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U19-Review-05-07-2013
Dante Exum and Dante Pineau (AUS) - FIBA U19 World Championship Quarter-Finals - Australia v Spain
05/07/2013
FIBA U19M - Australia surprise Spain to reach semis with Serbia, Lithuania, USA

PRAGUE (FIBA U19 World Championship) - Australia sprang one of the bigger surprises of 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship in beating Spain to set up a Semi-Final date with Serbia while Lithuania will take on United States in the other final four showdown.

Australia came up with a superb team performance and knocked off Spain 87-76 as Dante Exum put on a superstar showing. He scored 30 of his 33 points in the second half to go along with five rebounds, four assists and four steals and 12 of 13 from the free-throw line.

Emmett Naar scored 15 points and Dane Pineau added 13 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and two blocks as the Oceania power toppled the first seed from the Eighth-Final Round Group E.

Spain, who were paced by Alberto Diaz's 19 points but made just four of 23 three-pointers (17 percent), will play Croatia in the Classification Round 5-8.

Exum hit his first shot of the game - a three-pointer - and Australia never trailed in the first quarter. Spain led 20-19 when the Aussies went on a 19-4 run with Anthony Fischer scoring eight points, including two of Australia's four triples in that run.

The lead was 45-31 at the break and Australia extended it to 22 points - 64-42. The Australians were ahead 66-48 after three quarters.

Spain scored the first six points of the fourth quarter but Australia pushed the lead back out to 70-54 with six minutes to play. Spain had runs of 9-0 and 7-0 to cut the deficit to seven points but the Iberians could not get the final push.

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Australia's next opponents Serbia took down the European champions from last season Croatia 73-66 and are a game away from reaching the Final.

The hot shooting Mihajlo Andric scored 20 points with four three-pointers, while Vasilje Micic added 14 points and Nikola Jankovic had 13 for Serbia, who rebounded from their only loss of the tournament at the end of the Eighth-Final Round play against the USA.

Croatia, winners of the 2012 U18 European Championship, face Spain in the Classification Round 5-8.

Dario Saric had another strong game with 30 points, nine rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block. But he didn't receive enough support as only five other Croatians scored points in the game - with Tomislav Gabric scoring 14 points.

Serbia jumped out to the first bigger lead at 24-17 by the end of the first quarter.

Their advantage grew to 14, 31-17, before Croatia fought back into the game and trailed just 38-35 at half-time.

The Serbs used a 9-0 run to start the second half to open a 47-35 gap. Saric carried the Croatians back to within four points 52-48 but Serbia led 59-51 after three quarters.

The cushion was 66-55 with four minutes left but Croatia closed to within 68-64 on Saric's three-point play with 32 seconds left.

Jankovic and Micic combined for five free throws in the final 27 seconds.

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Lithuania were the first team to book their ticket to the Semi-Finals as four players scored in double figures in a convincing 89-58 victory over China to set up a clash with the USA.

Marius Grigonis and Jokubas Gintvainis led the way with 12 points each while Justas Tamulis and Tomas Dimsa both scored 11 points. Eleven of Lithunia's players scored at least four points.

China started off hot from the field, especially Shuai Yuan, who scored 11 points in the first half. And the Asians - making their first appearance in the Quarter-Finals of this tournament - trailed just 32-30 in the second quarter.

But Gintvainis and Simas Raupys combined for 12 points in a 21-2 run spanning the second and third quarters to take a 55-32 lead. And the Europeans never looked back.

Yuan finished with 18 points while Ji Wei Zhao scored 17 points for China, who will take on Canada in the Classification Round 5-8.

China center Qi Zhou went scoreless in 14 minutes with two rebounds and one block.

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In the last Quarter-Final, seven players scored in double figures as the USA beat their North American neighbours Canada 109-67.

Marcus Smart had 14 points while Aaron Gordon, Jahlil Okafor and Michael Frazier had 12 each.

Canada, who were playing without second-leading scorer and top rebounder Trey Lyles, were paced by Xavier Rathan-Mayes' 14 points.

Team USA jumped ahead 24-14 in the first quarter before Canada fought back to make it 27-22. The Americans led 30-22 after one quarter.

Canada had the deficit down to seven points, 35-28, before the USA opened a 53-36 lead, which was 53-38 at the break.

Team USA broke the game wide open in the third quarter with a 15-2 run for a 73-44 cushion. Canada would not get closer than 27 points the rest of the game and no closer than 30 points in the fourth quarter.

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Meanwhile, in the Classification Round 9-12, Brazil and Russia booked victories and will play for ninth place on Saturday morning.

Leonardo Demetrio scored 14 points as Brazil beat Iran 63-53. Behname Yakhchalidehkordi had 17 points in the loss for Iran, who will play Argentina for 11th place.

Argentina were downed by Russia 63-59 as Mikhail Kulagin collected 20 points, 16 rebounds and three steals while Igor Kanygin had 13 points.

Argentina wasted a strong performance of 15 points and 10 rebounds by Gonzalo Torres.

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