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MVP-Jonas Valanciunas paced Lithuania U19 to World Championship Title - Jul 10, 2011

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Serbia - Lithuania 67-85
Lithuania U19 won the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships! The Baltic side won over Serbia U19 85:67 to become the best U19 team of the world with MVP, Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92). Djordje Drenovac and Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-F-92) scored the first points for the Serbian team, but the Baltic State reply with 6 consecutive points. Nemanja Besovic later tied the game at 9:9, while Dovydas Redikas closed the opening period at 18:13. In the second period Lithuania led from the beginning until the end. Jonas Valanciunas scored for 26:19 and Vytenis Cizauskas posted two for 39:32 that was the last points in the first half. Jonas Valanciunas increased to 41:32 but Serbia did not give up in the game. Bogic Vujosevic (189-PG-92, agency: Beo Basket) tied the game at 44:44 after a massive lead of the Serbia squad. The winners immediately replied with 5-0 run as Arnas Butkevicius scored for 49:44. Vytenis Cizauskas increased to 54:47, while Dovydas Redikas closed the lead and the third period at 62:47. Serbia meanwhile scored the first 4 points in the last quarter, but could not change the scenario. Vytenis Cizauskas scored for 65:51 and Arnas Butkevicius closed another run at 68:51. Jonas Valanciunas made a free throw for 71:56, while Dovydas Redikas increased to plus 16 with 5 minutes in the game. Jonas Valanciunas made a dunk at 77:59 as Lithuania knew about the victory and was ready to celebrate. Luka Mitrovic and Jonas Valanciunas exchanged for 81:61, but Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-PG-93) and Bogdan Bogdanovic cut it to 65:81. Jonas Valanciunas made a dunk for the last points of the Baltic side and won MVP of the tournament. Jonas Valanciunas recorded 36 points for the winners, while Edgaras Ulanovas scored 12. Arnas Butkevicius and Vytenis Cizauskas followed them with 9 points apiece. Djordje Drenovac replied with 14 points in defeat and Bogdan Bogdanovic netted 13. Aleksandar Cvetkovic and Bogic Vujosevic produced 11 points each in the losing effort.

3rd place
Argentina - Russia 72-77
Russia U19 clinched third place in Riga at the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships. The Russian team overcame Argentina U19 for the third place 77:72. Both teams desired to finish the campaign with the win after the losses at the semifinals last night. They both nailed 19 points in the opening quarter and continued the battle in the second frame. Carlos Paredes nailed three for 34:27, while Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) reduced to 40:35 at the halftime. Franco Giorgetti (202-F-92) gave the Latin American team the biggest lead in the game at 51:40, but they could not keep the lead for good. Dmitry Kulagin closed the period at 53:50 and the last stanza belonged to Russia. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) tied the game at 53:53 early in the last and Vladislav Trushkin nailed from the arc for 58:57. Sergey Karasev and Dmitry Kulagin made four free throws at the very end for the final success. Dmitry Kulagin top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 8 rebounds, while Aleksandr Gudumak and Sergey Karasev netted 17 each. Vladislav Trushkin ended up with 10 points in the winning effort. Franco Giorgetti answered with 18 points in the losing effort and Pablo Perez scored 13.

5th place
Australia - USA 77-78
USA claimed the fifth position at the U19 World Championship in Latvia. They prevailed against Australia in the final game at the tournament. Tim Hardaway Jr. (195-G-92) Jr. knocked down 21 points to pace the North American team. The Emus started the game strongly. They grabbed a 24:21 lead at the first break. Australia maintained the lead throughout the second term. The Emus posted a 43:39 halftime advantage. The USA bounced back in the third term. They erased the deficit and posted a 60:59 lead with one quarter remaining. The United States stayed in charge in the fourth frame. However Drmic put the Emus in front by one late in regulation. The USA found their hero in Jeremy Lamb (195-G/F-92) as he accounted for two points and sealed the win for the USA. Doug McDermott (200-F-92) posted 13 points, while Meyers Leonard (213-C-92) added 10 points in the win. Hugh Greenwood answered with 26 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for Australia. Jackson Aldridge and Mitchell Creek netted 9 points apiece in the loss.

7th place
Croatia - Poland 70-82
Poland wrapped up their U19 World Championship campaign with victory. They rallied past Croatia to clinch the seventh place in the ladder. Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) knocked down 29 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners. It does not look good for Poland in the opening quarter. Croatia erupted for 26 points in the first frame to take an 8-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second stanza. Croatia ensured a 46:38 halftime advantage. But Poland turned things around in the third term. Poland capped the frame with a 12:2 run to secure a 60:57 advantage with one quarter remaining. Przemyslaw Karnowski and Michal Michalak (194-G-93) opened up a double-digit lead for Poland midway through the fourth quarter 71:61. Croatia could not recover in the dying minutes and had to surrender at the end. Michal Michalak notched 23 points, while Grzegorz Grochowski added 12 points and 7 assists for Poland. Dario Saric (207-F/C-94) answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds for Croatia. Boris Barac had 16 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 - 10 months ago
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]

USA capture Gold in Heraklion - 18 months ago
FINAL 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 and Croatia advance into Final in Heraklion - 18 months ago
SEMIFINALS 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]

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World Championships U19 Standings
Group A
 1. Croatia 0-0 
 2. Egypt 0-0 
 3. Iran 0-0 
 4. USA 0-0 
Group B
 1. Argentina 0-0 
 2. China 0-0 
 3. Spain 0-0 
 4. Turkey 0-0 
Group C
 1. Australia 0-0 
 2. Canada 0-0 
 3. Italy 0-0 
 4. Tunisia 0-0 
Group D
 1. Dominican R. 0-0 
 2. Greece 0-0 
 3. S.Korea 0-0 
 4. Serbia 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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