Saturday saw the climax of the 2014 FIBA Under 17 World Championship for men with the USA beating Australia 99-92 in an exciting gold medal game. Tournament MVP Malik Newman had a double-double as the USA claimed its third straight title at this grade.
Australia came out playing far smarter basketball. Looking calm and confident, the Aussies were far slicker moving the ball around and had no trouble creating opening shots. Tom Wilson and Dejan Vasiljevic were particularly impressive with their movement inside and out to keep the American defence honest. After trading buckets early, Australia ran out into a 17-7 lead which they thoroughly deserved from the early exchanges. The USA called a time out to calm things down and the switch in play became immediately obvious.
The FIBA Under 17 World Championship for men final is a re-match of the 2012 decider as the United States take on Australia. The USA were pushed hard for half the game by Serbia in Friday’s first semi-final but Diamand Stone (12 points, 8 rebounds) and Josh Jackson (8 points, 11 rebounds) kept their bid for a three-peat on track as they eventually ran out 89-68 winners.
FIBA are unfortunately a touch slow at doling out the highlights from the knockout stages of the World Under 17 championships. For those of you out of the loop, the United States were pushed hard before pulling away from Serbia in the first of today’s quarter finals. We don’t have a clip from that 89-68 victory but we can show you what Josh Jackson did in the previous round against China.
At just 17 years old and despite missing the entire 2011-12 regular season, Hezonja finally got a taste of the action in Barça’s 78-48 laugher over Beşiktaş in Turkey last Friday night. His Euroleague debut stat line read five points, two rebounds and one steal in a few ticks under 12 minutes of play.
Hezonja again did not play in Spain this weekend, unlisted on the roster for Barca’s 81-64 win over Cajasol in Liga Endesa play; the 12th-man spot was filled by 20-year-old Todorović of Montenegro. In the Beşiktaş game, Todorović’s 12 minutes of court time was the most he’s gotten all season and the national teamer was good for four points, four rebounds and two blocks.
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Team USA won 92-80, though this score belies the fact that the outcome was never truly in doubt. After jumping out to an early lead, the Stars and Stripes held a double-digit lead for most of the game; a 7-0 World Team run reduced the deficit to eight points at just about midway through the third quarter, but this was a last gasp.
Rivers scored 20 and two of the four future Kentucky Wildcats – Anthony Davis and Michael Gilchrist – each added 16.
Sickest of the sick vis-à-vis this Team USA was the chemistry displayed by the squad in general but particularly by the Kentucky-bound foursome. Don’t believe BiE? Here’s a tiny sample, i.e. a sick Marquis Teague-to-Davis alley oop.
Congratulations from BallinEurope go out today to that other national team who won a world championship yesterday, namely Team USA at the first-ever FIBA U17 World Championship.
The Americans were once again a scoring machine against Poland in the championship game, simply mercilessly outgunning their opponents in the 111-80 win. Every player on the USA roster scored and the team’s big three again put up double figures: James McAdoo, tournament MVP Bradley Beal and Michael Gilchrist combined for nearly half the team’s points, scoring 55 altogether on 21-of-33 shooting from the trio.
Beal and McAdoo were named to the all-tournament team along with Team Poland’s 1-2 punch of Przemyslaw Marcin Karnowski and Matuesz Ponitka. Joining them was Kevin Pangos, whose Team Canada took out Lithuania in the third-place game.
Official FIBA writeups follow.
After getting caught up in a week’s worth of hitting the refresh button for news ‘n’ rumors about big-money men on both sides of the Atlantic jumping teams, BallinEurope today takes a brief look at a pair of FIBA youth basketball championships going on in Europe: the FIBA U17 World Championship and the FIBA U20 European Championship.
At the FIBA U17 World Championship tournament in Germany, Team USA and Team Poland have dominated the competition, each putting together a streak of seven consecutive wins and so fittingly will meet in today’s championship game.
Just in case international youth basketball fans weren’t sated by the recent Albert Schweitzer and Nike Hoop Summit youth tournaments, perhaps the upcoming Jordan Brand Classic in New York today will go a bit further in sating the craving. Three games will be played between some of the world’s finest U18 players.
Game two of the tripleheader puts 16 non-U.S. players in the limelight, as “Black” and “White” teams have been drawn at random from the stock of internationals. Originally, a full 10 of these 16 were representing The Continent, with Lithuania, Serbia and France each claiming two spots.
Thanks to our old friend Eyjafjallajoekull, however, some changes have been made. Vasilije Micic and Nikola Jankovic of Serbia cannot make the trip; also out is Nigeria’s Christopher Obekpa. In for the internationals will be Italian point guard Matteo Ibro and two guard Albert Homs of Spain; replacing Obekpa will be Anthony Bennett of Canada. The roster switch-up now gives Spain and Italy two players each in the game.
The book on the Europeans in the Jordan Classic looks something like the following.
FIBA today announced the groupings for the organization’s U17 World Championship for Men competition scheduled for Germany in July. European teams competing in the 12-team tournament include Lithuania, Serbia, Poland, Spain and the hosts.
Official press release follows the break.