DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The 2014 Men’s U17 World Championships reached the quarterfinal stage today. The undefeated USA (5-0) had no problem in dispatching China (2-3) in an easy 113-71 victory.
6’10 Henry Ellenson led the USA with 21 points and 10 rebounds in only 15 minutes of action. 6’10 Diamond Stone scored 17 points and hauled in eight rebounds while setting USA U17 records for single-game and U17 competition blocked shots. He blocked five against China and his 20 blocks through five games eclipsed the previous USA U17 mark of 15.
Also scoring in double digits for the Americans were Malik Newman (16 points, five assists), Harry Giles (12 points) and Terrence Ferguson (11 points).
The Americans advance to the semifinals where they will face undefeated Serbia (5-0) tomorrow on ESPNU. Check your local television listings for the game time. The other semifinal features Australia (4-1) versus Spain (4-1).
Serbia defeated Canada 71-64 behind Regal Barcelona’s Stefan Peno’s 16 points, six rebounds and six assists. 6’4 Jamal Murray was impressive for Canada in defeat with 24 points and eight rebounds but shot only 7-of-22 from the field including 4-of-12 on three-pointers. 6’6 shooting guard Vanja Marinkovic of Partizan led the Serbians with 18 points while 6’6 Vogislav Stojankovic added 15 points and seven rebounds. Serbia raced out to an 11-point first quarter lead only to have Canada come back to take a three point lead after three quarters. Serbia held Canada to nine fourth quarter points to get the win.
Australia destroyed Puerto Rico 76-52 as 6’2 Dejan Vasiljevic was all over the court for the Aussies scoring 21 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, 12 off the defensive glass. 6’11 Isaac Humphries continued his outstanding play scoring 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting while adding 11 rebounds. In a final group stage loss to Canada on Monday, Humphries set the U17 Championship scoring record with 41 points while pulling down 19 rebounds. Humphries is heading up to the top of the 2016 class rankings. Puerto Rico was led by 18 points and nine rebounds from 6’9 Arnoldo Toro who is leading his team in both scoring and rebounding (16.4 ppg, 13.0 rpg).
In the last semifinal Spain held on for a 71-67 win over France behind 6’3 point guard Sergi Garcia’s 20 points. Garcia connected on 4-of-6 three-pointers and added four rebounds and three assists. 6’8 Ramon Villa added 15 points. 6’8 Stephane Gombauld (17.5 ppg, 12.5 rpg) did all he could for France with 21 points and 11 rebounds. 6’7 Amine Nuoa added 19 points and eight boards.
Thanks to FIBA for the photos.
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