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Eighth-Final Round in Riga. Day 3 - Jul 6, 2011

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Group E
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.

Group F
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.


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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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