Canada has withstood a valiant fight with Spain to reach the semi-finals, where they hope to match their magic from four years ago in Cairo against the United States. The Americans had no problem passing Senegal’s first quarterfinals.
France achieved their second consecutive semi-final by winning in a major overtime showdown with Lithuania. Serbia on their side struggled to push back Argentina but ended up getting the job done.
Canada 81-77 Spain
Résumé: Canada survived a real battle with Spain but managed to clinch victory and reach the semi-finals thanks to a tough defense in the fourth quarter. It was tight throughout with seven points being the biggest advantage for either team and 17 leader changes.
Heroes of the game: Canada used their size advantage with Zach Edey registering 24 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks while Caleb Houstan was their main sidekick with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 steals.
They said: We just stayed on that, we stayed aggressive. Going to Zach (Edey) early in the second half really spaced out the guards and wings. He was killing the whole game. That kind of opening and our attack flowed over. . ” – Canadian forward Caleb Houstan
France 84-79 OT Lithuania
Résumé: France strengthened defensively when necessary and were carried by Victor Wembanyama to beat Lithuania in overtime and reach the semi-finals for the second tournament in a row. Wembanyama managed two big blocks in the final 65 seconds of regulation to take France to the extra session, where they scored the first eight points to stay alive for their first U19 title after two third places.
Heroes of the game: While Matthieu Strazel dominated France with 23 points, Wembanyama had 20 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 8 blocks in an exceptional effort.
They said: “It was a real fight, it was a difficult victory against a great team. I think it was our state of mind and our energy. That’s why we won the game. We stayed focused. This is our team. We’re built for it. ” -Guardian of France Matthew Strazel
Serbia 89-83 Argentina
Résumé: Serbia went undefeated as they put together a solid second half against an Argentina side that never says die. Serbia were leading by 18 points with 7 minutes remaining and saw Argentina move closer to six points, but it was too big a hole for the South Americans to pull off another upset.
Heroes of the game: Nikola Jovic was exceptional the whole game, carrying Serbia with 26 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks.
They said: “Defense is a very important part of the game and we know that if we are to win we have to play good defense. We have raised our level of play today. The result shows that we did a great job. -Serbian goalkeeper Lazar Stefanovic
United States 88-58 Senegal
Résumé: The United States advanced to the semi-finals with a comfortable victory over Senegal, laying the groundwork with a 32-18 first quarter and never looking back.
Heroes of the game: Jaden Ivey led four Americans in double digits with 12 points while each American player scored.
They said: “Today we all shared the ball, we only had one goal and that was to win. We just come here and compete and that’s what we have to do every game. Just compete and have fun. We are all blessed to be here. We just want to have fun and play together. Not everyone has this opportunity to play American basketball. ” -U.S. Goalkeeper Jaden Ivey
Iran 71-59 Mali
Résumé: Iran stayed alive to record their best ever FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup performance as they beat Mali with a late 8-2 streak to sideline the game . Parsa Fallah was the main man with 21 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals for Iran, whose previous best result was 11th place in 2013.
They said: “In the fourth quarter, we controlled their big players. We executed the coach’s defensive system well and got more shots. “ -Iranian guard Piter Girgoorian
Latvia 90-67 Korea
Résumé: Latvia stayed alive to match their best ever performance passing Korea. The host team led by 17 points at halftime and never let the Asians come back into the game. Kriss Helmanis scored 30 points for the winners, who took ninth place in 1999.
They said: “We followed a game plan very well throughout the game. We did a good job on the best Korean player (Yeo Jun Seok) and we made him make mistakes. “ – Latvian striker Kriss Helmanis
Australie 95-52 Puerto Rico
Résumé: Australia allowed just 16 points in the second half as they clinched a comfortable victory over Puerto Rico. Reyne Smith paced five Aussies in double digits with 19 points.
They said: “It’s always difficult to play the ranking matches, but the game plan was to represent your country the right way: play a good ball, play hard and get the job done. I think we did. We really made them understand in the second half. ” -Australian goalkeeper Dyson Daniels
Turkey 97-49 Japan
Résumé: Turkey easily won against Japan by taking control of the game in the second quarter. Adem Bona was Turkey’s best weapon with 20 points and 4 rebounds as he played his best game of the tournament.
They said: “We became strong as a team after losing on the buzzer against Argentina. It’s good that we came back like that against Japan. We had a good game and we played well together. “- Turkish striker Adem Bona