Brazil - Tunisia 97-56 Brazil U19 finishes Group A with 2-1 record after the win over Tunisia. The Latin American team produced a 97:56 over the African team as the latter finished the group with 0-3 record. Brazil started with 23-9 in the opening period when Gabriel Aguirre made two free throws. For about three minutes in the second period the teams remained scoreless, while Davi Rossetto broke the silence. Sofian M'Rad reduced to 35:25 and Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) sent the teams to the lockers for 41:26. In the third period Brazil proved their superiority and increased to 6 more points after 26-20 in the quarter. The last frame was the nightmare for the team from Africa that could not stay on track anymore. Felipe Vezaro made it 73:51 and then Brazil added 9-0 run for 84:52 as Felipe Vezaro nailed three. Durval Cunha (200-F-92) scored the last points for the winners, while the board showed the final 97:56 win. Lucas Nogueira (213-C-92) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Felipe Vezaro netted 12. Davi Rossetto and Cristiano Felicio followed them with 9 points apiece in a win. Maher Souabni ended up with 18 points and Sofian M'Rad scored 13.
Russia - Poland 70-87 Poland celebrated the second win at U19 World Championship in Latvia. They rallied past Russia to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Polish team thus caught up with Russia in the ladder. Przemyslaw Karnowski stepped up with 23 points to lead the winners. It was a close battle in the first half. Poland grabbed a 17:9 lead midway through the first period but Russia narrowed the gap to a single point 17:18 at the break. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the second stanza before Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) levelled things up at 44. Russia pulled ahead 53:52 midway through the third term but Poland went on an 18:5 rally to establish a 70:58 lead with one quarter remaining. Russia never got closer than seven points throughout the last quarter as Poland marched to the second win at the tournament. Michal Michalak (194-G-93) and Mateusz Ponitka delivered 19 points apiece in the win. Piotr Niedzwiedzki added 11 points for Poland. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) answered with 14 points for Russia. Andrey Loginov (204-F-93) delivered 11 points in the loss.
Argentina - Latvia 69-62 Argentina finished the preliminary round on a high note. They shocked Latvia in Valmiera tonight but still finished at the third position in preliminary round Group B. Latvia earned the second spot just behind Australia. Luciano Massarelli (183-PG-93) stepped up with 15 points to pace Argentina. The Latin American side entered the game playing aggressively in defence. They limited the hosts to only 9 points in the opening frame and recorded an 18:9 lead. Latvia managed just 9 points in the second stanza to face a 14-point deficit at halftime 18:32. The hosts started to show some signs of recovery in the third period. Latvia fired 22 points in the quarter to narrow the margin at 9-point mark. Latvia get even closer in the fourth frame but Argentina snatched a tough win at the end. Franco Giorgetti accounted for 14 points and 10 rebounds for Argentina. Marcos Delia (206-C-92) produced 12 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Kaspars Vecvagars answered with 17 points for Latvia. Edmunds Dukulis (204-C-92, agency: Players Group) had 16 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
Australia - Taiwan 93-65 Australian U19 National Team posted the second win at the World Championship in Latvia. They held off Taiwan for 2-1 record in preliminary Group B. The Emus thus advanced into eighth-final stage, while Taiwan suffered the third straight loss and would play in classification round for 13th-16th place. Anthony Drmic (196-F/G-92) stepped up with 34 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Aussies in this one. Australia stunned their opponents early. The Emus outscored Taiwan 29:17 in the starting quarter to build a 12-point lead. Australia kept Taiwan at bay throughout the second period. The Emus established a 49:34 halftime advantage. More to come in the third quarter as Australia erupted for 30 points taking a massive 29-point lead with ten minutes remaining. The Emus never slowed down rallying a confident win at the end. Igor Hadziomerovic (195-G-92) delivered 27 points for the Emus. Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) added 9 points in the victory. Hung Kang-Chiao (191-F-92) answered with 22 points for Taiwan. Hu Lung-Mao added 11 points in the loss.
Canada - Lithuania 68-111 Lithuania U19, that is one of the favorites of the World Championships U19 won another game to win Group C in Liepaja. The Baltic State won over Canada U19 111:68 for 2-1 record. Lithuania did not wait and showed their superiority from the very beginning. The Baltic State grabbed 29-13 after the first 10 minutes and never looked behind. Moreover they added 32-15 in the second period to take 61:28 at the halftime. Lithuania did not slow down and won also the third and the last periods. They produced 23-22 in the third period and added 27-18 in the last frame. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-G-92) stepped up with 22 points and Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) netted 15. Egidijus Mockevicius (204-C-92) ended up with 13 points and Edgaras Ulanovas delivered 12. Dyshawn Pierre delivered 10 in the losing effort, while Sim Bhullar and Philip Scrubb (194-G-92) scored 8 each. Both teams advanced to the next stage of the competition.
South Korea - Croatia 75-71 South Korea opened win count at U19 World Championship. They rolled past Croatia to finish at 1-2 record in Group C action. Croatia slipped at 2-1 record after the loss. Kim HyeongJun (195-F-93) and Kim Manjong (200-F-92) stepped up with 19 points each to lead the winners. Croatia led by two points after ten minutes of action. But the Asian team turned things around in the second quarter. South Korea went on a decisive 24:11 rally to arrive at halftime leading by 11 points 43:32. Croatia tried to change the complexion of the encounter after the big break. They limited South Korea to 14 points in the third quarter to get within 6 points at the final intermission. But the Korean team stayed determined in the fourth frame and eked out a tough victory at the end. Kim Jun-Yl (202-C-92) and Dong Yeop Lee delivered 12 points apiece in the victory. Boris Barac (206-F-92) reacted with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Croatia. Stipe Krstanovic accounted for 19 points and 16 rebounds in the loss.
Egypt - Serbia 67-85 Serbia dominated the game against Egypt and recorded a well-deserved win at the U19 World Championship in Latvia. The victory propelled Serbia to 2-1 record in Group D. They clinched the second position in the ladder. Egypt slipped at 1-2 record. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-PG-93) fired 24 points to lead the charge. Egypt led for a brief period of time early in the encounter. But Serbia quickly erased the deficit and registered a 25:15 advantage late in the opening frame. Serbia boosted the lead to as many as 16 points in the second stanza. They kept Egypt at bay posting a 45:35 halftime lead. Assem Ahmed (205-C-92) and Seif Samir dragged Egypt within five points at the start of the third term. Marawan Mohamed narrowed the gap to only three points but Serbia finished the quarter strongly restoring a comfortable 64:53 lead with one quarter remaining. Egypt never got closer than 9 points in the final period as Serbia coasted to the victory at the end. Marko Gujanicic accounted for 11 points and 14 rebounds, while Petar Lambic (195-G-92) netted 12 points in the victory. Assem Ahmed responded with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Egypt. Omar Mohammed nailed 14 points in the loss.
USA - China 82-66 USA U19 win Group D in Liepaja after the third straight victory at the World Championships U19. The defending champions overcame China U19 82:66 to keep them winless in Latvia. The favorites opened the game as if they had to and reached 25-13 after the first 10 minutes. In the second frame the American team needed 19-15 for 44:28 halftime advantage. China seemed to be back on track in the third period as they had nothing to lose and shocked USA with 25-12 in the frame. The latter however replied with 26-13 in the last period to seal the third victory. Jeremy Lamb (195-G/F-92) paced all the winners with 17 points and Doug McDermott (200-F-92) netted 15. Hardaway Tim and Khyle Marshall (200-F-92) followed them with 13 points each. Ju Mingxin replied with 17 points in the losing effort, whilst Wang Zhelin added 15.
Spanish city of Zaragoza to host 2016 FIBA U17 World Championships; Egypt and Italy to stage 2017 FIBA U19 World Championships - 10 months ago
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FIBA's Central Board on Saturday announced that the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championships for Men and Women will take place in Zaragoza, Spain and also revealed the hosts of the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championships. The Egyptian capital of Cairo will be the backdrop of next year's FIBA U19 World Championship, the first-ever FIBA world youth event staged in Africa. Meanwhile, the Italian cities of Udine and Cividale Del Friuli will host the FIBA U19 Women's World Championship. This summer's FIBA... [read more]
FIBA's Central Board on Saturday announced that the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championships for Men and Women will take place in Zaragoza, Spain and also revealed the hosts of the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championships. The Egyptian capital of Cairo will be the backdrop of next year's FIBA U19 World Championship, the first-ever FIBA world youth event staged in Africa. Meanwhile, the Italian cities of Udine and Cividale Del Friuli will host the FIBA U19 Women's World Championship. This summer's FIBA U17 World Championships for Men and Women will be played jointly for the first time ever - as part of a youth world basketball festival - from 22 June-3 July. This comes after FIBA endorsed the Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB)'s proposal of having a unique and innovative sporting event that combines all the elements most attractive to youth basketball players - competition, fun, shared experience, music and technology. The young players from 16 men's and 16 women's national teams - and united by the excitement of basketball - will have the opportunity to be part of a diverse community, sharing experiences with people of the same age group from different cultures and backgrounds
Here are the countries that qualified and will compete in the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championships for Men and Women: MEN (23 June-3 July) Host: Spain Africa: Egypt, Mali Americas: USA, Canada, Argentina, Dominican Republic Asia: Korea, Chinese Taipei, China Europe: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Lithuania, Turkey, France, Finland Oceania: Australia
WOMEN (22 June-2 July) Host: Spain Africa: Mali, Nigeria Americas: Canada, Brazil, USA, Mexico Asia: China, Japan, Korea Europe: Czech Republic, Portugal, Italy, Latvia, France Oceania: Australia
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]
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. But Croatia erased the deficit in the fourth frame. Bozic hit a late free throw to even things up at 67. Jalen Brunson had a chance to win it for the USA in regulation but missed a three-pointer. Team USA tipped off the extra period with 10 unanswered points and never looked back en route to the win. Jayson Tatum (203-F-98) and Harry Giles (206-F-98) delivered 13 points each for the champions. Nik Slavica (201-F-97) responded with game-high 23 points for Croatia. Marko Arapovic (207-C/F-96) provided 16 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.
Greece - Turkey 71-80 Turkey upset hosting Greece in Heraklion and earned the Bronze medals at the championship. Furkan Korkmaz (197-SG-97) produced 28 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Turkey eked out a 36:31 halftime lead. They went on a decisive 20:13 run in the third period to record a 12-point lead. Greece responded with a 27-point effort in the final quarter but could not avoid the defeat. Egemen Guven (206-C-96) netted 16 points and collected 8 rebounds for Turkey. Tyler Dorsey (193-SG-96) responded with 19 points for Greece.
Canada - Italy 77-44 Canada clinched the fifth position in Greece. They toppled Italy in the final game at the tournament. Dillon Brooks (198-F-96) was pivotal with 28 points for the North American team. Canada rolled to a comfortable 43:21 halftime advantage. They did not slow down in the second half coasting to the victory at the end. Corey Johnson (196-G-96) delivered 11 points for Canada. Martino Mastellari (191-SG-96) responded with 13 points for the Azzurri.
Spain - Australia 72-103 Australia capped their tournament's campaign with a bang as they thrashed Spain to earn the seventh position. Tanner Krebs (196-G-96) stepped up with 31 points to lead the Emus. Australia dominated from start to finish in this one. They accumulated a 43:25 halftime lead. Spain knocked down 28 points in the third term to narrow the gap. However the Emus responded with a 37-point effort in the fourth quarter to ice the victory. Jack McVeigh (203-F-96, college: Nebraska) tossed in 15 points to lead Australia. Xabier Lopez (198-SF-97) answered with 17 points for Spain.
Argentina - Serbia 76-77 Serbia escaped with a narrow victory over Argentina in their final game in Heraklion. Serbia came from behind after a slow start and managed to wrap up the tournament on a winning note. Argentina enjoyed a 20:14 lead ten minutes into the game. But Serbia reacted with a 24:11 run in the second period to pull in front. They withheld comeback efforts from the Latin American team in the second half and sealed a tough win at the end. Vanja Marinkovic (198-SG-97) finished with 18 points for Serbia. Vojislav Stojanovic (200-G-97) delivered 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Martin Fernandez accounted for game-high 29 points for Argentina.
Egypt - South Korea 101-88 Egypt earned the 11th overall position at the championship. They wrapped up their campaign with a confident win over South Korea. Mohamed Taha Mohamed stepped up with 27 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for the African team. Egypt rallied to a 49:36 halftime lead. They protected it well throughout the second half cruising to the victory. Mohamed Ibrahim Mohamed accounted for 22 points and 13 rebounds in the win. Kyungwon Kim (199-C-96) responded with 24 points and 10 rebounds for South Korea.
Dominican Republic - Iran 71-50 Dominican Republic outgunned Iran in the final game in Heraklion. Andres Feliz (183-SG-97) was responsible for 22 points in the win. Dominican Republic accumulated a 38:27 halftime lead. Iran got within 6 points at the final intermission. But Dominican Republic erupted for 20:5 run in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory. Yerri Flores (188-PG-96) chipped in 13 points for the Latin American team. Rezayifar Navid (191-SG-96) responded with 19 points for Iran.
Tunisia - China 68-80 China finished their World Championship campaign on a high note. They overcame Tunisia to clinch the 15th overall position. Zhao Rui (193-F-96) accounted for 25 points and 8 assists for China. They recorded a 40:36 halftime lead. China stretched the gap at 13-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. They never looked back afterwards marching to the win. Yang Kai (197-F-96) delivered 18 points for China. Achref Gannouni (194-SG-97) responded with 17 points for Tunisia.
USA and Croatia advance into Final in Heraklion - 18 months ago
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USA - Greece 82-76
Team USA advanced into the World Championship Final. They overcame a fierce opposition from hosting Greece to reach the title game. Jalen Brunson (188-G-97) was unstoppable for the USA with 30 points. Team USA grabbed a 17:12 lead after ten minutes. They arrived at the final intermission up by 4 points 57:53. The USA dropped 25 points in the fourth quarter and ensured a tough victory at the end. Harry Giles (206-F-98) delivered 13 points and 11 rebounds... [read more]
USA - Greece 82-76 Team USA advanced into the World Championship Final. They overcame a fierce opposition from hosting Greece to reach the title game. Jalen Brunson (188-G-97) was unstoppable for the USA with 30 points. Team USA grabbed a 17:12 lead after ten minutes. They arrived at the final intermission up by 4 points 57:53. The USA dropped 25 points in the fourth quarter and ensured a tough victory at the end. Harry Giles (206-F-98) delivered 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Tyler Dorsey (193-SG-96) responded with 23 points for Greece. Vasileios Charalampopoulos (206-SF-97) accounted for 21 points and 7 rebounds in the defeat.
Croatia - Turkey 91-56 Croatia thrashed Turkey en route to the championship Final. Marko Arapovic (207-C/F-96) stepped up with 25 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort. Croatia were dominant from start to finish in this one. They piled up a 44:28 halftime lead. Croatia unloaded 28 points in the third quarter to open a 27-point lead. They never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory. Ivica Zubac (212-C-97) delivered 20 points and 9 rebounds for Croatia. Egemen Guven (206-C-96) replied with 12 points for Turkey.
Italy - Spain 83-77 OT Italy used a furious comeback rally in the fourth period to force overtime and eventually edge Spain in the classification round game in Heraklion today. Spain dominated throughout the first half. They accumulated a comfortable 49:29 halftime advantage. Spain extended the margin at 24-point mark heading into the fourth term. But the Azzurri refused to surrender. They stormed back into the contest with a 29:5 run to force overtime. Italy followed with a 14:8 run in the extra period and sneaked past Spain. Diego Flaccadori (194-PG-96) led the charge with 25 points and 8 assists. Luca Severini (204-C/F-96) had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 8 steals for the winners. Marc Garcia (197-SF-96, agency: Octagon Europe) and Xabier Lopez (198-SF-97) answered with 16 points each for Spain.
Canada - Australia 66-58 Canada will play for the fifth position at the championship. They beat Australia in the classification round today. Dillon Brooks (198-F-96) stepped up with 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the North Americans. Australia grabbed a 17:12 lead ten minutes into the game. But Canada erased the deficit and spurred ahead for a 50:41 advantage at the final intermission. Canada protected the margin throughout the fourth term and marched to the win. Justin Jackson (198-SG-97) netted 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Dejan Vasiljevic (187-G-97) answered with 25 points for the Emus.
Argentina - Egypt 74-64 Argentina held off Egypt in Heraklion today. Rodrigo Gerhardt (198-SF-96) stepped up with 16 points to pace the winners. Egypt led by two points at the end of the first period 18:16. But Argentina turned things around in the next periods. They accumulated a 39:34 halftime lead. Argentina outscored Egypt 35:30 in the second half to ice the win. Maximo Fjellerup (195-G-97) delivered 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Argentina. Mohamed Ibrahim Mohamed answered with 18 points for Egypt.
South Korea - Serbia 109-113 OT Serbia used overtime to tame South Korea in the classification round clash at the championship today. Vojislav Stojanovic, Borisa Simanic and Milos Glisic (205-PF-98) came up with 17 each to pace the winners. Serbia led by a single point 52:51 heading into the second half. South Korea erased the deficit and tied things up 95 at the end of regulation. Serbia however dropped 18 points in the extra period and got away with the victory. Vanja Marinkovic (198-SG-97) provided 14 points in the win. Song Kyochang (200-F-96) replied with 40 points, 6 steals and 6 boards for South Korea.
China - Iran 59-64 Iran upset China in the classification round clash. Ali Allah Verdi (195-SF-96) topscored with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. China enjoyed a narrow 28:27 halftime lead. They entered the fourth quarter up by a single point 44:43. But Iran sparked a 21:15 rally in the fourth quarter to snatch the win. Rezayifar Navid (191-SG-96) provided 19 points for Iran. Zhao Yanhao (195-F-97) and Hu Jinqiu (208-C-97) replied with 16 points each for China.
Dominican Republic - Tunisia 78-59 Dominican Republic outgunned Tunisia in the classification round. Jhonatan Araujo (201-C-96) came up with 18 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Latin American team. Dominican Republic raced to an 18:9 lead after ten minutes. They used a strong 25:15 rally in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Yerri Flores (188-PG-96) delivered 17 points in the win. Soufiene Guebellaoui (195-F-96) had 12 points for Tunisia.
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