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Final Standings
 1. USA
 2. Greece
 3. Croatia
 4. Australia
 5. Argentina
 6. P.Rico
 7. Canada
 8. France
 9. Lithuania
 10. Spain
 11. Egypt
 12. Kazakhstan.
 13. N.Zealand
 14. Angola
 15. Iran
 16. Syria

Qualifying Round
Group E
 1. USA 6-0 
 2. Greece 4-2 
 3. P.Rico 4-2 
 4. France 3-3 
 5. Lithuania 3-3 
 6. Egypt 1-5 
Group F
 1. Australia 6-0 
 2. Croatia 5-1 
 3. Argentina 3-3 
 4. Canada 3-3 
 5. Spain 3-3 
 6. Kazakhstan 1-5

Preliminary Round
Group A
 1. Lithuania 2-1 
 2. P.Rico 2-1 
 3. Greece 2-1 
 4. Angola 0-3 
Group B
 1. USA 3-0 
 2. France 2-1 
 3. Egypt 1-3 
 4. Iran 0-3 
Group C
 1. Australia 3-0 
 2. Spain 2-1 
 3. Canada 1-2 
 4. Syria 0-3 
Group D
 1. Croatia 3-0 
 2. Argentina 2-1 
 3. Kazakhstan. 1-2 
 4. N.Zealand 0-3

Points Per Game
 Michael ROSARIO
  PUR
  (191-G-90)
  Avg: 24
 1. Rosario, PUR24.0 
 2. Loe, NZL20.0 
 3. Delas, CRO20.0 
 4. Aly, EGY19.8 
 5. Tyutyunik, KAZ19.4 
 6. Prostran, CRO17.8 
 7. Edwards, NZL17.3 
 8. Motiejunas, LTU17.3 
 9. Arop, CAN16.2 
 10. Leonard, F.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miguel KIALA
  (198-C-90)
  Avg: 14
 1. Kiala, ANG14.0 
 2. Kazemi, IRI13.0 
 3. Rasio, ARG9.0 
 4. Oraby, EGY8.4 
 5. Olynyk, CAN8.3 
 6. Motiejunas, LTU8.0 
 7. Zubcic, CRO7.9 
 8. Leonard, FRA7.8 
 9. Hasanzadeh, IRI7.8 
 10. Vicens, E.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Toni PROSTRAN
  (183-G-91)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Prostran, CRO5.3 
 2. Fontan, PUR5.0 
 3. Cizauskas, LTU5.0 
 4. Ismail, KAZ4.9 
 5. Albicy, FRA4.7 
 6. Taylor, USA4.4 
 7. Fernandez, ARG3.6 
 8. Perez, ESP3.4 
 9. Loe, NZL3.3 
 10. Sloukas, G.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  IRI
  (202-F-90)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kazemi, IRI4.0 
 2. AlJabe, SYR3.3 
 3. Albicy, FRA3.3 
 4. Ferreira, ANG3.0 
 5. Loe, NZL2.7 
 6. Perez, ESP2.5 
 7. Antonio, ANG2.3 
 8. Aly, EGY2.2 
 9. Young, PUR2.0 
 10. Ismail, K.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kostas PAPANIKOLAOU
  (203-F/G-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Papanikolaou, GRE2.3 
 2. Farman, IRI2.3 
 3. Kazemi, IRI2.0 
 4. Lopez, PUR1.7 
 5. Oraby, EGY1.6 
 6. Allison, CAN1.6 
 7. Hasanzadeh, IRI1.5 
 8. Sane, FRA1.4 
 9. Nirenberg, PUR1.4 
 10. Delas, C.1.4 

USA Wins World Championship U19 (Photo: newzealand2009.fiba.com)

USA U19 National Team 2009
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4 Ashton Gibbs (6'2''-G) of University of Pittsburgh
5 Seth Curry (6'1''-G) of Liberty University
6 Tyshawn Taylor (6'3''-G-90) of University of Kansas
7 Shelvin Mack (6'3''-G) of Butler University

8 Klay Thompson (6'6''-G-90) of Washington St. University
9 Terrico White (6'5''-G) of The University of Mississippi

10 Gordon Hayward (6'8''-G/F) of Butler University
11 John Shurna (6'8''-F-90) of Northwestern University
12 Darius Miller (6'7''-F) of University of Kentucky
13 Deangelo Casto (6'8''-F-90) of Washington State University
14 Arnett Moultrie (6'11''-F-90) of The Univ.of Texas at El Paso
15 Howard Thompkins (6'8''-F) of University of Georgia
Head Coach: Bob McKillop

Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U19 Awards 2009 - Aug 1, 2009

All-WC U19 1st Team 2009
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Best Player:
Mario Delas (207-C/F-90) of Croatia
Best Guard: Tyshawn Taylor (191-G-90) of USA
Best Forward: Mario Delas (207-C/F-90) of Croatia
Best Center: Leonidas Kaselakis (201-C-90) of Greece
Best Coach: George Vlassopoulos of Greece

1st Team
G: Toni Prostran (183-G-91) of Croatia
G: Tyshawn Taylor (191-G-90) of USA
G/F: Gordon Hayward (203-G/F-90) of USA
PF: Mario Delas (207-C/F-90) of Croatia
C: Leonidas Kaselakis (201-C-90) of Greece

2nd Team
G: Michael Rosario (191-G-90) of Puerto Rico
G: Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90) of Greece
SF: Cody Ellis (202-F-90) of Australia
F: Howard Thompkins (206-F-90) of USA
C/F: Tomislav Zubcic (211-C/F-90) of Croatia

3rd Team
PG: Andrew Albicy (178-G-90) of France
SG: Alexandr Tyutyunik (197-G-90) of Kazakhstan
F/G: Kostas Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) of Greece
F: Vlantimir Giankovits (202-F-90) of Greece
C: Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90) of Lithuania

Honorable Mention
Matthew Dellavedova (189-G-90) of Australia
Brock Motum (205-F-90) of Australia
Luciano Gonzalez (196-F-90) of Argentina
Matias Nocedal (192-G-90) of Argentina
Jiovanny Fontan (185-G-90) of Puerto Rico
Mangisto Arop (197-G-90) of Canada
Kelly Olynyk (211-F-91) of Canada
Christophe Leonard (199-F-90) of France
Vytenis Cizauskas (189-G-92) of Lithuania
Toni Vicens (202-C-90) of Spain
Amro Sherif (192-G-91) of Egypt
Robert Loe (211-C-91) of New Zealand
Miguel Kiala (198-C-90) of Angola
Arsalan Kazemi (202-F-90) of Iran



Day: 9 (Finals) - Jul. 12, 2009 

3-4 spot

Australia - Croatia 81-87
Croatian U19 National Team celebrated the bronze medals at the World Championship in New Zealand. They finished their campaign on a high beating Australia in the consolation final. The Emus in the meantime suffered the second straight defeat after winning seven straight games at the start of the tournament. Mario Delas (207-C/F-90) sank the Aussies scoring 28 points for Croatia. Toni Prostran finished with 21 points, 7 boards and 4 assists for Croatia. Tomislav Zubcic had 16 points for the winners. Mitchell Young answered with 15 points for Australia. Matthew Dellavedova had 14 points, 6 boards and 4 assists in defeat.


5-6 spot

Argentina - Puerto Rico 92-70
Argentina closed their U19 World Championship in style. They knocked down Puerto Rico to claim the fifth overall spot at the tournament. Andres Landoni (206-C/F-90) notched 17 points to pace Argentina. He netted 13 points in the first half as Argentina grabbed control over the encounter. Mateo Gaynor knocked down 14 points for Argentina. Juan Manuel Fernandez, Nicolas Laprovittola and Luciano Gonzalez had 12 points apiece in the win. Michael Rosario answered with 21 points for Puerto Rico. Jiovanny Fontan had 19 points in defeat. Argentina outrebounded their opponents 44:26 and limited those to 39% from the field. The winners sank 52% of field goals.


7-8 spot

France - Canada 74-82
Canada U19 National Team clinched the 7th spot at the World Championship in New Zealand. They defeated French counterparts in the final game in Auckland. Cory Joseph (185-G-91) was instrumental in the win with 18 points, 7 boards and 3 assists for a Greg Francis team. Mangisto Arop had 16 points for Canada. Jordan Baker contributed 12 points in the win. Nicolas Lang answered with 19 points for France. Christophe Leonard delivered 15 points, 8 boards and 4 assists in the losing case.

Final
Greece - USA 80-88
The United States triumphed at the U19 World Championshio in New Zealand. They overcame Greek counterparts in the final today. The victory marked the first success for the USA since 1991. Tyshawn Taylor (191-G-90) knocked down 18 points, made 6 assists and 5 steals to pace the USA to the historic win. Ashton Gibbs (188-G) notched 13 points, while Klay Thompson had 10 points for the winners. Costas Sloukas answered with 17 points for Greece. Nikolaos Pappas had 16 points in the losing effort.

Day: 8 (Semi-Finals) - Jul. 11, 2009 

5-8 spot

Argentina - France 92-84
Argentina tamed France at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. An Enrique Tolcachier team will now face Puerto Rico for the fifth overall spot. France will play against Canada on the last of the tournament. Matias Nocedal (192-G-90, agency: Interperformances) delivered 20 points to lead the way for Argentina. Andres Landoni had 15 points, while Juan Manuel Fernandez and Nicolas Laprovittola secured 14 points apiece in the victory. Andrew Albicy had 24 points for France. Christophe Leonard notched 17 points and 7 boards in the loss.

Puerto Rico - Canada 67-65
Puerto Rico claimed a narrow win over Canada at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. Jiovanny Fontan (180-G) hit a jumper with under 3 seconds to go in regulation to secure a tough victory for a Carlos Calcano team. The Latin American outfit will now face Argentina for the fifth position at the tourney. Canada will play against France in their final game in Auckland. Jiovanny Fontan knocked down 16 points to lead Puerto Rico. Raymond Cintron and Michael Rosario added 10 points each in the win. Mangisto Arop responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Canada. Tristan Thompson had 13 points and 11 boards in defeat.

9-12 spot

Kazakhstan - Egypt 78-86
Egypt U19 National Team finished their World Championship campaign at the 11th position. They held off Kazakhstan counterparts in the final showdown at the North Shore Events Centre in Auckland. Amro Sherif (192-G-91) erupted for 32 points and 14 rebounds to pace the African team to the win. Omar Oraby delivered 24 points and 11 rebounds for Egypt. Zeyad Ashmawy had 14 points in the winning case. Alexander Tyutyunik responded with 20 points for Kazakhstan. Pavel Ilin knocked down 17 points in the loss.

Lithuania - Spain 88-64
Lithuania finished the U19 World Championship in the ninth position. They wrapped up their Auckland campaign with a one-sided win over Spain. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) dropped 30 points to pace the charge for the winners. Spain showed an up and down performance at the tournament and grabbed just the 10th spot at the end. Vytenis Cizauskas finished with 22 points and 8 boards for Lithuania. Eimantas Bendzius added 13 points and 7 boards in the victory. Julio Sosa answered with 13 points for Spain. Toni Vicens had 12 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Semifinals

Croatia - USA 77-81
The USA reached the title game at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. A Bob McKillop team overcame Croatia in a thrilling semifinal encounter today to clinch the spot in the Final. The USA will face Greece for the gold medals tomorrow. Croatia will play against Australia in the consolation final. Gordon Hayward (203-G/F) had 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Ashton Gibbs netted 11 points for the United States. Dino Butorac, Toni Prostran and Tomislav Zubcic nailed 15 points apiece. Mario Delas topscored with 17 points for Croatia.

Greece - Australia 84-69
Greece surprised Australia in the semifinal clash at the U19 World Championship today. The Emus entered the contest unbeaten but had to surrender against determined Greek squad. The Hellenes are waiting for the result of the USA vs. Croatia encounter to get to know their opponents in the championship game. Australia will have to play in the consolation final tomorrow. Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) scored 19 points to lead the charge. Kostas Papanikolaou added 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Leonidas Kaselakis had 13 points and 13 rebounds in the win. Jorden Page answered with 15 points for Australia. Matthew Dellavedova finished with 12 points in defeat.

Day: 7 (Quarter-Finals) - Jul. 10, 2009 

9-12 spot

Lithuania - Kazakhstan 113-79
Lithuania bounced back from a bitter defeat to the USA and rolled past Kazakhstan in the classification games for the 9th-12th spot at the World U19 Championship. Lithuania will now take on Spain in the quest for the 9th overall position. Kazakhstan will play against the African champions Egypt for the 11th spot. Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) scored 21 points to pace Lithuania. Dovydas Redikas added 19 points and 8 boards, while Gediminas Orelikas and Adomas Drungilas finished with 16 points each in the win. Alexander Tyutyunik produced 20 points for Kazakhstan. Pavel Ilin netted 12 points in defeat. Lithuania outrebounded their opponents 51:32 and sank solid 51% from the field.

Egypt - Spain 73-88
Spain have stepped closer to the ninth position at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. They defeated Egypt in the classification round to set up the clash with Lithuania for the 9th overall position. Egypt will try to gain the 11th spot when they face Kazakhstan next. Toni Vicens (202-C-90) provided 18 points and 8 rebounds for Spain. Alejandro Hernandez and Daniel Perez added 16 and 15 points respectively for the winners. Amro Sherif answered with 17 points and 7 boards for Egypt. Adham ElSayed had 15 points in defeat.

Quarterfinal

Greece - Argentina 86-60
Greek U19 National Team became the first semifinalists of the World Championship held in New Zealand. They breezed past Argentina earlier today to book the semifinal spot. Leonidas Kaselakis (202-C-90) notched 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the Hellenes. Kostas Papanikolaou added 17 points in the winning charge. Fabian Ramirez was the only player to score in double figures for Argentina with 10 points. Greece will now face Australia in the semifinal tomorrow. Argentina will play against France in the classification round for the 5th-8th place.

France - Australia 73-79
Australia stretched their unbeaten run to 7 games at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. They held off France in a thrilling quarterfinal clash today to remain in the title race. Matthew Dellavedova (189-G-90) produced 18 points including a much-needed three-pointer late in regulation to pace the Emus. Australia will face Greece in the semifinal tomorrow. France will play against Argentina in the classification games for 5th-8th spot. Cody Ellis had 14 points and 10 board for Australia. Brock Motum contributed 11 points for the winners. Christophe Leonard replied with 22 points and 13 boards for France. Andrew Albicy and Nicolas Lang delivered 17 points apiece in defeat.

Puerto Rico - Croatia 78-91
Croatia paved their way into the U19 World Championship semifinals. They extorted an exhausting victory over Puerto Rico in the quarterfinal clash in Auckland tonight. Croatia will take on the winners of the USA vs. Canada clash in the semifinal tomorrow. Puerto Rico will fight for the 5th spot in the classification round. Tomislav Zubcic (211-C/F-90) poured in 27 points and collected 8 rebounds to topscore for Croatia. Toni Prostran added 20 points, 8 assists and 7 boards, while Mario Delas had 19 points and 1o rebounds in the win. Michael Rosario answered with 25 points and 7 boards for Puerto Rico. Jiovanny Fontan had 20 points in the loss.

USA - Canada 93-73
The USA team posted the seventh successive victory at the U19 World Championship. They cruised past Canada in the quarterfinal today. The USA thus completed the semifinal picture. A Bob McKillop team will face Croatia in the semifinal tomorrow. Canada will play in the classification round for the 5th-8th spot against Puerto Rico. Gordon Hayward (203-G/F) scored 20 points to lead the US team to the victory.The USA team posted the seventh successive victory at the U19 World Championship. They cruised past Canada in the quarterfinal today. The USA thus completed the semifinal picture. A Bob McKillop team will face Croatia in the semifinal tomorrow. Canada will play in the classification round for the 5th-8th spot against Puerto Rico. Gordon Hayward scored 20 points to lead the US team to the victory. Seth Curry and Howard Thompkins delivered 12 points each for the winners. Tristan Thompson responded with 18 points and 8 boards for Canada. Kelly Olynyk had 14 points and 7 boards in the loss.

Day: 6 (Qualifying Round) - Jul. 8, 2009 

Group E

Egypt - Puerto Rico 71-99
Puerto Rico celebrated the fourth win at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. They toppled Egypt to secure the quarterfinal birth today. Puerto Rico improved at 4-2 record worth the third position in Group E. Michael Rosario (191-G-90) was back to his usual scoring routine with 22 points. Raymond Cintron added 17 points for the Latin American team. Amro Sherif answered with 22 points for Egypt. Adham ElSayed responded with 17 points for Egypt. Puerto Rico enjoyed a 45:34 advantage on the boards and committed only 9 turnovers down the stretch.

France - Greece 72-76
Greek U19 National Team clinched the second spot in Group E of the World Championship in New Zealand. Greece therefore advanced into the quarterfinal to face Argentina on Friday. France slipped at 3-3 record after the defeat but scraped through into the quarterfinal stage to face Australia. Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) stepped up with 20 points and 8 boards for the winners. Leonidas Kaselakis added 18 points and 9 boards for the Hellenes. Jonathan Bourhis fired 17 points for France. Christophe Leonard delivered 13 points and 8 boards in the losing case.

USA - Lithuania 76-69
The USA secured their spotless record at the U19 World Championship. They completed the Qualifying round with a hard-fought win over gutsy Lithuania to clinch the top spot in Group E. Lithuanian in the meantime suffered a major setback as the defeat did not allow them to reach the quarterfinal stage. A Vitoldas Masalkis team finished in the fifth spot in the pool and would play in the classification games for 9th-12th position. Tyshawn Taylor (191-G-90) delivered 13 points to pace the USA. Klay Thompson and Darius Miller added 10 points apiece for the winners. Tautvydas Slezas responded with 21 points and 12 boards for Lithuania. Donatas Motiejunas had 12 points in the losing effort.

Group F

Kazakhstan - Spain 71-101
Spanish U19 National Team romped past Kazakhstan to complete Group F action. But things did not go Spanish way as Canada claimed the victory over Argentina and stole the ticket into the quarterfinal stage from a Juan Antonio Orenga team. Spain clinched the fifth spot in the pool and would face Egypt in the classification round on Friday. Jorge Santana (193-G-90) recorded 26 points to pace Spain as he peeled off 6/6 from beyond the arc. Alexandr Zhigulin responded with 13 points and 8 boards for Kazakhstan in defeat. Spain outrebounded their opponents 47:28 and forced those to 17 turnovers. The European team shot solid 54% from the field limiting Kazakhs to just 34% of accuracy. Kazakhstan will take on Lithuania in the classification round on Friday.

Argentina - Canada 57-67
Canada raced past Argentina on the final day of the qualifying round to secure the quarterfinal appearance at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. Canada will now face the unbeaten USA on Friday for a chance to play in the semis. Canada could have finished in the third spot in Group F but Kelly Olynyk buzzer-beating trey rimmed out leaving the North American in the fourth position. Cory Joseph (185-G-91) provided 20 points for Canada. Mangisto Arop added 18 points in the winning effort. Lisandro Rasio answered with 14 points and 7 boards for Argentina. Luciano Gonzalez had 12 points in the loss.

Croatia - Australia 74-79
Australian U19 National Team continued their unbeaten run with a tight victory over Croatia. The Emus clinched the top spot in Group F and would face France in the quarterfinals on Friday. Croatia suffered the first defeat in the competition and would be tested by Puerto Rico on the same day. Matthew Dellavedova (189-G-90) finished with 17 points to pace Australia. Cody Ellis added 14 points, while Brock Motum and Mitchell Young had 10 points in the win. Toni Prostran and Tomislav Zubcic answered with 14 points each for Croatia. Ivan Batur canned 12 points in the loss.

Day: 5 (Qualifying Round) - Jul. 7, 2009 

Group E

Puerto Rico - USA 61-82
The USA U19 National Team cruised to the fifth straight win at the World Championship. They held off pesky Puerto Rico tonight to stay on top of Group E. A brilliant defensive performance from the US team forced Puerto Rico to 14 turnovers and 33% accuracy that provided the Latin American team with little chance of success in this particular one. Howard Thompkins (203-F) paced the charge with 14 points and 9 rebounds as the USA once again proved their highest ambitions concerning the tournament. Gordon Hayward added 11 points and 7 boards for the winners. Seth Curry and Klay Thompson had 9 points each for the North American side. Jiovanny Fontan responded with 16 points for Puerto Rico. Michael Rosario was held to 11 points after his yesterdays 54-point outburst. The USA will face Lithuania with the first spot in Group E already clinched. Puerto Rico will face Egypt and need a victory to advance into the quarterfinals.

Greece - Egypt 100-59
Greek U19 National Team posted a vital win over Egypt at the World Championship today. Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) scored 18 points to lift the Hellenes to the third win at the tournament. Greece now occupy the fourth spot in the pool and face France tomorrow. Greek team must win this game to sneak into the next round of action. Egypt on the other hand suffered the fourth defeat and slipped at 1-4 record at the bottom of the standings. Leonidas Kaselakis nailed 12 points for Greece. Ioannis Angelopoulos delivered 11 points in the winning case. Adham ElSayed replied with 16 points for Egypt. Osama Mohamed had 12 points and 7 boards in defeat.

Lithuania - France 78-95
France celebrated a confident win over Lithuanian counterparts at the U19 World Championship today. France thus improved at 3-2 record in Group E and edged closer to the quarterfinal stage of the tournament. Lithuania remained at the second position despite loss enjoying a 3-2 record as well. Christophe Leonard (199-F-90) netted 22 points to lead the French outfit. Jonathan Bourhis produced 18 points, while Andrew Albicy finished with 15 points, 6 assists, 6 steals and 4 boards in the win. Adomas Drungilas replied with game-high 24 points and 9 boards for Lithuania. Dovydas Redikas delivered 17 points in the losing effort.

Group F

Canada - Kazakhstan 108-70
Canada grabbed a commanding win over Kazakhstan at the U19 World Championship today. Canada thus snapped a two-game losing streak and improved at 2-3 record in Group F. A Greg Francis team will have to win against Argentina tomorrow to hope for qualification into the quarterfinal stage. Kazakhstan slipped at 1-4 record at the bottom of the standings. Typhoon Nurse (182-G-90) scored 25 points to lead Canada. Kelly Olynyk added 24 points and 9 boards, while Cory Joseph finished with 20 points and 6 boards for the winners. Alexander Tyutyunik delivered 19 points for Kazakhstan. Pavel Ilyin had 13 points in the losing case.

Australia - Argentina 76-65
Australia extended their perfect run at the U19 World Championship holding off ambitious Argentina today. Australia used an overwhelming dominance in the opening frame to build a decisive buffer. They protected it well throughout the reminder of the contest to post the fifth straight win in Auckland. The Emus now share the top spot in Group F together with Croatia. Argentina slipped at 3-2 record in the third position in the pool. Jason Cadee, Brock Motum and Cody Ellis scored 16 points apiece to pace the Emus. Matthew Dellavedova delivered 7 points in the win. Luciano Gonzalez answered with 14 points for Argentina. Matias Nocedal was limited to just 9 points in defeat.

Spain - Croatia 72-91
Croatia extended their unbeaten run at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. They rallied past Spain today to improve at 5-0 record in Group F of the tournament. Spain slipped at 2-3 record and must win against Kazakhstan to stay hopeful about the quarterfinal appearance. Leon Radosevic (210-F/C-90) scored 22 points and grabbed 8 boards for Croatia. Dino Butorac added 16 points, while Toni Prostran had 15 points and 7 assists for the winners. Toni Vicens replied with 18 points and 9 boards for Spain. Daniel Perez finished with 15 points in defeat.

Day: 4 (Qualifying Round) - Jul. 6, 2009 

Group E

Egypt - Lithuania 73-94
Lithuanian team earned the first win at the eighth-final round at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. They held off Egypt in Group E. Lithuania thus improved at 3-1 record just one win shy of the undefeated USA. Egypt slipped at 1-3 record in the pool. The African champions challenged the European powerhouse in the first half. Abdelhalim knocked down 19 points in the half as Egypt trailed by just two points into the major break. But Lithuania proved the strength after the break. They shut down Amro Sherif and limited Egypt to only 11 points in the third quarter. Lithuania gained a 19-point advantage before the fourth quarter. The Europeans slowed down a bit in the fourth term but it never prevented them from winning the battle at the end. Gediminas Bertasius (196-F-90) netted 24 points to lead Lithuania. Donatas Motiejunas added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winning team. Amro Sherif replied with 26 points and 9 rebounds for Egypt. Mohamed Alian, Osama Mohamed and Moamen Mobarak finished with 9 points each in defeat.

USA - Greece 85-69
The USA U19 National Team remained undefeated at the World Championship in New Zealand. They posted the fourth straight win at the tournament coasting past Greece in Auckland today. The USA thus topped the eighth-final Group F with perfect record. Greece slipped at 2-2 record in the fifth position in the ladder. Howard Thompkins (203-F) notched 22 points to pace the USA to the win. The US team had to withstand a tense physical battle of the first half to ran away after the major break. The first half saw the teams trade baskets with neither team enjoying a decisive lead. The USA led by just 5 points at halftime. But as the time past by the USA started to gain control. They dominated the glass and outscored their opponents 34:18 in the paint. It all paid off as the United States built a 10-point advantage into the final stanza. Greece never recovered and suffered the defeat. Gordon Hayward (203-G/F) dropped 9 points for the winners. Nikolaos Pappas replied with 11 points for Greece. Costas Sloukas had 10 points in the loss.

France - Puerto Rico 89-90
Puerto Rico U19 National Team posted the first win at the eighth-final round of the World Championship in New Zealand. They defeated France in thriller to improve at 3-1 record in Group E. France in the meantime slipped at 2-2 record. Michael Rosario (191-G-90) unloaded sizzling 54 points to propel Puerto Rico to a dramatic victory. France seemed en route to the win after they grabbed an 83:76 lead with just over three minutes remaining. But Michael Rosario fueled a comeback effort from the Latin American team as they tied the score at 89 with under a minute to go. Andrew Albicy missed a three-pointer, while Kevin Young hit a freebie to seal the winning outcome for Puerto Rico. France looked better at the start as they secured a 27:21 lead at the first intermission. Puerto Rico answered with a massive rally in the second stanza. They limited France to just 9 points and built an 11-point halftime lead. France regained control after the main break. Andrew Albicy staged a comeback as the Les Bleues entered the final period leveled with Puerto Rico at 63. Carlos Lopez delivered 12 points and 7 boards for the winners. Andrew Albicy notched 28 points, 5 boards and 3 assists for France. Alexis Tanghe secured 17 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

Group F
Kazakhstan - Australia 54-87
Australia U19 became another team to take 4-0 record in the new-created group of World Championships U19. The favorites overcame Kazakhstan U19 87:54 in their Qualifying opener. For Kazakhstan U19 is it already the achievement to play in the Qualifying round, however the team will hope for more. The game against Australia U19 was a great experience for the Asian team but they did not match the favorites. The latter opened the game with 22:9 and added another 21-13 in the second period. As a total of the first half they took 43:22 advantage when the teams went to the lockers. In order not to slow down the leaders exploded with massive 27-18 in the third frame and could easily finish th game. With 17-14 in the last quarter Australia led the game to 87:54 and continues their winning streak. Brock Motum (205-F-90) and Jason Cadee top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while HARRIS-TUNKS posted 11. Alexander Tyutyunik ended up with 20 points in th elosing effort. Omirzak Akhmet finished the game with 11, whilst Alexandr Zhigulin netted 10.

Argentina - Spain 92-75
Argentina claimed the first win at the Eighth-Final round at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. Today an Enrique Tolcachier team held off Spain to improve at 3-1 record in Group F. Spain slipped at 2-2. Five players scored in double figures for Argentina as they celebrated a well-crafted victory. Matias Nocedal paced the charge with 22 points. Argentina and Spain traded baskets in the fast first frame. The Latin American team managed to secure a narrow 2-point lead at the first break. Daniel Perez however sparked the Spaniards in the second stanza as they took over the advantage. The European outfit arrived at halftime ahead by 4 points. Argentina needed the major break to sober up. They tuned in their offense and started to overpower Spain on the glass. Argentina managed to earn a 2-point lead into the final stanza. But the fourth quarter turned into a one-way traffic as the Latin American side accounted for 33 points leaving Spain far away from the win. Lisandro Rasio tallied 13 points and 13 boards for Argentina. Luciano Gonzalez scored 17 points in the winning effort. Daniel Perez replied with 19 points for Spain. Toni Vicens finished with 14 points and 9 boards in defeat.

Croatia - Canada 83-77
Croatia U19 continued their winning streak at the World Championships U19. The European team overcame Canada U19 83:77 in the Qualifying Round opener. Canada U19 meanwhile fell at 1-3 in Group F. Croatia was the favorite of the game entering the new-created group with the perfect record. The European team took 18:11 after the first 10 minutes of the clash and looked forward to increase their lead. Another period brought them 25-20 and 43:31 at the halftime. Canada however did not want to follow such a current in the game and exploded with 23-7 in the third frame to dominate the court. The North American team enjoyed 4-point advantage entering the last frame. It was a back-to-back start and both teams were very accurate in order not to make any mistakes and turnovers. Croatia erupted with 33-23 to remain undefeated in the tournament taking 83:77 victory. Toni Prostran (183-G-91) collected 29 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners that improved to 4-0 record. Mario Delas ended up with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Leon Radosevic posted 9. Cory Joseph delivered 24 points and 8 rebounds, whilst Mangisto Arop netted 22.


Classification Round

Angola - Iran 62-53
Angola U19 and Iran U19 opened the Qualifying Day 4 in Auckland. The African team celebrated their first victory in New Zealand edging Iran 62:53. Both teams had a day-off before the Classification round between each other. Iran easily took 23-11 after the first 10 minutes, but could not stay on race later in the game. Angola slowed down the tempo in the second period and managed to win the frame 14-11. When the squads came back from the lockers the African team showed great effort and percentage in the court. A massive 25-9 gave them 7-point lead entering the last 10 minutes of the game. Moreover, Angola did not stay in defense and beat the opponent 12-10 in the last quarter. The first African victory showed 62:53 on the board as the players started the celebrate the achievement. Eduardo Ferreira (194-F-90) paced all the winners with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Miguel Kiala collected 14 points and 20 rebounds, while Emanuel Antonio netted 10. Arsalan Kazemi had massive 19 points and 20 rebounds in defeat, whilst Emad Salmani posted 8.

Syria - New Zealand 75-93
New Zealand U19 registered their first victory at home at the World Championships U19. The hosts of the tournament overcame Syria U19 93:75 in the Classification Round. New Zealand desired the win at the tournament probably more then any other team and pity losses in the first three games. The hosts of the tournament opened the game with massive 33:20 in the opening quarter to became the favorite of the court. Syria U19 responded with 20-18 in the second quarter as the teams left the court for 51:41 home side advantage. New Zealand remembered the game versus Kazakhstan when they lost the game in the last period and decided to push the tempo this time. With 28-12 the hosts jumped to 26-point lead entering the last stanza. Syria was able to win the fourth period 22-14, but could not catch up with New Zealand U19. Robert Loe (211-C-91) paced his team to the initial victory with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Justin Edwards notched 17, while Brook Ruscoe and Dion Prewster had 11 apiece. Al Jabe ended up with 15 points in the losing case. AL SHATTI nailed 14 and Belal Gneed was responsible for 12.

Day: 3 (Preliminary Round) - Jul. 4, 2009 

Group A

Lithuania - Greece 85-70
Lithuania edged Greek side 85:70 to win Group A at the FIBA U19 World Championship. An outstanding performance by Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) was too good for the opponents that also finished with 2-1 record but on the third place. The Baltic player collected 28 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists to ruin Greek defense. Gediminas Orelik finsihed the game with 21 points, while Slezas added 10 points and 9 rebounds. Kostas Sloukas and Evangelos Mantzaris delivered 14, points apiece in the losing case and Kostas Papanikolaou notched 13.

Angola - Puerto Rico 49-86
Puerto Rico celebrated the second victory at the FIBA U19 World Championship to advance to the next round. The team overcame Angola 86:49 to finish second in Group A. With the victory Puerto Rico go on to face the top three teams from Group B: USA, France and Egypt . Angola will play Iran on Monday in the first of their two classification games.Mike Rosario was unstoppable with 28 points for the winners. Carlos Lopez collected 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Kevin Young notched 11. Miguel Kiala ended up with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the African side, whilst Hermenegildo Dos Santos had 11 points and 8 rebounds.

Group B

France - Iran 86-68
France beat Iran 86:68 to advance to the second round of the FIBA U19 World Championship. ASB Stadium in Auckland saw a good game from the European team that finished the group with 2-1 record. Yohann Jacques (204-F-90) led the way with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Christophe Leonard collected 15 points and 7 rebounds and Bourhis scored 15 points. Nicolas Lang nailed 14 and Alexis Tanghe posted 10. Emad Salmani ended up with 25 points and 5 rebounds for the Asian team, while Mohammad Amjad chipped in 13 points.

USA - Egypt 112-55
The USA U19 celebrated an Eve of the Independence Day by an easy win at the FIBA U19 World Championship. The favorites overcame Egypt U19 112:55 to top the group. Both teams have qualified for the second round, the USA in first place in Group B and Egypt in third place. The top three from Group B will face the top three teams from Group A. Ashton Gibbs (188-G) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 6 assists. Shelvin Mack nailed 14, while John Shurna and Howard Thompkins added 13 each. Oraby finished the game with 15 points and 8 rebounds in defeat, while Okasha scored 11.

Group C

Canada - Spain 75-82
Spain U19 clinched the second place in Group C of the FIBA U19 World Championship in New Zealand. The European team needed 82:75 over Canada U19 to take a higher spot. Daniel Perez (188-G-90) was unstoppable with 29 points for the winners. Jorge Santana collected 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists, whilst Toni Vicens had 14 points and 5 boards. Arop delivered 17 points for Canada that also advanced with 1-2 record. Marc Trasolini nailed 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Tristan Thompson collected 12 points and 6 rebounds.

Syria - Australia 54-96
Australia has kept their unbeaten record at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Day 3. The team from Oceania overcame Syria 96:54 to finish Group C with 3-0 record. Australia will play now the top three teams from Group D: Croatia, Argentina and Kazakhstan, while Syria will play in the Classification Round. Matthew Mathew Hodgson top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Mitchell Young nailed 14. Motum followed them with 13 points to remain unbeaten with the team. Mahmoud Osfira erupted with 20 points in the losing case and Tarek Al Jabe scored 18 points.

Group D
New Zealand - Kazakhstan 83-90
Kazakhstan U19 upset the hosts of the FIBA U19 World Championship and took their spot in the next round of the tournament. The Asian team needed 30-16 in the last period to seal the winning outcome. Anton Arsenyev (195-G-91) top-scored for the winners with 27 points as his team finished the group with 1-2 record. Alexandr Tyutyunik collected 20 points and 8 rebounds, whilst Zhigulin posted 14. Brook Ruscoe ended up with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists for the hosts, Rob Loe netted 20 points and Richie Edwards had 17 points. Kazakhstan now move into Group F and will face Australia, Spain and Canada. New Zealand play Syria in the first classification games, where they will compete for places 13-16.

Croatia - Argentina 75-63
Croatia U19 won over Argentina U19 at the last day of the Preliminary Round of FIBA U19 World Championship. Trailing 10 points after the first 10 minutes, European team remained undefeated in the tournament and won the group with 3-0 record. Argentina U19 suffered the initial loss, however also advanced to the next round with 2-1 record. Croatia and Argentina will both face Australia, Canada and Spain in the second round. Mario Delas (207-C/F-90) shined for the winners with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Zubcic followd him with 12 points and Prostran had 11. Matias Nocedal and Lisandro Rasio delivered 11 points apiece in defeat and Andres Landoni netted 10.

Day: 2 (Preliminary Round) - Jul. 3, 2009 

Group A

Puerto Rico - Greece 98-107
Greece U19 became the most offensive team in Day 2 as they nailed 107 points versus 98 from Puerto Rico U19. The European team celebrated the second straight victory in FIBA U19 World Championship. Kostas Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Giankovits Vlantimir nailed 24, while Pappas Nikolaos and Kaselakis Leonidas tallied 20 points apiece. Rosario Michael exploded with 28 points for the Latin American team and Isaac Sosa netted 20.

Angola - Lithuania 46-104
Lithuania smashed Angola in FIBA U19 World Championship for the initial victory in the group. The Baltic side posted 104:46 victory to tie their record at 1-1. Gediminas Orelikas and Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) paced all the winners with 23 points for 1-1 record. Matas Sapiega netted 15 and Rokas Simkevicus scored 14. Josemar Carvalho was the only player in defeat to have double digit scoring 10 points.

Group B

USA - France 71-55
The USA posted another victory in FIBA U19 World Championship as they rolled over the European side. First three quarters were enough to win over France 71:55. Seth Curry (185-G) led the winners with 12 points for their 2-0 record. Gordon Hayward nailed 11 and Ashton Gibbs posted 10. Alexis Tanghe finished the night with 16 points in the losing effort and Andrew Albicy scored 15.

Egypt - Iran 95-91
Egypt U19 and Iran U19 had a fabulous game between each other and could only find out about the winner in overtime. Egypt used 11-7 to seal a 95:91 victory. Amro Sherif (192-G-91) was unstoppable with 30 points and 13 rebounds. Oraby nailed 19, while Osama Mohamed netted 13. Emad Salmani produced 24 points for the Asian side and Arsalan Kazemi collected massive 17 points and 18 rebounds.

Group C

Australia - Spain 69-62
Australia U19 overcame Spain U19 in the top game of Group C FIBA U19 World Championship. The team from Oceania won over the European representative 69:62 to take 2-0 record in the group. Ryan Broekhoff (196-F-90) was responsible for 16 points and 7 rebounds. Brock Motum nailed 14 and Jorden Page tallied 10. Toni Vicens finished the game with 17 points and Perez notched 10 in defeat.

Syria - Canada 53-99
Syria U19 and Canada U19 lost the openers of the FIBA U19 World Championship and hoped to better their positions in Day 2. The North American representative had a fabulous game to take 99:53 victory. Jordan Baker (193-G), Tristan Thompson and Laurent Bivard paced all the winners with 13 points each. Hani Adribe ended up with 12, points in the losing effort, while Jabe and Belal Gneed had 9 apiece.

Group D

New Zealand - Croatia 72-79
Missing their starting centre Rob Loe, New Zealand tried hard in another game but lost to Croatia in FIBA U19 World Championship Day 2. The home side tied the last two periods, but lost the first half as well as the game 72:79. Croatia improved to 2-0 record and will play Argentina to decide who takes first place in Group D. Mario Delas (207-C/F-90) was unstoppable with 31 points and 14 rebounds. Leon Radosevic collected 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Toni Prostran had 12 points and 6 assists. Richie Edwards shined for the hosts with 29 points and 9 rebounds, whilst Dion Prewster had 15 points and 8 rebounds.

Kazakhstan - Argentina 69-98
Argentina U19 registered the second win in Auckland in FIBA U19 World Championship. The team from Latin America outscored Kazakhstan 98:69 at the North Shore Events Centre. Luciano Gonzalez (196-F-90) top-scored for the winners with 16 points as the latter is 2-0 in the group. Matias Nocedal nailed 14, while Pablo Orlietti 13. Alexander Tyutyunik finished the game with 23 points in the losing effort, while Omirzak Akhmet notched 11.

World Championships U19. Day 1 stats and results - Jul. 2, 2009 
GROUP A

Puerto Rico U19 - Lithuania U19 80:73
Puerto Rico got to a victorious start of their U19 World Championship campaign. They face Lithuanian counterparts in preliminary Group A opener and raced to the tough win at the end. Puerto Rico came from behind in the second half to produce a spectacular winning outcome at the end. Kevin Young (203-F) tallied 18 points, 12 boards and 5 steals to pace the Latin American side.
Lithuania seemed to be en route to a comfortable victory when they stormed into the encounter. Vytenis Cizauskas (189-G-92) and Gediminas Bertasius (196-F-90) scored 8 points apiece to give Lithuania a needed boost early on. The European team enjoyed a 31:14 advantage after ten minutes of action but Puerto Rico survived. Isaac Sosa (190-G-90) hit three triples in the second frame to organize a rescue mission that saw Puerto Rico trim the distance to 9 points at halftime. The Latin American side continued to claw their way back into the contest as they clipped the margin to just 2 points at the final intermission. It all went down to the wire as Puerto Rico proved calm and eked out an important victory at the end. Isaac Sosa notched 18 points for Puerto Rico. Mike Rosario (191-G-90) finished with 17 points in the victory. Vytenis Cizauskas and Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) had 15 points apiece for Lithuania. Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) delivered 13 points and 9 boards in the loss.
Puerto Rico will take on Greece, while Lithuania is scheduled to play against Angola tomorrow.

Puerto Rico: Kevin Young 18+12 boards, Isaac Sosa 18, Mike Rosario 17
Lithuania: Dovydas Redikas 15, Vytenis Cizauskas 15, Donatas Motiejunas 13

Greece U19 - Angola U19 101:58
Greek U19 National Team posted the first win at the World Championship in New Zealand. They overpowered Angola in preliminary Group A. Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) scored 20 points to propel the European outfit to the victory.
The teams kept it close before Greece went on an 11:2 run in the opening frame to gain the advantage. Vlantimir Giankovits (202-C-90) and Georgakis secured a 28:19 lead for Greece after ten minutes. Angola scored just 8 points in the second stanza allowing Greece to clear off to an 18-point distance at halftime. The tempo increased in the third stanza as Angola tried to force the issue. But the Hellenes matched the effort unloading 32 points and entering the fourth period ahead by 26 points. Greece finished off hapless Angola in the final stanza going for a massive victory at the end.
Vlantimir Giankovits scored 18 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for Greek team. Leonidas Kaselakis added 13 points in the victory. Miguel Kiala (198-C-90) replied with 16 points and game-high 18 rebounds for Angola. Edson Ndoniema, Eduardo Ferreira and Emanuel Antonio had 10 points apiece in the loss.
Greece will face Puerto Rico, while Angola will try to bounce back against Lithuania tomorrow.

Greece: Nikolaos Pappas 20, Vlantimir Giankovits 18, Leonidas Kaselakis 13
Angola: Miguel Kiala 16+18 boards, Edson Ndoniema 10

GROUP B
USA - Iran 106:55

The USA Junior National Team brushed by Iran in the opening game of the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. Seven players scored in double digits for the winners. Tyshawn Taylor (6'3''-G-90) delivered 13 points to pace the charge.
The teams traded baskets early in the game but the USA stepped on the gas late in the quarter. John Shurna (6'8''-F-90) scored 7 points to ignite a 16:1 rally that propelled the North American team to a 30:13 advantage. The US team were well in control from now on. They fired 25 points in the second stanza to accumulate a 55:27 advantage at the interval. Things never changed in the third period as the USA maintained the pressure and ran away to a 42-point cushion with one quarter to go. The North American team cruised to the victory in the fourth stanza gaining the lead in Group B.
Seth Curry (6'1''-G) knocked down 12 points for the USA. Terrico White (6'5''-G) and John Shurna added 11 points apiece in the win. Ali Hassanzadeh replied with game-high 17 points. Arsalan Kazemi (6'8''-F-90) canned 15 points in the loss.
The USA will face France, while Iran to play against Egypt tomorrow.

USA: Tyshawn Taylor 13, Seth Curry 12, Terrico White 11, John Shurna 11+10 boards
Iran: Ali Hassanzadeh 17, Arsalan Kazemi 15

France U19 - Egypt U19 102:56
French U19 National Team stormed past Egypt in the opening game of the World Championship in Auckland. France led from start to finish posting an overwhelming victory at the end. Christophe Leonard (199-F-90) (199-F-90) stepped up with 20 points, 10 boards and 4 assists to lead the way for the Les Bleues. Nicolas Lang (196-G-90, agency: Beo Basket) contributed 20 points in the win.
France limited Egypt to 12 points in the starting stanza to accumulate a 13-point lead at the first break. The Europeans continued to dominate in the second stanza as they escaped to a 26-point buffer at halftime. Egypt could threaten the margin in the third stanza despite scoring 13 points. France stayed calm and confident building a 37-point advantage into the final quarter. The Les Bleues cruised to the win in the fourth frame. Jonathan Bourhis (182-G-90) finished with 19 points in the victory. Adham Elsayed responded with 15 points for Egypt. Abdelhalim had 9 points in the loss.
France outrebounded Egypt 36:29 and held them to just 34% from the field.
France will take on the USA, while Egypt will be challenged by Iran tomorrow.

France: Christophe Leonard 20+10 boards, Nicolas Lang 20, Jonathan Bourhis 19
Egypt: Adham Elsayed 15, Amro Abdelhalim 9

GROUP C

Australia U19 - Canada U19 88:77

Australia opened the U19 World Championship with victory. They defeated Canada in the preliminary Group C action. Cody Ellis (202-F-90) scored 25 points to lead the Emus to the win. Australia got to a quick start as they knocked down 24 points in the starting period worth a 6-point lead at the break. The Aussies opened a double-digit lead in the second frame but could not maintain the margin. Robert Gagliardi (185-G-90) and Mangisto Arop (197-G-90) pulled Canada within 8 at halftime.
Cody Ellis and Jason Cadee gave the Emus a 15-point lead midway through the third stanza but Canada refused to give up. They cut the distance back to 10 points with ten minutes to go in regulation. Canada came within 9 after Kelly Kelly Olynyk (203-F) fired from downtown with under 3 minutes to go in the game. But Brock Motum (205-F-90) and Cody Ellis stepped up for the Emus at this point ensuring the initial win for Australia. Brock Motum finished with 22 points and 8 boards for the winners. Mangisto Arop replied with game-high 27 points and 11 boards for Canada. Robert Gagliardi, Kelly Olynyk and Cory Joseph (185-G-91) delivered 11 points apiece in the loss.
Australia outrebounded their opponents 42:33 and sank 45% of field goals. The Emus also committed just 11 turnovers down the stretch.
Australia play against Spain, while Canada take on Syria tomorrow.

Australia: Cody Ellis 25, Brock Motum 22, Jason Cadee 9
Canada: Mangisto Arop 27+11 boards, Kelly Olynyk 11

Spain - Syria 79:53
Spanish U19 National Team rolled to the opening win at the World Championship in New Zealand. They defeated Syria to take the lead in Group C. Jorge Santana (193-G-90) led balanced offense with 16 points. Alejandro Hernandez (190-G-90) added 13 points for the Spaniards. Obida Al Samman (184-F-92) replied with 13 points and 5 boards for Syria.
Spain used a 12:0 run to set up a perfect start to the game. Syria gradually gained speed but trailed 14:23 at the end of the first quarter. Syria came within 7 points from their European opponents in the second quarter but could not convert. Spain raced in front and finished the half ahead by 11 points. The Europeans stepped on the gas once again in the third quarter. They notched 26 points and cleared off to a safe 24-point mark. Syria did all they could in the final period try to erase the deficit but came up short at the end. Julio Sosa (192-F-90) had 12 points and 8 boards for Spain. Tarek Al Jade (179-G-90) delivered 9 points in defeat.
The second round in Group C will feature Spain against Australia and Syria versus Canada.

Spain: Jorge Santana 16, Alejandro Hernandez 13, Julio Sosa 12
Syria: Obida Al Samman 13, Tarek Al Jade 9

GROUP D
Croatia - Kazakhstan 104:74Croatia earned a comfortable opening win at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. They dismantled Kazakhstan in preliminary Group D action. Toni Prostran (183-G-91) provided 23 points, 6 boards and 6 assists to lead Croatia.
Kazakhstan entered the contest with high ambitions as they led 14:13 midway through the starting frame. But Croatia picked up the slack and completed the frame on a 13:2 rally to lead by 10 at the break. Toni Prostran paced the charge for Croatia as they knocked down 32 points in the second period and enjoyed a 20-point buffer into the main break. Croatia did not loosen the grip after the major intermission despite fierce comeback attempts from the Asian opponents. Kazakhstan appeared trailing by 23 points before the final stanza. They never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Leon Radosevic (210-F/C-90) knocked down 17 points for Croatia. Mario Delas (207-C/F-90) finished with 16 points in the win. Alexander Tyutyunik (190-G-90) had 21 points for Kazakhstan. Alexandr Zhigulin (202-F-94) added 19 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort. Croatia outrebounded their opponents 42:27 and sank 55% from the field. Kazakhstan were also forced into 23 turnovers during the encounter.

Croatia: Toni Prostran 23, Leon Radosevic 17, Mario Delas 16
Kazakhstan: Alexander Tyutyunik 21, Alexandr Zhigulin 19

New Zealand U19 - Argentina U19 64:66
Argentina had a narrow escape against the hosts in the U19 World Championship in Auckland today. The teams closed the first day schedule and came up with the most intriguing performance of the day. It all came down to the wire in this one. Things were leveled at 61 with under 4 minutes to go in regulation. Matias Nocedal (192-G-90, agency: Interperformances) and Barrios followed with buckets to set Argentina in front 65:61 with just over a minute to go. Robert Loe (211-C-91) and Logan van Beek responded with a bunch of free throws to drag New Zealand within one with 18 seconds on the clock. Pablo Orlietti and Morgan Nathan exchanged turnovers in the dying seconds before Cristian Cortes was put to the line. He hit the first attempt and then missed the second one and the Kiwis simply ran out of time before taking a shot.
The hosts were up by 4 points at halftime. They extended the margin to 7 points midway through the third period but could not capitalize. Argentina stormed back into the contest in the fourth period and eked out a thrilling victory at the end. Matias Nocedal finished with 21 points for Argentina. Luciano Gonzalez (196-F-90) added 12 points in the win. Brook Ruscoe (188-G-90) had 22 points for New Zealand. Robert Loe delivered 15 points and 6 boards in defeat.

New Zealand: Brook Ruscoe 22, Robert Loe 15
Argentina: Matias Nocedal 21, Luciano Gonzalez 12, Fabian Ramirez 9





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