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Old 07-13-2009, 03:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The United States got what they travelled so far for by beating Greece in the final of the men's under-19 world basketball championship in Auckland tonight.

The Americans ended an 18-year drought at the age group tournament by tipping over the European champions 88-80.

It maintained their unbeaten record after nine matches in the 16-nation tournament, meaning there can be no questions about their dominance.

They did not have things all their own way in the first quarter as the teams went to the break tied at 19-19 but the US upped their intensity to dominate the next stanza and were cruising at 46-30 by halftime.

The Greeks, who entered the final having already lost two matches, one of them 69-85 to the US, fought their way back into the contest after the break by forcing a series of turnovers.

Greece slashed the difference to 48-53 with less than 3min remaining in the third quarter as the Americans ran into foul trouble.

The Europeans outscored the US 21-14 in the third period on the back of a series of free throws, and at one stage the Americans failed to score from the field for almost 4min.




But the US still began the final period ahead 60-51 and they had more than enough in reserve to keep the Greeks at bay.
Tyshawn Taylor was in top form for the Americans, contributing 18 points to their cause while Ashton Gibbs lent a valuable hand also with 13 points.

Greece were well served by Kostas Sloukas with 17 points, with assistance from Nikolaos Pappas 16 and Leonidas Kaselakis 15.

Earlier, Croatia won the playoff for third by downing Australia 87-81.

The scores were tied in the final minute before Croatia's Ivan Batur sunk a three-pointer for an 84-81 lead and Australia's attempts to level rimmed out in the dying seconds.

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Old 07-13-2009, 07:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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suprising, yeah i though also that noone cares...

I watched few games, it was a hell of a ride for Croatia, especially in semies against USA, we got close... shame really since Croats - bronze medalists got the MVP - Delaš, best PG - Prostran, and did that with 3,5 players. Those 2 played last season some minutes for their clubs which was a big factor in croatian performance on WC. I am looking forward for next years U20 with Prostran, Delas and Zubcic (bigest talent but did not play any minutes last season), if they get minutes next season...

Even though USA came with their 3rd tier of players there they won it with ease sort of. Praise for them but i do have to say that USA and Australia, are faaaaaaar phisicly superior to any other team on championship, it is clearly shown that are on advanced stage of that aspect. USA did not run any plays cept PnR... USA was leading by 13 at half in semies vs Croatia, with us resting Delas and trying to rest Prostran in first half, in the second half we even lead at some point by 4, but like i said fatique got the big 3 and they could afford to give each player 20 minutes... since it was 9 games in 11 days, u can imagine how it looked like
One other remark for Ausies - 90% of them play for the same team, their sports institute, and they have superb results for the last few years since they developed it, but yet they didnt produce anyone besides Bogut, and he is croatian blood...

Besides the Best Five, Rosario should be mentioned in the same sentence even though his team didnt do much, it is clear that the kid is goona have bright future, first scorer of the WC by far.

Something concerning the MVP Delas, his clup is in major problems with cash and will have to sell him and it looks like Bilbao is goona buy him, where he is not prolly gonna play and will rott on bench. Sad story of not haveing 500k euros for the team budget, team that had the most dominant team ever in Europe wining the Euroleague 3 times in a row from 1989 till 1991, and gave Kukoc, Dino Rada, Tabak, Sundov, Ukic, Vujcic, Perasovic etc...

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