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.
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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