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Day: 8 (Semi-Finals) - Jul 11, 2009

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5-8 spot
Argentina - France 92-84
Argentina tamed France at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. An Enrique Tolcachier team will now face Puerto Rico for the fifth overall spot. France will play against Canada on the last of the tournament. Matias Nocedal (192-G-90, agency: Interperformances) delivered 20 points to lead the way for Argentina. Andres Landoni had 15 points, while Juan Manuel Fernandez and Nicolas Laprovittola secured 14 points apiece in the victory. Andrew Albicy had 24 points for France. Christophe Leonard notched 17 points and 7 boards in the loss.

Puerto Rico - Canada 67-65
Puerto Rico claimed a narrow win over Canada at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. Jiovanny Fontan (180-G) hit a jumper with under 3 seconds to go in regulation to secure a tough victory for a Carlos Calcano team. The Latin American outfit will now face Argentina for the fifth position at the tourney. Canada will play against France in their final game in Auckland. Jiovanny Fontan knocked down 16 points to lead Puerto Rico. Raymond Cintron and Michael Rosario added 10 points each in the win. Mangisto Arop responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Canada. Tristan Thompson had 13 points and 11 boards in defeat.

9-12 spot
Kazakhstan - Egypt 78-86
Egypt U19 National Team finished their World Championship campaign at the 11th position. They held off Kazakhstan counterparts in the final showdown at the North Shore Events Centre in Auckland. Amro Sherif (192-G-91) erupted for 32 points and 14 rebounds to pace the African team to the win. Omar Oraby delivered 24 points and 11 rebounds for Egypt. Zeyad Ashmawy had 14 points in the winning case. Alexander Tyutyunik responded with 20 points for Kazakhstan. Pavel Ilin knocked down 17 points in the loss.

Lithuania - Spain 88-64
Lithuania finished the U19 World Championship in the ninth position. They wrapped up their Auckland campaign with a one-sided win over Spain. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) dropped 30 points to pace the charge for the winners. Spain showed an up and down performance at the tournament and grabbed just the 10th spot at the end. Vytenis Cizauskas finished with 22 points and 8 boards for Lithuania. Eimantas Bendzius added 13 points and 7 boards in the victory. Julio Sosa answered with 13 points for Spain. Toni Vicens had 12 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Croatia - USA 77-81
The USA reached the title game at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. A Bob McKillop team overcame Croatia in a thrilling semifinal encounter today to clinch the spot in the Final. The USA will face Greece for the gold medals tomorrow. Croatia will play against Australia in the consolation final. Gordon Hayward (203-G/F) had 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Ashton Gibbs netted 11 points for the United States. Dino Butorac, Toni Prostran and Tomislav Zubcic nailed 15 points apiece. Mario Delas topscored with 17 points for Croatia.

Greece - Australia 84-69
Greece surprised Australia in the semifinal clash at the U19 World Championship today. The Emus entered the contest unbeaten but had to surrender against determined Greek squad. The Hellenes are waiting for the result of the USA vs. Croatia encounter to get to know their opponents in the championship game. Australia will have to play in the consolation final tomorrow. Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) scored 19 points to lead the charge. Kostas Papanikolaou added 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Leonidas Kaselakis had 13 points and 13 rebounds in the win. Jorden Page answered with 15 points for Australia. Matthew Dellavedova finished with 12 points in defeat.

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The 2017 U19 World Cup official draw has been held in Cairo, Egypt today. The tournament is schedule to take place in Egypt from July 1st through 9th. Sixteen teams have been drawn into four groups of four teams each. Following the suspension of the Brazilian Basketball Federation, a fourth team from the Americas will be announced by FIBA soon. Formerly known as the FIBA U19 World Championship, the tournament now carries the name of FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup to be in line with naming...   [read more]
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USA capture Gold in Heraklion - 2 Years ago
FINAL USA - Croatia 79-71 OT The USA clinched the title at the World Championship in Heraklion. They overcame Croatia in a thrilling Final tonight. Jalen Brunson (188-G-97) scored 14 points, dished out 7 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds to pace Team USA to an overtime triumph. It was a high-quality basketball from start to finish. The USA had a slight advantage throughout the first half. They registered a 34:31 halftime lead. The USA entered the fourth quarter up by three points 50:47.    [read more]

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World Championships U19 Standings
Group A
 1. France 0-0 
 2. S.Korea 0-0 
 3. N.Zealand 0-0 
 4. TBA 0-0 
Group B
 1. Egypt 0-0 
 2. Germany 0-0 
 3. Lithuania 0-0 
 4. P.Rico 0-0 
Group C
 1. Canada 0-0 
 2. Spain 0-0 
 3. Japan 0-0 
 4. Mali 0-0 
Group D
 1. Angola 0-0 
 2. Iran 0-0 
 3. Italy 0-0 
 4. USA 0-0 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Andres FELIZ
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Feliz, DOM18.9 
 2. Brooks, CAN18.8 
 3. Zubac, CRO17.6 
 4. Flaccadori, ITA17.6 
 5. Song, KOR16.5 
 6. Jeon, KOR16.4 
 7. Dorsey, GRE15.9 
 8. Arapovic, CRO15.1 
 9. Yousofvand, IRI14.9 
 10. Jackson, CAN14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Yousofvand, IRI13.9 
 2. Giles, USA10.6 
 3. Arapovic, CRO10.3 
 4. Hu, CHN9.3 
 5. Khalaf, EGY8.4 
 6. Jackson, CAN8.0 
 7. Arar, TUR7.9 
 8. Zubac, CRO7.9 
 9. Papagiannis, GRE7.7 
 10. Severini, ITA7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Hyeonjun YOO
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Yoo, KOR6.4 
 2. Gecim, TUR6.3 
 3. Brunson, USA5.6 
 4. Djokovic, SRB5.1 
 5. Flaccadori, ITA4.9 
 6. Kapusta, CRO4.9 
 7. Della Rosa, ITA4.4 
 8. Toliopoulos, GRE4.3 
 9. Slavica, CRO4.1 
 10. Arapovic, CRO3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Yanhao ZHAO
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Zhao, CHN3.3 
 2. Yousofvand, IRI2.7 
 3. Mohamed, EGY2.4 
 4. McDowell-W., AUS2.1 
 5. Brunson, USA2.1 
 6. Flaccadori, ITA2.1 
 7. Korkmaz, TUR2.1 
 8. Gramajo, ARG2.1 
 9. Gannouni, TUN2.0 
 10. Song, KOR2.0 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Khalaf, EGY2.9 
 2. Papagiannis, GRE2.6 
 3. Sima, ESP2.0 
 4. Severini, ITA2.0 
 5. Onuaku, USA1.7 
 6. Simanic, SRB1.6 
 7. Jackson, CAN1.5 
 8. Egi, CAN1.3 
 9. Giles, USA1.1 
 10. Guven, TUR1.1 

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