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FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup: Round of 16 Top Performers

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ISTANBUL, Türkiye – As the teams enter the knockout stage of the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup, we take a look at the standout performers from the round of 16.

Felipe Quinones, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico stunned France to book their spot in the quarter finals with thanks to a historic performance from Felipe Quinones.

The 6’6 guard dropped an astonishing 42 points on one of the tournament favourites, which is the second highest number of points scored in a single FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup game.

Quinones shot 52.2% from the field and set a new tournament record for free throws made with 16, as the guard was not afraid to attack the bucket through traffic.

The 16-year-old’s scoring rampage helped send Puerto Rico into a quarter final clash with another European side in Italy.

Boyuan Zhang, China

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Despite China exiting the competition at the hands of Lithuania, forward Boyuan Zhang impressed in his final game of the campaign.

Zhang produced his best showing of the tournament, whilst being one of just two Chinese players to reach double figures for points.

The 6’8 talent scored 28 points and grabbed six boards in his nation’s narrow defeat to their European opposition, as the score read 76-70 at the buzzer.

He also made a trio of three pointers and made ten of his 22 attempts from the field while also registering a steal and an assist.

Koa Peat, USA

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The United States’ 49 team assists are a new record as they continued their demolition of the competition in a 141-45 demolition of the Philippines to progress to the next stage.

Five-star recruit Koa Peat produced an efficient showing in Istanbul as he scored 22 points having only missed two shots from the field all game.

Despite only playing 15 minutes, Peat found more than enough time to make an impact as he concluded his cameo with seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks.

Team USA made the most of their stacked roster with Cameron Boozer also contributing 20 points as they eye a seventh U17 World Cup title.

Felipe Minzer, Argentina

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Despite the best efforts of Tyler Kropp and Felipe Minzer, Argentina were outdone by Canada and will exit the tournament at the round of 16.

Minzer was an assist away from a triple double as he provided 22 points, 12 rebounds and nine dimes in his nation’s defeat.

He rounds of his world cup campaign averaging 19.5 points, 9.3 boards and 4.8 assists, ranking 4th highest in the tournament for scoring and rebounding

The 6’6 shooting guard combined with his teammate Kropp for 49 of Argentina’s 71 points, but their efforts were not enough to seem them through.

Maikcol Perez, Italy

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Italy edged out Australia to advance to the final eight led by the likes of Diego Garavaglia and Maikcol Perez, who very nearly registered a triple double.

Perez netted 18 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in Italy’s round of 16 triumph with the 6’8 forward playing a key part in his team’s triumph.

The Italian concluded the game with an efficiency rating of 29 as he and his team prepare for a quarter final showdown with Puerto Rico.

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