Australia - Serbia 74-93 Serbia U19 edged Australia U19 at the FIBA U19 World Championship. The European team surprised the winner of Group E 93:74 and took their spot at the Semifinal. Serbia started strong and took 22-12 after the first period.The Emus steadied in the second period, attacking the Serbians and making up some ground to go into the change rooms down by four points. The third quarter was decisive in the game. The Serbians were dominant in the all-important third period, holding the Emus to just 10 points while dropping 27 of their own. Australia won the last frame 26-24 but it was not enough to seal the win. Australia continued to fight until the final seconds but it would prove to be in vein with Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-PG-93) putting in another stellar performance at point guard to steer Serbia to the final buzzer. Djordje Drenovac (203-F-92, agency: Interperformances) and Mitrovic led the way with 17 points each, while Aleksandar Cvetkovic netted 15. Petar Lambic followed them with 12 points in a win. Hugh Greenwood (190-G-92) finished the night with 25 points in the losing case, whilst Anthony Drmic netted 15.
Poland - Lithuania 75-87 Lithuania earned the spot in the U19 World Championship semifinals. They overcame Polish counterparts in the quarterfinal tonight. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) scored 26 points and grabbed impressive 24 rebounds to pace Lithuania. The Baltic team entered the game confidently. They maintained the lead and recorded a 22:15 advantage at the first break. Lithuania kept up the tempo throughout the second period. They ensured a 47:33 halftime lead. Poland tried to come back into the game in the third frame. They cut the deficit and entered the fourth frame trailing by just 7 points. But Lithuania quickly stopped the rot. They notched 23 points in the fourth frame and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-G-92) tallied 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for Lithuania. Zygimantas Skucas (200-F-92) and Edgaras Ulanovas (198-G-92) added 11 points apiece in the victory. Michal Michalak responded with 29 points and 13 rebounds for Poland. Przemyslaw Karnowski contributed 16 points in the losing effort.
Russia - USA 79-74 Trushkin knocked USA U19 out of the FIBA U19 World Championship as Russia shocked the defending champions. The European team advanced to the Semifinals after 79:74 win. Russia should be thankful first to Argentina that gave European team the Quarterfinal appearance. Russia started strong and surprised USA with 25-18 in the first period. Moreover after 15-12 in the second frame the underdogs enjoyed 40:30 halftime advantage. Despite having lost their 10 point deficit, Russia did not appear to be panicking as they have in games previous, appearing happy to run the shot clock down and wait for their opportunities to penetrate. USA grabbed 1 points lead after thirty minutes as they edged Russia 23-12 in the third period. The last quarter was the benefit of Trushkin that hit 14 points in the final quarter to bring the most valuable victory for his team. Kulagin Dmitry stepped up with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) netted 19. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) ended up with 17 points and Alexander Varnakov (185-G-92) scored 11. Lamb Jeremy ended up with 21 points, whilst Jackson Joe scored 14.
Argentina - Croatia 81-76 Croatia U19 succumb to Argentina U19 in Quarter Finals and allowed the Latin American team to be the only non-European representative at the Semifinals of the FIBA U19 World Championship. Argentina won the opening tip 11-4 and then increased to 21-11 after the first 10 minutes. Marcos Delia made it 36:24, while Juan Giaveno scored for 46:30. Boris Barac (206-F-92) made two free throws at the end of the frame to reduce to 46:32. Croatia looked better after the break and reduced from -14 to -5. Boris Barac scored from the perimeter for 59:54 after thirty minutes. Moreover Toni Katic cut it to 61:59 and Dario Saric scored for 73:70. Argentina meanwhile did not allow the European team to go on a lead and Juan Giaveno nailed two for 79:73 with less than a minute to go. Franco Giorgetti (202-F-92) was perfect from the free throw line at the very end to bring 81:76 win for Argentina. Patricio Garino chipped in 21 points for the winners and Marcos Delia notched 16. Franco Giorgetti poured in 12, whilst Carlos Paredes scored 11. Dario Saric finished the game with 24 points in defeat and Boris Barac scored 22.
Group 9-12 places
Brazil - Egypt 77-63 Brazil overcame Egypt today in the classification round for 9-12 place at U19 World Championship in Latvia. Brazil will now take on Latvia for the ninth overall position tomorrow. David Rossetto produced 18 points to lead the effort. Egypt will take on Canada for the 11th spot. Egypt surged ahead early in the encounter. They recorded a 16:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Brazil however bounced back in the second term. They increased the tempo in the second period and exploded with 28 points to establish a 40:31 halftime lead. Brazil consolidated the lead in the third term. They limited Egypt to just 11 points and grabbed a 17-point lead at the final break. Egypt knocked down 21 points in the final quarter but came up short of victory at the end. Bruno Irigoyen nailed 14 points, while Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) contributed 10 points in the victory. Omar Mohamed (183-PG-94) answered with 18 points for Egypt. Assem Ahmed (205-C-92) accounted for 15 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.
Latvia - Canada 99-96 Latvia snapped four-game losing streak at the U19 World Championship. The hosts held off Canadian counterparts in classification round tonight. Latvia thus will take on Brazil for the ninth overall position at the tournament. Canada will face Egypt in the battle for the 11th place. Edmunds Dukulis (204-C-92, agency: Players Group) notched 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead Latvia in this one. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. Canada eked out a 24:23 lead at the first break. The North American side stepped on the gas in the second term. They erupted for 30 points and posted a 54:44 halftime lead. But Latvia turned things upside down in the third stanza. Led by Edmunds Dukulis the hosts went on a 27:15 rally to enter the fourth frame up by two points 71:69. Latvia dropped 28 points in the final quarter and hung on escape with a narrow win at the end. Kaspars Vecvagars accounted for 17 points, while Davis Bertans had 18 points for the home team. Kevin Pangos (186-PG-93) answered with 24 points for Canada. Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) topscored with 30 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
2017 World Cup Draw takes place in Cairo - 14 days ago
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The 2017 U19 World Cup official draw has been held in Cairo, Egypt today. The tournament is schedule to take place in Egypt from July 1st through 9th. Sixteen teams have been drawn into four groups of four teams each. Following the suspension of the Brazilian Basketball Federation, a fourth team from the Americas will be announced by FIBA soon. Formerly known as the FIBA U19 World Championship, the tournament now carries the name of FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup to be in line with naming... [read more]
The 2017 U19 World Cup official draw has been held in Cairo, Egypt today. The tournament is schedule to take place in Egypt from July 1st through 9th. Sixteen teams have been drawn into four groups of four teams each. Following the suspension of the Brazilian Basketball Federation, a fourth team from the Americas will be announced by FIBA soon. Formerly known as the FIBA U19 World Championship, the tournament now carries the name of FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup to be in line with naming convention ofFIBA events from 2017 onwards.
Group A: Americas TBA, New Zealand, South Korea, France Group B: Germany, Egypt, Puerto Rico, Lithuania Group C: Canada, Japan, Spain, Mali Group D: Iran, Angola, Italy and USA.
The USA will enter the tournament as two-time defending champions having won the titles back in 2013 and 2015.
Spanish city of Zaragoza to host 2016 FIBA U17 World Championships; Egypt and Italy to stage 2017 FIBA U19 World Championships - 11 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.
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