Málaga (Spain) – If the first day of the 2022 FIBA U-17 Basketball World Cup gave a glimpse of what lies ahead over the next few days, let’s just say we’re going to have a great time in Malaga! Lithuania concluded the evening by reversing its breached path against Spain, eventually defeating the hosts. Slovenia made history. France made Serbia bow. Finally, Australia’s start was accurate before the shoulder was dropped.
Lithuania surprises Spain
Lithuania spoiled the hosts’ opening match by snatching a 71-68 win over Spain to dominate Group B in the final match of the evening.
Five days after losing 80-49 to the same opponent in a friendly match, Lithuania came back from a 14-point deficit in the third quarter by partially scoring 17-0. Then the Lithuanian defense perfectly withstood the onslaught of the Spaniards. Lithuanian Justas Stunkus converted all four free throws in the last 10.4 seconds to secure victory for his team.
“It is a big win for us, because we lost 30 points to Spain in a friendly match a few days ago. It is a very important success and I am really proud of my players.”says the Lithuanian coach Remijs Bardauskas.
Stonkos finished the match with 24 points, Petras Badijimas 12 points and Alexas Biliauskas 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Baltic country. Aday Mara topped the list of Spain’s top scorer with 15 points, followed by Izan Almansa and Sergio de Laria, who scored 13 points in the loss.
Spain were not able to avenge their loss to the same opponent in the third place match at the FIBA U-17 Basketball World Cup 2016 in Zaragoza.
Great video of Slovenia’s historic victory
What a great story for Slovenia! Beginners in the competition, Slovenia beat Mali (65-56) in their first match in the World Under-17 competition. Jan Vide was irresistible with 31 points, aware of the scope of the achievement. He even gave a nod to Luka Doncic and the first national team.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling. We expected a tough match. The first half was very disputed. It’s great to get our first win in our first match.”loose video, also author of 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 recovered balls, I hope they keep an eye on us (Doncic et Cie)… They support us, that’s for sure. »
France misses the start of the match, but recovers in time to win easily
Noah Pinda showed her the way forward
France initially looked set to be the first candidate to falter once they entered the competition, but the French were able to wake up in time to finally win a clear 81-68 against Serbia. France trailed 13-2, then 26-13 10 minutes later. berries They responded by splitting 14-2 in the second quarter and adding 15-1 in the third to take a 14-point lead. Noah Penda was the most prominent French player with 13 points.
Australia believes in Rocco
Two-time runners-up Australia needed to split 14-1 in the final five minutes of the match to beat Poland with an 85-68 victory in the third set. Rocco Zikarski shone on the Australian side with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4. As did his colleague Joshua Dent, who has 9 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists.
Australia coach Justin Schuyler comments on Zikarski’s performance: “He was fantastic right from the start and he defined the style of the match. He made them work very hard. I think his presence in the rebound was decisive in the beginning. Congratulations to him. We played a little bit smaller in the end and were able to do well in the last few minutes. There is no denying that he will be He has a huge impact on this tournament.”
USA and Canada no problem
The two powerful nations from the Americas began their campaign perfectly against two teams from the Asia region.
The US team, the five-time world champion, scored its first 13 points in the match and did not look back on the big win over Lebanon (120-44). Ian Jackson and David Castillo each scored 21 points. Four other Americans scored 10 or more points.
Canada also managed to enter without restrictions by easily beating New Zealand (94-46), following Ishan Sharma (16 points) and Christian Neto (14 points), two of the four Canadians to 10 points or more.
The best work of the day
If your name is Shortt and you are drowning in a 2.28m player, there is no doubt that you deserve to be listed here.
Picture of the day
Canadian Christian Netto also impressed one of our photographers, and the author of this beautiful photo.
Argentina beat Egypt (59-50)
Dominican Republic defeated Japan (81-69)