USA - Poland
USA U17 became the winner of the U17 World Championship in Hamburg, Germany. The
favorites overcame European best team Poland U17 111:80. Pre-tournament
favorites USA has looked unstoppable all tournament long and rightfully reached
the trophy. Poland on the other hand were not pre-tournament favorites. Poland's
unbeaten run has come as such a surprise that the Polish Federation and a number
of media booked a last minute trip to Hamburg to assist the semi-final, and have
stayed on for the final. Poland surprised the US team with four straight points
in the start.
James McAdoo (206-F-93) gave USA 9:7, while Wrotten delivered for 29:21
after the first quarter. Szymkiewicz closed the first frame at 29:24.
Niedzwiedzki scored for 32:28, but USA responded with 8-0 run as Teague made it
40:28. Ponitka Mateusz cut it later to 46:41, while Drummond closed the run for
the USA at 58:41. Poland actually won the third frame 21-20 and reduced to 78:62
after thirty minutes. USA enjoyed 78:62 win in the start of the final period.
They grabbed 84:65 with 8 minutes in the court and reached three digits with
2.23 to go as Parker made it 101:75. USA kept the advantage for good and
triumphed in the tournament.
James McAdoo led all the winners with 20 points for the trophy. Beal Bradley
nailed 19, while Gilchrist Michael netted 16. Gielo Tomasz delivered 21 points
in the losing case. Ponitka Mateusz and Matczak Filip produced 14 points for the
Canada - Lithuania
Canada reached the podium at the U17 World Championship in Hamburg. They
snatched a tough win in the consolation final against Lithuania.
Olivier Hanlan (188-G-93) tallied 15 points to pace the North American side.
Lithuania finished fourth despite 18 points and 5 assists from Martynas
Paliukenas. Lithuania and Canada exchanged baskets throughout intense first
frame. Lithuania were able to eke out a 28:24 lead at the first break.
Narkevicius exploded with back-to-back three-pointers at the start of the second
period to give Lithuania a 36:25 advantage. Canada however trimmed the deficit
at just three points at halftime 40:43. Negus Webster-Chan opened the second
half with a triple to draw things level. Osvaldas Olisevicius answered with five
points in a row as Lithuania regained control. The Baltic team soon stretched
the margin to 11 points but Canada once again proved character. They wrapped up
the third term on a 9:0 rally to get within just two 59:61. Kymantas and Mantas
Mockevicius gave Lithuania some breathing space at 65:59 at the beginning of the
fourth term. But an 8:0 run from Canada put them in the drivers seat. The teams
stayed neck and neck in the reminder of the contest. Semaska provided Lithuania
with a four-point advantage with 44 seconds to go in regulation.
Olivier Hanlan came up with a timely three-pointer to drag Canada closer.
Olivier Hanlan followed with two free throws to put the North American team
in charge. Pierre then accounted for one free throw to ensure an 83:81 lead for
Canada. Mantas Mockevicius had a chance to force overtime but missed a lay-up
and sealed the win for Canada. Junior Lomomba produced 14 points for the
winners. Negus Webster-Chan and Kevin Pangos added 13 points each for Canada.
Osvaldas Olisevicius delivered 17 points in the loss.
Australia - Serbia
Serbian U17 team occupied the fifth spot at the World Championship in Germany.
They wrapped up their campaign on a high note firing past Australia. The Aussies
finished in the sixth position. Luka Mitrovic stepped up with 18 points and 9
rebounds to pace Serbia.
Daniel Carlin (202-C-93) and Odigie ensured a 4:0 start for Australia. But
Serbia gradually turned things around and soon accumulated a 17:12 lead. The
Balkan team won the opening stanza 21:18. Luka Mitrovic scored four points in a
row at the start of the second period to boost the lead. Australia could not
deny the deficit as they trailed by 7 points at halftime 34:40. Milosevic and
Luka Mitrovic kept Serbia in charge throughout the third frame. However a 9:0
run from Australia drew things level at 52. Aleksandar Cvetkovic and Nenad
Miljenovic allowed Serbia to enjoy a 56:52 lead at the final pause. Nenad
Miljenovic and Luka Mitrovic helped Serbia to clear off to an 8-point distance
in the fourth stanza. Australia could not respond and had to surrender at the
end. Aleksandar Cvetkovic provided 17 points and 8 rebounds for Serbia. Nenad
Miljenovic accounted for 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the victory.
Daniel Carlin answered with game-high 27 points for Australia. Mitch Norton
tallied 10 points in the loss.
China - Germany
Germany U17 lost their last game of U17 World Championship to finish on the 8th
spot. China U17 grabbed 65:64 win to take the seventh position. China scored the
first five points of the game and kept the hosts scoreless in the first four
minutes of the quarter. Germany tied it later at 5:5 and then grabbed 14:12 lead
at the end of 10 minutes. Moreover Germany continued their run until 20:12 when
Muller hit the three-pointer. Germany increased to 34:19 at the halftime and
looked forward to keep the score for good. China however changed after the break
and produced another style in the next two periods. The Asian team reduced to
41:46 at the end of the third period as they exploded with 22-12 in the third
frame. Moreover China tied the game at 48:48 in the start of the last stanza.
Bleck brought 49:48 for Germany, while
Ailun (193-G-93) closed 6-0 run fro 54:49 with 6 minutes to go. Wang made it
60:54 with 4 minutes and
Ailun scored for 63:54. The European team finished with 6-0 run but it was
enough only for 64:65 on the board.
Ailun stepped up with 23 points for the winners. Wang Zirui nailed 16, while
Xu Tao posted 8. Bekteshi Besnik brought 23 points for the home side. Muller
Malik and Radosavljevic Bogdan delivered 8 points each in a loss.
Round: 7 (Semi-Finals) - Jul.
Canada - USA
USA U17 becomes the first finalist of the FIBA U17 World Championship. The
favorites outscored Canada U17 as
Michael Gilchrist (201-F-93) shined for the US squad. Pierre surprised US in
the start of the game, while Pangos tied it at 5:5. After that time USA took the
control and never looked behind.
Michael Gilchrist scored for 22:12 and Teague closed the period at 30:17.
The top-scorer of the game opened the second frame and he scored another 9
points in a row. Cook later delivered for 43:23 at the middle of the second
quarter. Webster-Chan reduced with Canada at 42:48 at the halftime. Wagner later
reduced to 52:55, but USA did nt allow the opponents to tie the game. Drummond
made it 71:61 and McAdoo closed the third frame at 75:65. With 28-18 USA won the
last stanza and advanced to the Final. Thomas hit a three-pointer for the final
Michael Gilchrist collected massive 30 points and 15 rebounds. Beal Bradley
notched 17, while Thomas Adonis added 12. Wiggins Andrew ended up 20 points in
the losing case. Pangos Kevin poured in 17, whilst Lomomba Junior netted 13.
Lithuania - Poland
Poland U17 joins USA U17 in the Final of the FIBA U17 World Championship. The
European favorite rolled over Lithuania U17 75:65 to remain undefeated. The
victory over the Baltic side was not however that easy. Lithuania opened the
game with six consecutive baskets and had 11:2 later in the period. They
increased to massive 21:8, but could not keep the deficit for good. Gielo Tomasz
reduced with his team at 21:12 at the end of the first frame. Moreover he also
tied the game at 21 and then Michalak gave Poland 23:21 lead. Ponitka Mateusz
sent the teams to the lockers for 39:38 halftime advantage. In the third period
the lead changed several times, while Poland took it for good in the end of the
frame. Matczak brought the winners 60:52 after thirty minutes in the court.
Lithuania however tried hard to get the lead back and reduced to 63:65 with 4
minutes to go. Poland did not allow them to do something else as they increased
to 10 points at the end of the game. Ponitka Mateusz paced all the winners with
22 points to reach the Final game.
Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) collected 18 points and 13 rebounds, while
Gielo Tomasz posted 12. Mockevicius Mantas replied with 24 points in defeat and
Narkevicius Rokas added 12.
China - Australia
Australia U17 won the thriller to remain alive for the 5th position at the U17
World Championships in Germany. The team from Oceania edged China U17 68:66 as
Hill Daniel hit the three-pointer that brought the victory for Australia.
Australia scored the first five points in the game, while China took 7:6. Both
squads exchanged the lead several times in the opening quarter as the team from
Oceania had 15:14 after it.
Ailun (193-G-93) tied the game at 17, but Australia went on a run. Gilmore
nailed a three-pointer to give his side 31:22 advantage. China managed to reduce
at the halftime as
Ailun made a jump shot for 29:33. Again Australia reached plus 10 as Odigie
posted two for 41:31. Norton Mitch increased to 45:34 with 6 minutes in the
third period. China again used a chance of catching up as they closed the
quarter at 48:51. Moreover
Ailun tied it all at 55:55 with less than 8 minutes to play in the game. The
score was also tied at 57:57, 59:59 and 61:61. Zhu scored from the perimeter to
give China 64:61 lead with 3 minutes to go. Carlin Daniel tied it again at
65:65, while Hill Daniel hit the three-pointer that brought the victory for
Australia. Carlin Daniel poured in 16 points to lead all the winners. Hill
Daniel and Norton Mitch scored 12 each as Australia will play tomorrow for the
Ailun erupted with 24 points in the losing effort. Wang Zirui notched 14 and
Zhai Xiaochuan added 12.
Germany - Serbia
Serbia U17 overcame Germany U17 to stay alive for the 5th spot at the FIBA U17
World Championship. Serbian team needed 67:51to play for fifth place against
Australia, Germany will face China in the game for seventh place. The hosts
opened the first points in the game, while Serbia grabbed 15:6 later in the
period. Germany reduced a bit as the quarter as finished at 13:19. Serbian tea
did not even think of slowing down and increased to 10 points in the second
Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) however closed the half at 30:32 to send the
squads to the lockers. Serbia had a minimum lead in the start of the third
quarter, while Peric posted for 40:38. The guests however did not allow Germany
to taste the lead for a long time and finished the frame at 47:42. Right after
that time it was too late for Germany to catch up. Serbia created 20-9 in the
last frame and won the game. ljenovic Nenad poured in 31 points for the winners.
Mitrovic Luka collected 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Radicevic Nikola added
7. Bekteshi Besnik and
Bogdan Radosavljevic ended up with 11 points in the losing effort. Muller
Malik delivered 10 points for the home side.
Argentina - Spain
Argentina U17 clinched the 9th place at the U17 World Championships. They sent
Spain U17 to the 10th position beating them 66:56 in the last game for both
teams. Argentina scored the first four points in the game, while they had 8:2
later in the period. Spain reduced to 13:11 and 15:13, but Argentina took 16:13
after the opening quarter.
Martin Massone (187-F-94) hit the 3 point shot to bring his team 24;17 in
the middle of the second quarter. Diez reduced to 26:23 and Suarez gave Spain
34:32 halftime advantage. In the third period Spain looked better and dominated
the court. They grabbed 46:38 as Costa hit a three-pointer. Moreover Olaizola
made two points inside the paint as Spain enjoyed the biggest lead at 50:42.
Massarelli closed the quarter at 47:52 as Argentina looked forward for the last
stanza. The run continued until the first three minutes of the last period when
Spain was scoreless. Argentina took 54:52 with 7 minutes to go. Right after that
they never looked behind and even increased the lead. Massarelli scored three
last points of the winners to bring the final success. Herrera Frederico and
Martin Massone top-scored with 12 points each for the 9th place. Garino
Patricio poured in 11, while Bortolin Matias scored 10. Diez Daniel delivered 13
points in the losing case and Conde Luis added 9.
South Korea - Egypt
Egypt U17 rolls over South Korea U17 in the last game for both teams at the U17
World Championships in Germany. The team from Africa celebrated 88:87 win to
clinch 11th spot. South Korea U17 finished the tournament on the last spot
without wins. The game between two winless teams before seeing each other
brought so much interest and intrigue. They both started offensively and
exchanged the lead several times.
Ahmed Hamdy (195-C-93) scored for 15:8 in the middle of the quarter, while
Heo responded for 23;22 Korea's lead. Kim closed the period at 27:20 for Asian
team. Lee Dong-Yeop delivered two as South Korea took one of the biggest 41:25
lead in the middle of the second frame. Moreover they enjoyed 47:30 at the end
of the second period, while Alaa reduced to 49:36 at the halftime. In the third
quarter it was a nightmare for South Korea that could not score in the first 5
minutes of the period. Egypt managed to take 51:49 in the middle of the third
frame. South Korea meanwhile remained in front after 30 minutes, 65:63. It was
hot in the court in the next 10 minutes as both teams had a chance to win.
Trailing 85:87, Egypt posted the last three points of the game and won it 88:87.
Ahmed Hamdy was unstoppable with 21 points and 17 rebounds. Moustafa Ahmed
nailed 17, whilst Shousha Youssef scored 16. Lee Dong-Yeop poured in 22 points
in defeat and Moon Seong-Gon notched 18.
Round: 6 (Quarter-Finals) - Jul.
USA - Australia
The United States of America U17 registered their spot at the semi-finals of
FIBA U17 World Championship. The favorites edged Australia U17 105:70 with
Bradley Beal (191-G-93) on top of the scoring list. Australia U17 surprised
the US team with 5:2 lead in the opening tip. After 8:8 USA however created a
14-0 run to take 22:8. Wroten Anthony made two free throws to close the first
period at 28:16. The favorites enjoyed 10-15 points difference in the second
period and controlled the game. Teague made it 36:21, while Thomas scored for
Bradley Beal nailed a three-pointer for 52:36 at the halftime. The third
quarter continued the dominance of the US team as
Bradley Beal hit another bomb for 63:40. Thomas increased the lead to plus
30, at 74:44. Wroten Anthony closed the third quarter at 85:49 as USA won the
period 33-13. Although USA controlled the end of the game, Australia managed to
win the last quarter. Richardson nailed a three-pointer in the last seconds for
21-20 last-quarter-win. It did not however upset the favorites that advanced to
Bradley Beal paced all the winners with 25 points. McAdoo James notched 17,
while Wroten Anthony added 11. Dyson Taylor delivered 16 points in the losing
case. Carlin Daniel, Gilmore Samuel and Chircu Phil each added 9.
Lithuania - Germany
Lithuania U17 beat the hosts of the FIBA U17 World Championship to take the spot
in the Semifinals. The Baltic side rolled over Germany U17 73:61. It was a real
European battle for the semifinal spot in Hamburg. Germany won the opening tip,
while Lithuania grabbed 11:10 lead. The Baltic side managed to win the opening
quarter and took 21:18 as Olisevicius made two points inside the paint. For the
next two minutes the teams remained scoreless, while Paliukenas scored 4 in a
row for 25:18. The hosts played tough though and Radosavljevic Bogdan gave them
29:28 later in the half. He also remained his team in front for 33:30 at the
halftime. Germany led the game until the last two minutes of the third quarter
when Lekys scored for 45:42. Lithuania continued their run until the beginning
of the last period and reached 53:42.
Tomas Lekunas (195-F-93) shocked the hosts for 59:43, while Germany managed
to reduce a bit. Krumbeck made two points inside the paint to bring 67:55 on the
board. Lithuania kept the lead for good and won the game.
Tomas Lekunas poured in 14 points for the winners and Paliukenas Martynas
netted 13. Kymantas Simonas collected 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Semaska
Paulius had 12. Wolf Julius ended up with 14 points and 14 rebounds for Germany.
Bekteshi Besnik and Radosavljevic Bogdan followed him with 12 points in defeat.
Poland - Serbia
Poland U17 continues their streak and reached already the Semifinals. The team
smashed the Serbian U17 team 100:70 in the last game of the Quarterfinals.
Poland started strong even though Serbia had 4:2 lead. The Polish side grabbed
Tomasz Gielo (204-F-93) made two points. He also scored the last points in
the frame for 23:17 advantage. Poland added an 8-0 run in the start of the
second frame and increased to 31:27 when Michalak Michal made a jump shot.
Grochowski hit the 3 point shot for 53:30 lead at the halftime. Poland easily
reached that deficit at the halftime proving their ambitions for the Semifinal.
The favorites had 70:40 with 4 minutes to go in the third period. Moreover
Niedzwiedzki made two points inside the paint for 76:43. Mitrovic made two
points inside the paint to bring 78:47 at the end of three quarters. Serbia
managed to win the last stanza 23-22 however could not upset the favorites.
Kolakowski brought three digit number on the board making two free throws at the
Tomasz Gielo top-scored for the winners with 24 points to taste the
qualification to the semis. Ponitka Mateusz nailed 19, while Michalak Michal
added 17 points and 8 assists. Miljenovic Nenad finished the night with 12
points in the losing effort. Bezbradica Nemanja scored 11 and Mitrovic Luka
Canada - China
Anthony Bennett (204-F-93) leads Canada U17 into semis of the FIBA U17 World
Championship in Hamburg. Canada U17 rolled over China U17 102:96. Lomomba opened
the game for Canada and took 16:8 in the middle of the period. They had also
26:13, while China reduced to 28:20 at the end of the quarter. Guo Ailun scored
two for China in the start of the second frame and Wang scored for 30:23. Hanlan
hit the 3 point shot for 41:30 and Wiggins posted two for 48:35. Zhai Xiaochuan
sent the teams to the lockers for 50:42. Later he cut it to 54:49, while Guo
Ailun remained China alive for 61:56. Canada played better int he end of the
third frame and Hanlan closed it at 81:70.
Anthony Bennett kept the same difference in the start of the last frame
after the jump shot. Webster-Chan Negus increased to 86:72 and Pangos Kevin
nailed three for 92:78. China was still too far to give up and Wang reduced to
98:94. Guo Ailun scored his 28th point in the game but those points were the
last in the game.
Anthony Bennett exploded with 29 points and 14 rebounds for the winners.
Webster-Chan Negus nailed 16, while Pangos Kevin posted 15. Guo Ailun erupted
with 28 points in defeat and Zhai Xiaochuan added 18.
Group 9-12 places
Argentina - South Korea
Argentina U17 won the first game of the qualification round for place 9-12 at
the FIBA U17 World Championship in Hamburg. The team from Latin America rolled
over winless South Korea U17 90:77.
Valentin Marchisio (188-F-93) opened the game from the perimeter and Han
Sang-Hyeok responded for 3:3. Korea also tasted 6:5 lead, while Argentina's 5-0
run allowed them to take 11:6 in the middle of the quarter. The latter grabbed
20:14 in the end of the frame and had 26:18 in the first two minutes of the
second period. Patricio Garino increased the lead to 36:21, but South Korea
39:34 early in the third. Han Sang-Hyeok cut it to 43:39 with 6 minutes in the
quarter. Argentina again pushed the tempo and enjoyed 63:54 after 30 minutes in
the court. Luciano Massarelli made 2nd free throw for plus 15 at 69:54 and
Frederico Herrera made two points inside the paint brought 71:58. Patricio
Garino answered all the questions about the winners as he gave Argentina 84:65
lead. Han Sang-Hyeok made the last two free throws for the final result.
Valentin Marchisio top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Patricio
Garino nailed 16, while Matias Bortolin collected 14 points, 10 rebounds and 7
assists. Han Sang-Hyeok had a great game for South Korea as he poured in 28
points. Kim Hyeong-Jun notched 19 and Lee Dong-Yeop added 10.
Spain - Egypt
Spain U17 outscored Egypt U17 in the second game of the day at the qualification
round for places 9-12 at the FIBA U17 World Championship in Hamburg. The
European team needed 35-19 in the third quarter for the final 87:62 win. Spain
wont he opening tip 7:1 and Jaime Fernandez increased to 15:6 later in the
period. Spain controlled the court in the first period and had 19:10 after it.
Ramon hit the 3 point shot for 22:10 in the start of the second quarter, while
Jaime Fernandez delivered for 24:13. Egypt however was too far to give up and
Omar Abbas reduced to 33:31 at the halftime. Spain opened the third period with
5-0 and shocked the opponents in the quarter as they had 35-19 in the next 10
minutes. The European team enjoyed 68:50 advantage after 30 minutes. Attia
reduced to 69:58 later in the fourth frame and Ahmed Hamdy made it 76:60. Conde
brought Spain 80:60, while another free throw from him allowed Spain to take
86:62. Costa brought the final victory for the European team. Jaime Fernandez
Jorge Sanz (189-G-93) paced all the winners with 17 points each, while
Alejandro Suarez followed them with 10 points. Ahmed Hamdy responded with 23
points in the losing effort and Omar Abbas notched 11.
The End of the Preliminary Round - Jul.
USA - Serbia
Although USA U17 reached the 5th straight win, the beginning of the game did not
belong to them. Serbia U17 tried hard, but could not escape the big loss. A 10-2
run was the start for the European team in the game that shocked a bit the
favorites. Moreover Nemanja Bezbradica made two points inside the paint for 14:5
lead. USA recovered quickly and
Anthony Wroten (196-G-93) closed the frame at 21:24. Chasson Randle hit the
3 point shot in the beginning of the second period to tie the game and then USA
never looked behind. A 31-9 in the second frame was too much for Serbia. USA
looked as if they had to and reached 52:33 at the halftime. In the third quarter
the favorites kept plus 20-25 and had 78:55 in the end of thirty minutes. Thomas
opened the last quarter from the perimeter and Cook brought 85:61 from the same
distance. Parker made two points inside the paint to celebrate third digit with
his team as USA enjoyed 101:72 at that time. USA easily held off the opponents
in the end and reached another victory. Randle made two points inside the paint
for the final 112:75. Bradley Beal paced all the winners with 20 points for 5-0
record. James McAdoo collected 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Michael
Gilchrist added 14. Nemanja Bezbradica replied with 21 points and 8 rebounds,
whilst Nikola Jankovic had 13.
Lithuania - Argentina
Lithuania snatched a narrow victory over Argentina at the U17 World Championship
in Germany. The win propelled the Baltic team 4-1 record in Group A. Argentina
slipped at 1-4 record outside the top four. Mantas Mockevicius provided 16
points and 9 caroms to lead Lithuania in this one. It was a battle of two
well-matched sides from start to finish. The lead changed hands for several
times throughout the opening quarter before
Luciano Massarelli (178-G-93) gave Argentina a 27:23 lead at the break.
Matias Bortolin stretched the advantage at 6-point mark but Lithuania stayed
put. They denied the deficit late in the quarter and Mantas Mockevicius pulled
the Baltic team in front late in the half 38:36.
Luciano Massarelli crowned the half with a jumper as Argentina retained the
lead 39:38. Lithuania were back in the drivers seat with four points in a row
early in the third quarter. Martynas Paliukenas and Mantas Mockevicius provided
a 48:42 advantage for Lithuania midway through the third quarter.
Luciano Massarelli kept Argentina close but Lithuania were able to eke out a
56:55 lead at the final intermission. The teams went neck and neck in the fourth
quarter but Mantas Mockevicius, Simonas Kymantas and Tomas Lekunas proved the
difference in the dying seconds to bring victory for Lithuania. Martynas
Paliukenas and Rokas Narkevicius had 12 points each for Lithuania. Tomas Lekunas
finished with 9 points in the win.
Luciano Massarelli answered with 23 points for Argentina. Matias Bortolin
notched 13 points and 6 rebonds in the loss.
Egypt - China
Chinese U17 squad posted the third win at the World Championship in Germany.
They knocked down Egypt today to climb at 3-2 record. Egypt slipped at 0-5 in
Ailun (193-G-93) was once again pivotal for China as he unloaded 30 points,
issued 8 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds. China led right from the start. They
quickly gained a 9:2 lead and stayed in charge throughout the opening quarter.
The margin grew at 18-point mark in the second frame. China kept their opponents
at bay and wrapped up the first half up by 16 points 59:33. Egypt stormed into
the third quarter scoring ten points in a row. But
Ailun stopped the bleeding for China scoring four points. China regained
control and finished the third stanza leading by 33 points 85:52. Egypt could
not recover in the fourth term and had to digest the fifth loss in a row at the
tournament. Zhai Xiaochuan delivered 28 points for China. Wang Zirui and Yan
PengFei added 11 points each in the victory. Ahmed Hamdy replied with 16 points
and 16 boards for Egypt. Omar Abbas top-scored with 22 points in defeat.
Spain - Australia
The game between Spain U17 and Australia U17 was the last one at the Preliminary
stage of the FIBA U17 World Championship. The game also was decisive for both
teams as only one Quarterfinal ticket was left for two of them. It was a
defensive start and Australia was even scoreless for a long time. After the
first 6 minutes of the game Spain had 8:1 lead, while Australia tied the game at
10:10 after 10 minutes.
Owen Odigie (196-F-93) made two points inside the paint for 12:10
Australia's lead , while Diez Daniel responded with his team for 24:16. Spain
had a great time at the second period and enjoyed the biggest lead in the half
at 34:22. Moreover Conde made two points inside the paint for plus 13, while
Constable made two points inside the paint for 43:35. Australia produced an 8-0
run, while Spain took 52:47 after three quarters. After 32 minutes the teams
were tied at 52:52. The board also showed 64:64 and 66:66, but Australia had the
last chance in the last seconds. Norton Mitch misses at first the three-pointer,
Owen Odigie made two points inside the paint with the buzzer for the total
success. Norton Mitch led the way with 13 points as Australia finished with 3-2
record. Hill Daniel, Chircu Phil and Dumovic Andrija netted 11 points each.
Ramon Alex finished the night with 19 points for the European side that dropped
to 1-4. Suarez Alejandro and Diez Daniel followed him with 12 points apiece.
Germany - South Korea
Germany U17 advanced to the Quarterfinals of the FIBA U17 World Championship. In
the last game of the Preliminary Round the hosts overcame South Korea U17 78:68.
The hosts of the Championship scored the first three points in the game, while
Korea tied it immediately. Moreover the guests took 16:7 in the middle of the
period as Kim nailed a three-pointer. Korea looked better in the first quarter
and grabbed 29:17 lead after 10 minutes. The difference remained around 10
points in the beginning of the second period and Choi made two points inside the
paint for 38:27 with 3 minutes in the frame. Kim was the last to post in the
half as Korea enjoyed 40:31 halftime advantage. Germany tried everything in
order to change something in the game and managed to reduce to 5 points in the
middle of the third quarter.
Besnik Bekteshi (188-G-93) made two points inside the paint for 43:38.
Germany remained hot and grabbed 50:48 after 30 minutes of the game. After being
tied at 53, Germany used an 8-0 run to seal the victory. They increased to the
win 10 points with the final whistle.
Besnik Bekteshi paced all the winners with 24 points for 3-2 record.
Krumbeck Jakob nailed 18, while Muller Malik posted 11. Kim Hyeong-Jun answered
with 26 points in the losing effort and Han Sang-Hyeok netted 17.
Poland - Canada
Polish U17 team recorded the fifth straight win at the World Championship in
Germany. They toppled Canada to stay on top of preliminary Pool B with 5-0
record. Canada slipped at 3-2 record after the loss. Michal Michalak and
Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) knocked down 14 points each to lead balanced
effort from Poland.
Przemyslaw Karnowski also added 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory.
Canada looked better early in the game. They fired 23 points in the starting
quarter to enjoy a 5-point buffer at the first break. Poland responded with a
fierce rally in the second frame. They limited Canada to just 7 points in ten
minutes to surge ahead for a 37:30 advantage at halftime. Canada tried to bounce
back in the third quarter. They readjusted their offense and got within 5 points
at the final break. But the European team wisely kept their opponents at bay
throughout the intense fourth quarter and eked out a tough win at the end.
Mateusz Ponitka nailed 11 points for Poland. Grochowski and Niedzwiedzki
provided 9 points each in the victory. Kevin Pangos replied with 22 points, 9
rebounds and 6 assists for Canada. Dyshawn Pierre tallied 15 points and 13
boards in the loss.
Round: 4 (Preliminary Round) - Jul.
Egypt - USA
USA U17 registered their 4th straight win at the FIBA U17 World Championship.
The favorites easily smashed Egypt U17 132:64 as the latter fell at 0-4 record.
USA scored immediately in the game and took the lead from the very beginning.
Bradley Beal (191-G-93) scored 8 points in a row for 11:4 advantage. Another
triple from the American player gave USA 22:6 deficit. Khaled Moftan made two
points inside the paint to reduce to 16:38 after the first 10 minutes. USA also
netted 38 points in the second period. The team from North America controlled
the entire court and dominated it. Drummond made a shot with the foul to give
his side 76:22 halftime advantage. The task for the third frame was to reach
three digits and USA managed to do it as Chasson Randle made two points inside
the paint for 101:31 lead with less than two minutes in the third quarter. Abbas
closed the quarter at 103:34. Egypt also was able to win the last period as they
produced 30-29 in it. It was not however even a match for the final loss.
Bradley Beal and Michael Gilchrist paced all the winners with 18 points.
Justin Anderson and Chasson Randle followed them with 16 points apiece. Ahmed
Hamdy ended up with 18 points in the losing case and Omar Abbas posted 13.
Serbia - Lithuania
Lithuanian U17 team posted the third victory at the World Championship in
Hamburg. The held off determined Serbia 74:71 to climb at 3-1 record in
preliminary Group A. Serbia in the meantime slipped at 2-2 record. The teams
stayed close early starting quarter. Serbia earned a 16:11 lead midway through
the term and gradually took off. They posted a 24:17 advantage ten minutes into
the encounter. Serbia also started strong the second quarter and Cirovic made
two points inside the paint for 30:17. No matter how hard Lithuania tried to
recover they trailed 11 points at the halftime. Miljenovic Nenad sent the teams
to the lockers for 42:31 deficit. The third frame was decisive in the game as
the Baltic side managed to tie the score. Only in the end of the period Lekys
nailed 2 for 52:52, while Miljenovic Nenad remained the Serbs in front after 30
minutes. Lithuania played a bit better in the last quarter and had 5-point
advantage with 50 seconds in the game. Serbia tried hard but could only reduce
Mantas Mockevicius (186-G-93) stepped up with 18 points for the winners.
Narkevicius Rokas netted 11, while Kymantas Simonas and Paliukenas Martynas
posted 10 each. Mitrovic Luka finished the night with 19 points in defeat and
Bezbradica Nemanja chipped in 13.
China - Argentina
Strong rally in the fourth quarter helped China tame Argentina in the fourth
round of U17 World Championship. Thus the Asian powerhouse improved at 2-2
record in preliminary Pool A. Argentina slipped at 1-3. The opening frame was an
evenly matched contest. Neither side dominated and Argentina snatched a narrow
17:16 lead at the end. But the Latin American side started to clear off in the
second quarter. Tomas Zanzotera helped Argentina to take a 26:20 lead midway
through the second frame. Tomas Zanzotera finished nailed 14 points in the frame
giving Argentina a 38:29 halftime advantage. The margin grew at 19-point mark
after a three-pointer from Patricio Garino less than five minutes into the third
quarter. But China did not surrender. They put up a fierce opposition and
narrowed the gap to 8 points with ten minutes remaining. China opened the fourth
quarter with five points in a row to get closer. Soon the Asian side went on a
10:1 rally to put their noses in front. Tomas Zanzotera hit another triple to
keep Argentina in the game but
Zhai Xiaochuan (205-F-93) and Xu came up with decisive buckets and China ran
away for good in this one. Guo Ailun tallied 26 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
to lead China.
Zhai Xiaochuan added 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Wang Zirui finished
with 13 points for the winning team. Tomas Zanzotera replied with 26 points for
Argentina. Patricio Garino had 15 points in the loss.
Australia - Germany
Australian U17 team recorded the second win at the World Championship in
Germany. Tonight the Aussies shocked hosting Germany to catch up with those in
Group B ladder.
Mitch Norton (183-G-93) knocked down 13 points to lead well-balanced effort
from Australia. The lead changed hands for several times during the opening
frame. Australia finally took off taking a 17:11 advantage at the first
intermission. Bleck pulled Germany closer at the start of the second frame but
Australia still dictated the tempo. The visitors enjoyed a 15-point lead at the
big break 35:20. Daniel Carlin scored the first four points in the second half
to boost the margin. Australia quickly gained a 20-point advantage and seemed to
cruise. But the hosts went on a fierce 13:2 run to cap the third frame trailing
by 12 points 36:48. Five points in a row at the beginning of the final quarter
helped Germany pull within 7 points 41:48. But Daniel Hill and Dumovic came up
with important buckets to keep Australia at a safe distance. Jakob Krumbeck and
Muller once again triggered the intrigue as they piloted Germany within four.
Radosavljevic narrowed the gap to just 3 points with 22 seconds remaining.
However Fryar and Daniel Hill went deadly from the stripe in the dying seconds
sealing the victory for Australia. Daniel Hill knocked down 11 points for
Australia. Owen Odigie and Daniel Carlin finished with 10 points each for the
winners. Jakob Krumbeck had 17 points for Germany. Besnik Bekteshi accounted for
10 points in the loss.
Poland - Spain
Poland U17 continues their perfect streak at the FIBA U17 World Championship. In
Day 4 the team overcame Spain U17 as the latter fell at 1-3 record. Spain opened
the game as Julen Olaizola made two points outside the paint. The lead exchanged
several times in the opening quarter, while Spain held 28:26 lead after the
first period. Jorge Sanz made two points outside the paint made it 32:26 in the
second quarter and Javier Medori made two points inside the paint for the
biggest lead in the firt half with his team at 34:27. Poland reduced the gap at
the end of the half, however Jaime Fernandez made two points inside the paint to
close the half at 38:35. Spain pushed the tempo again early in the third and
later reached plus 12. Julen Olaizola made two points inside the paint for 58:49
advantage. Jaime Fernandez scored his 17th points to finish the third quarter at
63:54 with Spain. Poland trailed also in the majority of the fourth quarter, but
managed to tie the game at 77:77 as Przemyslaw Karnowski made a free throw. When
the teams were tied at 81, Poland made some important baskets and won the game
in overtime. Michal Michalak made two free throws at the end of the game for the
Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) stepped up with 26 points for the winners.
Przemyslaw Karnowski collected 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Michal Michalak
scored 17. Jaime Fernandez ended up with 24 points in the losing case. Alejandro
Suarez and Jorge Sanz followed him with 15 points each.
Canada - South Korea
Canadian U17 selection earned the third victory at the World Championship in
Germany. They toppled South Korean opponents to improve at 3-1 record on top of
preliminary Pool B. The Asian team suffered the fourth straight loss. Canada
used a 9:0 run midway through the starting quarter to take the lead. They stayed
in charge in the frame and finished it up by 9 points 27:18. The margin grew at
16-point mark midway through the second quarter. Peters and Wiggins gave Canada
a 49:25 lead late in the half. The North American team enjoyed a comfortable
52:28 advantage at the big break.
Junior Lomomba (193-F-93) exploded with ten points in the third term to keep
Canada rolling. They accumulated a 70:48 lead at the final pause. Han and Lee
Jong-Hyun dragged Korea within 18 points at the start of the fourth quarter but
Canada stayed cool and eased to the victory at the end.
Junior Lomomba provided 20 points and 8 rebounds for Canada. Dyshawn Pierre
notched 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Moon Seong-Gon answered with
game-high 27 points for South Korea. Lee Jong-Hyun had 11 points in the loss.
Round: 3 (Preliminary Round) - Jul.
Lithuania - Egypt
Lithuania U17 and Egypt U17 closed Day 3 at the FIBA U17 World Championship. the
Baltic side needed 97:77 win to take 2-1 record in the group. Egypt started from
the perimeter, while the Baltic state score the first three points due to
Semaska's shots. Lithuania won the opening tip and increased later to 26:20 at
the end of the first period. Again Semaska was first for the Lithuanian team in
the second period to bring 28:20. Moustafa Ahmed meanwhile netted for Egypt to
pull them back to 30:28. Both teams scored some more baskets before the break as
European side enjoyed 41:36 advantage after 20 minutes of the game. They also
started better in the third period and took 15-point lead when Narkevicius Rokas
hit the 3 point shot at 51:36. Lithuania however could not keep the advantage as
Egypt cut it to 66:62 at the end of the third stanza. Lekys made two points
inside the paint for 68:65 and then again Lithuania increased the lead. They
created a 12-0 run to seal 84:68 outcome with less than 4 minutes in the game.
Egypt could not recover from that run and suffered the third loss. Mockevicius
Mantas led the winners with 21 points as Lithuania shares the second place with
Serbia in Group A.
Simonas Kymantas (204-C-93) collected massive 19 points and 17 rebounds,
while Narkevicius Rokas added 16. Abbas Omar and Moustafa Ahmed delivered 15
points each for Egypt. Hamdy Ahmed followed them with 12 as their team dropped
to 0-3 record.
Argentina - Serbia
Serbia U17 improved to 2-1 record beating Argentina U17 in Game 3 of Day 3. The
European side won the first two quarters to keep the score for the final 62:56
Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93) made two points inside the paint to give the
first lead for the Serbian squad. Argentina later had 6:4 and 8:6 lead, while
Jankovic made two points inside the paint for 12:8 and Benitez closed the period
at 12:10. Argentina tied the game in the beginning of the second frame and then
even took when Massareli scored for 19:16. Serbia responded with some more
Nenad Miljenovic closed the half at 28:23. In the beginning of the third
quarter Serbia managed to take 33:25 lead and Milosevic later made a two with a
free throw for 42:35. No matter how hard the team from Latin America tried to
tie the game, Serbia finished thirty minutes with 46:41 advantage. Garino
Patricio made two points inside the paint to bring Argentina to 46:48. Benitez
made two points inside the paint for 52:50, while Serbia increased a bit later
in the game. After 5-0 run they increased to 58:51 and the last points score
mostly from the free throw line.
Nenad Miljenovic top-scored for the winners with 14 points as his team took
2-1 record. Mitrovic Luka nailed 11, while Cvetkovic Aleksandar added 9.
Bortolin Matias responded with 13 points for the Argentinian side, whilst Garino
Patricio had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
USA - China
USA U17 remain undefeated in Hamburg as the team overcame China U17 in Day 3.
The favorites outscored China U17 113:73 to take the third straight win in
Germany. USA easily score the first seven points in the game and had 13:2 later
in the quarter. O'Bryant made two points inside the paint for 19:9 in the middle
of the period. Michael Gilchrist made two free throws at the end of it for
29:14. China however started to reduce early in the second and reduced to 31:21.
ZHAI made two points inside the paint in the middle of the second period for
37:26. Andre Drummond made two points inside the paint for 47:36 at the
halftime. China was still too far to give up in the third period as they trailed
58:49 with 6 minutes in the quarter. Moreover Zhai made two points inside the
paint for 62:55. USA needed a huge run to take 77:59 at the end of thirty
minutes. The favorites held off the opponents in the last stanza and won the
game. They exploded with 36-14 in the last frame to seal the third victory.
Marquis Teague made two points inside the paint for the final success.
James McAdoo (206-F-93) stepped up with 26 points for the winners. Bradley
Beal netted 20, while Adonis Thomas posted 15. Zhu Xuhang finished the night
with 17 points in the losing effort. Wang Zirui nailed 13, while Xu Tao notched
Germany - Poland
Whatever happened to the hosts of the FIBA U17 World Championship they would try
to forget as soon as possible. Poland U17 smashed Germany U17 79:33 and took 3-0
record. In the game between two undefeated teams after two days it was expected
the European battle in Hamburg. Poland however looked much better in the game
and started with 20:6 in the opening quarter. Michal Michalak made two points
inside the paint for 24:6, while Besnik Bekteshi hit the 3 point shot to give
Germany only 9. Both squads left the court as the Polish side had 30:14 halftime
advantage. Jakob Krumbeck made a three points in a row to remain Germany alive
with 30:22 and it seemed the intrigue would be back. A 24-0 run however shocked
the team and the spectators as well. Poland finished third quarter with 52:22
and closed the run at 54:22 in the beginning of the last stanza. In the last
period Poland enjoyed 27-11 and reached a surprising victory at the
Championship. Jakub Koelner made two points inside the paint to bring the
victory for the winners.
Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) top-scored for the winners with 24 points as
Poland took 3-0 record. Mateusz Ponitka delivered 13 and Michal Michalak notched
12. Jakob Krumbeck and Bogdan Radosavljevic answered with 8 points in the losing
Spain - Canada
Canada earned the second win at the U17 World Championship in Hamburg. They
knocked down Spain to improve at 2-1 record in Group B. Spain slipped at 1-2
after the loss.
Kevin Pangos (186-G-93) and Duane Notice finished with 13 points each to
lead the North American team. Canada and Spain stayed close in the opening
frame. The teams went neck and neck as the scoreboard read 18:18 at the first
pause. Canada shifted the gear in the second stanza. The North American team
fired 23 points and accumulated an 11-point halftime advantage. Spain responded
at the start of the third stanza. They ignited a 16:3 rally that put them in
Kevin Pangos helped Canada to reply late in the stanza as they regained the
lead at 63:57 with ten minutes to go. The teams stayed close before Duane Notice
Kevin Pangos teamed up for a bunch of key buckets propelling Canada to an
important win at the end. Dyshawn Pierre provided 10 points for the winners.
Junior Lomomba and Olivier Hanlan had 8 points each for Canada. Jorge Sanz
answered with 15 points for Spain. Daniel Diez finished with 14 points and 8
rebounds in the loss.
South Korea - Australia
Australia stayed alive in the U17 World Championship title quest. They held off
South Korea in the third round of action to enjoy the opening win at the
Andrija Dumovic (206-C-83) came up with 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead
the winners. South Korea in the meantime suffered the third straight defeat at
the tournament. The teams exchanged baskets in a high-scoring first quarter.
Australia ended the frame leading by 5 points 25:20. Moon Seong-Gon and Lee
Dong-Yeop put South Korea in front late in the second stanza. The Asian team
posted a 39:32 lead at halftime. Australia bounce back late in the third
quarter. They wrapped up the term with a 12:0 run to surge ahead 57:51.
Andrija Dumovic, Odigie and Mitch Norton helped the Aussie team to a 68:57
lead midway through the fourth quarter. Australia maintained the pressure in the
final minutes of the encounter and escaped with a tough win at the end. Daniel
Hill knocked down 14 points for Australia. Mitch Norton added 13 points for the
winners. Han Hui-Won responded with 16 points for South Korea. Lee Dong-Yeop
contributed 14 points in the losing effort.
Round: 2 (Preliminary Round) - Jul.
China - Serbia
The game between China U17 and Serbia U17 became the last one in day 2 of the
U17 World Championship. The game also was one of the most interesting so far as
the teams battled until the end. Serbia started with 24-15 after the opening
quarter, but lost the second 12-21. China added 18-15 in the third period to
take 54:51 lead. In the last period it was really hot in the court. Serbia tied
the game at 56:56 with 7 minutes to go.
Ailun (193-G-93) brought the Asian team 58:56, while Cirovic Marko and
Milosevic Dorde tied it again at 60:60. China took another lead at 62:60 with
4.44 to go. The European team tied it at 62:62 later in the frame. China decided
to try from the perimeter and Zhu nailed a three-pointer for 65:62. Radicevic
Nikola managed to score only one free-throw for 65:63 as only three minutes were
left in the game. China posted another two immediately as Zhai made it 67:63.
Both teams missed some important shots in the next two minutes and only Zhai
Xiaochuan was perfect from the free throw line for 70:63. Radicevic Nikola
nailed three-pointer for 70:66 with only 1.25 in the game.
Ailun made a lay-up for 72:66, while Miljenovic Nenad posted only one for
72:67. Miljenovic Nenad nailed a jump shot for minus three with 15 seconds in
the game. Serbia fouled immediately and Bi Jiguang could score only one for
73:69. Miljenovic Nenad again made a jump shot for his team to bring 73:71 with
4 seconds in the fourth period, while Zhai Xiaochuan brought the win for China
from the free throw line at 74:71.
Ailun top-scored for the winners with 25 points, while Zhai Xiaochuan nailed
16 and Zhu Xuhang added 14. Miljenovic Nenad ended up with 22 points in the
losing effort. Bezbradica Nemanja and Cirovic Marko delivered 12 points each.
Egypt - Argentina
Argentina recorded the initial victory at the U17 World Championship in Germany.
The Latin American bounced back after the loss to the USA in the opener and
downed Egypt for 1-1 record. The African team slipped at 0-2 record after the
Luciano Massarelli (178-G-93) knocked down 21 points and issued 5 assists to
lead the effort. Argentina got to a 9:2 start to the game. Egypt however did not
allow their opponents to run away as they quickly bounced back and finished the
opening quarter down by just four points 18:22. Ahmed Hamdy and Ahmed Moustafa
put Egypt in front at the start of the second term. But Argentina immediately
responded with 10 points in a row to surge ahead. They soon opened a 15-point
lead and wrapped up the first half leading 47:32. Argentina stayed in charge in
the third term. They entered the fourth quarter by as many as 21 points 73:52.
Egypt worked hard but had little chance against determined Argentina in the
dying stages. Patricio Garino produced 15 points for Argentina. Tomas Zanzotera
added 12 points for the winners. Ahmed Hamdy responded with 18 points and 9
rebounds for Egypt. Youssef Shousha finished with 15 points in the loss.
USA - Lithuania
USA and Lithuania met each other in the second game of Day 2 at the U17 World
Championship in Germany. The European team finished well however could escape
the big, 102-66 loss. USA enjoyed the halftime advantage and went to the lockers
having 56:31 lead. Semaska opened the game for the Baltic team, while O'Bryant
tied the game at 2:2. Beal hit the 3 point shot to give his side 11:3 lead in
the middle of the first quarter. Teague made it 32:13 as the teams finished the
first period. McAdoo James made two points inside the paint to open the second
frame in the game. Narkevicius Rokas hit the 3 point shot as the board showed
39:19. He also hit another one for 39:22 with less than 6 minutes to play in the
half. Drummond Andre made two points inside the paint for 56:29, while Lekunas
closed the half from the free throws line. It became even clear at that time
that Lithuanian squad would not be able to find match to the favorites. O'Bryant
and McAdoo James made four points inside the paint for 58:34. McAdoo James
scored his 16th point inside the paint to give USA 77:38 lead. Mockevicius
Mantas was the last to score in the third frame for 89:43. Lithuania actually
started to play better in the last frame and won it 23-13. At first however
Parker made two points inside the paint to bring 100 for USA. The Baltic side
won the last minutes with 11-2 run as Lekunas brought 102:66 on the board.
Bradley Beal (191-G-93) and McAdoo James paced all the winners with 16
points each for 2-0 record. Drummond Andre and Randle Chasson delivered 10
points apiece. Narkevicius Rokas ended up with 14 points in the losing effort as
his team is with 1-1 record. Mockevicius Mantas , Lekunas Tomas and Urbonas
Aurimas each scored 10 points.
Poland - South Korea
Poland posted the second win in a row at the U17 World Championship in Germany.
They held off South Korean opponents to improve at 2-0 record on top of Pool B.
South Korea suffered the second straight loss to slip at 0-2.
Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) had 26 points to pace the European side. Poland
stormed into the encounter. They accounted for 33 points in the first ten
minutes to ensure a 9-point lead at the first break. Poland maintained the lead
throughout the second stanza. They arrived at halftime break up by 16 points.
But South Korea were not done just yet. The Asian team cut the margin back to 9
points midway through the third term. Poland restored the safe buffer as they
entered the fourth stanza leading by 14 points 80:66. Poland opened the fourth
quarter with four points in a row and did not look back en route to the victory.
Przemyslaw Karnowski provided 16 points and 17 rebounds for Poland. Piotr
Niedzwiedzki and Michal Michalak finished with 15 points apiece in the victory.
Lee Dong-Yeop responded with 26 points, 6 steals and 4 assists for South Korea.
Moon Seong-Gon notched 23 points and 7 boards in the loss.
Spain - Germany
The hosts surprise Spain in Hamburg at the U17 World Championship. Germany U17
overcame Spain u17 74:64 in the end of Day 2. Bekteshi Besnik made two points
inside the paint to bring the first lead for the hosts. Germany later grabbed
6:0, while Medori was the first to score for Spain. The first quarter was more
defensive and as a result Spain took 11:9 after 10 minutes. Wolf hit the 3 point
shot to open the second period and he brought 12:11. The home side looked great
and Radosavljevic Bogdan made two points inside the paint for 25:16. An 11-0 run
however from Spain shocked Germany as they could not stay tough in the second
period. Sanz Jorge hit the 3 point shot as Spain had 30:27 halftime advantage.
Moreover Fernandez Jaime brought 38:31, while Germany responded with 10-0 run
for the lead. Krumbeck Jakob made two points inside the paint to take 49:45 with
his team after three frames. Germany played better in the last stanza and
controlled the court. Radosavljevic Bogdan top-scored for the winners with 18
points for 2-0 record. Krumbeck Jakob delivered 13 and Bekteshi Besnik netted
Daniel Diez (203-F-93) finished the night with 13 points in defeat as Spain
is tied at 1-1. Sanz Jorge and Fernandez Jaime followed him with 12 points each.
Canada - Australia
Canada gained an important victory at the U17 World Championship in Germany.
They held off Australian counterparts in the second round of action. Canada
climbed at 1-1 record, while Australia slipped at 0-2 in Group B.
Anthony Bennett (204-F-93) knocked down 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to
lead the charge. Canada opened the game confidently. The North American side
maintained the lead right from the start. Notice gave the team a 17:7 lead late
in the starting quarter. Canada finished the frame up by 11 points 24:13. The
Aussies however rebounded in the second term. They used a 17:3 rally to put
their noses in front. Canada responded late in the half as they eked out a 34:30
advantage at halftime. The lead changed hands for several times in the third
term. Daniel Carlin, Jarrod Fryar and Mitch Norton ensured a 57:51 lead for
Australia with ten minutes remaining. Canada accounted for 15 consecutive points
midway through the fourth term to regain control. Dyshawn Pierre and
Anthony Bennett ensured a 72:62 lead for Canada with just over a minute to
go. Australia had too little time to answer as Canada rolled the initial win at
the tournament. Junior Lomomba and Dyshawn Pierre notched 11 points apiece for
Canada. Dyshawn Pierre also added 10 rebounds in the winning effort. Mitch
Norton answered with 15 points for Australia. Jarrod Fryar finished with 12
points in the loss.
Round: 1 (Preliminary Round) - Jul.
Serbia - Egypt
Serbia got to the winning start of their U17 World Championship campaign. They
held off resilient Egypt in the opener. Serbia gradually gained control in this
one and finalized a comfortable victory. Luka Mitrovic knocked down 18 points to
lead the effort. Egypt bravely entered the game. They began the game with four
points in a row. The maintained the lead for some time before Serbia went on a
14:1 rally to surge in front. The European team finished the starting quarter up
by 6 points 21:15. Hamdy and Ahmed Moustafa Elsayed dragged Egypt back within
two early in the second stanza but Serbia marched on. Soon they earned a
double-digit advantage and wrapped the first half up by 12 points 42:30. Serbia
maintained the lead throughout the third term. Krstic gave the Balkan side a
20-point lead late in the period. Serbia entered the fourth stanza up by 25
points 76:51. They did not look back in the fourth quarter opening the win count
at the tournament.
Nemanja Bezbradica (205-F/C-93) had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Serbia.
Nenad Miljenovic and Marko Radonjic finished with 13 points each in the victory.
Ahmed Moustafa Elsayed responded with 22 points for Egypt. Abbas had 11 points
in the loss.
Argentina - USA
United States U17 recorded the first win at the World Championship in Germany.
They toppled Argentina in preliminary Group A. Michael Gilchrist scored 22
points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the North American side. Argentina opened
the game with four consecutive points. But the USA quickly rebounded as Brad
Beal propelled them in front. The US team earned a 24:17 lead at the first
break. Bortolin and Massone gave the lead back to Argentina midway through the
second quarter. But their opponents used a 9:0 run to return into the drivers
seat. The USA finished the first half up by five points 41:36. The teams traded
baskets throughout the tense third frame. The lead changed hands for several
times before the United States went on a 13:0 rally to clear off. They arrived
at the final pause ahead by 7 points 63:56.
Quinn Cook (186-G-93) and Andre Drummond ensured a 10-point lead for the
USA. Argentina managed to get within 7 but the USA stayed calm and escaped with
a confident win at the end.
Quinn Cook provided 14 points for the winners. Brad Beal notched 11 points
for the USA. Tayavek Gallizzi answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds for
Argentina. Luciano Massarelli had 10 points in the loss.
Lithuania - China
Lithuanian U17 selection recorded the first win at the inaugural World
Championship that started in Hamburg. They overcame China in the opener. Mantas
Mockevicius scored 20 points to lead the winners. Lithuania had to overcome a
slow start. China looked better at the start of the game. They quickly posted a
12:3 advantage and maintained the lead throughout the opening ten minutes. The
Asian team recorded a 24:17 lead at the first break. Lithuania however opened
the second stanza with seven points in a row to deny the deficit. The Europeans
soon ignited a 6:0 run to clear off. Mantas Mockevicius and Majauskas gave
Lithuania a 40:37 buffer at halftime. Paulius Semaska and Martynas Paliukenas
ensured a 52:43 lead for Lithuania midway through the third term. They
maintained the gap well enough to enjoy a 66:52 lead at the final break.
Lithuania tipped off the fourth stanza with seven points in a row and did not
look back en route to the victory at the end.
Tomas Lekunas (195-F-93) notched 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners.
Rokas Narkevicius added 12 points for Lithuania. Guo Ailun and Zhai Xiaochuan
replied with 20 points each for China. Zhu Xuhang and Wang Zhelin finished with
8 points apiece in the loss.
Germany - Canada
German U17 opened their World Championship campaign with a hard-fought victory.
The hosts held off ambitious Canada in Hamburg in the opener.
Besnik Bekteshi (188-G-93) knocked down two free throws late in regulation
and Germany hung on to escape with a narrow win.
Besnik Bekteshi finished with game-high 27 points to lead Germany. The teams
stayed close throughout the opening frame. Germany were more consistent as they
earned a 17:14 lead at the first break. Canada denied the deficit and surged
ahead midway through the second frame. Anselm Hartmann however returned the lead
to the home side as they went into the locker rooms up by one point 34:33. The
lead continued to change hands throughout the third frame. Germany had the last
laugh in the period as they entered the final stanza up by four points 55:51.
Neither side was able to clear off in the final quarter. Anthony Bennett drew
things level at 62 with under five minutes to go. But Anselm Hartmann and
Besnik Bekteshi put Germany in charge for good in this one. Anthony Bennett
and Kevin Pangos had a chance to save the day for Canada but missed decisive
attempts in the dying seconds. Anselm Hartmann delivered 14 points for Germany.
Julius Wolf had 6 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Kevin Pangos accounted
for 26 points but committed 10 turnovers for Canada. Dyshawn Pierre nailed 12
points in the loss.
South Korea - Spain
Spain earned the opening win at the U17 World Championship. They shot down South
Korean counterparts in Group B clash.
Daniel Diez (203-F-93) came up with 21 points and 13 rebounds to pace the
European side. South Korea tipped off the game with four points in a row but
Spain gradually adjusted and surged ahead. South Korea regained the lead midway
through the frame and the teams stayed neck and neck. Spain eked out a 21:20
lead at the first break. The close game continued in the second frame.
Daniel Diez and Jaime Fernandez capped the first half with three points in a
row to give Spaniards a 38:35 advantage.
Daniel Diez and Jaime Fernandez boosted the margin to 9 points midway
through the third term. Spain stayed in charge as they finished the quarter up
by 6 points 60:54.
Daniel Diez opened the fourth frame with three points as Spain cleared off
to a 9-point distance. South Korea narrowed the margin to 3 points but it was as
close as they could get. Spain quickly restored a safe cushion and coasted to
the victory at the end. Jaime Fernandez notched 15 points and 8 rebounds for
Spain. Javier Medori and Ricardo Pampano nailed 12 points in the winning case.
Moon Seong-Gon replied with 18 points for South Korea. Han Sang-Hyeok finished
with 13 points in the loss.
Australia - Poland
An outstanding defensive performance helped Poland to the winning start of the
U17 World Championship. The Polish team prevailed against Australia in
preliminary Group B opener.
Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) knocked down 21 points to lead the winners. The
lead changed hands for numerous times throughout the opening quarter. But Mitch
Norton and Odigie allowed the Aussies to earn a 20:16 advantage at the first
break. Australia stretched the gap to 6 points at the start of the second frame
but Poland quickly answered. They triggered a 19:1 run to surge ahead. Poland
finished the first half up by 13 points 38:25.
Mateusz Ponitka and Niedzwiedzki opened the third frame with five points in
a row to boost the margin. Poland maintained the lead and entered the final
stanza up by 7 points 55:48. Poland tipped off the fourth quarter with nine
consecutive points to clear off for good. They stayed in charge in the reminder
of the contest and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Michal Michalak
notched 18 points and 6 rebounds for Poland. Przemyslaw Karnowski secured 10
points and 13 boards in the victory. Andrija Dumovic answered with 20 points for
Australia. Mitch Norton had 8 points in the loss.
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