WC U19 Preliminary Round Standings
Serbian team celebrating World Championship (Photo: FIBA)
Serbian U19 National Team 2007 (Photo:SBF)
Serbia is the FIBA U19 World Champion !!! - Jul. 22, 2007
revenged to USA for defeat in the group in the most important moment at front of
almost 5.000 people in Novi Sad's hall "Spens". They celebrated in the final of
the FIBA World Championship U19 74:69. Serbians opened the game in style making
run 11-2 mostly owing to Katnic, Jeremic and Cakarevic and later in the second
quarter center Macvan and Jeremic continued in same rhythm. Three minutes before
the half time score was 42:23 but USA succeeded through Curry and Beverley to
decrease their minus on the half time on -13. In the first half Jeremic scored
15 points while Macvan had 13. At the beginning of the third quarter there was
totally different picture on the court, USA set up zone defense, Serbian players
didn't succeed to find a good solutions in offense making lot of mistakes which
resulted with 46:42 in the center of this period. In the next 5 minutes Serbia
resisted on furious rhythm by USA and came in the last quarter having 57:47.
Three minutes before the end USA came really close on 65:62 but in the next
offense Stojacic netted the most important 3-pts shot for 68:62 which was
unreachable for USA until the end.
Hero from the semifinal game
Jeremic (195-G-88) shined again pouring in 24 points. Center
Macvan (206-F/C-89) had double-double 19 points and 10 rebounds while
Stojacic (197-G-89) posted 14 points.
Thompson (203-F-88) who scored 16 points and
Beverley (185-G-88) who added 15 points and 8 rebounds were better than the
others for USA.
USA - Serbia 69:74
Porter, Curry 6, Flynn 3, Beverley 15 (8 rebs, 4 st), Bouldin, Lighty 9 (6
rebs), Green, Morgan 10, Thompson 16 (4 rebs), Hollis 3, Beasley 5, Jordan 1.
Serbia:Jeremic 24, Despotovic , Katnic 7, Markovic (6 as, 5 st), Stojacic 14, Cakarevic
6 (6 rebs), Macvan 19 (10 rebs), Raduljica 2, Marjanovic 2 (6 rebs)
DNP: Cupkovic, Radulovic,
In the battle for the third place France outplayed Brazil 75:67.
USA and Serbia to play in the Final - Jul. 22, 2007
U19 - France U19 78:75
USA team became the second finalist of the World Championship in
Serbia. They defeated France in one of the highly anticipated clashes to secure
their Final appearence. USA will now play against hosting Serbia to try to bring
the trophy back home.
However France never provided the United States players with a light jog en
route to the Final. French team looked better at the start of this one and
quickly cleared off to a 19:12 lead after the first frame. They maintained the
lead throughout the next two quarters and entered the fourth stanza in front
59:53. USA needed almost the whole quarter to finally cut the deficit and surge
ahead with under 3 minutes to go in regulation. They held on to a 3-point
advantage in the last seconds but France had all the chances to force overtime
Antoine Diot (191-G-89) tried it from three point line. But his shot missed
the target and the USA celebrated their 8th consecutive win at the tournament.
Thompson (203-F-88) 18+13 boards,Raymar
Morgan (201-F-88) 13
Moerman (203-F/C-88) 17+12 boards.
Brazil U19 - Serbia U19 74:89
Brazil stopped just one step away from the Final of the World Championship in
Novi Sad. They were beaten by the homeside in a heated semifinal yesterday. It
was mainly about the first half that forecasted the outcome for Brazilian
youngsters. Serbian players got to a better start as they nailed 11 unanswered
points to begin the game with. Serbia dominated the game early on and led 25:17
after the opening quarter. Brazil struggled to come any closer in the second
quarter as Serbians found the touch from beyond the arc. A couple of three
pointers cooled Brazilian comebeck efforts off and established a 49:28 advantage
Brazil needed some heroics to save this one and they were about to come. Betihno
Duarte drained a trey to mark a 23:18 dominance in the third quarter. However it
was not enough for an overall success as Serbia wisely controlled the tempo in
the final stages and secured a home Final.
Jeremic (195-G-88) provided 21 points and 6 rebounds for Serbia.
Macvan (206-F/C-89) added another 12 points for the winners.
Prestes (208-C-88) sparked with 31 points and 15 boards for Brazil.
Melazzo (200-F/G-88) had 14 points in defeat. Brazil dominated the boards
33:25. But Serbia converted solid 54.4% from the field, including 57.1% from
beyond the arc.
Serbia will now take on the USA in today's title decider. Brazil faces France in
the Bronze game.
Prestes 31+15 boards,
Melazzo 14, Rafael De Souza 11
Serbia smashed Turkey 94:56 and advanced to the semis - Jul. 21, 2007
advanced to the semis smashing Turkey in the quarterfinal 94:56. Turkey was an
equal rival just in the first five minutes after what Serbia totally dominated
until the very end. Hosts finished game having 44 rebounds while Turkey had only
19. Coach Nikolic gave a chance to all players and all of them exploited it.
Stojacic (197-G-89) and
Macvan (206-F/C-89) scored 13 points each while
Markovic (191-G-88) and
Aleksandar Radulovic (188-G-88) also added same digits, 12 points.
Today at 18:00h in the semis Serbia will play against Brazil who made surprise
beating until that moment undefeated Australia 73:72. In the other semifinal
game USA will meet France today at 20:30h. Interesting is that these four team
came from the same qualifying group.
Head coach of Serbian U19 NT
Nikolic for the local newspapers said: €œ We have to rest as much as
we can and to prepare for Brazil who surprised Australia. Brazil has very good
players, we already outplayed them once but it will be difficult for us to do
the same again. We will give our best and if we don't take the medal on this WC
it will be my personal failure."
Serbia - Turkey 94:56
Serbia: Jeremic 11, Despotovic 11 (7 as), Katnic, Markovic 12,
Radulovic 12, Stojacic 13 (7 rebs), Cakarevic 2, Macvan 13 (8 rebs), Raduljica
10 (6 rebs), Marjanovic 8 (9 rebs), Cupkovic 2
DNP: Keselj (injured).
Turkey: Balbay 8 (4 rebs), Ozurganci, Hacioglu 7, Turgut 2,
Ozcan 9, Cipa 5, Sevinc 12, Kocabalkan, Aydogan 1, Tunca 6, Ozcan 4 (4 rebs),
Novi Sad enjoys quarterfinal stage - Jul. 21, 2007
Brazil U19 - Austrlia U19 73:72
Australia lost just a single game but it was enough to got eliminated
from the U19 Wotld Championship in Serbia. Having entered the quarterfinal clash
against Brazil with a perfect 6-0 record Australia hoped to stay unbeaten and
book their semifinal spot. However it was not the task for South Americans.
Australia started to dominate the game right from the start and secured a 19:14
lead after the opening frame. Pat Mills provided 10 points for Australia to
maintain their favourite status. Brazil however repsonded immediatelly and
limiting Australia to just 10 points in the second frame spurred ahead 41:29 at
Ogilvy (211-C/F-88) was the main offensive threat from the Boomers in the
third quarter as he nailed 8 points to cut the deficit to 3 points 52:55.
Australia then enjoyed a 6:0 run to start the fourth frame and appeared leading
by a single point. Both teams kept it close from now on before brazil grabbed a
1-point advantage with 18 seconds left on the clock.
Ogilvy replied with a jumper to regain the lead but Brazil had the last
word. Caue De Freitas sank a jump shot to bring victory to Brazil.
Jose Nardi Duarte (193-G/F-88) scored 23 points and 5 steals for Brazil.
Prestes (208-C-88) contributed 15 points and 14 rebounds in a winning effort
for Brazilian squad.
Ogilvy was a usual contributor for Australia with 22 points and 6 rebounds.
Pat Mills provided 19 points, 6 assists and 6 steals in a defeat.
The win saw Brazil advance into the semifianl where they will meet Serbia today.
Australia will play in classification round against Turkey today.
Brazil U19: Nardi
Nardi Duarte 23 points,
Prestes 15+14 boards
Mills (182-G-88) 19.
France U19 - Spain U19 100:83
French U19 National team advanced into the semifinal stunning Spain 100:83. They
trailed 23:25 after the opening frame but found the touch midway through the
game and rallied past their South neighbours.
Diot (191-G-89) provided 27 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for France.
Moerman (203-F/C-88) scored another 24 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the
winners. Spain replied with 28 points from
France will now take on the USA in highly anticipated semifinal clash. Spain
will play against Argentina in the classification round.
Diot 27 points,
Forcada 28, Victor Claver 17.
Serbia U19 - Turkey U19 94:56
The hosting Serbian team faced little problems en route to the semifinal. They
cruised past Turkey 94:56 and celebrated another win at the home World
Championship. Serbia dominated the game right from the start as they ensured a
18:10 advantage after the opening frame. They extended to 40:27 at halftime and
left no chances for Turkish side in the second half. Seven Serbian players
scored in double digits.
Stojacic (197-G-89) and
Macvan (206-F/C-89) led the way with 13 points apiece.
Sevinc (198-F-88) netted 12 points in a loss.
Serbia will now face Brazil in today's semifinal. Turkey takes on Australia in
Sevinc 12, Kerem Ozcan 9
USA U19 - Argentina U19 112:86
United States remained unbeaten at the World championship as they drove
past Argentina yesterday. They now imroved to 7-0 record and will now face
strong French team in the semis tonight. All the damage in this one was done by
the end of the first quarter when the USA squad were up by 18 points. They never
stopped in the second and piled up a 62:40 advantage at halftime. Argentina
struggled to stop an impressive offense performance from the States and had to
surrender at the end.
Beverley (185-G-88) ensured 20 points and 6 rebounds in a win.
Morgan (201-F-88) added 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Argentina
were paced by 18 points, 7 steals, 5 rebounds and 5 assists from
De los Santos (188-G-88).
De los Santos 18,
Aguerre (203-F/C-88) 15.
Serbia continues WC U19 without Marko Keselj - Jul. 20, 2007
NT has one more problem before quarterfinal of the World Championship in Novi
Sad. They will have to continue competition without maybe the best player of the
Marko Keselj (208-F-88, agency:
Basket) who got serious cut (7 stitches) on a palm of the right hand. Injury
happened in the second minute of the game against Lithuania when player tried to
block a shot and got big cut of the rim so he for sure won't be able to help his
team mates in the battle for the medals. Keselj had bad luck on this WC, on the
last preparation game just couple of days before WC Keselj twisted ankle and
coach Nikolic couldn't count on him a lot in the first three games. But on the
most important game for Serbian NT so far on WC against France Keselj made
fantastic return despite on the other side his opponent was top European
prospect Nicolas Batum. He led Serbia to this necessary win netting 18 points.
Keselj played last season for Spanish Akasvayu Girona and with them won FIBA
However this is a big problem for head coach Miroslav Nikolic and Serbian U19 NT
who will play today in the quarterfinal against Turkey at 18:00h.
The last day of the Qualifying Round - Jul. 19, 2007
Lithuania U19 lost the last game of the Qualifying Round in Group E and did not
qualify to the Top 8 of FIBA U19 World Championship. Last night the team was
upset by the hosts 76:89 that finished second.
Raduljica (213-C-88, agency:
led Serbia with 23 points and 7 rebounds.
Markovic (191-G-88) supported him and his team with 15 points.
Zygimantas Janavicius (192-G-89) paced the Baltic state with 17 points and 7
assists. Lithuania will continue in the Classification Round. The opening
quarter was the result of the whole game. The hosts started very energetically
and took initiative into their hands. Serbia outscored Lithuania 24:13 in the
first quarter that was the result of the whole game as in the next three
quarters Lithuania played the same level of the game.
In the second quarter both teams nailed 24 points and still Serbia had 11 points
deficit. Lithuania started the third quarter in much the same way they had
started the second and reduced their opponents to a seven-point lead midway
through the period. Serbia however advantaged the lead to 12 points. The hosts
displayed their tournament credentials by scoring nine points without reply to
race into a 62:50 lead by the start of the final quarter.
With an offensive basketball from both teams Serbia defended their lead and led
the game to the lucky end. Lithuania lost the fourth 26:27 and the game itself
Brazil U19 celebrated an important win to advance to the Quarter-Final of FIBA
U19 World Championship. In the last game of the Qualifying Round Brazil rolled
over China 89:77. The latter won three quarters out of four, however the loss in
the second was too much for China. Brazil smashed the Asians with 34:9 and
advanced to the next stage.
Prestes (208-C-88) led the winners with 26 points and 14 rebounds. Duarte
produced 19 and De Moura Melazzo added 16.
(202-F-89) top-scored with 23 points in the losing effort.
China led 19:16 after the first quarter but could not repeat the same in the
second. Brazil had two enormous runs to win the second 34:9. Both teams went to
the lockers as the board showed 50:28 at the half.
China started the third quarter with 17-4 run and trailed only 51:64 after three
quarters. The teams played evenly in the fourth quarter but China never got
closer than 9.
Brazil outrebounded China 49-33 and had 16 turnovers to 23 by China. China hit
57 percent of its 2-point shots and 46 percent of its 3-pointers while Brazil
hit 45 percent of its 2-point shots and 27 percent of its 3-pointers.
USA beat France 87:82 and stayed the undefeated team in the group.
Korea got the unexpected, however pleasant win in the last day of the
Qualifying Round. Having no chances to advance Korea beat Turkey 104:96. A great
second quarter gave the Asians lead that followed the end of the game.
Yong Woong (189-G/F-88) led the way with 20 points. Ham Nuri posted 18
points and made 10 rebounds, while Jung Chang Young added 16.
Sevinc (198-F-88) produced 25 points in the losing effort.
Korea and Turkey both finished on a high tempo as two teas finished the first
24:24. The second quarter was the break up of the game when Korea went on a 10
points lead. Both teams of the tournament went to the lockers with 48:38 for
Asians. Turkey got back within a point thanks to Dogus Balbay (184-G-89)'s
lay-up to make it 55:54 in the third period. Trailing again in the fourth Turkey
almost pulled off a comeback with a 13-3 scoring stretch to make it 85:82. Korea
did not go down and had 98:93 with some minutes to go. Instead of keeping the
score Korea increased it to 104:96 and got the second win of the Qualifying
Round. The team finished at 2-4 and will continue in the Classification round.
Argentina qualified to the quarter-finals of the FIBA U19 World Championship
even though the team lost to Canada 82:87. Three teams in the group finished
with 3-3 and only Canada stayed out of the Quarterfinals. Due to the loss from
Turkey (58:81), the latter and Argentina qualified to the next stage. In the
game over Canada Nicolas De los Santos posted 24 points for Argentina.
Sebastian Vega (200-C-88) nailed 17 and made 10 rebounds, while Nicolas
Aguirre netted 16.
Williams (198-F-89) top-scored for Canada with 25 points and 11 rebounds.
Boris Bakovic ended up with 17 points and 13 rebounds and Devoe Joseph had 14.
Canada played the great game and you seldom see a winner of the game unhappy, as
the loser qualifies to another stage. Both teams nailed 24 points in the opening
quarter and looked forward toward the rest of the game. Greg Francis' outfit
quickly learnt from their mistakes from the opening period and tightened their
defense to race into a 38:28 lead midway through the second quarter.
In the second half Argentina won the third quarter 17:13 however lost the fourth
28:29. As a result 82:87 loss but the ticket to the next round for the South
Australia stayed undefeated beating Spain 86:84.
Serbia against Turkey in the quarterfinal - Jul. 19, 2007
performance and win vs France Serbian NT outplayed Lithuania 89:76 and will meet
Turkey in the quarterfinal tomorrow at 18:00h. All quarterfinal games will be
played on Friday so USA will play against Argentina, France against Spain while
undefeated Australia will meet Brazil. Serba made plus 11 after first quarter
and successfully kept that advantage until the end.
Raduljica (213-C-88, agency:
who netted 90% of his points in the first half, led Serbians scoring 23 points
and grabbing 7 rebounds while PG
Markovic (191-G-88) followed him adding 15 points and 3 assists.
Zygimantas Janavicius (192-G-89) posted 17 points and dished out 7 assists
for Lithuania who had 25 attempts for 3-pts during the game making only 7 of
One of the best Serbian players and best scorer against France with 18 points
Keselj (208-F-88, agency:
Basket) got serious slashes on his hand early in the 2nd minute of the game
and it is still not known will he be able to help his team mates in the fight
for the medals.
Serbia - Lithuania 89:76
Serbia: Jeremic 10, Despotovic 8 (4 as), Katnic 3, Markovic 15 (3 as),
Keselj 2, Radulovic 2, Stojacic 6, Cakarevic, Macvan 10 (4 as), Raduljica 23 (7
rebs), Marjanovic 10 (4 rebs), Cupkovic.
Lithuania: Janavisius 17 (7 as), Birgelis, Cepukaitis 4 (4
rebs), Beliavicius 2, Kleiza 7, Gvezdauskas 11, Gailius, Brazdauskis, Valukonis
13 (6 rebs), Gecevicius 13, Skardauskas 2, Grinius 7.
Important win for Serbia against France 79:62 - Jul. 18, 2007
undefeated France last night in the very interesting game and succeeded to make
extremely important win 62:79 securing the spot for the quarterfinals. Couple of
top European prospects demonstrated their talent last night (Marjanovic, Keselj,
Macvan, Batum, Ajinca). After almost equalized first half France, mostly owing
to center Ajinca, made 41:36 at the beginning of the third quarter and later
47:41. Katnic scored 3-pts shot in the last offense of the third period getting
Serbia really close 47:46. In the last 10 minutes Serbia dominated, Jeremic,
Katnic and Keselj made couple of important shots while Marjanovic was great in
the paint. France had bad FT percentage 6/12 and same situation was with shots
behind the arc 2/14. €œGiant€
Marjanovic (216-C-88) shined adding double-double 15 points and 10 rebounds
for 22 minutes on the court.
Keselj (208-F-88, agency:
Basket) was the best scorer for Serbia netting 18 points while hero from the
game against Brazil
Macvan (206-F/C-89) also was good collecting 16 points and 6 rebounds.
Alexis Ajinca (214-C-88) who posted 14 points including 6 rebounds and
Vaty (206-F-88) who finished game with 10 points and 6 rebounds were the
best for France.
France - Serbia 62:79
France: Batum 5 (9 rebs, 6 as), Diot 9 (4 as), Mbaye 8, Ajinca 14 (6
rebs), Mangin 5, Jackson, Tillie 2, Vaty 10 (6 rebs),
DNP: Begarin, Romain, Etilopy.
Serbia: Jeremic 10 (4 as), Despotovic 2, Katnic 8, Markovic (5
as, 5 st), Keselj 18, Radulovic 4, Stojacic, Cakarevic 3 (5 rebs), Macvan 16 (6
rebs), Raduljica, Marjanovic 15 (10 rebs), Cupkovic 3.
Serbia will play against Lithuania today at 18:00h.
Australia and USA lead the groups - Jul. 18, 2007
Lithuania U19-China U19 85:66 (17:12, 15:16, 26:16, 27:22)
Lithuania U19 stays alive in Group E of FIBA U19 World Championship. In
the game against China the Baltic team overcame 85:66. That victory lifted them
to 2-3 in the group and tied with Brazil for the 4/5 places.
Gecevicius (193-G-88) led the winners with 17 points.
Deividas Gailius (200-F-88) ended up with 16, while
Zygimantas Janavicius (192-G-89) added 13. Yong Hu produced 16 points in the
losing effort. China is 1-4 and will probably be out of the Quarterfinal.
Lithuania was the favorite of this game as they had a great battle with USA last
time. China however was luckier to start with 4-0 run after two minutes of the
game. Meanwhile Lithuania bounced back with 17:12 in the first. The Baltic state
had 32:28 when the teams left to the interims.
In the beginning of the third China tied the score at 35 points ach but lost the
third quarter 16:26. Moreover Lithuania pushed the tempo in the last to
celebrate 85:66 win.
Today Lithuania will face Serbia which is 4-1 in the group and always has a
great support from the spectators. China will meet Brazil and can tie them at
Deividas Gailius 16,
Zygimantas Janavicius 13
China U19: Yong Hu 16,
Canada U19-Korea U19 99:83 (23:18, 19:27, 28:22, 29:16)
Canada U19 was managed to go on a 2-3 record in Group F of FIBA U19
World Championship. Korea and Canada both had 1-3 before the game with each
other, however the North Americans took the 5th spot so far.
Williams (198-F-89) was unstoppable for the winners nailing 27 points and 12
Devoe Joseph (191-G-90) chipped in 16 and John House scored 10.
Seup (195-F-88) with his threes ended up with 22 points.
Canada got an important win, however was upset finding out that Turkey won the
game also. The Canadians edged the opening quarter, but were pegged back to
23:23 early in the second. Korea showed a well-balanced game and dominated in
the second quarter. By the half time the Asians had three points deficit as they
It took Canada some time to catch up the opponents. In the third quarter
Williams returned Canada to 63:63. Right after that his team was too far
from Korea. Inspired by the lead Canada increased the lead to 99:83 in the end.
Today Canada faces Argentina in the last game of the day. Korea will have
another battle with Turkey.
Williams 27+12 rebs,
Joseph 16, John House 10
Ho (203-C-88) 17
France U19-Serbia U19 62:79 (14:15, 21:19, 16:17, 11:28)
France U19 that was the undefeated team in Group E lost to the hosts of
FIBA U19 World Championship. Serbia had an outstanding performance in the last
quarter and stun the French squad.
Keselj (208-F-88, agency:
Basket) (208-F-88, agency:
Basket) led the winners with 18 points.
Macvan (206-F/C-89) netted 16, while
Marjanovic (216-C-88) scored 15 points and made 10 rebounds.
Ajinca (214-C-88) top-scored for France netting 14 points. Serbia reached
France in the group as both teams stay second with 4-1.
France failed twice in the game: in the beginning and in the end. They could
recover from the first run, but did not have strength for the second. Serbia
went into a 7-0 lead early on but their opponents had reined them in by the
midway point of the first quarter. Serbia led one point after first 10 minutes
with 15:14 on the board. Meanwhile France took that as a lesson and won the
first half 35:34.
The game became more interesting as Serbia tied the score and sent both teams to
the final quarter. In the last one the game however was only seen by the hosts.
Katnic (193-G-89) and
Jeremic (195-G-88) early in the fourth put Serbia's noses in front with
70:57. The game was done while the final score is 79:62.
Today France play USA while Serbia take on Lithuania.
Vaty (206-F-88) 10
Marjanovic 15+10 rebs
Australia U19-Argentina U19 79:78
(22:13, 16:16, 30:19, 11:30)
Argentina U19 had a thriller over the leader of Group F Australia. Trailing in
the whole game the latinos came back with 30:11 in the last. That was however
not enough to upset the Emus as they won 79:78 in FIBA U19 World Championship.
Ogilvy (211-C/F-88) led the winners with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Jackson (201-F-88) posted 14 points and Pat Mills added 12.
Aguirre (182-G-88) was on top of the scoring list for Argentina with 16
Australia started the game as if they had to and led 22:13 after the opening
quarter. The second stanza started with a 9-0 run for Australia fueled by
Ogilvy. When the score was 31:13, Argentina bounced back with 38:29 at the
Australians increased to 20-point, 68:48 with only 10 minutes remaining. The
game was over...but not for Argentina. They started the last quarter with a 7-0
run. The latinos made everything they wanted in the court winning the last
30:11. Unfortunately that was not enough to reach the Emus.
Today Argentina meets Canada in the last
game of the day, while Australia faces Spain for the first place in the group.
Ogilvy 18+12 rebs,
Jackson 14+7 rebs, Pat Mills 12,
Shannon Seebohm (190-G-88) 11
Cecchi (201-G/F-88) 11
Turkey U19-Spain U19 59:56
Turkey took on Spain on the second day of FIBA U19 WC second round and
registered the third victory as Spain tasted the first loss in 5 games. In a
low scoring game Turkey managed to control the tempo thanks to skillful
(184-G-89) (184-G-89) who had another all around game and
opened up a 16 points deficit through the final quarter.
(206-F/C-88) and his Spain resisted to cut the lead to one
in the decisive final minutes but
Mesut Kadir Cipa
(205-F-88)'s jumper sealed the deal for Turkey as
(195-G-88) wasted the last chance for Spain. Turkish
poured in a game high 16 points and also added 7 boards, 3
steals, 2 assist and one block shot. On the other hand
totally added 18 points and 23 rebounds for the losing
side. Turkey will face S. Korea on the third day of WC in Novi Sad.
Brazil U19-USA U19 65:104 (16:30, 15:15, 17:33, 17:16)
Brazil U19 lost to the favorite of FIBA U19 World Championship, USA
65:104. The loss sent Latinios to the 4/5 places with Lithuania as both teams
has 2-3 record. A 14-1 run in the opening period put the beginning of the USA's
Michael Beasley (204-F-89) paced the winners with 16 points and 9 rebounds.
Patrick Beverley (185-G-88) ended up with 13 points as three other players
Prestes (208-C-88) was the one who reached the double digits nailing 26
points and 13 rebounds.
Brazil U19 could not prepare well for the game against USA. The latter was on
fire as they remembered the tough win over Lithuania last time. The USA
started with 14-1 run in the opening quarter and never looked behind. Brazil had
a nice second quarter and tied it with 15 points for both teams. That gave USA
45:31 lead by the half time.
Another disaster saw Brazil in the third quarter as they lost it 17:33. When the
game was over for Brazil they managed to win the last quarter 17:16 and lost
Today USA faces France and Brazil will meet China.
Prestes 26+13 rebs,
Nardi Duarte (193-G/F-88) 8
Michael Beasley 16+9 rebs,
Patrick Beverley 13
Four teams stay undefeated in World Championship - Jul. 17, 2007
stay undefeated in U19 World Championship in Serbia. Australia and Spain hold
the Group F with 4-0, while USA and France have the same record in Group E.
In Group E Lithuania U19 gave a real battle to the USA
losing only 81:90 in U19 World Championship. The United States increased to 4-0
leaving Lithuania at 1-3.
Lighty (196-G/F-88) led the way for the winners with 19 points.
Thompson (203-F-88) produced 17 points, while
Beverley (185-G-88) ended up with 14.
Deividas Gailius (200-F-88) top-scored for the Baltic team with 19 points.
Lithuania started as if they were undefeted team in the tournament. The team
spent much of the first period trailing, but battled back to 19:18 after the
first 10 minutes. USA came back to the game and after some baskets from the
leaders had 45:39 by the half-time. In the third quarter Lithuania broke up and
saw a nightmare in the court. USA increased the lead to 18 points and finished
the third at 75:57.
Although Lithuania woke up in the last quarter time was the key for the winners.
The Baltic team won the fourth 24:15 and cut to 81:90 in the end.
With both at 2-1 before the game with each other Serbia grabbed an
important win over Brazil to take the third spot. Brazil had a good opening
quarter and the beginning of the second. Later on Serbia kepr the games in their
hands and did not allow Brazil to take over.
Macvan (206-F/C-89) was unstoppable for the hosts nailing 36 points to lead
Serbia to an 87:75 victory.
Jeremic (195-G-88) posted 19 points, while Marcovik produced 14.
Nardi Duarte (193-G/F-88) led the way for the South Americans with 22
points. Serbia U19 supported by 2500 fans went on a 13:8 lead in the opening
quarter. The Brazilians find themselves ending the first at 22:21. Right after
that Brazil took a 24:23 lead in the beginning of the second. Meanwhile Serbia,
Macvan closed the half with 44:34.
In the second half
Macvan moved the hosts to 67:55 in the end of the third. The last quarter
did not bring any changes in the difference of the score. Both teams played
tough game with Serbia holding the score and Brazil trying to catch up. As a
result 20:20 in the last and Serbia celebrates 87:75 win.
France smashed China 106:57 with 23 points from edwin Jackson.
In Group F Australia stays unbeaten after a win over Korea
Andrew Ogilvy (211-C/F-88) led the winners with 27 points and 12 rebounds.
Jackson (201-F-88) produced 18,
Johnson (211-C-88) 17 and
Goulding (190-G-88) 15 points.
Sunhyung (186-G-88) top-scored for Korea with 22 points.
The game started very fast and Korea was luckier to go on 4-2 lead. That was
their only lead of the game. The first quarter was pretty balanced though
Australia finished with 28:22 after 10 minutes. The Emus started the second
period making a 14-0 run. Korea lost the half with 29:57, however still stayed
The second half looked like the second quarter,
Jackson fed Ogilvy under the basket for a nice dunk to extend the lead to
74:38. In the end of the third quarter
Australia was keeping the score to 99:60 going into the final period. Korea
tried to defense, but a 36-19 mauling over the last 10 minutes rounded off the
game in fitting style. Korea lost the game 79:135 and fell at 1-3 in Group F.
Canada fell at 1-3 leaving Spain undefeated in FIBA U19 World Championship.
Spain triumphed with an 83:69 victory to increase at 4-0 in Group F.
Forcada (195-G-88) led the way for the victors with 18 points and 9
Javier Vega (206-C-88) contributed with 16 points, while
Clave (206-F/C-88) added 15 points.
Williams (198-F-89) and
Joseph (191-G-90) top-scored for Canada scoring 21 points each.Canada U19
went on a 2-0 lead after
Brittain (206-F-88) made a jump-shot. Spain answered with some baskets, took
control and never looked behind. Europeans stretched away to lead 21:16 at the
end of the first quarter.In the second quarter the 5 points lead was increased
to 7 as Spain hold a 41:34 advantage at half-time. In the second half Canada
tried to come closer but could not. Spain had a great defense and proved that
the team will struggle at least for the first place in the group. Canada's task
now is to advance to the Quarterfinal.
Argentina beat Turkey 68:59 with Aguierre 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Lebanon and Mali opened the first day of the Classification Round.
In the game between two winless teams Lebanon was stronger winning 76:56. The
team won all the quarters and dominated in the court.
Farraj (187-G-88) top-scored for the winners with 29 points and 7 rebounds.
Martinez (188-G-88) ended up with 20, while Abi Mrad posted 11 points.
Mahamane Haidara (194-F-90) stayed on top for Mali with 15 points. In the
game between two teas that did not taste the win of the Championship this year
Lebanon looked more confident. From the first minutes the team took a control of
the game however increased the lead from the quarter to quarter. As for Mali
they showed the better offense in the third quarter nailing 15 points. That
period was also the toughest as Lebanon won only 2 points at that period of
Waly Coulibaly (187-G/F-88) who is usually top-scores for Mali ended up with
12 points and showed the second result in the team.
In another game of the Classification Nigeria beat Puerto Rico 97:77. Today
Lebanon faces Nigeria in the first game of the day and will find out probably
the winner of the Round. In another game Mali will meet Puerto Rico.
Third win for Serbia - Jul. 17, 2007
against USA in the third preliminary round Serbian U19 National Team celebrated
over Brazil 87:75 recording third win in eight-final group E so they are
currently on the third place behind France and USA who are still unbeatable.
Brazil had plus 1 after first 10 minutes but Serbia succeeded to make 44:34 on
the half time. Maximum advantage during the game was plus 17 for the hosts. It
seemed that winner is already known but then Brazilians started to play much
better while Serbia played too nervously with lot of mistakes which resulted
with 71:66 in the center of last quarter. At the end Brazil missed 5 FT and 1:57
until the end Jeremic confirmed win with successful 3-pts shot for 80:71.
Macvan (206-F/C-89) poured in 36 points and grabbed 7 rebounds while
Jeremic (195-G-88) added 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 steals. Center
Prestes (208-C-88) was the best for Brazil making double-double 20 points
and 14 rebounds.
Serbia will meet France today at 18:00h.
Serbia - Brazil 87:75
Serbia: Jeremic 19 (4 rebs, 5 st), Despotovic, Katnic 2, Markovic 14 (3
as), Keselj 2, Radulovic, Stojacic 4, Cakarevic 2, Macvan 36 (7 rebs), Raduljica
2, Marjanovic 6 (10 rebs)
Brazil: Verzolana 13, Bramorski 1, Melazzo 7, B. Ferreira,
Duarte 22, Santos, Souza, Ortega 9 (5 st), R. Ferreira 4, Silva, Limonta,
Prestes 20 (14 rebs).
The end of the Preliminary Round - Jul. 15, 2007
Preliminary Round waived to the teams and sent 3 from each of 4 groups to the
In Group A Lebanon U19
lost all three games of FIBA U19 World Championship. In the last game of the
group the team was defeated by France 58:100.
Batum (201-F-88) led the winners with 15 points.
Moerman (203-F/C-88) produced 14, while
Vaty (206-F-88) added 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Mohamad Hamdar (202-C-88) was the best for the Asians with 12 points.
Unbeaten France completed their Group A on the top with 3-0 and advanced to the
Eighth Finals. Lebanon will struggle in the Classification Round for 13-16
places. Even though France advanced to the Eighth Finals earlier Richard Billant
started with his strongest five. That led France to 26:18 in the opening
quarter. By the half time Europeans had 50:32 and it was clear at that time that
Lebanon could not hope for the win.Things got worse for the Asians in the third
period as they were defetaed 12:27. In the last quarter Lebanon played their
game, while France eagered to achieve 100. They fabulously managed their task
and won 100:58.
Lithuania U19 and Brazil struggled for the second place in the Group A,
however both of them advanced to the Eighth Finals in advance. With 25:10 in the
third Lithuania was smashed with 14:32 in the last and was defeated 75:81.
Prestes (208-C-88) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and 19
Nardi Duarte (193-G/F-88) produced 20, while Verzolana De Freitas added 15.
Valukonis (196-F-88) led Lithuania with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Brazil
finishes the group with 2-1 record, while Lithuania stays behind with 1-2.
France stayed undefeated and Lebanon will struggle in the Classification Round.
Lithuania U19 lost for the second time in FIBA U19 World Championship. The first
half did not bring as much interest as the second. The interest was however that
both squads stayed together in almost first two quarters. Lithuania lost the
first 17:23, but won the second 19:16. A game had started in the second half as
Lithuania stormed with 25:10 in the third. Brazil, however trailing 63:49 at the
start of the fourth quarter, reeled off 11 consecutive points. Carlinhos Ortega
then buried a three-pointer with 33 seconds remaining taking his team to 77:75
lead. Lithuania did not score anymore, while Brazil added 4 more points.
In Group B Serbai and USA had one of the best games so far.
Serbia trailed by 16 points late in the third quarter and tied the United States
near the end of the fourth but ran out of steam and lost to the Americans,
82:78. Stephen Curry had a game-high 19 points. Macvan and Miroslav Raduljica
each finished with 15 points for Serbia. USA finished first, while Serbia ended
Mali U19 and China struggled for the third place that gave the ticket to the
Eighth Finals of FIBA U19 World Championship. The latter qualified for the next
round with a 59:46 win. Mali was leading 14:10 in the first, but could not
believe in their win.
Coulibaly (187-G/F-88)'s effort was not enough as he poured in 19 points.
(212-C-89) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 8 rebounds.
Bo (196-G/F-89) finished with 11, while
Qin (195-G-88) collected 8. China improved to 1-2 and grabbed the last
advancing spot, while Mali will struggle in the Classification Round. Mali U19
had the best of the opening quarters with 14:10 ahead. That was a surprise not
only for the opponents, however for the spectators as well. In the second
quarter China pushed the tempo and left Mali at 5 points in the quarter. The
teams went for the interims with 23:19 for the Asians. The second half started
with the same stream as China dominated in the court. By the end of the third
quarter, they had edged in front by eight points 46:37. China increased in the
end and won 13:9 the last. Mali will hope to take a better place fighting for
the 13-16 places.
Australia won Group C beating Canada 81:70.
Ogilvy (211-C/F-88) was unstoppable for the winners with 26 points and 18
rebounds. Mills ended up with 11, while
Seebohm (190-G-88) and
(190-G-88) netted 10.
Joseph (191-G-90) shone for Canada with 31 points. Australia finished the
group with 3-0, while Canada thanked Turkey for the win over Nigeria and
advanced to the Eighth Finals. Australia was the favorite of the game and proved
it from the first minutes. Ben Dowdell put the team up 10:5. Canadians trailed
in the first quarter as Australia led 28:22. In the second quarter Australia
increased the score winning the quarter 19:15.
Joseph kept Canada in the game with 37:27 at the half. In the second half
Canada could not struggle in the third, however woke up in the last quarter.
Canada tried to claw their way back and did close the gap to 75:68 after a jump
shot from Boris Bakovic. Meanwhile Australia did not allowed anything else for
the North Americans.
Turkey beat Nigeria 91:82 as Ibrahim Adamu Yusuf had 29 points and eight
rebounds for Nigeria.
In Group D Spain stayed undefeated after a win over Korea.
The Asians lost to Spain 80:97 and finished
Xavier Forcada (195-G-88) led the winners with 23 points.
Claver posted 19 points and made 7 rebounds, while
Cabot (200-F-88) chipped in 14.
Min Seup (195-F-88) was again on top for Korea producing 13 points. With no
losses in Group A Spain qualified to the Eighth Finals being the favorite. The
Europeans started with 19:16 and did not look much better than the opponents.
After Korea reduced to 1 point Spain created a 10-1 run. The first half ended up
with 49:34 for Spain. Korea did not give up and stormed back with 59:54. That
was a good lesson for the favorites and they mounted in another run, that time
with 15-2. Spain reached the third win, however Korea satisfied with Puerto
Argentina demolished Puerto Rico 112:72 in the last game of the
Second day results and news - Jul. 14, 2007
waived to 16 teams in FIBA U19 World Championship. It is now a little bit clear
which teams probably advanced to the Play-off.
In Group A Lithuania U19 team got the first win in FIBA U19
World Championship. In the second game of the tournament the Baltic team
overcame Lebanon 105:69. The latter had the second loss and covers the bottom of
Group A with 0-2. Lithuania smashed the opponents in the opening quarter 35:18
and continued to destroy them later.
Gvezdauskas (190-G-88) led the winners with 27 points.
Deividas Gailius (200-F-88) posted 14, while
Cepukaitis (207-C-89) and Marius Valukonis added 12. Miguel Martinez
top-scored for Lebanon with 16 points.
Lithuania remembered the first pity loss from France and used their power
against Lebanon from the first minutes. They pushed them offensively and won the
first 35:18. The game had the same pace in the second as Lithuania reached
57:35. At the start of the third quarter a 13-0 blitz capped by another
Gvezdauskas effort from long range effectively ended the game as a contest,
Lebanon scoring just nine points in the quarter as the fight drained from
Adriano Geraldis' men. Even in the end of the third Lithuania could celebrate
the win. The coach allowed to play the whole team later in the fourth as
Lithuania beat Lebanon 27:25 in the last. As a result it gave them 105:69 win in
FIBA U19 World Championship.
In another game France beat Brazil 98:73.
Jackson (190-G-89) (190-G-89) led the winners with 24 points as France
increased to 2-0.
In Group B USA and Serbia go for 2-0. USA smashed China 103:77,
while Serbia overcame Mali 70:47.Miroslav Raduljica led the hosts with 14 points
and 19 rebounds. Marko Keselj posted 13 and Milan Macvan ended up with 11
points. Waly Coulibaly was again the best for Mali producing 17 points. It was
another defense we saw Mali in the second game. Remembering 118 from USA, Mali
concentrated more in their half and looked well. Serbia however was in front and
won the opening 17:14. The hosts began to improve their offensive play and
extended their lead to 38:20 at the end of the second quarter. In the second
half it was the game of two defensive teams as both squads scored 20 points
Marjanovic (216-C-88) helped Serbia to exert their control in the third
quarter with 5 points to help his side to a comfortable 48:29 lead. In the last
quarter Mali played more opened and could score 17 points. Meanwhile Serbia
satisfied with 22 and won the quarter by 5. As a result the Europeans celebrated
stepped into the next stage beating Nigeria 77:73 in Group C.
Ogilvy top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Korea U19 opened the column
for the wins in FIBA U19 World Championship. In a fabulous game between Puerto
Rico and Korea, the latter celebrated 98:94 win. It allowed the team to tied at
1-1, while the South Americans fell at 0-2. Kim Min Seup led the winners with 23
Park Yoo Min (185-G-88) produced 22, while Kim Hyun Ho added 19.
Gilberto Clavell (198-F-89) had a great performance for the losing team
scoring 29 points and making 13 rebounds. It was the game where the score
changed the whole time. In the first quarter Korea had 3 points deficit and
finished the first 20:17. Andres Torres' jump shot gave Puerto Rico 38:33 lead,
before Korea fought back through Kim Min Seup and
Min. In the end of the second quarter Puerto Rico reduced the arrears to
just one point at the end to trail 41:40. In the third quarter Korea grabbed
another 3 points for the deficit as the teams finished at 68:65 after 30
minutes. A dramatic fourth quarter saw Puerto Rico hold a 90:88 advantage with
less than 2 minutes to go. Korea with the help of
Min and Kim Hyun Ho take control at 98:92. Even though Josue Soto reduced
for the South Americans, Korea celebrated 98:94 win.
Group D Canada U19 lost the first game in FIBA U19 World Championship.
After a win in the opener the team lost to Turkey 58:81. The game was mostly
done in the first half as the Europeans had 18 points advantage.
Sevinc (198-F-88) and
Ozcan (200-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Mesut Kadir Cipa
netted 14 and made 10 rebounds and Dogus Balbay dished out a game high 10
assists. Boris Bakovic nailed 14 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.
Turkey got off to a much better start thanks to Alpella swingman
Sevinc who had a horrible game yesterday. Turkish team did not get away from
the game discipline in the second quarter and
Ozcan's contribution never let Canada to come back. The North Americans tied
only the third quarter but always trailed in the game. Devoe Joseph could not
show the same game against Turkey as he did over Nigeria. This time instead of
33 he chipped in only 8. Canada losses the first game and ties at 1-1. Turkey
has the same result as they lost to Australia in the opener.
Spain rolled over Argentina 88:68 with Claver's 23 points and 9 rebounds. Spain
remains the only undefeated team in the group.
FIBA U19 World Championship first day results - Jul. 13, 2007
World Championship started yesterday in Novi Sad, Serbia. All 16 team that are
divided into 4 groups opened the stats in the tournament.
In Group A Brazil overcame Lebanon 83:67. The latter won the
opening quarter, but could not resist in the end. Prestes led the winners with
18 points and 17 rebounds. Lithuanian U19 team could not start with a win in
FIBA U19 World Championship. In a game with a strong France Baltic team had to
admit 82:85 loss. That was the first game not only in the group A, however in
the Championship as well. Edwin Jackson led the winners with 25 points. Moerman
scored 16 and made 10 rebounds, while Diot and Batum added 9 points each.
Gecevicius (193-G-88) and
Valukonis (196-F-88) top-scored for Lithuania with 20 points.
Playing with one of the favorites of the Championship Lithuania had a great
game. The team however looked nervous in the first half and as a result France
won the opening quarter 20:15. The same number of points Lithuania allowed the
opponents to score in the second. The latter produced one point moire than in
the first as the second quarter ended up with 20:16.
The second half belonged to Lithuania. With a great offensive basketball in the
third quarter the Baltic team scored 29 points. The Baltics battled back tied
the contest at 77:77 later in the fourth. Although Lithuania won the fourth
quarter they could not win the game. France did much of their damage at the free
throw line, making 26 of 34, compared to just 8 of 15 for Lithuania. France won
the opener 85:82 and moved atop the group.
In Group B USA demolished Mali 118:56. Mali could not score for
the first 7 minutes trailing 0-21, however won the second quarter 23:20. Beasley
led the winners with 21 points.
Jordan (208-F/C-88) nailed 18 and made 7 rebounds, while Porter scored 14.
Coulibaly was the only one who reached double digits for the Africans netting 22
In the opening quarter USA went on two enormous runs. The first one was the
nightmare for Mali as the team could not score until the USA produced 21 points.
The Africans got their chance when Amadou Kaba was fouled and went to the line
to take two free throws. He missed the first, but made the second to reduce the
arrears to 21:1. The second run USA produced in the end of the quarter finishing
at 34:5. In the second quarter the game had changed definitely. Even though the
USA' deficit reminded the same Mali scored more often. It was African team that
celebrated the victory in the second with 23:20. The rest of the game did not
bring any intrigue in the game. USA easily led the game to the first win in FIBA
U19 World Championship.
In another game of the group Serbia satisfied the fans with a 78:61 victory over
Mladen Jeremic (195-G-88) led the winners with 25 points.
In Group C Canadian U19 team had a great start in FIBA U19
World Championship. In the opener Canada demolished Nigeria 82:60. An
outstanding performance by
Joseph (191-G-90) brought the North Americans 33 points. House and
Bakovic (201-F-88) posted 15 points for the winners. Negedu ended up with 16
points and 14 rebounds in the losing effort.
Nigeria was the team that surprised the spectators in the first half of the
game. Especially in the first quarter African team went on a 20:17 lead. In the
beginning of the second Nigeria earned a six-point advantage at 25:19. As the
game went to the end of the half, Canada tied the score at 35 points each. The
third period was a pleasure for Canada. They made the decisive break in the game
in the third period, establishing what turned out to be an unassailable 61:48
lead. In the last quarter Canada did not stop and led the game to a happy end.
The North Americans celebrated the first win in the FIBA U19 World Championship
Australia defeated Turkey 77:65 with 15 points from
Balbay (184-G-89). Australia and Canada lead the group with 1-0 record.
In Group D Korea lost the opener of FIBA U19 World Championship
in Serbia. In the first game the Asians were defeated by Argentina 85:91. Korea
managed to raise a 63:56 advantage, but could not keep the score. Argentina
battle back with 24:18 in the last to celebrate the first win.
Gerbaudo (180-G-89) was everywhere nailing 16 points, making 8 assists and 8
rebounds. Santos scored 13, while Aguerre and Vega collected 11. Jin Soon Kim
top-scored for Korea with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
It was clear from the first minutes that both teams will probably find out the
winner in the end. Argentina and Korea got used to each other finishing the
first at 18:18. The Asians took a bit of control in the second quarter and won
the half 43:40.The South Americans tied the contest at 67:67 by the end of third
quarter, but the Koreans again surged into a 73:67 lead. In the last quarter
Argentina created a 13-0 run that shocked the Asians. There was no time and
strength for Korea to come back.
Spain edged Puerto Rico 91:89 as
Claver (206-F/C-88) poured in 31 points. For Puerto Rico, Angel Luis Garcia
led the way by drilling three of six from the arc and finishing with 22 points.
Opening win for Serbia - Jul. 13, 2007
National Team secured an opening win against China 61:78 on the FIBA World
Championship 2007 in Novi Sad, Serbia. China finished first period having 19:17
but in the second quarter Serbia made serious run keeping China on 8 points so
they went on the half time with plus 14, 27:41. Hosts succeeded to keep
advantage until the end recording first win on WC. Guard
Jeremic (195-G-88) was unstoppable collecting 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4
steals while 221 cm tall "giant"
Marjanovic (216-C-88) also shined adding 16 points and 6 rebounds. China got
14 points and 5 rebounds from
Serbia will play against Mali today at 18:00h.
China - Serbia 61:78
China: Gu 8, Yang 6, Zhang 4, Li, Ba, Y. Xu 12 (6 rebs), Tian 12 (7
rebs), Delehi 3, Su 14 (5 rebs), Wang 2
DNP: X. Xu, Li.
Serbia: Jeremic 25 (4 rebs, 4 st), Despotovic (4 rebs, 6 as),
Katnic 7 (4 rebs), Markovic, Keselj, Radulovic, Stojacic 4 (4 rebs), Cakarevic
2, Macvan 7, Raduljica 12 (7 rebs), Marjanovic 16 (6 rebs), Cupkovic 5
FIBA U19 WC: Brazil kicks off with a convincing win over Lebanon - Jul. 12, 2007
started off its WC campaign with a convincing win over Lebanon this afternoon in
Novi Sad, Serbia. The €˜canarinho' squad, coached by Jose Neto, defeated the
Lebanese by the score of 83 to 67 winning a key game in its way to qualifying to
the second round. Paulao's dominance in the paint and a poor third quarter by
the Lebanese were key factors for the win, but as we know, the latter might not
happen in the next two games.
The Lebanese started the game on top leading by 6 (2-8) with 6.43 minutes on the
clock. Two free throws by Betinho put the Brazilians back on track (4-8), but
things weren't clicking for Neto's boys, and Lebanon was able to hold on to a
five point lead throughout most of the first quarter. Brazil got close once
again with two free throws by Paulao (13-15), but let the Lebanese slip away one
more time (17-26) with a minute to go before storming back with a three pointer
by Betinho and two more free throws by Paulao (22-26).
Mohammed Amdar made two free throws to keep the lead at 4 for the Lebanese
(26-30) as the second quarter got under way. Brazil's next two possessions would
give them the lead as Bruno Ferreira and CauÃª scored back to back three pointers
(32-30). The team got off track once again though. A series of turnovers gave
the Lebanese an opportunity to regain the lead (33-38), but not to extend it as
the center Easterners also made key mistakes, and enabled Brazil to close in the
gap to just one bucket (36-38) before half time.
The third quarter decided the match in favor of the Brazilians. After a slow
start by both teams, Brazil regained the lead with 6.40 minutes to go on a three
pointer by Carlos Ortega (44-42), and didn't look back. Two free throws by point
guard Henrique and a lay up by
Melazzo (200-F/G-88) forced Coach Adriano Geraldes to call a timeout for
Lebanon with 4.47 minutes on the clock (48-43). Brazil came back on court and
went on a 14-3 run that pretty much sealed its victory by the end of the third
Paulao dominated the paint and his rebounding efforts continued to boost
Brazil's offense as it went on a 10-3 run to start the fourth quarter (71-50).
The lead got up to 27 points (81-54) after a sequence of powering plays that
featured a dunk by
Melazzo, jump shots, and free throws by Paulao. Brazil slowed down its
rhythm as bench players got a chance to play while the Lebanese scored its last
points of the afternoon (83-67).
Paulao was Brazil's top player as expected, scoring 17 points and capturing 18
rebounds. Betinho played well in the first half scoring most of his 14 points,
but in the second
Melazzo was Paulao's main scoring partner bucketing 15 points. Miguel
Martinez finished as the top performer on Lebanon's side with 17 points and 4
Brazil will now face France while the Lebanese must beat Lithuania to keep their
hopes alive. The Frenchmen defeated Lithuania earlier today 85-82 as Batum
didn't shine as expected. However, the excellent performances by Edwin Jackson
and Adrien Moerman, show how deep "Les Bleus" are.
Brazil 83 (22+14+25+22)
Lebanon 67 (26+12+9+20)
Novi Sad welcomes to U19 World Championship - Jul. 10, 2007
World Championship will start tomorrow in Novi Sad, Serbia. The 8th FIBA U19
World Championship will be played from 12th to 22nd July 2007 with 16 teams
comprised of players born in 1988 or after.
The tournament will be played in two arenas of the Sport Center Vojvodina, the
second biggest multi-sports complex in the world. Both arenas have capacities of
8.500 and 2.500 seats.
In the Preliminary Round sixteen teams will be divided into four groups, the
teams of which you can see below. Each team will play all the other teams in its
own group. Three teams from each group will qualify for the Eighth Finals Round.
In the Eighth Final Round twelve teams qualified from the Preliminary Round will
be divided into two groups of six teams each. Each team will play the three new
teams in its own group. First four teams from the group will qualify for the
In the previous Championship that was held in 2003 in Thessaloniki, Greece,
Australian U19 squad celebrated the win. Lithuania finished second, while the
hosts of the tournament third. For Australia
Bogut (212-F/C-84, college:
time had 35 points and 14 rebounds. Steven Marcovic added 30 points and
Knight (203-F/C-85) scored 17.
Kleiza (203-F-85, agency:
had 26 for the silver medal winners, Barbauskas nailed 20 and Jomantas had 15.
Group A: Brazil, France, Lebanon, Lithuania
Group B: China, Mali, Serbia, USA
Group C: Australia, Canada, Nigeria, Turkey
Group D: Argentina, Korea, Puerto Rico, Spain
FIBA U19 WC: The last chance to joke around - Jul. 6, 2007
Thursday night I headed towards Club Athletic Paulistano's gym to watch the
Brazilian U19 squad scrimmage against the Brazilian Pan American Games team in
what was their last chance to have a friendly atmosphere on court. After a
strong first quarter by the youngsters (17-15), the more intense and calculated
rhythm of Marcelo Huertas (Joventut Badalona), JP Batista (Rytas), and
Marcelinho's (Zalgiris) game took over.
Coach Neto started Carlos Ortega (Unicaja Malaga), the Spanish-Brazilian point
guard, Betinho (Winner Limeira), Thomas Melazzo (CA Paulistano), Rafael
€œMineiro€ de Souza (Franca Basquete) and
"Paulao" Prestes (208-C-88 / Clinicas Rincon Axarquia) at the 5. Carlos and
Betinho showed hard work but didn't have the emotional strength to avoid foolish
turnovers throughout the game. Paulao was the go to guy as most of the plays
were designed to use his strength and mobility at the post. However, with JP
Batista and Caio Torres (Estudiantes de Madrid) banging hard on him, he ran low
on stamina by half time.
Nonetheless the three athletes will be key figures in Brazil's attempt to reach
the second phase of the FIBA U19 World Championship that starts next week. It's
clear that things will be difficult, but they will have to step up big. Although
some of the kids have experience playing professionally in their clubs, nothing
is compared to the quality and quantity of time on court that guys like Nicolas
Batum and Martynas Gecevicius have been getting since they were drafted into
their clubs pro squads.
The first game against Lebanon is key to this team's chances of qualifying to
the second round. Losing the first game will put the Brazilians against a French
team that will be either looking to lock first spot position in the group, or
hungry to get over a first round loss to Lithuania. I wouldn't like to see Batum
being challenged at this level either way. The damage could be ugly.
So the homework must be done against Lebanon. As Neto stated, €œthe game against
Lebanon will be a do or die situation€. There will be no room for mistakes. On
the other side of the court he will find Adriano Geraldes, a Brazilian coach
that moved to the center East earlier in the year searching for the endless
petrol dollars, and that will be looking for a win due to the same reasons
The final is on July 12th. Stay tuned!
What a shame - Feb. 12, 2007
huge world basketball event was to come to Canada - the World Championships U19.
Many basketball fans were looking forward to having a chance to see future NBA
and Euroleague stars in one place. Vancouver proved to be the perfect
destination. Despite failing to keep their NBA team, they still had an extremely
strong reputation of having a great university team, and the city itself had a
history of successfully organizing some of the World's big events. And then came
the big blow: at the end of January, Basketball Canada announced that they had
given up on the event. Their explanation: organization problems, lack of
sponsorship, TV cost, etc.
Strangely enough, they had known about it since July 2006, yet it took them
seven months to realize that they were not able to organize it; now placing FIBA
in a situation of panic, where they have to quickly locate another place which
is able organize such an event in just over four months. What we have succeeded
in: making Canada's reputation for being a good place to locate
basketball-related events quickly slide down the gutter.
Canada can be proud about James Naismith's invention of basketball and about
location of Eurobasket - so far the most popular portal for international
basketball. But, on the other hand, it's the only industrialized country which
does not have ...it's own professional league.
Canada seems to prefer the narrow-minded attitude of "sticking to hockey", and
forgets that most of the kids at school actually play different sports.
However, they easily forget that hockey is played only in a very limited number
of the countries, making it relatively easy to be ranked very high on the
I am beginning to wonder why Canada does not invest into some other "extreme
sports". The good advice - look into rodeo, archery or bowling. That way they
can always assure that they get at least the bronze medal, since there aren't
many international competitors around.