Spain will face the United States in the final – FIBA ​​U-17 Basketball World Cup 2022

Málaga (Spain) – Spain has written a fascinating new chapter in its history by reaching the FIBA ​​U-17 Basketball World Cup Final for the first time. She now finds herself facing a major challenge with the USA, five-time world champions, as opponents in the fight for the gold medal.

With Spanish basketball legends such as Pau Gasol, Jose Calderon, Juan Carlos Navarro, Carlos Jimenez and Felipe Reyes in the stands at Palacio de Deportes Jose Maria Martin Carpena, the rising generation of Spanish basketball has fulfilled expectations. France (68-53), thus ending a streak of three consecutive defeats in the semi-finals of the U-17 World Championships (2012, 2014 and 2016). In the final, he will face the Spanish-Americans, the easy winners from Lithuania (89-62) and still undefeated in the competition since its inception in 2010.

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Spain makes the difference late in the game

After three semi-final failures, Spain finally reached the FIBA ​​U-17 Basketball World Cup Final thanks to an excellent finish against France to win 68-53. France trailed by only two points with 6:05 left in the match, but then scored only two free throws until the last warning whistle, with Spain leading 15-2 in the last few minutes of play.

Spain put in a strong team performance. Aday Mara scored 16 points and 6 rebounds, Lucas Langarita 11 points, Conrad Martinez 10 points and 4 assists, Izan Mansa 10 points and 14 rebounds, Alvaro Folgeras 9 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks.

“We are very strong defensively. I am very happy for usSaid Izan Al-Mansi, who scored 7 of his points in the last 6 minutes of the match. Sunday we hope to play our best game and we will try to get the gold medal. »

However, France started well by leading 8-1, and Spain had to wait about 5 minutes before scoring their first shot from the field. Les Bleuets led 17-13 at the end of the first quarter. The hosts led first at 20-19, then led 24-19 before returning to the locker room in the first half with a slight advantage (32-30).

France showed their offensive power in the third quarter to lead 48-42, ending the period 48-46. The confrontation remained tight until 6 minutes from the end, when the Spaniards, encouraged by the home crowd, raised their defensive power to claim their first medal at the U-17 World Championships.

“It was a very good match. I think the best team won todayFrance coach Bernard Faure commented. Spain played good basketball. She distributed the ball well. We could have won by running more. We weren’t good enough at defensive rebounds. Bullet guards played very slowly. To win today we had to play at our best, but it wasn’t like that. »

Kilian Mallawaya was the only Frenchman with 10 points or more with 11 units. Hama Fore only scored 2 out of 19 insufficient in three points (11%). France will meet Lithuania in the bronze medal match.

“The next match will be difficult, because this meeting was difficult both physically and mentally. Lithuania has a great team. They can defend in the area or press the entire field. We will have to prepare and play well.”French technician adds.

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The United States immediately took the lead

The United States came close to claiming a sixth consecutive title with a comfortable 89-62 victory over Lithuania in the first semi-final of the day. The Americans got off to a great start (17-2) and then never looked back. Jeremy Ferris led the way with 18 points and 5 assists, while Carter Knox scored 14 points and Ron Holland had 7 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists.

“We got off to a great start – one of our best in this tournament. Then the pace of the game slowed down a bit, but we managed to get it. We wanted to set our pace and play fast, and we did that very well.”says USA coach Sharma White, whose pick forced 21 loose balls and reduced the Lithuanians’ shooting success by 32%.

Lithuania needed over two minutes to score their first point and the scoreboard showed 17-2 when they scored their second point. The Europeans completed the first quarter of time with 1 of 10 in shots and 6 loose balls, and the United States clearly shifted in the lead after the first 10 minutes (21-7).

Then Lithuania set up their offensive systems better and slowed play, returning 27-19, but when it was time to return to the dressing room in the first half, the score was 38-21 for the Americans. Lithuania didn’t come close to less than 13 points in the third quarter, which ended 64-41. The US lead then reached 19 points and never faltered from that level by the end of the match.

Vytautas Zygas collected 17 points and 4 assists, Petras Badjimas added 11 points and 11 rebounds for Lithuania, who will face France on Sunday in the match for third place.

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Serbian Stankovic is close to a hat-trick

Serbian Ojen Stankovic came close to making history as Serbia beat Poland 105-75 in a 5-8 ladder match. The Serbian scored 20 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 rebounds – just one pass away from becoming the second best player in FIBA ​​U-17 Basketball World Cup history to score a hat-trick. Aljoza Jankovi? scored 15 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists for Bosnia and Herzegovina against the Dominican Republic in 2016, signing a hat-trick in the history of the competition so far.

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Australia almost lost everything to Slovenia


Australia will fight for fifth place after wasting a huge advantage in their 86-74 win over Slovenia in the 5-8 ladder matches. Australia had a 19-point lead in the third quarter, but Slovenia managed to get back to two points with 4 minutes remaining. The Australians had the last word, thanks to 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks from Rocco Zikarski.

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Law of the day

44% – France’s percentage of free throws (11 out of 25). Knowing that they lost 15 points, the French will blame themselves for missing 14 free throws.

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The best work of the day

There’s not much to add…the future looks good.

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Today’s picture(s)

Juan Carlos Navarro, Carlos Cabezas, Alex Mumbro (top photo, left to right), Pau Gasol and Carlos Jimenez (bottom photo, center and right): So many beautiful people in Malaga to witness Spain’s victory!

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Other results

Canada can still hope to finish ninth thanks to its victory over Argentina (91-80).
– Egypt will be Canada’s opponent after its victory over New Zealand (82-54).
– Japan won its first match by defeating Lebanon (77-71), and it will play the match for the thirteenth place.
The Dominican Republic faces Japan after its victory over Mali (62-52).

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Sunday program

ultimate
Spain vs the United States

Third place match
France vs Lithuania

Rating match 5-6
Australia vs Serbia

Ranking match 7-8
Slovenia – Poland

Ranking game 9-10
Canada vs Egypt

Ranking game 11-12
Argentina vs New Zealand

Ranking game 13-14
Japan vs Dominican Republic

Ranking game 15-16
Lebanon vs Mali

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