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Review of Day 1 in Zaragoza - Jun 23, 2016

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Jae Min Yang
Group A
Egypt - Turkey 61-71
Turkey rallied past Egypt in Group A opener. Mert Konuk (194-SG-00) posted 13 points for the winning side. Egypt jumped to a massive 27:8 lead after the opening quarter. However Turkey responded with a 51:17 run in the next two periods to pull ahead. They maintained the advantage throughout the final frame and marched to the victory. Ragip Atar (210-C-99) chipped in 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Turkey. Tarek Raafat (187-G-99) responded with 26 points for Egypt.

USA - Taiwan 119-45
The USA got to the winning start of the championship. The defending champions cruised past Taiwan in the opener. Seven players scored in double digits for the winners. Kevin Knox II (201-F-99) led the charge with 15 points. The USA piled up a 67:24 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Wendell Carter (208-F/C-99) produced 14 points for the winning side. Lin Ting-Chien (190-SG-99) responded with 12 points for Taiwan.

Group B
Spain - Mali 86-55
Spain outmuscled Mali at the start of the tournament. Miguel Gonzalez (201-G/F-99) came up with 20 points to lead the European side. Spain eked out an 18:17 lead after the first period. They held Mali to just 14 points in the next two periods to boost the margin at 29-point mark. Spain sank 26 points in the fourth quarter and eased to the victory. Josep Busquets (197-G/F-99) produced 19 points for the winners. Blaise Keita (210-C-99) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Mali.

Argentina - Lithuania 57-74
Lithuania opened their World Championship campaign on a high note. They outscored Argentina in the opener. Ignas Sargiunas (193-G-99) stepped up with 15 points for the Baltic team. Lithuania rallied to a 41:26 halftime lead. They stayed in charge throughout the second half and coasted to the win. Lukas Uleckas (196-SG-99) chipped in 12 points for Lithuania. Lautaro Lopez (188-PG-99) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds for Argentina.

Group C
Finland - China 65-58
Finland held off China for the opening victory in Zaragoza. Elias Valtonen (192-G/F-99) delivered 22 points to lead the effort. Finland recorded a 23:12 lead after ten minutes. China pulled within 5 points at the final intermission. However Finland held their opponents to just 15 points in the fourth stanza and marched to the victory. Andre Gustavson (184-PG-99) netted 18 points and 7 rebounds in the win. China answered with 14 points and 10 rebounds from Li Xiangbo (203-F-99).

Australia - Canada 78-81
Canada held off Australia in the tight contest in Group C. Simisola Shittu (205-SF-00) posted 22 points, 12 rebounds and 5 steals to lead the North American side. Australia and Canada were tied at 34 after twenty minutes of action. Canada however used a 26:16 run in the third term to surge ahead. Australia narrowed the deficit in the fourth frame but Canada hang on to snatch a tough victory at the end. Rowan Barrett Jr. (201-SF-99) totaled 19 points for Canada. Dragan Elkaz (192-G/F-99) answered with 22 points for Australia.

Group D
South Korea - France 90-84 OT
South Korea topped France in overtime for 1-0 record in Group D. Yang Jae Min (198-F/C-99) stepped up with 32 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. South Korea established a 39:33 halftime lead. France narrowed the distance to a single point heading into the fourth frame. Les Bleues denied the deficit in the next period forcing overtime. But South Korea drained 12 points in the extra period and marched to the win. Lee Junghyun (185-G-99) tossed in 23 points and issued 7 assists for South Korea. Jaylen Hoard (202-SF-99) responded with 41 points for France.

Bosnia - Dominican Republic 84-59
Dzanan Musa (203-G-99, agency: BeoBasket) scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace Bosnia and Herzegovina past Dominican Republic. The Europeans dominated from start to finish. Bosnia registered a 25:9 lead at the first break. They stretched the margin at 21-point mark at halftime. Dominican Republic could not recover in the second half as Bosnia rallied to the victory. Sani Campara (188-PG-99) tossed in 18 points for the winning side. Yeison Rivera (178-PG-99) nailed 17 points for Dominican Republic.


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World Championships U17: Round: 4 (Preliminary Round)

World Championships U17 Final Standings
 1. USA
 2. Turkey
 3. Lithuania
 4. Spain
 5. Canada
 6. France
 7. Australia
 8. S.Korea
 9. Bosnia
 10. China
 11. Dominican R.
 12. Finland
 13. Argentina
 14. Taiwan
 15. Mali
 16. Egypt
World Championships U17 Standings
Group A
 1. USA 5-0 
 2. Australia 4-1 
 3. China 3-2 
 4. Czech Rep. 2-3 
 5. France 1-4 
 6. Egypt 0-5 
Group B
 1. Croatia 5-0 
 2. Spain 3-2 
 3. Argentina 3-2 
 4. Canada 3-2 
 5. Lithuania 1-4 
 6. S.Korea 0-5 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken22.3 
 2. Haas, SISU18.8 
 3. Burgess, Randers18.8 
 4. Mack, Horsens IC17.9 
 5. Champagnie, Stevn.17.6 
 6. McGrew, SI.17.1 
 7. Lundberg, Horse.17.0 
 8. Dominique, Horsholm16.8 
 9. Sandager, Stevn.16.3 
 10. Baru, SISU16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  Avg: 10.7
 1. McGrew, SI.10.7 
 2. Sane, Naestved9.2 
 3. Champagnie, Stevn.8.1 
 4. Smith, Horsholm8.0 
 5. NaNa, Svendborg7.7 
 6. Colas, Randers7.5 
 7. Trist, Horsens IC7.5 
 8. Moten, Svendborg7.3 
 9. Midtgaard, Horsh.7.1 
 10. Mouboe, Randers6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Charles BURGESS
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Burgess, Randers5.9 
 2. Nielsen, Horsholm4.9 
 3. Mitchell, Naestved4.8 
 4. Porta, Svendborg4.3 
 5. Lundberg, Horse.4.3 
 6. Dranginis, SISU4.1 
 7. Mack, Horsens IC4.1 
 8. Gesell, Bakken3.7 
 9. Lanegger, Naestved3.5 
 10. McGrew, SI.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Frederik NIELSEN
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Nielsen, Horsholm2.2 
 2. Bonneau, Svendborg2.0 
 3. Mack, Horsens IC1.9 
 4. Burgess, Randers1.9 
 5. Akoon-P., Bakken1.9 
 6. Gesell, Bakken1.8 
 7. Borovcanin, Horse.1.7 
 8. Adjehi, SISU1.7 
 9. Smith, Horsholm1.5 
 10. Baru, SISU1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Adjehi BARU
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Baru, SISU1.5 
 2. Smith, Horsholm1.5 
 3. Sane, Naestved1.2 
 4. Aboubakar Za., Sve.1.2 
 5. Colas, Randers1.2 
 6. Diouf, Bakken1.1 
 7. Christoffers., Bak.1.0 
 8. Artino, Horsens IC1.0 
 9. Adjehi, SISU1.0 
 10. Moten, Svendborg0.9 
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