USA - Australia
USA defended the title at the U17 World Championship. The winners overcame
Australia 95:62 in the Final game of the competition. Pre-tournament favorites
USA has looked unstoppable all tournament long and rightfully reached the
trophy. USA started with 22-14 and never looked behind. They added 16-10 in the
second period as FRANKAMP brought 38:24.
Dante Exum (193-PG-95) and Justice Winslow gave their teams the first points
in the second half and later USA added 26-19 in the third quarter. FRANKAMP
scored for 66:43 early in the fourth, while
Dante Exum responded for 68:49. After NUNN and NDUKA-ANYA free throws
Conner Frankamp nailed three for 86:59 and then
Jahlil Okafor-Benton (210-C-95) delivered two for 88:61. Justice Winslow
scored another two from the free throw line, while DOMINGO scored three for
Jahlil Okafor-Benton made the final successful shot for the winners.
Conner Frankamp top-scored for the winners with 22 points and
Jahlil Okafor-Benton nailed 17. Justice Winslow delivered 13, while Jabari
Parker notched 12.
Dante Exum ended up with 21 points and Nicholas Duncan scored 10 in defeat.
Spain - Croatia
Croatia stepped on the podium at the U17 World Championship. They denied Spain
in the consolation final tonight to claim Bronze.
Mario Hezonja (202-G/F-95) scored 23 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 4
assists to lead the winners. Croatia led by four points ten minutes into the
game 15:11. They stretched the margin in the second frame. Croats went on a
massive 28:12 run to take a comfortable 43:23 halftime lead. Croatia did not
loosen the grasp in the second half. They piled up a 22-point lead at the final
break. Croatia poured in 27 points in the fourth quarter to seal a confident win
at the end.
Paolo Marinelli (190-G-95) and
Karlo Zganec (205-C/F-95) delivered 13 points each for Croatia. Bosnjak and
Gabric added 11 points each in the victory.
Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) answered with 13 points for Spain. Sans netted 11
points in the losing case.
Canada - Argentina
Canada finished 5th in Kaunas after the victory over Argentina in their last
game. Canada sealed a 84:79 victory in the game for the 5-6 places. It was a
productive first period as Canada grabbed 32:22 at the end of the first 10
minutes. Argentina woke up in the second frame and after a fantastic run Haag
tied the game at 40:40. Moreover he scored another free throw for the lead in
the game, but
Patrick Steeves (201-F/G-95) closed the half at 44:41. Canada looked better
in the third period and after 22-16 grabbed 66:57 advantage. Zabo made free
throws for 80:72 with 3 minutes to go, while Rodrigo Haag and made reduced to 5
points. The teams exchanged several more shots as the board remained the final
difference at 5 points.
Kevin-Mbezela Zabo (186-G-95) top-scored for the winners with 26 points,
Patrick Steeves netted 14. Tanveer Bhullar and Marial Shayok followed them
with 12 points each.
Gabriel Deck (202-C/F-95) answered with 26 points for Argentina and Alvaro
Merlo notched 16. Guillermo Lopez scored 13, whilst Rodrigo Haag added 11.
China - Czech Republic
China ended their U17 World Championship campaign with victory. They defeated
Czech Republic to clinch the 7th place.
Wang Zhengbo (187-G-96) and
Zhou Qi (216-C-96) came up with 16 points each for the winners. Czech
Republic knocked down 25 points in the first quarter to take a 5-point lead. But
China easily denied the deficit and pulled ahead for a 39:38 halftime lead.
Czech Republic bounced back in the third quarter. They levelled things up at 59
with one period remaining. But the final quarter belonged to the Asian team.
China held their opponents to 11 points in the fourth frame and sealed the
victory at the end.
Bo (203-F-96) and
Zhao JiWei (185-G-95) accounted for 13 points each in the victory.
Adam Pechacek (207-C-95) answered with 16 points for Czech Republic. Radovan
Kouril finished with 13 points, 12 assists and 7 rebounds in the loss.
USA and Australia reach the Final in Kaunas
- Jul 7, 2012
USA - Spain
USA stepped closer to the title as they edged Spain in the Semifinal game. The
defending champions overcame the Spanish team 95:66 at U17 World Championship in
Kaunas. Spain surprised the opponents in the first period and grabbed 7-point
lead. Conner Frankamp closed the period at 19:14 and then
Justice Winslow (198-F-96) tied the game at 26:26. USA pushed the tempo
later in the half and reached 43:37 at the end of the second period. In the
second half the court was dominated only by one team. USA won the third period
26-17 and added 26-12 in the last stanza.
Justice Winslow paced all the winners with 17 points and 13 rebounds, while
Conner Frankamp nailed 13.
Stanley Johnson (198-SG-96) and Jahlil Okafor-Benton followed them with 12
Andreu Adrover (184-PG-95) and Alberto Martin produced 8 points each in the
losing effort. Tomorrow USA will face Australia in the Final game tomorrow.
Australia - Croatia
AAustralia hand Croatia their first loss and advance to the Final of the U17
World Championship. The Aussies overcame the European representative 83:71.
Croatia scored the first 6 points in the game and won the opening period 24:21.
Mario Hezonja nailed three for 29:23, but then Australian team pushed the tempo
for good. After 21-11 in the frame they grabbed 42:35 at the halftime. Moreover
Australia added 24-16 in the third quarter as Martin closed the period at 66:51.
Croatia tried hard to recover in the last period, but managed to win the last
stanza only 20-17.
Jack Purchase (203-PF-95) made the last shot from the perimeter for the
Mirko Djeric (191-PG-95) top-scored for the winners with 21 points, while
Dante Exum added 18.
Jack Purchase notched 12, while
Nicholas Duncan (203-F-95) and Felix KALAU VON HOFE scored 8 each. Mario
Hezonja delivered 28 points in the losing effort and Marko Arapovic netted 17.
Argentina - Czech Republic
Argentina overcame Czech Republic in Kaunas in the classification Round for 5-8
places. The Latin American team celebrated a 78:70 win and will face Canada
tomorrow for the 5th place. Czech Republic meanwhile will take on China in the
game for the 7th place. Czech Republic started the game with 17-13 lead, but
failed to stay tough in the rest of the half. Argentina needed 22-15 in the
second period to take 35:32 at the halftime. Moreover the winners added 24-20 in
the third period and had 7 points deficit entering the last stanza. Argentina
won also the last period 19-18 and will play for the higher place at U17 World
Gabriel Deck (202-C/F-95) top-scored for the winners with 28 points and
Rodrigo Haag nailed 16. Alvaro Merlo notched 10 and Juan Vaulet brought 7.
Jiri Dedek (191-SF-95) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort, while
Martin Peterka (203-PF-95) had 13. Radovan Kouril delivered 12 and
Jiri Soula (189-PG-95) posted 11.
China - Canada
Canada rout China to play for the 5th place tomorrow at U17 World Championship.
The Canadian team overcame the representative from Asia 68:64. Canada opened the
game with 23-14 and added 13-11 in the second frame. Chine tried to recover and
responded with 17-6 in the third period, but Canada needed 26-22 in the last
quarter for a 4-point victory. Justin Jackson top-scored for the winners with 23
points and Kevin-Mbezela Zabo notched 18. Marial Shayok collected 9 points and
10 rebounds, while Tanveer Bhullar added 8. Zhou Qi had 21 points, 10 rebounds,
2 assists, 3 steals and 8 blocks. But Zhao Jiwei scored only 5 points on 1 of 10
shooting. He had 2 assists to 5 turnovers and fouled out in 33 minutes. Guo
Xiaopeng stepped up with 21 points and 3 rebounds, starting ahead of Heng Yifeng.
Heng had 9 points and 6 rebounds in reserve.
Delong (194-F-95) was scoreless in 18 minutes.
Bo (203-F-96) had 4 points and 7 rebounds in 21 minutes.
France - Lithuania
The hosts outscore France in Kaunas at the Classification Round for 9-10 places
at the U17 World Championship. Lithuania grabbed 75:64 win to clinch the 9th
place. Both teams nailed 19 points in the opening period and then
Petr Cornelie (209-C/F-95) brought 26:21 for France. The teams exchanged the
lead several times, while
Haroldas Saprykinas (188-G-95) brought the hosts 33:32 lead at the halftime.
Lithuania added 21-16 in the third quarter and enjoyed 54:48 entering the last
stanza. They added 21-16 in the last quarter and won the last game of the
Ernestas Serkevicius (187-PG-95) paced all the winners with 19 points and
Norbertas Giga netted 12. Zydrunas Jurgutis and
Haroldas Saprykinas delivered 8 points each in a win. Damien Inglis
responded with 21 points and 16 rebounds in defeat, while
Paul Rigot (199-SF-95) scored 13. France U17 finished the tournament on the
South Korea - Egypt
South Korea recorded the first win at the U17 World Championship. They knocked
down Egyptian counterparts in the final game at the tourney for both teams.
Nakhyeon (180-G-95) scored 29 points to lead the winners as they occupied
the 11th overall position. South Korea unloaded 26 points in the opening quarter
to pull ahead. The Asian team secured a 9-point lead at the first break. South
Korea kept in front throughout the second period. They accumulated a 46:35
halftime advantage. Things got even worse for Egypt in the third period. They
allowed the Korean team gain a 14-point lead before the fourth quarter and never
recovered in the reminder of the contest. Heo Hoon contributed 28 points for the
winners. Park Intae finished with 14 points for South Korea.
Ehab Amin (185-G-95) answered with 20 points for Egypt. Wessam Emad produced
15 points in the loss.
USA, Australia, Croatia and Spain reach the
Semifinals - Jul
USA - Canada
USA became the Semifinalist of the U17 World Championship. The defending
champions thrashed Canada 113:59. USA started the game confidently and reached
26:15 after the first 10 minutes of the game.
Jahlil Okafor-Benton (210-C-95) made a dunk for 31:17 and Domingo scored for
33:20. USA added 20-15 in the frame for 46:30 lead at the halftime. The second
half was a nightmare for Canada that allowed the opponents to score 67 points.
USA won the third period 32-13 and finished the game with 35-16. Domingo brought
the team the three digit number as he made the shot for 101:53 advantage. Later
S. Johnson, Domingo,
Justice Winslow (198-F-96) and NDUKA-ANYA brought he final points in the
winning game. Tyus Jones top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while
Justice Winslow collected 17 points and 13 rebounds. Joel BERRY netted 15,
Jabari Parker (203-F-95) and
Jahlil Okafor-Benton posted 10 apiece. Justin Jackson replied with 17 points
in defeat and Tyrell Bellot-Green scored 12.
Australia - Argentina
Australia stopped Argentina in the Quarterfinals of the U17 World Championship.
The Aussies beat the team from Latin America 78:59 to reach the semis. Argentina
won the opening tip when Alvaro Merlo brought 11:6 lead.
Gabriel Deck (202-C/F-95) scored for 13:10 and Rodrigo Haag kept his side in
front at 17:14.
Gabriel Deck and VILDOZA gave their team 30:23, but Argentina failed to win
Michael Luxford (181-PG-95) reduced to 30:26 at the end of the half and then
Dante Exum tied the game at 34:34. Derksen delivered two for 47:46 and
Michael Luxford scored for 52:51. The teams left the third period at 53:53
and only after that Australia exploded for a win. They erupted with 25-6 in the
last stanza to reach the victory. Dante Exum top-scored for the winners with 23
Benjamin Simmons (203-PF-96) netted 12, while Matt Jackson added 9.
Gabriel Deck ended up with 19 points in the losing effort, Alvaro Merlo
posted 14, while Rodrigo Haag notched 7.
Croatia - Czech Republic
Croatia continue their winning streak and reached already the Semifinals of the
U17 World Championship. The team won over Czech Republic U17 to close the
Quarterfinal day in Kaunas. Croatia won the opening tip 7-2 and then
Karlo Zganec (205-C/F-95) brought 15:9. The teams exchanged several more
baskets and finished the first period with 24:21. Domagoj Bosnjak made two free
throws for 29:26, while Martin Peterka gave his side 32:31 lead later in the
second period. Adam Pechacek and
Karlo Zganec exchanged the late baskets at the end of the frame for 42:40 at
the halftime. In the third period Croatia stayed in front for the whole time,
however sometimes the lead was not comfortable. Tomislav Gabric scored for 72:64
and Adam Pechacek reduced to 6 points at the end of the period. Only due to 22-5
in the last stanza the Croatian side managed to prove their ambitions for the
top places. Domagoj Bosnjak led the way with 21 points and
Karlo Zganec notched 19.
Mario Hezonja (202-G/F-95) delivered 18, while Tomislav Gabric posted 8.
Martin Peterka replied with 23 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort.
Jiri Dedek (191-SF-95) scored 16 and Adam Pechacek chipped in 11.
Spain - China
Spain survived a thriller against China to become the first semifinalists of U17
World Championship in Lithuania.
Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) scored 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead the
European team. It was never an easy ride for Spain. China dominated in the first
half. The Asian team led by three points ten minutes into the game 14:11. They
stretched the gap to 5 points at halftime 31:26. But Spain reacted with a
stifling defence in the third quarter. The Europeans limited their opponents to
10 points in the period to gain a single-point advantage heading into the fourth
frame 43:42. China surged ahead midway through the final term but Spain reacted
with an 11:3 run to gain a decisive lead late in regulation.
Alberto Martin (185-PG-95) knocked down 14 points for Spain.
Alberto Abalde (200-SF-95) added 9 points in the winning case.
Zhou Qi (216-C-96) responded with 20 points and 15 rebounds for China. Zhao
JiWei had 16 points in the loss.
France - South Korea
France overwhelm South Korea in the start of the Classification Round for 9-12
places. The European side celebrated an easy 110:50 win at the U17 World
Championship I Kaunas. France U17 started with 29-12 in the opening period and
never looked behind after. They added 23-6 in the second frame and enjoyed a
52:18 halftime advantage. Moreover France needed 24-12 in the third quarter to
take 76:30 after thirty minutes. South Korea managed to score 20 points in the
last quarter to finish with 50, however they could not even win that frame.
France nailed 34 points in the final stanza to seal the victory.
Arthur Rozenfeld (179-PG-95) top-scored for the winners with 21 points,
while Charly Pontens, Damien Inglis and Antoine Chevrier posted 14 each. Paul
Rigot notched 11 and
Petr Cornelie (209-C/F-95) delivered 10. Heo Hoon ended up with 14 points in
the losing effort and Lee Minyoung scored 12.
Lithuania - Egypt
Lithuania claimed a narrow win over Egypt at the start of the classification
round at U17 World Championship. The hosts needed some wise decision late in
regulation to hold off pesky Egypt in Kaunas tonight.
Edvinas Seskus (192-SF-95) scored 18 points to lead the winners. Lithuania
will now take on France for the 9th position. Egypt will face South Korea in the
final game at the tournament. Egypt jumped to an early lead. The African team
enjoyed an 18:14 lead ten minutes into the game. The sides exchanged baskets
throughout the second quarter. Egypt maintained the lead posting a 37:33
halftime advantage. Lithuania recovered in the third quarter. The hosts knocked
down 22 points in the period to secure a 5-point lead at the final intermission.
Egypt refused to back off as they competitive till the final seconds. Lithuania
proved cool and determined in the dying seconds and stole a narrow win at the
end. Ernestas Serkevicius and
Gediminas Zalalis (205-C-95) posted 12 points each for the winners. Walid
Aly answered with 19 points and 6 boards for Egypt. Ehab Amin had 15 points and
9 rebounds in the loss.
Day 5 in Kaunas. Quarterfinals are set
- Jul 4, 2012
USA - China
USA registered the fifth straight win at the U17 World Championship in
Lithuania. They coasted past China to win Group A. Seven USA players scored in
double figures for the winners.
Conner Frankamp (186-G-95) knocked down 17 points to lead the winning side.
China fell at 3-2 record in the third position in the ladder. USA jumped right
into this one. They were up by 14 points after ten minutes. The gap just kept on
growing in the second quarter. The USA secured a 53:18 halftime lead. The North
American unloaded 63 points in the second half to seal a comfortable win at the
Stephen Domingo (201-F-95) delivered 16 points, while Stanley Johnson added
15 points for the winning team.
Yang LinYi (190-G-95) and Heng YiFeng answered with 9 points each in the
France - Australia
AAustralia finished the U17 World Championship preliminary round on a high note.
They defeated France to secure 4-1 record in the second place in Group A. France
fell at 1-4 record and failed to advance into playoffs. Australia dominated from
start to finish. The Aussies built a 16:13 lead after ten minutes. They held the
French counterparts to 8 points in the second quarter and secured a 32:21
halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the low-scoring third
quarter. France managed to narrow the gap at 10-point mark. But Australia
triggered a 21:9 run in the final quarter to seal a comfortable win at the end.
Fabijan Krslovic (204-C/F-95) provided 13 points to lead the winners. Felix
Kalau Van Hofe contributed 11 points for Australia.
Paul Rigot (199-SF-95) answered with 11 points for France. Arthur Rozenfeld
had 8 points in the loss.
Egypt - Czech Republic
Czech Republic gained the third win in the U17 World Championship. They overcame
Egypt to seal the quarterfinal ticket.
MMartin Peterka (203-PF-95) came up with 21 points and 6 boards to pace the
winners. Egypt suffered the fifth loss in a row and remained at the bottom of
the ladder. Czech Republic did not waste time surging ahead early in the
encounter. They built a 23:11 lead ten minutes into the clash. Czech Republic
stretched the margin in the second quarter. They secured a 42:23 halftime
buffer. Egypt gradually tuned in offensively. They knocked down 20 points in the
third term to narrow the margin by two points. Egypt unloaded 27 points in the
fourth quarter in the desperate attempt to save the game but the margin proved
too deep to overcome.
Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) notched 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Radovan
Kouril added 12 points and 12 assists in the victory for the winners.
Ahmed Sayed Soliman (202-F/C-95), Walid Aly and Omar Abdeen had 12 points
each in the loss.
Lithuania - Argentina
Argentina finished the U17 World Championship preliminary round on a high note.
They defeated hosting Lithuania to gain the third win at the tournament.
Argentina clinched the third position at the tournament and advanced to the
quarterfinals where they are going to face Australia. Lithuania fell at 1-4
record in the fifth place Group B ladder. Argentina set the tone in the first
half. They started the game strongly and built a 42:32 halftime lead. The Latin
American side boosted the margin to 12 points at the third break. Lithuania
exploded with 30 points in the fourth frame but Argentina matched the effort and
sealed the victory at the end.
Gabriel Deck (202-C/F-95) notched 26 points and 9 rebounds for Argentina.
Rodrigo Haag (193-SG-95) added 20 points in the victory.
Edvinas Seskus (192-SF-95) answered with 23 points for Lithuania. Ernestas
Serkevicius provided 18 points in the losing case.
Croatia - Spain
Croatia stayed undefeated at the U17 World Championship. They overcame Spain
tonight to clinch the top position in Group B with 5-0 record. Spain fell at 3-2
record in the second place in the ladder.
MMario Hezonja (202-G/F-95) had another amazing performance for Croatia
scoring 30 points. Spain eked out a 16:15 lead ten minutes into the game. But
Croatia opened the second frame on a 13:4 run to surge ahead. Croatia boosted
the gap at 13-point mark at halftime eventually 40:27. Spain were able to change
the complexion of the encounter in the third quarter. They ignited a 19:4 run to
take a 54:47 lead late in the period. Spain entered the final term up by four
points 54:50. Spain were still up by two points 68:66 with under a minute to go.
Mario Hezonja drilled a three-pointer and then followed with a pair of free
throws to set Croatia in charge.
Karlo Zganec (205-C/F-95) then sealed the victory from the stripe.
Karlo Zganec finished with 15 points, while Marko Arapovic added 11 points
Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) answered with 29 points and 19 rebounds for Spain.
Jose Nogues netted 12 points in the losing effort.
South Korea - Canada
Canada finished the preliminary round at U17 World Championship with victory.
They beat South Korea to improve at 3-2 record in Group B.
Malcolm Duvivier (186-G-95) stepped up with 16 points to pace Canada. South
Korea suffered the fifth straight loss at the tournament. Canada cleared off to
a 20:10 lead ten minutes into the game. South Korea narrowed the margin in the
second quarter. The Asian team trailed by just five points at the interval
27:32. The North American team restored a safe buffer at the final intermission.
They entered the final frame up by 12 points 54:42. Canada exploded with 28
points in the fourth term and rallied to the victory at the end.
Tyrell Bellot-Green (198-G/F-95) notched 14 points, while Marial Shayok
added 13 points in the winning case. Kim Gookchan answered with 21 points for
South Korea. Kim Minki netted 9 points in the loss.
Day 4 in Kaunas
- Jul 3, 2012
USA - France
USA stayed on the winning track in Kaunas. They posted the fourth straight win
at the championship. Tonight the USA rallied past France to improve at 4-0
record on top of Group A.
Jahlil Okafor-Benton (210-C-95) came up with 21 points and 13 rebounds to
lead the winners. USA and France stayed close throughout the opening quarter.
The North American team led by just three points at the first break 16:13. But
the US team gradually increased the tempo. They poured in 24 points in the
second quarter to secure a 40:24 halftime lead. USA maintained the lead
throughout the third quarter. Moreover they boosted the distance to 28 points at
the final break 60:32. USA never looked back cruising to the victory at the end.
Conner Frankamp (186-G-95) and
Stanley Johnson (198-SG-96) delivered 12 points each for the winning team.
Petr Cornelie (209-C/F-95) answered with 14 points for France. Paul Rigot
had 11 points in the loss.
Australia - Egypt
Australia clinched the third win in Kaunas. They topped South Korea in
double-overtime thriller to improve at 3-1 record.
Dante Exum (193-PG-95) scored 23 points to lead the Aussies. Egypt fell at
0-4 record after the loss. Australia got to a strong start. They ensured a 24:16
lead ten minutes into the game. Egypt limited South Korea to 6 points in the
second quarter to pull in front. The African team secured a 35:30 halftime lead.
Australia retained the advantage in the third frame. They surged ahead for a
52:48 advantage at the third break. Egypt led by five points with just over two
minutes remaining. The Aussies capped regulation with five straight points to
level things up at 63. Egypt led throughout the first overtime but Australia
drew things level and forced the second overtime. The Aussies went on a 15:0 run
in the second extra period to seal the victory at the end.
Mirko Djeric (191-PG-95) provided 22 points, 8 assists and 4 boards for
Australia. Felix Kalau Van Hofe had 16 points in the winning case.
Ehab Amin (185-G-95) answered with 23 points for Egypt. Moataz Hosny netted
16 points in the loss.
China - Czech Republic
Chinese U17 National Team celebrated the third win at the World Championship in
Kaunas. They held off Czech Republic in a roller-coaster game today.
Zhao JiWei (185-G-95) came up with 20 points to pace the Asian side. Czech
Republic led by two points after the opening quarter 17:15. But China turned
things around in the second period. The Asian team stepped on the gas to clear
off to a 38:30 halftime advantage. Czech Republic denied the deficit midway
through the third term.
Radovan Kouril (185-PG-95) put Czech Republic in front 52:50. Czech team
capped the quarter with a 10:0 run to gain a 62:53 lead. Czech Republic opened
an 11-point advantage 64:53 early in the final quarter. China reacted with a
16:2 rally of their own to take a 69:66 lead with just over two minutes
Zhao JiWei accounted for two free throws late in regulation to seal the
victory for China at the end.
Delong (194-F-95) posted 13 points, while Zhou Qi added 10 points and 15
rebounds in the victory.
Radovan Kouril had 20 points for Czech Republic. Jiri Soula and Adam
Pechacek had 11 points apiece in the loss.
Croatia - Lithuania
Croatia registered the fourth straight win at the U17 World Championship. They
held off the hosts tonight to stay undefeated on top of Group B. Lithuania fell
at 1-3 record. Croatia jumped to an early lead and posted a 21:17 advantage
after ten minutes. Lithuania cut the deficit in the second quarter and trailed
by a single point at halftime 38:37. Croatia gradually cleared off in the third
term. They secured a 7-point lead with one period remaining 58:51. Lithuania
fired 27 points in the fourth frame trying to avoid the loss. But Croatia
withstood the challenge and snatched a tough win at the end.
Karlo Zganec (205-C/F-95) knocked down 20 points and grabbed 19 rebounds for
Tomislav Gabric (202-F-95) added 18 points in the victory.
Haroldas Saprykinas (188-G-95) answered with 23 points for Lithuania.
Edvinas Seskus had 14 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
Argentina - South Korea
Argentina celebrated the second win at the U17 World Championship in Kaunas.
They knocked down South Korea for 2-2 record in Group B. South Korea fell at 0-4
record after the loss.
Matias Aristu (193-F/G-95) and
Guillermo Lopez (198-F-95) scored 15 points each to lead the winners.
Argentina held the Asian team to 12 points in the opening quarter to take a
7-point lead. Argentina went on a 31:10 run in the second quarter to build a
28-point halftime advantage. The Latin American side maintained the advantage
throughout the third frame. They arrived at the final break up by 40 points
89:39. Argentina did not loosen the grasp in the final frame and sealed the
victory at the end. Joaquin Giarrafa and Rodrigo Haag contributed 12 points
apiece in the win.
Hoon (181-G-95) answered with 13 points for South Korea. Kim Yun netted 11
points in the loss.
Spain - Canada
Spain earned the third win in Group B at the U17 World Championship in Kaunas.
They fired past Canada at the start of the fourth day of action.
Alberto Abalde (200-SF-95) came up with 21 points to lead the winners. Spain
and Canada stayed close throughout the starting quarter. The scoreboard read
20:20 at the end of the opening frame. Spain gradually pulled in front in the
second term. They accumulated a 38:33 halftime lead. The European team cleared
off in the third quarter. They unloaded 24 points to ensure a 16-point lead at
the final intermission. Spain stayed on fire in the final quarter and raced to
the victory at the end.
Agusti Sans (195-SG-95) and
Marcos Portalez (201-F-95) accounted for 14 points each for Spain.
Marial Shayok (196-SG-95) responded with 17 points for Canada. Tyrell Bellot-Green
had 10 points as the North American team fell at 2-2 record.
Day 3 in Kaunas - Jul 1, 2012
Egypt - USA
USA U17 team earn the third straight victory at the U17 World Championship. The
favorites scored three digits against Egypt in a 111:73 victory.
Jabari Parker (201-F-95) brought the first points for the winners and then
the USA grabbed 25:20 lead at the end of the first period. Domingo scored for
50:37 as it became the end of the first half. Later on USA dominated the court
and looked fantastic on the court. They erupted with 36-15 burst in the third
period to grab 86:52 lead after three quarters. The task for the last stanza was
to reach three digits and they easily managed to do that.
Conner Frankamp (186-G-95) gave his side 101:66 lead with 3 minutes to go.
Moreover USA scored another 10 points for the final success.
Conner Frankamp and
Jabari Parker top-scored for the winners with 18 points each, while
Kendrick Nunn (193-SG-95) netted 12.
Johnathan Williams (206-F/C-95) and Jahlil Okafor-Benton delivered 10 points
each. Moataz Hosny replied with 13 points and Ahmed Sayed Soliman as well as
Walid Aly (185-F/G-95) nailed 12. Wessam Emad finished the game with 11
points in defeat.
France - China
China rout France in Day 3 opener at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship. The
Asian team improved to 2-1 record after 59:53 win. The French side meanwhile
dropped at 1-2 record in Group A. Both teams entered the game with the same
record and battle for the second win. China opened the game with 14-11 lead, but
France bounced back with 19-9 in the second frame. The European side grabbed 30:
23 halftime advantage when the teams disappeared in the lockers. The second half
however was dominated by China. The latter needed 24-16 in the third period to
take the lead and then finished the game with 12-7 in the last stanza.
Delong (194-F-95) (192-F-95) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and
Zhou Qi added 18.
Zhao Jiwei (185-G-95) delivered 12, while Liu Bo had 9.
Arthur Rozenfeld (179-PG-95), Damien Inglis and
Petr Cornelie (209-C/F-95) responded with 10 points each in the losing
Czech Republic - Australia
TThe Aussies edged Czech Republic in Kaunas in Day 3 second game. The Australia
side overcame the European representative 63:58 at the 2012 FIBA U17 World
Championship. Australia grabbed 14:11 lead at the end of the first and then
Fabijan Krslovic scored for 16:13 early in the second.
Adam Pechacek (207-C-95) gave however his side a 17:16 lead and he nailed
three for 30:25. Jiri Soula made two free throws at the end of the half when the
Czechs had 34:29 advantage. Jiri Soula also gave his team the biggest lead at
the game at 43:34, but Czech Republic U17 could not keep the win.
Benjamin Simmons (203-PF-96) closed a 13-0 run midway through the third
period and gave Australia 47:43 lead. Australia also added 14-13 in the last
stanza to seal the victory.
Benjamin Simmons paced all the winners with 26 points, whilst
Dante Exum (193-PG-95) had 10. Fabijan Krslovic ended up with 9 and Mirko
Djeric delivered 8. Only 5 players managed to score for the Czechs in the game.
Adam Pechacek poured in 18, while Jiri Soula 16 and Martin Peterka added 16
Lithuania - Spain
SSpain wins the European battle at the U17 World Championship. The Spanish outfit
outscored Lithuania in Kaunas 91:83 in Group B top game. It was the game for the
second win in the group. The Baltic side started with 17-13, but failed to win
the half. Spain needed a 23-15 burst in the second quarter to take a 36:32
advantage at the halftime. Lithuania however was too far to give up and won the
third and the fourth quarters. They produced a 22-21 in the third stanza and
finished the game with 23-20 in the last period. Spain however held an 8-point
victory for 2-1 record.
Agusti Sans (195-SG-95) led the way with 24 points, while Alberto Martin and
Ferran Ventura (184-PG-95) had 13 each. Ernestas Serkevicius ended up with
21 points in the losing effort while Haroldas Saprykinas delivered 14.
Zydrunas Jurgutis (178-PG-95) scored 13 and Lukas Grabauskas chipped in with
South Korea - Croatia
Croatia overwhelm South Korea for 3-0 record in Group B of the U17 World
Championship. The Croatian side remains the only undefeated team in the group
after 124:68 victory. The Asian team meanwhile fell at 0-3 record. Croatia was
the favorite of the game and proved their ambitions from the very beginning.
They grabbed 25:16 lead after the first period and remained in front until the
end of the game. Moreover they added 28-18 in the second quarter and enjoyed
53:34 advantage at the halftime. The second half also belonged to the European
team. Croatia won the third quarter 26-11 and then added 45-23 in the fourth
quarter. Croatia scored 124 points that is the record so far after three days in
Tomislav Gabric (202-SF-95) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 15
Marko Arapovic (207-C/F-96) posted 20.
Karlo Zganec (205-C/F-95) delivered 18 points and 12 boards, whilst Mario
Dorian Jelenek (200-SF-95) brought 13 each.
Day 2 in Kaunas
- Jun 30, 2012
USA - Czech Republic
USA stop surprising Czechs at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship. The
defending champions celebrated a 95:57 victory mostly due to the last frame. The
teams exchanged the lead several times in the opening period before
Conner Frankamp (186-G-95) brought 19:11. Stanley Johnson made two free
throws later in the period to close the frame at 24:13. Tyus Jones delivered two
for 30:15, while Joel Barry scored for 36:21. The favorites won the second
period 17-9 as the board showed 41:22 at the halftime. Czech Republic looked
well in the third period and managed to score the same number of points as their
Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) closed the third period at 64:45 and then SUBERT
reduced to 16 points early in the fourth. USA exploded with 31-12 in the last
stanza and grabbed the second straight win.
Dakari Johnson (206-F/C-95) paced all the winners with 16 points and 12
Conner Frankamp netted 11. Joel Barry, Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor-Benton and
Stanley Johnson nailed 10 points each in a win.
Martin Peterka (200-F-95),
Jiri Dedek (190-F-95) and
Radovan Kouril (183-PG-95) finished the game with 8 points apiece in defeat.
China - Australia
Australia destroy China in day 2 opener. The Australian side won 92:55 and tied
the record at 1-1 at the preliminary round of the FIBA U17 World Championship in
Kaunas, Lithuania. Australia led wire-to-wire, but came out flat and found that
China was hard to shake. The winners broke a 30:10 lead in the opening period
and later never looked behind. They added 23-9 in the second frame and enjoyed
53:19 at the end of the first half. China bounced back with 15-13 in the third
quarter and reduced to 22 points entering the final stanza. Australia however
added 26-21 in the last period to seal the victory and improved to 1-1 record.
Dante Exum (193-G-95) paced all the winners with 26 points, while
Michael Luxford (182-PG-95) added 13. Simmons and PURCHASE followed them
with 10 points each.
Zhou Qi (217-C-96) posted 12 in defeat, while Bo Liu had 10.
France - Egypt
France pull away from Egypt in day 2 of the preliminary round at the FIBA U17
World Championship in Kaunas, Lithuania. The European side celebrated a 78:54
win for 1-1 record. Egypt meanwhile fell at 0-2 in Group A. France started with
18:9 and never looked behind in the game. They allowed Egypt to bounce back
however with 16-13 in the second period as the latter reduced to 31:25 at the
halftime. France erupted with 21-13 in the third frame and added 26-16 in the
Damien Inglis (197-F-95) paced all the winners with 19 points and 11
Charly Pontens (189-PG-95) and
Paul Rigot (199-F-95) had 12 points each. YAO-DELON and EBREUIL followed
them with 10 points apiece.
Ehab Amin (185-G-95) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort, whilst
Hosny had 9. Tomorrow France will take on China, while Egypt will face USA.
Spain - Argentina
Argentina earned the initial win at the U17 World Championship. The Latin
American team stunned Spain in Group B action tonight. The victory propelled
Argentina at 1-1 record as they caught up with Spain in the ladder.
Gabriel Deck (199-F/C-95) accounted for 28 points and 8 rebounds to lead the
winners. Argentina held their opponents to 11 points in the opening quarter
taking a 5-point lead. Argentina stayed in charge throughout the second quarter.
They ensured a 9-point buffer at halftime 35:26. Things hardly changed in the
third quarter. The teams traded baskets as Argentina stayed in front. They
entered the final quarter leading by 9 points 52:43. Spain got within five
points midway through the final quarter but Argentina remained calm as they
quickly restored a comfortable lead and rallied to the victory at the end.
Rodrigo Haag (190-G-95) accounted for 13 points, while Lucas Vildoza and
Facundo Vallejos had 7 points each for the winners.
Alberto Martin (182-G-95) answered with 11 points for Spain. Agusti Sans and
Xavier Moix finished with 10 points each in the loss.
Croatia - Canada
Croatian gained the second straight win at the U17 World Championship in
Lithuania. They prevailed against Canada in Group B today.
Mario Hezonja (202-F/G-95) stepped up with 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead
the winners. Canada fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Croatia dominated every
facet of the game in the starting quarter. They accumulated a 20:9 lead after
ten minutes. Canada tuned in defensively in the second quarter. The North
American side limited Croatia to 8 points o narrow the deficit at 6-point mark
22:28. Canada got closer in the third quarter. They trimmed the distance to just
3 points with one period remaining 38:41. But Croatia scored 25 points in the
final frame and sealed the victory at the end.
Marko Arapovic (207-C/F-96) provided 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists,
while Karlo Zganec added 10 points for the winners.
Patrick Steeves (201-F/G-95) and
Marial Shayok (196-G-95) replied with 10 points apiece for Canada.
Lithuania - South Korea
Lithuania opened win count at U17 World Championship. The hosts had to survive
overtime drama to edge South Korea. The victory propelled Lithuania at 1-1
record, while South Korea fell at 0-2 record in Group B.
Gediminas Zalalis (205-C-95) posted 27 points and 13 boards to lead the
Baltic team to the vital win. South Korea jumped into the drivers seat in the
opening quarter. They grabbed a 26:22 lead at the first break. The teams
exchanged baskets throughout high-flying second frame. South Korea secured a
57:53 halftime lead. Grabauskas drew things level at 63 midway through the third
Edvinas Seskus (192-G/F-95) finally put Lithuania in front but South Korea
quickly responded. They eked out a 78:76 lead with one quarter to go in
regulation. The lead changed hands for several times throughout intense fourth
period. The Korean team gained a 98:93 advantage late in regulation. However
Ernestas Serkevicius and
Gediminas Zalalis drew things level at 100 at the end of regulation sending
the game into overtime.
Gediminas Zalalis and
Edvinas Seskus combined for 18 points in the extra period to lead the hosts
to the victory.
Edvinas Seskus finished with 25 points and 15 boards, while Ernestas
Serkevicius added 16 points for the winning side.
Hoon (181-G-95) answered with game-high 37 points for South Korea. An
Youngjun had 30 points in the loss.
Day 1 in Kaunas - Jun 29, 2012
Australia U17-USA U17 67:89
Reigning champions edge Australia in their opener of the 2012 FIBA U17
World Championship campaign. The USA team overcame the opponents 89:67.
USA opened the game with 18-12 and led 6 points at the halftime. Both
teams scored 21 points each in the second frame as the board showed
39:33 after 20 minutes. The third quarter was decisive in the game as
USA erupted with 36-14 burst and proved their ambitions for defending
the title. Australia managed to win the last stanza 20-14 but lost by 22
points at the end.
Stephen Domingo (201-F-95) (6'7''-F-95) stepped up with 17 points
for the winners and Jahlil Okafor-Benton (6'9''-C-95) nailed 16. Conner
Frankamp (6'1''-G-95) delivered 13, while Parker notched 11.
Dante Exum (193-G-95) (6'4''-G-95) responded with 17 points in the
losing effort, while
Nicholas Duncan (198-C-95) (6'6''-C-95) collected 9 points and 13
boards. Mirko Djeric (6'4''-G-95) scored 8 and Joshua Derksen
(6'8''-F-95) delivered 7.
China opened their U17 World Championship campaign with victory. They
defeated Egypt in Group A.
Zhao Jiwei (185-G-95) (185-G-95) came up with 25 points to lead the
China dominated from start to finish. They recorded a 25:9 lead at the
first break. China stayed in front throughout the second quarter. They
ensured a 43:26 halftime advantage. The Asian team boosted the gap in
the third term. They entered the final quarter up 19 points. Egypt
outgunned their opponents in the final quarter but just sweetened the
pill at the end. Heng Yifeng (195-F-95) accounted for 16 points, while
Zhou Qi (217-C-96) added 9 points and 14 rebounds for the winners.
Moataz Hosny (201-C-95) (201-C-95) answered with 20 points for
Egypt. Ehab Mohamed (185-G-95) netted 16 points in the loss.
Czech Republic opened win count at U17 World Championship in Lithuania.
They knocked down France in the opener tonight.
Adam Pechacek (205-C-95) (205-C-95) came up with 24 points to lead
Czech Republic marked their ambitions early in the game. They outscored
France 20:15 in the starting quarter. Czech Republic maintained the lead
throughout the second quarter. Moreover the Czech team ensured a 36:26
halftime advantage. France failed to change the complexion of the game
in the third quarter. Czech Republic stayed aggressive and entered the
final term up by 14 points 53:39. France finally adjusted their offence
scoring 25 points in the fourth frame but it was too late as Czech
Republic hung on to clinch the victory. Radovan Kouril (183-PG-95)
accounted for 12 points, 15 assists and 5 rebounds for Czech Republic.
Olivier Yao-Delon (193-G-95) (193-G-95) answered with 16 points for
France. Paul Rigot (199-F-95) had 11 points in the losing case.
Spain tipped off their U17 World Championship campaign with victory.
They overcame South Korean counterparts in Group B opener.
Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) (210-C-95) came up with 17 points and 13
rebounds for the winners.
Spain surged ahead early in the game and registered a 19:13 lead at the
first intermission. Spain stretched the gap in the second quarter. They
ensured a 37:26 halftime lead. The European team maintained the lead
throughout the third term. They established a 58:41 advantage with ten
minutes to go. South Korea could not recover and had to surrender at the
end. Marcos Portalez (199-C-95) netted 12 points, while Ferran Ventura
(184-PG-95) contributed 9 points for Spain.
Heo Hoon (181-G-95) (181-G-95) answered with 19 points for South
Korea. Kim Yun (185-G-95) chipped in 12 points in the loss.
Ilimane Diop 17+13 boards, Marcos Portalez 12, Ferran Ventura 9
South Korea U17:
Heo Hoon 19, Kim Nakhyeon (180-G-95) 14, Kim Yun 12
Canada U17-Lithuania U17 69:63
Canada upset the hosts at the start of the World Championships U17
Tournament in Kaunas. The Canadian side needed a strong third period to
seal the 69:63 win.
Lithuania started the game better and won the first period 17:13.
Moreover the hosts added 21-17 in the second period and led 8 points at
the halftime. The third quarter however was decisive in the game as
Canada produced a 17-9 burst.
Canada made 47 Rebounds, while Lithuanian team ended up with 48. The
latter also had more Assists in the game 10 versus 8.
Kevin-Mbezela Zabo (186-G-95) (186-G-95) and Marial Shayok
(196-G-95) top-scored for the winners with 16 points each. Tyrell Bellot-Green
(198-F-95) nailed 9, while Robinson added 8.
Zydrunas Jurgutis (178-PG-95) (178-PG-95), GRABAUSKAS and Edvinas
Seskus (192-G/F-95) replied with 13 points each, while the latter also
collected 14 boards. Ernestas Serkevicius (187-PG-95) followed them with
10 points in a loss.
Croatia opened the game with 21-0 run and never looked behind. The
European side reached 28:4 at the end of the frame as Ivan Jukic
(195-SG-95) closed the quarter. Argentina woke up in the second period
and managed to score the same number of points as the favorites. After
18-18 in it the board showed 46:22 for Croatia.
In the third period Argentina produced a 21-17 surge and DECK reduced to
63:43. Moreover the South American team won the last stanza to reduce to
decent 10 points. Deck and Karlo Zganec (205-C/F-95) were the last
players to score for their teams.
Mario Hezonja (202-F/G-95) (202-F/G-95) top-scored for the winners
with 24 points and 13 rebounds, while Paolo Marinelli (190-G-95) nailed
13. Karlo Zganec notched 10 and Ivan Jukic added 8.
Alvaro Merlo (170-G-95) (170-G-95) and Gabriel Deck (199-F/C-95)
replied with 17 points each in the losing effort. Lucas Vildoza
(188-G-95) and Rodrigo Haag (190-G-95) posted 11 points apiece in a
Alvaro Merlo 17, Gabriel Deck 17, Lucas Vildoza 11, Rodrigo Haag 11
Mario Hezonja 24+13 rebs, Paolo Marinelli 13, Karlo Zganec 10, Ivan
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