Latvia - Brazil 73-88 Brazil earned the third straight victory at U19 World Championship in Latvia. The Latin American side knocked down the hosts to improve at 3-1 record in Group E. Raul Neto (186-PG-92) dropped 19 points to pace the winners. Latvia fell at 2-2 record after the loss. Latvia led right from the start. They stayed on top throughout the opening quarter recording an 18:17 lead ten minutes into the game. However Brazil answered with six straight points early in the second frame to surge in front. The visitors gradually boosted the margin to enjoy a 46:34 halftime lead. Lucas Riva and Raul Neto ensured a 16-point lead for Brazil midway through the third term. Soon Brazil gained a 20-point lead and arrived at the final break ahead by 14 points 72:58. Latvia could not get closer than 14 points in the fourth frame and had to yield at the end. Bruno Irigoyen (202-G/F-92) netted 17 points, while David Rossetto (180-PG-93) contributed 14 points in the winning effort. Edmunds Dukulis (204-C-92, agency: Players Group) answered with 22 points and 9 rebounds for Latvia. Davis Bertans (205-C-92) accounted for 15 points in defeat.
Argentina - Poland 71-73 Polish team opened U19 World Championship Eighth-Final round with victory. They overcame Argentinean counterparts to improve at 3-1 record in Group E. Argentina slipped at 2-2 record after the loss. It all looked good for Poland. They opened the game on a 9:2 run. Poland maintained the lead throughout the starting period posting a 20:11 advantage at the break. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) and Michal Michalak (194-G-93) boosted the gap to 14 points late in the half. Paredes and Giorgetti helped Argentina to come back into the contest. The Latin American team got within three points midway through the third fame. Poland were able to secure a 50:46 lead with one quarter remaining. The Polish team increased the margin to 9-point mark midway through the fourth term 58:49. But Argentina bounced back as the barrage of three-pointers erased the deficit. Carlos Paredes (196-F-92) pulled in front 71:70 with 37 seconds to go. Mateusz Ponitka answered with three free throws to give Poland a 73:71 lead. Carlos Paredes had a chance to save the game for Argentina but missed a buzzer-beater. Mateusz Ponitka accounted for 20 points to lead Poland. Michal Michalak added 16 points in the winning effort. Carlos Paredes replied with 17 points for Argentina. Luciano Massarelli (183-PG-93) and Pablo Perez (202-F-92) banked 12 points apiece in the loss.
Australia - Russia 85-78 Emus edged Russia at the U19 World Championship in Latvia in the start of the 1/8 Finals stage of Group E. The Australian U19 selection overcame the European team 85:78. The tournaments structure saw the top three teams from Pool A and Pool B form a six-team Pool E, where both teams were currently placed. The fixture for round two takes a cross-over format, which means that teams from Pool A will not face each other again. Instead they will line-up against each of the top three teams from Pool B. Russia started well and grabbed 21-18 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Although Australia won the second frame 21-20, Russia enjoyed 2-point halftime advantage. Moreover the European team increased to 3 points after 22-21 in the third period, but could not win. Emus however needed 27-17 to take 3-1 record on top of Group E. Anthony Drmic (196-F/G-92) paced all the winners with 22 points and Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) netted 16. Igor Hadziomerovic (195-G-92) ended up with 15 points, while Hugh Greenwood (190-G-92) scored 11. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) and Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) posted 19 points each in the losing effort.
USA - Canada 83-54 USA continued to roll confidently at U19 World Championship in Latvia. They opened the Qualifying Round with victory over their North American rivals. USA outgunned Canada to improve at 4-0 record in Group F. Canada slipped at 1-3 record. USA grabbed the initiative right from the start. They ensured a 21:14 lead after ten minutes. USA deepened the damage in the second quarter. They limited Canada to only 9 points to establish a 46:23 halftime lead. The United States did not slow down after the big break. Paul Hewitt team secured a 28-point lead with one quarter remaining. Canada had little chance to recover as the USA rallied to the victory at the end. James Bell (195-G-92) knocked down 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in the victory. Doug McDermott (200-F-92) added 10 points for the USA. Sim Bhullar (223-C-92) answered with 15 points and 7 boards for Canada. Junior Lomomba (193-G-93) and Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) netted 11 points apiece in the loss.
Egypt - Croatia 81-83 Croatia opens FIBA U19 World Championship, 1/8 Finals with the win. The European team outscored Egypt U19 83:81 as late dunk sequence saves Croatia. The European team took early 25-22 in the end of the first period and improved to 5 points at the halftime. Egypt however surprised the Croatia side in the third period as they tied the game at the end of the third quarter. Only due to the last quarter and late dunk saved Croatia from the loss. They improved to 3-1 record in Group F, while Egypt dropped to 1-3 on the bottom. Dario Saric (207-F/C-94) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 16 rebounds and 7 assists, while Mario Hezonja (196-G-95) posted 15. Toni Katic (188-PG-92) delivered 14 and Boris Barac (206-F-92) notched 13. Omar Mohamed (183-PG-94) and Assem Ahmed (205-C-92) answered with 22 points in the losing effort, while Zyad Mohamed (194-G-92) posted 15. Tomorrow Egypt will face Canada and Croatia will meet Serbia.
Serbia - Lithuania 54-71 Lithuania wins the European thriller over Serbia at the FIBA U19 World Championship, 1/8 Finals. The Baltic State improved to 3-1 record after 71:54 win. Lithuania that improves from game to game started with 19-8 and never looked behind. The Baltic State added 14-13 in the second period for 33:22 halftime advantage. Serbia was far to give up and replied with 22-15 in the third period reducing to 4 points after 30 minutes, but that was all they could do. Lithuania U19 ended up with 23-11 in the last frame to seal the victory. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) netted 17. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-G-92) collected 10 points and 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-PG-93) responded with 15 points in defeat as Serbia fell at 2-2. Petar Lambic (195-G-92) and Nemanja Besovic (221-C-92) scored 10 points each as Petar also grabbed 10 boards.
Tunisia - Taiwan 59-70 Taiwan U19 celebrated the initial victory at the FIBA U19 World Championship. The Asian team edged Tunisia 70:59 in the 13-16 places round. After 8-7 lead in the opening period, Tunisia added 7-0 run for 15:7 advantage. Moreover they finished the quarter with 21-15 and then missed a 0-7 run and trailed 21-22 in the start of the second period. In the end of it Youssef Mejri and Kang-Chaio Hung exchanged the baskets for 29:28 at the halftime. The score was tied at 43:43 at the end of the third quarter as Taiwan beat the opponents 15-14 in the third period. Kuan-Chuan Chen opened the last quarter for 45:43 and Taiwan U19 went on a bigger lead. Chao-Yi Chien made two free throws for 68:57 and Kang-Chaio Hung increased to 13-points deficit. Ahmed Manai (205-C-92) was the last to score in the game for the final result. Chen Ying-Chun (181-PG-93) paced all the winners with 24 points and 8 rebounds and 6 assists, while Yu Chun-An (189-G-92) netted 19. Maher Souabni (185-G-92) replied with 16 points in defeat, whilst Ahmed Manai had 14 and Sofian M'Rad (198-F-92) collected 10 points and 13 rebounds.
South Korea - China 88-95 China opened win count at U19 World Championship in Latvia. They overcame South Korea in the classification round tonight. Wang Zhelin (213-C-94) stepped up with 21 points and 13 rebounds to pace the effort. China will now take on the winners of Tunisia vs. Taiwan clash for the 13th overall position at the tournament. China stunned the Koreans early in the encounter. Bin Fan team raced to a 24:11 lead at the first break. South Korea increased the tempo but China easily matched it. The Chinese team piled up a comfortable 20-point lead at halftime 50:30. Things hardly changed for South Korea in the third term. China kept on mounting the pressure and the gap grew at 25-point mark at the final intermission. South Korea exploded with 38 points in the fourth term but came up short of victory at the end. Li Muhao (218-C-92) delivered 20 points for China. Ju Mingxin (200-F/G-93) added 16 points in the winning effort. Kim Giyun (184-G-92) netted game-high 32 points for South Korea. Moon SeongGon (193-F-93) finished with 19 points in the loss.
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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