Latvia - Russia 63-73 Russia U19 won over the Baltic side and took the last spot in the Quarterfinals. The Russian selection grabbed 73:63 over Latvia U19 at the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships. It was a tough start and it proved the battle until the very end. Latvia erupted for 18-6, however Russia reduced to 21-15 at the end of the first period. They even closed it to just one, but managed to win the second period only 12-11 and trailed 27-32 at the halftime. The Baltic side led in the whole third period and enjoyed 49:43 after thirty minutes. Russia, however exploded in the last frame and won the thriller. The Russian team needed 30-14 as Alexander Varnakov (185-G-92) made the final 73:63 victory. Alexander Varnakov top-scored for the winners with 21 and Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) posted 15. Kaspars Vecvagars (191-G-93) finished the game with 17 points in defeat, while Janis Timma added 15.
Argentina - Brazil 71-69 OT Argentina U19 needed overtime to send Brazil U19 out of 1/4 Finals of U19 FIBA World Championships. Argentina improved to 4-2 record, while Brazil finished with 3-3 as well as Russia and the latter advanced to the next stage. Before the game started Brazil knew that Russia has ended a three game losing streak, beating the tournament hosts Latvia. Should Argentina win Russia advance but if they lose then Brazil hold onto their spot in the playoffs. Brazil desired the win more and started with 19-8 in the opening tip. Cristiano Felicio made a dunk for 23-11 and Raul Neto (186-PG-92) nailed three for 30:22. Nicolas Copello reduced to 6 points as the teams went to the lockers. Bruno Irigoyen (202-G/F-92) later tied the game at 39:39, while Cristiano Felicio made a dunk for the Brazilian lead. Argentina however won the third frame 18-13 and trailed only 42:43 after thirty minutes. Luciano Massarelli (183-PG-93) tied the game at 46:46 and Lucas Nogueira (213-C-92) closed an improtant 7-0 run for Brazil to enjoy 53:46 with them. Franco Giorgetti cut it to 58:57 with two minutes in the game, but Felipe Vezaro scored for 60:57. Franco Giorgetti reduced to 59:60 and Raul Neto was perfect from the free throw line for 59:62. Luciano Massarelli however scored from the arc to send the teams in overtime. In extra time Argentina produced 9-7 and won the game. Lucas Nogueira had a chance to send the teams to the second overtime but missed the shot.
Australia - Poland 72-52 Australia overcame Poland at U19 World Championship Eighth-Final Round tonight. The victory propelled the Emus at 5-1 record on top of Group E. Poland fell at 4-2 record after the loss. Jackson Aldridge (185-PG-92) stepped up with 21 points to lead the winners. Poland ensured the better start to the game. They recorded a 14:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Australia bounced back in the second period. The Emus established a 29:27 halftime advantage. The third term turned disastrous for Poland. The Emus limited their opponents to only 6 points in the frame and cleared off to a 20-point advantage. Australia wisely kept Poland at bay throughout the final quarter and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Igor Hadziomerovic netted 14 points, while Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) added 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Piotr Niedzwiedzki (210-F-93) responded with 11 points for Poland. Michal Michalak (194-G-93) contributed 9 points in defeat.
Serbia - Canada 94-73 Serbia U19 grabbed 4-2 record in Group F of the U19 World Championship in Latvia. The European team overcame Canada U19 94:73 to send them to 2-4 record. Sim Bhullar gave Canada surprising 8:4 lead int he opening tip that was the last one for the North American squad. Serbia took 23-14 int he end of the first period and never looked behind after. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-F-92) opened the second frame for Serbia and Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) increased to 32:16 later in the quarter. Djordje Drenovac and Julian Clarke exchanged the baskets at the end of the half for 47:26 at the halftime. Serbia also added 25-20 in the third quarter, whiel canada won the last period. Trailing 33 points with 6 minutes to go, Canada managed to cut it to 21. Djordje Drenovac paced all the winners with 14 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic as well as Marko Gujanicic added 13 each. Petar Lambic followed them with 11 points in a winning effort. Junior Lomomba (193-G-93) ended up with 14 points in defeat, while Sim Bhullar posted 11.
USA - Croatia 85-87 Croatia earned a tough win over the USA in the final game of the Eighth-Final Round in Group F. The victory helped Croatia to 4-2 record in the ladder. The USA suffered the first defeat at the tournament but still clinched the top position in the group at 5-1 record. Toni Katic (188-PG-92) stepped up with 21 points to pace the winners. The teams stayed close throughout the opening period. Croatia eked out a narrow 25:24 lead after ten minutes. The USA erased the deficit and grabbed a 5-point lead midway through the second term. But a strong half finish from the European team allowed them to restore a three-point lead 46:43. Dario Saric and Mislav Brzoja (192-F/G-94) helped Croatia to a 12-point advantage in the third quarter. The Croats established a 70:61 lead with one quarter to go. The USA used a 19:5 run in the final period to surge ahead 80:75. Dario Saric, Boris Barac and Toni Katic bounced back putting Croatia back on top 84:83 with under a minute to go. Toni Katic and Boris Barac extended the gap to three points 86:83 with 34 seconds remaining. Jeremy Lamb pulled the USA closer with a jumper. Toni Katic hit just one free throw and Jeremy Lamb had a chance to force overtime. But his jumper rimmed out sealing the victory for Croatia. Boris Barac provided 18 points, while Dario Saric finished with 17 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Jeremy Lamb answered with 25 points for the USA. Patric Young delivered 15 points and 8 boards in defeat.
Egypt - Lithuania 59-78 Lithuania clinched another win at the U19 World Championship in Latvia. They stormed past Egypt to improve at 4-2 record and clinched the second place in Group F of the Eighth-Final Round. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) stepped up with 17 points and 13 boards for Lithuania. Egypt slipped at 1-5 record and would play at 9-12 place classification round. Lithuania led right from the start. The Baltic team quickly cleared off to a 23:7 lead. Deividas Pukis (194-G/F-92) ensured a 41:21 lead for Lithuania midway through the second quarter. They established a 46:25 halftime lead. Lithuania earned a 28-point lead in the third quarter before Egypt cut the distance to 21-point mark with one quarter remaining 42:63. The fourth period was a mere formality as Lithuania coasted to the victory at the end. Renaldas Simanavicius scored 14 points, while Deividas Pukis added 13 in the winning effort. Egypt answered with game-high 23 points and 19 rebounds from Assem Ahmed. Omar Mohammed delivered 14 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 - Mar 12, 2016
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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 - Jul 4, 2015
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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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