DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Australia came back from a 22-point deficit to prevail over Spain 80-74 in overtime and will play the USA in tomorrow’s final of the 2014 FIBA U17 Men’s World Championships. Earlier in the day the USA topped Serbia 89-68, pulling away late in the contest.
Australia scored the final eight points of regulation to force the overtime against Spain. 6’3 Tom Wilson (13 points, 11 rebounds) scored on two lay-ups coming as a result of steals in the final 35 seconds.
6’11 Isaac Humphries was powerful inside again for he Aussies, leading the squad with 22 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots. 6’2 Dejan Vasiljevic scored 14 points while 6’9 Harry Froling had his best game of the event with 12 points hitting on 2-of-3 three-pointers.
Spain lost their composure late in the game as hey committed seven of their 12 turnovers in the final seven minutes. Jaume Sorolla led Spain, who will play Serbia tomorrow in the third place game, with 15 points.
Spain bounded out to a 21-11 lead after the first quarter and had their biggest lead a 40-18 before Australia cut the lead to 11 at halftime. Spain led 67-59 with two minutes left before the Aussies made their late run to force the overtime.. In the extra period, Spain committed another four turnovers to give Australia the final edge.
Serbia gave the USA a tussle as they led by two points late in the second quarter before the USA’s depth wore them down. The Americans pulled out to an 11-point lead after three quarters and extended the lead to 23 points late. The USA was led by Malik Newman (15 points) and Harry Giles (10 points, 12 rebounds). Nikola Rakicevic (19 points), Stefan Peno (18 points, four assists) and Vojislav Stojanovic (18 points) led Serbia.
In the other games, Puerto Rico (70-63 winner over France) and Canada (92-81 winner over China) will battle for fifth place. Argentina (beat Greece 65-54) and Italy (beat Angola 77-71) will play for ninth place while Egypt will play Japan for 13th place.
Thanks to FIBA for the photos.
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