Opening photo: Gonzalo Corbalan (Argentina) and his incredible buzzer Peter
The 16 rounds of this U19 World Cup led to some surprises and some tight scores. Canada, Spain, USA, Lithuania, France (by 34 points) had little trouble, 13 (Spain against Australia) won by 72 points (USA against Korea)! The only big favorite who struggled was Serbia, who won by just three points against Japan. Finally, Kadir surprises that Senegal beat Latvia, who were playing at home, and Argentina won after a lavish match against Turkey.
This first elimination round reveals existing strengths and especially the value of the first round groups: only Serbia survived Group B, as did USA Group D; On the other hand, the three teams of groups A and C are still in contention in the quarterfinals.
Classification matches and quarterfinals will be held on Friday.
Canada – Puerto Rico: 86-56
The cold sweat-free ride for the North Americans who “punished” the Latin Americans is suspected of deliberately missing the last group game against Iran to avoid being halfway to the U.S. table, but the brushes got tangled up, losing two points too much …
One thing is for sure: the Puerto Rican team is very weak, especially as the winger Caleb Houston (2.05m, 2003, Michigan / NCAA) could not contain the Canadian attack (14 points out of 5/8) in scenes, 4 Restarts, 3 aids, 19 rating). On the contrary, particularly clumsy (35.1% two-point, 25% three-point, 50% free-throw – this is only true on two attempts), Puerto Ricans only had a positive shine on the performance of full-back John Walker (1.78). m, 2003, 11 points for 10 ratings (5/9 of the shots) and 1 rbd for Cannabis de Baloncesto Buccapla / PUR)
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