Russia - Argentina 70-73 Argentina U19 prevail over Russia U19 in Latvia to close Day 2 of Eighth-Finals. The Latin American team played better in the first period and Juan Giaveno nailed three for 14:8 lead. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) closed the first quarter and cut it to 12:16 at the end. Marcos Delia made a dunk midway through the second frame to give his side the biggest lead in the game at plus 19. The Argentinian player brought 31:12 on the board, while Russia reduced to 39:26 when the teams headed to the lockers. The third quarter was the most productive for Russia that produced 25-15 for 54:51 after thirty minutes. In the last frame the squads exchanged the leads several times and were tied at 68:68 with 2 minutes to go. Luciano Massarelli scored two and added another one from the free throw for 71:68 when the European team asked for Timeout. Sergey Karasev went on the free throw line and made two for 70:71. Franco Giorgetti replied with two for Argentina and brought the necessary win for his side. Patricio Garino (196-G/F-93) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Franco Giorgetti netted 16. Sergey Karasev answered with 25 points in the losing case, while Gleb Goldyrev and Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) delivered 12 each.
Brazil - Australia 57-63 Australia registered another victory at U19 World Championship in Latvia. They fired past Brazil to improve at 4-1 record in Group E. Brazil slipped at 3-2 record after the defeat. Mitchell Creek notched 23 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Emus. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the starting quarter. Australia and Brazil entered the second frame tied at 12. Raul Neto and Gabriel Aguirre (208-C-92) gave Brazil a 7-point lead midway through the second stanza. But Australia answered right back and levelled things up at 28 after twenty minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter. The Emus managed to pull in front and established 45:42 lead with one quarter remaining. William Sinclair and Jackson Aldridge (185-PG-92) helped the Emus to a double-digit lead midway through the fourth period 52:42. Brazil got back within five before Michell Creek and Hugh Greenwood sealed the winning outcome for the Emus. Hugh Greenwood delivered 17 points for Australia. Jackson Aldridge added 9 points in the win. Raul Neto reacted with 19 points for Brazil. Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) had 16 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.
Poland - Latvia 86-78 Poland needed a strong first half to beat the hosts of the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships. Poland U19 edged Latvia U19 86:78 for 4-1 record on top Group E. Poland started strong and Mateusz Ponitka scored for 16:9. Piotr Niedzwiedzki (210-F-93) delivered for 27:13 that became the last shot in the opening tip. In the second period the guests continued to dominate the court as Michal Michalak (194-G-93) gave Poland +26 at 41:15 midway through the quarter. After 25-14 in the period, Poland had massive 52:27 deficit. Only iont he second half Latvia managed to be the decent team in the court. The Baltic side won the third frame 16-12 as Kaspars Vecvagars (191-G-93) made it 62:43 and Daniel Szmkiewicz closed third period at 64:43. Latvia erupted with 35 points in the last frame but could only reduce to 8 points. Davis Coders made the final score in the game. Mateusz Ponitka paced all the winners with 26 points and Michal Michalak notched 19. Przemyslaw Karnowski chipped in 13, whilst Piotr Niedzwiedzki scored 10. Kaspars Vecvagars finished the game with 21 points in the losing effort, while Davis Bertans collected 16 points and 11 rebounds. Janis Timma poured in 15 and Edmunds Dukulis added 10 points and the same number of boards.
Lithuania - USA 105-107 OT USA kept their record spotless at U19 World Championship in Latvia. They outscored Lithuania in overtime drama in Riga today to improve at 5-0 record in Eighth-Final Round Group F. Jeremy Lamb (195-G/F-92) masterminded the victory erupting for game-high 35 points. Lithuania slipped at 3-2 record after the loss. It all looked good for the USA early in the game. They grabbed a 20:9 lead late in the starting quarter. Jeremy Lamb gave the USA a 23:10 lead before Lithuania sealed the first quarter outcome at 15:25. The North American team maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They boosted the gap at 19-point mark But Lithuania capped the half on a 10:1 rally to get within 10 points 39:49 at halftime. Lithuania stepped on the gas late in the third quarter. Redikas pulled the Baltic team within 5 points 57:62. But the USA managed to restore a 9-point advantage with one quarter remaining. The USA led by 10 points midway through the fourth term but Lithuania found the way to erase the deficit. Redikas, Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) and Edgaras Ulanovas (198-G-92) triggered a rally that put Lithuania on level terms with the USA 94:94 at the end of regulation. Lithuania grabbed a 6-point lead early in the extra period but Patric Young and James Bell pulled the USA in charge 105:103. Edgaras Ulanovas drew things level but Jeremy Lamb hit a jumper to seal the victory for the USA. Joe Jackson accounted for 19 points, while Patric Young contributed 15 points for the winners. Jonas Valanciunas answered with 30 points and 15 rebounds. Edgaras Ulanovas chipped in 29 points in defeat.
Canada - Egypt 91-71 Canada recorded the first win at U19 World Championship Eighth-Final Round. They toppled Egypt to climb at 2-3 record in Group F. Kevin Pangos (186-PG-93) stepped up with 22 points to lead the effort. Egypt fell at 1-4 record after the loss. It was all about Canada right from the start. The North American side posted a 25:14 lead after ten minutes. Canada maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 48:30 halftime advantage. The North American team kept on mounting the pressure after the big break. Egypt faced a massive 31-point deficit into the fourth quarter. Egypt erupted for 27 points but just sweetened the pill at the end. Olivier Hanlan (188-G-93) contributed 16 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds, while Junior Lomomba added 13 points for the winners. Marawan Mohamed (199-F-92) replied with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Egypt. Omar Mohamed (183-PG-94) netted 12 points in the loss.
Croatia - Serbia 68-73 Serbia earned the first win at the U19 World Championship Eighth-Final Round. They held off Croatia to improve at 3-2 record in Group E. Croatia on the other hand slipped at 3-2 record in the ladder. Djordje Drenovac (203-F-92, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 19 points to lead Serbia. Serbia opened the game with aggressive defence. They limited Croatia to just 11 points in the first frame building a 5-point lead. Drazen Brajkovic team quickly recovered. They delivered 20 points in the second period to knot things up at 31. Croatia managed to pull in front in the third quarter. They built a 2-point advantage with one quarter remaining. Serbia however increased the tempo in the fourth frame and it paid off. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-PG-93) came up with late heroics as he knocked down 8 last points in the game and sealed the victory for Serbia. Aleksandar Cvetkovic, Petar Lambic and Marko Gujanicic all scored 12 points each for the winners. Boris Barac (206-F-92) answered with 18 points for Croatia. Dario Saric finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.
China - Taiwan 91-48 China destroyed Taiwan at the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships in Latvia. In the Asian Battle China trailed 2 points after the first ten minutes, before exploding to 91:48 victory. Kang-Chaio Hung brought the biggest lead for Taiwan in the opening tip at 10:3. Quan Gu gave China 13:12, but Chun-An Yu gave the opponents 13:12 advantage after the first 10 minutes. Cheng Tieh (187-F-92) scored for 18:13, but then China started to dominate the court. Guo Ailun (192-G-93) sent the teams to the lockers as China enjoyed 46:28 at that time. Another 24-6 in the third quarter gave the winners 70:34 deficit that was enough to win the game. China added 21-14 in the last frame as Wang Zhelin (213-C-94) was the last to score for his team. Chen Ying-Chun (181-PG-93) made the final result on the board 91:48. Guo Ailun poured in 24 points for the winners and Mingxin Ju notched 16. Quan Gu ended up with 15 points, while Xiaochuan Zhai netted 10. Kang-Chaio Hung posted 18 in defeat and Chen Ying-Chun added 9.
Tunisia - South Korea 72-78 South Korea U19 escapes the last spot with the narrow win over Tunisia U19. The Asian team finished on the 15th spot after 78:72 victory. It was a tough game as both teams tried to win at least the last game. Tunisia started better and grabbed 15-11 after the first period. The African team added massive 25-17 in the second frame for 40:28 halftime advantage. It was not however enough to seal the initial victory. South Korea that earlier upset Croatia, won the third frame 24-10 and added 26-22 in the last stanza. Kim Giyun (184-G-92) led the way with 20 points and Lee Seounghyun scored 16. Han SangHyeok (178-G-93) finished the game with 11, while Lee Dong-Yeop notched 10. Abada Omar replied with 19 points for the African squad, whilst Ahmed Manai (205-C-92) collected 17 points and 10 rebounds.
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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