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U19 Standings
Group E
1. USA 6-0
2. Serbia 5-1
3. France 4-2
4. Brazil 3-3
5. Lithuan. 2-4
6. China 1-5
Group F
1. Austral. 6-0
2. Spain 4-2
3. Turkey 3-3
4. Canada 3-3
5. Argenti. 3-3
6. Korea 2-4

WC U19 Preliminary Round Standings
Group A
1. France 3-0
2. Brazil 2-1
3. Lithuan. 1-2
4. Lebanon 0-3
Group B
1. USA 3-0
2. Serbia 2-1
3. China 1-2
4. Mali 0-3
Group C
1. Austral. 3-0
2. Turkey 2-1
3. Canada 1-2
4. Nigeria 0-3
Group D
1. Spain 3-0
2. Argenti. 2-1
3. Korea 1-2
4. P.Rico 0-3

WC U19
Final Standings
1. Serbia
2. USA
3. France
4. Brazil
5. Austral.
6. Argenti.
7. Turkey
8. Spain
9. Lithuan.
10. Canada
11. Korea
12. China
13. Lebanon
14. Mali
15. Nigeria
16. P.Rico

Serbian team celebrating World Championship (Photo: FIBA)

Serbian U19 National Team 2007 (Photo:SBF)
Serbian U19 National Team 2007





4 Filip Covic (178-G-89) of FMP II Beograd
5 Stevan Tapuskovic (201-F-89) of Partizan II Beograd
6 Stefan Zivanovic (196-F-89) of KK Beovuk 72 Beograd
7 Branko Lazic (194-G-89) of FMP II Beograd
8 Dusan Katnic (193-G-89) of BC Mega Ishrana Beograd
9 Dejan Cvoro (193-G-89) of Partizan II Beograd
10 Stefan Stojacic (197-G-89) of BC Mega Ishrana Beograd
11 Dusan Cvetkovic (205-F-89) of KK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje (MNT)
12 Nikola Maravic (210-C-89) of BC Mega Ishrana Beograd
13 Ivan Smiljanic (198-F-89) of FMP II Beograd
14 Nikola Markovic (207-F/C-89) of KK Beovuk 72 Beograd
15 Milan Macvan (206-F/C-89) of FMP II Beograd
Head Coach: Dejan Mijatovic
Coach Assistant: Oliver Vidin

   Serbia is the FIBA U19 World Champion !!! - Jul. 22, 2007 
Serbia 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 against Brazil Mladen Jeremic (195-G-88) shined again pouring in 24 points. Center Milan Macvan (206-F/C-89) had double-double 19 points and 10 rebounds while Stefan Stojacic (197-G-89) posted 14 points. Deon Thompson (203-F-88) who scored 16 points and Patrick Beverley (185-G-88) who added 15 points and 8 rebounds were better than the others for USA.

USA - Serbia 69:74
USA: 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, Keselj (injured).

In the battle for the third place France outplayed Brazil 75:67.

   USA and Serbia to play in the Final - Jul. 22, 2007
USA 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 when 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.

USA U19:Deon Thompson (203-F-88) 18+13 boards,Raymar Morgan (201-F-88) 13
France U19:Antoine Diot 18,Adrien 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 at halftime.
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.
Mladen Jeremic (195-G-88) provided 21 points and 6 rebounds for Serbia. Milan Macvan (206-F/C-89) added another 12 points for the winners. Paulo Prestes (208-C-88) sparked with 31 points and 15 boards for Brazil. Thomas 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.

Brazil U19: Paulo Prestes 31+15 boards, Thomas Melazzo 14, Rafael De Souza 11
Serbia U19: Mladen Jeremic 21, Milan Macvan 12.

   Serbia smashed Turkey 94:56 and advanced to the semis - Jul. 21, 2007
Serbia 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. Stefan Stojacic (197-G-89) and Milan Macvan (206-F/C-89) scored 13 points each while Stefan 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 Miroslav 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

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), Selen 2.

   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 halftime.
Andrew 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. Andrew 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.
Nardi Jose Nardi Duarte (193-G/F-88) scored 23 points and 5 steals for Brazil. Paulo Prestes (208-C-88) contributed 15 points and 14 rebounds in a winning effort for Brazilian squad. Andrew 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 Jose Nardi Duarte 23 points, Paulo Prestes 15+14 boards
Australia U19: Andrew Ogilvy 22, Patrick 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. Antoine Diot (191-G-89) provided 27 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for France. Adrien Moerman (203-F/C-88) scored another 24 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the winners. Spain replied with 28 points from Xavier Forcada (195-G-88).
France will now take on the USA in highly anticipated semifinal clash. Spain will play against Argentina in the classification round.

France U19: Antoine Diot 27 points, Adrien Moerman 24
Spain U19: Xavier 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. Stefan Stojacic (197-G-89) and Milan Macvan (206-F/C-89) led the way with 13 points apiece. Ogun Sevinc (198-F-88) netted 12 points in a loss.
Serbia will now face Brazil in today's semifinal. Turkey takes on Australia in classification round.

Serbia U19: Stefan Stojacic 13, Milan Macvan 13
Turkey U19: Ogun 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. Patrick Beverley (185-G-88) ensured 20 points and 6 rebounds in a win. Raymar 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 Nicolas De los Santos (188-G-88).

USA U19: Patrick Beverley 20, Raymar Morgan 16
Argentina U19: Nicolas De los Santos 18, Federico Aguerre (203-F/C-88) 15.

   Serbia continues WC U19 without Marko Keselj - Jul. 20, 2007 
Serbian U19 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 team Marko Keselj (208-F-88, agency: Beo 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 EuroCup.

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
Group E

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. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: CAA Sports) (213-C-88, agency: CAA Sports) led Serbia with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Stefan 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 76:89.

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. Paulo Prestes (208-C-88) led the winners with 26 points and 14 rebounds. Duarte produced 19 and De Moura Melazzo added 16. Xu Yong (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.

Group F

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. Kwon 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. Ogun 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. Kai 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 Americans.
Australia stayed undefeated beating Spain 86:84.

    Serbia against Turkey in the quarterfinal - Jul. 19, 2007
After nice 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. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: CAA Sports), who netted 90% of his points in the first half, led Serbians scoring 23 points and grabbing 7 rebounds while PG Stefan 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 them.
One of the best Serbian players and best scorer against France with 18 points Marko Keselj (208-F-88, agency: Beo 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

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
Serbia met 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€ Boban Marjanovic (216-C-88) shined adding double-double 15 points and 10 rebounds for 22 minutes on the court. Marko Keselj (208-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) was the best scorer for Serbia netting 18 points while hero from the game against Brazil Milan Macvan (206-F/C-89) also was good collecting 16 points and 6 rebounds. Center Alexis Ajinca (214-C-88) who posted 14 points including 6 rebounds and Ludovic Vaty (206-F-88) who finished game with 10 points and 6 rebounds were the best for France.

France - Serbia 62:79

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),
Moerman 9
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. Martynas 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 2-4.

Lithuania U19: Martynas Gecevicius 17, Deividas Gailius 16, Zygimantas Janavicius 13
China U19: Yong Hu 16, Su Wei (212-C-89) 14

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. Kai Williams (198-F-89) was unstoppable for the winners nailing 27 points and 12 rebounds. Devoe Joseph (191-G-90) chipped in 16 and John House scored 10. Kim Min 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 led 48:45.

It took Canada some time to catch up the opponents. In the third quarter Kai 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.

Canada U19: Kai Williams 27+12 rebs, Devoe Joseph 16, John House 10
Korea U19: Kim Min Seup 22, Yoo Seung 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. Marko Keselj (208-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) (208-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) led the winners with 18 points. Milan Macvan (206-F/C-89) netted 16, while Boban Marjanovic (216-C-88) scored 15 points and made 10 rebounds. Alexis 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. Dusan Katnic (193-G-89) and Mladen 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.

France U19: Alexis Ajinca 14, Ludovic Vaty (206-F-88) 10
Serbia U19: Marko Keselj 18, Milan Macvan 16, Boban 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. Andrew Ogilvy (211-C/F-88) led the winners with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Daniel Jackson (201-F-88) posted 14 points and Pat Mills added 12. Nicolas Aguirre (182-G-88) was on top of the scoring list for Argentina with 16 points.

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 Andrew Ogilvy. When the score was 31:13, Argentina bounced back with 38:29 at the half.

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.

Australia U19: Andrew Ogilvy 18+12 rebs, Daniel Jackson 14+7 rebs, Pat Mills 12, Shannon Seebohm (190-G-88) 11
Argentina U19: Nicolas Aguirre 16, Leandro 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 point guard Dogus Balbay (184-G-89) (184-G-89) who had another all around game and opened up a 16 points deficit through the final quarter. Victor Clave (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 Xavier Forcada (195-G-88) wasted the last chance for Spain. Turkish point guard Dogus Balbay poured in a game high 16 points and also added 7 boards, 3 steals, 2 assist and one block shot. On the other hand Javier Vega (206-C-88) and Victor Clave 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.
Turkey U19: Dogus Balbay 16, Can Ozcan 12
Spain U19: Xavier Forcada 11, Colom 11

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 storm. 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 produced 11. Paulo 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 poorly 65:104.
Today USA faces France and Brazil will meet China.

Brazil U19: Paulo Prestes 26+13 rebs, Jose Nardi Duarte (193-G/F-88) 8
USA U19: Michael Beasley 16+9 rebs, Patrick Beverley 13

   Four teams stay undefeated in World Championship - Jul. 17, 2007 
Four teams 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. David Lighty (196-G/F-88) led the way for the winners with 19 points. Deon Thompson (203-F-88) produced 17 points, while Patrick 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. Milan Macvan (206-F/C-89) was unstoppable for the hosts nailing 36 points to lead Serbia to an 87:75 victory. Mladen Jeremic (195-G-88) posted 19 points, while Marcovik produced 14. Jose 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, leading by Milan Macvan closed the half with 44:34.
In the second half Milan 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 135:79. Andrew Ogilvy (211-C/F-88) led the winners with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Daniel Jackson (201-F-88) produced 18, Daniel Johnson (211-C-88) 17 and Chris Goulding (190-G-88) 15 points. Kim 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 on track.
The second half looked like the second quarter, Daniel 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. Xavier Forcada (195-G-88) led the way for the victors with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Javier Vega (206-C-88) contributed with 16 points, while Victor Clave (206-F/C-88) added 15 points. Kai Williams (198-F-89) and Devoe Joseph (191-G-90) top-scored for Canada scoring 21 points each.Canada U19 went on a 2-0 lead after Scott 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. Roudy Farraj (187-G-88) top-scored for the winners with 29 points and 7 rebounds. Miguel 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 time. 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
After lost 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. Milan Macvan (206-F/C-89) poured in 36 points and grabbed 7 rebounds while Mladen Jeremic (195-G-88) added 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 steals. Center Paulo 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

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 Eighth-Finals.

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. Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) led the winners with 15 points. Adrien Moerman (203-F/C-88) produced 14, while Ludovic 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. Paulo Prestes (208-C-88) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and 19 rebounds. Jose Nardi Duarte (193-G/F-88) produced 20, while Verzolana De Freitas added 15. Marius 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 up second.

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. Waly Coulibaly (187-G/F-88)'s effort was not enough as he poured in 19 points. Su Wei (212-C-89) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Zhang Bo (196-G/F-89) finished with 11, while Yang 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. Andrew Ogilvy (211-C/F-88) was unstoppable for the winners with 26 points and 18 rebounds. Mills ended up with 11, while Shannon Seebohm (190-G-88) and Ben Louis (190-G-88) netted 10. Devoe 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. Devoe 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 at 1-2. Xavier Forcada (195-G-88) led the winners with 23 points. Javier Claver posted 19 points and made 7 rebounds, while Juan Cabot (200-F-88) chipped in 14. Kim 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 Rico's loss.
Argentina demolished Puerto Rico 112:72 in the last game of the Preliminary Round.

   Second day results and news - Jul. 14, 2007
Second day 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. Darius Gvezdauskas (190-G-88) led the winners with 27 points. Deividas Gailius (200-F-88) posted 14, while Vaidas 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 Darius 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. Edwin 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 together(10:10). Boban 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 70:47 win.

Australia 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 points. 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 Park Yoo 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 Park Yoo Min and Kim Hyun Ho take control at 98:92. Even though Josue Soto reduced for the South Americans, Korea celebrated 98:94 win.

In 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. Ogun Sevinc (198-F-88) and Can 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 Ogun Sevinc who had a horrible game yesterday. Turkish team did not get away from the game discipline in the second quarter and Can 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
FIBA U19 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. Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) and Marius 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. DeAndre 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 points.
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 China. 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 Devoe Joseph (191-G-90) brought the North Americans 33 points. House and Boris 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 82:60.
Australia defeated Turkey 77:65 with 15 points from Dogus 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. Diego 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 Victor 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
Serbian U19 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 Mladen Jeremic (195-G-88) was unstoppable collecting 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals while 221 cm tall "giant" Boban Marjanovic (216-C-88) also shined adding 16 points and 6 rebounds. China got 14 points and 5 rebounds from Su Wei (212-C-89).

Serbia will play against Mali today at 18:00h.

China - Serbia 61:78

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
Brazil 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 Cauê 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 Thomas 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 (61-47).

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 Thomas 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 Thomas 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 rebounds.

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
FIBA U19 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 Quarterfinals.
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 Andrew Bogut (212-F/C-84, college: Utah) that time had 35 points and 14 rebounds. Steven Marcovic added 30 points and Matthew Knight (203-F/C-85) scored 17. Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Missouri) 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 
This past 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 Paulo "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 mentioned above.

The final is on July 12th. Stay tuned!

   What a shame - Feb. 12, 2007 
Finally, a 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'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 international market.
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.

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