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Preliminary Round. Day 2 in Valmiera and Liepaja - Jul 1, 2011

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Group A
Brazil - Poland 79-70
Brazil celebrated the first win at the 2011 U19 World Championship in Latvia. They overcame Polish counterparts to improve at 1-1 record in Group B. Brazil thus caught up with Poland in the ladder. Raul Neto (186-PG-92) stepped up with 16 points and 5 assists to pace the Latin American side. Poland ensured the better start to the game. They rallied to a 22:18 lead at the first intermission. Brazil tipped off the second period on an 11:2 run to surge ahead. Soon Brazil stretched the gap to double digits late in the first half. Grochowski dropped five points in a row to drag Poland within 9 points at halftime 32:41. Poland went on a 16:0 rally to erase the deficit and pull in front. Poland maintained the advantage and entered the fourth quarter up by two points 52:50. Brazil ignited a 20:6 run midway through the fourth frame to take a 76:64 lead with just over a minute remaining. Poland never recovered and had to yield at the end. Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) contributed 12 points for Brazil. Bruno Irigoyen (202-G/F-92) and Andre Vezaro (190-G-92) accounted for 10 points apiece in the win. Michal Michalak (194-G-93) responded with 14 points for Poland. Piotr Niedzwiedzki (210-F-93) delivered 13 points and 7 boards in defeat.

Tunisia - Russia 55-101
Russia destroy Tunisia at the start of Day 2 at the U19 FIBA World Championships. The European side had a three-digit winning number at 101:55 victory. It was not an easy start for Russia that trailed 6:8 after Maher Souabni (185-G-92)'s shot. Layter Artem Vikhrov and Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93) put Russia in front at 20:14 and they won the first period 21:16. The second frame however became the benefit for the European team that erupted with 29-13 and reached 50:29 at the halftime. Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) nailed three in the start of the third period and then Russia added 23-14 in the next ten minutes. Mikhail Karpachev gave Russia three digits number making the jump shot at the very end. Dmitry Kulagin led the way with 18 points, while Alexander Varnakov (185-G-92) netted 15. Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) ended up with 14 points for Russia and Gleb Goldyrev posted 11. Omar Abada (189-G-93) ended up with 12 points for Tunisia, while Sofian M'Rad (198-F-92),, Maher Souabni and Ahmed Manai (205-C-92) had 8 each.

Group B
Australia - Latvia 68-78
Latvia recorded the second straight win at U19 World Championship. The hosts fired past Australia to improve at 2-0 record in Group B. Australia fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Kaspars Vecvagars (191-G-93) stepped up with 24 points and 6 assists to lead the effort. Latvia led by three points at the first break 18:15. The teams traded baskets throughout the second period. The hosts managed to ensure a 3-point lead at the interval 35:32. The third quarter turned decisive in the game. Latvia stepped on the gas firing 29 points in the third quarter. Australia faced a 17-point deficit heading into the fourth period. Latvia withheld a furious comeback pressure from the Emus to clinch the second win in a row at the tournament. Davis Bertans (205-C-92) notched 22 points, while Edmunds Dukulis (204-C-92, agency: Players Group) added 20 points in the victory. Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) answered with 20 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for Australia. Igor Hadziomerovic (195-G-92) netted 14 points in the losing effort.

Taiwan - Argentina 69-80
Argentina clinched the first win at the U19 World Championship. The Latin American side overcame Taiwan in preliminary Group B action. Carlos Paredes (196-F-92) stepped up with 19 points to lead the effort. Taiwan in the meantime fell at 0-2 record. The teams traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. Argentina eked out a narrow 17:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Argentina started to clear off in the second frame. They ensured a 38:31 halftime lead. Argentina stunned Taiwan right after the big break. The Latin American side outscored their opponents 29:10 in the third frame to boost the gap at 26-point mark with one quarter remaining. Taiwan went on a desperate rescue rally in the fourth period. They cut the distance but never threatened the margin in the final term. Luciano Massarelli (183-PG-93) delivered 12 points for the winners. Marcos Delia (206-C-92) contributed 8 points in the victory. Hung Kang-Chiao (191-F-92) answered with 18 points for Taiwan. Chen Ying-Chun (181-PG-93) had 15 points, 6 boards and 3 assists in the loss.

Group C
Canada - Croatia 84-88
Croatia U19 improved to 2-0 record at the World Championship. The European team outscored Canada U19 88:84 to send North American team to 1-1 record. Croatia U19 started better as Toni Katic brought 10-2 in the opening tip. Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) tied the game at 14:14, while Dario Saric gave Croatia 26:21 at the end of the first period. Julian Clarke (191-G-92) nailed three for 31:31 in the second frame, while Mario Hezonja (196-G-95) made it even at 37:37. Dario Saric sent the teams to the lockers as Croatia enjoyed the minimum 44:43 deficit after 20 minutes in the court. Canada won the third frame 20-18 and Sim Bhullar (223-C-92) brought 63:62 on the board. Mario Hezonja started the last frame with the three-pointer and Croatia later imprved to 81:72 midway through the last frame. Junior Lomomba reduced to 82:79, but Boris Barac (206-F-92) made a free throw for 86:81. Marko Ramljak (201-F/G-93, agency: Interperformances) added later two for 88:82 and Canada scored the last two that became the final score in the game. Mario Hezonja led the way with 21 points, while Boris Barac had 18 points and 16 rebounds. Dario Saric collected 14 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Marko Ramljak notched 12. Kevin Pangos (186-PG-93) poured in 19 points for Canada while Dyshawn Pierre collected 16 points and 11 rebounds. Julian Clarke nailed 11, whilst Sim Bhullar added 10.

Lithuania - South Korea 117-64
Lithuania overcame South Korea in Day 2 of the FIBA U19 World Championship. The Blatic State destroyed the opponent from Asia 117:64 at the Preliminary Round. Lithuania started well and grabbed easily 33-11 after the first 10 minutes. They added 30-21 in the second period for massive 63:33 halftime advantage. In the second half the Baltic team looked also better and produced 31-12 and 23-20 in the third and the last periods respectively. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) stepped up with 25 points and 17 rebounds for the winners, while Vytenis Cizauskas (190-G-92) collected 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Arnas Butkevicius (199-F-92) followed them with 15, while Edgaras Ulanovas (198-G-92) notched 13. Kim Jun-Yl (202-C-92) chipped in 13 points in the losing effort and Lee Seounghyun (201-C-92) had 12. Lithuania improved to 1-1 record and will play tomorrow with Canada. South Korea suffered their second loss to face Croatia in Day 3.

Group D
Serbia - USA 78-80
USA U19 registered the second win at the FIBA World Championships. The defending champions grabbed 80:78 over Serbia U19 due to the first half. USA started better and reached 21-17 in the first period. The defending champions continued well and added 17-14 in the second period. They enjoyed 7 points advantage at the halftime, but then the European team went back on track. Serbia reduced to 4 points after 22-19 in the third frame and looked forward for the last period. They also won the fourth quarter 25-23, but could not win the game and upset the favorites. USA escaped the narrow win for 2-0 record in the group. Joe Jackson (182-G-92) paced all the winners with 19 points and Patric Young (205-F/C-92) netted 13. Tim Hardaway Jr. (195-G-92) and Tony Mitchell (206-F/C-92) followed them with 11 points apiece. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-PG-93) replied with 20 points in the losing effort as Serbia is tied at 1-1 in Group D. Marko Gujanicic (202-F-92) posted 16 and Petar Lambic (195-G-92) scored 11 points.

Egypt - China 100-96 2OT
Egypt recovered well after the starting loss to the USA at the U19 World Championship in Latvia. The African team shocked China in a heart-stopping double-overtime game tonight to improve at 1-1 record D. China on the other hand suffered the second loss in a row to remain winless. Egypt opened the game with a 9:3 run and maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter. They recorded a 16:10 lead after ten minutes. China tipped off the second frame with nine unanswered points to spur in front. But Egypt capped the half with a 14:2 run to regain the lead at 34:25. The African team boosted the margin to double figures midway through the third quarter. Egypt arrived at the final intermission up by 13 points 56:43. China went on a desperate rescue rally in the fourth frame. Hanchen Luo, Wang Zirui (190-G-93) and Mingxin Ju narrowed the gap at just 6 points with over three minutes remaining. Mingxin Ju followed with another triple as the gap grew thinner. Ailun Guo dragged China within one point 69:70 with just over two minutes to go. Omar Mohammed got fouled and sank both free throws to keep Egypt in charge. Assem Ahmed (205-C-92) knocked down four free throws but a three-pointer from Wang Zirui and a jumper from Mingxin Ju forced overtime. The teams went neck and neck throughout the first extra period. China finally surged ahead 85:81 but Hatem Hossam and Youssef Shousha nailed six points in a row to give Egypt an 87:85 lead. Ailun Guo drained a jumper to level things up at 87 and forced the second overtime. Hatem Hossam, Seif Samir (205-C-93) and Omar Mohammed ensured a 7-point lead for the African side in the second extra frame. But Mingxin Ju reacted with a treble to keep China hopeful. Assem Ahmed and Omar Mohammed followed with four points and Egypt hung on to escape with a dramatic victory at the end. Assem Ahmed finished with 25 points and 16 boards for Egypt. Seif Samir added 21 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Zhai Xiaochuan (205-F-93) responded with game-high 28 points for China. Wang Zirui had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists in defeat.


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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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