49-31 Czech Republic threw a defensive blanket over Portugal to take a 49-31 success in a repeat of the FIBA U16 Women's European Championship 2015 Final. They will meet Australia who had advanced directly to the Quarter-Finals.
USA - Brazil 79-62 Reigning champions USA stamped their passport to the Last Eight by beating Brazil 79-62 as Christyn Williams (177-F/G-00) and Janelle Bailey (190-C-99) had 19 points apiece.
Japan - France 52-58 France shrugged off a late salvage bid from Japan to take a 58-52 victory. Three French players scored 10+ points: Kadiatou Sissoko (180-F-99) led the game with 15 points, Emmanuelle Tahane (180-F-99) scored 13 and Tima Pouye (176-F/G-99) added 12. Mai Yamamoto (162-PG-99) scored 14 for losing side.
South Korea - Spain 44-78 Spain stayed perfect after a 78-44 victory against Korea. The game was without history as Europeans led from first quarter increasing their lead each quarter.
Latvia - China 46-76 China produced a devastating 22-3 second quarter against Latvia, which along with 18 points from Wang Jiaqi (170-G-99), facilitated a 76-46 win. They are the sole Asian representatives in the Quarter-Finals and will match up with Spain, who stayed perfect via a 78-44 victory against Korea.
Italy - Mali 58-55 Italy defeated Mali 58-55 after close game. Italians struggled in the first half, but thanks to great performance of Sara Madera (186-C-00) they were able to get the ticket to next round. Italy will meet Canada in Quarter-Finals.
Canada - Mexico 72-37 Canada are still rolling strongly and were able to cruise to a 72-37 win against Mexico after a 10-point and 12-rebound double-double from Roxane Makolo (170-PG-00). The Canadians will play Italy, who breathed a sigh of relief after a narrow 58-55 win against Mali.
Group A Japan - Canada 55-70 Leaticia Amihere (185-C) lead Canada to victory against Japan on this game with 20 points and 16 rebounds. That gives her for sure MVP of this game. Haruki Takahara (173-PF-99) responded in Japan with 12 points, while Rui Mima(184-C-99) had only 4 points but 13(!) rebounds on this match. Unfortunately for Japanese players and their fans, that was not enough for the victory as Canada win this game by 15 point margin. Canada had 60 rebounds on this match and Jap... [read more]
Japan - Canada 55-70 Leaticia Amihere (185-C) lead Canada to victory against Japan on this game with 20 points and 16 rebounds. That gives her for sure MVP of this game. Haruki Takahara (173-PF-99) responded in Japan with 12 points, while Rui Mima (184-C-99) had only 4 points but 13 (!) rebounds on this match. Unfortunately for Japanese players and their fans, that was not enough for the victory as Canada win this game by 15 point margin.
Canada had 60 rebounds on this match and Japan had 23 less then them.
China - Mexico 82-43 Han XU (200-C-99) lead China to big victory against Mexico on this game with 18 points and 9 rebounds, she was followed by Wang Jiaqi (170-G-99) with 15 points and 7 rebounds. They both combine 25 points of 82 in total that China scored. Amazing night for Chinese players as with this victory they advanced in knockout round with 2-1 record and Mexico finished this Group with 0-3. In their team best was Sofia Payan (167-SF-00) with 12 points and Patricia Ayala (181-PF-99) with 8 points and 11 rebounds.
Australia - France 55-48 One of the most interesting match of the day we saw from Australia and France. Team from Australia was better at the end of the game with 7 points margin. Jasmine Simmons (163-G-99, college: Rock Valley JC) nipped 13 points and had 9 rebounds and Naomi Mbandu (185-SF-99) responded in France by 9 points.
Australia finished group with perfect 3-0 record while France was on third place in Group B with 1-2.
Czech Republic - South Korea 92-54 Tereza Vitulova (182-C-99) had performance of the game with 20 points and 8 rebounds for big win of Czech Republic against South Korea. In Asian team Park Jihyun (180-F-00) had 20 points and 7 rebounds on this game, but Czech had amazing night as they won this game with 38 points difference and they recorded their first win on this tournament, and South Korea finishing Group C without any win.
USA - Italy 59-55 Pretty close game for two times who didn't have lose after two rounds. After this game USA stayed perfect with 3-0 while Italy goes with 2-1. USA won this game by only 4 point game (59:55). One quarter when some team won quarter with more then 2 points was last ten minutes when USA won it with 18:15 for total of 4 point win. Christyn Williams (177-F/G-00) had amazing night with 20 points and Aquira Decosta (188-F-00) had 12 points and 12 rebounds. For Italy, Elisa Pinzan (171-PG-99) respond with 16 points which was not enough for the win.
Mali - Portugal 48-56 Ana Ramos (171-PG-99) scored 17 points and added 5 rebounds and 5 assists, she lead Portugal to first victory of the tournament against Mali with 8 point margin (56:48). She got help from Maryam Ramalho (184-PF-99) who added 12 points. In African team Salimatou Kourouma (175-G/F-99) scored 13 points and have identical number of rebounds (13!).
Spain - Brazil 70-58 Spain goes perfect in Group D with this win as they finish group stage with 3-0 and remaining only team from Group D that has perfect score. All others have 1-2. They were better then Brazil on this game with 70:58 result. For European team 4 player have double digit performance this night as Aina Ayuso (181-PG-99) had 14 points and 6 rebounds, Sofia Galeron (186-PF-99) had 18 points and 8 rebounds. Alba Prieto (180-G-99) had 12 and Silvia Serrat (183-G-99) had 13. In Brazil Izabela Nicoletti (170-G-99) had 16 points and 5 rebounds, she added also 3 assists alongside her name, she was followed with Obalunanma Chukwumaeze (181-F-99) who scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. The most crucial part of the game was 2nd and 3rd quarter which Spain won by identical result (17:11).
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