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

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Janis Timma
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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World Cup U19 Final Standings
 1. Canada
 2. Italy
 3. USA
 4. Spain
 5. Germany
 6. Lithuania
 7. France
 8. Argentina
 9. P.Rico
 10. Japan
 11. N.Zealand
 12. Egypt
 13. Angola
 14. S.Korea
 15. Iran
 16. Mali
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Barrett-Jr, CAN21.6 
 2. Hachimura, JPN20.6 
 3. de-Sousa, ANG17.3 
 4. Sedekerskis, LTU15.4 
 5. Kigab, CAN14.7 
 6. Wynyard, NZL14.3 
 7. Kulboka, LTU13.7 
 8. Cruz, PUR13.4 
 9. Corvalan, ARG13.3 
 10. Vila, ESP13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Silvio DE SOUSA
  Avg: 13.1
 1. de-Sousa, ANG13.1 
 2. Khalaf, EGY12.8 
 3. Hachimura, JPN11.0 
 4. Wiley, USA10.9 
 5. Vila, ESP10.9 
 6. Kigab, CAN10.6 
 7. Keita, MLI10.3 
 8. Khandanpoor, IRI9.8 
 9. Wynyard, NZL9.3 
 10. Tillie, FRA8.7 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Corvalan, ARG6.1 
 2. Park, KOR5.7 
 3. Figueras, ESP5.7 
 4. Jokubaitis, LTU5.3 
 5. Youssef, EGY5.3 
 6. Sedekerskis, LTU4.9 
 7. Goudou-Sinha, FRA4.7 
 8. Barrett-Jr, CAN4.6 
 9. Letoa, NZL4.6 
 10. Wigginton, CAN4.2 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Amandio, ANG2.1 
 2. Texeira, PUR1.9 
 3. Cruz, PUR1.9 
 4. Figueras, ESP1.7 
 5. Reddish, USA1.7 
 6. Da-Silva, GER1.7 
 7. Penna, ITA1.7 
 8. Barrett-Jr, CAN1.7 
 9. Pritchard, USA1.6 
 10. Sedekerskis, LTU1.6 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 3
 1. Khalaf, EGY3.0 
 2. Wynyard, NZL2.0 
 3. McCoy, USA1.6 
 4. Khandanpoor, IRI1.5 
 5. Hachimura, JPN1.4 
 6. Da-Silva, GER1.4 
 7. Caruso, ITA1.3 
 8. Mostafa, EGY1.3 
 9. Masiulis, LTU1.0 
 10. Ha, KOR1.0 

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