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The 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship will be hosted by Latvia from June 30 to July 10, 2011. The draw for the Championship took place on February 17, 2011 in Riga. Teams will play a round robin schedule, with the top three teams advancing to the knockout stage.

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July 10, 2011 - Lithuania claim gold

An 18-3 scoring rout led by tournament MVP Jonas Valanciunas and Vytenis Cizauskas at the end of third quarter has killed of a courageous Serbian effort and handed the FIBA U19 World Championship gold medal to Lithuania. With scores tied at 43 and Serbia having momentum in their favor - even without star point guard Aleksandr Cvetkovic who was spending a long period of the game watching from the bench - Lithuania's star pairing of Valanciunas and Cizauskas stepped up to the mark, claiming 11 points between them on an 18-3 scoring run that would switch a sold-out Arena Riga into party mode with a quarter still to play. At the beginning of the game Lithuania would again take their time to settle into their work with Serbian Djordje Drenovac beginning scoring from the free three throw line. But when Valanciunas claimed his first basket of the night in the third minute of play, there would be no stopping Lithuania as the center combined with Edgaras Ulanovas to score 13 of their team's 18 first quarter points to have them ahead by five at the break. Read more here.

July 10, 2011 - Kulagin leads Russia to bronze

A complete four quarter 24 point performance from Dmitry Kulagin has earned himself and Team Russia bronze medals at the FIBA U19 World Championship. Russia's quarterfinal victory over USA could be attributed to their outside display of shooting but it was failing early on for them against Argentina, hitting just one from six from outside the perimeter over the opening ten minutes. Despite this, Kulagin was still getting the job done inside, claiming eight first quarter points to see scores tied at 19. There were no such problems at Argentina's end of the court with Pablo Perez coming off the bench to hit three from three from outside to see his team up by six points early in the second quarter. With nothing falling for Russia, Argentina looked comfortable conserving their lead. Kulagin would give the Russians a late consolation, hitting an off balance three pointer - his first of the night - as the halftime buzzer rang out, bringing the deficit back down to five. Read more here.

July 10, 2011 - USA clinch fifth spot in dramatic classification game

Before the medal matches in Arena Riga on Sunday, battles still had to take place to decide the final placings of teams five through eight. Despite not playing for medals, their was no shortage of emotion. Before the Americas champions came up against the Oceania champions their was the still the little matter of deciding seventh and eighth spots with two of the youngest teams in Latvia coming up against each other as Poland and Croatia offered a slight taste of what can be expected at the up and coming Euro U18 Championship to be held later this month in Poland. In the first half the teams were evenly matched but in the second big man Przemyslaw Karnowski showed himself to be the difference, lifting his side to a 12 point win with 29 points, seeing Poland finish in seventh and the Croats eighth. Read more here.

July 9, 2011 - Cool heads prevail for Serbia

Serbia have shown an ability to remain calm under pressure, seeing of Argentina by five points in a nail biting second semifinal to set up a date with Lithuania in Sunday's gold medal match. The last time that Serbia and Argentina met in a match prior to the FIBA U19 World Championship it took a double overtime to find the winner and early indications suggested that a similar scenario was about to unfold on Saturday night with eight lead changes and tied scores on seven occasions in the first half. Early in the second quarter Serbia looked like building the first substantial lead of the game, forcing Argentinean Coach Enrique Elias Tolcachier to switch to zone defense. The move would prove affective as Argentina - led by the ever-improving Patricio Garino - went on a 10 point scoring run to be leading by four at halftime. Read more here.

July 9, 2011 - Near perfect first half lifts Lithuania into final

A near perfect first half performance from a Lithuanian team spurred on by nearly 5000 fans has proven enough to see off a strong finishing Russian side and book their place in Sunday's final. Not unlike their quarterfinal against Poland, Lithuania started the game slowly, failing to score in the first three minutes of the game. But once the Lithuanian green machine found its feet their was no stopping it as Rolandas Jakstas - who would claim 11 points in the opening 10 minutes - led his team on a 13-0 scoring run to give them a lead that would be sitting at 14 by the end of the opening quarter. With Jakstas off the court, none of the momentum was lost for Lithuania as Jonas Valanciunas continued to drive his team ahead. Russia simply could find no way to stall the Lithuanian's offensive momentum or lift their own with Valanciunas waiting to pounce every time Russia attempted to drive the lane. At the half he would have almost out rebounded the entire Russian line up, claiming nine to himself compared to Russian's team total of 12. Read more here.

July 9, 2011 - USA and Australia to fight it out for fifth place

While most of the attention on Saturday was being directed towards seeing who will play in the gold medal match, other battles were also being played out to see who will on Sunday compete for places five through eight. In the first game between Poland and USA, the Poles showed resistance for the first five minutes but with both coaches enforcing a rotation policy to give some of their lesser seen players in Latvia more game time it was the Americans showing more depth off the bench, cruising to a near 40 point victory. Read more here.

July 9, 2011 - Brazil take out 9th spot

After losing to Latvia and Brazil respectively on Friday, Canada and Egypt were left to fight it out for 11th and 12th positions early on Saturday, followed up by the Latvians and Brazilians who were attempting to claim 9th position. The opening game between Egypt and Canada resembled the walking wounded with the tournament taking an obvious toll on both teams who came into their final match sporting injury depleted line ups. The two sides had previously met in this tournament with Canada prevailing on that occasion by 20 points. Read more here.

July 8, 2011 - Argentina break up European party in final four

Argentina have assured that it will not be all European teams in the final four of the FIBA U19 World Championship, holding off Croatia in the last of the quarterfinal matchups. From the highs of beating tournament favorites USA and Lithuania to the lows of losing to Korea, Croatia have shown in Latvia that consistency is not their strong suit and in the first half it looked as if their rollercoaster was heading for another low against an Argentinean side that has grown stronger in every game at this tournament. Throughout the opening half it was Argentina in the lead with Croatia coming close to going in front on more than one occasion only to fade away again with the South American's lead going out to as much as 19 points. Read more here.

July 8, 2011 - Serbia grab third semi final spot

Serbia have ended the time of Australia in Latvia, sealing their quarterfinal meeting with a 17-0 run in the third quarter to become the third semifinalist. Both teams were slow to get into their work with just five points being scored in the first five minutes - four of which went to Serbia. The undersized Australian side would continue to struggle for the remainder of the opening quarter against their taller opponents. At the end of the opening ten minutes Serbia had worked their way out to a ten point lead. Australia were able to make some slight inroads in the second quarter but Serbia answered back immediately with Luka Mitrovic slamming it home twice before Djorje Drenovac also jumped in on the action, grabbing his team's third dunk in a matter of minutes. Read more here.

July 8, 2011 - Trushkin slays USA

Vladislav Trushkin has produced the performance of his young life, hitting 14 points in the final quarter to knock USA out of the FIBA U19 World Championship. One of the main concerns going into the second quarterfinal was what team Russia would show up with on game night. It would turn out to be a team that would create one of the biggest upsets seen in the history of the FIBA U19 World Championship with USA shocked into submission by the outside shooting of Trushkin and team mate Dmitry Kulagin who between them knocked down eight three pointers. Read more here.

July 8, 2011 - Valanciunas leads Lithuania into Semi Finals

On the back of 26 points and 24 rebounds from Jonas Valanciunas, Lithuania  have claimed the the first Semi Final spot at the FIBA U19 World Championship, seeing off a Polish side left reeling after a defensive break down midway through the opening half. The early stages of the game were riddled by uncharacteristic offensive mistakes from both teams with nerves evident in the young players. It would be Lithuania however who would settle down first, taking advantage of the extra space that Jonas Valanciunas had after Polish coach Jerzy Szambelan subbed off big man Przemyslaw Karnowski. Read more here.

July 6, 2011 - Russian hopes lie with Brazil

Russia has ended a three game losing streak, beating the tournament hosts Latvia to remain a theoretical chance of making the quarterfinals. Latvia was leading through the early stages, thanks to a barrage of threes to open the match as they worked their way out to a 12 point lead. After the break however the roles of the two teams reversed with Alexander Varnakov providing inspiration off the bench scoring 18 of his side's 30 final quarter points. Latvia's team work began to break down in the final ten minutes and as Russia approached players began playing individually, much to the detriment of the team. Read more here.

July 6, 2011 - Australia take Group E honors

Australia has won their top of the table Group E clash with Poland, setting up a quarter final date with Serbia. For the opening four games of the tournament it was Anthony Drmic doing most of the scoring for the Australians. But when he found himself heavily marked against Brazil it was Mitchell Creek stepping up to take over scoring duties, subsequently seeing more than his fair share of attention from Poland. So it was over to Jackson Aldridge to have his day in the spotlight, with his game high 21 points leading Australia to a comfortable 20-point victory over the Poles. Read more here.

July 6, 2011 - USA suffer first loss

USA has lost their first game at the FIBA U19 World Championships but it has not prevented them from remaining at the top of Group F. The game was closely fought throughout its duration with the only exception being at the end of the third quarter when Croatia was able to gain a substantial 12 point lead. However, as expected USA came out firing in the final quarter and when Patric Young slammed it home with four minutes remaining USA was back in front. But with 48 seconds remaining young point guard Toni Katic - who would show himself to be the difference between the two teams on the night - was able to go to the basket and the draw the foul in the process, claiming the and one and shift the momentum back in favor of the Croats. Read more here.

July 6, 2011 - Serbia into quarters, dream over for Canada

Serbia has easily seen off Canada in their final Group F Eighth-Quarter final match to qualify for the quarterfinals. Canada had remained hopeful going into the game of upsetting the Serbians and moving through to the quarterfinals ahead them. It became apparent early on however that their plans were not going to come to fruition with Serbia showing too much all round strength with six players finishing the game in double figures. Canada's ambitions were further dashed soon after halftime when big man Sim Bhullar was led from courtside with a heavily bleeding nose. He would not return for the remainder of the game. Read more here.

July 5, 2011 - Australia cement quarter final berth

Even with Anthony Drmic having a rare cold night, Australia has been able to see of Brazil, becoming the first team from Group E to qualify for the quarter finals. The Australian small forward, who has been tearing up the tournament to date by averaging 23.2 points struggled with the extra attention he drew from Brazil but it did not matter as his team mates stepped up in his absence. Mitchell Creek led the way with a game-high 23 points, while Jackson Hussey showed the depth the Australian’s have off the bench, adding seven points, including a crucial five at the end of the third quarter to give Australia some breathing space heading into the final ten minutes, and also earn himself praise from his coach, Damien Cotter following the match. Read more here.

July 5, 2011 - USA prevail in thrilling final rehearsal

In the game of the day dubbed a dress rehearsal of what many expect to be this Championship's final, the USA showed that their loss to Lithuania prior to the tournament had been nothing more than an accident. The Americans started the stronger of the two sides to be sitting comfortable for most of the opening stanza. Every time that the Baltic team would threaten, NCAA champion Jeremy Lamb would kill the Lithuanian’s hopes with some impressive inside and outside shooting. In the third quarter Lithuania was able to overcome what had built up to a 19 point deficit to trail by just two points. However, a rising steal and turnover count prevented them from actually breaking through and allowing the Americans to once again gain a significant lead. Read more here.

July 5, 2011 - Serbia win clash of the Balkans

Point guard Aleksander Cvetkovic has shown why he is one of the hottest young talents in Europe right now, leading Serbia to a five point victory over rivals Croatia. With the game poised to go either way in the final few minutes, Cvetkovic stepped up to the mark for Serbia, completing a sweet cross-over play for three points before following it up by beating two defenders on the way to the basket for a difficult lay-up, leaving Serbia in the box seat with time nearly up. Croatia had done well to bring themselves back into the game after trailing for most of it but when big man Dario Saric fouled out midway through the final quarter an already tough assignment just become all the more difficult. Read more here.

July 5, 2011 - Canada hopes remain alive

Canada has seen off a depleted Egyptian team to keep their hopes alive of advancing to the quarter final round. In a clash of the two bottom teams in Group F, it was a Canadian side ably led by Kevin Pangos that was coming out on top as Egyptian Coach Zaher Abdelbasset could only watch as his already depleted lineup lost another player. Following the departure of Hatem Hossam who flew back to home to Egypt yesterday to receive further treatment on a leg injury, Abdelbasset was about to suffer a further loss when Youssef Shousha sustained what appeared to be a major wrist injury midway through the second quarter, requiring the shooting guard to be taken to hospital. Read more here.

July 4, 2011 - USA – Hewitt: “We must play better, they must play worse”

One week ago the USA had just arrived in Europe and were given a wakeup call by Lithuania in their final preparation game for the FIBA U19 World Championship. One week on and the two teams are preparing to meet on Tuesday in a preview of the final that many would like – and expect – to see. Coming off Monday’s victory against Serbia - their fourth in as many games – the Americans have gone from major repairs to fine tuning, and USA head coach Paul Hewitt intent on looking forwards, not back. Read more here.

July 4, 2011 - Aussie battler mentality wins games and friends

Trailing Russia by 10 points late in the first half, Australia have shown the never-say-die attitude that “Aussies” are renowned for, coming back to knock their opponents over by seven points and go top of Group E. It was going to take a lot to top the excitement of the Egypt v Croatia game that had taken place earlier in the day but Russia and Australia were about to give it their best shot. Following the initial exchange of blows it was Russia who broke away first on the back of another impressive shooting performance from small forward Sergey Karasev who has quickly established himself as one of the players to watch at this championship. Leading by ten midway through the second quarter Russia were cruising against a team in need of a spark to get them moving. Read more here.

July 4, 2011 - EGY/CRO - Eigth-Quarter finals begin with thriller

Croatia and Egypt have rewarded the fans who turned up early to Arena Riga on Monday, taking the opening game of the Eighth-Quarter finals down to the wire. Returning to the court for the first time since their shock loss to Korea, Croatia was back to full strength with their trio of stars back in the starting lineup, seeing them do it easy as their lead crept out to 15 early in the second half. But a plucky Egyptian side - led by point guard Omar Mohammed and his big men Assem Ahmed, Zyrad Mohamed - refused to go away, with a succession of threes keeping them in contention. Read more here.

July 4, 2011 - Poor finishing Serbia hand Lithuania victory

Monday's match of the day between Lithuania and Serbia looked to be going the distance only for Lithuania to go on a 23-6 scoring spree in the final minutes to get home comfortably in the opening Group F game. Lithuania started the stronger of the two sides, scoring 11 of the first 13 points to put them in a comfortable position up until midway through the third quarter when Serbia launched a pursuit to tie the game up at 48 points apiece. But Lithuania, who were being actively supported by a large contingent of fans, showed their maturity and skill as star player Jonas Valanciunas claimed a rapid fire seven points in a brief period to help his team once again break away from Serbia. Read more here.

July 4, 2011 - Group F preview – Heavyweight battles forecast

Among these are the Championship’s most obvious title contenders, the USA and Lithuania, who will trade blows on Tuesday as the Americans – the only remaining unbeaten team – will look to avenge their pre-tournament defeat to Valanciunas and co. The USA, who narrowly escaped a shock defeat to Serbia, seem to be moving up in gears in spite and should be feeling fresh thanks to the most evenly shared game time of any team. Point guard Joe Jackson and forward Jeremy Lamb look a deadly combination with Paul Hewitt likely to increasingly turn to them. Lithuania have recovered well from what their head coach labelled “a cold shower” – an opening day defeat at the hands of the young Croatian side, led by the extremely talented trio of Boris Barac, Dario Saric and Tony Katic. Serbia and Croatia, who like Lithuania lie 2 and 1, seem to rise to the challenge when facing to opposition. In Katic and Aleksandar Cvetkovic, these two teams possess two of the best point guards in this tournament However, as they showed against China and Korea respectively – Croatia were horrible in their loss to Korea – they can quickly go from looking like title contenders to very average. Read more here.

July 4, 2011 - Group E preview - Consistency will win through

When Poland, Brazil, Russia, Australia, Latvia and Argentina arrived from Valmiera to Riga on Sunday they were welcomed by conditions more appropriate for the beach than the hardwood floors of Arena Riga. But soon after the rain was falling heavily, proving that the local weather is just an unpredictable as the newly formed Group E. All six of the teams come into this round boasting a two-win, one-loss record seeing every team sitting on five points. During pool play, all Group E participants showed an ability to beat anyone on their given day but more worryingly for their respective coaches, they also showed an inability to remain consistent. The four teams that move onto the quarter finals from this group will ultimately come down to what teams can bring their "A" game for three consecutive nights. Perhaps the most consistent of all the teams - and one of the few that can be relatively confident of progressing to the quarter finals - are Group A runners up Brazil. It was only an individual piece of brilliance from Russian Sergey Karasev that denied them an overtime showdown in their opening game while they have grown with strength in their remaining two pool games. Read more here.

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