Lithuania - Russia 85-68 Lithuania have become the first U19 World Championship finalists. They outgunned Russian counterparts in the first semifinal in Riga tonight. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) came up with 21 points and 13 rebounds to pace the winners. Lithuania stunned their opponetns in the first half. Russia led 3:0 early in the encounter but the Baltic team went on a 21:6 run to build a comfortable lead. Lithuania ensured a 25:11 advantage at the first break. The margin grew at 27-point mark midway through the second term as the game slightly turned into a one-way traffic. Lithuania secured a 53:26 halftime lead. Lithuania boosted the gap to 30 points in the third term but Russia managed to narrow the deficit at 20 points with ten minutes remaining 50:70. Russia used a 10:2 run early in the fourth frame to get within 12 points 62:74. However Pukis and Zygimantas Skucas (200-F-92) came up with timely five points in the fourth quarter to tame Russia and Lithuania rolled to the victory at the end. Dovydas Redikas finished with 13 points, while Zygimantas Skucas added 12 points in the win. Dmitry Kulagin responded with 27 points for Russia. Alexander Tikhonin contributed 13 points in the loss.
Serbia - Argentina 76-71 The game between Serbia and Argentina became the last in the last but one day of the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships. The European team needed strong second half to ensure 76:71 win. Argentina won the opening tip 6:2 as Franco Giorgetti made the jump shot. The European team however looked better in the end of the quarter and grabbed 16:14 advantage. Patricio Garino tied the game at 16:16, while Marko Gujanicic gave Serbia 24:19. Juan Giaveno (175-PG-92) tied the game at 26:26 and Nikola Siladi sent the squads to the lockers for 32:28. The third quarter became the most productive and offensive in the game. Serbia won it 29-22 as Petar Lambic scored for 57:54. Luciano Massarelli however tied the game at 61:61 early in the fourth, while Nemanja Besovic (221-C-92) made the same at 63:63. Marko Gujanicic gave Serbia 66:63 from the perimeter and Pablo Perez made two free throws for 1 point difference. Bogdan Bogdanovic brought 69:65 and Luciano Massarelli scored for 69:67 with 2 minutes in the game. Bogic Vujosevic (189-PG-92, agency: Beo Basket) made two free throws for 71:67 with 40 seconds and Nemanja Besovic made the dunk for the final success. Bogdan Bogdanovic paced all the winners with 25 points, while Nemanja Besovic notched 15. Marko Gujanicic produced 14 and Bogic Vujosevic delivered 11. Marcos Delia responded with 19 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, whilst Juan Giaveno scored 13.
Poland - USA 47-84 USA U19 demolish the Polish side to recover from last night loss to Russia. The American team won 84:47 at the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships and will play for the 5th place tomorrow. Poland won the opening tip 5:2 as Grzegorz Grochowski nailed three for the lead. Doug McDermott (200-F-92) gave USA 13:9, while Meyers Leonard (213-C-92) closed the first period at 19:11. A tight and gritty third period saw buckets hard to come by. Slowly but confident the favorites reached the bigger lead as they won the second frame 17-10. Doug McDermott and Przemyslaw Karnowski were the last players to score at the half for 36:21 deficit. USA needed 11-0 run to start the third period as the result became known in the start of the second half. Patric Young scored for 47:21 and Meyers Leonard made a dunk for 55:31. USA won the third period 23-11 as Meyers Leonard closed the thirty minutes of the game with the successful shot. The fourth period also belonged to the favorites that ensured the bigger victory. Doug McDermott poured in 19 points to lead the charge. Patric Young followed him with 13, while Jeremy Lamb and Meyers Leonard posted 12 apiece. Michal Michalak replied with 13 points for the European team and Piotr Niedzwiedzki had 10.
Australia - Croatia 90-63 Australia celebrated the victory at U19 World Championship today. The Emus held off Croatian counterparts to set up clash with the USA for the fifth spot in the tournament. Croatia will take on Poland in the battle for the 7th position. Hugh Greenwood (190-G-92) knocked down 21 points and grabbed 7 boards for the Emus. Australia grabbed the lead from the early stages. The Emus rallied to a 24:19 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second term. The Australian team secured a 40:35 halftime lead. The Emus continued to get away in the third stanza. They outmuscled Croatia in the paint and easily gained an 11-point advantage with one quarter remaining. Australia went on a 28:12 rally in the fourth period and sealed the victory at the end. Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) provided 20 points, 10 boards and 6 assists, while Anthony Drmic (196-F/G-92) added 13 points in the victory. Boris Barac answered with 20 points for Croatia. Dario Saric accounted for 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the loss.
Brazil - Latvia 81-73 Brazil U19 finished on the 9th place at the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships. The Latin American team won over the hosts 81:73 to send them to the 10th place. Janis Timma gave the Baltic side 8:3 lead, but they could not keep the leading advantage. Lucas Nogueira closed the first period at 21:14, while Davis Bertans reduced to 23:21 early in the second. Brazil pushed the tempo in the end of the half and Raul Neto sent the teams to the lockers at 41:35. In the third period the picture had changed in the game and both squads exchanged the baskets for their own leads. Kaspars Vecvagars (191-G-93) gave the hosts 44:43 and Davis Bertans increased to 49:47. David Rossetto (180-PG-93) brought 58:54 for Brazil to go to the last period with 4-point deficit. Brazil did not allow Latvia to reduce the gap and won the game. David Rossetto led the way with 19 points and Bruno Irigoyen scored 17. Raul Neto notched 15, while Lucas Nogueira collected 8 points and 10 rebounds. Davis Bertans replied with 25 points in defeat and Edmunds Dukulis delivered 17.
Egypt - Canada 79-84 Canada wrapped up their U19 World Championship campaign with victory. They knocked down Egypt to earn the 11th overall place. Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) led the North American team to the win tallying 28 points, 13 boards and 4 assists. Egypt looked slightly better in the starting period as they gained an 18:17 lead at the first break. But Canada gradually took over. The North Americans rallied to a 38:34 halftime advantage. The teams increased the tempo in the third term. They combined for 49 points in the quarter as Canada were able to secure a 5-point advantage before the fourth frame. Canada withheld all the comeback efforts from Egypt to celebrate a tough victory at the end. Kevin Pangos delivered 18 points, while Stefan Jankovic provided 10 points in the victory. Assem Ahmed (205-C-92) answered with 19 points and 13 rebounds for Egypt. Marawan Mohamed (199-F-92) contributed 15 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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