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

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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.


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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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