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FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup: Semi Final Roundup

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ISTANBUL, Türkiye – With the semi-finals now concluded, the stage is set for an epic showdown as USA and Italy prepare to battle for the coveted title at the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup. Here’s how the final four teams performed and what to expect in the grand finale.

New Zealand 65 – USA 145

In a dominant display, the United States overwhelmed New Zealand with a staggering 80-point victory, showcasing their depth and talent. The game was marked by relentless offense and stifling defense from the American squad. Koa Peat and Brandon McCoy were top scorers with 19 points each, leading the charge for the United States. However an impressive ten players from the USA scored 10 or more points, underlining their balanced and potent attack.

Türkiye 63 – 90 Italy

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Italy delivered a commanding performance to secure their spot in the final, overcoming host nation Türkiye in front of a passionate home crowd. The Italian team showcased their skill and composure, led by standout performances from Diego Garavaglia and Mattia Ceccato who had 18 and 17 points resepectivley.

After the game, Italian coach Giuseppe Mangone shared his thoughts with EliteScholars about the team’s performance and their upcoming challenge in the final. He said:

“We are a little bit tired because we spent a lot of energy for this game, especially with our mind to stay focused to help each other and… Ok, we are happy no doubt. We did something unbelievable, especially after the first two games, and we win the dream to play the final against a monster team. Ok, you know the power of the United States, but tomorrow for us will be a special day. We want to enjoy and we want to enjoy fighting.”

Classification Top performers

The semi-final day also featured remarkable performances from players in the classification games:

Abdouramane Toure, Guinea had a stellar game with 36 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 assists, leading his team to a 98-78 victory over Australia in the 13-16 classification games.

Jordan Charles, Canada scored an impressive 32 points and added 5 assists, though it wasn’t enough to secure a win in their narrow 106-104 defeat to Lithuania.

Yuezhou Li, China recorded a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds, along with 4 assists, showcasing his all-around skills on the court.

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