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FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup: Quarter Finals Roundup

ISTANBUL, Türkiye – With the quarter-finals in the books, we are now down to just four remaining nations at the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup.

USA 111 – 60 Canada

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The United States continue to smash records as they breezed past their fellow North American competitors Canada.

They scored more points in a first half than any other team in a FIBA U17 WC quarter-final with 66 as they eye a seventh consecutive title.

Cameron Boozer shone once again dropping yet another double double with 13 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and three assists.

Koa Peat, AJ Dybantsa and Brandon McCoy also contributed double figures in points as this USA roster continues to prove why they may be the best this competition has seen.

Next up for the Americans is a semi-final clash with New Zealand, who progressed with a victory over Lithuania.

Lithuania 65 – 73 New Zealand

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A second half fightback saw New Zealand make history as they upset Lithuania to reach the semi-finals of the competition for the first time.

Hayden Jones, son of FIBA Basketball World Cup 2002 semi-finalist Phil Jones, contributed a 13-point, 13-rebound double double.

6’8 forward Oscar Goodman led the way with 19 points, 10 rebounds and three assists as he continues to impress in Türkiye.

NZ trailed at the interval but a spirited second half showing means they will be tested by the titans of USA in the final four.

Puerto Rico 65 – 83 Italy

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Despite the best efforts of Puerto Rico, Italy progress to an all-European semi-final with a convincing 18-point advantage at the buzzer.

Maikcol Perez led the charge with 16 points, 10 rebounds and four assists and is proving to be Italy’s star man in this tournament.

Although he struggled offensively, Deigo Garavaglia produced an excellent defensive showing as he continues to show his blocking ability (2.3bpg, 3rd in the event).

Felipe Quinones proved as to why he is still one to watch despite his country’s exit, he concluded the game with 21 points and five assists.

A solid shooting performance from the Italians (52.9 FG%) pushed them beyond the Oceanians and into a tough final four clash.

Spain 57 – 59 Turkey

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Rrezon Elezay’s late dunk saw hosts Türkiye through to the final four as Spain exit at the quarter finals stage.

Elezay’s jam with 14 seconds to go sealed the fate of the game to keep the home side in the tournament and it was Kaan Onat who found the big man in the paint.

Onat scored 17 points once again and is his nation’s focal point on the offensive end, he also dished out six assists with his latest leading to the game winner.

Türkiye will face Italy in the semi-finals despite another impressive showing from Spanish forward Gildas Gimenez (20 points, six rebounds, three blocks.

Classification Games Top Performers

Arafan Diane, Guinea

Guinea narrowly lost out to Germany in their 9-16 classification matchup, but it was Arafan Diane who impressed most.

Diane dropped a monster stat line with 23 points and a whopping 18 rebounds in his nation’s defeat.

He made the most of his 6’11 frame by blocking three shot attempts as he continues to make an impression on the world stage in Istanbul.

The 16-year-old has averaged 18.4 points and a tournament high 12.4 rebounds per game with an average efficiency rating of 24.

Omar Essam, Egypt

Egypt defeated China to progress to the next stage of the classification bracket led by an excellent showing by big man Omar Essam.

Essam netted 18 points and grabbed 13 boards in his nation’s victory over the Chinese, allowing them to progress to a matchup with Argentina.

Although it may have come at the wrong time, Essam’s performance was his best so far and will have another chance to showcase his ability.

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