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World Championships U19 2011 - Men Basketball


Play-Off bracket
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Final Standings
1. Lithuania
2. Serbia
3. Russia
4. Argentina
5. USA
6. Australia
7. Poland
8. Croatia
9. Brazil
9. Canada
11. Egypt
11. Latvia
13. China
14. Taiwan
15. S.Korea
16. Tunisia

World Championships U19 Standings
Group E
1. Australia 5-1
2. Poland 4-2
3. Argentina 4-2
4. Russia 3-3
5. Brazil 3-3
6. Latvia 2-4
Group F
1. USA 5-1
2. Croatia 4-2
3. Lithuania 4-2
4. Serbia 4-2
5. Canada 2-4
6. Egypt 1-5
Group Places 13-16
1. China 2-0
2. Taiwan 1-1
3. S.Korea 1-1
4. Tunisia 0-2

World Championships U19 Preliminary Round Standings
Group A
1. Poland 2-1
2. Brazil 2-1
3. Russia 2-1
4. Tunisia 0-3
Group B
1. Australia 2-1
2. Latvia 2-1
3. Argentina 2-1
4. Taiwan 0-3
Group C
1. Croatia 2-1
2. Lithuania 2-1
3. Canada 1-2
4. S.Korea 1-2
Group D
1. USA 3-0
2. Serbia 2-1
3. Egypt 1-2
4. China 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 


Lithuania Wins World Championship U19 (Photo: latvia2011.fiba.com)

Lithuania  U19 NT 2011 (Photo: lavia2011.fiba.com)


Lithuanian U19 National Team 2011 Starting Five
#s#
Renaldas Simanavicius
Simanavicius
Edgaras Ulanovas
Ulanovas
Dovydas Redikas
Redikas
Vytenis Cizauskas
Cizauskas
Jonas Valanciunas
Valanciunas
#e#5
4 Renaldas Simanavicius 184-G-92 Aiscai Kaunas Lithuania
5 Deividas Pukis 194-G/F-92 High School USA
6 Egidijus Mockevicius 204-C-92 Akademija Lithuania
7 Edgaras Ulanovas 198-G-92 Zalgiris-Sabonio Lithuania
8 Dovydas Redikas 193-G-92 Perlas Lithuania
9 Rokas Giedraitis 195-G-92 Siauliu S-A Lithuania
10 Arnas Butkevicius 199-F-92 Sakalai Lithuania
11 Tautvydas Sabonis 202-F-92 Clinicas Rincon Spain
12 Zygimantas Skucas 200-F-92 Zalgiris-Sabonio Lithuania
13 Vytenis Cizauskas 190-G-92 Nevezis Lithuania
14 Rolandas Jakstas 200-F-92 Aiscai Kaunas Lithuania
15 Jonas Valanciunas 210-C-92 Toronto R. USA

Kazys Maksvytis Head Coach



Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U19 Awards 2011 - Jul 19, 2011

All-WC U19 1st Team 2011
#s#
Jonas Valanciunas
Valanciunas
Aleksandar Cvetkovic
Cvetkovic
Hugh Greenwood
Greenwood
Jeremy Lamb
Lamb
Dmitry Kulagin
Kulagin
#e#5

Best Player: Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) of Lithuania
Best Guard: Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-PG-93) of Serbia
Best Forward: Jeremy Lamb (195-G/F-92) of USA
Best Center: Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) of Lithuania
Best Coach: Kazys Maksvytis of Lithuania

1st Team
PG: Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-93) of Serbia
G: Hugh Greenwood (190-92) of Australia
G/F: Jeremy Lamb (195-92) of USA
G: Dmitry Kulagin (195-92) of Russia
C: Jonas Valanciunas (210-92) of Lithuania

2nd Team
PG: Raul Neto (186-92) of Brazil
G: Vytenis Cizauskas (190-92) Lithuania
G: Michal Michalak (194-93) of Poland
F: Boris Barac (206-92) of Croatia
F/C: Dario Saric (207-94) of Croatia

3rd Team
PG: Grzegorz Grochowski (176-93) of Poland
F/G: Anthony Drmic (196-92) of Australia
F: Sergey Karasev (200-93) of Russia
F: Dyshawn Pierre (198-93) of Canada
C: Davis Bertans (205-92) of Latvia

Honorable Mention
Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) of Poland
Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) of Australia
Guo Ailun (192-G-93) of China
Doug McDermott (200-F-92) of USA
Patric Young (205-F/C-92) of USA
Toni Katic (188-PG-92) of Croatia
Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) of Lithuania
Djordje Drenovac (203-F-92) of Serbia
Lucas Nogueira (213-C-92) of Brazil
Edmunds Dukulis (204-C-92) of Latvia
Kevin Pangos (186-PG-93) of Canada
Kim Giyun (184-G-92) of S.Korea
Assem Ahmed (205-C-92) of Egypt



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

FINAL
Serbia - Lithuania 67-85
Lithuania U19 won the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships! The Baltic side won over Serbia U19 85:67 to become the best U19 team of the world with MVP, Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92). Djordje Drenovac and Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-F-92) scored the first points for the Serbian team, but the Baltic State reply with 6 consecutive points. Nemanja Besovic later tied the game at 9:9, while Dovydas Redikas closed the opening period at 18:13. In the second period Lithuania led from the beginning until the end. Jonas Valanciunas scored for 26:19 and Vytenis Cizauskas posted two for 39:32 that was the last points in the first half. Jonas Valanciunas increased to 41:32 but Serbia did not give up in the game. Bogic Vujosevic (189-PG-92, agency: Beo Basket) tied the game at 44:44 after a massive lead of the Serbia squad. The winners immediately replied with 5-0 run as Arnas Butkevicius scored for 49:44. Vytenis Cizauskas increased to 54:47, while Dovydas Redikas closed the lead and the third period at 62:47. Serbia meanwhile scored the first 4 points in the last quarter, but could not change the scenario. Vytenis Cizauskas scored for 65:51 and Arnas Butkevicius closed another run at 68:51. Jonas Valanciunas made a free throw for 71:56, while Dovydas Redikas increased to plus 16 with 5 minutes in the game. Jonas Valanciunas made a dunk at 77:59 as Lithuania knew about the victory and was ready to celebrate. Luka Mitrovic and Jonas Valanciunas exchanged for 81:61, but Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-PG-93) and Bogdan Bogdanovic cut it to 65:81. Jonas Valanciunas made a dunk for the last points of the Baltic side and won MVP of the tournament. Jonas Valanciunas recorded 36 points for the winners, while Edgaras Ulanovas scored 12. Arnas Butkevicius and Vytenis Cizauskas followed them with 9 points apiece. Djordje Drenovac replied with 14 points in defeat and Bogdan Bogdanovic netted 13. Aleksandar Cvetkovic and Bogic Vujosevic produced 11 points each in the losing effort.
3rd place
Argentina - Russia 72-77
Russia U19 clinched third place in Riga at the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships. The Russian team overcame Argentina U19 for the third place 77:72. Both teams desired to finish the campaign with the win after the losses at the semifinals last night. They both nailed 19 points in the opening quarter and continued the battle in the second frame. Carlos Paredes nailed three for 34:27, while Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) reduced to 40:35 at the halftime. Franco Giorgetti (202-F-92) gave the Latin American team the biggest lead in the game at 51:40, but they could not keep the lead for good. Dmitry Kulagin closed the period at 53:50 and the last stanza belonged to Russia. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) tied the game at 53:53 early in the last and Vladislav Trushkin nailed from the arc for 58:57. Sergey Karasev and Dmitry Kulagin made four free throws at the very end for the final success. Dmitry Kulagin top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 8 rebounds, while Aleksandr Gudumak and Sergey Karasev netted 17 each. Vladislav Trushkin ended up with 10 points in the winning effort. Franco Giorgetti answered with 18 points in the losing effort and Pablo Perez scored 13.
5th place
Australia - USA 77-78
USA claimed the fifth position at the U19 World Championship in Latvia. They prevailed against Australia in the final game at the tournament. Tim Hardaway Jr. (195-G-92) Jr. knocked down 21 points to pace the North American team. The Emus started the game strongly. They grabbed a 24:21 lead at the first break. Australia maintained the lead throughout the second term. The Emus posted a 43:39 halftime advantage. The USA bounced back in the third term. They erased the deficit and posted a 60:59 lead with one quarter remaining. The United States stayed in charge in the fourth frame. However Drmic put the Emus in front by one late in regulation. The USA found their hero in Jeremy Lamb (195-G/F-92) as he accounted for two points and sealed the win for the USA. Doug McDermott (200-F-92) posted 13 points, while Meyers Leonard (213-C-92) added 10 points in the win. Hugh Greenwood answered with 26 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for Australia. Jackson Aldridge and Mitchell Creek netted 9 points apiece in the loss.
7th place
Croatia - Poland 70-82
Poland wrapped up their U19 World Championship campaign with victory. They rallied past Croatia to clinch the seventh place in the ladder. Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) knocked down 29 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners. It does not look good for Poland in the opening quarter. Croatia erupted for 26 points in the first frame to take an 8-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second stanza. Croatia ensured a 46:38 halftime advantage. But Poland turned things around in the third term. Poland capped the frame with a 12:2 run to secure a 60:57 advantage with one quarter remaining. Przemyslaw Karnowski and Michal Michalak (194-G-93) opened up a double-digit lead for Poland midway through the fourth quarter 71:61. Croatia could not recover in the dying minutes and had to surrender at the end. Michal Michalak notched 23 points, while Grzegorz Grochowski added 12 points and 7 assists for Poland. Dario Saric (207-F/C-94) answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds for Croatia. Boris Barac had 16 points in the loss.


Lithuania and Serbia to face in the European Final! - Jul 9, 2011
SEMIFINAL
Lithuania - Russia 85-68
Lithuania have become the first U19 World Championship finalists. They outgunned Russian counterparts in the first semifinal in Riga tonight. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) came up with 21 points and 13 rebounds to pace the winners. Lithuania stunned their opponetns in the first half. Russia led 3:0 early in the encounter but the Baltic team went on a 21:6 run to build a comfortable lead. Lithuania ensured a 25:11 advantage at the first break. The margin grew at 27-point mark midway through the second term as the game slightly turned into a one-way traffic. Lithuania secured a 53:26 halftime lead. Lithuania boosted the gap to 30 points in the third term but Russia managed to narrow the deficit at 20 points with ten minutes remaining 50:70. Russia used a 10:2 run early in the fourth frame to get within 12 points 62:74. However Pukis and Zygimantas Skucas (200-F-92) came up with timely five points in the fourth quarter to tame Russia and Lithuania rolled to the victory at the end. Dovydas Redikas finished with 13 points, while Zygimantas Skucas added 12 points in the win. Dmitry Kulagin responded with 27 points for Russia. Alexander Tikhonin contributed 13 points in the loss.

Serbia - Argentina 76-71
The game between Serbia and Argentina became the last in the last but one day of the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships. The European team needed strong second half to ensure 76:71 win. Argentina won the opening tip 6:2 as Franco Giorgetti made the jump shot. The European team however looked better in the end of the quarter and grabbed 16:14 advantage. Patricio Garino tied the game at 16:16, while Marko Gujanicic gave Serbia 24:19. Juan Giaveno (175-PG-92) tied the game at 26:26 and Nikola Siladi sent the squads to the lockers for 32:28. The third quarter became the most productive and offensive in the game. Serbia won it 29-22 as Petar Lambic scored for 57:54. Luciano Massarelli however tied the game at 61:61 early in the fourth, while Nemanja Besovic (221-C-92) made the same at 63:63. Marko Gujanicic gave Serbia 66:63 from the perimeter and Pablo Perez made two free throws for 1 point difference. Bogdan Bogdanovic brought 69:65 and Luciano Massarelli scored for 69:67 with 2 minutes in the game. Bogic Vujosevic (189-PG-92, agency: Beo Basket) made two free throws for 71:67 with 40 seconds and Nemanja Besovic made the dunk for the final success. Bogdan Bogdanovic paced all the winners with 25 points, while Nemanja Besovic notched 15. Marko Gujanicic produced 14 and Bogic Vujosevic delivered 11. Marcos Delia responded with 19 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, whilst Juan Giaveno scored 13.

5-8 place

Poland - USA 47-84
USA U19 demolish the Polish side to recover from last night loss to Russia. The American team won 84:47 at the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships and will play for the 5th place tomorrow. Poland won the opening tip 5:2 as Grzegorz Grochowski nailed three for the lead. Doug McDermott (200-F-92) gave USA 13:9, while Meyers Leonard (213-C-92) closed the first period at 19:11. A tight and gritty third period saw buckets hard to come by. Slowly but confident the favorites reached the bigger lead as they won the second frame 17-10. Doug McDermott and Przemyslaw Karnowski were the last players to score at the half for 36:21 deficit. USA needed 11-0 run to start the third period as the result became known in the start of the second half. Patric Young scored for 47:21 and Meyers Leonard made a dunk for 55:31. USA won the third period 23-11 as Meyers Leonard closed the thirty minutes of the game with the successful shot. The fourth period also belonged to the favorites that ensured the bigger victory. Doug McDermott poured in 19 points to lead the charge. Patric Young followed him with 13, while Jeremy Lamb and Meyers Leonard posted 12 apiece. Michal Michalak replied with 13 points for the European team and Piotr Niedzwiedzki had 10.

Australia - Croatia 90-63
Australia celebrated the victory at U19 World Championship today. The Emus held off Croatian counterparts to set up clash with the USA for the fifth spot in the tournament. Croatia will take on Poland in the battle for the 7th position. Hugh Greenwood (190-G-92) knocked down 21 points and grabbed 7 boards for the Emus. Australia grabbed the lead from the early stages. The Emus rallied to a 24:19 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second term. The Australian team secured a 40:35 halftime lead. The Emus continued to get away in the third stanza. They outmuscled Croatia in the paint and easily gained an 11-point advantage with one quarter remaining. Australia went on a 28:12 rally in the fourth period and sealed the victory at the end. Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) provided 20 points, 10 boards and 6 assists, while Anthony Drmic (196-F/G-92) added 13 points in the victory. Boris Barac answered with 20 points for Croatia. Dario Saric accounted for 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the loss.
9-10 place
Brazil - Latvia 81-73
Brazil U19 finished on the 9th place at the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships. The Latin American team won over the hosts 81:73 to send them to the 10th place. Janis Timma gave the Baltic side 8:3 lead, but they could not keep the leading advantage. Lucas Nogueira closed the first period at 21:14, while Davis Bertans reduced to 23:21 early in the second. Brazil pushed the tempo in the end of the half and Raul Neto sent the teams to the lockers at 41:35. In the third period the picture had changed in the game and both squads exchanged the baskets for their own leads. Kaspars Vecvagars (191-G-93) gave the hosts 44:43 and Davis Bertans increased to 49:47. David Rossetto (180-PG-93) brought 58:54 for Brazil to go to the last period with 4-point deficit. Brazil did not allow Latvia to reduce the gap and won the game. David Rossetto led the way with 19 points and Bruno Irigoyen scored 17. Raul Neto notched 15, while Lucas Nogueira collected 8 points and 10 rebounds. Davis Bertans replied with 25 points in defeat and Edmunds Dukulis delivered 17.
11-12 place
Egypt - Canada 79-84
Canada wrapped up their U19 World Championship campaign with victory. They knocked down Egypt to earn the 11th overall place. Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) led the North American team to the win tallying 28 points, 13 boards and 4 assists. Egypt looked slightly better in the starting period as they gained an 18:17 lead at the first break. But Canada gradually took over. The North Americans rallied to a 38:34 halftime advantage. The teams increased the tempo in the third term. They combined for 49 points in the quarter as Canada were able to secure a 5-point advantage before the fourth frame. Canada withheld all the comeback efforts from Egypt to celebrate a tough victory at the end. Kevin Pangos delivered 18 points, while Stefan Jankovic provided 10 points in the victory. Assem Ahmed (205-C-92) answered with 19 points and 13 rebounds for Egypt. Marawan Mohamed (199-F-92) contributed 15 points in the loss.

Shocking Quarterfinals: All the low-ranked teams advanced to the semis - Jul 8, 2011

Australia - Serbia 74-93
Serbia U19 edged Australia U19 at the FIBA U19 World Championship. The European team surprised the winner of Group E 93:74 and took their spot at the Semifinal. Serbia started strong and took 22-12 after the first period.The Emus steadied in the second period, attacking the Serbians and making up some ground to go into the change rooms down by four points. The third quarter was decisive in the game. The Serbians were dominant in the all-important third period, holding the Emus to just 10 points while dropping 27 of their own. Australia won the last frame 26-24 but it was not enough to seal the win. Australia continued to fight until the final seconds but it would prove to be in vein with Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-PG-93) putting in another stellar performance at point guard to steer Serbia to the final buzzer. Djordje Drenovac (203-F-92, agency: Interperformances) and Mitrovic led the way with 17 points each, while Aleksandar Cvetkovic netted 15. Petar Lambic followed them with 12 points in a win. Hugh Greenwood (190-G-92) finished the night with 25 points in the losing case, whilst Anthony Drmic netted 15.

Poland - Lithuania 75-87
Lithuania earned the spot in the U19 World Championship semifinals. They overcame Polish counterparts in the quarterfinal tonight. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) scored 26 points and grabbed impressive 24 rebounds to pace Lithuania. The Baltic team entered the game confidently. They maintained the lead and recorded a 22:15 advantage at the first break. Lithuania kept up the tempo throughout the second period. They ensured a 47:33 halftime lead. Poland tried to come back into the game in the third frame. They cut the deficit and entered the fourth frame trailing by just 7 points. But Lithuania quickly stopped the rot. They notched 23 points in the fourth frame and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-G-92) tallied 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for Lithuania. Zygimantas Skucas (200-F-92) and Edgaras Ulanovas (198-G-92) added 11 points apiece in the victory. Michal Michalak responded with 29 points and 13 rebounds for Poland. Przemyslaw Karnowski contributed 16 points in the losing effort.

Russia - USA 79-74
Trushkin knocked USA U19 out of the FIBA U19 World Championship as Russia shocked the defending champions. The European team advanced to the Semifinals after 79:74 win. Russia should be thankful first to Argentina that gave European team the Quarterfinal appearance. Russia started strong and surprised USA with 25-18 in the first period. Moreover after 15-12 in the second frame the underdogs enjoyed 40:30 halftime advantage. Despite having lost their 10 point deficit, Russia did not appear to be panicking as they have in games previous, appearing happy to run the shot clock down and wait for their opportunities to penetrate. USA grabbed 1 points lead after thirty minutes as they edged Russia 23-12 in the third period. The last quarter was the benefit of Trushkin that hit 14 points in the final quarter to bring the most valuable victory for his team. Kulagin Dmitry stepped up with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) netted 19. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) ended up with 17 points and Alexander Varnakov (185-G-92) scored 11. Lamb Jeremy ended up with 21 points, whilst Jackson Joe scored 14.

Argentina - Croatia 81-76
Croatia U19 succumb to Argentina U19 in Quarter Finals and allowed the Latin American team to be the only non-European representative at the Semifinals of the FIBA U19 World Championship. Argentina won the opening tip 11-4 and then increased to 21-11 after the first 10 minutes. Marcos Delia made it 36:24, while Juan Giaveno scored for 46:30. Boris Barac (206-F-92) made two free throws at the end of the frame to reduce to 46:32. Croatia looked better after the break and reduced from -14 to -5. Boris Barac scored from the perimeter for 59:54 after thirty minutes. Moreover Toni Katic cut it to 61:59 and Dario Saric scored for 73:70. Argentina meanwhile did not allow the European team to go on a lead and Juan Giaveno nailed two for 79:73 with less than a minute to go. Franco Giorgetti (202-F-92) was perfect from the free throw line at the very end to bring 81:76 win for Argentina. Patricio Garino chipped in 21 points for the winners and Marcos Delia notched 16. Franco Giorgetti poured in 12, whilst Carlos Paredes scored 11. Dario Saric finished the game with 24 points in defeat and Boris Barac scored 22.

Group 9-12 places
Brazil - Egypt 77-63
Brazil overcame Egypt today in the classification round for 9-12 place at U19 World Championship in Latvia. Brazil will now take on Latvia for the ninth overall position tomorrow. David Rossetto produced 18 points to lead the effort. Egypt will take on Canada for the 11th spot. Egypt surged ahead early in the encounter. They recorded a 16:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Brazil however bounced back in the second term. They increased the tempo in the second period and exploded with 28 points to establish a 40:31 halftime lead. Brazil consolidated the lead in the third term. They limited Egypt to just 11 points and grabbed a 17-point lead at the final break. Egypt knocked down 21 points in the final quarter but came up short of victory at the end. Bruno Irigoyen nailed 14 points, while Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) contributed 10 points in the victory. Omar Mohamed (183-PG-94) answered with 18 points for Egypt. Assem Ahmed (205-C-92) accounted for 15 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.

Latvia - Canada 99-96
Latvia snapped four-game losing streak at the U19 World Championship. The hosts held off Canadian counterparts in classification round tonight. Latvia thus will take on Brazil for the ninth overall position at the tournament. Canada will face Egypt in the battle for the 11th place. Edmunds Dukulis (204-C-92, agency: Players Group) notched 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead Latvia in this one. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. Canada eked out a 24:23 lead at the first break. The North American side stepped on the gas in the second term. They erupted for 30 points and posted a 54:44 halftime lead. But Latvia turned things upside down in the third stanza. Led by Edmunds Dukulis the hosts went on a 27:15 rally to enter the fourth frame up by two points 71:69. Latvia dropped 28 points in the final quarter and hung on escape with a narrow win at the end. Kaspars Vecvagars accounted for 17 points, while Davis Bertans had 18 points for the home team. Kevin Pangos (186-PG-93) answered with 24 points for Canada. Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) topscored with 30 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Shocking Quarterfinals: All the low-ranked teams advanced to the semis - Jul 8, 2011

Australia - Serbia 74-93
Serbia U19 edged Australia U19 at the FIBA U19 World Championship. The European team surprised the winner of Group E 93:74 and took their spot at the Semifinal. Serbia started strong and took 22-12 after the first period.The Emus steadied in the second period, attacking the Serbians and making up some ground to go into the change rooms down by four points. The third quarter was decisive in the game. The Serbians were dominant in the all-important third period, holding the Emus to just 10 points while dropping 27 of their own. Australia won the last frame 26-24 but it was not enough to seal the win. Australia continued to fight until the final seconds but it would prove to be in vein with Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-PG-93) putting in another stellar performance at point guard to steer Serbia to the final buzzer. Djordje Drenovac (203-F-92, agency: Interperformances) and Mitrovic led the way with 17 points each, while Aleksandar Cvetkovic netted 15. Petar Lambic followed them with 12 points in a win. Hugh Greenwood (190-G-92) finished the night with 25 points in the losing case, whilst Anthony Drmic netted 15.

Poland - Lithuania 75-87
Lithuania earned the spot in the U19 World Championship semifinals. They overcame Polish counterparts in the quarterfinal tonight. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) scored 26 points and grabbed impressive 24 rebounds to pace Lithuania. The Baltic team entered the game confidently. They maintained the lead and recorded a 22:15 advantage at the first break. Lithuania kept up the tempo throughout the second period. They ensured a 47:33 halftime lead. Poland tried to come back into the game in the third frame. They cut the deficit and entered the fourth frame trailing by just 7 points. But Lithuania quickly stopped the rot. They notched 23 points in the fourth frame and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-G-92) tallied 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for Lithuania. Zygimantas Skucas (200-F-92) and Edgaras Ulanovas (198-G-92) added 11 points apiece in the victory. Michal Michalak responded with 29 points and 13 rebounds for Poland. Przemyslaw Karnowski contributed 16 points in the losing effort.

Russia - USA 79-74
Trushkin knocked USA U19 out of the FIBA U19 World Championship as Russia shocked the defending champions. The European team advanced to the Semifinals after 79:74 win. Russia should be thankful first to Argentina that gave European team the Quarterfinal appearance. Russia started strong and surprised USA with 25-18 in the first period. Moreover after 15-12 in the second frame the underdogs enjoyed 40:30 halftime advantage. Despite having lost their 10 point deficit, Russia did not appear to be panicking as they have in games previous, appearing happy to run the shot clock down and wait for their opportunities to penetrate. USA grabbed 1 points lead after thirty minutes as they edged Russia 23-12 in the third period. The last quarter was the benefit of Trushkin that hit 14 points in the final quarter to bring the most valuable victory for his team. Kulagin Dmitry stepped up with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) netted 19. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) ended up with 17 points and Alexander Varnakov (185-G-92) scored 11. Lamb Jeremy ended up with 21 points, whilst Jackson Joe scored 14.

Argentina - Croatia 81-76
Croatia U19 succumb to Argentina U19 in Quarter Finals and allowed the Latin American team to be the only non-European representative at the Semifinals of the FIBA U19 World Championship. Argentina won the opening tip 11-4 and then increased to 21-11 after the first 10 minutes. Marcos Delia made it 36:24, while Juan Giaveno scored for 46:30. Boris Barac (206-F-92) made two free throws at the end of the frame to reduce to 46:32. Croatia looked better after the break and reduced from -14 to -5. Boris Barac scored from the perimeter for 59:54 after thirty minutes. Moreover Toni Katic cut it to 61:59 and Dario Saric scored for 73:70. Argentina meanwhile did not allow the European team to go on a lead and Juan Giaveno nailed two for 79:73 with less than a minute to go. Franco Giorgetti (202-F-92) was perfect from the free throw line at the very end to bring 81:76 win for Argentina. Patricio Garino chipped in 21 points for the winners and Marcos Delia notched 16. Franco Giorgetti poured in 12, whilst Carlos Paredes scored 11. Dario Saric finished the game with 24 points in defeat and Boris Barac scored 22.

Group 9-12 places
Brazil - Egypt 77-63
Brazil overcame Egypt today in the classification round for 9-12 place at U19 World Championship in Latvia. Brazil will now take on Latvia for the ninth overall position tomorrow. David Rossetto produced 18 points to lead the effort. Egypt will take on Canada for the 11th spot. Egypt surged ahead early in the encounter. They recorded a 16:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Brazil however bounced back in the second term. They increased the tempo in the second period and exploded with 28 points to establish a 40:31 halftime lead. Brazil consolidated the lead in the third term. They limited Egypt to just 11 points and grabbed a 17-point lead at the final break. Egypt knocked down 21 points in the final quarter but came up short of victory at the end. Bruno Irigoyen nailed 14 points, while Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) contributed 10 points in the victory. Omar Mohamed (183-PG-94) answered with 18 points for Egypt. Assem Ahmed (205-C-92) accounted for 15 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.

Latvia - Canada 99-96
Latvia snapped four-game losing streak at the U19 World Championship. The hosts held off Canadian counterparts in classification round tonight. Latvia thus will take on Brazil for the ninth overall position at the tournament. Canada will face Egypt in the battle for the 11th place. Edmunds Dukulis (204-C-92, agency: Players Group) notched 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead Latvia in this one. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. Canada eked out a 24:23 lead at the first break. The North American side stepped on the gas in the second term. They erupted for 30 points and posted a 54:44 halftime lead. But Latvia turned things upside down in the third stanza. Led by Edmunds Dukulis the hosts went on a 27:15 rally to enter the fourth frame up by two points 71:69. Latvia dropped 28 points in the final quarter and hung on escape with a narrow win at the end. Kaspars Vecvagars accounted for 17 points, while Davis Bertans had 18 points for the home team. Kevin Pangos (186-PG-93) answered with 24 points for Canada. Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) topscored with 30 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Eighth-Final Round in Riga. Day 3 - Jul 6, 2011

Group E
Latvia - Russia 63-73
Russia U19 won over the Baltic side and took the last spot in the Quarterfinals. The Russian selection grabbed 73:63 over Latvia U19 at the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships. It was a tough start and it proved the battle until the very end. Latvia erupted for 18-6, however Russia reduced to 21-15 at the end of the first period. They even closed it to just one, but managed to win the second period only 12-11 and trailed 27-32 at the halftime. The Baltic side led in the whole third period and enjoyed 49:43 after thirty minutes. Russia, however exploded in the last frame and won the thriller. The Russian team needed 30-14 as Alexander Varnakov (185-G-92) made the final 73:63 victory. Alexander Varnakov top-scored for the winners with 21 and Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) posted 15. Kaspars Vecvagars (191-G-93) finished the game with 17 points in defeat, while Janis Timma added 15.

Argentina - Brazil 71-69 OT
Argentina U19 needed overtime to send Brazil U19 out of 1/4 Finals of U19 FIBA World Championships. Argentina improved to 4-2 record, while Brazil finished with 3-3 as well as Russia and the latter advanced to the next stage. Before the game started Brazil knew that Russia has ended a three game losing streak, beating the tournament hosts Latvia. Should Argentina win Russia advance but if they lose then Brazil hold onto their spot in the playoffs. Brazil desired the win more and started with 19-8 in the opening tip. Cristiano Felicio made a dunk for 23-11 and Raul Neto (186-PG-92) nailed three for 30:22. Nicolas Copello reduced to 6 points as the teams went to the lockers. Bruno Irigoyen (202-G/F-92) later tied the game at 39:39, while Cristiano Felicio made a dunk for the Brazilian lead. Argentina however won the third frame 18-13 and trailed only 42:43 after thirty minutes. Luciano Massarelli (183-PG-93) tied the game at 46:46 and Lucas Nogueira (213-C-92) closed an improtant 7-0 run for Brazil to enjoy 53:46 with them. Franco Giorgetti cut it to 58:57 with two minutes in the game, but Felipe Vezaro scored for 60:57. Franco Giorgetti reduced to 59:60 and Raul Neto was perfect from the free throw line for 59:62. Luciano Massarelli however scored from the arc to send the teams in overtime. In extra time Argentina produced 9-7 and won the game. Lucas Nogueira had a chance to send the teams to the second overtime but missed the shot.

Australia - Poland 72-52
Australia overcame Poland at U19 World Championship Eighth-Final Round tonight. The victory propelled the Emus at 5-1 record on top of Group E. Poland fell at 4-2 record after the loss. Jackson Aldridge (185-PG-92) stepped up with 21 points to lead the winners. Poland ensured the better start to the game. They recorded a 14:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Australia bounced back in the second period. The Emus established a 29:27 halftime advantage. The third term turned disastrous for Poland. The Emus limited their opponents to only 6 points in the frame and cleared off to a 20-point advantage. Australia wisely kept Poland at bay throughout the final quarter and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Igor Hadziomerovic netted 14 points, while Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) added 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Piotr Niedzwiedzki (210-F-93) responded with 11 points for Poland. Michal Michalak (194-G-93) contributed 9 points in defeat.
Group F
Serbia - Canada 94-73
Serbia U19 grabbed 4-2 record in Group F of the U19 World Championship in Latvia. The European team overcame Canada U19 94:73 to send them to 2-4 record. Sim Bhullar gave Canada surprising 8:4 lead int he opening tip that was the last one for the North American squad. Serbia took 23-14 int he end of the first period and never looked behind after. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-F-92) opened the second frame for Serbia and Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) increased to 32:16 later in the quarter. Djordje Drenovac and Julian Clarke exchanged the baskets at the end of the half for 47:26 at the halftime. Serbia also added 25-20 in the third quarter, whiel canada won the last period. Trailing 33 points with 6 minutes to go, Canada managed to cut it to 21. Djordje Drenovac paced all the winners with 14 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic as well as Marko Gujanicic added 13 each. Petar Lambic followed them with 11 points in a winning effort. Junior Lomomba (193-G-93) ended up with 14 points in defeat, while Sim Bhullar posted 11.

USA - Croatia 85-87
Croatia earned a tough win over the USA in the final game of the Eighth-Final Round in Group F. The victory helped Croatia to 4-2 record in the ladder. The USA suffered the first defeat at the tournament but still clinched the top position in the group at 5-1 record. Toni Katic (188-PG-92) stepped up with 21 points to pace the winners. The teams stayed close throughout the opening period. Croatia eked out a narrow 25:24 lead after ten minutes. The USA erased the deficit and grabbed a 5-point lead midway through the second term. But a strong half finish from the European team allowed them to restore a three-point lead 46:43. Dario Saric and Mislav Brzoja (192-F/G-94) helped Croatia to a 12-point advantage in the third quarter. The Croats established a 70:61 lead with one quarter to go. The USA used a 19:5 run in the final period to surge ahead 80:75. Dario Saric, Boris Barac and Toni Katic bounced back putting Croatia back on top 84:83 with under a minute to go. Toni Katic and Boris Barac extended the gap to three points 86:83 with 34 seconds remaining. Jeremy Lamb pulled the USA closer with a jumper. Toni Katic hit just one free throw and Jeremy Lamb had a chance to force overtime. But his jumper rimmed out sealing the victory for Croatia. Boris Barac provided 18 points, while Dario Saric finished with 17 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Jeremy Lamb answered with 25 points for the USA. Patric Young delivered 15 points and 8 boards in defeat.

Egypt - Lithuania 59-78
Lithuania clinched another win at the U19 World Championship in Latvia. They stormed past Egypt to improve at 4-2 record and clinched the second place in Group F of the Eighth-Final Round. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) stepped up with 17 points and 13 boards for Lithuania. Egypt slipped at 1-5 record and would play at 9-12 place classification round. Lithuania led right from the start. The Baltic team quickly cleared off to a 23:7 lead. Deividas Pukis (194-G/F-92) ensured a 41:21 lead for Lithuania midway through the second quarter. They established a 46:25 halftime lead. Lithuania earned a 28-point lead in the third quarter before Egypt cut the distance to 21-point mark with one quarter remaining 42:63. The fourth period was a mere formality as Lithuania coasted to the victory at the end. Renaldas Simanavicius scored 14 points, while Deividas Pukis added 13 in the winning effort. Egypt answered with game-high 23 points and 19 rebounds from Assem Ahmed. Omar Mohammed delivered 14 points in the loss.

Eighth-Final Round in Riga. Day 1 - Jul 4, 2011

Group E
Latvia - Brazil 73-88
Brazil earned the third straight victory at U19 World Championship in Latvia. The Latin American side knocked down the hosts to improve at 3-1 record in Group E. Raul Neto (186-PG-92) dropped 19 points to pace the winners. Latvia fell at 2-2 record after the loss. Latvia led right from the start. They stayed on top throughout the opening quarter recording an 18:17 lead ten minutes into the game. However Brazil answered with six straight points early in the second frame to surge in front. The visitors gradually boosted the margin to enjoy a 46:34 halftime lead. Lucas Riva and Raul Neto ensured a 16-point lead for Brazil midway through the third term. Soon Brazil gained a 20-point lead and arrived at the final break ahead by 14 points 72:58. Latvia could not get closer than 14 points in the fourth frame and had to yield at the end. Bruno Irigoyen (202-G/F-92) netted 17 points, while David Rossetto (180-PG-93) contributed 14 points in the winning effort. Edmunds Dukulis (204-C-92, agency: Players Group) answered with 22 points and 9 rebounds for Latvia. Davis Bertans (205-C-92) accounted for 15 points in defeat.

Argentina - Poland 71-73
Polish team opened U19 World Championship Eighth-Final round with victory. They overcame Argentinean counterparts to improve at 3-1 record in Group E. Argentina slipped at 2-2 record after the loss. It all looked good for Poland. They opened the game on a 9:2 run. Poland maintained the lead throughout the starting period posting a 20:11 advantage at the break. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) and Michal Michalak (194-G-93) boosted the gap to 14 points late in the half. Paredes and Giorgetti helped Argentina to come back into the contest. The Latin American team got within three points midway through the third fame. Poland were able to secure a 50:46 lead with one quarter remaining. The Polish team increased the margin to 9-point mark midway through the fourth term 58:49. But Argentina bounced back as the barrage of three-pointers erased the deficit. Carlos Paredes (196-F-92) pulled in front 71:70 with 37 seconds to go. Mateusz Ponitka answered with three free throws to give Poland a 73:71 lead. Carlos Paredes had a chance to save the game for Argentina but missed a buzzer-beater. Mateusz Ponitka accounted for 20 points to lead Poland. Michal Michalak added 16 points in the winning effort. Carlos Paredes replied with 17 points for Argentina. Luciano Massarelli (183-PG-93) and Pablo Perez (202-F-92) banked 12 points apiece in the loss.

Australia - Russia 85-78
Emus edged Russia at the U19 World Championship in Latvia in the start of the 1/8 Finals stage of Group E. The Australian U19 selection overcame the European team 85:78. The tournaments structure saw the top three teams from Pool A and Pool B form a six-team Pool E, where both teams were currently placed. The fixture for round two takes a cross-over format, which means that teams from Pool A will not face each other again. Instead they will line-up against each of the top three teams from Pool B. Russia started well and grabbed 21-18 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Although Australia won the second frame 21-20, Russia enjoyed 2-point halftime advantage. Moreover the European team increased to 3 points after 22-21 in the third period, but could not win. Emus however needed 27-17 to take 3-1 record on top of Group E. Anthony Drmic (196-F/G-92) paced all the winners with 22 points and Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) netted 16. Igor Hadziomerovic (195-G-92) ended up with 15 points, while Hugh Greenwood (190-G-92) scored 11. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) and Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) posted 19 points each in the losing effort.
Group F
USA - Canada 83-54
USA continued to roll confidently at U19 World Championship in Latvia. They opened the Qualifying Round with victory over their North American rivals. USA outgunned Canada to improve at 4-0 record in Group F. Canada slipped at 1-3 record. USA grabbed the initiative right from the start. They ensured a 21:14 lead after ten minutes. USA deepened the damage in the second quarter. They limited Canada to only 9 points to establish a 46:23 halftime lead. The United States did not slow down after the big break. Paul Hewitt team secured a 28-point lead with one quarter remaining. Canada had little chance to recover as the USA rallied to the victory at the end. James Bell (195-G-92) knocked down 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in the victory. Doug McDermott (200-F-92) added 10 points for the USA. Sim Bhullar (223-C-92) answered with 15 points and 7 boards for Canada. Junior Lomomba (193-G-93) and Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) netted 11 points apiece in the loss.

Egypt - Croatia 81-83
Croatia opens FIBA U19 World Championship, 1/8 Finals with the win. The European team outscored Egypt U19 83:81 as late dunk sequence saves Croatia. The European team took early 25-22 in the end of the first period and improved to 5 points at the halftime. Egypt however surprised the Croatia side in the third period as they tied the game at the end of the third quarter. Only due to the last quarter and late dunk saved Croatia from the loss. They improved to 3-1 record in Group F, while Egypt dropped to 1-3 on the bottom. Dario Saric (207-F/C-94) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 16 rebounds and 7 assists, while Mario Hezonja (196-G-95) posted 15. Toni Katic (188-PG-92) delivered 14 and Boris Barac (206-F-92) notched 13. Omar Mohamed (183-PG-94) and Assem Ahmed (205-C-92) answered with 22 points in the losing effort, while Zyad Mohamed (194-G-92) posted 15. Tomorrow Egypt will face Canada and Croatia will meet Serbia.

Serbia - Lithuania 54-71
Lithuania wins the European thriller over Serbia at the FIBA U19 World Championship, 1/8 Finals. The Baltic State improved to 3-1 record after 71:54 win. Lithuania that improves from game to game started with 19-8 and never looked behind. The Baltic State added 14-13 in the second period for 33:22 halftime advantage. Serbia was far to give up and replied with 22-15 in the third period reducing to 4 points after 30 minutes, but that was all they could do. Lithuania U19 ended up with 23-11 in the last frame to seal the victory. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) netted 17. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-G-92) collected 10 points and 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-PG-93) responded with 15 points in defeat as Serbia fell at 2-2. Petar Lambic (195-G-92) and Nemanja Besovic (221-C-92) scored 10 points each as Petar also grabbed 10 boards.
13-16 place
Tunisia - Taiwan 59-70
Taiwan U19 celebrated the initial victory at the FIBA U19 World Championship. The Asian team edged Tunisia 70:59 in the 13-16 places round. After 8-7 lead in the opening period, Tunisia added 7-0 run for 15:7 advantage. Moreover they finished the quarter with 21-15 and then missed a 0-7 run and trailed 21-22 in the start of the second period. In the end of it Youssef Mejri and Kang-Chaio Hung exchanged the baskets for 29:28 at the halftime. The score was tied at 43:43 at the end of the third quarter as Taiwan beat the opponents 15-14 in the third period. Kuan-Chuan Chen opened the last quarter for 45:43 and Taiwan U19 went on a bigger lead. Chao-Yi Chien made two free throws for 68:57 and Kang-Chaio Hung increased to 13-points deficit. Ahmed Manai (205-C-92) was the last to score in the game for the final result. Chen Ying-Chun (181-PG-93) paced all the winners with 24 points and 8 rebounds and 6 assists, while Yu Chun-An (189-G-92) netted 19. Maher Souabni (185-G-92) replied with 16 points in defeat, whilst Ahmed Manai had 14 and Sofian M'Rad (198-F-92) collected 10 points and 13 rebounds.

South Korea - China 88-95
China opened win count at U19 World Championship in Latvia. They overcame South Korea in the classification round tonight. Wang Zhelin (213-C-94) stepped up with 21 points and 13 rebounds to pace the effort. China will now take on the winners of Tunisia vs. Taiwan clash for the 13th overall position at the tournament. China stunned the Koreans early in the encounter. Bin Fan team raced to a 24:11 lead at the first break. South Korea increased the tempo but China easily matched it. The Chinese team piled up a comfortable 20-point lead at halftime 50:30. Things hardly changed for South Korea in the third term. China kept on mounting the pressure and the gap grew at 25-point mark at the final intermission. South Korea exploded with 38 points in the fourth term but came up short of victory at the end. Li Muhao (218-C-92) delivered 20 points for China. Ju Mingxin (200-F/G-93) added 16 points in the winning effort. Kim Giyun (184-G-92) netted game-high 32 points for South Korea. Moon SeongGon (193-F-93) finished with 19 points in the loss.

Eighth-Final Round in Riga. Day 1 - Jul 4, 2011

Group E
Latvia - Brazil 73-88
Brazil earned the third straight victory at U19 World Championship in Latvia. The Latin American side knocked down the hosts to improve at 3-1 record in Group E. Raul Neto (186-PG-92) dropped 19 points to pace the winners. Latvia fell at 2-2 record after the loss. Latvia led right from the start. They stayed on top throughout the opening quarter recording an 18:17 lead ten minutes into the game. However Brazil answered with six straight points early in the second frame to surge in front. The visitors gradually boosted the margin to enjoy a 46:34 halftime lead. Lucas Riva and Raul Neto ensured a 16-point lead for Brazil midway through the third term. Soon Brazil gained a 20-point lead and arrived at the final break ahead by 14 points 72:58. Latvia could not get closer than 14 points in the fourth frame and had to yield at the end. Bruno Irigoyen (202-G/F-92) netted 17 points, while David Rossetto (180-PG-93) contributed 14 points in the winning effort. Edmunds Dukulis (204-C-92, agency: Players Group) answered with 22 points and 9 rebounds for Latvia. Davis Bertans (205-C-92) accounted for 15 points in defeat.

Argentina - Poland 71-73
Polish team opened U19 World Championship Eighth-Final round with victory. They overcame Argentinean counterparts to improve at 3-1 record in Group E. Argentina slipped at 2-2 record after the loss. It all looked good for Poland. They opened the game on a 9:2 run. Poland maintained the lead throughout the starting period posting a 20:11 advantage at the break. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) and Michal Michalak (194-G-93) boosted the gap to 14 points late in the half. Paredes and Giorgetti helped Argentina to come back into the contest. The Latin American team got within three points midway through the third fame. Poland were able to secure a 50:46 lead with one quarter remaining. The Polish team increased the margin to 9-point mark midway through the fourth term 58:49. But Argentina bounced back as the barrage of three-pointers erased the deficit. Carlos Paredes (196-F-92) pulled in front 71:70 with 37 seconds to go. Mateusz Ponitka answered with three free throws to give Poland a 73:71 lead. Carlos Paredes had a chance to save the game for Argentina but missed a buzzer-beater. Mateusz Ponitka accounted for 20 points to lead Poland. Michal Michalak added 16 points in the winning effort. Carlos Paredes replied with 17 points for Argentina. Luciano Massarelli (183-PG-93) and Pablo Perez (202-F-92) banked 12 points apiece in the loss.

Australia - Russia 85-78
Emus edged Russia at the U19 World Championship in Latvia in the start of the 1/8 Finals stage of Group E. The Australian U19 selection overcame the European team 85:78. The tournaments structure saw the top three teams from Pool A and Pool B form a six-team Pool E, where both teams were currently placed. The fixture for round two takes a cross-over format, which means that teams from Pool A will not face each other again. Instead they will line-up against each of the top three teams from Pool B. Russia started well and grabbed 21-18 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Although Australia won the second frame 21-20, Russia enjoyed 2-point halftime advantage. Moreover the European team increased to 3 points after 22-21 in the third period, but could not win. Emus however needed 27-17 to take 3-1 record on top of Group E. Anthony Drmic (196-F/G-92) paced all the winners with 22 points and Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) netted 16. Igor Hadziomerovic (195-G-92) ended up with 15 points, while Hugh Greenwood (190-G-92) scored 11. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) and Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) posted 19 points each in the losing effort.
Group F
USA - Canada 83-54
USA continued to roll confidently at U19 World Championship in Latvia. They opened the Qualifying Round with victory over their North American rivals. USA outgunned Canada to improve at 4-0 record in Group F. Canada slipped at 1-3 record. USA grabbed the initiative right from the start. They ensured a 21:14 lead after ten minutes. USA deepened the damage in the second quarter. They limited Canada to only 9 points to establish a 46:23 halftime lead. The United States did not slow down after the big break. Paul Hewitt team secured a 28-point lead with one quarter remaining. Canada had little chance to recover as the USA rallied to the victory at the end. James Bell (195-G-92) knocked down 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in the victory. Doug McDermott (200-F-92) added 10 points for the USA. Sim Bhullar (223-C-92) answered with 15 points and 7 boards for Canada. Junior Lomomba (193-G-93) and Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) netted 11 points apiece in the loss.

Egypt - Croatia 81-83
Croatia opens FIBA U19 World Championship, 1/8 Finals with the win. The European team outscored Egypt U19 83:81 as late dunk sequence saves Croatia. The European team took early 25-22 in the end of the first period and improved to 5 points at the halftime. Egypt however surprised the Croatia side in the third period as they tied the game at the end of the third quarter. Only due to the last quarter and late dunk saved Croatia from the loss. They improved to 3-1 record in Group F, while Egypt dropped to 1-3 on the bottom. Dario Saric (207-F/C-94) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 16 rebounds and 7 assists, while Mario Hezonja (196-G-95) posted 15. Toni Katic (188-PG-92) delivered 14 and Boris Barac (206-F-92) notched 13. Omar Mohamed (183-PG-94) and Assem Ahmed (205-C-92) answered with 22 points in the losing effort, while Zyad Mohamed (194-G-92) posted 15. Tomorrow Egypt will face Canada and Croatia will meet Serbia.

Serbia - Lithuania 54-71
Lithuania wins the European thriller over Serbia at the FIBA U19 World Championship, 1/8 Finals. The Baltic State improved to 3-1 record after 71:54 win. Lithuania that improves from game to game started with 19-8 and never looked behind. The Baltic State added 14-13 in the second period for 33:22 halftime advantage. Serbia was far to give up and replied with 22-15 in the third period reducing to 4 points after 30 minutes, but that was all they could do. Lithuania U19 ended up with 23-11 in the last frame to seal the victory. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) netted 17. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-G-92) collected 10 points and 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-PG-93) responded with 15 points in defeat as Serbia fell at 2-2. Petar Lambic (195-G-92) and Nemanja Besovic (221-C-92) scored 10 points each as Petar also grabbed 10 boards.
13-16 place
Tunisia - Taiwan 59-70
Taiwan U19 celebrated the initial victory at the FIBA U19 World Championship. The Asian team edged Tunisia 70:59 in the 13-16 places round. After 8-7 lead in the opening period, Tunisia added 7-0 run for 15:7 advantage. Moreover they finished the quarter with 21-15 and then missed a 0-7 run and trailed 21-22 in the start of the second period. In the end of it Youssef Mejri and Kang-Chaio Hung exchanged the baskets for 29:28 at the halftime. The score was tied at 43:43 at the end of the third quarter as Taiwan beat the opponents 15-14 in the third period. Kuan-Chuan Chen opened the last quarter for 45:43 and Taiwan U19 went on a bigger lead. Chao-Yi Chien made two free throws for 68:57 and Kang-Chaio Hung increased to 13-points deficit. Ahmed Manai (205-C-92) was the last to score in the game for the final result. Chen Ying-Chun (181-PG-93) paced all the winners with 24 points and 8 rebounds and 6 assists, while Yu Chun-An (189-G-92) netted 19. Maher Souabni (185-G-92) replied with 16 points in defeat, whilst Ahmed Manai had 14 and Sofian M'Rad (198-F-92) collected 10 points and 13 rebounds.

South Korea - China 88-95
China opened win count at U19 World Championship in Latvia. They overcame South Korea in the classification round tonight. Wang Zhelin (213-C-94) stepped up with 21 points and 13 rebounds to pace the effort. China will now take on the winners of Tunisia vs. Taiwan clash for the 13th overall position at the tournament. China stunned the Koreans early in the encounter. Bin Fan team raced to a 24:11 lead at the first break. South Korea increased the tempo but China easily matched it. The Chinese team piled up a comfortable 20-point lead at halftime 50:30. Things hardly changed for South Korea in the third term. China kept on mounting the pressure and the gap grew at 25-point mark at the final intermission. South Korea exploded with 38 points in the fourth term but came up short of victory at the end. Li Muhao (218-C-92) delivered 20 points for China. Ju Mingxin (200-F/G-93) added 16 points in the winning effort. Kim Giyun (184-G-92) netted game-high 32 points for South Korea. Moon SeongGon (193-F-93) finished with 19 points in the loss.

Preliminary Round. Day 3 in almiera and Liepaja - Jul 2, 2011

Group A
Brazil - Tunisia 97-56
Brazil U19 finishes Group A with 2-1 record after the win over Tunisia. The Latin American team produced a 97:56 over the African team as the latter finished the group with 0-3 record. Brazil started with 23-9 in the opening period when Gabriel Aguirre made two free throws. For about three minutes in the second period the teams remained scoreless, while Davi Rossetto broke the silence. Sofian M'Rad reduced to 35:25 and Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) sent the teams to the lockers for 41:26. In the third period Brazil proved their superiority and increased to 6 more points after 26-20 in the quarter. The last frame was the nightmare for the team from Africa that could not stay on track anymore. Felipe Vezaro made it 73:51 and then Brazil added 9-0 run for 84:52 as Felipe Vezaro nailed three. Durval Cunha (200-F-92) scored the last points for the winners, while the board showed the final 97:56 win. Lucas Nogueira (213-C-92) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Felipe Vezaro netted 12. Davi Rossetto and Cristiano Felicio followed them with 9 points apiece in a win. Maher Souabni ended up with 18 points and Sofian M'Rad scored 13.

Russia - Poland 70-87
Poland celebrated the second win at U19 World Championship in Latvia. They rallied past Russia to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Polish team thus caught up with Russia in the ladder. Przemyslaw Karnowski stepped up with 23 points to lead the winners. It was a close battle in the first half. Poland grabbed a 17:9 lead midway through the first period but Russia narrowed the gap to a single point 17:18 at the break. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the second stanza before Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) levelled things up at 44. Russia pulled ahead 53:52 midway through the third term but Poland went on an 18:5 rally to establish a 70:58 lead with one quarter remaining. Russia never got closer than seven points throughout the last quarter as Poland marched to the second win at the tournament. Michal Michalak (194-G-93) and Mateusz Ponitka delivered 19 points apiece in the win. Piotr Niedzwiedzki added 11 points for Poland. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) answered with 14 points for Russia. Andrey Loginov (204-F-93) delivered 11 points in the loss.
Group B
Argentina - Latvia 69-62
Argentina finished the preliminary round on a high note. They shocked Latvia in Valmiera tonight but still finished at the third position in preliminary round Group B. Latvia earned the second spot just behind Australia. Luciano Massarelli (183-PG-93) stepped up with 15 points to pace Argentina. The Latin American side entered the game playing aggressively in defence. They limited the hosts to only 9 points in the opening frame and recorded an 18:9 lead. Latvia managed just 9 points in the second stanza to face a 14-point deficit at halftime 18:32. The hosts started to show some signs of recovery in the third period. Latvia fired 22 points in the quarter to narrow the margin at 9-point mark. Latvia get even closer in the fourth frame but Argentina snatched a tough win at the end. Franco Giorgetti accounted for 14 points and 10 rebounds for Argentina. Marcos Delia (206-C-92) produced 12 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Kaspars Vecvagars answered with 17 points for Latvia. Edmunds Dukulis (204-C-92, agency: Players Group) had 16 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Australia - Taiwan 93-65
Australian U19 National Team posted the second win at the World Championship in Latvia. They held off Taiwan for 2-1 record in preliminary Group B. The Emus thus advanced into eighth-final stage, while Taiwan suffered the third straight loss and would play in classification round for 13th-16th place. Anthony Drmic (196-F/G-92) stepped up with 34 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Aussies in this one. Australia stunned their opponents early. The Emus outscored Taiwan 29:17 in the starting quarter to build a 12-point lead. Australia kept Taiwan at bay throughout the second period. The Emus established a 49:34 halftime advantage. More to come in the third quarter as Australia erupted for 30 points taking a massive 29-point lead with ten minutes remaining. The Emus never slowed down rallying a confident win at the end. Igor Hadziomerovic (195-G-92) delivered 27 points for the Emus. Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) added 9 points in the victory. Hung Kang-Chiao (191-F-92) answered with 22 points for Taiwan. Hu Lung-Mao added 11 points in the loss.
Group C
Canada - Lithuania 68-111
Lithuania U19, that is one of the favorites of the World Championships U19 won another game to win Group C in Liepaja. The Baltic State won over Canada U19 111:68 for 2-1 record. Lithuania did not wait and showed their superiority from the very beginning. The Baltic State grabbed 29-13 after the first 10 minutes and never looked behind. Moreover they added 32-15 in the second period to take 61:28 at the halftime. Lithuania did not slow down and won also the third and the last periods. They produced 23-22 in the third period and added 27-18 in the last frame. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-G-92) stepped up with 22 points and Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) netted 15. Egidijus Mockevicius (204-C-92) ended up with 13 points and Edgaras Ulanovas delivered 12. Dyshawn Pierre delivered 10 in the losing effort, while Sim Bhullar and Philip Scrubb (194-G-92) scored 8 each. Both teams advanced to the next stage of the competition.

South Korea - Croatia 75-71
South Korea opened win count at U19 World Championship. They rolled past Croatia to finish at 1-2 record in Group C action. Croatia slipped at 2-1 record after the loss. Kim HyeongJun (195-F-93) and Kim Manjong (200-F-92) stepped up with 19 points each to lead the winners. Croatia led by two points after ten minutes of action. But the Asian team turned things around in the second quarter. South Korea went on a decisive 24:11 rally to arrive at halftime leading by 11 points 43:32. Croatia tried to change the complexion of the encounter after the big break. They limited South Korea to 14 points in the third quarter to get within 6 points at the final intermission. But the Korean team stayed determined in the fourth frame and eked out a tough victory at the end. Kim Jun-Yl (202-C-92) and Dong Yeop Lee delivered 12 points apiece in the victory. Boris Barac (206-F-92) reacted with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Croatia. Stipe Krstanovic accounted for 19 points and 16 rebounds in the loss.
Group D
Egypt - Serbia 67-85
Serbia dominated the game against Egypt and recorded a well-deserved win at the U19 World Championship in Latvia. The victory propelled Serbia to 2-1 record in Group D. They clinched the second position in the ladder. Egypt slipped at 1-2 record. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-PG-93) fired 24 points to lead the charge. Egypt led for a brief period of time early in the encounter. But Serbia quickly erased the deficit and registered a 25:15 advantage late in the opening frame. Serbia boosted the lead to as many as 16 points in the second stanza. They kept Egypt at bay posting a 45:35 halftime lead. Assem Ahmed (205-C-92) and Seif Samir dragged Egypt within five points at the start of the third term. Marawan Mohamed narrowed the gap to only three points but Serbia finished the quarter strongly restoring a comfortable 64:53 lead with one quarter remaining. Egypt never got closer than 9 points in the final period as Serbia coasted to the victory at the end. Marko Gujanicic accounted for 11 points and 14 rebounds, while Petar Lambic (195-G-92) netted 12 points in the victory. Assem Ahmed responded with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Egypt. Omar Mohammed nailed 14 points in the loss.

USA - China 82-66
USA U19 win Group D in Liepaja after the third straight victory at the World Championships U19. The defending champions overcame China U19 82:66 to keep them winless in Latvia. The favorites opened the game as if they had to and reached 25-13 after the first 10 minutes. In the second frame the American team needed 19-15 for 44:28 halftime advantage. China seemed to be back on track in the third period as they had nothing to lose and shocked USA with 25-12 in the frame. The latter however replied with 26-13 in the last period to seal the third victory. Jeremy Lamb (195-G/F-92) paced all the winners with 17 points and Doug McDermott (200-F-92) netted 15. Hardaway Tim and Khyle Marshall (200-F-92) followed them with 13 points each. Ju Mingxin replied with 17 points in the losing effort, whilst Wang Zhelin added 15.

Preliminary Round. Day 2 in almiera and Liepaja - Jul 1, 2011  

Group A
Brazil - Poland 79-70
Brazil celebrated the first win at the 2011 U19 World Championship in Latvia. They overcame Polish counterparts to improve at 1-1 record in Group B. Brazil thus caught up with Poland in the ladder. Raul Neto (186-PG-92) stepped up with 16 points and 5 assists to pace the Latin American side. Poland ensured the better start to the game. They rallied to a 22:18 lead at the first intermission. Brazil tipped off the second period on an 11:2 run to surge ahead. Soon Brazil stretched the gap to double digits late in the first half. Grochowski dropped five points in a row to drag Poland within 9 points at halftime 32:41. Poland went on a 16:0 rally to erase the deficit and pull in front. Poland maintained the advantage and entered the fourth quarter up by two points 52:50. Brazil ignited a 20:6 run midway through the fourth frame to take a 76:64 lead with just over a minute remaining. Poland never recovered and had to yield at the end. Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) contributed 12 points for Brazil. Bruno Irigoyen (202-G/F-92) and Andre Vezaro (190-G-92) accounted for 10 points apiece in the win. Michal Michalak (194-G-93) responded with 14 points for Poland. Piotr Niedzwiedzki (210-F-93) delivered 13 points and 7 boards in defeat.

Tunisia - Russia 55-101
Russia destroy Tunisia at the start of Day 2 at the U19 FIBA World Championships. The European side had a three-digit winning number at 101:55 victory. It was not an easy start for Russia that trailed 6:8 after Maher Souabni (185-G-92)'s shot. Layter Artem Vikhrov and Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93) put Russia in front at 20:14 and they won the first period 21:16. The second frame however became the benefit for the European team that erupted with 29-13 and reached 50:29 at the halftime. Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) nailed three in the start of the third period and then Russia added 23-14 in the next ten minutes. Mikhail Karpachev gave Russia three digits number making the jump shot at the very end. Dmitry Kulagin led the way with 18 points, while Alexander Varnakov (185-G-92) netted 15. Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) ended up with 14 points for Russia and Gleb Goldyrev posted 11. Omar Abada (189-G-93) ended up with 12 points for Tunisia, while Sofian M'Rad (198-F-92),, Maher Souabni and Ahmed Manai (205-C-92) had 8 each.
Group B
Australia - Latvia 68-78
Latvia recorded the second straight win at U19 World Championship. The hosts fired past Australia to improve at 2-0 record in Group B. Australia fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Kaspars Vecvagars (191-G-93) stepped up with 24 points and 6 assists to lead the effort. Latvia led by three points at the first break 18:15. The teams traded baskets throughout the second period. The hosts managed to ensure a 3-point lead at the interval 35:32. The third quarter turned decisive in the game. Latvia stepped on the gas firing 29 points in the third quarter. Australia faced a 17-point deficit heading into the fourth period. Latvia withheld a furious comeback pressure from the Emus to clinch the second win in a row at the tournament. Davis Bertans (205-C-92) notched 22 points, while Edmunds Dukulis (204-C-92, agency: Players Group) added 20 points in the victory. Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) answered with 20 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for Australia. Igor Hadziomerovic (195-G-92) netted 14 points in the losing effort.

Taiwan - Argentina 69-80
Argentina clinched the first win at the U19 World Championship. The Latin American side overcame Taiwan in preliminary Group B action. Carlos Paredes (196-F-92) stepped up with 19 points to lead the effort. Taiwan in the meantime fell at 0-2 record. The teams traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. Argentina eked out a narrow 17:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Argentina started to clear off in the second frame. They ensured a 38:31 halftime lead. Argentina stunned Taiwan right after the big break. The Latin American side outscored their opponents 29:10 in the third frame to boost the gap at 26-point mark with one quarter remaining. Taiwan went on a desperate rescue rally in the fourth period. They cut the distance but never threatened the margin in the final term. Luciano Massarelli (183-PG-93) delivered 12 points for the winners. Marcos Delia (206-C-92) contributed 8 points in the victory. Hung Kang-Chiao (191-F-92) answered with 18 points for Taiwan. Chen Ying-Chun (181-PG-93) had 15 points, 6 boards and 3 assists in the loss.
Group C
Canada - Croatia 84-88
Croatia U19 improved to 2-0 record at the World Championship. The European team outscored Canada U19 88:84 to send North American team to 1-1 record. Croatia U19 started better as Toni Katic brought 10-2 in the opening tip. Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) tied the game at 14:14, while Dario Saric gave Croatia 26:21 at the end of the first period. Julian Clarke (191-G-92) nailed three for 31:31 in the second frame, while Mario Hezonja (196-G-95) made it even at 37:37. Dario Saric sent the teams to the lockers as Croatia enjoyed the minimum 44:43 deficit after 20 minutes in the court. Canada won the third frame 20-18 and Sim Bhullar (223-C-92) brought 63:62 on the board. Mario Hezonja started the last frame with the three-pointer and Croatia later imprved to 81:72 midway through the last frame. Junior Lomomba reduced to 82:79, but Boris Barac (206-F-92) made a free throw for 86:81. Marko Ramljak (201-F/G-93, agency: Interperformances) added later two for 88:82 and Canada scored the last two that became the final score in the game. Mario Hezonja led the way with 21 points, while Boris Barac had 18 points and 16 rebounds. Dario Saric collected 14 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Marko Ramljak notched 12. Kevin Pangos (186-PG-93) poured in 19 points for Canada while Dyshawn Pierre collected 16 points and 11 rebounds. Julian Clarke nailed 11, whilst Sim Bhullar added 10.

Lithuania - South Korea 117-64
Lithuania overcame South Korea in Day 2 of the FIBA U19 World Championship. The Blatic State destroyed the opponent from Asia 117:64 at the Preliminary Round. Lithuania started well and grabbed easily 33-11 after the first 10 minutes. They added 30-21 in the second period for massive 63:33 halftime advantage. In the second half the Baltic team looked also better and produced 31-12 and 23-20 in the third and the last periods respectively. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) stepped up with 25 points and 17 rebounds for the winners, while Vytenis Cizauskas (190-G-92) collected 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Arnas Butkevicius (199-F-92) followed them with 15, while Edgaras Ulanovas (198-G-92) notched 13. Kim Jun-Yl (202-C-92) chipped in 13 points in the losing effort and Lee Seounghyun (201-C-92) had 12. Lithuania improved to 1-1 record and will play tomorrow with Canada. South Korea suffered their second loss to face Croatia in Day 3.
Group D
Serbia - USA 78-80
USA U19 registered the second win at the FIBA World Championships. The defending champions grabbed 80:78 over Serbia U19 due to the first half. USA started better and reached 21-17 in the first period. The defending champions continued well and added 17-14 in the second period. They enjoyed 7 points advantage at the halftime, but then the European team went back on track. Serbia reduced to 4 points after 22-19 in the third frame and looked forward for the last period. They also won the fourth quarter 25-23, but could not win the game and upset the favorites. USA escaped the narrow win for 2-0 record in the group. Joe Jackson (182-G-92) paced all the winners with 19 points and Patric Young (205-F/C-92) netted 13. Tim Hardaway Jr. (195-G-92) and Tony Mitchell (206-F/C-92) followed them with 11 points apiece. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-PG-93) replied with 20 points in the losing effort as Serbia is tied at 1-1 in Group D. Marko Gujanicic (202-F-92) posted 16 and Petar Lambic (195-G-92) scored 11 points.

Egypt - China 100-96 2OT
Egypt recovered well after the starting loss to the USA at the U19 World Championship in Latvia. The African team shocked China in a heart-stopping double-overtime game tonight to improve at 1-1 record D. China on the other hand suffered the second loss in a row to remain winless. Egypt opened the game with a 9:3 run and maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter. They recorded a 16:10 lead after ten minutes. China tipped off the second frame with nine unanswered points to spur in front. But Egypt capped the half with a 14:2 run to regain the lead at 34:25. The African team boosted the margin to double figures midway through the third quarter. Egypt arrived at the final intermission up by 13 points 56:43. China went on a desperate rescue rally in the fourth frame. Hanchen Luo, Wang Zirui (190-G-93) and Mingxin Ju narrowed the gap at just 6 points with over three minutes remaining. Mingxin Ju followed with another triple as the gap grew thinner. Ailun Guo dragged China within one point 69:70 with just over two minutes to go. Omar Mohammed got fouled and sank both free throws to keep Egypt in charge. Assem Ahmed (205-C-92) knocked down four free throws but a three-pointer from Wang Zirui and a jumper from Mingxin Ju forced overtime. The teams went neck and neck throughout the first extra period. China finally surged ahead 85:81 but Hatem Hossam and Youssef Shousha nailed six points in a row to give Egypt an 87:85 lead. Ailun Guo drained a jumper to level things up at 87 and forced the second overtime. Hatem Hossam, Seif Samir (205-C-93) and Omar Mohammed ensured a 7-point lead for the African side in the second extra frame. But Mingxin Ju reacted with a treble to keep China hopeful. Assem Ahmed and Omar Mohammed followed with four points and Egypt hung on to escape with a dramatic victory at the end. Assem Ahmed finished with 25 points and 16 boards for Egypt. Seif Samir added 21 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Zhai Xiaochuan (205-F-93) responded with game-high 28 points for China. Wang Zirui had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists in defeat.

Preliminary Round. Day 1 in Valmiera and Liepaja - Jun 30, 2011

Group A
Russia - Brazil 81-78
Russia celebrated the first win at the 2011 U19 World Championship in Latvia. They eked out a dramatic victory over Brazil in Group A opener for both teams. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) drained a buzzer-beating three-pointer to seal the victory. He finished with 24 points, 6 boards and 3 assists in the victory. Russia got to a high-flying start to the game. They erupted for 27 points in the opening term taking a 6-point lead after ten minutes. But Brazil quickly erased the deficit. Gabriel Aguirre (208-C-92) put the Latin American side ahead 39:37 midway through the second stanza. Brazil arrived at halftime leading by two points 41:39. Brazil maintained the lead early in the third term. Raul Neto gave them a 55:47 advantage but Russia found the way to bounce back. They capped the period with a 13:2 rally and gained a 62:59 lead. The lead changed hands throughout the fourth term. Sergey Karasev put Russian in charge 76:73 with just over a minute to go. But Felipe Taddei answered with a triple to level things up with 21 seconds remaining. Andrey Andrey Loginov knocked down a jumper to give Russia a 78:76 with five seconds left in regulation. Lucas Riva got fouled and sank both free throws to draw things level at 78. But Russia used two seconds left to the full. Sergey Karasev drained a buzzer-beater clinching the victory for Russia. Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) and Andrey Loginov contributed 13 points each for the winners. Raul Neto answered with 20 points for Brazil. David Rossetto added 15 points in defeat.

Poland - Tunisia 85-57
Polish U19 National Team victoriously opened their World Championship campaign. They breezed past their Tunisian counterparts to improve at 1-0 record in Group A. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) scored 17 points to pace the winners. Poland opened the game with five points in a row and controlled the tempo. They built an 18:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Niedzwiedzki and Michal Michalak (194-G-93) opened a double-digit lead midway through the second frame. Soon the margin grew at 20-point mark as Poland took over completely. They enjoyed a 46:27 lead at the interval. One-way traffic continued in the third period. Poland accumulated a comfortable 72:40 lead with one quarter to go. The Europeans never looked back en route to the victory afterwards. Michal Michalak stepped up with 15 points, while Przemyslaw Karnowski added 11 points and 7 boards in the victory. Aymen Mahmoud responded with 10 points for Tunisia. Sofian M'Rad and Maher Souabni delivered 9 points each in the loss.
Group B
Argentina - Australia 49-73
Australia won their opener of the U19 World Championship in Latvia. The team overcame Argentina 73:49 mostly making the win bigger in the last period. Australia started well and reached 17-10 in the end of the first period. Hugh Greenwood made a dunk to open the second frame and later the winners added 15-10 in the second period. Luciano Massarelli closed the first half from the free throw line making 32:20 on the board. The third period was tough, bit Australia kept the winning advantage and then erupted in the last quarter. Hugh Greenwood nailed three in the last of the stanza and Anthony Drmic (196-F/G-92) made later 53:23 on the board. After 29-18 in the last period, Australia U19 registered the first victory. Anthony Drmic stepped up with 25 points for the winners and Hugh Greenwood netted 16. Mitchell Creek (198-F/G-92) scored 8, while Jackson Aldridge and Igor Hadziomerovic added 7 each. Luciano Massarelli posted 16 in defeat, whilst Tayavek Gallizzi scored 10.

Latvia - Taiwan 85-67
The hosts of the U19 World Championship recorded its first win in the end of Day 1. Latvia U19 edged Taiwan U19 85:67 in the last game of June. The teams were tied at 4:4 before Latvia went on a lead. Janis Timma (201-F/G-92) closed a 6-0 run for 10:4 and then added two for 17:12. Arnolds Helmanis (201-F-92) closed the first period at 25:20, while Kang-Chaio Hung scored for 28:23. After 17-13 in the second frame Janis Timma sent the teams to the lockers for 42:33. In the third quarter the hosts produced a 24-14 for 66:47 deficit. Wei-Ju Chien was the first to score in the last quarter, but Arnolds Helmanis scored for 82:65. Taiwan U19 won the last period 20-19 but cut the deficit to 18 points at the every end. Janis Timma paced all the winners with 23 points and 14 rebounds for the home side and Davis Bertans netted 13.Kaspars Vecvagars (191-G-93) and Edmunds Dukulus followed them with 10 points as the latter also added 12 rebounds. Long-Mao Hu answered with 18 points in the losing effort, whilst Ying-Chun Chen notched 11.
Group C
South Korea - Canada 93-109
Canada U19 started the World Championship in Latvia beating South Korea U19 in the opener. The Canadian team produced a three digit number to taste 109:93 win. Canada started with 28-22 in the first period, but then scored 27 points in the next three quarters. South Korea managed to win the second period 29-27 to reduce the gap to 4 points at the halftime. The number 27 was enough in the third and the last periods. Canada won the third frame 27-25 and added 27-17 in the last quarter. Bhullar Sim paced all the winners with 24 points and 14 rebounds, while Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) collected 23 points and 10 boards. Julian Clarke (191-G-92) delivered 17 points, while Justin Shaver (198-F-92) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds. Lee Seounghyun ended up with 25 points in the losing effort and Moon SeongGon notched 23. Kim Giyun produced 14 points for South Korea.

Croatia - Lithuania 88-75
Croatia recorded the opening win at the U19 World Championship in Latvia. They toppled Lithuania in Group C. Toni Katic stepped up with 23 points, 5 boards and 4 assists to lead the winners. The teams traded baskets throughout the starting quarter. Croatia earned a 22:18 lead after ten minutes. Marino Kucan stretched the margin to 7 points midway through the second frame. Lithuanua erased the deficit but Croatia capped the half with a 13:2 rally to build a 42:31 advantage. The Croats opened the third term on a 7:0 run to boost the margin. Croatia ensured a 68:53 lead with one quarter remaining. Lithuania could not get closer than 8 points in the fourth frame and had to surrender at the end. Boris Barac and Dario Saric delivered 22 points each for the winners. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) answered with 19 points and 13 rebounds for Lithuania. Zygimantas Skucas posted 13 points in the loss.
Group D
China - Serbia 73-78
Serbia opened win count at U19 World Championship. They toppled China in the opener tonight. Aleksandar Cvetkovic stepped up with 20 points to lead the effort. The lead changed hands throughout intense first period. Zhelin Wang gave China a narrow 16:14 advantage after ten minutes of action. China stretched the margin to 5 points midway through the second period but Serbia recovered. Bogic Vujosevic (189-PG-92, agency: Beo Basket), Mitrovic and Aleksandar Cvetkovic helped their team to take a 36:35 halftime lead. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third quarter but Serbia were able to secure a 54:49 advantage with one quarter to go. Ju Mingxin (200-F/G-93) and Zirui Wang knotted things up at 54 early in the fourth period. However Bogic Vujosevic and Djordje Drenovac restored lead for Serbia. Soon the European team opened a 12-point lead 76:64. Xiaochuan Zhai and Guo Ailun dragged China within three points 73:76 late in the game however Aleksandar Cvetkovic sank two free throws and sealed the victory for Serbia. Bogic Vujosevic accounted for 16 points, while Djordje Drenovac added 14 points in the win. Guo Ailun answered with 21 points for China. Ju Mingxin had 11 points in defeat.

USA - Egypt 115-60
The United States marched to the opening win at the U19 World Championship in Latvia. They rolled past Egypt in Group D today. Doug McDermott stepped up with 19 points to lead the effort. USA tipped off the game with a stunning 22:0 run. They accumulated a 25:5 lead after ten minutes of action. Egypt managed to get within 14 points midway through the second term 22:36. But the North American side quickly restored a safe buffer posting a 50:29 halftime lead. The margin kept on growing in the third term. The USA established a comfortable 38-point lead with one quarter to go 82:44. Egypt could not get any closer in the fourth period suffering a heavy loss at the end. Joe Jackson and Jeremy Lamb chipped in 15 points each for the USA. Meyers Leonard (213-C-92) added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Omar Mohammed responded with 17 points for Egypt. Assem Ahmed netted 16 points and pulled down 9 boards in the loss.





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