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FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup: Top Performers Game Day Two

ISTANBUL, Türkiye – Game Day two of the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup involved upsets and blowouts as the world’s best youth basketball players showed out on Sunday.

Miles Sadler, Canada

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Canada continued their positive start to the campaign with a 72-63 win over Egypt to leave them at the summit of Group D.

Miles Sadler starred for his nation as he dropped 30 points and dished out seven dimes as the point guard looks to lead Canada to a deep run.

Sadler netted the final seven points of the game and drained a clutch three in the dying embers of the fourth quarter to put his side up 70-63.

The 5’10 talent also grabbed three boards and stole the ball on three occasions ahead of a well-earned rest day on Monday.

Hugo Yimga, France

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China provided the shock of the tournament so far as they edged out France, who dropped to the foot of Group B after two games.

However, Hugo Yimga’s individual showing was one to remember, as the 6’8 forward scored 29 points in a near double double performance.

The efficient teenager closed out the disappointing result with an additional nine rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

The tight game was decided in the final moments when Boyuan Zhang layed it up with nine seconds on the clock to sink the French, and ultimately, waste Yimga’s efforts.

Troy Plumtree, New Zealand

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Also on day two, New Zealand completed a statement victory over Argentina as they remain as the only unbeaten side in their group.

Troy Plumtree was excellent for NZ, providing a 22-point, 11-rebound double double while making nearly 77% of his 13 shot attempts.

Plumtree collaborated with teammate Oscar Goodman for a 17-4 run to close out the game, giving their nation its first ever win over an Americas side in a youth event.

The 17-year-old small forward will be one to watch heading into the knockout stage as he is averaging 21 points and a tournament high 12.5 rebounds in the opening two games.

Kaan Onat, Türkiye

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The hosts gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about as they dispatched Italy in a tight 79-74 victory over the Italians in Group C.

Clutch Kaan Onat secured the win with 14 seconds to go, as the 6’5 point guard attacked the rim and made an important layup through three defenders.

Onat’s 24 points was a game high and was well received by the Turkish faithful as they bounced back from their opening day defeat to New Zealand.

Türkiye’s star man also contributed three rebounds, three assists and a steal to cap off an outstanding performance and result.

Cameron Boozer, USA

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Once again, the United States showed their prestige as they destroyed tournament debutants Guinea by a whopping 75 points.

None other than Cameron Boozer led the charge with yet another double-double in the group stage, this time in just under 17 minutes of play.

The teenage sensation dropped 17 points, 10 rebounds and six steals with an efficiency rating of 30, as the 16-year-old continues to shine on the international stage.

Boozer and co. remain huge favourites to win the competition and they face China in their closing group stage fixture on Tuesday morning.

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